Our Repertory 60 Choreographers
Daniel Gwirtzman--producer, director, educator, filmmaker and dancer--celebrates twenty-one years as a New York choreographer and company director. His diverse repertory has earned praise for its humor, musicality, charisma and accessibility. "Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that's a good thing for any choreographer to know" writes The New York Times. The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of "high spirits and skill." For the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company he has created more than one hundred works known for their playful virtuosity. His choreography has been performed at venues throughout the country and abroad and he has been awarded residencies and fellowships from institutions including: The Joyce Theater (NY), The Yard (MA), Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival (MA), Djerassi (CA), Sfakiotes (Greece), Raumars (Finland), Sacatar (Brazil), Maison Dora Maar (France), and Centro Negra (Spain). Daniel has worked at numerous universities and currently teaches at Kennesaw State University. He holds degrees from The Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin and danced with Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group among other companies. www.gwirtzmandance.org
A native of Atlanta, Miki Hoiriis trained at the Academy of Ballet Arts before joining the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre (RMDT) Company in 1998. While dancing with the RMDT Company, Miki was trained in both the Vaganova and Cecchetti styles of ballet as well as contemporary and modern. She performed many supporting roles in the Company's annual ballets. She is best known for her role as the Arabian Solo in The Nutcracker. After graduating from high school, Miki attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned a BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages (French concentration) with high honors. While studying for her undergraduate degree, Miki continued to work with RMDT in their Young Audiences program, which brings dance performance and education into local schools. After graduation Miki spent time in France honing her language skills, and upon her return she began teaching ballet and contemporary in Atlanta. Currently, Miki continues to train in classical dance and performs on a freelance basis in a constant effort to improve her knowledge and skill. She has worked with notable choreographers David Norwood and Charles "Bubba" Carr as well as performed with Brooks and Company Dance. Additionally, Miki has become interested in kinesiology and has been studying independently to learn how it relates to ballet movement and the prevention of injury.
Raul Peinado was born and raised in Madrid, Spain. There he began his dance training on full scholarship with ballet master Victor Ullate of the Victor Ullate Ballet School and Cristina Alvarez of Catedra Alicia Alonso. While in Spain, Raul danced as a soloist with Ballet Clasico de Madrid for 3 years where he performed classical ballet repertoire. He also performed as a guest dancer in Don Quixote and Swan Lake with the National Ballet of Cuba.
In 2000, Raul came to the United States and was offered a full scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. He then joined the Joffrey Ballet Ensemble, where he danced for 5 years. While in New York, he was a company member of the following dance companies: Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Dances Patrelle, Peridance Ensemble, Configuration Dance and Faune Dance Troupe. In 2006 he joined the Connecticut Ballet and performed as a principal dancer there for 3 seasons. Raul participated in the 2008 Buffalo Dance Festival with partner, and renowned ballerina, Misty Copeland, in a duet choreographed by American Ballet Theatre's Susan Jaffe.
Mr. Peinado participated as a guest dancer for two years at the Fukuoka International Dance Festival in Fukuoka, Japan. He was awarded the City Honors Award for Outstanding Performance by the city mayor.
Raul has performed as a guest artist for many regional ballet companies in the United States, including Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, Gwinnett Ballet Theater, Alabama Dance Theater, North Atlanta Dance Theater, Atlanta Dance Theater, Andalusia Ballet, South West Virginia Ballet and Eglevsky Ballet. Mr. Peinado also danced for 3 seasons with the Georgia Ballet, where he was selected to perform leading roles in George Balanchine's Dance Fantasy, Apollo, and Serenade.
This is his 16th season appearing as a guest artist for GMDT.
Alexis began her dance training at Morgan St. Dance Company in her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. In 2005, Alexis graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance. During her time there she performed works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Sherry Zunker, Sam Watson and Susan Quinn, among others. Immediately following graduation, she accepted a contract to perform aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She then moved to Chicago to continue her training on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio. While in Chicago she was awarded a Summer Apprenticeship with River North Dance Company. Alexis then moved to Philadelphia to join the Koresh Dance Company in 2007. During her six seasons with the company she had the privilege of traveling and performing all over the world. She also worked with world-renowned choreographers such as Artistic Director Roni Koresh, Ohad Naharin, Itzik Galili, Paul Selwyn Norton, Donald Byrd, and Robert Battle. Alexis is now enjoying her time teaching and choreographing all over the country. She and her family relocated to Atlanta, GA in the spring of 2015.