JOSHUA BEAMISH, Canadian choreographer, founded MOVE: the company in 2005. His works have since toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has been commissioned by The Royal Ballet, NYCB Principal dancers Wendy Whelan for Restless Creature and Ashley Bouder for The Ashley Bouder Project, The National Ballet of Canada's YOUdance, Compania Nacional de Danza de Mexico, South Africa’s Cape Dance Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and Cirque du Soleil for World EXPO Shanghai, among others. He is a founding member of The Joyce Theatre’s Young Leader’s Circle Committee and an alumnus of the NY Choreographic Institute.
ALICE CONDODINA (FORMER SBDT DIRECTOR), performed as principal dancer with the Limón Dance Company under the directorship of José Limón. Internationally, she is recognized as a Limón Master Artist in her role as teacher, re-constructor and lecturer. Her New York City-based dance company earned grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Ms. Condodina was invited to become the first Artistic Director of the University of California, Santa Barbara’s professional, resident dance company, Repertory-West. A choreographer of over 50 dances, she toured internationally with the company as dancer, choreographer and producer of dance works by American artists. The Dance Division at the University of California established the Alice Condodina Dance Performance Award in recognition of her artistry and contributions to the department and the City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Dance Alliance honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently she works as re-constructor of Limón legacy works with such companies as The Greek National Opera Ballet, The Mikhailovsky Opera Ballet and the Rome Opera Ballet, as well as directing workshops internationally in Performance Techniques for Dancers, and New Innovations in Choreography. For academic year 2012-13, Ms. Condodina was awarded the prestigious Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship, University of California Presidential Chair.
REBECCA LEMME is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies, and she teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet and jazz technique. Significantly informed by both Release and Laban/Bartenieff techniques, she has created a unique movement style for the stage and the classroom that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Rebecca holds a BA from Princeton University (2002) in English and Theater and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2013) in Choreography.
Rebecca is an Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a full-time faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, where she also taught during her MFA candidacy. Additionally, Lemme has been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Additionally, she has guest taught at the American College Dance Festival, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, Beloit College, and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and has been a Choreographer in Residence at Grand Valley State University setting work and teaching master classes within the Dance Department. Through a holistic approach to dance education her classes merge critical thinking processes with skill building and art making. In addition to contemporary technique, she teaches ballet and jazz with an emphasis on whole-body connectivity.
Rebecca has been commissioned and presented by LA Contemporary Dance Company, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Los Angeles Theater Center, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos’ New Dances, California Institute of the Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Columbia College Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Grand Valley State University, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, and was a finalist chosen to present choreography for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago. Her work with Acts of Matter has been performed throughout Southern California and Chicago and will tour to New Mexico in Fall 2018. Thematically and physically, Rebecca’s work is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in her work.
Rebecca has toured nationally with contemporary repertory companies Luna Negra Dance Theater (2008-09), River North Dance Chicago (2005-08), RTG Dance(2005-06), Hedwig Dances (2004-06), and Instruments of Movement (2002-06), working with and performing choreography by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro, Frank Chaves, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Alejandro Cervera.
Upon graduation from Princeton she was the 2002 recipient of the Francis LeMoyne Page Theater Award for distinctive achievement in theater. She was additionally a 2012 recipient of the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship, as well as a 2013 recipient of the Sono Osato Scholarship, both for graduate study. Rebecca is a founding member of the service project Tiger2Tiger, a Princeton alumni community lending program offering seniors the opportunity to pursue inspiring projects with immediate relevance and impact after graduation. Additionally, she is a visual artist specializing in abstract acrylic on canvas.
JOSHUA MANCULICH, born in Windber, PA, started dance at the age of fourteen. He had the pleasure of performing with Thodos Dance Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Pursuit Productions, Jaxon Movement Arts, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, and The Pillow Project. Brought up in a small-town, he is thankful for the numerous inspiring mentors and creative artists that guided his pursuits as a dancer, choreographer, and person.
