PHOTOS BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
Adrian Aguirre was born in Juarez, Mexico and grew up in El Paso, Texas. He attended Southern Methodist University, earning a BFA in Dance Performance, and a BA in Film/Media. After college, Aguirre performed a season with Contemporary Ballet Dallas. He has choreographed works for Contemporary Ballet Dallas and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and has presented works in festivals such as 254–Dance Fest, Exchange Choreography Festival, Dallas DanceFest, and McCallum Choreography Festival.
Jillyn Bryant is a Dallas native, studied with Kathy Willsey and Megan Willsey-Buckland at the Academy of Dance Arts. She is a graduate of Point Park University with a BA in Dance and a Minor in Business Management. There, she performed in works by George Balanchine, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, and Christopher L. Huggins. She apprenticed with BWDP in the fall of 2016 and became a company member the following January. She gives thanks to God for His hand in her dance journey, as well as family and friends who have supported her throughout the years.
Emily Drake is a native of Nashville. Drake began studying modern, ballet, and jazz at an early age and attended summer programs at The Rock School of Ballet. She graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from SMU Meadows School of the Arts in 2014. At SMU she performed in works by renowned choreographers Martha Graham; Adam Hougland; Jessica Lang; Billy Siegenfeld; Bill T. Jones; and Bruce Wood.® In April 2016, Drake was one of a trio of BWDP dancers to perform in the world premiere of Gul-e-Dodi commissioned by Le Train Bleu and choreographed by Katarzyna Skarpetowska for a performance at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York.
Olivia Rehrman grew up in Dallas, Texas and began her training at the Academy of Dance Arts. She graduated with a BFA in dance from the University of Arizona in 2012. In 2009, she was a featured dancer in the HBO series, Masterclass, with Emmy-nominated choreographer Bill T. Jones. She received the Charles Andrew Kulp Scholarship from the Dance Council of North Texas upon graduating from high school and was Dance Spirit Magazine’s March 2011 featured “Dancer to Watch.” She performed for four seasons with the world-renowned jazz company, River North Dance Chicago. Rehrman would like to thank her mentors and her family for their endless support.
Gabriel Speiller is a native New Yorker, raised in Queens. He is a graduate of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. He has a BFA in Dance at Belhaven University where he performed works created by Doug Varone and Dancers, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, José Limón Dance Company, among others. His performing credentials include Ad Deum Dance Company, Paul Taylor 2, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Dance Company, Katherine Maxwell, NOW Dance Project, Jessica Gaynor Dance Company, and Robert Mark Dance Company. He would like to thank everyone who has supported him throughout his dance journey.
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. While in college, she performed works by Martha Graham, Donald McKayle, and Jessica Lang. Storey has attended intensives at The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program, River North Dance Chicago, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She would like to thank her family for their infinite support and encouragement, as well as her friends and the artists at BWD for inspiring her daily. She began dancing with BWD in August 2017.
THE ONLY WAY THROUGH IS THROUGH. Photo by SHAREN BRADFORD
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