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FCDD Alumni News 2014-15

Cameron Allshouse (MHC ’01) choreographed Pittsfield High School’s spring musical for the second year in a row. Last year, she co-choreographed Cats, and this year, she choreographed Urinetown. The different dance styles she studied at MHC have really helped her as a musical theater choreographer.

Christiana Axelsen (MHC ’03) is excited to be heading to France for a couple of months, where she’ll dance for Christopher Williams, an NYC-based choreographer in residence at the Opéra National de Bordeaux with director Michel Fau and Raphaël Pichon of Ensemble Pygmalion creating choreography for Rameau's Dardanus. They will perform in Bordeaux and Versailles. Caitlin Scranton (SC '05) is also dancing in the project. It’s a small Five College-filled world!

Wendy Wood Barletta (UM ‘86) produces and directs an annual dance fundraiser that bridges the gap between local dance studios and Manhattan professionals. They perform to raise funds to help improve lives in their community. For the past several years, the showcase has benefitted the Avon Foundation's Breast Cancer Crusade and their Domestic Violence campaign. If you’re an alum, and wish to have your company represented in the next annual fundraiser, held each March, reach out to Wendy at danceworks2000@aol.com.  

Nicole Bindler (HC ‘99) received her BMC® Somatic Movement Educator certification at Moveus in Germany. In September, Nicole and Gabrielle Revlock performed a 5-minute derivative of The Dance Apocalypse called Sauwrie as part of the DANCENOW Joe's Pub Festival at The Public Theater in NYC. She continues to write for thINKingDANCE and work at Mascher Space Cooperative in Philadelphia.

Rebeccah Bogue (SC ‘08) has choreographed and produced ten original ballets on a small group of dancers in Manhattan. Like her, several of these dancers are recovering from traumatic brain injuries and, they too, are physically handicapped. She is currently working on her eleventh ballet Fish Dinner

Kim Brandt (HC ‘01) premiered a new durational work, Landscaping, at Audio Visual Arts in NYC in February.

Lauren Erin Brown (SC '98) is an Assistant Professor of History at Marymount Manhattan College in NYC. She continues to write and research on Cold War arts and dance diplomacy, work begun during her doctorate at Harvard, and continued as a Fulbright Scholar in Moscow. You may also find her, wearing the same warmers from college, in a Steps or Ballet Academy East class.

Shirah Burgey (UM ’11) is a Doctor of Physical Therapy candidate at Northeastern University. She continues to work as a personal trainer, and performs and choreographs with Urbanity Underground, a contemporary dance company in Boston.

Mora Cantlin (MHC '05) works in the Audience Engagement/Marketing Department at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College, and will graduate this year with an M.Ed in Health Promotion. She is a member of the Dartmouth Dance Ensemble under Guest Director John Heginbotham.

Nichole Canuso (HC ‘95) mounted a version of The Garden at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in Maryland in September. She was also a guest choreographer at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography in Tallahassee, and was honored to lead choreographic explorations with the dancers of AXIS Dance Company. nicholecanusodance.org

Yanira Castro (AC ‘94E) has been invited to participate in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life residency program for 2015-16. She is honored to join this amazing program that provides Extended Life artists with the tools, knowledge, and experience to generate greater sustainability for their careers, community connections, and development practices in their field. As part of the Extended Life program, she was invited to develop a new adaptation of her latest work, Court/Garden, as part of the River To River Festival at Federal Hall National Memorial in June. She developed this work with 12 other artists, among them fellow alum, Kathy Couch (AC ’94).

Laura (Simeral) Chevalier (UM '02) moved to the Berkshires with her husband and daughters to be the Fitness Director at Canyon Ranch. In this role, she is able to continue her passion for fitness, mind/body, movement, and dance.

Marylloyd Claytor (MHC '74) works for her nonprofit Marylloyd Claytor Dance Company, digitizing repertoire that has aired on cable access television. You can see her weekly series Claytor Studio & Gallery on Fridays at 2:00pm or 24/7 On Demand. marylloydclaytordancecompany.com.

Rachael Collins (UM ’05), building upon a scholarship she received from UM Dance during her last year of college to attend a Dance/Movement Therapy intensive at Antioch University, went to graduate school at Naropa University to become a Dance/Movement Therapist. She graduated in May 2015 and now works at a facility that serves children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges. She adores the work, and has really found her place, all because of the opportunity UM Dance gave her.  

