Kent OH

Mar 25 - 28, 2017

Kent State University is pleased to host the 2017 American College Dance Association (ACDA) East-Central Conference from March 25-28th.

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Anthony Alterio

Lecturer in Dance, University of Kentucky

Bio: Anthony Alterio is a choreographer and queer performance artist.  Currently on faculty in the Theatre & Dance Department at the University of Kentucky, he explores representations of effeminate gay men in pop culture as part of a larger interest in how dancers present themselves.  As a teacher, Anthony strives to create a community and challenges his students to move with intention and passion.  His classes are a unique blend of studio hip hop, commercial dance and street dance. Anthony holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan.

Balinda Craig-Quijada

Professor of Dance, Kenyon college

Bio: Balinda Craig-Quijada directs the dance program at Kenyon College where she teaches contemporary modern dance, dance history, ballet and choreography.  She received an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University and taught at OSU from 1998-2000.  She served on the Board of The American College Dance Festival for twelve years, most recently as director of the East-Central region.  Craig-Quijada shared her research on Interdisciplinary Teaching at NDEO, ICKL, Society of Dance History Scholars and is author of the children’s book Dance for Fun!

Biba Bell

Assistant Professor, Wayne State University

Bio: Biba Bell (b. 1976, Sebastopol) is a writer, dancer and choreographer.  Her performance work has been shown in France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Canada and across the U.S., and has been influenced by working with choreographers Maria Hassabi and Walter Dundervill and as a founding member of the performance collective Modern Garage Movement (2005-2011).  She was a 2016 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow, a 2015 DAAD guest professor of Experimental Performance in Germany, and is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Wayne State University.  Bell earned her PhD in Performance Studies from NYU.

Karen Prall

Dance Lecturer, Wayne State--Maggie Allesee

Bio: Karen Prall, a performer, educator and choreographer of the dance styles of the Congo (central Africa), Afro-modern and African contemporary styles.  Founder of the Art of Motion Dance Theatre a youth company in Detroit. She is currently an instructor/lecturer in the Dance Department at Wayne State University, where she is director of the first African dance company at W.S.U. “To Sangana.” Prall has conducted extensive research on African culture, including dance and music styles, traveling to Central and West Africa, South America and Cuba. Prall is known for integrating explanations of the most important values of the culture into her courses on Congolese dance styles, helping students to better understand the relationship between dance and culture.

Molly Shanahan

Guest Faculty, Wayne State--Maggie Allesee

Bio: Molly Shanahan is the artistic director of Chicago-based Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak.  She is recognized as a "singular voice in Chicago dance" (Timeout Chicago), who has been "distilling the essence of performance—the relationship between audience and artist—for years, exposing the honest beauty of the body in its natural state:  fluid, organic motion” (New City Chicago).  A graduate of Denison University and The Ohio State University, Molly is currently a Guest Lecturer at Wayne State University (Detroit) while working toward a PhD in Dance from Temple University (Philadelphia).  She has been on the dance faculty of Northwestern University and conducts teaching and choreographic residencies nationwide.

Amy Guilmette

Henry Ford College

Bio: Amy J. Guilmette received her M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Michigan.  She holds a B.S. in Dance Education K-12 and English Secondary Education from Wayne State University.  Guilmette teaches Ballet, Jazz and Dance Company at Arts Academy in the Woods in Fraser, MI.  She holds an adjunct faculty position in dance at Henry Ford College where she has taught dance technique, choreography, Pilates and Yoga courses; and is the Artistic Director for the Full Circle Dance Company. Guilmette has presented her choreography at the Oakland Dance Festival, the American College Dance Festival and the Dance in the Mitten Festival.  She is currently cultivating her artistry through solo works presented in multiple venues in the Detroit area.

