DETI 2020 Faculty

 

Dr. Adrienne Clancy | ClancyWorks Dance Company | Adrienne@clancyworks.org

Proclaimed “a wizard of invention,” by the Washington Post, Adrienne Clancy is a Maryland based dance artist. As a “tour de force of unpredictable partnering,” (Washington Post) her work explores architecturally informed partnering developed among diverse artists. Assured to be simultaneously dynamic yet extremely human, the choreography exemplifies an environment of mutual respect and creates potent images that embrace diversity and community awareness. 

Over the past twenty years, Clancy has choreographed and performed throughout the world: She was invited to perform at the first Suzanne Dellal International World Dance Competition in Tel Aviv; and, the sole student choreographer to represent the United States in the International College Dance Festival in Kobe, Japan, which toured to Tokyo and other Japanese cities. Adrienne has taught and performed at the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia and toured her work along side the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Internationally, Clancy’s work has been presented in Australia, Colombia, England, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Paraguay and Poland. She has received numerous awards for her choreographic work (over 150 dances), which in addition to the above listed countries, has been presented nationally in 20 states. 

Clancy was a performing member of the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company; a Rehearsal Director, Project Director, and Company Member for the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; a principal dancer for Nora Reynolds Dance, Paradigm Dance Company and a guest artist for: Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Victoria Marks, Bill Evans Dance Company, Doug Hamby Dance and Cathy Paine Mixed Media. Clancy has learned and performed repertory created by Bebe Miller, Sarah Gamblin, Pat Catterson, Rachel Harms, Jeffery Gunshol, Judith Steel, Martha Curtis, and Chris Burnside. In addition to directing ClancyWorks, Clancy currently collaborates with Sandra Lacy to co-choreograph and perform duets. 

Clancy recently completed a PhD in Dance from Texas Woman’s University (TWU). In addition, she holds an MFA in Dance from TWU, and an MA in Dance, with an emphasis in History and Criticism from the University of New Mexico. Clancy penned the foreword for Reminiscences of a Dancing Man, a book written by Bill Evans and published by the National Dance Association in 2006. She has been on the faculty for numerous university dance programs across the country. Adrienne Clancy is honored to receive awards for her teaching and choreography, the most recent being an invitation to present in the TEDx Midatlantic Conference (2016). She was also invited as the keynote speaker for the Anne Arundel Arts Council (2016). Other honors and awards include the County Executive’s Education Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (2014), the Individual Artist Award for Choreography from the MD State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (2014), and the NDEO Outstanding Dance Educator of the Year Award (2013). 

As the Founding and Artistic Director, Dr. Adrienne Clancy dedicates her artistic life to ClancyWorks: a greater-DC area based non-profit company consisting of highly qualified local and national artists. Clancy is the Founding Director of the Dance Educators Training Institute (DETI), a professional development workshop for artists and educators that has been in existence since 2007. Through the motto: ‘Shifting Perceptions Through Performance,’ ClancyWorks uses the arts as a vehicle to develop mutual understanding, advance positive social action and develop emerging artists and educators. ClancyWorks has recently been included in the 2015-16 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as “one of the best” community-based nonprofit organizations in the region. 

Sonia Synkowski | Baltimore County Public Schools | ssynkowski@bcps.org

Sonia Synkowski is an artist, educator, and administrator currently serving as the Dance Resource Teacher in the Office of Music and Dance Education for Baltimore County Public Schools.  Her work is deeply rooted in administrating and growing K-12 public school dance programs and making connections to the Baltimore area dance community.  Sonia also serves as the executive director of The Collective Dance Company (Baltimore, MD) and the President of the Maryland Dance Education Association, a proud state affiliate of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). 

Alison Seidenstricker | Towson University | aseidenstricker@towson.edu

Alison Seidenstricker founded ASEID Contemporary Dance Company (ASEID) in 2005, with the mission of pursuing innovative dance concepts through the collaborative fusion of movement styles and artistic views.  ASEID orchestrates the creative development of artistic movement that embodies and celebrates its diverse membership and the collaborative process. As Artistic Director, Alison produced six seasons in New York City, creating a repertoire of over 40 dances in contemporary ballet, modern, and jazz genres.  Jack Anderson from the New York Times referred to her work as “…a sensuous frolic filled with sinuous curving phrases.”  Tim Martin from Dance Europe Magazine referred to Alison as “… adept at the craft of choreography.”  Alison was commissioned to create a series of contemporary works for two of New York Theatre Ballet’s national tours and Hartford City Ballet’s annual season.  Her work has been presented by Atlanta Dance Canvas, Ballet Builders, The Hartford City Ballet, Three 10 Moment, Brooklyn Ballet (international tour), Long Island Dance Consortium, The Collective, MixTape: a fresh cut of movement, and Towson University.  Ms. Seidenstricker’s collaboration with Lois Greenfield led to photographs of ASEID being highlighted in Time Magazine (2005), Lois Greenfield’s calendar Breaking Bounds (2008), and her new book Still Moving (2015).   

