CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE

Providing a platform to show their work, DDCF’s choreographers showcase is an opportunity to bring together choreographers and dancers from across the globe to exchange ideas and show what they have been working on. 22 pieces have been selected to perform at this years showcase and they are a wonderful representation of both regional, national, and international work.

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2017 CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE ARTISTS

NSquared Dance Company: Upon graduation from Marymount Manhattan College, Nick founded his company, NSquared Dance. He has premiered original works in over 25 festivals and showcases. Nick has set work on Steffi Nossen's School of Dance, as well as on other pre-professional dance studios in the tri-state area. Nick has collaborated with LES Shakes, in 2015 he choreographed for "Romeo and Juliet" and in 2016 on "Antigone" where he was nominated for Outstanding Choreography from Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Recently Nick has co-produced the show CAPTIVA with Megan Lynn/Asterial Dance, which premiered at the Hudson Guild Theatre in November of 2015 and Two Companies, One Stage at the West End Theatre in June 2016 with metaphors&similes. NSquared Dance is a professional dance company that seeks to positively impact lives through dance by providing high quality performances to the public. Described as having “undeniable flavor” we create narrative-driven works with a wide range of movement qualities. Our repertoire is rooted in strong technique but shows our dancer’s abilities to move expressively. Mostly we like the work to speak for itself.  

NSquared Dance Company: Upon graduation from Marymount Manhattan College, Nick founded his company, NSquared Dance. He has premiered original works in over 25 festivals and showcases. Nick has set work on Steffi Nossen's School of Dance, as well as on other pre-professional dance studios in the tri-state area. Nick has collaborated with LES Shakes, in 2015 he choreographed for "Romeo and Juliet" and in 2016 on "Antigone" where he was nominated for Outstanding Choreography from Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Recently Nick has co-produced the show CAPTIVA with Megan Lynn/Asterial Dance, which premiered at the Hudson Guild Theatre in November of 2015 and Two Companies, One Stage at the West End Theatre in June 2016 with metaphors&similes. NSquared Dance is a professional dance company that seeks to positively impact lives through dance by providing high quality performances to the public. Described as having “undeniable flavor” we create narrative-driven works with a wide range of movement qualities. Our repertoire is rooted in strong technique but shows our dancer’s abilities to move expressively. Mostly we like the work to speak for itself.
 

Chriselle Tidrick is the Founder & Artistic Director of Above and Beyond Dance, a company she created in 2007 to explore the limitless potential in the fusion of dance and circus arts work. Ms. Tidrick is a choreographer and producer of dance work, aerial work and stilt work— all of which function within a modern dance aesthetic. She has successfully produced four seasons of circus-infused dance: Dreamscapes and Other Imaginings (2014) at The Muse Brooklyn; RAW (2011) at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center; Ascendance (2009) at The Flea Theater; and Seeking (2008) at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. She has also appeared as a soloist and with her company at venues including: Dixon Place (No Holds Barred Showcases), The Muse (Circus Cabarets); Streb Lab for Action Mechanics; Output Club, Brooklyn (Raw Artists Showcase); NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2011 (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center & MMAC); NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2010 (JCC Theater); Galapagos ArtSpace; House of Yes; Brooklyn Arts eXchange; La Mama Moves 2009 Festival; WaxWorks; the Zipper Theater; and the Belt Theater. She was a Spring 2014 Guest Artist in Dance at George Washington University where she set two sections of her aerial dance work RAW on student dancers. Her company and choreography were also featured in the BMC Films' short film, Eastern Winds. www.AboveAndBeyondDance.com Photo by Andrew T. Foster

Chriselle Tidrick is the Founder & Artistic Director of Above and Beyond Dance, a company she created in 2007 to explore the limitless potential in the fusion of dance and circus arts work. Ms. Tidrick is a choreographer and producer of dance work, aerial work and stilt work— all of which function within a modern dance aesthetic. She has successfully produced four seasons of circus-infused dance: Dreamscapes and Other Imaginings (2014) at The Muse Brooklyn; RAW (2011) at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center; Ascendance (2009) at The Flea Theater; and Seeking (2008) at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. She has also appeared as a soloist and with her company at venues including: Dixon Place (No Holds Barred Showcases), The Muse (Circus Cabarets); Streb Lab for Action Mechanics; Output Club, Brooklyn (Raw Artists Showcase); NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2011 (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center & MMAC); NYC Aerial Dance Festival 2010 (JCC Theater); Galapagos ArtSpace; House of Yes; Brooklyn Arts eXchange; La Mama Moves 2009 Festival; WaxWorks; the Zipper Theater; and the Belt Theater. She was a Spring 2014 Guest Artist in Dance at George Washington University where she set two sections of her aerial dance work RAW on student dancers. Her company and choreography were also featured in the BMC Films' short film, Eastern Winds. www.AboveAndBeyondDance.com

Photo by Andrew T. Foster

sk|dancers - Susan Koper describes herself as an artist, choreographer, performer, and educator. Originally from New Jersey and currently living in Indiana, Susan continues to cultivate her craft and artistry through her work in these many different areas of dance. As a choreographer, she is captivated with the process of choreography and is interested in making work that moves and informs those who experience it. Therefore, in an effort to bring her own unique, personal and thoughtful artistic voice to a wider audience, Susan formed the dance ensemble sk|dancers as a means to show work in other areas of the country. The company has previously performed at the DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival in Chicago, the Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan, and at the Diversity Symposium and Benjamin Cohen Peace Conference in Indiana. Since 2010, she has also been involved with the dance theatre collaborative z3movement project, performing herself in festivals throughout the country. Susan received her BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Susan is a featured graduate of the HU/ADF program. Ms. Koper currently lives in Muncie, Indiana where she is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University.  

sk|dancers - Susan Koper describes herself as an artist, choreographer, performer, and educator. Originally from New Jersey and currently living in Indiana, Susan continues to cultivate her craft and artistry through her work in these many different areas of dance. As a choreographer, she is captivated with the process of choreography and is interested in making work that moves and informs those who experience it. Therefore, in an effort to bring her own unique, personal and thoughtful artistic voice to a wider audience, Susan formed the dance ensemble sk|dancers as a means to show work in other areas of the country. The company has previously performed at the DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, Harvest Contemporary Dance Festival in Chicago, the Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan, and at the Diversity Symposium and Benjamin Cohen Peace Conference in Indiana. Since 2010, she has also been involved with the dance theatre collaborative z3movement project, performing herself in festivals throughout the country. Susan received her BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Susan is a featured graduate of the HU/ADF program. Ms. Koper currently lives in Muncie, Indiana where she is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University.
 

Hot Crowd is a young modern dance company that formed in January 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded by a group of friends that share a passion for dance who joined together to make something beautiful. They feel that movement is fundamental to life and that all movement deserves notice and appreciation. If you can move, you can dance, and you should dance. Since their establishment, Hot Crowd has performed in the Emergence Choreography Showcase in Chicago, the Going Dutch Dance Festival in Elgin, IL, and is honored to perform in the Detroit Dance City Festival. They continue to apply their work to other dance festivals and showcase opportunities to share their goal in stimulating and inspiring dancers through innovative movement, community interaction, and accessibility to strengthen and spread the art of dance in the Chicagoland area and beyond.  

Hot Crowd is a young modern dance company that formed in January 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded by a group of friends that share a passion for dance who joined together to make something beautiful. They feel that movement is fundamental to life and that all movement deserves notice and appreciation. If you can move, you can dance, and you should dance. Since their establishment, Hot Crowd has performed in the Emergence Choreography Showcase in Chicago, the Going Dutch Dance Festival in Elgin, IL, and is honored to perform in the Detroit Dance City Festival. They continue to apply their work to other dance festivals and showcase opportunities to share their goal in stimulating and inspiring dancers through innovative movement, community interaction, and accessibility to strengthen and spread the art of dance in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
 

Autumn Eckman/Autumn Eckman Dance devises work from the investigation of sensational movement, perception/action and the body in the living moment. By manifesting stories through body based lenses, each project aims to draw a deeper understanding of the daily life and the social, cultural and political fabrics of choreography as well as the ways in which dance fosters connection between us. Autumn received her classical training from the Houston Ballet Academy. Her performance career began with Giordano Dance Chicago before dancing with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of its second company, Giordano II. As Giordano’s Resident Choreographer, she created nine original works for the company including JOLT which was recognized by Dance Magazine as a top choreographic pick of 2012. Autumn has also served as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams- Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and the University of Missouri- Kansas City as an awarded of their 2013 Choreographic Fellowship. Autumn is currently a member of Chicago based company, The Cambrians. As an Iowa Arts Fellow, she received her MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa and is currently a Visiting Professor of Dance at The University of Arizona.  

Autumn Eckman/Autumn Eckman Dance devises work from the investigation of sensational movement, perception/action and the body in the living moment. By manifesting stories through body based lenses, each project aims to draw a deeper understanding of the daily life and the social, cultural and political fabrics of choreography as well as the ways in which dance fosters connection between us. Autumn received her classical training from the Houston Ballet Academy. Her performance career began with Giordano Dance Chicago before dancing with companies including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Lucky Plush Productions, Ron De Jesus Dance and the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA. From 2009-2014 she served as Assistant Artistic Director of Giordano Dance Chicago and Director of its second company, Giordano II. As Giordano’s Resident Choreographer, she created nine original works for the company including JOLT which was recognized by Dance Magazine as a top choreographic pick of 2012. Autumn has also served as Artist-In-Residence for State Street Ballet and choreographed for DanceWorks Chicago, Big Muddy Dance Co., Wylliams- Henry Dance Company, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point and the University of Missouri- Kansas City as an awarded of their 2013 Choreographic Fellowship. Autumn is currently a member of Chicago based company, The Cambrians. As an Iowa Arts Fellow, she received her MFA in Choreography from the University of Iowa and is currently a Visiting Professor of Dance at The University of Arizona.
 

Cat Manturuk (aka Special Agent C ) Producer, Emcee and Artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS from Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. After graduating, Cat was a scholarship student at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center in Chicago, later moving to LA, where she performed with LA Modern and Ballet Company, Blue13 Dance, Regina Klenjosky Dance Company, and Collage Dance Theatre. She has performed works of Donald McKayle, Lar Lubovitch, and Billy Siegenfeld. Upon her arrival in New York, she joined Dance 2XS and became rehearsal director to Decadancetheatre. Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine. Her style of movement is call “Mod-Hop-Jazz” and her musical influences are Classical, Jazz, Hip-hop, Motown, and Electronica. She writes and produces music with idea to motivate others with a positive light. Her first debut single is “Get up and Get Movin.” DANCE CAT-ALYST have had many outreach programs and performances : Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, Presidential Award and DDCF Artist Exchange Program Best of Show 2016-17. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times. www.DanceCat-alyst.net  

Cat Manturuk (aka Special Agent C ) Producer, Emcee and Artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS from Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. After graduating, Cat was a scholarship student at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center in Chicago, later moving to LA, where she performed with LA Modern and Ballet Company, Blue13 Dance, Regina Klenjosky Dance Company, and Collage Dance Theatre. She has performed works of Donald McKayle, Lar Lubovitch, and Billy Siegenfeld. Upon her arrival in New York, she joined Dance 2XS and became rehearsal director to Decadancetheatre. Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine. Her style of movement is call “Mod-Hop-Jazz” and her musical influences are Classical, Jazz, Hip-hop, Motown, and Electronica. She writes and produces music with idea to motivate others with a positive light. Her first debut single is “Get up and Get Movin.” DANCE CAT-ALYST have had many outreach programs and performances : Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, Presidential Award and DDCF Artist Exchange Program Best of Show 2016-17. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times. www.DanceCat-alyst.net
 

