The following artists appeared on Tom Gold Dance performance of Tom Gold’s Counterpoint, Tango Fantasie, and Charm, Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Artists of the seventh annual New York City season, April 10 and 11, 2018 at The Kaye Playhouse will be announced at a later date.
A native of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Thomas Garrett began his training with Dulce Anaya and Laurie Byrd. After attending Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida, he joined Richmond Ballet as an apprentice in 2003. In 2005 he joined the main company, performing many leading roles in traditional evening-length ballets and contemporary works. Thomas has also been a guest artist with VOICE Dance Company and has spent past summers working with Jessica Lang Dance. A soloist with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Thomas made his debut with Tom Gold Dance during the Company’s annual New York City season at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in March 2017.
Making his debut with Tom Gold Dance, Brian Gephart is performer, choreographer and instructor. A graduate of the North Carolina School for the Arts, Brian has been a member of Houston Ballet II, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. He also performs regularly with MorDance, Barak Ballet, MenLowe Ballet, and The Metropolitan Opera, and has appeared in productions of Cats, A Chorus Line, and a Radio City Christmas Spectacular. As a choreographer, Brian has created original works for the Ballet Tennessee Summer Intensive, Elements Contemporary Ballet, the Ruth Page Center, and others. Brian has taught classes in ballet technique, partnering, pointe, and choreography at Eglevsky Ballet, Bodytraffic, the Acadamie de ballet classique, the Cheng Ballet Academy, the Menlo Park Academy of Dance, Tripoli Studios, the Ailey Extension and many other companies, schools, and intensives throughout the world.
Allynne Noelle began her dance training in Southern California at age five with Marnell Himes, Janek Schergen, and Alaine Haubert, and has been dancing professionally since the age of 15. Currently a soloist with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Allynne also performs as a principal guest artist with Barak Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, and has appeared with Ballet Pacifica, Inland Pacific Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Los Angeles Ballet. Allynne has created original roles in works by Sonya Tayeh and Stacey Tookey (choreographers from So You Think You Can Dance), San Francisco Ballet’s Christopher Stowell, and—at the 2016 National Choreographers’ Initiative—Tom Gold. Allynnemade her debut with Tom Gold Dance during the Company’s annual New York City season at the Gerald W. Lynch Thetaer in March 2017.
Born in Wilton, CT, Mary Elizabeth Sell began her dance training at the age of five. She entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, at the age of 10. While a student at SAB, Ms. Sell performed with the Company in Coppélia, Scherzo alla Russe, and Double Feature. Ms. Sell originated a corps role in Christopher d’Amboise’s Tribute as part of the SAB 2005 Annual Workshop. In December 2005, Mary Elizabeth became an apprentice with NYCB, and in September 2006 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet. Mary Elizabeth made her debut with Tom Gold Dance during the Company’s annual New York City season at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in March 2017.
James Shee began his ballet training at Deane Dancer Center in Sacramento, CA, and spent one year as a trainee with the San Francisco Ballet, where he performed John Neumeier’s Yondering, Edgar Zendejas’ Crumbling, and other works. In 2007, James joined the National Ballet of Canada, dancing featured roles in Giselle, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Nureyev’s Sleeping Beauty, and Jorma Elo’s Pur ti Miro as well as in works by James Kudelka, Aszure Barton, Sabrina Matthews, and Peter Quanz. In New York City, James has appeared with Tom Gold Dance and the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, and has worked with choreographers Tom Gold, Kevin Jenkins, and Craig Salstein. James graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Chemistry in 2014, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Physics at Columbia University. This is his fourth program with Tom Gold Dance.
A Gold Medal recipient at the 10th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo and a 2005 National YoungArts Foundation winner, Stephanie Williams was born in Newcastle, Australia and began her training at the age of eight at the Marie Walton-Mahon Dance Academy before relocating to Melbourne to complete her training with The Australian Ballet School. In 2007, Stephanie joined The Australian Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to coryphée in 2008. In 2009, she was a guest artist with Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses, also working that year with Wayne McGregor and becoming the youngest ever winner of The Australian Telstra Ballet Dancer of the Year award, as well as the people’s choice award. Stephanie performed with Het Nationale Ballet for six months starting in August 2011 before joining American Ballet Theatre as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2012. This is Stephanie’s debut performances with Tom Gold Dance.
Born in Pacific Palisades, California, Lyrica Woodruff began her ballet training at age five at Westside Academy of Dance under the guidance of former New York City Ballet principal Yvonne Mounsey and Francine Kessler Lavac. At age 14, she entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), graduating in 2014 with the Mae L. Wien Award for “Outstanding Promise.” That year, Lyrica appeared in the six-week pre-Broadway run of Susan Stroman’s Little Dancer at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, performing the role of Chantal Brett while understudying for the lead role of Young Marie. As an actress, Lyrica has appeared in numerous television commercials, as well as on episodes of Boston Public, Private Practice, and Bunheads. This is Lyrica’s second program with Tom Gold Dance, following her Company debut in the 2016 World Premiere of Tom Gold’s Poetic Episodes.