XAN BURLEY has been a New York-based dance artist, teacher, and administrator since 2007. Her choreographic work with Alex Springer has been presented in New York and elsewhere by venues such as the American Dance Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Danspace Project, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Center for Performance Research, among others. Burley and Springer have received a number of accolades, including the Marble House Project Artist Residency and a Jacob’s Pillow Research Fellowship. Together they have created performance work for university dance departments and repertory companies throughout the U.S. Burley has been on faculty at the Bates Dance Festival, Gibney, the University of Maryland, and Purchase College, and is currently co-teaching with Springer at Wesleyan University. She performed nationally and internationally with Doug Varone and Dancers from 2012-17 and has delighted in staging Varone’s work in many contexts. She has also had the pleasure of working with artists such as Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon, Jeanine Durning, Shannon Gillen, Angie Hauser, Shannon Hummel, Donnell Oakley, and Tami Stronach, among others. Burley’s scholarly research was recently presented at the Dance Studies Association 2019 conference. She is the proud mama of Jasper Aloysius and an MFA candidate in Choreography and Performance at Smith College. www.xanandalex.com
K.J. HOLMES, a Brooklyn based dance artist/actor/singer/writer, travels nationally and internationally teaching/performing/creating. K.J. has been exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981. She has collaborated extensively with Julie Carr, Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, Steve Paxton; has performed in the work of Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Xavier Le Roy, Lance Gries, Mark Dendy, Melinda Ring, Karinne Keithley Syers, among many others; was cast in Matthew Barney’s new film Redoubt; collaborates with drummer Jeremy Carlstedt in L.I.P. (Love Is Power, MLKjr.); teaches at NYU/ETW, Sarah Lawrence College, and Movement Research student Body Mind Centering(r) graduate of William Esper Studio (Meisner acting with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker),Satya Yoga (with Sondra Loring) and continues to study voice with the coaching of Richard Armstrong. K.J. is currently devising a new piece titled 900 Bees Are Humming, a multi-disciplinary work exploring life, death and transformation. Her work has been presented by many venues including The Chocolate Factory, PS122, Danspace Project, Mana Contemporary Chicago, The Belfry, Chashama, Dixon Place.
ANDREA OLSEN, dance artist, author, and educator, is a Professor Emerita of Dance at Middlebury College, and a certified teacher of Holden QiGong and Embodyoga®. She is author of a triad of books on the body: Bodystories: A Guide to Experiential Anatomy, Body and Earth: An Experiential Guide, and The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making with colleague Caryn McHose, and numerous articles and chapters in anthologies. Recent projects include continuing the Body and Earth: Seven Web-Based Somatic Excursions film project with Scotty Hardwig and Caryn McHose (http://body-earth.org), and touring an evening-length dance work: Awakening Grace: Six Somatic Tools.
JENNIFER POLINS is a curator, mobilizer, movement practitioner and performance maker, bridging somatics -performance practices- and contemporary dance techniques for over 25 years. Jen is the founding director of The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival and is a 2014 MCC choreographic fellow. Jen is also the assistant programmer for A.P.E.@Hawley. She has danced professionally in America and Europe, starting with the Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet and then the Zurich Operahouse Ballet companies before migrating to a professional career in contemporary performance art. Jen is specialized in rigorous improvisational practices and worked closely with many mentors most notably- Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, and Lisa Nelson. Jen is certified in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Yoga, and Massage. She studied Body Mind Centering for over 10 years and all of these somatic practices deeply affect her curation, teaching and making. Jen is guest lecturer in the Five College Dance department. She is the co-founder of Wire Monkey Dance where produced over 20 productions throughout America, Europe and Asia. Jen lives between Berlin and Northampton where she creates work, curates artists, connects communities and teaches. With SCDT, Jen is in close collaborative relationships with A.P.E.@ Hawley, San Francisco’s La Alternativa, Boston’s New Movement Collaborative, and Northampton’s Community Arts Trust. Jen is working on the creative team of the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival beside Stephanie Maher. She has collaborated most recently with Maurice Fraga, Joy Davis, Jen Nugent, Stephanie Maher, Peter Schmitz, Sarah Shelton Mann, Paul Matteson and James Morrow.
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PETER B. SCHMITZ has been involved in the creative and performing arts for over four decades as an actor, dancer, choreographer, and educator. With an MFA from Smith College, Peter has served on the Theatre and Dance faculties of Middlebury and Amherst Colleges and has held residencies at many universities. As a professional dancer/choreographer, Peter has worked throughout the United States and in Holland, Germany, France, England, New Zealand and Turkey. He was a founding member of Dance Gallery, a small modern dance company, a member of Creach/Co in New York City for over eight years, and has performed in the works of Wendy Woodson and Present Co., Yanira Castro/acanarytorsi (Bessie nominee for performance 2013), Tamar Rogoff, Richard Colton/Amy Spencer, Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman/Freedman Coleman Dance, and, most recently, he is touring with Ann Carlson in doggie hamlet. He received a “Best Performance” award in the San Francisco Film/Video Festival for his work in a film by Wendy Woodson, “Trout”. He has choreographed for New World Theatre, Medicine Show Theatre and Potomac Theater Project and is a member of Actors Equity. Peter is on the Board of Directors of A.P.E. (Available Potential Enterprises) in Northampton, MA, and he teaches and performs internationally. He lives at Bramble Hill Farm in Amherst, MA with his husband Joey Schmitz.
ALEX SPRINGER is a performer, choreographer, teacher, and video artist. His creative projects take shape with his life partner Xan Burley and their collaborative choreography has been presented at the American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project’s DraftWork, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, among others. He was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 2007-17 and has also performed for Alexandra Beller, Adriane Fang, Heidi Henderson, Donnell Oakley, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, among others. During his tenure with Varone, he acted as the rehearsal director, company manager, and still serves as the company’s archivist. Alex has re-staged Varone’s work on various universities and companies and has taught at the Gibney, Mark Morris Dance Center, the 92Y, the University of Maryland, Purchase College, USDAN and the Bates Dance Festival. He is currently a MFA teaching fellow at Smith College.