Katharine Pettit Creative challenges societal norms using dance as a call to action. KPC unites artists and audiences through diverse and alternative perspectives. KPC has presented work as part of NY Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab, Choreographer's Canvas, Green Space's Take Root Initiative, NY Theatre Barn's New Works Series (featured KPC's full length dance theater piece I COULD NEVER LOVE ANYONE... spotlighting addiction), Peridance Faculty Showcases, APAP showcase, Choreographer's Forum, First Friday Residency JCAL (Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning), Nasty Women Unite Fest, LES Dance Fest and Steps Beyond Foundation performance lab series. Katharine Pettit is a NYC based Director/Choreographer who served as Susan Stroman's SDC Observer on BULLETS OVER BROADWAY on Broadway. Recent Credits include: "Day Of Wrath" (NYMF), "I Could Never Love Anyone..." (NY Theatre Barn New Work Series), "Barcode" (Assoc., FringeNYC), "SuperSoldier" (Assoc., Fundamental Theater Project), "Your Name On My Lips" (Theater for the New City), "Pumped!" (TRU voices reading series) "Angel In My Heart" (Fresh Fruit Festival and The York). Katharine is the Associate Artistic Director of NY Theatre Barn, a groundbreaking theater company whose sole focus is illuminating untold stories. She is on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and The Studio (Mount Kisco) and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine November 2015. Katharinepettit.com  

Katharine Pettit Creative challenges societal norms using dance as a call to action. KPC unites artists and audiences through diverse and alternative perspectives. KPC has presented work as part of NY Theatre Barn's Choreography Lab, Choreographer's Canvas, Green Space's Take Root Initiative, NY Theatre Barn's New Works Series (featured KPC's full length dance theater piece I COULD NEVER LOVE ANYONE... spotlighting addiction), Peridance Faculty Showcases, APAP showcase, Choreographer's Forum, First Friday Residency JCAL (Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning), Nasty Women Unite Fest, LES Dance Fest and Steps Beyond Foundation performance lab series. Katharine Pettit is a NYC based Director/Choreographer who served as Susan Stroman's SDC Observer on BULLETS OVER BROADWAY on Broadway. Recent Credits include: "Day Of Wrath" (NYMF), "I Could Never Love Anyone..." (NY Theatre Barn New Work Series), "Barcode" (Assoc., FringeNYC), "SuperSoldier" (Assoc., Fundamental Theater Project), "Your Name On My Lips" (Theater for the New City), "Pumped!" (TRU voices reading series) "Angel In My Heart" (Fresh Fruit Festival and The York). Katharine is the Associate Artistic Director of NY Theatre Barn, a groundbreaking theater company whose sole focus is illuminating untold stories. She is on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and The Studio (Mount Kisco) and was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine November 2015. Katharinepettit.com
 

S. J. Ewing & Dancers is a contemporary dance company in DC who perform and tour the creative work of Sarah J. Ewing, a CityDance OnStage Ignite Artist. Ewing has been a recipient of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship Grants in FY15, FY16 & FY17 as well as a Project, Event and Festival Grant in FY17. She was the recipient of a 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project Grant from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, through which she made Australia Home Land, as well as a participant in CulturalDC’s Mead Theater Lab Program who, in a co-presentation with CityDance, presented Trapped Happiness in 2014. Sarah received a 2012 Dance Metro DC Dance Connect Grant and was a collaborator on the multi-media work, FILTER, for the 2012 Source Festival. The company has performed at The Kennedy Center, Sydney Harman Hall, Dance Place, CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Houston, White Wave Festival NYC, Your Move JC, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Smithsonian Museum of America Art and The Hill Center. Sarah J. Ewing's projects for FY17 are funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts through an Artist Fellowship Grant and a Project, Event and Festival Grant and with the ongoing support of CityDance.  

S. J. Ewing & Dancers is a contemporary dance company in DC who perform and tour the creative work of Sarah J. Ewing, a CityDance OnStage Ignite Artist. Ewing has been a recipient of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship Grants in FY15, FY16 & FY17 as well as a Project, Event and Festival Grant in FY17. She was the recipient of a 2013 Local Dance Commissioning Project Grant from The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, through which she made Australia Home Land, as well as a participant in CulturalDC’s Mead Theater Lab Program who, in a co-presentation with CityDance, presented Trapped Happiness in 2014. Sarah received a 2012 Dance Metro DC Dance Connect Grant and was a collaborator on the multi-media work, FILTER, for the 2012 Source Festival. The company has performed at The Kennedy Center, Sydney Harman Hall, Dance Place, CityDance Studio Theater at Strathmore, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Houston, White Wave Festival NYC, Your Move JC, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Smithsonian Museum of America Art and The Hill Center. Sarah J. Ewing's projects for FY17 are funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts through an Artist Fellowship Grant and a Project, Event and Festival Grant and with the ongoing support of CityDance.
 

Valerie Alpert is a native of Chicago and artistic director of VADCO/Valerie Alpert Dance Co. Before founding her company in 2000, Alpert toured with professional repertory dance companies in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Texas. As a company member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Zenon/Jazz Dance Company, she worked with internationally known choreographers and performed assorted repertory across the United States. Many professionals have influenced Alpert’s choreography, and her own work has drawn praise at festivals and cities around the United States and Europe. Currently, Alpert holds a BFA in dance from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), an MFA in dance and technology from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Alpert is equally enthusiast for sharing the experience of dance with people of all ages. She has been teaching dance classes in contemporary, ballet, jazz, composition, and teaching methods to students of all ages and abilities since 1988 and is currently on faculty in the Dance Department at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. VADCO is committed to the continued effort of advancing the arts through innovative choreography and collaboration with other artists, including composers, artists, and animators.  

Valerie Alpert is a native of Chicago and artistic director of VADCO/Valerie Alpert Dance Co. Before founding her company in 2000, Alpert toured with professional repertory dance companies in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Texas. As a company member with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Zenon/Jazz Dance Company, she worked with internationally known choreographers and performed assorted repertory across the United States. Many professionals have influenced Alpert’s choreography, and her own work has drawn praise at festivals and cities around the United States and Europe. Currently, Alpert holds a BFA in dance from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), an MFA in dance and technology from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Alpert is equally enthusiast for sharing the experience of dance with people of all ages. She has been teaching dance classes in contemporary, ballet, jazz, composition, and teaching methods to students of all ages and abilities since 1988 and is currently on faculty in the Dance Department at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. VADCO is committed to the continued effort of advancing the arts through innovative choreography and collaboration with other artists, including composers, artists, and animators.
 

Abigayle Cryderman is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University where she received her B.S. in Dance Performance & Choreography and Communication. Abigayle plans to continue dancing and choreographing after graduation and returning to school for her Masters in choreography within a few years. While at Eastern she had the honor of her choreography representing Eastern at the American College Dance Association in 2015 and 2016, along with at the Undergraduate Symposium in 2016.  In 2016 she received the honor of having one of her pieces perform in "The Best of 2015-2016" Choreography Showcase presented by ArtLabJ.  Abigayle's choreography has been performed throughout the local Metro-Detroit area including Lansing, Brighton, and Detroit along with out of state festivals and showcases in Philadelphia, and Chicago.  This past year she had the honor of working with Erik Abbott-Main on a piece set at Eastern Michigan University.  She continues to look forward to what the future has to offer!

Abigayle Cryderman is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University where she received her B.S. in Dance Performance & Choreography and Communication. Abigayle plans to continue dancing and choreographing after graduation and returning to school for her Masters in choreography within a few years. While at Eastern she had the honor of her choreography representing Eastern at the American College Dance Association in 2015 and 2016, along with at the Undergraduate Symposium in 2016.  In 2016 she received the honor of having one of her pieces perform in "The Best of 2015-2016" Choreography Showcase presented by ArtLabJ.  Abigayle's choreography has been performed throughout the local Metro-Detroit area including Lansing, Brighton, and Detroit along with out of state festivals and showcases in Philadelphia, and Chicago.  This past year she had the honor of working with Erik Abbott-Main on a piece set at Eastern Michigan University.  She continues to look forward to what the future has to offer!

Breanna O'Mara is an international performer, and member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She graduated from The Juilliard School, where she was recipient of the Joseph W. Polisi Award in 2011. She has worked with artists Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, Chris Haring, Johannes Wieland, Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman,Jack Ferver, Larry Keigwin, Colleen Thomas and Ryan McNamara as well as performed work by Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, Marie Chouinard, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor and more. She has created performance pieces which have been presented in The Wilson Theatre (NY), MoMA P.S. 1 (NY), Elizabeth Dee Gallery (NY), Theater im Fridericianum and Interim (Kassel, Germany). As a native of Detroit, Breanna founded the annual outreach program, Detroit Arts Immersion, sharing art with a community she loves  

Breanna O'Mara is an international performer, and member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. She graduated from The Juilliard School, where she was recipient of the Joseph W. Polisi Award in 2011. She has worked with artists Cecilia Bengolea & François Chaignaud, Chris Haring, Johannes Wieland, Stijn Celis, Alexander Ekman,Jack Ferver, Larry Keigwin, Colleen Thomas and Ryan McNamara as well as performed work by Pina Bausch, Ohad Naharin, Marie Chouinard, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor and more. She has created performance pieces which have been presented in The Wilson Theatre (NY), MoMA P.S. 1 (NY), Elizabeth Dee Gallery (NY), Theater im Fridericianum and Interim (Kassel, Germany). As a native of Detroit, Breanna founded the annual outreach program, Detroit Arts Immersion, sharing art with a community she loves
 

Chris Babingui was born in Congo Brazzaville. He began his career in traditional Congolese dance and hip-hop (2007) discovering contemporary dance and touring extensively in Africa and Europe (2011-2015) with Florent Mahoukou; On The Steps; Gregory Makoma and Florent Mahoukou’s Wake Up; his own work Nibo Nabo. U.S. performances include interpretative dance Nkisi Nkondi by Kiandanda Dance Theater, Nibo Nabo (2016), Iboga-Odzanga; Nkisi Nkondi (2017). Babingui is a visionary, dancer and choreographer who derives his creative motivation from his cultural traditions and hip-hop.  

Chris Babingui was born in Congo Brazzaville. He began his career in traditional Congolese dance and hip-hop (2007) discovering contemporary dance and touring extensively in Africa and Europe (2011-2015) with Florent Mahoukou; On The Steps; Gregory Makoma and Florent Mahoukou’s Wake Up; his own work Nibo Nabo. U.S. performances include interpretative dance Nkisi Nkondi by Kiandanda Dance Theater, Nibo Nabo (2016), Iboga-Odzanga; Nkisi Nkondi (2017). Babingui is a visionary, dancer and choreographer who derives his creative motivation from his cultural traditions and hip-hop.
 

ConteXture dance Detroit is a non-profit contemporary modern dance company based in Detroit. Its mission, as part of the burgeoning arts explosion in the city, is to explore and expand the urban dance identity of Detroit. Through advanced training and performance opportunities ConteXture is developing a local corps of professional dancers in an effort to establish Detroit as a nationally recognized center of dance. The company was founded by Artistic Director Tracy Halloran Pearson, who earned her BFA in dance at Marygrove College, her MFA in Choreography at the University of Michigan and in 2014 was named the Kresge Fellow in Music and Dance. ConteXture dance Detroit has performed at the renowned DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the Detroit Art X Festival and in the Rivera Court as part to the DIA’s Dance! American Art 1830-1960 exhibit, as well as at multiple dance festivals across the Detroit Metro region. In 2016, ConteXture was featured on the Detroit Public TV program, “Metro Arts Detroit.” ConteXture's fourth annual summer concert "Cosmia" is August 25th at 7:30pm, Marygrove College Theatre. Please join us in exploring the arts in Detroit.  

