Sean Aaron Carmon (Beaumont, TX) began his training under the late Bonnie Cokinos at her School of Dance. Under her guidance, he began competing nationally with Dance Masters of America. Sean held the titles of Mr. Dance of Texas in both 2004 and 2006 while in high school. Thanks to two dedicated teachers, Eva Leblanc and Lucia Booth, and a host of support from other district faculty members, Sean was awarded the Bill and Melinda Gates Scholarship, affording him the opportunity to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2006 on full scholarship. After moving to New York, he began taking supplemental classes at the Ailey School which led to an inevitable transfer to, and later graduation from, the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program in Dance in 2010.
He was a member of Elisa Monte Dance before originating the role of "Phaedra" in the 2010 Tony Award–winning revival of La Cage Aux Folles and performed on the 2010 Tony Awards broadcast, Good Morning America andLive! with Regis and Kelly. Mr. Carmon also performed in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera and has appeared as a guest artist with Joshua Beamish's MOVETHECOMPANY, the International Dance Association in Italy and with the Cape Dance Company in South Africa.
Mr. Carmon danced with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for seven years and performed major solo roles including Mikhail Baryshnikov’s original role in Alvin Ailey’s Pas de Duke and featured roles in ballets by other notable choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Johan Inger, Ulysses Dove, Matthew Rushing, Hope Boykin and Christopher L. Huggins. In addition, he was featured on Conan, the national TBS television talk show, Lincoln Center at the Movies, broadcast nationally on PBS and profiled in the Huffington Post for his work as an AGMA union representative for the Ailey dancers.
After seven seasons with Ailey, Sean made the decision to go back to his musical theater roots -- you can now see him performing all over North America as a featured dancer with Disney's The Lion King!
As a choreographer's assistant, Sean has learned from some of the best professional choreographers working today, including Christopher L. Huggins, Joshua Beamish, Matthew Rushing and Nicholas Villeneuve.
His own choreographies have been performed all across the country and internationally and have been lauded as "everything and then some..." and "powerful" and "seriously flawless" by major national print and online publications such as The New York Times, Newsweek, JET Magazine, BroadwayBlack, DanceSpirit and Dance Magazine. He was awarded The Joffrey Ballet's 2017 Winning Works choreographic award and created his Suite Hearts on The Joffrey Studio Company and The Joffrey Academy's advanced trainees. Also in 2017, his work longstoryshort was commissioned by the Dance Gallery Festival NYC and was selected as the Audience Choice Award Winner out of 30 pieces created for the festival. He has also created works on the AAADT for multiple Ailey Dancers’ Resource Fund benefit performances. Mr. Carmon created a critically acclaimed work, Youth Novels, on METtoo and a sensuous, moving duet, begin again, for DUO, METdance's intimate performance series in Houston, TX. He also teaches master classes and choreographs for studios, dance conventions, high schools, colleges and universities across America and internationally.
Addison Reed Holmes
Addison spent her formative years studying ballet under Joyce Seaboryne-Bader, a.r.a.d. for the Royal Ballet School method (R.A.D.), where she passed all exams with Distinction/Honors. Her training includes: Royal Academy of Dance, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet NYC (scholarship), Austin Ballet (scholarship), and Mignon Furman's American Academy of Ballet (scholarship). Addison has several credits with ballet world renowned ballet companies, including Texas Ballet Theatre, where she performed in several full length classical ballets. While studying for her BFA on scholarship at Southern Methodist University, she performed in several pieces (ballet, modern, jazz) and was the only female freshman cast by guest artist Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros for his trio piece "Tango Tonto". During her competitive years, Addison was awarded several prizes and scholarships (Edge, Steps, BDC) including Grande Prize in an for American Academy of Ballet’s Performance Awards ballet competition in NYC. Addison has worked in LA, Europe and NY, dancing in various shows, industrials, commercials, film, TV and music videos. Credits include: Natasha Bedingfield, Muse, My Chemical Romance, McDonald's, Toshiba, Gold Bond, JcPenney, Law and Order, Prison Break, Life Ball, and L.A. Choreographer's Carnival. Addison also has Equity Musical Theatre and Opera credits including Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitor, The King and I, West Side Story, Fame, Funny Girl and Showboat. She has choreographed and performed as a guest artist for contemporary companies as well as industrials and commercials. Her choreography has been selected to perform at several festivals and concerts. She currently works in Southern California as a represented dancer, dance convention teacher and judge in both America and Canada, and ballet director for Shannon Mather’s Mather Dance Company. Most recently she produced Wanderlust Dance Project, which was chosen by chief dance critic Margaret Putnam for Top 10 dance concerts of 2016, alongside Kidd Pivot and BalletBoyz. In 2019, YAGP awarded Addison Outstanding Choreographer. Addison is known for her never-ending positive energy in the warm and encouraging environment she creates, whether at a private lesson, studio session, or convention ballroom. Her goal is to inspire young dancers and to encourage longevity and artistry.
