, Houston Ballet Academy
Avi began his dance training at the age of 8 in Marin County, Calif. His training focused on Classical Ballet and Pas de Deux, but he also studied Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, African and Folk. As a student he had the pleasure of working with principal dancers and choreographers from San Francisco Ballet.
At age 17, Avi joined the Houston Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet under the direction of Ben Stevenson. There he had the chance to work with the some of the world’s leading dancers and choreographer’s including Carlos Acosta, Christopher Bruce, Nina Ananiashvili, Ivan Nagy and Lila York.
In 2002, Avi joined the Omaha Theater Ballet as the Principal Male Dancer. This is where he met his wife Carrie, a fellow dancer in the company. The Omaha World Herald lauded Mr. Gold’s performance as the Cavalier in The Nutcracker as “notable both for its beauty and its sheer physicality.”
In 2010 Avi joined the Minnesota Ballet as the Principal Male Dancer. Avi’s teaching career has run the gamut from middle school and high school classes to professional company classes as well as teaching at the college level with Creighton University. He continues to teach Master Classes throughout the country as well perform as a Principal Guest Artist. He is thrilled to create a dance program at St. Andrew’s and impart his passion for dance.
Avi and his wife Carrie live in an apartment in Founder’s Hall with their sons Asher and Solomon, and their Boston Terrier, Boogie.