Presenter, Artist and Performer Biographies

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BIOS from Presenters, Artists and Performers at the 2012 Festival

Adesola Akinleye
Adesola Akinleye (MA in dance) is a professional dancer, choreographer, and researcher who recently completed her PhD Thesis: Body, dance and environment: an exploration of embodiment and identity. She began her career as a dancer with the Dance Theatre of Harlem later founding the Saltare Foundation for the Arts school and dance company in New York. Akinleye went on to work in Manitoba, Canada and later in London. Her most recent work, The Jingle Dress, a performance piece for young audiences, toured the United Kingdom in 2011. Her research and creative process is informed by Pragmatism (American Classical Philosophy) and narrative inquiry. Adesola is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.


Ruthy Alon
Ruthy Alon, president of the North American nonprofit Foundation for Movement Intelligence, is a senior trainer of the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, and the author of Mindful Spontaneity, an international favorite that won the Premio Nazionale del Libro di Medicina Naturale in Italy. Her video Movement Nature Meant addresses our innate capacity for healing through organic movement. She was one of Moshe Feldenkraisʼ earliest students, and contributed to the worldwide growth of his Method. Since the 1990s Alon began developing Bones For Life to address the widespread global incidence of osteoporosis.


Ray Anderson
Ray Anderson has been named as best trombonist in the Down Beat Critics Poll for five straight years and declared “the most exciting slide brass player of his generation” by the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD.. He has led or co-led a daunting assortment of tradition-minded and experimental groups, big bands, blues and funk projects and even a trombone quartet. He is recognized as an original and compelling composer and has recorded more than 90 of his own compositions with these groups. Anderson is gifted teacher and has long been in demand for workshops and master classes around the world. In 2003, he joined Stony Brok University as director of jazz studies. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oberon Foundation and Chamber Music America. In 2001 he became a John S. Guggenheim Fellow.

Richard Ashley
Richard Ashley’s research and publications in music cognition focus on expressive performance, musical communication, and long-term memory for music. He is president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and a member of the editorial board for the journal Music Perception. He has received two Fulbright grants for research in the Netherlands and grants from National Endowment for the Humanities and U.S. Department of Education. He is a past recipient of the Bienen School of Music Exemplar in Teaching Award. He also teaches in Northwestern’s cognitive science program.


Rachel Balaban
Rachel Balaban was trained to teach Dance for PD (Parkinson’s Disease) by the Mark Morris Dance Group in 2009 and is a Regional Coordinator for the program. She leads weekly classes in Connecticut and Rhode Island for People with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. A lifelong teacher, dancer, artist and designer, Balaban is also a certified instructor in Shake Your Soul/Kripalu YogaDance and leads movement classes and workshops for schools, faculty, foundations and corporations. She is now directing a research project at Brown University involving arts, medicine, cognitive science and contemplative studies, investigating the place and value of dance and music as art forms in the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease and people on the Autism Spectrum.


Kyla Barkin
Kyla Barkin, Artistic Director/Co-Founder of BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT, has been a performer, choreographer, and teacher in New York City since 1996. A graduate of UCLA, and the recipient of the Jean Irwin Award for Talent, Merit, and Potential, she has toured, taught, and set work internationally including at institutions such as The Juilliard School, USDAN Center, Temple University, and Adelphi as well as in Russia, Indonesia, Taiwan and more. Barkin has been a Fitness Professional, Medical Exercise Specialist, and a Yoga Teacher/Therapist for more than 12 years. She is one of the original producers of The Moveable Feast, has been published in Dance Magazine, appeared on the Ricki Lake Show’s Couples Yoga Special, and was recently featured in GURHAN Magazine. Barkin is a long time member of Janis Brenner & Dancers and Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends.


Laura Bartczak
Laura Bartczak is a dance artist based in Brooklyn. She has performed and presented work in many venues throughout NYC including Judson Church for Movement Research. Bartczak has worked with Lindsey Drury, Corinne Cappelletti, GoGoVertigo at Dance Collective, Video Artist Amapola Prada, among other dancers, musicians and filmmakers.


Robin Becker
Robin Becker (BA, MA), artistic director/choreographer, authorized teacher of continuum movement, founded Robin Becker Dance in 1987. Her early career includes dancing as a principal dancer with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company for twelve years, and also performing in the companies of Martha Graham, Pearl Lang, Ballet Etc, and Los Angeles Dance Theater. Her initial training was in Chicago, and upon moving to New York City, she studied on scholarship at the Martha Graham School and was mentored in choreography by Bessie Schonberg. Becker has served on the faculty of the American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Fiorello Laguardia High School of Performing Arts in NYC, the Princeton Ballet Society, and the Actors Studio. She is on the faculty of Hofstra University and has presented workshops and master classes at several universities, including teaching at the prestigious Zenith Institute in Olivone, Switzerland for the last twelve years.


Nannette Bertschy
Nannette Bertschy received her BA with honors in the fine arts from Yale University in 1989, where she specialized in painting and sculpture. She also holds a master's degree in business administration from INSEAD in France. She is a visual artist whose work includes figurative drawing, collage, costumes, exploratory video, and digital photography. 


Pamela Block
Pamela Block, an associate professor in occupational therapy at Stony Brook University, teaches and writes about disability studies in rehabilitation and community health settings. She is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and was president of the Society for Disability Studies from 2009-2010. She served as PI of a multi-year study funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) entitled "Project Shake It Up!" (2002-2005), She has studied multiple marginalization and the intersections of gender, race, poverty, and disability. She researches capacity building, health promotion and disability through participatory intervention research with community non-profit organizations. Recent projects involve community building and educational transition for youth Multiple Sclerosis ( Block also writes about community, family and autism in collaboration with her sister, who is autistic.


Doug Boltson
Doug Boltson is an instructor of Bones for Life, Ruthy Alon's program for osteoporosis prevention and reversal through Movement Nature Meant. He is on the Board of FMI, the Foundation for Movement Intelligence; he authors and maintains their website.


Karen Kohn Bradley
Karen Kohn Bradley is associate professor of dance and director of graduate studies in theatre, dance and performance studies in the New School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is the Government Affairs Director of the Board of the National Dance Education Organization and is on the Board of Directors of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. Bradley is a Certified Movement Analyst in Laban Movement Analysis and has worked in dance therapy, with learning disabled children, and in arts education research and policy. Her book, Rudolf Laban (Routledge, 2008), establishes Laban as a 20th Century performance practitioner with contributions to dance therapy, business and industry, arts education, and performance practices. Bradley comments regularly in the media on political figures and their body movement and has appeared on Inside Politics and Hardball with Chris Matthews. She is writing a book called Ultimate Moves: Fluency in our other native language.


Janis Brenner
Janis Brenner is an award-winning dancer/choreographer/singer/teacher and is artistic director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in New York City (performing worldwide since 1989). She has toured in 33 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer” with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors/grants include: “Bessie” for her performance in Meredith Monkʼs The Politics of Quiet; Lester Horton Award for Choreography in L.A.; NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; and The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, among others. Her work has been commissioned/restaged on more than 45 company/college stages worldwide. Brenner was with the Murray Louis Dance Company from 1977 to 1984, working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, and Alwin Nikolais. The company is known for the caliber of its dancers, their wide- ranging and encompassing guest residencies as well as their “emotionally authentic” and musically diverse work.

