We rotate some courses and instructors every other year; the list includes our instructional faculty over a two-year period. 2016-17 indicates that they taught last year but are not teaching this current year. If no year numbers are listed, this indicates this year's faculty, including several who teach for us on a continuing basis.
Linda Caruso Haviland is an Associate Professor at Bryn Mawr College and the founder and Director of the Dance Program, and previously served as the Alice Carter Dickerman Chair for the Director of the Arts. Prior to her current roles at Bryn Mawr, she founded the dance program at SUNY/Westchester CC and taught in several colleges and universities. She also teaches in and directed Bryn Mawr College’s critical thinking and writing program for first year students and has received the College’s Rosalyn R. Schwartz teaching award. She received her undergraduate degree in dance from Adelphi University, continued studying technique in NYC, and went on to complete her doctorate in the areas of dance and philosophy at Temple University. She has performed with companies in New York and Philadelphia, principally with ZeroMoving Company under the direction of Hellmut Gottschild, and continues to dance and choreograph. Her professional activities include panel presentations, interdisciplinary arts collaborations, and projects focusing on mediating the multiple perspectives that arise from the observation of and writing about dance. Her scholarly research has included preserving the work of significant Philadelphia dance artists through oral histories and video documentation. Her recent writing projects include a focus on the rise of a professional class of dancers in turn of the century Philadelphia; the role of bodiedness in both historiography and the archive, including co-editing a book, The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance and Memory; and investigating the concepts of restaging or reenacting including a three part essay commissioned by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, two of which are now accessible on the web: Every Copy an Original: William Forsythe and his Restaged Ballets and Resubstantiating the Dance: William Forsythe's Synchronous Objects.
Madeline Cantor (Associate Director) received a BA from Barnard College and MFA from the University of Michigan. She performed and choreographed as a member of Dance Conduit from 1980-89 and continues to work independently. She has been awarded grants for her choreography and is active as a guest choreographer with college and youth companies and community groups and professional companies, including Nimbus Dance Works which currently has three of her dances for young audiences in its repertory. At Bryn Mawr she teaches technique, composition, repertory, and praxis courses in arts teaching and dance appreciation. She directs the Bryn Mawr Dance Outreach Project, a group which performs in Philadelphia schools, and is involved with reconstruction projects of historic modern dance. Outside of Bryn Mawr she directs Dance TAG (Teaching Artists Group), and serves on the national board of Dance and the Child International.
David Brick graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in Dance and English with special emphasis on gender issues. He is Co-Artistic Director of Headlong Dance Theater, a critically acclaimed company that produces work in an environment of physical, intellectual, and choreographic collaboration. The company was awarded a ‘Bessie’ in NYC for their work and was listed in Philadelphia Magazine among its "50 rising stars." Headlong's work has been presented nationally and internationally, including Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, P.S. 122 (NYC), The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and The Wilma Theater, among others, to a range of audiences. Prior to Headlong, David danced with the Richard Bull Dance Theater. David has guest taught and choreographed at numerous colleges and universities and has taught at Temple University and the University of the Arts. David is also a sign language interpreter. He has received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Fellowship, a creative artist fellowship from the Japan-US Friendship Commission, residencies at Dance Place in D.C. and at The Yard. More recently, David has co-directed The Quiet Circus, a series of river charrettes supported in part by Pew Center for Arts and Heritage —performances and audience participatory conversations—at various sites along Philadelphia's waterfronts, each involving a different artist or practitioner focusing on the particular site. He is also co-founder and dean of the Headlong Performance Institute, an intensive Philadelphia semester in hybrid performance for which students can receive a full semester of undergraduate credit through Bryn Mawr College.
