ALUMNI NEWS – DANCE
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Jadd Tank & Molly Wolf (BFA, 2012) are currently dancing for Legitimate Bodies Dance Company under the direction of Cristina Goletti and Nick Bryson in Birr, Ireland. They will be premiering their evening-length performance in Birr, Ireland then will embark on a tour performing this work in venues around Ireland. Jadd and Molly are also continuing their collaboration as WolfTank Productions, working on interdisciplinary performance duet that they plan to perform this November (2012) as a works-in-progress, in Beirut, Lebanon and beyond that as a complete work in international dance conferences and residencies. Jadd was also part of Tara Rynders “You & Me” performance in San Francisco. Excerpts of Jadd & Molly’s Avant Guerre promo videos can be found below.
Promo 1: https://vimeo.com/27799528
Promo 2: https://vimeo.com/30571212
Behind the Scenes: https://vimeo.com/49160255
DeShawn Marshall (BFA, 2012) is currently living in San Francisco dancing with The Anata Project Dance Company.
Brittney Kirkpatrick (BFA, 2012) is currently living in Chicago dancing with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre.
Sabrina Cavins (MFA, 2012) has been hired by the Actors Academy for Performing Arts to teach Theatre Lab, an interdisciplinary workshop that explores movement and theatre improvisation in their unique, year-round performance conservatory training program. She also teaches dance technique at Reverance Dance Academy, North Ridge Dance Conversatory and at Red Rocks Community College in the department of Theatre and Dance.
Jessica Pearson (MFA, 2012) is currently teaching on a prestigious two-year post doc at the University of Utah.
Stephanie Tuley (MFA, 2012) is currently a lecturer in the dance program at the University of Colorado and was just published in Dance Informa! Read the article here.
Christine Rohde (MFA, 2012) is an adjunct teaching multiple dance classes at Pike’s Peak Community College dance program.
Michael Mestas (MFA, 2012) is teaching Breakology at a charter school, SOAR in Denver. He has recently been certified in “Responsive Classroom” (80 hours of professional development) and is also lead drummer for Djembe Sako.
Tara Rynders (MFA, 2011) recently won Colorado Dance Alliance’s 2012 Cutting Edge Award and finished her 8-week creative artist residency with the award-winning PlatteForum, a youth arts organization, in Denver, CO. During this time she created “railroad stories” a collaborative performance with seven teens who worked alongside her. Rynders is currently co-creating a documentary of her MFA performance that occurred in her home called “you & me”. You & Me the performance will be traveling to San Francisco and will be set in a new home called The Garage. Visit her websites, www.tararyndershouse.com and www.tararynders.com for more information.
Esme Kudanis-Grow (MFA, 2011) is dancing in San Francisco with Sara Shelton Mann, longtime director of the performing group, “Contraband”.
Danielle Colangelo (BFA, 2011) is currently in New York working as the front desk manager at Melanie LaPatin’s (choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance) Dance Times Square and as a choreographer and assistant teacher for Youth Broadway Prep classes. She also returned to StageDoor Manor Performing Arts training facility in upstate New York in summer 2012 as an assistant choreographer and dance teacher.
Raquel Ribich (BFA, 2010) is in New York working full time for David Letterman as an audience coordinator after successfully completing her role as a Page and then VIP Page. Also in New York, she previously worked with Melanie LaPatin’s (choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance) Dance Times Square as an office manager, taught ballet classes for 2-4 year olds and interned at the Mark Morris Dance Company.
Haley Muth (BFA, 2011) is the Assistant House Manager at the Joyce Theater in New York as she pursues her performance career in Manhattan.
Joy French (2010) is an Instructor at the University of Montana and is the Director of Montana-based company, Bare Bait Dance which is only the second contemporary dance company in the entire state of Montana.
Stephanie Kobes (MFA, 2010) is currently the Department Chair of Dance at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, CO.
Cortney McGuire (MFA, 2010) has thrown herself into the joys of motherdom and continues to find the balance between mothering and art. She had the joy of teaching a mini-residency at CU in November 2011 and she has many upcoming collaborations in the works — a comeback tour for her duet company, fivefour, with shows in Salt Lake City in both January and March 2012. She is also collaborating with with another recent CU MFA graduate, Tara Rynders.
Lauren Simpson (2010) teaches dance in Boston at the Cambridge Ringe and Latin School and at Harvard College. Recently Lauren assisted Liz Lerman in a project-based course on collaboration as well as danced in the first iteration of her new work, “Healing Wars.”
(2010) Tough Cookie Dance is a contemporary interdisciplinary dance based company currently comprised of dancers and co-artistic directors Michael Philip Richman and Josselyn Levinson-Dustin (MFA, 2010). Founded in 2012 Tough Cookie has been presented at Triskelion Arts for their Split Bill series, the 3rd Annual Comedy in Dance Festival and has guest taught for Moving Target Boston. Tough Cookie aims to bring comedy and humor to contemporary dance and dance/ theater performance while maintaining technical rigor and virtuosity in their choreographic work. Michael and Josselyn are active members in the NYC performing community currently dancing for Sean Curran and Motley Dance respectively and have previously danced for Gabriel Masson Dance together.
Nicole Predki (2009) is the Education Director and Marketing Coordinator for Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Productions.