PHOTOS BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
Adrián Aguirre was born in Juarez, Mexico and grew up in El Paso, Texas. He started dancing at age 17. He attended Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, earning a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Film/Media. After college, Aguirre danced for Ballet Dallas. He joined BWD in 2017 and has performed in dances by Bruce Wood,® Joy Bollinger, and Kate Skarpetowska. He has choreographed works for Ballet Dallas and Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet. His choreography has been presented at the Dallas DanceFest, Exchange Choreography Festival, 254 Dance Fest, and McCallum Choreography Festival.
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 joined BWD as an apprentice in September 2016 and became a company member in January 2017, where she has danced in works by Bruce Wood,® Yin Yue, Kate Skarpetowska, Albert Drake III, Kimi Nikaidoh, and Joy Bollinger. Bryant is BWD’s outreach coordinator, where she directs the programming and enjoys sharing the power of dance. Bryant is on the faculty at her home studio, ADA. She also has taught for Moving Forward Dallas and College of Southern Idaho’s Summer Dance Intensive. Bryant thanks God for her dance journey and friends for always supporting her.
Emily Drake is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. 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 Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts in 2014. She joined BWD in 2013 and has performed in works by Bruce Wood,® Bryan Arias, Kate Skarpetowska, Andy and Dionne Noble, Bridget L. Moore, Yin Yue, Kimi Nikaidoh, Joy Bollinger, and her husband, Albert Drake III. In 2016, Drake was one of a trio of BWD dancers to perform Skarpetowska’s world premiere for Le Train Bleu at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. In 2017 and 2018, she and her husband performed at the DREAMscape Gala in Washington D.C. Drake is a manager and cycling instructor at CycleBar-Preston Forest.
Lauren Hibbard is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and began her training at Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education under the direction of Sharon Story. She joined Texas Ballet Theater’s School in 2014 as part of their professional division. In 2015, she was a trainee at Texas Ballet Theater in 2014 where she danced in works by Ben Stevenson and performed in Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16. In 2016, Hibbard joined Avant Chamber Ballet where she has performed in works by George Balanchine, Katie Cooper, and Kimi Nikaidoh. She teaches dance at Texas Ballet Theater School at the Richardson and Fort Worth locations. Hibbard joined BWD in September 2018. She would like to thank her family for their support as well as all of her teachers who have helped her on this journey.
Arden Leone, originally from Geneva, Illinois, began studying dance at the age of five. She has trained at Extensions Dance Center, Visceral Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and The Joffrey Ballet. Leone graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University in May 2017 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Advertising. Upon graduation, she moved to London, England and joined EDGE Dance Company. While touring and performing in the United Kingdom and Europe, she earned her Masters in Contemporary Dance from the London Contemporary Dance School. Leone is an apprentice with BWD. She teaches at various studios throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her choreography has been featured at Southern Methodist University, Dallas DanceFest, and in Familicão, Portugual.
Lauren Perry is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and began studying dance when she was very young. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dance Performance in 2009 with a BFA in Dance Performance. She was a company member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. Perry toured Europe with Bad Boys of Ballet under the direction of Rasta Thomas and Adrienne Canterna and performed the role of “Juliet” in their production of Romeo and Juliet. As part of the Capezio Ace Awards, Perry was a performer in runner-up Linday Nelko’s full-length presentation of AWAKENING in New York City. She danced in Ray Mercer’s production of PureMotion and with Benjamin Millepied for the Metropolitan Opera. Perry has just moved to Dallas. She has taught for the Joffrey Ballet School Texas and been on staff at Southern Methodist University for Pilates and dance. Perry joined BWD in September 2018.
Olivia Rehrman grew up in Dallas, Texas and began her training at the Academy of Dance Arts. She graduated from The University of Arizona in 2012 with a BFA in dance. In 2009, Olivia was a featured dancer in the HBO series Masterclass with Emmy-nominated choreographer Bill T. Jones. She was the recipient of the prestigious National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Award for jazz and dance and was selected as Dance Spirit Magazine’s March 2011 featured “Dancer to Watch.” Rehrman choreographed and performed in Paul Cauthen’s music video, Saddle, which was named in the Top 10 Country Music Video by Rolling Stone Magazine. She was a company member of the world-renowned jazz company, River North Dance Chicago, for four seasons. She joined BWD in September 2016 and has performed in works by Bruce Wood,® Yin Yue, Kate Skarpetowska, Bridget L. Moore, Kimi Nikaidoh, Joy Bollinger, and Albert Drake III. Rehrman teaches dance at Tuzer Dance Center.
Gabriel Speiller is a native New Yorker raised in Queens. He received a BFA in dance from Belhaven University where he received the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Speiller has danced with Paul Taylor 2, Ad Deum Dance Company, as well as many project companies. He joined BWD in April 2016 and has performed in works by Bruce Wood,® Yin Yue, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Andy and Dionne Nobel, Bridget L. Moore, Albert Drake III, Joy Bollinger, and Kimi Nikaidoh. In addition, he has performed in dances by Kevin Jenkins, Jessica Gaynor, Randal Flinn, Steve Rooks, among others. Speiller teaches throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area and has choreographed for 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 had the pleasure of attending the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival contemporary dance program. She joined BWD as an apprentice in fall 2017 and became a company member in 2018. She has performed in works by Bruce Wood,® Yin Yue, and Joy Bollinger. Storey teaches contemporary, jazz, and body conditioning and is a Youth America Grand Prix Coach at Park Cities Studios/The Dallas Conservatory in Dallas.
Chad Vaught is a Wichita, Kansas native and began dancing at the age of 10. He graduated with a BFA in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2017. There he danced in works by Trisha Brown, Stefanie Batten Bland, James Sewell, and Ori Flomin, along with creating his own works. He has danced as a guest artist with James Sewell Ballet, performed in the Dallas Opera’s Samson et Dalila and the Dallas Theater Center’s Hairspray. His choreography credits include Tisch School of the Arts and Wanderlust Dance Project III. Vaught joined DBDT: Encore! for the 2017/2018 season. He also teaches jazz technique classes at Royale Ballet Dance Academy and Tuzer Dance School. Vaught joined BWD in September 2018.
Seth York was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri where he began dancing at the age of 7. He has had the honor to study with seasoned artists such as Steve Rooks, Alicia Graf Mack, Steve Brule, and Richard Bowman. York performed for two years with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston and has also danced with Open Sky Arts Collective, Störling Dance Theatre, and Lawrence Ballet Theatre. Aside from dancing full time, he enjoys guest teaching ballet, contemporary, modern, and other techniques. York joined BWD in September 2018.
THE ONLY WAY THROUGH IS THROUGH. Photo by SHAREN BRADFORD
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