December 13-16, 2018
at the Bama Theatre
2018 Guest Artists
Troy Schumacher is an American choreographer, dancer, and director living in New York, NY. He is a soloist dancer with New York City Ballet and the founder of BalletCollective, an arts collective driven toward creating new ballet-based works that has been moving ballet forward since its inception in 2010. His choreography has been presented by New York City Ballet, Performa, Danspace Project, Guggenheim Works & Process, the Joyce Theater, the Savannah Music Festival, and NYU Skirball Center. He has collaborated with many artists including Jeff Koons, Thom Browne, Ken Liu, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Maddie Ziegler, Julianna Barwick, and David Salle. In addition to live performances, Schumacher has choreographed numerous art, fashion and commercial shoots, including works for Google, Sony PlayStation, Capezio, HP, Aritzia, CR Fashion Book, Tom Ford, and The New York Times. At New York City Ballet, Schumacher has performed in over 70 ballets by Balanchine, Robbins, and contemporary choreographers.
Ashley Laracey was born in Sarasota, Florida. She began her dance training at the age of five with Cheryl Carty and Christine White at the Carty Academy of Theater Dance in Bradenton, Florida. She studied at age 15 with Victoria Schneider, Olivier Pardina, and Svetlana Osiyeva at the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. Laracey entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2001. In October 2002, Laracey became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and in February 2003 she joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to soloist in February 2013. Laracey graduated from Fordham University in 2017 with a Communications and Media Studies degree along with a minor in Psychology. She is passionate about working with children and currently teaches dance workshops for children with Cerebral Palsy along with summer programs and private lessons both in College Station, Texas and New York City. At New York City Ballet, Laracey has performed in over 100 ballets by Balanchine, Robbins, and contemporary choreographers.
Joshua Dwyre is from Denver, Colorado and began dancing at the age of eight. Dwyre recently graduated cum laude with a BFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Through middle school and high school, Dwyre competed in dance competitively at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy working with choreographers like Travis Wall, Jason Parsons, Stacey Tookey, Teddy Forance, Bobby Newberry, Erica Sobol, Brian Freedman, and Dana Wilson. After graduating from Regis High School, Dwyre pursued dance in college focusing on classical, modern, and contemporary styles. At Purchase he trained under Doug Varone, Wallie Wolfgruber, Bettijane Sills, Rosanna Servalli, Ted Kivitt, Stephanie Tooman, Larry Clark, Jean Freebury, Kevin Wynn, and others. It gave him the opportunity to perform works by Doug Varone, Kyle Abraham, Loni Landon, Rosalind Newman, Kevin Wynn, MADboots Dance, and George Balanchine. Dwyre also had the opportunity to dance in Montreal at Springboard Danse Montreal, and performed works by Sharon Eyal, Yin Yue, Fernando Melo, and Chuck Wilt. Now, Dwyre is home in Colorado doing what he loves, teaching and dancing. Dwyre teaches classes full time at Boutique Dance Academy in Castle Rock, Colorado and also teaches some dance classes at Regis Jesuit High School. This is Dwyre’s third season with the Hannah Kahn Dance Company. Dywre performed at Drosselmeyer in the 2017 Nutcracker and is excited to be returning to his role and performing with the Tuscaloosa Community Dancers!
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