Hollie Wright

A Philadelphia native, Miss Wright began her career at The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!). Going through the ranks, Miss Wright joined the training program while in high school, was selected to join Danco II, and after 2 seasons, left and finished her Bachelor’s in Dance Education. A week to the day of graduation she had her first performance with Philadanco. She has worked with and performed work by numerous choreographers during her time at Philadanco including Elisa Monte, Ron Brown, George Faison, and Talley Beatty to name a few. Upon leaving Philadanco, Miss Wright enjoyed her Broadway debut in Maurice Hines’ Hot Feet as a featured member in the ensemble and doing the leading role before the show closed. Miss Wright has gone on to perform in a number of shows including The Color Purple and Sophisticated Ladies. Miss Wright has done some television and film work including Beloved, The Great Observer, A Bridezilla Promo, and a podcast go project. With her Bachelor’s in Education, Miss Wright found time to teach while dancing at Philadanco. Miss Wright has been a lecturer at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Miss Wright has also taught and choreographed stateside and abroad. While in New York, Miss Wright has choreographed for Universoul Circus, a commercial for Party City, and a production of Dreamgirls. Currently Miss Wright is on faculty at The Ailey School teaching in the Professional Division.

2018

Samantha Pollino

Musical Theater

"HAMILTON"

Samantha is currently in the original Broadway cast of Head Over Heels. Most recently, she was in the original Chicago cast of Hamilton: An American Musical. Before that, she appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Hot Feet. She toured nationally with Nickelodeon as Stephanie from Lazytown. She has appeared in commercials and industrial performances for Above The Influence, Nike, Mattel, Disney, and Nickelodeon. A Baltimore native, Samantha attended Baltimore School for the Arts, and then graduated from the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Favorite show credits include Tuck Everlasting, Carousel, Singin' in the Rain, Legally Blonde, and American Idiot.

2017

Gabriel Hyman

Modern

Gabriel began his dance training at Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, DE and later graduated from the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA. He attended summer programs at The Ailey School, The School at Jacob's Pillow, and Nederlands Dans Theater and has performed works by Matthew Rushing, Sharon Eyal, Bob Fosse, Crystal Pite and Lightfoot León among others. He has also been a featured dancer in Jennah Bell's music video, "John Forbid" and CosmoBody's Yoga for Dancers. Mr. Hyman recently graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance as a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar and a Glorya Kaufman Dance Scholar. This is his second season with Ailey II.

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