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Arielle is currently an MFA in Dance candidate and Masters in Management Candidate at Mills College in Oakland, CA. At Mills College, Arielle has had the pleasure of studying with Robert Moses, Molissa Fenley, Sheldon Smith, Abby Crain, Suhaila Salimpour, Latanya L’Tigner, and Sonya Delwaide. In addition to receiving her BFA in Dance from the University at Buffalo, Arielle is also a member of Dance Masters of California, Dance Masters of America, Dance Studies Association, and a certified PBT instructor. In 2018, Arielle created ArcTangent Dance, a contemporary dance company dedicated to creating work that not only facilitates empathy between humans through unique audience experiences, but also provides exhilarating modes of expression for movement artists through performances, community outreach and online platforms. Her work in ArcTangent Dance has been presented at SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, Li Chiao-Ping Dance’s SEED Festival, and Nahn-Ho Project’s Images of Dance. Arielle is the former Artistic Director of Montage Contemporary Company, and has danced with Keshet Dance Company, World Dance Fusion, and Cabaret San Jose. She is currently a member of PERSpectives Dance Company in Los Gatos, CA. To learn more about Arielle, please visit ariellecole.com.
Toby MacNutt is a dancer, poet, and teacher living in Burlington, Vermont. Their work across their media frequently deals with embodiment, especially through their lens as a nonbinary trans, queer, variably-disabled and autistic person; they choreograph for ground, aerials, and mobility apparatus. Toby’s full-length work includes ensemble piece One, Two, durational installation Enter the Void, and a solo show in progress, A Singular They. They have also performed with local choreographers and companies including Murmurations Dance (Nicole Dagesse), Tiffany Rhynard’s Big APE, Lida Winfield, and others, and has guest-choreographed for Abilities Dance Boston (2020) and the AXIS Dance Choreo-Lab (2018, 2019). Find out more about Toby at www.tobymacnutt.com, on twitter @tobywm, or on instagram @tobymacnutt.
Louisa Mann (she/her) was born and raised in Brattleboro, VT. She began her dance training at the age of 3 at the Brattleboro School of Dance, under the direction of Kathleen Keller. She has a BFA in dance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Masters in Dance / Movement Therapy from The Pratt Institute. Louisa lived and danced in NYC for 10 years. She started working with physically integrated dance companies on the East Coast in 2015. She has worked with Heidi Latsky Dance, Abilities Dance Boston and Marked Dance Project, as a teaching artist, company dancer, choreographer and administrator. She teaches creative movement and ballet virtually for children and adults of all abilities. Louisa is passionate about making dance accessible to all people. Louisa is currently a company member with Axis Dance in Oakland CA.
CHRISTOPHER “UNPEZVERDE” NÚÑEZ
(b. Costa Rica) Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Visually Impaired Choreographer, Performance Artist, Educator, Curator and Accessibility Consultant based in New York City. His performances have been presented at The Brooklyn Museum (The Immigrant Artist Biennale), The Kitchen, Movement Research at The Judson Church, Danspace Project, The Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dixon Place, Battery Dance Festival and Performance Mix Festival, among others. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and The Dance Enthusiast. He has held residencies at New Dance Alliance, Battery Dance Studios, The Kitchen, Center for Performance Research, Heartshare and Movement Research. Most recently, he performed in “Dressing Up for Civil Rights” by William Pope L, presented at MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art. Núñez was also invited to share his story as a queer, disabled and formally undocumented artist during Immigrant Heritage Week 2020 by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. He holds a BFA in Science in Performing Arts from the National University of Costa Rica.
MARIELYS BURGOS MELÉNDEZ
Marielys Burgos Meléndez (Marielysbm)
MA Dance Studies
I am an AfroTaina-Arawak movement artist, researcher, somatic educator, dance audio describer, yoga teacher, and communicator from Boriké (Puerto Rico) currently finding home(s) in Lenapehoking (NYC). I decolonize -ancestral & personal- bodily histories by BeingMoving into-throughoneiric realms, liminal states of being, alternate consciousness, and other cosmic realities. Manifesting mysteries through my body is a spiritual and creative calling. As a current Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research (2021-2022), I am experimenting with contemplative improvisational forms and investigating indigenous somatic wisdom. I have dance/worked with Pramila Vasudevan, Antonio Ramos, iele paloumpis, Jill Sigman/ThinkDance, and zavé martohardjono, and presented my own work in México, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Scotland, Dominican Republic, and my birthplace Puerto Rico.
Instagram: @cuerpacosmica / www.marielysbm.com
CAMILLE TOKAR PAVLISKA
Camille Tokar Pavliska was born in Floresville, Texas, and began her training under the direction of Mayra Worthen at Ballet San Antonio Academy. She was a member of San Antonio Youth Ballet for three years, competing in and placing at multiple competitions. At the age of thirteen she began studying under the direction of Vanessa Bessler at Dance Center of San Antonio and joined San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet under the direction of Susan Beil Connally and Karin Connally Heiden. While with San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet, she trained with SAB Fellow Christopher-Charles McDaniel and attended Regional Dance America festivals, where her choreography was accepted in 2019 and 2020. In addition, she trained at Premiere Ballet Academy under the direction of Melissa Mulligan.
Upon graduating high school in 2020, Tokar Pavliska was accepted into the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, where she is currently completing her first year. She has attended summer programs with Houston Ballet and Kansas City Ballet, as well as RDA’s National Choreography Intensive.
East coast native Jessica Reis began her dance training at New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble. While attending George Mason University to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance and Dance Education, she had the opportunity to perform the works of Doug Varone, David Parsons, Mark Morris, Robert Battle, and Kate Skarpatowska. In 2012, Jessica moved to New York City where she performed with multiple contemporary companies. She also taught dance at The School at Columbia and other local studios. In 2015, Jessica made the move to California with her husband and cat. She has had many wonderful opportunities performing and teaching all over the Bay Area, including dancing with Kaneisee Collective, ArcTangent and Perspectives Dance Company. In addition to dance, Jessica is also a Pilates instructor at Center of Balance in Mountain View. She is passionate about helping her clients both in dance and everyday life learn how to become more mindful movers.
Davian Robinson, originally from Hickory, NC is a public speaker, a university graduate, and Paralympic athlete. Currently living in Durham, NC, Davian recently graduated from UNC Charlotte with his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Theory.
Davian has performed at Orsolina 28 and The Palace of Venaria in Italy, and in Charlotte, NC in UNC Charlotte Dance Concerts, MOVE Dance Alliance Concerts, Loose Leaves Showcase, and Reactions of Resistance. Most recently, Davian and dance partner, Lillian Willis, were invited to collaborate and perform in Cary, NC as a part of non-profit Arts Access’ Series of Fortunate Events, alongside ShaLeigh Dance Works. Davian has performed works by Marcus White, Tamara Williams, Matilde Demarchi, and Lillian Willis. Notably, he was selected to perform in Adidas “Impossible is Nothing” spec commercial, produced by Sugar Pop Productions and directed by Meg Gamez in 2018. Davian has been featured in the Charlotte Observer, Inside UNC Charlotte, Charlotte Magazine, and on UNC-TV’s My Home, NC feature, Davian Robinson: Fearless.
Davian founded and leads Sensory Beyond Sight dance workshops which invite participants to experience movement without the use of their sight. Most recently, Davian was invited to present Sensory Beyond Sight at the Alexander Technique national conference at Columbia University in New York, NY and perform original choreography at the historic Alhambra Ballroom. His most recent work was presenting a modified version of his workshop Healing Beyond Sight to non-dancers and dancers at a Charlotte Rxse day of healing with a dance-based organization out of Charlotte North Carolina. He is currently working with Camryn Watson and Inspire Inclusion Dance on some future collaborations around dance, access, and performance. Davian is also taking steps to pursue his massage therapy license and enjoying his time as a newlywed!
LAURA TUTHALL AND AUDRE WIRTANEN
A partnership between Hypermobile crip creators, Laura Tuthall (she, they) and Audre Wirtanen (she, her), Hyp-ACCESS is a Disability Justice project that reimagines models of care across body-related fields in direct response to the unique need in each for hypermobility-specific access. Widespread hypermobility is a diverse, multi-systemic condition that is omnipresent in society but neglected by medicine and exploited in the performing arts. Hypermobile people with varying disabled and non-disabled identities are everywhere, but without tailored accessibility and care resources. The work that we do is harm reduction; we repurpose artistic, somatic, and scientific knowledge to serve Hyp+ autonomy and quality of life.
Our Hyp+ community work traverses medical research, medical care access coordination and disability advocacy, risk-minimizing proprioceptive therapy, and accessible movement programming. We center disabled community members and families, and work with practitioners, clinicians, and institutions in service of care justice.
Audre and Laura met in a somatic training that wasn’t accessible, and developed a new somatic therapy, Awareness- Based Neuromuscular Re-patterning (ABNR), behind the scenes by combining sensorimotor theory with Disability Justice values and practice. They teach at Gibney Dance, @freeskewl, and through their own platform. Hyp-ACCESS is a 2020 Moving Toward Justice cohort member at Gibney. They run IRB approved research, collaborate with fellow scientists at WUStL and Keene State, and train PTs and other body-based practitioners to make their physical practices more accessible. They have shared their work at CalArts, IADMS, ISMETA, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), the American Society of Alexander Technique (AmSAT), New Yorkers for Culture and Arts (NY4CA), the Ehlers-Danlos Society, the University of Washington, MOVEMENTIS, Washington University St. Louis (WUStL), Berklee College of Music, and Bennington College. It’s been a wild ride.
IG/Twitter: @hyp_access / FB: @HypAccess
Personal IG: @audrewirtanen @lauratuthall
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