Sarah Adams- 2009
Sebastian Alexis- 2012-14
Anthony Amatucci- 2014
Amanda Floyd Beaty- 2009-13
Christopher Bell- 2014
Michaela Grace Best- 2014
Erika Bhirchanna- 2009
Reba Bowens- 2012
William Commander- 2013
Kate Currin- 2013
Maurice Ivy Dowell- 2013
Audrey Fenske- 2012
Andrew Lamar- 2009-2014
Frankie Lee III- 2014
Dana Lossing- 2013-14
Ian Meeks- 2009-12
Mari Newlin- 2012
Jeryl Palana- 2014
Jennifer Pike- 2009-12
Emily Jane Price- 2013
Kristen Roszell- 2013
Diego Carrasco Schoch- 2012
Stacy Skolnik- 2014
Kristin Taylor- 2011-13
Kristel Rose Tedesco- 2014
Robert Thurston-Lighty- 2009-12
Jessi Knight 2014
Leah Wilks- 2012-13
Shaun-Avery Williams- 2013
Dominique Anderson Willis- 2012-14
Rivkins Christopher was born and raised in Miami Fl where he began his training at the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet under the direction of Ruth Wiesen. He is a graduate from New World School of the Arts where he received his BFA in dance. He had the pleasure of dancing with Momentum Dance Company, Peter London Global Dance Company and has spent one season as an understudy with Miami Contemporary. In addition he has attended intensives such Ailey, Deeply Rooted, the American Dance Festival and the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Workshops. He has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Darshaun Bhuller, Kyle Abraham, Jamar Roberts,and performed works by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Rennie Harrris ,Kevin Iega Jeff and Bill.T.Jones. He recently presented his first professional work entitled "Self M.A.R.C" at Miami's Open Stage. He joined Gaspard & Dancers in 2014, this will be his second season working with the company.
Anthony Gonzales hails from the deserts of Arizona. He is a transport to the shimmering skyline of New York City, where he currently resides in Brooklyn. Anthony studied dance at Arizona State University where he had the privilege of working and learning with incredible artists such as Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley, Thomas Lehmen, and Ashleigh Leite. Anthony has received scholarships to attend both Bates Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival. Most recently, while at ADF, he had the great joy of dancing for Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and Jesse Zarrit. When not making his own work, he currently also dances for Dishman + Co. Choreography. Anthony is delighted to be joining Gaspard & Dancers for his first season with the 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.
Rashidi Lewis (Miami, FL) began his training in Michael Krop Senior High School's STAR Magnet program where he graduated in 2011. He continued his training at New World School of the Arts under the direction of Mary-Lisa Burns and faculty such as Peter London, Laura Murphy,Garard Ebitz, Tina Santos,Bambi Anderson and Rosline Sanders. Rashidi has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Gregory Maqoma, Debbie Allen, Earl Mosley, Rene Harris,Germal Barnes, and Darshan Buhler. He has also been able to dance works by Robert Battle such as RUSH HOUR and Battlefield. Throughout his dance career Rashidi has created a choreographic voice by creating pieces such as ORIGIN and Rubies along with other short works. And in the spring of 2015 was given the opportunity to showcase his work at Miami Dance Festival and Mimi Open Stage. Rashidi has recently received his Bachelor in Fine Art from the University of Florida and New World School of the Arts.
Heidi Morgan is a performer and arts administrator based in New York City. She graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Non-Profit Administration. In addition to working with Gaspard&Dancers, Heidi is currently performing with Zullo/Raw Movement and is working in administrative positions with Patricia Norowol Dance Theater and Movement Research. She has performed works with Ensemble Dance, Eunoia Dance Experiments, and Leverage Dance Theater.
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!
Imani Nia Simmons (Chicago,IL) is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. She began her training at private arts high school, Chicago Academy for the Arts. Under the direction of Randy Duncan and hip hop company Hip Hop ConnXion, she has traveled to SOTA (Singapore School of the Arts) as an exchange student and competed in various competitions. She has performed twice at The National Dance High School Festival, New York Live Arts, Illinois Dance Festival, the 27th Chicago Music Awards, Eat to the Beat, and Taste for the Arts. She has also trained at summer intensives such as, Lar Lubovitch (full scholarship), Deeply Rooted, Doug Varone and Dancers (scholarship student), and The Merce Cunningham Workshops. Imani has had the pleasure of working with artists such as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zance Dance Comapny, Kyle Abraham, Doug Varone, John Jasperse, Adam Barruch, Jonathan Alsberry, Stuart Singer, Ori Flormin, Nick Pupillo, Randy Duncan, Guillermo Leyva, Greg Dolbashian and Kevin Iega Jeff. Along with recording artists Tank, Kaya Jones (former PussyCat Dolls member), and Linda Crawford. She has also in July of 2015 worked for director Andrew Ondrejcak for his first showing of his new project entitled "Elijah Green" at NYC's theatre space The Kitchen. She was also one of two seniors chosen to perform her senior rep solo by Kyle Abraham at New York Live Arts in May of 2015. Imani is professionally trained in ballet, modern (Graham/Cunningham/Limon), street style, hip hop, heel dance, jazz, Caribbean dance, liturgical and contemporary.
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.
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.
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
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