Tampa City Ballet dancers come from different backgrounds, bringing diversity and individuality to the company's repertoire.
TCB brings dancers to the stage by project to work on a variety of productions with innovative choreographers that collaborate with the company.
Our dancers for our 2018 Fall Season
Nicole Assaad started dancing ballet at age 8 at the Patel Conservatory. After a year, she moved to All American Classical Ballet School in Tampa, Florida where she received training from Julio Montano and Gisell Durand. She won many awards and scholarships from many competitions such as the Youth America Grand Prix, American Dance Competition.
Deisha A. King is originally from Plantation, Florida and received her early training from On Your Toes and Dance Attack. She is a 2018 graduate with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of South Florida where she was awarded talent-based grants. Deisha has had the fortune of working closely with and performing works by Robert Moses, Alex Ketley, Gesel Mason, Alonzo King, Kara Davis, Gierre Godley, Kevin Iega Jeff, among others.
Marcus McCray, a native of Tampa Bay, started his formal dance training at the end of his senior year in high school in PCCA at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Fl. He then left Tampa Bay to attend the New World School of the Arts’ BFA program in Miami, Fl. One of his professors (Peter London) had a dance company in Miami that Marcus was a part of from his freshman year until his senior year at NWSA in Miami.
Lily McCrossin grew up in Sharpsburg, Maryland where she began her dance training at the Inwood Performing Arts. Growing up, Lily dedicated her summers to training on full scholarship with Ballet Austin, The Orlando Ballet School, and Joffrey Ballet School. She continued her dance studies at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, where she was awarded talent-based grants and a departmental scholarship.
John Paul Miecznikowski
John Paul was born in Tampa, Florida. He started his dance training with Hip Hop and other styles. At the age of six, John enrolled in America's Ballet School under full scholarship until his graduation in 2017. John Paul has danced several roles with ABS and TCBII, participating in many ensemble compositions and dancing numerous classical productions.
Originally from Miami, Florida, Justice Rodriguez began his dance training at Miami-Dade Community College. While at MDC, Justice had the opportunity to work professionally with Momentum Dance Company under the direction of Delma Iles. After graduating with an Associate of Arts in dance, Justice moved to Tampa, where he earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with the University of South Florida.
Born in Venezuela, Claudia began her ballet studies at the age of 5 at a local school and had additional training at the Central School of Ballet, London. Later on, she continued at Fundación Ballet de las Américas (America's Ballet School in Caracas) and Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet in North Miami, where she graduated in 2015.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bhajhan was first introduced to the world of ballet in 2006 in his elementary school, he was five years old. He observed the Elevate Program from Brooklyn Ballet in a school assembly. He was hooked after participating in their six week program in school and was offered a scholarship to continue with his dance training at Brooklyn Ballet.