Amanda Balen is originally from Canada, having trained under Tiffany McLean at Tiffany’s Dance Elite in Hamilton, Ontario. She has been working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles for 2 years.

Amanda has traveled the world extensively, performing on two separate world tours with pop singer Aaron Carter and former backstreet boy Nick Carter. She has performed in front of crowds as large as 70,000 at such venues as California’s Rose Bowl and the Giants Stadium in New York City and has shared the stage with such artists as Pink, Missy Elliot and No Doubt. She also appeared on the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square Gardens, which was later aired on VH1.

Some of Amanda’s television credits include Live with Regis and Kelly, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The CBS Early Show, Smash Hits, 48 Hours, Fox Live and Nickolodeon's All That.

Amanda’s dancing has been featured in such films as, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Pop Star, and commercials for the Japanese magazine, Town Work.

She is extremely grateful and thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with Evolution Dance Company, and wants to thank her amazing parents, Mary and John, for all of their love and support.


John Patrick Cartin has numerous theatre credits which include the New York and US productions of A Few Good Men Dancin, ’ Tokyo Disney’s production of Encore, as well as the North Star Ballet Company and the Joffrey Ballet School. His television credits include principal roles in Everybody Hates Chris, All My Children and As the World Turns. He has appeared in the film Mothers Be Good, and made his video debut in “Say Yes” for the band Blood Arm. He is currently touring the U.S. on faculty with the new dance convention AFGMD. John was an Elite gymnast before he began his dance training and has been a featured dancer/acrobat with the world famous company Anti-Gravity in New York City. John is extremely excited to be a part of Evolution Dance Company.


Pam began her training with Accent On Dance in Waukesha Wisconsin, under the direction of Kellie Plath. She furthered her studies receiving a BA in Dance at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. While there, she performed repertoire from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and River North, among others. She’s worked with organizations such as Walt Disney World and Universal Dance Association. Recently, Pam has been a guest artist with the Houston Met Dance Company, and performed with Melissa Thodos Dance Company, Bound Contemporary Dance, Virtuoso Performing Arts, Bhumn Dance, and Winnifred R Harris’ Between Lines. She is currently on faculty with Adrenaline Dance and is represented by Clear Talent Agency. Pam is proud to be a part of Evolution and would like to thank her family and friends for their unconditional love and support.


Craig DeRosa, 18, resides in Long Island, N.Y. Dancing since the age of 8, Craig studied numerous styles of dance including ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and acrobatics at Michelle Ferraro's Dance U.S.A. in Coram, N.Y. His acheivements include the 1999 Pro Bowl Halftime show with NSYNC, the New York Knick's City Kids in 2000, the 2002 Fred Astaire Awards, competing in the 2002 World Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2003, and Justin Giles' 2004 company "Soul Escape". His most recent and most recognizable acheivement was being one of the top 13 finalists on Fox 5's 2005 hit televison show "So You Think You Can Dance". Craig is honored to be a member of Evolution Dance Company, in hopes of it's continuous success.


Jeremy Duvall is a graduate of Oklahoma City University’s School of American Dance and Arts Management. He has worked professionally in several different venues of the industry which include Radio City Christmas Spectacular, three seasons with the Music Theatre of Wichita, Tokyo Disney’s premiering production of “Encore”, the Hollywood Bowl production of “Camelot”, Madison Opera’s “Carmen”, Opera Pacific’s “Samson and Delilah”, Reprise! production“Applause” starring Sheryl Lee Ralph, as well as films “Mothers Be Good” and “National Lampoon’s Clubhouse Trick or Treat”. Jeremy is also a devoted teacher/choreographer, who is currently touring with the new dance convention/show/competition A Few Good Men Dancin’ after being a part of its first national tour. He has traveled to Japan, Italy, Canada, and numerous cities across the U.S sharing his knowledge with others. He is very excited and extremely grateful for this amazing opportunity with Evolution.


Mallauri Esquibel now 19 has been dancing since the age of 2 1/2! Orginally from Highlands Ranch Colorado she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream as a dancer. Although she has trained and worked with many teachers and chreographers nation wide she will always call Starstruck Academy of dance home. Presently Mallauri travels the U.S. and Canada as Tina D'Amato's assitant. Mallauri has done many local shows and events but this is her first professional dance job, she is thrilled to be part of Evolution Dance Company.


Tina Finkelman began dancing as a child in her hometown of New York City. From modern to contemporary, jazz to hip-hop, she is a risk-taker who expresses herself through her many different styles. With a strong technical background enriched with percussive precision, Tina approaches the stage with a unique attention to detail. She received her extensive training at a Long Island dance institute, under the mentorship of Michele Cuccaro, and has since received countless accolades and awards. After graduating high school, she attended the prestigious Barnard College, Columbia University and became an integral dancer and choreographer in the school’s largest dance organization, Orchesis. While at Barnard, Tina worked with many acclaimed choreographers including Lila York, Ted Thomas, Aszure Barton, and Yuriko. She also performed the works of Martha Graham, Jose Limon, and Paul Taylor. Also while at Barnard, Tina performed with dance companies including The Notario Dance Company, during their season at the Duke Theater, and ASH Contemporary, at The Jazz Dance World Congress. Upon graduation, Tina joined the ASzURe & Artists Dance Company as a soloist and has performed throughout the United States, including at the renowned Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Since moving to Los Angeles in September ’05 she has worked with Winifred Harris’ Between Lines Dance Company. In June ’06 Tina will have the honor of touring with Mikhail Baryshnikov while they perform the work of Aszure Barton. Tina is proud to be a part of Evolution’s debut performance.


