College Park MD

Mar 8 - 11, 2017

The University of Maryland's School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies invites faculty and students to participate in the American College Dance Association's Mid-Atlantic North Conference, March 8-11, 2017, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD. The conference will be an exciting celebration of dance in higher education with a wide variety of master classes, scholarly research presentations, opportunities for student and faculty exchanges in and out of the studio, adjudication and informal concerts, feedback sessions, and opening performance by Company Wang Ramirez, and a Gala Concert. Additionally, the conference will include special faculty seminars and workshops.

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Britta Peterson

Director of Dance, American University

Bio: Britta Joy Peterson is a dance artist who choreographs, performs, designs, and collaborates on contemporary dance works. As a dance maker and educator working primarily in contemporary and jazz forms, BJP’s current research interests include the intersections of interactive media and movement, prioritization of macro structure in the choreographic act, and spatial/spacial design. Currently, BJP is a creative lead with the Sentient Team, and the Director of Dance at American University in Washington, DC. She holds her MFA in Dance, summa cum laude, from Arizona State University. bjpdance.com.

Chris Law

Grad student, University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Chris Law is in his third year of graduate studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Though the bulk of his movement extends from training in hip-hop dance, he has also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree for studies in Laban, Horton, and Dunham technique. He is extremely proud to have been involved with organizations such as the UMD Exhibition Gymnastics team, Dynamic Hip-Hop Dance Team, and Culture Shock Washington D.C.

Christine Hands

Graduate Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Christine Hands is a dance artist and dance educator currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland. Christine received her BFA in dance with honors and her BA in English from the University of Iowa. She spent eight years working in the Chicago dance community where she performed with various companies, served as Associate Artistic Director of Core Project Chicago, and choreographed many works including two full-length concerts. She has toured her choreography nationally. Christine has taught as far abroad as London and worked with students of all ages and ability levels. www.christinehands.com

Christopher Morgan

Artistic Director, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists

Bio: Christopher K. Morgan is the Artistic Director of contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (CKM&A), the Dance Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland, and Director of the Dance Omi International Dance Collective, an annual collaborative residency for choreographers in New York. Said to be "direct, transcendent and entrancing" by The Washington Post, his work has been presented in 18 countries on 5 continents. Christopher founded CKM&A in 2011; the same year Dance Magazine profiled him as one of six breakout choreographers in the United States. Recent awards include 2013 Native Arts & Cultures Foundation Fellowship, 2014 NPN Creation Fund Award, 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, 2014 NEFA National Dance Project (NDP) Production Grant and the 2015 Montgomery County Executive’s Outstanding Artist Award. www.christopherkmorgan.com

Daniel Davis

Assistant Professor, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Bio: Daniel Davis has taught Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Composition internationally since 2007 and has been teaching Axis Syllabus since 2013. Whether teaching physical skills or compositional practices, his intention is to foster tools for informed choice and increased possibility. He is currently full time faculty in the Theater, Film, and Media Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. His recent work focuses on collaboration with marginalized populations. He has worked with veterans and non-veterans in collaboration with EchoTheaterSuitcase project, with inmates in San Quentin with The Artistic Ensemble, and in collaboration with residents of Occupied Palestine in recent works.

Gabby Wright

Faculty, Eastern University

Bio: Gabby lived in New York City for 6 years where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Media and Arts Management from Marymount Manhattan College. In addition to dancing on the Marymount stage, she has had the pleasure of performing with the Opus 2 Contemporary Company, Koresh School of Dance showcase, on stages in Disney World, at the Premiere of Happy Feet the movie, and at the International Emmys. She has taught master classes and set choreography on students across the United States, and loves to inspire dancers to be the best version of themselves.

Kevin Williamson

Asst. professor of Dance, Scripps College

Bio: KEVIN WILLIAMSON is an LA based movement artist whose works explore aspects of contemporary life through movement, text, and media. He is a Lester Horton Award recipient, Bates Educators Fellow, and Center Theatre Group Sherwood Award Finalist. His previous works have been presented at Danspace Project, REDCAT's NOW Festival, Dixon Place, CounterPulse, LACMA, Austin's OUTsider Festival, and the Beijing Dance Festival. Kevin has also created original choreographies for LA Contemporary Dance Company, LMU, AMDA, and LA Movement Arts and continues to makes movements for opera and theatre, including The Juilliard School, Yale Repertory Theater, UCLA Opera, Atlantic Theatre Company, Washington National Opera, and Geffen Playhouse. He received his MFA in Choreography from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst. Kevin is currently a faculty member at Scripps College in Claremont, CA and member of the theater and television collective New Neighborhood. www.williamsonkevin.com

