artists

The following artists appeared on the April 10 and 11, 2018 Tom Gold Dance performances of Tom Gold’s CharmShanti, and Rapid Oxidation at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.

Marria Cosentino
Making her debut with Tom Gold Dance, Marria Cosentino grew up in Cleveland, OH, and began her dance training at the Cleveland Ballet School. At age 15, she moved to New York City to continue her studies at the School of American Ballet. She also trained at multiple summer intensive programs, including Miami City Ballet and Chautauqua, NY under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. Marria is a former member of  Pennsylvania Ballet and Carolina Ballet. She has also performed with Judith Fugage and Medhi Bahiri’s BalletNY. Among other works, she has danced George Balanchine’s  Jewels, Allegro Brillante, and Serenade; Christopher Wheeldon’s  Swan Lake  and  Polyphonia; Jerome Robbins’  Fancy Free, Alexei Ratmansky’s Jeu de Cartes, and Matthew Neenan’s Penumbra.
Evelyn Kocak
A former soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet, Evelyn Kocak has also danced with the Staatsballett Berlin and was an apprentice with New York City Ballet during the 2004–2005 season. She has appeared at Jacobs Pillow and at the Edinburgh International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2005 she performed with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors live television broadcast. Evelyn trained as a scholarship student for four years at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. This is Evelyn’s third program with Tom Gold Dance, having performed with the Company at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA in 2016 and in performances of November Steps in Città di Castello, Italy and Bilbao, Spain.
Joseph Liccardo
Pianist Joseph Liccardo holds a B.M. in Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Douglas Humpherys. Before college he studied for with Dr. Donald Pirone at the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College. At Eastman, Joseph received the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music as well as the top prize for piano accompanying in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition. In March 2006, Joseph won first prize in the young artist division of the Music Teachers National Association Piano competition. In addition to an active performance schedule that has included recitals in New York, Baltimore, Boston, San Antonio, and other major cities across the USA, as well as several tours of China and Japan, Joseph teaches at the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music. This is Joseph’s first appearance with Tom Gold Dance.
Allynne Noelle
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. A principal 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 (So You Think You Can Dance choreographers), San Francisco Ballet’s Christopher Stowell, and—at the 2016 National Choreographers’ Initiative—Tom Gold.  In fall 2017, Allynne and her partner, Thomas Garrett, became Directors of the ballet program at Summit Dance Shoppe in Minneapolis where they are building two different pre-professional training programs within the studio, preparing young dancers for a future in ballet and concert dance. Allynne 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, and most recently appeared with the Company at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA in August 2017.
Shoshana Rosenfield
Born in New York City, Shoshana Rosenfield trained at the School of American Ballet and Ballet Academy East, as well as attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell. In 2009, Shoshana received the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise and became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, joining the Company as a corps de ballet member from 2010 to 2012. Among many other works, At City Ballet, she danced in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Symphony in C, and Movements for Piano and Orchestra as well as in Jerome Robbins’s Glass Pieces, West Side Story, and In G Major…, and many other works. Shoshana is a graduate of Barnard College. She previously appeared with Tom Gold Dance in 2016.
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. Mary Elizabeth made her debut with Tom Gold Dance  at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in March 2017. This is her third appearance with the Company.
James Shee
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 sixth program with Tom Gold Dance.
Stephanie Williams
Born in Newcastle, Australia, Stephanie Williams 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 2005, Williams was awarded the Gold Medal at the 10th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in Tokyo before graduating from The Australian Ballet School with Honours and as Dux of her year. A 2005 National YoungArts Foundation Winner in Dance, Williams joined The Australian Ballet in 2007 as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to coryphée in 2008. In 2009, Williams was a guest artist with Christopher Wheeldon’s Morphoses. That year she also worked with Wayne McGregor, creating a role in his Dyad 1929, and became the youngest ever winner of The Australian Telstra Ballet Dancer of the Year award, as well as the people’s choice award. In August 2011, Williams spent six months with Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam before joining ABT as a member of the corps de ballet in January 2012. This is Stephanie’s second appearance with Tom Gold Dance following her debut with the Company at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Great Barrington, MA in August 2017 where she performed in the World Premiere of Tom Gold’s Charm.