Claudia MacPherson (Rehearsal Director) received her B.F.A. from The Ailey School/Fordham University. As a founding member of Jessica Lang Dance, she performed at Jacob's Pillow, the Joyce Theater, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music among other stages around the country. MacPherson assisted Lang in her creation of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater when it debuted at the 2013 Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut, Romeo & Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare, and L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, as well as in Morris' production of Orfeo ed Euridice at the Metropolitan Opera.
Patrick Coker grew up in Chester, Virginia. He was awarded the American Ballet Theatre's National Trainee Scholarship from 2008 to 2010. In May 2014, Coker graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, where he apprenticed with Ailey II in his final year. He has performed with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Joshua Beamish's MOVE:the company, and the Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut and L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato. Coker began working with JLD in 2015 and joined the company in 2016.
Julie Fiorenza was born in South Korea and grew up in Massachusetts where she trained at the Academy of Dance Arts and the Boston Ballet School. She earned a B.F.A. in Dance from The Ailey School/Fordham University, graduating with honors, and has performed throughout the country as a member of Ailey II, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and Adams Company Dance. Fiorenza has danced at the Metropolitan Opera in its productions of Turandot and Mark Morris' Orfeo ed Euridice. She has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Romeo & Juliet: On Motifs of Shakespeare, The Hard Nut, and L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and appeared with MMDG in the television debut of L'Allegro which aired in March 2015 on Great Performances. Fiorenza is a founding member of JLD.
John Harnage is a native of Miami, Florida who studied dance with the Miami City Ballet School and New World School of the Arts. In May of 2014 he graduated from The Juilliard School under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes, where he performed works by choreographers such as Jose Limón, Alexander Ekman, Pina Bausch, and Lar Lubovitch among others. John is also a modern dance finalist from the 2010 NFAA YoungArts competition, has worked professionally with Brice Mousset's Oui Danse, and performed internationally at the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble. Harnage began working with JLD in 2014 and joined the company in 2015.
Eve Jacobs grew up in Wilmette, IL, and received her dance training at Dance Center Evanston and North Carolina School of the Arts. Upon earning a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School in 2014, Jacobs was recognized with the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography. Throughout her training, Jacobs performed in works by Jerome Robbins, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, and Andrea Miller, and was featured in the revival of Pina Bausch's Wind Von West. She has performed in schools and care centers throughout New York City, and worked professionally with Buglisi Dance Theater. In 2014, Jacobs was granted a residency at Brooklyn's White Wave Dance, culminating in a dance-theater presentation. Her writing can be found in The Juilliard Journal, Musical America Worldwide, and on StageBuddy.com. Jacobs joined JLD in 2015.
Kana Kimura was born in Hiroshima, Japan, where she began her ballet training at the age of four and studied contemporary dance with Takako Asakawa. After graduating from The Juilliard School, Kimura worked with Wally Cardona Quartet. She also appeared in Nixon in China at The Metropolitan Opera, choreographed by Mark Morris, worked on a dance video performance for Shanghai Expo, and has also performed with Japanese Arts Organization J-Collabo in NYC. She was in an Off-Broadway show The Nutcracker Rouge with Company XIV. Kimura is a founding member of JLD.
Milan Misko was raised in Missouri, where he began his dance training with Jo Noth's White Oak Dance Academy and the Kansas City Ballet School. He holds a BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Misko has worked with Kansas City Ballet, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Merce Cunningham Dance Company RUG, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Adams Company Dance, and Setsuko Kawaguchi Ballet, Japan. He has created dances for Take Dance, Bucknell University, and directed his first short dance film, Transportation, which was selected for Lincoln Center's Dance on Camera Festival 2013. Misko has been a member of JLD since the full company's debut in 2012.
Thomas Ragland of Richmond, Virginia, began his dance training with Annette Holt and the Parks and Recreation City Dance Program. He then continued his training with The School of Richmond Ballet, eventually attending both its trainee and apprentice programs. Ragland attended the Juilliard Summer Intensive and danced with the City Dance Troupe. He was a member of Richmond Ballet for ten seasons. Ragland joined JLD in 2017.
Rachel Secrest is originally from Carmel, Indiana, where she grew up training under Suzann DeLay. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program with degrees in Dance and Political Science. There she had the opportunity to perform works by Alvin Ailey, Ronald K. Brown, Dwight Rhoden, Camille Brown, Adam Barruch, Kirven Boyd, Ray Mercer, and Carolyn Dorfman, among others. She has attended training programs at Hubbard Street, Joffrey Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Since graduating she has been a company member with Abarukas, and also worked with Omar Roman de Jesus, River North Dance Chicago, and Parsons Dance. Secrest began working with JLD in 2017 and joined the company later that year.
Jammie Walker began his dance training at Western Arkansas Ballet under the direction of Melissa Schoenfeld. He earned his BFA from the University of Oklahoma School of Dance under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt. Walker has had the honor of touring in China and Austria with Oklahoma Festival Ballet. He danced with the Dayton Ballet for three seasons, performing works by such choreographers as Septime Webre, Amy Seiwart, Jessica Lang, and Stuart Sebastian. He has performed with Dance Grand Moultrie as well as with Clawson Dances. Walker joined JLD in 2015.