Certified Teachers of the Evans Method of Laban-Based Dance Technique:
1.Heather Acomb, Rochester, New York
2. Julie Anderson, Denver, Colorado
3. Falon Baltzell, Hawaii/California
4, Deborah Birrane,Seattle, Washington
5. Jenny Burnett, South Euclid, Ohio
6. Mary Burns, New York City
7. Clarence Brooks, Boca Raton, Florida
8. Joanna Brotman, New York City
9. Selene Carter, Bloomington, Indiana
10. Joanna Cashman, Bend, Oregon
11. Kathleen (KLee) Cooper, Sequim, Washington
12. Kitty (Katherine) Daniels,Seattle, Washington
13. Cathy Davalos, Moraga, California
14. Kathy Diehl,Pocatello, Idaho
15. Annie Dwyer, Raleigh, North Carolina
16. William Evans, Providence, Rhode Island
17. Kelly Ferris Lester,Hattiesburg, Mississippi
18. Sarah Gullo Andreacchi, Rochester, New York
19. Don Halquist,Providence, Rhode Island
20. Melissa Hauschild-Mork, Brookings, South Dakota
21. Sara Squirrell Jackiewicz, Las Cruces, New Mexico
22. Sarah Joyce-Dyer, Tulsa, Oklahoma
23. Tadashi Kato, Morgantown, West Virginia
24. Debra Wright Knapp, Las Cruces, New Mexico
25. Kerry Kreiman, Fort Worth, Texas
26. Marlene Leber, Shaker Heights, Ohio
27. Denise Lieutaghi, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia
28. Suzie Lundgren, Santa Cruz, California
29. Hillary McDaniel Douglas, Las Cruces, New Mexico
30. Georgia Ortega, Ross, California
31. Rip Parker, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico
32. Missy Pfohl Smith, Rochester, New York
33. Denise Purvis, Richmond, Virginia
34. Heather Roffe, Rochester, New York
35. Solveig Santillano,Erie Pennsylvania
36. Lynn Schmidt,Arlington, Washington
37. Rosalind Schrodt, Ashland, Oregon
38. Rebecca Sleger McArtuhur, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
39. Jenny Showalter, Sugar Grove, Illinois
40. Mariah Jane Thies, Coquitlam, British Columbia
41. Kristin Carpenter Torok, Redwood City, California
42. Andrea Vazquez, Decorah, Iowa
43. Jude Clark Warnisher, San Luis Obispo, California
44. Cynthia Willliams, Geneva, New York
45. Adrienne Wilson, Auburn, Alabama
46. Terri Winchell, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
47. Courtney World, Sewanee, Tennessee
48. Daniela Wancier, Coconut Creek, Florida
Salt Lake City, Utah
5801 Densmore Rd.
Heather Acomb is a dance artist and educator originally from the Rochester, NY area. After earning her MFA from The College at Brockport she spent four years dancing, touring, and teaching as part of the Bill Evans Dance Company as well as independently as a freelance artist across the US. Heather is certified in the Evans Method and currently teaches his work as well as her own somatic-based work at Nazareth College and The College at Brockport, where she is on the dance faculty. Heather has performed and had her work shown in several venues, including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, Core Project/Going Dutch in Chicago, and WAX Works in Brooklyn, among many others. She has performed the works of many dance artists including Bill Evans, Jose Limón, Doris Humphrey, Claire Porter, Bill T. Jones, Larry Keigwin, and Treeline Danceworks. She recently completed her Holistic Health Practitioner certification and is board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She also studies Integrative and Ayurvedic nutrition, and is working towards her Hatha Yoga teacher certification through Yoga Alliance. Heather is an advocate for organic farming and sustainable living, and volunteers her free time to organic farms locally and across the nation.
230 East Avenue
Sarah Gullo Andreacchi (Master’s of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance, SUNY Brockport, Bachelor of Arts, Humanistic Studies, McGill University) currently lives, works, and dances in Rochester, New York. She is certified in yoga, the Bill Evans Method of teaching modern dance, and is completing her certification in Somatic Movement Education through Shin Somatics. Teaching dance, (Adjunct Keuka College, Faculty at Hochstein) and Administrating (Assistant Dean of Students, Co-Chair, Dance Department, Hochstein School of Music and Dance), keep her busy earning bucks, and her dance community continues to support the choreographic work she insists is integral to her well-being, and for that she is ever grateful. She performs and choreographs regularly as part of the Hochstein dance faculty, as well as with local choreographers. Her most recent choreography was shown in the 2015 Rochester Fringe Festival. Andreacchi lives in East Rochester with her husband and son, who keep her grounded, playing, well-fed, and consistently inspired.
