Aerial Dance Chicago (Chicago, IL) is a nonprofit dance company dedicated to creation, performance and instruction in the field of aerial dance. Founded in 1999, Aerial Dance Chicago (ADC) embraces its roots in contemporary dance, but diverges from the traditional dance spectrum as it adventures into the air. Incorporating apparatuses such as suspended fabrics, bungee cords, hoops, bars and ropes, ADC delves into the expressive potential of multi-dimensional space, transcending assumed limits of dance. According to the Chicago Tribune, Aerial Dance Chicago has “justified its commitment to broadening the scope of dance and demonstrating that aerial work can achieve the beauty and poetry of genuine art.” The company inspires everyday people to challenge their own assumed limits to reveal undiscovered potential. Through highly original and physical programming, ADC reawakens humanity’s craving for live, kinetic and creative experiences and contributes to the health and empowerment of the community. www.aerialdancechicago.org
Anne Burnidge (Buffalo, NY) is a choreographer, dancer, and dance educator originally from the Chicago area. Her choreography has been presented at national/international venues notably Cool New York, American Dance Guild (NYC), Philly Fringe Festival, Dance Chicago, Toronto International Dance Festival and daCi/WDA Global Dance Summit (Taiwan). Burnidge has received two SOS grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts to support her work.
Burnidge has also performed in works by Bebe Miller, Meredith Monk and Maguy Marin, and with regional dance companies. Currently an assistant professor at SUNY Buffalo, Burnidge has an MFA from Ohio State and a certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis. She specializes in somatically informed dance training practices.
Christina Briggs Winslow (Milwaukee, WI) will be returning to UWM for her third year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dance Department. She has recently been on the dance faculty at Hofstra University, Queens College, Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive and the TseKh Summer Dance School in Moscow. Since 2000, she has been dancing with Heidi Latsky and was the Rehearsal Director for three years. In 1996, Christina co-founded Incidents Dance. Since then her work has performed in New York City at Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, Pace University, St. Mark’s Church and University Settlement, as well as in Atlanta, Boulder, Fort Lauderdale, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Richmond.
Clinard Dance Theater (Chicago, IL) Founded in 1999, Clinard Dance is a constantly evolving ensemble of performers and collaborators, led by Artistic Director Wendy Clinard. Clinard Dance Theatre's work has ranged from entirely devised work to traditional flamenco repertoire. Always changing and moving forward to incorporate new stimuli, the principles of the work have remained close to the original impulses: seeking what is most alive, integrating text, music, image and action to create unexpected and heart provoking dance theatre. There is no Clinard Dance method. What is essential is collaboration. In collaboration we lose track of where ideas originated and bring to life something that has pieces of all of us, yet transcends any one of us individually. Collaborations have included artists from Zimbabwe, Spain, Morocco, Syria, and India, as well as many well-respected Chicago and U.S. artists. The Company has toured in Syria and India as well as throughout the United States. www.clinardance.org/
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Jeff Fouch (Columbus, OH), Artistic Director, has performed on Columbus stages for over twelve years while teaching young dancers in numerous programs across the city. An alum of both Otterbein College (BS ’04) and The Ohio State University (MFA ’07), Jeff has trained in many styles of dance including stilting, which he has continued to explore with Kristina Isabelle Dance Company since 2005. He established Columbus Moving Company with KIDC colleagues in early 2011, as well as Heroic Urges Moving Arts, a performance project that was granted the 2012 Columbus Dances Fellowship by Columbus Dance Theater and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. In 2013, Jeff aligned these separate projects and established Columbus Moving Company as the resident professional dance company at the historic Garden Theater in Columbus’s Short North Arts District.
