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UMS Concert Program, November 7, 2019 - Caleb Teicher & Company

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Caleb Teicher & Company


Caleb Teicher


Chris Celiz



Caleb Teicher, Brittany DeStefano, Naomi Funaki

Thursday Evening, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 Ypsilanti Freighthouse

19th Performance of the 141st Annual Season



Variations (Excerpt)

Caleb Teicher / Choreography
Brittany DeStefano, Naomi Funaki, Caleb Teicher / Dancers Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (composed by J. S. Bach; recorded by

Glenn Gould, 1955) / Music
Serena Wong and Caleb Teicher / Lighting Design

Variations was commissioned by the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College, with the support of the CUNY Dance Initiative, and made possible, in part, thanks to an artistic residency at the American Tap Dance Foundation.


Improv Set

Chris Celiz / Beatboxing Caleb Teicher / Improvisation

Special thanks to Bruce Bradley, Vince Cardinal, Krista Jacob, The Friends of the Ypsilanti Freight House, Tapology, and the U-M Department of Musical Theatre for their participation in events surrounding this evening’s performance.


Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co), founded in 2015, seeks to expand the capacity of America’s rich music and dance traditions through innovative choreography, performance, and contextualization. Utilizing Tap Dance, Vernacular Jazz, Lindy Hop, and a mix
of other dance styles born and bred in America, the Company’s work represents a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration.

Caleb Teicher began his dance career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s celebrated company, Dorrance Dance, in 2011. Other favorite performance credits include The Chase Brock Experience, Syncopated City Dance Company, The Bang Group, Sally Silvers & Dancers, and West Side Story (International Tour and London).

Since founding CT&Co in 2015,
Caleb’s creative work has expanded to engagements and commissions from
The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, Works & Process @ The Guggenheim, The Kennedy Center (with Ben Folds & the National Symphony Orchestra), Regina Spektor’s residency on Broadway, and many touring engagements in the US and abroad.

Caleb is a 2019 New York City Center Choreographic Fellow, a 2019 Bessie Award nominee in three categories (“Outstanding Production,” “Sound Design/Music Composition,” and “Outstanding Breakout Choreographer”), a 2019 recipient of NEFA’s National
Dance Project Production Grant, one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch,” and a 2011 Bessie Award Winner for “Outstanding Individual Performance.” His

work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Vogue, Interview Magazine, and most recently, on the cover of Dance Magazine.

Caleb continues to engage with
dance communities as an instructor at international tap and jazz dance festivals. He is a proud alum of The School at Jacob’s Pillow and the National YoungArts Foundation.

For further information, visit and @CalebTeicher.

Brittany DeStefano is a multi-form dancer from upstate New York. She began her training under the direction
of Nicole Aravena at Seven Star School of Performing Arts and later, under the mentorship of Derick K. Grant at Steps on Broadway. She’s an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow for their tap programs of 2012 and 2014, under the direction of Dianne Walker and Michelle Dorrance. Currently, Brittany is working in New York City as an understudy for Dorrance Dance, a member of Dorrance Dance’s second company, a member of Parangole Collective, and a member of Caleb Teicher & Company. Other credits include Jason Samuels Smith’s A.C.G.I, Lisa LaTouche’s Tap Phonics, and various performances through the American Tap Dance Foundation.

Naomi Funaki is a tap dancer from Tokyo Japan, currently living in New York as
an IISP student of Steps on Broadway. She has performed in Caleb Teicher & Company, and Dorrance Dance’s second company. She has danced at the first
“Tap Family Reunion,” Vail Dance Festival, Fall For Dance (New York City Center),


Works & Process (Guggenheim), Tokyo International Tap Dance Festival, and is an alumna of The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s tap dance program.

Hailing from New York City, Chris Celiz is a musician, educator, and performer. Playing music since the age of 10, Chris has a diverse skill set and professional music experience. He has worked with such luminaries as Harry Belafonte, Bryonn Bain, and Dana Leong, and can be seen performing alongside some of New York City’s greatest talents. He has been competing both nationally and


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internationally as one of the top-ranked beatboxers in North America. His most notable accomplishment is the formation of The Beatbox House, a conglomerate of the most talented beatboxers in the US who look to rebrand the art form. He is the 2015 American 2v2 Champion and has been ranked as one of the top beatboxers in North America.

UMS welcomes Caleb Teicher and Caleb Teicher & Company as they make their UMS debuts this evening.

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