Guest Instructor Bios-Summer 2019

Aaron Wood – Assistant Professor of Dance at Idaho State University

Aaron began his formal dance training at age 18. He has had the opportunity to work with such esteemed teachers/choreographers as Ellen Bromberg, Bronwen Curry, Della Davidson, Bill Evans, Abby Fiat, Pamela Geber, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Hadley, Satu Hummasti, Marsha Fay Knight, Andrea Miller, and Peter Pucci. He has also had the opportunity to perform in such venues as The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.); The White Wave Dance Festival (NYC); The American Dance Guild’s 50th Anniversary (NYC); The International Choreographer’s Showcase (Madrid, Spain); and several American College DanceFestivals throughout the nation. He spent seven seasons as a full time company member with Salt Lake City’s Repertory Dance Theatre, where he had had the pleasure of performing the works of some of the dance world’s most renowned choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, Michio Ito, Jose Limon, Murray Louis, Daniel Nagrin, Anna Sokolow, Shapiro & Smith, Charles Widman, and Laura Dean. Together, with fellow colleague and educator Sarah Donohue, he continues to further his choreographic and performance skills in their emerging dance company My Turkey Sandwich.

Anna Bridge – Director of the New Mexico Ballet Company School

Anna grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and trained at New Mexico Dance Theater & Performance Company under the artistic direction of Susan Baker-Dillingham. She continued her training at the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in ballet and modern dance and a minor in arts administration. While at TCU, Anna received the Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship and the Walt Steimel Dance Scholarship. After graduating, Anna moved to Denver, Colorado, to pursue a professional dance career. Annaperformed with Zikr Dance Ensemble, Dawson|Wallace Dance Project, and BRIAH Danse, and served as rehearsal assistant to Zikr Dance Ensemble’s artistic director David Taylor for several seasons. She has taught and choreographed for several schools in Colorado and New Mexico, including A Time to Dance (Monument), Colorado Ballet Academy (Denver), Littleton Dance Academy (Littleton), Metropolitan Academy of Dance (Centennial), Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (Santa Fe), National Dance Institute New Mexico Hiland program (Albuquerque), and New Mexico Dance Theater (Los Alamos).  Anna currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is the director of the New Mexico Ballet Company School and co-director of the NMBC Youth Company.

Tyler Gum – First Soloist at Ballet West

Tyler Gum is from Calhan, Colorado. He studied with Holly Marble at the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, and with Fernando Schaffenburg at the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre. He attended summer programs at Walnut Hill, Harid Conservatory and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School on scholarship. Tyler attended the University of Arizona where he performed with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and was featured in Jory Hancock’s Tonadas Pas de Deux. He competed in the Youth America Grand Prix where he received first place with his classical ballet solo at regional competition and a contract with Ballet West II at the New York City finals. Tyler is in his 9th season with Ballet West currently performing as a First Soloist. With Ballet WestTyler has performed featured roles in Ballet West’s The Sleeping Beauty, Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, George Balanchine’s Symphony in C, Jewels, Divertimento No. 15 and Who Cares, Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery, Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land, Overgrown Path and Petite Mort, Willam Christensen’s The NutcrackerTyler has performed in world premiers such as Emily Adams’ Regarding Us, Avichai Scher’s White Noise and in Nicolo Fonte’s Rite of Spring, Carmina Burana and Fox on The Doorstep. 

Lawrence Jackson – Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Alabama

Lawrence Jackson Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Alabama. Lawrence received a BFA in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi and an MFA in Dance from Florida State University. Professionally, he devoted several years with the internationally acclaimed modern dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed as a guest artist in a variety of venues; on the concert stage, PBS television programs, dinner theatres, and summer dance intensives. Jackson has choreographed over 75 original works for the concert stage. As an instructor, he has taught and continues to guest teach and choreograph at various universities, academies and summer workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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