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Anne Burnidge
Anne Burnidge is an assistant professor of Dance at the University at Buffalo, and the artistic director of Anne Burnidge Dance. She has an MFA in Choreography from Ohio State and a certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis from the Integrated Movement Studies Program at the University of Utah. Burnidge’s research focuses on integrating dance science and somatics to develop healthy, holistic approaches to training dancers. She teaches a wide variety of courses including modern, ballet, choreography, dance anatomy/kinesiology and Laban Movement Analysis. Her research has been presented at national and international conferences including IADMS and NDEO. Burnidge’s choreography has been presented across the country and festivals including cool New York Dance Festival, and American Dance Guild Festival. Burnidge is a board member of the American College Dance Festival Association. Other teaching credits include Ohio State University, SUNY Brockport, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Columbia College Chicago.


John Bush
John Bushʼs films have screened in over 125 theatrical venues, major festivals including Rome, Bangkok and Munich and were broadcast on American Public Television (PBS). John is in collaboration with choreographer Nadine Helstroffer on a series of dance films, including DREAM ON ME premiered at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, which won the Best Dance Video Award at the 2011 Patras International Film Festival and the Gold Remi Award at 2011 Worldfest Houston.


Maguette Camara
Maguette Camara, a recognized West African choreographer, musician and teacher based in New York City, is the artistic director and founder of the group Mané Kadang. Through a blend of flavors representing diverse cultures, the Mané Kadang performers come together to create one family bound by their music and love of West African culture. Their performance comes alive with the sounds of traditional West African instruments like the balafon, the kora, the djembe drum, sorouba, sabar and bougarabou. Camara began his career with The Ballet Bougarabou Dance Company and his dedication and talent have earned him the opportunity to perform in impressive venues such as the Guggenheim Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Rolling Stones World Tour, and the World Trade Center Jazz Festival. Camara’s talents have been praised by The New York Times, Good Day New York, and MTV. He is a faculty member at The Ailey School, Barnard College and Battery Park City Parks Conservancy.


Corinne Cappelletti
Corinne Cappelletti is a somatic educator/dance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA from University of Utah in modern dance. As a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, Cappelletti designs collaborative models for building place-identity through choreography and improvisational performance, such as the new Pedestrian and Carry Your Burdens (premiered during the public art festival: Art in Odd Places: Ritual, October 2011). Her interactive stage performances and multimedia installation work have been presented in NYC at St. Mark's Church/Danspace, Dance New Amsterdam, 3rd Ward, National Arts Club, Director's loft, Governor's Island and Dixon Place.


Raquel Cavalcanti
Raquel Cavalcanti, a Brazilian-born dance educator/choreographer, has been based in NYC since 1995. She started her professional career at Premeiro Ato Grupo de Danca in Brazil in 1987. Cavalcanti became a certified Alexander Technique (AT) teacher at IRDEAT in New York. She worked as Ann Matthews’ assistant at Tisch School for the Arts, teaching the Alexander Technique in the Theater Department for graduate students. She also assisted Cindy Reynolds at Fordham University and June Ekman at Sarah Lawrence College, teaching AT for dancers. Cavalcanti has been teaching dance workshops and AT throughout Brazil and in the U.S. for more than 10 years. She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Adelphi University and a Master’s degree in dance education from New York University. She conducted research that investigated the impact of the AT in dance training. She continues to create and perform her own work and currently teaches at Movement Research.


John Chanik
John Chanik (BFA, CMA, RSMT) has been on the faculty of the Yearlong-, Intensive-, and Modular Certificate Programs in Laban Movement Analysis since 1991. He also maintains a private practice in therapeutic fitness, movement coaching, and connective tissue re-patterning. Chanik has worked with many different client populations from the elderly to dancers on issues ranging from maintaining a high level of function to managing chronic injuries. He also teaches for Moving On Center’s Somatic Movement Therapy Training Program in New York City and worked for seven years at Dr. Richard Bachrach’s Center for Osteopathic Medicine. Chanik has taught in Connective Tissue Therapy training programs given by Theresa Lamb, has been a movement specialist at the Sports Training Institute and taught dance in NYC public schools. Chanik has an extensive background in modern dance and ballet and holds a BFA from the University of Utah.


Hilary Melcher Chapman
Hilary Melcher Chapman began dancing in the Scottish highlands at age 4. As a member of “Theatres for the Earth” in the late 90s she traveled to Ireland and Wales performing in sacred spaces and giving workshops that addressed the need for women of all ages to create personal rites of passage. Honing her skills as a dancer under the guidance of Sara Rudner, Chapman graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in 2006. For nine years she has been cultivating a performance practice with visual arrests “Letterscape Group” and fellow performers Ren Morrill, with whom she founded “Bell & Buoy Physical Theater.” She has been experimenting with sound movement and performing guerrilla style in Brooklyn and Manhattan with “The Framers” since April 2011.


Johanna Climenko
Johanna Climenko (BC-DMT, LCSW, LCAT, a pioneering D/MT since 1968) has worked clinically with the range of populations served by D/MT and taught and consulted extensively in the U.S. and the Netherlands. Since 1986 she has added Reichian therapy to her private practice work. Her focus is on the complementarities of D/MT, Laban Movement Analysis and Reichian Therapy in private practice and in training and consulting other mental health professionals. Self-care for the therapist is a major theme in much of her teaching and consulting. As a life-long dancer, she also works with performers and other creative artists to plumb their physical/emotional connection as a vehicle for deepening and expanding expressive range.


Elisa Cotroneo
Elisa Cotroneo is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and dance and is a graduate of The Somatic Movement Therapy Training Program. For more than 35 years her life’s journey has been blessed with the presence of spiritual elders from North and South America, India and Tibet, each one sharing their traditional wisdom of the power of movement and sound to bring us closer to our true Selves. Cotroneo has synthesized these teaching into a unique form of somatic movement meditation that honors its roots of Yoga, Chi Kung, Authentic Movement, Mindfulness, and Dreambody Processwork. She serves as the President of the Board of Director’s of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association. Her private practice in Movement Education and Therapy in upstate New York has included extensive work with individuals, groups, school districts, special education programs, and arts organizations.


Lacina Coulibaly
Raised in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Lacina Coulibaly trained in West African dance and European contemporary dance, dancing with the Ballet National du Burkina Faso, Compagnie Salia Nï Seydou, and Irène Tassambedo, before co-founding Kongo Ba Téria with Souleymane Badolo. Reshaping traditional values to speak to present day concerns, Kongo Ba Téria is a leading promoter of contemporary dance in West Africa. From 1996 to 2000, Compagnie Kongo Ba Téria performed on many African stages in countries such as Senegal, Ivory Coast, Benin, and Cameroon. Since 2000, the company has toured throughout Europe to France, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, and Germany. Coulibaly and Barolo’s creations have won international awards, including the Pan-African competition SANGA. Coulibaly is a featured artist in the documentary Movement (R)evolution Africa, which documents the emergent African contemporary dance scene. He has taught at the University of Florida, Ohio State University, Princeton University, and Brown University, and is on faculty at Yale.