Julie Anderson is the owner of Lakewood Dance Academy in Lakewood Colorado; an inclusive community promoting a concept-based approach to classical dance training. She is an instructor for the Education and Outreach program at Colorado Ballet and the lead instructor for "Be Beautiful, Be Yourself," a specially designed series of ballet classes for children with Down Syndrome. Currently, Julie is performing with Maedee Dupre and performing and choreographing for Danca Nova. She was a company member for Louder Than Words Dancetheatre for six wonderful years and has performed in many project-based performances including Boulder Fringe Festival and Projekt Move. Julie is a certified instructor of Bill Evans Method of Teaching Modern Dance and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education from the University of Idaho, under the direction of Gregory Halloran.
Falon Baltzell, a native Mississippian, is a dance artist who enjoys teaching others about her fascination with minimalistic design and movement efficiency. Baltzell has collaborated with national and international artists, such as Pooja Kumar Shyam, Yuko Hashimoto, Brett Cox and others. Baltzell was honored to be invited by the World Dance Alliance-Americas to teach a Choreography Lab for conference participants at the WDA Conference in Hawaii, and to also perform her solo choreography. Baltzell has premiered her choreography nationally and locally at festivals, conferences, site specific venues and concert stages. She has performed for Assemblage Dance, Bill Evans Dance Company, The Movement Project, and her own works as an independent choreographer. Baltzell was the recipient of a Teacher Fellowship at Bates Dance Festival, honored with a Graduate Assistant Fellowship from SUNY Brockport, and received six consecutive summer-study scholarships for the Bill Evans Teachers’ Intensive. Baltzell has studied with Bill Evans, Maura Keefe, Karl Rogers, Jim Hansen, and former Trisha Brown dancer Mariah Maloney. She is certified in the Evans Technique, holds a k-12 Teacher Licensure, received her BFA in Dance Education and MFA in Performance and Choreography. She has taught choreography and modern dance technique during American College Dance Festivals at Penn State and Hofstra University. Baltzell is currently dividing her time as the Director of Upper School Dance at Hathaway Brown School and developing her choreographic artistry. While at HB, Baltzell has been honored to invite guest artists to teach her high school students, such as Zelma Badu-Younge, Teena Marie Custer, Lucky Plush, Joan Meggitt, Griset Damas Roche, Helanius Wilkins, GroundWorks Dance Theatre with artistic director David Shimotakahara, and many more.
The spirit of my dancing is reflected in all my teachings from Modern Dance to Yoga to Dance for Parkinson’s to Zumba and Functional Strength/Barre classes. It’s all a celebration of dance and a great appreciation for music. Movement in all the above forms can be and is a three-dimensional experience for mind, body and soul.
Deborah has had a varied and notable career as Director, Choreographer and Dancer of Deborah Birrane Dance. Since 2009, she has been performing as a solo artist in Canada and the U.S., as well as bringing performance and class to patients in Harborview Hospital’s Psych Ward. Deborah’s performances and work have been passionately embraced by audiences in the US, Israel, China and former Yugoslavia. In addition, she has brought the powerful experience of creative movement for children to dance teachers in Russia.
In addition to DB Dance, Ms. Birrane has danced for Wobbly.com (Seattle), Erin Mitchell (Seattle), Anna Mansbridge (Seattle), and Seattle Early Dance (Seattle); Tenth Street Danceworks (Tucson); Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers (Philadelphia), David Appel (Philadelphia), Bill T. Jones' as a guest dancer in the touring cast of "Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin" (PA) and with the Penn State Dance Collective to Israel.
A perpetual student of dance and movement, Ms. Birrane is currently preparing for certification in Exercise as Medicine and Exercise for Cancer Survivors. She is currently certified and working through the YMCA to facilitate and coach Lose to Win (weight loss); Diabetes Prevention; and LiveStrong (cancer survivors exercise program) programs. Deborah has received teacher certification in the Bill Evans method in 2009; yoga teacher certification in Radiant Health Yoga under the tutelage of Joanna Cashman of Olympia, Washington in 2010; Teacher training for Dance for Parkinson’s in 2013 at the Mark Morris School of Dance; and, certification Zumba Dance (2013), Zumba Toning and Zumba Gold 2014.