Jeremy Hudson has been dancing for 8 years. He has trained extensively with many different choreographers throughout the country, but received most of his training in South Carolina. He appeared on Star Search at the age of 16 as a part of a trio "Hot Under the Collar". He recently moved to LA a little over a year ago and to begin his professinal dancing career. Once in LA, Jeremy began traveling along side Mark Meismer, assisting him with master classes and choreography around the US. He has done many professional jobs that include modeling and dancing for a Nike industrial, a Redken industrial, and an industrial for Tarbell Reality. He also danced in Jessica Simpson's "Boots" video. He is very excited to be a part of this company and can't wait to perform here in OC.


Born and raised in Colorado, Randi moved to Los Angeles less than a year ago to pursue a professional career in dancing. As her first professional job, Randi got the opportunity to tour both the United States and Japan with pop star, Aaron Carter. Randi has made several television appearances with actress and singer, Raven Symone, and appeared as a dance contestant on CBS's Starsearch. She has done industrials for Nike, Reebok, and Gap and recently played the lead actress in a music video. Randi has worked and trained with some of the most prestigous teachers and choreographers across the country and feels so blessed to have done so. Randi is so thankful to be working with such a talented group of dancers and choreographers in the company, and she would like to thank her family, friends, and previous dance
instructors for their love and support.


Melody is 23 years old and is from Daly City, CA. She started dancing at the age of 5, but found a love for it once she reached high school. She attended the School of the Arts, under the direction of Elvia Marta where she trained in classical and contemporary ballet, modern jazz blues and Afro-Hatian. She was also a member of The Dance Company of San Francisco, where she trained in lyrical, jazz and modern with Chris Jacobsen, whom she also assisted around the nation. Melody moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dance dreams in the fall of 2003. She has since performed as a back-up dancer for Jerry Reid, has done numerous shows for Doug Caldwell and Nichelle Bane, and traveled to Dallas, TX as a member of Justin Giles' company, "Soul Escape." Melody's latest accomplishment is coming in second to her best friend, Nick Lazzarini, on the hit television show, "So You Think You Can Dance." She has been busy teaching and choreographing all over California, but she is thrilled to be able to stay in one place for a while, to be part of this amazing journey. "Thank you Mark for your love and support, and most of all, for believing in me."


After only one year in Los Angeles, 20 year old Jillian has earned the reputation of a respected and gifted dancer. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Jillian was first introduced to LA when she was asked to perform with Dance With the Force in 2003. Since then, she has worked with such diverse choreographers as Brian Friedman, Ryan Heffington, Bubba Carr and Blake McGrath. Jillian also assisted Tovaris Wilson in choreographing for the hit show "So You Think You Can Dance". Whether expressing herself through lyrical, tap or hip hop, Jillian thrives off her love of dance and is proud to be a part of "Evolution Dance Company".


Be it master classes, movie sets or massive re-staging rehearsals, Mandy has been there. She has traveled the world over teaching workshops, choreographing and performing. You can catch her dancing in the movies Austin Powers 3, and A Time For Dancing. She can also be seen in episodes of Malcolm In the Middle, That 70’s Show, The Drew Carey Show and the FOX pilot for Dirt Bags. Mandy was assistant choreographer for American Juniors, American Idol Season 3 and 4 and most recently assisted the audition tour for So You Think You Can Dance? on FOX. As a member of IV Dance Company, under the direction of Dee Caspary, she performed in IV, The Last Letter, A Time No More and The Glass Case. Mandy travels all over the country as a full time faculty member for JUMP National Dance Convention and is on staff at Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood. She continues to teach workshops and sets her work at many of the top studios where she has become an award winning and established choreographer. Mandy is honored to be a part of Evolution; in the company of incredibly talented artists and hopes you enjoy the experience.


Jessica Reely moved from Seattle to L.A. in 2004 in pursuit of becoming a professional dancer. While in Seattle, Jessica trained at Westlake Dance Center under the direction of Kirsten Cooper. Since living in California, she has had the oppurtunity to work with artists such as Pras, Lauren Hildebrandt and most recently can be seen in the Fiona Apple video, "Oh Sailor" and The Disney Channel series, "The Suite Life with Zach and Cody". Stage credits include the original Rock of Ages musical workshop, 2003's Dance With the Force ensemble and the OC Pavilion's 50 Years of Rock show! Jessica is honored to be dancing in Evolution with such inspiring performers, and would love to thank her mom, Dianna, dad, Dan, family and friends for their entertainment and support!


