DBDT II Dancers

  • [headshot]Ricardo Burgess
  • [headshot]Eduardo Castrejon
  • [headshot]Hana Delong
  • [headshot]Herman Houston III
  • [headshot]Alexis King
  • [headshot]Daijhia Kirk
  • [headshot]Jasmine White-Killins
  • [headshot]Christen Ashley Williams
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    Ricardo Burgess

    A native of Jamaica, Ricardo Kristof Burgess studied at the Edna Manley College of the Performing and Visual Arts. He received additional training from the City Dance Conservatory (2013 / 2014), The Company Dance Theatre, Jamaica and L’Acadco. A Principal Member of the Stella Morris Dance Ensemble, Jamaica and Founding Member and President of the Old Harbour High School Dance Society (2005–2007). He was also a member of the Brightport Dance Ensemble, which won Best Professional Dance Group for the Jamaica Festival of the Visual and Performing Arts (2005). He also choreographed many national-award-winning works from the Jamaican National Festival of the Performing and Visual Arts. This is his first season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.

    Eduardo Castrejon

    Originally from Acapulco Guerrero Mexico; Eduardo has lived in Dallas since his early teens. A graduate of Sunset High School, Eduardo received his Associate in Arts degree from Mountain View College where he was a member of the MVC dance company. He began his dance training with Ballet Folklorico Hispano de Dallas, under the direction of Guadalupe and Manuel Godinez. He later went on to train in ballet and modern with professors John Merrifield and Estela Tejeda. He has also trained at Etgen-Atkinson School of Ballet (Dallas Met) where he performed in their production of Coppélia in 2011 and at Contemporary Ballet Dallas. Mr. Castrejon was a scholarship recipient for the 2014 Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Professional Dance Workshop. This is his first season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.

    Hana Delong

    Hana Delong, originally from Orlando, Florida, received her training at the Dr. Phillips High School Dance Magnet and Orlando Ballet School. She received her BFA from Adelphi University and studied as a scholarship student at the Ailey School for 3 years. She has worked with choreographers such as Doug Varone, Alexandre Proia, Ray Mercer, Matthew Rushing and has danced in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria and Revelations. This is her first season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.

    Herman Houston III

    A Dallas native, Herman graduated from the Dallas Can Academy and attended the American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Los Angeles, California. He has performed with Happy Nia Dance Theatre and was a past member of Bloom, Dallas Black Dance Academy’s Performing Ensemble. Herman has attended the Complexions Contemporary Intensive, as well as numerous Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Intensives and the Academy Summer Enrichment. This marks Herman’s second season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.

    Alexis King

    Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. King is a May 2014 graduate of the Ailey School and Fordham University. She began her dance training at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center under the direction of Homer Hans Bryant. Ms. King received additional training from summer intensives including Hubbard Street, Joffrey Ballet School, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ms. King has also worked with choreographers including Francesca Harper, Kevin Iega Jeff, Sonia Dawkins, Troy Powell, Robert Garland, and Christopher Huggins. This is her first season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.

    Daijhia Kirk

    A Dallas native, Daijhia Kirk is in her third season with DBDT II. She is a graduate of Garland High School and currently a student at Richland College receiving her Associate in Arts degree. She began her training at the Dallas Black Dance Academy and received additional training from The Ailey Summer Intensive and the Sister Act Dance Studio. She has performed in multiple International Association of Blacks in Dance conferences including Los Angeles, CA in 2011 and Washington, DC in 2013. She also performed in Miami, FL for the FedEx Orange Bowl Halftime show in 2010. Her dance career consists of training with and attending workshops by Christopher L. Huggins, Melissa M. Young, Nycole Ray, Allyne D. Gartrell, Milton Myers, Mary Barnett, Dr. Chuck Davis, Camille A. Brown, Chris Judd, Elena Comendador, Dudley Williams, Jamal Story, Diane Grisby, Dr. Mel Tomlinson, Ana Marie Forsythe, Kevin L. Predmore, Joan Peters, Bruce Wood, and Zachary Ingram.

    Jasmine White-Killins

    Jasmine White-Killins is a May 2013 honors graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance and an honors graduate of the School For Creative and Performing Arts in 2009 in Cincinnati Ohio. Jasmine is a three time fellowship recipient of the Alvin Ailey School in 2008 2009, 2010, a summer 2011 scholarship recipient at San Francisco Conservatory, and winter-intensive scholarship recipient of the Martha Graham School in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Jasmine has also studied at Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Theater, and Dallas Black summer intensives. Jasmine starred in a TV show from 2009–2010 called Taking the Stage as a ballerina entailing her life as a dancer. Jasmine had the opportunity to be cast as a soloist for outstanding choreographers such as, Joost Vrouenrats, Robert Battle, Jessica Lang, Cheryl Chaddick, Max Stone, Bill Soleau, Darrell Moultrie, Kirven Boyd, Troy Powell, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, Darryl Bjoza, and the ballet Serenade choreographed by George Balanchine, staged by Leslie Peck. This marks Jasmine’s second season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.

    Christen Ashley Williams

    Christen Ashley is a recent BFA recipient from Howard University. She has worked with Zane Booker, Kathy Smith, Hope Boykin, Assane Konte, Ray Mercer, Kim Bears-Bailey and others. She has also had the privilege to perform works choreographed by Dr. Sherill Berryman-Johnson, Pearl Primus, and Ronald K. Brown. She has toured with the Howard University Dance Ensemble to Dallas, Philadelphia and Toronto, Canada. Christen was the assistant choreographer for the Howard University Theatre Arts production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. Recently, Christen performed with Alfre Woodard at the Lincoln Memorial for Constitution Day and was grateful for the opportunity to perform at two Inaugural Celebrations for the re-election of President Barack Obama. Christen has also performed with Anthony Hamilton on TV1’s A Christmas Special. This is Christen's first season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.