Kathy Couch (AC ’94) continued her collaborations with a canary torsi/Yanira Castro with the premiere of Court/Garden, featuring Pamela Vail (SC MFA ’94), last October at Danspace Project. They remounted Court/Garden in June at Federal Hall in NYC as part of the River To River Festival. This spring marked the end of a two-year series of tour dates with Adele Myers and Dancers production of Einstein's Happiest Thought, featuring Kellie Lynch (SC MFA '07), for which Kathy was the lighting and scenic designer. She will begin new collaborations with both Yanira and Adele later this summer. Kathy also continues to work with the Northampton Community Arts Trust, which will soon begin renovation on a new space for the arts in Northampton.

Jessica Courtney (UM ’08) just finished her first year of graduate school at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She’s working toward her Masters in Expressive Therapies: Dance Therapy, with a specialization in mental health counseling.

Milena Dabova (AC ’07) is an ensemble actor at Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA, and performed with the company on the Amherst College campus in September. Double Edge’s outdoor spectacle presentation traveled from Frost Library through the Freshman Quad, surrounding the audience with aerials, singing, music, and enactment of epic tales. The presentation was directed by Stacy Klein and incorporated material from Double Edge's traveling spectacles Don QuixoteThe Odyssey, and Shahrazad. Double Edge toured Norway with the traveling spectacles over the summer.

Yolanda Daelemans-Greaves (UM ‘85) has taught at the Dancing Arts Center in Holliston, MA for the last 22 years. She is excited to have her youngest daughter at UM as a dance major. She has gotten involved in town government, and is on the Board of Selectmen in Ashland, MA. 

Eva Dean (HC ‘82) Eva Dean Dance (EDD) is proud to partner with the 14th Street Y in presenting Pearl Diving, celebrating three decades of repertory. EDD is also providing a Moving Beyond Bullying (MBB) Art Education outreach to local middle schools and members of the 14th Street Y.

Samara (McLaughlin) DiMattia (UM ’93) owns Connecticut Dance Physical Therapy in Stamford. She treats dancers, figure skaters, and gymnasts exclusively.

Maura Donohue (UM  ’92, SC MFA ‘08) has been granted tenure at Hunter College/City University of New York. She premiered her newest work in NYC in May, and is still raising two kids.

Jonathan Doyle (AC ’91) remains the Technical Director/ Production Coordinator for the Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance. His wife, Charlotte Gram Doyle (MHC ’92), is having a wonderful time running her successful dance school, Pineapple Dance, in North Amherst.

Brendan Drake (UM ‘09) is the recipient of a 2015 CUNY Dance Initiative Grant through Baruch College where he will be an artist-in-residence this fall. He also choreographed the winter 2014 Equality = Love campaign for Adidas Originals/Pharrell Williams.

Stephen Driscoll (UM '73) was back on campus during fall 2014 as an Equity Actor-in-Residence to play Shylock in the UM Theater’s production of The Merchant of Venice. Stephen is an officer of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, and the opening performance of The Merchant of Venice was a UM Theatre benefit attended by State Treasurer Steve Grossman and State Auditor Suzanne Bump as well as many alumni. Dean Julie Hayes announced that Stephen will fund a scholarship for a UM student to attend the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University. 

Ann Ducharme (UM '88) is consulting on Time’s Up: Love, Friendship and Transformation Across the Fourth Dimension, a multi-media theater project written and directed by Kym Moore (UM MFA in Directing '92) at Brown University.

Martha Eddy (HC ‘79) succeeded in making Moving For Life (MFL) a non-profit in New York this year. MFL, which has been helping survivors of cancer and other health challenges for over 15 years as a small cadre of volunteers, will now be training NYC-based dance and movement teachers to spread the power of MFL's sensitive yet specific approach to healing through dance and movement. movingforlife.org

Melissa Edwards (SC MFA ’13) begins her tenure-track position as a dance professor at McLennan Community College in Texas during fall 2015. The job entails teaching technique and revamping the dance program, as well as directing two productions every year— one dance concert and one musical. Melissa’s dance company, Project MESS, will relocate to Austin once she is settled.  

Elise Evans (MHC ’10) lives in Seattle where she enjoys contra and West African dancing. She enters the Masters of Public Administration program at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs in fall 2015.