Angela Grossman


Bio: Angela Sigley Grossman is an Assistant Professor of Dance at DeSales University.  She holds an M.F.A. degree in dance performance and choreography from Temple University and a B.A. degree in dance from DeSales University.  Angela has presented choreographic work at Temple University, St. Gregory's University, Bucknell University, Moravian College, DeSales University, the American College Dance Association, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Baltimore Dance Invitational.  She is on the Board of Directors for Arts Academy Elementary Charter School in Allentown and has also designed lighting for dance performances in the Philadelphia area.  Previously, Angela has taught at Temple University.

Ani Javian

Ohio University

Bio: Ani Javian is a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Ohio University where she teaches modern and ballet technique, improvisation, composition, and repertory. She has also taught at Denison University and The Ohio State University. Ani’s choreography has been presented at various New York City venues and around the Midwest, and has received funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Greater Columbus Arts Council as a 2015 Individual Artist Fellow, and The Ohio State University. Most recently, Ani received a 2016 Individual Excellence Award in Choreography from The Ohio Arts Council. Ani has danced for Molly Lieber, Paige Phillips, Betsy Miller, and Natalie Desch, among others. She was a member of Naomi Goldberg Haas' Dances for a Variable Population, with whom she led community-based, multi-generational dance and wellness classes. She was a member of Dance/NYC's Youth Advisory Committee (2008-09) and was awarded a 2008 Dance/USA Access Scholarship. Ani has an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance and English from Connecticut College.

Ben Munisteri

Alma College

Bio: Ben Munisteri was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and his company of dancers has enjoyed New York City seasons at the Joyce Theater, Central Park SummerStage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Celebrate Brooklyn, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Space and other stages.  Supported by several creation grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, he and his group have toured to Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MASS MoCA, the Florida Dance Festival, UC Santa Cruz, the International Tanzmesse (Germany), and a few dozen other venues.  Ben has won grant awards from the Jerome Foundation, the National Dance Project, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and other dance funders, presenters and commissioners.  He has been hosted in extended residencies at many schools, including Indiana University, Wayne State University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Bates College.

Crystal Fullmer

Alma College

Bio: Crystal Fullmer has been teaching dance for more than nineteen years at universities, private studios and conservatories.  She received her B.S. in Dance Pedagogy from the University of Idaho in 2003 and M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from the University of New Mexico in 2013. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at Alma College.

Gregory Patterson

Oakland University

Bio: Chair of the Dance at Oakland University, and the Artistic Director of Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Co. Mr. Patterson received his B.A. from Bowling Green State University and his M.F.A. from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Patterson has been a member of Harbinger Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (EDE) and Ann Arbor Dance Works.  He has also performed as a guest artist with both the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Doug Elkins Dance Company from New York.  In the summers he travels to Greece to teach as part of the University of Detroit Classical Theatre Summer Study Program.  Mr. Patterson was recently named a Travis Professor to assist with developing his creative endeavors.

Hannah Seidel

Grand Valley State University

Bio: B.A. Pomona College, M.F.A. SUNY Brockport, currently Assistant Professor of Dance at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  Previously in NYC Hannah served as a Lecturer in dance at Purchase College while performing with companies including Tiffany Mills, Mariah Maloney, Erica Essner, Chris Ferris, David Appel and Gibney Dance, with whom she also spent six years offering workshops to domestic violence survivors.  Hannah’s choreography has been seen throughout New York City and State, commissioned for performance with live music by the Society for New Music, and most recently presented in Midwest RADFest (Kalamazoo) and Regeneration (Detroit) festivals. www.hannahseideldance.com

Jeff Rebudal

Wayne State--Maggie Allesee

Bio: Jeff Michael Rebudal is Dance Area Head and Associate Professor of Dance & Choreography at Wayne State University.  He received an M.F.A. from The American University and a B.A. from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.  He is artistic director of New York and Detroit-based Rebudal Dance and is an original founding member of the critically acclaimed Sean Curran Company.   Jeff’s professional concert dance choreography has been presented in New York at Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Dance, Cunningham Studio, the American Museum of Natural History and the 92nd St. Y, Downtown Dance Festival and DUMBO Dance Festival.

