Special Guest Artist

Antonio Douthit-Boyd began his dance training at age 16 at the Center of Contemporary Arts under the direction of Lee Nolting and at the Alexandra School of Ballet. He also trained at North Carolina School of Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, SanFrancisco Ballet and the Dance Theater of Harlem School.

After graduating from high school in 1999, Mr. Douthit became a member of the Dance Theater of Harlem Company where he appeared in featured roles in the ballets Serenade, The Four Temperaments, Dougla, Concerto in F, Return, and many more. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. Mr. Douthit-Boyd was a proud member of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Company from 2003 – 2015, is now Co Director of Coca Arts in St Louis and is an enthusiastic supporter of Tony Morales and MoralesDance.

Marie-Lorène Fichaux graduated at the Paris Opera Ballet School in France before completing her studies at the Ballet School of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy. Marie performed with the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company, The Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève in Switzerland and later joined the Royal Ballet of London as a First Artist. In 2003 she has been invited by choreographer Nacho Duato to be part as a First Soloist of La Compania Nacional de danza (Spain), where she performed until she moved to the United States. Marie furthered her studies in Dance Education earning a Master degree at the Centre National de la Danse in Paris and holds a Doctorate in Languages and Foreign Literature by the Geneva University. Marie has also worked with Staten Island Ballet, Guest soloist with Boston Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Friends and is currently a Guest Artist with The Lyon Opera Ballet in France. Marie has worked with MoralesDance since 2011 as a Guest Artist and really enjoys working with choreographer Tony Morales whenever her schedule allows.

Company Members

Darcy Guariglia received her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory in May, 2016. While in college, she had the pleasure of perforning works by Tommy Neblett, Doug Elkins, Uri Sands, Adam Hougland, with featured parts in Robert Battle's "Battlefield" and Andrea Miller's "A Little Love." Darcy participated in a semester internship at the Eliot K-8 Innovation School in Boston teaching creative movement to students with special needs, and was part of the Cunningham Project's "Leap Before You Look" exhibit at The Institute of Contemporary Art.

Caroline Dietz is from Chester, New Jersey. She trained at Ballet Forte and New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble from 2003 until graduating high school in 2009. She then went on to graduate from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BFA in dance in 2012. There she performed works by choreographers Kate Weare and Aszure Barton. This will be Caroline's first time working with MoralesDance and is happy to e a guest artist.

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 Opus Dance Theatre to name a few. 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 also dancer for Baz Luhrmann's new Netflix original series(2016) "The Get Down" and currently rehearsing for Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" show. Aqura Lacey is an original member of the Cartier Williams Dance Theatre.

Karina Lesko was raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, Karina Lesko began her dance career with the Youth Ballet of Costa Rica. She continued her studies through summer programs with the National Conservatory of Prague, the National School of Cuba, the Superior Art Institute of the Colon Theatre of Buenos Aires and La Salle Pleyel, Paris. She completed her B.F.A. at the University of Utah and went on to perform in competitions worldwide, including the International Competition of Varna 2000 and the Music Festival of Paris 2005.

She has appeared as a guest artist for the City Ballet of Lima, Peru and worked for Tokyo Disneyland, Japan. Since moving to New York City, she has danced in various companies including Steps Repertory Ensemble, Nathan Trice Rituals, Nejla Yatkin/NY2 Dance , Eglevsky Ballet, The Little Orchestra, Staten Island Ballet and Illuminati. Karina has been a proud member of MoralesDance since 2009, has guested with Tony Morales at Staten Island Ballet, The Aspen Fringe festival, The Battery Dance Festival and is also a fully Certified Gyrotonic Instructor at Circular Power where she also works with Mr. Morales.

Leonel Linares started dancing in this hometown of Merida, Venezuela when he studies included Venezuelan folklore, Latin Jazz, hip hop, Contemporary and Ballet. He was awarded a scholarship to study with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. His professional career includes ballet Nuevo Mundo de Caracas under the direction of Zhandra Rodriguez, Ballet Teresa Carreno, Compania Danza Actual under the direction of Macarena Solorzano, Ballet de Marjorie Flores and as dancer and choreographer for one of the Venezuela´s TV networks Venevision. He was invited to dance with compania Imagen Latinain Los Angeles for the World Salsa Congress, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Contemporay Ballet Theatre, Revolucion Latina and Staten Island Ballet where he met Mr Morales in 2011. Leonel has worked with Mr. Morales in various concerts and looks forward to working with MoralesDance in the future.

Elisabeth Martin is a native of Bloomington, Indiana She attended high school at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, Mass. She attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music for college. In her time at IU, she performed works such as Agnes De Mille's Rodeo, Dwight Rhoden's Dear Frédéric, Balanchine's Serenade, Rubies, Concerto Barocco, was as a soloist in Balanchine's Who Cares? and was asked to originate the role of Carabosse in Micheal Vernon's staging of The Sleeping Beauty. She was a award recipient in the Bloomington Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters competition in 2010 and 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance with an Outside Field in Exercise Science and a Minor in Mathematics.

She danced with the Rochester City Ballet after graduation, during which she has preformed numerous roles soloist. She preformed with the company in their debut at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in July 2013. She choreographed and danced in the music video for Rochester band Routine Involvements, and The Finger Lakes Opera Company's premier performance of Carmen in 2014. Since moving to New York in 2015 she has been part of short film by Nagisa Kodama with Leslie Browne, featuring choreography by Daniel Catanach. She danced in NYC fashion week for designer Cristina Ruales was a featured artist with the MovementBites project and worked with choreographer Sydney Schiff creating new work, and performed Paquita with the Victoria Ballet Theater. She is currently a member of Ballets with a Twist in NYC.

Lighting Designer

Mike Riggs (Lighting Designer) has designed all of Tony Morales’ work since 2011. Other collaborators in dance include Chris Elam’s Misnomer Dance Theatre, Jonathan Hollander’s Battery Dance Company, Liz Lerman, Cassie Meador, ODC/Dance, and Matthew Westerby. He has served as Lighting Supervisor for MOMIX, Parsons Dance Company, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers; touring four continents and most of the United States. Mike is the lighting designer of Next Generation Ballet’s celebrated annual production of The Nutcracker, staged annually in Tampa.

Mike is Resident Lighting Designer for two of the most acclaimed off-off-Broadway theater companies to emerge in the past decade: One Year Lease (Skin Tight, pool (no water), The Killing Room, The Bald Soprano, Bed, Machinal, etc.) and The Debate Society (Blood Play, Buddy Cop 2, Cape Disappointment, The Eaten Heart, etc.) Other recent theater credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Hostage Song, Red-Haired Thomas, and 6969 (NY Innovative Theater Award nomination).

A graduate of Vassar College, Mike designed Vassar Voices, a theatrical and musical event featuring Frances Sternhagen and Meryl Streep, among other notable alumnae/i, which debuted at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theatre and played in cities worldwide during the College's 2011 sesquicentennial