Irvine Barclay Theatre

Southern California Dance Project to Create 4 New Ballets

Four Gifted Choreographers Chosen for National Choreographers Initiative at Irvine Barclay Theatre


National Choreographers Initiative

July 27, 2019 at 8pm

Tickets: $45 general, $20 student


Irvine Barclay Theatre

4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

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Molly Lynch, 949.637.0108|


Be there for the birth of four new ballets created as part of the intensive 3-week process of the National Choreographers Initiative (NCI), a leading laboratory for new dance in the U.S.  Artistic Director, Molly Lynch, has invited four choreographers – Julia Feldman, Alan Hineline, Alex Ketley and Tom Mattingly, as well as sixteen professional dancers from ballet companies across the country, to participate.


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YouTube: National Choreographers Initiative 2019

The 16th annual National Choreographers Initiative will take place this summer from July 8 to July 27. During the three weeks of intense creative effort at the dance studios of University of California, Irvine, four choreographers and sixteen professional dancers will produce new dance works culminating in a public performance at Irvine Barclay Theatre on Saturday, July 27 at 8pm. The evening will include a question and answer session, moderated by Artistic Director, Molly Lynch, giving the audience the opportunity to discuss the process with the four choreographers.


National Choreographers Initiative is a southern California project with national influence. Its sole purpose has been to give choreographers a safe space to experiment and challenge themselves in order to develop new works and sustain the future of dance. Each choreographer is given complete freedom to choose the style, music and theme of the work. This is a laboratory for the choreographers to develop their movement and ideas. The choreographers retain the rights to license and promote the works they have created to other companies.


Since its inceptions in 2004, NCI has hosted 56 choreographers, 114 dancers from 41 different companies, and has produced 56 new works − 27 of which have been produced by companies throughout the United States and abroad.


Participants in the project have become resident choreographers for major organizations throughout the country, and several have founded their own companies, or have become artistic directors of other companies. Last year, Amy Seiwert (‘08) became the artistic director of Sacramento Ballet and Ma Cong (‘08) made his Broadway debut as the choreographer for M Butterfly.

Artistic Director, Molly Lynch: “NCI is different from all other dance initiatives of its kind. The choreographers enter the rehearsal studio and know they have the ultimate freedom to create and experiment with different genres and styles of movement. And the non-commissioned and non-competitive setting encourages them to grow as choreographers and further develop their artistic vision. The dancers also benefit greatly from this creative process. They are free to improvise and hone their technique. It’s a unique collaboration; it’s stimulating and exciting; it changes daily. At the end, there is a dance creation that’s not predetermined – it’s the heart of their artistic expression; and it is energizing.”




Julia Feldman was trained under the direction of Pamela Hayes at Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet. Currently in her 9th season with the Sacramento Ballet, she has danced principal and featured roles in works choreographed by George Balanchine, Ma Cong, Ron Cunningham, Jodie Gates, Adam Hougland, Gabrielle Lamb, Molly Lynch, Melissa Barak, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Penny Saunders, Amy Seiwert and Stephen Mills. Ms. Feldman developed a passion for choreographing through the Sacramento Ballet’s Beer and Ballet program. She has created works for the program annually since 2012, as well as for the School of the Sacramento Ballet. In 2015, Ms. Feldman co-founded Capital Dance Project, a summer-based company created by Sacramento Ballet artists. Julia has created premieres for CDP annually since its inaugural performance in 2015. Her works have included collaborations with composer and violinist Andy Tan, rap artist Paul Willis, and visual artists Brandon Manning and Franceska Gamez.

Alan Hineline is the director of artistic programming at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). He has been associated with CPYB since 1995 and has served as the CEO from 2009 to 2014. Previously, Hineline lead Ballet Philippines, in Manila, as artistic director and chief operating officer. He has works in the repertories of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Ballet de Monterrey, Ballet Philippines, Pennsylvania Ballet, ProDanza Cuba, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Juilliard Dance Ensemble, and Ballet Academy East, among many schools, colleges, universities and professional companies. As a teacher, Hineline has instructed every level of dancer, from beginner through professional. He is on the faculty of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and has been a guest faculty member for, among others, Ballet Academy East and The Juilliard School. Additionally, he has taught at the Jackson International Ballet Competition, Aoyama Ballet Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Summer Dance Festival.


