Benjamin Briones UBC Costumes dancwear established in 2003, a Company that designs and make Professional Costumes and Dancewear, they provide the basics to the most elaborated at first rate quality, with a variety of new and innovative colors. Fashionable and inventive designs are the primary values of the company.
Ursula and Benjamin are dancers themselves, and as such, they know and understand the need for the “look” of the line as well as the need for comfort. Strength and durability in the fabric are also necessary to make the garment last.
After being in the costume and dancewear business for over 14 years providing dancers of all movement disciplines with costumes, dancewear and costume-made garments, finally they open their doors to the Retail consumer.
As professional and experienced performers, Ursula and Benjamin incorporate their creativity and experience into new ideas for all their creations including leotards, unitards, yoga-wear including warm-ups for the changing needs and demands of the dancer of today. They are constantly creating new styles bearing in mind that these designs are for fashion, good lines and looks for practicality, durability and comfort. This will be UBC Costumes dancwear's 3rd Season working with Ballet Inc.
Born in India, Ronnie moved to NYC at the age of four where he grew up. Growing up a fan of the arts, he fell in love with film and television in the eighth grade that’s why he spent majority of high school filming short films and movies with his friends. In college he switched gears and began studying biology and pre-med which he also enjoyed leading him to start working as an EMT and as an emergency medical provider for ambulances and hospitals.
After college he transitioned back into film, attending graduate school and earned his Master’s of Fine Arts in film from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His films and documentaries have screened in several prominent film festivals both domestically and internationally. He is currently the field and studio cinematographer at Channel One News, a Peabody and Telly award-winning program which is delivered daily to more than 5 million viewers. For Channel One he has traveled and filmed in locations such as the North Pole Arctic, The Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and the State Department in Washington D.C. to name a few.
When not filming at Channel One, you can find him filming movies, music videos, documentaries and of course here with his friends and family at Ballet Inc. You can see more of Ronnie and his work on Instagram @Ronnie_film.
Russell Haydn studied Fine Arts/Photography at Bolton College of Art & Design in the UK, eventually working in promotional and editorial photography within the entertainment industry for theatre, television and film.
Based in Forest Hills, New York his main focus of interest is now in Performing Arts; Dance, Burlesque, Music and Theatre photography. Russell has collaborated with several well-known dance companies in NYC and built a solid reputation within the dance community for capturing the essence of dance and movement with his photography. He has worked with Alison Cook Beatty Dance, NYC Bhangra, Jiva Performing Arts, Ballet Neo, Ice Theatre of New York, Katherine Maxwell Dance and Ballet Inc. DCThomson & Co publishers in the UK have featured his work in various print publications and he has also been featured in print and online magazines including Dance Teacher Magazine and Broadway World. He is also a contributor to the EyeEm Premium Collection at Getty Images.
Examples of his work in performing arts dance photography can be found at http://www.russellhaydn.photography/
Links to all of his other social media platforms can be found here at https://about.me/russellhaydn
Honorary Board Member & Co-Curator
Naimah Kisoki (New York, New York) is the Artistic Director/Founder of Living And Breathing Con/Temporary Dance. She earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree through the Liberal Education for Arts Professionals program (LEAP) from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Over the 17 years of her performance career, Mrs. Kisoki danced with Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Gazelle national touring cast of the Broadway production The Lion King. She has also danced with American Repertory Ballet, Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Collage Dance Collective and Urban Ballet Theater as a quest artist.
Kisoki has danced choreography by George Balanchine including: The Four Temperaments, Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Agon and Apollo. Other choreographers she has interpreted include Sir Frederic Franklin, Goeffrey Holder, David Parsons and Michael Smuin.
Her television credits include CBS’s “Fashion Rocks” 2007 performance with recording artist Rihanna. She has also performed with recording artists Luis Miguel and Missy Eliot in music videos and print.
Additionally, Kisoki has taught/choreographed for Step 1 Dance & Fitness (Sacramento,CA), Sacramento State University of California, Charlotte Ballet Academy (Charlotte, NC), Open Door Dance Studios (Charlotte, NC) and North West School of the Arts (Charlotte N,C).