Student dancing

Jen Rosenblit (05F) premiered their newest work, a Natural dance, in May 2014 at The Kitchen in New York City. Performers included Addys Gonzalez (05F). Jen also received The Award, a mentorship prize for young choreographers in New York City.

Christopher-Rasheem McMillan (04F) was named the Five College Fellow, a year-long residencies for doctoral students completing their dissertations. During this past academic year, he taught classes at Hampshire and choreographed work for the Winter Dance Concert. His dissertation is titled "Theology and the Performing Body: Kinesthetic Hermeneutics and Biblical Criticism."

Laura Ann Samuelson (07F) and their dance company Hoarded Stuff presented EVERYTHING IS IN at the Community Dance Collective in Boulder and was featured as part of Susan Froyd's 100 Colorado Creatives Series.

Nicole Bindler (95F) received certifications in Embodied Anatomy Yoga and Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga from the School for Body-Mind Centering (BMC). She also taught anatomy for a yoga teacher training program in Palestine that is made up of Palestinians and Israelis who are learning together to become Yoga teachers.

Justine Lemos (95F), Michelle Maroquin (89F) and Akshaya Tucker performed in Guru Ranjanaa Devi's Nataraj Dancers on a concert of classical Indian dance highlighting Odissi and Mohini Attam dance at MHC in February 2014.

CJ Holm (00F) premiered RARE BIRDS in February 2014, an evening-length duet with Krista Jansen presented at at FLICfest, a unique festival for long-form work, now in its fourth year at the gorgeous Irondale Center in Brooklyn.

Kimberly Brandt (99F) presented new work as part of CPR's 2013 Spring Season in June 2013 and showed her new work, Today, in November 2013 at Jack in Brooklyn, NY. She also showed new work at Movement Research at Judson Church in February 2014 with Effie Bowen, Addys Gonzalez (05F), Ryan McNamara, Sam Roeck and David Velasco.

Karinne Keithley Seyers (92F) will be presenting work in the River to River Festival and has returned to Mount Tremper Arts to continue to collaborate on new work with Sara Smith (HC '90) and Luke Cantarella. They also presented, Another Tree Dance, at the Chocolate Factory Theater.

Mariana Valencia (02F) presented work at New York Live Arts in March 2014 with dancer and fellow HC alum Lydia Okrent (02F) . They will be in residence at Hampshire in May to keep developing this new work: on the bed on the floor.

Olana Flynn (08F) and colleague Katie Aylward received a grant from the Northampton Arts Council in the Fall of 2013 to create Workbench: a monthly series designed to provide local emerging to professional choreographers a venue to perform and discuss their works in progress.

Noelle Serafino (05F) is now the administrative assistant and educational outreach coordinator at Pioneer Valley Ballet in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Eva Dean (78F) made a special guest appearance at the Tord Gustavsen Quartet's performance at St. Peter's Church in February 2014. Eva Dean Dance company member Jessy Smith performed Eva Dean Dance's Poise set to "Token of Tango" by Tord Gustavsen from his album THE GROUND. The company will be performing Bouce Surfing, a gentle 45-minute workshop which encourage participation at the Museum of Modern Art in April.

Jane Jerardi (93F) presented a piece in the SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival in Rosslyn, VA. The piece takes listeners on a short walk outside through a meditation on distance and memory via a short audio walk that viewers can access via their cellphones.

Lily Gold (04F) presented new work at Arts at Renaissance in Brooklyn, NY in June 2013.

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.

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.

Deanna Snow (07F) is now enrolled in Northeastern University's nursing program.

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) has a new short film, Atlas, which showcases the multimedia Parkour performance group Bullettrun in a production loosely based on traditional Greek mythology.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Sarah Eley (97F) graduated from 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.

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).

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.

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

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:

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.

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

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.

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'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 2014)

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