Olivia Fauver (SC ‘14) spent the last year as an artist-in-residence with Delfos Danza Contemporanea in Mazatlán, Mexico. There, she was given the opportunity to perform with fourth-year students in their final show – an unusual situation for a resident. The performance included choreography by Adam Barruch, Misraim Araujo, Claudia LaVista and Omar Carrum, and a collaborative piece by the dancers under the guidance of Victor Manuel Ruis. Olivia was excited to dance with these incredible artists whom she respects so much. After Delfos, she plans to head to Seattle to attend the Strictly Seattle dance festival and international Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, and check out the dance scene in that city. 

Deanna Fleysher (AC '96) recently completed a 4-month tour with Butt Kapinski and the Naked Comedy workshops, taking her to Orlando, DC, Philadelphia, NY, Portland, Seattle, Bellingham, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and then overseas. She was thrilled to make her debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August. buttkapinski.com.

Katharine Forline (MHC '81) has been a massage therapist for 31 years, and still uses her kinesiology and physiology training from MHC every day. She recently began training in and teaching Yoga Tune Up®, and her true love is InterPlay™. She meets with a wonderful group of InterPlayers, some of whom are "older" modern dancers, once a week and they dance, sing, laugh, cry, philosophize and generally allow their wise bodies to share a thing or two with their brains.

Margaret (Mollie) Frederiksen (MHC ’13) finished her first year of the Entry Level Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, and had her first full-time internship this summer. She also recently performed in repertory works with the North Shore Civic Ballet.

Amanda Fredette (UM ’13) works full-time in Clinical Research at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. She works closely with doctors to coordinate the clinical trials for the hospital. She’s also finishing up her final pre-requisites for Physician Assistant programs, to which she’ll be applying in the fall. She has also danced with Albano Ballet Company.

Julie (Klein) Gibson (MHC ‘02) is Dance Educator at William Alexander Middle School 51 in Brooklyn. She teaches 200 students from beginner to pre-professional. Her curriculum includes ballet, Horton, Graham, West African, Jamaican Folk forms, Jazz, Musical Theatre dance, Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Dance Composition. Her students perform in two large dance concerts per year, and her Dance Company students have performed and/or collaborated with NYU, the 92nd Street Y, and at other public schools. Julie took ten of her Dance Company students for a two-week dance study program in Kingston, Jamaica during summer 2014. She continues to perform in faculty concerts at NYU, and spends the rest of her time being the busy and proud parent of two-year-old daughter Sanai.

Merli Guerra (MHC ‘09) recently took over as dance critic for Boston and Greater New England at The Arts Fuse. Her 2014 project Night at the Tower, an outdoor community outreach project using video projection, dance, and local artwork, was selected as one of just three events (out of 5,000+ projects) to receive the Massachusetts Cultural Council's prestigious 2015 Gold Star Award. Luminarium Dance Company, which Merli co-founded with Kimberleigh Holman (MHC ’09), is celebrating its fifth anniversary season in Boston.

Nancy Gunter (MHC '97) and her husband Mick opened Centralia Ballet Academy in Centralia, WA six years ago. They have seen the school grow, and are starting to send students off to summer programs, and to the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London. The school has become the home of Ballet Theatre of Washington, a non-profit student ballet company, for which Nancy and Mick are co-artistic directors. They hope to move to a new location soon, as they have outgrown their current space. centraliaballet.com

CJ Holm (HC ‘04) and collaborator Krista Jansen premiered their newest work support/retreat at The Groundwork Festival at the Cora Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. CJ also returned to Earthdance as a 2015 EMERGE Artist-in-Residence.

Reilly Horan (AC ’13) finished her work as the graduate assistant in the Amherst College Theater and Dance Dept. this May; finished producing an Amherst College orientation program for incoming artists; toured with Serious Play Ensemble as the lighting designer for their production of for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf; and drove across the country and back, before finally settling in NYC this fall for her next chapter.

Emily Jawadekar (MHC ’10) moved to Boston last fall to get into filmmaking. She is working for a documentary film company in Cambridge, and took a film course at Harvard. She also joined an arts performance group called Intersections, for which she was in charge of choreography for nine dancers. inspiringinfluences.wordpress.com.

Jane Jerardi (HC ‘93) Documentation from Jane’s work Efficiency appeared at Sector 2337's project space in tandem with her residency there, where she conducted research for her newest work, Tenuous. Efficiency originated from a Washington Post commentary about our incessant desire for hyper-efficiency in the quest for more free time.

