Artist and Company Biographies


EUROPEAN ARTISTS


Michael Green & Mojca Majcen
Titanic: SI 
Michael Green:
Artist Biography: As a young boy Michael devoted his life to the Theater and Music ..as Musical Theater was nonexistent in his native country ( it basically still is ) he had to establish his career outside of Slovenia.
He started his music education and theatrical trainings in Conservatory for Music and Ballet in Ljubljana Slovenia , continued in Croatia in Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and that leaded him to European Music Capital - Vienna where he trained to become Musical Theater actor/singer/dancer.

Michael performs in Musical Theater productions all over Europe, his credits include : 2012 MACBETH THE MUSICAL - Testa di Strega ( CWM – Roma ) , 2011 GUBEC BEG Krajač, Prohaska, Metikoš – Matija ( Kazalište Komedija Zagreb ), 2010 DIE FLEDERMAUS J. Strauss – Alfred ( SNG Maribor ), 2009 LES MISERABLES Schönberg-Jean Valjean ( HNK Varaždin ), 2009 PEER GYNT H. Ibsen – young Peer Gynt ( SNG Ljubljana ), 2006 CABARET Kander, Ebb - master of ceremony ( SLG Celje ), 2006 LA PUCE A l ' OREILLE G. Feydeau – Armand ( KK Klagenfurt ), 2004 DAS FEUERWERK P.Burkhard – Robert ( SNG Maribor ), 2003 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Menken / Ashman, Rice – Gaston ( Hiša kulture Celje ), 2002 CHICAGO Kander / Ebb - Billy Flin, Amos Hart ( SLG Celje ) 2001 JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Andrew Lloyd Webber – Peter ( KD VATROSLAV LISINSKI Zagreb )

As well as a solo performer in Concerts in Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Italy, Germany ... mostly performing songs from Musical Theater as well as French chansons, jazz standards, operetta arias.

He received several international awards for performing French chansons ( les chansans francaise ) - in Croatia and France.

Michael performed for National and private television stations in Slovenia, Germany, Italy and Croatia ( RTV SLOVENIA, HRT, ZDF, RAI3 )

As a Stage director Michael directed more 30 professional plays, operas and operettas in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria..and received several international awards...
 
Mojca Majcen:
Artist Biography: Mojca Majcen is a dancer and ballerina, who started to dance as a young girl. In 1998 she graduated with honors from the National Ballet Conservatory Maribor. During her educational period she danced several classical ballets in the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor. After graduation she continued her dance education abroad (Budapest, St. Petersburg, Scotland, Vienna, Netherlands). In 2000, she joined Dance Theatre Igen, where she focused on modern dance techniques and its integration with the theater. In 2009 she was promoted to a soloist of Dance Theatre Igen, during her engagement to Igen she participated in several full-length dance performances, and danced in numerous dance festivals abroad. As a dancer of Dance Theatre Igen she has received numerous international awards:
    •    First prize at the Choreographic Miniatures in 2000 in Belgrade
    •    Second Prize and Special Jury Prize at Tokyo Dance Platform
    •    Jarmila Jerabkova third prize award in Prague
    •    more awards in the competition of young dancers of Slovenia OPUS.

 In the past two years as a soloist of Dance Theatre IGEN she danced in Lady of the Camellias. The performance has toured in many major international festivals, within the invitation of the renowned dance artist , in 2010 it was presented at the Venice Biennale and in the finals of international competitions in Poland and in 2011 in.Choreographic competition, Beijing China.  In 2011 she received an award for artistic achievements in dance by the Municipality of Celje, Slovenia. She is a member of Ballet Association of Slovenia, a guest dancer of happy family Theatre Netherlands and Art Bark from USA. She worked with many Slovenian and international choreographers.

In 2012 she became a co-founder of ArtBark International with Stephen and Misa dancing in MISA KELLY'S choreographies: "A BAO QU", "MOKI'S WEDDING" and STEPHEN KELLY'S "FALLING AND FLYING" and "GOLDEN."  Performances occurred in Santa Barbara, Pasadena, New York, Vienna AUSTRIA and Paris FRANCE as a part of the Affinity Project, the ADaPT Festival Series and Green Space's Fertile Ground and Take Root Series. 

In 2013 they will meet up once again at the Dragon's Egg in Connecticut as a part of a week long residency to begin work on their Alma Karlin Project and will then travel to NY and CA for ADAPT Festival activities.


