Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co) founded in 2015 by acclaimed dancer/choreographer Caleb Teicher, seeks to expand the capacity of America’s rich music and dance traditions through innovative choreography, performance, and contextualization. Utilizing Tap Dance, Vernacular Jazz, Lindy Hop, and a mix of other dance styles born and bred in America, the company’s work reflects a collective conscience within modern American culture.
Whether tap dancing with a live beatboxer or to Bach’s Goldberg Variations, swing dancing to Ella Fitzgerald’s famous recordings or to a new contemporary score by pianist Conrad Tao, audiences have warmed to CT&Co’s unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration.
Past engagements include Guggenheim Museum (NYC and Bilbao), the Kennedy Center (with National Symphony Orchestra), The Joyce Theater, Fall For Dance @ New York City Center, Annenberg Center Live, PS21 Chatham, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Inside/Out Series, UNCW, ADF @ DanceCleveland, Gibney Dance, Queens College, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club, and the American Tap Dance Foundation, amongst others.
@ JACOB'S PILLOW
DANCE FESTIVAL'S GALA
June 15, 2019
CT&Co performs “Bzzz” in celebration of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s gala!
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@ REGINA SPEKTOR ON BROADWAY
June 20-26, 2019
CT choreographs and performs with Regina Spektor for her upcoming residency on Broadway!
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@ VICTORY DANCE - PROGRAM A
(NEW YORK, NY)
July 11th, 2019
With remarkable skill and wit, Bzzz pairs Caleb Teicher & Company's tap dancers with beatboxer Chris Celiz for a "music-making triumph" (New York Times).
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@ JACOB'S PILLOW
DANCE FESTIVAL (BECKET, MA)
July 24, 2019 – July 28, 2019
CT&Co performs “More Forever” at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!
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@ CELEBRITY SERIES
January 30th-February 1st 2020
CT&Co performs “More Forever” at Celebrity Series in Boston, MA!
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@ SEGERSTROM CONCERT HALL
(COSTA MESA, CA)
February 12th 2020
CT&Co performs “More Forever” at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California through the Philharmonic Society of Orange County!
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Caleb Teicher first received critical and audience acclaim when, at 17, he won a Bessie Award for Outstanding Individual Performance for his work in Michelle Dorrance and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards' Shared Evening. From there, he continued as a member of Dorrance Dance while dancing in The Chase Brock Experience, The Bang Group, West Side Story (Int'l Tour), and other dance/theater projects.
Since founding Caleb Teicher & Company in 2015, Teicher’s artistic reach has expanded to commissions from Works & Process at the Guggenheim, New York City Center, The Joyce Theater, several engagements with symphony orchestras (including the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center), and many national and international touring engagements with the company’s repertoire.
Caleb's work has been featured by The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR Music, Vogue, Interview Magazine, Cultured Magazine, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, and other publications. His collaboration with Conrad Tao, More Forever, recently made the "Best of Dance 2018" list for The New York Times. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the American Tap Dance Foundation and has been awarded a 2019 New York City Center Choreography Fellowship.
Caleb continues to engage with dance communities as an instructor at international Tap and Jazz Dance festivals and also spends his time as a director/choreographer for interdisciplinary work.
New York based Lindy Hopper, Evita Arce, has charmed audiences around the globe with a true joy for dance and movement. She was featured as a main character in the 2016 documentary "Alive and Kicking", which illustrates how Evita's devotion to Lindy Hop helped push the influence of swing dancing to larger audiences.
For twenty years, Evita has toured extensively with noteworthy appearances at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and numerous international theaters within the Lindy Hop community. With dance partner, Michael Jagger, Evita danced the feature role in SWING! Together they presented Lindy Hop at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Stage 2012/2013.
As a dancer for CT&Co Evita has performed in "Meet Ella", "More Forever" and debuted a small cameo on Broadway with Teicher for a special project with Regina Spektor June 2019.
Tamii Sakurai is a tap dancer based in New York City. She is an Artist in Resident at the American Tap Dance Foundation (ATDF). Her close affiliation with ATDF started as a founding member, then the dance captain, and now one of the rehearsal director of Tap City Youth Ensemble, a performing youth tap ensemble of ATDF. Tamii has also had the privilege of working with numerous leading tap companies such as Brenda Bufalino’s “New”American Tap Dance Orchestra, Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance and Caleb Teicher’s Caleb Teicher and Company. She studied Mathematics and Dance at Hunter College, where she has developed her style of teaching tap dance incorporating numbers and visuals. In 2016, she has made her debut on Off Broadway on STOMP. She has concluded her run on STOMP the following year, though she may be seen periodically performing as an alumni. For Tamii’s new works and teaching/ performing schedule, please visit tamiisakurai.com.
