Bret Easterling, Artistic Director
is an international dance artist based in Los Angeles, California who received his BFA from The Juilliard School in 2010. He was a formative member of Gallim Dance in New York City before joining Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv where he worked for seven years. Now stateside, Bret is currently on faculty at USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, Westside Dance Project, and Doka Dans. He is a certified Gaga teacher who directs the Gaga Intensives in Los Angeles and New York, and curated the first ever Gaga Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow. He stages Naharin’s repertory at collegiate BFA programs and professional dance companies around the world. Bret has created many works of his own, receiving the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography in 2010, and recognized as a Choreographic Fellow at the inaugural Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship at Jacob’s Pillow in 2018.
grew up dancing in Minnesota. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School under the directorship of Lawrence Rhodes. Upon graduation Julia received the Hector Zaraspe award in recognition of her choreography. She has shown her work around New York City, at venues ranging from, The Le Poisson Rouge to Dumbo Dance Festival and Dance Theater of Harlem, as well as choreographic residency at The Yard, in Martha’s Vineyard in 2011. She has performed professionally with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, as well as Aszure Barton & Artists. Julia is a founding member of L.A. Dance Project and she has had the pleasure to perform around the world, works by Benjamin Millepied, Merce Cunningham, Justin Peck, Martha Graham, Danielle Agami, Emanuel Gat, Sidi Larbi, Ohad Naharin, and William Forsythe. In the spring of 2015, Julia had a world premiere of her piece, O'de, in collaboration with L.A. Dance Project and Lil Buck at the Palace of Versailles. Last summer at the Joyce Theater, she showed her work, Monsieur, which The New York Times dubbed, “an elegantly clumsy solo.”
is a freelance performing artist and creator from Portland, Oregon, USA. He received his early training from the School of Oregon Ballet Theater, Columbia Dance, and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Spenser graduated from The Juilliard School in 2009 and began dancing with the Netherlands Dance Theater. In 2013, Spenser joined The Forsythe Company as a guest artist for the final two seasons of the company before its closure in 2015. Freelancing since then, Spenser has most recently been seen as a guest artist with Crystal Pite's Kidd Pivot, the Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, and the ARIAS Company.
Spenser's own work has been presented and supported internationally, with commissions presented at The Korzo Theater, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, Place des Arts, The Juilliard School, and the Queer Biennial III in LA. He is a member of the dance faculty at California Institute of the Arts, and conducts master classes at conservatories, schools, and summer programs across America, Europe, and Asia. Spenser is a Young Arts award winner, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and a Princess Grace Award winner.
Jermaine Maurice Spivey
is an award-winning dancer, educator, and choreographer. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Spivey attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. After graduating with BFA in dance from The Juilliard School, Spivey moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where he danced with Ballet Gulbenkian (2002-2005). In 2005, he joined the Cullberg Ballet and was first introduced to Crystal Pite. In 2008, he joined Pite’s company Kidd Pivot. Since then, Spivey has also worked freelance and as a guest artist for, among others, Hofesh Shechter Company, Robyn Live 2016, The LID, Arias Company and The Forsythe Company (2013-2015). He also participated in the cast of the American Repertory Theater’s production The Shape She Makes, created by Susan Misner and Jonathan Bernstein.
Spivey has taught at The Juilliard School, UCLA, NYU Tisch, Baltimore School for the Arts, LA Dance Project, The Performing Arts Project, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Spring Board Dance Montreal, the Towson State University Department of Dance, Nuova Officina Della Danza, Dance OUT, Salt Contemporary Dance, and Gothenburg Opera Danskompani. He serves as a choreographic assistant to Crystal Pite, staging many of her works with companies such as Cedar Lake Ballet, Carte Blanche, Hessisches StaatsBallett Wiesbaden, and Nederlands Dans Theater. Spivey also works as a choreographer for the Westside Dance Project, Hollins University, Generation IV Dance, and the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive.
Spivey is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award (2001) and won the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts 1st Level (1998).