ConteXture dance Detroit is a non-profit contemporary modern dance company based in Detroit. Its mission, as part of the burgeoning arts explosion in the city, is to explore and expand the urban dance identity of Detroit. Through advanced training and performance opportunities ConteXture is developing a local corps of professional dancers in an effort to establish Detroit as a nationally recognized center of dance. The company was founded by Artistic Director Tracy Halloran Pearson, who earned her BFA in dance at Marygrove College, her MFA in Choreography at the University of Michigan and in 2014 was named the Kresge Fellow in Music and Dance. ConteXture dance Detroit has performed at the renowned DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the Detroit Art X Festival and in the Rivera Court as part to the DIA’s Dance! American Art 1830-1960 exhibit, as well as at multiple dance festivals across the Detroit Metro region. In 2016, ConteXture was featured on the Detroit Public TV program, “Metro Arts Detroit.” ConteXture's fourth annual summer concert "Cosmia" is August 25th at 7:30pm, Marygrove College Theatre. Please join us in exploring the arts in Detroit.
 

Jessica Kondrath Formed in 2005 in New York City and currently located in Los Angeles, CA, JESSICA KONDRATH | THE MOVEMENT has shown work throughout NYC, Chicago, and along the California coast at venues such as Triskelion Arts, The Merce Cunningham Studios, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival, Dance Mission Theater (San Francisco), Center Stage Theater (Santa Barbara), ARC Pasadena, and Dance Chicago, among others. As both artistic director of JKTM and faculty of El Camino College, Jessica has had works commissioned by CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Moorpark College, El Camino College, Santa Monica College, and Momenta Performing Arts Company (Oak Park, IL). The mission of JKTM is to explore the intimate connection between movement and the musical score by creating movement that is both beautiful and peculiar at once, while continuously seeking out how the choreography connects to and interacts with the environments created uniquely for each piece. JKTM also seeks to illuminate the relationship between the audience and the performer through bringing the viewers' awareness to their participation in the dance by being present in the space created. You can find the company at jessicakondrathtm.com--  

Jessica Kondrath Formed in 2005 in New York City and currently located in Los Angeles, CA, JESSICA KONDRATH | THE MOVEMENT has shown work throughout NYC, Chicago, and along the California coast at venues such as Triskelion Arts, The Merce Cunningham Studios, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The D.U.M.B.O. Dance Festival, Dance Mission Theater (San Francisco), Center Stage Theater (Santa Barbara), ARC Pasadena, and Dance Chicago, among others. As both artistic director of JKTM and faculty of El Camino College, Jessica has had works commissioned by CSU Long Beach, CSU Fullerton, Moorpark College, El Camino College, Santa Monica College, and Momenta Performing Arts Company (Oak Park, IL). The mission of JKTM is to explore the intimate connection between movement and the musical score by creating movement that is both beautiful and peculiar at once, while continuously seeking out how the choreography connects to and interacts with the environments created uniquely for each piece. JKTM also seeks to illuminate the relationship between the audience and the performer through bringing the viewers' awareness to their participation in the dance by being present in the space created. You can find the company at jessicakondrathtm.com--
 

Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director, Jodie Randolph, Pure Existence is a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. Comprised of six highly-trained, paid professional dancers, the company presents one experimental and one repertory concert locally each year in addition to serving as guest performers across the country. Aside from presenting compelling dance productions, PE also offers seminars, workshops, master classes, intensives, residencies, open rehearsals, pre/post performance discussions and a growing list of community outreach programs.  

Founded in 2012 by Artistic Director, Jodie Randolph, Pure Existence is a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. Comprised of six highly-trained, paid professional dancers, the company presents one experimental and one repertory concert locally each year in addition to serving as guest performers across the country. Aside from presenting compelling dance productions, PE also offers seminars, workshops, master classes, intensives, residencies, open rehearsals, pre/post performance discussions and a growing list of community outreach programs.
 

Sylvia Suttle began her dance studies in Regensburg, Germany at the Tanzschule Krippner wit Eva Eger primarily focusing on Modern Dance and Choreography. Mrs. Suttle has worked with Robert Wechsler, Director, Choreographer, and Dancer with Palindrome and Motion Composer in 2007; studied with Andrew Palermo, company and owner and Director of Dre. Dance in 2009. She also joined the Full Circle Dance Company, directed by Diane Mancinelli from 2011 to 2012. She has choreographed works that were performed in Germany for the University of Regensburg and in Michigan for the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Jewish Community Center, Henry Ford College ( Full Circle Dance Company), Oakland Dance Festival (ODF) American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), Sidewalk Festival, Dally in the Alley, Dance at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, NewDANCEFest with Eisenhower Choreography Showcase, Regeneration and Assemble with Kristi Faulkner Dance, 2015-2016 Best of The 17th Detroit Dance Race, had her pieces performed at Artlabj Festivals and her choreography “Obscure Sorrows” placed 2nd overall at Youth America Grand Prix and was performed at the New York Finals Youth America Grand Prix Finals. Sylvia Suttle is the Artistic Director of Suttle Dance, a modern based dance company, which was founded in early 2013. SDC is a modern based company in the metro Detroit area. Striving to share their love for dance, creation, and push boundaries, SDC performs all over the Detroit area and collaborates with other artists. One of SDC goals is to be inspiring to others through their movement.  

Sylvia Suttle began her dance studies in Regensburg, Germany at the Tanzschule Krippner wit Eva Eger primarily focusing on Modern Dance and Choreography. Mrs. Suttle has worked with Robert Wechsler, Director, Choreographer, and Dancer with Palindrome and Motion Composer in 2007; studied with Andrew Palermo, company and owner and Director of Dre. Dance in 2009. She also joined the Full Circle Dance Company, directed by Diane Mancinelli from 2011 to 2012. She has choreographed works that were performed in Germany for the University of Regensburg and in Michigan for the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Jewish Community Center, Henry Ford College ( Full Circle Dance Company), Oakland Dance Festival (ODF) American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), Sidewalk Festival, Dally in the Alley, Dance at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, NewDANCEFest with Eisenhower Choreography Showcase, Regeneration and Assemble with Kristi Faulkner Dance, 2015-2016 Best of The 17th Detroit Dance Race, had her pieces performed at Artlabj Festivals and her choreography “Obscure Sorrows” placed 2nd overall at Youth America Grand Prix and was performed at the New York Finals Youth America Grand Prix Finals. Sylvia Suttle is the Artistic Director of Suttle Dance, a modern based dance company, which was founded in early 2013. SDC is a modern based company in the metro Detroit area. Striving to share their love for dance, creation, and push boundaries, SDC performs all over the Detroit area and collaborates with other artists. One of SDC goals is to be inspiring to others through their movement.
 

Kelly Buwalda is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. A native of Indiana, Kelly received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI, and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. As a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet, Kelly teaches approximately 1,000 children in elementary schools throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. For the past six years, Kelly also created and taught "Nutrition for Dancers" curriculum at Joffrey Ballet School's Summer Intensive. As a dancer, Buwalda has worked with numerous choreographers including Mei-Yin Ng, Erin Dudley, and Julio Rivera. She currently performs with Bianca Johnson and Dancers as well as in her own work. Dancing has taken her to the UK, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, and she has enjoyed performing in a variety of theaters as well as site-specific locations. As a choreographer, Kelly's work has been produced in NYC at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Webster Hall, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas. She is a 2014 recipient of Chez Bushwick's Artist-in-Residency, and her choreography has been commissioned by Zen Arts Concert and National Dance Institute. In 2016, Kelly's dance and film work was selected to be a part of the Detroit City Dance Festival. This summer Kelly looks forward to being a Guest Artist at Avalon School of the Arts in Holland, MI, teaching dance at Harmony Project Hudson's music education camp, and returning to Detroit Dance City Festival to perform solo work.  

Kelly Buwalda is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, and educator. A native of Indiana, Kelly received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI, and graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. As a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet, Kelly teaches approximately 1,000 children in elementary schools throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. For the past six years, Kelly also created and taught "Nutrition for Dancers" curriculum at Joffrey Ballet School's Summer Intensive. As a dancer, Buwalda has worked with numerous choreographers including Mei-Yin Ng, Erin Dudley, and Julio Rivera. She currently performs with Bianca Johnson and Dancers as well as in her own work. Dancing has taken her to the UK, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, and she has enjoyed performing in a variety of theaters as well as site-specific locations. As a choreographer, Kelly's work has been produced in NYC at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Webster Hall, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas. She is a 2014 recipient of Chez Bushwick's Artist-in-Residency, and her choreography has been commissioned by Zen Arts Concert and National Dance Institute. In 2016, Kelly's dance and film work was selected to be a part of the Detroit City Dance Festival. This summer Kelly looks forward to being a Guest Artist at Avalon School of the Arts in Holland, MI, teaching dance at Harmony Project Hudson's music education camp, and returning to Detroit Dance City Festival to perform solo work.
 

Trina Mannino grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and studied dance at the University of Michigan where she met collaborator Marly Spieser-Schneider. Since moving to New York, she has worked with Barbara Mahler, Beth Gill, Donna Costello, Laura Peterson Choreography and Leyya Tawil, among others. She presently studies under Barbara Mahler and Janet Panetta. As a member of the multigenerational collective ArtBark International, Trina collaborates with artists in New York, California and Europe. In 2015, the collective completed a month-long residency in Slovenia, culminating with performances at the country’s premiere opera house, The Cankarjev Dom. Her first forays into dance making have been shared at Arc Pasadena in CA, Center for Performance Research in NY, Pieter in CA, Triskelion Arts in NY, among others. In 2015, she was a guest teaching artist at the University of Michigan in the dance program’s Dance Master Class Repertory Series. Trina also co-produces Brew in Motion: A Celebration of Contemporary Dance and Craft Beer which gives artists and brewers the space to experiment and exchange ideas with new audiences. Her writing regularly appears in Dance Europe Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast. She’s thrilled to share her work with her hometown. Marly Spieser-Schneider graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a BFA in dance. She eventually made her way to Vermont where she joined Tiffany Rhynard's BigAPE (Big Action Performance Ensemble); was in Hannah Dennison's production of Dear Pina; and performed in works by Paul Besaw, Clare Byrne, Hanna Satterlee, Toby MacNutt and many others. Spieser-Schneider teaches, choreographs, collaborates, performs and investigates primarily now in Vermont, New York and Michigan. Her current projects include the development of her own evening-length show as well as collaborations with Trina Mannino, Ona Schneider, Jamie Killen, Avi Waring and Paul Besaw  

Trina Mannino grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and studied dance at the University of Michigan where she met collaborator Marly Spieser-Schneider. Since moving to New York, she has worked with Barbara Mahler, Beth Gill, Donna Costello, Laura Peterson Choreography and Leyya Tawil, among others. She presently studies under Barbara Mahler and Janet Panetta. As a member of the multigenerational collective ArtBark International, Trina collaborates with artists in New York, California and Europe. In 2015, the collective completed a month-long residency in Slovenia, culminating with performances at the country’s premiere opera house, The Cankarjev Dom. Her first forays into dance making have been shared at Arc Pasadena in CA, Center for Performance Research in NY, Pieter in CA, Triskelion Arts in NY, among others. In 2015, she was a guest teaching artist at the University of Michigan in the dance program’s Dance Master Class Repertory Series. Trina also co-produces Brew in Motion: A Celebration of Contemporary Dance and Craft Beer which gives artists and brewers the space to experiment and exchange ideas with new audiences. Her writing regularly appears in Dance Europe Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast. She’s thrilled to share her work with her hometown. Marly Spieser-Schneider graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009 with a BFA in dance. She eventually made her way to Vermont where she joined Tiffany Rhynard's BigAPE (Big Action Performance Ensemble); was in Hannah Dennison's production of Dear Pina; and performed in works by Paul Besaw, Clare Byrne, Hanna Satterlee, Toby MacNutt and many others. Spieser-Schneider teaches, choreographs, collaborates, performs and investigates primarily now in Vermont, New York and Michigan. Her current projects include the development of her own evening-length show as well as collaborations with Trina Mannino, Ona Schneider, Jamie Killen, Avi Waring and Paul Besaw
 

