Jeremy Plummer creative director & choreographer
Jeremy is a director, choreographer and aerial creator and choreographer with shows running all around the world that feature his unique blend of aerial artistry, hybrid of dance and aerial, and live performance. His company C5 has had their work featured at Dance for Life for the past 6 years. In 2012 the company was featured as a part of Dance Chicago. Jeremy Plummer, himself an accomplished dancer, gymnast, and diver, was a company member with River North Chicago Dance Company where he danced for several years performing the choreography of Sherry Zunker, Frank Chaves, Randy Duncan, and Daniel Ezralow in addition to choreographing for the company. He may also be seen in the company’s Emmy award winning documentary River North Rising. He is featured in the films Vanilla City, The Visitor, and Road to Perdition. Jeremy teaches for and is a favorite of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. In 2013 he was the recipient of their highest honor the Artistic Achievement Award, especially notable given his young age. He has also taught at Wisconsin Dance Masters and the Southern Association of Dance Educators.
Jeremy also continues to bring his love and knowledge of dance to students and educators across the country. His most recent youth production was with the Minnesota Ballet Theater where he directed there production of “Teenage Wasteland”, a dance concert and theatrical experience dealing with the day to day of teenagers and there lives. Jeremy’s broad experience extends to choreographing for national level competitors and winners in cheerleading, aerobics, and solo dance competition.
Jeremy has directed and choreographed for over 30 productions worldwide that include dance companies, benefits, special events, film, and theater. As a director / choreographer he directed the first-ever aqua show at sea (and followed up that success with it’s even more highly praised sister show). It features world-class divers, gymnasts, synchronized swimmers and specialty acts. He has developed and created aerial shows and “living art” installments for cruise lines and special events, and most recently the International Balloon Competition in Michigan, which brought together aerialists and dancers from around the country. He conceived and directed the first all aerial show for a Cruise Line setting an industry standard that helped propel Royal Caribbean to number one in the cruise entertainment industry. Additionally he has directed and choreographed for (in addition to performing) numerous product launches, trade shows, industrials and national sales meetings for Fortune 500 companies. Here Jeremy and C5 have integrating their art and live performance with advanced technologies such as 3D video mapping, creating one-of-a-kind
Joe Sakellaris executive assistant
Joe Sakellaris began his career as an executive assistant for C5 in July of 2012. His previous work for fifteen years as a sales representative and manager at clothing companies such as Eddie Bauer and American Eagle have given him a solid background for dedicated service to C5 and the companies with whom they work. Along with those skills come excellent personable and organizational skills. While the crew at C5 have tried many times to fly Joe, he likes to keep his feet on the ground and in the office. He handles everything from schedules to booking travel and loves to work with the apparel we sell at events and online. He was given the opportunity to join the C5 team and hasn’t looked back since.
Stephen Torres aerial trainer
Stephen Torres was born in New York, yet moved to California at a young age. During his summers as a kid, he would go to camp – sail camp in particular. For a change one year, he was signed up for a performing arts camp and this is where he discovered his passion for performing. He quickly signed up for dance and singing classes. Since then, he has performed in numerous musicals and revues, dance concerts, commercial gigs, studied Dance at California State University of Long Beach and eventually began working with the Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. During this time, he was introduced to the world of aerial arts and fell in love. He began training with Hollywood Aerial Arts in southern California. Deciding he wanted to travel the world, he joined Royal Caribbean International during which he worked as a dancer, aerialist, dance captain, and aerial captain. He soon joined C5 as an aerial trainer and is proud to be a part of this team that continues to provide him with opportunities to grow and the product we work to create.
Javier Rolon aerial trainer
Born and raised in Catano, Puerto Rico. He was part of the Puerto Rican National basketball team by the age of 14. At the age of 17, Rolon re-discovered his passion for the arts, especially for dance. He trained at Ensayos Dance Studios under the direction of Emmanuel De Jesus, where he then became a choreographer. He was part of the cast of numerous tv shows, concerts and films produced in his native country. In 2004, he was invited to join the Walt Disney World Company and moved to Orlando, Florida. Then became dance captain at Sea World Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa. By 2006, Rolon started working as a dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruises where he soon discovered his passion for aerial arts, Trained under the direction of Jeremy Plummer and Michael McGovern when working for Royal Caribbean Cruises, and training in aerial arts schools in Orlando, Fl. Rolon became a professional aerialist, and is now a successful aerialist and aerial trainer for C5.