Aimee Meredith Cox
Aimee Meredith Cox is an assistant professor at Fordham University and co-editor of the peer reviewed journal, Transforming Anthropology. She is a cultural anthropologist, dancer and choreographer whose work focuses on expressive culture and performance; urban youth culture; public anthropology; Black girlhood and Black feminist theory. She is completing a book entitled, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship in Post-Industrial Detroit. Shapeshifters is an ethnographic exploration of the performative strategies young black women in low-income urban communities use to access various forms of self-defined economic and social mobility.


Bonnie McGlynn DeLuca
Bonnie McGlynn Deluca is a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Certified Thai Yoga Bodyworker, Certified Embodied Anatomy and Yoga Instructor, Certified Moving on Aerobics Instructor, Dance, and Pilates Teacher. She has more than 30 years experience with the moving body. As a dancer, Yogi, and Pilates teacher in New York, DeLuca has studied with Dr. Martha Hart Eddy, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Barbara Forbes, among others. She holds certificates from Columbia University, from the School for Body Mind Centering, the School for Participatory Arts and Research, Alive and Well, Center for Kinesthetic Education, and  Minneapolis Yoga Center. Bonnie is the 2009 recipient of the C.A.R.A. award, a graduate of Manhattanville College, as well as a regular speaker at Stowe Weekend of Hope and Gilda's Club in Manhattan.


William DeTurk
Bill DeTurk graduated with a BA from Duke University, a BS from SUNY Downstate in physical therapy, an MA from New York University in cardiopulmonary physical therapy, and a PhD from New York University in pathokinesiology. He is a former dancer and performed with the Daniel Nagrin Workshop for several years. He has provided physical therapy services in numerous settings, and teaches within Stony Brook University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. He also provides clinical services at the Northport Veterans Administration Medical Center. DeTurk is co-author of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy: An Evidence-Based Approach, now in its second edition.

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Stephanie Dinkins
Stephanie Dinkins, Director, MFA Graduate Program in Studio Art and Associate Professor at Stony Brook University, is a visual artist whose research seeks balance amid the mind, the signifying body and (social) perception. Her quest is to recognize, value and exercise ways of knowing writ in, and reflected upon, the body. Her work is exhibited internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaujvaros, Hungary, Herning Kunst Museum, Denmark, Spellman College Museum of Fine Art, Spedition, Bremen, Germany and Studio Museum, Harlem, New York. She holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. The recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Lef Foundation, Approach Art Association and Residency Unlimited, Dinkins lives and works in New York.


Michael Dorn
Michael Dorn is a project staff associate at Stony Brook University, where he co-coordinates the Masters track in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, and teaches disability studies to medical students. He has degrees from Ohio State University (BS, architecture), Penn State (MS, geography), and the University of Kentucky (PhD, geography). He has authored articles and book chapters in body politics, medical geography, disability studies, histories of public health, and geographies of the book. His PhD dissertation, “Climate, Alcohol, and the American Body Politic: The Medical and Moral Geographies of Daniel Drake (1785-1852)” was awarded the 2003 Jacques May Thesis Prize for the best dissertation in health and medical geography.


Erin Dudley
Erin Dudley (BFA, MFA) is the artistic director of [da:zain] performance collective, and an adjunct lecturer at The Center for Dance, Movement, and Somatic Learning at Stony Brook University. She has been a member of the New York dance community since 1993, presenting choreographic work and master classes throughout the US and South America. Working primarily in contemporary dance within the Butoh aesthetic, she has participated in multi-national and multi-medium collaborations.


Martha Eddy
Martha Eddy (RSMT, CMA), founder and director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education (CKE), brings to the fields of health, wellness and education, her strong belief in the power of movement and somatic-awareness to enhance lives. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University in movement science and education in 1998 and has an MA in applied physiology and a Bachelor’s degree in dance education. At CKE in New York City, she maintains a private practice as a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT) that involves teaching clients to bring awareness to their movement coordination to enhance functional and expressive capacity. This practice draws on her decade of training and teaching in neuro-developmental movement therapy with occupational therapist, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and physical therapist, Irmgard Bartenieff. Her practical application of this work provides a foundation for her SOMAction Movement Therapy Training held biennially in New York and Massachusetts and affiliated with Moving On Center in California, a professional training program that she co-founded with Carol Swann.


Jennifer Edwards
Jennifer Edwards is a writer, choreographer and consultant specializing in stress management, and organizational change management. Her writing appears regularly in The Huffington Post, Dance / USAʼs Journal From the Green Room, and In Dance. Edwards writes on topics including wellness, innovation in dance, shifting culture, and Organizational Development in the arts. The founder of JenEd Productions and creator of the home/body app, Edward enjoys pairing her passions for multi-media content, science, and technology. She is also a founding Partner at Edwards and Skybetter Change Agency, a next generation strategic planning firm. Edwards considers being a kinesthetic and experiential learner and communicator one of her most valuable assets. For her, Grounded exemplifies not only an idea, but, indeed, a usable philosophy, applicable to individuals, groups, and organizations.


Jo Frederiksen
Jo Frederiksen is the director of education In dance and the related arts, an integrated dance arts not-for-profit organization in New York City, and a doctoral candidate in art and art education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College, a BA in environmental science and geology from Gustavus Adolphus College. She has danced professionally with Cherry Creek Theatre, Big Wave/NYC, Detroit Dance Collective, Sullivan Dance Project, and numerous original performance dance/music/art/collaborations. Frederiksen has taught at Wayne State University, Oakland University, OCC, Albion College, St. John's University, Fordham University, and Lawrence Woodmere Academy as chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Departments.


Joan D. Frosch
Joan D. Frosch is professor of dance, affiliate faculty of the Centers for African Studies, Latin American Studies, and Digital Worlds at the University of Florida (UF). She is a dance ethnographer, Certified Laban Movement Analyst, filmmaker, choreographer, author and director and co-founder of UF’s Center for World Arts (1996), a living laboratory exploring the interface of arts and culture. Frosch trained at the School of Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, Columbia University, and the Laban Institute of Movement Studies. She has taught on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Stony Brook University, Wesleyan University, Rotterdamse Dansacademie in the Netherlands, and the International School of Beijing. She has also served as advisor to the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife African Immigrant Project and President of the Florida Dance Association. She is a recipient of the President's Humanitarian Award, the University of Florida’s Faculty Achievement Recognition, the College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year Award, and University of Florida's International Educator of the Year Award (2008).


Tetsuro Fukuhara
Tetsuro Fukuhara is an experimental new butoh dancer, choreographer, writer, and director of Tokyo Space Dance. In 1983 he joined Story of Seven Herbs directed by Tatsumi Hijikata, then he founded Tokyo Space Dance. In 1995, in London, his successful performance in the East Winds Festival of New Butoh secured his status as an internationally known performer. His Space Dance project combines “Dance + Architecture + Information + Design” in a multi-disciplinary collaboration with dancers, artists, scientists, technicians, and researchers. From 2004 to 2006 he began a Study in Tokyo with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In 2006, "Space Dance in the Robotic Universe" was one of twenty performances short-listed by an international jury for the UNESCO Digital Arts Award. In 2008 he published a book Space Dance in Tokyo. He has performed “Space Dance in the Tube” since 2009.