AMERICAN ARTISTS


Barbara Mahler
Artist Biography: Barbara Mahler is a choreographer, performer, movement educator, body worker – a Master teacher of and major contributor to the outreach of Klein Technique™, and currently an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research, NYC since 2004, and ongoing Guest Artist at the School for Contemporary Dance in Copenhagen, Denmark (1994-present) As well, she a Faculty member and certified practitioner of Zero Balancing. She is the recipient BAX10 award for 2013 in Arts Education.

As well as choreographing and teaching, she maintains a private practice in hands on healing work, using the techniques and principles of Zero Balancing, Connective Tissue Therapy, and other modalities, working with injury rehabilitation and prevention; movement re education and coordination. She has been an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research NYC since 2004; teaching group classes aimed towards the improvement of coordination, alignment and general physical well being. Barbara’s viewpoint of the well-functioning person/body is grounded in her long – standing work in the dance and movement field. Her major and most consistent source of information has come from the study and teaching (1979-present) of Klein Technique (certified teacher of and major contributor to); and (1983-present) Zero Balancing, along with the perspectives and insights gained from re-educating her own body.

Contemporary dance technique, composition, improvisation, choreography and performance have all played major roles in the focus and experience of her work. Her small and intimate dances/choreography have been presented across the globe – Chile, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and many venues in New York, as well as across the US. She has been a creator, mover and teacher since 1983. 

With a particular passion for the SOLO dance, she also works with small groups of twos and threes. Her dances are spare, and physically demanding. Texture, time, space, architecture, articulateness, portraits, and environments are all adjective that describe her simple yet provocative dances.

She was a guest artist/teacher at Hunter College NYC, 2000-11 She is also an adjunct evaluator at SUNY Empire State College.

“I was an artist in Residence with Movement Research for the 2003-04, and 2006 -08 seasons. Movement Research continues to provide a home base for the development of my artistic visions and products. My choreographic work has received support from Meet the Composer, and the Arts Council in Montreal, Canada and the Cultural Arts Ministry’s Chile .I was a recipient of a Sage Cowles Land Grant, and part of the first solo dance artist residency at The Yard (an artist’s colony in Chilmark, Mass.). Most recently I received a choreographic research grant from the International Dance Programme in Gothenburg, Sweden, and a residency from THE CAVE, Williamsburg, NY. I was also chosen to be part of LEAP 2011-12, a Queens Arts Council Program (NY), supporting development of vision, artistic products and process. My work has also been supported by the 92 Street Y Harkness Dance Center and the Hunter College Dance Alum Consortium for many years.”

Lissa Resnick 
No Strings Attached Dance Company 
Artist Biography: Lissa Resnick had her formative dance training via full scholarships at Joffrey and San Francisco Ballet where she trained with such masters as Irina Jacobsen (SF Ballet school) and Norbert Vesak (formerly of San Francisco Opera). Her early training resulted in Lissa winning the competitive Harkness Scholarship Award at the age of 16. She has performed with the San Francisco Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Bonnie Simoa Contemporary Dance, Danse Lumiere and College of Marin Dance Company. In her recent work with Berkeley-based Kathryn Roszak’s ‘Danse Lumiere’, Lissa created principal roles and performed at Herbst Theatre-San Francisco, UC Berkeley among other Northern CA venues. She is currently developing contemporary and jazz offerings in greater LA. 

In November 2011, Lissa founded 'No Strings Attached Dance Company', a delightful collection of classically trained dancers merging poetic technique with contemporary movement. During this, it’s debut year, Lissa choreographed/directed performed in over seven venues including Hermosa Beach Playhouse, and The El Portal Theater in North Hollywood, several art galleries, and 2 outdoor dance festivals. The group has brought inspiring comments summarized by a patron and performing arts editor: "Lissa Resnick, Artistic Director of BeachHead Productions, put on a performance of utter beauty that truly left me speechless.” Current projects include ongoing collaboration with Lightsey Fine Arts, and a new commissioned work for the Palos Verdes Art Center in fall of 2012. She is a passionate instructor in ballet and creative movement. Credentials include Roszak's Children’s Dance Program in Berkeley; Torrance Cultural Arts Center’s Young-Program; Dance/Arts Seminar for Torrance Unified School District, Riviera Elementary, and creative movement curriculum for Riviera Playschool, Redondo Beach, master class at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Film/TV credits include featured dancer in the documentary ‘Image of a Dancer’ by Lucas Films and ballet dancer in an AT&T Yellow Pages commercials. Outside of the dance world, Lissa has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from USC and has worked as an adult and pediatric physical therapist.

Mariana Oliveira
The Union Project 
Company Biography: The Union Project is a contemporary dance company that features the collaboration of contemporary dance and live music.

