MEET THE ARTISTS...
Company Artist and Associate Artistic Director
Aleks Krutainis is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He studied at Atlantic Acting Studio, CAP21, and received a Certificate of Excellence in Classical Ballet from SLK Ballet School under the tutelage of renowned instructor Sara Knight (First British Graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy, and Dancer with Leningrad State Ballet Theatre and the Russian Ballet of St. Petersburg). Additional training included Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Nashville Ballet, The University of the Arts and Koresh Dance Company. Aleks also participated in the invaluable Work/Study Programs at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He has performed as a freelance artist in NYC, as well as with Nashville Ballet in Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Coppelia and original Contemporary Works by Banning Bouldin; he is honored to perform with Nashville Repertory Theatre in their Production of "Disney's Mary Poppins" at TPAC and as a guest artist with Backlight Productions in "Disney's Mary Poppins". Off-stage, he loves teaching his students at DancEast.
Corinne is a Nashville Native who first fell in love with dance in 2006, at a homeschool field trip to see a performance of “The Emperor and the Nightingale.” She began her ballet training with Nashville Ballet later that same year. Corinne trained at the School of Nashville Ballet from age 6 to age 17, having opportunities to perform with the youth cast in “Nashville’s Nutcracker” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” After spending a year in Nashville Ballet’s Professional Training Division, Corinne decided to stop pursuing ballet full-time in 2017 to maintain her emotional well-being and explore the arts through different outlets. Corinne is excited to return to the dance community and hopes to inspire other artists to be kinder to themselves and to love their bodies exactly as they are.
Layne Porter is a Nashville native who started dancing at the age of 6. When she was 12, she studied at the Dance Theatre of Tennessee, which gave her exposure to the professional ballet and contemporary community. From there, Layne went on to perform with a dance company for 4 years while attending University. Performance opportunities have included roles in Cinderella and Hansel & Gretel along with soloist roles in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ as the ‘Song Fairy', 'Cinderella', and a contemporary ‘Swan Lake’ as ‘Odile’. Layne graduated in May 2018 from MTSU with a Bachelor's degree in German and Entertainment Technology. Now, she teaches aerial dance fitness at Miss Fit Academy.
Hailing from West Palm Beach Florida, Justin started his training at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Conservatory of Performing Arts where he studied Musical theatre styled dance forms. Upon graduation, Justin attended Palm Beach Atlantic University, before attaining his A.S. in Dance Performance at Florida School of the Arts studying modern, contemporary, and improvisational techniques. Continuing his education in entertainment, Justin finished out his undergraduate career at Belmont University where he majored in Entertainment Industry Studies with a minor in dance. With interests in fashion, theatre, and law, Justin is excited to begin his professional dance career with X-Contemporary Dance.
Danielle Liu is a Florida native who began training in dance at age 12. She grew up performing in ballet, jazz, and contemporary productions, and also competed solos, duos, and group dances at local competitions.
Danielle trained in summer intensives at Florida State University, the Joffrey Ballet, and Champaign Urbana Ballet. She has attended numerous workshops led by ballet masters such as Suzanne Farrell and leaders in commercial dance such as Galen Hooks, Victor Smalley, and Angel Armas.
In college, she continued performing iconic soloist roles such as "Snow Queen" and "Dewdrop" in The Nutcracker, as well as various other soloist and corps de ballet roles in Cinderella, Swan Lake, and Alice in Wonderland in Vanderbilt University’s student-run organization VUPointe Ballet Theatre. She also began to stretch her creativity by choreographing solos and pas de deux on VUPointe Company dancers.
In May 2020, she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Danielle is so excited to join X-Contemporary Dance and grow as an artist. Outside of dance, she plans to pursue a career in designing and building devices that improve management of movement disorders.