Company Member Biographies
Erika Castellar, Class of 2013, a Psychology major from Brooklyn, NY has been on Dance Company since her sophomore year and TRYBE since her freshman year. She has been dancing since she was 5 years old and used to compete with her dance team, Moves and Motions, at a variety of competitions along the East Coast. She has loved dancing at Wheaton and is so grateful for the opportunity to share the stage with such talented individuals.
Tiana Eaton, Class of 2016, is a Psychology major with an intended dance minor. She grew up in Littleton, Massachusetts dancing at her mom’s studio, L’Ecole de Ballet, since she could walk. She pioneered the Hip Hop program at L’Ecole de ballet in 2008, and also occasionally teaches ballet, jazz, and contemporary, as well as taking master classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC over the summer. She also is a soloist/apprentice with Dance Prism, a professional ballet company based in Concord, Massachusetts, recently performing the role of Clara in The Nutcracker. In her spare time, Tiana enjoys choreographing, writing, and dancing around in her studio.
Emily Galos, Class of 2015, hails from Saco, Maine. She is a Psychology major with a double minor in Dance and English. Emily has been dancing for 16 years, with a focus mainly in modern and contemporary. She has also studied jazz, ballet, and Irish dance, and taught classes in jazz and hiphop for children ages 4-8. Emily competed solo and as a member of Dance House Production's performance team, which also gave her opportunities to attend conventions from Dance Educators of America and Dancers Inc. In the winter of 2012, Emily attended the Pulse on Tour where she took master classes with many well renowned choreographers such as Brian Friedman and Desmond Richardson. Dance has been the cornerstone of Emily's life, and whether taking classes or teaching them, the studio is where she is the happiest.
Eric-Martin Gaspar, Class of 2013, is from New York, New York. He is a history major and a legal studies minor. Eric had his first dance experience in high school where he performed West African dance for 2 years. Inspired by his jazz dance class in the Fall of 2012, he decided to pursue a position on the Wheaton College Dance Company and is ecstatic to be able to perform with such a talented group of dancers.
Molly Horan, Class of 2013, is an Anthropology major with a concentration in Biology and Environmental Studies. She grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, and has been dancing there since the age of three with Newport Academy of Ballet and Island Moving Company under the directorship of Miki Ohlsen. Molly also spent summers at Festival Ballet Providence, Bossov Ballet Theatre, and the World Scholar Athlete Games with dance as her main focus. In her spare time, she loves doing yoga, gardening, cooking, and being kind to the environment!
Talia Lopez, Class of 2013, is majoring in Psychobiology and has been dancing for the past 18 years. With the guidance of mentors, Diana Byer and Sally Wilson, Talia trained in Ballet School New York, Princeton Ballet and Perry Mansfield. Through the Wheaton College Dance Company she has advanced in her dancing since freshman year and intends to continue dancing in the future.
Allyssa Lumbert, Class of 2015, is a Neuroscience major with an intended double minor in Hispanic Studies and Dance. She began dancing at age five at Raquelle’s Dance Studio, where she danced up until college competing and performing with Raquelle’s Dance Company. She has been trained in the styles of modern, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip hop and has taken classes at other studios as well, including the Powered by Dance Summer Intensive at the Jeanette Neill Dance Studio. She is also a member of Wheaton’s multicultural hip hop dance group TRYBE.
Chloe Osgood, Class of 2016, of North Andover, MA is hoping to earn a degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish. Chloe began dancing at the age of eight and intends to pursue a career in dance after graduating from Wheaton. She has trained mainly in ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance at The Center for the Performing Arts, also in North Andover. Chloe has participated in many dance showcases at various dance centers, including the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She has also had the opportunity to take classes and dance intensives with professionals such as Sheila Barker, Brian Freidman, Sonya Tayeh, and Chris Jacobson among others.
Emily Riley, Class of 2015, is from Brunswick, Maine. She is a Sociology major and is pursuing minors in Dance and Economics. Emily has been dancing for 13 years and received her formal training from The Ballet School in Topsham, Maine, Maine State Ballet in Falmouth, Maine and The American Academy of Ballet in Purchase, New York. She was a Coastal Maine Youth Ballet company member and a performing member of Maine State Ballet. Outside of dancing, Emily likes to be an active member in society by spending time volunteering. Some volunteering opportunities include, dancing for elementary schools and special needs children in Portland, Maine and for the Make-a-Wish-Foundation.
Kathleen (Lena) Sawyer, Class of 2015, began dancing as a child with Colorado Springs Youth Ballet and later had the honor of studying at the Peak Ballet as well as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance before taking time off to travel and pursue the visual arts. Joining the Wheaton College Dance Company allowed her to rekindle her love for the art of dance and she is so happy to be reunited with the joy it brings her! Besides dance (in and out of the studio), she is also currently studying Art History and Italian Studies and loves to do yoga, run, and eat uncanny amounts of peanut butter.
Brianna Walden, Class of 2014. Brianna studied dance at Stephanie Dineen Dance Studio in Carver, Massachusetts for twelve years. At ten years old Brianna began assistant teaching dance and in 2008, she taught her own hip-hop class for six-year-old children. She currently teaches ballet, tap, and jazz to a class of first-grade dancers at SDDS. As a member of the SDDS Company 1 since she was eight, Brianna has consistent competition experience throughout New England. In 2009, her competition team placed 3rd in the Step Up 2 Dance Olympic Miss Nationals. She has taken several master classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, including instruction from jazz choreographer Derek Mitchell. Brianna is an Anthropology major with minors in Psychology and Dance. She is currently the Co-Director of Wheaton's multicultural dance and hip-hop group, TRYBE, and has enjoyed being a full company member of the Wheaton College Dance Company since her freshman year.