Richard Garet
Richard Garet works with multiple media, interweaving moving images, sound, live performances, and photography. He completed his MFA at Bard College, and was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Jerome Foundation Residency Grant through IPR, and the New York State Council for the Arts Grant through Lehman College. He recently completed a three months artist residency at Issue Project Room, New York in 2010, and residencies at Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Recent performances and exhibitions include: Fine Arts Museum of Montreal, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona, Art Museum of Puerto Rico, and El Museo del Barrio, NYC.


Julianna Hane
Julianna Gaillard Hane has been fascinated with dance and flight since childhood. In 2008, she founded Revolve Aerial Dance as a school and performing company in aerial arts. Through examination of dance, circus training and Laban Movement Analysis, she developed an aerial dance curriculum and collaborative performances with other dancers/ aerialists. She has also choreographed for undergraduate students at Winthrop University and set an aerial work on student dancers at Snow College. Hane holds a BA in Dance from Winthrop, an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, a CLMA through Integrated Movement Studies, and an RYT through Yoga Alliance. She is a certified K-12 dance educator and teaches middle school dance in Mt. Pleasant, SC.


Timothy Harling
Timothy Harling’s career has spanned more than 30 years as a dancer, teacher and choreographer, working on the concert stage, in film, video, commercial projects, circus, and corporate events. A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, he toured six continents in five years with Nikolais Dance Theater. He also worked with Tandy Beal, Bobby McFerrin, Danny Ezralow, Sarah Pearson, The Tigerlillies, Momix, the Pilobolus Institute, and Victoria Chaplin. He has taught at various universities including the University of California at Santa Cruz and North Carolina School of the Arts. He was associate choreographer for Lisa Giobbi Movement Theater for 15 years. His aerial workshops developed for all levels and aspirations have been offered at such venues as the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, CO, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. In 2011 he began collaborating with dance/movement therapist Nancy Koprak in offering creativity workshops.


Nadine Helstroffer
Nadine Helstroffer, French-born, is a New York-based choreographer, dancer, teacher and film producer.  Her dance films, created in collaboration with filmmaker John Bush, have been selected at festivals in 17 countries. Helstroffer obtained a doctorate in philosophy (Subject: An Innovative Approach to Dance) at the Paris University, Nanterre, France. 


Elizabeth Higgins
Elizabeth Higgins received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. She toured nationally and internationally with Murray Louis and Nikolais Dance from 1997 to 1999, and has presented her own choreographic works throughout the US and in South America. She served as Assistant Professor of Dance at Marymount Manhattan College and continues to teach at various academic institutions.


Will Holloway
Will Holloway (MA, LCAT) is a licensed creative arts therapist and body psychotherapist. He has been in practice for six years in New York City and works at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital bringing body-mind integration to severely emotionally disturbed adolescents, and at the Mercy Home practicing community music therapy with autistic adults. He has presented on the use of body psychotherapy techniques with both adolescents and adults, and has written on the use of music to bring peace in Ghana, West Africa, altered states of consciousness in musical performance, and songwriting as a therapeutic medium.


Kingsley Irons
Kingsley Irons is a choreographer, filmmaker and writer with a background in art history. She also produces a curated, monthly, online film series called Dance Made to Order. Dance Made to Order features three different choreographers every month who rise to the challenge to create a film in two weeks inspired by themes chosen by the audience. She lives in Los Angeles, California but will always be a Queens girl at heart.


Lisa Marie Johnson
Lisa Marie Johnson received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Stony Brook University in 1993, and began practicing in the areas of outpatient orthopedic and school-based pediatric therapy. Finding herself drawn to orthopedic and sports rehabilitation she enrolled in Touro College, earning a Master of Science degree in physical therapy with emphasis on osteopathic-based manual therapy in 1998. In 2004, she earned her Post-Professional Clinical Doctorate in physical therapy from Stony Brook University. Johnson s certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as a clinical specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, as well as Women’s Health. She is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a strength and conditioning specialist, and is also a certified Pilates instructor.


Maxine Sheets Johnstone
In her first life, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone (MA in dance/PhD in dance and philosophy) was a dancer/choreographer, professor of dance/dance scholar. During her years of teaching, she choreographed 25 dances, performed in 13 of these, was artistic director of five concerts, including two concerts of her own works, and the organizer-director-narrator of numerous lecture-demonstrations. In her second and ongoing life, she is a philosopher affiliated with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. Her book publications include The Phenomenology of Dance; Illuminating Dance: Philosophical Explorations; the “roots” trilogy: The Roots of Thinking; The Roots of Power: Animate Form and Gendered Bodies; and The Roots of Morality; Giving the Body Its Due; The Primacy of Movement; The Corporeal Turn: An Interdisciplinary Reader; and Putting Movement Into Your Life: A Beyond Fitness Primer. She was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship for her research on xenophobia in the inaugural year of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, United Kingdom.


Devva Kasnitz
Devva Kasnitz has a PhD from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in cultural and medical anthropologist. She has worked in the area of immigration and ethnicity and conceptualizations of health. Since 1983 she has worked as a disability studies scholar and advocate. She was on the founding board of directors of three 30-year old non-profits: Australia's Multicultural Center for Women's Health (MCWH); the US Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL); and the Society for Disability Studies (SDS), the latter of which she is the president. She is organizing people with speech disability. She also studied ballet, modern, Jazz, contact improvisation, motivity, and belly dance since age 4 and has 30 years experience as a costume designer.


Tzveta Kassabova
Tzveta Kassabova is a Bulgarian-born independent choreographer, costume designer and installation artist selected from Dance Magazine among the 25 to watch for 2012. At different times she has been a gymnast, physicist, and meteorologist. As a dancer, Kassabova has been part of Ed Tyler, Pearson Widrig Dance Theater and David Dorfman Dance companies, and has performed in works of Mark Haim, Nancy Bannon, Maurice Fraga, Zoltan Nagy, Joshua Bisset, Netta Yerushalmy, and Colleen Thomas, among others. Her work as a choreographer has been presented at Dance Place, the Kennedy Center, Judson Church, Dixon Place, and Mulberry Street Theater. She received a Metro DC Dance Award, the Prince George’s Arts Council grant (2009 and 2012) and Maryland State Arts Council Award (2010 and 2011). She holds three Master’s degrees.


Mia Keinanen
Dance and Choreographer Mia Keinanen holds a doctorate in human development and psychology with the focus on dance and cognition from Harvard University. Her most recent projects include creating social choreography through Twitter (, investigation of peer-to-peer online learning amend parker and dance practitioners, and use of intuition in creative processes. She is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Embodied Cognition at Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo researching walking as a creative thinking action.


Marcia Wardell Kelly
Marcia Wardell Kelly is a professional dancer who trained with Hanya Holm, Alwin Nikolais, MurrayLouis, Phyllis Lamhut, Betty Jones, and Alfredo Corvino. She was a member of the Murray Louis Dance Company (1970 to 1974) and the Nikolais Dance Theatre as a principal dancer and teacher (1976 to 1981) and faculty at Nikolais/Louis Lab NYC, CNDC Angers, France and the American Dance Festival. Kelly has also been artist in residence at the University of Minnesota, the University of Utah and U.C. Santa Cruz; program director of the Minnesota Independent Choreographers Alliance; and panelist for the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in AMMA and REIKI.


