The following artist/teachers have completed the certification program in the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Laban/Bartenieff-Based Modern Dance Technique:

Heather Acomb - SUNY, Genesco -

Julie Anderson - -Denver, Colorado -

Deborah Birrane - Seattle, Washington -

Jenny Burnett - So. Euclid, Ohio

Mary Burns - Chicago, Illinois -

Clarence Brooks -

Joanna Brotman - New York, NY -

Selene Carter -

Joanna Cashman - Olympia, Washington -

Kathleen (KLee) Cooper - Sequim, Washington -

Kathy Diehl - Brockport, New York -

Bill Evans - Brockport, New York -

Kelly Ferris Lester - Southern Mississippi -

Sarah Gullo - Rochester, NY -

Don Halquist - Brockport, New York -

Sarah Joyce-Dyer - Tulsa, Oklahoma -

Debra Wright Knapp - Las Cruces, New Mexico -

Kerry Kreiman - Fort Worth, Texas -

Marlene Leber -

Denise Lieutaghi - Lasqueti Island, British Columbia -

Suzie Lundgren - Santa Cruz, California -

Hillary McDaniel Douglas – Las Cruces, NM -

Georgia Ortega - Ross, California -

Missy Pfohl Smith - Rochester, NY -

Denise Purvis - Southern Utah University -

Heather Roffe - Rochester, New York -

Lynn Schmidt - Arlington, Washington -

Rosalind Schrodt - Ashland, Oregon -

Rebecca Sleger McArthur - Hattiesburg,MS -

Jenny Showalter -

Jane Stewart - Vancouver, British Columbia -

Kristin Carpenter Torok - Redwood City, California -

Jude Clark Warnisher -

Cynthia Willliams - Geneva, New York -

Adrienne Wilson - Auburn,Alabama -

Terri Winchell - Winston-Salem, North Carolina -

Courtney World - Rochester, NY -

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Falon Baltzell       ¦  
Falon Baltzell, a native Mississippian, was honored to be invited by the World Dance Alliance-Americas to attend the 2015 WDA Conference in Hawaii, where she choreographed a site-specific quartet, "Ohana," and performed her site-specific solo, "Desktop Reverie 2". Baltzell has premiered her choreography extensively in NY state, OH, NYC, MS, PA, and HI. Baltzell’s works have been commissioned by the Society of New Music, OH Dance Festival, Cincy Fringe, and Cleveland Public Theatre. Baltzell has performed for the Bill Evans Dance Company, James Hansen Assemblage Dance, The Movement Project, and she continues to investigate minimalistic design as an independent choreographer. In 2014, Baltzell was a Teacher Fellow at the Bates Dance Festival where she learned from educators Stephan Koplowitz, David Dorfman and Kim Konikow Green. Baltzell served as a Graduate Assistant at SUNY Brockport, and she has received six consecutive summer-study scholarships to attend the Bill Evans Teachers’ Intensive, where she earned certification in the Evans Technique. Baltzell holds a K-12 Teacher Licensure, a BFA in Dance Education and MFA in Dance, Performance and Choreography. She has taught choreography and modern dance technique during ACDFA at Penn State and Hofstra University, and presented scholarly research in MS and Western NY. Baltzell has served as an OH Arts field tester, WDA-A volunteer, and Interdisciplinary Task Force member. Baltzell is currently dividing her time as the Director of Upper School Dance at Hathaway Brown School, and developing her choreographic artistry.

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Jenny Burnett ¦ ¦ 440-387-1901
Jenny received her BFA in Dance from the University of Akron and her Masters in Education from Kent State University . She recently became certified in Evans Dance Technique at SUNY Brockport. Jenny has taught many different dance styles and methods courses at various institutions, including the Wayne Center for the Arts, Cleveland Ballet Conservatory , Kent State University, and Lake Erie College . She serves as a member of the board of trustees of Ohiodance and has performed with numerous choreographers and companies in Ohio as well as presenting her own work. Jenny has presented at education conferences and workshops throughout Ohio as well as National conferences. She has written articles for The Orff Echo and helped to pen the Ohio “Service and Resource Guide for Educators of Gifted Students”. She teaches dance for Preschool through 12th grade and is the head of the Performing Arts Department at Hathaway Brown School , located in Shaker Heights , Ohio .

