Founder, Director, Choreographer, Dancer
Ashley Bouder was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and began her ballet training at the age of six at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet with Marcia Dale Weary. After attending the 1999 Summer Program at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, she was invited by SAB to continue her training during the Winter Session. Ms. Bouder was named an apprentice with New York City Ballet in June 2000 and became a member of the corps de ballet that October. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in February 2004, and in January 2005, Ms. Bouder was promoted to principal dancer.
Ms. Bouder has danced in ballet galas around the world and guest starred in companies including the Paris Opera Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, and the Mariinsky Ballet. She has been awarde Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise at the School of American Ballet as a student. As a professional her awards include the Janice Levin Honoree from the New York City Ballet, the Miss Expressivity for 2011 and the Miss Virtuosity for 2013 from the Dance Open Gala, and a 2014 Benois de la Danse nomination.
Beginning her teacher training in her teens at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB), Ms. Bouder has taught at the summer programs of the School of American Ballet (SAB), Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive (SSDI), Manhattan Youth Ballet (MYB), Carolina Ballet School, and the CPYB. She continues to be a frequent guest teacher at Ballet Academy East, MYB, and SAB, while guest teaching and holding master classes around the country, including the Boston Ballet School and Princeton University.
As a choreographer, using the arts collaborative she founded, The Ashley Bouder Project as an outlet for her work, Ms. Bouder hopes to promote other female choreographers, while also setting an example for women to be more forward and prominent in the creation and directorial sides of the arts world. Her previous work has been presented at the School of American Ballet Choreographic Workshop, the New York City Ballet in the Dancer's Choice Program, the Ashley Bouder Project at New York's Peter Norton Symphony Space, and at Bryant Park Presents.
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Liz Gerring: “My primary concern in choreographing is representing relationships. Behind every piece are hints of my own experience - love, lust, despair, anger, aggression, defeat & triumph are all present in the movement. Nonetheless I am most interested in the body and its presentation through space and time, irrespective of plot”.was born in San Francisco in 1965. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and began studying dance at age 13. In high school, she studied dance at the Cornish Institute in Seattle. In 1987, she received a BFA from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi and Doris Rudko. In March 1998, she presented her first piece, a four-hour movement installation, and soon after formed the Liz Gerring Dance Company. Liz Gerring was awarded the Jacob’s Pillow Prize in June 2015 and a Joyce Theater residency and creation award in the same year. In 2016/17 she was awarded a New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship. She lives in New York City with her husband, Kirk August Radke, her three children, and two dogs.
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The Colombian-Belgian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (1973) completed her dance education at the Royal Ballet School of Flanders in Belgium. She started choreography at the age of 11, and decides in 2003 to end her dance career to focus her energies solely on choreography. In that same year she was hailed “rising star of the Dutch dance scene” (NRC newspaper) and only 7 years later the Temecula Performing Arts Examiner wrote: ”Ochoa is truly a masterful choreographer with an edge for what dance can and should be in this constantly changing industry”.
The much in-demand Ochoa has created works for more than 50 companies around the world such as the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dutch National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, BJM-Danse Montreal, Ballet Hispanico, Compania Nacional de Danza Madrid, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Scottish Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Austin, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, West Australian Ballet, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, Joffrey Ballet, English National Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, San Francisco Ballet and New York City Ballet, among others.
Among the honors her work has received; Broken Wings, created for English National Ballet was named one of 2016’s best premieres by Dance Europe and other Newspapers; and was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, Sombrerisimo received Cuba’s Villanueva Award in 2015; A Streetcar Named Desire won the Best Choreography (Classical) award from Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2012; and Replay won first prize at the Choreographers Competition in Bornem, Belgium, in 2002.
Ms. Lopez Ochoa is a versatile choreographer who creates in different styles of dance. She also collaborated with stage directors on projects for theatre, opera, musical theater and for fashion events such as for the celebrated Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf’s project in the Van Gogh Museum.
Ms. Lopez Ochoa is often interviewed about the matter of shortage of female choreographers in the classical ballet world, and her fame and long list of commissions serve as an example for future generations.
In 2017, she was named president-interim of Dance Icons, a network for choreographers of all levels of experience, nationalities, and genres. Dance Icons is based in DC.
Ms. Lopez Ochoa speaks 4 languages: English, French, Dutch and Spanish.
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Lauren Lovette, a Principal Dancer at the New York City Ballet, began choreographing in 2007 as a student at the School of American Ballet. While enrolled there, she participated in two choreographic workshops and was then selected, as an apprentice with the NYCB, to create a work alongside Justin Peck for the Summer 2009 New York Choreographic Institute. That same year, she was commissioned to make works for both Chautauqua Summer intensive and International Ballet Academy's Fall Gala performance in North Carolina. In 2016 Lauren choreographed for the NYCB Fall Fashion Gala, and was commissioned to make a work for an arts seminar at Kirkland and Ellis Law. In 2017, she choreographed for the Vail International Dance Festival, for the NYCB Fall Season GALA, and the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company.
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Adriana Pierce is a dancer, choreographer, performer, and instructor based in the New York City area. She began her professional dance career as an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and completed seven seasons with Miami City Ballet under the direction of Edward Villella and Lourdes Lopez. She attended the School of American Ballet as a scholarship student and graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in 2007.