Lucille Jun (AC ’08) is in South Korea performing with traditional Korean dance company Yeon. She’s one of three teachers choreographing for 250 people who have minimal dance experience for an upcoming festival in Seoul. 

Stefanie Karlin (UM ‘05) formed Squid MGMT, a West Coast dance artist and event management company. She represents Seattle-based dance artists, zoe | juniper, Amy O'Neal, KT Niehoff, and Kate Wallich, This year her clients have successfully been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as support from The MAPFund, NPN, NDP, and several local funding agencies. She has also booked tours to leading performance venues across the US and abroad.

Sam Kenney (SC MFA ‘04) is an Associate Professor at SUNY Fredonia. She’s also pursuing her 200-hour certification in Iyengar yoga.

Michaela Knyff (UM ’10) is working with Sports & Wellness Physical Therapy in Franklin, MA to create a new physical therapy program just for dancers. Inspired by the Micheli Center of Boston Children's Hospital, their mission is to safely rehabilitate dancers back in to class by creating an individualized program combining physical therapy healing, strength training, cross training, and safe dance technique practices to help rehabilitate and promote injury prevention. 

Brittni Laquidara (UM ’13) is dancing for Rhode Island-based Fusionworks Dance Company, making and selling visual art, working part-time at a Montessori school, and starting to dip her toes into choreography.  

Eliza Larson (SC MFA ’13) moved to Portland, Oregon in 2014, where she is teaching at Conduit and Bodyvox, and choreographing regionally. She continues to be the Marketing and Ad Manager for Contact Quarterly, and she co-directs the Mountain Empire Performance Collective, a long-distance company dedicated to alternative methods of creation, Mountain Empire has been selected to give a presentation titled Necessity Fuels Creativity: Exploring Long-distance Methods of Dance Collaboration, at the 2015 NDEO Conference in Phoenix. When not dancing, Eliza is the Marketing and Account Manager for Klarity Medical Products, occasionally putting her dance film technology skills to use by making promotional videos for medical thermoplastics.   

Lona Lee (SC MFA ’09) lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is the Associate Director of Admissions at a private independent school, where she also co-manages a youth creative dance company. Outside of work, Lona regularly collaborates with a local non-profit called DUET, which serves the elderly and retired community. As a freelance artist for DUET, she leads workshops and dance classes with a focus on Mindful Movement and Ideokinesis. Lona is happily married to Erin Kearney and, together, they care for an old dog.

Bethany Louisos (UM ‘09) has worked with Maine-based modern dance companies Women's Works, Collective Motion, and Bell and Buoy Physical Theater. She has also done guest artist work with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the band Hi Tiger, Portland Public Schools, and Maine Arts Camp. Recently, Bethany collaborated with Portland organization Justice in the Body to develop a workshop series called Dance for Chronic Pain and Injury, and worked on a piece with drag company 5G for the Portland Pride launch party.

Kellie Lynch (SC MFA '07) continues to tour nationally with Adele Myers and Dancers and Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc. In the last year, Kellie was awarded a prestigious Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven for her achievements in dance. During summer 2015, she attended the Bates Dance Festival as an Emerging Choreographer for which she received a creative residency, supported in part by NEFA, for the research and development of new choreographic ideas. 

Meredith Lyons (SC MFA ‘08) is a dual-city artist, performing and creating in Philadelphia and Portland, ME. She is the Admissions Director at Bates Dance Festival; on faculty in the dance departments of Bates, Colby, and Southern Maine Community Colleges, and Pure Movement Portland Pilates; and dances in the companies of Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion and Tori Lawrence Dance Co. During summer 2015, she presented her research with Rachel Boggia and Annie Kloppenberg at the CORD/SDHS joint conference in Athens, Greece, and the IDocDe Dance Pedagogy Symposium at Impulstanz in Vienna, Austria.

Robert Maloon (UM ’91) danced in the MIT company-in-residence, and modeled for a Stevie Ray Vaughan statue/memorial. He has done shows in Branson, MO and Lake Tahoe, CA. He toured Europe with U.S. Department of Defense Department of MWR, and is a Fred Astaire impressionist.