600 Parkside Blvd. ¦ South Euclid, OH 44143 ¦ 440-387-1901

Joanna Cashman, RN, E-RYT, MFA ¦
Joanna Received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Arizona State University. She is a certified teacher of the Evans Method: A Laban-Bartenieff Based Approach to Teaching Dance Technique. A former member of the Barbara Mettler Dance Company, she has performed and taught internationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her creative work. She has taught dance/movement studies as an adjunct member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College and Lesley University. Notably in 1988 she co-directed an Arts for Peace Tour which produced an American-Soviet Concert of Contemporary Dance while in residency at Shevchenko University in Kiev, Ukraine.

Joanna is a certified Integrative Yoga Therapist and founder of the Radiant Health Yoga® Teacher Training Program which features a therapeutic, neurodevelopmental approach to hatha yoga. Following an intuitive desire to blend the ancient teachings of yoga with expressive dance she created Chakra Dance as a holistic practice that illuminates universal truths about the human experience and offers a rich vehicle for creative expression and personal growth. As a mental health nurse, listed in Who’s Who in American Nursing, she specialized in expressive arts therapies and has twenty five years of clinical experience facilitating yoga and dance therapy sessions for individuals with neuropsychiatric and chemical dependency issues. Her inquiry takes place at the intersection of art, psychology and spirituality and is based on the premise that contemplative and expressive movement practices are basic human needs. She currently directs Wild Grace Dance Theater and teaches yoga, modern dance, and Brain Dance at her studio, Wild Grace Arts, in Olympia, WA

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Kelly Ferris Lester ¦ ¦ 601-606-4029
Kelly Ferris Lester is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Southern Mississippi. She received her BFA from the University of Memphis, and MFA from The College at Brockport (SUNY). Lester is a registered somatic movement therapist (RSMT) through the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). She trained with mentor Sondra Fraleigh in Shin Somatics® and is a trainer for the Eastwest Somatics Institute of Yoga, Dance and Movement Studies. Lester's Shin Somatics workshops are offered internationally and this practice is integral to her dance pedagogy along with the Bill Evans Method. Lester serves on the board of directors for the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), and ISMETA, and is founding member of Hub Dance Collective based in Hattiesburg, MS.
Heather Acomb ¦
Heather Acomb is a dance artist and educator originally from the Rochester, NY area. She has worked and performed in many places across the country, and has been on faculty at SUNY Geneseo and Hobart & William Smith Colleges. Heather has also guest taught at Hathaway Brown, St. Mary's of Moraga, and Texas Christian University. Heather has been a member of the Bill Evans Dance Company since 2009, and in 2011 she became certified in the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique. She serves as a teaching assistant to Mr. Evans in his technique classes and summer workshops. She also performs on a project basis with Treeline Dance Works, and she has performed the works of Doris Humphrey, Larry Keigwin, and José Limón. She received her MFA in Dance from The College at Brockport, and also holds a BA in Communication with minors in Dance and English from SUNY Geneseo.
Joanna Brotman ¦
is a dance educator, choreographer, movement consultant and dance writer based in New York City and Cambridge, NY. She finds Evans Laban-Based Dance Technique to be an infinitely fascinating process of investigation that enriches all aspects of her work. Joanna has received New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) grants for choreography integrating community and professional dancers in underserved rural communities. She served as a movement consultant for theater and actors, written about dance for performance and art journals, and presented at regional and national education conferences. Joanna is currently a teaching artist on the dance faculty of the Dalton School, where she has developed innovative curriculum and taught middle and high school students for 25 years. Recently, she was a guest teacher at Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) at The 92nd Street Y, and at the Graduate Dance Education Program at the Steinhardt School, New York University.
Selene Carter ¦ ¦ 812-360-6588
Selene Carter is a Lecturer in Kinesiology at Indiana University Bloomington, and a faculty member of the IU Contemporary Dance Program. She teaches Concert Dance History, Improvisation, Modern Dance Technique, Choreography, and Dance Studies and Theory. Some of her first formal training in dance was with the Bill Evans Dance Company in the early 1980's. A recipient of the Ruth Page Award, Chicago’s highest honor in dance, she danced and taught in that city for several years for the Dance Center of Columbia College, and Links Hall, among others. Her writing on dance improvisation is published in Identity, Performance & Technology, Palgrave-MacMillan. Her research on the early Mid-Western works of Lester Horton was presented at the Society of Dance History Scholars conference, and her investigations into the ballet pedagogy of the late Anna Paskevska and Contact Improvisation as a somatic tool to discover weight and line, were included in the Dance Teachers Kinesiology Working Group conference hosted. A guest teacher for the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Summer Intensive in 2011, her movement score, The Winnowing Score for the Fields of Indigo Installation at the Krannert Art Museum, Ohio State University is an improvised dance installation cycle that explores the growing and harvesting of the indigo plant in both Japan and America. Selene is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and received an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She became certified in Evan’s Laban based Modern Dance Technique in 2012.
Kathleen (KLee) Cooper ¦ ¦ 360 - 670-1242
Kathleen (KLee) Cooper (formerly Moore), founder and former Executive/Artistic Director and Founder of Pioneer Dance Arts, a multi-generational dance school and performing company, served the Sequim, WA community for 37 years. Taking a sabbatical to study ballroom KLee has since retired as a business owner. As a recent newlywed, she closed her school in Sequim and relocated to Olympia, Wa. She is now available for master classes and is excited to share her expertise with her local community and beyond. KLee Moore's passion for dance shows in her dedication to the art as she strives to advance her skills in mind and body.