Rebecca R. Levy (Jacksonville, FL) is a choreographer and performer, who recently moved to Jacksonville from Los Angeles, California. She is founder and former co-artistic director of the Los Angeles-based B.E. Productions Dance Company, and her choreographic work with the company has been featured in festivals and concerts throughout the country. Recently her choreography has been produced at the New Seeds Women's Festival in Tampa, FL, Emerging Choreographers Showcase in Pasadena, CA, NewGrounds in Tampa, FL, the 2011 Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, and Case Western Reserve University. As a free-lance choreographer, director and filmmaker, she was afforded the opportunity to create work for opera, musical theater productions, films, sports events and commercial stage including the LA Music Awards, the Fame Awards and the Music City Bowl. Last year she coordinated the Jacksonville contribution to the Florida Waterways Dance Project, a statewide site-specific dance project. As a performer, she worked with many notable choreographers and companies, and toured nationally for six seasons as a soloist with Lineage Dance Company. She continues to perform for choreographers around the country, and dances locally for film and stage as a freelance performer. Rebecca serves as Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State College Jacksonville where she directs the repertory dance company. Originally from Boston, MA, Rebecca holds her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, and an MFA in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts.
Founder and choreographer of Jaxon Movement Arts based in Chicago and New York, Jacqueline Stewart holds a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from The University of Iowa. Ms. Stewart is a native to the City of Chicago and began her dancing in 1987 under the direction of Maureen Murad. She performed for three seasons with Duarte Dance Works Contemporary Dance during her time at the University as well as for other faculty atists Deanna Carter, Jennifer Kayle and Dan Stark. In 2007 she returned to Chicago where she performed for The Seldoms and Thodos Dance Chicago. Stewart has showcased new works the past four years for Thodos Dance Chicago “New Dances” performance series. Jackie has also choreographed for Poetic Rebound Company, Open House Dance Chicago, Dance Chance Chicago, Chicago Takes Off, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival and Duets for My Valentine. In April 2010, Stewart premiered a new work “It’s Not Enough to Close Your Eyes for Chicago’s Open Space Dance Project that became the Grand Prize Winner of The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago granted by The Joyce Theatre Foundation. Ms. Stewart recently showcased her work and performed at the Joyce Soho, Jennifer Muller The Works and APAP 2012 in New York City. Jacqueline dances and choreographs in both New York City and Chicago and continues to build her choreographic work under her project-based company Jaxon. For more information visit www.jaxonmovementarts.com
Jennifer Kayle (Iowa City, IA) is an Associate Professor at University of Iowa, choreographer and performance improviser. Commissions in 2011 include University of Utah, and 37 por las Tablas, in Santiago, D.R. With composer Burton Beerman, she presented “Flamingo” at Symphony Space, NYC, and at 31st International New Music Festival. In 2010, Kayle co-created “Virtually Yours,” with Charlotte Adams, on the poetry/politics of crossing the border, presented at Highways, Los Angeles, and El Centro Leon in Santiago, D.R. Other venues include a Joyce SoHo season in New York City (2008), and with Lisa Gonzales at Links Hall, Chicago, with Katherine Ferrier at The Body/Word Festival (2009), and The Architects at Iguan Dance Theatre and Dostoevsky Museum Theatre (2008), in St. Petersburg Russia.
Jennifer Mack (Minneapolis, MN) originally trained at Rochester Ballet School and Janet Lang Dance Studio of Rochester, MN, but also spent summers at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Alvin Ailey, the Cunningham School, Steps and Broadway Dance Center of NYC. Previously she danced 6 seasons with Continental Ballet and also performed in Montreal, Hungary, Ireland, Colorado, New York, Wisconsin and Minneapolis/St. Paul as a guest artist with: Debra Jinza-Thayer's Movement Architecture, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Jagged Edges Ensemble, Kari Jensen's Moving Arts Ensemble, Kim Robbards Dance Company, Offleash Area, Rainy Day Cabaret, Ray Terrill & Dancers, Rosy Simas Dance Project, Spandrel, Vox Medusa Dance Company and numerous independent choreographers. Her own choreography has been performed in Hungary, MN, NYC, and WI. It often includes live accompaniment and collaboration with local bands, musicians & composers: Aby Wolf, Ada Jane, Alex Kaufman/Dichotomy, Matt Marka and Ben Seims. Her choreography was recently selected to be apart of the 'Rhythmically Speaking' and 'Renovate'
Choreographer's Evenings in Minneapolis, MN and was awarded a Cultural Arts Grant through Eau Claire, WI in 2012, which she used to co-produce 'Movement Arts Day 2012' with fellow choreographer, Cheri Dostal. Jennifer graduated Magma Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance Performance and a B.S. in Arts Management & International Business from UW-Stevens Point. She is currently a member of St. Paul City Ballet, Cities Classical Dance Ensemble, Alternative Motion Project and teaches at Janet Lang Dance Studio & Prairie School of Dance.
