Faculty

“The best part of the summer was the teachers. They demonstrated such a mastery of the material, demanded all of our presence and awareness, and pushed us (lovingly) to demand the very best from ourselves. This kind of teaching is uncommon, it’s the kind of teaching that the American Dance Festival is famous for, and it’s the kind that I crave all school year.”  -2011 6WS student

ADF is fortunate to have some of the most dedicated faculty and finest dance musicians in the country on its roster.  These individuals form a group of generous, inspired, and accomplished dance artists that are the foundation of the ADF community. They serve as guides and mentors, inspiring students to attain new levels of artistry and physicality. After a summer spent working side by side in the studio, seeing performances together, and dialoguing with one another, students and teachers often forge relationships that last long after the festival is over. We invite you to read about each of our faculty below.

 

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CharlesAnderson.GabrielBienczyckiCharles Anderson

Charles O. Anderson, a native of Richmond, VA, is Head of Dance at the University of Texas at Austin and artistic director of Charles O. Anderson Dance Projects (formerly dance theatre X). He received his BA in Dance from Cornell University and his MFA in Dance from Temple University.  As a dancer Anderson has worked with such noted choreographers as Ronald K. Brown, Talley Beatty, Jim Self, Mark Dendy, Sean Curran, Vincent Mantsoe and Joy Kellman. Anderson’s choreography has been presented throughout the US as well as internationally at such venues as Dancespace at St. Mark’s Church, New York Live Arts, The Fusebox Festival in Austin, The Beijing Modern Dance Festival, and The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.  After many years in Philadelphia, Anderson joined the Theatre and Dance faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as a tenured associate professor of African Diasporic Dance in 2011 where he has established himself as a teaching choreographer dedicated to creating interdisciplinary dance projects committed to social justice. Anderson was selected as one of “The 25 Artists to Watch” by Dance Magazine and is a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient. 

Photo credit: Gabriel Bienczycki

Rodger Belman

rodgerbelman-adfhenanAssistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University; He has been a guest artist/faculty member at numerous institutions, universities and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad including the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Cochabamba, Bolivia; Vortex Festival, Brittany, France; ADF Henan, Xinxiang, China; University of Michigan; Sejong University, Seoul South Korea; Korean Dance Festival, Seoul, South Korea; Hollins University, Barnard College, Connecticut College, Long Island University, East Carolina University, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, George Mason University, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Dance Theater of Harlem, University of Georgia and Mary Washington College. He also spent six years as a dance educator for the New York City Board of Education. He has toured nationally and internationally, and has performed in the companies of Laura Dean, Twyla Tharp, Rachel Lampert, Mark Taylor, Joy Kellman, and Kristin Jackson, among others. His choreography has been presented at various venues in France, Bolivia, China, and across the U.S. in Florida, New York, Wisconsin, Virginia, Georgia, Washington D.C., and across the state of North Carolina as part of the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour, and on the Acts to Follow program at the American Dance Festival. In 2009, the American Dance Festival presented his “Life. Love. Pursuit.” – a site-specific work for 28 dancers performed in Duke University’s Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens. He recently created site-specific works in the Delta Dore factory in Bonnemain, France as part of the 2013 Vortex Festival in Brittany France, and on the grounds of the Portales Palace in Cochabamba, Bolivia as part of the 5th International Contemporary Dance Festival. From 2004-2010, he reconstructed and staged Laura Dean’s masterworks for several universities throughout the U.S. and for the American Dance Festival. BA in French from George Mason University; MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. ADF Faculty since 2007.

Kira Blazek Ziaii

kira-blasek-amanda-vincelliKira Blazek Ziaii is a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist originally from Houston, Texas. She has performed with Hubbard Street 2, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Christopher Williams, anoukvandijkdc, Pilobolus Creative Services, Phantom Limb Company, and Shen Wei Dance Arts among others. Her choreography has been presented in New York, Sarasota, Tulsa, Austin, and Los Angeles, as well as featured in music videos for Beach House and De Lux. Kira holds a BFA from Oklahoma University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has been a certified Countertechnique teacher since 2012, and is on faculty at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Other teaching engagements have included Gibney Dance Center, Princeton University, California State University Long Beach, Hope Stone, Austin TBXS, Oklahoma University, and company classes for BODYTRAFFIC and Diavolo.

Photo credit: Amanda Vincelli

Robbie CooK

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Robbie Cook is a Brooklyn-based dance artist working as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. During the summer he teaches at both American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Robbie has taught internationally through Japan Contemporary Dance Network as a member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Sapporo, Japan, The i-Dance Festival in Hong Kong, Chadwick International School in Incheon, South Korea and has been invited two times to Universidad de Las Américas in Puebla, México to teach and set choreography on the students. While living in Los Angeles, he played percussion with String Theory Productions at the 2014 Emmy’s Governor’s Ball, led a contact improvisation workshop for the BODYTRAFFIC Company and was on the dance faculty at Loyola Marymount University from 2011-2015. Robbie has also been on the dance faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSSSA @ Cal Arts and TCU. As a dancer he has performed for Michel Kouakou, Rosie Herrera, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lerman, Edwaard Liang, Margaret Jenkins, Liz Gerring, Keith Thompson, Stacy Spence, Laurel Jenkins, Jan Erkert, Third Rail Projects, Lucky Plush Productions, Dallas Opera’s Production of Boris Godunov, Deborah Hay (SPCP ’01 & ’07) and performed Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A as a duet with Hope Mohr. Robbie’s choreography has been performed nationally and internationally in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alaska, Tokyo, Japan and on students at Pepperdine, UDLAP, Idyllwild, ADF and Shenandoah Conservatory. He earned an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Robbie’s classes draw from his study of Functional Anatomy with Irene Dowd and his continual investigation of the eight limbs of Yoga. Robbie Cook Dance.

Photo credit: Kristina Pugh

Elizabeth Corbett

ElizabethCorbett.Grant HalversonForsythe dancer Elizabeth Corbett trained at the National Academy of Arts and the School of American Ballet and with Maggie Black and Marjorie Mussman in NYC. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet and the Milwaukee Ballet before moving to Europe. There she became a soloist with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet and danced for over a decade in works including Love Songs, Artifact, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Enemy in the Figure, Steptext, Behind the China Dogs, The Loss of Small Detail, and Vile Parody of Address. Ms. Corbett now guest teaches ballet, improvisation technologies, and Forsythe repertory workshops freelance and for Forsythe Productions internationally. She was Dance Coordinator for Anne Teresa DeKeersmaeker’s school of contemporary dance, PARTS, in Brussels from 1999 to 2005 and danced with Ms. DeKeersmaeker in With/For/By, a Rosas/Impulstanz production including works by Dana Caspersen, Amanda Miller, Forsythe, and DeKeersmaeker. She has been choreographic assistant to William Forsythe, Ms. DeKeersmaeker, and Robert Wilson in productions for the Paris Opera and Rosas. Ms. Corbett has taught classes and workshops for dance companies, festivals, and institutions around the world including PARTS/Rosas, Impulstanz Vienna, Cullberg Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Movement Research/International Dance Dialogues, Dance Ireland, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and Beijing Dance Academy, where she received an honorary professorship. In the Memphis area, where Elizabeth currently resides with her family, she teaches Forsythe workshops at Ballet Memphis’ school and for the New Ballet Ensemble Company and School where she recently set an original work. She was recently awarded a Chairman’s Award locally for her fundraising, providing meals for schools in Kenya. Elizabeth has been an American Dance Festival faculty member since 2006 and is a current Rosenberg Distinguished Artist for 2015-2016 working in conjunction with Towson University and Forsythe Productions.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

LEAH COX (Dean)

LeahCox.Grant HalversonLeah Cox is an educator, performer, and choreographer. In addition to being Dean of the American Dance Festival, Cox holds the position of Term Associate Professor at Bard College. Leah is an avid educator, teaching classes for all ages and levels of ability nationwide. She has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Peridance, and Dance New Amsterdam and is a master teacher and adjudicator for YoungArts. Cox worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in various capacities from 2001 to 2014. She began as a company dancer, briefly occupied the role of rehearsal assistant, became the company’s first education director, launching its education programs, and regularly reconstructed the company’s works on students and professional dancers. When the company merged with Dance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts, Cox continued in her education capacity, developing Live Arts’ education programs. Most notably, she oversaw the six-year partnership between Live Arts and Bard College. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, the DUMBO Dance Festival, and the CoolNY Festival, in addition to other locations beyond NYC. Cox is inspired by the way that her teaching, performing, and creative practices inform one another and provide a richly layered perspective on dance as it functions in contemporary culture.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson.

Joy Davis

Joy Davis teaches Contemporary Dance: Countertechnique during shopping period at Harvard University. Students gather in the dance studio on Garden Street to learn from Joy Davis (pictured), a certified Countertechnique expert, dancer, choreographer and educator. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerJoy Davis is a dance artist, educator, and scholar. She received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College and a BA in Performing Arts through the College Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Joy began training in the Countertechnique with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 at the American Dance Festival and completed the CTTT (teacher’s certification) as one four American instructors in 2012. Joy is honored to have taught on faculty at Smith College and Wesleyan University; and Countertechnique workshops at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, Gibney Dance (NYC), BodyVox (Portland), Fact/SF, New Dialect, Mocean (Halifax, NS), amongst many others. Under the moniker joy davis project, Joy produces collaborative and location-based dance performance since 2006. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) Greenhouse Artist, received a choreographic residency at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, and has premiered work in Northampton, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Knoxville, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Diego. Joy is on the advisory board to co-curate performance, discussions, and programming for Jen Polins’ School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) in Northampton, MA; and is currently creating a new works for New Dialect in Nashville and Scottsdale College Dance Department in Arizona. She recently joined the Dance Division faculty at The Boston Conservatory, and is honored to be a Visiting Lecturer on the Theater, Dance, and Media at Harvard for the fall of 2016.

Photo credit: Stephanie Mitchell

E. Moncell “ill kozby” Durden

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Moncell is the new assistant professor of practice in Hip-Hop for the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California. Before USC, Moncell taught at the Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University and Bennington College. Moncell specializes in pedagogical practices that provide cultural and historical context in AfroDiasporic social dance formations. He began his professional career opening up for visiting recording artists in his hometown of Harrisburg, PA. In 1992 Moncell befriended and began dancing with Hip-Hop pioneer and commercial choreographer Emilio Austin Jr.; who played a key role in Moncell’s comprehension of NYC “street” dance culture. In 1998 Moncell was invited to become a member of Philadelphia Hip Hop theater company Rennie Harris Puremovement, which awarded him international travel and exposure to concert dance. Moncell held an appointment for 7 years at Drexel University until 2010, when he was accepted into MA program to study Anthropology of Dance at Roehampton University in the UK. Moncell has published articles in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches, the Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America, is currently writing an article for the Oxford University Press, and is working on his own book, Hip-Hop Dance in Context, as well as developing a documentary on the genealogy of Hip-Hop Dance.

