Dance Key West’s company dancers are based in Key West, LA, NYC and beyond. From sea to shining sea!

Cait Belland began her dance training at age four at The Coffee Mill Dance Studio in her hometown of Key West, Florida. She furthered her classical ballet training in Jacksonville, Florida at various studios including Florida Ballet and Orlando Ballet. She trained at Festival Ballet Providence, Rhode Island in their pre-professional and summer programs. Other summer training programs Cait attended include: Orlando Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, The Rock School of Dance, and The Nutmeg Ballet. She continued her studies and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, training under Katie Dorn, Rachel James, Jurijs Safonovs and Director, Joseph Morrissey. Her classical ballet performances include Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote. She also performed Serenade by George Balanchine, staged by Diana White and “Before Your Eyes’’ by choreographer, Yoshito Sakuraba. Cait has worked with renowned dancers and choreographers including Shura Baryshnikov, Michael Spencer Philips, Pablo Francisco Ruvalcaba, Dillon Crossman, Wendy Whelan, Fana Tysfagorious, and Sydney James Harcourt. She has trained at Steps On Broadway and Gibney Dance in NYC. In 2019, Cait performed at Carnegie Hall to work choreographed by Loni Landon. In 2020 she performed at the New World Center in Miami, Florida. Cait is ignited about creating unique choreography and exploring the collaborating relationship of dance with other art forms. She currently attends University of Florida where she is pursuing a BFA in Dance and a Masters of Science in Management. Cait is ecstatic to come back to her roots and to be a part of Dance Key West.

Cricket Desmarais is a multi-media artist with a focus on dance, choreography, poetry, performance, encaustic painting, & photography which she often blends together for live & large-scale installation pieces. Most of her art-making efforts generally begin as a big particular that give way to a blend of improvisation & Wabi-sabi— a Japanese worldview that centers on three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, & nothing is perfect.

Cricket’s current work in all genres explores the desire to bring intamicy, order, & space to the narratives of the macro & micro of the island’s flora, fauna, & marine life while also serving as a steward for these important resources.

“While making art that is expressive of my personal narratives merits a place in my efforts, I also feel it is my duty to not only make things that are aesthetically pleasing for myself & others but to give meaning to who we are & where we come from, & to reveal or reflect a cultural narrative or scientific truth that might otherwise go unnoticed. In my opinion, great art makes the viewer take pause & consider their values, their history, & what their part may be in the greater whole. If my art can promote commentary & humanize a subect &/or its surrounding environment, I’ve done my work,” she says.

Cricket is currently a Bachelor of Science in Marine Resource Management student at the College of the Florida Keys & previously received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry with Dance Education studies from New York University & a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire. Her visual art has been exhibited in group & solo shows in Key West & New York City. & she is the recipient of many grants & awards, including a New York Times Fellowship, The Key West Writer’s Guild Award, & The Key West Literary Seminar Liz Lear Scholarship Award. She lives in Key West, Florida, with her 2 daughters, 2 cats, & dog.

DUANE GOSA, a Chicago native, received his BFA in Dance from The University of Akron in 2008. Upon graduation, Duane moved to New York City to join the contemporary dance company, Jennifer Muller/The Works. Here he had the opportunity perform many lead roles with the company, teach master classes and assist with reconstructing Jennifer’s works across the US, Brazil, China, and Mexico. Since moving to NYC to join JM/TW, Duane has had the pleasure of working with dance artists and companies of all disciplines. Most significantly as a dancer in New York City Opera’s production of Esther at Lincoln Center, in the the Taiwanese tour of Tim Rice and Elton John’s Broadway musical AIDA, with Gleich Dances in NYC, and with the contemporary cabaret company, The Love Show, in a host of nightlife events and off-broadway productions including their popular production of Nutcracker: Rated R. Subsequently, in 2013 Duane joined Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and has had the opportunity to perform soloist roles with the company in over 20 different countries around the world. Duane is thrilled to be working with the artists of Dance Key West!

