About the Participants
Daniel Cho holds a BA Special Major in Dance and Education from Swarthmore College. He is a proud graduate of the Alonzo King LINES Training Program where he had the pleasure of performing works by Alonzo King, Sidra Bell, Shannon Gillen, Alex Ketley, Maurya Kerr, and Gregory Dawson. He then danced with Verb Ballets and was featured in works by Adam Hougland, Stephanie Martinez, and Tommie-Waheed Evans. A recent career highlight was having the opportunity to perform as Mercutio in Alonso’s Romeo and Juliet at the National Theater in Havana, Cuba. Daniel is also a contributing writer for Dance Magazine.
Taraja Hudson began her training at the age of three in San Antonio, Texas under the direction of Susan and Karin Connally at San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, class of 2020. While at the Conservatory, Hudson studied with renowned choreographers such as Ronald K. Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Dam Van Hyun. Hudson is excited to start a new journey with BalletX as a Dance Fellow.
Annika Kuo grew up in central New Jersey and began her extensive dance training at Princeton Ballet School, also known as American Repertory Ballet (ARB). She studied classical ballet, pointe, and pas de deux for 12 years. Annika also had the opportunity to study with renowned teachers such as Maria Youskevitch, Kathleen Moore, and Aydmara Cabrera. During her time at ARB, she danced numerous roles in classical ballets such as Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty and Clara in The Nutcracker. She also participated in numerous summer dance intensives with Dutch National Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and BalletX. In 2018, after graduating from high school, Annika attended The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she broadened her knowledge of various dance techniques, including Graham, Limon, Horton, hip-hop, and improvisation. She has performed works by distinguished choreographers such as Daniel Pelzig, Ruka Hatua-Saar White, and William Isaac. Annika joined BalletX as an Independence Foundation Dance Fellow in 2021.