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New American Talent / Dance 2010 Finalists

KT Nelson
Nelly van Bommel
Dominic Walsh


KT Nelson
San Francisco, CA

Ms. Nelson joined San Francisco’s ODC Dance 1976 while attending Oberlin College and is now the Co-Artistic Director. She danced with the company from 1976 to 1997. Since 1976, Nelson has choreographed more that 54 works as well as composing and commissioning numerous scores. She has been awarded the Isadora Duncan award (San Francisco’s highest dance honor) three times: in 1987 for Outstanding Performance, in 1996 for Outstanding Choreography, and in 2001 for Sustained Achievement. She has received 10 Isadora Duncan nominations in all categories. Nelson’s collaborators have included Bobby McFerrin, Geoff Hoyle, Kim Turos, Gina Leishman, Rinde Eckert, Marcelo Zarvos, Zap Mama and Linda Bouchard. She has been a guest choreographer for Mikko Nissinen when she danced with San Francisco Ballet, Diablo Ballet, Ballet Met and Maximum Dance. In 2002, Nelson received the California Dance Educators Association’s Artist Award for outstanding artistry, creativity, outreach, and dedication to the field of dance.

 

Nelly van Bommel
New York City, NY

Since the inception of her company ‘nøa dance’ in 2004, Ms. van Bommel has presented four acclaimed New York City seasons. Her work has been featured in France, Taiwan and in the US in major festivals and venues including The Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Dance Theatre Workshop, Symphony Space, P.S. 122, Jacob’s Pillow, Pabst Theatre, and Joyce SoHo. Born in France to Dutch parents, Ms. van Bommel received hertraining at the Académie de Danse Claudie Plaçais-Rocher and the Centre National de la Danse in Paris. In addition to her performing career, Ms. van Bommel also attended Université de Paris VIII -Sorbonne (France) and graduated with an MA in Comparative Literature. In 2002, Ms. van Bommel moved to NYC thanks to a fellowship from the Conseil Régional d'Ile de France. Ms. van Bommel is a co-founder of the Reverb Dance Festival, and she has received recent commissions from Milwaukee Ballet, CorbinDances, Springboard Danse-Montréal, Neuberger Museum of Art, and Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. John Rockwell of The New York Times wrote, "Nelly van Bommel has talent, a sense of passion and intensity...and a quirky sense of humor [...] She seems to be working her way smartly up the American dance ladder."

 

Dominic Walsh
Houston, TX

Mr. Walsh began dancing in Elgin, Illinois with Lisa Boehm and joined Houston Ballet in 1989 and danced there until 2004. In 1998, he created Flames of Eros, when Mr. Stevenson invited him to choreograph on Houston Ballet. This work won the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography. He continues to set and create works for other companies most recently including, Ballet Florida, ABT Studio Company, Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo, New National Theatre, Tokyo, and Sarasota Ballet of Florida. In 2002, he formed Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, a Houston-based contemporary ballet company. In May 2006, Mr. Walsh created Romeo & Juliet, his first full-length, multi-sensory production that received praise from Dance Magazine. In 2007, he premiered a new full-length ballet, Orfeo ed Euridice, for New National Theatre, Tokyo and a full-length Sleeping Beauty. In July 2008, he won a Princess Grace Award for Choreography for Mozart. 2009-10 marks his first season as “Resident Choreographer” of Sarasota Ballet of Florida.

 
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