Pony Box is comprised of incredible male identifying dance artists from all over the world. What sets us apart is our preference for using first tier male dancers and raw physicality in conjunction with original scores, in expressing the challenges of what it means to be human in this early 21st century.
Pony Box is not rule-bound. We want to increase the expressive range of choreography and not subject ourselves to arbitrary limitations. We are “Theatre” because we are about the audience’ experience. We want to expand the canon of dance, not diminish it.
Audiences appreciate our physically powerful and emotionally transformative performances.
We offer live, digital and site specific performances, as well as classes, in a wide array of settings.
Yes, our artists are not only fantastic performers but also experienced educators working with diverse populations.
Pony Box offers a full array of educational opportunities, tailoring courses to fit community needs at all ages and levels.
We also promote the work of cutting edge choreographers. We recently completed a residency with Japanese choreographer, Yoshito Sakuraba, to create “The Untold,” now available for touring. New dances by Norbert de la Cruz and Rena Butler are currently in the works.
Art + Music + Theater + Dance = Pony Box Dance Theatre
Spencer began training in a variety of styles at a local studio in his hometown of Stratford, Ontario. Spencer is now currently in his fourth year of The Ailey School BFA program, and is also pursuing a degree in Visual Arts from Fordham University. He has supplemented his training with intensives through Flockworks, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Springboard Danse Montréal, and TOES for Dance. Throughout his professional career, he has worked with choreographers including Helen Simoneau, Ronnie Favors, Yusha Marie Sorzano, Andre Tyson, and Pedro Ruiz. He also performed with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Memoria at New York City Center, and recently was chosen to participate in The Worldwide Collaborative Dance Project headed by Edya Stern. His latest dance, Repentino, co-choreographed with Isabella Aldridge, will premiere at the 40th annual Battery Dance Festival in August 2021. In addition, Spencer practices acrobatic arts under the mentorship of former Cirque du Soleil member Meaghan Wegg.
Elijah was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti. He began his formal dance training at the age of seven at Aspire Dance in Arkansas. He has trained on scholarship at The Ailey School and graduated from the Certificate Program. Mr. Lancaster attended summer intensives at Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet School. He has worked with choreographers Travis Wall, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Amy Hall Garner, Robert Battle, Winston Dynamite Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Troy Powell, and appeared in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Ailey’s 2016 and 2017 New York City Center seasons. Mr. Lancaster was also a part of the Nutcracker cast for the Houston Ballet. He is currently a member of Ailey II.
Rayan is a French Guyanese dancer who started his dance career at the age of 6 years old. He pursued his dance course in Guyana in 3 institutes, Conservatoire de Guyane EPCC, The Music and Dance School of Matoury and Adaclam, before relocating to Paris in 2016 where he joined the Institut de Formation Rick Odums. While attending the Insitut, Rayan danced in “Jeune ballet jazz” directed by Rick ODUMS and Christelle Chinios, as well as the “Jeune ballet Modern” directed by Bruce Taylor and Florence Maregale. Rayan also has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as: Matthew Rushing, Freddie Moore, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Brice Mousset, Troy Powell, Elisa Clark, Francesca Harper, Shay Bland, and Faustine Lavie. Rayan has toured with artists including: Magali Vernin, and Saïna Manotte. In July 2018 he was selected to join the Summer Dance Intensive in New York City at the Ailey School, where he has had the honor of performing with the first company, as well as with the “Ailey Students Performing Group”. Rayan is currently focused on the Horton technique, which he enjoys teaching.
Rayan is a French Guyanese dancer who started his dance career at the Zaki hails from East Orange, NJ. A graduate from University of The Arts with a BFA in dance, Zaki received a full scholarship and was awarded the Academic Achievement for Service and Leadership. During his time there, he had the privilege of training under instructors associated with Philadanco, BalletX, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. He has also studied with Dance Theater of Harlem, BalletX/ as well as attended Philadanco’s Summer Training internship. As a freelance instructor, and emerging choreographer, Zaki has traveled to Philadelphia, San Francisco and Bermuda to created works. From 2016-18, Zaki was a company member of Eleone Dance Theater in South Philadephia. After graduation, he relocated to San Francisco to study for a full year as a trainee with Alonzo King Lines Ballet. While on faculty for the open classes at Lines, he had the opportunity to work with Roderick George, Gregory Dawson and Alonzo King.
Originally from Montclair, NJ, Kyle began his dance training at Sharron Miller’s Academy for The Performing Arts at the age of 15, then continued his training at The Ailey School. Mr. Martin graduated with honors from the certificate program from The Ailey School in 2018 and danced with the Ailey II company from 2018-2020. He has performed in works by choreographers Hope Boykin, Christopher Huggins, Carlos Dos Santos, Amy Hall, Ray Mercer, Freddie Moore, Frederick Earl Mosley, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Pascal Rioult, Pedro Ruiz, Mathew Rushing, Christian Von Howard, Bradley Shelver, Winston Dynamite Brown, and Robert Battle and taught numerous master classes across the US while on tour with Ailey II.
Rafael Canals Perez
Growing up in Puerto Rico, Rafael began making dances and training at a performing arts high school, exploring a wide array of genres. Rafael learned from local professionals like Petra Bravo, Jesus Miranda, Denisse Eliza, among others. He later worked with renowned Puerto Rican contemporary ballet company Coda21, collaborating with international professionals Gina Patterson, Maša Kolar, Milan Tomášik and Fernando Troya and continued developing his artistic voice as an independent choreographer. In 2018, he moved to NYC to pursue a master’s in choreography from NYU Tisch School of the Arts studying dance, pedagogy and composition through the lens of Phyllis Lamhut, Pam Pietro, Jeremy Nelson, Patricia Beaman and Wendy Perron. Presently, Rafael works for the NYC based company Boca Tuya, composes dances for Puerto Rican company Claroscuro, and continues to cultivate his creative practice.
Christian A. Warner
Christian is a New York based multi-disciplinary artist with a performing career including concert dance, musical theatre, and film. He most recently joined the ranks of Omar Roman de Jesus’ Boca Tuya, a contemporary dance company, after completing a three year commitment with TU Dance (Saint Paul, MN) in which he not only performed concert dance works by artists such as Alvin Ailey and Kyle Abraham, but was also a founding dancer in “Come Through” – an evening length collaboration with the Grammy award winning band Bon Iver. Christian also provided background vocals for the recent Bon Iver album “i,i” for the track “Naeem.” Other dance credits include repertoire created by Kevin Iega Jeff and Gary Abbott, Kyle Abraham, Gioconda Barbuto, Marcus J. Willis, Stefanie Batten Bland, Aszure Barton, Troy Powell, Sonya Tayeh, Dwight Rhoden, and Luke Murphy. His musical theatre credits include productions such as Disney’s The Lion King (Broadway and National Touring), Oliver! The Musical (National Tour), and Hairspray (Regional/Houston, TX). His choreographic credits include musicals such as Once On This Island, Working, and Ragtime as well as residencies with BAK Middle School, HSPVA, and most recently TX State University, TU Dance, and James Madison University.