KLee is available to teach master classes in various dance styles: BrainDance, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Evans Modern, jazz, ballet, & tap. All her classes incorporate the dance concepts of BrainDance and the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Laban/Bartenieff-Based Modern Dance Technique.

KLee began her dance studies at the Fishback Studio of the Dance, earning a teachers certificate in the Cecchetti Technique of Classical Ballet. She has studied ballet with the San Francisco Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet, First Chamber Dance Company, and with Cornish Institute. Her training with David Howard and JoAnna Kneeland greatly influenced her teaching techniques, incorporating kinesiology and movement dynamics. She is a member of the inaugural session of selected teachers that completed the Bill Evans Method of Teaching Laban/Bartenieff-Based Modern Dance Technique in August 2006. More recently, she has trained with Anne Green Gilbert, Institute Director of the Creative Dance Center, studying Brain-Compatible Dance Education.

Evans certification colleague Don Halquist, a Visiting Assistant Professor at State University of New York in Brockport says "KLee has distinguished herself as a generous and warm human being who works from a place of discipline, commitment and integrity. When offering feedback to her peers, I found her comments to be specific, constructive and above all supportive." He has noted "how fortunate the people of Sequim were to have KLee as part of their community. She is truly a dance pioneer and has generously and graciously shared her knowledge of and passion for the art of dance with her community."

Mr. Evans recommends her "highly and without reservation. She is an extraordinarily competent dance professional, exceptionally organized and outstandingly pro-active. She is completely honest, highly ethical, remarkably responsible, unusually self-motivated, sincerely courteous and always collegial-
supporting the growth of peers whenever possible."

KLee was nominated "Teacher in the Spotlight" by Bill Evans for the July 2010 issue of Dance Studio Life, a magazine dedicated to quality dance education. Quote “KLee is a true educator. She was among the first graduates of my Certification Program in the Bill Evans Method of Modern Dance Technique. She has developed a true community of people who support each other in the study of dance and in all aspects of their lives.”

KLee can be reached by phone at 360-670-1242

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Sarah Joyce-Dyer ¦
Sarah Joyce-Dyer earned her BFA in Dance Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma where she performed with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet and the Modern Repertory Dance companies. In 2009, she completed training to become a Certified Teacher of Evans Method of Modern Dance - a Laban-Bartenieff based approach to teaching dance technique.

Since 1995, Sarah has been the Dance Director at Holland Hall School, a private, college preparatory K-12 school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to movement analysis and dance composition, Ms. Dyer teaches modern dance technique to grades 6-12, directs the Modern Repertory Dance Ensemble, choreographs the upper and middle school musicals, and co-directs the Show Choir. Her students have gone on to perform with Michael Foley Dance, Atlanta Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Chicago Verge Dance, on the Tony Awards and MTV Music Awards. Currently, she has alums performing on Broadway in Cats, Les Miserables, and the Green Day musical American Idiot.

In the community, Sarah is the resident choreographer for Tulsa Repertory Musicals and teaches modern, ballet, tap and jazz technique classes for The Dance Pointe studio. She has choreographed for Light Opera Oklahoma (LOOK), Odeum Theater Company, and taught modern dance workshops for Tulsa Ballet’s summer intensive Pointe to The Future.

In the elementary schools of Northeastern Oklahoma, Sarah served as a ‘Master Teacher’ and ‘Artist in the Schools’ for the Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council, implementing experiential education in the art of dance and dance appreciation for teachers and their students.

Sarah is available for master classes, teaching residencies and choreographic commissions.

Tadashi Kato    ¦     ¦  304-657-7054
Tadashi is Certified Teacher of Evans Modern Dance as well as an interpretive dancer/performance artist who is a native of Japan.  