Take Root, comprised of six dancers and two musicians, has performed at the New Dance for Asia International Festival/Seoul, South Korea, Incheon Yeonsu International Dance Festival/Incheon, Korea, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios/Berlin, Red Bull House of Art/Detroit, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, TEDx, The Detroit Dance City Festival, RADfest, presented for the National Dance Education Organization, Ohio Dance Festival, and The University of Costa Rica. They performed a full length concert as opening day of “Dance: American Art 1830-1960” at the Detroit Institute of Art. Their extensive outreach within the community involves Arts Education and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes which have been funded through several grants given by Oakland University and the Brooksie Way Mini Grant. Take Root is a company-in-residence at Oakland University under the direction of Co-Founders/Co-Directors, Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner. www.takerootdance.com  

Take Root, comprised of six dancers and two musicians, has performed at the New Dance for Asia International Festival/Seoul, South Korea, Incheon Yeonsu International Dance Festival/Incheon, Korea, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios/Berlin, Red Bull House of Art/Detroit, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, TEDx, The Detroit Dance City Festival, RADfest, presented for the National Dance Education Organization, Ohio Dance Festival, and The University of Costa Rica. They performed a full length concert as opening day of “Dance: American Art 1830-1960” at the Detroit Institute of Art. Their extensive outreach within the community involves Arts Education and Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes which have been funded through several grants given by Oakland University and the Brooksie Way Mini Grant. Take Root is a company-in-residence at Oakland University under the direction of Co-Founders/Co-Directors, Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner. www.takerootdance.com
 

RE|dance group has been presenting original dance theatre across the United States 2009. The company has performed in regional dance festivals and performance venues in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, Mississippi, and New York. In 2015, as part of the artist exchange program sponsored by the Detroit Dance City Festival, Michael and Lucy presented their seminal duet, Abbot & Viv, at the New Dance For Asia International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Michael and Lucy are dedicated to the presentation of dance theatre works that examine the many facets of personal, intimate human relationships. The instability and uncertainty of charged relationships act as symbols for living in a volatile, contemporary world. They ground their artistic philosophy in creative exchange, seeking to expand their voices as contemporary artists. They enjoy an open process with their company of seven dancers where all ideas are shared, investigated, and then crafted into dances that embody a heightened physical experience rich with emotional content and dramatic imagery. Their work reflects a rigorous inquiry into the body's capability for expression through motion and movement—from the subtle to the immense. The winding path from imagined concept to physical reality to audience experience guides their methodology. The creative process is an ever-evolving dynamic between intention, honesty, intuition and play  

RE|dance group has been presenting original dance theatre across the United States 2009. The company has performed in regional dance festivals and performance venues in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, California, Mississippi, and New York. In 2015, as part of the artist exchange program sponsored by the Detroit Dance City Festival, Michael and Lucy presented their seminal duet, Abbot & Viv, at the New Dance For Asia International Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Michael and Lucy are dedicated to the presentation of dance theatre works that examine the many facets of personal, intimate human relationships. The instability and uncertainty of charged relationships act as symbols for living in a volatile, contemporary world. They ground their artistic philosophy in creative exchange, seeking to expand their voices as contemporary artists. They enjoy an open process with their company of seven dancers where all ideas are shared, investigated, and then crafted into dances that embody a heightened physical experience rich with emotional content and dramatic imagery. Their work reflects a rigorous inquiry into the body's capability for expression through motion and movement—from the subtle to the immense. The winding path from imagined concept to physical reality to audience experience guides their methodology. The creative process is an ever-evolving dynamic between intention, honesty, intuition and play
 

ArtLab J, Detroit

ArtLab J, Detroit


2016 CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE ARTISTS

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Abigayle Cryderman Abigayle Cryderman is a recent graduate from Eastern Michigan University where she received her B.S. in Dance Performance & Choreography and Communication. Abigayle plans on continuing dancing and choreographing after graduation and returning to school for her Masters in choreography within a few years. While at Eastern she had the honor of her choreography representing Eastern at the American College  Dance Association in 2015 and 2016, along with at the Undergraduate Symposium in 2016. Abigayle's  choreography will be performed throughout the summer in local Metro-Detroit choreography festivals along with out of state festivals. She looks forward to see what the future has to offer!

Abigayle Cryderman

Abigayle Cryderman is a recent graduate from Eastern Michigan University where she received her B.S. in Dance Performance & Choreography and Communication. Abigayle plans on continuing dancing and choreographing after graduation and returning to school for her Masters in choreography within a few years. While at Eastern she had the honor of her choreography representing Eastern at the American College  Dance Association in 2015 and 2016, along with at the Undergraduate Symposium in 2016. Abigayle's  choreography will be performed throughout the summer in local Metro-Detroit choreography festivals along with out of state festivals. She looks forward to see what the future has to offer!

Tiffany Merritt-Brown Tiffany Merritt-Brown, a native of Miami, Florida, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from UW-Madison. At UW-Madison Tiffany performed in works by Kate Corby, Marlene Skog, Chris Walker and Jin-Wen Yu, and has worked with the professional dance company Urban Bush Women, as well as choreographers such as Heidi Latsky, Rob Kistos, Joanna Kotze, Julie Mayo, Jillian Hollis, and T-Lang. Tiffany has choreographed and performed work in the UW Madison Dance Doubler and Kloepper concerts, presented her work at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, Linebreaks Festival, the American College Dance  Association Conference and the American Dance Festival. Tiffany recently presented her evening length work “Shades of Grace” that deals with the role of grace in race relations inter-personally. Tiffany’s choreography has been praised for its "clear vision, smart craftsmanship [and] fierce performance...[it] is both structurally and choreographically satisfying." Tiffany recently received a grant from the Virginia Horne Henry Fund for Women’s Physical Education to present her original choreography “INFLUX” internationally at the WDA-A Conference (World Dance Alliance-Americas) at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.

Tiffany Merritt-Brown

Tiffany Merritt-Brown, a native of Miami, Florida, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from UW-Madison. At UW-Madison Tiffany performed in works by Kate Corby, Marlene Skog, Chris Walker and Jin-Wen Yu, and has worked with the professional dance company Urban Bush Women, as well as choreographers such as Heidi Latsky, Rob Kistos, Joanna Kotze, Julie Mayo, Jillian Hollis, and T-Lang. Tiffany has choreographed and performed work in the UW Madison Dance Doubler and Kloepper concerts, presented her work at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, Linebreaks Festival, the American College Dance  Association Conference and the American Dance Festival. Tiffany recently presented her evening length work “Shades of Grace” that deals with the role of grace in race relations inter-personally. Tiffany’s choreography has been praised for its "clear vision, smart craftsmanship [and] fierce performance...[it] is both structurally and choreographically satisfying." Tiffany recently received a grant from the Virginia Horne Henry Fund for Women’s Physical Education to present her original choreography “INFLUX” internationally at the WDA-A Conference (World Dance Alliance-Americas) at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.

Tracy Halloran Pearson Detroit Native, Tracy Halloran Pearson, is a 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow in dance and music. She received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Marygrove College and her M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of Michigan. She has worked as a performer, professor, choreographer and rehearsal director in the dance world. She has produced and choreographed her own performances to sold out audiences and has had works perform in the Art X Detroit Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, and American College Dance Festival. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company ConteXture Dance Detroit and is a sought after choreographer in the Detroit area. Besides creating works for her own company Tracy has choreographed for the Marygrove College Dance Company, the University of Michigan’s Department of Dance, The Academy Dance Alliance, Triple Threat Dance and Theater Company, Noretta Dunworth School of Dance, Dance Masters of Michigan and many more. She is an accomplished teacher in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and stretch and strengthening techniques. Tracy’s students are currently performing with Zurich Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet of Arizona, Illinois Ballet Theater, and Disney World’s Beauty and The Beast. She has been an instructor at the American College Dance Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, the University of Michigan, Marygrove College, and various studios in the Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas.

Tracy Halloran Pearson

Detroit Native, Tracy Halloran Pearson, is a 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow in dance and music. She received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Marygrove College and her M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of Michigan. She has worked as a performer, professor, choreographer and rehearsal director in the dance world. She has produced and choreographed her own performances to sold out audiences and has had works perform in the Art X Detroit Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, and American College Dance Festival. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company ConteXture Dance Detroit and is a sought after choreographer in the Detroit area. Besides creating works for her own company Tracy has choreographed for the Marygrove College Dance Company, the University of Michigan’s Department of Dance, The Academy Dance Alliance, Triple Threat Dance and Theater Company, Noretta Dunworth School of Dance, Dance Masters of Michigan and many more. She is an accomplished teacher in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, and stretch and strengthening techniques. Tracy’s students are currently performing with Zurich Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballet of Arizona, Illinois Ballet Theater, and Disney World’s Beauty and The Beast. She has been an instructor at the American College Dance Festival, Oakland Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, the University of Michigan, Marygrove College, and various studios in the Chicago and Detroit metropolitan areas.

Take Root Take Root has performed at the New Dance for Asia International Festival/Seoul, South Korea, Incheon Yeonsu International Dance Festival/Incheon, Korea, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios/Berlin, The Red Bull House of Art/Detroit, TEDx, The Detroit Dance City Festival, RADfest, presented for the National Dance Education Organization, Ohio Dance Festival, and The University of Costa Rica. They most recently performed a full length concert as opening day of “Dance: American Art 1830-1960” at the Detroit Institute of Art. Take Root is a company-in- residence at Oakland University under the direction of Co-Founders/Co- Directors, Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner. www.takerootdance.com

Take Root

Take Root has performed at the New Dance for Asia International Festival/Seoul, South Korea, Incheon Yeonsu International Dance Festival/Incheon, Korea, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios/Berlin, The Red Bull House of Art/Detroit, TEDx, The Detroit Dance City Festival, RADfest, presented for the National Dance Education Organization, Ohio Dance Festival, and The University of Costa Rica. They most recently performed a full length concert as opening day of “Dance: American Art 1830-1960” at the Detroit Institute of Art. Take Root is a company-in- residence at Oakland University under the direction of Co-Founders/Co- Directors, Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner.

www.takerootdance.com

Monica Brady-Barnard Monica Brady-Barnard is a Detroit based dancer and choreographer. Currently a senior at Wayne State University,she has had the opportunity to work with artists such as, Nick Cave, Lisa LaMarre, Adesola Akinleye, and Body Cartography Project. Her work has been performed in many different venues around the state of Michigan including Wayne State University, Henry Ford College, The Oakland Dance Festival, American College Dance Association, The Sidewalk Festival of performing Arts, The Brighton Dance Festival, The Detroit Theatre Collective, ArtlabJ, and Kristi Faulkner Dance (REGENERATION). Her company, Squared Choreography Collective, strives to expose new audiences to the art of dance, inspiring a new generation of innovators in the process.  In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her husband, Keegan, and their two daughters, Lavender and Ursula. She can also be found taking long walks in the middle of the night or curled up with her favorite Harry Potter boo

Monica Brady-Barnard

Monica Brady-Barnard is a Detroit based dancer and choreographer. Currently a senior at Wayne State University,she has had the opportunity to work with artists such as, Nick Cave, Lisa LaMarre, Adesola Akinleye, and Body Cartography Project. Her work has been performed in many different venues around the state of Michigan including Wayne State University, Henry Ford College, The Oakland Dance Festival, American College Dance Association, The Sidewalk Festival of performing Arts, The Brighton Dance Festival, The Detroit Theatre Collective, ArtlabJ, and Kristi Faulkner Dance (REGENERATION). Her company, Squared Choreography Collective, strives to expose new audiences to the art of dance, inspiring a new generation of innovators in the process.  In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her husband, Keegan, and their two daughters, Lavender and Ursula. She can also be found taking long walks in the middle of the night or curled up with her favorite Harry Potter boo

Lauren Reynolds Lauren Reynolds is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Dance Studies. She is currently working as the resident dance instructor at the non-profit, charter school Pepin Academy. She has also worked with Tampa City Ballet, America's Ballet School, and various studios in Tampa and Tallahassee. As a performer, she has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Jessica Mayhew-Borrero, Rodney Brown, and Katura Robinson.  As a choreographer, she has worked to create various group pieces and solos that seek to both comfort and disturb in hopes that they will help others move forward. In 2015, she adopted the name, LNRChoreography, to represent her work.  In addition to performance and choreography, Lauren is also passionate about research, specifically the correlation between dancers and nutrition. She is currently working on discovering these correlations and hopes to one day take the culmination of her research into an academic setting where it will be utilized to facilitate healthier dancers.

