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.
@ REGINA SPEKTOR ON BROADWAY (NYC)
June 20-26, 2019
Caleb choreographs and performs with Regina Spektor for her upcoming residency on Broadway!
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@ VICTORY DANCE - PROGRAM A
July 11, 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 24-28, 2019
CT&Co performs More Forever at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival!
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@ LINCOLN CENTER OUT OF DOORS (NYC)
August 2, 2019
CT&Co performs Bzzz, Meet Ella, and Small & Tall with live music - free!
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@ THE GUGGENHEIM BILBAO (BILBAO, SPAIN)
August 21-22, 2019
CT&Co swing dances at the Guggenheim in Bilbao!
CALEB TEICHER & NIC GAREISS
@ RIVER ARTS (IRVINGTON, NY)
September 20, 2019
Caleb & Nic perform their duo show!
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@ WHITE BIRD (PORTLAND, OR)
October 17-19, 2019
CT&Co performs Variations, Meet Ella, and Small & Tall!
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@ CELEBRITY SERIES
January 30-February 1, 2020
CT&Co performs More Forever at Celebrity Series in Boston, MA!
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@ SEGERSTROM CONCERT HALL
(COSTA MESA, CA)
February 12, 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 & CONRAD TAO
@ PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (PRINCETON, NJ)
April 7, 2020
Caleb and Conrad perform a duo show!
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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.
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 alumna 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.
Hailing from New York City, Chris Celiz (Beatboxer: Bzzz) 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 and 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.
Christine Flores is originally from Toronto, Ontario and graduated from New World School of the Arts (Miami) in 2015 with a BFA in Dance. She received additional training at Springboard Danse Montreal, the Contemporary Program at Jacob's Pillow, and Cunningham Fellowship workshops. She has worked with Peter Chu, Crossman Dans(c)e, Isodoc Dance Group, Emma Portner, Chase Brock Experience, and Tania Perez Salas Dance Company (Mexico). Christine is currently based out of New York City and is working with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Company XIV, Caleb Teicher & Company, and Shinsa Collective. She has taught numerous workshops in NY and Canada, such as Beyond Movement Intensive and at Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance, as well as masterclasses for Pam Tanowitz Dance.
Conrad Tao (Composer, Pianist: More Forever) 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.
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 alumna of the Tap Program at Jacob’s Pillow, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and 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.
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 Caleb Teicher & Company 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.
From Pittsboro, NC, dancer, producer, and musical artist Jabu Graybeal first studied with JUBA award winner Gene Medler of the Chapel Hill Ballet School and was a member for 9 years of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE), one of the most renowned youth tap companies in the world. Jabu is a Jacob’s Pillow and YoungArts Foundation alumus who has performed with a diverse group of companies, such as Caleb Teicher & Company and Chloe Arnold’s Apartment 33. He was the first tap dancer to be accepted into the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Workshop at the Newport Jazz Festival and was included, under a nomination from Michelle Dorrance, in the December 2017 issue of DanceSpirit magazine as one of the dancers to look for in the next generation of tap.
Jackson Clayton began his formal dance training at Thelma Goldberg’s Dance Inn at age 9. In 2011, Jackson enrolled in his first tap class and two years later he joined Boston Tap Company under the leadership of Sean C. Fielder. In addition to tap, Jackson studied Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Modern dance. In 2016 he joined Subject:Matter and has performed with them at venues such as Joe’s Pub, Musikfest, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, and House of Blues. In addition to performing with Subject:Matter, Jackson is also an alumnus of the 2017 School at Jacob's Pillow Tap Dance program, a member of Caleb Teicher & Company, and a student at Tufts University.
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 recently graduated from Pace University in May 2019 with a BFA in Commercial Dance, and is excited to work with Caleb Teicher & Company and share his journey with you!
Joseph Wolfslau (Sound Designer) is a set, sound, and costume designer based in Brooklyn. Recent designs include production design for Magnum Opus: A Retrospective: (The People Movers), sound for The Emperor's Nightingale (Pan Asian Rep.), sound for The Peanut Butter Show (Little Lord), production design for Cendrillon (Promenade Opera), sound for Romulus the Great (Yangtze Rep.), sound for Brideshead Obliterated (Dixon Place), set, sound, and costumes for 410 [Gone] (Yangtze Rep), sound for CoIncident (JACK), sound for Ski End (New Ohio), sound for CoVenture (Baryshnikov), set and costumes for Poor Sailor (Tugboat Collective), costumes for Rhinbecca, NY (TRE), sound for Quads (the claque), costumes for Middletown (Strasberg), sound for Old Paper Houses (Irondale), set and costumes for You On The Moors Now (TRE), and set and costumes for Obedient Steel (HERE).
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 & Company, 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.
