artists

The following artists are scheduled to appear on the March 14 and 15, 2017 Tom Gold Dance performances

Daniel Applebaum
Born in Olney, Maryland, Daniel Applebaum began studying ballet with Maryland Youth Ballet at the age of seven. He attended courses at the School of American Ballet in the summers of 2000 and 2001, enrolling as a fulltime student that fall. He became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in October 2004 and joined the corps de ballet in July 2005. Daniel has been dancing with Tom Gold Dance since 2012.
Xak Bjerken
Pianist Xak Bjerken has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Schoenberg Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Glinka Hall in St Petersburg, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and for many years performed throughout the US as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. He has performed with the Cuarteto Casals, the Prazak, New Zealand, and Miami string quartets, and held chamber music residencies at the Tanglewood Music Center, Spoleto Festival and Olympic Music Festival. Xak is the director of Ensemble X, a new music ensemble, and has served on the faculty of Kneisel Hall, the Eastern Music Festival, and at the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College. He has worked closely with composers Győrgy Kurtag, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Stucky, and George Benjamin, and over the next two years, will be presenting premieres of piano concertos by Stephen Hartke, Elizabeth Ogonek, and Jesse Jones. Xak has recorded on the CRI, Koch International, Chandos, Albany Records, Artona, and Open G Records labels. A Professor of Music at Cornell University where he co-directs Mayfest, an international chamber music festival with his wife, pianist Miri Yampolsky, Xak studied with Aube Tzerko at the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of and teaching assistant to Leon Fleisher. These performances, Xak’s debut with Tom Gold Dance, are in honor of Xak’s mother and sister, both dancers.
Thomas Garrett
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 is making his debut with Tom Gold Dance with these performances.
Zachary Gutheier
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Zachary Guthier moved to New York City when he was 16 to train at the School of American Ballet where he was a recipient of the Rudolph Nureyev Scholarship in 2013 and a nominee for the Princess Grace Award in 2012. Zachary performed with Los Angeles Ballet for three seasons, performing works of Balanchine, a number of classical ballets contemporary pieces, such as Jiri Kylian’s Sechs Tanze and Septime Webre’s Fluctuating Hemlines. Zachary has participated in the National Choreographers Initiative for the past two years and is now freelancing in Southern California. These are Zachary’s debut performances with Tom Gold Dance.
Morgan McEwen
New York City native Morgan Claire McEwen began her professional ballet career at age 17 with the Richmond Ballet, and performed with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio—where she was a co-recipient of the Violetta Boft award—before returning to New York in 2009 to dance with the Metropolitan Opera. Morgan has also performed on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in Brigadoon, and a guest with Neos Dance Theatre, Syracuse City Ballet, Gleich Dances, Ballet Yuma, Pennsylvania Classical Ballet, and Albany Berkshire Ballet. In 2013, Morgan founded MorDance. As choreographer, she has created original works for her own company, as well as for Columbia Ballet Collaborative and Eglevsky Ballet. Morgan is making her debut with Tom Gold Dance with these performances.
Courtney Nitting
Born Lafayette, New Jersey, Courtney Nitting began her dance training at age four at The New Jersey School of Ballet. At the age of 11 she attended American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive program in New York City, and, at age 12, enrolled in the School of American Ballet, studying there for six years. At SAB, Courtney received the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Scholarship. Most recently, Miss Nitting performed the role of Dew Drop in Eglevsky Ballet and Neglia Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker. These are Courtney’s debut performances with Tom Gold Dance.
Allynne Noelle
Allynne Noelle began her dance training in Souther 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. These are Allynne’s debut appearances with Tom Gold Dance.
Meaghan Dutton O’Hara
Born in New York City, Meaghan Dutton-O’Hara began her dance training at the age of three at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet in Frederick, Maryland. Ms. Dutton-O’Hara began studying at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the 2007 summer course and enrolled as a full-time student that fall. In August 2011, Ms. Dutton-O’Hara became an apprentice with New York City Ballet and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet the following August. Meaghan’s most recent appearance with Tom Gold Dance was in 2015.
Mary Elizabeth Sell
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. These performances mark Mary Elizabeth’s debut with Tom Gold Dance.
Kristen Segin
Born in Voorhees, New Jersey, Kristen Segin began her dance training at the age of four at Today’s Dance Center in Medford, New Jersey, and later studied at The Rock School in Philadelphia. Ms. Segin participated in summer courses at the School of American Ballet during the summers of 2004 and 2005, enrolling in the school full time in fall 2005. She has also trained at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Ms. Segin became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in August 2008, and joined the corps de ballet in August 2009. She has performed with Tom Gold Dance since 2013.
James Shee
James Shee received his ballet training at Deane Dancer Center in Sacramento, CA. He has danced as a trainee with the San Francisco Ballet, and as a member of the National Ballet of Canada. A 2014 Princeton University graduate, James is currently a PhD Candidate in Chemical Physics at Columbia University. This is James’s third program with Tom Gold Dance.
Evan Swenson
California native Evan Swenson began his dance training at seven. He began attending summer programs at 12, and at 17 was invited to study at the Houston Ballet Academy on full scholarship. Evan has danced with Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and New York Theatre Ballet, in addition to appearing as a guest artist around the country. He has danced principal and soloist roles in Cinderella, Esmerelda Pas de Deux, Madame Butterfly, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Paquita Pas de Deux, Theme and Variations, and many more. He has worked with Marie de la Palme, Trey McIntyre, Ben Stevenson, Stanton Welch, Lila York, Tom Gold, and many others. Since returning to Los Angeles in 2009, Evan has appeared with Clairobscur, Helios Dance Theater, Luminario Ballet, Motion/Tribe, and Backhausdance. In 2011 and 2013, he instructed and toured with the Long Beach Ballet’s Ambassadors to China program. For three seasons, Evan has been a model on the SyFy show Face-Off, and was featured as ‘Dillion’ in Barbie in the Pink Shoes. This is Evan’s debut with Tom Gold Dance.