Bill Doolin leads a multifaceted life in the dance world. As a choreographer, he has presented work in Cambridge, MA, at the Joy of Movement Center and in New York at DIA and the Mulberry Street Theater and had commissions from Mesa State College in Colorado and Western Illinois University. His work has been seen at the Florida Dance Festival, Excello Dance Studio in Miami and as part of Moving Current Dance Collective’s NEW GROUNDS in Tampa. Bill is the recipient of a 2007 Dance Miami Choreographers Fellowship. Bill performed with Concert Dance Company II of Boston, Massachusetts Dance Ensemble in Cambridge, MA, Malashock/Dance in San Diego, CA and the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Lake Worth, FL. In 1984 he began an ongoing relationship with choreographer Gerri Houlihan, working with her in Boston from 1984 -1988 in the Boston Dance Project and rejoining her in Miami in 1991, where he danced and collaborated with Houlihan & Dancers until the company disbanded in 1999. He has taught modern dance at Concert Dance Company School in Watertown, MA, the Joy of Movement Center in Cambridge, MA and Mesa State College in Colorado and was an adjunct at New World School of the Arts in Miami, and has been a guest artist at Western Illinois University, Richmond University in Virginia and Rainbow Dance Coalition in Durham, NC. Bill Doolin worked with the Harvard Summer Dance Center (serving as General Manager from 1988-1995), at Pentacle, Inc. in New York providing fiscal administration and grant writing services to dance and theater companies; was the administrative assistant to Daniel Lewis, Dean of Dance at New World School of the Arts.
Nathan Dryden is a performing artist and teacher newly relocated to Seattle WA, where he teaches aerial dance, improvisation, and the Skinner Releasing Technique. Nathan holds a B.A. in art and film studies from U.C. Irvine where he began to explore performance art and dance. In 1994 he was invited by director Anne Bunker to join Orts Theatre of Dance (O-T-O) in Tucson AZ, where he began to learn and perform the aerial dances of Robert Davidson for the single-point trapeze. Davidson also introduced Nathan to the work of Joan Skinner and in 2001 he became a certified teacher of the Skinner Releasing Technique. He is now part of the core faculty of SRT, teaching at the annual SRT summer intensives in Seattle, as well as, being part of intensives taught in Istanbul, Turkey (with Stephanie Skura), Auckland, New Zealand (with Wilhemeena Gordon and Raewyn Thorburn), the Florida Dance Festival, Juniata College, PA, and Tucson, AZ (with Nanette Robinson). He has choreographed and performed independently and with the NEW ARTiculations Dance Company, ZUZI! Move It Dance, Zenith Dance Collective, Kevin Schroeder, and Beth Braun Dancers in AZ, the Black Earth Collective in IW and Charlotte Adams and Dancers in NYC. He is a member of The Gravity Project movement theatre company and recently completed the evening length work "airstonewater" with TGP collaborator Erica Kauffman for the Juniata College Theatre Department in PA. He performed in England for the first time this last June, a solo for trapeze and an improvised duet with Julie Nathanielsz and plans to return to London next June. He continues to collaborate on improvisation performances with Stephanie Skura in Seattle and Greg Colburn in Tucson. Nathan has proudly joined Moving Current as a guest artist on several occasions, most recently 2005’s “Five Solos: The Accumulation of Light."
Michael Foley has been involved in the world of professional dance for almost 20 years. He has performed internationally in the companies of over two dozen choreographers including Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, Donna Uchizono, Ruby Shang. He has taught workshops and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, Mexico and The Caribbean and has served on the faculties of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Balettakademien in Stockholm, The Amsterdam Dance Center, Bates College, the Association of Professional Dancers in Ireland, and The Bates Dance Festival, as well as at DanceSpace/Dance New Amsterdam and Steps in New York City for 10 years. He has received choreographic commissions from Harvard University, Texas Woman's University, d9 Dance Collective (Seattle) Steeledance (NYC), Modern American Dance Company in St. Louis, Jus de la Vie Dance Company (Sweden), DoubleTrouble (Paris), Momentum Danza (Panama), and DanzAbierta (Cuba), among many others. He formed his own company, “Michael Foley Dance”, in 1994 touring The United States and Europe. Michael received his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington and has been the co-director of the Bates Dance Festival/Young Dancer’s Workshop since 1996. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida teaching technique, dance history, and serves as director of the USF Dance in Paris Program.
