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.
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.
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.
TIFFANY SCHEPFERMAN | Production Manager
MAHALIA STINES | Costume Designer
STEVEN SILVERLEAF | Set Designer
TAREAKE DORILL RAMOS
Tareake Dorill Ramos' proudest affiliation is being born and raised in the Lower East Side, NYC. Tareake graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Dance. Tareake trained with Rosie’s Theater Kids, New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA), Dancing Classrooms, and The Ailey School. Throughout his training, he has performed in works by Robert Battle, Juel D. Lane, Ming-Lung Yang, Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Kira Blazek, and Susan Jaffe. Tareake started his own organization, Dorill Initiative, to empower youth to tell their stories and transform communities through the love of art. Tareake has taught at First to Fifth Summer Intensive (New York), EPIC Dance Convention (North Carolina), Broadway Dance Center (Children Teen Program), Isadora Festival in Russia, and Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Tareake is grateful to serve as rehearsal director of G&D.
Kevin Boateng began his dance training in Dallas, Texas. He attended the University of North Texas at Denton’s Dance and Theatre program. Since 2014, he has been affiliated with Movers Unlimited Dance Company under the direction of Dr. Kihyoung Choi. During his undergrad, Kevin taught hip hop and contemporary at Denton Dance Conservatory. In 2016, Kevin attended the American Dance Festival on a full scholarship where he met Beth Gill. In 2017, he began his first tour with Beth Gill and performed in venues such as The Walker, ICA Boston, The Yard, and Abrons Art Center among others. In 2018, Kevin made his first appearance at The Joyce Theater with Beth Gill and The BAM Harvey Theater with Phantom Limb. In April 2019, Kevin performed in Falling Out with Phantom Limb at the Kennedy Center. Kevin joined G&D and celebrated the company’s 10th anniversary in fall 2019. He looks forward to another season with the company this fall.
Jenna Kulacz, originally from Westchester, New York, graduated summa cum laude from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography. Jenna has performed with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT in Arts Across America: A Live Virtual Performance with the John F. Kennedy Center, with Gaspard&Dancers in a solo dance film, and with RAD dance company commissioned through ADF. She has also performed at the Florence Dance Festival with The Kearns Dance Project and has performed site-specific work across Italy. During her time at Elon, Jenna has performed works by notable choreographers including Gaspard Louis, Yoshito Sakuraba, Gallim Dance, Christal Brown, Matt Pardo, Kira Blazek, Summation Dance, and Ming-Lung Yang. She loves to teach young dancers, especially at her home studio, Westchester Dance Academy. Jenna is passionate about fitness, is a certified yoga instructor, and loves to push the boundaries of her athleticism in her movement.
Taylor Jordan is from Montgomery, Alabama. She grew up in a more classical style of ballet, attending summer programs such as Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Alabama Ballet. After graduating high school, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to join Charlotte Ballet II. After CBII, Taylor trained at Nederlands Dans Theatre in the summer of 2016. She has worked with choreographers including Alonzo King, Desmond Richardson, Dwight Rhoden, Sol Leon, Patricia McBride, and Gioconda Barbuto. Taylor graduated from the LINES Ballet Training Program in San Francisco in 2018. A week after graduating the program, she joined Gregory Dawson’s DawsonDanceSF for two years. She moved to New York in the summer of 2019, then joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet as a trainee for their 2019/2020 winter season. During the pandemic, she had the privilege of choreographing and teaching for her home studio, the Alabama Dance Theatre. Taylor is beyond excited for her first season with G&D.
Alfonse Napolitano, native of Parsippany, New Jersey, began dancing at the age of six. He recently received his Bachelor of Arts from Montclair State University in Dance Education (K-12 NJ Certified), as well as completed the credits for the BFA in Dance Performance. In spring of 2020, he was awarded Outstanding Senior from the department. He has performed in works by Joshua Manculich, Shapiro and Smith, Camille A. Brown, Alwin Nikolias, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Sara Hook, and many more. He has performed in venues such as 92nd Street Y, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the studios at New York City Center, and The Joyce Theater. He is an experienced teacher and choreographer of all age groups and has taught at multiple studios throughout NJ and NY. He received his O’Donnell Technique certification in July 2019. In June of 2021, Alfonse performed in WhirlWind Dance by Joshua Manculich in Hockley, Texas. He is thrilled to be joining Gaspard&Dancers.
JAM NIEL DELGADO
Jam Niel Delgado was born in Puerto Rico. He first pursued dancing at the age of 16 at the School of the Arts in Trujillo Alto, PR, and later joined the dance team where he competed in the college Olympics. In 2014, Jam Niel moved to the states to further his technical training and has since worked with Koffee Dance Company under the direction of Avis Hatcher-Puzzo, Winston Salem Festival Ballet, and Gary Taylor Dance. In 2018, he performed in the annual Wake Forest Dance Festival and began teaching with Infinity Ballet Theater and Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts. Most recently, Jam Niel has performed in Durham with Shaleigh Dance Works' The In-Between at The Fruit and with Gaspard&Dancers in American Dance Festival's The Stars Are Out event. He is excited to join G&D for their upcoming season.
Shamila Issa is from Dallas, Texas. She began her dance training under the guidance of Dr. Kihyoung Choi and has been a leading member of Movers Unlimited Touring Dance Company since 2014. During her time in the company, she has had the opportunity to choreograph and present her work at various artistic junctions. In 2019, her dance choreography was chosen to be featured in the American College Dance Association's gala performance. Later that year, she was selected to attend the Hubbard Street Dance summer intensive. In addition, her participation at the Palm Desert Choreography Festival received high praises. She is ecstatic to start her first season with G&D.
Jessica Alexander grew up in Durham, NC, dancing at Carolina Friends School, Studio A, Triangle Youth Ballet, and UNCSA. She graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY and studied under Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Jessica is grateful to have worked and performed with artists including Tom Weinberger, Courtney Mazeika, Leah Wilks, Nicole von Arx, and Erin Landers. She is excited to be working with Gaspard and the wonderful dancers that make up G&D.
Headshot by Stephen Texeira
Caitlin Dutton-Reaver (G&D Administrator) is an arts administrator, performer, choreographer, and educator. She holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Montclair State University. Over the past 10 years, Caitlin has worked as an administrator at Chez Bushwick, Amalgamate Dance Company, DanceMedia, and most recently at The Juilliard School. Her performing credits span concert stages and site-specific venues from CA to NYC and five years in three roles with Third Rail Project's Bessie Award-winning production Then She Fell. Her company Stray Projects has toured up and down the East Coast since 2014 and is currently based out of Durham, NC. Caitlin is delighted to serve as Administrative Assistant to Artistic Director Gaspard Louis, working in service to a company of incredible artists. www.strayperformanceprojects.com
BOARD of DIRECTORS
STEVEN SILVERLEAF | Chair
KATHERINE ARNOTT-MAHEU | Vice Chair
NATALIE DUNN | Treasurer
WENDY VANKLEECK | Secretary
ROBIN GALLANT | Board Member
ART WABER | Board Member
LINDA WISHART | Board Member
TANIKA MARTIN | Board Member
ANNE-LYNE McCALLA | Board Member
GASPARD LOUIS | Founder and Artistic Director
2019 HIGHLIGHT REEL
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