Jordan Fife Hunt trained at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Credits include: Emojiland (original Off-Broadway cast; cast recording on Broadway Records), A Chorus Line (1st National Broadway Revival Tour, Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under The Stars, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Marriott Theatre), Prime Time (The Studios of Key West), On The Town (The Marriott Theatre), Fiorello! (City Center Encores), Aladdin (The Muny), Where’s Charley? (City Center Encores), Zanna, Don’t (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Cats (Lubbock Moonlight Musicals), La Cage aux Folles (The Marriott Theatre), Mary Poppins (Lubbock Moonlight Musicals), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). Concert dance credits include: Benjamin Briones Ballet, Veracity Dance Theatre, In-Sight Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Dance Key West, GIG - The Show. Choreography credits include: “Call Me Baby” (music video for recording artist Brittany Campbell), “House of Glass” (music video for recording artist Brittany Campbell), The Broadway Dolls - Resident Choreographer. @jordanfifehunt

Angela Harriell is the director and choreographer of The Love Show NYC, a theatrical dance company based in Brooklyn, NY. The Love Show has toured professionally all over the US, as well as doing full productions in Italy, Mexico, Japan, and Egypt.

A graduate of Fredonia University, where she received The Graduate Scholarship for ballet, she has danced with Elisa Monte and David Brown dance, Dance Key West, Randy James Danceworks, Brooklyn Ballet, Opera Francais De New York, The Box, and was a professor of ballet at Binghamton University.

The Public Theater, Vogue magazine, TNT Drama, Banksy, The BBC, and Dom Perignon have commissioned pieces from her, and she has created and directed four original Off Broadway productions, including the very popular Nutcracker: Rated R, selling out in its runs over the past seven seasons. Angela has choreographed multiple musicals, music videos and industrials. Her work can be seen glittering on nightlife stages as well as dinner shows, private events, casinos, museums, and the off Broadway stage. Recently, Angela set the choreography for one of the shows on Virgin Atlantic’s brand new ship, Virgin Voyages.

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Andrew Hodge has traveled North America and Europe as a performer and dance instructor. U.S. Tours: White Christmas, A Chorus Line, Cats, 42nd Street. Broadway Developmental Workshop: Top Hat. Regional credits include: Arena Stage (Oklahoma!), Westchester Broadway Theater (42nd Street, Billy understudy), Theatre Under The Stars, North Shore Music Theater… Featured in #CUPS tap dance viral YouTube hit. He’s danced for Tyra Banks on America’s Next Top Model and with Liza Minnelli on the TV Land Awards. He got his start as a performer and dance captain on board Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas.

Recently, Hodge conceived and directed the music video for Natalie Weiss’s cover of “Heart of Stone” from Six. He cowrote “Camp It Up!” the theme song for the new drag reality competition web-series Camp Wannakiki. Upcoming, he’s conceived or co-conceived, as well as written shows in development for Norwegian Cruise Line, including a new dance-based spectacular adaptation of The Red Shoes, with direction and choreography by Emmy-Winner Mandy Moore. Find him everywhere, at @andruhodge.

Kristen Huffman is performer and teaching artist with Dance Key West. She loves dancing with the company and teaching the students of Bahama Village Music Program and Monroe Association of ReMARCable Citizens. Kristen is from Bowling Green, Kentucky where she began dancing at Dance Arts of Bowling Green. She trained there with the Southern Kentucky Dance Ensemble throughout high school and also with Atlanta Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She continued her dance career at Western Kentucky University and was a member of the University Dance Company and the National Dance Educators Organization. She also had the opportunity to take her dance studies overseas to Civitavecchia, Italy and rehearsed and performed with the Balletto di Civitavecchia. Ultimately, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from WKU. Currently, Kristen lives in Key West, Florida.

Christina Johnson (aka CJ) fell in love with dance back in the 1990’s; in a far away land known as Oregon. She was studying fitness and entertaining the idea of being a “dancer”. CJ moved to Seattle where she cofounded Jerboa dance (www.jerboadance.com), and has dedicated her professional life to the arts ever since. She made the trek across the country, joining the NYC dance scene in 2005. CJ is proud to have been on stage with The Love Show, Shir Dance Theater, Tamara Sarri, Zambasa, and more! Now you can find her traveling all over NYC and beyond teaching, performing, and playing with circus freaks.

Karli hails from Ocean City, NJ where she explored the love of dance throughout her childhood. Her exploration led her to the Children and Teen Program at Broadway Dance Center in NYC where she chose to actively pursue dance as a passion. In 2016, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. While at Purchase she was awarded the opportunity to study abroad in Singapore at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. During her time at Purchase, she had the honor of performing works by Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Rosalind Newman, Kevin Wynn and Kyle Abraham among many others. Karli has since been working as a freelance artist, teacher, and choreographer throughout NYC and the surrounding areas. Karli currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and is so grateful to be part of Dance Key West!