Jeff Rockland

Kent State University

Bio: A former Principal Dancer with Universal Ballet and Soloist with Atlanta Ballet and Les Grands Ballet Canadiens before spending a year as Ballet Master for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Rockland’s work as dancer, teacher and choreographer has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.  Joining Kent State University, Fall of 2015, he is passionate about developing and supporting new educational and performance opportunities for the diverse and talented pool of students assembled within the School of Theatre and Dance.  This past summer Rockland was on faculty for Joffrey Ballet in New York and Highland Ballet in Virginia among others.

Jonathon Cash

Marygrove College

Bio: Jonathon Cash has been training as a dancer since the age of nine.  He has studied at various studios around the country including Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center.  He has formerly been awarded the titles of Mr. Dance of Michigan and Mr. Kids Artistic Review.  He has danced professionally with Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Celebrity Cruise Lines and Hardrive Productions in Orlando, Florida.  He received his B.F.A. in Dance Theater Performance from Marygrove College.  Mr. Cash is the Artistic Director and Company Manager for both Marygrove College Dance Company and Company2.  He is also the Dance Recruitment Counselor at Marygrove.

Kaustavi Sarkar

Kenyon College

Bio: Singar-Mani, Nalanda-NrityaNipuna, Odissi-Jyoti: Kaustavi Sarkar, is an Indian classical dancer-choreographer-scholar-educator, performing and teaching well over the past decade.  Recognized as one of the leading Odissi dance exponents, she is the artistic director of Kaustavi Movement Center, aimed at spreading the dance form and building communities through movement.  She presents her scholarly and creative work in dance conferences and festivals and conducts master-classes and lecture-demonstrations across universities in Europe and America.  Currently, Kaustavi is working on her doctoral degree at The Ohio State University where she teaches Odissi.  Actively involved in the diasporic Indian community, Kaustavi is dedicated to a life engaged in scholarship, performance, pedagogy, leadership and activism.

Kora Radella

Kenyon College

Bio: Kora Radella, Assistant Professor of Dance at Kenyon College, is a choreographer/co-artistic director within BOOMERANG and Double-Edge Dance.  Her work has been presented in cities including Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Chicago, Cleveland, NYC and Paris.  BOOMERANG’s new work premiered in March 2017 at 92Y’s Harkness Dance Festival.  Radella, noted for her use of "awkward grace,” researches being on the edge of control, pushing both physical and psychological balances.  She is also a certified yoga teacher (500RYT).  Radella was a 2014 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awardee and a 2016 recipient of a Yaddo and Watermill Center artist residency. www.boomerangdance.com

Kristen Bennett

Alma College

Bio: Kristen Bennett has been teaching dance in Michigan for over 11 years, she grew up in central Michigan and started dancing when she was in the fifth grade and hasn't stopped; her early training was in jazz and rhythm-based dance forms. Kristen continuities to practice and teach many different styles of dance including jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip-hop, musical theatre and social dance. Kristen earned her B.A. in Dance and English from Grand Valley State University after which she spent time teaching at various dance studios in Grand Rapids, Marquette, Mt. Pleasant and Alma. Currently entering her eighth year teaching dance at Alma College, she is also the Recruitment Coordinator for the Theatre and Dance Department. Kristen frequently collaborates with percussive dancers and live musicians, researching what happens when different styles of dance find common ground in the rhythms they create together. Most recently, she taught a master class and presented her work at the American College Dance Association Festival. She has had the opportunity to teach across the U.S and internationally and looks forward to continuing her work in mid-Michigan.

Meg Paul

Wayne State--Maggie Allesee

Bio: Meg Paul was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Ron De Jesus Dance.  She was part of the creative team and lead understudy for Twyla Tharp’s Tony-award winning show Movin’ Out and staged the national touring cast. Currently, Meg is Ballet Master for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Lecturer at WSU Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, and Program Director for Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive.