In regards to his training in Evans Modern Dance, he had studied with Bill Evans, the founder of the Evans Modern Dance, as well as Don Halquis, Debra Knapp, Suzie Lundgren, and other Evans Modern Dance mentors. Further, as a foundational training of Evans Modern Dance, he studied Laban Movements Analysis (Bill Evans and Kista Tucker), Bartenieff Fundamental (Bill Evans and Don Halquis) as well as Feldenkreis Method (Suzie Lundgren) and Alexander Technique (Suzanne Oliver) as the complimentary somatic training methods.  

As a dance performance artist, he was also trained in various additional forms of dance techniques, including but are not limited to: Butoh (Japanese avant-garde dance) with Moe Yamamoto, Toru Iwashita, Kunisuke Kamiryo, Yoshito Ohno (son of Kazuo Ohno), Yukio Waguri, Seisaku & Yuri, Ko Muroboshi, and Kayo Mikami; a Butoh-inspired interpretive dance with Akira Kasai; Japanese sword dance with Kensei Namiki; traditional style swordsmanship with Ken Morita; Ballet at various dance schools including Morgantown Dance Studio; Limon-tecunique-modern dance with Angela Dennis as well as with Kristina Isabella; Jazz Dance with Liz Rossi; a Performative-Style-Contact Improvisation with Jordan Fuchs; Break Dance at Harajuku Dance Academy; Central Asian Dance, Persian Dance, and Middle Eastern Dance with Narah Bint Durr, West African Dance with Jonathan Burbank; and Eurythmy (a form of modern dance founded by Rudolf Steiner) with both Akira Kasai and with Jolanda Frischknecht. Furthermore, he was also trained in Mime, Gaga dance, Qigong, Tai Chi, and various other forms of martial arts. As a choreographer, he has integrated the essences of these movement-arts and performs originally choreographed interpretive dance repertories in collaboration with artists of various disciplines. Tadashi also teaches classes and workshops on Butoh dance, Tai Chi, Qigong, and dance therapy for self-exploration through various locations in West Virginia, Maryland, and New York.  Further, he has produced multiple dance theaters in various cities, including, but were not limited to NYC, Dayton OH, Cincinnati OH, and Morgantown WV.

Currently, he also serves as a faculty at Morgantown Dance Studio in Morgantown, WV.

Tadashi was the Artist in Residence at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in June 2012, was a commissioned choreographer for the Asian American Dance Festival in Lower Manhattan ("Variations in a Foreign Land #13" produced by Yangtze Repertory Theatre) in September 2012, a featured choreographer at a June festival at Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in 2011, a featured choreographer at Judson Memorial Church Performance Series curated by Movement Research in 2010,  a commissioned choreographer/dancer at Pittsburgh First Night on 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, a featured choreographer/dancer at Pittsburgh Gallery Crawl in 2010, a featured artist at Pittsburgh Asian American Silk Screen Gala in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, a solicited and a featured choreographer/dancer at Dragon Boat Festival in Pittsburgh in 2010 and 2011, a featured and commissioned chorographer/performer at Dayton Performance Art Festival in February 2008, was a featured artist through the Dayton Circus Art Collectives at Dayton Urban Night in May 2007, a featured choreographer/dancer at SOS Art in Cincinnati in the years of June 2007, 2008,2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012,  a guest choreographer/dancer at Yellow Spring Street Fair in June 2008, a solicited and featured choreographer/dancer at Center for Remembering and Sharing in NYC in August 2008,  a featured choreographer/dancer at Fridge-Fest in Philadelphia in September 2005, and a featured and commissioned choreographer/performer at Binghamton July Fest in 2004, 2005.  

Workshop Availability
Tadashi is available for the provision of various workshops that combines the movements, somatic awareness, and self-development. Followings are some of the examples:

  1. Breath as a foundation for somatic awareness

  2. Breath as a key for the connectivity within and without

  3. From Breath to Heart

  4. Dancing your color – searching for your authenticity

  5. Dancing your own poem – embodying your soul

The essence of his workshop is the integration of somatic awareness through movements, breath-awareness that combines both Eastern and Western wisdoms, and encouragement of personal growth and authentic self-actualization.  