Lauren Reynolds

Lauren Reynolds is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in Tampa, Florida. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Dance Studies. She is currently working as the resident dance instructor at the non-profit, charter school Pepin Academy. She has also worked with Tampa City Ballet, America's Ballet School, and various studios in Tampa and Tallahassee. As a performer, she has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Jessica Mayhew-Borrero, Rodney Brown, and Katura Robinson.  As a choreographer, she has worked to create various group pieces and solos that seek to both comfort and disturb in hopes that they will help others move forward. In 2015, she adopted the name, LNRChoreography, to represent her work.  In addition to performance and choreography, Lauren is also passionate about research, specifically the correlation between dancers and nutrition. She is currently working on discovering these correlations and hopes to one day take the culmination of her research into an academic setting where it will be utilized to facilitate healthier dancers.

Chien-Ying Wang Chien-Ying Wang danced professionally with Taipei Ballet Company and Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre. She received her MFA at the Ohio State University. Currently, Wang is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. In 2006, she was a recipient of the Project Support Grant from SLC Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges. Wang is a certified Labanotation teacher. Most recently, she was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University. Her performing experience includes solo roles in several classical ballets, plus contemporary works by Zvi Gotheiner, Gideon Obarzanek, Susan Hadley, Stephen Koester, Molissa Fenley, Douglas Nielsen, Shapiro & Smith, and many others. Her choreographic works has been presented in RDT, OSU, Dance New Amsterdam, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center and Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City, Lustig Dance Theatre, Beijing Normal University (China), National Taiwan University of the Arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, and other performance venues. Paul C. Ocampo choreographed and performed with the Ballet Philippines and Singapore Dance Theatre altogether for 17 years. He received his MFA from the Ohio State University. A keen learner of different languages, he has received a Labanotation Teacher Certification. Paul has worked with many illustrious choreographers including: Susan Hadley, Victoria Uris, Bebe Miller, Douglas Nielsen, Zvi Gotheiner, Graham Lustig, Leigh Warren, Norman Walker, Agnes Locsin, Denisa Reyes, Anthony Then, Goh Soo Khim, and more. He was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Utah Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges. He’s been a guest artist with Repertory Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City) and National Taiwan University of Arts. His works has been presented in the United States and Asia. Ocampo was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University before joining Rutgers University.

Chien-Ying Wang

Chien-Ying Wang danced professionally with Taipei Ballet Company and Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre. She received her MFA at the Ohio State University. Currently, Wang is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. In 2006, she was a recipient of the Project Support Grant from SLC Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges. Wang is a certified Labanotation teacher. Most recently, she was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University. Her performing experience includes solo roles in several classical ballets, plus contemporary works by Zvi Gotheiner, Gideon Obarzanek, Susan Hadley, Stephen Koester, Molissa Fenley, Douglas Nielsen, Shapiro & Smith, and many others. Her choreographic works has been presented in RDT, OSU, Dance New Amsterdam, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center and Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York City, Lustig Dance Theatre, Beijing Normal University (China), National Taiwan University of the Arts, Cultural Center of the Philippines, National Chiang Kai-Shek Cultural Center, and other performance venues.

Paul C. Ocampo choreographed and performed with the Ballet Philippines and Singapore Dance Theatre altogether for 17 years. He received his MFA from the Ohio State University. A keen learner of different languages, he has received a Labanotation Teacher Certification. Paul has worked with many illustrious choreographers including: Susan Hadley, Victoria Uris, Bebe Miller, Douglas Nielsen, Zvi Gotheiner, Graham Lustig, Leigh Warren, Norman Walker, Agnes Locsin, Denisa Reyes, Anthony Then, Goh Soo Khim, and more. He was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Utah Arts Council to present Bridging Bridges. He’s been a guest artist with Repertory Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City) and National Taiwan University of Arts. His works has been presented in the United States and Asia. Ocampo was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University before joining Rutgers University.

Kate Bishop Kate Bishop is a dancer living and performing in NYC.  She holds a BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts and an MA in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University.  She is currently rehearsal director for CoreDance Contemporary after 4 seasons as a company member.  Kate is also the co-founder of SPARK Dance Forum, a networking based performance forum which provides artists with an impeccable venue, marketing support, a cast of forward thinking art lovers and a packed house.  SPARK aims to promote exchange, artistic risk and opportunity to collaborate and grow in a professional setting.  Kate is excited to bring her work to Detroit alongside Michigan native, co-founder and collaborator, Martha Dobbs!

Kate Bishop

Kate Bishop is a dancer living and performing in NYC.  She holds a BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts and an MA in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University.  She is currently rehearsal director for CoreDance Contemporary after 4 seasons as a company member.  Kate is also the co-founder of SPARK Dance Forum, a networking based performance forum which provides artists with an impeccable venue, marketing support, a cast of forward thinking art lovers and a packed house.  SPARK aims to promote exchange, artistic risk and opportunity to collaborate and grow in a professional setting.  Kate is excited to bring her work to Detroit alongside Michigan native, co-founder and collaborator, Martha Dobbs!

The Link School of the Art The Link School of the Arts – Betty Mitchell, Director Situated in the southernmost part of Troy, The Link School of The Arts, a 4,055 sq. ft facility, was launched by Kensington Community Church in September, 2002.  As a non-profit 501 c 3 arts organization, Kensington initially provided the funds to establish this School.  Similar to other churches planted by Kensington, The Link operates as a separate entity with its own mission and infrastructure.  The Link, while raising an awareness of the arts in our community, provides high quality instruction in ballet, modern and tap that is affordable for all cultures, ages and skill levels. The Link School of The Arts consists of a Board Of Directors, and Management Team who members are fully devoted to Christ.  This infrastructure is necessary to further their desire to achieve excellence in the development of a professional division Christian arts school and the eventual establishment of a professional christian contemporary ballet company in the greater metropolitan Detroit area.   Steve Rooks Biography  Steven began his dance training in Washington, D.C.  He continued his training in New York City as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and toured with them for a season.  Mr. Rooks was a principle dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1981-1991 and was a featured dancer on the television special, “The Martha Graham Company in Japan.”  Mr. Rooks has choreographed many works including “Cool River” which premiered at Lincoln Center in 1996, later becoming part of the Graham Company repertoire.  Mr. Rooks was the 2004 winner of the National Choreographic Competition at Hubbard Street, Chicago and in 2004 the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition.  Mr. Rooks is currently Chair of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar College in New York.  He also serves as guest faculty with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, American Academy of Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, the International de Mexico, the International Summer School in Sydney, Australia and The Link School of the Arts, Troy, MI.

The Link School of the Art

The Link School of the Arts – Betty Mitchell, Director

Situated in the southernmost part of Troy, The Link School of The Arts, a 4,055 sq. ft facility, was launched by Kensington Community Church in September, 2002.  As a non-profit 501 c 3 arts organization, Kensington initially provided the funds to establish this School.  Similar to other churches planted by Kensington, The Link operates as a separate entity with its own mission and infrastructure. 

The Link, while raising an awareness of the arts in our community, provides high quality instruction in ballet, modern and tap that is affordable for all cultures, ages and skill levels.

The Link School of The Arts consists of a Board Of Directors, and Management Team who members are fully devoted to Christ.  This infrastructure is necessary to further their desire to achieve excellence in the development of a professional division Christian arts school and the eventual establishment of a professional christian contemporary ballet company in the greater metropolitan Detroit area.

 

Steve Rooks Biography

 Steven began his dance training in Washington, D.C.  He continued his training in New York City as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and toured with them for a season.  Mr. Rooks was a principle dancer for the Martha Graham Dance Company from 1981-1991 and was a featured dancer on the television special, “The Martha Graham Company in Japan.”  Mr. Rooks has choreographed many works including “Cool River” which premiered at Lincoln Center in 1996, later becoming part of the Graham Company repertoire.  Mr. Rooks was the 2004 winner of the National Choreographic Competition at Hubbard Street, Chicago and in 2004 the Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition.  Mr. Rooks is currently Chair of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar College in New York.  He also serves as guest faculty with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Martha Graham Dance Company, American Academy of Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, the International de Mexico, the International Summer School in Sydney, Australia and The Link School of the Arts, Troy, MI.

Paulette Brockington Paulette Brockington directs A Company of Dancers. She has worked with modern dance companies, ballet companies, theatre companies and opera companies.  She is an active artist-in- residence and   workshop teacher; and, has choreographed and performed, receiving honors/awards for her work. Toronto's dance Immersion invited her, the only American choreographer, to present a piece performed by her contemporary ballet company at their Queens' Calling Choreographers' Showcase in February 2015 where A Company of Dancers premiered “The Third Side”. She has works in the repertory of MixedBlood in Toronto and Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta.  Her work has taken her across the US and to Japan, the UK, Sweden, Germany and Canada.

Paulette Brockington

Paulette Brockington directs A Company of Dancers. She has worked with modern dance companies, ballet companies, theatre companies and opera companies.  She is an active artist-in- residence and   workshop teacher; and, has choreographed and performed, receiving honors/awards for her work. Toronto's dance Immersion invited her, the only American choreographer, to present a piece performed by her contemporary ballet company at their Queens' Calling Choreographers' Showcase in February 2015 where A Company of Dancers premiered “The Third Side”. She has works in the repertory of MixedBlood in Toronto and Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta.  Her work has taken her across the US and to Japan, the UK, Sweden, Germany and Canada.

Cat Manturuk Cat Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. DANCE CAT-ALYST seeks to  motivate and educate audiences about health, dance, and fitness with dance pieces and outreach programming.    DANCE CAT-ALYST has created their unique style of movement, & "MOD-HOP-JAZZ."   A dynamic approach to movement that incoporates elements modern, hip-hop and jazz with a strong ballet base.   DANCE CAT-ALYST has had outreach programs and performances: Nanjing, China; University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, Western Michigan University, Albion College, NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat Manturuk is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, and Presidential Award. The company has been featured twice in Dance Spirit Magazine and her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times. www.DanceCat-alyst.net

Cat Manturuk

Cat Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University. DANCE CAT-ALYST seeks to  motivate and educate audiences about health, dance, and fitness with dance pieces and outreach programming.    DANCE CAT-ALYST has created their unique style of movement, & "MOD-HOP-JAZZ."   A dynamic approach to movement that incoporates elements modern, hip-hop and jazz with a strong ballet base.  

