Director of Choreography
Janis Brenner - Choreographic and Music Mentor, Choreography Instructor, The Juilliard School
Artistic director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in New York. Her work has been commissioned and restaged by more than 45 companies and colleges in Germany, Sweden, France, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Russia, and the United States. Has been performing with Meredith Monk and the Vocal Ensemble since 1990; has worked with Theo Bleckmann and Michael Moschen, and was a soloist with Annabelle Gamson's company and with the Murray Louis Dance Company (1977-84), where she worked with Rudolf Nureyev, Plácido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Batsheva Dance Company, and Alwin Nikolais. Two memoir essays published by DanceView Magazine (1998). Served on the board for the Gender Project in New York, which seeks to empower women in dance; is on the advisory board of the Yard in Chilmark, Mass. Awards: New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") for outstanding creative achievement, 1997; Lester Horton Award for outstanding achievement in choreography, 1996; Leach Fellowship for outstanding achievement in the performing arts from Empire State College, 1993.
Director of Operations
Gary Taylor has served as the Director of Operations for the NCI for the past four years. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Winston Salem Festival Ballet, is recognized throughout the southeast for his mastery of innovative choreography, partnering, instruction, and performance. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, he has been a professional dancer, working throughout the Southeast for past two decades before retiring from performance in 2006. As an award-winning choreographer and teacher, Gary is a 2-time award winner of the Regional Dance America (RDA) National Choreographic Award, in 1999 & 2006 and in 2004, he was awarded the prestigious RDA Choreographic Commission Award. The North Carolina School of the Arts honored him as the Outstanding North Carolina Teacher in Performing Arts in 1999 and the High Point Area Arts Council presented him with the 2007 Mayor's Teacher Support of the Arts Award.
Gary has been the RDA National Choreography Intensive Director of Operations since 2010. He is currently on faculty with Festival Dance Center, the home of the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.
Director of Music
Jerome Begin - Music Advisor, The Juilliard School
A founding member of the Left Hand Path Ensemble and freelance composer and performer in New York City. His scores for dance and theater, as well as concert works, have been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. Commissions include works for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Juilliard, Sacramento Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Zephyr Dance, Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, Crash, Burn and Die Dance Company, San Jose Dance Theater, Utah Regional Ballet, Monsterless Actors, and Ohio U. Has served as a dance accompanist and teacher of music for dancers at dance festivals, universities, and dance schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Was music director for the Regional Dance America Craft of Choreography conference for several years.
"Can you teach imagination? I don't know....you can foster it. But one thing that can be taught and learned and muscles flexed on is the craft."