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Professional Dancers

RICK CALLENDER

Brandywine Ballet Theatre

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Rick is from Miami, Florida and began his training with Marta Mahr School of Ballet and New World School of the Arts. He then moved to Seattle to study at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He later took a position with the Washington Ballet in Washington, DC. After working at the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (Texas Ballet Theatre) for five seasons, he moved to Philadelphia. Rick has also danced with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet X, Miro Dance, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, and many others in the Philadelphia area. He has gotten to perform many wonderful roles and has enjoyed performing around the world. Rick has been guesting with Brandywine since 2008, and has been a full-season member since 2014. Some of his highlights with the Company include The Beast in Beauty & The Beast, Jonathan in Dracula, Carmina Burana, and Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty.

TIM EARLY

Brandywine Ballet Theatre

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Tim is celebrating his 32nd consecutive season with Brandywine Ballet as a Principal Dancer. In addition to performing, Tim has choreographed for the Company, and has been on faculty at The Dance Center, the official school of the Brandywine Ballet. Beginning in 2018, Tim also began a position as the Production Manager with Brandywine Ballet, working to coordinate all of the company's performance efforts. Highlights with the Company have been his performances in Nancy Page’s Dracula, Ronen Koresh’s Beyond the Steps, Balanchine’s Serenade, and Eddy Touissant’s Souvenance. Together with Donna L. Muzio, Mr. Early founded Brandywine Contemporary, the modern-based arm of Brandywine Ballet. He is co-director of the Philadelphia-based modern company Opus I Contemporary. He has choreographed for Lafayette College, Moravian College, and West Chester University. In addition, Mr. Early has headed the dance department at Wyoming Seminary Summer Arts Program in Wilkes-Barre, PA, for the past 20 years. 

THOMAS GANT, JR.

Brandywine Ballet Theatre

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Thomas is a graduate of Southern New Jersey Academy of Performing Arts under the

direction of David Kloss. He has also studied with Ronen Koresh and Melissa Rector of

Koresh Dance Company, as well as with Delphine Del Bello, David Kloss, Nancy Page,

and Christopher Fleming, among others. Mr. Gant works as a freelance artist, balancing

dancing, teaching, and choreography. He has danced with Opus 1 Contemporary

Company, Dance Del Bello, BalletFleming, and Brandywine Ballet. He has developed

an international relationship choreographing and teaching for Tainan City Ballet as well

as Chung Hwa Arts High School in Taiwan. Mr. Gant has also been appointed the

regisseur of David Kloss’s repertoire. He returned to Brandywine Ballet in 2019 and is

please to continue dancing with the company.

MICAH GEYER

Brandywine Ballet Theatre

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Micah is from Durham, North Caroline where he started dance at a young age with Nina

Wheeler from Nina’s School of Dance. During that time, he also spent his weekends

in Chapel Hill training with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction

of Gene Medler. With that company, he was fortunate enough to travel and perform

throughout America and Europe. A couple highlights of these years were headlining

“Tap City” at the Joyce in New York City and performing with Savion Glover in “Rhythm

and Blue” in Greenville, South Carolina. Micah then attended college at East Carolina

University, receiving a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Psychology. After

graduation, Micah moved to Philadelphia and was hired by the Koresh Dance Company

where he has been for the last fifteen years. During his time with Koresh, he was able to

work with many renowned choreographers and traveled extensively with the company.

The Brandywine Ballet is pleased to add Mr. Geyer to their roster of professional dancers.

GENEVIEVE JACOBY

Brandywine Contemporary

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Genevieve is a graduate of West Chester University, where she studied dance and

earned a degree in Political Science. Genevieve served on the executive board for

the West Chester University Dance Company. There, she had many opportunities to

choreograph and perform for the company, including the Professors’ Devised Work

for the West Chester University’s Department of Theatre and Dance entitled Carnival

of Ruin. Genevieve has been performing with Brandywine Contemporary since 2023.

During this time, she has performed in My First, My Last, My Everything, Walkin’ After

Midnight, and The Nutcracker. Ms. Jacoby is currently on faculty with The Dance Center.

KIRSTEN MOHL

Brandywine Ballet Theatre

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Kirsten is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology

and the Certificate in Ballet with Brandywine Ballet. Having grown up in Chester County, she  received her professional training at The Dance Center, under Donna L. Muzio. She became a member of Brandywine Ballet Company in 2012 and was promoted to Brandywine Ballet Theatre in 2016. During her time with the ballet company, Kirsten has danced for numerous choreographers and has perform several featured roles, such as Snow Queen, Arabian, and Dew Drop in The

Nutcracker, Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade, and Lucy in Nancy Page’s

Dracula. Kirsten has also been a member of Brandywine Contemporary since 2014;

and with the company, has performed an extensive repertoire of contemporary pieces

at various venues in West Chester and Philadelphia. A few of her notable contemporary

pieces include Visceral Form, Neither One of Us, and Metamorphosis. Ms. Mohl is excited to continue her dance career while pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy.

EMILY ROYCE

Brandywine Ballet Theatre

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Originally from Kennett Square, PA, Emily received her professional training at The

Dance Center, under the direction of Donna L. Muzio. While a student of the school, Emily

supplemented her ballet training by attending professional summer intensive programs

at The Joffrey Ballet and Richmond Ballet. Emily first joined Brandywine Ballet in 2001

and had the opportunity to perform a wide range of the company’s repertoire including

works by internationally renowned choreographers including George Balanchine, Leslie

Browne, Matthew Neenan, and Ronen Koresh. Emily rejoined Brandywine Ballet in

2017 after a hiatus during which she continued her dance studies with Laura Katz Rizzo

at Temple University and Eva Szabo at the Koresh School of Dance. Since rejoining

Brandywine Ballet, Emily has performed multiple lead roles including the Sugar Plum

Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the Waltz Girl in

George Balanchine’s Serenade. Emily currently resides in Philadelphia and is excited to

continue dancing with the company.

TIMOTHY SLOAN

Brandywine Ballet Theatre

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Timothy is from Mantua, New Jersey. He began his dance training at the Tricia Sloan

Dance Center. Tim continued his training at The Rock School for Dance Education on a

full scholarship, where he had the opportunity to perform numerous works at the Academy

of Music, The Kimmel Center, The Merrium Theater, and the Mann Music Center.

Subsequently, he attended the Orlando Ballet School Summer Program and performed

as a guest dancer with the Ballet Etudes Company in Miami, Florida. He went on to dance

with Ballet Fleming in Philadelphia, as well as to guest dance for Boca Ballet Theatre,

Charleston Ballet, and Brandywine Ballet. Currently, Mr. Sloan teaches at his family’s

dance studio, while continuing to perform in their ballet productions and other local ballet

productions as a guest dancer. Tim returned to Brandywine Ballet in 2022 and he is delighted to 

to continue performing with the company.

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