Josh’s choreographic work exists in conceptual frameworks, and his choreography has been toured internationally by DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance, and The Ohio State University. In 2015, Josh was nominated for a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship by The Big Muddy Dance Company for which he eventually created “Lyra” through support of the Princess Grace Foundation. Other choreographic adventures include: Collage Dance Collective, Dancing in the Parks, Eisenhower Dance, Grand Valley State University, Interlochen, Metdance, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance, Point Park University, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Western Michigan University.
Josh has also served on the modern and jazz faculty for Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and as ballet faculty for Southern Association of Dance Masters. His teaching focus is centered around contemporary dance technique, rooted in somatic practices, yet informed largely by improvisation and his love of music. Josh holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology Minor from Point Park University and a M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University. He also holds certifications in Pilates. Josh’s creative research begins in the contemporary dance classroom and spokes outward, investigating how emotional and psychological commonalities are rooted in physical experience.
DAVID MAURICE began training with César Degollado while attending the University of Arizona. In school David performed works by Donald McKayle, Charles Weidman, and George Balanchine. After leaving school he has worked with Ate9 Dance Company, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Cocodaco Dance Project, Loni Landon Dance Project, Alex Ketley, & Roderick George. He has assisted and taught along side Jon Ole Olstad, has taught workshops at the University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Irvine, Loyola Marymount, has assisted Loni Landon both in classes and in her casting and choreographing of the award winning film Saturday Church directed & written by Damon Cardasis. He assisted Barak Marshall’s creation, The Castaways for Ballet Rambert. with Kevin Jenkins, they have won Dance Magazine's Dance for Camera Editor's Choice for October, 2013 (Snap, Pop), toured to Jacob's Pillow's Inside/Out, and serves as his rehearsal director. David Maurice has choreographed for Cocodaco Dance Project and is currently their Artistic Director, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Condanza, and Ate9 dance company.
STEPHANIE MIRACLE (choreographer, 1221 PRIMROSE LANE) is an independent choreographer and teaching artist with one foot in Europe and the other in the USA. She holds an MFA from the University of Maryland and a BA in Dance from Belhaven University. She was a 2014/15 Fulbright Fellow researching the embodied practice of tanztheater in Germany. She became a certified teacher of Klein Technique™ in 2017 and has taught Klein Workshops Germany, Turkey, Ireland, Russia, NYC, and Los Angeles. As a performer she has worked with Deborah Hay, Shannon Gillen, David Dorfman, Susan Marshall, PWDT, Rodolpho Leoni, and Henrietta Horn. Her recent choreographic projects have been presented in UniTANZ (IT), Open Look Festival St. Petersburg, (RU); Performatica (MX), ES WIRD SOGAR SCHÖN (DE), SzoloDuo Festival (HU), Fiktiva Festival (DE), kunstOrteleven (DE), PS21 Chatham (NY), Dance Place (DC), Yeltsin Center, (RU), Ruhrfestspiel Recklinghausen (DE), Companhia de Danca da Almada (PT), Dingle Dance Festival (IE), and ÇATI Çağdaş Dans (TU). She has been an artist in residence at Keshet Arts, Omi International, kunstOrt_eleven and Socrates Sculpture Park. Her dance films have been shown at Lincoln Center Dance for Camera, EnCore: Dance on Film, Reutlingen Museum, Iowa International Dance Festival, and RAD Dance Fest. She is the director of the live-cinema public performance experiment Fakers Club and was the guest choreographer for Folkwang Tanzstudio's 2018/19 season. She has been an artist in residence at Keshet Arts, kunstOrt_eleven and Socrates Sculpture Park. Her full evening work wilderness tender was recently described as “sixty minutes of pure pleasure” (Ruhrzeitung 2019). She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa.