A proud native of Long Island, NY, Jacqueline always knew she’d be a performing artist and educator. She graduated from Montclair State University with a BA in Dance Education. Jacqueline has performed elite choreographedpieces by Bill T. Jones, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, David Parsons, Larry Keigwin, and Frederick Earl Mosley. She was the lead soloist in Martha Graham’s Daughters of the Night, Night Journey performed at The Joyce Theatre, NYC. Jacqueline has been a dancer with Dance Key West for three years and just recently performed at the Studios of Key West in the musical, “Prime Time”. She was also the lead actress in The Truth Urban Theatre Group’s production of “VIVA AFRICA” in Long Island, NY. Jacqueline appeared on Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” Netflix series as well as a dancer on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, and Live with Kelly and Ryan. She can also be seen in various television commercials including Nutrafol Hair and Ultimate Ears Speakers. Jacqueline is a part of the top dance agency in NYC, Bloc Agency and has walked in Brooklyn Fashion Week. Jacqueline was afforded the opportunity to teach in the Orange Public School District in New Jersey as a K-12 Dance Teacher. All of Jacqueline’s experiences have allowed her to not only advance her skills as a dancer but also as a well-rounded performing artist and educator.

Morgan Stinnett grew up in Akron, OH and trained at Nan Klinger’s Excellence in Dance. He attended Point Park University and majored in Dance with a Ballet concentration. His professional career started at Texas Ballet Theater before moving to NYC. Morgan has danced for over 20 regional companies and currently freelances as a soloist with Ballets With a Twist, K/M D/M, CelloPointe, Dances Patrelle and East Coast Contemporary Ballet. He has also performed with Craig Salstein’s (ABT) company Intermezzo Dance and is the Ballet Master for the View Dance Challenge Convention in Canada. Morgan can also be seen in Jordon Matter’s ‘Dancer’s After Dark’ and Kike Calvo’s ‘World of Dances’ for National Geographic. Recently, he was a soloist in the Broadway & Ballet Awards in NYC, performed with Broadway Sings for Pride, was a body double for a new film “Echappe” and was a dancer in the new NYC webseries “Living the Dream”. Last winter, he also performed with Cyndi Lauper in her ‘Home for the Holidays’ show at the Beacon Theater. You can also see him in the new promotional dance film for NYC’s Office of Emergency Management.

Melissa Weber was born in North Haven,CT but started her serious ballet training when she moved to Boca Raton, Fl. Melissa received the majority of her early dance training with Boca Ballet Theatre under the tutelage of Jane Tyree and Dan Guin and at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts under the guidance of Jeff Satinoff. Melissa’s first professional experiences were with Louisville Ballet in Don Quixote and in Christopher Fleming’s Nutcracker in Lakeland,Fl while still in high school. After graduation she attended Wright State University and danced with Dayton Ballet II. After spending two years in Ohio, Melissa joined Nashville Ballet as a trainee. Melissa joined Charleston Ballet Theatre where she danced soloist and principal roles for eight seasons. Ms Weber has performed many works by renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Marius Petipa, Lew Christensen, Christopher Fleming, Dermot Burke, Karen Russo, Jon Rodriguez, Paul Vasterling, Choo San Goh, Dan Guin, Jonathan Tabbert and Jill Bahr. Some of her favorite roles include The Mistress in Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Lead Gypsy girl in Don Quixote, The Matriarch in Jill Bahr’sRite of Spring, Helena (Jill Bahr) and Hippolyta (Brett Raphael) in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Lady Capulet in Bahr’s Romeo and Juliet, Arabian in The Nutcracker, and the Lead Girl in Guin’s Ella Sang. Since moving to the Connecticut/NYC area Melissa has performed with Ballet Neo, Arch Contemporary Ballet, Benjamin Briones Ballet and performed with Armada Dance in New York Fashion Week’s “Style Pointe”. Currently Melissa is a soloist with Connecticut Ballet and Sarah Berges Dance, while recently joining CT Theatre Dance Company as a Principal Dancer. Melissa has been featured in Jordan Matter’s Book, Dancers After Dark, danced in Cal Kehoe’s music video “Marilyn”, an extra for OneRepublic’s video “Connection” and danced in the “Corpse de Ballet” episode of CBS’s Elementary. Melissa is thrilled to be working with Dance Key West.