Presenter Biographies


Executive Director of the Gomez Foundation for Mill House and the Gomez Mill House Museum and Historic Site, Dr. RUTH ABRAHAMS served as Executive Director of the Lehman College Foundation, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Pratt Institute, Senior Editor for Professional Development at Peat Marwick Mitchell, and Alumni Director at New York University.  Artistically, Dr. Abrahams sang professionally in New York from 1967-1980, recording, performing in light opera and off Broadway productions, and as a soloist and chorister in classical choral performances.  She received a Masters of Humanities (Japanese Studies) and a Ph.D. in Dance History from New York University. Her dissertation, “The Life and Art of Uday Shankar,” published in the fall, 2007 edition of Dance Chronicle.  She taught graduate and undergraduate dance history as adjunct associate professor at New York University Department of Dance and Dance Education from 1982-1996, and was a founding member and first President of World Dance Alliance – Americas, an international advocacy group for dance.

MARLENE ALT’s work experiences have largely been based on her writing skills, whether it’s writing end-user documentation in the technology industry, managing a group of writers in a marketing communication department, developing training courses, or writing major grant applications for the modern dance company that she managed. As more communications moved online, Marlene developed her skills as a web site administrator, designer and manager. She joined the Canada Council for the Arts in early 2011, focusing on the Canada Dance Mapping Study. She also now works with the Council’s Web Team. Marlene loves the challenge of producing clean, clear writing across the growing spectrum of online vehicles. She has traveled widely, is a marathon runner and xc ski coach, and volunteers with several non-profit organizations. She has an Honours B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and an M.A. from the University of Victoria, B.C. both in English Literature.

Heaadshot - Maria AnlloMARIA ELENA ANLLO is a Professor of Tango Technique for the degree in Choreographic Composition at the Universidad Nacional Del Arte, IUNA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; where she also received her BA degree in Choreographic Composition. She is also a Professor of Classical Dance Technique at Escuela De Danzas A. V Mastrazzi for the Buenos Aires Government in Argentina. She is currently studying for a specialization in dance from the Universidad Nacional De La Plata Unlap, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Maria has enjoyed acting as an interpreter in international festivals in Tokyo, Nagasaki, Japan, Seul, South Korea, France, Hannover Germany, and Brazil and was awarded the Friendship Award from the students of ONU, Seul, Korea. In 2011, she participated in the World Dance Alliance-Americas Conference & Festival in Antigua Guatemala at the Centro de Cooperación Española and Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala.

Headshot - Joanne BackerJOANNE BAKER, School of Decidedly Jazz Danceworks Principal and Arts in Education Coordinator, danced and toured nationally and internationally with Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks from 1993 to 1999. Since 2001, Joanne has been the Dance School Principal for The School of Decidedly Jazz and in 2004, also became the organization’s Arts in Education Coordinator. Teaching has been her passion since 1993 and inspired by her DJD mentors, it has taken her across Canada conducting workshops and intensives at Halifax Dance (Halifax), Ryerson University and Metro Movement (Toronto), Harbour Dance Centre (Vancouver), Dance Manitoba (Winnipeg), and at home with DJD’s Jazz Immersions, June Jazz Intensives, and Professional Training Program. Joanne is currently a sessional instructor for the University of Calgary’s Dance Department, and teaches children, teens, and adults at the School of Decidedly Jazz as well as dance schools throughout Calgary.

MARC BEREZOWSKI’s passion with dance and with all the arts, in addition to his interest in education, has been a constant for 30 years, having been a dancer in several companies and a partner in outreach activities with, among others, Liz Lerman, Simon Fraser University, Arizona State University and the Arizona Commission for the Arts. He received his BFA from Simon Fraser University and his MFA from Arizona State University, which led to a three-year visiting assistant professor position in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Department at Arizona State University West. Lately, his interest in dance and education has led him to be enrolled in the Arts Education PhD program at Simon Fraser University. Education at this advanced level has given Berezowski additional dance performance theory knowledge as it applies in context to Dance Education and Dance in Education. His research orbits around the culture of teaching dance and dance subjects from a post-formal lens. He has enjoyed teaching the EDUC 330 pedagogy class the last six years at Simon Fraser University, which was specifically developed to nurture and give confidence and competence to teachers and teachers in training when they teach the dance stream curriculum in the Public school system.

Headshot - Michelle BeardMICHELLE KATHERINE BEARD (Eureka Springs, AR) is the founder and Artistic Director of Visual Acoustics Dance Project. She has recently trained with Irene Dowd, K.J. Holmes, Barbra Mahler, and Lisa Race at Movement Research (New York) as well as Kathleen Hermesdorf and Sarah Shelton Mann at Alternative Conservatory (San Francisco). Michelle has studied dance making and composition under Tere O’Connor, Neil Greenberg, and Ishmael Houston-Jones. In conjunction with her role as Artistic Director, Michelle has performed in works by Kanji Sigawa, Christian von Howard, and Stafford Berry, Jr.



Headshot - Amy BowringAMY BOWRING (B.A. Fine Arts Studies, York University; M.A. Journalism, University of Western Ontario) is a dance writer and historian, founder of the Society for Canadian Dance Studies, and Director of Collections and Research at Dance Collection Danse where her mentors were Lawrence and Miriam Adams. She has written historical essays and articles for a number of publications and she is the copy editor of The Dance Current. She chronicled Peggy Baker’s Choreographer’s Trust project and curated virtual exhibitions on Nancy Lima Dent and Alison Sutcliffe, as well as the live exhibit Dancing Through Time: Toronto’s Dance History 1900-1980. Amy lectures widely and is a sessional instructor at Ryerson University. She was a board member for Dance Media Group, helped found the Canadian Dance Assembly, and has served as a member of the Discipline Advisory Committee for Dance at the Canada Council for the Arts.

Headshot - Lynn Matluck BrooksLYNN MATLUCK BROOKS, the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor at Franklin & Marshall College, founded the college’s Dance Program in 1984. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Temple University. A Certified Movement Analyst and dance historian, she has held grants from the Fulbright/Hayes Commission, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Brooks has been a performance reviewer for Dance Magazine, editor of Dance Research Journal, and Dance Chronicle, and is the author of many articles and books. A choreographer, researcher, and teacher, her interests include modern dance, historical dance, and social history of dance. In 2007, Brooks received the Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship at Franklin & Marshall College. Currently, she is also a writer and editor for the Philadelphia-based project,

LINDA CALDWELL, Ph.D. and Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Studies, is professor and coordinator of the low-residential doctoral program in dance at Texas Woman\’s University. She serves as the co-chair for Research and Documentation for the World Dance Alliance-Americas and co-edits, along with Dr. Urmimala Sarkar of WDA-AP, the WDA publication of the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS). Her current interests include discovering new research methodologies specific to the needs of dance practice/theory and how to bring the dancer’s voice and body into scholarly writing. Her dissertation and past publications concern a 15-year exchange with Poland\’s contemporary dance company, The Silesian Dance Theatre. Dr. Caldwell\’s choreography has been performed in dance festivals in Lyons, France and Krakow, Poland, as well as chosen twice for the National College Dance Festivals in Washington, D.C. and Tempe, Arizona.

AMY CHAVASSE, Associate Professor of Dance, choreographer, performer, educator, improviser, storyteller and Artistic Director of ChavasseDance&Performance joined the faculty at University of Michigan in 2006. She has been a guest artist/ faculty member at numerous institutions, including Middlebury College, Arizona State, Virginia Commonwealth, and University of NC School of the Arts. She has taught at Florence Summer Dance since 2007, and will teach an improvisation/ composition intensive with Peter Schmitz at ProDanza Italia, July 8-13, 2013 in Castiglioncello, Italy. She has taught internationally at Duncan 3.0 (Rome), the Beijing Dance Festival and the American Dance Festival/Henan (summer 2012. As Artistic Director of ChavasseDance&Performance, her work has been presented throughout the U.S. including Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, in Cuba, Lithuania, Italy, Vienna, and Cali, Colombia. She’s danced in many companies and independent projects in NC, DC and NYC, and with Bill Young/ Colleen Thomas Dancers and Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians. She received her BFA from the University of NC School of the Arts and her MFA from the University of Washington.

KATIE CHILTON, originally from San Diego, CA, is an MFA candidate at Arizona State University. She has received her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California State University Fullerton. Throughout San Diego, Katie has performed as an apprentice with The PGK Project Dance Company, along with performing in San Francisco with Michael Mayes Dance Company. Currently, she is co-creating a community dance piece for Mesa, AZ. Spark! Festival of Creativity, and choreographing for the premier of the play Soot and Spit.

LI CHIAO-PING, one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to watch,” is the Artistic Director of LI CHIAO-PING DANCE and Chair of the UW-Madison Dance Department. Her choreography has been shown throughout the world and prominent festivals, including Jacob’s Pillow, Bates, The Yard, and the American Dance Festival. A recipient of grants from the NEA and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon, she is the subject of two documentaries about her work, The Men’s Project and Women Dancing. She is the creator of The Extreme MovesTM Training Method.