The Union Project is a unique company because our creative process is truly a 3-way collaboration between the composer, choreographer, and dancers. The process begins by selecting a temporary musical piece on which the choreographer creates the basic movements. The dancers are video recorded during a rehearsal, and the composer then writes new music based on what he sees in the recording. The choreographer, along with the dancers’ collaboration, can then adapt to the new music. Thus the exchange continues, affording the opportunity to recreate and insert the dancers’ own ideas into the creative process.

Since its founding in 2009 by the choreographer Mariana Oliveira, The Union Project has developed works in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” (2011), choreographed by Mariana Oliveira and premiered in Miami, was based on the painting of same name by Pablo Picasso. Five dancers were guided by a 13 piece orchestra featuring original score by composer Michael O. Hurwitz. According to Sunpost Weekly Miami: “The choreography captured a wild and provocative essence.” In 2012, The Union Project premiered “Malemolência”, a fresh and fun take on the culture of Brazil’s Northeast region-- a culture that is almost unknown outside Brazil. For this project, the company not only collaborated with talented dancers and musicians, but also with Brazilian visual artist Henrique Souza, who crafted the stage’s background which illustrated the landscape of Brazil’s Northeast.

One of our earlier projects, “Homo Sapiens vs. Homo Demens” (2010), a duet representing human duality, had the amazing opportunity to be performed at Lincoln Center in New York. “The Best Part of Yourself that You Don’t Know” (2009) was performed at Tribeca Arts Center and Judson Church.

The goal of the company is to provide the audience with a multi-disciplinary experience, showcasing talented dancers and musicians, guided by original score and unusual themes. The company’s vision is to encourage collaboration between artists from diverse backgrounds. 

Artist Biography:  Mariana Oliveira is originally from Brazil, and she is the choreographer/artistic director of The Union Project Dance Company. She graduated from the Royal Academy School of London and has been an apprentice dancer at Diversions Modern Dance Company of Wales. She had the opportunity to study with Aszure Barton, Stephen Petronio, Brice Mousset and Philip Gardner. She has performed with Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Sao Paulo Dance Company (Brazil), Karen Peterson & Dancers (Miami) and Steps on Broadway Ensemble (NYC). She participated in many dance festivals such as Rio de Janeiro Festival, Brasilia International Festival and Joinville Dance Festival. She has been teaching and choreographing in Brazil, New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. Mariana recently won the World Dance Awards 2012 “People’s Choice” category.

Anri Nakano
Artist Biography: Anri Nakano is a dancer/choreographer originally from Fukuoka, Japan. She started her life as a performer when she became a member of a Children’s Musical Company in Fukuoka at the age of 7. In 2000, she won the second prize at the Jazz Dance Art Association’s annual competition in Tokyo under the direction of Saira Kaminaga. In 2001, She became one of the background dancers for Ayumi Hamasaki, one of the most famous Japanese pop singers in Asia and continued until 2003. She moved to New York City in 2007 to explore her intense passion for Dance. She decided to attend CUNY Lehman College where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance/Theatre in 2011 with honors from Golden Key and Susan May Wilson Prize for outstanding contribution to the Theatre Department. She's done various productions and presented her own choreographic works at Lehman College. She toured Venezuela in 2009 with a Physical Theatre/Pantomime Company where she performed and taught workshops at local schools, churches and festivals. She has performed in work by Saira Kaminaga, Amy Larimer, Laura Peterson, Nicholas Leichter, Kelley Donovan, Rodger Belman, Liz Glynn, Darcy Naganuma, Adele Myers, and Anabella Lenzu. Her own work has been performed at Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Peridance Capezio Center, HB Studio, and Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance. Her new solo work will be presented at Triskelion Arts in New York as a part of WAXworks series in January 2013. 


Nancy Evans Doede, Jenn Logan
Nancy Evans Dance Theatre 
Company Biography: Nancy Evans Dance Theatre is a modern-based company that was established in September of 2009 in Pasadena, California, under the Artistic Direction of Nancy Evans Doede, and had its inaugural performances in June of 2010 in evenings of original choreography entitled WORKS 2010: A DANCE COLLABORATIVE, in association with Paradigm Dance Theatre.

The success of the first season of performances led to a 2010-2011 season that included performances at the 4th Annual Pasadena Dance Festival, “Standing On The Edge”, “Concordance”, as producer of and performers in “Friends/Family”, and WORKS 2011: A DANCE COLLABORATIVE, our second concert series in conjunction with Paradigm Dance Theatre.