moved to Philadelphia in 2005 after graduating from Radford University with a BFA in Dance and while here worked with a variety of companies and independent artists including Scrap Performance Group, Group Motion Dance Company, MacArthur Dance Project, Stone Depot Dance Lab, Beau Hancock, Jodi Obeid, and Olive Prince Dance. She has recently returned to Philadelphia after receiving an MFA in Dance Performance from The University of Iowa and has most recently danced with Chisena Danza
and Megan Bridge. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at Temple University and Montgomery County Community College; she also teaches Pilates at several gyms in Philadelphia. Her own choreography has been presented at the Nadine Project in Mystic, CT and HATCH in Philadelphia. (2016-17)
Laurel Card began her journey into dance through serious competitive gymnastics. She also studied jazz, modern and ballet and introduced hip hop into her vocabulary after studying at Illadelph Legends. After moving to Philadelphia, she became a member of Montazh Performing Arts Company, an all-female hip hop dance company. Laurel also taught at the surrounding dance studios but principally at Academy of Social Dance where she trained and taught social and competitive ballroom and Latin dance under Chuck Danza. Laurel has danced in several Pro/Am competitions and Pro shows throughout the United States. Her specialty is Rhythm and Latin with a twist of Hip Hop. Laurel recently became a certified Health Coach and started Solo Rhythm which teaches women Latin movement and rhythms in solo form and focuses on nutrition, fitness and dance. (2016-17)
Kyle Clark (Just Sole) began dancing at DeVe’s Christian School of the Performing Arts near Baltimore and later trained at Steps on Broadway in NYC. He graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he trained in all forms including modern and tap. He has performed with Philadanco’s second company, with Eleone Dance Theatre, and became a core member of the Hip-hop dance company, Rennie Harris PureMovement, where he is also Rehearsal Director. Selected via Puremovement to be a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. by the Obama Administration, he performed, taught and led lecture/demonstrations in Egypt, Israel and Palestine. Clark has performed with or in works by noted choreographers including Christopher Huggins, Gregory Hines, Zane Booker, Curt Haworth, and Brian Sanders. Last year he was invited by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to create a work for their second company. He has performed and taught Hip-hop workshops regionally, nationally, and abroad. In 2014, Kyle and his wife won the “House” dance category in Juste Debout USA, the world’s largest and most competitive street dance competition. He is the co-founder and director of Funky Sole Fundamentals. (2016-17)
Felicia V. Cruz started her training at age three in Allentown PA. She later went on to study at various summer programs including the Rock School of Philadelphia and later received a scholarship at the Richmond Ballet of VA. After high school Felicia studied at Steps on Broadway in NYC. She joined Jay-T Jenkins’ company Jete’ Performance Company while completing studies for her BFA in ballet performance from University of the Arts. She has performed with Carbon Dance Theater (2010-2013) under the direction of Meredith Rainey and is a founding member (along with Heidi Cruz who had taught and choreographed at Bryn Mawr) as well as an Assistant Director and resident choreographer for Dancespora.
Melanie Cotton started training at age four at the Ivy Leaf School and continued at the prestigious Freedom Theater School of Performing Arts where she studied acting, modern dance, West African (Umfundalai), jazz, and ballet. She danced and performed in the underground hip-hop scene before studying with pioneering hip-hop performers from the legendary group Elite Force. She studied with Moncell Durden, Rennie Harris, and the creator of locking, Don “Campbell Lock” Campbell. Melanie earned her AS in communications theater at Community College of Philadelphia and was resident choreographer for theater productions directed by Dr. Ardencia Hall-Karambe. In 2003 she became a principal dancer and choreographer for Philadelphia’s all-female hip-hop dance crew, Montazh Performing Arts Company. Melanie also worked with Rennie Harris PureMovement, performing and teaching around the world. She is a youth facilitator and a teaching artist with Moving Creations: Girls On The Move; directs the feminist hip-hop group, Women's Revolutionary Vagime; has worked with theater companies including 1812 Productions and Philadelphia Theater Company; and has collaborated with independent choreographers and performance artists. Melanie appeared in the 2013 Philadelphia production of In the Heights.
