FOUNDER, artistic team member
Ms. Tye began her training with the Bullard School in Kalamazoo. After just one year as an apprentice with the Kalamazoo Ballet she graduated to company member, and soon thereafter attained the position of soloist. Her training continued with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School for two years, in addition to studies with Paul Sanasardo and Joel Hall.
With Kalamazoo Ballet, Ms. Tye danced the roles of Odette/Odile in Swan lake and Cinderella in Cinderella. The role of the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland was set on her by the Bullard/Tye team. Ms. Tye graduated from Western Michigan University with an emphasis on sculpture. She danced with Detroit Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and has performed in Chicago with Winifred Hawn Dancers, Second City Ballet, Salt Creek Ballet and Joel Hall Dancers.
founder, artistic team member
Mr. Chua began his early training at the age of nineteen with David Shields, former soloist with Sadler Wells Royal Ballet. After several years of intensive training, Gene auditioned for and was accepted to Boston Ballet where his performances included: Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Nureyev's Don Quixote. He joined Omaha Ballet as Principal and danced as Franz in Coppelia, the Cavalier in Nutcracker and also peformed Bournonville's Konservatoriet, Kermesse en Bruges, Napoli, Ramonda Pas de Dix, and Paquita. Contemporary works include Balanchine's Allegro Brilliante, the thief in Lew Christensen's Con Amore, Puck in Bruce Wells' Midsummer Night's Dream, Loyce Houlton in Carmina Burana, Ze'eva Cohen's Out of Wilderness and Sal Aiello's Clowns.
Mr. Chua has a BS and MS in Plasma Physics from MIT and an MBA from Washington University. He has wide experience in the business world. This includes consulting with Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche. He was also Director of Program Management at US Cellular. His team managed a complex multi-year, multi-million dollar plan culminating in the launch of US Cellular's easyedge suite of wireless data services. These services continue to comprise an ever-increasing percentage of the company's revenues and earnings.
Mr. Chua has taught master classes, coached principal dancers and conducted workshops throughout the US and abroad.
artistic team member
Ms. Polderman began her serious dance training with the Bullard School under Therese Bullard. As she progressed, she was promoted through the Kalamazoo Ballet Company and achieved the position of principal. She continued her training at the University of Michigan with Judy Rice, Peter Sparling, Gay Delanghe and Twyla Tharp among others. While living in Maine, she studied with the Portland Ballet and upon moving to Miami, regularly attended classes given by Edward Villella at Miami City Ballet.
While at Kalamazoo Ballet, Ms. Polderman performed the rolls of Lucy in Dracula, Alice in Alice in Wonderland, as well as several rolls in the Nutcracker. At the University of Michigan, she performed under the tutelage of Mary Cochran of the Paul Taylor Company. Ms. Polderman danced professionally in Miami both with Miami City Ballet and independently. Upon returning to the Kalamazoo area, she was pleased to once again perform with the Kalamazoo Ballet.
Ms. Polderman has taught for the Bullard School, Kalamazoo Ballet and for Carrabassett Valley Academy, where she worked with young professional athletes on fine muscle development.