Photo Credit: Kate Singh (Aevum Images) 

Gerri Houlihan

GerriHoulihanGerri Houlihan began her professional training at the Juilliard School, studying with Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino, and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and spent five years as a soloist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Houlihan has taught or choreographed for such institutions as NY’s High School of the Performing Arts, the University of Wisconsin-ilwaukee, the Bates Dance Festival, the Boston Ballet, the Harvard Summer Dance Center, Meredith College, the University of South Florida, North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Richmond, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Virginia Commonwealth University. From 1984 to 1987, she directed her own school and company, the Boston Dance Project. She was one of five finalists in the Boston Ballet’s International Choreography Competition. From 1988 to 1999, Ms. Houlihan was on the faculty of New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. During that time, she was also the artistic director of Houlihan and Dancers. The recipient of two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships in Dance/Choreography in 1991-92 and 1996-97, Houlihan and Dancers was on the touring roster for the state of Florida. She is a member of the board of directors for the Florida Dance Association and also for the American College Dance Association. Ms. Houlihan has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival from 1981 to 1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in eighteen international linkages, teaching in Korea, China, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Estonia, Poland, the Philippines, Russia, and Mongolia. She is the 2005 recipient of the Balasaraswati Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching and a 2012 recipient of the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching Award. She received her MFA in 2007 from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival MFA program. She is the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching at Florida State University. 

Photo credit: Sara D. Davis 

SHAYLA-VIE JENKINS

shayla-vie-re-amunShayla-Vie Jenkins is a New York based performer, teacher, and dance maker.  She is a New Jersey native and graduated with honors from the Ailey/Fordham University program, with a major in Dance and minor in English Literature.  Shayla-Vie spent the past decade performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.  During her tenure, she taught numerous master classes and workshops for the company.  She also serves as a repetiteur, restaging some of Bill’s most notable works.  Shayla-Vie is a founding member of Yaa Samar Dance Theater, and has enjoyed working collaboratively in other projects with Francesca Harper, Alicia Hall-Moran, Grisha Coleman, The A.O. Movement Collective, Emily Manzo, Rebecca Lazier, Yanira Castro, and Yara Travieso.  She is currently a MFA teaching fellow at Smith College, and investigating her own choreographic voice.  She has shown work at Movement Research at Judson Church, NYU’s Tisch Theater, Joe’s Pub, and Harlem Stage. 

Photo Credit: Re-Amun

yangkeun kim

yangkeunkimYANGKEUN KIM, choreographer/teacher/dancer/writer, is a professor of Soongeui Women`s College, Artistic Director of Garion Dance Company, and vice president of The Modern Dance Promotion of Korea. She has performed her work with Garion Dance Company, Korea Contemporary Dance Company and Wansoon Yook`s Dance Company, toured Europe, US, and Asia. She is also the Director of JD-KSDF (JD-Korea Summer Dance Festival). Ms. Kim has organized KDF (KADF) since 1990, Seoul International Choreographer’s Festival since 1995 and workshops and JD-KSDF from 2016. She founded Y-Conditioning Association and somatic research along with other choreographers and dance teachers. She teach Healing Technique at ADF since 2004.

Nia Love

nialove-granthalversonNia Love is an artist, choreographer, activist, mother, warrior, and educator continuing to expand conversations of intersectionality through dance. She was invited to apprentice with the world renowned Ballet Nacíonal De Cubá, Havana (’78). A graduate of Howard University (BFA) and Florida State University (MFA). Awarded Fulbright Fellowship, and to continues to work nationally and internationally. Nia worked and danced with Min Tanaka, the celebrated Japanese Butoh master and has had her work presented at Judson Church, Harlem Stage, Bates Dance Festival, PS122, Projcet Artaud, and Tanzanian–Time 2Dance Festival to name a few. Love was awarded the Alvin Ailey NDCL grant,  the Suitcase Fund, and CUNY Choreographic Initiative and most recently the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2016-’17.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

PAUL MATTESON

paulmatteson-joshuasugiyamaPaul Matteson’s research explores methods for generating inventive personal movement within collaborative choreography.  He was a member of the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2008-2012.  Before that, he was a member of David Dorfman Dance and Race Dance, receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for his “Body of Work” in 2002.  He also performed for Terry Creach, Peter Schmitz, Kota Yamazaki, Chamecki/Lerner, Jamie Cunningham, Neta Pulvermacher, Susan Sgorbati, Helena Franzen, and Keith Johnson.  From 2012-2017, Paul taught at Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College and is a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Award recipient in Choreography.   Recent projects include Bored House Guests with Sara Hook and Sun Eaters with Tzveta Kassabova and Elena Demyanenko.  He is currently at work on a new evening-length duet with longtime collaborator Jennifer Nugent.  

Photo credit: Joshua Sugiyama

jennifer nugent

jennifernugent-arthurfinkJennifer Nugent danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007, receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work in the company.  She has also had opportunities to perform and work intensively with Martha Clarke, Lisa Race, Doug Elkins, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Kate Weare, Barbara Sloan and Dale Andre.  Jennifer’s teaching and dancing is inspired by all her teachers and mentors, most profoundly by her time working and performing with  Daniel Lepkoff, Wendall Beavers, Gerri Houlihan, David Dorfman, Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, Wendy Woodson, and Patty Townsend.  Her choreography and duet collaborations with Paul Matteson have been presented in New York City and throughout the U.S.  She teaches regularly in NYC and abroad and has been a guest artist at numerous universities and dance festivals including The American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and Salt Dance Festival.  

Photo Credit: Arthur Fink

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Jillian Peña is a dance and video artist whose work seeks to make visible the confusion and desire of the self in relationship to itself and others. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. Jillian was nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award for Emerging Choreographer in New York, and was awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe, the European Prize for Outstanding Emerging Choreography, 2014 at ImpulsTanz Dance Festival in Vienna. She has been presented internationally, including at Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop and The Kitchen in New York, and at American Dance Institute, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Sophiensaele Berlin, Modern Art Oxford, and the International Festival of Contemporary Art Slovenia. Jillian has created work for American Ballet Theater and the University of the Arts. She has been in residence at LMCC, PS122, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, the National Dance Center of Bucharest, and Archauz Denmark. She was a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar during which she was awarded an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a fellowship recipient, and a Practice-based MPhil at Goldsmiths University.

SHARON PRICE

SheronePrice1.GrantHalversonInstructor, Choreographer and Dancer, currently Associate Professor of Dance at Appalachian State University, Lecturer, UNC-Greensboro, Visiting Instructor of Dance, Florida International University in Miami, Fl; Artist in Residence/Henry Bascom Professor of Dance, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Selected Choreography for the White House hosted by President George Bush for reception for the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, performed by Moving in the Spirit Touring Company, Atlanta, GA; BFA, University of North Carolina-Greensboro and MFA, Hollins University in Roanoke Va.; Principal Dancer with Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Durham, NC; Guest Performer, Gamble Dance Theater and Jan Van Dyke Dance Group; Performed Talley Beatty’s Mourner’s Bench at the 1995 Scripps/ADF Award Ceremony (Durham, NC); Study West African.

Photo credit: Grant Havlerson/ADF

RAY ELIOT SCHWARTZ

Concluyó el “Laboratorio somático: la imagen corporal” impartido por Ximena Monroy y Ray Schwartz / Encuentro Nacional de Danza 2016

Ray Eliot Schwartz attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from University of Texas-Austin. He is the Academic Coordinator of the Dance Program of the University of the Americas-Puebla in México, founder of Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes del Movimiento, a research associate at the Center for Mind Body Movement, and a consultant and teaching artist for ArcDanz International Dance Workshop. Ray co-founded four contemporary dance projects in the southern U.S.: Sheep Army, The Zen Monkey Project, Steve’s House Dance Collective and THEM. His primary influences in the study and practice of Contact Improvisation are Nancy Stark Smith, David Beadle, and the multiple dances he has enjoyed with people from all over the world over the last 30 years. He has been a guest artist for diverse populations in the U.S., South East Asia, South America, and Mexico and has served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, MELT, the ZMP Summer Dance Intensive, the Colorado College Summer Dance Festival and SFADI, among others. He is a published scholar who writes in Spanish and English about the interface of somatic movement education and contemporary dance practice. His somatic studies include certifications in Body-Mind Centering® and the Feldenkrais Method™. Additional studies include Zero-Balancing, Gross Anatomy (Dissection), Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Traditional Thai Massage.

Photo Credit: Gabriel Morales

James Sutton

JamesSutton.Tom CaravagliaJames Sutton, dancer, teacher, and choreographer, was the co-recipient of the Balasaraswati/Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching from the American Dance Festival in 2015. He was for 14 years an Associate Arts Professor in Dance at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is currently ballet master for New York Theatre Ballet. As a performer, he appeared as principal dancer with Houston Ballet, Chicago Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, and DANCERS. Formerly Associate Director of the Kathryn Posin Modern Dance Company, he formed his own company in New York in 1983. His choreographic commissions span all aspects of theatre and dance, from opera and musical productions to ballet and contemporary dance. A frequent guest instructor around the US, he taught on the faculties of Connecticut College, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Michigan, as well as for 15 summers at the American Dance Festival beginning in 1985. He was formerly ballet master for Ballet Hispanico of New York, and, for five years, company teacher for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Internationally, he has been a guest teacher at t
he Maly (now Mikhailovsky) Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia; Cloud-Gate Dance Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan; Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia; and the Cullberg Ballet and Balett Akademien in Stockholm, Sweden, among other venues across Europe and Asia. Previously an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teacher at the Juilliard School in New York, he also currently works in Communications for Brooklyn Academy of Music and is a contributing writer for Ballet Review.