Onye Ozuzu

Adjudicator, Columbia College Chicago

Bio: Onye Ozuzu is a dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, educator and researcher currently serving as Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College Chicago. She has been actively presenting work since 1997. Her work has been seen nationally and internationally at The Joyce Soho (Manhattan, NY), Kaay Fecc Festival Des Tous les Danses (Dakar, Senegal), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba), Lisner Auditorium (Washington DC), McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA), as well as many anonymous site-specific locations. She has performed locally in Chicago at Hamlin Park Summer Sampler, with Red Clay Dance in La Femme, and in the Afro-Latin@ Summer Dance Intensive at Columbia College Chicago. She has been Artist in Residence at EarthDance Workshop and Retreat Center, Bates Dance Festival, Chulitna Wilderness Lodge and Retreat, and Camp Merveilles. Her collaboration with jazz composer Greg Ward, Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, premiered at the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (Chicago, IL)—a live dance and music performance in honor of Charles Mingus’ album of the same title and commissioned by Links Hall and Constellation. Recently, Ozuzu was selected as a 2016 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist.

Pam Vail

Associate professor of dance, Franklin & Marshall College

Bio: Pamela Vail, associate professor of dance at Franklin & Marshall College, is a choreographer, performer, improviser, and teacher. She is a founding member of critically acclaimed New York City-based Yanira Castro | a canary torsi, and she is a co-founding member of the Architects, a performance improvisation quartet, with whom Vail has been teaching, creating and performing for over 20 years. Vail also works with various independent choreographers, and regularly presents her own choreography. Her videodance collaborations with filmmaker Jeremy Moss have screened around the world.

Allen Xing

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Allen Xing, M.F.A. Dance candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park. He started dance training in ballet and Chinese classical dance in 1999. He holds a B.F.A. in dance from Shanxi Academy of Arts, China and a M.Ed. from Salisbury University. From 2008-2014 he was a member of Shanxi Huajin Dance Troupes. Key Performances include Forbidden Fruit Under the Great Wall at Greater National Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Cross, Road to Revival, Dancing Miracle. UMD Credits: performer in Thesis Concerts Nyam Chiem, Invoking Justice, Rapture 2015 Faculty Concert, Un Castell Built for Two by Orange Grove Dance, Choreographer: Dancing in the Closet UMD Shared Grad Dance Concert, Ink NextNow Dance Festival, Another Side of You, 2017 Second Season.

Amie Davis

Penn State University

Bio: Amie Davis holds an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University and a BA from Slippery Rock University. Currently, Amie teaches dance at Penn State University and is the Artistic Director of Davis Dance Center. Amie has also taught at North Central Texas College and is a collaborator with Big Rig Dance Collective. Amie has been a performer in works by Sarah Gamblin, Jordan Fuchs, Tania Isaac, Helanius Wilkins, Joanna Mendl Shaw (Equs Projects), and a reconstruction of Lar Lubovitch’s Marimba. In 2007 Amie traveled to India to learn a classical form of Indian dance, Bharathanatyam.

Colette Krogol

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Colette Krogol and Matthew Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists, earning their MFA’s in Dance at the University of Maryland. They hold a BFA in Dance from the University of Florida and are the Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance, a multi-media dance company that creates athletic visual experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. They have taught master classes and workshops, as well as set repertory across the United States and Europe. Their choreography has been produced and presented nationally and internationally, with their most recent work performed/exhibited in Spain and Italy. They have had the pleasure of collaborating and working with Neta Pulvermacher, Mark Dendy, David Dorfman, Gabrielle Lansner, The National Yiddish Theatre, DanceTactics, Diavolo as well as many other artists. For more information on Colette and Matt visit: www.orangegrovedance.com

Erin Crawley-Woods

Dickinson College

Bio: Erin Crawley-Woods is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Dickinson College. She received an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park where directed Visible Seams, a site-specific sound/dance/video installation and served as Education Fellow for the Dance Films Association. From 2007-2011 she was a Company Member and Director of Community Outreach at Keshet Dance Company where she taught and developed curriculum for Keshet’s Outreach Program for Incarcerated Youth. Crawley-Woods holds a Diploma in Wholistic Bodywork from the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts and a B.A. in theatre, dance and French from Sarah Lawrence College.

Erin Foreman-Murray

American University

Bio: Erin Foreman-Murray teaches full-time at American University, is a dancer and choreographer. Her work has been shown at New Faces New Dances, SEAD Theater, and Raw Matters in Austria, and in venues throughout the United States. Her work has been supported by the Susan Hess Modern Dance Choreographers Project in Philadelphia, and residencies at SEAD and ModulArt Wien. Prior to arriving at AU, she based her career in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria. There, she served on the faculty and staff at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance for three years. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University.

