Jamie Arnold is a dance and yoga educator and performing artist. She currently teaches at the Lincoln School, Festival Ballet, and Chance to Dance and is choreographing Hendricken High School’s spring musical. She is a performing artist in Aerplaye dance company and in Betsy Miller and Stephanie Turner’s dance works. Jamie received her BA in Dance from Rhode Island College in 2011.
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.
Meghan Carmichael, originally from Cape Cod MA, graduated in 2012 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary Dance under dean Ethan Stiefel. At UNCSA she studied and performed works by Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Twyla Tharp, and Merce Cunningham; and worked with choreographers Doug Elkins, Eric Oberdorff, and Helen Simoneau. She has participated in workshops with the Ailey, Cunningham, and Limon Companies, and at the Impulstanz International Dance Festival. Since graduating, Meghan has performed for the Lincoln Center Institute, Cunningham Trust, and Robot Church in New York City and was the child wrangler for the “Little Fiona” understudy for the US National Tour of Shrek The Musical. She spent a year backpacking throughout Europe, exploring the international contemporary dance scene, and is now based in Providence, RI where she is dancing for Jessica Howard, Betsy Miller, and Ali Kenner Brodsky & co. Meghan is also the marketing director for akb & co. She has taught contemporary and ballet technique at Cape Cod Dance Center and choreographed for TIDES Dance Company. She also produces interdisciplinary art collaborations between young professional artists in intimate performance environments, called Near and Far: Collaborative Arts Project.
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.
Jessika Davis graduated from The Art Institute of Boston out of Lesley University with a BFA in photography. She has danced with Rhode Island- based repertory company Fusionworks and worked with their Educational Outreach staff. She is an alumni of Fusionworks II and also produced one of their most well received dances, Divide and Concur, which has been performed at the Carriage House Theater, Bank of America Arts Showcase at the Providence Performing Arts Center and as part of Bright Night 2012. She is currently working with dancers in RI and MA in a collaborative environment to showcase her choreography as well as local talent.
Audrey MacLean has had the pleasure of performing professionally in Boston, Providence, New York, and throughout New England. She is currently a member of New York-based griffindance, as well as New England based Annie Kloppenberg & co., and Boston’s Audra Carabetta & Dancers. Audrey has also recently performed in work by Peter DiMuro, Michael Foley, Heidi Henderson, Betsy Miller, shovegentlydance, Reject Dance Theater, and Grant Jacoby & Dancers. Audrey’s own work has been presented throughout New England and on CPTV’s Spotlight on the Arts. Her current collaboration with Jimena Bermejo Black, Alli Ross, and Katie McGrail has been performed at a number of theaters and universities throughout Massachusetts including Holy Cross and Tufts University. In the Spring of 2016 Audrey 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 an administrative role for prestigious studios and programs such as The Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, and Moving Target Boston. She has also toured as a Lighting and Technical Assistant with Adele Myers and Dancers. Audrey graduated from Connecticut College in 2012.
Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist. Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of its stage. During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper. Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland). Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University. Katie currently teaches Dance Composition, Film Survey and Dance History at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She holds a BA in Dance and Anthropology from Connecticut College and an MFA in Dance from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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.
Stephanie Turner is dancer/choreographer based in Western Massachusetts. Her choreographic work has been performed in Providence, RI at the RISD museum, The Movement Exchange, Rhode Island College, Brown University; at Fidget in Philadelphia, PA and CRS in New York, NY. Stephanie holds a BFA in dance performance from Rhode Island College and is currently finishing her MFA at Smith College.
Lindsay Caddle LaPointe- Linden Tree Productions