Dancers, Artists, + Collaborators

This season’s current dancers, artists, + collaborators:

MAKING HER MILLER ROTHLEIN DEBUT!
Chandra Moss
began her studies at the school of the Cleveland ballet and earned her BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University. Chandra was on the instructional staff with the Cincinnati Ballet, where she also danced in principal roles. She has performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Washington and Cincinnati Operas. Moss also instructed at Goucher College and has taught as a guest artist at other colleges and universities. She is Power Pilates certified.

Maggie Baker is an award winning costume designer with over a decade of work that has been showcased across the country. She is now based out of Philadelphia and is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design for a major Philadelphia University

Beau Hancock, B.A. in Dance and American Studies, University of Kansas, M.F.A. in Dance, Temple University, is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Beau recently earned his MFA in Dance from Temple University, where he was a University Fellow and recipient of the Rose Vernick Choreographic Achievement Award. While at Temple, he assisted Dr. Luke Kahlich with the Liverpool Project, researchingthe creativeprocess through digital media and in collaboration with Johns Moores University in Liverpool, England.  He also received a Temple Provosts Commission on the Arts grant to complete a semester-long study of improvisational performance and collaboration. In 2009, he was the Cleveland Art Prize/Kathryn Karipides Scholarship recipient, a national prize for summer dance study.
Beau was a founding member of the Bowery Dancers, a Lawrence, Kansas-based movement collective.  He began choreographing in Kansas, receiving his first grant from the Lawrence Arts Commission in 2003 to produce an evening-length work with fellow Bowery Dancer Ellie Goudie-Averill. In 2007, Hancock and Goudie-Averill cemented their working relationship with the founding of Stone Depot Dance Lab, a team of performing artists whose mission is to create honest and experiential dances.  Stone Depot will premiere a new work Casual Fridays in mid-February 2012 at the Lawrence Arts Center’s Regional Choreography Festival.
Beau’s own choreography has been presented at the Merce Cunningham Studio, Wesbeth Art Gallery, Movement Research at DTW, the Flea Theater, and Chi Movement Arts Center as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and the Painted Bride Arts Center as a nEW Festival Artist-In-Residence.  In 2010, he presented a site-specific performance in Clark Park, West Philadelphia in conjunction with the Bodies of Text series sponsored by the Philadelphia Center for the Book.  Beau was a Choreographic Guest Artist at Georgian Court University and with Catalyst Dance Company at the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School, and has taught master classes and workshops at the University of Kansas, Indiana University, Wayne State University, Juniata College, Girard College, and Café Dance (in Austin, Texas). He is currently adjunct faculty member at both Temple University and Rowan University.
As a performer, Beau has had the pleasure to work with Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Ellen Cornfield/cornfield dance, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Merian Soto/Performance Practice, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Bronwen MacArther/MacArther Dance Project, Olive Prince Dance, and Miller Rothlein.

Kristin Kest has been an illustrator for over 20 years and has created the interior and cover artwork for many books, magazines, calendars, and more for scores of publishing companies, mostly in the children’s science book genre.  Although she has great affection for her scientific and botanical work, Kest has recently branched out into the fantasy and science fiction genre which she sees as the next step in her evolution as an illustrative artist. This move has been a result of her feminist studies; Kest sees the F+SF genre as a logical platform for challenging social norms within the visual field of communication. Kest also teaches Illustration and Drawing classes at her Alma mater, York College of Pennsylvania. She earned her MFA at Maryland Institute, College of Art, exhibits her work in numerous galleries, and lectures at conferences and symposia on the importance of storytelling in illustration. Kest works in traditional media with brushes and oil paint primarily on canvas, and sealed masonite or gessoed heavy paper.

Dana Pleakis, born and raised in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, began her formal dance training with Deanna Schubert and Lisa Wasserman, followed by a scholarship to Princeton Ballet School, where she was invited by Graham Lustig of American Repertory Ballet to perform in the company’s Nutcracker. She attended summer programs at American Repertory Ballet, Houston Ballet, and ABT New York. In May 2006, Dana graduated from SUNY Purchase in New York, cum laude, with a B.F.A. degree in dance performance. While at Purchase, she danced in numerous solo roles in the Purchase Dance Corps including Marzipan, Les Noces, and Stephanie Tooman’s Lullabye Gone. After graduation, Dana danced with New Jersey’s Terra Firma Dance Theatre. While there, she danced in works by Stuart Loungway and Septime Webre. Other roles include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Terpsichore and Polyhimnia in Apollo, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and Dawn in Coppelia. Dana joined Miro in March 2007 for the premiere of Amanda Miller’s Pitch Black and has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in their productions of Rigoletto, and L’enfant et les sortileges. She was last seen in Miller Rothlein’s Still Life.

Paul Struck is a native of Pensacola Florida, where he began his dance training studying tap, jazz and theatre-dance, performing with many regional dance and theatre companies. Mr. Struck started his modern dance training at Pensacola Junior College studying the techniques of Doris Humphrey and Jose Limon. In 1984 he moved to Philadelphia to work with Danceteller, under the direction of Trina Collins, where he created numerous roles in original works combining modern dance and traditional theatre techniques. He performed and toured extensively with the company for 13 years. Since that time, Mr. Struck has worked with several companies including Group Motion, Melanie Stewart Dance, SCRAP, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, and many local independent choreographers. Paul is a certified Movement Analyst using the theories of Rudolf Von Laban to create and enhance new work. 1999 saw the first collaboration between Mr. Struck and Amanda Miller, a duet inspired by Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings for The Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In 2001 he and Tobin Rothlein, after working together at Group Motion, were commissioned by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to create a series of video and live performance vignettes for the internationally acclaimed Philadelphia Flower Show. The success of that performance garnered a second invitation for Mr. Struck to appear in the 2007 Flower show. Mr. Struck has been praised by local press as being among the best of Philadelphia’s modern character dancers. In recent years his attention has turned to creating floral fantasy costumes, which have been shown at Art in City Hall, and debuted annually at Henri David’s Halloween Ball. When not dancing, Mr. Struck works at his partner Henri David’s jewelry store,Halloween, where he and Mr. David bring sparkle to everyday life.

Pete M. Wyer is a UK based composer. He has created works for the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Juilliard Orchestra and many others as well as producing and arranging numerous songs and writing scores for TV drama and documentaries such as BBC television’s ‘Roman Mysteries’. He is the recipient of five international fellowships and a ‘Best Composer’ award at London Fringe Report Awards, 2011.  For further information go to  http://pmwmusic.com

 

Past:

Carol Bailey

Uri Caine

James Clotfelter

Rennie Harris

Joy Havens

Nadia Hironaka

Scott Lowe

John McCary

Viji Rao

Relâche

Anthony Rizzi

Jacob TV

Andre Zachery

Zeena Parkins

Prism Quartet

Praveen D. Rao

Maureen Whiting

Johannes Wieland