R. Colby Damon's early training included study with the Richmond Ballet, at the Virginia School of the Arts, and summer sessions at the Boston Ballet. He danced with the Sacramento Ballet for five years, performing soloist and principal roles in numerous classical and contemporary pieces, including works by George Balanchine, Glen Tetley, Trey McIntyre, Dwight Rhoden among others. In 2007, Colby relocated to New York and worked as a guest artist with Mark Morris Dance Group, Northwest Dance Project, and Thang Dao Dance Company and others. He also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a principal in Alexei Ratmansky’s Aida, as well as in Mark Morris’ Orfeo e Euridice. In 2008, Colby joined BalletX in Philadelphia where he was featured in over 20 world premiers, including original creations by Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Jodi Gates, James Gregg, Mauro Astolfi and Matthew Neenan, among others. He has also performed as an independent artist with several NYC choreographers and collectives. Colby began his choreographic explorations with fellow Sacramento Ballet company dancers. He has set choreography on dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet, was commissioned to create new work for the Charlottesville Ballet and BalletX and has presented work in several NYC venues. Colby is also certified to teach both Chen style Tai Ji Quan and Yoga and has an active interest as well in environmental issues. (2016-17)
Denise Somrack D’Angelo, after her youth training in Cleveland, Ohio, came to Philadelphia on full scholarship to study with Lupe Serrano at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet. Denise served as an apprentice for one year, then went on to dance professionally with the Pennsylvania Ballet from 1980-88, rising to the rank of soloist. Her favorite roles were from the classic ballets such as Swan Lake and Giselle, and also the Balanchine ballets, including Jewels, Western Symphony, and Serenade. She has been teaching and choreographing locally since 1997 at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy founded by one of the Dance Program’s earlier instructors, Lisa Collins Vidnovic.
Nia Eubanks-Dixon graduated from the University of the Arts and has performed and taught extensively. She danced with Urban Bush Women and has performed as well with Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, Philadanco II, Dunya West African Dance Company, Alo Brasil, and Dance Theater X. Most recently she created a piece on Philadelphia-based Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble (no relation!). Nia is also a committed educator working with children and adults alike, is an ordained minister and works with the New Hope Baptist Church, recently creating their Education Through the Arts program. Reverend Nia teaches African and Modern techniques and choreographs for the African Ensemble.
Bethany Formica graduated with a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 1994 and since then has worked with several New York City-based companies including Sean Curran and Company, Pearson/Widrig Dance Theatre, and JoAnna Mendl Shaw, and Philadelphia-based choreographers and companies such as Megan Mazarick, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, Leah Stein Dance Co., Brian Sanders/JUNK, Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, Myra Bazell, Kate Watson-Wallace, Group Motion Multimedia Dance, and Rennie Harris PureMovement. She has also danced in Poland with Dada Von Bzdulow Theatre and Koncentraa and with Melina Martin in Argentina among others. Bethany has received grants and fellowships for her own work as well including support from prestigious institutions such as the Independence Foundation and The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance. Her work has been presented in Philadelphia, NYC as well as in Italy, Poland, Bulgaria and England. She has instructed or directed master classes and residencies in New York City and at MassMoca, University of the Arts, Temple University, Rowan University, Franklin and Marshall College, Bates College to name a few and internationally in the Dominican Republic, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Poland, and England. She has also taught elementary and high school residencies and taught movement classes for schizophrenic patients at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. She is currently a performer with Cardell Dance Theatre and the owner of Sawdust Siren creating beautiful wood-centric craft/arts.
Dolores Luis Gmitter studied Flamenco in Barcelona, Madrid and New York. Beginning in 1986 she performed for over two decades with Flamenco Ole. She also teaches flamenco at the Arts League in Philadelphia and at Swarthmore College.
Yasmin Goodman trained extensively in gymnastics and in Shotokan Karate before turning to dance. She has studied at Temple University and with top area Jazz teachers and has taught and performed in the greater Philadelphia area for 20 years. She founded and directed Yazzu Dance Company and was director at the Main Line YMCA Jazz Dance programs.
Lela Aisha Jones has been awarded a Consortium for Faculty Diversity fellowship to be in residence at Bryn Mawr for the coming academic year. She is an ABD candidate in Dance at Texas Woman’s University. She is an active artist and an artist activist who intertwines personal history, diasporic movement, social commentary, and interdisciplinary methods. She has taught and performed in Africa with the Same Story Different Countries Project directed by Dr. Lynnette Overby and in New Zealand where she worked with artist & scholar Ojeya Cruz Banks. Lela is the founder of FlyGround where she cultivates her diasporic movement practice and artistry and among other awards and honors is a 2016 PEW fellow, a 2015 Leeway Foundation Transformation awardee, and an incubated artist at Headlong Dance Theater. She received her MFA in dance from Florida State University.
Corinne Karon has studied tap extensively and currently performs with and is assistant artistic director of the highly celebrated Tap Team Two & Company. She has also studied Irish step dancing in Ireland. She has successfully tapped on every continent in the world, including Antarctica! Corinne also teaches on a regular basis at Rowan University, University of the Arts, Chester Valley Dance Academy, and Wissahickon Dance Academy. She is the founder and artistic director of Uniting Colleges Through Tap.
