Michael grew up in Virginia, where he began his study of dance at The Richmond Ballet. With a strong foundation, Michael furthered his training at Butler University’s Department of Dance. After earning a degree in Arts Administration with Concentration in Dance, Michael was invited to join The Boston Ballet, performing corps, soloist and principal roles from 1996 to 2005. Michael has danced the classics here and abroad with world-renowned dancers, including Carlos Acosta and Sarah Lamb of the Royal Ballet, and performed contemporary works by acclaimed choreographers including Rudi Van Dantzig, Bruce Marks, Nacho Duato, Mark Morris, George Balanchine, Rudolf Nureyev, John Cranko and Christopher Wheeldon. He has also studied musical theatre, salsa, ballroom, and performed Jazz and Jive in Los Angeles.
Michael furthered City Dance’s success, Boston Ballet’s outreach program, spreading opportunity and motivating students throughout Boston’s public, private, and charter school systems. He returned to Butler University, where he taught as a Visiting Professor of Dance from 2011 to 2013. His professional career as a dancer and teacher and his extensive outreach experience gained during his years with The Boston Ballet has given him vast essential expertise. Having witnessed how outreach programs can change the lives of underrepresented children, their families, schools, and the community, Michael had the vision to create Kids Dance Outreach. The mission of Kids Dance Outreach (KDO) located in Indianapolis, Indiana is to positively impact the lives of all children through joyful dance programs that inspire excellence, instill confidence, encourage teamwork, and applaud persistence. To date, more than 12,000 children have experienced the transformative power of the arts through KDO’s high-quality dance programs. As an innovative dance and arts education model, KDO provides equity and access to the community – programs are free to participating Indianapolis children and their families.
Michael continues his guest performances, teaching, and choreography with various dance organizations locally and throughout the country and consulting for various dance programs.
Guest Zoom Adjudicator
Associate Director of Kids Dance Outreach
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Mónica trained with the Conservatory of Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and began her professional career. She went on to dance professionally with Milwaukee Ballet and Louisville Ballet where she performed a vast repertoire including works by George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor, and worked alongside national and international choreographers including Val Caniparoli, Adam Houghland, Helen Pickett, Graham Lustig, Domy Reiter-Soffer, André Prokovsky, Lila York, and Mark Godden.
In 2013 Mónica earned her B.A. in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University. She has taught and choreographed numerous schools, including Louisville Ballet School, Butler Summer Intensive, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, and Carmel’s Ballet Theatre. She served as adjunct faculty at Anderson University and is currently adjunct faculty at Butler University.
Mónica’s privilege is to serve the community through her passion for dance and the work of Kids Dance Outreach in Indianapolis, Indiana. As KDO’s associate director and teacher, Mónica hopes to inspire future generations through education, culture, and appreciation for the arts.
Gina Domenichelli- Illingworth
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Director of Camino Classical Ballet
Gina Domenichelli-Illingworth trained at the San Francisco Ballet School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Ballet directed by Merriem Lanova, Antonio Mendes, and Carlos Carvajal. Her career began with the Oakland Ballet Company under the direction of Ron Guidi. She was a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Norway dancing roles such as, Kitri in Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Lise in Heinz Sporeli’s La Fille mal Gardée, the Sylph in La Slyphide, Brian McDonald’s Firebird, and also principal roles in choreography by George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Alvin Ailey, and Glen Tetley.
Ms. Domenichelli-Illingworth was also a principal dancer with the Cleveland San Jose Ballet and Eugene Ballet companies. She was one of the founding members of the Diablo Ballet in Walnut Creek, choreographing and dancing with the company during their initial seasons. She also danced with the Lawrence Pech Dance Company in its formative years.
Ms. Domenichelli-Illingworth directed the Lake Erie Ballet in Erie, PA producing original choreography for The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel, and has taught dance at the Berkeley Ballet, Contra Costa Ballet, Ballet Tucson, Motion 41 Dance (Omaha, NE), Brigham Young University, Mercyhurst University, Northern California Dance Conservatory, Dancer's Workshop(WY),and the Sacramento Ballet School.
She created the Mercyhurst North East Dance Institute in 2006, a professional dance training program for aspiring young dancers in the community. In addition to this extensive experience, she also holds a B.A in Dance and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership.
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Dancer/Ballet Master at American Midwest Ballet
Matthew Lovegood began his training in Pennsylvania with Sharon Filone at the Lake Erie Ballet School and Sandra Barnett at Little’s Dance Studio. He went on to study on full scholarship at North Carolina School of the Arts, Miami City Ballet School, and the Chautauqua Festival Dancers. Matthew has danced professionally with Ohio Ballet, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Lake Erie Ballet, and Omaha Theater Ballet. He has performed numerous leading roles within the classical repertoire, including Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Franz in Coppelia, and Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, as well as in works by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Donald Byrd, Heinz Poll, Laura Dean, Luis Montero, and many others. He has also performed as a Guest Artist with Hawaii Ballet Theatre, Neglia Ballet Artists, and Ballet Tucson.
Matthew has performed with American Midwest Ballet in roles such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Asp in Erika Overturff’s Cleopatra, Puck in Oscar Antunez’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the leading role in Ann Reinking’s staging of In the Style of Bob Fosse. Also a choreographer, he has premiered works with numerous schools and professional companies, including Bacchanale Variations, Signs of Life, Sadako, Poseidon, Transcription, Caprice, and Swan Lake for American Midwest Ballet. Matthew continues to serve as a guest teacher for schools throughout the country. Matthew is a founding member of American Midwest Ballet and returns for his eleventh season as ballet master.