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Darwin Black of Newark, New Jersey started his dancing at the age of 16. In 2006, he graduated from Newark Arts High School under the direction of Ronnie D. Carney & Kim Richardson. Darwin furthered his training under Nancy Turano with the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. After a year of training at Alvin Ailey American Dance as a Fellowship Student under the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship, he began his professional career with the Miami Contemporary Dance Company, performing repertory by Ray Sullivan. Darwin later joined The Sacramento Ballet, performing ballets by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Trey McIntyre and Matthew Neenan. He joined Pascal Rioult Dance Theater, touring throughout the country. Mr. Black danced as a freelance artist for Alaska Dance Theatre, Lustig Dance Theatre, Montgomery Ballet and Nimbus Dance Works, and he toured throughout Europe with Momix. Darwin later joined TU Dance under the leadership of Toni-Pierce Sands & Uri Sands. For four seasons he danced World premiere works by Uri Sands, Francesca Harper, Kyle Abraham, Gioconda Barbuto, and Katrin Hall.
Darwin’s first original work as a choreographer, the Saint Paul Ballet’s"OFF THE BASE" premiered at The Cowles Center March 2017. October 2017, he Premiered "N.L.I.F" (Never Live In Fear) for Minnesota Dance Theatre. Darwin is currently performing original works by David Taylor, Zikr Dance Ensemble, on a six-city tour. He will also be touring with John Lehrer Dance
Jared Allan Brunson is a Saint Petersburg Fl. native, receiving his initial training in West African song, music, and dance from Jai Hinson and Baba Chuck Davis. After 10+ years traveling with DunDuDole Urban African Ballet as a young apprentice, Jared went on to be trained classically by Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Michael Sheridan, garnering scholarships to Boston Ballet, The Rock School, Houston Ballet, among others.
At age 18, after working briefly with Florida Dance Theatre, Jared joined BalletX as one of the first full-time members. While there, he participated in seven world premieres by Olivier Weavers, Nicolo Fonte, Matthew Neenan and more. He also had been a guest at the Pennsylvania Ballet and the University of the Arts on multiple occasions, performing at the Kennedy Center, The Mann Center, and the Kimmel.
At age 20, Jared joined Oregon Ballet Theatre under the new direction of Kevin Irving. There performing works by Nacho Duato, George Balanchine, and Christopher Stowell. Shortly thereafter, Jared was offered a contract with Ballet Memphis where he has performed as a soloist and principal for four seasons. There, he has acquired acclaim in Dance Magazine, The New York Times, and many local publications for his performances in the midsouth and is now in his second season with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Jared continues to also be an award-winning musician aside from dance and theater.
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Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Maxfield Haynes began his formal dance training at the University of Louisville Dance Academy at age 12 under the training of Chuck Bronson and Cynthia Bronner. At age 14 he was accepted into Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS), and chose to continue his dance training as a Trainee at the Louisville Ballet under Bruce Simpson, where he performed in the corps de ballet of Helen Starr’s production of Romeo and Juliet.
At age sixteen, he left home to train at the San Francisco Ballet School under the David Palmer Foundation Scholarship, dancing roles in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker, as well as originating roles in works by Parrish Maynard. Maxfield has attended summer intensives on full scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, American Ballet Theater, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Maxfield attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts on the Tisch scholarship and has also spent time studying at the HAMU Performing Arts University of Prague in the Czech Republic.
While at Tisch, Maxfield had the pleasure of participating in works by Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot, Dwight Rhoden, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Raja Feather Kelly, and Paul Taylor. As a senior at NYU, Maxfield toured internationally as a guest artist with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
In August of 2018, Maxfield was invited to join Complexions Contemporary Ballet as a soloist, performing domestically and internationally to many audiences. As a company member, Maxfield dances featured roles in Dwight Rhoden's Bach 25, Stardust: A Tribute to David Bowie, as well as originating a role in the ballet Woke, which had a world premiere at the Joyce theater in 2019.