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Alumni

ADF considers all former program participants including students, interns, faculty, staff, production crew, and board members, as Alumni.

Keep us updated and share your favorite ADF stories (see “Keep in Touch/Request Info” at the bottom of the page).

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Tricia  Zweier

2008, 2009 & 2010
I spent three summers at ADF, each one undoubtedly exceeding the experiences and lessons of the one before. I always looked forward to my “summer breaks” from graduate study because I knew I would be challenged, stimulated, and enlightened by the community of faculty and students. Since my last summer at ADF in 2010, I completed a Master of Science in Kinesiology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and accepted an Assistant Professor of Dance position at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. Before moving to MO, I spent the summer in improvisation classes and performing with NAO Dance Collective in Orlando, FL under the direction of Linda Eve Elchak. Now in my fourth month at LU, I have taught Jazz, Contemporary/Modern, Introduction to Dance, and Theory & Composition. With my Department Head Janet Strzelec, our proposal of a BFA in Dance was approved last month. We are continuing to offer/create new courses, such as Dance & Technology, Dance History/Criticism, and Dance Kinesiology. This fall I set a piece on six of the LU Dance majors entitled, “Steun” and set to an original composition by my husband (and former ADF Sound Technician) Adam Donohue. I often reference ADF in teaching and advising here at LU and look forward to motivating students to be a part of future summers at the ADF.

Derek  Crescenti

2010
I am currently dancing with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle, WA. I miss ADF so much, and plan to come again some time in the near future!! Keep me updated on any fun alumni things!

Kia  Smith

2008, 2009 & 2010
Since my summers at ADF I finished my BFA in Dance at Western Michigan University in 2010. Last year I did a season at Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II and this year I’m at Lula Washington Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

ShaLeigh  Comerford

2001-06, 2009-11
Since the festival ended, I have traveled to Cuba to perform a solo for the troops and choreographed for a show performed in Orlando, Florida. Then, with the help of numerous donors, blessings and magic through a kickstarter project, I set out for Tel Aviv, Israel, in October. For the first time ever, Ohad Naharin, Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, selected a small group of dancers from around the world to train and become teachers of their movement language called Gaga. It is an honor to share that a great deal of support and donations came from the ADF family. It is a cherished connection. And since being in Israel, other than intensive daily training, I have offered workshops for Even Yehuda Dance in a small village near the city of Netanya.

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