Website | An Interview with Alan Hineline


Alex Ketley is a choreographer, filmmaker, and the director of The Foundry. Formerly a dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, he left the company to create The Foundry as a platform to explore his interests in alternative methods of devising performance. The company has allowed Ketley to pursue projects that would be difficult to realize within his commissioning career. For his independent work, he has received acknowledgement from the Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur, the Choo-San Goh Award, the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, four Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies, the Gerbode-Hewlett Choreographer Award, the Eben Demarest Award, three CHIME Fellowships, the Artistry Award from the Superfest International Disability Film Festival. His work was featured on TV on So You Think You Can Dance. His pieces and collaborations have also been awarded Isadora Duncan Awards in the categories of; Outstanding Achievement by an Ensemble, Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, and Outstanding Achievement by a Company.


Website | Press Quotes | Interview with Alex Ketley


Tom Mattingly is a freelance choreographer, teacher and performer. He began his training in the California desert while attending the summer intensives of San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, American Ballet Theatre, and the Rock School. Upon graduation from Virginia School of the Arts in 2005, Tom was awarded the Dame Margot Fonteyn Award for artistic excellence. He danced professionally with Richmond Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet before joining Ballet West in 2008. He quickly rose through the ranks to become principal dancer in 2013. In 2014, Tom relocated to Chicago, where he joined the newly formed contemporary ensemble Visceral Dance Chicago. After two years of immersing himself in the Chicago dance scene, he was invited to join the first national tour of An American in Paris, the four-time Tony Award-winning musical directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Now back in Chicago, Tom is focusing on teaching and choreography. He has created works for Ballet West, Ballet West II, Ballet West Academy, Dance in the Parks, Richmond Ballet, Utah Arts Festival, Ballet Arkansas, Charlottesville Ballet, Madison Ballet, Elite Choreographic Initiative, Arova Contemporary Ballet, Beijing Ballet Invitational, World Ballet Competition, and Youth America Grand Prix.


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Interview with Tom Mattingly on Anonym

NCI 2019 Dancers


Tessa Barbour – Smuin Ballet

Julia Eisen – Nashville Ballet

Tessia “Tess” Lane – Smuin Ballet

Elise Pekarek – Ballet Austin

Maggie Rupp – Scottsdale City Ballet

Sara Stockwell – Eugene Ballet

Isabella Velasquez – Sacramento Ballet

Eugenia Zinovieva – Festival Ballet Providence



Anthony Cannarella – Sacramento Ballet

Jonathan Harris – Sacramento Ballet

Isaac Jones – Dayton Ballet

Felipe Leon – Diablo Ballet                                        

Wyatt Pendleton – Rochester Ballet

Christian Renforth – Cincinnati Ballet

James Kirby Rogers – Kansas City Ballet

Brett Sjoblom – Nashville Ballet

Molly Lynch - Artistic Director of National Choreographers Initiative


Molly Lynch is an award-winning choreographer and artistic director, with over 35 years of experience creating, producing and presenting dance. She is currently a Professor and Chair of the Dance Department at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. Ms. Lynch is the Founder and Artistic Director of the National Choreographers Initiative.


Ms. Lynch was the Artistic Director for Ballet Pacifica from 1988 to 2003. During her tenure, she established Ballet Pacifica as Orange County’s leading professional dance company and one of the area’s top arts organizations. Among her innovative trademark programs was the Pacifica Choreographic Project. Under Lynch’s direction, the company worked with forty choreographers, premiered more than forty new ballets and restaged some of America’s most beloved classics by George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and Choo San Goh. Ms. Lynch has choreographed new ballets for Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, Festival Ballet Theatre, Nashville Ballet, BalletMet (Columbus, OH), Dance Collage (Hermosillo, Mexico), Academies of Ballet in Philippines (Manila), Singapore Dance Theatre and the University of California, Irvine.


Ms. Lynch began her dance training with Lila Zali, received a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet and performed as a soloist and principal dancer with the Louisville Ballet and Ballet Pacifica for over 10 years. In 1992, Ms. Lynch was given the esteemed Outstanding Alumnus Award from UCI and was named one of OC Metro magazine’s “Ten Women Who Make A Difference.” She is also the recipient of the Red cross Clara Barton Cultural Arts Award, Boy Scouts of America Women of Excellence Award, 2001 Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, 2007 Outstanding Arts Organization Award for her National Choreographers Initiative from Arts Orange County; and she was honored with the Irvine Barclay Theatre’s prestigious Jade Award for her extraordinary leadership and creativity in 2008. In 2009 and 2014, she received the CTSA Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the Division of Undergraduate Education. In 2017, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Arts Visionary from Arts Orange County.


About Irvine Barclay Theatre

Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit to learn about our exciting new season!