TOM GOLD

"The city, for some reason,

does not get behind ballet."

Chicago's feelings towards Ballet

Tom Gold is a dancer, choreographer, and founding director of Tom Gold Dance. He was a member of the New York City Ballet and has worked with artists such as Ruth Page, George Balanchine, and William Forsythe. Gold has created works for television, dance companies, and festivals around the country.

June 23, 2016: New York City
 

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"She had her own method to her madness... she was so ahead of her times."

On Ruth Page

"Patti Klekovic pulled me aside and said, 'You know, you have to think about it and reinvent yourself every time.'"

Major dance influences

"You can teach someone how to dance, you can teach them to look this way or that way, but you can't teach personality."

Stage presence

"So when I came to New York I felt extremely prepared to go into a big large company where one might get lost if you don't have the discipline and drive to keep up with that kind of schedule."

Chicago gave him a strong foundation