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Alumni

Yasuko Yokoshi (83F) received one of the most substantial awards given to a choreographer in the United States: $280,000 from New York Live Arts. The grant provides administrative infrastructure, rehearsal space, and a fully-produced world premiere. The program had seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. Yasuko’s work, BELL, premiered March 16-23, 2013.

Stephen Petronio (74F) returned to Hampshire College for a week-long residency in January 2013. In April he premiered his latest work, Like Lazarus Did, at The Joyce Theater in New York City to positive reviews.

Christopher-Rasheem McMillan (04F) presented his research at “Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance," a conference hosted by the Congress on Research in Dance in February 2012. He received his M.F.A. in dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Nicole Bindler (95F) and artistic partner Gabrielle Revlock received funding for their new project, The Dance Apocalypse. Nicole and life partner Curt Haworth returned from Buenos Aires, where they taught an Improvisation Intensive. They will be co-teaching at Earthdance, August 8-11 at the Moving Arts Lab.

Eva Dean (78F) Dance Company has been busy in 2013 hosting dance classes and open rehearsals. Eva Dean Dance will perform in the Against All Odds Festival in Boston as well as the Prague Fringe Festival in the coming months.

Laura Ann Samueson (07F) released a short video of her latest piece, Let Them Eat Cake, which premiered at the Boulder Fringe Festival this past summer.

Ashley Hensel-Browning (03F) has a new website.

Pele Bauch (91F) received a partial sponsorship for the creation and performance of Gilded Mammoth, Bewildering Sea from the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC). This work was created, in part, with a space grant from BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the New York Community Trust (Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Arts).

Nadia Lesy (95S) new short film, Atlas, showcases the multimedia Parkour performance group Bullettrun in a production loosely based on traditional Greek mythology.

Kimberly Brandt (99F) received a space grant at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She is creating a new dance with Emily Wexler, Maggie Cloud, Gillian Walsh, and Caitlin Marz, which will be performed at the end of November 2012 in Brooklyn, NY.

Jen Rosenblitt (01F) and longtime collaborator Addys Gonzalez (01F) as well as Vanessa Anspaugh, Lydia Okrent (02F) and Mary Read (04F) were all featured in a New York Times article reviewing Rosenblitt’s recent piece, “In Mouth,” performed at New York Arts Live. “This choreographer and this cast and the deadpan tone of their bizarre behavior somehow make everything garden-fresh.”

Nicole Canuso (91F) Dance Company performed at Fringe and Beyond Return. In fall 2012, NCDC danced at the American Philosophical Society Museum as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and has performances extended throughout October, November, and December. John Luna joined Nicole Canuso for a duet developed in response to artist Antonia Contro's exhibition Tempus Fugit: Time Flies. NCDC performed for sold-out audiences on four evenings.

Chani Bockwinkel (07F) performed a collaborative new work in August 2012 at the Foundry in Berkeley, CA.

Brett Lefferts (96F) released a new album, Sonic Sanctuary, on his label, BML Records. This album was recorded live at the ancient Odd Fellows building in Danbury, Connecticut.

Katie Faulkner (93F) was featured on the University of Utah’s new dance blog: Life as a Modern Dancer.

Deanna Snow (07F) was recently accepted to Northeastern University’s new hybrid program, which has online classes and on campus labs with clinical sites in the Boston area.

Mary Rose Blandino (08F) spent the summer after graduation working stage crew for every performance art presentation at MassMOCA in North Adams, MA. In the fall, she began rehearsing with Teresa Fellion's company in New York City, which culminated in a performance in a pedestrian walkway in Times Square. In October, she reprised the opening solo from her Division III at Judson Church in their event, STUFFED. Currently, Mary Rose is working with Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, helping people with reading-based learning difficulties.

Alie B. Trainor (formally Wickham) (05F) changed jobs and got married!!! She’s now working with a new program called the Area Health Education Center program at the University of Florida. As the primary leader for the upcoming student initiatives, she is very involved with the arts and health field.

Mariana Valencia (02F) launched Rhinoceros Event in 2012, a quarterly paper featuring writing by Mariana as well as writing and images by fellow artists.

Jane Jerardi (93F) relocated to Chicago to pursue her M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In December, she presented two exhibitions featuring video installations and a performance project.

Sarah Smith (74F) is the editor of KINEBAGO, a printed journal of writing about dance and movement-based performance in New England.

Noelle Serafino (05F) received a master's in performance studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a concentration in heritage tourism, material culture, museum interventions, and American identity. On May 20, 2011, she married her longtime boyfriend, Nick Clover-Brown, also a Hampshire alumni (04F) in New York City. They recently relocated back to the Pioneer Valley.