Brian Hare associate director
Brian Hare was born and raised in the Detroit area. After graduating high school he continued his higher education at Columbia College Chicago graduating with honors with a degree in Arts Entertainment Media Management and a minor in Dance. As a performer, Brian spent four seasons as a company member with the interdisciplinary group Chicago Dance Crash and five seasons with contemporary company Thodos Dance Chicago until 2013. He has also been a guest artist for several other Chicago based organizations including Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, The Inconvenience Theatre, Winifred Haun and Dancers, and Dance for Life.. He has had the opportunity to be in original choreographic processes with Melissa Thodos, Ron De Jesus, tony award winner Ann Rienking, KT Nelsen, Harrison McEldowney, Brian Enos and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. As well as C5 director Jeremy Plummer. He was an original cast member of never before performed archival works by Bob Fosse. Brian is currently a board member and contributing artist of LEVELdance under the direction of Eddy Ocampo and Joshua Paul Weckesser.
As a teacher/choreographer Brian is the Co-Artistic Director of the youth organization Denise Sabala Dance Company in Lake Zurich IL while also being on staff and teaching master classes at several Chicagoland dance studios. He has done residencies at Universities teaching master classes and setting original works, most recently at Marygrove College in Detroit.
In 2016 Brian became an artistic associate with C5. With this role Brian works both on the performance side and the creative side of C5.
Sarah Anderson aerial trainer
Sarah is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts, BFA in Acting. Awarded a fellowship in New Zealand, she studied the art of Bouffon under Tom McCrory, a principal student of Jacques Lecoqs, International Theatre School. She gained a profound understanding of gesture and movement through melodrama, human comedy, and tragedy. As a dancer she performed in Peach Blossom Fan, the debut play for the Roy and Edna Walt Disney Theater, REDCAT, under the direction of Zhou Long of the Beijing Opera.
Her interest in the discipline of dance and theater paired with her athletic and gymnastic ability led her to the study and performance of aerial acrobatics such as silk tissu and the lyra hoop. She has performed aerial arts with The Silk Sisters, Cirque Montage – Wonderworld Ent., Way2Much Ent., SupperClub, Andretti Family and other events all over the USA. Her dance and aerial choreography has been seen at CARNIVAL, The Choreographers Ball were she was approached and considered to be one of the choreographers for the movie “Go for it!” In Long Beach CA she envisioned and directed VOODOO, a rock & roll show with dance, song and cirque. Her work has been one of charity as well; she was proud to be the choreographer for the music video, Mr. Trooper, made to raise funds for the Iraq veterans and their families. With all her diverse experience under her belt Sarah’s recent endeavor has been the pairing of the theatrical with the aerial to create fresh pop culture experiences for audiences to behold. This led to the manifestation of her original flying apparatus “Paycheck” the Flying White Tiger. Currently, Anderson is proud to train the Aerial Arts for C5 create with no limits
Michael McGovern associate director / choreographer
Michael McGovern was born and raised in Warminster, PA, on the outskirts of Philadelphia. He trained at Kelly Richards School of Dance for nine years before graduating in 2000 and beginning his professional career with Royal Caribbean International.
During his constant traveling, Michael soon discovered a deep passion for capturing life on film, and loves to combine the artistry of dance and photography. He is always open to new experiences and loves to make people laugh.
Currently Michael works as one of only five aerial training specialists for Jeremy Plummer, founder of C5 ltd, and is responsible for training aerialists on eleven of Royal Caribbean’s ships. His constant travels enable him to capture the beauty of his surroundings as his love for life, dance and photography come together in his art.
Michael has had the opportunity to work with amazing choreographers such as Sherry Zunker, Frank Chaves, Harrison McEldowney and many others. Michael is a vital part of the C5 creative team, working to come up with new and innovative creative possibilities to bring to our clients.
He now calls Las Vegas, Nevada home with his wife Heather and daughters Maddison Rose and Morgan Marie, but travels extensively, leaving his memorable mark wherever he goes!
Jen Donohoo rehearsal director and dance instructor
Jen moved to NYC four years ago from Chicago. In Chicago, she had the privilege of serving on the jazz faculty at the Joffrey Ballet and the Ruth Page Dance Center, as well as a guest teaching at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. She has taught and/or choreographed on Ball State University, Jacksonville Episcopal High School, SUNY Purchase, the Lions Club International Ceremonies, I Can Do That NYC and Stagedoor Connections, among others. From 2010-2013, she served as the artistic director for Chicago Freelance Dance, a choreographic based project that showcased new and emerging artists in the Chicago dance community. She has been teaching and choreographing for almost 20 years.
