Vimala Jeffrey-Howe grew up in Washington studying at the Jo Emery Ballet School. She was accepted into the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School’s Professional division where she trained from 2004 until 2008 and was awarded a Jane McEvoy O’Donnell Scholarship in 2007. Her pre-professional performance experience includes Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Raymonda, and Don Quixote performing in Winnipeg’s, Ballet in the Park, Concert Hour Ballet, and In Concert. Vimala has also studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington D.C. and the Rock School for Dance Education. Last season Vimala appeared in Dracula, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Peter Pan.
Susan Hess: actor. She started her training with Jo Emery and was a TPDC member for several years; awarded a scholarship to School of American Ballet in NYC (SAB) and studied there; won a contract with San Francisco Ballet; has done several films for theatre and TV; has also done modeling.
Benjamin Houk graduated from Lakes High School and began his training with Jo Emery. After receiving a scholarship with Joffrey and then a contract with Joffrey 2, he was hired by Pacific Northwest Ballet. He served 13 years at PNB and achieving the status of principal dancer and starring in many of their signature works such as Romeo and Juliet. He returned to TPDC to choreograph a couple of works and used to dancers to develop his own choreography. Learn more at www.sanelijodanceandmusicacademy.com/about_us.html
TOM MOSSBRUCKER (Artistic Director: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet http://www.aspensantafeballet.com/index.php) began his ballet studies with Jo Emery and performed with her company, the Tacoma Performing Dance Company. His studies continued in New York at the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. He danced with Joffrey II before joining the Joffrey Ballet, where he performed principal roles in over 70 ballets, and toured throughout the world. Mr. Mossbrucker's favorite roles include those performed in Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Romeo and Juliet, and The Nutcracker. He has appeared in numerous television specials, and is featured in the Joffrey's Billboards, a full-length rock ballet set to music by Prince, which was released on videocassette. He has taught at the David Howard Dance Center in New York, Joel Hall Dance Center in Chicago, as well as workshops and master classes throughout the country. Recently retired from the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago after seventeen years, Mr. Mossbrucker has made guest appearances with the Atlanta Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Mary Ann Lamb: dancer/actor: Chicago-theatre; movies/Starlight Express/ Dr. Seuss; Musicals-she is still performing and has a vast career as a Fosse dancer on Broadway
Deanna Ford began training in Tacoma, Washington with Jo Emery. She continued her dance studies on scholarship in NYC with School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Harkness Ballet and David Howard. Deanna started her professional career at age 19 as a soloist with Hartford Ballet Company. She also performed with New Jersey Ballet and was a ballet dancer for Radio City Music Hall productions. She has performed as an adagio dancer in Japan, Europe and throughout the United States. Her Musical Theatre credits include Kismet, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Animal Crackers and Sugar Babies. In NYC she was a cabaret dancer at the Rainbow Room in Peter Jackson's Legs and Tony Stevens Skintight. Deanna performed as a Radio City Rockette on National Tour in Las Vegas and in the Christmas Spectacular Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
Eddie Buffum: Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats; also in film The Stepford Wives; in "Thriller" Video as dancer working with choreographer Michael Roberts and Michael Jackson