Claire Porter, choreographer/performer/writer, known for her comedic text and movement work and her skilled teaching, has performed her work, Claire Porter / PORTABLES, in Scotland, India, Germany, Holland, England, Latvia and Korea and in the New York City area at DTW, Danspace St. Mark’s Church, PS 122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Joyce SOHO, 92nd St. Y, Town Hall, The Bottom Line, The NY Horticulture Society, NJPAC and Liberty Science Center. PORTABLES has also showcased at the American Dance Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Florida Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater DC, Tampa Bay Off Center Theater, Duncan Theater Palm Beach FL, Center Stage Raleigh NC, The Southern Theater Minneapolis MN and at The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard. Porter appears at fundraisers and special events and created and performed Namely, Muscles, recipient of the NYC Fringe Festival 2010’s Overall Excellence Award, at festivals, conferences, theaters, medical schools and universities. Intrigued by syntax Claire created Sen-tence performed at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater produced by DanceNow that included Falling for Prepositions, Witnessing Adverbs and Pronoun Emergency. At Montclair State University she created Sentenced to Sentences, at NYU, Having Conjunctions and at Purchase College, Out of The Question.
Porter is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Bellagio Italy 2016, a Guggenheim Fellowship 2013, several National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Awards, NewMusicUSA Awards and Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light Project, The 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Festival, Art Matters, Meet The Composer, VOGUE Magazine, University Dance Companies and Domino’s Pizza Company. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State, a BA in Mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, is on the Advisory Board of DanceNJ and is a Laban Movement Analyst. Claire is represented by Jodi Kaplan and Associates.
Eva Yaa Asantewaa
A 1974 graduate of Fordham University (Rose Hill), Eva Yaa Asantewaa has contributed writing on dance to print and online publications such as Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast and Time Out New York since 1976. Ms. Yaa Asantewaa writes on the arts, with dance as a specialty, for InfiniteBody, which she founded in 2007.
She served as a member of the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards committee for three years and as a consultant or panelist for numerous arts funding or awards organizations including the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
With students from the annual Writing on Dance workshop series she taught for several years at New York Live Arts, she created Dancer’s Turn, a blog devoted to longform profiles of dance artists.
As a WBAI radio broadcaster (1987-89), Ms. Yaa Asantewaa worked with the Women’s Radio Collective and the Gay and Lesbian Independent Broadcasters Collective (producers of OUTLOOKS) and co-hosted the Tuesday Afternoon Arts Magazine with Jennifer Bernet as well as producing her own specials. A native New Yorker of Afro-Caribbean heritage, she lives in the East Village.
Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD is a leader of the fields of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy and Dance Somatics, author and lecturer on eco-somatics, neuro-motor and socio-emotional development, and peace education (taught through the Dance Education Laboratory). She directs three certification programs, each that welcome dancers – Moving For Life Certified Instructor training, Certified Teacher of BodyMind Dancing, and the Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training. She has taught her somatic dance system of “BodyMind Dancing” internationally and regularly in downtown Manhattan. This February it will begin at the 92nd Street Y.
She directs the Center for Kinesthetic Education providing professional development and direct services in pre-K-12 movement and dance with a focus on engaging children with disabilities. She developed Moving For Life DanceExercise for Cancer Recovery in 1999 and incorporated Moving For Life, Inc (501c3) in 2014 expanding to serving all people in recovery, returning from injury, those with chronic illnesses and others who want to prevent illness. Moving For Life has been featured on NY1, CNN, Fox News, the Today Show and CBS News.
She teaches at Princeton, Montclair State University, St Mary’s and University North Carolina Greensboro and has taught at Columbia University Teachers College, Hope and Hampshire Colleges. Her private clients as a Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner range from pre-natal to elders.
Penelope Hanstein, former Chair of the Department of Dance and Director of the School of the Arts at Texas Woman’s University, earned the PhD in Art Education from The Ohio State University, the MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and the BA in Dance from Arizona State University. Having spent the majority of her career as a dancer and choreographer, she teaches and writes from the perspective of the working artist. She is well known for her work exploring artistic processes, the nature of artmaking in dance, and the aesthetics of leadership and has presented her work in numerous national and international teaching and scholarly forums.
From 1986-1998, Dr. Hanstein was a Visiting Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, where she taught transdisciplinary courses as part of the summer faculty and in 1998 and 2011 she presented the Keynote Address at the annual meetings of the Korean Society for Dance in Seoul, South Korea, and in 2002 was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Japan Society of Dance Research. She is the co-editor/author of Researching Dance: Evolving Modes of Inquiry and has taught at several universities in Seoul, as well as Mukogawa Woman’s University in Japan. In 2013 and 2015 she taught workshops in theorizing artistic practices for the low-residential MFA program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and in 2014 taught online courses at Rutgers University. She is a Past-President of the Congress on Research in Dance, and during her tenure at TWU, was active in university governance, having served as Speaker of the Faculty Senate and participated in a wide range of university policy, strategic planning, and cross-disciplinary initiatives.
