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  • Original Cast & Founding Members

    Est. 2023

  • Meet Our Founders

     

    Photo credit: Joe Raffanti

    Emily Speed

    Artistic Director, Co-Founder/Producer, Dancer


    "My hope is that, through AVID, artists have the opportunity to collaborate, inspire and cultivate meaningful relationships.

     

    Dance is a universal language with many dialects. Through these vast bodies of work, we represent artistic enunciation and pronounce the human experience through art.

     

    Due to a genuine love of dance, art, and connecting with people, AVID is the product of these passions in action." 

    Photo credit: John Braile

    Tanya Lynn Trombly

    Creative Director, Co-Founder/Producer, Dancer

     

    "Art has the potential to give hope - hope that things can always be better, that true love exists, and that there is so much more to life than the provincial day-to-day tedious existence.

     

    Dance is so much more than tricks & athleticism. It's a real opportunity to connect with our humanity and communicate with each other. And the more experience we have in life, the more we have to communicate. Humanity's potential is so vast...we just have to embrace it."

    Photo credit: Joe Raffanti

    David Hochberg

    Grant Writer, Choreographer, Dancer

     

    "In quarantine I learned that a lot of my love for dance is a love for its communal and collaborative aspects. Dancing alone all the time gets old really quickly. There’s something life-giving about sweating for hours in a studio with others, working as a team to craft something greater than ourselves. It provides vital nutrients that I can’t get anywhere else.

     

    For me AVID is a chance to give back to the vibrant community of wonderful humans that is the dance world. It’s a chance to not only participate in the spaces that make the magic of dance happen, but to help create them. To help cultivate opportunities for us to sweat and grow and learn and create together."

  • Meet Our Dancers

     

    Photo Credit: Amanda Tipton courtesy Boulder Ballet

    Philip Gabriel Perez

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "Creating is healing for an artist. I strive to communicate that to the audience, in the hope that they might find some healing too."

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    Ian Rotheroe

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "AVID allows me to not only improve myself as an artist, but also provides the opportunity to collaborate with other very talented individuals and create beautiful work to share with the world."

    Photo Courtesy of Ballet San Antonio @balletsa, Photo Credit Gary Perkins Photography

    Julia Davies

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "AVID is a great opportunity to work with dancers and choreographers that I've never worked with before. It is a great way to learn, grow and be challenged. I also love that we are all coming together from different places to bring new works to our audience. Getting to be a part of that is very special."

    Photo Credit: Anne Marie Bloodgood

    Elizabeth Kanning

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    “One of my absolutely favorite parts of being a dancer is the creation of new work. It’s very exciting to bring something new into existence through a collaborative effort!”

     

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    Melody Mennite

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "AVID provides artists an opportunity to learn and expand in their industry beyond what they might experience in most festivals or arts organizations. By collaborating and sharing in multiple roles we are pushing ourselves beyond our limits and finding new creative expression in that space, and isn’t that what art is all about!"

    Photo Credit: Colby Treat

    Lauren Treat

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "Being a part of an experience where the creatives have stood in my place as a dancer and are bringing that awareness of the ways we crave to move and be seen and heard is always exciting. It's a special place for everyone involved to be creating from!"

    Photo Credit: Ari Denison

    Madeline Bez

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "I’m thrilled to be working with AVID to deepen my connection with the artists in this community and work towards the goal of new creations of meaningful, thoughtful art."

    Photo Credit: Matthew Wordell

    Ethan Schweitzer-Gaslin

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "I learned at an early age that for me the most rewarding kind of artistic work is that done in close collaboration with peers. The model of AVID represents for me the ideal combination of this kind of collaborative spirit with the top talent in the dance world, the secret ingredients in a recipe for a uniquely flavored artistic product that will be enjoyed by a wide range of audiences."

    Photo Credit: James Jin @jamesjinimages

    Jonatan Luján

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "Being a freelancer in NYC has been one of the most special things I've experienced in my career, being able to connect with so many artists and collaborate in a creative way. I’m happy to continue this journey with AVID on their upcoming performances!"

    Photo Credit: James Jennings

    Katie Boren

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "I’m excited to join AVID so that I can continue to explore my love of ballet. Ballet will always be a huge part of my life, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue sharing this beautiful artform with the public."

    Photo Credit: Visionkit Studio

    Daniel Ojeda

    Dancer - Original Cast

     

    "Working with AVID presents the opportunity to work with a group of talented and like minded artists. It is a project run by artists, for artists, and its focus on collaboration and cutting edge new works is something I am grateful to be a part of. I am excited to see what this company will become, and to be involved creatively on the ground floor."

  • The Choreographers

     

    Photo Credit: Quinn Wharton

    Quinn B. Wharton

    Choreographer

     

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    Melody Mennite

    Choreographer

     

    Photo Credit: Eduardo Patino

    Ursula Verduzco

    Choreographer

     

    Photo Credit: Visionkit Studio

    Daniel Ojeda

    Choreographer

     

    Photo Credit: Joe Raffanti

    David Hochberg

    Choreographer

     

    Photo Credit: Joe Raffanti

    Emily Speed

    Choreographer

     

  • Artistic Guests

     

    Photo credit: Amanda Tipton

    Valerie Madonia

    Repetiteur for the Arpino Foundation

     

    "Passing on the legacy of Gerald Arpino’s emotionally beloved works is an opportunity to recreate the energy and passionate love of dance Mr. Arpino inspired in the studio and onstage. The success of his choreography is evident in the jubilant audience response to the honesty and heart poured into each ballet."

    Photo credit: Sherri Innis

    Anne-Marie Keane

    Composer

     

    “Life is meant to be lived with passion and purpose, as if every day is our last. Working with the choreographers and dancers at AVID is an opportunity to collaborate with other storytellers and create an unforgettable artistic experience.”

    Photo credit: Amanda Tipton

    Asher Komor

    Composer

     

    AVID is excited to nurture this young artist in his very first professional work!

     

    We hope that the experience he gains from this project gives this 16-year-old a successful beginning to a fulfilling career in music and the arts.

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    Molly Aronson

    Cellist

     

    "There is nothing more inspiring than blending ideas of artists from different fields to create something unique, and I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the process with the incredible talent of AVID!"