Karinne Keithley (92F) is working on raising money along with dancer/choreographer Chris Yon for their co-founded studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Robert Rivest (87F) hosts a free laughter class every week at Heartsong Yoga Center.

Olive McKeon (04F) completed a master's degree in arts politics from NYU and is a Ph.D. candidate in culture and performance at the University of California Los Angeles.

Norah Zuniga Shaw (92F), assistant professor and director of dance and technology at Ohio State University, is currently working with William Forsythe and the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design to create an interactive score for One Flat Thing, Reproduced. She has been recently published in Performance Research Journal and was the assistant editor for the book and DVD Envisioning Dance on Film and Video, eds. Judy Mitoma and Elizabeth Zimmer, (Routledge, 2002).

Julia Skloot (99F) danced for the Crispin Spaeth Dance Group in Seattle; taught dance at the Creative Dance Center, which she helped to start; and was a member of the Left Field Dance Collective, which performs throughout Seattle in theaters, warehouses, and public spaces. She studied for an M.F.A in choreography at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Michelle Marroquin (89F) received her M.F.A. in performance and choreography from Smith College and teaches gyrotonic and gyrokinesis at Studio Helix.

Ilana (Berman) Krechmer (95F) is working as an actress and Pilates trainer.

Hannah Margulis-Kessel (00F) was accepted into the master's program in the School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley.

Becca Gardner (99F) dances with Ballet Ariel in Denver. They performed at the opening of the Museum of Contemporary Art, followed by The Nutcracker and The Spring Show. She has also been dancing with, and teaching master classes regularly for, the Denver Independent Choreographers Project.

CJ Holm (00F) presented her new work, The Salad of the Bad Cafe, co-created with Tiana Hemlock, at Gowanus Arts in New York in January 2011. She also presented new work at Judson Church in New York in November.

Sarah Eley (97F), graduated of the Smith College School for Social Work. She has danced with Krisen Day in the Hawley Martin Dance Company, and in the Blaze Dance Group. With Blaze, she performed in the LiveArts Festival in the Philadelphia Fringe Fest; at First Night, Northampton; and at Thornes, A.P.E. Sarah collaborated with drummer Katie Koti to create a percussive dance performed at the PaperMill Studio in Holyoke, MA.

Katharine (Kat) Callard (00F) joined eight others to bicycle from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to raise money for social justice organizations across the country. The riders--lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, straight, and allied cyclists--rode to raise awareness about forms of oppression in queer communities while meeting with other marginalized communities, such as Native American reservations, small farmers, homestead ranchers, mining towns, and low-income neighborhoods.

Cheryl Brous (93F) is living in Portland, and attending graduate school in education. She is also dancing and teaching with a local tribal belly dance troupe.

Sarah Grossman (04F) now runs her own business in Toronto, inspiring people to love being healthy, specifically by working with nutrition and food. You can visit her website for more information: www.livingkitchenwellness.com

Kaitlin Hines (00F) is a grant writer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Malia (Oliver) Gallegos (87F) lived in Hawaii from 1991-1996 and danced with IONA Contemporary Dance (until 2000), but relocated to San Francisco to live the adventurous life and became a massage therapist before returning to Hawaii for a few years to work and dance. She is now in Los Angeles studying somatic psychology.

Cass Ghiorse (01F) joined Dance Alloy Theater, Pittsburgh's premier modern repertory company, in the fall of 2000. With DAT she has worked with Pilobolus, Kevin Wynn, Stephen Keoster, David Shimotakahara, Mark Taylor, and Beth Corning, among others. She can currently be seen in Nike.com's ad campaign I Feel Pretty.

Zoë Klein (97F) is training at the San Francisco Circus Center. She performed Chinese pole, mini tramp, acrobatics, and dance in the program's 3 month showcase. Zoe also performs and teaches internationally with her partner, Dave Paris (HC), as PARADIZO DANCE, combining acrobatics and salsa. They performed Eireann at the New York Salsa Congress in August 2007 and at the Cuba Libre nightclub, Tropicana Casino, in Atlantic City. Zoe performed a new solo combining acrobatics, Afro-Cuban dance, and personal narrative at the Dumbo Dance Festival; plus Sleepers, an acrobatic dance interpretation of Walt Whitman's poem by Dave and Zoe.

Marta Renzi (71F) had a screening of her dance video Porch Stories at the Moving Images Festival in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

(Page last updated May 2013)

 
 

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