Colette Harding is the Artistic Director and choreographer for the Colette Harding Contemporary Dance Company based in San Diego, CA. She is a member of the San Diego Dance Alliance and the Florida Dance Association. Colette graduated with her MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. She received her BA in Dance from the University of South Florida, and is a certified Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates Instructor. Colette’s choreography has been presented across the USA, including the Celebrate Dance Festival (San Diego, CA), the Florida Dance Festival (Miami, FL), by Moving Current Dance Collective (Tampa, FL), at Sushi Performance and Visual Art, the City Heights Urban Village Performance Annex (San Diego, CA), and the Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (La Jolla, CA). She has also choreographed for and instructed at several Florida fine art schools and colleges, including St. Petersburg College, the University of Tampa, Eckerd College, and Perkins Elementary. Colette has performed with Moving Current Dance Collective, Alison Cutri and Dancers, Keith Glassman and Dancers, with Lisa Naugle, and the Lower Left Performance Collective.
Paul Matteson lives in New York City as a choreographer, performer, and teacher. He is originally from Cumberland, Maine, received an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, and a graduate degree from Bennington College. Paul was a member of David Dorfman Dance and Race Dance from 2000-2005, receiving a BESSIE in 2002 for performance. He danced in Terry Creach’s company from 1996-2003. He has also worked with Kota Yamazaki, Peter Schmitz, Chamecki/Lerner, Jamie Cunningham, Neta Pulvermacher, Susan Sgorbati, Helena Franzen, and Keith Johnson. He has been a guest artist at numerous universities as well as festivals including the American Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival.
Bradley Michaud is artistic director of METHOD and is a Los Angeles based choreographer, dance artist, and educator. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated in 2001 from UCLA where he studied with William Forsythe of The Forsythe Company, Nina Martin of Lower Left, Matthew Nash, Kim Epifano, David Rousseve, Rebecca Lazier, Dan Froot and Michelle Bloom. Bradley was previously a member of Rock Theatre for six years and toured with them nationally and internationally.
Bradley is trained in modern, ballet, and Irish dance, and after graduation from UCLA joined the Los Angeles based dance company Tongue in 2001 under the artistic direction of Stephanie Gilliland, and was a dancer and staff member for four seasons. In 2004 he won a Lester Horton award along with the Tongue company members for Outstanding Performance.
Bradley has toured nationally and internationally and has performed at the J. Paul Getty Center (LA), The REDCAT (LA), Centro Cultural de Tijuana (Mexico), Dancing On The Edge Festival (Canada), Yerba Buena Arts Center (San Francisco), Highways Performance Space (LA), APAP (NYC) FOCUSfish Performance Space (LA), Muestra Internacional de Danza IV (Mexico), ODC Theater (San Francisco), JACCC (LA), James Armstrong Theatre (Torrance), and The Carpenter Center (Long Beach).
Bradley is a sought after dance educator in the Los Angeles area and has taught his own unique technique, blending ashtanga yoga and contemporary dance at UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Idyllwild Arts Academy, FocusFish Hollywood, the SummerLAB, BackhausDance, and method+intensive summer intensives and at Circuit-Est (Montreal).
Bradley’s first choreographic work for METHOD, the critically acclaimed duet “after the fracture”, was showcased at EXCHANGE in Hollywood, the SOLA Contemporary Dance Festival, the South Coast Dance Arts Alliance Festival, and Underbelly. It was nominated in 2005 for a Lester Horton Award for Outstanding Performance. Since then Bradley has choreographed thirteen critically acclaimed works for METHOD as well as commissions for Scottsdale College and Malashock Dance San Diego, and is the recipient of two Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. Bradley is the recipient of numerous grants including the CHIME grant sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation.
Bradley served for 4 years as a Board Member and Vice-President of Finance for the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles and was Executive Producer of the 2008 and 2010 Lester Horton Awards.
Andy Noble began breakdancing at the age of eight and later went on to receive his formal dance training at the University of South Florida, where he graduated with a BA in Modern Dance. His performing experience includes six years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), where he performed in works by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Zvi Gotheiner and David Parsons to name a few. He was also a member of the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Miami, Florida. Andy has received numerous grants for his project-based company, Andy Noble & Dancers, which emphasizes choreographic, theatrical and intergenerational work. He has been commissioned to choreograph new works for RDT, ACDFA, Paradigm Dance Company, The Florida Dance Festival, University of Utah, Dartmouth University, University of North Texas, Western Washington University and Seattle’s On the Boards “Northwest New Works Series”. Andy has served as a faculty member at Western Washington University, guest faculty for the University of South Florida and has been a guest artist at numerous other universities across the country.
