BalaSole Dance Co. presents ‘Salmagundi’

Salmagundi by BalaSole Dance CompanyRoberto Villanueva, the founder and artistic director of BalaSole Dance Company, presents BalaSole’s 16th concert season with Salmagundi, a new program of solos in a broad range of dance styles, music choices and artistic voices, on July 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. at Ailey Citigroup Theater, located at 405 West 55 Street in New York.  


This special concert season includes solo performances by guest artists Fredrick Davis, a current member of Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Alexandra Jacob, a former member of Dance Theatre of Harlem. Past BalaSole participants include artists from other prominent companies such as the Limón Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Parsons Dance, Lucinda Childs Dance, Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, The Isadora Duncan Dance Company and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.


For the July concert, BalaSole will present Cancelled Stamp danced by company member Laura Assante (also currently a performer with the Hell’s Kitchen Kilowatts and the Vanaver Caravan); Unstoppable danced by company member Briana Butler (who will soon tour internationally aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as a dancer in Mamma Mia); Shake it Off danced by guest soloist Frederick Davis; and Anástasis danced by guest soloist Alexandra Jacob.


Plus, BalaSole will feature Delimited Connection danced by company member Elijah Laurant (who trains at The Ailey School on full scholarship and performs with Cedan Dance Company); Found danced by company member Gina Montalto (also a performer with contemporary jazz company Introspective Movement Project); Možná Jednou danced by company member Andrea Samonilova (a dancer with Azul Dance Theatre, iKada Contemporary Dance Company, The Next Stage Project and Hell’s Kitchen Kilowatts as well); Gilgal danced by company member Camille Schmoeker (a French-American artist working on various projects); Return danced by company member Xavier Townsend (who has also performed with Rebecca Davis Dance Company); and Air danced by Artistic Director Roberto Villanueva  (who also serves as the Arts Education & Outreach Administrator for Dance Theatre of Harlem.)


Villanueva explains, “I created BalaSole because I believed it was time for a multi-ethnic organization that would open its doors to dance artists of all genres, styles, artistic expressions, shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds.”


“Diversity” and “individuality” are the keywords of the organization that has mentored and given performance opportunities to over 150 dancers/choreographers since 2010. BalaSole’s Salmagundi program is another opportunity to see this originality in performance. For more information, visit


Photo: Alexandra Jacob. Photo by Brian Mengini.