Jordan Reinwald (Chicago, IL) graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance. SHe holds an internship with Hedwig Dances, a contemporary dance company in the city where she works to promote the company's repertoire and artistic vision. Through her involvement with Hedwig Dances, Jordan was able to secure a Visa from the Federal Government in January 2012 to travel to Havana, Cuba for a ten-day People to People artistic exchange. Aside from performing the works of her peers, Reinwald performed her own work in Student Performance Night at Columbia College in April 2012. Her performance partner Michel Rodriguez, also of Hedwig Dances, was instrumental in mounting this work. Reinwald was also recently honored to perform in Ruth Page's The Nutcracker, as well as Continuous Replay with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in the fall of 2011.
Kent De Spain (Yellow Springs, OH) is the recipient of several awards, including the Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Choreography and an Established Choreographer’s Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has taught master classes and workshops in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and his work has been seen throughout the United States and beyond, including performances at Jacob's Pillow, Judson Church, Joyce Soho, and the Painted Bride. He is internationally recognized for his teaching, performance, filmmaking, and writing in the area of movement improvisation, including his feature-length documentary, A Moving Presence, and his upcoming book, Method to the Madness.
Kim Karpanty (Cleveland, OH) is co-founder and Artistic Director of Travesty Dance Group/ Cleveland and an Associate Professor of Dance at Kent State University in Ohio where she has received four Faculty Excellence Awards. She holds an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and an MA in Dance Education from New York University in New York City where she performed and taught professionally for over ten years. Kim has created over 50 works in modern dance, dance theatre, screendance and concert jazz dance genres. She has been an invited guest teacher at numerous universities and dance festivals, and has had work produced throughout the U.S. and abroad in Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and South Africa. Kim is a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and is certified in The Simonson Technique and Core Dynamics Pilates.
Kristina Isabelle (Chicago, IL) originally from Columbus, OH, is the artistic director of Kristina Isabelle Dance Company and co-director of HighJinks Productions. Isabelle earned her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School and an MFA in dance and choreography from The Ohio State University. She has performed with Bebe Miller, Stephen Petronio, Jordan Fuchs, and Earth Circus Productions.
Her choreography has been produced in Chicago, Columbus, New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Fort Worth, England, Ireland and Poland at the Bytom International Dance Festival. She has been a finalist in the BalletMet choreographers project in 2004, 2006 and 2008. She has been selected as one of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists for 2012.
She has served as a guest artist and adjunct professor for The Ohio State University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wittenburg University, Alfred University in New York, and The College of Lake County in Illinois. She is currently teaching at Joffrey and an After School Matters program at Steinmetz High School
Lauren Warnecke (Chicago, IL) is a dance artist, writer, and educator. She trained in classical ballet and modern dance, earning a BA at Columbia College Chicago. Lauren completed an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is a full-time Clinical Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine). Created in 2009 as a platform for dance-based discourse, Lauren owns and operates Art Intercepts. She is a contributing author/blogger at Dance Advantage, 4dancers, and the Huffington Post, freelances as a choreographer, grant writer, and production/stage manager, and enjoys baking scones and digging in the dirt.
Leslie Dworkin (Yellow Springs, OH) has been choreographing, teaching, and performing internationally for the past 15 years, including residencies at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Joyce SoHo, Movement Research in NYC, Jacob's Pillow, Mexico's Performatica, and Wolfboro's Arts on the Edge Festival. Dowrkin's choreography, "evanescent and wonderful" (Philadelphia City Paper) has garnered support from the Pew Charitable Trusts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Djerassi, and a 3-year residency in the Susan Hess Choreographers Project in Philadelphia. She has taught as a guest artist in many dance departments in the United States, has an MFA in Choreography from Temple University, and is a certified Trager bodywork practitioner.