PEGGY CHOY teaches Dance and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is president of The Ki Project, Inc., supporting intercultural performance for future generations, and has produced collaborative performances with Cambodian, Hmong, Native Hawaiian and Korean communities since the 1980s. Choy’s work investigates women-centered stories of peril and survival, and Afro-Asian connections, including “Seung Hwa: Rape/Race/Rage/Revolution” (1995, Dance Theater Workshop, NY) and “Ki-Aché: Stories from the Belly” (1997, Danspace Project, NY). The Sea Solos focus on the haenyeo, the diving women of Jeju Island, Korea (LA, Berlin, NY, Prague, 2011-12). The New York-based Peggy Choy Dance Company premiered “Power Moves” honoring Bruce Lee (2010, Smithsonian Institution, DC). Boxing-inspired works include “Boxher” (WDA-Americas, NY, 2010), “POW!” (La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival, NY, 2011), and “THE GREATEST! Hip Dance Homage to Muhammad Ali” (Dance New Amsterdam, 2011; American Dance Guild Festival, 2012; Gleason’s Gym, NY, 2013).

MARIA FLORENCIA CILIBERTO holds a BA in Choreographic Composition with a focus in Body Expression from the I.U.N.A  Departamento de Artes del Movimiento, CABA,  Argentina.  Post Graduate work includes programs in the Diversity Art at the Instituto Superior de Enseñanza Artística, CABA, Argentina (2012); Education Certification for Professionals and Technical Institutions from the Instituto de Enseñanza Superior “Juan B. Justo,” CABA, Argentina (2012-present); and Dance Specialization-Training in Choreographic Production Analysis at UNLP, La Plata, Argentina.  She has been an invited instructor of Cátedra Recursos Sonoro del Lic, Darío Valle, (IUNA), CABA, Argentina; had a paper published in the Jornada de Study of de la Performance; and exhibited at the Congreso Argentino Musicoterapia, ASAM, CABA, Argentina.

ROBIN CONRAD is a Los Angeles-based choreographer and an Associate Professor at Fullerton College. Recent choreography projects include: multiple episodes of the hit ABC comedy Suburgatory, several dance sequences featuring Kristen Chenowith on ABC’s CGB; Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film Somewhere; numerous commercials and music videos for the bands White Stripes and Scissor Sisters. Robin has been mentioned in British Vogue, Interview and the New York Times Magazine for her work. Last year as the artist-in-residence at The Skirball Cultural Center, she created a performance based on the exhibit “Women Hold Up Half The Sky,” featuring members of her dance company, as well as girls from an underserved high school and women from a local homeless shelter. As a result of this project, Robin was an invited speaker at the American Association of Museums Conference. Robin’s concert choreography has been performed at numerous venues and festivals in Los Angeles and New York. For more on Robin’s credits and certifications, visit:

KATE CORBY has shown her choreography extensively in the US and in Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan and Hungary, where she traveled as a Fulbright fellow. Kate is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches contemporary technique, somatics, composition and improvisation. Her choreography has been called “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader and is consistently a Critics’ Pick in Time Out Chicago. Kate was also featured in Dance Magazine’s April 2011 issue as one of six choreographers “on the cusp of making waves in the larger dance world.” She completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana in 2007 and has served on the faculties of Beloit College, Columbia College Chicago and the Pedagogy Department of the Hungarian Dance Academy.

JULIE CRUSE designs and engages across media, arts, body, and learning. She is now Director and Designer of Digital Arts Co-Curricula at Oberlin College. Prior design work includes blended curricula for Arizona colleges, outreach campaigns for numerous entities, and embodied learning games at SMALLab (covered by The New York Times, CNN, etc.). She holds an M.A. in Media Arts and Sciences from Arizona State University and an M.F.A. in Dance-Technology from The Ohio State University. Frequently she presents at top-tier conferences, most recently CORD, Games+Learning+Society, and Emerge: Artists+Scientists Redesign the Future (reported in WIRED, Slate, and The New York Times). Latest credits include dancer for Liz Lerman, Susan Kozel, and Suguru Goto, and interactive musician for Merce Cunningham and Perry Cook. Distinctions span 20+ grants and honours for original art, academic merit, and entrepreneurship (NSF, OhioDance, etc). Her ventures have attracted partners from NYU, Sarah Lawrence College, and Columbia College.

MIKE DANGELI is of the Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsetsaut, and Tsimshian Nations. He grew up in his people’s tradition territory in Southeast Alaska and Northern British Columbia. Mike is a renowned artist and carver. His work is collected and exhibited throughout North America and Europe. He is a singer, songwriter, and dancer. In partnership with his wife Mique’l Dangeli, Mike leads the Git Hayetsk Dancers – an internationally renowned First Nations dance group based in Vancouver, BC. He has carved over 50 of the masks performed by their group.

MIQUE’L DANGELI was born and raised on the only Indian Reserve in the state of Alaska. She is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla Indian Community. Mique’l is currently a PhD Candidate in the department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at UBC. She specializes in Northwest Coast First Nations Art History. Mique’l served her community for eight years as their Museum Director. She is a curator, author, dancer, choreographer, and co-leader of the Git Hayetsk Dancers. She has choreographed a large body of dances for newly composed songs among her nation as well as created new dances for ancient songs whose dance has been lost during their cultural oppression.

HENRY DANIEL began his career in Trinidad as an actor with Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theatre Workshop and Astor Johnson’s Repertory Dance Theatre of Trinidad and Tobago. In the USA he was a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre Workshop, the Bernhard Ballet, and soloist with the José Limón Dance Company of New York, among others. In Germany he founded and directed Henry Daniel and Dancers while continuing to work as a member of Tanzproject München, Tanztheater Freiburg, and Assistant Director, Choreographer, and Dancer for Tanztheater Münster. In the UK he founded and directed the performance group Full Performing Bodies. Henry attended the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School in the USA, and has an MA in Dance Studies from City University, The Laban Centre, London, as well as a Ph.D. in Dance, Performance Studies and New Technology from Bristol University’s Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television. He is currently Professor of Dance and Performance Studies at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts and Principal Investigator for Project Barca, a SSHRC funded Research/Creation initiative (2011-2014).

Photo by Robin Hill
Photo by Robin Hill

EMMA DRAVES is a dance artist and scholar pursuing research of the r/evolving identity of Indian dance in the United States. She also explores the creation of hybrid choreography: integrating the movement and philosophies of modern and bharatanatyam. The work has been supported by Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Chicago Cultural Center, and Links Hall. This year, she will curate the Braiding Rivers Festival of Contemporary Indian Dance as Artistic Associate of Links Hall. Long a Chicago performer, she has worked with Lookingglass Theatre, Yo-Yo Ma/The Silk Road Project, and Mordine & Co before founding her own Kalpana/Draves Dance. Emma continues to train in bharatanatyam under Guru Hema Rajagopalan and perform with Natya Dance Theater. Emma is on faculty at Columbia College Chicago and Carthage College, and has presented workshops at several midwest universities, the ACDFA, and through residences with the Chicago Public Schools. Emma is an MFA graduate of UW-Milwaukee.

Headshot - Michele DunleavyMICHALE DUNLEAVY’s work has been presented by numerous arts organizations including The Physical Theatre Project, Women’s Work Performing Arts Festival, Labco Dance, H20 Contemporary Dance, The Pittsburgh Dance Connection, and the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and HATCH. Michele has danced with the Pittsburgh Opera, Junction Dance Theatre, Physical Theatre Project, DANA Movement Ensemble, ETCH Dance Co., and NYC based B3W. Michele is an Associate Professor of Dance at Penn State where she choreographs musicals and teaches Tap, Jazz, Improvisation, and Dance Appreciation. Recent projects include Cross Rhythms – an evening of interdisciplinary tap performance. Michele has served of the faculty at Point Park University, George Mason University, and the Catholic University of America. She is a member of SDC, the International Tap Association, and is the Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Festival Association.

DOUGLAS DURAND‘s arts administration career spans three decades in various capacities and art disciplines, but with a particular emphasis on dance. In 2000, he moved to London to work as a dance officer with Arts Council England. Upon returning to Canada in 2003, he was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts to research and write Dancing Our Stories, a collection of first-person narratives documenting dance animation practice in Canada. Doug joined the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Services as a cultural planner in 2005, delivering a program of grants and awards in support of the city’s non-profit arts organizations.

BECKY DYER (PhD, MFA, MS) is an associate dance professor at Arizona State University where she teaches Laban/Bartenieff Praxis and Somatic Studies, dance pedagogy, and contemporary postmodern dance technique. Becky is a certified Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA), ISMETA registered somatic movement therapist (RSMT), somatic movement educator (RSME), and holds a secondary dance education certification. Her research focuses on dance pedagogy, somatic epistemology, transformative learning perspectives, and somatic approaches to learning. She has published articles in Research in Dance Education, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Somatics Magazine/Journal, and Current Selected Research in Dance, Volume 7.

Ms. VAN DYKE is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), resident choreographer for IUP Dance Theater. She served as Vice President of Dance for the Pennsylvania State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PSAHPERD) and is a member of the International Dance Association. Ms. Van Dyke was awarded Outstanding Professional of the Year in 2006 & 2009 and University Dance Teacher of the Year award for the Eastern District for PSAHPERD. She was appointed ballet master to Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts (PGSA). Van Dyke was the invited guest choreographer for “Darsa/Farsa” which premiered at the opening of the 59th anniversary of the prestigious Dubrovnik International Festival, Croatia. Van Dyke was an invited presenter for the 6th International Theater of Change, summer festival in Athens, Greece. She holds the title for the Distinguished Faculty award in the Creative Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

CLAIRE FRENCH (MFA, BA (Hons)) is Vancouver-based, UK-born. She is co-artistic director of Restless Productions (alongside composer James Maxwell). The company recently premiered the dance and music production,”The Moment of Forgetting”, and is currently developing a chamber opera evening entitled “Little Crimes”. French is also an independent choreographer, teacher, performer, and arts administrator. Over the past seventeen years her work has been presented in Europe, the UK, and Canada and she has taught and performed internationally.