Luke Hickey is a tap dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker hailing from Chapel Hill, NC. Hickey was a company member of the internationally acclaimed, North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE) for 10 consecutive seasons under the direction and mentorship of Gene Medler, touring all over the world. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Hickey is an alumna of the School at Jacob’s Pillow and Pace University NYC (BA Film & Screen Studies). In 2017, Hickey was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine to breakdown the legendary BS Chorus. In the Fall of 2018, Hickey made his choreographic and directorial debut with his work “A Little Old, A Little New” at the world famous Birdland Jazz Club in NYC. Hickey's choreography is also featured in the new Independent feature film "A Bread Factory" which was listed on The New Yorker's "The Best Movies of 2018".
LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes is an internationally acclaimed and awarded dancer, educator, coach and ambassador of culture from Richmond, VA. Globally celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout the cultural traditions she bears, which include: House, Hip-Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Her expansive artistic, competitive and performative skills have made her a frequent collaborator to Dorrance Dance, Singapore based Timbre Arts Group, Caleb Teicher & Co., Ephrat Asherie Dance and many international Urban Arts and Jazz/ Lindy Hop festivals like Summer Dance Forever and Paris Jazz Roots Festival. Accolades and accomplishments aside, Tasha’s forever purpose is to inspire fellow artists and art enthusiasts to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.
Jared Alexander Clintondale, NY native, started dancing at the age of three, and hasn’t stopped since. His passion and talent led him to study in NYC, where he has been fortunate enough to work with and train under influential teachers and choreographers including: Ray Hesselink, Rhonda Miller, Mandy Moore, Scott Jovovich, Lauren Gaul, Ephrat Asherie, Martha Nichols, Alexandra Damiani, Liz Imperio, Aaron Parkhurst, Jess Hendricks, and many more. Jared just recently graduated from Pace University in May 2019 with a BFA in Commercial Dance, and is excited to work with CT&Co and share his journey with you!
Demi Remick is a YoungArts Gold Award winner in Dance, one of Dance Magazine’s 2014 Top-25-To-Watch, a Presidential Scholar in the Arts nominee, a Groove master teacher & adjudicator, SUNY Purchase’s Junior Dance Award Recipient and a Capezio Athlete. Demi currently tours worldwide as the tap dance soloist for Postmodern Jukebox and is a member of Caleb Teicher & Company. Demi was a member of the ‘Bessie’ award-winning company Dorrance Dance, ‘Emmy award-winning’ Jason Samuels Smith’s company A.C.G.I., and Lisa La Touche’s TapPhonics. She has also worked with Emma Portner & The Flock, Bill T. Jones at the Kennedy Center, and Monica Bill Barnes & Company. She is an alumnus of the Tap Program at Jacob’s Pillow, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance & the Juilliard Summer Dance Program. Demi is a certified Yoga instructor and teaches/performs dance internationally. Demi received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance where she performed works by Azure Barton, José Limón, Alexandra Beller, Trisha Brown, Xan Burley and Doug Varone.
Brittany DeStefano is a multi-form dancer from upstate New York. She began her training under the direction of Nicole Aravena at Seven Star School of Performing Arts and later, under the mentorship of Derick K. Grant at Steps on Broadway. She's an alumni of The School at Jacob's Pillow for their tap programs of 2012 and 2014, under the direction of Dianne Walker and Michelle Dorrance. Currently, Brittany is working in New York City as an understudy for Dorrance Dance, a member of Dorrance Dance's second company, a member of Parangole Collective and a member of Caleb Teicher & Company. Other credits include Jason Samuels Smith's A.C.G.I, Lisa LaTouche's Tap Phonics, and various performances through the American Tap Dance Foundation.
Chris Celiz is a musician and teacher as well as a founding member of The Beatbox House. He is the 2015 American 2v2 Champion and has been ranked as one of the top North American beatboxers.
Hailing from New York City, Chris Celiz is a musician, educator and performer. Playing music since the age of 10, Chris has an incredibly diverse skill set and professional music experience. He has worked with such luminaries as Harry Belafonte, Bryonn Bain, Dana Leong and can be seen performing alongside some of New York City’s greatest talents. He has been competing both nationally and internationally as one of the top ranked beatboxers in North America. His most notable accomplishment is the formation of "The Beatbox House", a conglomerate of the most talented beatboxers in the United States who look to rebrand the art form.
Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, performing to universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike. His accolades and awards include being a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a YoungArts gold medal- winner in music, a Gilmore Young Artist, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant-winner.
Tao's career as composer has garnered eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and the Carlos Surinach Prize from BMI, including commissions from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Pacific Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and many more. His two Warner Classics albums Voyages and Pictures have been praised by NPR, The New York Times, The New Yorker’s Alex Ross, and others.
Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and “the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His work re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as a medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has performed with many of the luminaries of contemporary traditional music and dance, including the Chieftains, The Gloaming, Darol Anger, Drish, Buille, Solas, Liz Carroll, Genticorum, Bill Frisell, Colin Dunne, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, and Martin Heyes. He collaborates regularly with Cleek Schrey, Maeve Gilchrist, Simon Chrisman, Allison de Groot, Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and as a member of the quartet This is How we Fly.