JERRY PEARSON (FORMER SBDT DIRECTOR) began his dancing career in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After completing a degree in Dance at the University of Minnesota, he moved to New York City where he performed with the Nikolais Dance Theatre, the Murray Louis Dance Company and Rudolf Nureyev and Friends across North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe. In 1979 he created the Pearson Dance Company and toured throughout the United States, Britain, Scandinavia, Europe, Africa and India. Highlights include performances at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, the American Dance Festival, the Walker Arts Center, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, United States Information Agency tours, and New York Seasons produced by Dance Theatre Workshop, the Riverside Dance Festival, and the Joyce Theatre. Mr. Pearson has created over twenty commissioned works for Dance companies in the United States and Europe. He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for theArts, NewYork State Council for the Arts, Pennsylvania Arts Council, and was awarded first prize at the International Choreographic Competition in Nyons, Switzerland.
JENNIFER MULLER (choreographer, MISERERE NOBIS) has been an influence in the dance world for over 50 years and is the Artistic Director/Founder of Jennifer Muller/The Works, based in New York City. She is known for her visionary approach and innovations in dance/theater, multi-discipline productions incorporating the spoken word, live and commissioned music, artist-inspired décor, media and unusual production elements. Muller has created over 125 pieces, including seven full evening productions, collaborating with such artists as Keith Haring, Keith Jarrett, Yoko Ono, David van Tieghem, Burt Alcantara, Marty Beller, Jeff Croiter, Gordon Withers and Keith Jarrett, to name a few. Muller's prolific career has led to honors: founding member of the World Arts Council, Fortaleza's 2010 Trophy of Cultural Responsibility, Joyce Theater's 25@25 Initiative, American Masterpieces:Artistic Genius Grant and the publication Transformation & Continuance: Jennifer Muller and the Reshaping of American Modern Dance.....An internationally renowned teacher and mentor of creative talent, Muller has developed a personalized technique informed by Eastern philosophy. TanzPlan Berlin chose Muller Polarity Technique as one of seven unique contemporary dance techniques for its publication/DVD Tanztechnik 2010. Creating and re-staging pieces for 26 international repertory companies in nine countries, Muller's commissions include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Tanz-Forum Köln, Lyon Opera Ballet, Bat Dor, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Ballet Contemporaneo, Argentina, Nederlands Dans Theater, NDT3 and The Spiral Show in China among others. Over the past 5 years JMTW has had a close relationship with Introdans in The Netherlands, from creating the Interview: The Warhol Project in 2016 then restaging Miserere Nobis in 2018. An award-winning choreographer, Muller's choreography for theater/opera productions include The Public Theater, 2nd Stage Theater, NY Stage & Film, and the New York City Opera. Muller recently re-staged her 2015 piece Miserere Nobis on both Introdans in The Netherlands and Santa Barbara Dance Theater at UC/Santa Barbara, both premiering in early 2020. Her most recent work The Theory of Color, which premiered at New York Live Arts this past June, received overwhelming acclaim: “a dynamic, riveting work.” Above all, dance has been Ms. Muller's passion and creative voice since she was a child. A Juilliard Graduate and former member of the José Limón, Pearl Lang and Louis Falco (Associate Artistic Director) dance companies, now, as a result of years of productive creativity, her work has been seen on stage and television in 45 countries.
ANDREA GISELLE SCHERMOLY was born in South Africa where she first started training at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg under the direction of Vyvyan Llorayne. Andi also competed around the world as a member of The South African Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She received a full scholarship to Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School in London and shortly thereafter a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School in London, where she completed her dance education. After graduation, she joined Boston Ballet Company. While dancing in Boston, she danced leads in ballets ‘Ginastera’ by Rudi van Dantzig and ‘Sharp Side of Dark’ by Jorma Elo. She was invited to join Netherlands Dance Theater in Holland. She had the extraordinary experience of performing existing repertoire as well as new creations by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Paul Lightfoot/Sol Leon, Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen, Alexander Ekman and many other great contemporary choreographers.
