Darrell Grand Moultrie
Darrell Grand Moultrie has established himself as one of America’s most diverse and sought-after choreographers and master teachers. A recipient of the Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, he is one of the few choreographers simultaneously working in theatre, modern dance, ballet, and commercial dance. This past spring, Moultrie had a premiere performed by The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre during their engagement at New York’s Lincoln Center. Moutlrie has created and staged works for Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, BalletMet Columbus, Ailey 2, Milwaukee Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Tulsa Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Washington Ballet, and NBA Ballet in Japan. Moultrie was selected by Grammy Award winning artist Beyoncé as a choreographer on her recording breaking “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour. On stage, he has provide movement and choreography for Jeremy O. Harris’s new play Daddy, directed by Danya Taymor, Witness Uganda at American Repertory Theater directed by Tony Winner Diane Paulus, Sugar in Our Wounds at Manhattan Theatre Club, the Off Broadway musical Invisible Thread at Second Stage, Evita and Pride and Prejudice at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and he has collaborated with Tony Award-winning hoofer Savion Glover. Moultrie also choreographed El Publico, a new opera at the world famous Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain directed by Robert Castro and Conducted by Robert Heras-Casado. Moultrie is a proud New Yorker, born and raised in Harlem, and a graduate of P.S. 144, Laguardia High School, and The Juilliard School.
Elijah Alhadji Gibson
Founder and Artistic Director of Social Movement Contemporary Dance, based in Houston, Texas. Originally from San Diego, California, he attended the San Diego School for the Performing Arts. He later studied at Sam Houston State University under the direction of Dana Nicolay and received his Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Gibson danced with the world-renowned Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago where he toured nationally and internationally. Gibson has been on faculty at Shenandoah University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sam Houston State University.
Rochelle Zide-Booth has retired after a long career in ballet. She trained in Boston with Harriet Hoctor and E. Virginia Williams and then joined the fabled Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, signing her first contract on her 1 6th birthday and quickly rising to the rank of Soloist. After breaking her leg in a rehearsal on tour, and dancing on it for two weeks, she left the company. Then came a New York season with Jerome Robbins’ Ballets: USA and four years as Principal Dancer of The Jaffrey Ballet, where she danced ballerina roles in most of the repertoire, including Lisette in “La Fille Mal Gardee”; the title role in Thomas Andrew’s “Clarissa” and the leading role in Dirk Sanders’ “Yesterday’s Papers”, both of which were choreographed for her; the pas de deux from Bournonville’s “Flower Festival in Genzano” and from Act 1 of
“Giselle”; and the leads in Balanchine’s “Pas de Dix” and “Square Dance”. Another accident, this time detached retinas, made her decide to leave that company. Freelance work with a partner and symphony orchestras throughout the United States and as ballerina of America Dances and as Prima Ballerina of the New York City Opera Ballet followed. A new company was being formed for her by Walter Terry and Thomas Andrew when a third accident cut short her performing career at age 27.
The next phase of her career began immediately: Ballet Mistress of The Jaffrey and Boston Ballets, starting the Dance Program at St. Paul’s School in Concord NH, Artistic Director of the Netherlands Dance Theatre, Professor of Ballet at Adelphi University, Head of Ballet at The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, teaching and staging residencies in South Korea, Israel and the Philippines, teaching on the faculty of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and Professor of Ballet, Men’s Ballet and Dance History at Butler University. As a Fulbright lecturer, Zide-Booth was the first American invited to be Artist in Residence at the Prague Conservatory of Dance and the Ballet of the National Theatre in the Czech Republic. While there, she also taught master classes at the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague, the Brno Ballet, the Brno Dance Conservatory, the Army Ballet Company and she helped to start an American-style conservatory of dance. She also staged one of her ballets for the Prague National Ballet. Next she was selected from an international search to be Artistic Director of the New Zealand School of Dance. Rochelle is a nine time adjudicator for the National Association of Regional Ballet (now Regional Dance America), including the first National Festival at the Jackson International Ballet Competition, and has choreographed some two dozen ballets. She is also a Certified Reconstructor at the Dance Notation Bureau. Dance Chronicle published some of the diaries from her Jaffrey years in 1 988 and she is listed in 2,000 Notable American Women, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in Entertainment, The International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, Personalities of America, Who’s Who in the East and Jewish Women in America, an Historical Encyclopedia. Rochelle is now Professor Emerita of both Butler and Adelphi Universities. In 2014, she was honored to receive the CORPS de Ballet International Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in teaching Ballet in higher education.