In just over a year, NEDT established a repertory of 8 new works, including “SHIFT”, a half-evening piece with original score composed by percussionist Blake Colie.

Our production of “Friends/Family” featured the works of company members and guest choreographers, as well as the works of other companies in our dance community, including Kin Dance, Paradigm Dance Theatre, Robert Salas’ Moorpark Touring Ensemble, and local choreographers Donna Cicchesi and Mallory Russo. This concert was conceived to bring together diverse work from Los Angeles based choreographers and companies and foster visibility and appreciation for dance.

In the summer of 2011, we performed in Gabriela Dance Theatre’s festival “Imagine”, the 5th Annual MixMatch festival and in the TriArt Festival in September. In October. we performed as part of Art Night Pasadena at Lineage Performing Arts Center in Old Pasadena. Our first FUNdraiser was a bowling party in September, 2011, in conjunction with Outpost Theatre Ensemble. We all had a great time, performed, literally, in a bowling alley and had a chance to personally thank our supporters.

We performed in April of 2012 at the 5th Annual Pasadena Dance Festival’s Choreographer’s Showcase, and were guests at Moorpark College’s “Motion Flux” concerts at the end of April. Our production of WORKS 2012: An Evening with Nancy Evans Dance Theatre, marked our debut as the resident dance company at the new Porticos Art Space in Pasadena. Our Gala opening night was an all-NEDT program of choreography, and we had a Silent Auction as part of this fundraiser. The remaining three performances brought the talents of Lineage Dance, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Frit and Frat’s LA-based KIN Dance Company and Robert Salas’ Movement Theatre CoLab as guests on our programs. We sponsored a Q&A after one performance, which was a great success.

We sponsored a festival in our new space in November of 2012, "Friends/Family/Dance/Festival 2012", hosting companies that came from our local Pasadena area, as well as from Long Beach, Orange County, Moorpark and Los Angeles. We were happy to have reached out to the arts community beyond our local borders, and to mutually support the work of other small companies in Southern California.

Currently, we are planning new choreography for our June concert series, which will also include two invited companies over two weekends.

Artist Biographies:  
Nancy Evans Doede 
Artistic Director, Nancy Evans Dance Theatre 
Nancy has been involved in dance and theatre for over 30 years. She studied and danced for modern dance pioneer, Hanya Holm, danced with and choreographed for the Nancy Hauser Dance Company, was an original member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, an assistant director at the Taper, Too, and a directing intern at the Mark Taper Forum New Works Festival. She was a producer of the Grammy nominated Children of the World Project, Managing Director, producer, director and actress with the Actors’ Company, founding member of Outpost Theatre Ensemble, has been a guest teacher at the Pasadena Dance Festival since its inception, and was a guest festival teacher at the National High School Dance Festival. Nancy has been commissioned as both a teacher and choreographer by various studios and companies nationally and internationally. Nancy Evans Dance Theatre was launched in 2010, and since its inception, has consistently performed throughout Southern California, both as a guest and a producer. Guest performances have included the Pasadena Dance Festival, Motion Flux, TriArt Festival, MixMatch Festival, Concordance, Emerging Choreographers Festival, and Art Night Pasadena. In a true Guild fashion, members of the company are encouraged beyond performing to choreograph and teach, and also to participate in many aspects of production, marketing and publicity. As a result, NEDT is an artistic family."
 
 
Artist Biography - Jenn Logan
Jenn began formal dance training in Houston at Discovery Dance Group. She has worked with Eryn Schon, Rebecca Levy, André Megerdichian, Janet Roston, Frit & Frat Fuller, Nancy Evans Doede and NEDT company members. She is a founding member and Executive Director of Nancy Evans Dance Theatre. When not dancing, Jenn runs an award-winning graphic design studio, Studio Fuse, Inc., working with nonprofits, arts and cultural organizations.

Amanda Hart
Hart Pulse Dance Company 
Company Biography: Hart Pulse Dance Company creates unforgettable and inspiring works that refresh Southern California's love for dance. Through Contemporary movement, HPDC brings their cutting edge blend of Ballet, Modern and Jazz to break the barrier between dancer and viewer. Now in their 7th year, HPDC and their annual MixMatch Dance Festival aim to lead the dance world in providing affordable, professional performances in approachable settings to the every day dance enthusiast.