Headshot - Joan Frosch -BWJOAN FROSCH, professor, School of Theatre and Dance, University of Florida and director of the Center for World Arts (1996-present) is a 2012-2015 University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. In 2011, Dr. Frosch received the INPUT Producer’s Fellowship for her production of NORA (2008), commissioned by EMPAC DANCE MOViES (RPI). Directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, NORA is broadcast by PBS (USA) and ARTE (FR). Dr. Frosch directed and produced Movement (R)Evolution Africa: a story of an art form in four acts (2009) a documentary feature broadcast by ZDF (DE) and distributed in English by Documentary Educational Resources ( and in French, along with NORA, by Doc.Net. Dr. Frosch analyzed the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium (TACAC) model for global arts exchange in her recent publication Building Enduring Partnerships (2011). She is at work on the production of a 3D cinematic portrait of American dance icon, Merce Cunningham.

Headshot - Sabrina Castillo GallusserSABRINA CASTILLO GALLUSSER is founder and director of the Center for Dance and Movement Research, Universidad Rafael Landívar, in Guatemala City. Castillo Gallusser studied a BS from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, an MSc from Rutgers with additional graduate studies at UC Berkeley with a Rotary International Scholarship, and a PhD in Phenomenology from Universidad Rafael Landívar. She is a certified movement analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and an ISMETA registered somatic movement educator. She is director and choreographer of Momentum, a contemporary dance company based in Guatemala City. Her work has been presented in the United States, France, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, England and Mexico.
In 2009 she was a awarded a Fulbright grant to continue her research in somatics and phenomenology hosted by the Department of Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook. In 2009, she received the National Order of Dance of Guatemala.

SARAH GAMBLIN, Associate Professor, was a member of Bebe Miller Company from 1993-2000 and Bill Young and Dancers from 1996-99 with whom she toured various cities in South Africa, Portugal, Poland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Estonia, Peru and Venezuela as well as numerous cities in the US. In 2000 Sarah moved to Seattle to earn her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington. There she performed with the Chamber Dance Company, Rob Kitsos, Lingo dancetheater and Amii Le Gendre. Gamblin joined the dance faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 2002 where she teaches ballet and modern technique, composition, choreography, improvisation experiential anatomy and in 2006 founded Dance Lab, a student performing group devoted to improvisation in the dance making process and performance. Her choreography has been produced in Texas at the Fort Worth Dance Festival, the Out of the Loop Festival, Texas Woman’s University, Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, Bates Dance Festival, the Greater Denton Arts Council, Dan’s Silver Leaf and Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio. Sarah’s work has also been produced in Washington at the University of Washington, The Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards and in New York City at Hundred Grand and Dia Center for the Arts.

Headshot - Alejandra GaravitoALEJANDRA GARAVITO is a dancer and emerging choreographer from Guatemala. She graduated from the Escuela Nacional de Danza in Guatemala City as a contemporary dancer. She also has a Diploma in Performing Arts from the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala. Alejandra has studied different dance techniques in Guatemala, England and Argentina. Currently she is getting her BA in Clinical Psychology and works at the Center for Dance and Movement Research as assistant director and co-coordinator for the Community Dance Project.




CHRISTINA GONZALEZ-GILLETT is the Assistant Director of The Seldoms, a Chicago-based contemporary dance company. As Assistant Director, Christina teaches professional company class and also performs. She also teaches at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Christina holds a BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MA in Dance Studies from Trinity Laban in London, formerly the Laban Centre.She lived and worked in London before relocating to Chicago where she began working with The Seldoms. Christina holds a Graduate Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis and is a certified Pilates instructor.

DAMON D. GREEN was born in Champaign, Illinois, where his dance education and training began at The Christine Rich Studio in classical ballet and jazz. and with the Champaign Park District under Kimberly Burson. Green furthered his education at Columbia College Chicago, where he was introduced to Modern/Contemporary, African, and Vogue dance. Vogueing is currently Damon’s specialty and he continues to explore and perform in this form and its fusion with contemporary vocabulary with choreographer and Associate Professor of Dance Darrell Jones. Damon maintains his presence in the contemporary dance world with The Seldoms, led by Artistic Director Carrie Hanson. Additionally, Damon has worked with choreographer and dance educator Paige Cunningham, fusing Contemporary Ballet and Vogueing. Green has traveled abroad, performing in Siberia and Taiwan, and introduced Vogueing to Russian students as a master teacher at the Isadora International Festival of Contemporary Dance. Timeout Chicago rated him one of the “Top 10 Men of Dance 2010”.

CARRIE HANSON is a dance artist and educator. Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch” in 2012, she has led The Seldoms for over a decade. Time Out Chicago calls her “a virtuoso of meticulous composition” who makes “clear-edged, challenging dances”. Under the direction of Ms. Hanson, The Seldoms has gained a reputation for bold performance in unusual spaces such as cargo containers and truck depots and intelligent, meticulously researched issue-based works. Hanson was a Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist, has twice been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship, and received a Ruth Page Award for Performance. Ms. Hanson has been commissioned by the National Theater of Mannheim, Germany, Chicago dance companies Same Planet Different World and LIVE ANIMALS, and has taken The Seldoms to Russia and Taiwan. She is faculty at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, holds an MA in Dance Studies from Laban London and a BFA from Texas Christian University.

MAXINE HEPPNER is a master teacher, mentor, and guest artist of contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performance in Canada and internationally and is known as a performer and creator of large-scale performance works (“audacious”) and intimate chamber pieces (“reaching a new state of mind”). Her company, Across Oceans, is dedicated to approaching art as a collaborative activity whose fundamental experience is a physical one. She teaches dance, integrated movement-voice technique, creative process, and choreography. Her personal practice, evolving since the 1970’s, has developed from training in classical, modern and contemporary dance, theatre, Linklater vocal technique, contemporary and traditional arts of Southeast Asia, Action Theatre of Ruth Zaporah, and research into neurological patternings and modes of experience with neurologist Tim Kennedy (Montreal Neurological Institute). This wide range of experiences has led to an approach that does not presume aesthetic preferences, but examines impulse, energy, and the expressive natures of their many forms.

Headshot - Rachel HoldtRACHEL HOLDT is an emerging dance artist, choreographer, filmmaker, budding dance scholar and performance artist making work in academic and professional settings for the past six years. In the past few years, her practice has evolved to include technology for dance performance incorporating dance for film, gaming devices, projection, and software. She recently completed coursework at Mills College for her MFA in Dance Choreography and continues to create, perform, and research performance technologies. Her research investigates the role of integrated technology for dance education at the university level. Future research will be directed towards required, integrated technology pedagogy for post-secondary education. She is excited to be creating and presenting performance works and critical theory focused on the intersection of dance and technology, and will continue to develop work that includes and investigates this developing field.


DUNCAN HOLT, MA, DC FMCA is a lecturer and researcher in Dance at the University of Hull UK and a Fellow of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association. He trained and studied at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, the London Contemporary Dance School, the McTimoney Chiropractic College and Trinity/Laban for postgraduate study in Dance.  He performed with Cycles Dance Company in the UK and Halcyon Dance Company in Canada, and was for nine years, Community Dance Artist in Residence at Theatr Clwyd in North Wales.  He currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students in Dance, Theatre and Performance specializing in choreology and choreographic practices. Research interests include Choreographic practices and practitioner training informed by chiropractic and somatic practices in the context of mediating technology in live performance.  Current postgraduate students research includes projects in site-specific choreography and the development of 21st Century Thai Khon dance.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASYBIL HUSKEY, Professor at the University of North Carolina/Charlotte, has recently been a co-principal investigator on National Science Foundation/CreativeIT grant exploring dance and technology. Her choreographed works have explored real time interactivity between dancers and visualizations. She is one of the inventors of the “Choreographer’s Notebook,” a specialized software for video collaboration, which is under patent review. Sybil was a Visiting Professor at Kingston University in London (2004-05) and the recipient of Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards in New Zealand (2002) and Finland (1983-84). She has held positions at Cornell University, Arizona State University, Winthrop University and served as President of the American College Dance Festival Association. She has performed throughout the USA and as guest of the US government at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico. Her choreographic work has been commissioned by the Universities of Wisconsin/Madison, Illinois, and Utah and funded by the NEA, corporate, state and local agencies.

JAMIE JOHNSON is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Washington in Dance. She has had the opportunity to teach Introduction to Dance, Ballet, and assist with Teaching Methods at the university level. A seasoned performer, Johnson toured internationally with MOMIX in addition to serving as dance captain and teaching company class. Previously, she was a principal dancer with Boulder Ballet, Ohio Dance Theatre and Ballet Pacifica, and also danced with Sacramento Ballet. Graduating cum laude, Ms. Johnson holds a BFA with a major in Ballet and a BA with a major in English from the University of Utah. She has been on faculty and taught master classes throughout the United States––notably at Interlochen Arts Camp, the University of Wyoming, and Sacramento Ballet’s Summer Intensive. Her choreography has been performed by Boulder Ballet II, Interlochen Dance Ensemble and West Texas A&M University Dance Ensemble.

