Tom Evert        

A native of Ohio holds degrees in both painting and dance from Ohio University. Upon graduation Tom moved to New York City to apprentice with The Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais Dance Companies. From 1975-77 toured as a dancer and arts-in-education teacher with the Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company. His critical acclaim and maturity as a performing artist, however, developed while performing and touring nationally and internationally with "The Paul Taylor Dance Company" for eight years (1977-1985). In 1986 he founded the "Tom Evert Dance Company" and created a major body of work for which he has received Six Fellowships for Excellence in Choreography from the Ohio Arts Council and the Arts Council of Fairfax County VA. The company (currently DANCEVERT) presents a home season and has toured extensively and is dedicated to outreach and collaborative community projects. He has been commissioned to create works for professional and pre-professional dance companies, university ensembles, and art institutions and commercial enterprises including: Cleveland San Jose Ballet, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Museum Of Art, the Darius Milhaud Society, the Leonard Bernstein Festival, the Kurt Weill Festival, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, fashion shows, civic celebrations, and the list goes on. He has been on numerous dance faculties including The Hong Kong Academy of the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University, the University of Akron, and The Paul Taylor Dance Studio in New York City, Cleveland Ballet, and The Beck Center for the Arts, Ohio Northern University, and Dennison University among many others. Mr. Evert is regularly engaged to give master classes in tandem with company performances. After being involved in arts education programming in the schools for 31 years Mr. Evert has emerged as a prominent “teaching artist” nationally and internationally and on the artists rosters of Young Audiences Inc., The Ohio Arts Council and a Statewide Arts Talent Assessment Initiative (START-ID). Through the sponsorship of the Kennedy Center’s Ohio-State-Based Partnership, Tom has been actively presenting workshops for teachers on the integration of arts activities into the teaching of the core curriculum.  Tom, who began his college career in the visual arts, designs and constructs many of the sets for his dances, is also  a muralist and is a sculptor of figurative works for which he has received commissions and prizes in invitational shows.

Meghan Haas  

Meghan Haas studied at the School of Cleveland Ballet with Nicole Sowinska, Daniel Job, Roni Mahler, and Gladisa Guadalupe.  She joined Cleveland Ballet under the direction of Dennis Nahat, where she performed classic works such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Coppelia, A midsummer Night’s Dream and the Nutcracker.  She also had the opportunity to work with the contemporary choreographers Donald McKayle, Michael Smuin, and Fleming Flindt.   She then joined Feld Ballets/NY and had the pleasure of performing at the Joyce Theatre and touring the country performing Eliot Feld’s works such as Harbinger, Consort, Ah Scarlatti, and Ludwig Gambits.  She returned to Cleveland to pursue a Bachelors of Arts at Hiram College.  During this time she performed with Tom and Susana Evert in Alma de le Tierra as well as Shadow, Birth, and The Icaraus Project.  She also joined the faculty of Cleveland School of Dance and taught in several dance schools in the area.  Shortly after completing her degree, she moved to Long Island where she was busy raising a family.  Meghan is now resettled in the Cleveland area and teaches at the Cleveland School of Dance and Verb Ballets.  She is excited to return to the stage with Dancevert. 

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