The Dancers

Isaac Bates-Vinueza was born in New York City and educated in Boulder, CO. He studied at Boulder Ballet School and at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, where he was a 2016 recipient of the Flemming Halby Exchange with the Royal Danish Ballet School. His teachers include Ana Claire, Becky Jancosko, Katie Elliot, Peter Boal, Le Yin, and Eva Stone. Now in his fourth season with Sacramento Ballet, he has performed leading roles in works by Ron Cunningham, Septime Webre, George Balanchine, and Amy Seiwert, and originated leading roles in works by Penny Saunders and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Isaac has also enjoyed choreographing for Sacramento Ballet’s annual Beer and Ballet program since 2017. This is his first SKETCH.

Alysia Chang, born in Berkeley, CA, is a freelance dancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Arts Management (magna cum laude). She has danced with Sacramento Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York and toured through China with Ziru Dance. Locally she has danced for Smuin Contemporary Ballet, The San Francisco Opera Ballet, Oakland Ballet, DawsonDanceSF, SFDanceworks, and Red Brick Company. Alysia has originated featured roles in new works by Amy Seiwert Helen Pickett, Gabrielle Lamb, Val Caniparoli, Jennifer Archibald, Yannis Adoniou, Melissa Barak, Graham Lustig, and Janice Garrett/Charles Moulton to name a few. Her repertoire includes works by Ron Cunningham, Lila York, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and George Balanchine. Alysia is excited to rejoin the SKETCH family this Summer!

Joseph A. Hernandez, a Chicago native, studied at Western Michigan University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance. Professionally, Joseph has danced with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Lyric Opera of Chicago, ODC/Dance, LED Boise, Kate Weare Company, and River North Dance Chicago among others. He was most recently seen in the Broadway production of West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to performing, Joseph is also a passionate educator and choreographer, with recent creations for Hot Crowd Dance and DanceWorks Chicago. Joseph is thrilled to be joining SKETCH again this year. www.josephahernandez.com

Peter Kurta is from Syracuse, NY. Over his career, he has had the opportunity of working for Tulsa Ballet, Dayton Ballet, BalletMet and is currently working with Smuin Ballet. Peter has had the pleasure of performing repertoire by George Balanchine, Edwaard Liang, James Kudelka, Amy Seiwert, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Jessica Lang, amongst many others. Outside of dance, Peter is an Onboarding coordinator at CorePower Yoga, as well as a dog walker for "Wag!". This will be his first season with Sketch, and he is ecstatic about the opportunity.

 

Austin Meiteen, originally from Austin, Texas, began his training at Interlochen Arts Academy and continued at Houston Ballet Academy in the Professional Division. After graduating in 2017, Austin joined Kansas City Ballet II, where he had many opportunities to perform with KCB. In 2018, Austin participated in “SKETCH 8: Origin Stories” and performed in Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Festival. In 2019, Austin joined the Sacramento Ballet as a company dancer. He has been fortunate to perform works by Amy Seiwert, Septime Webre, George Balanchine, Stanton Welch, Jennifer Archibald, Stephen Mills, Gabrielle Lamb, Devon Carney, and Didy Veldman. In August, Austin will begin dancing for Nederlands Dans Theater 2. This is Austin’s second summer with Imagery, and he is beyond excited to be dancing with his SKETCH family again.

Kelsey McFalls is from Syracuse, NY. She has been fortunate to have worked with the Sacramento Ballet, DTSF, Milissa Payne Project, Company C, Peninsula Ballet Theater, Kambara + Dancers, San Francisco Symphony, American Contemporary Ballet in LA and American Repertory Ballet in Princeton, NJ. Kelsey's repertoire includes works by George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Stephen Mills, Amy Seiwert, Ron Cunningham, Robert Moses, and Liza Gennaro, among many others. Beyond dancing, Kelsey was a co-founder of Berkeley-based independent think tank, Socos Labs. Kelsey first participated in Sketch in 2016 and has been counting down the days until SKETCH 9.

Constanza Murphy trained at North Star Ballet in Fairbanks, Alaska before getting her BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah. She has worked with a range of classical, contemporary, opera, and modern companies throughout the country. Since discovering her love for the Bay Area and its dance scene, she has enjoyed working with Oakland Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet, and Sacramento Ballet. Her career has been highlighted by roles such Tinkerbell, Lucy, and Swanhilda. Constanza is very excited to take on everything that SKETCH has to offer. 

Shania Rasmussen originally from Denver, Colorado, received her dance training at the Academy of Colorado Ballet and the School of American Ballet. She is in her fifth season with the Sacramento Ballet, where she has had the privilege to perform in works of choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Gina Patterson, Amy Seiwert, Penny Saunders Darrell Moultrie, Septime Webre, and Ma Cong, among others. She also enjoys exploring her talents in choreography: a founding choreographer for the summer company Capital Dance Project, she has presented 4 original works for the company since 2015, as well as creating 4 choreographic works for Sacramento Ballet’s Beer and Ballet program. Beyond the stage, she enjoys pursuing other artistic endeavors such as creating original music compositions, graphic design, and painting. Shania is very excited to be rejoining the Sketch family again this summer!