OLIVER-PAUL ADAMS, originally from Stoke-On-Trent, England, trained at the Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, where he performed in classical works from Kenneth MacMillan and Peter Wright. Adams has performed with Slovak National Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and Diablo Ballet, dancing principal and soloist roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and works by Jiří Kylián and George Balanchine. He has also danced in contemporary works by Edwaard Liang, Septime Webre, Trey McIntyre, KT Nelson, and Post:Ballet’s Robert Dekkers. Adams has choreographed for Sacramento Ballet, Sierra Nevada Ballet, and the San Francisco Symphony. Adams joined Smuin in 2017.
MENGJUN CHEN, a native of Wenzhou, China, trained at the Beijing Dance Academy and Joffrey Ballet Academy of Dance. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Beijing Dance Academy, he joined Milwaukee Ballet where he performed major roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Dracula and La Boheme. Chen also performed contemporary works by Matthew Neenan, Gabrielle Lamb, Ma Cong, Amy Seiwert and Val Caniparoli. In 2014, he was a finalist in the USA International Ballet Competition. Chen joined Smuin in 2015.
ERICA CHIPP-ADAMS, originally from Lake Tahoe, Nevada, trained at The Harid Conservatory. In 2004 she began her professional career with Festival Ballet Providence, where she danced notable roles in Cinderella, Rodeo, Pippi, and various Balanchine ballets. Chipp-Adams joined Smuin in 2010, and has been featured in works by Jiří Kylián, Val Caniparoli, Ma Cong, Trey McIntyre, and Michael Smuin. She is a summer guest artist with Sierra Nevada Ballet, where she has danced the principal roles in Giselle, Coppélia, Romeo & Juliet, and Cinderella. In 2017, she married fellow Company member Oliver-Paul Adams.
TEREZ DEAN, originally from Hudson Valley, New York, received her training at the prestigious School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. In 2005, she joined the State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, dancing a wide range of contemporary and classical works. Dean joined Smuin in 2008 and has been featured in works by Jiří Kylián, Trey McIntyre, Val Caniparoli, Helen Pickett, Amy Seiwert, Ma Cong, Adam Hougland, and Michael Smuin. While dancing full time, she has received her BA through the Saint Mary’s College LEAP program.
Originally from Venice Beach, California, Nicole Haskins received her training at The Westside School of Ballet. She performed with Sacramento Ballet and Washington Ballet before joining Smuin in 2013. Some of Haskins’ favorite roles at Smuin include Helen Pickett’s Petal, Amy Seiwert’s Broken Open, and Michael Smuin’s Hearts Suite. An experienced choreographer, Haskins has created on Oregon Ballet Theater, Amy Seiwert’s Imagery, Richmond Ballet, and Smuin, creating three world premieres for annual performances of The Christmas Ballet, as well as Spring 2017’s mainstage premiere of The Poetry of Being. www.NicoleHaskins.com
ROBERT KRETZ, a native of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, studied at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet under Marcia Dale Weary. From 2006-2014 Kretz danced for Boston Ballet, originating roles in Jorma Elo’s Carmen/Illusions and In On Blue, and Helen Pickett’s Tabula Rasa. He performed featured roles in Jiří Kylián’s No More Play, Wings of Wax and Tar and Feathers, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, and Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free. In 2014, he performed for Twyla Tharp Dance in New York City. Kretz joined Smuin in 2015.
LAUREN PSCHIRRER graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and apprenticed at Rochester City Ballet (New York) and the Joffrey Ballet. While with the Joffrey, she danced works by Alexei Kremnev, Francisco Avina, Sir Frederick Ashton, Michael Pink, and George Balanchine. With Ballet Memphis, Pschirrer performed Matthew Neenan’s The Darting Eyes, Gabrielle Lamb’s I Am A Woman: Moult, and several featured roles in Swan Lake. She also originated several roles during National Choreographers Initiative in 2015 and 2017. Pschirrer joined Smuin in 2016, performing a featured role in Amy Seiwert’s Broken Open.
REX WHEELER, originally from London, England, trained at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst School for Dance. After dancing with Birmingham Royal Ballet as a student, he performed with Slovak National Ballet and Sacramento Ballet before joining Smuin in 2015. A choreographer and a founding member of Capital Dance Project, Wheeler has created works for many organizations across the country including Sacramento Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and the New York Choreographic Institute.
ERIN YARBROUGH-POWELL studied dance at the Interlochen Arts Academy. With Oakland Ballet, she performed the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and the lead in Cinderella. In 2003, Yarbrough-Powell received the Isadora Duncan Award for her portrayal of Giselle with the Oakland Ballet, a role taught to her by Frederic Franklin of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. With Smuin, she danced featured roles in Amy Seiwert’s Revealing the Bridge, Michael Smuin’s Romeo & Juliet and Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort. Yarbrough-Powell joined Smuin in 2003.