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
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
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 and excited to be dancing in his third season with the company.
Ciara Borg hails from Shipshewana, Indiana. She began her dance training as a young tap soloist, before branching out to other dance genres. She is a recent magma cum laude graduate from Ball State University where she received a BFA in Dance. Throughout college, she had the opportunity to work closely with artists, Sidra Bell and Jamy Meek. She has performed works by Noa Shadur, Shay Kuebler, and most recently Martha Graham performing, Steps in the Street at The Joyce Theater in April, 2019. She has pursued additional training from American Dance Festival, The Cambrian’s Summer Intensive, and FACT/SF’s Summer Dance Lab, fostering both technical and choreographic skills. Ciara feels blessed for the opportunity to work with Gaspard&Dancers.
Garrett Parker is a North Carolina born dance artist and graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Now living in NYC, he enjoys choreography, videography and coaching kids living with special needs. Garrett is the founder of Detox Movement inc. Garrett’s choreography has been shared in NYC venues including Judson Church, Baruch Performing Arts Center, LGA Performing Arts Center, Sheen Center, International Human Rights Arts Festival, Dixon Place and the Actors Arts Fund. He is thankful to be performing with G&D for his third season.
Divine Garland (Brooklyn, NY) is a freelance artist that began his training at The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, in Manhattan, NY. He received his B. F. A in dance performance in May of 2019 from Montclair State University (MSU). Divine has performed works by Frederick Earl Mosley, Bill T. Jones, Daniel Shapiro and Joanie Smith, Maxine Steinman, and Christian Von Howard. He has also worked with artists such as Alrick Thomas, Kevin Wynn, Felicia Cruz, and Greg Sinacory. Additionally, Divine has performed as a guest artist for Nathaniel’s Dance Collective and Sidra Bell Dance New York. This is Divine’s first season with G&D. He is excited to be part of the 10th season celebration.
Selina Shida Hack, a native New Yorker started her dance training at the Professional Performing Arts School/ The Ailey School. In 2017, Selina graduated from State University of New York at Purchase College where she earned her BFA in Dance and minor in Arts Management. While at Purchase, Selina studied abroad for a semester at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Selina has performed works by Martha Graham, Sidra Bell, Manuel Vignouelle, Kate Wallich, Danae Dimitriadi and Dionysios Alamanos. Through her commercial work, Selina has been featured in many dance films and music videos, and recently performed with Madonna at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Through her freelance work, Selina has had the pleasure of working with companies such as, ZEST Collective, Nomad Contemporary Ballet, VALLETO, LaneCoArts, Peter Stathas Dance, and HIVEWILD.
Brooke Rucker is an artist and activist located in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Florida State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Brooke has performed as a company member with Charles Anderson's dance theatre X and is an apprentice with the renown Urban Bush Women dance company. She has also worked with Michelle Fletcher’s Here Now Dance Collective in Fletcher’s piece titled Head Lights. Apart from performing, Brooke is also a maker whose work centers around black feminist theory which is influenced by the experiences of black women. Her most recent work, If a black falls in a crowd and makes a sound, does anyone hear it?, premiered at Florida State University in the Spring of 2018. Brooke’s blog, What you didn’t learn in school..., further addresses these racial and gender issues by unpacking the lessons we have been taught and contrasting them with the truth that exists. This is her first season with Gaspard and Dancers.
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, 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. This is his first season with Gaspard&Dancers (G&D). He is excited to be part of the G&D family and to celebrate the company’s 10th anniversary.
Nika Antuanette, a native of Chicago, IL, currently resides in New York City. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (B.A. Dance & Psychology) and spent 7-months abroad in Israel for Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company's Dance Journey. Since then, she has had the pleasure of working with several dance, opera, production, and theater companies including Spirit Productions/Dublin Worldwide Entertainment, Alison Cook Beaty Dance, Gotham Dance Theater, Skylark Opera, ColliDe Theatrical, and music recording artists such as Grace Vanderwaal, ATELLER, Financial Criminals, & Jash. Nika is grateful to perform in her first season with Gaspard&Dancers.
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
SCOTT WISHART | Board Member
TANIKA MARTIN | Board Member
ANNE-LYNE McCALLA | Board Member
GASPARD LOUIS | Founder and Artistic Director
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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 at 7:30 PM. Show tickets are available here through the Duke University Box Office.
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