Rick Callender 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 is celebrating his 30th 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.
Thomas Gant 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 is pleased to be returning to dance with Brandywine Ballet this season.
Originally from Kennett Square, PA, Emily Royce received her professional training at The Dance Center, under Donna L. Muzio. Emily has attended summer programs at the Richmond Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Brandywine Ballet where she first joined as a company member in 2001. During her time with Brandywine Ballet, Emily has had the opportunity to perform a wide range of repertoire including works by George Balanchine, Matthew Neenan, Leslie Browne, and Ronen Koresh. Since rejoining Brandywine Ballet in 2017, she has performed roles including the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and the Waltz Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade. Ms. Royce currently resides in Philadelphia and is excited to be returning to Brandywine Ballet for this season.
Kirsten Mohl is from Chester County, PA. She is a graduate of West Chester University with a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology and the Certificate in Ballet with Brandywine Ballet. Kirsten received her professional training at The Dance Center, under Donna L. Muzio. She has been a company member of Brandywine Ballet since 2012 and a member of Brandywine Contemporary since 2014. During her time with Brandywine Ballet, Kirsten has had the opportunity to dance several featured and soloist roles, including Dew Drop and Arabian Coffee in The Nutcracker, Russian Girl in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Gold Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Lucy in Dracula, as well as featured roles in Nancy Page’s Colour Brillanté, Never Ending Road, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Kirsten is excited to continue her dance career while preparing for medical school