DDCF Choreographers Showcase 2017

2016 DDCF CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE

PROGRAM

All three days of the festival, this showcase is an opportunity for all artists to submit their work. Through the selection process, over 30 pieces and artists have been chosen to showcase their work. From Detroit, to New York, to Los Angeles, and more viewers will have the chance to see what is happening in the dance around the country. 

THANK YOU TO ALL THE DANCERS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE 2016 CHOREOGRAPHER'S SHOWCASE

Abigayle Cryderman

ConteXture dance Detroit

The Link School of the Arts/Steve Rooks

Paulette Brockington

Jillian Hopper

Bree Mccormack

Darby Wilde

Susan Koper

Tiffany Merritt-Brown

Alexander Dones

Cat Manturuk

 

Take Root

Shanice Rollins

Monica Brady-Barnard

Kelly Buwalda

mishi Dance/Mishi Castroverde

Trifecta Dance Collective

Michelle DuVall Dance Collective

Elizabeth Shea Dance

Amy Diane Morrow

Zandria Lucas

Northville Ballet Theatre/Kathy cooke

Jillian Amber Jessica Hopper Kao Post

Michael Cerwinski

Johnnie Mercer/The RED Project NYC

Kate Bishop

Chien-Ying Wang

Patty Solorzano

Lauren Reynolds

Pure Existence

Wandering Movers


2016 CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE ARTISTS

Hover over the Artists' images to learn more about who performed at the 2016 Choreographers Showcase!

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.

www.kellybuwalda.tumblr.com www.facebook.com/kellybuwaldanutrition

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. 


2015 DDCF CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE