Anthony Alterio is a choreographer and queer performance artist. Currently on faculty in the Theatre & Dance Department at the University of Kentucky, he explores representations of effeminate gay men in pop culture as part of a larger interest in how dancers present themselves. Anthony has performed and choreographed work at universities and venues in California, Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan, and New York. He is also a company member of Interweave Dance Theatre, the resident company of the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop. Anthony also obtained his MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan in 2016.
Rachael Harding has danced for Cleo Parker Robinson, traveled around Europe as a freelance artist and the United States as a solo dancer with winds quintet, Imani Winds, in “Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot.” She is currently dancing with New Breed Dance Company and teaches for Denver Dance Starz.
Cherie Hill has been promoted to Communications Manager and Chief of Staff at the nonprofit dance education organization, Luna Dance Institute. Her position is responsible for managing public relations and all internal and external messaging for the organization. As Chief of Staff she acts as a liaison between staff and co-directors. In addition to her new roles, Cherie continues to teach in Luna’s after school dance composition program, is the lead teacher at their New Highland Academy K-5 dance program, and teaches family dance MPACT classes to families who have been separated due to legal actions and are in the process of reunification.
Rachel Oliver re-set her thesis concert, Settle, in hometown Missoula, Montana, on Bare Bait Dance, a company founded and directed by Joy French ’10. Oliver’s Settle dives into the muddy ground of domesticity, cultural ideals and family traditions with a dynamic cast of both professional BBD company dancers and Missoula community performers, ranging from 14-54 years old. The performance was written about in the Missoula Independent, The Missoulian and Montana Public Radio. Photo by Buffalo James Design & Photography.
Jadd Tank (BFA, 2012) and Mollie Wolf (BFA, 2011) have danced for Legitimate Bodies Dance Company under the direction of Cristina Goletti and Nick Bryson in Birr, Ireland. They premiered their evening-length performance in Birr, Ireland then embarked on a tour performing this work in venues around Ireland. Jadd and Mollie also continued their collaboration as WolfTank Productions, working on interdisciplinary performance duet that they plan to perform November 2012 as a works-in-progress, in Beirut, Lebanon and beyond that as a complete work in international dance conferences and residencies. Jadd was also part of Tara Rynders “You & Me” performance in San Francisco.
Stephanie Tuley is Ballet Mistress at Longmont Dance Theatre, where she teaches ballet and stages repertoire. Her research was recently featured in Dance Informa magazine. She is currently working on developing her MFA thesis into a book.
Mollie Wolf (BFA, 2011)
Mollie Wolf is currently acting as co-director and choreographer for the interdisciplinary production company, WolfTank, which she and Jadd Tank founded together at CU in 2009. WolfTank has been awarded residencies in Boulder & Birr, Ireland, and is currently working on an evening length performance to be performed in Puebla, Mexico in 2014. In 2011, Mollie founded the interdisciplinary performance company, |packfed| dance, which operates on the principles of artist specialization and cross-disciplinary collaboration. |packfed| has been commissioned to make work with Ormao Dance Company three times, and continues to make work across Colorado. In addition to her work with WolfTank and |packfed|, Mollie is a free-lance dancer, choreographer and movement instructor. She is currently dancing for Control Group Productions, Wild Heart Dance Collective, and Moraporavida Contemporary Dance Company; and is an adjunct professor at Pikes Peak Community College.
After graduating, Steph Lee moved to New York City to pursue her dreams of dancing professionally. She co founded the Root & Risk Collective, an dance improvisation and performance art collective of 5 strong women and recently performed with Movement Research. She has had the privilege of performing and collaborating with Elia Mrak & Friends, [NYC/Seattle/Mexico], , Marten Spangberg, [Brussels /NYC], Catalyst Dance, under Emily Johnson, [NYC/San Francisco], Bermuda.NYC, with Daniel Holt, NYC, Renegade performance Group, with Andre Zachary, NYC, 10 Cents, with Britt Kamper, Copenhagen/NYC, Muuval Collective, with Aura Lopez, Mexico City, DOTA Dance Theatre, with Aren
Hooper, NYC, KarenHarveyDances, with Karen Harvey, Berlin, Liberation Dance Theater, with Jacinta Vlach, NYC, Run/Remain, with Megan Murphy, NYC/Seattle, and Evolving Doors Dance, Angie Simmons, Colorado. She frequently collaborates with photographers, musicians, and actors for improvisational works.