3459 Fort Independence Street, #5H
An instructor of movement for almost thirty years in both higher education & the professional dance studios throughout NYC, Texas, & Chicago including Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), Ballet Chicago, Joffrey Ballet, & Lou Conte/Hubbard Street Dance, Mary now works regularly with NYC’s wellness and dance community regularly in injury prevention/rehabilitation. A perpetual student, Mary has had the pleasure of studying with such masters as Janet Soares, Irene Dowd, Lynn Simonson, Bill Evans, and Karen Clippinger.! With a Ph.D. in Dance Education from NYU, she is also certified in Simonson dance technique, Evans/Bartenieff technique, and is a BASI full apparatus Pilates for Dancers Specialist, with the additional PMA certification since 11/2010, and she has been a Pilates addict herself for three decades! Mary’s career is dual-fold; assist dancers in technique improvement to decrease rate of injury; and increase teacher knowledge in anatomy, kinesiology & movement analysis, for safer teaching from the start!
Clarence Brooks is an associate professor and director of dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. He produces and directs two Dances We Dance student showcases annually and performs in and directs the FAU Repertory Dance Theatre Ensemble, the University’s professional dance company. The Ensemble has been presented in festivals up and down the east coast including Inkub8 (Miami, FL), Moving Current NewGrounds (Tampa, FL), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), Rebound Dance Festival (New Haven, CT), and Green Street Studios (Cambridge, MA). Mr. Brooks has performed with more than fifty American ballet, modern, jazz, and opera companies and toured the USA, Europe, and Asia. His most memorable experiences include performances with Nikolais & Murray Louis Dance Company, Marcus Schulkind Dance Company, Minnesota Dance Theater, Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, Anna Sokolow’s Players’ Project, and the Ohio Ballet at internationally renowned venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival/USA, Paris Opera, The Joyce Theater, and the American Dance Festival. He can be seen in the video documentary The World of Alwin Nikolais. His essay Dancing With the Issues was published in One Teacher in 10: LGBT Educators Share Their Stories (Alyson Books). Mr. Brooks holds an advisory seat on the board of the Association for the Performing Arts of India (South Florida). He is the past president of the Florida Dance Education Organization and the current director of contributions and endowments for the National Dance Education Organization. Awards and honors include induction into the OCU Performance Hall of Honor, Associate Artist-in-Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and recipient of the Clyde Fyfe Award and the Randolph A. Frank Prize for Performing Arts. Mr. Brooks holds a MFA in dance (University of Washington/Seattle), bachelor of performing arts in dance (Oklahoma City University), a certification in Laban Movement Analysis (Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies/New York), and is certified to teach the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Modern.
111 East 7th St.
Joanna Brotman, CMA, is a dance/movement educator, choreographer, and dance writer based in New York City and Washington County, NY. She currently teaches at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC and in the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Certification Program in Israel. In collaboration with dance movement therapist Katharina Conradi, CMA, DMT, Joanna has developed and taught Moving Our Selves in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Joanna has presented in The Power of Movement in The Laban Bartenieff System in Warsaw, Poland, The National Dance Educators Organization Conference, The International Conference on Somatics Based Dance Education, Arts thru the Disciplines: Prolific Creativity in Education, and Moving to Learn, Learning to Move. She has guest taught at the Dance Education Laboratory of The 92nd St. Y and at New York University in the Graduate Dance Education Program of the Steinhardt School. As a member of the dance faculty of the Dalton School in New York City, Joanna has designed and taught innovative and interdisciplinary curricula for older elementary, middle and high school students for over 25 years. A recipient of numerous NYSCA grants for her choreography integrating professional and community dancers in underserved rural communities, Joanna’s work has been commissioned by modern, ballet, and theater companies. Her dance writings can be found in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press). Joanna received her certification in Evans Laban/Bartenieff-based Technique and Pedagogy in 2012.
Selene Carter achieved her MFA in dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received the Ruth Page Award, Chicago’s highest honor in dance. As co-director of Chicago’s Links Hall she created a forum for post-modern and experimental dance by producing workshops and performances in alternative dance and improvisation. Carter’s creative work integrates improvisation, site specific performance, interdisciplinary collaboration and reconfigurations of historic dances. Recent critical reviews of Carter’s choreography hailed her work as "…splendid"…"sensuous, mythological…ebullient and sexy"and wrote that it "…brought warmth and tenderness to the many interactions it was built upon." As an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance at Indiana University, Bloomington, in the Department of Theatre, Drama & Contemporary Dance she teaches dance improvisation, 20th century concert dance history, movement analysis, Evans dance technique and dance making.