Sarah Gullo ¦
Gullo holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from SUNY College at Brockport, a Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies from McGill University and has lived in Belgium , Quebec , France , Venezuela , and New York City . Gullo trained and competed in gymnastics in her teens and became a certified yoga instructor before turning to modern dance as a young adult. Her formal dance training in dance began at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City , and continued as a graduate student with artists such as Bill Evans, Jenny Coogan, Mariah Malone (Trisha Brown) Jane Comfort and Tere O'Connor. Gullo's solo work has been presented in Rochester and New York City , and she has performed with regional dance companies BIODANCE, Kista Tucker Dance, Geomantics Dance Theatre, and Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance as well as New York City based Treeline Dance Works and KICK STAND Dance. She has choreographed for Cobblestone Arts Center , The Harley School, Victor High School , and has held adjunct professor positions at SUNY Brockport, Keuka College and Roberts Wesleyan College . Gullo is certified in the Bill Evans Method of teaching modern dance, and is also pursuing certification as a Somatic Movement Educator with EastWest Somatics. She currently serves as dance faculty member as well as Assistant Dean of Students at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance in Rochester, New York.
Marlene Leber ¦  ¦ 440-285-9504
Marlene has been teaching, choreographing, and performing in the greater Cleveland area for over thirty years. As well versed in musical theater as modern dance, her choreography has been seen on the stages of Mentor High School, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Cleveland State University, The School of Fine Arts, Shaker Heights High School, Hawken High School, Cleveland School of the Arts, and Hathaway Brown School where she has co-directed the dance program for the past 18 years. Marlene has performed extensively throughout the Cleveland area both in contemporary and Musical Theater venues, but her true love has always been modern dance. An original member of Cleveland’s Repertory Project and Dance Theater Collective, Marlene’s performing repertoire of contemporary choreography includes works by Bill Evans, Gina Gibney, Kathryn Karipides, Amy Dowling, Susan Van Pelt Petrie, David Dorfman, Jennifer Keller, and Douglas Neilsen, to name a few. In 2003, Marlene and colleague Jennifer Burnett presented their duet Resolve at Cleveland Public Theater as a part of the Food For Thought showcase directed by Gina Gibney. Marlene was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Dance Education Award at the Ohiodance Festival in 2005. In 2011, she served on the dance content standards writing team for the Ohio Department of Education, and in 2009 was the lead writer for gifted content standards. Marlene holds a BFA in dance from Lake Erie College and has served on the board of trustees for OhioDance since 2005. The summer of 2011 marked her fourth year in the Bill Evans Teachers Certification program at SUNY Brockport.

Kerry Kreiman ¦ Kerry is the Executive/Artistic director of Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, a company which she co-founded in 1990. Kerry has choreographed over sixty works for professional and civic dance companies, universities, theater productions, outdoor festivals, site-specific projects, and more. Prior to co-founding the CD/FW Co., Kerry directed the Dance Program at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana (1987-1990) and was Visiting Assistant Professor at Saint Mary's College at Notre Dame (1989-90). As an artist representative for the City of Fort Worth, Kerry was honored to perform at the 1998 inaugural celebration of the Fort Worth Sister Cities International partnership with Toluca, Mexico. In 2000, she was invited to teach and perform for a month in Taipei, Taiwan for the first annual Taiwan International Dance Festival on the campus of the National Institute of the Arts. She was a Guest Lecturer in Modern Dance for the Texas Christian Univ. Dept. of Ballet & Modern Dance for eight years, serving as both graduate and undergraduate faculty and is a certified Pilates instructor. Kerry holds a MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a BFA in Modern Dance and a BA in Philosophy from TCU.

Kerry is a strong advocate of Bill Evans’ work, and is excited to be on a journey with him to explore the integration of modern dance training techniques, Bartenieff, Laban, kinesiology, and more, to develop new frameworks and possibilities for training teachers and dancers. Kerry can provide the following services: Master classes and teaching residencies, Choreographic commissions and Design of outreach programs.

