Aaron Burlbaw, Guest Musician— We are thrilled to announce the return of guitarist Aaron Burlbaw to The Endless Forest Nutcracker. Aaron will provide pre-show entertainment and offer his CDs for sale–we’re thrilled to have his beautiful music as part of our show again this year!

Aaron Burlbaw is a St. Louis area musician whose enthusiasm for music is unrivaled. His unique style and technical expertise shine in his performance. Aaron studied classical music at Washington University in the mid-90’s. In addition, he has studied Jazz Concepts for the past twelve years and Eastern Concepts for eight years. Beginning in 1995, Aaron began to teach at Music Folk in Webster Groves. After eight wonderful years there he was ready to step out onto his own. Since 2003, Aaron has taught privately. Music is his passion and therefore, there is nothing more fulfilling than to share that with his students.

Aaron’s specialties include: *Basic Guitar Fundamentals *Finger Style *Soloing *Rhythm Techniques *Theory

Aaron’s passion became the driving force behind Acoustik Element, a Latin Jazz group which has been performing together for over 13 years. Acoustik Element has had the opportunity to play venues such as The Sheldon Concert Hall, Blueberry Hill and The Ritz Carlton, as well as festivals such as The Taste of St. Louis, Blues and Jazz Festival and Botanical Gardens Concert Series. For the past eight years they have enjoyed performing as the House Band each Wednesday at Barcelona Tapas in Clayton. In April 2013, they provided music before the legendary Carlos Santana’s performance at Peabody Opera House.

Aaron performs four or more nights a week with either Acoustik Element or Farshid Etniko, a World Music group. Farshid Etniko performs every Thursday and Friday at Remy’s in Clayton. We are very happy to have Aaron as part of the Dance Project family, and hope you enjoy his wonderful music as much as we do!  


Tyrone Brooks, Guest Choreographer–Mr. Brooks is a native of Virginia.  He was a principal dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem, where he performed the works of such artistic luminaries as George Balanchine, Agnes DeMille, Geoffrey Holder, Garth Fagan, Jerome Robbins, Alonzo King, and Arthur Mitchell.  His international performances include Austria, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Japan, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Venezuela, South Africa, and Russia.  In 1984, he was nominated for the Dancer’s Choice Award in London, England, for his role as Alan Strang in “Equus: The Ballet.”  His television credits include performances in NBC’s presentation of Dance Theatre of Harlem and the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics.  He appeared in several PBS series, including the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors and “Great Performances: Dance In America.”  He has appeared on 60 Minutes with Ed Bradley.  Mr. Brooks’ teaching credits are extensive, and he has conducted many master classes and outreach programs on the East Coast, including the Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts.  He served as the Executive Director of the Virginia School of The Arts, and is currently the Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Ballet.