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.
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.
Jesús Armand is from Monterrey, México, and grew up in Kansas City. He started his training with the New Haven Ballet while studying at Yale, and continued at The Ailey School, Peridance and Studio Maestro. After college, he went on to dance professionally in New York, where he co founded MIMA Productions, an international cultural exchange dance project. In collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation and the American Embassy in Pakistan, Jesús produced and performed in Hamza, an original work by Marco Pelle, during a one month residency in Islamabad.
Growing up in both the commercial and concert scenes, her background and training ranges from styles such as modern, contemporary, and ballet to hip-hop, tap, and jazz. Lital continued to take her dance experience to a more professional level by attending performing arts high school, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Throughout her experience there, Lital was selected in audition-based pieces working with professional choreographers such as Jennifer Archibald, Christopher Huggins with assistant Levi Marsman, and Stefanie Batten Bland.
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 Lega 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.
Victoria began fundamental training at her hometown studio “Blackwood Studios.” She began branch out and connect deeply with contemporary dance. Victoria involved herself in both the commercial and concert dance world. She auditioned for Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and proceeded to make her way to the top 30 of thousands.
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.
Originally from Miami, FL, Kayci started taking ballet lessons at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet under the tutelage of Vladimir Issaev, Olga Mekhonoshina, Liza Maltseva and Luana Hidalgo. Kayci has am extensive experience onstage, dancing demanding classical ballets and pieces from the neo classical repertoire, including The Nutcracker, Paquita, Raymonda, La Bayadere, Shoshtakovich Suites, Taiko Women, Harlequinade, Chipollino, Issaev’s The Four Seasons, Firebird, Issaev’s Fuga con Pajarillo, Danzón, Edgar Anido’s Fragmentos, and Vicente Nebrada’s Pentimento.
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.
Jacqueline Sullivan is a dance artist based in Tampa, Florida. Sullivan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in modern dance from the University of South Florida in the Spring of 2018. Upon graduation, she began working with Tampa City Ballet, in addition to creating other works in the area. During her time at the University, Jacqueline performed in works by faculty members Jeanne Travers, Michael Foley and Andrew Carroll.
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.