Natalie Reid was born and raised in Seattle, Washington where she trained at Turning Pointe Dance Centre. She moved to Orange, California to attend Chapman University in the fall of 2004. Her dance credits include the 2003 Dance with the Force ensemble, pieces choreographed by Dee Caspary in both the 2005 and 2006 Carnival, performing at the Elan Awards in New York City, and performing a piece choreographed by Mandy Moore in the Hysterica Benefit Show. Natalie would like to thank her mother, Julie, and her father, Tom, for always supporting her in her dream to become a dancer. She would also like to thank her California family for providing a home away from home, and the comedy and entertainment of her wonderful friends.


Johanna Sapakie’s passion for dance and love for choreography have always played an important role in her life. Her diligent work ethic and dedication to the craft have gotten her far in the ever-expanding worlds of dance and entertainment. While coming from a strong ballet background, Johanna is an athletic dancer schooled in a variety of dance forms including jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tap, modern, partnering, point work and aerial tissue. She was trained from a very young age and has worked with such master teachers as Joe Tremaine, Debbie Allen, Stephan Wenta, Marguerite Derricks, Wade Robson and Savion Glover.

More recently, on the performance side of her career, Johanna has been involved in many projects on stage and on camera including The MTV Movie Awards with Interscope recording artist T.A.T.U., Slime Time Live and Radio Disney Live with Jive recording artist Aaron Carter, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, live shows with EMI recording artist Oryon, a music video for EMI Latin Recording artist Jennifer Pena, Jazz Dance World Congress 2001-2004, "The Professional Dancers’ Society Benefit" with Liz Imperio, "Steps in Time" with Travis Payne, the grand opening of "The Highlands" with Alex Magno, "Bound" with Terry Beeman, the Hysterica Dance Company with Bubba Carr, "Jazz Dance L.A. 2000" with Doug Caldwell, "The Mandalone Project" and "NY’s Performance Outlet 2000" with Dee Caspary, Gucci, Redkin, Volvo and Tarbell Realty industrials, a Rhino Records Commercial, photography for the Dance Resource Center and much more. Currently, Johanna is a member of Liz Imperio’s Instincts Live Media dance company which has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe.

With her choreography, Ms. Sapakie has been involved in "Michael Jackson: A Tribute to the King of Pop" and "Michael Jackson at B.B. King’s Club" as well as 2000, 2001 and 2002 "Jazz Dance L.A.", promotional showcases for EMI recording artist Oryon, choreography for professional dance companies, studios and schools around the world and much more.

Johanna has assisted in choreography for Madonna: The Reinvention Tour, the 2003 Latin Grammy Awards, Jean Ann Ryan cruise lines, the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the feature film "Dus", industrials, burlesque shows, showcases and performances for recording artists Nonny and Alexandra Monir and routines for the Los Angeles Clippers, to name a few.

Along with performing and choreographing, Johanna also takes much pride in her teaching. While always trying to expand her horizons, she teaches all forms of dance including jazz, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop and tap. She has taught at studios all around the world for children and adults of all levels and abilities. Johanna also enjoys teaching on conventions and judging for various dance competitions. She is currently sharing her knowledge and love for dance at Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood and Debbie Allen’s Dance Academy in Culver City, as well as many other places.

Most recently, Ms. Sapakie has found a new love in the world of aerial tissue. She has already performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Costa Rica and is excited to add this new medium to her credits.


Tyne Stecklein is 17 years old and just graduated from high school in January. She has been training at Miller’s Dance Studio in Aurora, Colorado for many years where she has held numerous lead roles and has been a competitive leader for the Tour de Force Dance Company. Her favorite roles include Sugarplum in The Nutcracker, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Ariel in The Little Mermaid. She also recently played the role of Velma in her high school’s production of West Side Story. She has been a soloist for the Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Junior Ballet Company in Boulder, Colorado. Tyne has been an assistant teacher for Hollywood Connection and CoDance Conventions. This year she is serving as an apprentice assistant and faculty show performer with L.A. Dance Magic Conventions. She thanks her family, her studio, and Kellen for their love and support and is thrilled to be a part of Evolution Dance Company!


Travis Wall has been dancing since the age of three. He grew up in Virginia Beach VA and was trained at his mothers studio Denise Wall's Dance Energy winning numberous awards and titles. He has appeared in the national Dr. Pepper commercial and television shows such as Access Hollywood, the 43rd Annual Tony Awards, MTV, and the Rosie O'Donnel Show to name a few. Travis is also a member of Lauren Adams company Moving Still.. which has also produced a book. He has appeared in the original broadway cast of The Music Man for 2 years as Eddie Mason, and also understudied Winthrop. Travis tours the country teaching, choreographing, and assiting at many studios and conventions. Much love and thanks to Anthony, Danny, and Mom for everything humanly possible! I love you!


Dana Wilson moved from Colorado at age 18. There she trained at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy, and began her path to a career in dance. Now residing in North Hollywood California, Dana teaches at the Millennium Dance Complex and continues to train. Dana is fortunate to work under the influences of choreographers Cheryl Copeland, Nick Bass, and Marty Kudelka among many others. This is her first appearance in a professional company. Dana would like to thank her friends, mentors, and espically family for all the love and support over the years.