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Dancing a Revolution Cast

Meet our dancers!

 Holly Martin is originally from Leesburg, Virginia and came to the University of Utah in 2009 to study Ballet.  Having been trained in both classical and contemporary styles of dance since she was young, she spends most of her time in the studio and onstage. Outside of dance, Holly is extremely passionate about spending time with loved ones as well as regularly participating in CrossFit, a new exercise program.  Additionally, Holly is working towards receiving a minor in Entrepreneurship, in hopes of one day opening a dance studio of her own once her professional dance career has ended. Holly is currently auditioning for various dance companies and will be graduating from the University of Utah this May.

Originally from Taiwan, Lisa Shen found her interest in dance and pursued dance seriously while living in Atlanta, GA. She then moved to Salt Lake City to become a Modern Dance major at the University of Utah. During her time at the U, Lisa had the opportunity to work with Sharee Lane for Performing Dance Company, the U’s resident modern dance company.  Lisa is a recipient of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Scholar Scholarship and was given the opportunity to teach assist Children’s Teaching Methods class at the Department of Modern Dance. She was also on the Dean’s List for two consecutive semesters. Lisa occasionally volunteers as the “technology person” for her fellow modern dance classmates and picked up knitting from online videos.

Laura Brick is currently a Junior in The Department of Modern Dance at The University of Utah. Originally from Tampa, Fl, her passion for dance brought her to Utah. She has participated in various dance summer programs such as; Ballet West, Alonzo King’s LINES, America’s Ballet School, and Brandon Ballet. Since entering the University of Utah she has performed in The Modern Dance Departments Performing Dance Company for five seasons, as well as senior, student, and graduate concerts. She is an adjunct for Howard W. Blake School of The Arts in Tampa, FL, as well as a faculty member at Theatre Arts Dance Alliance and Brandon School of Dance Arts. Here at The University, Laura is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success, The Golden Key Club, and a minor in the psychology department.

Jessica Liu is from Sandy, Utah, where she began her early dance training. She is currently pursuing a BFA in ballet and a BS in exercise physiology at the University of Utah. At the university, Jessica has been a member of the performing company, Utah Ballet, and was featured in works by Rick Tjia and Eddy Toussaint, among others. In addition, Jessica has attended intensive programs and workshops at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, BODYTRAFFIC, Northwest Dance Project, The Washington School of Ballet, Ballet West, and the Joffrey Ballet School.

 

Emma Wilson grew up in Houston, Texas where she began dancing at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center; she was taught by Marlana Walsh-Doyle, Kiki Lucas, Annette Karim, and Jocelyn Thomas amongst others. She eventually joined their pre-professional dance company directed during that time by Jhon Stronks. She was accepted into the dance program at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she was inspired by people immersed in many different art areas. During high school, she started helping out with Food Not Bombs and with her school garden, and realized that all humans on this earth need access to nutritious, sustainable food in order to thrive and to foster a healthy environment. Emma is extremely happy to be attending the University of Utah where she is majoring in modern dance and minoring in environmental and sustainability studies. She has so much gratitude and love for her parents who have postponed house renovations in order to travel to Paris multiple times during her high school summers and encouraged her to pursue her passions with their love and support.

Melissa Joy Wiseman is currently a Junior in the Modern Dance Department at the University of Utah. She was drawn to the program because of a passion and curiosity for exploring movement in the body. In addition toDancing a Revolution, Melissa is also involved in another collaborative work between the Natural History Museum of Utah and the Department of Modern Dance under Ellen Bromberg, Glyph. Melissa recently performed at the Performing Dance Company concert in a piece choreographed by Sharee Lane. She recently began teaching after-school elementary dance classes in the Canyons School District with a program called Utah Danceworks. Melissa is excited about working and creating inside the museum as she finds a number of inspirations and exquisite beauties within the museum’s many exhibits and collections.

Florian Alberge was born in Saint Quentin, France in 1985. In 2006 he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Artois, Department of Performing Arts. In 2007, he spent two semesters at the Academy of Performing Arts of Prague, DAMU to study puppetry. Then, he started working as a director assistant and video designer for different theatre companies in Europe. In the meanwhile, he was introduced to Butoh dance and his interest to this art form led him to study at the Kazuo Ohno dance Studio in Yokohama, Japan. After he returned in France, he created his own dance performance for the Arras Theater, Portrait de Juin. In the fall 2010 and 2011 he was invited by his Butoh master to assist him teaching at the university of Utah. In 2012, he entered the undergraduate program of Modern Dance at the University of Utah.

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Faculty Advisors

Shaun Boyle has performed with both classical ballet and contemporary dance companies including BalletMet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, and The Dario Vaccaro Dance Project amongst others. She has also performed in projects such as David Dorfman’s ‘Underground’ at the BAM Nextwave Festival and recently in one of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay performances in England. Shaun’s choreographic work has been showcased at the Joyce Soho Theater in New York, The Big Chill Festival in England, The Bonnie Bird Theatre and The Robin Howard Theatre at The Place in London, Officina Giovani in Italy, Markgrafentheater in Germany, and both Dance City and St. Mary’s Heritage in Newcastle, England. Shaun was also a recipient of The Field’s Artist Residency grant in New York, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, and the prestigious choreographic initiative, DanceLines, at the Royal Opera House in London where she received mentorship from choreographer, Wayne McGregor. Shaun received her BFA in Dance with Honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her MA in Choreography with Distinction from The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Shaun Boyle’s honors include The Bessie Schonberg Memorial Endowed Fellowship awarded by the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the NYU J.S. Seidman Award, the Tisch Alumni Certificate of Achievement Award, and nomination for the Princess Grace Award.

Juan Carlos Claudio; Assistant Professor/Lecturer, originally from Yauco, Puerto Rico. In 2009, Professor Claudio graduated with his MFA degree from the University of Utah and was awarded the Dee Winterton Award and Student Teaching Choice Award for his excellence in teaching and mentoring. He toured nationally and internationally with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company for 10 years and continues to perform with the company as a guest artist. Juan’s other performance credits are Seán Curran Company, John Allen/Project, Raw Moves, Stephen Brown’s SB Dance and Stephen Koester’s Dance Koester Dance.  Through his extensive training and experience with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and Nikolais Dance Theatre, he is considered a Nikolais/Louis technique specialist. Juan Carlos has performed original works of some major choreographers such as Tandy Beal, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Carolyn Carlson, Eric Handman, Satu Hummasti, Stephen Koester, Murray Louis, Doug Nielsen, Alwin Nikolais, Shirley Ririe, David Rousseve, Doug Varone and Joan Woodbury amongst others. Juan Carlos is the Co-producer and Co-director of Momentum, a yearly alumni concert, and Co-coordinator of MASTER CLASS, a pre-professional and professional educational program for the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Currently, he teaches all levels of Modern Dance Technique, Theory and Practice, Dance in Culture, Dance and Community, choreographs for Performing Dance Company and directs the Dance and Educational Exchange Program: Panamá. He is also the modern dance instructor at Ballet West Academy, Ballet West Summer Intensive, High School dance programs throughout the Salt Lake Valley and serves as a judge at Utah Dance Fest in Logan, Utah.