SUSAN KENDAL (choreographer) is an Ontario-based contemporary dance artist. She choreographs and costumes through her company Pocket Alchemy. Susan is a teacher in The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Young Dancers’ Program and a graduate of the school’s Professional Training Program. She is originally from Edmonton, Alberta.

Headshot - Min KimMIN KIM is a performer, choreographer, and filmmaker based in Edinburg, Texas. Working in a variety of dance forms and interdisciplinary performance, she has presented her work in various venues in Brazil, Spain, Korea, and throughout the United States. She has been a guest teacher at numerous institutions in the U.S., at the Beijing Dance Festival in China, and the Samsung Culture Center in Korea. Her research interests include interdisciplinary performance and the history and cultural politics of East Asian dance. Kim is currently an assistant professor of dance at the University of Texas-Pan American.



Headshot - Yoav KaddarDR. YOAV KADDAR is the Director of the Dance Program at West Virginia University. He has been engaged in dance education for 25 years. Kaddar brings to the educational facet of his career the vast national and international experience he has as a performer and choreographer. A graduate of the Juilliard School, he has danced with the Jose Limon, Paul Taylor and Pilobolus dance companies to name a few. He has choreographed over 60 works both in dance and theatre. As an educator he has taught and given presentations at colleges, universities, dance festivals and conferences in the US and abroad. Dr. Kaddar recently led to the development of the first Dance major for the state of West Virginia. He also launched WVU’s first online dance course. He has presented research based on this course at the NDEO annual conference in 2012 and at the 2013 conference in October.

ROB KISTOS is an acclaimed dancer, teacher, performing artist, and choreographer who has performed across the United States, Asia, and Europe. He is an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University and has been on the Faculty at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the University of Washington. He teaches Contemporary Technique, Composition, Repertory, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Dance Aesthetics. He has performed his own and other works at international festivals including the Spoletto Festival South Carolina, the World Expo in Lisbon, the Grec Festival in Barcelona, Palais Royale in Paris, and others in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Hong Kong, and Venezuela. Rob has performed and collaborated with dozens of artists and companies including Doug Elkins, Gina Gibney, Pat Graney, the Chamber Dance Company, Berkshire Ballet, Peter Bignham, and many others. Rob received his BA in Theater/Dance from Bard College and his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 1997.

MARC KOTZ is a life-long performing artist and teacher who delights in venturing to other cultures and times through the means of dance, theatre, movement, and educational exploration. His career has taken him around the world performing with companies such as the Hartford Ballet and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has choreographed over 50 dances, collaborated on 2 dozen musicals/plays/ operas, and has directed/choreographed ten concert-length productions, half of which have original scripts written by him. Marc received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow, has taught all ages from pre-school to the aged (including 12 years at the university level), and directs his own arts-integration company Born 2 Move Movement Adventures. LLC.

EVADNE KELLY is a PhD candidate in Dance Studies at York University. The focus of her research is on the sensory and affective dimensions of identity negotiation in the performances of traditional Fijian dance. She received her Master’s Degree from the department of anthropology at McMaster University and her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto where she double majored in Anthropology and Equity Studies, and minored in Women Studies. She has written, presented, and published on topics relevant to the fields of anthropology and dance studies with a particular focus on topics of time, memory, and affective experience. Evadne worked with Dancetheatre David Earle as a core dancer for 14 years. She has performed works by renowned Canadian choreographers and directors including D.A. Hoskins, Patricia Beatty, Julia Sasso, and Ross Manson. In the winter of 2011, Evadne taught fourth year modern dance technique as part-time faculty at York University.

SUSAN KENDAL is an Ontario-based contemporary dance artist. She choreographs and costumes through her company Pocket Alchemy. Susan is a teacher in The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Young Dancers’ Program and a graduate of the school’s Professional Training Program. She is originally from Edmonton, Alberta.

ELISE KNUDSON is a dance artist living and working in New York City. Originally inspired by Nikolais technique, her training and interests have shifted towards improvisation in performance. She is a cofounder of Antititled Dialogues, a collective platform for monthly improvisational performance. Prior to her resurgence of interest in improvisation, Elise created over thirty long and short works which have been presented nationally and internationally. She recently earned an MFA in dance through the Hollins University ADF/MFA low residency program. Elise has danced with Risa Jaroslow, Jody Oberfelder, Noemie LaFrance, Koosil-ja/DanceKumiko, and most recently Tiffany Mills Dance Company.

Headshot - Cheryl LaFranceCHERYL LAFRANCE, PhD Candidate at York University (Toronto) combines her passions for the creative processes of dance-making, academic writing, and teaching in her research. Using practice-led research and research-led practice, she addresses the question of how dancer-scholars might access their metacognitive understanding of their creative dance-making processes, and, in so doing, support their academic writing processes. Her research participants are students in the York Dance MFA, and Texas Woman’s University Dance PhD programs. She is the 2012 recipient of the CORD Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award for her paper “Theorizing hybridity and identity: the ‘edge-effect’ and ‘dynamic nucleus’ in bharatanatyam-inspired dances of two choreographers.” In 2011, Dance Chronicle published her paper “Choreographer’s Archives: Three Case Studies in Legacy Preservation” (34:1).

TARA LAPOINTE is a dynamic marketing and communications strategist with more than 15 years’ experience in the arts and entertainment industries. She is currently the Head of Marketing Communications at the Canada Council for the Arts, Canada’s national arts funder, where she introduced and began implementation of the first ever organization- wide strategic communications plan, a redesigned website, and the use of social media communications tools. She is also the VP, Marketing of IABC Ottawa. Previously, Tara was the Associate Director of Marketing at the National Arts Centre from 2004 to 2009. Before joining the NAC, Tara held marketing and communications positions at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting and Harbourfront Centre.

IN KYUNG LEE, a MFA candidate at Arizona State University (ASU), is a dance and video artist whose recent works have been selected to be presented at Dance Film Series hosted by Dance New Amsterdam in NYC and American College Dance Festival Association Regional in Scottsdale Community College. She currently assists ASU dance faculty, Eileen Standley, whose research investigates movement and film, and co-instructs Contact Improvisation class at ASU. She worked with various international choreographers such as Tony Thatcher, Idan Cohen, and Thomas Lehmen. She is interested in experimentation and improvisation, as well as connecting isolated communities with the society through art. She has volunteered as teacher in Nepal, Cambodia, Korea, and Taiwan, and produced a dance film with live performance to address human rights issues pertaining to North Korea.

Headshot - Kelly Ferris LesterKELLY FERRIS LESTER is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Lester serves on the Board of Directors for the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA), and is a founding company member of Hub Dance Collective. Lester has been teaching online since 2010 and has presented research based on this course both solo and with panel Kaddar, Megill, and Vissicao at the NDEO annual conferences in 2011, 2012, and 2013. At USM, Lester’s workshop “Thinking Outside of the Box in Online Education” is offered to university faculty through the Learning Enhancement Center and a featured presentation at the LEC CONNECTS annual conferences in 2012 and 2013.


PETAGAY LETREN holds an MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she also received the Kristina Larson Scholarship for choreography research. She completed the Jant-Bi training course in African Contemporary dance and continues her investigations into African contemporary dance and the influences of folkloric forms on contemporary dance in the 21st century. Past teaching credentials include Florida International University, University of the West Indies at St. Augustine, and Miami Dade College. She currently is a visiting artist at University of Trinidad and Toabgo. Additionally Petagay is the director of Harambee Inc., a non-profit organizations based in South Florida which provides an array of programs and services for the advancement of the arts and sciences including classes in traditional West African dance and drumming. Harambee Inc. has also facilitated numerous programs, cultural events, and workshops including The South Florida African Dance Collective, Let’s Dance Together, Dance Extravaganza, and Dance et tom-tom.

Headshot - RuthNaomiLevinA current MFA student at York University and graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, RUTH LEVIN‘s central passion is the study of the human experience. She has had the great pleasure of exploring this both within the context of the dancing and performing body as well as through several years of meditative practice. Her choreographic work intertwines these two perspectives to bring greater depth and wisdom to the studio and stage through the integration of meditative techniques and practices. She has had the tremendous privilege of working with world class artists and teachers in both fields of interest, including in the field of dance, Peggy Baker, Jolene Bailie, Margie Gillis, Danny Grossman, James Kudelka and Maya Lewandowsky as well as the faculty at York University and the School of TDT. Her guides in the direct study of mind are Achariya Doug Duncan, Catherine Pawasarat and the enlivened community of the Clear Sky Sangha.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADr. ZIHAO LI is a dancer, educator, and researcher based in Toronto, Canada. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts ‘Honours’ in Hong Kong, a Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Arts from York University. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. As a dancer, he has performed with several world renowned dance companies including the German Hamburg Ballet. As an educator, he has taught at different institutions and professional dance companies including Beijing Dance Academy, Liaoning Ballet, Tokyo Arts Center, York University, University of Toronto, and University of Wisconsin – Madison. As a scholar, he frequently presents at a variety of conferences, contributes to different publications and belongs to interdisciplinary research groups in Canada and worldwide. As a writer, his book: Endangered Species: High School Males in Dance is currently under review by the University of Toronto Press.