Joanna Cashman RN, E-RYT, LMT, MFA received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Arizona State University. She is a certified teacher of the Evans Method: A Laban-Bartenieff approach to dance. A former member of the Barbara Mettler Dance Company, she has performed and taught internationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her creative work. She has taught dance/movement studies as an adjunct member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College and Lesley University. Notably in 1988 she co-directed an Arts for Peace Tour which produced an American-Soviet Concert of Contemporary Dance while in residency at Shevchenko University in Kiev, Ukraine. She is a certified Integrative Yoga Therapist and founder of the Radiant Health Yoga® Teacher Training Program which features a therapeutic, neurodevelopmental approach to hatha yoga. Following an intuitive desire to blend the ancient teachings of yoga with expressive dance she created Chakra Dance as a holistic practice that illuminates universal truths about the human experience and offers a rich vehicle for creative expression and personal growth. As a mental health nurse, listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, she specialized in expressive arts therapies and has twenty five years of clinical experience facilitating yoga and dance therapy sessions for individuals with neuropsychiatric and chemical dependency issues. Her work takes place at the intersection of art, psychology and spirituality and is based on the premise that contemplative and expressive movement practices are basic human needs.
Her life is enriched by the practice of nursing, massage therapy and enjoying tons of outdoor recreation in Bend, Oregon with her husband. She directs Radiant Health Wellness, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting holistic health through yoga, dance and massage therapy.
217 NW 46th St.
Kitty Daniels was the Chair of the Dance Department at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle for 29 years (1986-2015). She began her professional career as a ballet dancer, performing with companies in the United States and Europe. She continued her performing career in modern dance, performing with the Bill Evans Dance Company, Concert Dance Company of Boston and Beth Soll and Dancers as well as numerous Seattle independent choreographers including Pat Graney, Long Nguyen, Erin Matthiessen and Wade Madsen. Nationally-known as a teacher of ballet, modern dance and dance kinesiology, she has taught at the Bill Evans Summer Institutes of Dance, London Contemporary Dance School, California State University Summer Arts Programs, University of Washington, Boston University, Mount Holyoke College and Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, and has been guest company teacher to the Mark Morris Dance Group. She has worked clinically as a dance kinesiologist, assisting kinesiologist Karen Clippinger. She has presented her research and taught master classes nationally and internationally at conferences of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, the National Dance Association, the National Dance Education Organization, DanceUSA, National Association of Schools of Dance, Not Just Any Body and Soul and American College Dance Festival Association. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, Dance Teacher, Kinesiology and Medicine for Dance, and Kinesiology for Dance. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, National Dance Education Organization, Council of Dance Administrators and National Association of Schools of Dance. She holds a B.A. from Goddard College and an M.A. in Dance Kinesiology from Lesley College. She specializes in the application of dance science to dance technique education.
5 Oak Manor Lane
Kathy Diehl, MFA, MSW began her professional dance career as a founding company member of Draper Dance Theater (now Rochester City Ballet) and has danced with Bill Evans Dance Company, Present Tense Dance, Biodance, Treeline Dance Works and Anne Burnidge and Dancers. Diehl holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography from The College at Brockport and an MSW from Case Western Reserve University and has taught in higher education since 2007. She has been on faculty at The College at Brockport, Webster University, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, joining the University of Rochester in a full time position in Fall 2015. Diehl has choreographed works for several universities and has presented her choreography at 92nd Street Y, American Dance Guild Festival, Fort Worth Contemporary Dance Festival, WAXworks, First Niagara Fringe Festival, St. Louis 60X60, Brockport Alumni Dance, and Converge Dance Festival. Diehl is certified in Evans Technique and also is a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. For more information about Diehl’s project based dance collective, please visit www.kdiehldanceworks.com.
Associate Professor & Trainer for Eastwest Somatics Institute
2922 Prince George Rd.
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Kelly Ferris Lester earned her BFA from the University of Memphis and her MFA from The College at Brockport (SUNY). She received her certifications in Shin Somatics® in 2007 and in the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Modern Dance in 2012. Lester serves on the board of directors for the National Dance Education Organization (2011-2016)and the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (2012-15). She is a cofounder of Hub Dance Collective and continues to choreograph and perform professionally. Her choreographic works has been featured in ACDA’s Southeast Gala (2011), the Alabama Dance Festival (2016), BIODANCE’s Social Justice and Dance Series (2015), the Midwest RAD Festival (2014, 2015), Dumbo Dance Festival (2014, 2015), and several other national and international venues. Lester is the recipient of a Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence and a USM College of Arts and Letters Research grant to support her research in somatic pedagogy. She received the Innovation in Teaching Award at USM in 2015 and most recently a grant for an Interdisciplinary Investigations Project, Fleshed Out: The Body Politic.