Alison continued to expand her work within arts administration and teaching.  As Managing Director of MixTape: a Fresh Cut of Movement (2008 – ’10) and through an internship with The Field (2009), she continued to advance her leadership, production, marketing, fundraising, and organizational skills. During her 12 years in New York City, Alison taught creative movement, ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, partnering, improvisation, and composition at a variety of schools including Legworks Dance Studio, Variations: a dancer’s studio, and DSD Dance Center.  She was active in creating progressive training programs for Legworks Dance Studio and DSD Dance Center that supported the students training towards collegiate dance opportunities.  Alison also taught Kinethetic Learning in the Classroom” at Albright College (Education Majors), Intro to Ballet and Anatomy for Dancers at Purchase College, and was a substitute teacher at Broadway Dance Center (Modern and Jazz) and The Alvin Ailey School (Jazz).   

Upon moving to Maryland, Alison became the Dance Educator at Southwest Baltimore Charter School (SBCS), an Expeditionary Learning and Arts Integrated Public Charter School.  At SBCS (2014 – ‘18), Alison successfully developed a middle grades dance program, producing three culminating shows a year that celebrated the students’ choreography as well as her own.  

Ms. Seidenstricker has a BA in dance from Slippery Rock University, a MFA in Choreography from Purchase College, and is a Laban/Bartenieff Certified Movement Analyst.  Alison is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Towson University.  She teaches modern dance technique, dance composition, is the Co-Artistic Director of the Fall Towson University Dance Company, and is the Coordinator of the PK-12 Dance Certification Program. 

danah bella | Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University | dbella1@jhu.edu

danah bella, is the artistic director of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks, a modern dance company focused on reclaiming evocative movement as social practice. danah has performed & presented her work throughout the country including the Cool New York Festival in New York, the United States Asian American Festival in San Francisco, the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, the American College Dance Association’s National Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center, Santa Barbara, ReVIEWING Black Mountain College, as well as in Mexico and Italy. She has taught workshops and has been artist in residence in festivals and universities throughout the United States and abroad; including, Pro Danza Italia, Bates Dance Festival, Monterey Dance Fest, the American College Dance Association’s Regional and National conference, Western Michigan University, University of Virginia, Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, Santa Barbara City College and Goose Route Dance Festival.  danah is also a founding member of Colectivo Caliban, an artist collective that transgresses disciplinary borders through sound and movement.  She has worked in higher education since 2002 teaching modern dance technique, dance theory, and history. danah is currently the Chair of the BFA Dance program at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. 

  

She was awarded an MFA in performance from the Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from the University of California in Santa Barbara. 

Heather Trommer-Beardslee | Central Michigan University | tromm1hm@cmich.edu

Heather Trommer-Beardslee, MFA, MA,  is the Coordinator of the Central Michigan University Dance Program, Artistic Director of the University Theatre Dance Company, and author of a textbook and journal articles.   Heather’s dance works have been performed nationally and internationally and her choreography was featured in Eric Limarenko’s films, Waiting in the Rain and Slipping By. Current choreography projects include jazz and tap dance for a performance in Nagoya, Japan with the Mishiro Dance Company, interdisciplinary projects bridging the gap between biology and the performing arts, and an educational opera based on the anatomy of the human vocal folds. For ten years, she worked for the Emmy-Award winning, Chicago-based dance company, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project as their Booking Manager and Executive Director.  www.trommerbeardslee.com 