Katherine Kiefer Stark received her BA in dance in 2002 from Connecticut College and her MFA in Choreography in 2009 from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Stark has performed with a number of choreographers including John Gamble Dance Theatre, Immediate Theatre directed by Katherine Ferrier, Loren Groenendaal/ Vervet Dance and Eleanor Goudie-Averill/Stone Depot Dance Lab among others. She has presented her own work in a variety of venues and festivals including Movement Research Open Performance in Brooklyn; American Dance Festival’s Acts to Follow and the Asheville Fringe Festival in North Carolina; Cultivate Dance Festival in New Hampshire; Fringe Wilmington in Delaware; and Last Mondays, Studio Series, and the Philly Fringe Festival in Philadelphia. She has set works, and taught in venues and universities in Philadelphia and throughout the US. She founded and is the artistic director of The Naked Stark, a Philadelphia- based contemporary dance company.
Megan Mazarick started dance training at age seven, often taking classes with her mother who is also a dancer. She received her BFA in dance from UNC Greensboro and her MFA in dance from Temple University, concentrating on choreography and performance work. Her choreography has been presented frequently in noted venues in Philadelphia and New York City and she has toured work throughout the USA and internationally. Most recently, her work was shown at the Singapore Fringe Festival. She was invited to Egypt to create work on Egyptian dancers for a Contemporary Dance festival in 2015 and in 2014 brought a new work to the Zawirowania International Choreography Competition in Warsaw, Poland. As a performer she loves dancing in unusual and site-specific work. She has also worked with Keith Thompson, Marianela Boan, Merian Soto, Anonymous Bodies and members of Lower Left. She currently teaches at University of the Arts, Rowan University and Blue Bell Dance Academy. Megan has also taught outreach at several elementary and middle schools in the Philadelphia area and North Carolina, master classes and has been a visiting guest artist at several universities including Duke University and Drexel University. (2016-17)
Rebecca Malcolm-Naib holds a BA in Dance from Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated with highest honors, and a MFA from the University of Washington. She served as a faculty member at Kent State University and then the University of Washington before she joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr College. Becky has taught master classes at several colleges and universities and been a faculty member at Bates Dance Festival's Young Dancers Workshop. She has performed throughout the US with several dance companies, including Battery Dance Company in NYC, ZeroMoving Dance Company, and Karen Bamonte Dance in Philadelphia, and Chambers Dance Company in Seattle as well as many independent choreographers. She was a co-founder and co-director of Travesty Dance Group from 1997-2010. Becky is a choreographer, writer, and dancer, and although trained in several techniques, teaches Modern Dance as well as Anatomy for Dance at BMC.
Linda Karash Mintze
r studied with Thomas Cannon and and performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet
from 1971 through 1982, interrupting her tenure to attend Harvard/Radcliffe for two years. She danced several leading roles with the company and after retirement worked there in public relations and special projects. She received a BA from NYU and attended Drexel University's Nesbitt College of Design Arts. In addition to her immersion in the Balanchine style, she is a certified Vaganova instructor. Mintzer is a faculty member at the highly regarded Pennsylvania Academy of Dance in Narberth.
Chandra Moss-Thorne began her studies at the school of the Cleveland Ballet and earned her BA in dance pedagogy from Butler University. Chandra danced with the Cincinnati Ballet, including principal roles, and has performed as well as with the Dance Theater of Harlem and with the Washington and Cincinnati Operas. She was on the instructional staff at the Cincinnati Ballet and at Goucher College and has taught as a guest artist at other colleges and universities. She is also a certified Pilates instructor. (2016-17)
Shannon Murphy graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Dance from Point Park University and, while pursuing her performance career, continued her investigations into the somatic and movement healing arts. She is currently one of the few level three Franklin Method Educators in the US. She was on the faculty of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Point Park College, has been guest artist at several Philadelphia universities or colleges and is on the staff at University of the Arts. Her danceworks have been presented at multiple venues in the US and in Paris and she was also selected as a New Edge Resident Artist at the CEC in Philadelphia. She was awarded one of five prestigious Live Arts Brewery (LAB) residency choreographic fellowships to produce a work for Live Arts' 2013 season. Shannon has danced for Peggy Baker, Robert Battle and Wally Cardona and collaborated with noted Philadelphia choreographers. Shannon is also Co-Director of Idiosyncrazy Productions, an adventurous and award-winning dance collective. In addition to her work in contemporary dance, Shannon has choreographed several musicals ranging from Carousel to Urinetown.(2016-17)
Olive Prince is a dancer, choreographer, and educator with an MFA in Dance and Choreography. She has danced professionally in Philadelphia with several of its leading dance companies including Group Motion Multimedia Dance Company, Kun Yang Lin/Dancers and Merian Soto Performance Practice. Prince is also the artistic director of her own company, Olive Prince Dance and her awards include a two year choreographer's residency with the Susan Hess Choreographer's Group, selection as a nEW Festival artist and as a resident artist at the Iron Factory. She is interested in weaving the choreographic process in parallel with other artists and she has been commissioned to make both stage and site specific work for other dance companies as well and her own. Her work has been performed in Philadelphia and New York.
