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 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.
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.
Mizuho Kappa was born in Osaka, Japan. She started her dance training at the age of 3 with ballet and attended Hans Meister Summer Ballet Course. In Japan she performed works by Kazuyuki Futami, Miho Ryu, Ryu Suzuki, among many others. She moved to NY in 2018 and has worked with dance companies including Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks, Gaspard&Dancers, and Crossmove Lab. She is also an Associate Artistic Director of dance theater company "Project TAG." She was featured as a movement artist in the promotion of the Sacai x Hank Willis Thomas SS21 Collection.
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. Other performance credits include ACDA, the Capezio 125th Anniversary Gala, Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit, and Elon’s mainstage productions. She has also performed at the Florence Dance Festival with Lauren Kearns’ 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 both in her dancing and on her workout-based YouTube channel. She is grateful for the talented and dedicated artists who have supported her growth as a dancer over the years and is looking forward to using her versatility as a mover to explore all aspects of the performing arts.
Caitlin Dutton-Reaver (Administrator) is an arts administrator, performer, choreographer, and educator. She holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Montclair State University, and has worked as an administrator at Chez Bushwick, Amalgamate Dance Company, DanceMedia, and most recently at The Juilliard School. Her performing credits span the concert stage to site-specific venues from CA to NYC, and most notably her roles in 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.
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
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G&D in NYC
Friday, January 10th - 7:30 PM
Ailey Citigroup Theater
405 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
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