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The Lineage Dancers

Brittany Daniels (she/her) began dancing ballet at the age of eight and later studied hip-hop, jazz, modern, and ballroom at the age of 14. She completed Cecchetti examinations 1-5 and earned international honors for her last examination. Some summer dance intensives she attended are Cecchetti USA (nominated for an award in her division), American Ballet Theater, Ballet Magnificat! (full scholarship), and LINES Ballet (scholarship). She was awarded most promising dancer in her home city Temecula, California by ODC Modern Dance Company, as well as offered a full scholarship to their dance intensive. She was offered an apprenticeship to the modern company PGK Dance Project when she was 18. She traveled and danced in Washington DC, New York, Italy, and Cuba with Dunamix Dance Project. She was honored with many opportunities to perform, serve, and teach dance at places that serve underprivileged children, abused children, individuals with HIV/AIDS, and individuals who are homeless.

Nola Gibson (she/her), based in Los Angeles, is a dynamic and versatile modern dancer joining Lineage Dance Company this fall for her first season. She trained at City Ballet of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and UC Irvine, where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Political Science in 2021.

Nola's professional career includes 3 seasons with Benita Bike's DanceArt, creation processes with renowned choreographers Lar Lubovitch and Charlotte Griffin and freelance work with LAdancemakers. Her dedication and talent have been recognized through various awards, including the Spotlight Awards and scholarships at UC Irvine.

In addition to her dance career, Nola is a certified RYT 200 yoga instructor with a specialization in prenatal yoga. She integrates her deep understanding of movement and body mechanics into her yoga practice, providing a holistic approach to fitness and wellness for expectant mothers.

Nola continues to captivate audiences with her technical prowess and expressive artistry, bringing passion and excellence to every performance and teaching session.

Molly Mattei (she/her) A native of Elgin, IL, graduated with a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University. She has performed with various contemporary companies in the Los Angeles area and as an aerial artist and dancer for Royal Caribbean International. She currently heads the performing arts department and teaches dance courses at Flintridge Preparatory in La Cañada. Molly joined Lineage Dance in 2010.

Caterina Mercante (she/her) Early training and performing included dancing in Italy with Grupo Stabile Udinese, under the direction of Elisabetta Ceron and Antonella Cumin, where she was introduced to contemporary ballet and modern dance. From 1996-2000, she trained in jazz, modern, tap, and ballet with Fran Atlas-Lara, David Popalisky, and Audrey King. In June 2000, she received a BA in Theater Arts with emphasis in Dance and a BA in Italian Literature from Santa Clara University. Caterina has been teaching at Flintridge Preparatory in La Cañada since 2002, and has been dancing with Lineage Dance since 2000. In 2005, Caterina became the Associate Director of Lineage Performing Arts Center. Since 2007, she has been the coordinator for Pasadena Dance Festival.

Ericalynn Priolo (she/her) was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in South Florida. She received her early training at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and attended various dance programs such as Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive, the Ailey Extension International Dance Exchange, and Dance Makers Choreographic Workshop in Toronto, Canada. Ericalynn received her BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida. Here she was able to perform works choreographed by Peter London, Gerard Ebitz, Darshan Bhuller, and Robert Battle. Priolo was also honored to perform Robert Battle's "Battlefield" in the Czech Republic and Peter London's "Frida" in Puerto Rico. Ericalynn Priolo has been a company member with Lineage Dance for 11 years and teaches at the Buckley School.

Austin Roy (he/him) has held many titles at Lineage over the past 14 years: intern, dance teacher, dancer, development director, board member, bartender, emcee, etc.

Marco Tacandong (he/him) is a dancer, choreographer, and educator from Jacksonville, Florida who is trained in modern, contemporary, and hip hop styles. He received his B.A. in Dance from Jacksonville University and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. He is signed to Go 2 Talent Agency and also teaches hip-hop at Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy in Glendora, CA. He was a part of Snowglobe Perspective's Snowtorious, WreckLess Dance Crew, Nancy Evans Theatre, Florida State College at Jacksonville's danceWORKS repertory company, and was a dance director at a high school in San Gabriel. Marco is glad to be part of the Lineage family.

Hilary Thomas (she/her) grew up in Pasadena and trained with The Pasadena Dance Theatre. She earned degrees in dance and psychology from Santa Clara University and continued her dance training with the Joffrey Ballet. In 1999, Hilary created Lineage Dance to raise support and awareness for nonprofit organizations and to make the arts accessible to all. Since that time, Lineage has presented over 2,000 performances and raised more than $200,000 for charitable, educational, and non-profit organizations across the country. In 2010, the company opened the Lineage Performing Arts Center (LPAC) in Pasadena as home for connecting through the arts. For the past eleven years, Lineage has produced the award-winning Pasadena Dance Festival which brings together local choreographers, teachers, and students for an opportunity to celebrate a shared passion for dance. Hilary has also been on faculty at Flintridge Preparatory School, teaching science and dance since 2001.

Teya Wolvington (she/her) began dancing at the age of twelve when she moved from Portland, Oregon to Santa Fe, New Mexico. After training in both ballet and modern for six years, she attended the Modern Dance Department at the University of Utah. Upon receiving a B.F.A. in 2005, she moved to Los Angeles and has been dancing professionally ever since. She was a member of Benita Bike's DanceArt Company for six seasons and has been dancing with Lineage since 2008. She is truly honored to be part of the Lineage family.

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Meghann Zenor (she/her) was born and raised in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. She was a company member with Pacific Dance Ensemble in Newport, Oregon for eight years. Meghann graduated with a BFA in Dance and a BS in Communications from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Upon graduation, Meghann moved to New York City where she worked in commercial production and performed with a variety of modern dance companies. Meghann moved to Los Angeles in 2004. She's currently a full time mom and sneaks off to be an Art Director a few times a year. Meghann has been dancing with Lineage since 2007.

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