Francisco’s training started at Orange County High School of the Performing Arts and continued at Alvin Ailey. He worked as a dancer in such projects as: Celine Dion’s A New Day at Caesars Palace, Newsies-the Movie , Batman and Robin, Michael Jackson’s Sisterella, Fame L.A the TV series,The World Billboard Music Awards. He danced for Elton John, Bette Midler, Janet Jackson, and numerous corporate industrials such as Adidas, Canon, Nike, Reebok, Asics, Nintendo and Aveda. Moving to Chicago he began his company career with Hubbard Street 2 for 1 year, moving to River North for 1 year, and subsequently into Hubbard Street for 3 seasons. He has also worked with Lucky Push Production’s under the artistic of Julia Rhoads. His choreography credits include Giannai Versace fashion show in Singapore, 10th Annual American Choreography Awards in Los Angeles, Nickolodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards with Justin Timberlake, three pieces for Hubbard Street 2 in which one he won a national choreography competition.
Working in Mexico City he choreographed for TV Azteca Disney’s High School Musical La Seleccion and Yo Mexico which was a multi media production celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of Mexico’s independence and the centennial anniversary of its revolution with more than 350 artists including dancers, aerialists and musicians. It was performed in the Zocalo at the foot of the National Palace and viewed by over 1.5 million people. He completed the first piece set on Danceworks Chicago entitled “Track 4” under the artistic direction of Julie Nakagawa. He has choreographed for Chicago dance companies such as Luna Negra, Thodos Dance, Ron de Jesus Dance and the Joffery’s second company. Francisco received the “Outstanding Choreography Award” at the Youth America Grand Prix competition. Francisco is also the resident choreographer for “Digital 9″ in Shibuya Tokyo where he periodically sets new works for a cast of over 60 artists. Currently Francisco is the Artistic Director of Danza Tres in Mexico City, were he over see’s the artistic direction of large mass live event’s as well as television and theatre projects.
Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television, working with prominent figures such as Tony Bennett, Jerry Herman and Susan Stroman. He later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts. After three years, he graduated early and was accepted into the dance department at The Juilliard School. As a dancer he has performed the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Jose Limon, Daniele Dèsnoyers, and was a dancer with Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal. He has also worked with The Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, performing and researching Conflict Transformation as part of The Legacy Project. Based in Brooklyn, Adam currently creates and performs work under the epithet of his own company, Anatomiae Occultii.
As a choreographer, Adam’s work has been presented at venues such as The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, City Center, NYU/ Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, The Baryshnikov Arts Center, Ailey-Citigroup Theater, The 92Y: Buttenweiser Hall, Jacob’s Pillow: Inside/Out, LaMaMa,The Cedar Lake Theater, Gina Gibney Dance Center, The Harris Theater, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Cowles Center, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, Bates Dance Festival and Theatre Usine C in Montreal. He has also taught technique and repertory at Princeton University, The Boston Conservatory, The Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program, Marymount Manhattan College, The Martha Graham School, The Hartt School, The Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, New York University, Hofstra University, West Virginia University, La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlán (EPDM), New Zealand School of Dance and The Hubbard Street Professional Training Program.
Adam Barruch was selected as a participant in the 2011 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible by generous support from the Ford Foundation. Adam Barruch’s short-film collaboration with filmmaker Nel Shelby, Folie a Deux, was screened at the Dance On Camera Festival in Lincoln Center in 2012. In June 2013, Adam performed a full-length evening solo work, My Name is Adam, at Joe’s Pub commissioned by DanceNOW NYC, and was a recipient of a Late Stage Production Stipend from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. In addition, he has also created works for companies such as The Limón Company, Ailey II, Keigwin + Company, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, River North Dance Chicago, BalletX, Whim W’Him Seattle Contemporary Dance, Graham II, GroundWorks Dance Theater, Minnesota Dance Theatre, The Gibney Dance Company, 10 Hairy Legs and Daniel Costa Dance, as well as for dance icons Margie Gillis and Miki Orihara. Adam has also choreographed two music videos for Tokyo based musical act mishmash* and created movement for Variety Worldwide, whose projects combine non-traditional theater with nightlife and dining.
Adam was the recipient of a 2014 Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences, which recognizes institutions and individuals for distinguished accomplishments and exceptional talent in the arts and sciences. In September 2015, Adam Barruch was the choreographer-in-residence at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, California as part of the 2015 DANCEworks Residency. Adam Barruch was an artist-in-residence at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in 2016-2017. He is currently working on a new physical theater production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.