REHEARSAL DIRECTORS I RÉPÉTITEURS I DANCERS I CHOREOGRAPHERS
PHOTOS BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
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JOY ATKINS BOLLINGER began her training at seven at the Fort Worth School of Ballet under the direction of Victoria Fedine and Paul Mejia. As a student, she performed in productions of The Nutcracker and Cinderella with The Fort Worth Ballet Company. Bollinger was invited to the Cedar Island Summer Intensive for two consecutive years where she lived and studied with Suzanne Farrell. At Texas Christian University, she performed in dances by choreographers Fernando Bujones, Li-Chou Cheng, and Elizabeth Gillaspy and earned a BFA in ballet. Her professional career began with the Bruce Wood Dance Company in 2002. Bollinger worked with BWDC for four years while also dancing as a guest artist for Irving Ballet, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, and Madison Ballet. From 2007 to 2013, Bollinger co-directed the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department, developing a passion for teaching and choreography. After the birth of her first child, she has continued to teach ballet and modern dance. As a founding member of BWDP, Bollinger restages Wood’s works. The success of her first full length dance on the company, Carved In Stone, marks a turning point for her choreographic career.
Albert Drake III Albert Drake III was born in Houston and came to Dallas as a BFA student in Dance Performance at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. As a founding member of BWDP, he has been featured more than 20 of Bruce Wood®’s works. Drake has danced in the 2014 and 2015 TITAS Command Performance galas, treasuring the experience of performing in Wood’s commissioned world premiere in 2014, Hide Me Angel. Drake also has danced with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet, Chamberlain School of Performing Arts, Collin County Ballet Theatre, Dallas Repertoire Ballet, and recently with Jonah Boaker in a collaborative commission for SOLUNA. He has restaged six works from Wood’s repertoire. He was an artist-in-residence for the Dance Council’s 2014 and 2015 Youth Dance Company, creating a work for 70+ middle and high school students. Drake created his first world premiere, Whispers, for BWDP’s 5YEARS celebration in June 2015.