Missy Pfohl Smith ¦
Missy Pfohl Smith is the Director of the Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester and Founder and Artistic Director of Rochester, NY-based contemporary dance company BIODANCE. BIODANCE collaborates with multi-disciplinary artists and performs repertory by a roster of recognized choreographers including Missy Pfohl Smith, Bill Evans, Randy James, Ivy Baldwin and Jeanne Schickler Compisi. The company explores social, political and environmental issues through its works and is active in its community. As an educator, Smith specializes in contemporary modern dance, composition and performance studies and is thrilled to have recently completed certification in Bill Evans Technique. Missy earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and her BS from SUNY Brockport and has received a variety of grants for her work. Based in NYC for 12 years, Smith performed with Randy James Dance Works from 1993-2003, with Paul Mosley from 1997-2004, among others. Smith has performed and taught across the U.S. and in Poland, Germany, Estonia, Latvia & Japan.
Georgia Ortega ¦ ¦ 415-233-3463
Georgia Ortega is in her 10th year at the Branson School , an independent high school in Ross California, where she directs the Branson Dance Performance Ensemble and dance program. After completing a pre-professional ballet and modern jazz training program in 1979, Ms. Ortega co-founded En Avant Collective and began teaching in studios in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Shawl-Anderson Dance Center , Marin Ballet, Contessi Ballet, and Tamalpais Dance Center . She has been a guest teacher/choreographer at College of Marin , St. Mary’s College, Laney College , College of Southern Idaho , Escola de Danca da Universidade Federal de Bahia, Brazil , West Hawaii Dance Center and others. As co-owner of Dance Theatre 7 in Fairfax , Ms. Ortega established a pre-professional contemporary training program and the Chrysalis Contemporary Company, a choreographer’s showcase for emerging and established choreographers, and directed the adult and junior contemporary division. She has twice received Marin Arts Councils’ Individual Artists grant for her innovative choreography. She would like to thank Jody White, Baba Hari Dass, Bhavani Maki, Don Halquist, and William Evans for their guidance and inspiration. Ms. Ortega is a certified teacher of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga, a certified massage therapist, and in 2011 received her certification in the Evans Method of teaching Laban-Based Modern Dance Technique.
Denise L. Purvis ¦
Denise Purvis is Assistant Professor of Dance at Southern Utah University. Prior to joining SUU, she designed and directed the dance program for the Chesterfield County Specialty Center for the Arts at Thomas Dale High School in Chester, VA. From 2008 until 2012, Purvis danced with Starr Foster Dance Project in Richmond, VA, and she has consistently worked with various free-lance choreographers since 1999. Purvis holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance/Choreography from the State University of New York at Brockport, where she was on faculty from 2000 – 2004. She was also on faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, NY, from 2003-2004. In addition to her MFA, she holds an undergraduate degree in dance from Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA; and she studied dance at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Certified to teach the Bill Evans method, Purvis has been privileged to study under Mr. Evans, Don Halquist, Debra Knapp, Susie Lundgren, Kitty Daniels, Eugene Roscoe, Sharon Kinney, Barbara Grubel, Bebe Miller, Mark Haim, Risa Steinberg, Nina Watt, and many other wonderful dancer/choreographers. Ms. Purvis has taught at reputable dance schools in Richmond, VA and Rochester, NY, and choreographed several musicals for both amateur and professional theater companies. An experienced performer, choreographer, and educator, her works have premiered in Virginia, as well as New York.
Roz Schrodt ¦
Roz Schrodt is the Artistic Director of Moment in Time Dance Company, has performed and been active in dance since she was 7 years old. She founded The Moving Center Dance Theatre in Taos, New Mexico, 1973-1976. She has worked with Beverly Pollack, has studied intensively with David Hochoy, Kitty Daniels, and Bill Evans: has won awards for her choreography, and received two National Endowments for the Arts grants for her dance productions. Roz has a Bachelors Degree in Humanities from Southern Oregon University.

Roz completed the Bill Evans Certification Program in 2007. This includes the study of Labon Movement Analysis and The Bartenieff Fundamentals. She has consistently taught Modern Dance Technique classes for the last 30 years. Roz just returned from teaching commitment in Loreto, Baja Sur. Roz has been a mentor to dancers that have gone on to have successful careers in dance. She loves the art of dance and conveys this love to all of her students. In the last few years, Roz has been working with Liquid Fire Mantra Ritual Fire and Mask Dancing Company. She does some of their choreography, trains their dancers, and sometimes appears with them.

Rebecca Sleger McArthur ¦
Rebecca Sleger McArthur received her BFA in Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MFA in Performance and Choreography from the State University of New York, College at Brockport. McArthur is certified in the Laban-Bartenieff Based Bill Evans Method of Dance Technique and is currently working toward a certification in Pilates. McArthur also served as a board member for the New York State Dance Education Association (2010 – 2012). She served as adjunct Instructor at The College at Brockport in the summer of 2012.

McArthur has devoted herself to exploring movement through various compositional methods. She believes in creating a connection between the dancers that reflect a dependent interaction and a sense of community on stage. Her work has been performed at many venues in New York City and Rochester, NY, as well as, within Mississippi, Florida, and internationally in Wales and South Africa. Her works, Babel and Heaps of Three, were invited to the American Dance Guild Festival in New York City for two consecutive years.

She has performed for Mariah Maloney Dance, James Hansen Dance, most notably on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and as guest performer for the New York based Treeline Dance Works. Post-undergraduate degree, she performed for the South African company, 13th Floor, for two years. McArthur currently works as an Instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.

