Assistant Professor, Stockton University
Bio: Caitlin Quinn Pittenger received her M.F.A. in performance from Temple University and her B.A. in dance from Goucher College. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Stockton University, located in New Jersey. She was also Georgian Court University's Artist in Residence and has been an adjunct faculty member at Temple University. Throughout her professional dance career, Pittenger has worked with a diverse range of artists, such as Adrienne Clancy, Merian Soto, Rain Ross, and Eva Gholson. She continues to present and perform her own work nationally.
Christian von Howard
ACDA Northeast Regional Director, Montclair State University
Bio: Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a contemporary dance company based out of NYC. As an international artist, he has worked with many dance artists such as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes, Daniel Gwirtzman and various others. Christian is a NJ State Council of the Arts Choreographic Fellow (2006) and his choreography has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, the Ailey Citigroup Theater amongst others. Christian is an Associate Professor of Dance & Choreography at Montclair State University and concurrently teaches at the Alvin Ailey School. He holds a BFA from the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University and a MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Christian serves as the Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Association.
Faculty Rep., Member, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Bio: Johnson is a dance educator, choreographer, performer and lover of nature whose education encompasses studies in African, Caribbean and Modern dance techniques. She holds an MFA in Choreography from The College at Brockport and continues to conduct field research in Kingston, Jamaica. As an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges she teaches technique courses in West African, Jamaican and Modern dance along with courses in choreography and performance. Her choreography has been presented at Cornell, Hofstra and Tulane University, The University of Rochester, The College at Brockport and several venues in Rochester, including Rochester's School of the Arts, Rochester Fringe Festival and at the Rochester Caribbean Festival.
Faculty Rep., Member, Niagara County Community College
Bio: Kim Vincent is an Adjunct Professor at Niagara County Community College(NCCC), faculty at The Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart (SHA) and Jaclyn Carols Dance Academy(JCDA) teaching various styles of dance along with directing the resident dance company of NCCC, Tanzen.
Kim has performed professionally with Buffalo Contemporary Dance and the Mone Dance Company. Kim has performed at the International Dance Festival in New York City and sat on a panel of judges for the Dance Fair and Expo. Kim holds a Bachlor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Brockport.
Faculty Rep., Member, Raritan Valley Community College
Bio: Loretta Fois received her M.F.A. in Dance from Ohio State and her B.A. in Theatre/Chemistry from Holy Cross College. She is Director of Dance at Raritan Valley College, Secretary of Dance NJ, was a teaching artist for NJ Department of Education and an Artist in Residence for PaperMill Playhouse. Loretta has taught at Mason Gross-Rutgers, CUNY and Union County College, and worked with Claire Porter, Pat Graney, Ellen Cornfield, Sabatino Verlezza, and Stephen Koplowitz. In 2011 she was awarded a NJ State Council on the Arts, Artists Fellowship, and has received various grants including NYFA and Puffin Foundation.
Lecturer, Dance, Muhlenberg College
Bio: Marcie Mamura holds a Theatre/Dance BA from Kansas State University and an MFA from the University of Oregon. She is a Lecturer at Muhlenberg College. Her teaching history includes Dream Camp, ArtWell, Asian Arts Initiative, Camp Sojourner Girls’ Leadership Camp, and Drexel University where she was Adjunct Faculty & Assistant Director of the FreshDance Ensemble. Her choreography’s been presented in Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon and Pennsylvania. She recently performed in collaboration with Dance Exchange & the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Marcie is a founding member of TRANSForm Dance Collective and a member of Megan Flynn Dance Company in Philadelphia.
Faculty, Mem., Muhlenberg College
Bio: Megan Flynn received her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine and is currently an Assistant Professor in Dance at Muhlenberg College. She received a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre in London, and earned her BFA in Dance, summa cum laude, from Newcomb College, Tulane University. Megan completed her Pilates mat and apparatus certifications in New York City in 2007. She has performed in the companies of David Parker & The Bang Group (NYC), Eliza Miller Dance (NYC), Kathy Westwater (NYC), and EgoArt, Inc. (Boston). Her performances abroad include: Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland); Daghdha Mentoring Program (Ireland); Brighton Fringe (England); Resolution! Festival (England); The Russia Project (Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Ekaterinburg); and the Dance Improvisation & Choreography Festival (Andalucía, Spain). She is also the director of the Philadelphia-based, Megan Flynn Dance Company (www.flynndance.org).