Dionne Sparkman Noble received a BA in dance from the University of South Florida and a MFA in modern dance with an emphasis in dance and technology from the University of Utah. Upon graduation, Dionne joined the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Miami, Florida and has since performed with Repertory Dance Theatre, Paradigm Dance Project and Moving Current Dance Collective. Artistically she has enjoyed producing evening length works with her husband Andy under the name of Andy Noble & Dancers. Dionne has served as faculty at Western Washington University where she performed research and wrote grants to introduce a new dance and technology interest for the program. She has also taught for the University of South Florida, Repertory Dance Theatre, American College Dance Festival and for several schools in Tampa, FL, Salt Lake City, UT and Bellingham, WA.
Jennifer Nugent is originally from Miami, Florida. She was a member of David Dorman Dance from 1999-2007, receiving a BESSIE in 2006 for her performing work with the company. Jennifer has also worked with Daniel Lepkoff, Lisa Race, Shen Wei, Nina Winthrop, Yin Mei, Gerri Houlihan & Dancers, and Mary Street Dance Theatre. She has been a guest artist at universities throughout the United States, as well as The American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and The Florida Dance Festival. This fall, Jennifer will be working with Martha Clarke in the remaking of “Garden of Earthly Delights”.
Amy O’Nael is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and the co-director (along with composer Zeke Keeble) of locust (music/dance/video company) based in Seattle. She recently collaborated with Savion Glover and Sonya Dawkins for DANCE this... at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. She teaches contemporary dance technique and funk regularly at Velocity Dance Center. She has taught and/or conducted residencies at the University of Washington, University of Idaho, Cornish College of the Arts, Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, TX, and will be at the University of Oregon this spring. She is currently setting a piece for Spectrum Dance Theater directed by Donald Byrd. As a performer, she worked with the Pat Graney Co for 3 years, was a 6-year member of Mary Sheldon Scott/Jarrad Powell Performance, and was the lead singer for the Seattle band Marrow for 3 years. She will be dancing for Mark Haim in the 05/06 season. Amy has spent many months in Europe working and studying with amazing dance personalities like Willi Dorner (Vienna) and David Zambrano (Amsterdam). She and her company, locust, have received funding from the Seattle Arts Commission, the international DanceWEB scholarship, the Mary Levine Fund, Artist Trust, 4 Coulture, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, the National Dance Project, and the Creative Capitol Foundation. Amy holds a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts.
Jennifer Salk is an Associate Professor at UW, where she teaches modern technique, composition, dance history, teaching methods, graduate seminars on Higher Education and Teaching Methods, and the Creative Process. Prior to her time at UW she was at the University of South Florida in Tampa. After receiving her MFA from Ohio State University, Jennifer taught at Harrison Arts Center, a performing arts high school in Lakeland, Florida for three years. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Utah and spent seven years in NYC touring and dancing with various choreographers. She has taught at American Dance Festival and is a master teacher at the National High School Dance Festival and a frequent presenter at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science and National Dance Education Organization Conferences. Her article, Teaching Experiential Anatomy via Modern Technique was published in The Journal of Dance Education in Fall 2005 and a DVD on the subject is in development. This will be Salk’s 17th year as Director of the Dance Department at a summer arts program in Fargo, ND. She was recently awarded the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year award.
Stephanie Skura a "major American experimentalist" (Dance Ink), Stephanie Skura has been pushing boundaries of dance & performance since 1975. Originally from New York, she moved to Seattle in 1993. An abiding interest in dance as expression of inner states -- “how to capture the flight of mind, yet be exact” (Virginia Woolf) -- led her to refine a rehearsal process involving performers in discovery and development of material. She and her former company have toured in 30 of the United States & 13 countries at major festivals in Zurich, Vienna, Lisbon, Budapest & Vancouver, and in such US venues as the Walker Art Center In Minneapolis, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and in New York City at Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Central Park Summerstage, Danspace, and Performance Space 122. A recipient of one of the first “Bessie” New York Dance & Performance Awards for Choreographic Achievement, 7 Choreography Fellowships & 5 Dance company Grants from the NEA, and grants, awards and commissions from many other organizations & companies, Skura holds a BFA & MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. A sought-after choreographer, teacher & director across North America & Europe, she was on Graduate Faculty at the University of Washington School of Drama for 5 years, on permanent faculty of the annual Skinner Releasing Intensive and Teacher Training Program in Seattle for 14 years, and is currently Associate Artistic Director of The Gravity Project, a pioneering theater company integrating dance, theater, design, & a poetic approach to text. "Stephanie Skura constructs new meanings even as she demolishes musical and choreographic preconceptions" (New York Times).