Dr. Melissa Hauschild-Mork
Director of Dance, South Dakota State University
809 Harvey Dunn St.
Brookings, SD 57006
605-692-3262 (home) 605-651-4858 (Cell)
As a dancer, artist in residence, dance company director, private studio owner, and professor in higher education for 26 years, Melissa embraces the opportunities and challenges that dancing presents in the middle of the Great Plains! Mork is the only dance faculty at South Dakota State University…teaching the entire dance minor curriculum as well as 18 years of biomechanics. She whole-heartedly enjoys the depth of experience with content and students that this situation presents.
Melissa has studied with a plethora of somatic-based dancers and educators over the years, received her graduate degree under the tutelage of William Evans at Indiana University, holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration, and is certified in Evans Technique. Her creative and qualitative research interests have been awarded through a variety of university and regional grant funding and focus on the effects of engagement experience in somatic-based dance environments on student development and learning. Mork presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences.
Over the years, the ‘art and science’ of teaching has been a major focus. She has been recognized as South Dakota Outstanding Dance Educator, Arts and Sciences Teacher of the Year, and has been awarded several university teaching awards. Her goal as a dance educator is to nurture young dancers in an anatomically and biomechanically sound environment while promoting harmonious intellectual, somatic, emotional, social, spiritual, and artistic growth.
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Tadashi is Certified Teacher of Evans Modern Dance as well as an interpretive dancer/performance artist who is a native of Japan. He has studied with Bill Evans, as well as Don Halquits, Debra Knapp, Suzie Lundgren, and other Evans Modern Dance mentors. He studied Laban Movements Analysis (Bill Evans and Kista Tucker), Bartenieff Fundamental (Bill Evans and Don Halquis) as well as Feldenkreis Method (Suzie Lundgren) and Alexander Technique (Suzanne Oliver) as the complimentary somatic training methods.
As a dance performance artist, he was also trained in various additional forms of dance techniques, including but are not limited to: Butoh (Japanese avant-garde dance) with Moe Yamamoto, Toru Iwashita, Kunisuke Kamiryo, Yoshito Ohno (son of Kazuo Ohno), Yukio Waguri, Seisaku & Yuri, Ko Muroboshi, and Kayo Mikami; a Butoh-inspired interpretive dance with Akira Kasai; Japanese sword dance with Kensei Namiki; traditional style swordsmanship with Ken Morita; Ballet at various dance schools including Morgantown Dance Studio; Limon-tecunique-modern dance with Angela Dennis as well as with Kristina Isabella; Jazz Dance with Liz Rossi; a Performative-Style-Contact Improvisation with Jordan Fuchs; Break Dance at Harajuku Dance Academy; Central Asian Dance, Persian Dance, and Middle Eastern Dance with Narah Bint Durr, West African Dance with Jonathan Burbank; and Eurythmy (a form of modern dance founded by Rudolf Steiner) with both Akira Kasai and with Jolanda Frischknecht. Furthermore, he was also trained in Mime, Gaga dance, Qigong, Tai Chi, and various other forms of martial arts. As a choreographer, he has integrated the essences of these movement-arts and performs originally choreographed interpretive dance repertories in collaboration with artists of various disciplines. Tadashi also teaches classes and workshops on Butoh dance, Tai Chi, Qigong, and dance therapy for self-exploration through various locations in West Virginia, Maryland, and New York. Further, he has produced multiple dance theaters in various cities, including, but were not limited to NYC, Dayton OH, Cincinnati OH, and Morgantown WV.
Currently, he also serves as a faculty at Morgantown Dance Studio in Morgantown, WV.
Tadashi was the Artist in Residence at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in June 2012, was a commissioned choreographer for the Asian American Dance Festival in Lower Manhattan ("Variations in a Foreign Land #13" produced by Yangtze Repertory Theatre) in September 2012, a featured choreographer at a June festival at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in 2011, a featured choreographer at Judson Memorial Church Performance Series curated by Movement Research in 2010, a commissioned choreographer/dancer at Pittsburgh First Night on 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, a featured choreographer/dancer at Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl in 2010, a featured artist at Pittsburgh Asian American Silk Screen Gala in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, a solicited and a featured choreographer/dancer at Dragon Boat Festival in Pittsburgh in 2010 and 2011, a featured and commissioned chorographer/performer at Dayton Performance Art Festival in February 2008, was a featured artist through the Dayton Circus Art Collectives at Dayton Urban Night in May 2007, a featured choreographer/dancer at SOS Art in Cincinnati in the years of June 2007, 2008,2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, a guest choreographer/dancer at Yellow Spring Street Fair in June 2008, a solicited and featured choreographer/dancer at Center for Remembering and Sharing in NYC in August 2008, a featured choreographer/dancer at Fridge-Fest in Philadelphia in September 2005, and a featured and commissioned choreographer/performer at Binghamton July Fest in 2004, 2005.