Michelle Marroquin (HC ‘94, SC MFA ‘10) performed Business Casual, a contemporary dance installation with live music by Tony Silva at Eastworks in Easthampton, MA. She also performed with The Team, a recently formed ensemble of visual and performing artists, as part of Open Studios – a yearly event at Eastworks that showcases local artists.

Leah Moriarty (UM ‘10) is a Brooklyn-based dancer, teaching artist, choreographer and study abroad on-site coordinator. Over the past year she has worked with Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Ni'Ja Whitson and with Souleymane Badolo in Burkina Faso. Now, she is performing with contemporary African diasporic dance company Moving Spirits under the direction of Tamara LaDonna. She led a dance and drum three-week intensive program in Ghana through ThisWorldMusic in July. Leah is thrilled to rejoin the UM Dance community while setting work for this year's Ellington Nutcracker, to be featured on the University Dancers Concert in December.

Cathy Nicoli (SC MFA ‘04) continues as Assistant Professor of Dance and Performance Studies at Roger Williams University where she is also a member of the University's Sustainability Committee, and is helping to design a new Interdisciplinary Collaborative Arts program. She has choreographed several dances and installation pieces this year: one a part of the American Library Association’s traveling exhibit, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, and one a part of Silent Witness Day, which acknowledges and remembers victims of domestic violence. Cathy also collaborated with Chris Lewis-Smith from Bath Spa University, UK to co-create and dance in a dance-for-film located in the Cutler Mill, Warren, RI, and has danced in the work of Heidi Henderson, as well as her own. 

Fritha Pengelly (HC ‘94) performed Solving for Patterns in DanceNow 2014 at Joe’s Pub with fellow former Doug Elkins dancer Donnell Oakley. 

Stephen Petronio (HC ‘78) has been named a 2015 Doris Duke Artist. He is one of twenty performing artists who will receive $275,000 as an investment in their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, and jazz.   

Marta Renzi (HC ‘74) has worked on several film projects, including Her Children Mourn, which screened at the Williamstown Film Festival, A Thousand Miles from the Sea, on the way to work, Las Madres, and Plow Plant Reap. She attended the ACDA conference in March to talk about screen dance. martarenzi.blogspot.com

Jen Rosenblit (HC ‘05) was awarded a Bessie! In July 2014, she won the Emerging Choreographer award for Natural Dance, a work performed at The Kitchen in NYC in May 2014. She also spent the year working with Neil Greenberg as part of The Award, a mentorship prize for young choreographers, that she was also awarded in 2014.

Rain Ross (MHC '00) is Associate Professor of Dance at Stockton University.  Her current creative projects include a duet created by Meredith Rainey, and coordinating the Guest Artists for the International Dance Day Festival in Lebanon. She will be presenting her creative and theoretical research on cross-cultural exchange through dance in the Eastern Mediterranean this coming year, including presentations in Cyprus and New York.

Leslie Erin Roth (AC '13) lives in Brooklyn, where she acts, writes plays, and teaches yoga. She’s a member of the Lark Literary Wing, and a resident actor with The Bats at The Flea. Apprenticing with yoga teacher Annie Piper at Yale Drama, Leslie specializes in teaching yoga for actors. She recently made her clowning debut at The PIT and is training with teacher Christopher Bayes. Her new play, TRIGGER WARNING, had a roundtable at The Lark and a reading at Columbia University.  
 
Audrey Jean Samara (UM ’82, SC MFA ’85) lives in Braintree, MA and teaches ballroom dance.

Laura Ann Samuelson (HC ‘11) founded experimental dance company Hoarded Stuff Performance in 2012. In 2014, Hoarded Stuff produced Failure Festival, a weekend-long festival featuring 16 artists. Laura Ann also premiered a new solo, Kitsch, at the 2014 Boulder International Fringe Festival and Naropa University. 

Clare Schweitzer (MHC ’12) is working toward a Masters in Contemporary Dance Performance at the London Contemporary Dance School. She toured through the UK and Europe with EDge, the postgraduate company of the school, during the spring/summer.

Caitlin Scranton (SC '05) lives in NYC and is a soloist with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company. She also dances for NYC-based choreographer Christopher Williams, and is currently touring with The Indian Queen, an opera directed by Peter Sellars, and a new production of Rameau’s Dardanus by the Opéra National de Bordeaux. When in NYC, she teaches company class for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and was on faculty at the Taylor Summer Intensive this year. Caitlin is also a co-founder of The Blanket, an organization that aims to expand the dance community in Pittsburgh.

