artists

The following artists are scheduled to appear during the 2019 fall season of Tom Gold Dance, Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at Florence Gould Hall.

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 third 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.
Kristina Hadjipektov
Making her debut with Tom Gold Dance, Kristina Hadjipetkov was born in Verona, New Jersey, and initially trained at the New Jersey Ballet School before entering the School of American Ballet where she trained for nine years. At SAB, she appeared in numerous performances with New York City Ballet and was featured in the PBS Sunday Arts Profile. Kristina danced professionally with the Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Dresden, Germany. She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics at Columbia University.
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, and has performed with the Company regularly since then. Besides additional programs both in New York City and the Berkshires, Evelyn joined Tom Gold Dance 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. More recently, she appeared with the Company during its 2019 spring season with roles in Tom Gold’s Counterpoint and Blind Revelry; and on a program at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

Davide Riccardo Born in Messina, Italy, Davide Riccardo began his dance training at the age of at the age of 5 at the Istituto Regionale Della Danza in Messina, Italy under the direction of Emma Prioli. In 2012, he enrolled in the Rome Opera Ballet School. He entered the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, as a full-time student in the fall of 2015. In August 2018, he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and joined as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2019. As a student at the School of American Ballet, Davide received the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists. This is Davide’s performance debut with Tom Gold Dance, however he participated in the Company’s 2019 residency at On Stage at Kingsborough where significant portions of Spectral Preludes were created.

Arthur Williford
Making his debut with Tom Gold Dance, Pianist Arthur Williford is originally from Houston, Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Eastman School Music; and in May 2019, earned a DMA in Collaborative Piano at Juilliard, where he was a CV Starr Doctoral Fellow and was awarded the French Prize for his graduate dissertation. Arthur is now on the faculty of Juilliard, teaching classes in Music History. He also serves as the pianist for Juilliard’s conducting program under David Robertson. During the summers, he serves on the faculty of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Germany, where he works as a vocal coach.