Dancer Biographies

Rick Callender

Rick Callender is from Miami, Florida and began his training with Marta Mahr School of Ballet and New World School of the Arts. He then moved to Seattle to study at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He later took a position with the Washington Ballet in Washington, DC. After working at the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (Texas Ballet Theatre) for five seasons, he moved to Philadelphia. Rick has also danced with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet X, Miro Dance, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, and many others in the Philadelphia area.  He has gotten to perform many wonderful roles and has enjoyed performing around the world. 

Joe Cotler -Guest Dancer

Joe Cotler grew up in Batavia, NY, and trained at his mother Robin Cotler’s dance studio, Images in Dance. He graduated from The University of the Arts in May 2009. While at school, he had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers, including Ronen Koresh and Paul Selwyn-Norton. Mr. Cotler has been a guest dancer with Brandywine Ballet since 2008.  In addition to performing, he also teaches and choreographs for numerous studios in the Philadelphia area. Mr. Cotler is a member of  Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia since 2009 and is delighted to perform with Brandywine Ballet.

Tim Early

Tim Early is celebrating his 22nd consecutive season with 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 Brandywine Ballet. He is 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, Mr. Early has headed the dance department at the Performing Arts Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA, for the past ten years.

Caleaf Henson

Inspired by his best friend, Caleaf Jamaine Henson, begain his dance career in Broomall, PA at the age  of fifteen with Touch of Class Dance Studio.  Caleaf progressed in his dance career by training with PA Academy of Ballet as well as extending his training to the Broadway Dance Center in New York City.  Mr. Henson has since become seasoned in his dance profession, entering into various stage/live performances such as So You Think You Can Dance on Fox TV, The Nutcracker, Tremaine Regional and National Competitions, as well as Opus I Contemporary Company Showcase.  The various performances have given Caleaf a set of special skills that include dancing styles such as modern, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap, contemporary, and a plethora of other dancing styles.  Caleaf's skills have taken him to high places such as being a special guest performer for conventions like IMTA (International Modeling & Talent Association) in both LA and NYC.  Mr. Henson also loves to express his skill through teaching.  He had to take on the challenges of setting full dance productions and musicals such as West Side Story and Fame in a three week time period.  Moving fast in his career, Caleaf has been able to work with studios in the tri-state area and also has been as assistant to Crystal Fraizer at University of the Arts.  

Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill trained privately with Natasha Bar starting at the age of 8.  Along with the excellent training she received from Natasha, Amanda attended various summer programs including The Rock School, NYSSSA, Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Kaatsbaan and the School of American Ballet.  She also competed in ballet competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix, where she was awarded 1st place in the Senior division semifinals. To further her education, Amanda attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a ballet major on presidential scholarship and graduated with honors. While attending college and working towards her BFA, she performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet in their productions of George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" (2010, 2012), and "La Fille Mal Gardee", as well as joining the company on their tour to the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada. After graduating college Amanda joined BalletFleming in Philadelphia, where she danced for three seasons.  She danced principal roles in many of their productions including the title role in “Snow White”.  Amanda joined Brandywine Ballet in 2016. 

Jaime Lennon Louis

Jaime Lennon Louis began her training at The Dance Center under the direction of Donna Muzio when she was 7 years old.  She has been a member of Brandywine Ballet Company for 14 years. Ms. Lennon Louis is currently a principal dancer with Brandywine Ballet Theatre and has danced many leading roles, including Mina and Lucy in Nancy Page's Dracula, the leading female role in Nancy Page's Voices, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and the dark angel in George Balanchine’s Serenade, among othersShe graduated in 2010 from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Brandywine Ballet’s Certificate in Dance.  Jaime was a  member of the Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet company BalletX from 2010 to 2014.  During her time with BalletX, Jaime performed at the prestigious Vail International Dance Festival and at the The Joyce Theater in NYC.  She has had works created on her by numerous choreographers including Matthew Neenan, Jody Gates, Nicolo Fonte, Gabrielle Lamb, and Adam Barruch.  Ms. Lennon Louis also worked with choreographers Adam Hougland, Tobin Del Cuore, Alex Ketley, and Edward Liang, while with BalletX.  

Emily McAveney

Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Emily McAveney has experienced a successful performance career that includes appearances with Brandywine Ballet, The Lake Erie Ballet, Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre, and BalletFleming.  She began her training with Donna L. Muzio and Nancy Page at The Dance Center, the official school of Brandywine Ballet, and continued her dance education at Mercyhurst University, graduating in May 2014 with a B.A. in Dance Performance. Emily has performed in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Paquita, Antony Tudor’s Little Improvisations, Tomm Ruud’s Mobile, Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass, Alex Ketley’s Silt, and George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie, Serenade, and Concerto Barocco. She has originated roles in new works by choreographers such as Nancy Page, Meredith Rainey, Tauna Hunter, Michael Gleason, C. Noelle Partusch, Melissa Bobick, and Sarah Grace, among others. She recently had the opportunity to perform the lead role of Lisé in Bruce Marks and Samantha Dunster’s La Fille mal Gardée. Emily has also competed in the Youth America Grand Prix Competition in Chicago and New York City, and has performed at the esteemed Joyce Theater in New York City. In addition to performing, Emily has attended summer programs with BalletX, American Ballet Theatre, and Brandywine Ballet, and has taught ballet, modern, and jazz classes at The Dance Center. She is very excited to be dancing, teaching, and choreographing for Brandywine Ballet.