LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH. PHOTO BY sharen bradford.
PHOTOS BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
Jaime Borkan is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and studied at Extensions Dance Company. Borkan has performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Odyssey Dance Theater, as well as with C5, Create With No Limits, and Royal Caribbean International. She was a company member of Chicago Repertory Ballet and an apprentice at Peridance Contemporary Dance Company in New York. Borkan graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration from The Ailey School/Fordham University. She has worked with many artists including Jessica Lang and Hope Boykin. Borkan joined Bruce Wood Dance in January 2019.
Alex Brown is originally from Snellville, Georgia. He received the Refiners Award for outstanding improvement and a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Belhaven University in 2020. During the summers, Brown trained at Kansas City Ballet. When he is not dancing, he works as a Personal Trainer at the YMCA in Plano and McKinney. Brown joined Bruce Wood Dance as an apprentice in August 2020 and has performed in works by Bruce Wood,®️ Gregory Dolbashian, Kimi Nikaidoh, and Joy Bollinger.
Jillyn Bryant, a Dallas native, began studying dance with Kathy Willsey and Megan Willsey–Buckland at the Academy of Dance Arts (ADA). She is a graduate of Point Park University with a BA in Dance and a minor in Business Management. During the summers, she trained at Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, San Francisco Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. Bryant is on the faculty at ADA and has taught at Moving Forward Dallas and College of Southern Idaho’s Summer Dance Intensive. Bryant joined Bruce Wood Dance in September 2016. She is currently the BWD Education Outreach Coordinator.
Lauren Hibbard is from Atlanta, Georgia. She began her training at Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education under the direction of Sharon Story. Hibbard attended Texas Ballet Theater School Professional Division in 2014 and became a trainee with TBT in 2015, dancing in works by Ben Stevenson and Ohad Naharin. In 2016, Hibbard joined Avant Chamber Ballet and performed choreography by George Balanchine, Katie Cooper, and Kimi Nikaidoh. She teaches dance at Texas Ballet Theater School in Dallas. Hibbard joined Bruce Wood Dance in September 2018.
Weaver Rhodes was born and raised in Texas. He received his training at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012. Rhodes has danced with Dance Heginbotham, The Mark Morris Dance Group, Mettin Movement Collective, Kevin Wynn Collection, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, and was featured in Isaac Mizrahi’s The Magic Flute. Additional performance credits include Robert Battle, Greg Dolbashian, Larry Keigwin, Jessica Lang, Dwight Rhoden, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and Pam Tanowitz. Rhodes joined Bruce Wood Dance in August 2019.
Matthew Roberts is an Ohioan who graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2013 with a BFA in Dance & Choreography. He has danced with Lustig Dance Theatre, Oakland Ballet Company, Awakening Movement, Molissa Fenley, among others. He has presented his own choreography in New York and Ohio. His passions extend to writing, but his love for the relationship of storytelling and art is what keeps him endlessly enthralled with choreography. He is determined to hone his creative vision and share his voice. He joined Bruce Wood Dance in August 2019.
Gabriel Speiller is a native New Yorker raised in Queens. He received a BFA in dance from Belhaven University and the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Speiller toured nationally and internationally with Paul Taylor 2 and Ad Deum Dance Company, as well as many project companies. Speiller joined Bruce Wood Dance in April 2016. He teaches throughout the USA and has choreographed for Ad Deum Dance Company, Wanderlust Dance Project, Zion Dance Project, Frank Sinatra School of Performing Arts, Awakening Movement, Belhaven University, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, and American College Dance Festival.
Megan Storey is a native of Oklahoma. She graduated with Special Academic Distinction from the University of Oklahoma with a BFA in dance as Outstanding Senior. She also studied at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival contemporary dance program in the summer. Storey teaches contemporary, jazz, and body conditioning at The Dallas Conservatory in Dallas where she is also a Youth America Grand Prix Coach. In Fall 2017, she joined Bruce Wood Dance as an apprentice and became a company member in 2018.
Elliott Trahan is from Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated in 2019 from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance. During this time, he worked with Hawkinsdance, performing at the Tucson Museum of Art and across the region. He attended summer programs at River North Dance Chicago and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Trahan has performed at the José Limón International Dance Festival and DUMBO Dance Festival in New York, and internationally at the Kiel International Festival for Dance in Germany and the Bolzano Dansa International Dance Festival in Italy. Trahan joined Bruce Wood Dance in August 2019.
Cole Vernon, originally from Sonoma County, California, has performed nationally and internationally with DanceWorks Chicago, Visceral Dance Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, and Ballet Hispánico. Vernon graduated summa cum laude earning his BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona in 2013. He has worked with artists from the Balanchine Trust, Larry Keigwin + Company, Ann Reinking, and Gary Chryst and participated at the Springboard Danse Montreal. Vernon has enjoyed teaching and assisting choreography at Ballet Memphis, Point Park University, The Big Muddy Dance Company, and Boston Conservatory of Dance. He joined Bruce Wood Dance in January 2019.
Seth York was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri where he began dancing at the age of seven. He studied at the Dramatic Truth School of the Arts. York performed with Ad Deum Dance Company under Randall Flinn's direction and danced in works by Steve Rooks, Durell Comedy, and Flinn. He has also trained with Alicia Graf Mack, Steve Brule, and Richard Bowman. His performing credits include Ad Deum Dance Company, Open Sky Arts Collective, Ballet Brazos, Störling Dance Theatre, and Lawrence Dance Theatre. York joined Bruce Wood Dance in August 2018.
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