Tommy Seibold (UM ’14) spent summer 2014 at the American Dance Festival, after which he moved to NYC, where he has been dancing at Flaming Saddles Saloon. He joined Ko-Ryo Dance Theater and Ben Munisteri for NYC performances, and is now rehearsing and touring with The Bang Group under the artistic direction of David Parker.

Kelly Silliman (SC MFA '13) continues her work as a dance artist and educator in Northampton, and is the director of the tinydance project, an ultra-low-tech arts and sustainability endeavor for which she tows a 4' by 8' stage by bicycle to performances. She was recently appointed a Five College Associate, and presented her research on producing dance in an era of limited resources at the SDHS/CORD conference in Athens, Greece in June 2015.

Tony Silva (UM ’94) is in his eleventh year accompanying classes for the FCDD. He plays regularly at ACDFA, VIDAM, Earthdance and many other dance events. He is currently scoring a major dance event for his wife Michelle Marroquin.

Stephanie Simpson (SC MFA '12) is developing the dance program at Riverdale Country School in NYC. In addition, she is Co-Artistic Director of Reject Dance Theatre, a contemporary dance company based in NYC and Boston. Stephanie continues to pursue her research in the mind/body connection and peak performance through her one-on-one work as a yoga teacher, life coach, and dance coach for My College Audition.

Sarah Skeist (AC ‘10E) works as an actor. She went to Maggie Flanigan Studio, a Meisner conservatory in NYC, for two years, and has been in numerous plays and films. Most recently, she played a 1940s femme fatale in Kill Me Like You Mean It opposite Nathan Darrow from House of Cards

Rebecca Steinberg (UM ’13) lives and dances in NYC. She works as the Marketing and Recruitment Director for Vertigo Dance Company's International Dance Program, and dances for Reject Dance Theatre and Donofrio Dance Company, among others.

Karinne Keithley Syers (HC ‘96) is involved in several projects including an audio essay called Netta's Helga: What the form is doing; the CATCH performance series; teaching Somatics, Philosophy and Athletics of Intimacy at Movement Research; a documentary about cutting-edge arts-for-youth organization The Wooden Floor; and releasing Another Telepathic Thing and  Another Tree Dance through 53rd State Press. 

Micki Taylor-Pinney (UM ’78) just completed her 30th year as Director of the Dance Program at Boston University. She danced with Dance Collective for 20 years and has continued their work with urban youth at BU and Mass Movement, Inc.

Rebecca Hite Teicheira (SC MFA ’12) is Co-Artistic Director of Reject Dance Theatre with Stephen Tracey-Ursprung (SC MFA ’12) and Stephanie Simpson (SC MFA ’12). She also dances with The Feath3r Theory under the artistic direction of Raja Kelly and Naomi Goldberg Haas/Dances For A Variable Population. Rebecca is a freelance dance teacher, as well as the Programs and Operations Manager of The Feldenkrais Foundation of New York 

Stephen Tracey-Ursprung (Smith MFA '12) is in his third year of co-directing Reject Dance Theatre - now based in both Boston and NYC. The company has spent the past year touring its first collaborative evening-length piece, The Territory Suites, at venues such as Triskelion Arts, The Riverdale School, Green Space, and the Dance Complex.

Christen Vanyur (UM ’12) just finished her third season as a Celtics Dancer and her first season as the team's Captain. During her time with the Celtics, Christen has been invited to attend Pro-Action, a pro-dance choreography convention in Las Vegas, and has traveled to Mexico City with the NBA Jam Van Tour. She has also choreographed for the Celtics Dancers and for the Northeastern University Dance Team.

Cat Wagner (SC MFA '13) resides in Brooklyn, where she works as a dance teaching artist in studios and schools throughout NYC. She presented a duet, Run by Men: The Girls are Hungry, at Brandeis University's Festival of the Arts in April. Cat is also collaborating with Kelly Silliman (SC MFA '13) on a duet entitled The Real Rosie

Kristen Duffy Young (UM ’00) is in her ninth year as Director of the Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project. This spring/summer she performed her newest work about motherhood in Cambridge and Salem, and presented at the International Conference on Somatics-Based Dance.

Joanne Casey Zullig (UM ’83) is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional counselor in private practice in New Jersey. She continues to dance regionally and teach part time.