• OUR MISSION

    Gaspard & Dancers is an inclusive and diverse dance company founded upon a shared passion for versatile movement that is physically inventive, emotionally dynamic, and inspiring to people of all ages and backgrounds. Through the creation of repertoire, performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops, short and long-term residencies within the North Carolina community and around the globe, our main purpose is to expand the perspectives and creative potential of all who see and share in our world.

    OUR HISTORY

    Gaspard & Dancers was founded in 2009 by former Pilobolus dancer Gaspard Louis. The company produces an annual performance season at Duke University in Durham, NC and has recently been presented at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City, Cape Fear Stage in Wilmington, NC, Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Bermuda, and across North Carolina as part of the NC Dance Festival. Presently, the company is preparing for a tour in Siberia, Russia.

  • ARTISTIC director

    GASPARD LOUIS

    Artistic Director

    Gaspard Louis is the Founder and Artistic Director of Gaspard&Dancers (G&D). He received a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University and continued his dance studies on scholarship at Gus Giordano's in Chicago and Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab in New York. Following his studies, he joined the New York based company called AllNations where he performed traditional dances from many parts of the world for US troupes across the globe. Subsequently, he performed and traveled worldwide with Pilobolus Dance Theater. He collaborated on the choreography of nine major dance works with the company and taught master dance classes both nationally and internationally. Gaspard received an MFA in Dance from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival Program and became the Director of ADF’s year-round creative movement outreach program which provides free dance classes to youth in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill community of North Carolina. His passion for dance has continued to lead him to work with local dancers and musicians. Additionally, Gaspard has been a guest teacher at Duke, Elon and North Carolina Central Universities.

  • Artistic team

    TIFFANY SCHEPFERMAN, PRODUCTION MANAGER

    MAHALIA STINES, COSTUME DESIGNER

    Steven Silverleaf, Set Designer

  • UPCOMING EVENTS

    G&D back in the studio May 20 - May 24, 2019. New piece with Gregory Dolbashian

     

    G&D in the studio July 29 - September 9. Two new works with Gaspard

     

    G&D at Elon University on Saturday, September 13th, 2019

     

    G&D in South Korea, September 15th - September 20th, 2019

     

    Residency at Carolina Friends School September 23 - September 25, 2019

     

    G&D at Duke University on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th, 2019

  • COMPANY

    TAREAKE DORILL RAMOS

    NEW YORK

    Tareake Dorill Ramos graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. Tareake trained with The Ailey School, Rosie’s Theater Kids, New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA), Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Dancing Classrooms. Throughout his training, he has performed in works by Robert Battle, Juel D. Lane, Ming-Lung Yang, Merce Cunninham, Twyla Tharp, Jose Limon, Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Kira Blazek and Susan Jaffe. Tareake founded his own organization, Dorill Initiative, to empower youth to tell stories and transform communities through the power of art. Tareake has taught at First to Fifth Summer Intensive (New York), EPIC Dance Convention (North Carolina), Isadora Duncan Festival (Krasnoyarsk, Siberia), and Broadway Dance Center Children Teen Program.

    FRANKIE LEE

    PENNSYLVANIA

    Frankie Lee III graduated from UNCSA 2014 & has since been a bi-costal freelance dancer, performer, choreographer, faculty assistant & teacher/dance instructor. He has freelanced with dawsondancesf, dendy/donovan projects, Zest Collective, Emote Dance Theater, RAWdance SF, Rising Rhythm Project, Juxtashade, Man Dance Company and House of Prolific. Frankie also performs, choreographs and is signed with a talent/model agency based in San Francisco, California, RAE Agency. He has also choreographed and collaborated on numerous works that have been presented in theaters, festivals, dance for camera and in the public schools. He is alum of the American Dance Festival and this is his fourth season with Gaspard&Dancers.

    BAILEY REESE

    NORTH CAROLINA

    Bailey found her love for dance at the age of three while attending a dance studio called CC & Company Dance Complex. Bailey then continued her formal training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) as a junior in High School and decided to stay and continue her training in the college dance program. Bailey has performed many works created by Twyla Tharp, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, Shen Wei, Juel Lane, Kimberly Bartosik, Helen Simoneau, and Brenda Daniels. Bailey is now based in New York City teaching to many and has performed with companies such as Ashley Lindsey Dance and The Blue Morph Collective. Bailey is thrilled to be starting her second season with Gaspard&Dancers (G&D).

    GARRETT PARKER

    NORTH CAROLINA

    Garrett Parker was born in North Carolina and spent much of his childhood in New Delhi, India. Finding dance in college, Garrett attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and graduated in 2017 with a BFA in dance. He is humbled to have received a merit-based full scholarship, the Sarah Kenan Scholarship. Garrett has performed in works by Trisha Brown, Wayne McGregor, Bill T. Jones, Ming Yang and Helen Simoneau. To further his choreographic, he has attended Movement Invention Project (2015), the Gaga Winter Intensive (2016), and the American Dance Festival (2013, 2014, and 2015).