After directing the contemporary department at The Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, L.A., Andi has gone on to choreograph full time. She has choreographed for Festival Ballet Theater, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, NDT Workshops, Quixotic Fusion Company, Boston Ballet 2, Joffrey Ballet School as well as over 80 solos and group pieces for students attending dance competitions such as YAGP throughout the US and Europe. She was awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer” award in both 2012 and 2013 at Youth America Grand Prix and in 2014 YAGP was awarded the “Emerging Choreographer” grant to choreograph at Lincoln Center at YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala 2014 evening, choreographing on dancers Maria Kochetkova (principal San Francisco Ballet) and Joaquin de Luz (principal New York City Ballet). The piece was a huge success and has since been re-staged at ‘Buenos Aires International Dance Festival’, Argentina and ‘Stars of the 21st Century Gala’ in the Champs Élysées, Paris. Andi has choreographed for feature films and commercials in Hollywood including ‘Beautiful Now’, ‘Budweiser Superbowl Commercial’ and ‘Star Trek into Darkness’. She has upcoming company commissions with Kansas City Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Joburg Ballet and Boston Ballet. She also choreographs for principal dancers from various companies attending festivals and galas.
EMILY SCHOEN is a New York City-based dancer and choreographer. Recent honors include receiving the Gibney Dance boo-koo grant for emerging artist in NYC, an emerging artist residency through the Catskills Mountain Foundation, being named Top 5 for the Houston Met Emerging Choreographer award, and being selected as a choreographer-in-residence for (M)mix at Marymount Manhattan College. She has set original works on university programs and companies around the country. Her company, Schoen Movement Company, is a three-time invitee to Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival. Emily conceived and created the online dance film series "Ten Tiny Dances" with the partnership of Nel Shelby Productions. One of the films premiered on the big screen at Triskelion Dance Film Lab Festival in Brooklyn in 2015. As a dancer, Emily has worked with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, the Metropolitan Opera in works by Doug Varone and Mark Morris, and is a current member of Keigwin + Company. Dance Magazine chose Emily as one of their “Top 25 to Watch” in 2011.
YUSHA-MARIE SORZANO, originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. She attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Ms. Sorzano has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, BODYTRAFFIC, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She has also performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millipied's, LA Dance Project. Ms. Sorzano has performed in principal roles with the Ailey company and in a wide variety of concert works, including noted choreographers Ulysses Dove, Maurice Béjart, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, and Mauro Bigonzetti. Additionally, she has performed alongside recording artists Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Rihanna. Theater, television, and film credits include, guest artist on "Dancing with the Stars,” principal dancer in Chicago's acclaimed Goodman Theater's "Crowns," and principal dancer in the independent film "You, Me & The Circus." Awards and honors include, an award for her choreography from the New World School of the Arts, as well as a winner in dance from the National Young Arts Foundation.
As an emerging choreographer, Ms Sorzano has created works for Salt Lake City’s New Century Dance Project, The Joffrey Ballet School’s New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas programs, Los Angeles’s Windward School, and Norland Middle School. Ms. Sorzano was most recently a part of the creative team for NBC’S Jesus Christ Superstar, acting as a movement consultant to John Legend and curating promotional material for the live event.
BRANDON WHITED (dancer, choreographer, teacher, maker)—born in Poughkeepsie, NY— began dancing at the age of ten after his family moved to North Carolina. He received both his HS diploma and BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under a brilliant and inspiring faculty. In addition to training based in the Cunningham, Limón and Nikolais techniques, Brandon was exposed to a strong supplement of guest teacher-choreographers, which informed his eclectic approach to contemporary technique—grounded in traditional modern dance.
Returning to his roots in New York, Brandon danced professionally with Steeledance (Teri and Oliver Steele), Randy James Dance Works, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, danscores by Ofelia Loret de Mola, and as a specialized supernumerary with the Metropolitan Opera. In 2008 he joined Shen Wei Dance Arts as an apprentice and became a core member from 2009-2014. During that period, Brandon toured Shen Wei’s rich repertory, domestically and internationally, and originated roles in four works— Re-III (2009), Limited States(2010), Undivided/Divided (2011) and Collective Measures (2013).