Susan Klein
Susan Klein is the founder/director of the Susan Klein School of Movement and Dance. Her Klein technique, which she began developing in 1972, helps decrease injury and increase movement capacity for dancers and laypeople. Born out of her own struggles with injury stemming from dance training, this technique is greatly influenced by the work of Bartenieff.


Nancy Koprak
Nancy Koprak (MA, BC-DMT, LCAT) is a board-certified D/M therapist, and a licensed Creative Arts therapist. She is a professor at The New School in NYC, and has worked with Alzheimer’s populations, developmentally disabled populations, and has presented workshops at conferences throughout the United States.


Courtney Krantz
Courtney Krantz was born in Hamilton, Bermuda. She is based in Brooklyn, NY, where she makes work within the realms of the still and moving image as well as installation and performance-based pieces. Her filmic inquiries are influenced by her considerations of the body, which originate from her exploratory investigations of dance and improvisational movement practices. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College (2001) and will receive her MA in media studies from The New School in May 2012.


Petra Kuppers
Petra Kuppers is associate professor in English, theatre and women's studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and artistic director of The Olimpias Performance Research Series. She works internationally as a disability culture activist and community performance leader and is the author of numerous books and articles about disability and performance. Kuppers’ visual arts work has been displayed in galleries and museums in Germany, UK, US and New Zealand, and she had been supported through residencies from the Arts Council of Wales, New Pacific Studio, The Mesa Refuge, and many other arts organization and residency centers. Her newest books are Disability Culture and Community Performance: Find a Strange and  Twisted Shape, and Somatic Engagement, an edited collection of artists on the poetics, politics and publics of embodiment.


Peter Kyle
Peter Kyle is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, filmmaker and artistic director of Peter Kyle Dance. His critically acclaimed choreography has been commissioned and performed across the United States, in Scotland, Norway, Germany, Cyprus, China, and throughout New York City. Kyle toured as a soloist with Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance from 1992 to 1999. He has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Gina Gibney Dance, Works/Laura Glenn Dance and the theater company P3/east, among others. He teaches at Marymount Manhattan College, Sarah Lawrence College and he conducts residencies and workshops internationally.


Phylis Lamhut
Phyllis Lamhut, choreographer of more than one hundred works, received her professional dance training from multimedia innovator and pedagogue Alwin Nikolais. She has performed worldwide as principal dancer with the Nikolais Dance Theater, Murray Louis Dance Company and Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, awards from the New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts, a Meet the Composer/Choreography Project grant, and 16 Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She directed the Canadian National Choreographic Seminar, Venice Biennale “MoveMan” project and Dance & Music Workshop in Israel. Lamhut participates as a Mentor in the Joyce Soho Residency Program and teaches Theories of Dance Composition and Motional Research at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.


Heidi Latsky
Heidi Latsky, artistic director of Heidi Latsky Dance, has been making physically integrated work since 2006. Her evening length show GIMP has been touring internationally since 2008 to critical acclaim. She premiered IF at the JCC Manhattan in 2010, where she was an artist in residence. It was then presented as part of La Mama Moves! in June of 2011. Latsky is now making a version of her latest work, SOMEWHERE, forn students at the Aaron Academny in New York City.


Ronald Lavine, D.C.
Since 1981, Ronald Lavine, D.C. has been providing manual therapy and therapeutic movement in New York City to alleviate pain and restore health. His background in dance and movement therapies has strongly influenced his chiropractic approach. Lavine has trained practitioners in Craniosacral Therapy, NeuroTactile Therapy and Movement and Alignment methods. He’s served on the boards of the New York Academy of Traumatic Injury, the Emergency Fund for Student Dancers, and Solomons Company Dance, and been on the advisory board for the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.


Tysan Lerner
Tysan Lerner
has studied ballet, modern dance and classical Chinese dance professionals for more than 25 years. She was trained on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet, Feld Ballet, Martha Graham school, the Alvin Ailey schools, and SUNY Purchase. In 2005, her dance piece, Little Blue Flowers, was accepted into the program for Chinese New Year Performance at Madison Square Garden, where it was filmed and aired internationally on NTD Television. In 2006, she got accepted into Fu Xing Performing Arts Company as a dancer and choreographer, where she trained and rehearsed full time in Classical Chinese dance and Chinese Ethnic dance. The company toured and performed in theaters including The Beacon Theater and Radio City Music Hall. Lerner is co-owner of Mind Body Pro Studio in New York City.


Lynn Levine Rico
Lynn Levine Ricostudied dance and drama as a child at the Henry Street Settlement Playhouse, where she first came under the spell of Alwin Nikolais’ creative spirit. Upon graduation from Queens College in 1967, she joined the Murray Louis Dance Company and in 1969 joined the Nikolais Dance Theater to tour internationally as a soloist. Levine also performed with Phyllis Lamhut, Mimi Garrard, Carolyn Carlson and Raymond Johnson. During breaks from touring, she taught, choreographed and directed performances at the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, the Barcelona Institut de Teatre, the CNDC in Anger, France; the American Dance Festival; Nancy Hauser Studio; Skidmore College; the Nikolais/Louis Lab and the New York City Parks Department.


Julie Ludwick                
Julie Ludwick (MA dance and dance education, Columbia) is a dance educator, choreographer, and artistic director of Fly-By-Night Dance Theater. Ludwick is certified in the Skinner Release Technique.


Jean-Marie Martz
Jean-Marie Martz holds a Ballet Master Diploma from the Association Francaise de Maitres de Danse Classique in Paris. During his 30-year career as a ballet instructor, he has taught at the Centre International de la Danse in Paris, Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, University of California at Riverside, and as a guest internationally. After studying ballet in France and England, he performed in Germany with the Stuttgart Ballet and the Munich Ballet. He subsequently pursued his interest in modern dance at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the Merce Cunningham Studio, and studied dance kinesiology with Dorothy Vislocky. His studies in somatic movement modalities have included the Body-Mind Centering Certification Program and the Feldenkrais Method. Presently based in Los Angeles, Martz has conducted anatomy-based ballet pedagogy workshops under the auspices of the European League of Institutes of the Arts in Portugal and Italy, and for organizations such as the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York.


Park McArthur
Park McArthur was born in Raleigh, NC and now lives in New York. She received a BA in art and Chinese language from Davidson College in 2006, an MFA in sculpture from the University of Miami in 2009, and most recently participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program from 2010–2011 and 2011-2012. Her work, which focuses on correspondence, has been part of exhibitions in the US and abroad, including at the ICA in Philadelphia and Botkyrka Konsthall in Sweden. Her writing is included in The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics.


Mark McNamara
Mark McNamara is a South African artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He earned an MFA from Columbia University. He works with sound, dance and performance, creating interactive sets, props and kinetic sculptures. He has collaborated with Shirin Neshat (theater) and Elliot Sharp (music). His latest works include large interactive musical instruments for David Byrne and Bruce Odland and set design for Paolo Sorrentino’s film This Must Be the Place. He has also worked extensively with the Freight Elevator Quartet, DJ Spooky, and the Infant Reader. Notable performances include interactive video pieces at the Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, Joyce Soho, the Knitting Factory and Leo Castelli Gallery.


