Jean Appolon Expressions Dancers
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, COMPANY DANCER
Meghan McGrath began her dance training in New Hampshire and studied under Barbara Mullin, Dee Keri, Matt Mattox Jr. and Bryan Steele. She received her BA in Psychology and Dance from UMass, Amherst and a M.Ed in the Creative Arts and Learning from Lesley University. Meghan is a founding member of the Jean Appolon Expressions dance company and has performed with Boston-based BoSoma Dance Company and Austin Allegro Dance. She is also an early childhood educator, with over 10 years of teaching experience and a passion for bringing the arts and movement into the classroom. Meghan has her yoga certification through Yogaworks NYC and enjoys weaving this practice into her early childhood classroom, as well as volunteering with Hands to Heart Center.
Mcebisi Xotyeni, of Cape Town, South Africa, is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He began dancing with the outreach program Dance For All, where he trained extensively in ballet, African, contemporary, and hip hop. He was awarded a full scholarship with Dance For All and eventually began working for the professional dance company iKapa Dance Theatre. He has also worked with leading companies in South Africa such as Cape Town City Ballet, Suede Productions, and Sibonelo Dance Project. He has performed for numerous festivals and has collaborated with international artists for performances and outreach projects.
Lonnie Stanton is a Northern California native, based in Boston. She graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. She is thrilled to return from NYC and have the opportunity to work with students at the School of Classical Ballet and Pembroke School of Performing Arts, as well as perform with Jean Appolon Dance Expressions and Prometheus for her 7th season with the company. She has also performed with the Boston-based groups Ballet Rox, Bosoma, Zoe Dance, Angie Moon Dance Theatre, and Anna Reyes Dance. She worked with NYC-based Kinesis Project Dance Theatre for their 2015-2016 season focusing solely on site-specific performance. She has a growing passion and purpose in sharing dance in unconventional, often outdoor spaces where a broad audience can be reached. Lonnie has produced movement for a film for Neoscape (advertisement), Moe Pope (hip hop artist), Linda Tegg (photography), and Tamara Al- Mashouk (film artist). Her teaching credentials include Ballet Academy East and Brookline Ballet among others. She is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor through Yogaworks. Her work in public schools has been especially rewarding bringing dance education into the classroom through Notes in Motion and the New York City Ballet.
MEDIA + MARKETING DIRECTOR, COMPANY DANCER
Meghan Riling grew up dancing in Connecticut and moved to Boston to study at Boston University, where she joined the Dance Theatre Group and got very interested in choreography and improv dance. Since graduation, she has performed and/or choreographed for the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, the CRLS Modern Dance Company, and Luminarium Dance Company. She now co-directs Calamity Co Dance, which performs goofy modern dance pieces, produces casual modern and pop art variety shows, and maintains an art-centric lifestyle blog. She is also the dance coordinator of Art City Cambridge. Outside of dance, she was one third of the indie pop band One Happy Island, which played around the country and did some brief tours in the UK. After teaching high school math for a number of years, she has started working full-time on her doctorate in Math Education at Boston University.
I.J. Chan is a dance artist and educator born, raised and now based in Boston. After graduating from James Madison University with a B.A. in Dance and Journalism (2015), she joined KAIROS Dance Theater, and started dancing with JAE in May 2018. She is also currently dancing with McKersin Previlus/Lakaï Dance Theater and Jennifer Lin. I.J. is interested in intersecting the Asian-American narrative into her own choreographic work, as well as diversifying her training through different workshops and masterclasses in various genres of dance. In addition to performing, she is passionate about bringing quality dance instruction to low-income and minority youth populations within the city.
Alyssa Holley began her dance training at the young age of 5, studying under different companies and dancing on a competitive level until the age of 18. Alyssa attend Sewanee: The University of the South where she majored in Chemistry and minored in Mathematics, Dance, and Asian Studies. While in college, Alyssa trained under the instruction of Courtney World, focusing mainly on modern and tap techniques. While at Sewanee, Alyssa composed pieces for a semi-professional dance concert, DanceWise, and studied under renowned artist such as Bill Evans and Madia Cooper-Ashirifi. Alyssa also participated in the American College Dance Association (ACDA) while in college, where she was featured in pieces that received the highest honor at the conference. Currently, Alyssa works for Dell Technologies as an Emerging Technology Specialist in Boston while continuing to further her love for the art of dance.
Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire (Baba-Seb), is a young Haitian artist who admires and practices dance as a way to make this world a better place. He believes strongly in the use of the performing arts to trigger social change. He has a strong background in African and Afro-Haitian dance and training in classical ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. He’s worked with many artists globally and still travels to teach, choreograph, and collaborate in performances with other upcoming artists. He recently moved to Boston, and as a new community member, he is ready to share his energy, while dancing with JAE. Outside of JAE, Jean-Sebastient continues to teach and choreograph, enjoys music, spirituality, and runs a small cacao processing company in Haiti called Tahomey.
Eboni Baptiste is an enthusiastic dancer/actress/choreographer with a passion for the Arts. Her devotion to the art of dance contributed to her success in obtaining her Bachelor of Arts from Dean College. Two of her greatest achievements have been the choreographed productions of “Once on this Island ” and the play, “Xerona @ Wheelock College.” Eboni’s talents are multidisciplinary. She has performed with many dance troupes and theater companies within the Boston Area. Her love for the stage was witnessed playing the leading role of Zora Neale Hurston in the Jacqui Parker play “Feathers On My Arm.”