Chloé Slade started dancing at the age of seven and was selected to train at the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities under the wing of Nijinski awardee, Stanislav Issaev. She attended top summer dance intensives including North Carolina Dance Theatre and American Ballet Theatre Detroit/New York and she ranked well into the top twelve in the Regional Youth American Grande Prix competition from 2003-2005 and competed in New York for the finals. She went on to continue academics and dance education at SUNY Purchase College earning a BFA in dance and performance in 2009.
Chloé's outstanding versatility in classical ballet and modern dance allowed her opportunities to dance for companies of many different styles throughout North America. A few to mention are The Connecticut Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Exit 12 Dance Company, Island Moving Company ,Battery Dance Company, Ballet Inc., Miami Contemporary Dance Company, New York Theatre Ballet, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Oakland Ballet, and Nimbus Dance Works. One of her career highlights was being selected to perform in the International Ballet Festival of Miami in 2015 and 2017, representing Ballet Inc. in the contemporary selection of the prestigious festival. Chloé is an accredited ABT certified ballet teacher in levels Pre-primary-Level 5 and she is also yoga alliance certified through a student of Sri Dharma Mittra.
Ms. Slade currently resides in Memphis, TN where she is a principal dancer and ballet mistress for The New Ballet Ensemble and School.
Aaron Atkins is originally from Lancaster, South Carolina and gained notoriety at an early age as a contemporary ballet dancer before attending the prestigious Greenville South Carolina's South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
As a contemporary ballet dancer, Mr. Atkins debuted at the young age of 17 with Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre and Ballet Savannah as a principal dancer in 2007. Mr. Atkins also performed with South Carolina’s Columbia City Ballet; and York County Ballet that same year. Additionally, he worked as choreographer, co-director, and make-up artist for the Lancaster Community Playhouse and received The Director’s Choice Award and Best Make-up Artistry in 2009 for his work in stage play version of Oliver. Mr. Atkins relocated to New York in 2010 continuing his artistic and performance endeavors. He worked with Ballet Hispanico and was a founding company member of BH Dos the second company of Ballet Hispanico.
As an emerging choreographer, Mr. Atkins was has received the 2014 & 2015 Jamaica Performing Arts Center Emerging choreographer’s award, 2015 Rider University Emerging Choreographer’s Award, 2015 Lounsbery Choreography Award, was a 2015 Finalist of the Hubbard Street Choreographer Competition, 2014 & 2015 YCF Young Choreographer’s Award recipient and was an Finalist in 2013 & 2014 for the Joffrey Ballet – Choreographers of Color Award. Most recently Mr. Atkins has been commissioned for creation of new work in 2014 & 2015 by Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 2015 Earthside The Band. Atkins’s choreography has become critically acclaimed as “Beautiful, Quirky, Lush and Expansive” - Critical Dance -. Mr. Atkins combines an eclectic accessible range of genres of dance to create an individual contemporary ballet esthetic that showcases each artist’s uniqueness and prowess.
In 2012 Mr. Atkins Founded Ballet Inc. Since Ballet Inc.’s founding by Mr. Atkins, his artistic vision and choreography has led Ballet Inc. to commendable, international creditability and ground breaking success. Ballet Inc. has appeared at over 150 National and International Prestigious Dance Festivals, has self-produced 5 full-length evenings to sold out success and annually reaches over 5,000 Patrons to the arts via social media, touring engagements and self-produced productions; becoming Critically acclaimed as “Hard-hitting..Powerful..Beautiful..Sensual” -Broadway World -