Jenny Showalter ¦ ¦ 630-408-7157
Jenny Showalter, Co-Artistic Director of Treeline Dance Works, is a dancer and choreographer whose work has recently been presented in numerous festivals in France, NY, MI, CT, OK, OH, IN, TX, CA and IL. Showalter has served on faculty at Ball State University, Saint John Fisher College and The College at Brockport and been a guest artist at Lincoln College, Western Illinois University, Hathaway Brown School, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Grand Valley State, University of Buffalo, Motus Dance Company and Perpetual Motion Dance Company. She has been a member of the Bill Evans Dance Company since 2008. Showalter holds an MFA in Dance Choreography and Performance and a BS in P.E. Exercise Science, is a certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist.
Jude Clark Warnsher ¦
Jude is a teacher, choreographer, performer and visual artist who lives on the central coast of California . She received her MFA in Choreography at the University of California , Irvine , under the tutelage of Donald McKayle. Prior to her graduate studies, Jude taught,choreographed and performed in Southeast Asia , Japan , Russia , the Philippines and Southern California . Jude is one of the founders and artistic directors of Variable Velocity Performance Group, San Luis Obispo 's premiere modern dance company. She is an active performing member of the company creating group works and solo performance pieces for the company's annual productions. She teaches technique classes for the company members as well as teaching at Cuesta Community College and California Polytechnical University in San Luis Obispo , California. Jude received her certificate of completion in Bill Evans' Modern Dance Technique in August 2011.

Adrienne Wilson, MFA ¦
Adrienne Wilson, MFA, is a dancer and musician actively pursuing a life in the arts for many years. As Assistant Professor, Theatre at Auburn University, she teaches dance courses based in modern/contemporary technique, rhythm tap, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and movement analysis, continually blending in elements of dance history, composition, improvisation, anatomy and kinesiology. She choreographs and directs the annual student dance concert and hosts guest residencies that enhance the pursuit of dance studies. There have also been opportunities to coach movement for actors and to choreograph for the stage using Bartenieff Fundamentals and Laban Movement Analysis. She is responsible for establishing a dance minor within the Department of Theatre, approved in January 2008.

She earned an MFA in choreography and performance from SUNY Brockport, and bachelors and masters degrees in piano performance from Ithaca College. Her choreographic works have most recently been seen at Auburn University and at the American College Dance Festival Southeast Region Conferences hosted by Middle Tennessee State University and The University of Florida in Gainesville; and also at SUNY Brockport, Slippery Rock University, and at the 2005 National Dance Educators Organization Conference at the University of Buffalo.

She has taught on the dance faculties of SUNY Brockport, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Alfred University; and also served on the music faculty at Elmira College and as a staff accompanist at Ithaca College. While participating in conferences she has taught classes in modern dance and rhythm tap for ACDFA for the last several years.

Recent honors include receiving the 2008-2009 College of Liberal Arts Instructional Excellence Award from the Promotion of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Committee (Auburn University), being awarded a Noncompetitive Summer Research Grant for 2010 (Auburn University) to finish certification in Bill Evans Technique, and assisting Bill Evans in presenting his choreographic work Colony, performed by Auburn University students, at the 2010 American College Dance Festival Southeast Regional Conference Gala and then again at the The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for the American College Dance Festival Association’s National Festival.

Choreographically, she is continually exploring and creating work using contemporary technique, rhythm tap, and the wealth of information studied in the Bill Evans Teacher Intensives.

She is a board member/institutional member for the Alabama Dance Council; an institutional member of American College Dance Festival Association and National Dance Educators Organization; an individual member of the International Tap Association and EastWest Somatics.