Gretchen Webb

West Chester University

Bio: Gretchen Studlien-Webb is the coordinator for the dance minor program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at WCU. She has been attending, teaching and bringing students to ACD(F)A conferences for several years. In March 2018 WCU will proudly host the Mid-Atlantic North ACDA conference. Gretchen holds an M.F.A. from Temple University and a B.F.A. from The Ohio State University Department’s of Dance. Her recent adventures have taken her to places outside the United States, teaching and bringing students to perform in Poland and to London, England. In addition to her work in the WCU Department of Theatre and Dance, She enjoys practicing and teaching yoga privately.

Jim Lepore

George Mason University

Bio: Jim Lepore (MFA, CMA) is a Professor in the School of Dance at George Mason University and a faculty member of the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival. His performance career includes work with Carolyn Carlson’s La Fenice Dance Theater (Venice, Italy), the Jose Limon Company, Ruby Shang, and the Vanaver Caravan. He has instructed workshops and mounted choreography nationally and internationally, including a 2003 collaboration with choreographer Narciso Medina that premiered in Havana, Cuba. Since 1996, Jim has directed study-abroad workshops in Afro-Cuban dance based in Santiago, Cuba.

Jen Graham

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Jen Graham is a choreographer, movement educator, and entrepreneur based out of Baltimore, Maryland. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at The University of Maryland, as well as her CMA through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Jen is the Owner/Director of Project C Studios, founder of Catalyst Contemporary Dance Company, and co-founder of The Loyal Brand. Through her work, she explores the space that lives between narrative and abstraction. She brings internalized action into the physical and intellectual curiosity into active experience, challenging dancers and audiences to question the assumed, to release pretenses and affectations, and to open themselves to the possibility of honest exchange through the process of discovery.

Karen Bradley


Bio: Karen Bradley is the Director of Graduate Studies in Dance and the Area Head for Dance in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. She is a Certified Movement Analyst and dance educator, and has written articles, chapters, and a book, Rudolf Laban. Bradley teaches Laban Movement Analysis around the world, lectures, and conducts research using LMA. .She will be retiring in May 2017 after 40 years of teaching in higher education, and will renew herself as a dance therapist, movement coach, and leadership trainer.

Kate Spanos

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Kate Spanos received a PhD in Dance and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2016 and an MA in Traditional Irish Dance Performance from the University of Limerick in 2008. She is trained in Irish dance and a variety of other cultural and vernacular dance genres, especially jazz and Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, and West African styles. Her research interests include cultural identity formation, performances of resistance, and festival and carnival culture.

Lynda Fitzgerald

Anne Arundel Community College

Bio: Lynda P. Fitzgerald is the Coordinator, Performing Arts-Dance and the Artistic Director of the AACC Dance Company. Lynda developed the dance curriculum and the dance major at AACC and established a service learning component enabling the dancers to teach and give mini-lecture/demonstrations at many of the Anne Arundel County public schools. She has taught and performed across the country for the American College Dance Association. Lynda performed professionally with the Great American Entertainment Company in Los Angeles, and toured the United States (live and television). Ms. Fitzgerald holds a Masters degree in Education with a concentration in Dance from Stanford University and a B.A. from Connecticut College in English and Dance. She is a “NISOD” Excellence Award recipient, nationally recognized for her teaching excellence, and she was awarded the AACC “Distinguished Service Award” for exceptional contributions and significant changes affecting the total college community.

Ama Law

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Mariama "Ama" Law began her training with Kankouran West African Dance Company. She graduated from UMD with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and certificate in Women's Studies. During undergrad she performed and choreographed for Dynamic Hip-Hop dance team and Culture Shock D.C. Law was an intern at Broadway Dance Center, adjunct faculty at Howard Community College and Kids Artistic Revue instructor. Currently she is co-director of Project ChArma, a member of Kickrocks Crew and a first-year MFA dance candidate at UMD. She hopes to provide inspiration for future generations of dancers to become fierce and knowledgeable individuals.

Mark Santillano

Mercyhurst University

Bio: Mark Santillano - Performing credits include: Pilobolus Dance Theatre (dance captain, soloist, choreographic collaborator); Indianapolis’ Dance Kaleidoscope; Actors Equity Association national tours of The King and I, West Side Story, and A Chorus Line. He served as Artist-in-Residence at his alma mater, Southwest Missouri State University, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Mercyhurst University. Mark is co-director of SoMar Dance Works, and has choreographed for numerous companies and university ensembles across the country. Mark was awarded an Artist Fellowship by Erie Arts and Culture and serves on the board of directors of the Erie Dance Consortium and the ACDA.

