mission + history

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.

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, a lecture/demonstration under the umbrella of the Guggenheim Museum’s popular Works & Process series, 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 Guggenheim Museum, and other venues throughout the city that provide “the opportunity 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. In August 2013, Tom Gold Dance returned to the Guggenheim Bilbao for the fifth consecutive summer.

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. 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 and Charles Yang of New York; Pink Martini of Portland; and dancewear designer Abigail Mentzner.

Highlights of Tom Gold Dance’s 2015 season included performances at The Kaye Playhouse at HunterCollege, the Company’s Berkshires debut at The Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and a presentation of Tom Gold’s adaptation of Minsa Craig’s November Steps at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum around the Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting centennial retrospective. Throughout the year, Tom Gold Dance collaborated with artists of New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

In 2016, Tom Gold Dance celebrates its fifth anniversary New York City season at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater with an evening-length World Premiere from Gold, inspired by the work of U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic. Additional engagements will be announced during the year.