Kate Aronson has been a theater professional for over 25 years as an actor, director, producer, writer and teacher of theater. She taught acting, voice & speech, improvisation, and theater history for many years in the professional actors’ training program at Point Park University. She has directed numerous plays in all genres of theater, from Greek comedy to Shakespeare to contemporary musicals. She has worked and studied with Robert Wilson, Cicely Berry, Meredith Monk, and Peter Brosius, among others, and has performed all over the U.S., in London and Bulgaria. She has written, designed & produced several solo theater pieces; she co-founded, performed & toured with Squonk Opera, an experimental performance group as well as founding, producing & performing in the annual Women’s Work Festival in Pittsburgh for several years. She is also a musician and is currently in a local band called Burn the Maps.
Rachel Carrico is currently a Faculty Fellow in the Department of Dance at the University of Oregon. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California–Riverside and an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU. In 2015-16, she was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies in/and the Humanities at Stanford University's Department of Theater & Performance Studies. Carrico's research explores the aesthetic, political, and social histories of second lining, an improvisational dance form rooted in New Orleans's African diaspora parading traditions. Her scholarship has been published in TDR: The Drama Review and TBS: The Black Scholar, awarded the Society of Dance History Scholars' Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for excellence in dance scholarship, and supported by grants from such entities as the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship Program, the UC Center for New Racial Studies, and the Center for Gulf South Research at Tulane University. Also a practitioner, Carrico completed the Limón Institute's dance teacher training. In 2008, she co-founded Goat in the Road Productions in New Orleans, with whom she has directed two international artist residencies and launched Play/Write, a youth playwriting festival, in New Orleans schools. Carrico is also a contributor to New Orleans's Data News Weekly and a consultant for the forthcoming documentary film on New Orleans vernacular dance, Buckumping by Lily Keber. She parades annually with the Ice Divas Social and Pleasure Club.
Safietou Goudiaby "Dallo"
I was born in the village of Thionk Essyl in the southern Casamance region of Senegal, West Africa. I grew up there living a traditional Diola life, fishing in the river, growing rice, gathering fruit and wild food in the forest. Dance is a central part of my culture. Every major event in the lives of our people is celebrated with dance.
In early 2010 I began teaching weekly classes at the Casa Verde Common House near downtown Colorado Springs, and I offer monthly dance workshops at the Marmalade studio at the Smokebrush. I have performed at several events on the Colorado College campus, for the Imagination Celebration and the “What If” festival.
I love teaching African dance because it allows me to share the beauty of my culture with others.
Rennie Harris has brought these "social" dances to the "concert" stage, Rennie Harris and his company Rennie Harris Puremovement are known internationally for creating a cohesive dance style that finds a cogent voice in the theater. Considered the pioneer of “Street Dance” Theater, at the turn of the century alongside Princess Grace Kelly and Dr. Julius Erving, Harris was voted one of the most influential people in the last one hundred years of Philadelphia history. He’s been compared to twentieth-century dance legends, Alvin Ailey and Bob Fosse. Awarded 3 Bessie Awards, 3 Alvin Ailey Black Choreographers Awards, an Ethnic Dance Award, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography as well as nominated for a Lawrence Olivier Award
(UK). He received a “Philadelphia Rocky” award, Governors Artist of the year Award and the USA artist award for choreography, and voted one of Philadelphia’s Creative Ambassadors in 2010. He also received two honorary doctorates in the Arts and Humanities from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and the other in the Fine Arts from Columbia College Chicago, Il. Rennie Harris Puremovement. Rennie Harris also toured the middle east such as Eygpt, Jordan, Palenstine and surrounding countries as 1 of 4 Ambassadors for the United States as part of President Obama’s cultural exchange program Dance Motion USA, which was lead by former Secretary of the State Hilary Clinton. He and his company Rennie Harris Puremovement and their infectious brand of movement have pioneered a new genre Hip-hop/Street Dance Theater. Dr. Lorenzo "Rennie" Harris is atop the hip-hop heap – its leading ambassador
Juli Hendren is a founding member and the Artistic Director of Tricklock Company and the Curator of The Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Hendren has produced artists from over twenty different countries around the world through the festival. She is a director, writer, actor, and teacher who has taught and performed across the US, Canada, Europe, Uganda and Colombia. Hendren was a part of the TCG delegation to Cuba in 2015 and Chile in 2017. She was the production manager for the California International Theatre Festival and the UNM/ATEC collaboration in Beijing, China. She is a graduate of UNM and has trained in physical theatre with Dell‘Arte, Open Theatre, and Double Edge Theatre, song and body work with Gardzienice of Poland, clown and buffoon with Mump and Smoop in Canada, and voice with Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadowska. She has collaborated with US playwrights Neil LaBute, Mac Wellman, and Idris Goodwin on several projects. She is a critically acclaimed solo performer and has toured the US and Europe with her solo work. She is a member of Theatre Without Borders, the Think Tank for the Global Theatre Initiative, and an adjunct instructor in theatre at University of New Mexico.
Laura Hymers Treglia
Laura Hymers Treglia began her professional dance career in New York City as a founding member of the Tiffany Mills Company, performing and teaching in NYC and at colleges around the country. Ms. Hymers Treglia continued to fulfill her love of dance as Director of Education for the Trisha Brown Dance Company. In Colorado Springs, she presently performs with Ormao Dance Company, and teaches Modern Dance and Awareness Through Movement at Pikes Peak Community College. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University and is a certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.