Tadashi is available for the provision of various workshops that combines the movements, somatic awareness, and self-development.
Debra received the National Dance Association’s 2012 University Dance Educator and 2013 Scholar/Artist awards. She has received the Donald C. Roush award for teaching excellence and the Research Council’s award for creative scholarly activity both from NMSU. Debra received the Doña Ana Art Council’s Arts-in-Education Award. She is also a New Mexico Kennedy Center artist.
Debra has been an Artist-in-Education since 1977 as a dance/movement specialist. Her creative endeavors in education has included researching and implementing movement programs that enhance the curriculum for the kinesthetic learner for grades pre-school, elementary and middle school students.
Debra continues to freelance as a choreographer, performer, and dance instructor.
10195 Mulberry Road
Marlene has been teaching, choreographing, and performing in the greater Cleveland area for over forty years. As well versed in musical theater as modern dance, her choreography has been seen on the stages of Mentor High School, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University, The School of Fine Arts, Shaker Heights High School, Hawken High School, Cleveland School of the Arts, and Hathaway Brown School where she recently retired after directing the upper school dance program for 20 years. Marlene has performed extensively throughout the Cleveland area in contemporary and Musical Theater venues, but her true love has always been modern dance. An original member of Cleveland’s Repertory Project and Dance Theater Collective, Marlene’s performing repertoire of contemporary choreography includes works by William Evans, Gina Gibney, Kathryn Karipides, Amy Dowling, Susan Van Pelt Petrie, David Dorfman, Jennifer Keller, Douglas Nielsen, and Albert Reid, to name a few. In 2003, Marlene and colleague Jennifer Burnett were chosen to perform their duet Resolve at Cleveland Public Theater as a part of the Food For Thought showcase directed by Gina Gibney, and in 2005 Marlene was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Dance Education Award in the state of Ohio from Ohiodance. She has served on several dance standards writing teams for the Ohio Department of Education and is currently entering her 11th year on the Ohiodance board of directors. Marlene holds a BFA in dance from Lake Erie College and received her certification from the Bill Evans Teachers Institute in 2011. Currently, Marlene works as a dance education consultant and costume designer.
1 Main Road
Suzie Lundgren, MA, CFT, CLMA
PO Box 7497
Heather Roffe: (MFA) is an Assistant Professor, and since completing the development of the Dance major curriculum in 2014, now the Program Director of Dance at Nazareth College. She has performed nationally and internationally with the Garth Fagan Dance Company, and at Jacob’s Pillow, the International Dance Festival, and the American Dance Guild Festival, in her own work, with Bill Evans Dance Company, and Assemblage Dance. Along with creating, producing and performing for Heather Roffe, Dance, she has also co-directed, choreographed, and performed for FuturPointe Dance, which tours nationally and internationally. She is certified in the Bills Evans Teaching Method for Modern Dance/Laban-based technique, and continues to investigate the many branches of this research in her practice, teaching, and presentations in both academic and community settings, like at the National Dance Education conference and in the outreach/Expanded Learning programs she is developing with the Rochester City School District.
3915 Page St.
Solveig Santillano, Associate Professor of Dance at Mercyhurst University, Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer of SoMar Dance Works (founded in 1999), holds an MFA (Hollins), MALS (Wesleyan/Rulewater Prize for thesis on yoga/dance), a BFA from Juilliard. Santillano holds multiple certifications in yoga, trained at Stott Pilates, and currently studies with William Evans. Originally from SD, early studies revolved around theatre (Circle in the Square, NHSI), followed by a decade of performing (Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Ruby Shang and Dancers, Prometheus Dance, Spencer/Colton), culminating in six years of touring internationally with MOMIX. Now based in Erie, PA Santillano lives, teaches, dances, collaborates with her partner on and off the dance floor, Mark, her students, friends, colleagues, and company, SoMar Dance Works. She has a passion for collaborations that bring meaning, build community/awareness including cancer (Laura’s Grace), mental health (Dis-Ease: A Coming Out), human trafficking (Project Abolition), gender (In Her Shoes), and environmental science (The Ripple Effect).
28603 Kunde Road
She has consistently taught Modern Dance Technique classes for the last 40 years. She has taught workshops in New Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington, Republic of Mexico and in Bali, Indonesia. Roz has mentored many dancers that have gone on to have successful careers in dance. She loves the art of dance and conveys this love to all of her students. Roz has been guest artist with Liquid Fire Mantra, as a choreographer and performer for their Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show. She has been guest artist for Pioneer Dance Co.
