artists

The following artists are scheduled to appear during the Thursday, July 11 2019 Tom Gold Dance performance at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Alexis Branagan
A New Jersey native, Alexis Branagan trained at New Jersey School of Ballet and spent summers at The Juilliard School, American Ballet Theatre, Kaatsbaan, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Before joining New York Theatre Ballet, she performed with New Jersey Ballet and Karole Armitage’s, Armitage GONE! Dance. Alexis is a graduate of Princeton University, where she danced works by Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, and August Bournonville. Since joining NYTB, Alexis has performed works by Richard Alston, Sir Frederick Ashton, Gemma Bond, Chase Brock, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, Antonia Franceschi, Liza Gennaro, Donald Mahler, Keith Michael, Jerome Robbins, Pam Tanowitz, and Antony Tudor. With this performance at the Cooper Hewitt, Alexis makes her debut with Tom Gold Dance.
Michael Sean Breeden
Michael Sean Breeden was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He began his training at age seven at the Lexington Ballet, with additional training completed at San Francisco Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Vostrkov’s Academy of Dance. In 2002, he received a scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet. An 11-year member of Miami City Ballet between 2006 and 2017, Michael has also appeared with Boston Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. In June 2016, he launched the podcast “Conversations on Dance” with fellow Miami City Ballet member Rebecca King. In addition to performing and teaching in the New York area, Michael currently serves as a repetiteur for Justin Peck, and as a Ballet Master for Troy Schumacher’s Ballet Collective. This is Michael’s second appearance with Tom Gold Dance following his Company debut in April at The Kaye Playhouse where he originated a role in Tom Gold’s Significant Strangers.
Evelyn Kocak
Born in Syracuse, Evelyn Kocak trained at the Deborah Boughton Center of Ballet and Dance and Arts. She has been a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, the Berlin Staatsballett under the direction of Vladimir Malakhov, and, from 2010 to 2016, the Pennsylvania Ballet where she rose to the rank of soloist. Evelyn first appeared with Tom Gold Dance in 2016. Besides additional programs both in New York City and the Berkshires, Evelyn joined the Company on its fall 2016 tour of Tom Gold’s November Steps to Italy and Spain.
Abigail Mentzer Born in Lorsham, Pennsylvania, Abigail Mentzer began dancing at age three and trained at the American School of Ballet. A former soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet, she was a member of the Phantom of the Opera national tour, and has also appeared with New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Madison Ballet. Abigail is the founder of Abigail Mentzer Designs, an athletic dancewear company, and has previously designed costumes for Tom Gold Dance. Abigail made her debut with Tom Gold Dance in 2013 as part of a Dancers Responding to AIDS event. In April, she appeared with the Company on its 2019 spring season with roles in Tom Gold’s Counterpoint and Blind Revelry.
Amanda Treiber
Amanda Treiber is a principal dancer at New York Theatre Ballet, where she has been featured in masterworks by Sir Frederick Ashton, Merce Cunningham, Agnes DeMille, José Limón, Jerome Robbins, and Antony Tudor, and has originated roles in premieres by Richard Alston, Gemma Bond, Nicolo Fonte, Antonia Franceschi, and Pam Tanowitz. Additionally, Amanda danced in Park Avenue Armory’s production of De Materie, and was dance captain for Mabou Mines’ production of Imagining the Imaginary Invalid at LaMaMa Experimental Theater. Other honors include performing in the 11th Annual Classical Ballet Gala in Managua, Nicaragua, as well as the ribbon cutting ceremony for Blake’s Barn at Jacob’s Pillow. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University and is on faculty at New York Theatre Ballet School. Amanda makes her debut with Tom Gold Dance with this performance.