Lauren Putty White received her BFA from University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2005, winning both the UArts Choreography Prize and Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance award. She has performed with companies such as Washington Reflections, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Parsons Dance Company in NYC and most recently with award-winning Philadadanco. She has also performed recently with Waheed works and Stone Depot Dance Lab in the Philly Fringe Festival, as a guest artist with Carbon Dance Theater, and with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra. Lauren has set work on Washington Reflections Dance Company, BalletX, and has created solo and group work for Putty Dance Project, a company that she directs with her husband and jazz musician/composer Brent White. Proficient in ballet, modern and jazz, she has taught master classes at various colleges and universities and is currently teaching as well at Stockton University.
Meredith Rainey began dancing at age 15. In 1985 he joined the Milwaukee Ballet and then moved to the Pennsylvania Ballet where he was promoted to soloist in 1999 until his retirement in 2006. He also guested with the Dance Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Dance. He has performed works by famous 20th century choreographers including George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, José Limón, John Cranko, and William Forsythe. He also originated roles choreographed by Robert Weiss, Jorma Elo, David Parsons, Trey McIntyre, Kevin O’Day, Dwight Rhoden and Matthew Neenan. Upon retiring from performance, he turned to choreography, participated in several residencies, directed his own company, Carbon Dance Theatre from 2009-2014, and is now collaborating with other artists in PITCH. Meredith has choreographed for Pennsylvania Ballet, Incolballet (Ballet Clásico Nacional de Colombia), BalletX, Hubbard Street 2, and others. His work has been performed throughout North and South America and Europe. He has taught ballet and choreographed for higher learning institutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He has won support from numerous institutions including the PA Council on the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and a Dance Advance Grant. (2016-17)
Ramaa Ramesh began studying classical Indian dance at the age of 6 and her principal mentor was the renowned artist of the Bharathanatyam style, Citra Visweswaran. She has been performing since the age of 12 and has danced in India, Europe, the Middle East, and the US. She pursued her doctoral studies at Temple University and she presently directs the Nardhana Academy of Dance. Ms. Ramesh teaches an introduction to Bharathanatyam. (2016-17)
Donna Reinhart & Bob Butryn were co-directors of Swing Connection Dance company for several years and they have continued teaching and performing Lindy, Swing and other contemporary and historical social forms together and with other partners. They placed in many competitions along the East Coast and teach in various venues throughout the city. Donna continues to dance and teach, while Bob tours his dance music program, Crazy Rhythm/Fancy Feet and is also a sought-after musician in the Philadelphia area.
Michelle Stortz is a Texas native who received her BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin before migrating to San Francisco where she worked both collaboratively and independently as producer, performer and choreographer for eleven years. Her work has graced stages in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Austin, Italy and Singapore where she did a year long residency--choreographing, teaching and performing. She received her MFA in 2005 from Ohio State University and served for several years as the Artistic Director of Ring Dance Theater. Michelle's work also includes workshops in yoga for cancer and chronic illnesses.
Lauren Ouano Yeremian
has been dancing hula and Tahitian dance for ten years at Aloha Style dance studio in Narberth, PA. She continues to take classes at the studio, at area workshops given by "kumus" who visit from Hawaii and Tahiti, and when she, herself, visits Hawaii. She has been teaching adult and children classes at Aloha Style
for 3 years.