Faculty Rep., Member, University of Rochester
Bio: Missy Pfohl Smith grew up in Buffalo and received her B.S. in Dance from the College at Brockport. She moved to NYC in 1993 where she started studying and working as an apprentice for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. At the same time, Smith became a founding company member and later the Assistant Rehearsal Director of Randy James Dance Works, with whom she toured nationally and internationally from 1993-2003. She also performed nationally with Paul Mosley from 1997-2004 and with various independent artists including Philippa Kaye and Kriota Wilberg. In 2002, she received her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Sarah Lawrence College and founded BIODANCE. After working for 12 years in NYC, she relocated the company to Rochester, NY in 2004, where she has since been active creating new work for BIODANCE as well as performing with choreographers including Bill Evans, Anne Burnidge, Sarah McCormick, Courtney World and Cadence Whittier. She has also been active in filmmaking, both in collaborations with her own choreography as well as performances in documentaries and experimental films. Smith is currently the Director of the Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester.
Faculty Rep., Member, Georgian Court University
Bio: Steven Vaughn graduated cum laude with awards from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2009 earning a BFA in Modern Dance. While in Philadelphia, he worked with Brian Sanders, Jennifer Binford- Johnson, Scott Jovovich, Curt Haworth, Silvana Cardell and more. After an apprenticeship with the company during his final year at UArts, Steven was a dancer with Parsons Dance (under David Parsons) until 2014. While in New York City, he worked with Monica Bill-Barnes, Robert Battle, and Kate Skarpetowska among others. He performed in Teddy Forance and Jon Arpino’s CLI dance documentary “Movement One” starring Stephen “tWitch” Boss and he can be seen on “Law and Order:SVU”. He has taught across the United States, Italy and Israel and has been commissioned by Houston Metropolitan Dance Co., SHARP Dance Co., Harvard University, Westchester University, Long Island University, and other college dance programs. He is currently living in Philadelphia, PA and completing a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in Virginia under director Jeffery Bullock. Steven is on faculty at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ, as well as various studios in the greater Philadelphia area. He continues to choreograph, teach and perform as a guest artist and for his own troupe, Open Category Dance Co.
Student, Mem., University of Michigan
Bio: Sydney Schiff, originally from Washington, D.C., is a dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Sydney Schiff Dance Project. Schiff graduated from Princeton University (History of Science, Certificate in Dance), was an Arts Fellow at Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, a resident artist at Dance Omi, and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Michigan. She has presented work as a guest artist at Princeton and at numerous venues throughout New York City including the Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, Fashion Week, City Hall, The Tank and Judson Church. She currently teaches and DJs weekly for the Zouk Dance Club at U of M. sydneyschiffdanceproject.com
Bio: The American Dance Festival (ADF), located in Durham, NC will be holding an audition for scholarships to attend the Six Week School. Tuition Scholarships are offered to promising students who demonstrate a high level of technical and creative ability or potential, as well as financial need. The Six Week School will be held from June 15 – July 29 and is open to dancers 18 and older. Dancers must submit an online application prior to the audition. http://www.americandancefestival.org/
Faculty, Mem., University of Rochester
Bio: Anne Harris Wilcox MFA, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rochester. She serves as the State Affiliate Director for the National Dance Education Organization, and was a former President of the New York State Dance Education Association (2012-2015). She is a NYS permenantly certified K-12 dance educator and the Artistic Director of the Present Tense Dance Company, which she founded in 1991. In 2013, Anne created her company, Active Learning Games, LLC, designing kinesthetic educational activities and products for grades K-12 - university. Anne resides in Rochester, NY where she collaborates with fellow artists and educators.
Faculty Rep., Member, College at Brockport
Bio: Members of Brockport’s faculty are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of dance. This distinguished faculty has participated in the field as performers, directors, commissioned artists, and choreographers for professional dance companies. Some areas of professional interest and affiliation include certifications in Alexander, Feldenkrais, Labanotation and Labananalysis, as well as leadership in the National Association of Schools of Dance, International Guild of Musicians in Dance, and the Congress on Research in Dance.
