Dance brought this family together and remains a ‘source of life’

ADF executive director Jodee Nimerichter left, and her husband Gaspard Louis, a dancer, choreographer and director of ADF's Project Dance at ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios in Durham April 23, 2018. Louis also runs his own dance company, Gaspard & Dancers. Juli Leonard

When Jodee Nimerichter landed a college internship in New York City 27 years ago with the American Dance Festival, one of the country’s oldest modern-dance festivals, she set her life’s course — job, marriage, children, home.

She rose through the ranks of ADF to become executive director of the annual Durham event that features acclaimed performances from national dance companies and choreographers. This year’s festival is June 14 to July 21, but ADF programming now spans the entire year.

Through the festival, she met her husband, Gaspard Louis, a dancer from Haiti.

The couple, now married 13 years, have made Durham their home, leaving behind New York City and their 500-square-foot apartment. They have two children who spend time learning about the dance world that occupies their parents’ lives.

“They’ve grown up going to performances,” Nimerichter said of their children.

Before the dance festival kicks into overdrive, we sat down with Nimerichter and Louis to talk about the upcoming festival and how dance connects them.

“The arts have always been a part of who we are,” Louis said.

Read the full interview with Nimerichter and Louis here

ADF Details

The 2018 American Dance Festival (ADF) season is June 14-July 21 and features 53 performances by 26 companies and choreographers in 7 different venues. That includes 4 ADF debuts, 11 ADF commissions and 10 world premieres. For tickets and information, go to



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