Matthew Prescott (Miami Beach, FL) born and raised in Idaho, graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy and attended the inaugural year of the Joffrey/New School University in New York City. In 2000, he joined the Joffrey Ballet for a number of years before setting out as a freelance artist. Working as a freelancer, Matthew has worked and performed with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Ballet NY, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Amanda Miller, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, The Alabama Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, BalletX, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Morphoses the Wheeldon Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Matthew was featured in Robert Altman’s film The Company. Matthew has choreographed works performed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Chamber Dance Project, the Joffrey Ballet School, BalletX, Interlochen Arts Academy 50th anniversary Collage performance, for Misty Copeland for Prince’s Coming to America 2010 Madison Square Garden performances, and the Vail International Dance Festival. Matthew made his Broadway debut as the Resident Choreographer on the national tour of Billy Elliot as well as performing the roll of Older Billy. Matthew was honored to be the choreographer for French director Philippe Calvario’s Broadway Musical workshop of Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Melinda Jean Myers (Chicago, IL) grew up in Stevens Point, Wisconsin where she trained in dance and music from a young age. She received her MFA from University of Iowa in 2012 and BFA from New York University in 2005. Melinda was a member of Trisha Brown Dance Company (NYC) from 2006-2010 and performed throughout Europe, South America and the U.S. She has re-staged Trisha Brown’s repertory at BARD College, University of Iowa and Washington University.
Melinda is currently residing in Chicago where she teaches dance, creates choreographic works, and is a member of Lucky Plush Productions. Her choreography and one woman cabarets have been presented throughout the Midwest, NYC, Germany and South Korea.
Nicole Olson (Phoenix, AZ) started her training in ballet and classical jazz at Milwaukee Ballet School. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from Univ. of WI- Stevens Point, she continued performing for Kirby Reed (Chicago), Bauer Contemporary Ballet (Milwaukee), and Emergence Dance Theatre (Chicago). Nicole has performed in Arizona with the Phoenix Opera, Movement Source Dance Co., Dulce Dance, Nearly Naked Theatre, and Scorpius Dance Theatre. Currently, she is the Associate Director/Principal Dancer of Scorpius Dance Theatre. Ms. Olson has shown her choreography in such venues as the Kennedy Center (DC), Herberger Theatre (Phoenix), TBA/Ten Tiny Dances Festival (Portland, OR) and Scottsdale Center for the Arts (Scottsdale). She has received an Arizoni Award in Choreography for Nearly Naked Theatre's "The Who's Tommy" and a nomination for East Valley Children's Theatre's “The Wiz” and N2T’s “Evil Dead, The Musical”. Nicole continues her choreography for children’s and professional venues throughout the Phoenix area. Along with her choreography and performance work, she is Director of Dance at the Metropolitan Arts Institute in Phoenix, and teaches summer intensives at Ballet AZ, Yen Li School of Ballet, AZ School of Classical Ballet, and Phoenix Theatre.
ology dance (Chicago, IL) presents exploratory movement works that study and celebrate life experience through the creative process. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, philosophy, psychology and more, artistic director Melissa Mallinson has presented her choreography in concerts, alternative venues and more than a dozen festivals in Chicago, throughout the Midwest and in Scotland. Melissa graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan, training under esteemed artists Peter Sparling, Robin Wilson, Judy Rice and more. As a soloist with the Kalamazoo Ballet, she danced leading and principal roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia and premiered the lead female role of Mina in an original production of Dracula choreographed by August Tye. She also performed with Ann Arbor Dance Works under the mentorship of Gay Delanghe, Khecari Dance Theater, TJ&Co, Perceptual Motion Dance, Marquez Dance Project, Nicole Gifford Dance, and many independent artists throughout the MidWest. In 1992 she became the youngest choreographer to date to have work performed in the Regional Dance America/MidStates Regional Ballet Association Festival in Fargo, ND. Melissa's choreography has been produced by the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, the National Congress of Carillonneurs 2001 conference, Around the Coyote, Dance Chicago, The Field- Chicago, and the Old Town School of Folk Music. She thanks Kris for his boundless support. www.ologydance.com
Philip Elson is a dance artist engaging with various arenas of dance research and performance including live performance, dance for camera, dance education, and experimental collaboration. Currently, Elson is in his fifth season dancing with Chicago-based contemporary dance company The Seldoms. His choreographic work has been showcased in Chicago as part of The Open Space Project, Poonie's Cabaret, The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010:
Chicago, Red Tape Theater’s CFANN 2010, Links Hall’s Linkages Program, and at The Loyola University Museum of Art in conjunction with The Seldoms. Elson holds a BFA in Dance from The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.
