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.
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.
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.