Roz continues to make new dances for Moment in TimeDance Co. The last full concert brought in Flamenco dancer Elena Villa and Musician Grant Ruiz. This was a collaboration on music and a fusion of modern dance with Flamenco dance.
Roz's is presently active in creating a new concert, Sounds of the Tree of Life. This dance concert will join with the sound healing music of Consuelo Luz of Santa Fe. The four dancers of the company will all be experiencing the power of sounds of the Seven Chakras that they will portray in this healing dance. This should be ready in April 2016. It may go on tour.
915 S 34th Ave
Rebecca Sleger McArthur (MFA) is an Instructor of Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently a member of the Hattiesburg based modern dance company, Hub Dance Collective. Her choreography has been performed in New York City and Rochester, NY, as well as, within Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Chicago and internationally in Wales and South Africa. Rebecca has had the privilege to perform for Mariah Maloney Dance, James Hansen Dance and as a guest performer for Treeline Dance Works. She has also performed with the South African performing arts company, 13th Floor. She is certified in the Bill Evans Teaching Method of Dance technique and is currently working toward her certification in Pilates.
Missy Pfohl Smith is the Artistic Director of BIODANCE and the Director of the Program of Dance and Movement at University of Rochester. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, her BS from The College at Brockport, and is certified in the Evans Method of teaching Laban/Bartenieff-based modern dance. She has taught and performed across the US and abroad with BIODANCE, Randy James Dance Works, Paul Mosley, among others. BIODANCE, established in 2002, is a repertory company that performs the work of Smith, Heidi Latsky, Bill Evans, D. Chase Angier, Ivy Baldwin, Jeanne Schickler Compisi, Courtney World and more. Smith is currently working on a BIO/DANCE and Social Justice Series to be performed in various community venues, and enjoys collaborating with multi-disciplinary artists in music, visual art, sculpture and technology. Her areas of interest include choreography, site specific performance, improvisation, socially conscious dance work and dance on camera.
Jenny Showalter (Choregrapher), is Co-Artistic Director of Treeline Dance Works. Her work has recently been presented in Sweden, France, New York, Illinois, California, Ohio, Michigan and Oklahoma among others. Recent guest residencies include: Cobequid Dance Academy Nova Scotia, Winnipeg School of Contemporary Dancers, Western Illinois University, Hathaway Brown School, Cranbrook School, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Grand Valley State, University of Buffalo, and University of Southern Mississippi. She has served on faculty at Ball State University, St. John Fisher, The College at Brockport, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Glendale Community College and Scottsdale Community College. Showalter is a certified personal trainer, Pilates Instructor, Health Coach and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist. She currently teaches at Northern Illinois University and is a Fitness Specialist at Good Samaritan Hopsital. Showalter holds an MFA in Dance from The College at Brockport and continues to dance on a project basis with the Bill Evans Dance Company.
Mariah-Jane Thies has been involved in music and dance all of her life. She has 30 years teaching experience in dance working with students age 12 months-Adult. She has also spent many years teaching and performing music, including 5 years as a pianist/studio accompanist and travelling Europe as a solo clarinetist. She is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre, tap, pedagogy, multiple intelligences, NLP, anatomy and kinesiology, applied kinesiology, child development and psychology, dance history, and choreography. She also holds her Reiki Level II certification.
Mariah-Jane has had her own studio for 10 years in Vancouver. She is now a sought after guest teacher travelling across North America. She teaches ballet, modern, musical theatre, jazz, creative movement and dancers conditioning as well as numerous speciality topics in seminar and workshop form. Mariah-Jane particularly enjoys teaching students in a way that intrigues them about anatomy, kinesiology and the physics of movement, with the result of training truly embodied dancers. Her extensive music background greatly influences her style of teaching and she successfully draws out musicality and personal artistry, as well as using musicality to support technique development.
Mariah-Jane holds a dance teacher degree from GMCC in Edmonton, Alberta and is a certified and registered instructor with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD RTS). She has been appointed a mentor and supervisor of many young teachers in the RAD teaching programme(CBTS), and has been featured in the RAD’s international magazine, the Dance Gazette. As an RAD teachers, she is a sought after as a teacher of teachers and often gives workshops for teachers and students looking for a greater in depth look at the requirements for success both technically and artistically.
Mariah-Jane is also a certified instructor of the Evans Laban-based Modern Technique, encompassing the Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals (Brain Dance) and Laban Movement Analysis. Mariah-Jane was the first Canadian to hold this certification and feels so honoured to have worked with modern dance and pedagogy legend, William (Bill) Evans. She continues her annual studies with William Evans by attending intensives in New York, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, and Dallas.