Headshot - Erinn Liebhard Headshot - Photo by Jillian BellERINN LIEBHARD is a choreographer, performer, project coordinator, scholar and teacher passionate about jazz and American vernacular dance forms. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesota and is currently an M.F.A. Candidate in Dance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Liebhard is the Artistic Director of Rhythmically Speaking, an organization supporting and presenting jazz and rhythm-driven dance in the Twin Cities, MN. She has presented choreography throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has trained and performed with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Karla Grotting, Rennie Harris and Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Zoe Sealy of the former Minnesota Jazz Dance Company, and numerous other notable artists. She is currently a technique and academic course instructor at CU-Boulder.

CATHERINE LIMBERTIE is an educator, dancer, arts administrator and emerging scholar whose interests lie in investigating the role of dance in Canadian history with a particular emphasis on how dance has formed Ontario society. A member of the Folklore Studies Association of Canada, she has presented her work at the FSAC annual conference, as well as at conferences of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies, the World Dance Assembly and Dance and the Child International. She has published articles on Canadian folklore in specialist journals and a version of her MRP on dance in a Filipino community in Toronto is forthcoming in the proceedings of the 2012 WDA/daCi conference.

LISA FUSILLO began her professional ballet training at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. and later trained in New York, London, Russia and Denmark. She holds the Professional Teaching Diploma from the Royal Ballet School in London and certifications from American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum and the New York City Ballet Education Department. Her choreography has been presented in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Amsterdam, Paris, Thailand, Taiwan, and at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, MS. Her affiliation with WDA began when she was teaching has at the National Institute of the Arts in Taiwan (now Taipei National University of the Arts). Fusillo is a Fulbright Scholar, has published articles in dance history, and was awarded four NEA grants for reconstruction of masterworks in American dance. Currently, she is Professor of Dance and serves as head of the Department of Dance at the University of Georgia.

CAROLE J. LEWIS (TINA) is a licensed Psychologist in private practice since 1991. The “Red Shoes Project” is the first of several planned in collaboration with Joan VanDyke. Their intent is to enhance the psychological depth of an artistic production and enroll the ballet dancers in a deeper understanding of and personal involvement in a performance. In “The Red Shoes Project”, dancers could explore meaning and participate in changing or extending interpretations through an active collaborative process between themselves, the choreographer, and the psychologist.

CAROLINE LUSSIER has been trained in a diversity of dance forms in North America and Europe. Caroline worked for various arts organizations for 25 years before being appointed Head of the Canada Council’s Dance Section in 2011. She started her career as Artistic Director of an international folk dance festival, later moving to more administrative functions. Over the years, she has acquired extensive experience working with independent artists, dance companies, presenters, and festivals in both the dance and theatre worlds in Montreal and in regional Quebec. Caroline was Program Officer for the arts council of the Province of Quebec and a member of the Board of Directors of many dance companies, her community’s local theatre, and Quebec’s national dance association. She holds a Master’s degree in Slavic languages and literature.

EDSON MAGANA (MFA) is an urban artist who has travelled internationally to dance, teach, and organize events. He is the founder of Cyphers, the Center for Urban Arts, which was selected by Phoenix New Times as the 2012 Winner for the “Best Place to Learn about Hiphop Culture.” He is one of the founding members of Furious Styles Crew (1993 – present), which has three chapters in USA, Spain, and Denmark. The crew represented USA in events such as Red Bull Beat Battle in London and Germany Championships, and won numerous battles worldwide. Among diverse categories in urban art, Edson specializes in break dance and graffiti. As an artist and educator, he is devoted to bring urban art to underprivileged children and wishes to continue his research in realizing ways to bridge the gap between urban art in academic settings and the streets.

GERALDINE MANOSSA is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. She completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Lethbridge, with a specialization in Cree Indigenous knowledge and performance. She has been writing about Indigenous performance processes and showcasing her work at various festivals across Canada including, Shared Habitat Festival (Toronto), Stream of New Dance Festival (Saskatchewan), Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver) and Dance Explosions (Calgary). Her performance methodologies have been highlighted in a video documentary titled Living Bodies created by University of Lethbridge professor, Lisa Doolittle. Her most recent publications are found in the Aboriginal Drama and Theatre Volume One – Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English, and “Uncovering Spirit,” based on a site specific performance, with choreographer Bill Coleman and playwright, Floyd Favel (Great Plains Research Centre Press). Geraldine currently works as a program officer for the Canada Council for the Arts.

Headshot - Judit MarcuseJUDITH MARCUSE’s career spans over 40 years of professional work as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer, consultant, and lecturer in Canada and abroad, most recently in Ecuador. She has created over 100 original works for live performance by dance, theatre, and opera companies as well as for film and television, and has produced seven large-scale, international arts festivals. Her repertory contemporary dance company toured extensively in Canada and abroad for 15 years, while also producing community residencies and youth programs. Among many initiatives her youth- focused, five-year, issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects involved thousands of youth in workshops, national touring, television production, and community collaborations. Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change (, she is a Senior Fellow of Ashoka International. Among many honours, she has received the Lee and Chalmers Canadian choreographic awards and an honorary doctorate.

NINA MARTIN¹s choreographic works and master teaching has been presented in New York City; the US; and abroad; including Russia, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, and Japan. Performance credits include David Gordon Pick-Up Company, Mary Overlie, Deborah Hay, Martha Clarke, and Simone Forti, among others.  Martin has received funding for her work from the National Endowment for the Arts through six choreography fellowships, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Joyce-Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Meet the Composer/ Choreographer Grant, Texas Commission on the Arts, and others. Martin continues to teach and tour with Lower Left internationally, cultivate a dance community interested in collaborative inquiry, and as of Fall 2008, she joins the dance faculty at Texas Christian University as Assistant Professor.

Headshot - ScottMartinSCOTT MARTIN is an inter-disciplinary artist, educator, and administrator whose research and creative practice explores how new potentials for movement, space, time, and relationships are experienced when engaged via technology by both expanding boundaries and providing alternate perspectives for how the ideas and meanings within works are inter-related.  Scott has performed across the country for over 20 years as a dancer, singer, actor, and interdisciplinary artist with companies such as Anna Meyers & Dancers, Seattle Contemporary Ballet, Village Theater, Daniel McCusker Dancers, Seattle Opera, and Satellite Dance.  He received his MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and currently works as an Independent Artist, Arts Consultant, Co-Chair of the Support and Development Network at the World Dance Alliance, Academic Affairs Specialist at TWU, and member of Satellite Dance based in Denton, TX.

LUCIA MATOS, PhD, is coordinator of the Masters in Dance and professor at the Federal University of Bahia/UFBA. She is co-leader of the dance research group Corporeographic and Educational Processes in Dance. Her research focus is dance education; public policy for dance; and culture, body, and difference. She was a representative at the Sectoral Dance Council of the Federal Ministry of Culture (2006-2012) and worked as a Dance Director of the Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia (2007-January 2009). She has taught dance in the Bahia Public School System and private studios, and chaired the 2003 9th DaCi Conference. She was at the Manager Group of Red Sudamericana de Danza (2010-2012), is a member of the WDA-Americas, and collaborates with the Network on Education and Training. She published the chapter “Writing in the Flesh: Body, Identity, Disability and Difference” in Shapiro book´s Dance in a world of change (2008) and the book “Dance and difference: mapping multiple bodies dancing” (2012). She is editor of Dance Journal (PPGDança/UFBA, 2012). She has published a number of articles in journals and conference proceedings in Brazil and abroad.

CLAIRE McCAUGHEY is Head of Research and Evaluation at the Canada Council for the Arts. She has been engaged in arts and culture research for more than 25 years. From 2002 to 2005 she served as Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Culture Statistics at Statistics Canada. From 2008 to 2012 she managed the CADAC Secretariat hosted at the Canada Council for the Arts. CADAC (Canadian Arts Data / Données sur les Arts au Canada) is a national arts data system used by arts funders and arts organizations in Canada. Her research interests include cultural indicators and statistical frameworks, financing of arts and culture, measuring the economic and social impact of the arts, and profiling the artistic labour force. She has a B. Soc. Sc. (Hon. Econ.) from the University of Ottawa and an M.A. in Economics from Queen’s University.

BETH MEGILL (MFA) is beginning her seventh year teaching at Moorpark College in Southern California, where she enjoys a full time teaching load in a variety of dance styles, and has the freedom to continually develop and refine her teaching methodology and pedagogy. Beth’s primary interests lie in the role of dance literacy in Higher Education and the presence of dance notation and theory to support dance as an area of research in addition to performance at colleges and universities. She has most recently teamed with Dave Massey from MiraCosta College in the publication of an online dance appreciation course and is finishing her Stage 3 Language of Dance certification for her work on utilizing LOD in the teaching of dance appreciation online as a general education requirement.

GRAQCIELA MIQUELEZ has been studying and teaching the Native and Folkloric dances of her region since 1968.  She was on staff at the National Dance School of Argentina from 1979 to 2099 and also taught Choreographic Expression and Popular Music in the Corporeal Expression degree program at IUNA from 1996 to 2009.  She has participated and presented at various international folkloric festivals in the USA, China, Mexico, and South Korea.  Currently she is studying Dance and Analysis in Choreographic Production at the Universidad de La Plata.

