Bernard H. Gaddis
Founder/Artistic Director, Conservatory Director
Bernard Gaddis' dance studies began in Philadelphia at the High School for Performing Arts, under the tutelage of Ms. Althea Leslie, Judy Oruska, & David Kloss. He received numerous awards and scholarships while in high school, including a full scholarship to the prestigious Governor's School for the performing Arts. Mr. Gaddis has also received scholarships to the Pennsylvania Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Princeton Ballet, & The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Bernard's first professional dance experience was with The Philadelphia Dance Co. (Philadanco) at the age of fifteen being the youngest male to ever join the co. quickly became a principal dancer in his second year. Mr. Gaddis also became the Founder, Artistic Director & Choreographer of Philadanco's second performing company D2. The company is in its fourteenth year and is still growing strong. Bernard has received numerous awards for his role as Artistic Director & Choreographer including the prestigious award for Men Making a Difference in the city of Philadelphia presented to him by Senator Chakka Fattah.
After leaving Philadelphia, Bernard traveled to New York City where he became the Principal Dancer with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater under the artistic directorship of the renowned dancer and choreographer Ms. Judith Jamison. He spent seven years as a principal dancer with the company performing such works as Revelations, Memoria, Episodes, A Hymn for Alvin Ailey, and many other famous ballets. Bernard has traveled throughout the world and has performed for the Queen of England, Nelson Mandela and the former President of the United States Bill Clinton & and has performed in famous theaters such as the Paris Opera House, Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera house, The Kennedy Center Theater, The Lincoln Center Theater, The Tivoli Theater Copenhagen, The Bolshoi Theater, among the few. Bernard also Joined the La cast of The Broadway Musical The Lion King as a lead Dancer and chorus singer where he work with renowned director Julie Tamour. Mr., Gaddis is currently a Principal Dancer & Choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil's Las Vegas shows Zumanity and Mystere. Bernard has successfully produced directed and choreographed two sold out Benefit concerts (Dance for Life 1 and II) raising money for Women's Breast Cancer and Children living with HIV and Aids, in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Mr. Gaddis is currently the Event Coordinator and Artistic Director for a Los Angeles based Entertainment co. (Cienega Entertainment Group) Bernard has performed with various companies as a Guest artist, such as Oakland Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, The Koresh Dance co. The Pennsylvania Ballet and the Paris Company Zingaro.
Bernard has had the privilege of having ballets created and remounted on him by renowned choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Talley Beatty, Ulysses' Dove, Jerome Robins, Donald Mc Kayle, Garth Fagan, Geoffrey Holder, Gene Hill Sagan, Lester Horton, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Brenda Way, Lar Lubovitch, Hans Van Manen, Jawole Willa Jo Pillar, Ronald K. Brown, Milton Myers, Dwight Roden, Katherine Dunham, Billy Wilson, Elisa Monte and Pearl Primus. Bernard has been taught by some of the most famous teachers in the world teachers such as Ms. Marion Cujett, Ms. Delores Brown, Ms. Sandra Fortune, Maurice Bejart, and Katharine Dunham. Jose Mier, Frank Hatchett & Jimmy Truitt. Mr. Gaddis abilities extend into Modeling and Television being a Guest Artist for The young & the Restless, a repeat guest for The Jay Leno Show, The Lady of soul Awards, Home & Garden TV. Arsenio Hall, The Sinbad Show, and featured Artist for The Glaad Awards. His Modeling Credits shows he has worked with some of the top photographers of our time. Jack Mitchell, Howard Schatz, Scott Ashton, Andrew Eccles, Marc Bapitse, Lois Greenfield, Bernard has been in top magazines British GQ, ZINK, Essence, Time, News Week, Dance Magazine, Dancer Magazine, & Vogue. Mr. Gaddis has also had the privilege to be the AGMA union representative for the Alvin AILEY dance theater. His duties were to negotiate The Artist Contracts for the years 1998-2000 also fundraising and grant writing for Philadanco's Second Co. Mr. Gaddis has also been published for his photography in The International Library of Photography for his photo dancers "Bodies in Motion" Mr. Gaddis is also a Master Teacher in Horton, Ballet, Dunham, & African, and has given Lectures at various Universities and Colleges around the United States.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon Marie-Joe began her dance studies at the age of 3. Growing up in New Jersey she continued her dance training with "Encore! Performing Arts Center" in addition to gymnastics training from "Art of Gymnastics & Cheer." She later attended UNLV Fine Arts where Marie-Joe graduated with a B.F.A. in dance performance. Her studies have included performances at the International Dance Festival in Kiel, Germany; UNLV collaboration with Korea National Sport University in Seoul, Korea; University of Arizona Jazz Festival in Tuscon, AZ; Fringe Festival in Adelaide, Australia; and UNLV’s company concerts. She has trained with master teachers from Hubbard Street, Giordano’s Dance Centers, and Alvin Aliey American Dance Theater. In addition, she has performed in works by various choreographers such as: Bernard H. Gaddis, Ulysses Dove, Alvin Aliey, Rennie Harris, Roni Koresh to name a few. She has also performed with Nevada Dance Project and Cleo Parker Robinson’s International Dance Festival. Along with teaching master classes at local high schools, Marie-Joe has taught master classes at the 2007 and 2008 Maga Domene Dance Convention in Monterrey, Mexico, as well as setting Mr.Gaddis' work at colleges and universities across the U.S.