DANCE CAT-ALYST has had outreach programs and performances: Nanjing, China; University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire, Western Michigan University, Albion College, NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat Manturuk is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, and Presidential Award. The company has been featured twice in Dance Spirit Magazine and her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times.

www.DanceCat-alyst.net

mishiDance Mishi Castroverde began choreographing for Orchesis Dance Group at Columbia University and founded mishiDance upon graduating in 2010. The mission of mishiDance is to engage and inspire audiences by bringing music to life through intricate, dynamic movement.  Since its inception, mishiDance has performed at reputable venues throughout New York City, including Ailey Citigroup Theater, Green Space, Symphony Space, Chen Dance Center, Triskelion Arts, and Dixon Place. Mishi has been recognized for her choreography by Pointe Magazine, The Young Choreographer's Festival, Chen Dance Center's newsteps Residency Program, and the Palm Desert International Choreography Competition.

mishiDance

Mishi Castroverde began choreographing for Orchesis Dance Group at Columbia University and founded mishiDance upon graduating in 2010. The mission of mishiDance is to engage and inspire audiences by bringing music to life through intricate, dynamic movement.  Since its inception, mishiDance has performed at reputable venues throughout New York City, including Ailey Citigroup Theater, Green Space, Symphony Space, Chen Dance Center, Triskelion Arts, and Dixon Place. Mishi has been recognized for her choreography by Pointe Magazine, The Young Choreographer's Festival, Chen Dance Center's newsteps Residency Program, and the Palm Desert International Choreography Competition.

Pure Existence Jodie Randolph is a choreographer and dance educator based in southeast Michigan. She is a member of Dance Masters of America certified to teach ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, Michigan Dance Council, and the National Organization of Dance Educators. Jodie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in dance in 2009 where she received department scholarships and had the opportunity to perform at the American College Dance Festival.  Jodie currently teaches ballet, jazz, modern, and improvisation to both professional and pre-professional dancers, serves as an adjunct lecturer of dance at Eastern Michigan University, and teaches master classes throughout the country. Jodie has taught for many notable companies, colleges, conventions, and festivals including Platinum Dance Experience, Versatile Dance Company, and Michigan Dance Project, Detroit Dance City Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, and Wayne State University. Her students have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Marymount of Manhattan, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University. As a choreographer, Jodie’s work has been recognized by dancers, directors, and adjudicators across the Midwest and she was named Choreographer of the Year in 2012. She has had the opportunity to choreograph for Brighton Dance Festival, Dance Masters of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Oakland University. Jodie's work has presented at Biomorphic Dance Festival (NY), Brighton Dance Festival (MI), Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), Detroit Dance Race (MI), Michigan Dance Festival (MI), and Oakland Dance Festival (MI). Jodie is currently the Creative Director and Resident Choreographer for Pure Existence.

Pure Existence

Jodie Randolph is a choreographer and dance educator based in southeast Michigan. She is a member of Dance Masters of America certified to teach ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, Michigan Dance Council, and the National Organization of Dance Educators. Jodie graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in dance in 2009 where she received department scholarships and had the opportunity to perform at the American College Dance Festival.  Jodie currently teaches ballet, jazz, modern, and improvisation to both professional and pre-professional dancers, serves as an adjunct lecturer of dance at Eastern Michigan University, and teaches master classes throughout the country. Jodie has taught for many notable companies, colleges, conventions, and festivals including Platinum Dance Experience, Versatile Dance Company, and Michigan Dance Project, Detroit Dance City Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, and Wayne State University. Her students have gone on to study at The Juilliard School, Marymount of Manhattan, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Eastern Michigan University. As a choreographer, Jodie’s work has been recognized by dancers, directors, and adjudicators across the Midwest and she was named Choreographer of the Year in 2012. She has had the opportunity to choreograph for Brighton Dance Festival, Dance Masters of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and Oakland University. Jodie's work has presented at Biomorphic Dance Festival (NY), Brighton Dance Festival (MI), Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), Detroit Dance Race (MI), Michigan Dance Festival (MI), and Oakland Dance Festival (MI). Jodie is currently the Creative Director and Resident Choreographer for Pure Existence.

John Mercer Johnnie Cruise Mercer (Artistic Director of Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC) is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography. As a freelance artist, Mr. Mercer has professionally collaborated with Antonio Brown, Edisa Weeks, Monstah Black (Reggie Crump), Whitney Hunter (Yon Tande), and Andre Zachery. He is also a current company member of both The Von Howard Project, lead by Christian Von Howard, and Dance Theater X lead by Charles O. Anderson. As a choreographer Mr. Mercer’s work has seen/performed at the Center for Performance Research (Fall Movement 2015), The Richmond Dance Festival (2013, 2014), The Biomorphic Dance Festival (2015), The Greenspace (Fertile Ground), The Charlotte Dance Festival (2013), The Dance Place (New Release Choreographer’s Showcase 2013), Brooklyn Arts  Exchange (The Upstart Dance Festival 2016), Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center (Work Up 2.0), at St. Marks Church as a part of Draftworks curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones and on numerous schools and companies throughout the region. Most recently Mr. Mercer is resided as an artist in residences at Chez Bushwick for their spring 2016 cycle.

John Mercer

Johnnie Cruise Mercer (Artistic Director of Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDprojectNYC) is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography. As a freelance artist, Mr. Mercer has professionally collaborated with Antonio Brown, Edisa Weeks, Monstah Black (Reggie Crump), Whitney Hunter (Yon Tande), and Andre Zachery. He is also a current company member of both The Von Howard Project, lead by Christian Von Howard, and Dance Theater X lead by Charles O. Anderson. As a choreographer Mr. Mercer’s work has seen/performed at the Center for Performance Research (Fall Movement 2015), The Richmond Dance Festival (2013, 2014), The Biomorphic Dance Festival (2015), The Greenspace (Fertile Ground), The Charlotte Dance Festival (2013), The Dance Place (New Release Choreographer’s Showcase 2013), Brooklyn Arts  Exchange (The Upstart Dance Festival 2016), Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center (Work Up 2.0), at St. Marks Church as a part of Draftworks curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones and on numerous schools and companies throughout the region. Most recently Mr. Mercer is resided as an artist in residences at Chez Bushwick for their spring 2016 cycle.

Wandering Movers "wandering movers is a NYC-based dance collective. We use movement to tell the story of interpersonal relationships and the affect of human interaction. The company believes that by illustrating our experiences through dance we can connect and relate to each other. Using dynamic movement to tell these stories, artistic director Kevin Ortega-Rojas brings together his contemporary-modern dance training and urban hip-hop influences. The movement is powerful, strong and precise while remaining full of emotion. The dancers work closely with Kevin to make the choreography as organic as possible and to allow each dancer to shine individually while still having a strong stage presence as a group. 

Wandering Movers

"wandering movers is a NYC-based dance collective. We use movement to tell the story of interpersonal relationships and the affect of human interaction. The company believes that by illustrating our experiences through dance we can connect and relate to each other.

Using dynamic movement to tell these stories, artistic director Kevin Ortega-Rojas brings together his contemporary-modern dance training and urban hip-hop influences. The movement is powerful, strong and precise while remaining full of emotion. The dancers work closely with Kevin to make the choreography as organic as possible and to allow each dancer to shine individually while still having a strong stage presence as a group. 

Kathy Cooke Northville Ballet Theatre Artistic Director A life long student of Ballet under Rose Marie Floyd, Kathy holds the honored Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and earned a BS degree in Ballet from Indiana University.  She also serves on the Executive and Examining board of the Cecchetti Council of America.  Professionally, she danced with the Scottish American Ballet, the National Ballet of MD and as a Guest Artist, danced several lead roles in the classic ballets, including Sugar Plum Fairy, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.  Kathy has guest taught around the US and Founded/Directed Summerwood Studio of Dance in Northern VA, and currently in Northville, MI, Timberlane Dance, school of Northville Ballet Theatre. Kathy has choreographed and participated in several community theatre productions with her husband, Kim, at Birmingham Village Players, Ridgedale Players, St. Dunstan’s and most recently at Oak Pointe Church, benefitting orphans at Living Hope International in Zambia, Africa.  Her passion is teaching classical Ballet and inspiring students to dance for the glory of God through Northville Ballet Theatre productions and Dance ministry. 

Kathy Cooke

Northville Ballet Theatre Artistic Director

A life long student of Ballet under Rose Marie Floyd, Kathy holds the honored Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and earned a BS degree in Ballet from Indiana University.  She also serves on the Executive and Examining board of the Cecchetti Council of America.  Professionally, she danced with the Scottish American Ballet, the National Ballet of MD and as a Guest Artist, danced several lead roles in the classic ballets, including Sugar Plum Fairy, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.

 Kathy has guest taught around the US and Founded/Directed Summerwood Studio of Dance in Northern VA, and currently in Northville, MI, Timberlane Dance, school of Northville Ballet Theatre. Kathy has choreographed and participated in several community theatre productions with her husband, Kim, at Birmingham Village Players, Ridgedale Players, St. Dunstan’s and most recently at Oak Pointe Church, benefitting orphans at Living Hope International in Zambia, Africa.  Her passion is teaching classical Ballet and inspiring students to dance for the glory of God through Northville Ballet Theatre productions and Dance ministry. 

Alexander Dones Alexander is currently based out of Portland, Oregon after living and working as a freelance dance artist in New York City, Chicago, and Detroit. He is honored to have been able to perform and teach workshop classes at prestigious venues and theaters throughout the United States & Europe including the Joyce Theatre (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow (MA), Fall for Dance @ City Center (NYC), and more. Currently, he performs with Doug Elkins Choreography, etc. (NYC) and Cori Marquis + The Nines [IX] (NYC), and he creates/collaborates with artists of various genres under the moniker r:ad. Alexander recently collaborated with Portland-based Sound Artist Roland Toledo aka Alter Structure and local dance artists on a performance in that was supported byTED Conferences LLC. Alexander is thrilled and beyond thankful to have the opportunity to come back to Detroit and work with Joori, artLab J, and the Detroit Dance City Festival. For more information about r:ad including upcoming projects, performances, and workshops, please visit: www.AlexanderDones.com

Alexander Dones

Alexander is currently based out of Portland, Oregon after living and working as a freelance dance artist in New York City, Chicago, and Detroit. He is honored to have been able to perform and teach workshop classes at prestigious venues and theaters throughout the United States & Europe including the Joyce Theatre (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow (MA), Fall for Dance @ City Center (NYC), and more. Currently, he performs with Doug Elkins Choreography, etc. (NYC) and Cori Marquis + The Nines [IX] (NYC), and he creates/collaborates with artists of various genres under the moniker r:ad. Alexander recently collaborated with Portland-based Sound Artist Roland Toledo aka Alter Structure and local dance artists on a performance in that was supported byTED Conferences LLC. Alexander is thrilled and beyond thankful to have the opportunity to come back to Detroit and work with Joori, artLab J, and the Detroit Dance City Festival. For more information about r:ad including upcoming projects, performances, and workshops, please visit: www.AlexanderDones.com

Darby Wilde Darby is an Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Illinois State University. Wilde earned her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan. Ms. Wilde performed and toured with Eisenhower Dance for seven years and worked with guest artists including Colin Connor, Billy Siegenfeld, Mel Wong, Lila York, Bill Evans, and Demetrius Klein. She was also involved in numerous outreach residency programs in elementary/middle schools throughout Michigan. Ms. Wilde’s work has been invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and “Battle of the Belts” in Seattle, as well as, Dance Fusion in Plano, Texas. Darby was on faculty at Collin College (Texas) for three years during which she performed with Elle dance works. Wilde has been on faculty at Oakland University, Mercer County Performing Arts High School and Illinois Wesleyan University. Darby has taught and choreographed for the Great Lakes Dance Festival in addition to working with nationally ranked/professional figure skaters and other athletes.