Natalie Metzger
Natalie Metzger is an award-winning choreographer/filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of the 2011 Emerging Choreographer HARC Award for her dance theater work Sacrament. Her film For Water received a Certificate of Distinction at the American Dance Festivalʼs International Screendance Festival and a medal for musical excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival. Her other stage and multimedia work has been selected for the CalArts Plays Itself Festival, SB – Adapt Festival, New Choreography Spotlight, MixMatch Dance Festival, and the Fresh Squeezed Juice Festival. Metzger is also the recipient of the Sudler Award in the Arts and the Pioneer Award from Emory University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2007 with a double major in theater and dance. She holds a master of fine arts in dance/choreography from the California Institue of the Arts and lives in southern California with her artistic partner, Robert Allaire.


Susan Miliani
Susan Miliani (DO) practices Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in New York City and is an assistant professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem. She is a graduate of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Miliani is also a Body-Mind Centering teacher and practitioner. Prior to becoming a physician, she was a NYC-based dancer performing with Stephen Petronio, Randy Warshaw, Otrabanda, and Yoshiko Chuma. For 7 years she performed with experimental theater director Anne Bogart. In the NYU undergraduate drama program, she developed and taught physical fundamentals of acting through the studios of the Atlantic Theater Company, Circle in the Square, and the Experimental Theater Wing. Her work with infants, children, and adults draws upon the principles of osteopathy as well as those of the somatic practices of the Alexander Technique, Experiential Anatomy, and Developmental Movement.


Carol A. Montgomery
Carol A. Montgomery (MS/PT) is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, and Certified Teacher/Trainer in Bones for Life. Montgomery is the founder of SI-Integrative Therapy Services Inc., and the co-author of Integral Human Gait Theory.


Ann Moradian
Ann Moradian has danced with Anna Sokolow's Players' Project, Impulse Theatre and Dance, Manuel Alum and Perspectives In Motion, which she founded in New York City in 1988. She holds a BA focused on "Art in Society" from New York University's Gallatin Division. Her work is influenced not only by dance but also yoga and the martial arts. She lived for six years in India and is now based in Paris.


Julie Marie Muskat
Julie Marie Muskat has moved 14 times, lived in 9 places, and loves bunnies. She is dancing in Israel with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Alonzo Kingʼs LINES Ballet BFA Program in California. She is a musician, a writer, and a dancer who believes everyone is a dancer. She is the daughter of military doctors and the sister of a beautiful aspiring FBI agent, who all inspire her to continue funneling other people's beauty into art in order to reflect it back to them and remind us how beautiful we are and can be.


Aarthi Muthkumaran
Aarthi Muthkumaran started her training in classical Indian dance (Bharatanatyam) at the age of seven, and has performed widely in India since her debut at the age of 14. She relocated to the United States to pursue an Engineering program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she co-founded Penn Thillana, a Bharatanatyam dance group. In 2005, she suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an AVM rupture. She underwent intensive rehabilitation for the next few years, using dance as her base for therapy, learning every skill again: sitting, walking and even thinking. In October Muthkumaran performed in Philadelphia for her friends, therapists and well wishers who had supported her during her recovery process. She continues to be on medical leave from the University of Pennsylvania, while pursuing an associate degree in science at the Community College of Philadelphia. She is still working on her cognitive and physical deficits, while working part time at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Neuro critical care research division.


Akemi Nishida
Akemi Nishida is part of the New York City disability community where she and her friends are learning and practicing disability justice way of community building. Nishida is a doctoral student in a social personality psychology PhD program and an adjunct lecturer in psychology and disability studies at the City University of New York. Using frameworks of social justice studies and critical disability studies, her work focuses on the politicization of disabled people and community building through solidarity across various disability, justice, and identity based communities. She is also a performer in a project ʻGIMPʼ by Heidi Latsky Dance, a starting member of DISLABELEDtv, a media organization by disabled youth/young adults, and an organizer of DISLABELED Film series. Through her activism-oriented scholarship and art, she works toward disability justice and larger social justice.


Anna Brady Nuse
Anna Brady Nuse has worked for the past 12 years as a choreographer, filmmaker, writer, curator, and arts administrator. Her work in dance film has included directing and choreographing her own short films through her production company Straight to the Helicopter, as well as producing the cable access television series “Move the Frame” featuring dance films from across the country and around the world. In 2007 she was the Festival Coordinator of the 35th Annual Dance On Camera Festival produced by the Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In 2008 her paper on film curation was presented at the Screendance Conference at the American Dance Festival. Currently she publishes the blog Move the Frame ( and continues to develop services and programs for dance artists to make and distribute their work in media through Pentacle’s Movement Media Project.


Yuji Oka and Stephanie Gottlob
Stephanie Gottlob and Yuji Oka are choreographers, movement researchers and somatic pioneers who have been working together for nearly twenty years.  They have committed their lives to the development of Spiral Praxis, a bodymind system of reflexive flow techniques that helps people accelerate the learning process by accessing unconscious mental and physical states. Gottlob and Oka direct the Spiral Movement Center in Toronto, Canada where they teach a variety of unique cutting edge body/mind classes. Their newest class is an Advanced Studies Program, which entails over 1000 hours of experiential learning over a wide range of topics including massage, meditation, internal and external flow patterning, emotional and cognitive re-patterning, and creative exploration.


Jose Otavio Pompeu e Silva
Jose Otavio (BA occupational therapy, MA and PhD Visual Arts, Postdoctoral in Contemporary Culture) is a participant of the Brazilian College of Advanced Studies in the “Alexandria Space”. He is also Professor of Occupational Therapy at UFRJ, and Associate Researcher at the Program of Advanced Contemporary Culture, UFRJ.


Marta Simoes Peres
Marta Peres is a teacher at Universidade Federal Do Rio De Janeiro in dance and theatre direction departments. She is a dancer, choreographer, theatre director and physical therapist. She has a PhD in sociology and a master’s in health sciences from Universidade De Brasíli. She has been working for more than 20 years with dance, theatre and arts with people with physical disabilities and, more recently, with psychiatric disorders. She directed and choreographed some theatre-dance plays, among them, “The Quantic of the Bodies.” “68 to Vera,” “Carmina Burana” and “Why can’t we play with a head?”


Beth Portnoy
Beth Portnoy has been unleashing her mighty moves all over New York City as a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and filmmaker. Portnoyʼs dance for camera work has been screened at both International and US film festivals.


Stephen G. Post
Stephen G. Post is professor of preventive medicine and director/founder of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. Starting in the late 1980s, Post focused on the dynamic of caring and on ethical issues surrounding persons with developmental cognitive disabilities and dementia. Among his many awards is the Hope in Healthcare Award, which he received in 2008 for his “pioneering research and education in the field of unconditional love, altruism, compassion, and service.” His work was included in “Best American Spiritual Writing” (2005), and he received the Kama Book Award in Medical Humanities from World Literacy Canada (2008). He writes the Psychology Today blog entitled "The Joy of Giving" and he is the primary author of over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Science, The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine and The Lancet. He has written seven scholarly books on altruism, compassionate care, and love, and is also the editor of nine other books.