Artist Biography:  Amanda Hart / Director: Amanda Hart started dancing at the age of nine with the Sierra Performing Arts Center in Visalia, CA under the technical instruction of Susan Pallas and Melinda Cordell (ABT). After winning many awards in the competition dance world, she was accepted into The Fresno Ballet Company during her senior year at Lindsay High School. She went on to create many choreographic works and appear in numerous shows, including the Cal Arts Dance Ensemble at REDCAT, while receiving her BFA in Dance from the California Institute of the Arts in 2005. Amanda was recently accepted in the Strathmore and Cambridge Women's Who's Who and was nominated for a 2009 Horton Award for Outstanding Production of a Festival or Series. She is currently the Artistic Director or her own, Hart Pulse Dance Company and annual MixMatch Dance Festival in addition to teaching full-time in the Montrose and Burbank areas. Ms. Hart is also on the Board of Directors for the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles.

Derrick Curtis 
Embody Dance
Artist Biography: Derrick Curtis is a physical education specialist and recreation therapist at Montessori Center School. Derrick has taught dance in Santa Barbara for more than 23 years as a recreation therapist and ballroom dance instructor. He offers instruction in Competitive Ballroom emphasizing both Smooth & Latin rhythms, Club Dances (Night Club Two Step, Salsa, Chicago Two Step, West Coast Swing) Line Dances (Cha Cha Slide, Electric Slide, Hustle) and Party Dances (Cotton Eye Joe, Virginia Reel, Macarena and more). He was an assistant instructor with Kay Fulton at Santa Barbara City College and the Adult Education ballroom dance program. Derrick implements an ongoing youth dance programs at Montessori Center School, Cleveland and Elwood Elementary schools with his wife Trudie Olsen. He served on the Board of Directors for the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance and The Brotherhood of Santa Barbara. He has been the production director for BASSH (ballroom, argentine tango, swing, salsa and hip hop) the annual dance concert showcase at the Lobero Theater from it's inception. He has performed in the swing dance troupe, “The Flying Lindy Hoppers” and choreographed dance routines for Santa Barbara Youth Theater, BASSH, Multi-Cultural Festival, Dance Day Santa Barbara and Solstice. Derrick created the Stomp Out Tobacco Swing Nights and promoted the Yucatan Swing Nights. Derrick is the recipient of SBDA’s 12 Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to dance in Santa Barbara.

Noelle Andressen Kale
Rubans Rouges Dance Company
Company Biography: Based in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Rubans Rouges {'roo bahn - rooj} French for Red Ribbons, was founded & created by dancer and choreographer: Noelle Andressen in 2009. She named her dance company after her most beloved dances: ""Shattered Innocence - Red Ribbons"". The company is a labor of love in which she shares her artistry in: film, dance, theatrical movement and the talents of her husband's Emmy nominated scores. Her desire is to present pieces that touch the heart and move one's soul to ponder the wonderful intricacies of life's journeys.

Artist Biography: Noelle Andressen, Artistic Director of Rubans Rouges Dance Company, SAG actress and Emmy nominated indie-filmmaker/writer/music composer returned to her first love: DANCE after surviving breast cancer. With an AA in dance (Moorpark), BFA in film (UNLV) she's merged her passions: dance, theater & film into a multi-media dance company and ready to STORM!

Her credits include: ABC's "Modern Family", g.l.a.a.d. Awards, TLN Cable Network, Clipper's Half Time, FlashMobAmerica and several music videos. Recently, cast as lead in modern dance film: "ENTROPY" (post-production) and nominated for RAW Performance Artist of the Year.

Mentors: Robert Salas, Beth Megill, Misa Kelly & Stephen Kelly, Wendy Baity, Kiha Lee and Denise Gibson. Studied with: Jamie Nichols, Patrick Franz, Judy Pissaro-

Matthew Nelson
BodySensate 
Company Biography: BodySensate Contemporary Dance aims to research embodied ecology through movement aesthetics. Ecology is a study of relational systems: How do we interact with our internal and external environments? Can we sense these relationships firsthand by moving, or by witnessing movement? What do our movements reveal about our worldviews?

Artist Biography:  Matthew teaches dance in the theatre department at Willamette University, where he also directs the annual dance concerts, PeopleDance. He holds an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, and is a certified Laban Movement Analyst. He has performed extensively with Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, and additionally credits his artistic lineage to the communities of the University of California Santa Barbara, American Dance Festival, University of the Arts, Pomona College, Dance Fusion, Anne Marie Mulgrew Company, and Philadanco. Research interests reflected in academic and choreographic publication include spinal connectivity, somatic philosophy, and embodied ecology. On the web at: www.bodysensate.com.