Student, Mem., University of Michigan
Bio: Carlos Funn is a dancer, drummer,photographer and film artist from Richmond, Va, who received his BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. His background in dance includes inner-city dance styles (Hip-hop), House, African, Capoeria, Tiger & Crane Kung fu, in addition to training in modern dance and Ballet. Funn has twice received scholarships to attend The American Dance Festival (ADF) in Durham, North Carolina. Funn has worked with choreographers such as Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown and Ralph Lemon. Funn's current work centers around multi disciplinary work via film, sound and installation.
Faculty, Garden State Dance Project
Bio: Eli Kababa is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Garden State Dance Project (GSDP) a company that exists to bring communities together through performance, education and instruction. His career began as a martial artist turn street dancer turn fine arts major. Upon completing his Fine Arts Degree at the County College of Morris. He began to work for New York City Ballet’s Educational Outreach Department where he continues to teach. He has also shared his talents with and for organizations like Center for Center for Arts Education, Arts Horizons, and Brant Lake Dance Camp. Eli is a graduate of the Dance Education Laboratory (DEL). Currently he is producing dance works for the world-renowned 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Center, Educational Outreach Department, and the School Partnership Program where he had the honor of writing and implementing a hip-hop curriculum for them. Today you will find Eli further developing his love of hip-hop and dance by creating avant-garde dance works like his newest piece titled ‘Alchemy’ which premiered at the 92nd Street Y in the 2017 Dance Introduction Series.
Student, Mem., University of Michigan
Bio: Fabiola Torralba is choreographer, educator, and activist. She utilizes dance research as a vehicle for community building, creative expression, and social-cultural awareness. She enjoys exploring interdisciplinary collaborations and the intersections between art, story, and action. She is a MFA student at the University of Michigan.
Faculty Rep., Member, Iona College
Bio: Dr. Hannah Park is a dance educator, dance advocate, artist, movement specialist, researcher, and administrator. She holds a PhD with a research emphasis on dance education and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Temple University, an MFA in dance performance and choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, a BFA in dance from State University of New York’s Conservatory of Dance–Purchase, and a diploma in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a certified Laban/Bartinieff movement analyst and somatic practitioner.
Faculty Rep., Member, Wells College
Bio: Heather Acomb is a dance artist and educator originally from the Rochester, NY area. After earning her MFA in Dance from The College at Brockport, she began working with the Bill Evans Dance Company as well as independently as a freelance artist across the U.S. Heather is certified in the Evans Method of teaching Laban/Bartenieff-based modern dance and currently teaches his work as well as her own somatic-based work at Wells College, where she is Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance. Heather is a Holistic Health Practitioner, studies Ayurveda, and teaches Hatha Yoga.
Faculty Rep., Member, Nazareth College
Bio: Heather Roffe: MFA, is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of Dance at Nazareth College. She is a dance educator that has performed nationally and internationally with the Garth Fagan Dance Company, as a choreographer and director of FuturPointe Dance, and at Jacob’s Pillow, White Wave, DUMBO, the International Dance Festival, and the American Dance Guild Festival, in her own company, Heather Roffe Dance, with Bill Evans Dance Company, and Assemblage Dance. Roffe’s choreography has been presented in venues across the country and internationally, and has been commissioned by dance companies and college programs.
Hee Ra Yoo
Faculty, Mem., Georgian Court University
Bio: International choreographer Hee Ra Yoo founded the New York modern dance company “Yoo and Dancers” in 2009 after completing the MFA program at NYU Tisch. Before moving to New York City in 2007, Ms. Yoo danced with the Korean National Ballet, the California Ballet, the San Diego City Ballet, the Canberra Dance Theatre in Australia, and was a guest dancer with the Kirov Ballet company in Russia. Ms. Yoo has taught dance companies and universities in the U.S. and Korea and as a guest teacher in Japan, Canada, Italy, and Austria. She has coached the Australian and Korean Olympic Gymnastics Teams. In New York City, Ms. Yoo has taught at Steps on Broadway, the Joffrey Ballet School, Dance New Amsterdam (Gibney Dance Center), and Peridance. Ms. Yoo is currently a dance professor at Georgian Court University.
