Luke Hickey, 20, is an original member of Cartier Williams Dance Theatre. He is from Chapel Hill, NC and began dancing at the age of four. He began studying with his mentor, Gene Medler, at the age of 7, completing 10 rewarding seasons with the internationally acclaimed North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Mr. Medler. With this prestigious company, he had to opportunity to travel and perform China, Germany, Mexico, Canada, the Kennedy Center (D.C.), the Harold Square Macy’s (NYC) and stages all across the United States. Along with NCYTE, he has spent two years traveling nationally and internationally with New York Stage’s touring show Tap Kids, directed and choreographed by Lisa Hopkins. He is now studying Communication and Film and Screen Studies at Pace University in the financial district of New York City.
Lacey Thomas, 25, is a native New Yorker who began her dance training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School under the direction of Artistic Director emeritus Arthur Mitchell. She began to train at age three to later receive her graduate certificate from the Professional Training Program in 2013. At the age of twelve, Lacey was introduced to acting and singing as a member of the Lincoln Center Children’s Choir Division. She performed in operas such as Porgy and Bess and Macbeth. Although Lacey trained primarily in ballet, she also studied modern, jazz, tap, and African. While majoring in business management as a full time student at the City College of New York, she continued her professional training with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2009 to later join Charlotte Ballet II in 2013. Lacey performed as a guest artist in Joseph Albano’s Ballet Company for the 2010 Nutcracker Season in Hartford, Connecticut and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the summer 2013. While a member of Charlotte Ballet II, she performed in major ballets such as Balanchine’s Western Symphony and Jean-Pierre Bounefoux’s Cinderella. She also performed excerpts from contemporary works choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and Alonzo King. Lacey is currently a guest artist with Judah International Dance Theatre, a contemporary ballet based company located in Brooklyn, New York and an original company member of Cartier Williams Dance Theatre. During her continued effort to touch audiences through the art of dance, Lacey is honored to be a part of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School faculty as the first Hip Hop instructor.
Aqura Lacey(Chicago,IL) was raised in Louisville, KY and began her dance training at the Kentucky Centers ArtsReach program at Louisville Central Community Center under the direction of Geraldine Woods and mentor, Aundra Lafayette. She also trained at the Louisville Ballet School and the Fordham University/Ailey B.F.A. program. Aqura has performed Internationally with Ailey II and Philadanco for the "The James Brown Project". She performed as a Guest Artist for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Zest Collective, Keen Dance Theater and was an apprentice for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. Aqura was also worked for George Faison's Universal Dance Experience in "Paris 1925" featured as 'Josephine Baker' and Apollo Club Harlem with Maurice Hines. Ms. Lacey has worked for Beyonce, JLo and Dance Mogul and Creative Director, Frank Gatson. She was featured in Nicole Miller's Fashion's Night Out and has modeled in several shows for Fashion Week. Aqura is currently a featured dancer for Baz Luhrmann's new Netflix original series(2016) "The Get Down". Aqura Lacey is an original member of the Cartier WIlliams Dance Theatre.
Nai Ni Chen Dance Company, New York City / current 2015
Cartier Williams Dance Theater, New York City / current September 2014
Cecilia Marta Dance Company, New York City / current 2009
Ballet Verite, New York City / current 2015 Director, choreographer : Seth Gertsacov
Dance Of Light, New York City / guest artist 2015 Choreography by Vernard J. Gilmore
Damage Dance, New York City / 2015 2014
Diamond Dogs; “ Odyssey”, Tokyo, Japan / guest soloist 2013
Bad Boys of Dance, “ Rock The Ballet” / 2013 2012 Artistic Director: Rasta Thomas, Adrienne Canterna
Life Dance Company, New York City / guest dancer 2012 Artistic Director: Frederick Earl Mosley
Tina Croll + Company, Jacop’s Pillow Dance Festival 2012 “From The Horse’s Mouth” choreography by Tina Croll
SummerStage New York, N ew York City / 2012; 2010 Choreography by Malcolm Low; “Exist” choreography by Vernard J. Gilmore
Ailey II, New York City / 2012 2010
Directors: Sylvia Waters, Troy Powell
Performed works by: Alvin Ailey, Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Stephanie Battan Bland, Donald Byrd, Thang Dao, Carlos Dos Santos, Troy Powell, Mina Yoo.
The Francesca Harper Dance Project, New York City / 2010 2009