Photo credit: Tom Caravaglia

Otto Vazquez “AQUABOOGY”ottovazquez

The Miami born dancer came to be in a family of strict religious order. Born into a Pentecostal, ministry family, Hip Hop and
Street Dance was not a welcomed subject and most of his childhood experimentation with dance was done in utter secrecy. Later as a teen, he ran away into the streets of Hialeah (his crime-filled neighborhood in Miami) and was assisted when he was homeless by a street gang. And as dark forces came to engulf him, he was reunited with his family and they whisked him away to a better neighborhood, far from Hialeah. As a teen he began going to underground Rave events and it was here that he began remembering his tabooed passion of street dancing (mainly Popping and Locking) and the Hip Hop culture. Finding independence early on from living at home, he dived fully into his love of Street Dance. Soon after, the art form pulled him away from the negative gang influences and the drug infested Raves, and allowed him to begin a career with dance, something he thought was impossible. By 1996, he began working dance gigs, doing his first artist tours, and only a few years after, he was living off the dance. By 2003, he was living in New York, working with an Off Broadway Hip Hop variety show called: “Break! The Urban Funk Spectacular.” And through his personal drive in his talent, and through the success of the show in the 2000’s, he toured the world and was hailed as an Off-Broadway star by many a reviewer. It was due to shows like “Break!” by Steve Love, and “Legends of Hip Hop” by Rennie Harris, that enabled Hollywood to revisit Street Dance by creating movies again. Aquaboogy was part of a wave of early entertainers that enabled an entire movement of movies like: “You Got Served” , “Step Up” and the television shows “America’s Best Dance Crew” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Aquaboogy was the first Popper from Miami to go international and teach, perform and expand the culture abroad in the 2000’s. He taught many other young entertainers that have followed in his footsteps and have already created wonderful legacies on their own and he still mentors many adults that once were his students as kids and teens. He helped create the Street Dance dance community in his native Florida by providing quality events for many years, bringing a grand host of dance legends to the peninsula to help build the talent that still resides there to this day. He is regarded as a positive, driving force in the global dance community and his worth lies in more than just skills in dance, but a lifelong dedication to the culture, career and the lifestyle.

His autobiography will be published in 2017! Stay tuned!

Photo credit: Brandon Fotos

Andrea Weber

AndreaWeberANDREA WEBER was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2004 – 2011, performing roles in over 25 works. Andrea is on faculty of the Merce Cunningham Trust, teaching Cunningham Technique® at New York City Center and the Joffrey Ballet Trainee program. She has also taught at SUNY Purchase, Brown University, Skidmore College, the American Dance Festival, ArcDanz Festival, NYU Tisch, ABT Studio Company, Salem State College and Dance New Amsterdam. Andrea has staged Pond Way for Ballett am Rhein and Ballet Vlaanderen, Suite for Five for the CNSMD in Lyon, RainForest for the Stephen Petronio Company, and Sounddance at UNCSA. Andrea has also danced with Coleman & Lemieux Compagnie, Dance Heginbotham, Jessica Lang Dance, Cornfield Dance, Jonah Bokaer, and Charlotte Griffin

Photo credit: Grant Halverson 

Jesse Zaritt

jessezaritt-saradavisJesse Zaritt is a Brooklyn, NY based dance artist. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, having previously been the inaugural 2014-2016 Research Fellow in the university’s School of Dance. Jesse has performed his solo work in Uruguay, Russia, Korea, Germany, New York, Japan, Mexico, Israel and throughout the United States. His solo ‘Binding’ is the recipient of three 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards: Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Performance Art Production. Jesse has been working collaboratively with choreographer Jumatatu Poe since 2012; they recently presented an evening length duet at Gibney Dance Center in New York City. Their work has also been shown at AUX Performance Space (Vox Populi) and Fringe Arts in Philadelphia (PA) and at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (through the sponsorship of Triple Canopy), Dixon Place and New York Live Arts (through the Studio Series Program) in New York City. A duet created in collaboration with choreographer Katie Swords premiered at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in Late October 2015. Jesse was commissioned by the American Dance Festival to create a duet with choreographer Mark Haim which premiered as part of the 2015 ADF performance season. From September 2008 through June 2011, Jesse was an artist in residence at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan as part of LABA, a laboratory for new Jewish culture. He has been commissioned to create original choreographic works for numerous American college programs; he has also created choreography for the Seminar HaKibbutzim College (Israel) and the Acco Theater Festival (Israel). Jesse was the recipient of a 2006-2007 Dorot Fellowship in Israel which enabled him to study the relationship between political conflict and choreography. Jesse was a performer with the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (NYC/2001-2006), and the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (Tel Aviv/2008). Jesse has also performed in the work of Faye Driscoll (NYC/2010-2015) and works as an artistic advisor/dramaturge for her current projects. Jesse currently performs in the work of Netta Yerushalmy (NYC/since 2009). Jesse has recently taught at Bard College (NY), the American Dance Festival (NC), Hollins University (VA), Pomona College (CA), and the University of the Americas Puebla (Mexico) as well as at festivals in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Jesse received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival (2008) and a BA from Pomona College (2000).

Photo credit: Sara D. Davis

 

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E. Moncell “ill kozby” durden

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Moncell is the new assistant professor of practice in Hip-Hop for the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at the University of Southern California. Before USC, Moncell taught at the Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan University and Bennington College. Moncell specializes in pedagogical practices that provide cultural and historical context in AfroDiasporic social dance formations. He began his professional career opening up for visiting recording artists in his hometown of Harrisburg, PA. In 1992 Moncell befriended and began dancing with Hip-Hop pioneer and commercial choreographer Emilio Austin Jr.; who played a key role in Moncell’s comprehension of NYC “street” dance culture. In 1998 Moncell was invited to become a member of Philadelphia Hip Hop theater company Rennie Harris Puremovement, which awarded him international travel and exposure to concert dance. Moncell held an appointment for 7 years at Drexel University until 2010, when he was accepted into MA program to study Anthropology of Dance at Roehampton University in the UK. Moncell has published articles in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches, the Encyclopedia of African Cultural Heritage in North America, is currently writing an article for the Oxford University Press, and is working on his own book, Hip-Hop Dance in Context, as well as developing a documentary on the genealogy of Hip-Hop Dance.

Photo Credit: Kate Singh (Aevum Images)

Michelle GibsoN

Choreographer, educator, and performing artist, received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance and Performance Studies from Hollins University/American Dance Festival at Duke University. Second Lining from New Orleans La she has been blessed to have studied at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Delta Festival Ballet Company, Milton School of Dance, the Young African American Dance Ensemble, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. In addition to her diverse training Michelle has had the wonderful opportunity of performing works choreographed by Baba Chuck Davis, Baba Richard Gonzales, Donald McKayle, Sean Curran, Ronald K. Brown, Trebien Pollard, LaMora Perez PradesMarlies Yearby,Tommy F. DeFrantz, Thaddeus and Tanya Davis, Vernel Bagneris and Scott Grossman just to name a few.  She has toured and performed throughout Germany and Japan. Her motion picture credits include Academy Award nominated film, Interview With a Vampire, the Academy Award winning film, Ray, and the movie Just My Luck with Lindsay Lohan. Michelle, a seven year faculty member with the American Dance Festival six week school intensive held at Duke University, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem Summer Intensive returned back to the states summer 2014 after being an Artist in Resident in Port Au Prince and Jacmel Haiti, with New Waves Dance and Performance Institute. Founder and Artistic Director of Exhibit Dance Collective, she has taught and set choreography at various intensives, institutions and universities not to mention choreography for several theater companies and live entertainment organizations locally and out of state. Currently a freelance artist Michelle is an NPN artist in resident with the South Dallas Cultural Center, Artistic Director of the Dallas Youth Repertory Project , Artistic Director of the New Orleans Youth Brass Jumpers, Artistic Director / Choreographer for Voices of Congo Square Production, and a CAP artist with Office of Cultural Affairs here in Dallas TX. As a educator , choreographer , and performing artist  presently living in Dallas , Michelle has presented as a guest speaker at the Extra Yard Teacher’s Summit 2015 and presenter at the Dallas Festival of Ideas 2015 held at the Dallas City Performance Hall.Her choreographic works range from genres of the African Diaspora, Contemporary Modern, Afro Funk, Jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic. One of her many choreographic works was presented in a workshop production based on novel entitled Wading Home written by Roslyn Story in April 2015 at the Dallas City Performance Hall in tribute to the survivors and lost souls of Hurricane Katrina . Michelle being one of those survivors . One of her latest works choreographed, Voices of Congo Square, produced by Shakaand Naimah Zulu, on the rich culture and history of the Black Mardi Gras Indians premiered at the Black Dance USA conference in June 2016 at the Sun Theatre in St Louis MO. Michelle is ecstatic to have  become a candidate in 2014 working towards receiving the Katherine Dunham Technique Certification completion in 2017. In September 2015 left for Rennes France teaching her New Orleans Second Aesthetics and Guest Lecture with the Compagnie Engrenage and the festival Le Funk Prend Les Rennes (translated the Funk Takes the Reins). The festival honored and focused  on the brass band culture of New Orleans both music and dance also focusing on Nigerian Afrobeat. Michelle’s current projects involve  sharing her New Orleans culture  resonating through a series of workshops called The Original BuckShop. The Original BuckShop engages you in the culture and Diasporaic traditions of the black New Orleans community as it pertains to the history of New Orleans through dance, language, art and music. Creating what she calls her Second Line Asethic through dance workshops, lectures, and demonstrations focuses on New Orleans Brass Music, New Orleans Social Aide and Pleasure Clubs/ Benevolent  Societies and the New Orleans Black Mardi Gras Indians bringing a true essence to the impulse of who she is, where she comes from, and why she buck jumps during that Second Line like she does.

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In 2013 Michelle was awarded an National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network Creation Fund Grant to produce her first one women show entitled Takin It To The Roots co-commissioned by South Dallas Cultural Center and Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans. This production was also made possible in part by National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts. Takin It To The Roots premiered in March 2016 and will premiere for the second time in her home town of New Orleans at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center October 28th and 29th 2016 with future touring locations. Takin’ It to the Roots investigates the creative impulse in Michelle N. Gibson’s choreography and practice that is rooted in her New Orleans African American experience. Moving forward Michelle has been invited to teach an 8 weekdance and choreography residency at the University of Illinois at Champagne leaving August 2016. Blessed to have accomplished many things in her life, Michelles greatest achievement is being the mother / artist of two beautiful children.

For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required.” Luke 12:48

SHERONE PRICE

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Instructor, Choreographer and Dancer, currently Associate Professor of Dance at Appalachian State University, Lecturer, UNC-Greensboro, Visiting Instructor of Dance, Florida International University in Miami, Fl; Artist in Residence/Henry Bascom Professor of Dance, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Selected Choreography for the White House hosted by President George Bush for reception for the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, performed by Moving in the Spirit Touring Company, Atlanta, GA; BFA, University of North Carolina-Greensboro and MFA, Hollins University in Roanoke, VA; Principal Dancer with Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Durham, NC; Guest Performer, Gamble Dance Theater and Jan Van Dyke Dance Group; Performed Talley Beatty’s Mourner’s Bench at the 1995 Scripps/ADF Award Ceremony (Durham, NC).

