Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Gilbert Small started his professional ballet training at the age of 10 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. He has studied at various summer programs, including Dance Theater of Harlem, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Springboard Danse Montreal. After graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts, he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. While at Purchase, Gilbert was given the opportunity to study abroad at the Hogeschool voor Muziek en Dans in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He has also performed with Toronto-based ProArteDanza. Prior to joining Ballet BC, Gilbert performed for New York-based Sidra Bell Dance New York. This is his 10th season with Ballet BC.
Born and raised in Seattle, Katy Tabb is a dancer and choreographer now based in Washington, DC. Past choreography credits include: Newsies (Gregory Award Recipient), Singin’ In The Rain, Billy Elliot, ZM, and Hello My Baby at Village Theatre as well as the world premiere of Persuasion, Sweet Land, and Bright Star at Taproot Theatre. As a performer, she has worked at the 5th Ave. Theatre, Village Theatre, Musical Theatre West, and 3D Theatricals amongst other notable regional theaters across the US. Katy toured internationally with Vox Dance Theatre and Benita Bike’s Dance Art. A teaching artist, she is on faculty at Joy of Motion Dance Center in DC and was formerly on faculty at Westlake Dance Center and continues to teach master classes throughout the Greater Seattle area, at Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and throughout Washington, DC. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Dance from Chapman University and received additional training from The Ailey School. She loves sharing her passion for dance and storytelling with her students.