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Luncheon Guest Artist Bios

Dylan Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dylan Santos began his studies at Centro de Artes Pavilhao D in Brazil under the direction of Ricardo Scheir.  At the age of 15 he was a finalist at Youth American Grand Prix in NYC where he was awarded scholarships for study at several schools including the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL where he ultimately decided to continue his studies. After working as a trainee with the Houston Ballet, Dylan joined the Orlando Ballet under direction of Robert Hill, where he performed in many productions including Giselle, Carmen and Esmeralda. With Ballet Chicago, Mr. Santos first performed such Balanchine works  Serenade, Swan Lake, Who Cares and Divertimento No.15. He has also danced lead roles in Coppelia, Le Corsaire,  Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Swan Lake and has worked with many choreographers and teachers including Stanton Welch, Phillip Broomhead  Claudio Munoz, Andrew Murphy, Anna-Marie Holmes, Deidre Miles Burger, Oliver Munoz, Alexei Kremnev, Anna Reznik, Kim Marsh , Patricia Miller, Ashley Wheater. He has worked in company productions with the Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet.image2

Stephanie Rae Williams, Salt Lake City, Utah
Stephanie Rae Williams began her training at Dallas Dance Academy with Lyndette Galen and Fiona Fairrie. Prior to joining Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2010, she danced with The Francesca Harper Project, Complexions Dance Company, Ballet Black, and Texas Ballet Theatre, where she made her professional debut. She trained summers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Springboard Danse Montreal, The Juilliard School, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, and Houston Ballet Academy. Ms. Williams was featured in Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” in the August 2013 edition, and she was a Fellowship recipient at the Ailey School, a 2006 National Foundation for the Arts Award Winner, a 2006 Youth America Grand Prix Finalist, and a 2004 Texas Commission on the Arts Young Master.