Andy Hasenpflug has been accompanying and composing music for dance since 1989. He has played and/or composed for artists such as Bill T. Jones, Joe Goode, members of the Merce Cunningham and Bebe Miller Dance Companies, Doug Varone, Rosie Herrera, LabCo, Dance Alloy, the Seldoms, and Zephyr Dance. During the academic year, Andy works at Slippery Rock University as Music Director of the Dance Department. In the summers he is the Music Director for the American Dance Festival. Andy is honored to be working with Gaspard Louis on this project.
Paul Leary is currently a visiting assistant professor of music at Duke University where he teaches music theory and electronic music. He graduated from Duke wih a PhD in music composition in 2012. His electronic music has been performed widely at over thirty festivals and concerts over the past few years.
Randall Love is a member of the Duke University music faculty where he teaches piano and fortepiano. He has been heard in this country as a soloist and chamber player in events ranging from performances on period instruments to contemporary concerts featuring North Carolina composers. He has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, the Boston Early Music Festival, and the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Joshua Starmer's first cello, at age 7, was a cardboard box with a 12 inch ruler taped to it. Since graduating to a real instrument, he’s played and recorded with REM’s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills, The Love Language, The Old Ceremony, The Rosebuds, Chris Stamey, Birds and Arrows, Katharine Whalen and many more. He also composes and records original music for movies, television, theater and dance. Joshua is currently recording an album, “Postcards From Home: Volume 1”. This collection of songs and stories, one written and recorded each month, keeps him in touch with friends and loved ones. The music plays the role of a picture with writing on the back saying “wish you were here”. Featuring cello, voice, and a variety of physical percussion instruments, the pieces convey messages ranging from simple observations about the weather, to coping with a friend’s departure. Keep up with Joshua’s music and writing at: joshstarmer.wordpress.com
Robin Gallant (Company Photographer) is a multiple time international award winning fine dance photographer. She recently won second place in the famed Px3 photo competition in Paris where thousands of images were entered from photographers from 85 countries. She has trained with both Lois Greenfield and Roy Volkmann. Robin is passionate about photographing dance. She has worked with professional dancers from many different countries and companies, including Alvin Ailey, Urban Bush Women, Elisa Monte and the show So You Think You Can Dance. She especially took a particular interest in Gaspard&Dancers and has been photographing the company since its inception. She is thrilled to be working with Gaspard Louis and Gaspard&Dancers!
Steven Silverleaf was born in 1954 and grew up between New York City, Athens, Greece, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee during the 1970s where he studied painting and drawing He was active in the local art, poetry and experimental theatre scene in Milwaukee. He returned to North Carolina in 1980 and to the Raleigh-Durham area in 1990. Silverleaf now maintains a studio in Carrboro, NC. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and juried shows. His works are included in many corporate collections and he has continued his interest in collaboration with other artists and various art forms. stevensilverleaf.com
Maurice Ivy Dowell was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Duke University with a major in Literature (Critical Theory), a minor in Dance, and a certificate in Film in May of 2016. Upon graduation he attended the American Dance Festival on scholarship where he worked with choreographers Lee Sher and Saar Harari. Maurice has spent summers at Virginia School of the Arts, The Ailey School, Point Park University, Summer Stages at Concord Academy, and the Nederlands Dans Theater in 2015 where he first encountered Gaga with guest faculty Shamel Pitts. He has performed in works by Seán Curran, Lightfoot/León, Gerald Arpino and emerging choreographers Khadija Ahmaddiya and Mark Caserta (Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Jazz Montréal) of Drigg Productions. He has produced original film and choreography. In addition to dancing with G&D, he’s also a company member at Drigg Productions and Connolly and Co.
William Fowler was born and raised in Augusta, GA and studied dance at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. After graduating, He began study at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. He has danced works by Maurya Kerr, Jose Limon, Grady Bowman, Bill T. Jones, Cara Hagan, Juel D. Lane, Susan Jaffe and Kimberly Bartosik. Since 2010, he has spent his summers in Asheville, NC, with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance as an apprentice. The summer of 2013, William had the honor of performing Twyla Tharp's "Sweet Fields" for Sally Ride's Tribute at the Kennedy Center. Afterwards, he attended the Alonzo King Lines Ballet summer intensive. He currently dances with DawsonDanceSF, under the direction of Gregory Dawson, and this is his second season. He is very excited to work alongside Gaspard and his company!