Bio: Ilana Goldman is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School, where she was awarded the John Erskine Prize for Artistic and Academic Excellence, and her MFA from the University of Washington. She danced professionally as a principal dancer with Oakland Ballet and Sacramento Ballet, as a member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, as a guest artist with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, and most recently as a dancer with Trey McIntyre Project. She has performed in works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Agnes de Mille, Eugene Loring, Bronislava Nijinska, Ruth St. Denis, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, David Parsons, Ron Cunningham, Bebe Miller, Susan Marshall, Margaret Jenkins, Dwight Rhoden, Igal Perry, Helen Pickett, Nolan T’Sani, Sidra Bell, and Amy Seiwert, among others. Ilana has taught at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, Berkeley City Ballet, the School of the Sacramento Ballet, the University of Washington, the American College Dance Association Conference, and Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive, in addition to company classes and master classes across the country with Trey McIntyre Project. Her choreography has been performed by Sacramento Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, ARC Dance, Tallahassee Ballet, Black Rock City Ballet, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Bowen McCauley Dance, Perry-Mansfield, Florida State University, and University of Washington. Her work was selected for performances at Brooklyn’s Dumbo Dance Festival and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. She directed, choreographed, edited, and danced in a short experimental dance film, Convergence, which screened at ADF’s International Screendance Festival; DesArts//DesCinés International Videodance Competition, Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema, Outlet Dance Project Film Festival, Dance Film Day at Performance Works NW, Movies by Movers Film Festival, World Dance Alliance Digital Dance Concert, and Opening Doors Film Festival. Most recently, she was co-director, co-choreographer, and co-editor, with Gabriel Williams, of Fledgling, a short dance film shot on location at Perry-Mansfield. Fledgling screened at Tampa Bay Arts and Entertainment Film Showcase, the 19th Annual California Independent Film Festival, Amarcord Arthouse Television and Video Festival, and the Dance on Film Series at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Faculty, Mem., Montclair State University
Bio: Kathleen Kelley is a choreographer, dancer, and dance filmmaker serves as an Assistant Professor of Dance and Technology at Montclair State University. Originally from North Carolina, she received her BFA from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was the co-artistic director of the NYC-based Labor Force Dances, and her choreography has been shown at venues in North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Massachusetts and New York, including the Center for Performance Research, the Tank NYC, the Brick Theatre, the John Ryan Theater, Triskelion Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research Open Performance, and the Dance Complex in Boston
Faculty, Mem., County College of Morris
Bio: Kristin Flynn received her BA in dance from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania and currently teaches and choreographs in Northern New Jersey. She has had the pleasure of studying under the instruction of Sean Curran as well as Trinette Singleton. She has performed with VADA Dance Collective and InFlux Dance Company. Kristin is an adjunct professor of dance at County College of Morris. Other teaching credits include Centenary College, Bergen County Community College, Warren County Technical School, Teen Arts Festivals and The Young Performers Workshop. Her choreography has been featured at the American College Dance Festivals and the Purnell School.
ACDA Board Member/Fac. Rep, Kean University
Bio: Luis Martinez is associate professor and former artistic director of the Kean University Dance Ensemble (KUDE) at Kean University of NJ. He teaches modern, jazz, Latin dance, Social Ballroom dance, Technology for PE/Health majors and is a certified Zumba Fitness Instructor. He has created over 50 works for KUDE, has choreographed for the Theatre Dept. and has set his works on the Chaison Dance Theatre and The Well Performance Project. Martinez is the faculty advisor for Ritmo Latino, a Student Org. dance group dedicated to the performance and preservation of traditional and Latin American dance forms.
Faculty Rep., Member, Montclair State University
Bio: Maxine Steinman, assistant professor/program coordinator for the MSU Dance Division, has been teaching, performing, and presenting her work in the US and abroad for over 20 years. She performed with Dance Company in the LINKs Project, and other NY companies. She is a two-time recipient of the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation Award and has taught at Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, and The Ailey School. Maxine holds a three degrees: BFA (Dance), Adelphi University; MA, Teachers College Columbia University (Dance and Dance Education); MFA (Dance), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts in Dance.
Faculty, Mem., Stockton University
Bio: Rain Ross has worked with a diverse range of choreographers including Toni Pimble, Wade Madsen, David Dorfman, and Hannah Wiley, and has performed with The Playhouse Dance Company in South Africa, and Arc Dance in Seattle. Ross has presented in New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Cyprus, Lebanon, etc., and has been a formational participant in the International Dance Day Festival in Lebanon, for which she is the Guest Artist Coordinator. Ross has also presented papers at Congress on Research in Dance and The Association of American Geographers. Currently, Ross serves as Associate Professor of Dance at Stockton University in New Jersey.