Emily Berry
B3W 
Company Biography: “Memorable, intelligent, strong.” —Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Infinite Body
“Violent but engaging” —Clare Croft, The Washington Post.
“Clear expression of idea in movement” – Maura Donahue, Culturbot

Emily Berry is the Artistic Director of B3W, which has performed in the US, England and Mexico. In New York City, B3W has performed at Henry Street Settlement, Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, BAAD!, the 92nd Street Y, The Irondale Center as part of FlicFest, the International Dance Festival NYC, the DUMBO Dance Festival, the Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and the Cool New York Dance Festival. The company has also premiered two dance films in Maryland and in Switzerland. B3W received the Mondo Cane Commission at Dixon Place where they premiered Confined in September 2010 with a three-week run. Emily was also commissioned to set a piece on Ann Arbor Dance Works.

Artist Biography: Emily Berry is the Artistic Director of B3W, which has performed in the US, England and Mexico. 

Emily has performed with danceTactics/Keith Thompson, Boris Willis Moves, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company, Restless Native Dance/Tamieca McCloud, Lesole’s Dance Project, and Ashe Moyubba/Alafia Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance Ensemble.

Emily is a Certified Movement Analyst. She also has a MFA in dance from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Dance Arts from the University of Michigan. She has taught at Oakland University, George Mason University, Coppin State University, Montgomery College, and the Community College of Baltimore County. She has also taught master classes for ACDFA, Goucher College, the College of William and Mary, the University of Michigan, and numerous dance intensives. She is currently an assistant professor of dance at Queensborough Community College.

Jamie Graham, Amy Larimer and Jay Rhoderick
The Raving Jaynes
Company Biography: The Raving Jaynes (Jamie Graham, Amy Larimer and Jay Rhoderick) present improvisations where movement, text and sound are woven, smashed and twisted together to transform what waits in the empty space into sweaty stories. The performers use a suggestion from the audience as inspiration for a collage of dances and scenes. The Raving Jaynes have been presented at dance and comedy venues throughout the Northeast including: The Built on Stilts Festival in Martha’s Vineyard, The Comedy in Dance Festival at Triskelion Arts, Dancemopolitan at Joe’s Pub, The NYC Improv Festival at The PIT, The Dragon’s Egg, Lehman College, The Unscripted New York Improvised Theatre Festival and The Tank. This summer, The Raving Jaynes will be presented at the Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy.

Artist Biographies: Amy Larimer (creator/director) is a dance/theater artist currently focused on blending dance and theatrical improvisation. Her work has been presented at a variety of venues including The 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, DTW, Green Space, HERE, Joe’s Pub, The Joyce Soho, Triskelion Arts, and The West End Theater. She was a founding member of Nicholas Leichter Dance and toured internationally with Leichter for 10 years. She has also enjoyed working with Clare Byrne, Daniel Clifton, Colin Connor, Susannah Keagle, Polina Klimovitskaya, Patricia Nanon, Debra Wanner and June Wantanabe. She is a certified yoga teacher and the Artistic Director of the Dance Program at Lehman College.

Jamie Graham (performer), a Nashville native, received her B.F.A. in Dance and B.A. in English Literature at Webster University, St. Louis. She completed one year of post-graduate study at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie, Netherlands. Present projects include Naomi Goldberg Haas/ Dances for a Variable Population, Barbara Mahler and Jenny Rocha Dance Theater.

Jay Rhoderick (co-director) is a founding member of the long-running long-form improvisation ensembles Burn Manhattan and Centralia. Jay has taught improv for 12 years and has studied mask, Commedia dell'Arte, clown, and acting for more than 17 years. He has improvised with Jeremy Piven, Kate Walsh, Will Ferrell, Horatio Sanz, Stephen Colbert and many others. Centralia has performed throughout the U.S. and recently had its immortal song "Holy Shit" used in Showtime's TV spots. As an actor, Jay took part in the rollicking original NYC Fringe production of "Urinetown!" 


Misa and Stephen Kelly, Trina Mannino, Mojca Majcen 
ArtBark International 
Company Biography
Our Mission:
Through innovative artistic leadership foster connections with global artistic resources promoting regional, national & international pathways of opportunity for working class artists globally and locally nurturing cross-cultural exchange, artistic excellence, and increased arts tourism.
Our Values:
We seek to be the change we wish to see in the world harnessing our life work as artists fostering tolerance, and mutual understanding between individuals and across nations through the arts. Our values grow and evolve as we grow and evolve.
About:
ArtBark International builds on our 15 years experience as SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre (founded by Misa Kelly), the 25 years of experience of Stephen Kelly Music, and the over 10 years experience of Europe based ballerina and contemporary dancer Mojca Majcen. Collectively they have manifest over 150 projects with a high level of success and critical acclaim. Our present activities embrace innovative ways of organizing that serve to shift the paradigm of how professional artists organize and how success is measured staying abreast of how the arts industry is evolving via our ADaPT Festival Series, the Affinity Project, and our Community and Educational Outreach Programs. We make positive use of the power of the internet using skype, facebook, dropbox, and YouTube for project planning, networking, rehearsals & are beginning to integrate it into our performances.