Drawing on her nearly 30 years of experience in doctoral education at TWU, in 2005 Dr. Hanstein designed the first Low-Residential PhD in Dance program in the U.S. and the only program to focus specifically on theorizing artistic practice. Along with dance faculty colleagues, the Low-Residential PhD curriculum was developed and implemented in June 2006. She served as a member of the National Association of Schools of Dance Commission on Accreditation from 2004 – 2012, chairing the Commission from 2009-2012, member of the NASD Board of Directors, and visiting evaluator for schools seeking national accreditation. She has served as a program review, curriculum, and assessment consultant for numerous college and university dance programs throughout the U.S. In April 2011 Dr. Hanstein was named the 2011 Cornaro Professor, the highest honor awarded to a Texas Woman’s University faculty member, and was granted emeritus status by the TWU Board of Regents. After nearly 40 years in higher education, Dr. Hanstein retired in August 2011 in order to pursue new creative opportunities, among them, continuing to serve as a higher education consultant and teaching a course in the aesthetics of artmaking as part of the new MFA program at Montclair State University.
Dawn Stoppiello is most recognized for her 25 years of choreography for bodies interfaced to computers through sensory systems and dancing in synchrony with projected images. With composer Mark Coniglio she co-founded Troika Ranch, a critically acclaimed performance ensemble that has been innovating and experimenting with computer technology in live performance since the late 1980s. Troika Ranch has been honored with a “Bessie” Award, a prize from Prix Ars Electronica and has received major support from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the MAP Fund, the Arts Council England and the Jerome foundation among others. Stoppiello has performed, taught and lectured throughout Europe, Australia, Canada and the U.S., and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Portland State University. Her writings have been published by Leonardo Journal, Movement Research Journal, Dance-USA Journal and in several books focused on media and art practices. She received a BFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1989 and an MFA in dance from George Washington University in 2014. Stoppiello has received multiple honors from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA including a 1987 Dance Scholarship, several Special Project grants and the foundation’s highest honor, the Statue Award in 2004 for her continued excellence in her field.
Mark Hardy is an Associate Professor at Montclair State and his international teaching has taken him to England, Greece, China, Romania and Croatia. Other university teaching includes Virginia Commonwealth University, Northern Kentucky University, and Stephens College. Mark has recently directed professional productions of The Music Man, Fiddler On The Roof, and Hairspray for companies in the northeast. Mark received Cincinnati Acclaim and League of Theatres Awards for his direction of the plays Trouble in Mind and The Women. Recently, he has played leading roles in professional productions of South Pacific, The Chosen, The Baker’s Wife, and 42 Street. Mark appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables, Titanic, and Children and Art(Sondheim 75th birthday tribute). His national tour credits include Sunset Boulevard, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Les Miserables. Off-Broadway appearances include A New Brain at Lincoln Center, Juba at the Vineyard, Helluva Town at Rainbow and Stars, and numerous appearances with Lyrics and Lyricists at the Kaufman Theatre at the 92 Street Y. At the Sibiu International Theatre Festival in Romania, he played Quixote in Man of La Mancha in what was the country’s first professional presentation of an American musical. Mark has been a proud Actors’ Equity union member since 1985.
Nancy Lushington graduated with departmental honors in dance from Adelphi University. She danced as a soloist with the May O’Donnell Concert Dance Company for over 15 years. She has performed professionally with the Joyce Trisler Danscompany, Theater Dance Collection, The Asolo Opera, and Verlezza Dance, as well as in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Kennedy Center. She has appeared on television in May O’Donnell’s Dance Energies, Mass, and was a featured dancer in a national commercial choreographed by Lynne Taylor Corbett. She is one of the few dancers who set Ms. O’Donnell’s works both in the U.S. and abroad. She has choreographed over 30 works for colleges, universities and regional companies.
Ms. Lushington teaches internationally annually in Cyprus, Graz Austria and at Bolzano Danza in Italy. She has also taught Master Classes in Ferrara, Barcelona, London and throughout the United States. She has served on the faculty at Adelphi University, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and The New York School for Film and Television, Stephens College and was the Artistic Director of the Dance In Education Fund, Inc for 19 years. She is currently full time faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College, and part-time at Montclair State University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music and Dance.
Alexandra Beller is the Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, established in 2002. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. Alexandra’s choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd St. Y, Aaron Davis Hall, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s, Abron’s Art Center, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, HERE, Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow, and has been commissioned by numerous companies. Alexandra Beller/Dances has toured to the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Bytom Festival in Poland and throughout the U.S .She was a visiting artist at APA, CCDC, and DanceArt in Hong Kong, D-Dance Festival in Korea, Den Nordsk Balletthoskole in Oslo, Henny Jurriens Stichting in Amsterdam, and Cyprus Summer Festival in Nicosia. Film work includes Romance and Cigarettes by John Turturro. Recent projects include the premiere of her evening length work, other stories at ICA in Boston and residencies at The University of Iowa, University of Nebraska (Lincoln), LIU, and Oakland University. Her new evening length work, milkdreams, (world premiere at La MaMa, NYC in June 2015) has been the subject of two international documentaries. Alexandra works for theatre, film and video, as both Movement Coach and Choreographer. She has choreographed for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company (Two Gentlemen of Verona), Bedlam Theatre (for the critically acclaimed Sense and Sensibility) and worked with Taylor Mac, Soomi Kim, Theatre Askew and others. Alexandra received her CMA in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals in 2015. She also holds an MFA from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (2006). Alexandra is also the mother of two fabulous boys, knits children’s hats upon request, and loves life in Brooklyn, NY.