Joya Powell
A native New Yorker, Joya Powell received her MA in dance education at New York University, and her BA in Latin American studies and creative writing at Columbia University. Throughout her career she has danced with choreographers such as Katiti King, Neta Pulvermacher, Donlin Foreman and Paco Gomes. Her choreography has appeared in venues such as City Parks Dance, The Riverside Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, Casa del Prado Theatre in San Diego, and the Heckscher Park Chapin Rainbow Stage in Long Island. Powell has taught a fusion of Simonson Jazz and Afro-Brazilian dances in Brazil, Puerto Rico, and New York City. She is an adjunct lecturer at Stony Brook University where she teaches World Dance, Jazz, and Intro to World Dance Cultures, and is the Director of the 2012 Performance Dance Ensemble. As artistic director/choreographer of Movement of the People Dance Company she is dedicated to finding ways to empower underprivileged communities through dance.


Nalini Prakash
Nalini Prakash (MA in performing arts, BA in Indian classical music) provides direct clinical treatment services in dance/movement therapy to general and forensic psychiatry inpatients as a component of the hospital’s overall program of mental health care and treatment. Using creativity, spontaneity and sensitivity, Prakash facilitates recovery-based dance therapy groups that value and reflect cultural and ethnic diversity. She is also an acclaimed dancer, choreographer and teacher of Indian dance, Bharatanatyam and has performed throughout India and the United States for more than three decades. She worked for 15 years as a volunteer at Udhavi, a center for children with various physical and mental disabilities in India where she encouraged the children to dance and move to music to improve their general health and well being. She moved to the United States in 2008 where she pursued and graduated from a dance/movement therapy program at Drexel University, Philadelphia.


Rajyashree Ramesh
Rajyashree Ramesh (B.A., M.A. socio-cultural studies) is a dancer, choreographer, master teacher, Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA) and Founder-Director of Rasika Dance Theatre International. Trained in the classical Indian dance forms of Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi, her style of performing and teaching has been nurtured by several master teachers in India, guided by scholars, influenced by a 30-year practice of Yoga and enriched through various movement studies in the West that include a certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (USA). Her teaching career in India and Germany over the last three decades includes an in-depth dance training for professional dancers as much as community work in outreach programs. Her dance and choreographic signature is unique in its multidimensional approach, enhanced by her interaction with several cultures. Recipient of German state grants for her innovative choreographic ideas, her stage productions and commissioned work range from traditional to multinational, multidisciplinary and cross-cultural work with international artists.


Noah Riskin
Noah Riskin is an artist, writer, educator, former national and international champion gymnast who explores the meaning of the body/our physicality. He holds a BFA from The Ohio State University, MFA from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and a MEd in Human Movement from Boston University. Has been a research affiliate at the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies and was faculty in the Integrated Media and Dance Departments at The California Institute of the Arts, where he developed and taught Technology and the Body (a three course curriculum designed to explore technological development and design as a means of extending the human body). Riskin has presented his art and research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and The Exploration in San Francisco. He has taught at Tufts University, Rhode Island School of Design, California Institute of the Arts and MIT where he was director of the physical intelligence and head menʼs gymnastics coach.


Luz Alina Rivas
Luz Alina Rivas, an avid singer, songwriter, choreographer, and educator, from Columbia, South America. Raised in Queens, New York, Rivas attended the prestigious Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts where she was trained in drama by J.Eskow and J. Capilletti. At 18, she signed with Cutting Records, Inc, singing lead with Free-style group, Exalation. She earned a BA in music (with a minor in dance) from Stony Brook University.


Louie Russo
Louie Russo, ACE-certified trainer, will demonstrate five exercises of Falun Gong on site. Russo has held and participated in several dozen Falun Gong workshops and presentations over the past few years.


Aaron Selissen
Aaron Selissen, Co-Founder of Barkin/Selissen Project is originally from Green Bay, WI. He received his BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University. In 2002, he joined David Hochoy's Dance Kaleidoscope of Indianapolis. During his time with Dance Kaleidoscope, he enjoyed annual residencies at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He also performed with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Ballet Internationale, Peoria Ballet, and the Indianapolis Opera. In 2005, Selissen moved to New York City and was invited to dance with the Martha Graham Ensemble. He later joined the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Janis Brenner and Dancers with whom he still performs, and Isabel Gotzkowsky and Friends. He is a member of the Jose Limon Dance Co. In addition, Aaron teaches workshops and classes, and is a yoga teacher/fitness professional.


Natasha Simon
Natasha Simon was a member of the Phyllis Lamhut Dance Company for 25 years. She also performed with Meredith Monk and Mass Transit Street Theater. She was an Arts Partners Movement Specialist and Artist-in-Residence with the Arts for Living Program at the Henry Street Settlement and a Dance Critics Conference Fellow at the American Dance Festival. She is a member of the Nikolais Legacy Group.


Anastasi Siotas
Anastasi Siotas (BS with Honors in cell biology, MA education, MA movement and dance) teaches Advanced Feldenkrais trainings international, in partnership with Larry Goldfarb. He also teaches online at, as well as at Gotham Physical Therapy in NYC.


Sue Ann Sisto
Sue Ann Sisto (BS, MS, PhD in physical therapy) began her clinical practice at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation while she pursued her master’s degree and later her doctoral degree at New York University, graduating with a specialization in specialization in pathokinesiology, biomechanics and motor control. She later assumed the Directorship position of the Human Performance and Movement Analysis Laboratory at the Kessler Foundation. Sisto developed this laboratory over the next 10 years joining Stony Brook University in 2007. Sisto now teaches electrotherapy and physical therapy as well as other lectures in the areas of spinal cord injury. She is director of the Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance laboratory in Stony Brook’s Research and Development Park. This lab is the seat of faculty research across many scientific areas such as prosthetic gait, exercise equipment biomechanics, spinal cord injury gait, childhood obesity exercise, and athletic biomechanics to name a few. Additionally, Dr. Sisto is the Co-Director of the NeuroRecovery Network, funded by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control.


Robert Small
Robert Small toured worldwide with the Murray Louis Dance Company for nine years after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from UCLA in 1971. He later performed, choreographed and taught throughout the United States and Europe for 12 years with his company Robert Small and The Small Dance Company and as a Solo Dance Artist. He earned a Master’s degree in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design in 1993. He now dances with the Nikolais Legacy Group.


Cynthia Stevens
Cynthia Stevens is an award winning dance/multidisciplinary artist, and ecologist. She directs INSITU specializing in site-specific and environmental performance. Over the past 30 years her work has been presented in the United States, Europe and New Zealand including a site-specific performance in Muir Woods National Monument for it's Centennial; and at the Kroller Muller Museum Sculpture Garden, Netherlands. Her love of water has led audiences to swamps, creeks, and lakes Great and small.


Theresa Tiso
Theresa Tiso earned her BS and MS in physical education and New York State Health Education Certification from SUNY/Cortland and is an associate professor in Stony Brook’s School of Health Technology Management’s Department of Physical Therapy. From 1981 to 2000, Tiso coached varsity volleyball, successfully transitioning the program from Division III to Division I status, culminating in 2005 with her induction into the Stony Brook University Sports Hall of Fame. Tiso focuses her teaching and research activities in the sociology of sport, and of the body, exercise nutrition, wellness, obesity prevention in children, physical activity for older adults, gender and sport, and coaching and leadership issues in education. As a doctoral student in the Stony Brook University’s Department of Sociology, Tiso has recently focused on the sociology of science with an emphasis on the body, gender and health issues.