ArtBark Artist Biographies
The Kelly Twins (Misa and Stephen) are joined at the heart and creative hip these days with a broad and eclectic creative skill set. They have collectively manifested over 150 dance, music , visual art, and performance art projects over the past 20 years with a great deal of joy and artistic excellence. Their latest project, ArtBark International www.artbark.org, was co-founded with Mojca Majcen in 2012 building on 25 years experience as Stephen Kelly music, 15 years as SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre, and 15 years of Majcen’s professional experience as an award winning dancer based in Slovenia. Recent highlights include producing the Affinity Festival, and touring to New York, Vienna and Paris for the Raw Matters ADaPT Special Festival. They very much look forwards to producing a tri-city ADaPT Festival in 2013 with events planned in New York, Pasadena and Santa Barbara and a week-long residency at the Dragon’s Egg in Connecticut at the end of May where they will reunite with Mojca Majcen to move their Alma Karlin project forward and keep repertory alive.

Trina Mannino studied dance at the University of Michigan under Amy Chavasse, Bill DeYoung, Jessica Fogel, Judy Rice, Peter Sparling, and Robin Wilson. During her time at U of M, she had the pleasure of dancing in a number of works by her peers and faculty, but her favorite U of M experience involved befrien­ding a weeping willow tree and creating a dance in honor of it. She has performed with Anabella Lenzu’s Dance/D­rama, Chris Masters, and Laura Peterson Choreog­raphy. She is also a member of the global collect­ive, ArtBark Interna­tional, collabo­rating with artists from around the world in New York, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Dance Europe Magazine, Hour Detroit Magazine, and The Dance Enthusi­ast. Trina still manages to return to Michigan a few times a year to enthusi­astically frolic in the gorgeous state lakes and sand dunes.
 
Valerie Green
Dance Entropy 
Company Biography: Dance Entropy is a professional modern dance company featuring 8 multi-ethnic dancers that tours and teaches both domestically and abroad. Dance Entropy abstracts the potential chaos of the body and creates order through expressive movement reflecting the world within which we live. Dance Entropy supports Valerie Green’s vision as Artistic Director where by she creates stage and site-specific work. The company uses creation, performance, and teaching to link dance and the people of a particular community. 

Artist Biography: Valerie Green has been an active dancer, choreographer and teacher in the NYC dance community for over 17 years. She created her own company, Dance Entropy in 1998, adding a permanent company home in 2005 called Green Space in LIC Queens. Green Space serves the dance community by providing an affordable and welcoming environment for rehearsals, classes, and performances. To date Ms. Green has created 23 dances and 6 evening length works. Her choreography has been seen throughout NYC and has also toured to various venues throughout the US. Internationally she has taught and performed in Canada, France, Italy, Greece, Russia, Austria, India, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Albania. As a guest artist, Valerie has received commissions from Texas State University, BITEF Theater in Belgrade, Serbia, and Theater Alternativa in Tirana, Albania. She has also taught at the UNLV, Texas State, LaGuardia Community College, University of Nanterre, France, and at the Faculty of Drama & Art in Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia. Please visit: www.DanceEntropy.org

Marilyn Romeo
Got Country? 
Company Biography: ‘Got Country?’ was formed in 2002 with the idea of auditioning for BASSH. In 2003 the team did audition and danced in BASSH in 2004. They also danced again in BASSH in 2010. The main focus of the team is to have fun and express themselves through dance. They perform at different venues dancing different choreographed routines using country western music. Sometimes we break away from country and add another type of music, which is included in our routine, just for the fun of it. There are seven to eight girls on the team. Each dancer is committed to working as hard as they can to end up with the best performance possible!

Artist Biography: My name is Marilyn Romeo and I have been teaching country western dances, line and couples, for 29 years. I have been the director of two dance teams. Pacifically Country which was a couples competition and performance team which I retired in 1999 after 10 years of competing. I am currently the director and choreographer for ‘Got Country?’, an all female competition and performance dance team, which I started in 2002. I also was a couples competitor for about six years. Over the years I have probably taught in every country night club in Santa Barbara! Right now in Santa Barbara The Creekside has a country night and dance lessons on Wednesdays. I have been teaching there for 5 years. I also teach line dancing at the Carrillo Recreation Center on Monday nights. I enjoy teaching private lessons and at private parties. I work full time for Sansum Clinic in the claims department which keeps me busy during the day!
 