Photo credit: Grant Havlerson/ADF 

CHRISTIAN VON HOWARD

Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based out of New York City. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and nurtured in the Big Ole state of Texas, Christian is an international performer, teacher and choreographer. His professional career began as a teenager at Ballet Concerto, under the Artistic Direction of Margo Dean. He would later become a founding member and Assistant Director of JAADE Dance Theatre (A sister company to Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre) under the direction Keisha Breaker-Haliburton. In Texas, Christian also worked with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Darryl B. Sneed (Former Assistant Director of Dallas Black Dance Theater), Dancers Unlimited, Mary Kay Industrials, Dian Clough West, NOVA Dancing Company and many others.   Overseas he graced the stage with the Trier Ballet (Germany) and Let’s Dance/Teatro de Reggio (Italy). In 1997, Christian co-founded 1*4*8 The Collective, a collaborative dance and theater company of seven artists creating work in the NYC area. From 2000-2003 he served as the Artist in Residence at Columbia College (SC) and the Associate Director of The Power Company, a South Carolina contemporary dance company under the Artistic Direction of Martha Brim. As a concert performer, Christian has worked with such artists as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Mark Dendy, Randy James, and danced with the Fred Benjamin Dance Company, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company and the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company to name a few. In 2006, Christian was awarded a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. In 2010, his choreographic work presented at the National Conference of the American College Dance Association Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.  His choreography has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC Festival, d.u.m.b.o. arts festival, the Ailey School and the Spoleto Festival (SC). He has also set work on various colleges and universities, which included University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Columbia College (SC), Jacksonville University, Texas Christian University, Winthrop University and various other schools of dance across the country. Christian has also been a member of the dance faculties of the Texas Christian University, Morris County Academy of Visual & Performing Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts – Rutgers University, Columbia College (SC), and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Christian is a 2013/2014 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts where he was part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Dance & Choreography from 2008 to 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University and concurrently teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC where he has been on faculty since 1998. Christian serves as the Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Association. He holds advanced degrees in Performance and Choreography from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Photo credit: Steven Schreiber

katewalker-guilliauxKate wALKER

Kate Walker graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington and an MS in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Argosy University.  Her performing credits include works by Christopher Huggins, Deborah Wolf, Mark Haim, Pat Graney, Lily Cabatu Weiss, and many others. She was rehearsal director for Dallas Black Dance Theatre II and has had choreographic works commissioned and presented by DBDT II, Brookhaven Community College, The Hockaday School, Contemporary Ballet Dallas, and Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She has been featured in Dance Studio Life, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher magazines for her experience as both a teacher and dancer. Kate joined the dance faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2008 and became Dance Department Chair in 2014. She is thrilled to be joining the ADF 3WS faculty again this summer!

 

 

Dance Professionals Workshop

GERRI HOULIHAN (DPW Director)

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Gerri Houlihan began her professional training at the Juilliard School, studying with Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino, and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and spent five years as a soloist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Houlihan has taught or choreographed for such institutions as NY’s High School of the Performing Arts, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Bates Dance Festival, the Boston Ballet, the Harvard Summer Dance Center, Meredith College, the University of South Florida, North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Richmond, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Virginia Commonwealth University. From 1984 to 1987, she directed her own school and company, the Boston Dance Project. She was one of five finalists in the Boston Ballet’s International Choreography Competition. From 1988 to 1999, Ms. Houlihan was on the faculty of New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. During that time, she was also the artistic director of Houlihan and Dancers. The recipient of two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships in Dance/Choreography in 1991-92 and 1996-97, Houlihan and Dancers was on the touring roster for the state of Florida. She is on the advisory board for the American Dance Festival and the American College Dance Association. Ms. Houlihan has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival from 1981 to 1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in eighteen international linkages, teaching in Korea, China, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Estonia, Poland, the Philippines, Russia, and Mongolia. She is the 2005 recipient of the Balasaraswati Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching and a 2012 recipient of the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching award from Florida State University. She received her MFA in 2007 from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival MFA program. 

Photo credit: Sara D. Davis/ADF

NIA LOVE

nialove-granthalversonNia Love is an artist, choreographer, activist, mother, warrior, and educator continuing to expand conversations of intersectionality through dance. She was invited to apprentice with the world renowned Ballet Nacíonal De Cubá, Havana (’78). A graduate of Howard University (BFA) and Florida State University (MFA). Awarded Fulbright Fellowship, and to continues to work nationally and internationally. Nia worked and danced with Min Tanaka, the celebrated Japanese Butoh master and has had her work presented at Judson Church, Harlem Stage, Bates Dance Festival, PS122, Projcet Artaud, and Tanzanian–Time 2Dance Festival to name a few. Love was awarded the Alvin Ailey NDCL grant,  the Suitcase Fund, and CUNY Choreographic Initiative and most recently the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence 2016-’17.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

JESSE ZARITT

jessezaritt-saradavisJesse Zaritt is a Brooklyn, NY based dance artist. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, having previously been the inaugural 2014-2016 Research Fellow in the university’s School of Dance. Jesse has performed his solo work in Uruguay, Russia, Korea, Germany, New York, Japan, Mexico, Israel and throughout the United States. His solo ‘Binding’ is the recipient of three 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards: Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Performance Art Production. Jesse has been working collaboratively with choreographer Jumatatu Poe since 2012; they recently presented an evening length duet at Gibney Dance Center in New York City. Their work has also been shown at AUX Performance Space (Vox Populi) and Fringe Arts in Philadelphia (PA) and at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (through the sponsorship of Triple Canopy), Dixon Place and New York Live Arts (through the Studio Series Program) in New York City. A duet created in collaboration with choreographer Katie Swords premiered at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in Late October 2015. Jesse was commissioned by the American Dance Festival to create a duet with choreographer Mark Haim which premiered as part of the 2015 ADF performance season. From September 2008 through June 2011, Jesse was an artist in residence at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan as part of LABA, a laboratory for new Jewish culture. He has been commissioned to create original choreographic works for numerous American college programs; he has also created choreography for the Seminar HaKibbutzim College (Israel) and the Acco Theater Festival (Israel). Jesse was the recipient of a 2006-2007 Dorot Fellowship in Israel which enabled him to study the relationship between political conflict and choreography. Jesse was a performer with the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (NYC/2001-2006), and the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (Tel Aviv/2008). Jesse has also performed in the work of Faye Driscoll (NYC/2010-2015) and works as an artistic advisor/dramaturge for her current projects. Jesse currently performs in the work of Netta Yerushalmy (NYC/since 2009). Jesse has recently taught at Bard College (NY), the American Dance Festival (NC), Hollins University (VA), Pomona College (CA), and the University of the Americas Puebla (Mexico) as well as at festivals in Japan, Korea, and Russia. Jesse received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival (2008) and a BA from Pomona College (2000).

Photo credit: Sara D. Davis

Summer musicians

ADam Crawley DURHAM, NC - JULY 8:  6WS Ballet III class with Corbett on July 8, 2013, at Durham School of the Arts Upper Dance Studio in Durham, North Carolina.  (©Grant Halverson/ADF)

Adam Crawley has worked with dancers as an accompanist, collaborator, composer, and improviser for the past 17 years. In
addition to his work with the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University, Adam plays for dance festivals including
the Doug Varone and Dancers Workshops, the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and the American College Dance Festival Association. Adam’s music can be streamed and downloaded from his website. djplie.com

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

Jefferson Dalby

DURHAM, NC - JUNE 27:  Six week school Modern IV class with Brady and Okamoto June 27, 2013, in the Durham School of the Arts Upper Studio in Durham, North Carolina.  (©Grant Halverson/ADF)PhonRock-and-roll piano and keyboard player; accompanies classes using percussion, flute, electronics and electric percussion, and many piano styles; bandleader of the Jazzphibians; performed with Fort Worth’s Hip Pocket Theatre, Jubilee Theatre, and Sojourner Truth Players; former accompanist at Fort Worth Ballet, Boston Ballet, and White Mountain Summer Dance Festival; accompanist at North Carolina School of the Arts since 1992. Website is BalletClassMusicforFree.com.

Photo Credit: Grant Halverson

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JOANIE FERGUSON is a drummer, percussionist and composer. She is currently in her 10th year as improvisational composer and
 accompanist for the dance programs at both Agnes Scott and Emory University. Joanie has accompanied classes at the southeastern ACDA for the past 3 years, and also served as accompanist for ADF auditions there. Ferguson has an extensive background as a touring musician and has shared the stage with many notable musicians, including Sister Hazel, Angie Aparo, Madeski, Martin & Wood, Drivin-n-Cryin, Better Than Ezra, Spin Doctors, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Mother’s Finest, Toto, Randy Bachman (BTO) and Blue Oyster Cult, to name a few. Joanie is currently touring with an original dixie-fried, funkified southern rock band Royal Johnson www.RoyalJohnsonBand.com
Her experimental music with soundscape artist Interstellar Tones can be found on Trichome Records and soundcloud.

Natalie gilbert nataliegilbert

Natalie Gilbert: pianist, accompanist, composer and teacher. ADF Music Director from 1981-2011. In addition to her work as a musician, Natalie is a nationally certified massage therapist and body worker licensed in the state of North Carolina and has a private practice as well as being an independent contractor at Duke Diet and Fitness Center. In 2012, she travelled to Chiang Mai, Thailand where she studied Thai Yoga Massage. She incorporates these methods into her table massage. She has taught middle school music at the Carolina Friends School in Durham and has an active piano teaching studio with students of all ages, emphasizing improvisation and all styles of music. She also has students at the NC School of Science and Math. She currently plays for dance classes at Duke University and for the Carolina Ballet summer dance intensive. She has been music coordinate at the Ohio State University Department of Dance, and is a founding board member of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. Her music degrees are from Oberlin (BA) and Ohio State University (MA.) As a composer and accompanist living in New York City for sixteen years, she freelanced as a cocktail pianist and worked extensively with dancers as well as being on the faculty of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Dance Department. In 2008, her featured interview was published in “the body eclectic: evolving practices in dance training” edited by Bales and Nettl-fiol. She has composed music for choreographers including Liz Lerman, Dan Wagoner, Ze’eva Cohen, Sally Hess, Linda Tarnay, Jessica Fogel, Peter Goss and Viola Farber, In addition, she has been on the faculty of the C.I.D. in Paris and the New World School of the Arts in Miami.
Natalie was also part of ADF/Korea in 1990-92. She currently has 5 CDs of music for dancers for sale. All are available in the ADF store. www.nataliegilbert.com. Two online interviews are available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrAFKHfDDf0 and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GjY5xVVdeY.

John Hanks 

johnhanks-1Percussionist / pianist / composer using acoustic and electronic instruments living in Durham, NC; ADF/Durham faculty since 1984; ADF/Seoul 1990-91; ADF/Henan, China, 2012 & 2014; Music Director for the Duke University Dance Program and freelance drummer/percussionist performing with many jazz, classical, musical theater, rock/blues, and contemporary music groups and venues throughout North Carolina; has released three CDs of music for dance, “Here Come the Drums”, “Drumjazz”, and “Percussion Jams”.

