Shura Baryshnikov is a Rhode Island-based educator, improvisor, dancer and movement designer. With a background in physical theatre, contemporary dance and and a range of improvisation practices, Shura seeks the creative space where these mediums overlap to inspire somatic exploration and performer versatility. Shura has worked as a choreographer and movement consultant for Trinity Repertory Company, The Wilbury Theatre Group, Bridge Repertory Theater, Elemental Theatre Collective and on a number of Brown/Trinity MFA productions. As a freelance dancer, she has performed in works by Heidi Henderson, Ali Kenner-Brodsky and Betsy Miller and with Aerplaye Dance, American Dance Legacy Initiative, Festival Ballet Providence and Lostwax Multimedia Dance. Shura is on faculty at Festival Ballet Providence School and has also taught movement at at MIT, Brown University, Dean College, Rhode Island College and at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA. Shura’s performance work has been presented by the RISD Museum, the Providence Fringe Festival and in Earthdance’s Moving Arts Lab. Shura has studied Viewpoints and Suzuki with Anne Bogart and SITI Company and is also actively engaged in the practice of Ruth Zeporah’s Action Theater. These methods, as well as a rich Contact Improvisation practice, inform Shura’s pursuit of embodiment and honesty in performance and in the classroom.
Ali Kenner Brodsky is the artistic director of ali kenner brodsky & co. and frequently collaborates with Betsy Miller. As a choreographer, she is know for work that is gesturally rich and thoughtfully crafted. She served as rehearsal director for and danced with national touring company Lostwax Multimedia Dance from 2012-2015, and has performed with Andy Russ, Jessica Howard, Rose Pasquarello-Beauchamp, Betsy Miller Dance Projects, and Emma Hogarth. Kenner Brodsky was a 2016 Emerging Choreographer in Residence at Bates Dance Festival and the 2014 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Choreography Fellow. From 2003-2004 she was an artist-in-residence at The Joyce SoHo under the mentorship of Phyllis Lamhut and has received support from the New England Foundation for the Arts. She has had the privilege of collaborating with Providence band Brown Bird and MorganEve Swain on original compositions, as well as with graphic artist Cyrus Highsmith. She is on the adjunct dance faculty at Salve Regina University and Dean College, and has been a guest choreographer for both schools, as well as for Providence College. http://www.alikennerbrodsky.com
Meghan Carmichael is a dance artist from Cape Cod MA, now living in Brooklyn NY. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2012. Her training continued at Impulstanz International Dance Festival in Austria, Bates Dance Festival, The Cunningham Trust, and with AXIS Dance Company. In New England, she has danced for Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller. She has been on faculty at Festival Ballet Providence, Providence Ballet, Moses Brown School, and an adjunct at Brown University and Dean College. As a dance artist, Meghan is passionate about inclusive dance practices and developing community support projects through the arts. meghancarmichaeldance.com
Matthew Cumbie is a dance maker, educator, and collaborator based in Washington, DC, and is a Resident Artist and the Education Coordinator for Dance Exchange. His work explores activism and improvisation, bringing a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience. He has been commissioned to create and teach throughout the US, and has shown work in non-traditional places and more theatrical venues. His interest in collaborative processes has led him to work with artists Keith Thompson, Sarah Gamblin, jhon stronks, Paloma McGregor, Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser, Annie Kloppenberg, among others, and to co-found Big Rig Dance Collective. Outside of the studio, he directs Dance Exchange’s in-house programming and manages a number of the company’s creative projects. He holds an MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University.
Audrey MacLean is a Boston-based dance/performance artist. Since graduating from Connecticut College Audrey has had the pleasure of performing throughout New England in work by Jimena Bermejo, Peter DiMuro, griffindance, Heidi Henderson, Annie Kloppenberg, Betsy Miller, power|PLAY, shovegentlydance, and is a founding member of Grant Jacoby & Dancers. Audrey’s own work has been presented through Green Street Studio’s New Works program, The Dance Complex’s aMaSSiT program, and was featured on CPTV’s Spotlight on the Arts. In 2016 Audrey was invited to show work at ART’s Oberon theater as part of DanceNOW Boston. In the spring of 2016 she co-produced and curated an evening of short dance/performance work titled “Dance Shorts” which brought together eight Boston-area female choreographers. Aside from her own choreographic pursuits, Audrey has served in administrative roles for The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, and is currently co-curator and series manager of Moving Target Boston.
Sasha Peterson is from Arlington, Massachusetts where she started dancing as a young one at Dance Place. She continued training there through high school, attending various summer programs that enabled her to practice under some wonderful people. Sasha completed a dance major at Connecticut College, through which she had the privilege of learning from and performing works by David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Shani Collins-Achille, and Shawn Hove, as well as guests Kyle Abraham, Ronald K. Brown, Wendell Cooper, Nina Flagg of Rennie Harris Puremovement, Molly Lieber/Eleanor Smith, Kendra Portier, and Doug Varone. She has recently apprenticed at David Dorfman Dance and is currently an understudy at Race Dance Co. In addition to dancing for Betsy Miller, Sasha is a company member at Ruckus Dance and Grant Jacoby & Dancers.
Jenna Pollack has performed with Jessie Jeanne & Dancers, Scottish Dance Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, American Repertory Theater, Bryan Arias Company, Equus Projects NYC, Lincoln Center Education, Bash the Trash, and BOP Montréal. Jenna is equally committed to producing interdisciplinary performance. She has worked with the acting department at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona (2017), NYC immersive production agency ‘DAU al SET’, and Juilliard’s Center for Innovation in the Arts. Beyond the stage, she danced in a music video for Arcade Fire’s Will Butler, and is featured in Pantone’s ‘make it brilliant’ ad campaign. Jenna is a dedicated teaching artist, and is an adjunct faculty member at Salem State University and Dean College. She has also worked for The Institute of the Arts Barcelona, Lincoln Center Education, Together in Dance NYC, and Children’s Musical Theater Camp China, and co-directed The Arusha Arts Initiative in Tanzania and Kenya from 2010-2012. Jenna received her MA in Choreography at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona with Distinction, and recently received a Certificate with Honors from Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe program. She graduated with her BFA from The Juilliard School.
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