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Meet the Choreographers

Heath Gill (Choreographer, Rumination and How to be a Person)
A native of Illinois, Heath began his dance training at age four with jazz, tap, and gymnastics. He later began studying ballet under the direction of Deena Laska-Lewis. At Atlanta Ballet, he has performed in works by John McFall, Helen Pickett, Michael Pink, David Bintley, James Kudelka, Twyla Tharp, Christopher Wheeldon, Val Caniparoli, Tara Lee, Lauri Stallings, Stephen Mills, Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin, and Jean-Christophe Maillot.  Recently, he was featured as Harker in Dracula, the improv soloist in Minus 16, 1st Seminarian in Carmina Burana, Laertes in Hamlet, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette. In 2013, Heath was named one of ArtsATL’s “30 under 30,” and, in 2014, Dance Magazine named him one of the “25 to Watch.”  Heath’s other interests include playing piano and trumpet, watching movies, and camping. He would like to thank Clara Cravey for her guidance and his friends and family for their love and support.

Roy Harran (Musician)
Born in Israel, Roy Harran began playing cello at the age of seven with Dr. David Sella and later with Professor Uzi Wiesel. After three years of military service as Outstanding Musician, playing in the Israel Defense Forces String Quartet, Roy studied at the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University (B.Mus. magna cum laude). He received his M.Mus. at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Paul Katz and Steven Doane.

Roy, who also goes by Roee, is an avid chamber musician. He was a member of the Rochester Piano Quartet, the Avanti Trio, and played with the Vanbrugh Quartet and others. He also has performed with the Tanglewood Music Festival, Manchester Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival and others.

Roy has played solo recitals and appeared as a soloist in Israel, Europe, the U.S. and Canada. He has participated in various orchestras, including the Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales and the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée.

After several years as principal cellist in the New World Symphony, Roy became a member of the Savannah Symphony before joining the faculty of Radford University and the Renaissance Music Academy in Va. Currently, Roy is freelancing in Atlanta and playing regularly with the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Fringe Atlanta and the Highland Music Festival. He has been a faculty member at Agnes Scott College and currently serves on the Emory University faculty. Roy resides and teaches privately in Decatur, Ga. Click here to learn more.

Devon Joslin (Choreographer/performer, Improv Solo)
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Devon began her dance training at Columbus DanceArts Academy and BalletMet Columbus. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Utah, where she performed with the Utah Ballet resident company and internationally with the Character Dance Ensemble. As a student, Devon spent summers training at Ballet West, Orlando Ballet, Jacob's Pillow, and on scholarship at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. During her time as an Atlanta Ballet Fellowship dancer, she had the opportunity to perform with the Company in Gina Patterson's Quietly Walking and Helen Pickett's ballet based on Camino Real by Tennessee Williams, in addition to performing the lead role in Bruce Wells' Snow White. Devon has most enjoyed dancing the role of Dark Angel in George Balanchine's Serenade, both at Atlanta Ballet and the University of Utah. She is so thankful for the graciousness and support of her family over the years.

Bennyroyce Royon (Choreographer, Me in Your Fall)
Bennyroyce Royon is a Filipino-American dancer-choreographer, graduate of The Juilliard School, and former dancer with Armitage Gone! Dance. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Bad Boys of Dance, and Sidra Bell Dance NY. Bennyroyce has appeared in PBS Great Performances, on Good Morning America, and in several music videos. He has choreographed works for Atlanta Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance, The Juilliard School, The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Harvard Ballet Company, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Evolve Dance, and The Evergreen City Ballet. Other choreographic credits include originating the lead role “Jacob” for iLuminate’s off-Broadway production of Artist Of Light (2012) and as the assistant choreographer to Karole Armitage for the New York Philharmonic’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen (2011). In addition, Bennyroyce received The Joffrey Ballet’s Choreographers of Colors Award 2012, supporting the creation of Rush (2012). Bennyroyce is also the founder of Bennyroyce Dance Productions.

Benjamin Stone (Choreographer, How to be a Person)
Benjamin began dancing in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia under the guidance of Tim Podesta. In 2008 at age 16, Ben advanced into the Australian Ballet School after winning the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald Ballet Scholarship. Ben studied under Mark Annear, Dale Baker, Simon Dowe, and Jia Hong Wang and graduated in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma of Dance. Ben danced and toured with Australian Ballet, appearing as Lead Gypsy in Don Quixote. At Atlanta Ballet, Ben danced roles including Benvolio in Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliete, Laertes in Steven Mills' Hamlet, and the improvisation solo in Ohad Naharin's Minus 16. Ben thanks his parents and grandparents as well as those involved in Atlanta Ballet for their encouragement and support.

 

Meet the Dancers
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