As the founder of the Ormao Dance Company, Ms. Janet Johnson has brought a longed-for level of professional contemporary dance to Colorado Springs. She has introduced noted choreographers to the company and given young, emerging choreographers fertile ground to launch exciting new works. As a choreographer, she is a four-time recipient of the Pikes Peak Arts Council Award for Excellence in Choreography. After studying at the University of Wisconsin, she began dancing, teaching and choreographing in a variety of companies until founding Ormao Dance Company in 1990. Her belief in the inclusive nature of modern dance has created a company with depth of artistic expression, brilliance of technical skill, and given the Colorado Springs community a professional contemporary dance company to call their own.
Hip Hop Teacher Ron “Future” Jules was born in West Palm Beach Florida. In 2008 he graduated from Penn State University. While he was at Penn State he was on the Track Team and as well studied dance. Ron is an all style dancer, freestyler and choreographer. He specializes in hip-hop, popping, locking, break dance, krump, and house. He was the co-founder/Vice president of R.A.M SQUAD, Penn State Hip-Hop Club. Ron worked as a Hip Hop instructor for Penn State, Woodward Camp and Local Colleges in Colorado Springs.His also part of Rennie Harris Grassroots Hip-Hop Theatre company in Colorado. His influences are Mr. Wiggles, Electric Boogaloos, The Lockers, Tight Eyez, Elite Force, Monsters of Hip-Hop, World of Dance, R.A.M Squad and many more. Ron is excited to be sharing his knowledge and talents with all the dancers in Colorado.
His mission for dance is to teach people the foundation and history of the hip hop culture. He has danced with the best of the best and has taught and taken master workshops all across the United States. His goal is to motivate his students and help them become more innovative in all aspects of their life.
Aoi Koenig (née Funakoshi) (Dancer and Teacher) originally hails from Chiba, Japan, where she started her classical ballet study. She furthered her craft at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance in 2000. She has toured nationally and internationally with classical ballet and contemporary dance companies from Canada, Mexico and USA . Her favorite memories of intensive performing years are from the ones with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company (USA), Compania de Danza Tania Perez-Salas, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, Laleget Danza (Mexico City, Mexico), Ballet Ouest Montreal, Cas Public Production and Les Sortileges (Montreal, Canada). Aoi came to Colorado Springs with her husband and their first baby in early 2011. She has been enjoying performing with Ormao Dance Company and teaching for local dance schools including Ormao Dance School, Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College. As a busy Mom of three, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her love of dance and her experience with the students at Colorado Springs.
Sue Lauther (MFA U of Illinois) has served as a teacher, performer and choreographer for projects around the world: Argentina, Taiwan, New Zealand, Ecuador, Mexico, Australia, Jordan, Costa Rica, and all over the US. She believes that technique is being able to demonstrate physical intention clearly, so she approaches teaching as a vehicle to help her students explore, expand, and clarify their options. She encourages her dancers to be part of the artistic process. Sue’s choreography encompasses a broad range of styles and perspectives—from playful to pensive, zany to formal. Currently teaching Contact Improvisation at Colorado College, she finds her joy in the metaphors, accuracy and sensation of riding that dance form.
After earning a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and an M Arch from Yale, Tom went on to work for firms as diverse as SOM and Morphosis, Rios Associates and The Irvine Company. Tom started Tom Marble Architecture in 2001. Since then he has completed dozens of projects ranging from furniture design to the transformation of neighborhoods. His practice has extended to public art, assisting the artist Pae White with a series of large-scale commissions. He has also been committed to research, probing the often antagonistic relationship of people to place, first through "Twelve Minutes with Frank & Dolores" a short film he presented at the 1989 Monterey Design Conference, then in articles for trade journals, and later in book form with After the city this (is how we live) published by the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design in 2008. In addition to contributions to industry journals such as Rotterdam-based MONU Magazine, Tom is currently working on The Expediter, an architectural film noir exploring the role of real estate development in the formation of contemporary Los Angeles. Tom has taught at USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury, and SCI-Arc and has been a visiting critic at those schools as well as UCLA. Tom taught a community-based urban studio, Urban Successionism in Colorado Springs, at Colorado College in the Spring of 2012 and will do so again in 2018 with Our Cities, Our Selves, which will explore how interaction addresses imbalance in complex adaptive systems at multiple scales. Tom is currently the Vice-Chair of the Debs Park Advisory Board in Northeast Los Angeles and is a former President of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council. He served on the board of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design from 2002-07. He has a Certificate in Writing for Film and Television from the UCLA Writers Program as well as a Certificate in Innovation for Products and Services from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Tom Marble is a registered architect in California.
Becca Roo is the owner of the Playoga studio. The “Play” in Playoga captures Becca’s philosophy that yoga can be fun and that there is a dance between yoga and everyday life. Her classes are deeply authentic and lively. Becca explores parallels between the physical body-centered experiences of practice and themes of daily existence. Teaching students deep optimum alignment in their bodies is Becca’s mission; she is a master at meeting students where they are and providing perfect feedback that allows them to experience alignment.
Becca has been practicing and studying yoga since 2001. She's experimented with many styles of yoga and has incorporated 13 years of experience into a challenging and dynamic practice. She's completed workshops or trainings in Interdisciplinary, Self-Awakening, Yin, Power, and Anusara® Yoga. Her primary teachers are Jeanie Manchester, Desiree Rumbaugh and Christina Sell.
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