Stephanie Crockett | Baltimore County Public Schools | scrockett2@bcps.org

Stephanie Crockett is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and started her dance training at the age of 3. Her training started at the Baltimore County Youth Ballet, Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Dance Theater of Harlem Residency Program. Stephanie has received numerous scholarships to train over the summer at Ballet Austin, Dance Theater of Harlem, Dallas Black Dance Theater, and Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet. Stephanie was selected to perform with the Dance Theater of Harlem at the White House and Library of Congress for the dedication and recognition of Arthur Mitchell and his contributions to the performing arts. She has graduated from Towson University majoring in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Education. While at Towson Stephanie has studied under Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Vincent Thomas, Catherine Horta-Hayden, Runqiao Du, Erin Du, and Sandra Perez. Stephanie was honored to be nominated as the Undergraduate speaker for the College of Fine Arts and Communication upon graduating from Towson University. Stephanie is currently teaching dance in the Baltimore County Public School system. Her students have been members of the Baltimore County All Honors Dance Ensemble and she is a proud mentor of the Lady Pythons girls mentoring program. She has assisted choreography with many musicals such as The Wiz, Annie Jr, and Seussical the Musical, and she has worked with the Century High School Marching Band. Stephanie has been an active member of the New Psalmist Baptist Church Dance Ministry since its inception and is in her third season with the professional modern based company Full Circle Dance Company. 

Nuumo Adjetey Klufio | Goucher College | klufioadjetey@gmail.com

Nuumo Adjetey Klufio (Accra, Ghana) credits his early training to the National Dance Company of Ghana where he trained for over ten years, five of which he was a principle dancer, soloist and acted as an assistant to the director. Among his performing credits with the company includes the opportunity to perform for three United States Presidents Including: Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barak Obama. In 2012, Mr. Klufio performed with Dance Africa at the BAM Theatre in New York City. His performance was described, by the New York Times, as “…spectacular and subtle…” In 2018, the Baltimore Sun described his performance at the Afrotempo performance as “Flying through the air with his energy”. Adjetey is a fulltime faculty at Goucher college and has been teaching master classes and presenting works in various high schools and colleges throughout the United states.  Adjetey Klufio is the founder and the artistic director of Afrondani, a dance company based in the DMV area. Adjetey won the dancer of the year from the Institute of African Studies University of Ghana in both 2007 and 2008 respectively. Finalist from the Towson dance department for the BEULA awards in 2019. Adjetey earned his BFA in dance performance and choreography at Towson University.

Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers | Race Forward | rajeeyahf@gmail.com

Rajeeyah Finnie-Myers is a racial justice trainer working in the Arts and Culture sector of New York City. She has been trained and has over 15 years of experience in leading conversations on Diversity Equity and Inclusion in education, non-profit, corporate and creative settings.  In her current role as the Director of Professional Development at DreamYard Project in the Bronx, Rajeeyah plays a key role in shaping and upholding an organizational culture committed to anti-racism and social justice. She has led workshops sharing best practices locally, nationally and internationally.  

Rajeeyah holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida A & M University. As a consultant she’s worked with a range of clients supporting them in cultural competency, racial equity and art as a social practice.  She calls Harlem, NY home and resides there with her husband, her son and her daughter. 

Nancy Wanich-Romita | Towson University | nromita@towson.edu

Nancy Wanich-Romita(MFA, RSME, and M.AmSAT) is co-author of   Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers & Functional Awareness and Yoga, both published by Oxford University Press. She is Senior Lecturer at Towson University (  http://www.towson.edu/dance/fac-wanich-romita.asp). Nancy is Director of the Alexander Technique Midatlantic Teacher Training Course & co-founder of   Functional Awareness® (  www.functionalawareness.org  ) She has been an invited speaker worldwide from Hong Kong to Helsinki, San Diego to NYC. Romita’s research in Functional Awareness has been presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, New York State Dance Educators Association, National Dance Educators Association, International CORPS de Ballet and invited keynote speaker at the 2017 Maryland Dance Educators Conference as well as for the Somatics, Science, and Dance Conference.  

Nancy Romita, MFA, MAmSAT, RSME 

www.functionalawareness.org 

Senior Lecturer Towson University 

Director, Alexander Technique Midatlantic 

Functional Awareness: Anatomy in Action for Dancers & Functional Awareness and Yoga OUP.com 

Dr. Karen Kuebler | Baltimore County Public Schools | kkuebler@bcps.org

Karen Campbell Kuebler (EdD, MA, BFA) loves sharing her passion for Dance Education with children through adults. She teaches Dance Integration in Baltimore County Elementary Schools. Karen returned to Towson University in 2009 and specializes in Dance History and Intern Supervision. Karen has presented her energetic workshops with a variety of organizations in local to international venues.  In 2018, Karen presented two interdisciplinary workshops combining French and Dance in Martinique. Karen is a founding board member of the Maryland Dance Education Association (MDEA), served as secretary, and now serves as Advocacy Chair. Being a part of DETI each summer is a highlight in Karen’s professional development! 

