mission + history

Mission
The mission of Tom Gold Dance is to present the past, present and future of classical dance to audiences in New York and around the world.

History
Tom Gold Dance is a New York City based classical dance company founded in 2008 by former New York City Ballet soloist, Tom Gold. Comprising some of the most accomplished contemporary ballet artists of our time from the leading companies of the world, Tom Gold Dance aspires to the highest level of artistry through an integrated approach to original choreography, music, and design within the framework of a traditional classical dance vocabulary.

Tom Gold Dance presents performances, masterclasses, and other public activities. In New York, Tom Gold Dance appears at the Florence Gould Auditorium, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, the Guggenheim Museum, and other venues throughout the city that provide “the opportunity to see superb dancers out of the major company fishbowl…and choreography that would [be] fun to watch even if it weren’t for the quality of the dancers who performed it” (Critical Dance).

The Company has also established a considerable presence abroad, appearing in France, Spain, Italy, Bermuda, Israel, Bulgaria, and Cuba, where, in October 2012, the Company represented the United States at the invitation-only 23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana.

While acquainting audiences with George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp, and other masters, the Company also provides an expansive platform for Tom Gold’s own choreography, envisioned for and set directly Company dancers. To date, Gold has created more than a dozen works for Tom Gold Dance, challenging company members to embrace bold new movement that both channels and accentuates their classical training. While increasing public opportunities to see some of the world’s best dancers in more intimate settings, Tom Gold Dance also showcases the strengths of his dancers outside of larger ensemble work.

Collaboration is a Company hallmark. Tom Gold Dance works closely with scenic, lighting and costume designers as well as with composers and musicians towards the creation of original and integrated pieces. Some of the Company’s creative partners have included composers John Zorn, Charles Yang, and Thomas Lauderdale Pink Martini of Portland; dancewear designer Abigail Mentzner; and musicians of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Recent highlights include the Company’s third consecutive summer appearances at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in the Berkshires; participation the The Yellow Salon: A Bright Night in November event at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Boston; the creation and performances of Poetic Episodes, Tom Gold’s first evening length work; and the presentation of  Gold’s adaptation of Minsa Craig’s November Steps at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with the Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting centennial retrospective. In fall 2016, Tom Gold Dance returned to Europe to perform November Steps at the Ex Seccatoi del Tabacco in Città di Castello, Italy (Burri’s hometown) as well as at the Guggenheim Bilbao, returning there for the first time since 2013.

Tom Gold Dance celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018.