Selma Trevino
Selma Trevino (MA performance studies NYU, BA theatrical arts) is an actor, dancer, director, and co-founder of Corporeal Arts Incorporated. Trevino was an Outer/Space Artist-in-Residence 2006 to 2007 grant recipient from Dance Theatre Workshop in New York to create a choreography based on the "El Amor Brujo," choreographed by La Meri in 1953. She presents and directs choreography and research around the world. An expert in Corporeal Mime, she has taught in Brazil, France, Canada and the United States. She is developing a new work, "Memories of the Dutch Indies,” which appeared in Dixon Place's Crossing Boundaries series in Manhattan and at the Wax Works in Brooklyn. Her last work, LIGEIA, directed with William Trevino, was performed at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn and at the HERE in Manhattan.


William Trevino
William Trevino (MFA acting) is an educator, theatre artist, and martial artist. He is an assistant professor at St. Joseph’s College. His solo performance, LIGEA, a physical theatre adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe short story, was performed off Broadway at HERE last March.

william trevino 

Timothy Vallier
Timothy Vallier is a composer and tech enthusiast pursuing a PhD in music composition at Stony Brook University. Vallier’s works have been performed across the United States and overseas and vary greatly from a capella chamber choir music to mobile phone orchestra suites.


Wenyi Wang
Wenyi Wang is a board-certified pathologist and completed her pathologist residency training at New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital. She graduated as a medical doctor from the Baiqiuen Medical School, now part of Jilin University, China in 1983 and holds a PhD in pharmacology from the University of Chicago.

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Zhiyuan Wang
Zhiyuan Wang received his medical and aeromedicine training at the Fourth Military Medical University in Xian, China. He worked as aeromedicine residency physician and attending physician over 25 years and was editorial member of Journal of Flight Surgeon. After he relocated to the United States on 1995, Wang worked as researcher at cardiovascular research center of Harvard University before moving to New York City.


Andy Warshaw
Andrew Warshaw (MA, MFA) is an associate professor of music and dance and the music director of the dance department at Marymount Manhattan College. His work on musicians’ physical movements as fundamental elements of musical organization, an exploration of what he calls Locomotion-Encoded Musical Movements (LEMMS), has been presented at numerous international conferences and published in the journals Music and Medicine and Music and Dance. For this work, Warshaw was a finalist for the 2009 Thatcher Hoffman Smith Creativity in Motion Prize. Warshaw's music, lyrics and libretti have premiered at the Zellerbach Theater, Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop, and other venues. He has scored two films for director Richard Schlesinger. His project “The Sparks, The Ringing,” an opera about an Africa-American musicologist with a Hasidic son, has been supported by numerous foundations. A former dancer, Warshaw has taught movement, music and theater throughout the country and at NYU, Lincoln Center Institute, and Carnegie Hall.


Marcia Widenor
Marcia Widenor grew up in Urbana Illinois. At the University of Illinois she was active in theatre both as an actor and a set designer. She graduated from Vassar College in 1951 with a degree in art history. During more than fifty years on Long Island Widenor has worked as a printer sculptor and Installation Artist . Most of her work has used handmade paper, hand spun flax string and bamboo.  Recently her installation, “After the Tsunami,” was shown in South Korea at the Incheon Woman's Biennale.  Her work has also been shown in Iceland and Paris, France.  She has worked with Amy Sullivan on several dance productions at Stony Brook University.


Shuling Wu
Shuling Wu (MS OTR/L, MS LAc) is an occupational therapist, acupuncturist, and a health coach. She received her educational and training of occupational therapy from Stony Brook University, acupuncture from Tri-State College of Acupuncture and health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Wu integrates her diverse background of therapeutic rehabilitative strategies, alternative medicine and integrative nutrition to enable her clients to successfully return to and participate fully in life. Understanding the dynamic nature of this world and the complexity and individuality of it inhabitants, Wu chooses to use an integrated approach that is open minded, flexible, creative and dynamic. In addition, she strongly emphasizes the need to provide her clients with tools to not only recovery from a particular incident, but also to successfully continue on a life long journey of self healing and cultivation.


Raphael Xavier
Raphael Xavier is an award-winning artist from Wilmington, Delaware, who is credited for the resurrection and the growth of the Breaking community in Philadelphia from 1995 to present day. A self taught Hip Hop dancer and Breaking practitioner since 1983, Xavier has forged an exceptional approach to improvisation. His extensive research in Hip Hop forms have lead to the creation of Ground-Core, a Somatic dance technique, giving the practitioner a better understanding of the body within all dance forms. As active alumnus of the world renown Hip Hop Dance Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, his choreographic dance works, solo and ensemble, have been performed worldwide. “Alchemy of a Paradox” is his first literary work; a philosophical perspective of Hip-Hops culturati criticism in dance and social elements. He has established the Breaking form as a traditional folk art in the city of Philadelphia; simultaneously establishing Master and Apprentice programs, funded by the institute for cultural partnerships and the State of Pennsylvania and ACTA, Los Angeles.


Jingduan Yang
Jingduan Yang is a leading physician, board-certified psychiatrist and a fourth-generation teacher and practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine. He is the founder and medical director of Tao Institute of Mind and Body Medicine and practices integrative medicine in New York City, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. He is the director of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture Program at Myrna-Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and is on the faculty of the Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program at University of Arizona, led by Dr. Andrew Weil.


Sara Zimmerman
Sara Zimmerman is a theater artist who works in the pathways between text, sound and movement. Her original work has been presented in San Francisco at the Fury Factory Festival, Somarts, and Dancing in the Park, and in NYC at Triskelion, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Chocolate Factory/THROW, Spoke the Hub, and the Kitchen as part of the Fieldʼs Emerging Artist Residency.   She has her MFA from the University of California and is working toward a degree as a Certified Movement Analyst at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies.

Upcoming Festival of the Moving Body 
October 16 and 17, 2014
Stony Brook University 
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10 AM
Stony Brook University President
Professor of Dance,
Director Center for World Arts
University of Florida, Gainesville
October 17, 2014, 10AM
"Space, Place Memory in Movement"
Artist, Director, Filmaker, Choreographer 
Friday, October 17, 2014, 4PM - 6PM
"Translating Creativity and Imagination"
Followed by the "Work in Progress" Screening: 
Foreign Puzzle by Chithra Jeyaram
Responding Panel: Moderator, Stephen Dahlberg
Carol Baldwin Breast Center Faculty and Staff
Assistant Professor, Lily Cushenbery, PhD
SBU's College of Business

2014 Sponsors:

The Office of the Provost, Stony Brook University

The Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning

The Habitat for the Arts


2014 Endorsements:

Dance Films Association, NYC 



If you are interested in Sponsoring The Festival of the Moving Body, please contact


We welcome your support!

The Festival of the Moving Body • Stony Brook University
Phone: 631.632.3005

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