Spencer Gavin Hering
Ballet & Contemporary Faculty
Spencer Gavin Hering, born in Munich, Germany, is the son of two professional ballet dancers. With a life immersed in the arts, Spencer eventually, at the age of 16, began training with his mother Cecilia Hering in Redlands, California. After two years in Pacific Northwest Ballet School-Professional Division, he joined Ballet Pacifica in Irvine, California and has since danced as a principal artist with Maximum Dance Company/Ballet Gamonet, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, State Street Ballet as a Principal, Hope Stone Dance Company as a company member and Island Moving Co. as a principal artist.
Mr. Hering currently Co-Directs Mandelstam DANCE and is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of iMEE Dance Company. His dance career repertory includes principal roles by acclaimed choreographers that are both current and iconic: David Allan, George Balanchine, Maurice Causey, Colin Conor, Anne Marie DeAngelo, Jimmy Gamonet, Choo-San Goh, Paola Georgudis, Jamie Hampton, Emily Johnson, Molly Lynch, Stephanie Martinez, Rick McCullough, Lindsey McGill, Michele Merola, Stephen Mills, Miki Ohlsen, Jerry Opdenaker, David Palmer, Yanis Pikieris, Peter Pucci, Andrea Dawn Shelley, William Soleau, Ray Sullivan, Robert Sund, Paul Vasterling, Raymond Van Mason, Dominic Walsh and Jane Weiner.
As a choreographer Mr. Hering has created original works for professional dance companies and festivals such as: State Street Ballet, E.magine Dance Ensemble, O Dance, Houston Met Dance, FestOval of Dance, Triple Focus, palcoscenico danza, Island Moving Co., the black box INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL THEATRE & DANCE, Festival Ballet Providence, Austinmer Dance Theatre (AU) and iMEE in Santa Barbara, CA; Irvine, CA; Moorpark, CA; Houston, TX; New York, NY; Newport, RI; South Miami, FL; West Palm Beach, FL; Turin, Italy; Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Mexico City. Mr. Hering served as Island Moving Company's (IMC) Associate Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer and Ballet Master for their 2013-2014, 2014-2015 seasons in Newport, Rhode Island. During his time with IMC, Hering created eight original works including "Brom Bones" an evening length, site specific work based on Washington Irving’s classic tale “The legend of a sleepy Hollow” featuring an original score created in collaboration with Lewis Patzner & Sascha Jacobsen. He has participated in Residencies and created original works for the dance programs at Sam Houston State University and Salve Regina University (SRU.) His work "Schoen" was presented by SRU at the American College Dance Association in Providence, RI and received much praise from a distinguished panel of adjudicators.
Mr. Hering has received many accolades for his dancing and choreography; including winning the "Outstanding Choreographer Award" for his work, Dichotomy at the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition in Los Angeles, CA, awarded as a “Finalist” in the 17th Annual Choreography Festival in Palm Desert, CA for his works Elliptical Capture & Fibonacci and winning “Second Place”in the 17th Annual Choreography Festival for his work, Fibonacci with dance artist Jack Wolff.
Mr. Hering was a Co-Founding member of the five week, summer dance festival, the Houston Dance Festival: HERE & NOW alongside iMEE Co-Founding Director, Andrea D. Shelley, Light Designer, Jeremy Choate, Hope Stone Dance and NobleMotion Dance companies. Since 2016, Hering and Shelley have served as the Co-Directors of Mandelstam DANCE in South Miami, FL. This opportunity provided iMEE Co-Directors the platform to share their love of ballet & movement with dance artists of all ages, as well as, implement their vision for training a well-rounded young dance artist. Hering & Shelley present a monthly "blank | SLATE" choreographic lab for emergent & established choreographers hosted at Mandelstam DANCE. iMEE Co-Directors recently created, presented and produced soMi DANCE FEST, which featured a weekend master class series and premiere performance with three professional dance companies from the South Florida dance community. After an extremely successful inaugural 2018 festival, soMi DANCE FEST will continue to be presented at the Mandelstam Theater in South Miami, Florida annually.