Ms. Holmes was recently awarded Outstanding Choreographer for the 2019 YAGP season.
Kathryn Morgan began studying ballet at age three in Mobile, Alabama under the direction of Winthrop Corey, a former principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Kathryn attended the summer program at the School of American Ballet in 2004 and enrolled as a full time student that fall. She joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice in June of 2006 and became a member of the corps de ballet of the Company in February of 2007. In October 2009, Kathryn was promoted to soloist. She left the company due to an autoimmune illness in 2012. She has since regained her health and currently performs, teaches, and speaks around the country, runs two highly successful YouTube channels, her podcast “The Kathryn Morgan Show”, writes a column for “Dance Spirit Magazine”, is the creator of the the “Kathryn Morgan Scholarship“, “Kathryn Morgan Collection” and “Kathryn Morgan Haul“, and is a judge and master teacher for the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition.
John Mingle IV
John is originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, where he began his dance training at the age of six with the Corpus Christi Ballet. He continued his ballet studies with Texas Ballet Theater School, Ballet Center of Fort Worth and the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. John earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he danced the role of the Waltz Man in George Balanchine’s Serenade at the opening of the world renowned Winspear Opera House. Additionally, John has trained on scholarship with the San Francisco Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. After graduating from SMU, John joined the Second Company of Cincinnati Ballet and later danced with Dayton Ballet. He joined Alabama Ballet in 2015 and has had the pleasure of performing Chinese Tea, Lead Spanish and Herr Drosselmeir in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle, Baron Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, and in Agnes de Mille’s Fall River Legend. In addition to dancing, John shares his passion for dance as a ballet instructor to students in the Birmingham area and in his home state of Texas. John is excited for his fourth season with Alabama Ballet.
Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Israel Rodriguez began his classical ballet training at the age of eight at the famed Vocational Art School, where he won the school’s Best Performer Award in recognition of his critical command of requisite ballet skills. Israel began his professional dance career with the Ballet de Camaguey under the direction of Fernando Alonso, where he performed as a Soloist. His abilities earned him the opportunity to tour with the Ballet, and he performed in many different countries including Greece, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico. In 1994, Israel became a Principal dancer with Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico under the direction of Fernando Bujones.
Israel came to the United States in1998, performing with Ballet Theatre of Lexington for one season, followed by a year with Louisville Ballet in Kentucky. In 2000, he accepted a position with Orlando Ballet, where he performed as a Principal dancer until 2006.
As a Principal dancer and guest artist with more than 26 years of experience, Israel has received rave reviews from several arts critics and has been featured in publications including the Orlando Sentinel, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, and International Dance Magazine. Over his extensive professional dance career, Israel has performed Solo roles and as a Principal dancer in virtually all of the ballet classics including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Bayadere, La Fille Mal Gardee, Les Sylphides, Le Corsaire, Serenade, Napoli, Tarantella (Balanchine), Paquita, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Polovitzians Dances and The Nutcracker. Israel was the first male dancer in the United States to perform the full-length ballet Spartacus.
Israel also has had the opportunity to be a guest teacher and choreographer at Patel Conservatory, Pulse Dance Studio, 5D Dynasty Dance Center, Dance Center of Orlando, Momentum Live, Starz Dance Galaxy, Inwood Dance Company, Franceschi Art Academy, Art of Movement, Dance United of Orlando, Escuela Rusa de Ballet (Mexico), Pavlova Hippodrome (Mexico), Marycarmen Escuela de Danza (Mexico), Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, and Kosovo National Ballet Company, among others. He was invited to assist the Kosovo Ballet Company and their choreographers with their presentation of Fly to The Light. During his time working with the Company he was also tasked with teaching the ballet troupe and enhancing their skills. He also serves as an ongoing guest dancer and choreographer for the Company in Kosovo, including productions of Don Quixote, Spartacus
and Liria Ime (Mi Libertad).
Mr Rodriguez is currently the Co Director of Mobile Ballet and was recently awarded YAGP Outstanding Teacher award in 2019.