STARR MURANKO is a professional dancer/choreographer/educator and an Artistic Associate with Raven Spirit Dance in Vancouver. Her work has been presented at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Dancing on the Edge, the Talking Stick Festival and the Vancouver International Dance Festival (SFU Grad series). She is a proud member of the Dancers of Damelahamid (Gitxsan) and has toured regionally and internationally with this company to New Zealand and Peru to co-present a research paper at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference in Education (WIPCE). She has been the recipient of several grant awards through the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council and was an artist-in-residence during the 2011-2012 season at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Starr is committed to supporting Indigenous peoples and the living expression of their cultures through dance and honours her mixed heritage of Métis, Cree and German in all of her work. and

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SEONAGH ODHIAMBO defines dance as a point of contact through which ideas, inspiration, movement, and meaning travel. Interested in collaborations with live music, Odhiambo founded Asava Dance, based in Los Angeles. With her partners in music and dance she approaches a choreography process that is collaborative and activist. In this way, she lays the foundation for a somatically-oriented critical pedagogy and dance theory. Her scholarly research stems from descriptions of dancers’ experiential learning in the creative process and offers a perspective on the body as a zone of critical praxis. Odhiambo’s theoretical reflections in the area of liberatory pedagogy radically expand the areas of dance theory and dance education. A Fisher Center Fellow, Odhiambo received a PhD in Dance from Temple University. She is now an Assistant Professor of Dance at CSULA where she teaches advanced theory in dance, choreography and world performance as Director of the Graduate Program.

Headshot - Genevieve OswaldGENEVIEVE OSWALD is Curator Emerita of the Dance Research Collection of the New York Public Library. She brought this collection from a couple of bookshelves in the Music Division, then at the 42nd-St. branch, to an independent section of the Performing Arts Research Libraries, now located at Lincoln Center. This collection is, to quote dance historian Sandra Hammond in Ballet Basics, “the most impressive of all” the dance research centers available in the United States—one of the most impressive worldwide, a model for others to follow. Integrating written texts, visual materials, moving images, clippings, taped interviews, and artifacts from dancers and performances, this astonishing collection has also shared its wealth through exhibitions, publications, and programming. It serves as a vast and deep treasury preserving information on the art of dancing, the dancers who created that art, and works that represent it.

JEFFREY PETERSON is Assistant Professor of Dance at Muhlenberg College where he teaches jazz, modern, and partnering. He holds an MFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA in dance from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Peterson began his professional career in national tours with JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski from 2000-2003. Since then, he has worked with Clare Byrne, Edisa Weeks, Stephan Koplowitz, and the The Minnesota Opera, among others. His choreographic work for Jeffrey Peterson Dance (JPD) blends jazz, modern, colorguard, and theater, often to arrive at social comment. JPD has been commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam’s In the Company of Men, Movement Research at Judson Church, and Rhythmically Speaking. His work has also appeared in the DanceNOW/NYC festival at Joe’s Pub and Joyce SOHO, The Minnesota Fringe Festival, Kinetic Kitchen, Intermedia Arts and the Bryant Lake Bowl, and Dixon Place.

KRISTA POSYNIAK is an Edmonton-based contemporary dance artist. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Krista has performed across the country in works by Susie Burpee, Kate Nankervis, Eroca Nicols/Lady Janitor, and Tedd Robinson, among others. As a choreographer and dance instructor, Krista is an advocate of education through movement. Krista is studying Arts Management at Grant MacEwan University and works for Sugar Swing Dance Club.

Headshot - Oniel PryceONIEL PRYCE holds a Diploma in Dance Education from The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the State University of New York – College at Brockport, and a Masters of Arts in Choreography from Trinity Laban. While living in the UK, Pryce taught dance in several primary and high schools and was faculty member at Irie Dance Theatre where he lectured in Caribbean Dance Studies and Performance. He is currently a full time lecturer at the Edna Manley College School of Dance in Jamaica and is Artistic Director of ‘Propel Dance Collective’, a graduate company of the College. Former company member with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica (NDTC) and freelance dancer with several project based companies across the UK, Oniel’s career both as dancer and choreographer has been one guided by self discovery and exhausting possibilities in movement.

ELENA QUAH is a PhD student in Dance Studies: Ethnography with York University. She holds an MA degree in Dance, and a BFA degree in Visual Arts from the same University. Simultaneously working towards a Graduate Diploma in Asian studies through the York Asian Research Centre, Quah’s dissertation focuses on comparative case studies of Chinese dance diasporas in Canadian and East Asian soil. Her research examines “creation” and “training-education” in light of cultural influences, socio-political shifts, and changing Chinese identities. Geographies specific to the research potentially span the cosmopolitan fields of Toronto-Vancouver and Hong Kong-Taiwan. Quah is a Toronto-based Chinese dancer-choreographer, and has worked as dance producer, coordinator and publicist in her dance productions and collaborations with dancers and musicians of diverse cultural backgrounds.

Headshot - Libby RhodesELIZABETH RHODES is Co-director of Dance at Austin State University. Libby has performed on Broadway and in international tours. She is a three-time Fulbright award recipient to Panama, Bolivia, and France, where she taught jazz and musical theatre dance to conservatory students. She has served on the Dance peer review committee for the Council on International Exchange of Scholars and has presented papers at conferences hosted by the Congress on Research in Dance; the National Dance Education Association; and the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). Recognitions include being named the 2000 College/University Dance Educator of the Year by Southern District/AAHPERD and a 2004 Honor Award recipient by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Ms. Rhodes holds an MFA from Mills College and a BA in Theatre Arts/Dance Emphasis from Sonoma State University.

KYLE RIVIECCIO started dancing at the age of sixteen under the direction of Suzanne B. Pomerantzeff and Patricia Page Parks at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. Kyle attended summer programs at The Rock School for Dance Education, Boston Ballet and the Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet. After graduating, He moved to Philadelphia to gain a BFA in Dance Education at the University of the Arts. While dancing with City Ballet of San Diego, Kyle performed roles such as Vales Fantaisie, The Nutcracker Prince, Rubies, Swan Lake and choreographed works on the company. Kyle is studying for his MFA in Dance at the Herberger Institute of the Arts School of Dance at Arizona State University. He has worked with choreographers such as Donald Lunsford, Anastasia Babayeva, Robert Moses, Scott Jovovich, Peter Kalivas, Alonzo King and Eileen Stanley.

Dr. ODILON JOSE ROBLE is a graduate in Philosophy and Physical Education and holds a PhD in Education. He is Professor of Physical Education and Humanities Department at the University of Campinas (Unicamp). Odilon teaches the in the disciplines of rhythm and bodily expression, and dance and philosophical aspects of human movement. His research explores themes of dance, capoeira, kinesthesia, and philosophy. He is the artistic director and choreographer of a dance group at Unicamp where he recently produced “Homeostase” (2011) and “Jeux” (2012). His research publications (2012) include “The body and movement as arrays of creation and knowledge: parallels between the Greek poiesis and the Schopenhauer’s vitalism,” “Kinesthesia and empathy as support methodology for research in dance,” and “Physical education in mental health: constructing development from an interdisciplinary perspective.”

Headshot - Erin RockwellERIN SCHEIWE ROCKWELL, a Specialty Instructor of dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, holds a BA in dance from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and a MFA from California State University, Long Beach. She is certified in Pilates with Body Arts and Science International, training under master Pilates instructor and dance scientist, Karen Clippinger, who developed a dance specific repertoire based on classical Pilates technique. With a background in both Pilates and dance, Rockwell enjoys working with diverse populations, tailoring programs in order to help individuals achieve their specific conditioning goals. Artistically, Rockwell concentrates on creating and performing dance works for both stage and screen. Her choreography has been presented around her home state of Colorado and across the Unites States from Los Angeles to New York City. She is co-founder and co-director of Front Porch Dance (, a contemporary dance collective established in 2008.

MELISSA C. ROLNICK has a BFA from Purchase College, SUNY and a MFA from Mills College. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN. She has performed with many notable choreographers including Cliff Keuter, Elina Mooney, Ruth Davidson-Hahn, Joe Goode, Mel Wong and Margaret Jenkins. She has been on the faculty at Western Washington University, Fresno State, and Arizona State where she received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her choreography has been produced at Dancers’ Group in San Francisco., Sonoma State, CSU Fresno, Cornish College, Kaleidoscope Dance, and On the Boards: 12 Minutes Max in Seattle, ASU, U of T Pan American, and Gustavus Adolphus College. She has presented at many conferences including NDEO, CORD and WDA. She is a life-long dancer who has also studied extensively in Yoga and Authentic Movement. Recent studies in Gaga have been transformative.

DANIELLE RUSSO (New York City) has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard; and internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama. In 2012, Russo was selected to represent the United States alongside distinguished choreographer John Jasperse at PRISMA Festival de Danza Contemporánea and chosen as one of five international emerging choreographers for Springboard Danse Montréal Professional Project. Recently, she was selected as one of three international scholarship recipients for Salerno International Dance Exchange and will produce public installations in Sweden. BFA Dance and BA Anthropology from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts); MFA Dance from Hollins University/ADF on fellowship.