Her quest to pursue a different style of training and evolve her art form has also led her to study , teach, and perform in many different festivals, including Deltebre Dansa (2014,2015) , Impulztanz (2014), and Smash Berlin (2014). She has taught dance and movement in New York City, Copenhagen, Malmo, Amsterdam, California, and France. Presently, she is the co-founder and director of Trybe HK, a contemporary movement and performance space in Hong Kong. The space is the first multidisciplinary movement space in Asia, blending artistic and athletic training for humans of all practices and skill sets.
She continues to collaborate, perform, and train extensively. Her current pursuits include a residency/creation with Tom Weksler (Inbal Pinto/ Rootless Root), collaborating/co-directing a site specific work with 200 performers in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, learning how to tumble, and competing in Brazilian JiuJitsu. Steph is extremely grateful for her mentors Erika Randall, MIchelle Ellsworth, Gabriel Masson, Jesse Manno, and Gesel Mason during her time at CU Boulder. Her professors and peers continue to inspire
her in. even a decade later after stepping into 350.
Page Jenkins dances with 3rd Law Dance Theater, Interweave Dance Theatre, Louder Than Words Dance Theatre and New Breed Dance Company. Page also teaches for Colorado Ballet’s Dance Renaissance Program, The Denver School of the Arts and is the Assistant Artistic Director of Colorado Youth Dance Theatre.
Leslie Merrill is a dancer, choreographer, writer, teacher and video artist who teaches a variety of dance forms in the Boulder area. She also performs with Louder Than Words Dance Theatre, Haan Dances, Open Door Dance Theatre and Interweave Dance Theatre, choreographs for Ascential Dance Theatre and is co-director of Peekaboo Sole Productions.
Michelle Nance is an associate professor of dance at Texas State University. She teaches modern technique, choreography, and production. She also continues to make dances and perform nationally and internationally. She recently collaborated with CU alum and colleague, Ana Baer, on a video/dance which was showcased in the Tarapaca Region of Chili.
Stephen Schroeder has performed with Zenon Dance Company since 2001, with ARENA Dances, Minnesota Dance Theatre, TU Dance, Nautilus Music Theater and the Minnesota Opera. In addition, he currently acts as Zenon’s technical coordinator and was recently awarded the 2012 McKnight Artist Fellowship for $25,000.
She holds an M.F.A. in dance choreography from the University of Colorado-Boulder, with an emphasis in the Alexander Technique, and a B.S. in secondary dance education from Illinois State University.
Simmons is former modern faculty for Longmont Dance Theatre Academy’s Pre-Professional Training Program and was adjunct dance faculty at Red Rocks Community College in Denver, Colorado. She has taught at various Denver metro studios and schools, been a company instructor for 3rd Law Dance/Theatre, and worked with arts in public school programs in Chicago and Minneapolis. Angie served as a resident guest artist in 2012 at Middle Tennessee State University, teaching and setting choreographic work focused on diversity, as well as a 2010 guest artist at Iowa State University. As Program Director and faculty, Simmons founded RHS Modern Dance Company, a collaborative arts outlet for Minnesota high school students.
Simmons is the Artistic Director/choreographer/founder of Evolving Doors Dance, a contemporary modern company founded in 2006. The company is known in Colorado for politically charged, evening-length works. It recently premiered new work while completing its first tour of the midwest and will present this work in Colorado in October. Angie has been granted by Colorado’s Neodata Endowment Fellowship, the Boulder Arts Commission, and the Colorado Open Door Foundation. She has choreographed, taught and performed in New York, Colorado, Minnesota, Illinois, and throughout the midwest. Simmons has performed professionally with Isis Movement Company and Tribe of Human in New York and Cindy Brandle Dance, 3rd Law Dance/Theatre and Louder Than Words Dancetheatre in Colorado. Angie has also worked on individual projects with Maedée Dupree, Tom Evert, Jon DeMone, Doug Woods, David Dorfman, Toby Hankin, Nada Diachenko, Megan Flood, Nick Cave/William Gill, and various works with USM alumni Gabe Masson.
Lara Branen continues to direct the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop with another alumni Chris Harris; now in its 36th year held each year at CU in the dance building as well as Interweave Dance Theatre with which many CU alums have performed. She also teaches at Santa Rosa Junior College and directs the performances and choreograph the musicals following in the footsteps of Marilyn Cohen.