Andy Hasenpflug (Director OF MUSICIANS)andyhasenpflug-he-buzhi-1

ADF Music Director Andrew Hasenpflug has accumulated an extensive list of credits in dance, theater, jazz, rock, classical,
patriotic, and commercial venues. These include the US Air Force Band, Denver Contemporary Dance Co., Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide, Equity Library Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and jingles for Kroger food stores and Hoolihan’s restaurants. He has worked as a dance accompanist at the American Dance Festival, the Doug Varone summer intensive, the American Colleges of Dance Festival, Slippery Rock University, Henan Normal University (China), Columbia College Chicago, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, the University of Cincinnati, Helander and Co., Kim Robards Dance, the University of Colorado, SUNY Purchase, Marymount College, and the Lou Conte Studios. He has composed for such artists as Rosie Hererra, the Seldoms, Dance Alloy, LabCo, Ursula Payne, Amy Chavasse, TopToToe Butoh, Tom Truss, Jennifer Keller, Zephyr Dance Company, The Overture Academy Cincinnati, Helander and Co., and the University of Cincinnati. His teaching credits include The University of Cincinnati, Columbia College Chicago, and Slippery Rock University. He has recorded with the United States Air Force Band, Rick Lisak Band, Sylvain Acher and Fabien, Divide by Pi, and Hasenproject, as well as creating an ongoing group of solo recordings. Mr. Hasenpflug currently resides in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania where he freelances and works as the music director for the dance department of Slippery Rock University. Find him on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/andy-hasenpflug

Photo credit: He Buzhi

John Osburn 

Bio coming soon

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Westin Oxking Portillo is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser, composer, and teacher. He is a resident dance musician for the Texas Woman’s University Dance Department in Denton, Texas. He has served as an accompanist for the American Dance Festival (2014-2015), Texas Dance Improvisation Festival (2012-2016), ACDA South-Central (2013-2016), University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, and Tarrant County College Northwest. Portillo’s compositions for dance have been presented throughout the country and is currently working on a singer-songwriter album. He has taught workshops in dance and vocal improvisation at TDIF and the University of North Texas. His instrument pallet for technique class includes vocals, guitar, piano, drums, flute, iPad technology, and a loop pedal.

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Claudia Howard Queen uses piano, percussion, voice, mandolin and electronic instruments to create sophisticated, uplifting, 
visceral music for dance. She has collaborated with over 250 dance instructors in NYC and Chicago professional studios, in universities throughout the US, and internationally in Ireland, Taiwan, and China. Her music scores for dance have been performed throughout the U.S., Ireland, England, Uruguay, & Taiwan. Her many awards include three Fulbright Specialist Awards to Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan; three National Endowment for the Arts Awards; two Meet-the-Composer Award; and a fellowship from the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts (IAA). She performs internationally with the Taiwanese Improvisational Dance Company Ku & Dancers. She holds an MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Currently Associate Professor of Music for Dance at the University of North Texas, she teaches Music for Dancers, Dance Improvisation/Choreography,Composer/Choreographer Collaboration, and trains dance musicians. She has been at the ADF since 2006 and has played at the ADF Henan, China in 2011 and 2014.

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Bio coming soon!

Dean Sharp 

gwen-w-masterclassDean Sharp is a prolific creative percussionist, guitarist, composer, sound designer, producer and remixer. This will be d#’s third season at ADF. He has scored for and/or worked with a strikingly diverse array of creative artists that include Leah Cox, Jesse Zaritt, Paul Matteson, Cori Kresge, Sandra Mathern-Smith, Melissa Toogood, Peter Kyle, Vanessa Anspaugh, Amii LeGendre, Stuart Singer, Susan Osberg, Gun Lund, ZVIDANCE, the Bill T Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Faye Driscoll, Cori Olinghouse, Juliette Mapp, Nicole Smith and Peggy Florin. As a live soundscapist and improvisor he has worked on pieces by Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane (Continous RePlay), Merce Cunningham (Field Dances), Dance Across Borders, Peter Kyle Dance, Beth Gill and Jack Ferver, among others. He has been the recipient of grants from Clarkson University/BIRE Institute, Meet The Composer, DCAC, the QCA and his work has been on exhibit at the London Art Fair, the Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art, at the Venice Art Fair, ARCO 07, the OPTICA festival, the Hessel Museum and Denison University. Multimedia collaboratorations and commissioned composition works have included the Deep Listening Foundation, Stephen Vitiello, Nam June Paik, Tom Moore (scribbleheads), Art after Science and Sandra Mathern-Smith/ Denison University. As a producer/composer and remixer, he runs ELBO PROJEKT ROOM studio where he has “pushed the envelope” for projects with Indian flutist Steve Gorn, cellist Stephanie Winters, klezmer/world artist Zoe B. Zak, SWATI, guitar virtuosos Walter Parks and Mike Bagetta, bassist John Davey and indie entrepenuers Rachael Sage, Jane Siberry and Melissa Ferrick, among many others. He has offered and/or played master classes and workshops in the SUNY university system, the New School, Skidmore College, Simons Rock College, Unison Arts Center, Poughkeepsie Day School, the Salisbury School, the Berkshire School, the Omega Institute and New York Live Arts. Presently Dean does workshops with the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and New York Live Arts and resides on staff at Bard College as musician/composer/ soundscapist for their dance department in collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

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Photo Credit: Tim Moser

Ken Ray Wilemon kenray

Percussionist, painter, music-maker; based in Durham, NC; has accompanied dance at Texas Christian University, University of
Texas, Connecticut College, Hollins University, various ACDFA’s, the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, and attended the 2012 ADF/China festival in Xinxiang. Currently on staff at Meredith College, N.C. School of the Arts and Duke University; ADF faculty long time.

 

 

Winter Intensive in New York City

Elisa clark

elisaclarkElisa Clark, from the Washington DC area, received her early training from the Maryland Youth Ballet and earned her BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy. She was a founding member of Robert Battle’s Battleworks Dance Company from 2001-06, where she also served as company manager. In addition, Ms. Clark was a featured member of the Mark Morris Dance Group (2005-2012) and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (2001, 2011-2012), as well as a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera (2007, 2011-2013), where she worked with Crystal Pite, amongst others. She has assisted Mr. Battle since 2002, with both new and existing works, and is one of his only repetiteurs. As a teacher, Ms. Clark has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, taught numerous master classes throughout the nation and abroad, and worked closely alongside Carolyn Adams. She is a 2008 Princess Grace Award winner. Ms. Clark has been a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 2013.

Robbie Cook

RobbieCook-KristinaPughRobbie Cook is a Brooklyn-based dance artist working as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. During the summer he teaches at both American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. Robbie has taught internationally through Japan Contemporary Dance Network as a member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Sapporo, Japan, The i-Dance Festival in Hong Kong, Chadwick International School in Incheon, South Korea and has been invited two times to Universidad de Las Américas in Puebla, México to teach and set choreography on the students. While living in Los Angeles, he played percussion with String Theory Productions at the 2014 Emmy’s Governor’s Ball, led a contact improvisation workshop for the BODYTRAFFIC Company and was on the dance faculty at Loyola Marymount University from 2011-2015. Robbie has also been on the dance faculty of Shenandoah Conservatory, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSSSA @ Cal Arts and TCU. As a dancer he has performed for Michel Kouakou, Rosie Herrera, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lerman, Edwaard Liang, Margaret Jenkins, Liz Gerring, Keith Thompson, Stacy Spence, Laurel Jenkins, Jan Erkert, Third Rail Projects, Lucky Plush Productions, Dallas Opera’s Production of Boris Godunov, Deborah Hay (SPCP ’01 & ’07) and performed Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A as a duet with Hope Mohr. Robbie’s choreography has been performed nationally and internationally in Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alaska, Tokyo, Japan and on students at Pepperdine, UDLAP, Idyllwild, ADF and Shenandoah Conservatory. He earned an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and a BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Robbie’s classes draw from his study of Functional Anatomy with Irene Dowd and his continual investigation of the eight limbs of Yoga. Robbie Cook Dance.

Photo credit: Kristina Pugh

Elizabeth Corbett

ElizabethCorbett.Grant HalversonForsythe dancer Elizabeth Corbett trained at the National Academy of Arts and the School of American Ballet and with Maggie Black and Marjorie Mussman in NYC. She danced with the Joffrey Ballet and the Milwaukee Ballet before moving to Europe. There she became a soloist with William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet and danced for over a decade in works including Love Songs, Artifact, In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Enemy in the Figure, Steptext, Behind the China Dogs, The Loss of Small Detail, and Vile Parody of Address. Ms. Corbett now guest teaches ballet, improvisation technologies, and Forsythe repertory workshops freelance and for Forsythe Productions internationally. She was Dance Coordinator for Anne Teresa DeKeersmaeker’s school of contemporary dance, PARTS, in Brussels from 1999 to 2005 and danced with Ms. DeKeersmaeker in With/For/By, a Rosas/Impulstanz production including works by Dana Caspersen, Amanda Miller, Forsythe, and DeKeersmaeker. She has been choreographic assistant to William Forsythe, Ms. DeKeersmaeker, and Robert Wilson in productions for the Paris Opera and Rosas. Ms. Corbett has taught classes and workshops for dance companies, festivals, and institutions around the world including PARTS/Rosas, Impulstanz Vienna, Cullberg Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Movement Research/International Dance Dialogues, Dance Ireland, Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and Beijing Dance Academy, where she received an honorary professorship. In the Memphis area, where Elizabeth currently resides with her family, she teaches Forsythe workshops at Ballet Memphis’ school and for the New Ballet Ensemble Company and School where she recently set an original work. She was recently awarded a Chairman’s Award locally for her fundraising, providing meals for schools in Kenya. Elizabeth has been an American Dance Festival faculty member since 2006 and is a current Rosenberg Distinguished Artist for 2015-2016 working in conjunction with Towson University and Forsythe Productions.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

Leah Cox (Dean)

leahcox-jimlaffertyLeah Cox is an educator, performer, and choreographer. In addition to being Dean of the American Dance Festival, Cox holds the position of Term Associate Professor at Bard College. Leah is an avid educator, teaching classes for all ages and levels of ability nationwide. She has been on faculty at the American Dance Festival, Peridance, and Dance New Amsterdam and is a master teacher and adjudicator for YoungArts. Cox worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in various capacities from 2001 to 2014. She began as a company dancer, briefly occupied the role of rehearsal assistant, became the company’s first education director, launching its education programs, and regularly reconstructed the company’s works on students and professional dancers. When the company merged with Dance Theater Workshop to form New York Live Arts, Cox continued in her education capacity, developing Live Arts’ education programs. Most notably, she oversaw the six-year partnership between Live Arts and Bard College. Her choreography has been presented in New York City at the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, the DUMBO Dance Festival, and the CoolNY Festival, in addition to other locations beyond NYC. Cox is inspired by the way that her teaching, performing, and creative practices inform one another and provide a richly layered perspective on dance as it functions in contemporary culture.