AJ Guevara is a New York-based artist that hails from California’s central coast. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A in Dance and Choreography. AJ was accepted into the Academia dell’Arte (Arezzo, IT), where he studied the Architectonics of Dance. Currently a member of Company E, AJ travels internationally as a performer, educator, and artistic ambassador through the US Department of State promoting cultural diplomacy through dance. AJ’s Choreographic work has been presented both nationally and internationally including premiers in California, Cuba, Italy, North Carolina, New York, Uruguay, and Washington DC. He has danced professionally with Amaranth Contemporary Dance Company, Company Danzante, Dance Iquail! Ground Zero Dance, and Von Howard Project. AJ studied as a scholarship recipient at The American Dance Festival in 2013, where he performed the first reconstruction of Bill T. Jones’ “Love Re-Defined” for ADF’s 80th Anniversary Season. That year he had the opportunity to work with Dr. James Frazier and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar as an understudy for the restaging and documentary of her masterwork, “Shelter.” He also performed at the biennial National College Dance Festival Gala, presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. AJ is thoroughly excited for his first season with Gaspard and Dancers.
Margaret Jones fell in love with dance at a young age and her passion continues to grow as she teaches, choreographs, studies, and performs. Margaret’s early training took place at CC & Company Dance Complex in Raleigh, NC where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, Jason Parsons, Lauren Adams, Peter Chu, and Sonya Tayeh. She has performed at several national dance competitions across the country, including the Capezio ACE Awards in New York City. She continued her training at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. While at UNCSA she has studied with Dance Forum Taipei, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, performed alongside Hubbard Street’s second company in a piece by Maurya Kerr, and performed an excerpt of “Sweet Fields” at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Twyla Tharp. In May of 2015 Margaret graduated from UNCSA with a BFA in Contemporary Dance.
Jihyun Kim, born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. She started dancing at the age of 8. She received a bachelor in dance from Hanyang University in South Korea. She won the Golden-prize for Senior contemporary in ‘The 41st Dong-A Dance Competition’, the most prestigious dance event in Korea. Post graduation, Jihyun joined Garimda Dance Company and toured not only in Korea, but also in Japon with the company. In 2012, Jihyun moved to New York to further her dance education. She trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, house, Jazz and African dance. She is a recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts graduate studies program. She performed work by prominent choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Trisha Brown and Stefanie Bland Batten. She presented her own choreography at the Dumbo Dance Festival.
Frankie Lee III was born in Uniontown, PA, grew up in Raleigh, NC & Phoenix, AZ & currently lives/dances in California in The Bay Area. He was first inspired to dance by his family, friends & dance teachers in grade school. He received his BFA in Contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina school of the Arts in May 2014, where he performed works by Larry Keigwin, Alwin Nikolai, Maurya Kerr, Shen Wei, Juel Lane, Doug Elkins & Merce Cunningham. He has been a consistent scholarship student & faculty assistant at the American Dance Festival. He has danced/toured for 2 seasons with contemporary-ballet company, "dawsondancesf". He’s thrilled to be back with Gaspard&Dancers for another great season.
Courtney Owen-Muir was born and raised in Toronto, Canada where she found her love for dance, and began her professional training. She studied at Cawthra Park Secondary School where she focused her studies on dance in the Regional Arts Program. A recent graduate of the The Conteur Academy, a contemporary conservatory, under the direction of Eryn Waltman, Courtney has attended the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater’s Summer Program, LA Contemporary Dance Company, Ate9 Winter Intensive, The Movement Invention Project, and the American Dance Festival in both Los Angeles and North Carolina. She studied under the direction of Alexandra Wells, Shannon Gillen, Kate Hutter, Gerri Houlihan and Sidra Bell. In 2013 Courtney toured 9 cities in Greece with a performance dance company, through Ryerson University. She began her professional dance career in North Carolina in 2014, working with Code F.A.D Dance company, The KT Collective, and performing in BELLAN Performance Dance Theater’s show Birth of Existence. Additionally, she was selected to learn and perform Abby Zbikowski choreography/repertory at the American Dance Festival. Courtney has also produced work for the annual SARUS Festival in Wilmington, NC where she began receiving recognition for her choreographic work. Courtney is thrilled to be a new company member with Gaspard&Dancers, and is excited to see where this year takes her!
Garrett Parker was born in North Carolina and spent much of his childhood in New Delhi, India. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017 with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. 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 develop his choreographic voice and study of movement, he has attended the Movement Invention Project (2015), the Gaga Winter Intensive (2016), the Kyoto Dance Festival (2017), and the American Dance Festival (2013, 2014, and 2015). Garrett is very excited to be apart of the G&D family.
Taquirah Thompson was born in Chicago. She began her dance training at Chicago Academy of the Arts. At age 16 she began training with the Joffrey Ballet academy in Chicago. She was later accepted to North Carolina School of the Arts. There, she trained with some of the nations best technical and modern instructors. She has recently performed pieces for Larry Keigwin, Shein Wei, Juel Lane, The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, and SueMo: A Dance Experience.