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GRANTS AND AWARDS


2008 Individual Fellowship Grant, The Maine Arts Commission
2008 Recognized by Maine Arts Commission as Originator of New Art Form: MimeDance
2007 International Accolade Award for Choreography in Leland Faulkner's award-winning film, King O Cats
2006 Rebel Blend Artist Fund Grant, Coffee by Design
Ram Island Trust Foundation (4 separate endowments)
Choreography Award, Dance Portland Festival

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Performer - Ballet, Dance, Performance Mime and MimeDance (Selected Performances)
Theaters:
Aruba Dance Festival, ARUBA
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Centro Cultural Universidad, Zaragoza, SPAIN
EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, Akron, OH
Jacob's Pillow, Beckett, MA
Merrill Auditorium, Portland, ME
Palestinian National Theatre, ISRAEL
Penobscot Theater, Bangor, ME
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Saint Kieran's Art Center, Berlin, NH
Staatstheater, Darmstadt, GERMANY
Velodrom, Regensburg, GERMANY

High School Performances/Workshops:
Bank Street School, New York, NY
Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME
Kents Hill Academy, Kents Hill, ME
Leavitt High School, Turner, ME
Oswego High School, Oswego, NY
Spurwink Schools, Casco, ME

Elementary School Performances/Workshops:
Bologna Performing ArtsCenter, Cleveland, MS
Camden/Rockport Elementary Schools, Rockport, ME
Fitzhugh Elementary School, Oswego, NY
Raymond Elementary School, Raymond, ME
Sea Road School, Kennebunk, ME
Waldorf School Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
Zippel Elementary School, Presque Isle, ME

Performances with Students in Conjunction with School Residency:
Deer Isle Middle School (1-Week Residency with Sixth - Eighth Grades), Deer Isle, ME
Leavitt High School (3-Day Residency), Turner, ME
MSAD 57 (1-Week Residency with Third Grade), Alfred, ME
Minetto Elementary School (1-Week Residency with Sixth Grade), Minetto, NY
Spurwink Schools, Teen Program (1-Week Residency), Casco ME
Zippel Elementary School (1-Week Residency with Fifth Grade), Presque Isle, ME

Teacher of Dance, Mime, Improvisation and Ballet (Selected Engagements)
Workshops for Adults:
Celebration Barn Theater, South Paris, ME
Evangelishe Akademie, Bad Boll, GERMANY
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Kinesis School for Body Workers, Damariscotta, ME
Motionfest (festival for clowns, jugglers, physical comedians), Baltimore, MD
Towson University, Towson, MD

Master Classes and Residencies - Ballet Schools/Performing Arts High Schools:
Albany Berkshire Ballet School, Albany, NY
Bangor Ballet, Bangor, ME
Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Portland School of Ballet, Portland, ME

Choreographer (Selected Choreography)
'Cat Dance' for Leland Faulkner's award winning film, King O Cats
'Pumpkin Dance' for 6 member cast of Dark Tales
'Snow Queen' for Portland Ballet Company
'The Struggle to Be' Solo MimeDance

Performance Collaborations with:
Master mime, Tony Montanaro
Boston Pops harpist, Deborah Henson-Conant
Sculptor, Dennis Dreher
Six-person cast of Dark Tales, directed by Leland Faulkner
Monologuist and physical comedian, Jackie Reifer
Pianist and visual artist, Sandra Bauer

Performing and Teaching Partnership with master-mime, Tony Montanaro
Montanaro Hurll Theatre of Mime and Dance (toured internationally)
Acted as word-smith for Tony Montanaro's book, 'Mime Spoken Here.'

Dancer with Ballet Companies
Ohio Ballet, Akron OH
Darmstadt Opera Ballet Company, Darmstadt, GERMANY
Portland Ballet Company, Portland, ME

EDUCATION

National Dance Institute, www.nationaldance.org, New York, NY
Two week teacher-training course in NDI pedagogy

Interpretive Dance, Mime and Improvisation Training with Tony Montanaro
Fifteen year partnership

African Dance Training
As member of the Darmstadt Opera Ballet, we studied African dance in preparation for a large-scale production.

Joffrey Ballet School, New York, NY
Studied ballet and character dance (scholarship student).

Ram Island Dance Center, Portland, ME
Studied ballet, modern dance (Cunningham Technique) and jazz dance.

Cantarella School of Dance, Pittsfield, MA
Studied ballet, modern dance (Graham Technique) and jazz dance.


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