Darby Wilde

Darby is an Assistant Professor in the Dance Program at Illinois State University. Wilde earned her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan. Ms. Wilde performed and toured with Eisenhower Dance for seven years and worked with guest artists including Colin Connor, Billy Siegenfeld, Mel Wong, Lila York, Bill Evans, and Demetrius Klein. She was also involved in numerous outreach residency programs in elementary/middle schools throughout Michigan. Ms. Wilde’s work has been invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and “Battle of the Belts” in Seattle, as well as, Dance Fusion in Plano, Texas. Darby was on faculty at Collin College (Texas) for three years during which she performed with Elle dance works. Wilde has been on faculty at Oakland University, Mercer County Performing Arts High School and Illinois Wesleyan University. Darby has taught and choreographed for the Great Lakes Dance Festival in addition to working with nationally ranked/professional figure skaters and other athletes.

Bree Mccormack Bree McCormack, from Plymouth, MI, recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Dance and a Minor in Business Management. In September of 2015 Bree moved to New York City to join the production team at Gibney Dance Center's Agnes Varis Theatre, and has since been dancing for TEDTED Performance Co. under the direction of Teddy Tedholm. Bree’s work also been presented at Detroit Dance City Festival, Motor City Choreographers Collective and Brighton Dance Festival, as well as NACHMO Theatre Series, Peridance Showcase Series, and Fertile Ground in NYC.

Bree Mccormack

Bree McCormack, from Plymouth, MI, recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Dance and a Minor in Business Management. In September of 2015 Bree moved to New York City to join the production team at Gibney Dance Center's Agnes Varis Theatre, and has since been dancing for TEDTED Performance Co. under the direction of Teddy Tedholm. Bree’s work also been presented at Detroit Dance City Festival, Motor City Choreographers Collective and Brighton Dance Festival, as well as NACHMO Theatre Series, Peridance Showcase Series, and Fertile Ground in NYC.

Amy Morrow Amy Diane Morrow is a teacher, choreographer, and consultant based in Austin under AM Arts. Morrow founded the TBX [ Toolbox Series ] to provide professional workshops and collaborations with international choreographers. TBX hosted more than 150 artists and featured eleven intensives including Gaga, CounterTechnique®, and performance development with Deborah Hay. Also manages the award winning, Idan Sharabi & Dancers based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Morrow is certified directly under Ohad Naharin to teach Gaga/people and Gaga/dancers and travels internationally for residencies teaching Gaga, Choreography Toolbox, Ballet, and Indian Dance. Morrow currently serves as adjunct professor at the University of Texas in Austin and McCallum Fine Arts as choreographer in residency. Morrow’s choreography has been presented in Tel Aviv, New York, India, Puebla, México City, Austin, Phoenix, Guadalajara, Fort Worth, Dallas, Tulsa, Albuquerque, Birmingham, Huntsville, Richmond, and Houston. Her latest portrait, “Batsheva,” is part of an art-fiction book and exhibition produced by Rino Pizzi, written by Saundra Goldman, and under the artistic guidance of Deborah Hay. “The Lady of” solo was selected as one of Arts and Culture’s standouts for the 2014-15 season, noted by Nancy Wozny as “a sassy mix of precision and abandon, something we rarely see on contemporary dance stages.” Morrow choreographed, performed, and produced the evening length “String Theory” which premiered Fall 2015 at the Zilker Hillside Theater. Excerpts have been performed at Grace Street Theater, The Majestic Theater, Dallas City Performance Hall, Eisemann Center, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa Ballet Studio K, and the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum.

Amy Morrow

Amy Diane Morrow is a teacher, choreographer, and consultant based in Austin under AM Arts. Morrow founded the TBX [ Toolbox Series ] to provide professional workshops and collaborations with international choreographers. TBX hosted more than 150 artists and featured eleven intensives including Gaga, CounterTechnique®, and performance development with Deborah Hay. Also manages the award winning, Idan Sharabi & Dancers based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Morrow is certified directly under Ohad Naharin to teach Gaga/people and Gaga/dancers and travels internationally for residencies teaching Gaga, Choreography Toolbox, Ballet, and Indian Dance. Morrow currently serves as adjunct professor at the University of Texas in Austin and McCallum Fine Arts as choreographer in residency.

Morrow’s choreography has been presented in Tel Aviv, New York, India, Puebla, México City, Austin, Phoenix, Guadalajara, Fort Worth, Dallas, Tulsa, Albuquerque, Birmingham, Huntsville, Richmond, and Houston. Her latest portrait, “Batsheva,” is part of an art-fiction book and exhibition produced by Rino Pizzi, written by Saundra Goldman, and under the artistic guidance of Deborah Hay. “The Lady of” solo was selected as one of Arts and Culture’s standouts for the 2014-15 season, noted by Nancy Wozny as “a sassy mix of precision and abandon, something we rarely see on contemporary dance stages.” Morrow choreographed, performed, and produced the evening length “String Theory” which premiered Fall 2015 at the Zilker Hillside Theater. Excerpts have been performed at Grace Street Theater, The Majestic Theater, Dallas City Performance Hall, Eisemann Center, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa Ballet Studio K, and the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum.

Shanice Rollins Shanice Rollins received her BFA in Dance from Wayne State University in May 2015. She has trained at several different studios and also attended a performing arts high school in her youth. At Wayne State University, Shanice was a Talent Scholar, Maggie Allesee Scholar, Student Representative, and Peer Mentor. Shanice explored, created, and examined dance in all areas at WSU and had the opportunity to work with many professional choreographers including: Nathan Trice, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Papa Hanne, Amaniyea Payne, Nicholas Leichter, Karen Prall, Meg Paul, Biba Bell, Jennifer Archibald, Autumn Eckman, and many more. She has also traveled around the country and advanced her skills at programs like the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive, the International Associations of Blacks and Dance Conference, Bates Dance Festival, Nathan Trice Rituals, and Archcore 40. Following graduation, Shanice joined a small local company, Harge Dance Stories, and completed her first year of graduate school for Public Administration. She aspires to move to Chicago, Dallas, or Los Angeles in a few years to continue to dance and perform while gaining more administrative and business experience for the future.

Shanice Rollins

Shanice Rollins received her BFA in Dance from Wayne State University in May 2015. She has trained at several different studios and also attended a performing arts high school in her youth. At Wayne State University, Shanice was a Talent Scholar, Maggie Allesee Scholar, Student Representative, and Peer Mentor. Shanice explored, created, and examined dance in all areas at WSU and had the opportunity to work with many professional choreographers including: Nathan Trice, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Papa Hanne, Amaniyea Payne, Nicholas Leichter, Karen Prall, Meg Paul, Biba Bell, Jennifer Archibald, Autumn Eckman, and many more. She has also traveled around the country and advanced her skills at programs like the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive, the International Associations of Blacks and Dance Conference, Bates Dance Festival, Nathan Trice Rituals, and Archcore 40. Following graduation, Shanice joined a small local company, Harge Dance Stories, and completed her first year of graduate school for Public Administration. She aspires to move to Chicago, Dallas, or Los Angeles in a few years to continue to dance and perform while gaining more administrative and business experience for the future.

Trifecta Dance Collective Trifecta Dance Collective NFP is a fresh and innovative new voice in contemporary dance  serving the northern Chicagoland area. The company, comprised of eight highly trained unique and versatile women, was founded in December 2015 by co-artistic directors Krissie Odegard Geye and Carrie Patterson. In the short time since the company has begun, the company was selected to perform in Jennifer Mueller's "Hatch" Choreography Showcase in New York City in 2015, and was recently selected to perform in the 2016 Inaside Dance Chicago Choreography Showcase, the Alluvion Dance Series, and the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Trifecta Dance Collective’s distinct mission hopes to enrich the community experience in the Chicagoland area through the arts. It will do this by using the Trifecta: Engage: Each performance will engage audience members to interact with one another and within their communities. This will be done by working together on a project that will enhance the community, and to utilize the company performances as a platform to engage in community-based dialogue that will unite people to positively impact their surroundings. Empower: We hope to open communication channels and empower community members to positively enhance their surroundings. Individuals will be united and feel the support of one another with face-to- face connections. Expand: The ripple effect of the positive support will grow and engulf others. This will create a wave of positivity, compassion, and action toward the greater good of the community. We hope to have participants take pride and ownership of the projects they have been a part of and to continue the expansion of community support.

Trifecta Dance Collective

Trifecta Dance Collective NFP is a fresh and innovative new voice in contemporary dance  serving the northern Chicagoland area. The company, comprised of eight highly trained unique and versatile women, was founded in December 2015 by co-artistic directors Krissie Odegard Geye and Carrie Patterson. In the short time since the company has begun, the company was selected to perform in Jennifer Mueller's "Hatch" Choreography Showcase in New York City in 2015, and was recently selected to perform in the 2016 Inaside Dance Chicago Choreography Showcase, the Alluvion Dance Series, and the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Trifecta Dance Collective’s distinct mission hopes to enrich the community experience in the Chicagoland area through the arts. It will do this by using the Trifecta:

Engage: Each performance will engage audience members to interact with one another and within their communities. This will be done by working together on a project that will enhance the community, and to utilize the company performances as a platform to engage in community-based dialogue that will unite people to positively impact their surroundings.

Empower: We hope to open communication channels and empower community members to positively enhance their surroundings. Individuals will be united and feel the support of one another with face-to- face connections.

Expand: The ripple effect of the positive support will grow and engulf others. This will create a wave of positivity, compassion, and action toward the greater good of the community. We hope to have participants take pride and ownership of the projects they have been a part of and to continue the expansion of community support.

Patty L. Solorzano Patty L. Solórzano (MFA University of Michigan) is a artist, performer, and teacher whose work seeks to unravel and question our current social, political, economic, environmental crises. Because these issues are often difficult to deal with, she prefers to find solutions in collaboration with other artists and thinkers by implementing various artistic practices/tools which include choreography, improvisation, dance pedagogy, writing, film, mindfulness and walking. Born and raised in Michoacán, México, she received her BFA from Texas Christian University. As a dancer and choreographer she's had the pleasure of sharing her work with audiences in Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Spain, Italy, Israel and México. Most recently, Patty spent 5 months training with Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem, Israel and performed in works by Noa Wertheim, Mats Ek, Sasha Waltz and Nacho Duato. In 2016, she has been invited to various residencies for her work as an artist and teacher including E|MERGE at Earthdance, Massachusetts; Performática: Foro International de Danza y Artes del Moviemento at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Cholula, México; and Moving Current/ NEW GROUNDS Choreographic Residency at the Florida Dance Festival. Patty is excited to return to the Detroit Dance City Festival as a presenting artist and looks forward to exchanging ideas for a better future through dance!

Patty L. Solorzano

Patty L. Solórzano (MFA University of Michigan) is a artist, performer, and teacher whose work seeks to unravel and question our current social, political, economic, environmental crises. Because these issues are often difficult to deal with, she prefers to find solutions in collaboration with other artists and thinkers by implementing various artistic practices/tools which include choreography, improvisation, dance pedagogy, writing, film, mindfulness and walking. Born and raised in Michoacán, México, she received her BFA from Texas Christian University. As a dancer and choreographer she's had the pleasure of sharing her work with audiences in Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Spain, Italy, Israel and México. Most recently, Patty spent 5 months training with Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem, Israel and performed in works by Noa Wertheim, Mats Ek, Sasha Waltz and Nacho Duato. In 2016, she has been invited to various residencies for her work as an artist and teacher including E|MERGE at Earthdance, Massachusetts; Performática: Foro International de Danza y Artes del Moviemento at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Cholula, México; and Moving Current/ NEW GROUNDS Choreographic Residency at the Florida Dance Festival. Patty is excited to return to the Detroit Dance City Festival as a presenting artist and looks forward to exchanging ideas for a better future through dance!