In addition to teaching, Jen has also appeared in the Jeff Award winning Follies at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, directed by Gary Griffin. She served as the choreographic assistant to Alex Sanchez, as well as Dance Captain. Immediately following, she appeared as a principal dancer in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Welcome Yule! at Orchestra Hall. She has since worked on A Chorus Line (Assistant Dance Captain) directed by Mitzi Hamilton, Timon of Athens (Ensemble, Dance Captain) at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Brigadoon (US Jean/Ensemble) and A Christmas Carol (Xmas Future, Dance Captain). She has performed in numerous industrials around the world, including serving as Associate Choreographer for the Lions Club International Ceremonies in Hamburg, Germany and Honolulu, Hawaii. Proud member of AEA and AGMA.
Jen has also served as director/choreographer for numerous Off-Broadway and Regional productions. Since moving to NYC, she has worked on Deployed (Assistant Director) and Soul Doctor Off-Broadway (Assistant Director/Choreographer) both under the direction of Mindy Cooper. She was the Assistant Choreographer for a TheatreworksUSA tour, Fly Guy and Other Stories for their Fall 2014 tour and took over as Choreographer for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 tours. She also served as Associate Choreographer for Guys and Dolls at Goodspeed Opera House, working alongside Alex Sanchez and under the direction of the brilliantly talented Don Stephenson. Most recently she served as the Associate Director/Choreographer for Evita at the Marriott Theatre under the direction of Alex Sanchez, recently named Top 25 Choreographers to watch in Dance Magazine.
With such a versatile background, there isn’t anything in the entertainment field she hasn’t delved her hands into. She loves being able to collaborate and create with all types. Jen began working with C5 in 2012 as one of their rehearsal directors for OceanAria, one of Royal Caribbean’s water/diving shows. She loves her continued work with C5, because of the diverse and challenging events they take on. It offers her an amazing creative outlet and a chance to put her skills to use.
Briana Banos aerial trainer / artist
At a very young age, Briana fell in love with the performing arts. The ability to speak without words was her favorite form of communication. Growing up in Homestead, FL she studied dance underneath Donna Lee Roach, as well as participated in conventions, Miss Dance Florida, and had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Tim Fournier and Isis Masoud.
Growing from her love of dance came the love of language. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, with minors in Mass Communication and Anthropology. While studying, she also joined the illustrious student-run dance troupe, Danza, trained at F2 Arena and Darkside Athletics in CrossFit, Boxing, and Jiu Jitsu, as well as heavily participated in UF’s chapter of Invisible Children, an international nonprofit organization.
Fresh out of university, she grew fins and joined Royal Caribbean for three amazing contracts. During this time she was given the opportunity to spread her wings and excel in aerial arts under C5 instruction.
Just as life’s opportunities were thriving, Briana became ill with a very debilitating medical condition that turned her world upside down. For over a year she battled to gain her health back, learning to truly cherish even the simplest moments. Her verve for life has doubled since her steady recovery, allowing her to begin her ascent back into the air.
She has taught Jazz and Lyrical classes, choreographed for students and community shows, as well as the opener for both Miss UF 2011 and 2015.
Briana is honored to be a part of such a tremendous team where creativity knows no bounds and the endeavor for excellence is unmatched.
“Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” – Shel Silverstein
Paula Holmwood synchronized swimming choreographer / coach
Throughout her athletic and professional career, Paula Holmwood has been a high level athlete in both synchronized and competitive swimming, an Original Cast Performer for both Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and Le REVE at Wynn Las Vegas, as well as the exclusive Aquatic Choreographer and Trainer for elite athletes with C5 “create with no limits”.
In addition to her leadership experience in synchronized swimming, Ms. Holmwood is a Level 4 Certified Instructor and One Star Instructor Trainer for AnitGravity Fitness leading and motivating groups through challenging suspension fitness classes, empowering and inspiring students to improve overall health and wellness.
Beyond physical and artistic pursuits, Paula earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and has a successful business career working for prestigious organizations including Bridgewater Associates, The Juilliard School, and currently as part of the Relationship Management Team with Backstop Solutions.