Ballet Zaida Choreographers
Bryn was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She trained at the San Francisco Ballet School, Kirov Academy of Ballet (Washington, D.C.) and Southland Ballet Academy. She has attended summer programs with the San Francisco Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Kirov Academy of Ballet. She was a competitor and scholarship winner in the 2008 Youth America Grand Prix. After her training, she danced with the San Francisco Ballet, where she was an apprentice and then promoted to the corps de ballet. While at San Francisco Ballet, she was in a number of works including Balanchine’s Symphony in C, and in Helgi Tomasson’s Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker. She then joined Ballet Memphis, where she danced in a variety of ballets including Dana Tai Soon Burgess’ Venetian Reflections, Trey McIntyre’s The Naughty Boy and Matthew Neenan’s Water of the Flowering Mill.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Myles Thatcher trained at The Harid Conservatory, Ellison Ballet, and San Francisco Ballet School prior to being named an apprentice in 2009. He joined the Company in 2010.
Thatcher has performed featured roles in Tomasson’s Giselle (Wilfred) and Nutcracker (Jack-in-the-Box, Russian, and Spanish), Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Gamache), Cranko’s Onegin(Lensky), Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Symphony in Three Movements (demi-soloist), Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (Oswald), Lifar’sSuite en Blanc (pas de cinq), and Wheeldon’s Cinderella (Benjamin).
His repertory also includes Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Le Quattro Stagioni, Prism, and Trio; Balanchine’s Coppélia, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, and Theme and Variations; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Possokhov’s Classical Symphony, Fusion, and The Rite of Spring; Robbins’ Glass Pieces, The Concert, and Opus 19/The Dreamer; Wheeldon’s Ghosts, Number Nine, and Rush; and Zanella’s Underskin.
Thatcher choreographed In the Passerine’s Clutch for the SF Ballet 2013 Repertory Season Gala and, for the San Francisco Ballet School Showcase, Spinae and Stone and Steel in 2012 and 2013, respectively. He participated in the San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program in 2008–2009.
Myles photo is by Reto Albertalli of Rolex.
Michelle Thompson, originally from San Francisco, trained at San Francisco Ballet for nine years. During her two years with Ballet Austin II, she studied with Truman Finney and was privileged to perform in Ulysses Dove’s Vespers. Now in her eleventh season with Ballet Austin, Ms. Thompson has loved dancing in works by Stephen Mills (Silence within Silence, Kai, Red Roses, Light, Hamlet, Angel of My Nature, The Rite of Spring), Gina Patterson (Free to Fly, Red Line, Liquid Eyes, In Time), Twyla Tharp (Golden Section, Nine Sinatra Songs), and Balanchine (Serenade, Allegro Brilliante). She was also thrilled to perform the role of Kitri in Don Quixote and Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker. Ms. Thompson completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and the Humanities at the St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Michelle received the Austin Critics Table 2012 Best Dancer award for her performance in the New American Talent choreography of Gregory Dolbashian. Recently, Michelle landed a spot on the top ten list of dance classical music treasures of 2013 by the Austin Chronicle for her role in The Rite of Spring.
Thompson’s choreographic dreams began in her early training during work with Julia Adams. For the last nine years, she has been cultivating her choreographic style in Austin, San Antonio, and San Angelo. The associate director of Ballet Austin, Michelle Martin, first commissioned Ms. Thompson to create a piece on the company’s Trainees in 2006 (Garden Party). Ballet Austin then commissioned her to create works on the Upper Division Students (Wind), the Young Artists of Ballet Austin (The Look, Coy, And Then We Were 7), and the Trainees ((i like you)). The San Antonio-based Ballet Conservatory of South Texas noticed her work in Austin and chose her to create Mi Corazon (2008), Departure (2009), Waking From Recklessness (2009), and Removed From Time (2010). The Arts Committee of San Antonio picked Mi Corazon to be performed at Luminaria: Arts Night in San Antonio. Waking From Recklessness was performed at the San Antonio Museum in response to one of the museum’s paintings. Removed from Time was performed in November 2010 in the museum space at The Southwest School of Art.
In June 2009 Ms. Thompson explored new collaborative elements by choreographing The Path You Came Here By to live, original music by Jordan Moser and the Holy Echoes. Following the success of this endeavor, Ms. Thompson was asked to produce new material for an evening of dance, music, and visual art in June 2010 for Califa Arts Collaborative at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. She created Hiding Places in collaboration with visual projections by Caroline Wright and the live original music of Lex Land, Jordan Moser, Jarrett Killen, and Nic Walker. She also became co-producer of this event and assisted with advertising, fundraising, lighting design, coordinating rehearsals and other guest choreographers, making programs, and speaking at pre- and post-show talks. Following this performance, Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival coordinator Skot Tulk invited Ms. Thompson to present Hiding Places for a film-opening event in July 2010. Her journey with Califa Arts collaborative continued with her work in 2011 on Another Veil where she worked with Bob Hoffnar’s original music and the art of Caroline Wright.
Thompson’s incredible sense for collaboration surged through the Austin community and she was recommended by Stephen Mills to work with The Blanton Museum. In 2011 she created a moving performance with live music through The Blanton museum under the direction of Steve Parker. With the success of this unique performance, Parker commissioned her to create an opening dance piece for John Cage’s Musicircus also held at The Blanton museum in 2012. The Austin Critics Table awarded Musicircus Best Chamber Performance in 2012. Ms. Thompson was then asked to create a piece for the San Angelo Civic Ballet to be performed at their company’s gala performance. This piece, Ladder, and other collaborations led Thompson to be seen by Ballet Zaida and other artists in Austin. During the summer of 2013 she completed a large dance film project with grants from the city of Austin. Designer Alyson Fox has commissioned Thompson to create a commercial for her upcoming clothing line launch, using movement as the medium to express the story of her clothes. She is currently making dance films with Ballet Zaida and enjoying the evolution and expansion of her choreographic style.