Augusto Solodade a native of Bahia, Brazil, is a performer, choreographer and currently serves as a full time Assistant Professor in Dance at Florida International University in Miami and as Founder Artistic Director and resident choreographer of Brazz Dance Theater. In 2006, Mr. Soledade was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship, the Artist Enhancement Grant and the International Cultural Exchange Grant from the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. In 2005 he received the Miami Dade Choreographer’s Fellowship and the Creative Capital Workshop Grant and the Community Grant from Miami Dade Cultural Affairs. He has been awarded multiple grant funds from the Northampton Arts Council and Smith College to develop choreographic as well research projects. Other Positions at Universities and Colleges were: Visiting Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor at Smith College, Massachusetts, from 00–04, Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance at the University Of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 99-00. Guest Artist Instructor at Wells College, NY and adjunct instructor at University of Rochester in 98-99. He received his M.F.A in Dance from SUNY Brockport in 1998. He received the 1998 Pylyshenko-Strasser Graduate Dance Award and was the finalist in the dance category for the 1998 Thayer Fellowship. He has performed in Brazil, Trinidad/Tobago and throughout the United States. His dance training started at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil in a program with strong modern dance emphasis and has had training with Garth Fagan, Clyde Morgan. He also holds a degree in journalism from the Federal University of Bahia.
Sara Sweet Rabidoux is the Artistic Director of hoi polloi, founded in 1997. She received her BA in choreography from Hampshire College (’93) and her MFA in choreography from Smith College (’98). Sara has been the co-director at Bates Dance Youth Arts Program since 1995 and has been a guest artist at Hampshire College, Mesa Sate College, Emory University, Bates College, Phillips Andover Academy, Keene State and Mount Holyoke College. Sara was an artist-in-residence at the Djerassi foundation where she spent a month creating new work. In the past three years, Sara has been awarded two grants from the LEF Foundation both for $10,000 for the creation and presentation of new work. Sara was recently commissioned by Opera Boston to choreograph their production of South Pacific, and she created movement for the pilot of a children’s television program, Lil’ Iguana. Sara is a guest member of Ryan Landry’s Gold Dust Orphans and tours with Heloise and the Savoir Faire Dancers.
Lynne Wimmer is a professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of South Florida. She received a BFA from the Juilliard School and an MFA from the University of Utah. Her professional career includes nine years as a member of Utah Repertory Dance Theater and a year and a half with the Ballets Felix Blaska in Paris France. She has received choreographic grants from the arts councils in the states of Florida, Pennsylvania and Utah as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been performed by the Repertory Dance Theater, the Tampa Ballet, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, several companies in Mexico and Costa Rica as well as numerous university dance companies She directed her own company for five years and is a recipient of two Fulbright Lecturer Awards - one to teach and choreograph in Mexico and one to teach and choreograph in Costa Rica. Her most recent research lies in the medium of dance for camera.
Complete list of Guest Choreographers (1997 - 2012)
- Elsa Valbuena, Tampa
- Dale Andree, Miami
- Peter Kalivas, San Diego, CA
- Andy & Dionne Noble, Houston, TX
- D. Chase Angier, NY, NY
- Paula Kramer, St. Petersburg
- Augusto Soledade, Miami, FL
- Scott Crawford, NY, NY
- Maria Capitano Pardo, Tampa
- Merry Lynn Morris, Tampa
- Lisa Tobias, Tampa
- Jennifer Salk, Seattle, WA
- David Dorfman, NY, NY
- James Hansen, Williamsberg, VA
- Stephanie Skura, Seattle, WA
- Colette Harding, San Diego, CA
- Nathan Dryden, Seattle, WA
- Sara Sweet Rabidoux, Boston, MA
- Jennifer Nugent, NY, NY
- Bill Doolin, Miami
- Michael Foley, Tampa
- Jeanne Travers, Tampa
- Paul Matteson, NY, NY
- Bradley Michaud, Los Angeles, CA
- Kathleen Dyer (KDNY), NY
- Lynne Wimmer, Tampa
- Amy O’Neal, Seattle, WA
- Jody Kuehner, Seattle, WA
- Kristin O’Neal, Gainesville, FL
- Neta Pulvermacher, Gainesville, FL
- George Staib, Atlanta, GA