Melinda Blomquist | Community College of Baltimore County | mblomquist@ccbcmd.ed

Associate Professor – Dance, Community College of Baltimore County 

Artistic Director, CCBC Dance Company 

Melinda Blomquist holds a M.F.A in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Arts in Dance Pedagogy from Brigham Young University. 

Melinda has presented her choreographic work at numerous venues nationally and internationally including the Mid-Atlantic and South-Central American College Dance Festival, Northwest Vista College, Towson University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Attakkalari Festival in Bangalore India. 

Currently Melinda is an Associate Professor of Dance at the Community College of Baltimore County, and she also serves as the Artistic Director for the CCBC Dance Company. Melinda has also worked with Trajectory Dance Project and with the Theatre and Music departments as a choreographer for Musical Theatre productions in Arizona, Texas and Maryland including The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, Good News, and She Loves Me. Melinda is involved in community outreach, focusing on promoting the importance of dance as art form in public education. She has provided workshops and master classes in Texas, Alaska, and Maryland to students at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. She currently serves as President-Elect for the Maryland Dance Education Association and as a member of the Board of Directors for Deep Vision Dance Company. 

Jonathan Hsu | Dance Place | jonathanhsu92@gmail.com

Jonathan Hsu has a BA in Dance and BS in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland College Park. Currently dancing with Orange Grove Dance, he has also performed with Rennie Harris Puremovement, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, Project ChArma, and Culture Shock DC both nationally and internationally in Russia, Germany, Cuba, Mexico, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theatre, San Diego Civic Theatre, and many local venues in the Maryland and DC area. He also has extensive experience teaching hip hop in the DMV community and draws on his background in both street/club forms and modern to create a unique curriculum and pedagogy. Along with dance performance and teaching Jonathan is also interested in the intersection of dance and media through photography, videography, and projection design and uses all of those skills as the current digital content and social media associate at Dance Place. He has also recently started a new YouTube channel called “Dance Tech with JHsu” focusing on tech support for dancers. For more information you can go to www.jhsudance.com and www.jhsumedia.com
 

His social media handles on IG @jhsudancetech @jhsumedia 

Jess Beach | Star Alliance | jssbeach@yahoo.com

Jess Beach is a native of Pennsylvania and believes in always being a student. She has been training for over 26 years in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, HipHop, Tap, and Musical Theatre in New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and up and down the east and west coast under noted dancers and choreographers such as Nicolas Petrov (founder of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre) and Ilya Gaft (Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre). Jess began her formal academic pursuit of dance at La Roche College’s Conservatory for Ballet and then expanded her studies to contemporary techniques, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance (Jazz Concentration) from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA.

While in Pittsburgh, Jess performed industrials for the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera House, Pittsburgh Pirates, and danced backup for Neil Young and Crazy Horse under the direction of Russ Tamblyn (of the original film West Sides Story). Upon graduation, Jess toured professionally all over the globe as a dancer/performer for Holland America Cruise Lines through Stiletto Entertainment based out of California. Jess spent 6 years working steadily for Stiletto Entertainment performing all over the world from Russia to South America and everywhere in between, working with noted choreographers such as Broadway’s Patti Colombo and director, producer, associate choreographer John Charron, and Carla Kama (known for her pioneering choreography all over the media scene including Prince and Carmen Electra).

Jess feels blessed continuing her dance career by spending the past 11 years educating, mentoring, and choreographing. Jess has had the honor of working with the distinguished Alvin Ailey Dance Company with their Inaugural installation of Ailey Camp Baltimore at Towson University as Master Jazz instructor. She also had the privilege of working with Big Picture Media as Choreographer and featured dancer for a Regional Television commercial. One of her favorite projects was working with the husband and wife duo of “On the DL”, Danielle Sten and Lance Guillermo, as rehearsal director for On the DL’s production of “Working America” as well as assistant choreographer for the ADP dance company production of “366”.

Jess enjoyed 4 years as director/choreographer of three youth competition and performance Hip Hop Companies in Maryland. Jess worked for 4 year as Artist in Residence and Instructor for the Dance Departments at Howard Community College and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. Currently Jess is teaching full time in a private studio in Frederick, MD while spending her weekends guest teaching and traveling for National and International Dance Conventions/Competitions adjudicating dancers from all over the country. A sought after Master Instructor, adjudicator, and the recipient of many accolades for her choreography; Jess is humbled to continue to follow her passion and to do what she loves as her career.

 

Dance Educator's Training Institute

DETI is Going Virtual!

Our annual Dance Educator's Training Institute (DETI) is scheduled to take place August 17-19, 2020.

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