Headshot - Lisa SandlosLISA SANDLOS has been a faculty member of York University’s Department of Dance for over thirteen years. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at York. Sandlos holds an M.A. in Dance and certificates in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies and Université du Québec à Montréal. She has taught modern dance and creative movement to all ages and levels for over two decades, working extensively in public schools through the Ontario Arts Council’s Artists in Education program, the National Ballet of Canada’s Creating Dances program, the Toronto District School Board’s Drama/Dance Project and the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Learning through the Arts. Sandlos’ current research focuses on hypersexualization of young female dancers, and the impacts of this trend on dance education, on public perceptions of dance, and on girls’ psychological and social development.

BALA SARASVATI (AKA Shelley Shepherd), Jane Willson Professor in the Arts at The University of Georgia is Artistic Director of CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company. She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) specializing in the application of movement theory to aerial and dance. She holds BFA degree from the University of Utah, MA and MFA from Ohio State University. She has served on the faculty for the Jose Limon Dance Institute, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, Seattle Dance Centre and Universidad Nacional Graduate Program in Dance, Heredia, Costa Rica (2007-2011). She has taught and presented dance throughout the US and China, and in Australia, France, UK, Brazil and Taiwan. Her choreography has been shown at many NYC and Atlanta venues; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Centro Choreographfico, Rio de Janeiro; for the Robert Osborne Classic Film Festival; and at ACDFA, CORD, NDEO, LIMS and WDA events.

ARUSHI SINGH is presently enrolled as an M. Phil Candidate at the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. At the Department, her research includes mapping the different spaces in which dance exists in the city of New Delhi to decipher what forms of dance are visible at the level of practice and performance (i.e. what ways is dance part of the everyday lives of citizens? What is the new emerging discourse of dance that shapes the aesthetics of a form, its reception, patronage and placement in a particular space?) Additionally, she works with The Gati Dance Forum, an independent arts organization that works in the field of contemporary dance in India. She is the program researcher on one of its ongoing projects called Working in Research, Advocacy, and Policy (W.R.A.P) that is working on revitalization of performance infrastructure in the city of New Delhi.

MARLENE SKOG, Choreographer, Assistant Professor, teaches Ballet and World Dance Cultures at University of Wisconsin Madison. Skog worked in Sweden was awarded The People’s University (Folkuniversitetet) Cultural Prize, Gosta Knutsson Award, Nordbanken’s Cultural Award, choreographed for the International Arts Festival Norway, Scandinavian Cultural Conference, International Women’s Convention Uppsala University, official cultural events, historical theater and folk opera. Skog directed international dance company, collaborated with choreographer Birgit Cullberg. Skog founded Uppsala Dansakademi Sweden. She received Creative Achievement Award from the University of Arizona, is first recipient of the Green Valley Concert Association Fellowship Award, had work performed at King’s Palace Edinburgh Scotland. Her work is described as “Most striking, danced with a rush of intensity.” WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL. “sexy and strong. … Many striking moments”. ISTHMUS

IMOGEN SMITH, a specialist in dance archives, has served as the Dance Heritage Coalition’s Project Manager since 2011. She has directed a wide variety of projects, including the creation of the online exhibition “America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures,” and work with choreographers and dance companies to assess, organize, and preserve legacy materials. Smith has also worked for the Dance Division of the New York Public Library during much of the past decade, directing oral history projects and cataloging archival video and audio materials. In addition, she is a freelance film scholar and the author of two books, Buster Keaton: The Persistence of Comedy and In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City.

Headshot - Laura SmythLAURA ANN SMYTH is a Lecturer in Dance at Loyola Marymount University. She performs and trains in dance genres ranging from American modern to the African Diaspora. Her training has taken her across Canada, the United States ,and most recently to Port of Spain, Trinidad. Smyth received a BA from the University of Calgary in 2004, a Journalism Certificate from Mount Royal University in 2008, and completed her MFA in Dance at UC Irvine this past June 2012 where the focus of her thesis research was Jazz Dance of the African-American vernacular tradition. Smyth presented in Los Angeles at the NDEO Conference in 2012 on jazz dance and Language of Dance, and sat on a panel in Washington, DC at the IABD Conference in 2013 that discussed the state of concert dance today. Currently, Smyth is working with JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble of Los Angeles. This spring, Smyth will be working as a guest choreographer at Santa Monica College.

Headshot - Vicki St DenysVICKI ST. DENYS is Co-Director of Dance at Ryerson University, Toronto. Vicki teaches jazz, musical theatre, and choreographs annually for Ryerson Dances at Ryerson University. Her research, choreography, and teaching are centered on the evolution of jazz dance, its roots and influences, and its relationship to jazz music. She has toured internationally as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, and has been fortunate enough to choreograph for television, film, video, theatre, and opera. Recently, she choreographed and worked as dance consultant for the creation of a dance app for iPad. From 2000-2007 she taught jazz and choreographed for the prestigious dance program at The Banff Centre for the Arts, followed by 2 years as choreographer for the Opera as Theatre Program. In addition, Vicki has served as an assessor for the Canada Council for the Arts and holds an MA in Dance from York University.

GRANT STRATE: C.M, L.L.D, F.R.S.C.; Choreographer; University of Alberta BA, L.L.B; Director,Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C.,called to the bar of Alberta, 1951. He joined the National Ballet of Canada in 1951 and became the resident choreographer (20 ballets) He choreographed internationally with Studio Ballet, Antwerp,Belgium: Juilliard School of Dance, N.Y., the Royal Swedish Ballet, Stockholm and several Canadian dance companies; Professor Simon Fraser University. He was the recipient of the Centennnial Medal in 1967; the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, 1977;Ontario Dance Award 1979, Dance in Canada Award 1988; the Jean A. Chalmers Award for Creativity in Dance,1993, became a member of the Order of Canada, 1995; The Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, 1996;  L.L.D Simon Fraser University 1999; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 2006.  Now retired, he continue to be active in the dance field.  He was on the Board of the Vancouver Dance Society and later joined the board of the Dance Foundation which is involved in the foundation and matters concerned with the Dance Centre, which has been a remarkable contribution to dance in all its forms, in Vancouver.

Headshot - AshimaSuriAs an Artistic Director for Limitless Productions, dancer and social activist, ASHIMA SURI explores ways of using performance art as a tool for social change. Having branded Indo-contemporary dance (a mix of Indian classical & Contemporary), the focus of her work has been to bring forth issues that are generally seen as taboo in her culture and create an open dialogue for change. Recently choreographing her first International show in Osaka, Japan, Ashima continues to use dance as tool for storytelling – connecting with the human heart & soul. As a South Asian dancer, Ashima does what many in her culture do not do and that is openly speak about feelings that are honest and real, without fear. She pushes boundaries in dance and explores a new way of looking at dance.


KIM STEVENSON completed her formal studies in dance, earning a diploma from Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University. Kimberly is a co-founder of The Story of Force and Motion collective, whose collaborations began in 2007 and who continue to pursue opportunities to perform throughout Vancouver. Beyond The Story’s projects, Kimberly has performed professionally for Kokoro Dance Theatre, Rob Kitsos, Shauna Elton, and Deanna Peters. She apprenticed alongside choreographer Serge Bennathan through the creation of Elles, and Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg through the process of HighGate. Kimberly was honored to work with Rob Kitsos on A Moving, a dance and film research and performance process supported by Simon Fraser University, and continues to work professionally with him on future projects. Kim is opening her own dance school this fall.

MARK TOMASIC, MFA, has worked extensively in the field of physically integrated dance as an educator, choreographer and dancer with the Dancing Wheels Company & School. He currently serves as Artistic Advisor to the Company and travels nationally and internationally to teach physically integrated dance to students and professionals alike. Mark is the author of Physically Integrated Dance: The Dancing Wheels Comprehensive Guide for Teachers, Choreographers and Students of Mixed Abilities (2012), a pioneering training manual that bridges artistic and scientific disciplines in the creation of an inclusive modern dance curriculum for students with and without disabilities. Mark holds an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and a BFA in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently a full-time faculty member of the Dance Department at Santa Monica College.

Headshot - Bageshree VazeRaised in St. John’s, NL, but currently based in Toronto, Canada, BAGESHREE VAZE has trained with some of India’s foremost masters of dance and music such as the late T. K. Mahalingam Pillai (Bharatha Natyam), Pt. Birju Maharaj and Jaikishan Maharaj (Kathak dance) and Veena Sahasrabuddhe (Hindustani vocal). Bageshree has choreographed and performed numerous dance works and has three CDs to her credit including Tarana, an album of music for Indian dance that was released in India by Times Music under the name Khanak. Bageshree holds an M.A. in Dance from York University. In 2010, she was awarded the K.M. Hunter Award in Dance. Bageshree has performed in major festivals in Canada and abroad such as the CanAsian International Dance Festival and the ‘Vasantotsav’ festival in New Delhi. In 2012, Bageshree launched her ‘Spectrum’ series of multi-disciplinary art programming at the Harbourfront Centre through her organization Pratibha Arts and premiered her Kathak dance piece ‘Twilight’ at Dusk Dances in Toronto.