Lindsey Jones is a New York City-based performer. She is currently working with Dance Heginbotham, Pam Tanowitz Dance, Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Bill Young, Caleb Teicher & Company, and Sally Silvers. Jones has previously appeared with The Merce Cunningham Trust, Jonathan Allen, GREYZONE, Ian Spencer Bell, June Finch, and Adriane Lee. Jones was featured in Isaac Mizrahi's 'Peter and the Wolf' and 'The Magic Flute' at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Jones is originally from St. Louis, MO and began her training at COCA, Center of Creative Arts. She attended London Contemporary Dance School and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase.
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 alumnus 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".
Outside of Caleb Teicher & Company, Macy Sullivan (Camas, WA) dances for Dance Heginbotham and has enjoyed projects with the Merce Cunningham Trust, The Chase Brock Experience, and The Bang Group. She has performed annually as Peter in Works & Process’ Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi since 2013 and prior premiered the role of Marie in Chase Brock’s The Nutcracker. Sullivan appeared in the recent off-Broadway production of Oklahoma! (Dir. Daniel Fish) as well as The Poor of New York (Dir. Tyne Rafaeli). Her own work has been performed at the Center for Innovation in the Arts, Judson Memorial Church, and The 92nd Street Y. As a teaching artist, she works for Together in Dance, Dance for PD®, and Juilliard Global Ventures. Sullivan holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School (Martha Hill Prize, John Erskine Prize, Choreographic Honors) and recently began exploring Lindy Hop.
Naomi Funaki is a tap dancer from Tokyo Japan, currently living in New York as an IISP student of Steps on Broadway. She has performed with Caleb Teicher & Company as well as Dorrance Dance’s second company. She has danced at the first “Tap Family Reunion”, Vail Dance Festival , Fall For Dance (New York City Center), Works & Process (Guggenheim), Tokyo International Tap Dance Festival, and is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s tap dance program.
Nathan Bugh is known worldwide for his intimately rhythmic style of Lindy and vernacular jazz. He has showcased these styles in many iconic venues, such as Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, and The Guggenheim Museum. He is a principle dancer in the feature film, "Rebel In The Rye," and in several music videos, including the Weepies, "Be My Honey Pie." He is also a swing-dance champion and avid social dancer. Active in the Lindy Hop scene since the late 1990's, Nathan has earned numerous first-place titles in Solo Jazz, Lindy Hop, Team, Invitational, Slow Dance, and Mix/Match divisions, at events like the International Lindy Hop Championships. And he is the choreographer of the 2015 ILHC winning team, "Yeah Man." Nathan joined Caleb Teicher & Company in 2016, for "Meet Ella," a duet incorporating Lindy Hop with other jazz/theater styles. www.nathanbugh.com
Named by Dance Magazine as one of 2019's "25 to Watch," dancer and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been hailed by the New York Times for his "dexterous melding of Irish and Appalachian dance" and called "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. He reimagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Originally from Michigan, Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized in fifteen countries for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music and dance including The Chieftains, The Gloaming, Bruce Molsky, Sandy Silva, Ira Bernstein, Colin Dunne, Alasdair Fraser, Phil Wiggins, Liz Carroll, and Darol Anger. He has performed at London's Barbican Centre, the Irish National Concert Hall, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Kennedy Center. Nic holds degrees in Anthropology and Music from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick.
Serena Wong (Lighting Designer) is a Brooklyn-based freelance lighting designer for theater and dance, whose work has been seen in the US and Europe. Most recently she has designed for choreographers Gemma Bond, Caleb Teicher, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and Netta Yerushalmy. She enjoys biking, beekeeping, and bread baking.
Tamii Sakurai is a tap dancer based in New York City. She is an Artist in Residence 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 Directors 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 & 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 alumna. For Tamii’s new works and teaching/performing schedule, please visit tamiisakurai.com.
Eyal Vilner is one of the leading voices in the New York Swing Scene. Born in Tel Aviv, saxophonist, composer and bandleader Eyal Vilner moved to New York in 2007 and started his big band the following year. The Eyal Vilner Big Band has been performing widely at some of New York’s landmarks such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Swing 46, Birdland, Battle of the Big Bands on the Intrepid, Swing ReMix, Midsummer Night Swing, The Django, Smalls, Minton’s Playhouse, and Central Park SummerStage. The big band performs Eyal’s new arrangements of jazz and swing tunes as well as his original compositions. Their music, which derives from the tradition of jazz, swing and the blues, strives to bring a unique voice to this beautiful art form.The big band’s first three albums: Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band, Almost Sunrise andHanukkah received rave reviews and made it to the Top Jazz Radio Charts of the US and Canada. Their 4th album - Swing Out!, inspired by their collaboration with the swing community, is forthcoming in summer 2019.
Artistic Director: Caleb Teicher
Company Manager: Aria Roach
Online Media Consultant: Allison Hope Munson