Photo credit: Jim Lafferty

Adam Crawley (musician)

DURHAM, NC - JULY 8:  6WS Ballet III class with Corbett on July 8, 2013, at Durham School of the Arts Upper Dance Studio in Durham, North Carolina.  (©Grant Halverson/ADF)Adam Crawley has worked with dancers as an accompanist, collaborator, composer, and improviser for the past 17 years. In addition to his work with the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University, Adam plays for dance festivals including the Doug Varone and Dancers Workshops, the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and the American College Dance Festival Association. Adam’s music can be streamed and downloaded from his website. djplie.com

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

Jeanine Durning

01/08/13 Manhattan, NY: Jeanine Durning in her work "inging," part of the American Realness festival at Abrons Art Center. (Photo: Ian Douglas)Jeanine Durning: I make performances that have been described by a reliable source as having both “the potential for philosophical revelation and theatrical disaster.” My research is often motivated by fundamental questions about how our basic and precarious desire for connection and communication aligns, or often misaligns, with how our thinking and feeling come to form and action. I’m from New York. I’ve made work since 1998, both solo and group work, presented and commissioned throughout NYC, as well as have had many invitations to make original work with and on companies or students across the US, Europe and Canada. Since 2002, I’ve made around 30 works on other people/companies/students. I’ve had lucky moments of support for my work through some foundations, grants and creative residencies that make it possible to continue. My recent companion works, inging and To Being, are based on my practice and choreographic methodology I started to develop back in 2009 called nonstopping. I’ve performed inging about 40 times since 2010. Last year, inging was adapted into French by Rennes-based choreographer Simon Tanguy. I’ve been teaching since 2000 and the longer I do it the more it informs my creative practice and vice versa. In the past years, I’ve been invited to act as advisor to many choreographers works which I enjoy very much. I’ve also been really fortunate to work and perform with some amazing artists in the field of dance and performance, including Deborah Hay with whom I’ve been working since 2005. For more information on names, dates, specifics and upcoming events, go to www.jeaninedurning.com, which I am always in need of, and always behind in, updating.

Photo credit: Ian Douglas

K.J. Holmes

k-j-carly-vanderheydenBrooklyn based dance artist, actor, singer, educator; Travels throughout the world performing and teaching at universities, festivals and venues that range from theaters to site specific spaces to living rooms; Collaborated extensively with dancers Simone Forti and Troupe, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, and Steve Paxton, poet Julie Carr, dancer/playwright Karinne Keithley Syers, and trumpeters Roy Campbell, Jr. and Dave Douglas; Attended the School for Body-Mind Centering ® 1995 – 99, the William Esper Studio/Meisner Acting (with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker) 2008 – 2009, Satya Yoga (with teacher Sondra Loring) 2006 – 07, and continues to be coached by vocal teacher Richard Armstrong (a founding member of the Roy Hart Theater); Adjunct professor NYU/Experimental Theatre Wing and Juilliard; Teaches through Movement Research where she was Artist in Residence 1993 – 94 and 2012-14 beginning her new piece HIC SVNT DRACONES; Performed in the work of Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (And lose the name of action), Xavier LeRoy (Retrospective at MoMa:PS1), Emily Johnson/Catalyst (SHORE), Melinda Ring (Forgetful Snow), Mark Dendy (Ritual Cyclical at Lincoln Center Out of Doors); Lance Gries (The 50’s Project) and The Works of Steve Paxton (Dia:Beacon); the short film That Universal Feeling of Dylan Stephens Lever and The Casting Project video; Co-curator of MR Fall Festival (2011), Improvisation is Hard Festival (2004), Measuring K – 3 evenings of solos and duets/ 24 hour marathon improvisation (Culture Project, 2004), MR Studies Project (1983-85), ; panelist on Form in Question, NYU 2016; Afterlives: The Persistence of Performance, hosted by MoMA and FIAF, as part of the Crossing the Line Festival 2015; Fostering the Future: Higher Education Dance Curriculum, NYU 2014; Conversation without Walls- Choreography under the Influence, Danspace Project (2011);published in Contact Quarterly, Movement Research Performance Journal, Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine and I, Theatrics. kjholmes.info

Photo credit: Carly Vanderheyden

Gerri Houlihan

GerriHoulihanGerri Houlihan began her professional training at the Juilliard School, studying with Antony Tudor, Alfredo Corvino, and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and spent five years as a soloist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company touring extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Ms. Houlihan has taught or choreographed for such institutions as NY’s High School of the Performing Arts, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Bates Dance Festival, the Boston Ballet, the Harvard Summer Dance Center, Meredith College, the University of South Florida, North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Richmond, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and Virginia Commonwealth University. From 1984 to 1987, she directed her own school and company, the Boston Dance Project. She was one of five finalists in the Boston Ballet’s International Choreography Competition. From 1988 to 1999, Ms. Houlihan was on the faculty of New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. During that time, she was also the artistic director of Houlihan and Dancers. The recipient of two Florida Individual Artist Fellowships in Dance/Choreography in 1991-92 and 1996-97, Houlihan and Dancers was on the touring roster for the state of Florida. She is on the advisory board for the American Dance Festival and the American College Dance Association. Ms. Houlihan has been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival from 1981 to 1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in eighteen international linkages, teaching in Korea, China, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Estonia, Poland, the Philippines, Russia, and Mongolia. She is the 2005 recipient of the Balasaraswati Joy Anne Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching and a 2012 recipient of the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching award from Florida State University. She received her MFA in 2007 from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival MFA program. 

Photo credit: Sara D. Davis

Ishmael Houston-Jones

ishmaelhoustonjones-ericmcnattIshmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York City, across the US, and in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. Houston-Jones and Fred Holland shared a Bessie Award for their piece Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. He also revived THEM, his 1985 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane for which he was awarded his second Bessie Award. He has curated Platform 2012: Parallels and Platform 2016: Lost and Found, both at Danspace Project. He is a recipient of the 2016 Herb Alpert, a 2015 Doris Duke Impact and a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Awards.

Photo credit: Eric McNatt

terrence karn (musician)

DURHAM, NC - JULY 3:  Musicians Concert on July 3, 2013, at Reynolds Industries Theater in Durham, North Carolina.  (©Grant Halverson/ADF)Terrence Karn, dance and musical artist/composer/educator, began his career as a dance musician in 1971 at the Minnesota Dance Theatre. During the 1980s, Terrence taught character dance at the Houston Ballet Academy and was a dance accompanist there for over nine years. He was a resident Dance Musician/Composer in the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston (1999-2007) and at Denison University’s Department of Dance (2007-2011). Terrence has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Karen Stokes Dance, and Core Performance Company and has had a long-time affiliation with Jane Weiner and Hope Stone Dance company as an educator and musician. Terrence is the cofounder of Gypsy Dance Theatre, a Texas-based world music and dance ensemble. In summer 2016, Karn will return to the Bates Dance Festival for his 17th year as Musical Director for the Youth Arts Program. Currently, Terrence lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and accompanies dance at UW-Eau Claire, collaborating frequently with his artistic and life partner, Julie Fox, in various UWEC dance program productions and professional venues. Terrence is also working in Minnesota with Black Isles Belly Dance Theatre and the Fandazzi Fire Circus. Karn has recorded six all original music CDs. He has composed numerous works for dance companies on planet Earth and has played for over 17,327 dance classes and counting. Terrence is honored to be returning to the ADF Family for his sixth year. OPA! YAY DANCE!

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

Amanda Loulaki

amandaloulaki-byscottshawAmanda Loulaki was born in Crete. In 1990 she received a BA in Education from the University of Crete, Department of Pedagogy and in 2007 she received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University. In 1994 Amanda was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and moved to New York. Amanda’s choreography has been presented at Danspace Project, La MaMa, Dixon Place, PS 122, Joyce Soho, Dance New Amsterdam, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Flea, The Center for Performance Reseach, ADF, MIT, 11th Biennale of artists of Europe and the Mediterranean, BucharEast.West International Dance Festival, the Choreographic Center Archauz, Denmark, and ZVRK Festival (B&H). Her Latest work will premiere On February 2,3,4 at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center.

Amanda was selected for The Barnard Project in 2007 at DTW and was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at Barnard College of Columbia University during the 2007 fall semester. Amanda has taught at the American Dance Festival, M.I.T., Dance New Amsterdam and N.J.I.T.

Since 1998, Amanda has been the Programming Director at Movement Research and programmed the Improvisation Festival NY from 1999-2003. Amanda has also served on panels for Movement Research, Danspace Project, P.S. 1 Museum of Modern Art, Dance Theater Workshop and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

As an advocate of experimentation in dance, Amanda Loulaki has been invited to attend conferences and platforms such as IDEE conference (Initiatives in Dance Through European Exchange), 3rd and 4th Balkan Dance Platforms, The British Dance Edition, and DunaPart, Hungarian Dance Platform.

Photo credit: Scott Shaw

Nia Love

NiaLove-CiceleyFullyloveNia Love is an artist, choreographer, activist, mother, grandmother, warrior, and educator continuing to expand conversations of intersectionality through dance. She was invited to apprentice with the world renowned Ballet Nacíonal De Cubá, Havana (1978). She is a graduate of Howard University (BFA) and Florida State University (MFA). Awarded Fulbright Fellowships (2001-2003), she continues to work nationally and internationally. Nia worked and danced with Min Tanaka, the celebrated Japanese Butoh master (1996). Her work has been presented at Black Choreographers Moving…, Harlem Stage, Bates Dance Festival, and Tanzanian–Time 2Dance Festival. Love was awarded the Alvin Ailey NDCL grant (2012), the Suitcase Fund (2012 and 2013), and CUNY Choreographic Initiative (2014). S(oil) is Love’s latest installation. Iteration #1 of the project was made possible, in part, by the Africa and Middle East Cultural Partnerships and the Suitcase Fund, an initiative of New York Live Arts. This project continues developing and the fifth iteration of S(oil) was shown in fall 2015 as a part of the Texas Women’s University Dance Department Repertory. Love is also the Co-founder of LOVE|FORTÉ, a collective with Marjani Forté-Saunders and recipients of the Mertz-Gilmore Grant (2013). Most recently, Love was awarded the Movement Research Artist-in-residence 2016-17.