MARY VERDI-FLETCHER is President/Founding Artistic Director and principal dancer of The Dancing Wheels Company & School (Cleveland, OH). Born with spina bifida, Mary founded the Company in 1980 as a means for people with disabilities to have full and equal access to the world of dance. As the first professional wheelchair dancer in the United States, Ms. Verdi-Fletcher has danced many lead roles and has had the distinct honor to work with numerous distinguished choreographers. Mary was a featured performer on the ABC television special, Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope. In 2001, The Ford Foundation named Mary one of 20 semifinalists from over 3000 international nominees for the “Leadership for a Changing World Award.” Mary was the recipient of a 2007 Emmy Award for hosting WNEO/WEAO PBS Television “Shortcuts to Happiness “and a 2010 Athena Award Finalist.

ALBA VIEIRA, PhD, is Associate Dance Professor at Federal University of Vicosa, Brazil, author of book chapters and papers in Brazil and abroad, the organizer of the digital book “Education for the Arts” (2010), and the co-writer of the Dance Report and Recommendations by the “Experts on Art Education in Latin America and the Caribbean – Unesco”. Her work has been presented in several venues including NDEO, WDA/DaCi, and CORD conferences, and has been published in several journals including Dance Therapy, Dance Current Selected Research, Possible Dialogues, and Scene. She teaches undergraduate courses on dance composition, dance history and somatics, and a graduate course on dance and education. Since 2012, she has served as a National Representative for DaCi and a member elected to the Director Board of the National Associations of Dance Researchers (ANDA). She has been coordinating several community and research projects looking at embodied dance education.

Since 1983, Dr. PEGGY VISSICARO has been contributing to Arizona State University’s School of Dance as a movement artist, dance maker, curriculum developer, educator, researcher, and community leader. She facilitates courses for undergraduate and graduate students in movement, creative, and ethnographic practices. Vissicaro is a Fulbright Scholar and Specialist, directs her company terradance®, and is president of Cross-Cultural Dance Resources. Publications include her widely distributed text, Studying Dance Cultures around the World, a chapter in 2013 book, Age and Dancing, articles in the peer-reviewed journals Ethnic Studies Review, Australia New Zealand Dance Research Society, Multimedia Tools and Applications, and The Review of Human Factor Studies as well as numerous contributions to the Foundation for Community Dance magazine, Animated. Vissicaro has presented papers and lectures, taught master classes and conducted residencies in Ireland, Korea, Scotland, Portugal, France, Brazil, Canada, and throughout the United States.

FATIMA WACHOWICZ is a Brazilian dancer and actress. She is a PhD graduate (2009) from Federal University of Bahia/Brazil. During her doctoral studies she spent 12 months in Australia on a CAPES fellowship at the University of Western Sydney – MARCS Auditory Laboratories. She has been using experimental methods, viewpoints principles, and contact improvisation to investigate cognitive processes in creating and performing dance. Over the last years, she participated in the WDA– Asian Pacific/2008 – AU; WDA – Americas/2009 – US; 2nd Annual International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, Greece/2011; Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes de Movimiento, Mexico/2011; performed “Sintonia”, in Mexico, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro/1st. Arte ao Vivo Rio ao Vivo/2011. Published on Dance Research, Dance and Neuroscience (29.2)/2011(Wachowicz, Stevens & Byron); and on The Visual and Performing Arts: An International Anthology: Volume II/2012 (Wachowicz & Stevens). Currently, she is serving as Professor at Federal University of Bahia, in Brazil.

Headshot - Chris WalkerCHRIS WALKER is a dancer and choreographer with the National Dance The­atre Company of Jamaica. He received a professional diploma in Dance Theatre Production at Edna Manley College in Kingston, and MFA and BFA degrees from SUNY-Brockport. Walker is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the 2004 New York-Thayer Fellowship, Certificate for Merit from the American Theatre Festival Association for choreography, gala performance of his work at American College Dance Festival. He continues to tour, present work and conduct artistic residencies throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, North and South America. At UW-Madison, Walker is Assistant Professor in the Dance Program and Artistic Director of the First Wave Hip Hop Theater Ensemble. He is also the co-founder and artistic director of NUMORUNE COLLABORATIVE – an ensemble of dancers, choreographers, storytellers and musicians, who come together under a united artistic vision to create collaborative works.   Germaul Barnes ( and Guy Thorne ( will be representing the collaborative for World Dance Alliance Assembly in Vancouver.

Heaadshot - Mary Jane WarnerMARY JANE WARNER has been a member of WDA since 2003. She organized the World Dance Alliance Global Assembly, in July 2006, at York University in Toronto, Canada, which encompassed a conference, performances, workshops and a youth program. She held many administrative positions in the Department of Dance at York University (Chair, Graduate Program Director, Associate Dean) before retiring in 2012. A specialist in Canadian dance, she has published Toronto Dance Teachers: 1825-1925 (1995) and with Selma Odom Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories (2004), and has written numerous articles on dance in Canada. In 2005 she received a major research grant from the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council to document the work of several Canadian choreographers. She then joined with Toronto Heritage Dance, as President and Co-Director of the company to present remounts of important Canadian dance works to ensure that the Canadian dance heritage is kept alive through both live performance and documentation. She developed the dance education courses for York’s Faculty of Education when dance became a teachable subject in 1992 and taught the courses for many years. Currently she is engaged in research projects funded through the Ontario Ministry of Health to deliver dance to older adults and special populations and is the Recipient of a Planning Grant from the CIHR (Canadian Institutes for Health Research) to develop programs related to Dance as a form of Health Promotion in Preventing Type 2 Diabetes.

After graduating from University of California, San Diego with a degree in Biochemistry in 1997, ANDREW WASS replaced the chem lab with the dance studio.  His performances have been shown in San Diego, LA, San Francisco, Marfa, Tijuana, and New York.   Vital to his development have been his work with Lower Left, the phrase The content lies in the structure (Impro:110), and combining the methods learned in the lab with performative practices.  Living in Berlin since 2009, he has been curating the On The Wall dance film festival at ada Studio & Bühne.  Recently he completed his MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum für Tanz in Berlin.,, &

Headshot - Rebecca WeberREBECCA WEBER is always asking questions and investigating where the body meets the brain—where dance and Somatics intersect. She is an Adjunct Professor in Dance at Temple University, where she recently earned an MFA in Dance and a Teaching in Higher Education Certification. Rebecca holds a Master’s degree with distinction in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston, England, where she served as an Associate Lecturer. As director of Somanaut Dance, her choreography has been presented at various venues in Philadelphia, New York, Georgia, Delaware, and the UK. She is a contributing artist with Movement Brigade and performs for many independent choreographers in Philadelphia. Her research has been published in the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. Becca is a Co-Editor for the forthcoming book, Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives and an Associate Editor for the journal Dance, Movement and Spiritualities. She is also a contributing writer and dance critic at In short, she loves to play with people, space, ideas, and words.

Headshot - Miranda WickettWhen you meet MIRANDA WICKETT, you notice two things right away: enthusiasm and kindness. Her energy is contagious and she uses it to motivate others around her. Miranda’s ongoing passion is to create valuable learning experiences for students. Her diverse background provides her with a unique and innovative approach to dance education. She owned and operated a performing arts academy for close to a decade in London, Ontario, has worked in the education system (K-12) and now teaches at Western University, working extensively with the UW Opera and The Canadian Operatic Arts Academy. Her love for languages led her to train throughout Europe, the United States and Canada where she is active in many Associations. She holds two bachelor degrees and is completing her masters of dance education at University of North Carolina Greensboro. Equally at home discussing pedagogy, politics, performance and playtime, Miranda is a remarkable and unique educator.

Headshot - Vicki AdamsVICKI ADAMS WILLIS carries on a family tradition that began when her mother opened one of the first dance schools in Calgary in the 1920’s. Besides teaching and choreographing for countless local and international organizations, including The School at Jacob’s Pillow, Vicki founded the Jazz Division in the Faculty of Fine Arts’ Program of Dance at the University of Calgary in 1978, and co-founded Decidedly Jazz Danceworks in 1984. where she continued her role as Artistic Director for 29 years. As DJD begins its 30th Anniversary celebrations, Vicki enthusiastically embraces her new role in the organization, Founder in Residence. Some of her numerous honours include the University of Calgary’s Superior Teacher Award, Global Television’s Women of Vision Award, The City of Calgary’s Community Achievement Award for the Arts, and an Alberta Centennial Medal. Vicki was also named one of the University of Calgary’s Top 40 Alumni, received the Established Artist Award at the 2009 Mayor’s Evening for Business and the Arts and was invited to write the 2013 National Dance Week message for the Canadian Dance Assembly.

Headshot - JinWen YuJIN-WEN YU, EdD & MFA, has created, performed, directed, and produced more than 100 works for the stage in the Americas and Asia, including 40 commissioned works for professionals and institutes. Dr. Yu has also presented, performed, and taught at dance festivals both nationally and internationally. In 1999, he founded the Madison-based Jin-Wen Yu Dance. The company has performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Yu has received numerous grants, honors, commissions, residencies, and awards such as the NEA grant, Outstanding Dance Artist Award from Taiwan, Wisconsin Arts Board Choreographer Award, the first Madison CitiARTS, Commission Signature Grant, Chinese Information and Culture Center in New York, Dane County Arts among others. Yu was invited to perform at UNESCO in Paris for the Celebration Concert of the 2005 International Dance Day. His works and performances have been praised in The Boston Globe, LA Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, and San Francisco Chronicle. He currently serves as the President of World Dance Alliance-Americas.