Marcos Duran
Marcos Duran Performance Group
Artist Biography: Marcos secretly began improvising with movement as a teenager in San Jose, California. He acquired a BFA in Dance from UC Santa Barbara in 2006, where he received a Corwin Award in Choreography, co-produced an evening length Honor's Project, and toured as a soloist in Jose Limon's Psalm and in Christopher Pilafian's Blindspot. He launched into his professional career as an internationally touring company member with Jerry Pearson's Santa Barbara Dance Theater, for which he twice returned as a guest artist. He served as a guest artist with Jean Isaac's San Diego Dance Theater, Malashock Dance, and as the videographer for Dance Monks in San Francisco. Before moving to NYC in 2008, he also had the pleasure of performing with the companies of Keith Johnson, Stephanie Nugent, Misa Kelly, Gary Masters, and presented work in Santa Barbara, San Diego and San Francisco, via invitations from the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, Jean Issacs and Benjamin Levy respectively. NYC performances have been with Risa Jaroslow & Dancers, Christy Harris/ Bill Young, Eun Hee Lee, Daniel Charon, Faye Driscoll and Meredith Glisson among others. He has presented work at Judson Church through Movement Research, Brooklyn Rooftop Series, 14th Street Y, Jennifer Mueller's The Works Studio, WAX, Eun Hee Lee's Famoso Festival, Dixon Place, The Center for Performance Research, Santa Barbara International ADAPT Festival and Fidget Space in Philadelphia. Residing in Brooklyn, he is a 2013 Artist In Residence at The Center for Performance Research. His focus is on his own creative work as well as his career as a Pilates Teacher.  He enjoys yoga, hiking, film, writing, exploring cooking and baking, and choreographing new dance theater works.

Jamie Carbetta Hammond
Pony Box Dance Theatre
Artist Biography:  Jamie began making dances for the neighborhood children at the age of 5 to her dad’s Shirley Bassey records, gradually morphed into a light theatre ingénue before earning her MFA in dance at UC Irvine in 2000. While at UCI on a full graduate fellowship, she created a one -person show based on her research about modern dance pioneer, Helen Tamiris, performing at various venues including the National Museum of Dance in New York. Jamie has had the honor of receiving numerous grants, from the National Museum of Dance, California Arts Council and University of California, Irvine.

She has studied at the Martha Graham School and Jose Limon School in New York City. Also, Jamie has performed with numerous prominent contemporary choreographers including: Ann Carlson and Bebe Miller and studied with ballet luminaries David Allan and Stephan Wenta. Her work has also been presented in Japan, California, Ohio and Washington states. She has performed in over 16 musicals and choreographed for film and stage, most notably, Joann Yarrow’s Measure for Measure , set in 1920’s Vienna.

Additionally, Jamie has taught at Oberlin College, Western Washington State University and the University of California, Irvine. Presently, she serves as an Adjunct Professor at West Los Angeles, Cerritos and El Camino Colleges. She is certified in both yoga and pilates and enjoys her spare time with her husband, an accomplished musician, her college age daughter and son who just entered first grade.
 
Alexandra Taylor
(Alex)andra Taylor Dance
Artist Biography: Alexandra Taylor resides in New York City working as a dancer and choreographer for (Alex)andra Taylor Dance, freelancing with other dance artists, and teaching dance in the city. Alex is also a founding member of the transnational dance collective, TRANSForm Dance Collective – annually the group holds teaching residencies at Universities, studios, or local arts centers and culminates with a fully produced evening-length dance concert open to the community.

Alex has performed in works by Alexandra Beller, Martha Graham, George Faison, Dianne McIntyre, Carolyn Pavlik, Esther m Palmer, SINedoche Dance Company, Valerie Ifill, Ann Thomas Moffett and Erin Cairns Cella. She received her BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University in 2007. In 2010 she received her MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon where she also held a teaching fellowship teaching modern, jazz, ballet, tap, improvisation and hip hop. During her tenure at Oregon, Alexandra’s research focuses included open collaboration methods in composition and the prevention and recovery of dancer injuries in the hip and low back.

Alexandra’s work has been seen in multiple venues in New York, Oregon, Michigan, California, and North Carolina. She has also taught in various locations around the U.S. including New York, San Diego, North Carolina, and Michigan.
 
Cybil Gilbertson - NECTAR Collaborative (Santa Barbara, CA)
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