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 received a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree 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 that experience, he joined a New York based dance company called AllNations where he performed traditional dances from many parts of the world; and had the opportunity to entertained the US troupes across the globe. In 1996, he performed and traveled worldwide with Pilobolus Dance Theater and collaborated on the choreography of nine major dance works with the company, as well as taught master dance classes both nationally and internationally. In 2012, Gaspard received a master degree in dance from the ADF/Hollins University MFA program. 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
G&D will be performing at the EMELIN THEATER on Saturday, May 12th, 2018
G&D will be performing in Siberia, Russia from Monday, May 14th - Sunday, May 19th, 2018
G&D will be performing in Wilmington, North Carolina on Saturday, July 14th, 2018
G&D will be setting SOUKE on UNCSA School of Dance for their Fall Dance 2018
G&D will be performing at Duke University on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th
TAREAKE DORILL RAMOS
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 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 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 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(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.
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 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, 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
GASPARD LOUIS, Founder and Artistic Director
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