Raised in Oklahoma and started dancing at the age of nine. He trained with Ballet Oklahoma, Houston Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, The Edge Performing Arts Center (LA), and Lou Conte Dance Studio. James moved to Chicago to dance with River North Chicago Dance Company in 1999. He was with RNCDC for several years before moving to MontrÈal, where he danced with Les Ballet Jazz de MontrÈal. He has performed the works of many renowned choreographers including Aszure Barton, Mauro Bigonzetti, Frank Chaves, Danny Ezralow, Harrison McEldowney, Mia Michaels, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Crystal Pite, Victor Quijada, and Edgar Zendajas. James started choreographing as a youngster in school but really found his passion when he arrived in Chicago, where he dove into working with different dancers and companies. He has set works on River North Chicago Dance Company, Northwest Dance Project’s Pretty Creatives Competition, Les Ballet Jazz Workshop, and for Springboard Danse Project. James joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2015.
Hails from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he studied at the Dance Zone under the direction of Jami Artiga and Kaydee Francis. Rich graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts in 2004. From 2005 through 2015 Rich danced with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York City, working with world renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Schechter, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jacopo Godani, and Alexander Ekman, among others. Rich has also appeared in the 2011 Hollywood Motion Picture The Adjustment Bureau with Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. Matthew joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2015.
Born in Chicago, Illinois. Kudra began his training at the age of nine at the American Dance Center under the direction of Jack and Kathleen Villari. He has worked with River North Chicago Dance Company, DanceWorks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, and most recently Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Kudra has performed works by choreographers such as Robert Battle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Andonis Foniadakias, Emanuel Gat, Johan Inger, Alex Ketley, Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Hofesh Shechter, Jo Stromgren, Christian Spuck, and Edgar Zendejas. Joseph joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2015.
Grew up in Southern California. In May of 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. During her time at Juilliard, Michele performed the works of Pina Bausch, Eliot Feld, Martha Graham, José Limon, Paul Taylor, Matthew Neenan, Susan Sheilds, Alex Ketley, Alexander Ekman, and Alejandro Cerrudo. Through training in the US and abroad, she has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Sharon Eyal, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Didy Veldman, Stephan Laks, and Idan Sharabi. Her fondest dancing experiences include performing at The Tanztheater Wuppertal Operahouse in Germany and at The Edinburgh Playhouse in Scotland. Michele joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2014.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Christina studied in the professional division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She later went on to study at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, from which she graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Immediately upon graduation, Christina danced with the Baryshnikov Arts Foundation, and later joined the Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia. After two seasons with Koresh, Christina moved to Canada to join Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (BJM Danse) in 2007, where she danced for seven seasons. Throughout her professional career, Christina has performed the works of renowned choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Rodrigo Pederneiras, Cayetano Soto, Mauro Bigonzetti, Wen Wei Wang, Andonis Foniadakis, Nicolas Archambault and Geneviève Dorian Coupal. Christina also enjoys teaching and rehearsal directing. In addition to teaching masterclasses all over the world with BJM Danse, she has taught for prestigious organizations such as Regional Dance America, Greater Washington Dance Center, Montreal Dance Network, Le Domaine Forget Academy of Music and Dance, Studio de Danse Montreal-Paris, and The Victoria School for the Performing Arts.
A native of Portland, Maine, Andrew is a 2011 graduate of California Institute of the Arts. A 2010 recipient of the Princess Grace Dance Scholarship, Andrew has previously performed with Shen Wei Dance Arts (New York, NY), ARC Dance Project (Seattle, WA), and Island Moving Company (Newport, RI). His commercial credits include appearances on NBC’s “Parenthood”, MTVs VMAs with Taylor Swift, as well as “The Living Wake” starring Jesse Eisenberg. Andrew’s choreography has been presented by REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), Ruhrtriennale Festival at Pact Zollverein (Essen, Germany), as well as assistant choreographer credit for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s opening gala performance held at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA) in September of 2012. Andrew joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2010.
Started dancing at the International School of Dance of Carmen Roche Scaena in Madrid on a scholarship sponsored by the Ministerio de Cultura de Madrid. Guzmán danced with Ballet Joven de Carmen Roche until 1999, when he was offered a scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet (SAB). After his time at SAB, Edward Villella invited him to dance with Miami City Ballet. From 2002 to 2007, Guzmán danced with Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo. In 2007, with André Mesquita and Teresa Alves da Silva, Guzmán co-founded a cultural platform, Tok’Art. He has performed extensively as a guest artist throughout Europe. He teaches ballet, yoga, and movement workshops. Guzmán is currently BODYTRAFFIC’s resident filmmaker and has won awards for his film work. Guzman joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2012.
Miguel Perez started dancing at the age of 18 at the University of Arizona, where he was awarded a 4-year scholarship for dance. After college he danced for River North Dance Company and Hubbard Street 2 in Chicago. Aside from being an accomplished concert dancer, Miguel has had tremendous success in the commercial dance world: he danced for Celine Dion’s A New Day at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and then continued on as a part of Celine Dion’s Taking Chances world tour. Most recently he danced for Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas. Miguel has been seen on television on So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, and Dancing with the Stars and in commercials for McDonalds and What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Miguel has been dancing with BODYTRAFFIC since 2009, when he moved to Los Angeles to strike a balance between concert and commercial dance. When he’s not performing, Miguel teaches and choreographs at universities and dance studios throughout the United States.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada Melissa began her professional training at the National Ballet School of Canada under Mavis Stains. Melissa continued her education, to receive a BFA in Dance and choreography and a minor in social sciences from The California Institute of the Arts. Upon graduation Melissa danced with Luna Negra Dance Theater, in Chicago where she performed original works by Eduardo Vilaro, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Jose Limon. While working with choreographer Alex Ketley in Seattle WA, through Arc Dance, BODYTRAFFIC was made known to Melissa and the rest is history. Melissa joined BODYTRAFFIC in the spring of 2011 and has had the opportunity to be in the creation processes with choreographers Barak Marshall, Stijn Celis, Sidra Bell, Kyle Abraham and Hofesh Shechter. Since moving back to LA Melissa has also worked commercially dancing for various artists such as Florence and the Machine, Jason Derulo, Kevin Eubanks and Major Lazer. She has also performed on X-Factor and the Voice and filmed various commercials.