Megan Young

Kent State University

Bio: Megan Young creates interactive art using video, audio, sculpture, processing and embodied mediums. Her artist activism has been featured in Hyperallergic and The Atlantic. She has presented movement+media works in Hong Kong, Moscow, Portugal, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Chicago, and extensively throughout the Midwest. She has taught workshops and residencies for: Case Western Reserve University, University of Illinois in Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Ohio University, ChiArts, and various pre-professional programs. Artist in residence credits include Site:LAB, Prairie Center of the Arts, Playhouse Square, Ingenuity Cleveland, and two Chicago Cultural Center In The Works awards. Recent recognition includes the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, CPAC/CAC Creative Workforce Fellowship, DCASE Chicago SpinOff commission, and ArtPrize Seed Grant. Young holds a BFA in choreography from Ohio University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art & media from Columbia College Chicago. She is part-time faculty at Kent State University. (www.meglouise.info)

Rashana Smith

Ohio Wesleyan University

Bio: Rashana Perks Smith is a dance artist, educator and former skater with Ohio Roller Derby.  Smith holds a B.F.A. in dance from University of Texas and an M.F.A. in dance from The Ohio State University with a focus on Choreography and Technology.  As Assistant Professor in Dance at Ohio Wesleyan University she teaches technique, composition and the honors tutorial "Interfacing Bodies and Technology."  Smith presents immersive and collaborative performance works as a means to examine human connections and foster community.  From a training perspective, she fuses contact sports and dance training methodologies to help students investigate physical potential.

Rosely Conz

Michigan State University

Bio: Rosely Conz is a Brazilian dancer, choreographer and teacher.  She teaches Dance technique and choreography at Michigan State University, where she also directs and choreographs for Orchesis Dance Company.  In 2016, Rosely received her M.F.A. in Dance at the University of Colorado - Boulder.  Rosely already holds a B.F.A. in Dance and M.A. in Performing Arts by the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) - Brazil.  For the past 15 years, Rosely has been performing and choreographing professionally for Brazilian and United States dance companies such as Merge Touring Ensemble (TX), Dançaberta Dance Group and Packer Dance Co.  She had her work funded by grants in Brazil such as FICC (Fund for Cultural Investments) and Capes (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel). Rosely’s present artistic research focuses on issues related to foreignness, displacement and cultural cannibalism.  As a teacher, Rosely has been exploring the integration of Afro-Brazilian dances (capoeira and samba) to contemporary dance. Since 2014 she has been collaborating with artists such as Adam Sekuler and Ana Baer, creating and producing dance for camera works and interdisciplinary performances, involving video, spoken words, and movement. Her most recent work was sponsored by the Atlas Black Box Experimental Studio in Boulder Colorado, a space that provides digital technology for interdisciplinary performances that combine traditional and experimental media of all types. Exhibitions of her dances for camera happened in Zeitgeist Multi-Cultural Center, New Orleans, LA, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN, Hinterland, Detroit, MI, Internationale TanzFilm Plattform, Berlin.

Ali Woerner

Oakland University

Bio: Jonutz (Assistant Prof. of Dance at Oakland University) and Woerner (Assistant Prof. of Dance at Oakland University) are Co-Directors and Co-Founders of the professional modern dance company, Take Root.  Take Root has performed at the N.D.A. International Festival in Seoul, South Korea, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Detroit Institute of Art, National Theater of Costa Rica, Uferstudios Berlin, The Red Bull House of Art Detroit, Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, RADFest, presented by invitation for the National Dance Education Organization (Miami and Chicago), Ohio Dance Festival, University of Costa Rica, 21st Century Arts and Arts Education Conference and TEDx.