Founded in July 2008 and based in Chicago, Illinois, Red Clay Dance is a professional touring company that creates and performs a diverse repertoire of contemporary dance infused with the vibrant dance and culture of the African Diaspora. Having gained a wealth of experience through her dance studies at Columbia College Chicago (BFA, 2002) and New York University (MFA, 2007) along with internationally acclaimed choreographers and teachers Gus Solomons, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Zollar and Germaine Acogny, founder Vershawn Sanders was encouraged to build and develop projects that support collaborations between African and African American dance makers.
Since its inception, Red Clay Dance has created and produced original works that have appeared in arts festivals around the world such as RAD Fest (2012) Dance Chicago (2011), Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival (2011), Dance Transmissions Festival/Uganda (2010), A.W.A.R.D.S Show/Joyce Soho NYC (2009), The Yard/Martha’s Vineyard (2007), L’Ecole Des Sables/Senegal (2008) and Looptopia Festival Chicago (2008). The company has also self-produced two concerts, “Celebrating Our Legacy” (2012) and “New Beginnings” (2011) both on Chicago’s South Side.
The company has received grant support from the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation-USArtists International, Harlem Stage NYC, Cliff Dwellers Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust Young Leaders Fund.
Our 2013-2014 5th Anniversary season is supported by grants from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the MetLife New Stages for Dance Initiative.
Red Clay Dance Company is in residency at Fuller Park through the Chicago Park District's Arts Partners in Residency Program, which unites artists and communities in Chicago's parks.
RE|Dance Group (Chicago, IL) Lucy Riner and Michael Estanich established RE|Dance Group in 2009 to present dance theater works that explore human relationships. We ground our artistic philosophy in an open process where ideas are shared, investigated, and then crafted into dances that embody a heightened physical experience rich with emotional content and dramatic imagery. The creative process is an ever evolving dynamic between intention, honesty, intuition and play. Though we call Chicago home base for R|E DAnce Group, the partnership rests on a unique long-distaqnce collaboration. Estanich lives in Stevens Point, WI, while Riner is a Chicago-based independent artist. We became fascinated with the idea of creating work in a new way- generating movement material while we were together and developing characters and our personal understanding of ideas while we were apart. Through this open dialogue, we establish physical memories that enrich our dancing and the relationships created in the works. www.redancegroup.com
Sarah Olson (Chicago, IL), originally from Charleston, WV, studied dance at Butler University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.F.A. In Dance Performance and a minor in Political Science. Upon moving to Chicago, Ms. Olson has danced with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Nomi Dance, and Inaside Chicago Dance. She has had the pleasure of performing choreography by Nick Pupillo, Lizzie MacKenzie, Eddy Ocampo, Autumn Eckman, Paul Christiano, Monique Haley, August Tye, Wade Schaaf, and many others. Sarah has choreographed for Nomi Dance, Dance Chicago, Dance Chance, and Chicago Freelance Dance.
Striding Lion Performance Group (Chicago, IL) celebrates 12 years of innovation and excellence in the development and production of original dance theater performance. Under the artistic direction of Annie Arnoult Beserra, SLPG invites audiences to move beyond the limitations of a passive dance “viewing” experience and engage more immediately and kinesthetically with the material presented through the collision of live performance and new media, a stalwart commitment to original music, and the inventive use of both traditional and non-traditional performance spaces. Striding Lion also provides extensive performing arts education programming to Chicago area schools, libraries and community centers. www.stridinglion.org
The Visitor(s) (Chicago, IL) Marc Macaranas, originally from Delano, CA, has performed in Chicago, across North America and in Europe with companies as diverse as Lucky Plush Productions, The Seldoms, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, DanceWorks Chicago and Montreal-based RubberBanDance Group. As a choreographer, he has presented work at Links Hall, The Open Space Project, Duets for My Valentine and Dance Chance: Redux. Currently, Marc explores the intersection of food and sensation-based dancing, presenting work through his new venture, The Visitor(s). He conducts movement research from the comfort of his kitchen and living room.