Mariah-Jane Thies    ¦
Mariah-Jane Thies has been involved in music and dance all of her life. She has over 25 years teaching experience in dance working with students age 2-Adult. She also spent many years teaching and performing music as a pianist and clarinetist including as a soloist and member of various orchestras, teaching clarinet in a private school and touring Europe as a musician. During her 5 years as a pianist/studio accompanist, she learned a lot about dance and decided to switch careers from music to dance.
Mariah-Jane has worked in the Vancouver, BC area for 20 years, including running her own studio for 10 years in Port Moody. She is now a sought after guest teacher travelling across North America. She teaches ballet, modern, musical theatre, jazz, creative movement and dancers conditioning.
She is developing her career as a speaker/presenter and author and in just the past year she has been a featured writer in the Industry Dance Magazine and a presenter at the Healthy Dancer Canada Conference and a BC Dance Teacher's Federation Conference. In June 2013, she presented at the Somatics Based Dance Teaching Conference in New York, sharing the value of Brain Gym for dancers and dance teachers.
Mariah-Jane holds a dance teacher degree from GMCC in Edmonton and is a certified and registered instructor with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). She was also appointed a mentor and supervisor of young teachers in the RAD, and was recently featured in the RAD's international magazine, the Dance Gazette.
Despite extensive music and then ballet training, Mariah-Jane would state emphatically that her greatest influence in her dance career has been the work of William Evans. What felt like a chance encounter at a teacher's course in 1999 felt like coming home to Mariah-Jane. She had been on her journey prior and was happily, although singularly, bucking the trend of how dance is often taught and viewed, especially in the ballet world.  
Discovering William Evans and Don Halquist has changed the course of her life as a dancer and teacher. Due to her excitement and passion about this material, Mariah-Jane continued to further her training and has included extensive training with Anne Green Gilbert and her creation of the Brain Dance. Her latest endeavor has been four years of intensive study on Brain Gym, becoming a licensed Brain Gym consultant and a licensed Rhythmic Movement Training consultant (integrating primitive and postural reflexes. She is also certified as a Touch for Health practitioner. This additional training makes Mariah-Jane very unique in the dance community. She is also a level 2 Reiki practitioner.
Mariah-Jane's mission is to reach all the teachers and students/parents who are eager to view dance as a pursuit that is truly healthy for the body, mind and soul. She is excited to implement the principles of Laban, Bartenieff and Brain Gym/RMT into the teaching of dance and to help dancers to remove blocks that are preventing them from fully flourishing and to reorganize the brain-body connection for success.  
While Mariah-Jane is based in Vancouver, BC , Canada she travels extensively and is always willing to look at guest teaching opportunities throughout North America and abroad!

Terri Winchell ¦ ¦ 336-940-6439
As recent graduate of the Evans/Bartenieff/Laban Certification program (2011) my interests and studies lay in the areas of transformational learning, community building, somatics, personal investigation, discovery, and inquiry. As an Registered Yoga Teacher and vinyasa yoga practitioner as well I am enthusiasticly obsessed with the integration and fusion of art forms. Originally trained in Classical Ballet, I now constantly seek methods of integrating a variety of movement styles and somatics practises through the use of Evans/Bartenieff/Laban as a means of expression, clarification and communication as a teacher and dance artist. Fields of expertise include Modern dance technique, improvisation, composition, ballet. Areas of study include Feldenkrais, Alexander, Qigong and yoga, Kinesiology, Dance History, World dance forms and hip-hop! Credentials include a BFA in dance performance from East Carolina University and an MFA in performance, choreography and pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Also, I received a Graduate Licensure (K-12) in dance education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro . Currently, I work with process and 180+ students per year outside of Winston-Salem , NC at Davie County High School . I am available for a variety of workshops, performances, collaborations and networking upon request.
Courtney World ¦
Courtney World is a dance artist and educator based in Rochester, New York. She is an active performer and choreographer of both tap and modern dance, whose work has been commissioned by The Society for New Music for the Vision of Sound Concert Series, and has been presented at various festivals and educational institutions. Courtney is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and an Instructor in Dance at The University of Rochester. She holds an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from The College at Brockport, and a BA in Dance from the University of Buffalo. Courtney has been performing with BIODANCE since 2006, Bill Evans Dance Company since 2008, and on a project basis with independent choreographers.
Kathy Diehl ¦
Kathy Diehl, a native of Rochester, NY, began her professional dance career as a founding company member of Rochester City Ballet (formerly Draper Dance Theater) under the direction of Timothy Draper. She has danced with Bill Evans Dance Company, Present Tense Dance, Biodance, and Anne Burnidge and Dancers. Diehl has performed in works by Larry Keigwin, Mariah Maloney (Trisha Brown), Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Jose Limon, Marina Mascarell, and Paul Selwyn Norton. She has also been a guest artist for Heather Roffe (Futurpointe and Garth Fagan) and Jenny Showalter/Lyndsey Vader (Treeline Dance Works).She holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography from The College at Brockport and an MSW from Case Western Reserve University. While she has taught dance studies at Webster University (St. Louis, MO), The University of Rochester, and Draper Center for Dance Education, she is currently a Visiting Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an Adjunct Lecturer at The College at Brockport. Diehl has set works for several universities and has presented throughout New York at the American Dance Guild Festival, WAXworks, Rochester Contemporary Dance Collective, Brockport Alumni Showcase, and Converge Dance Festival. She is the artistic director of newly formed K Diehl Dance Group and the co-director of the Rochester Dance Project.