Brandon Collwes trained at the Pittsburgh CLO in musical theater and jazz dance, at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater when he studied George Balanchine technique, the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Pittsburgh where he started making his own choreography, and the Juilliard School and SUNY Purchase for some college. He became a member of the CDF Repertory Understudy Group in 2003 where he work closely and was trained by Merce Cunningham and Robert Swinston. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in January 2006 where he danced up until the close of the Company in 2011 in the finale Legacy World Tour. He is currently a dancer and rehearsal assistant of the Liz Gerring Dance Company, performs for Sally Slivers and Dancers and continues to teach for the Merce Cunningham Trust across the globe while developing and performing his own work. Brandon is also a self taught abstract painter inspired by natural movement and the street working mostly with acrylic paint, canvas and salt. www.brandoncollwes.com
Claire Westby is originally from Minnesota and now resides in Brooklyn. She holds a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts NYU and also studied at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). She has taught dance at Tisch School of the Arts NYU, Columbia College Chicago, Gibney Dance, Mark Morris Dance Center, St. Paul Ballet, Steps on Broadway, and Jacob's Pillow. Ms. Westby has been a part of the Liz Gerring Dance Company for seven years and is a Rehearsal Assistant. Claire has also performed in and helped create original roles in works by Gwen Welliver, Benjamin Kimitch, Russell Stuart Lilie, John Jasperse, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Hollis Bartlett, Helen Simoneau, and RoseAnne Spradlin.
Joseph Giordano began his formal training at the pre-professional program at Steps on Broadway, and graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2015 with a bachelor of fine arts. He has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Rashaun Mitchell, Patrick Corbin, Cora Bos-Kroese, and Chris Gatelli. He has also trained under and performed the repertory works of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Joseph joined Liz Gerring Dance Company in 2015 and would like to thank his family and friends for their consistent encouragement and support.
Julia Jurgilewics is a native of Massachusetts where she trained at the Gold School. She earned a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU and has since performed in NYC, nationally, and abroad. She has worked with Third Rail Projects in the immersive theater productions, The Grand Paradise and currently, in Then She Fell as the White Queen. She has performed in Cendrillon, Parsifal, Don Giovanni, and Aida at The Metropolitan Opera as well as in works by Mark Dendy, Johannes Wieland, Jillian Peña, LEVYdance, Erica Essner Performance Co-op, Suzanne Beahrs Dance, Dishman and Co., and The Anata Project, to name a few. Julia joined Liz Gerring Dance Company in 2015 performing glacier, Horizon, (T)here to (T)here, and Field. In addition to dancing, Julia is a certified personal trainer and coach.
Forrest Hersey is a New York City based dancer. He was raised in Kentucky, first training at University of Louisville Dance Academy and the Youth Performing Arts School, before attending the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. There he undertook Choreography by Ohad Naharin, Aszure Barton, Adam Barruch, Ori Flomin, Greg Dolbashian and Shannon Gillen. As a freelance artist, Forrest has worked with Pigeonwing Dance, Nelly van Bommel, Rushaun Mitchell & Silas Riener and ZviDance. He represented the Merce Cunningham Trust in a staging of Springweather and People for the 35th Annual MacArthur Fellowship Genius Award Ceremony. Recently he performed in Transmissions, an exhibition by Nick Mauss at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Forrest has been performing with Liz Gerring Dance Company since February of 2017.
Jamie Scott lives and works in New York. After graduating from Barnard College she joined the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group in 2007 and went on to join the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009 through its closure in 2011. She joined the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 2012 and continues to teach and set work for both companies. She has also worked with Kimberly Bartosik, Bill Young, and Daniel Gwirtzman. Jamie joined the Liz Gerring Dance Company in 2016. She is a Merce Cunningham Fellow 2014 and 2016 as well as the recipient of a 2014-2015 Princess Grace Award.
Thomas Welsh-Huggins was born in Bloomington, Indiana and grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and is now a choreographer, dancer and bike mechanic based out of New York City. He currently dances for Liz Gerring Dance Company and RoseAnne Spradlin.