Nancy Page, Resident Choreographer
A native of West Chester, PA, Ms. Page trained at a young age at The Dance Center under the direction of Donna Muzio and was promoted to principal dancer with the Brandywine Ballet during her high school years. She won full scholarships to train with the Milwaukee Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet upon graduation. She apprenticed with the Pittsburgh Ballet before accepting a company position with Florida Ballet, where she danced the Gold Medal Pas de Deux choreographed by world-renowned choreographer Norbert Vasak. She later became a member of the Tampa/Colorado Ballet, dancing solo and principal roles in classical and contemporary works. Ms. Page eventually accepted principal positions with Sarasota Ballet and Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA, dancing many original, contemporary ballets that were set on her as well as performing the various classics, such as Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker.
Ms. Page returned home in 1993 to perform as Principal Dancer with the Brandywine Ballet. In 1994, she danced the title role in the company's premiere of David Kloss' Cinderella, with long-time partner Steven Jackson. While dancing full-time with Brandywine Ballet, Ms. Page continued to guest alongside professional dancers from Ballet West and Joffrey Ballet and also performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet. In 1998, she was the first Principal Dancer in the newly formed Brandywine Ballet Theatre, the professional arm of the company, dancing alongside Zdenek Konvalina (presently with the English National Ballet) for two years.
In 2000, she had the pleasure of working with the Samuel Barber Foundation to set one of her first ballets, Voices, to his magnificent score Adagio for Strings. In 2008, the Brandywine Ballet collaborated with the Brandywine Singers, and Ms. Page choreographed Mozart’s Requiem, bringing together a powerful array of dancers, vocalists, and musicians. Ms. Page has also choreographed several full-length ballets, such as Dracula, which has been performed numerous times since 2004, Beauty and the Beast, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and most recently The Rock Ballet, another collaboration, performed with vocalists and musicians from the School of Rock. In addition, Ms. Page is a principal teacher at The Dance Center, Official School of Brandywine Ballet, and continues to mentor and train dancers at The Dance Center and Brandywine Ballet.
Tim Early, Resident Choreographer
Tim Early is celebrating his 22nd consecutive season with the Brandywine Ballet as a Principal Dancer. In addition to performing, Tim has choreographed for the company and has been on faculty at The Dance Center, the official school of the Brandywine Ballet. Highlights with the company have been his performances in Nancy Page’s Dracula, Ronen Koresh’s Beyond the Steps, Balanchine’s Serenade, and Eddy Touissant’s Souvenance. Together with Donna Muzio, Mr. Early founded Brandywine Contemporary, a modern-based arm of the Brandywine Ballet. Mr. Early is also co-director of the Philadelphia-based modern company Opus I Contemporary. He has choreographed for Lafayette College, Moravian College, and West Chester University. In addition, Tim Early has headed the dance department at the Performing Arts Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA, for the past ten years.
Meredith Rainey began dancing at 15 in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale. This is his third season teaching Company classes for Brandywine Ballet. He premiered his piece Make Haste Slowly with the company in 2009. In 1985, he joined the Milwaukee Ballet. In 1987, he was asked to join the newly formed Pennsylvania-Milwaukee Ballet, remaining with the Pennsylvania Ballet when the collaboration ended in 1989, and was promoted to soloist in 1999. He was also a demi-soloist with the Dance Theatre of Harlem for a short time in 1997. Meredith has performed works by such choreographers as George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Mary Anthony, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Jose Limon, John Butler, John Cranko, William Forsythe, Jean Grand-Maître, Robert Weiss, Jorma Elo, David Parsons, Trey McIntyre, and Kevin O’Day in North and South America and throughout Europe.
Michael Nickerson-Rossi is a dynamic dancer/choreographer/master teacher with training in modern, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. He founded Nickerson-Rossi Dance in 2012 and since premiered work in San Diego, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Tempe, Miami Beach, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, and New York. Internationally, the company's repertoire performed in Belize and Italy. Recently, Michael has been named the Creative Director of Dance at the Knauer Theater for the Performing Arts in West Chester, Pa. Nickerson-Rossi is grateful for the company’s bi-coastal & international recognition and the opportunity to teach master classes in universities and with professional companies and studios. Michael is ardent about the company’s outreach program, entitled uNdeRstanD, which is a platform of education for youth designed to provide both physical and emotional liberty through the medium of dance, which culminates into a unique theater presentation, with students in performance alongside professional dancers. Michael’s work has been recognized as profound and it is with this passion he is building the Palm Springs Dance Festival, with the aim of making it the most sought out dance venue in the west coast.