After attending the Cecchetti International Summer School in Holland, Michigan, Blair D’Amico was invited to train at KS Dance Ltd., a professional vocational school in Greater Manchester, England. She toured and performed with the school’s company every year, working up through the ranks from corps to principal dancer. She was awarded the Best All Round Dancer Award at the Annual Choreography and Prize-Giving Ceremony, and received dancing and teaching qualifications in Cecchetti ballet and Spanish dance. She graduated from KS Dance Ltd with a Trinity College National Diploma in Professional Dance. Blair has danced roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Myrta in Giselle as well as Gamzatti Variation at Discover Ballet! with the Baltimore Ballet, and later joined BalletFleming in Philadelphia as an apprentice and then company member. She’s been a part of the Polaris Dance Company since January 2016.
Polaris Dance Company
The Polaris Dance Company choreographs and stages productions to the Greater Portland area and beyond. Artistic Director, Robert Guitron has been choreographing and teaching dance in Portland for over 30 years. Guitron’s artistic vision embodies contemporary dance flavored with aerial, hip-hop, African, and Latin influences, with a focus on social commentary. Click here to view our current season.
Polaris Company Members
Maya Felten began dancing as a young child in her hometown of Northampton, MA. She received training in classical ballet at North East American School of Dance, Pioneer Valley Ballet, and East St. Ballet, and continued to study classical and contemporary dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. After graduating in 2011, she joined BalletFleming, a Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet company. She moved to Seattle in 2013 and worked with a variety of artists including Stone Dance Collective in ChopShop Bodies of Work, 127th St. Dance Company, Velocity Dance Center, Ballet Bellevue, and Karin Stevens Dance. Maya moved to Portland in 2015 and is thrilled to be dancing with Polaris!
Faith Morrison was born in the tundra of Alaska and raised in the Rocky Mountains of Montana. She completed her MFA in Dance at the University of Oregon in 2015, and received her BA in Dance and Mathematics from the University of Montana in 2010. After completing her undergraduate degrees, Faith performed as a company member with Headwaters Dance Company in Montana, and toured as a company member with Rocky Mountain Ballet Theatre at the 2010 World Expo in China. Faith received Graduate Teaching Fellowships from 2012-2015 in the Dance Department at the University of Oregon where she taught Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Contact Improvisation, and Swing. In 2016, Faith received her RYT 200-Hr Yoga Teaching Certification from Yandara Yoga in Baja, Mexico. Currently, Faith is a dance and yoga instructor at several schools in Portland, and is thrilled to be performing with Polaris Dance Theatre!
Jessica Zoller received her MFA in dance while she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow in 2015 from the University of Oregon. She earned her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Western Washington University in 2007. Jessica’s choreography and performance was recognized at the 2007 American College Dance Festival Gala Concert in Montana with, Tall Tales and Short Stories. Jessica also represented the University of Oregon at the Kennedy Center for the National College Dance Festival 2014. Professionally she has performed with Pam Kuntz, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, Portland Opera, Lane Hunter Dance, Lauren Edson, Wanderlust Circus, Pelu Theatre, Shannon Mockli and AWOL Dance Collective. Most recently, Jessica choreographed for Sojourn Theatre’s How to End Poverty in 90 Minutes at the Portland Playhouse and for Seattle, WA’s Relay Dance Collective. Jessica is excited to be working with Polaris Dance Theatre as a performer as well as an instructor.
Caley Hernandez was born and raised in San Diego and began dancing seriously when she was eight, with The Dance Conservatory. At thirteen, she became the youngest member of La Diego 2, where she danced for one year under the direction of Daniel Marshall. Later, Caley found a new dance home at the Academy of Performing Arts where she earned a three year scholarship from APA’s owner and director, Kevin Charles Patterson. In 2014 Caley auditioned and received roles in San Diego Ballet’s Nutcracker production. She has also won awards in competitive dance for Showstoppers and Dance America, including an overall high score in the adult category. Her last performance in San Diego was as a company member of Visionary Dance Theatre. While living in California, Caley enjoyed teaching and choreographing for a number of studios. She recently moved to Portland and is pleased to be a part of Polaris Dance Theatre and is looking forward to her first season here!
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and the daughter of Polaris Dance Theatre founders Robert Guitron and Sara Anderson, Xena Guitron began dancing at the age of four. Her training spans multidisciplines including Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Aerial, Pointe, and Hip Hop. As a child, she began her love for dance at Buckman Elementary under the influence of Chisao Hata and Keith Goodman. As a founding “Polaris Baby”, Xena’s childhood included many cameos in Polaris Dance Theatre productions. In 2013 Xena became a part of the Jefferson Dance training program studying with Steve Gonzalez, Melissa St. Claire and Kristin Bacon. Xena was a founding member of Polaris Dance Theatre’s Junior Company, training and performing under the direction of M’Liss Quinnly for five years. She enjoys working with young students and has been a Polaris camp instructor and teaching assistant since 2011. Xena is currently studying for her undergraduate degree in Psychology.