Photo credit: Ciceley Fullylove

JOHNNIE Cruise Mercer

johnniemercer-barbarashoreJohnnie Cruise Mercer is a native of Richmond, Virginia and a BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography. As a performance artist, Mr. Mercer has professionally collaborated with Antonio Brown, Edisa Weeks w/Delirious Dances, Monstah Black, Yon Tande (Whitney Hunter), Andre Zachery w/Renegade Performance Group, and most recently within Danspace Project’s Platform 2016 Reconstruction of John Bernd’s work “Lost and Found”, directed/guided by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez. He is also a current company member of both The Von Howard Project, led by Christian Von Howard, and Dance Theater X led by Charles O. Anderson. As a choreographer Mr. Mercer’s work has been presented by the Center for Performance Research, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), The Dance Place in Washington DC, The Dolls Theater in Detriot, MI, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, Dogtown Dance Theater of Richmond, VA, Danspace at St Marks Church, by the American Dance Recon, and at festivals throughout the region. Mr. Mercer, the artistic director of TheREDprojectNYC, is a 2016-17 92Y Harkness Dance Center Artist in Residence. www.trpnyc.com

Photo credit: Barbara Shore

Pamela Pietro

PamelaPietro-GrantHalversonPamela Pietro has equally combined careers on stage and in academic fields of dance successfully. She has performed professionally with Houlihan and Dancers, Anthony Morgan Dance Company, Michael Foley Dance, RaceDance, bopi’s black sheep/dances, Jennifer Nugent, and Adrienne Westwood. She collaborated with choreographer Mark Haim for several projects at the Wooden Floor. Pamela has been on the faculty at ADF since 1997 and taught for the Festival’s linkage programs to Guangdong Dance Company in Guangzhou (China), the Dance Library Summer Conference in Tel Aviv, and Henan Normal University in Henan, China. Internationally, Pamela has taught at Newtown High School in Sydney, Australia, Momentum Danza in Panama, LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore, Tsekh Festival in Moscow, Ekoda de Dance in Tokyo, Aswara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Korea, Dance Library in Tel Aviv, Israel and Jakarta, Indonesia and community work in Mumbai, India. Pamela’s choreography has been presented by Dancespace Draftworks, Dance New Amsterdam, BAX, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dancespace in Miami, Booker School for the Arts, Fuzion Dance Artists, Momentum Danza Company/Panama, Meredith College, University of Wisconsin Madison, La Salle Academy/Singapore, and Aswara in Malaysia. Most recently, Pamela performed solo work with the production SOLAS with five other women choreographers. She has presented and taught at the ACM Multimedia Conference and the Tennessee Association of Dance. Pamela received the first place award from the National Society of Arts and Letters and at the Asiagraph Video/Choreography competition in Shanghai, and her research was presented at the Hawaiian Arts and Humanities Conference in Waikiki and at the National Dance Educators Organization in Chicago. Currently, Pamela is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University Tisch School for the Arts where she was awarded the David Payne-Carter Award for Excellence in Teaching. She is a certified Pilates instructor as well as the assistant to pioneering Neuroanatomist, Irene Dowd. Pamela received a BFA/Dance from Florida State University and her MFA/Dance and minor in Biomedical Ethics from University of Washington.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

Veleda roehl

veleda-roehlVeleda Roehl is a dancer, choreographer, educator and yoga instructor who began her love of yoga early with her first teacher in all things, her mother, Diana Roehl- a long time yoga teacher and teacher trainer in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to apprenticing under her mother, she is also a certified instructor through Yoga Alliance under the guidance of J. Brown at Abhyasa Yoga Center (Brooklyn, NY) where she continues to study and teach. Veleda’s training lineage extends from her mentors directly to the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son T. K. V. Desikachar. She has dedicated her career to the study of dance and benefits of movement for human and community development.

Photo credit: Orion Gordon

Christian Von Howard

christianvonhowardChristian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based out of New York City. As an international artist, he has worked with many dance artists such as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes, Daniel Gwirtzman and various others. Christian is a NJ State Council of the Arts Choreographic Fellow (2006) and his choreography has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, the Ailey Citigroup Theater amongst others. His guest artist teaching/residency highlights include the American Dance Festival, Dance It! Festival(Bulgaria), Peridance Capezio Dance Center, and the Korean Dance Festival. Christian is a 2013/2014 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts where he was part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Dance & Choreography from 2008 to 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Montclair State University and concurrently teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC where he has been on faculty since 1998. Christian serves as the newly elected Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Association. He holds advanced degrees in Performance and Choreography from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Photo credit: Zdravko Yonchev Photographer, Iliev Dance Art Foundation

Emily Wexler

emilywexler-sarahholcmanEmily Wexler works as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented most frequently in dance venues in NYC and Senior Citizen Centers. As a performer she has worked with Rebecca Brooks, Kim Brandt, Yvonne Meier, Jen McGinn, Ryan McNamara, and Ishmael Houston-Jones. Since 2009 she and Niall Jones have cultivated a confusing performance practice through writing and dancing they call “Raw Sugar”. In 2012 she was honored with a Bessie nomination in performance. She is on faculty at University of The Arts teaching Dance History/Theory, Performance Labs, and Pre-semiotic parallels between dance and poetic composition.

Photo credit: Sarah Holcman

Hee Ra Yoo

heerayooInternational choreographer Hee Ra Yoo founded the New York modern dance company “Yoo and Dancers” in 2009 after completing the MFA program at NYU Tisch. Before moving to New York City in 2007, Ms. Yoo danced with the Korean National Ballet, the California Ballet, the San Diego City Ballet, the Canberra Dance Theatre in Australia. Ms. Yoo has taught dance companies and universities in the U.S. and Korea as a guest teacher in Japan, Canada, Italy, and Austria. She has coached the Australian and Korean Olympic Gymnastics Teams. In New York City, Ms. Yoo has taught at Steps on Broadway, the Joffrey Ballet School, Dance New Amsterdam (Gibney Dance Center), and Peridance. Ms. Yoo is currently a dance professor at Georgian Court University. In 2016, she performed at Dixon Place, and the Edinburgh Festival.

Photo credit: Karen Matuch

Abby Zbikowski

AbbyZbikowski.Grant HalversonAbby Zbikowski is a choreographer, an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is on faculty at the American Dance Festival. Her choreographic work with her company, Abby Z and the New Utility, has been presented by Gibney Dance Center and Movement Research in NYC, and Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, among other venues. She has been an artist in residence as part of the nEW Festival in Philadelphia and at the Bates Dance Festival. Abby has studied intensively at Germaine Acogny’s L’École de Sables in Senegal andholds a BFA in dance from Temple University and an MFA in dance from Ohio State University, where she worked closely with mentor Bebe Miller.

Photo credit: Grant Halverson

 

WINTER INTENSIVE IN California

Ana Maria Alvarez (Panelist)

anamariaalverezAna Maria Alvarez is skilled dancer, prolific choreographer and masterful teaching artist who has achieved multiple accolades for her dynamic works. Alvarez received a BA in Dance and Politics from Oberlin College and a MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. There her thesis work explored the abstraction of “Latin Dance”, specifically Salsa, as a way to express social resistance within the US immigration battle and became the impetus for founding CONTRA-TIEMPO Urban Latin Dance Theater in 2005. Alvarez is a two time grantee of NEFA National Dance Project (2014, 2016), six time grantee of National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, five time grantee of the Center for Creative Innovation and the recipient of the 2015 Engaging Dance Audiences Grant administered by DanceUSA. She has been awarded and recognized for her work including the prestigious Mujeres Destacadas award in 2012 by LA Opinion, and most recently she earned a 2016 Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival Rainbow Award for her work “Agua Furiosa”. In 2012 Alvarez was invited by the LA DCA and American Dance Abroad, to represent Los Angeles and CONTRA-TIEMPO at the Internationale Tanzmesse, in Dusseldorf, Germany. Several months later she was invited back to Dusseldorf, to participate in a choreographers laboratory called Kindling/Fresh Tracks, where she began the creative work of “Agua Furiosa”. Her choreographic works have been presented in theaters all over the country and world, including UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (2016), The Music Center (Moves after Dark 2015), The Ordway (2010, 2014), The Adrienne Arsht Center (2015), Dance Place (2008, 2010, 2016), Lincoln Center (2009), NC State University Live (2016),  Jacob’s Pillow (2008) Teatro Favorito (Cuba 2009) and USC’s Voices & Visions (2015) among others. Alvarez and CONTRA-TIEMPO were also invited to represent the best of American Contemporary Dance Abroad through DanceMotionUSA, a program of BAM and the US Department of the State. Through DanceMotionUSA her work was shared throughout Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile. 

Photo by Brandt Brogan

Norman Beede (musician)

d659Norman Beede began his music studies in 1958 at age 7. He attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and CalArts (1968-1971). From 1973-1993 Norm was musician for dance at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). He is currently Senior Musician at University of California Irvine Department of Dance, a position held since 1993 and adjunct professor at Cal State Fullerton and Chapman University.
He has written over fifty scores and soundscapes for dance and theater including for choreographers Loretta Livingston, Rudy Perez, Lisa Naugle, Collette Harding Dance Collective and for theater productions in Los Angeles and Irvine. Recent credits include music for a documentary film “Breaking the Silence” as well as music for an online dance course at Coastline Community College in Orange County, CA. His recorded music appears on Smithsonian Folkways, Hoctor Records (vinyl) and Little Foot Records.
Norm also teaches improvisation classes in Southern California for classical pianists and can occasionally be seen playing in the lounge at the Montage in Laguna Beach. For contact and more information, normanbeede.com.

Gerald Casel

geraldcaselGerald Casel is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received a BFA from The Juilliard School and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Casel was awarded a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Sustained Achievement for his dancing in the companies of Michael Clark, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, Sungsoo Ahn, Lar Lubovitch, and Stephen Petronio. He is an assistant professor of dance at University of California, Santa Cruz where he was awarded a Hellman Fellowship in 2015. Casel has been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, UW-Milwaukee, California State University Long Beach, Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. Casel is Artistic Director of GERALDCASELDANCE, a Bay Area-based dance company and is a Resident Artist at ODC in San Francisco (2015-2018). His work has been presented at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, The Yard, Asia Pacific Dance Festival, World Dance Alliance (Honolulu), and throughout Scotland in collaboration with X Factor Dance Company. In 2014 he participated in CHIME at 10 in the Bay Area and was a Participatory Performing Artist in Residence at Museum of Art and History Santa Cruz. For more information, please visit www.geraldcasel.com