Susan Koper - sk|dancers Susan Koper describes herself as an artist, choreographer, performer, and educator. As a choreographer, Susan is captivated with the process of choreography and is interested in making work that moves and informs those who experience it. Therefore, in an effort to bring her own unique, personal and thoughtful artistic voice to a wider audience, Susan formed the dance ensemble sk|dancers as a means to show work in other areas of the country. The company has previously performed at the DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, the Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan as well as at the Diversity Symposium and Benjamin Cohen Peace Conference in Indiana. Since 2010, she has also been involved with the dance theatre collaborative z3movement project, performing in festivals gtyythroughout the country with the company. Susan received her BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Susan is a featured graduate of the HU/ADF program. Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Koper now lives in Indiana where she is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University.

Susan Koper - sk|dancers

Susan Koper describes herself as an artist, choreographer, performer, and educator. As a choreographer, Susan is captivated with the process of choreography and is interested in making work that moves and informs those who experience it. Therefore, in an effort to bring her own unique, personal and thoughtful artistic voice to a wider audience, Susan formed the dance ensemble sk|dancers as a means to show work in other areas of the country. The company has previously performed at the DUMBO Dance Festival in New York City, the Oakland Dance Festival in Michigan as well as at the Diversity Symposium and Benjamin Cohen Peace Conference in Indiana. Since 2010, she has also been involved with the dance theatre collaborative z3movement project, performing in festivals gtyythroughout the country with the company. Susan received her BA in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Susan is a featured graduate of the HU/ADF program. Originally from New Jersey, Ms. Koper now lives in Indiana where she is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ball State University.

Jessica Post, Jillian Hopper, J. Amber Kao Jillian Hopper is a dance artist concentrating on embodied movement in both traditional and non-traditional performance spaces. Currently, Hopper is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. She received her MFA Dance from the University of Michigan in 2012 and her BA Dance Choreography from Middlesex University in 2007. Her professional dance credits include Intimate Contenders and HR-Artworks London UK, in which she was a featured soloist. More recently Hopper performed in works by noted choreographers and Professors of Dance at the University of Michigan, Jessica Fogel, Bill DeYoung, Amy Chavasse, and Peter Sparling. Hopper has also had the pleasure of dancing in original works by two New York City based choreographers, Sidra Bell and Monica Bill Barnes. Hopper specializes in the creative work and technique of Doris Humphrey with the aim of preserving the dance for future generations as a trustee of The Doris Humphrey Foundation, UK. Hopper has taught professionally at University of Michigan (current), Eastern Michigan University (current), Middlesex University (London, UK), The Place (London, UK) and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, UK).  J. Amber Kao, a native of Kansas City, MO, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance.  As a choreographer, improviser, and dance artist she has presented work and collaborated with artists in Italy, Portugal, Taiwan, New York, and various other states within the USA. She was most recently awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in dance and music with Cloud Gate Dance Theater in Taipei, Taiwan.  Ms. Kao began her artistic studies as a pianist and graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Dr. Logan Skelton.  Throughout her undergraduate training, she also studied violin performance with Aaron Berofsky Ms. Kao has a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration across all art genres, and at present, uses her background as a musician and dancer to explore points of intersection between these disciplines.  Jessica Post received her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan in 2013and her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2006. She danced professionally in Chicago for five years with The Dance COLEctive and was a founding company member with Esoteric Dance Project. Most recently, she taught in the dance programs at Eastern Michigan University and Hillsdale College. She is also a certified Pilates instructor with over eight years of teaching experience. Her work focuses on collaboration, somatic techniques and cross-training methods for dancers.

Jessica Post, Jillian Hopper, J. Amber Kao

Jillian Hopper is a dance artist concentrating on embodied movement in both traditional and non-traditional performance spaces. Currently, Hopper is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. She received her MFA Dance from the University of Michigan in 2012 and her BA Dance Choreography from Middlesex University in 2007. Her professional dance credits include Intimate Contenders and HR-Artworks London UK, in which she was a featured soloist. More recently Hopper performed in works by noted choreographers and Professors of Dance at the University of Michigan, Jessica Fogel, Bill DeYoung, Amy Chavasse, and Peter Sparling. Hopper has also had the pleasure of dancing in original works by two New York City based choreographers, Sidra Bell and Monica Bill Barnes. Hopper specializes in the creative work and technique of Doris Humphrey with the aim of preserving the dance for future generations as a trustee of The Doris Humphrey Foundation, UK. Hopper has taught professionally at University of Michigan (current), Eastern Michigan University (current), Middlesex University (London, UK), The Place (London, UK) and Northern School of Contemporary Dance (Leeds, UK). 

J. Amber Kao, a native of Kansas City, MO, graduated from the University of Michigan with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance.  As a choreographer, improviser, and dance artist she has presented work and collaborated with artists in Italy, Portugal, Taiwan, New York, and various other states within the USA. She was most recently awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in dance and music with Cloud Gate Dance Theater in Taipei, Taiwan.  Ms. Kao began her artistic studies as a pianist and graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan, under the tutelage of Dr. Logan Skelton.  Throughout her undergraduate training, she also studied violin performance with Aaron Berofsky Ms. Kao has a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration across all art genres, and at present, uses her background as a musician and dancer to explore points of intersection between these disciplines. 

Jessica Post received her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan in 2013and her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2006. She danced professionally in Chicago for five years with The Dance COLEctive and was a founding company member with Esoteric Dance Project. Most recently, she taught in the dance programs at Eastern Michigan University and Hillsdale College. She is also a certified Pilates instructor with over eight years of teaching experience. Her work focuses on collaboration, somatic techniques and cross-training methods for dancers.

Zandria Lucas A native of Detroit, MI, Zandria began her dance training at the age of twelve in the Metro Detroit Area. She went on to earn her B.F.A in Dance Performance from Marygrove College (Detroit, MI) in 2012. While pursuing her B.F.A., Zandria worked as a freelance choreographer setting works in local high schools and for the Marygrove College Dance Company. Zandria’s choreography has been showcased at ACDA, National High School Dance Festival, the Fox Theatre, and in Nogales, Mexico. Upon earning a Master of Fine Arts with emphasis in Choreography and Performance in May 2015, from The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) , Zandria relocated back to the Detroit Metro Area where she is currently teaching and continuing her work as a freelance artist.

Zandria Lucas

A native of Detroit, MI, Zandria began her dance training at the age of twelve in the Metro Detroit Area. She went on to earn her B.F.A in Dance Performance from Marygrove College (Detroit, MI) in 2012. While pursuing her B.F.A., Zandria worked as a freelance choreographer setting works in local high schools and for the Marygrove College Dance Company. Zandria’s choreography has been showcased at ACDA, National High School Dance Festival, the Fox Theatre, and in Nogales, Mexico. Upon earning a Master of Fine Arts with emphasis in Choreography and Performance in May 2015, from The University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) , Zandria relocated back to the Detroit Metro Area where she is currently teaching and continuing her work as a freelance artist.

Kelly Buwalda Kelly Buwalda is a NYC based Dancer, Choreographer, and Educator. A native of Indiana, Kelly received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI, and graduated from New York City's Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. She is a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet, and teaches "Nutrition for Dancers" at Joffrey Ballet School. As a dancer, Buwalda has worked with numerous choreographers including Mei-Yin Ng, Erin Dudley, and Julio Rivera. She currently performs with Bianca Johnson and Dancers as well as in her own work. Dancing has taken her to the UK, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, and she has enjoyed performing in a variety of theaters as well as site-specific locations. As a choreographer, Kelly's work has been produced in NYC at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Webster Hall, and The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas. She is a 2014 recipient  of Chez Bushwick's Artist-in- Residency, and her choreography has been commissioned by Zen Arts Concert and National Dance Institute. Kelly is thrilled to share her film collaboration with Fred Hatt, as well as perform Catchweight/Glass Heart at the 2016 Detroit City Dance Festival. www.kellybuwalda.tumblr.com www.facebook.com/kellybuwaldanutrition

Kelly Buwalda

Kelly Buwalda is a NYC based Dancer, Choreographer, and Educator. A native of Indiana, Kelly received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI, and graduated from New York City's Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Health Coach. She is a Teaching Artist for National Dance Institute and New York City Ballet, and teaches "Nutrition for Dancers" at Joffrey Ballet School. As a dancer, Buwalda has worked with numerous choreographers including Mei-Yin Ng, Erin Dudley, and Julio Rivera. She currently performs with Bianca Johnson and Dancers as well as in her own work. Dancing has taken her to the UK, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, and she has enjoyed performing in a variety of theaters as well as site-specific locations. As a choreographer, Kelly's work has been produced in NYC at Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Webster Hall, and The Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas. She is a 2014 recipient  of Chez Bushwick's Artist-in- Residency, and her choreography has been commissioned by Zen Arts Concert and National Dance Institute. Kelly is thrilled to share her film collaboration with Fred Hatt, as well as perform Catchweight/Glass Heart at the 2016 Detroit City Dance Festival.

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Elizabeth Shea Called “a remarkable contemporary dance display” by arts critic Jay Harvey, Upstage, Elizabeth Shea Dance is a chamber ensemble of dancers, musicians and visual artists who seek new ways to tell human stories through contemporary dance, music and new media. The group has recently performed as guests of Dance Kaleidoscope at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the ODC Theatre for Pushfest 2015, the Boll Theatre for the Detroit City Dance Festival, the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre for Footprints Dance Festival, the WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theatre and the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center for WHITE WAVE DUMBO Dance Festival, the Paramount Theatre for the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, the Epic Center for RADFEST, the 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center and the Ailey Citigroup Theatre for the American Dance Guild, and at New York Arts Live for the World Dance Alliance – Americas General Assembly. Elizabeth Shea Dance has also performed at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, Dean College, Indiana University, and for multiple electronic music festivals through the US. The group is currently involved in a 3-D video project with composer Jeff Hass and just made its Kennedy Center debut July 11, 2016 on the Millennium Stage.  Elizabeth Shea Dance was also recently selected as one of 16 featured companies at the WHITE WAVE 2016 Wave Rising Series, sponsored by WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company at the 92 nd  St. Y Harkness Dance Center, New York, NY, June 25-26, 2016.

Elizabeth Shea

Called “a remarkable contemporary dance display” by arts critic Jay Harvey, Upstage, Elizabeth Shea Dance is a chamber ensemble of dancers, musicians and visual artists who seek new ways to tell human stories through contemporary dance, music and new media. The group has recently performed as guests of Dance Kaleidoscope at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the ODC Theatre for Pushfest 2015, the Boll Theatre for the Detroit City Dance Festival, the Marjorie S. Dean Little Theatre for Footprints Dance Festival, the WHITE WAVE John Ryan Theatre and the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center for WHITE WAVE DUMBO Dance Festival, the Paramount Theatre for the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, the Epic Center for RADFEST, the 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance Center and the Ailey Citigroup Theatre for the American Dance Guild, and at New York Arts Live for the World Dance Alliance – Americas General Assembly. Elizabeth Shea Dance has also performed at the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology at Connecticut College, Dean College, Indiana University, and for multiple electronic music festivals through the US. The group is currently involved in a 3-D video project with composer Jeff Hass and just made its Kennedy Center debut July 11, 2016 on the Millennium Stage.  Elizabeth Shea Dance was also recently selected as one of 16 featured companies at the WHITE WAVE 2016 Wave Rising Series, sponsored by WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company at the 92 nd  St. Y Harkness Dance Center, New York, NY, June 25-26, 2016.

Michael DuVall Michelle DuVall Dance Collective strives to create work that explores the creation of language and relationships through dance. Through a collaborative process MDDC promotes individuality and self expression when developing new movement ideas. Driven to communicate the intimate worlds in which we live, and inspire others to be moved by movement. 

Michael DuVall

Michelle DuVall Dance Collective strives to create work that explores the creation of language and relationships through dance.

Through a collaborative process MDDC promotes individuality and self expression when developing new movement ideas.

Driven to communicate the intimate worlds in which we live, and inspire others to be moved by movement.