Mariah-Jane is also a licensed Brain Gym instructor and Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training consultant (integrating the primitive and postural reflexes). This work infuses all her classes and workshops with unique methodologies and ideas on how to approach technique and artistry. She teaches workshops and seminars to both teaches and students, such as the popular "Get Happy Feet" workshop addressing the Babinski reflex and its role in development of the arches. She also works one on one with dance reaching their best potential.
Mariah-Jane is an expert in the Creative Dance field. She has been an expert presenter on the topic of Creative Dance, at the BC Dance Teachers Federation yearly conference. Her expertise in this area is codified in the Grow Up SmART programme she has written and taught to teachers across North America. This syllabus for dancers ages 3-7 incorporates the principles of Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals, Laban, Brain Gym and integration of the primitive and postural reflexes, as well as best teaching practices
for how young children really learn in a way to ensure a thriving future free of stress links in the brain-body system. Mariah-Jane was also featured writer for the Industry Dance Magazine and interviewed for the RAD’s international publication, The Dance Gazette.
Mariah-Jane has a curiosity and thirst for knowledge that has driven her to continually train and learn. In her quest, she seeks out the leaders in each of their respective fields and then with zest integrates these ideas into her teaching practices constantly creating new ways of teaching the basics of dance technique to a variety of ages. Mariah-Jane is passionate about reaching dancers and dance educators of all ages to share the integrated knowledge she has garnered through all of her complementary training. It is her goal that all those who wish to dance have the opportunity to joyfully reach their full potential without the frustrations, challenges, struggles and preventable injuries so many dancers endure.
232 Vera Avenue
Kristin Torok, MFA, CLMA, originally from the Pacific Northwest relocated to the Bay Area in 2007. In Seattle and Bellingham Washington she had the privilege of producing her own choreography and performed with artists such as Wade Madsen, Joanna Mendl Shaw, Bill Evans, Michele Miller, Shirley Jenkins and Ann Carlson. In Bellingham while serving on the board for the non-profit repertory dance company, Dance Gallery, she choreographed, performed, taught classes and worked in performance production for seven years. Since living in the Bay Area, her work has been presented in San Francisco at ODC Theater in a self-production and as a participant in the Pilot Program. She has created film for Tim Rubel Human Shakes and took part in a film project by Mitchell Rose and Bebe Miller. She currently performs with San Francisco-based company, BodiGram. As an educator she teaches many facets of dance and is adjunct faculty at Sacramento State University where she has taught Modern and Dance Cultures in America as well as presented her own choreography. Kristin holds an MFA from Mills College and BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and Certified in Evans Technique and also works with private clients at Gyrotonic and Pilates studios in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Andrea Vasquez-Aguirre, MFA
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Andrea grew up in Mexico City. She holds a BFA in choreography from Escuela Nacional de Danza Clásica y Contemporánea in Mexico City and an MFA from SUNY Brockport. She was a scholar under FONCA, the government council for culture and arts in Mexico. She has danced in several professional companies in Mexico and the United States. Her research interests include the enhancement of consciousness within somatic contexts, the intersection between dance and other disciplines, intuitive choice-making processes through improvisation, the politics of choreography, traditional folk dances, movement as psychological narrative, and the relationship between creative practice and spirituality.She is serving as visiting assistant professor at Luther College and co-director along with her creative and life partner, James J. Kaufmann, of Another River Interdisciplinary Ensemble.
Terri Winchell, MFA, RYT, Evans/Laban Certification
Dance Educator, Artistic Director Spring Dance Company
Davie High School 9-12
447 Kingsmill Drive
Courtney World, MFA
Assistant Professor and Director of Dance, Sewanee: The University of The South
41 Alston Ln
Courtney World is a dance artist and educator, originally from Rochester, NY. In her professional performing career, she danced for eight years simultaneously with Bill Evans Dance Company/Bill Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble, and BIODANCE, under the artistic direction of Missy Pfohl Smith. She currently performs tap and modern dance with companies and independent artists on a project basis. As a choreographer, her work has been commissioned by The Society for New Music, BIODANCE, and Rochester Dance Project, and has been performed nationally at theaters, festivals, and universities. World earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The University at Buffalo, a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance from The College at Brockport, and is a certified teacher in the Evans Method of teaching Laban/Bartenieff-based modern dance. She has taught dance in higher education at The College at Brockport, The University of Rochester, Nazareth College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and is currently assistant professor and director of dance at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, where she developed a minor in dance and was named the 2015-2017 recipient of the James D. Kennedy III Endowed Faculty Fellowship. World serves on the board of directors of Tennessee Association of Dance as General Vice President.