Amy Fritsche

Kent State University

Bio: Amy Fritsche (M.F.A., Musical Theatre; B.F.A., Acting), Assistant Professor, Kent State University, teaches acting and musical theatre, directs and choreographs.  She toured with Annie and performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in London, England.  She has worked with Cleveland Playhouse, Phoenix Theater, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Odyssey Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre and Dobama Theatre.  Favorite roles include, Arcadia (Hannah Jarvis), Superior Donuts (Officer Randy), As You Like It (Rosalind), A Little Night Music (Countess Charlotte), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou), Into The Woods (Baker’s Wife), Annie (Grace Farrell), Chapter Two (Jenny) and Violet (Violet).  She received the 2015 Cleveland Critics Circle Theater Award, Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Violet.

Angelica Bell

Ohio State University

Bio: Angelica Bell is currently earning her M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University.  She received her B.F.A. in Dance from San Diego State University in 2011 and has since been performing and collaborating with San Diego based artists.  Angelica has dedicated the past four years to a career working with children with disabilities and teaching dance.  Before starting graduate school, she served as the Dance Director/Choreographer and Dance PE instructor at R. Roger Rowe Elementary & Middle School in Rancho Santa Fe, California.  Angelica currently teaches various studio-based courses as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for OSU’s Dance Department.

Angelika Summerton

SUNY Fredonia

Bio: Angelika Summerton is a Senior Lecturer at SUNY Fredonia and has been on the faculty since 1995.  She is a graduate of the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hannover, Germany.  Her passion for teaching has produced quite a few excellent dancers with the Stuttgart, Munich and Nuremberg Ballet companies. Other former students are currently working as choreographers and company directors in NY City.  ‘Geli’ has presented numerous choreographies for departmental dance concerts and ACDA conferences. Recently, her interests have expanded into Dance Studio Administration and Business Ownership, which is now offered as a minor at SUNY Fredonia.

Barbara Verlezza

Kent State University

Bio: Barbara Allegra Verlezza, M.F.A. in Dance/B.S. in Dance Education, Associate Professor of Dance, Kent State University (2003-present).  Verlezza performed as soloist with May O’Donnell (1979-1988) and with other NYC companies including Norman Walker, Sophie Maslow and Joyce Trisler.  From 1994-2003, she served as Associate Artistic/Education Director for Dancing Wheels.  Today with husband Sabatino and their company Verlezza Dance, she co-directs integrated dance programs in Ohio and NY.  Professor Joan Meggitt and Verlezza presented their research at the 2016 ATINER Conference in Athens, Greece, and in June, they will present at the The Arts in Society International Conference in Paris, France.

Biag Gaongen

Ohio State University

Bio: Biag Gaongen is an M.F.A.-Dance candidate from The Ohio State University.  He received his B.F.A. from the De La Salle - University College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines.  He danced with Ballet Philippines, Manila (1999-2009), Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Taiwan (2009-2011), and Tanz Oper Graz, Austria  (2011-2013).  He participated in performing arts festivals in Monaco, Belgium, Germany, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Italy, Russia, Austria and Slovenia.  While dancing professionally, Biag also taught ballet and contemporary styles in dance schools in the Philippines and Austria, as well as in Ballet Philippines and Cloud Gate Dance Theater.

Brandon Koepsell

Wayne State--Maggie Allesee

Bio: Brandon Koepsell is a Detroit native and graduate of the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA.  He is a current instructor in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University, current company class instructor with Eisenhower Dance Ensemble and a current dancer with Take Root dance company.

Carrie Morris


Bio: Carrie Brueck Morris is currently Associate Professor of Dance at Grand Valley State University.  Originally from Minnesota, she graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Dance and earned her M.F.A. in Dance at Temple University.  Prior to her time in Michigan, Ms. Morris taught at Western Kentucky University, University of Southern Mississippi and Temple University.  She has been fortunate to perform with choreographers such as Lou Antonini, Marianela Boán and Meghan Durham Wall, performing in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York.  Carrie has also produced her own choreography professionally in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Civitavecchia, Italy.

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