Nellesa Walthour’s theater credits include Disney’s The Lion King (national tour), Ragtime (Kennedy Center’s production), Once on This Island (Andrea), and Pippin (Fastrada u/s). She trained on full fellowship at the Alvin Ailey School and danced with companies that include The Metropolitan Opera, Dallas Black Dance Theater (DBDT), Patricia Kenney Dance Collection, and Nathan Trice Ritutals.
She has had the pleasure of working with such choreographers as Ron Brown, Hope Clarke, Sean Curran, Louis Johnson, Alonzo King, Donald McKayle and Earl Mosely. Nellesa has choreographed works for DBDT, NYMF’s Trav’lin (associate), Boston’s Jazz Dance Recovery Project, benefits and solo projects. She has also performed the works of Milton Myers, Elisa Monte, David Parsons, Talley Beatty, José Limón and Donald Byrd.
Nellesa is a Harvard graduate, a certified instructor in GYROTONIC® and mat Pilates and a member of AEA. She is currently teaching for several studios in New York and has been on the Dance Cavise faculty for several years teaching Contemporary Jazz.