In addition to his work in contemporary dance, Brandon has worked in Musical Theatre as both a performer and choreographer—with productions in North Carolina for the Cape Fear Regional Theater (Choreographer: The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee; Co-Choreographer: High School Musical, Fame; Asst. Choreographer: The Music Man), and in NYC for the Purple Repertory Theatre Company (Choreographer: The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret, and The un-Marrying Project).
Following his professional career, Brandon received his MFA as a Distinguished University Fellow from The Ohio State University. His research lies at the intersection of gender/queer theory, dance theatre and contemporary dance. Cipher XY (2015) considered the range of male/masculine gender identity, expression and representation through choreographic process and the community-building dynamic of work in the studio. Through interview, discussion and movement investigation, Brandon, and his cast of dancers (constituting a range of male/masculine gender identities) presented the full work in autumn of 2015. Excerpts of the dance were also presented at the Rochester Fringe Festival (2015), and the Ohio Dance Festival (2016). His earlier work Sonata In A-Minor (2014)—a duet for two men, resonating on the motion in stillness of Renaissance sculpture—was presented at OSU’s Barnett Theatre as part of the 2015 Winter Concert, and at Ohio University as part of ACDA the same year. That spring, Brandon was commissioned to choreograph a dance rooted in the social dances of the Ragtime era as part of “Drums Downtown,” a collaborative concert between the School of Music (Percussion Ensemble) and the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University. The resulting work, Ragtime Suite (2015), was a light-hearted romp, grounded in Foxtrot and Charleston dances, and performed to live Ragtime Xylophone and Marimba.
Brandon’s teaching focus is centered around contemporary technique, rooted in tradition, yet informed by Shen Wei’s “Natural Body Development Technique,” somatics, and improvisation. His class focuses on qualitative range, support of the breath, supple articulation of the spine and limbs—for sequentiality, articulation, efficiency and supported release—and use of weight and momentum for dynamic movement through space. Brandon’s teaching practice also encompasses composition, improvisation, social dance and multiple forms of dance partnering. Drawing on the principles of ballet and contemporary partnering, contact improvisation and ballroom dance and identifying their middle ground, he is developing the idea of an Integrated Partnering to create a versatile base of partnering knowledge and skill, for students to draw from.
Current choreographic research projects include a new process with two professional dancers based in Los Angeles, that will continue Mr. Whited's lines of inquiry into the dynamics of identity, embodiment and representation in relation to the expression of multiple masculinities. Drawing on a shared history of more than twelve years, He will also join Tammy Carrasco (Asst. Prof. of Dance, SUNY Brockport), and Fulbright scholar and visual artist/photographer Kitty Hubbard (Assoc. Prof. of Photography/Visual Art). They will present The Structure of Us – a multidisciplinary art installation/performance – in both the Rochester Fringe Festival, and the Charm City (Baltimore) Fringe this Autumn. Additionally, Brandon will present another sitespecific, improvisational performance, Sono Loro/They are Them with long time dance partner and collaborator Sarah Lisette Chiesa, at the Mutty Gallery in Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy.
EDGAR ZENDEJAS hails from Mexico City, where he began his training at the Estudio Professional de Danza de Ema Pulido. His passion for dance soon led him to the United States where he became a member of the International Ballet Company of USIU. Prior to joining Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal in 1993, Zendejas lived in Chicago, where he performed with both Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Zendejas was promoted to Apprentice Choreographer of Les Ballets Jazz of Montreal, following several successes with his choreography, winning both the Public Prize and the Jury Prize for his work presented at the professional competition ENCORE in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. His choreographic works have also been commissioned throughout Mexico and the United States, most notably from Jacob’s Pillow, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, DanceWorks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater and Ballet de Monterrey. Zendejas was announced as a winner of the 11th annual National Choreographic Competition (2010) from Hubbard Street 2, as well as a finalist in the Milwaukee Ballet’s 4th International Choreographic Competition, Genesis (2011.) In 2006, he co-founded ezdanza along with Julien Gagnon and Neelanthi Vadivel. Since then, the company has been evolving as an open space focused on research, creation and dissemination.