Mustapha Braimah

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Mustapha is a choreographer, musician, percussionist, actor and a multi- talented dancer from Ghana. He is a MFA candidate and TA at School of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, University of Maryland, College Park. He holds B.F.A, Choreography from University of Ghana, a M.A, International Studies from Ohio University focusing on music and dance in Africa and African Diaspora. He also studied with Noyam Dance Institute under Prof. Nii Yartey and American Dance Festival; 2010. Mustapha is a member of Azaguno Inc, a multi-ethnic ensemble focusing on research, preservation and performance of African, Caribbean and Latin American music and dance.

Patrik Widrig

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Patrik Widrig has been associate professor at the University of Maryland teaching sentient technique, kinetic improvisation and innovative choreography since 2009, and co-artistic director of the internationally renowned PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER since 1987.

Sara Pearson

University of Maryland

Bio: Sara Pearson has been associate professor at the University of Maryland teaching sentient technique, kinetic improvisation and innovative choreography since 2009, and co-artistic director of the internationally renowned PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER since 1987.

Sarah Beth Oppenheim

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: I hail from the Wild, Wild West, where I had trouble cutting on the dotted black line, so I read Steinbeck and became a modern dancer instead. A child of sweater vests and bowties, I have taught for more than half my life. I believe dance matters. And I’d like to persuade you likewise, and wordwise. I earned my BFA in Dance at SUNY Purchase, before moving to Berlin to found my first dance company. Ever since, I have created big movement for small spaces with a good view of a crescent moon. I’ve also led tours at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, cleaned house for a generously tipping stripper, performed for Baryshnikov with kale in my incisors, and danced on a Noah Baumbach film set. Since landing in the middle of the country’s worst traffic, I have lovingly driven to rehearsals for Stephanie Miracle, Tzveta Kassabova, Sharon Mansur, Robin Neveu Brown, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Colette Krogol & Matthew Reeves’ Orange Grove Dance. I am currently pursuing my MFA at UMD while serving as Associate Director of Greater Washington Dance Center. I live in Takoma Park with the love of my life, overflowing bookshelves, and a fireplace decorated with construction paper flames. sarahbethoppenheim.com

ADF Audition

American Dance Festival

Bio: Heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” by the New York Times and as “The world’s greatest dance festival” by the New York Post, the American Dance Festival’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance. Since 1934, ADF has remained committed to serving the needs of dance, dancers, choreographers, and professionals in dance-related fields. Remaining true to the goals of its founding artists, ADF’s programs are developed based on its mission: to encourage and support the creation and presentation of new modern dance work by both established and emerging choreographers, to preserve our modern dance heritage through continued presentation of classic works as well as through archival efforts, to build wider national and international audiences for modern dance, to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the art form and its cultural and historical significance, to provide a sound scientific and aesthetic base for professional education and training of young dancers, and to maintain a forum for integrating and disseminating information on dance education. http://www.americandancefestival.org/

Alice Howes

Community College of Baltimore County

Bio: Alice Howes is a dance artist and educator who is director of Trajectory Dance Project, a Baltimore-based modern dance ensemble. She has held full-time faculty positions at universities including Coppin State University, UNC Charlotte, and Lamar University. In addition, she served from 1995 to 2004 as artistic director of Washington, D.C.’s Sister’s Trousers Dance Company, a modern dance ensemble based in the D.C. area. Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post described Howes’ performance as “riveting, thrilling and deeply mysterious”. Howes holds an MA in dance from American University and an MFA in dance from Sam Houston State University.

Alvin Mayes

University of Maryland, College Park

Bio: Alvin Mayes is on the dance faculty at UMD. His emphasis is choreography, technique and partnering having danced for Gloria Newman in Los Angeles, Maryland Dance Theater and Karen & Alvin here in the DC area.

Ashley Thorndike-Youssef

NowNext Dance

Bio: Ashley Thorndike-Youssef, PhD, is the founder and executive director of Now Next Dance. Founded in 2009, Now Next Dance cultivates leadership through dance mentoring with professional dance artists, college dancers, and local middle schoolers. Ashley holds a PhD in dance studies from The Ohio State University, an MEd from the University of Virginia, and a BFA from the University of Utah. She has taught at Oberlin College, George Washington University, George Mason University, and American University and her work has been featured in Dance Magazine, Life as a Modern Dancer, and From the Green Room/DanceUSA.

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