A Warm Welcome To The Newest EMD Dancers

During the STEPS Workshop, we put out an open call for dancers to audition for Elisa Monte Dance. We were blown away by the response and had quite a hard time deciding from all of the beautiful dancers. After a later call back, here is where we landed. We are so excited to have Thomas Vavaro, Cara Seymour, and Fadi Khoury join the EMD family! We think they will be a wonderful addition to the company, and hope you will too. Read on to find out more about the newest dancers…

 

Meet Thomas Vavaro

Thomas Varvaro (dancer) began his formal dance training with The Ailey School as a Junior Division student at age 11.  He is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. Upon graduation Mr. Varvaro was awarded the Jacques d'Amboise Ballet scholarship. In addition, he has studied at The School of American Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet School.  In 2010, Mr. Varvaro attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s contemporary program. He was a member of Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre during the fall 2010 season and graduated from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program with dance honors in May of 2012. Mr. Varvaro was a member of Ailey 2 from 2011-2013. During Mr. Varvaro's time in Ailey 2 he had the opportunity to perform on "So You Think You Can Dance Poland" and "Dancing With The Stars Bulgaria". Mr. Varvaro will be appearing as a dancer in an Independent Film entitled "Life of An Actress" to be released this fall.

Thomas Varvaro (dancer) began his formal dance training with The Ailey School as a Junior Division student at age 11.  He is a graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. Upon graduation Mr. Varvaro was awarded the Jacques d'Amboise Ballet scholarship. In addition, he has studied at The School of American Ballet, and The Joffrey Ballet School.  In 2010, Mr. Varvaro attended The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s contemporary program. He was a member of Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre during the fall 2010 season and graduated from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. Program with dance honors in May of 2012. Mr. Varvaro was a member of Ailey 2 from 2011-2013. During Mr. Varvaro's time in Ailey 2 he had the opportunity to perform on "So You Think You Can Dance Poland" and "Dancing With The Stars Bulgaria". Mr. Varvaro will be appearing as a dancer in an Independent Film entitled "Life of An Actress" to be released this fall.

Meet Our New Apprentices

Cara Seymour (apprentice) began her training in Ashtabula, Ohio under the tutelage of Shelagh Dubsky and Clover Robinson. Seymour graduated from The Juilliard School in 2011.  Seymour internationally toured with MOMIX for two seasons and now continues to actively collaborate with visual artist Giorgio Guidi. Throughout her studies and career she has had the opportunity to perform works by Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris, Nacho Duato, Larry Keigwin, Alexander Eckman, and José Limon. This is her first season with the company.

Cara Seymour (apprentice) began her training in Ashtabula, Ohio under the tutelage of Shelagh Dubsky and Clover Robinson. Seymour graduated from The Juilliard School in 2011.  Seymour internationally toured with MOMIX for two seasons and now continues to actively collaborate with visual artist Giorgio Guidi. Throughout her studies and career she has had the opportunity to perform works by Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Mark Morris, Nacho Duato, Larry Keigwin, Alexander Eckman, and José Limon. This is her first season with the company.

Fadi Khoury (apprentice) was born in Baghdad, Iraq, surrounded by the folkloric authentic music and dance of the Arab world, and inspired by his father's choreography and dance career. When he was 13 years old Fadi moved to Beirut, Lebanon where he started his training in classical ballet and folklore dancing. He began his professional career at the age of 17, joining the Ranhbani musical theatre company in Beirut as a dancer. In 2005 he joined the Caracalla Dance Theatre dancing and touring with the company around the Middle East and North Africa. In 2009 Fadi moved to the United States and performed with Caracalla Dance Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Soon afterwards he moved to New York City to further his classical ballet and modern dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Fadi’s diverse background, versatility, and passion for dance have allowed him to establish a career in ballroom dancing. He is an instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in New York City.

Fadi Khoury (apprentice) was born in Baghdad, Iraq, surrounded by the folkloric authentic music and dance of the Arab world, and inspired by his father's choreography and dance career. When he was 13 years old Fadi moved to Beirut, Lebanon where he started his training in classical ballet and folklore dancing. He began his professional career at the age of 17, joining the Ranhbani musical theatre company in Beirut as a dancer. In 2005 he joined the Caracalla Dance Theatre dancing and touring with the company around the Middle East and North Africa. In 2009 Fadi moved to the United States and performed with Caracalla Dance Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Soon afterwards he moved to New York City to further his classical ballet and modern dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Fadi’s diverse background, versatility, and passion for dance have allowed him to establish a career in ballroom dancing. He is an instructor at the Arthur Murray Dance Studios in New York City.