Jess Humphrey

Jess HumphreyJess Humphrey’s movement research began in childhood with competitive gymnastics and continues with dancemaking from various, shifting perspectives and states of body~mind. Her dancing, teaching, and writing are expressions of her engagement with contemplative and somatic practices, Integral Theory, Practice-as-Research models, and reverence for the work of those within whose lineages she moves. An intensive study with Deborah Hay in 2009 changed her life and continues to inspire her every move. Other educational highlights include a BFA in Dance from California State University, Long Beach, and an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. She collaborates with Eric Geiger (UCSD) and Leslie Seiters (SDSU) in multiple contexts (including a trio in progress with Deborah Hay), and has shared in the creation of several evening-length dances (as director, collaborator, and/or performer) over the past eighteen years with other artists including Guillermo Gómez-Peña/La Pocha Rostra, Sara Shelton Mann, Gabor Tompa, and LIVE. Years of practicing and performing spontaneous dance making with LIVE (Kris Apple, Liam Clancy, Ron Estes, Eric Geiger, Justin Morrison, Mary Reich, Karen Schaffman, and Leslie Seiters) continues to shape her work, and she remains engaged in that weekly practice in ways that are still very much aLIVE. Humphrey certified as a Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) with Peggy Hackney and Janice Meaden in 2006. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA), and after studying with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen she engaged in The School for Body-Mind Centering®’s SME (Somatic Movement Educator) program with primary teachers Amy Matthews and Mary Lou Seereiter. She has also studied the Feldenkrais Method® with Kristen Baum Wilcox and Alexander Technique with Marjean McKenna and Eileen Troberman. In 2002, she certified in Pilates with Karen Clippinger and Rael Isacowitz (Body Arts and Sciences, International) and has since taught in dance, physical therapy, and fitness settings throughout the US. Jess continues learning through teaching in the Dance Division of the School of Music and Dance at SDSU. She has also enjoyed teaching and directing work with students at the University of California, San Diego, California State University, San Marcos, and MiraCosta College, and co-facilitates the weekly contact improvisation class/jam in San Diego at Stage 7 School of Dance with other members of the local Contact community. www.jesshumphrey.com

Keith Johnson

282319_10151476144257886_295572960_n-1Keith Johnson is originally from Tempe, Arizona. He was a competitive gymnast before he became interested in dance. He received his MFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography from the University of
Utah in 1991 where he received the Dee R. Winterton Award for Excellence in Dance. While in Salt Lake City, Keith danced in the Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company working with such choreographers as Alwin Nikolais, Murray Louis, 
Shapiro and Smith, Kei Takei, and Loa Clawson. In New York City he joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, touring the widely acclaimed work Still/Here both nationally and internationally. He also danced in the companies of Creach/Koester and Doug Varone and Dancers. He has also done pick-up work dancing in the companies of Spencer/Colton in Boston and Janis Brenner in California. As part of Doug Varone and Dancers, 
Keith performed with The Denver Opera and in a site-specific work Neither, which took place in The Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. As a performer he has performed in major festivals and concert halls worldwide including the Joyce Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, the Redcat Theatre, Tokyo International Festival, The Melbourne Festival, and Queen Elizabeth Hall in England. In 1998, Keith formed Keith Johnson/Dancers. The company received favorable reviews from the Los Angeles Times. Since 1998, the company has performed in California, North Carolina, Utah, Minnesota, New York City and Arizona. He is the recipient of two Lester Horton Awards (2007 and 2008). Keith continues to perform, most recently with Colleen Thomas Dance, Bill Young/Colleen Thomas and Dancers, and Victoria Marks. Keith also performed in The Pod Project by choreographer/director Nancy Bannon. Keith is currently on the faculty at California State University in Long Beach. He is a Full Professor who teaches both composition and contemporary dance techniques. He is an advisor to the MFA candidates and the BFA students. In addition, Keith has been a guest teacher at the following institutions: NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Program, The Julliard School, Dartmouth College, LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore, The Ririe/Woodbury Summer Dance Intensive, Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Workshop, University of California at Santa Barbara, 
Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, Brigham Young University, Cal Poly, Virginia Commonwealth University, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, University of South Florida, Ballet Pacifica Summer Intensive, Southern Methodist University in Texas, Velocity Dance Center, Strictly Seattle Festival, The Beijing International Dance Festival, Malashock Summer Intensive, 5 x5 Summer Intensive, The American Dance Festival, and the University of Utah. In 2005, the Outstanding Graduate Student Recipient, Rogelio Lopez Garcia at CSULB, named Keith Most Valuable Professor. Keith received the Choo San Goh Award in 2002 for emerging choreographers and has had support from the Dance/USA Foundation. His work has been shown 
in various venues including the University of Utah (with Stephen Koester), The LIT Series, Joyce Soho (with Colleen Thomas), The Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City, The Center Stage Theatre (with Stephanie Nugent), Commuter Festival (CalArts), Breaking Ground Festival, ADF, and The Diavolo Space. His work has been commissioned by the Ririe/Woodbury Dance Company, d9 Collective, CONDER/dance, Contemporary Danceworks, various solo artists, and universities. In 2012, Keith has two works represented at the National ACDFA conference at the Kennedy Center In Washington DC. The performers from Loyola Marymount University were chosen as the Outstanding Student Performer Award for their work in Unscripted/Riptide Into Me. Keith also makes dance films with collaborator Gregory R. R. Crosby and together they have formed Fistbomb Films. Their film, Life In Security, has been screened at the Breaking Ground Festival and Film Bar (both in Arizona), Westfest (New York), Dance For The Camera Festival (California), Conversations at the Flea (New York), and American Dance Festival’s International Screendance Festival. Keith was awarded the 2012/13 Distinguished Alumni Award from The Department of Modern Dance at the University of Utah and is a Djerassi Artist in Residence for 2015. In addition, Keith has explored visual arts in areas of printmaking, art installations, sculpture, neon art, and costuming and hopes to further his studies in the visual arts. Photo by Gregory R. R. Crosby.

Ariel Osterweis (Panelist)

ari-webAriel Osterweis is on faculty at The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, where she teaches courses in critical dance studies and performance studies. She has also taught at Skidmore College, Wayne State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Osterweis earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and her B.A. in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her book manuscript, Body Impossible: Desmond Richardson and the Politics of Virtuosity (working title), is under contract with Oxford University Press and examines issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in contemporary dance. Osterweis also researches Sub-Saharan African dance and mixed-race, feminist, and transgender performance that disavows dance-based virtuosity. Her publications appear in Dance Research Journal, TDR/The Drama Review, Women and Performance, e-misférica, Theatre Survey, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Choreographies of 21st Century Wars (OUP, 2016). Having trained at San Francisco Ballet School, the Martha Graham School, and The Ailey School on full scholarship, Osterweis danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Mia Michaels R.A.W., and Heidi Latsky, choreographs, and has served as dramaturg for John Jasperse and Narcissister. She is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Dance History Scholars and is Book Reviews Editor for Dance Research Journal.

STUART SINGER

StuartSinger
Stuart Singer is a Brooklyn-based performer and teacher. He has developed projects with artists including John Jasperse, Beth Gill, Joanna Kotze, Pam Tanowitz, Gwen Welliver, Lucinda Childs, Robert Wilson, Wally Cardona, Doug Varone, Yanira Castro, Jack Ferver, Christopher Williams, Netta Yerushalmy, John Scott, Kevin Wynn, Daniel Charon, Takehiro Ueyama, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (2004-2008). He is the recipient of a 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for Outstanding Performer and was named one of Dance Magazine’s 2015 “25 to Watch.” Stuart is currently a lecturer in dance at Princeton University and has also taught on faculty at Bard College, Bennington College, SUNY-Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, Movement Research, and the American Dance Festival. Originally from Western Massachusetts, he is a graduate of SUNY-Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.  

Photo credit: Howard Singer

Alan Terricciano (Musician)

160404_alan_skyeschmidt_30Educated at Yale University and the Eastman School of Music, Alan Terricciano is a Professor of Dance at the University of California, Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, joining the faculty in 1994. Having created over one hundred original scores in
the past 35 years, Mr. Terricciano has been professionally active as a composer for choreography, the theater and the concert hall. Colin Connor, Patrick Corbin, Jodie Gates, Liz Lerman, Donald McKayle, Doug Nielson, Jeff Slayton and Gus Solomons Jr. are but a few of the choreographers Alan has composed for during his career. Most recently, he premiered a new score for choreographer Charlotte Griffin at UC Irvine this past February – a song cycle for baritone and piano featuring the poetry of Ted Kooser, and performed by Baritone, Robin Buck with the composer at the piano. In the summers of 2014 through 16, Mr. Terricciano wrote the incidental music for the New Swan Shakespeare Festival’s productions of As You Like It, Twelfth Night and Macbeth. In April 2011, Northwestern University premiered his Harp Concerto, The Parting Glass, with Erin Ponto-Freund as harp soloist. As a pianist, he has performed for choreography throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Asia, including City Center in New York with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, Korea, the Paris Conservatoire, the Joyce Theater in New York, the Ford Ampitheater in Los Angeles, and the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, CA. The performances at the Sejong Center, the Joyce, the Ford Ampitheater, and the Carpenter Center featured Mr. Terricciano’s own compositions. In 2006, Mr. Terricciano was named Orange County’s Outstanding Individual Artist of the Year (2005) by the organization Arts Orange County. In 2000, He won the Grand Prize in Quebec’s Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur international competition for original composition for choreography with his work Blue Motions for String Quartet. Alan has served as the chair of the UC Irvine Divisional Senate Assembly, the Acting Dean for the Claire Trevor School from the summer of 2008 to the Spring of 2010, and before that served as chair of the Dance Department from 2001 to 2008 and co-chair of the Music department from 2002 to 2004.

Stephanie Zaletel (panelist)

stephanie-zaletelBorn and bred in Las Vegas, NV, Stephanie Zaletel completed her BFA in Dance Performance/Choreography at the California Institute of the Arts. Zaletel has performed for renowned choreographers ranging among Barak Marshall, Stephanie Nugent, Kate Wallich, Colin Connor (Artistic Director – Limon Dance Compnay), and in Danielle Agami’s Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY. Zaletel also worked closely with Agami as the company’s rehearsal director from 2013-2014. Zaletel has performed and presented her own creative work at REDCAT, ARC, Highways, HomeLA, Live Arts Los Angeles, Electric Lodge, Pieter Performance Space, ArtShare LA, Hammer Museum, LAX Festival, LA’s Public Art Biennial, the Bennicassim Festival in Spain, and was a Finalist in the 2015 McCallum Theater Choreography Competition. Her choreography has also been featured in Icelandic songwriter Jofridur’s music video “Instant Patience” in collaboration with director, Samantha Shay and clipping.’s 2016 album-film for “Splendor and Misery” in collaboration with director, Patrick Kennelly. Zaletel has taught contemporary, modern, and improvisational dance for all ages as well as movement classes for children with Down Syndrome. She has been invited to guest-teach composition and choreography classes at Loyola Marymount University and was recently commissioned by Las Vegas Academy and AMDA LA to build new contemporary performance works on their students. She was the 2016 Morpork Gallery Artist in Residence and is an active member of the Pieter Performance Space Council. Zaletel is the founding artistic director of szalt (dance co.) in Los Angeles – creating and facilitating highly collaborative, site-sensitive, and socially relevant experimental-dance performance. In 2017 szalt will premier and tour their brand new work, Marshmallow Sea to Seattle, Santa Fe, and Los Angeles in collaboration with sound artist, Jonathan Snipes. 

Photo by Becca Green