Faculty, Bates Dance Festival
Bio: Robbie Cook is a Brooklyn based dance artist working as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. During the summers, he works at both American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. He teaches yoga and has created repertory at ADF, and he teaches yoga and Pilates at BDF. He earned a BFA in Visual Art from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and an MFA in Dance from Bennington College and has been on dance faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory, Loyola Marymount University, Idyllwild Arts Academy, CSSSA @ Cal Arts and TCU. Robbie’s classes draw from his past study of Functional Anatomy with Irene Dowd and his continual investigation of the eight limbs of Yoga. He is currently pursuing a collaborative film project with Amsterdam-based dance film artist Nicola Balhuizen-Hepp.
Faculty, Mem., Montclair State University
Bio: Ruth Clark is a dance artist, educator, and movement theater specialist. She holds a B.S. in Film from Boston University and a Masters of Arts in Dance Education from Columbia University. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, from the NY Institute of Laban Studies. Ruth teaches Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals for BFA Dance Majors at Montclair State University. She is also a certified Yoga and Pilates instructor. Ruth was cited as “Distinguished Artist-Teacher 1999-2001” by the NJ State Council on the Arts, and is a recipient of the "Governor’s Award in Arts Education". From 2000 to 2015 she helped develop an interdisciplinary H.S. vocational dance major program as the Head Dance Teacher for Morris County Vocational School District's Academy for Visual and Performing Arts. This high school has been cited as a model program by the NJSCA, winning 13 years of interdisciplinary grant funding in dance, and dance for camera. Ruth currently serves on the Board of Directors for 10 HL, an all male dance company directed by Randy James, and on the Board of Dance New Jersey, a service organization advocating NJ dance and dance education.
Faculty, Mem., Raritan Valley Community College
Bio: Sabatino Verlezza was soloist with May O’Donnell Dance Company, Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Sophie Maslow, Norman Walker, Glenn-Lund Dance, and choreographed for Christopher Walken, Ben Vereen, Gian Carlo Menotti and Joffrey II among others. He was Artistic Dir. of Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels and is presently choreographing Carmina Burana at Montclair State University, teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and RVCC. He works with Claire Porter, Loretta Fois, Meredith Fages, Verlezza Dance and is presenting O’Donnell’s DANCE ENERGIES (1959) at the Joyce Theater with the Martha Graham Dance Company. He is honored to bring his RVCC students to this ACDA conference.
Bio: Sara Hook is a performer, choreographer, and educator who actively promotes a synergy between the professional and academic arenas of dance. Her diverse performing career includes performing with Martha Graham luminaries Pearl Lang and Jean Erdman, touring the world as a member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre, and being a frequent guest artist/collaborator with David Parker and the Bang Group. Her choreography has been produced in numerous New York City venues, in 20 American states, and in the Netherlands, Canada, Italy, Ecuador, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Creative research in recent years includes Wonder's Mist, a solo commissioned through the McKnight Foundation for former José Limón Dance Company principal dancer Emilie Plauché Flink, which premiered at the Ted Mann Theater as part of the Northrop Dance Series in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Yegg, a solo co-choreographed with University of Illinois alumnus Racy Brand, which has been performed at Gowanus Art and Production, at the West End Theater, and as part of the Dance Now NYC's 20th anniversary celebration at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater in New York City. In the fall of 2014 Hook premiered an evening-length collaboratively made duet with former Bill T. Jones dancer Paul Matteson entitled Bored House Guests at the West End Theater in New York City, receiving outstanding critical acclaim. Hook is currently collaborating with dramaturge Betsy Brandt on the creation of a series of Dance for Camera renderings archiving Hook’s unique pedagogy which integrates classical modern concepts with a variety of somatic techniques in the context of daringly expressive etudes. Hook holds a BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts, has an MFA from New York University, and is a certified movement analyst from the Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She has toured widely as a guest artist and has taught at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Princeton University, Paul Taylor Dance Company Summer Intensives, and the Bates Dance Festival. Currently she is Professor of Dance at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where she received the College of Fine and Applied Arts Excellence in Teaching Award. She has been an adjudicator for four previous regional American College Dance Festivals and is also proud to have been a founding member of The Pink Ribbons Project—Dancers in Motion against Breast Cancer. Hook's aim (in all her roles) is to contribute to the art of dance by being a good role model/citizen, to create opportunities for other dance artists, and to make work that both honors our artistic forebears and enlivens our experience of contemporary culture.