Pierce first began choreographing dance for musical theater and modern/contemporary projects, creating her first strictly balletic works for the School of American Ballet’s Annual Student Choreography Workshop under the guidance of Peter Martins. In Miami, Pierce sought projects which encouraged collaboration between art forms, including a performance piece for the annual O, Miami Poetry Festival, which was featured during Miami City Ballet’s Dance at the Walls event. In March 2014, Pierce choreographed and curated the cross-disciplinary Movements with dancers from the Miami City Ballet and fellows from the New World Symphony.
Pierce was selected to participate in New York Choreographic Institute's Fall 2014 choreographic session, completing residency in the inaugural Resident Fellows program with the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, an international institute for scholars and artists of ballet and its related arts and sciences. Pierce debuted a choreographic work at The Joyce Theater for The Ashley Bouder Project in August 2015. For the past five years, she has been commissioned to create dance elements for Miami’s annual Mainly Mozart Festival by the Miami Chamber Music Society, preformed at the Adrienne Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall. In March 2017, Pierce’s new duet, Dreaming, was featured as part of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s 11th Annual Gala: A Celebration of Women in the Arts, and was presented alongside performers such as Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, and Vanessa Williams.
Instagram and Twitter: @adriprc
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A five-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, her work has been honored with Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel, and a record five Astaire Awards. For New York City Ballet she created Double Feature, a full-length ballet featuring the music of Irving Berlin and Walter Donaldson, and For the Love of Duke, featuring the music of Duke Ellington. Other ballet credits include But Not For Me for the Martha Graham Company and Take Five…More or Less for Pacific Northwest Ballet. Her Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Contact, The Producers (winner of a record-making 12 Tony Awards), The Scottsboro Boys, Bullets Over Broadway, Big Fish, Oklahoma!, Young Frankenstein, Thou Shalt Not, The Music Man, The Frogs, Steel Pier, Show Boat, and Crazy for You. Off-Broadway credits include Dot, Flora the Red Menace, And the World Goes ’Round, Happiness, The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville. She directed and choreographed Little Dancer for the Kennedy Center, and The Merry Widow for the Metropolitan Opera. She received the American Choreography Award for her work in the film Center Stage. She is a member of the Theater Hall of Fame.
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Andrea Giselle Schermoly was born in South Africa. She trained at the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg and on full scholarship at Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School and later on full scholarship at The Royal Ballet School, London. She competed internationally as a member of The South African National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She danced professionally for Boston Ballet Company and the Netherlands Dance Theater (1 and 2), Holland, performing lead roles in works by Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot/Sol Leon, Mats Ek, Rudi van Dantzig, Hans van Manen and Jorma Elo amongst others.
She has choreographed for Cape Dance Company, Kansas City Ballet Company, State Street Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Louisville Ballet Company, Festival Ballet Theater, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Quixotic cirque Noveau, Boston Ballet 2, Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, The Juilliard School solos evening and directed and choreographed a dance narrative film for The Ashley Bouder Project presented at The Joyce Theater, NYC, which went on to be presented by San Francisco Dance Film Festival. She was awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer” award in 2012, 2013 and 2017 at Youth America Grand Prix. In 2014 she choreographed at Lincoln Center for YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala evening on dancers Maria Kochetkova (principal San Francisco Ballet) and Joaquin de Luz (principal New York City Ballet). The piece has since been re-staged at ‘Buenos Aires International Dance Gala' Argentina and ‘Stars of the 21st Century Gala’ in the Champs Élysées, Paris. Andi has choreographed for a number of feature films, commercials and music videos in Hollywood including ‘Beautiful Now’, 'Bunheads', and Deorro music video and choreographically assisted on projects as 'Budweiser Superbowl Commercial’ and ‘Star Trek into Darkness’. She's created work for principal dancers attending international galas including Ana Sophia Scheller (NYCB), Nicolai Gorodiski (PB), Chase Finlay (NYCB), Lauren Lovette (NYCB) and Adiarys Almeida. She has upcoming creations with Ballet Met, Kansas City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Cape Dance Company.
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Canadian choreographer Joshua Beamish founded MOVETHECOMPANY in 2005. His works have since extensively toured throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has been commissioned by The Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet Junior Company, Cape Town Opera, New York City Ballet Principal dancers Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, The National Ballet of Canada's YOUdance, Compania Nacional de Danza de Mexico, South Africa’s Cape Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and by Cirque du Soleil for World EXPO Shanghai. He is a founding member of The Joyce Theatre’s Young Leader’s Circle Committee, a Jerome Robbins Foundation grantee and an alumni of the NY Choreographic Institute, a division of the New York City Ballet.
Joshua is the recipient of artistic residencies throughout North America, including the Rockefeller Foundation's Pocantico Center, the Banff Centre, Jacob’s Pillow and a term as the National Incubator Artist for the American Dance Institute in Washington, DC. Notable recent presentations include The Joyce Theater in New York, The Royal Opera House in London, Princeton University, London’s The Place, New York’s Guggenheim Museum, a Jacob’s Pillow world premiere, a Fire Island Dance Festival Commission, Chicago’s The Harris Theater, Artists in Action in Mumbai and a 24-dancer evening for MOVETHECOMPANY commissioned by the Bangkok International Festival to celebrate 50 years of Canadian and Thai political relations.
He will next premiere a new full-length production Saudade, at the BAM Fall 2017 Next Wave Festival in New York.
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