    Garrett is excited to share his dance with you as a member of the G&D family.

    GREGORY HAMILTON

    NORTH CAROLINA

    Gregory Hamilton(Greg) is a BFA graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Greg approaches his work with a high level of sincerity, and his movement is a clear representation of his character. He has appeared in works by Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan, Merce Cunningham, Doug Varone, and Shen Wei. Greg is extremely passionate about the art of giving, and simply wishes to continue to serve many through his art.

    GABBY LOREN

    FLORIDA

    Gabrielle Loren began her training at the age of 7 where she studied various forms of dance including West African. She has worked with prestigious artists such as Christopher Huggins, Jennifer Archibald, Andre Tyson, Kanji Segawa and many others. After graduating high school in honors, she furthered her dance education and received her BFA in Contemporary Dance at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In all her years there she was blessed to have performed works by Doug Varone, Merce Cunningham, Shen Wei, Aszure Barton, and a part of UNCSA’s esteemed alum Juel D. Lane’s dance on film When The Beat Drops. Gabrielle is eager to perform with Gaspard & Dancers as her first professional step in life.

    SELINA HACK

    NEW YORK

    Selina Shida Hack born and raised in Queens, New York. She began her dance training at the Professional Performing Arts School/The Ailey School where she performed works by Adrienne Hurd, Pedro Ruiz, Tina Bush, and Lisa Attles. She went on to graduate cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from State University of New York at Purchase College, where she performed works by Kimberly Bartosik, Sidra Bell, Martha Graham, Manuel Vignouelle, and Kate Wallich. She has danced for companies such as, Zest Collective and Nomad Contemporary Ballet. Ms. Hack has attended intensives at Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theater of Harlem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, and The Ailey School. Selina is currently dancing for VALLETO DANCE and is excited to be joining Gaspard and Dancers.

    JIHYUN KIM

    SOUTH KOREA

    Jihyun Kim, born and grew up in Seoul, South Korea, started dancing at the age of 8 and got B.S degree in dance from Hanyang University in South Korea. Post graduation, Jihyun had danced with Garimda Dance Company and had performed many pieces in Korea. In 2012, Jihyun decided to move to New York in order to enhance her experience. She had received training exposed to many styles of dance - ballet, modern, contemporary, house, Jazz and African dance - at Peridance Capezio Center and she earned her master degree in dance at Tisch School of The Arts, NYU in 2017. Jihyun has performed in works by Crystal Pite, Trisha Brown and Stefanie Batten Bland. Also, she started challenging to choreograph as an emerging choreographer in New York.

  • BOARD of DIRECTORS

    STEVEN SILVERLEAF, Chair

    KATHERINE ARNOTT - MAHEU, Vice-Chair

    NATALIE DUNN, Treasurer

    WENDY VANKLEECK, Secretary

     

    ROBIN GALLANT, Board Member

    TIM McGLOIN, Board Member

    ART WABER, Board Member

    SCOTT WISHART, Board Member

    TANIKA MARTIN, Board Member

    Anne-Lyne McCalla, Board Member

    GASPARD LOUIS, Founder and Artistic Director

     

  • ADVISORY BOARD

    JODEE NIMERICHTER

    JIM FINCH

    DAVID LIU

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    GASPARD & DANCERS is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the performing arts community in Durham, NC and around the world.

     

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  • Help us celebrate our ten-year anniversary! Our 10th season performances will be at Duke's Reynolds Theatre on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.

     

    We invite you to celebrate this milestone with us at our 10-Year Fête, immediately following the September 28 performance from 9:30 PM – 12 AM at the Durham Fruit and Produce Co. You can look forward to a patio cocktail hour, hors d'oeuvres and a DJ and dancing at 10 PM. Help us spread the word by sharing the Facebook event!

     

    Ticket Options: Individual Tickets & Table Sponsorship

     

    We are currently selling individual tickets ($100) and table sponsorships ($800). Both options include event access, food, open beer/wine bar, and entry to the 7:30 PM Saturday G&D performance.

     

    Table sponsorships cover eight people and include guaranteed seating at the Fête. For companies sponsoring a table, benefits also include a logo on the G&D website and logo projection at the party.

     

    To purchase your ticket:

     

    1. Click here to visit our Paypal Page.

    2. Enter the ticket price - $100 for an individual or $800 for a table sponsorship.

    3. Under "Add Special Instructions to the Seller" write "G&D 10-Year Fête"

     

    You will receive confirmation from G&D within a week about your secured ticket or table. If you would rather pay by check, please email GDFete10@gmail.com.

     

    Corporate Sponsorship

    For organizations who cannot attend the event but would like to sponsor a table, corporate sponsorship can be purchased for $500, with benefits including a full-page advertisement in the G&D program, highlights on G&D social media, and logo projection as well as recognition at the party. A sponsorship with Gaspard&Dancers affiliates your organization with one of the most distinct and breathtaking modern dance companies. Learn more about sponsorship benefits below.

  • PRESS KIT

    For further information about who we are as creators and members of the community please view our complete press kit.