Marie-Joe began her journey with LVCDT since it's inception in 2006 as an apprentice and has worked her way through directorship roles leading to her position today, as well as being one of LVCDT's principal dancers. She would like to express her gratitude to Bernard for giving her this amazing opportunity, as well as her family and friends for their love and support!
Kevin C. Gibbs
Associate Artistic Director Emeritus
Kevin has performed in ballet, jazz, modern dance, trapeze, and contortion throughout the United States and Europe. He gained a BFA from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and his MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Kevin has been a principal dancer in Momix, Chenango Ballet, Fokine Ballet, Central Dance Theater, Lincoln Midwest Ballet, and The Denver Ballet Arts. Most recently, he has appeared as a principal dancer in Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity. Kevin's innovative choreography has been performed by the 2nd Avenue Dance Company in New York, and his piece Fling was featured at New York City Center in the Gala for Career Transitions for Dancers.
Kevin's work with choreographers such as Ann Reinking (Fosse), Dwight Rhoden (Complexions), Sean Curran (NYC Opera), Mark Morris, Moses Pendleton (MOMIX), and Miriam Mahdavianni (NYC Ballet) has given him the experience and inspiration to take on the role of Rehearsal Director for LVCDT. His experience teaching Yoga, Trapeze, Acrobatics, Ballet, Jazz, and Creative Movement for Children, throughout New York City, Midwest, France, and Spain, ensures that he is well qualified to motivate this diverse company.
In addition to his dancing credits, Kevin has made national and international television appearances, as well as being featured in magazines such as DNR, Dance Spirit, Crunch, What's On-Vegas, Dancer, and Zink. Q Vegas voted him the "Sexiest Dancer on the Strip" in 2006.
Charmaine began her formal dance training at the Hartford Ballet School. After a year, Charmaine moved to New York to study with founder Arthur Mitchell of the Dance Theatre of Harlem while continuing her formal education at the Professional Children’s School. She rose through the ranks quickly from apprentice to corp-de-ballet, eventually becoming principal dancer and one of the company’s ballerinas. She electrified audiences with her performances in a broad spectrum of roles.
She is best known for her role as The Firebird, choreographed by John Taras and Medea, choreographed by Michael Smuin. In 1988, as principal dancer, Charmaine was invited to perform in the former Soviet Union as part of the United States Cultural Exchange Initiative. During this historic visit, Charmaine and the Dance Theatre of Harlem were inducted into the prestigious Kirov Museum, featuring Charmaine as one of the featured dancers representing as cultural ambassador to the United States.
Assistant Associate Director
Eddie began at Ballet Folklorico de Puerto Rico. He received scholarships to Harkness Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr.Otero has performed with the Ailey Company at the Metropolitan Opera House in "Memoria" and their City Center season later that year.
Mr.Otero danced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble in Denver, CO; Detroit City Dance Company, Danny Sloan Dance Company and with the Rod Rodgers Dance Company. Mr. Otero has also performed in West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Annie Get Your Gun, On Your Toes, Song and Dance, Starlight Express, Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, Dreamgirls, Chicago the musical; Cats in Hamburg and Japan Tour of Fosse. He has choreographed and played the role of the MC in Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Mr.Otero has taught at Nevada Ballet School.
Mr. Otero is honored to be a part of this amazing Dance Company. Thank you for their beauty, grace and Divine Blessings.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona Adrianna has been in love with dance since the age of 3. She will graduate this fall with a BFA in dance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her recent credits include being in works by Louis Kavouras, Victoria Baltimore-Dale, Stephan Reynolds, and Cathy Allen. Recently she has traveled to Canada to perform in the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference as well as to Adelaide, Australia for the Fringe festival. She looks forward to traveling to Seoul, South Korea this fall and is excited for all of her future endeavors that will be opened through her passion for dance with Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater.