dancers

Dancers and Collaborators

Dancers

Peta Barrett

Peta Barrett (dancer), a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, also trained with Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She began her teaching career in Pennsylvania, where she was on faculty with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, and Point Park University. Peta is currently teaching at Dance Theatre Seven.

Alexandra Bradshaw

Alexandra Jane Bradshaw is a Canadian artist and yogini. (BFA & BA University of California, Irvine; Cambridge University, UK; The Ailey School, NYC). A classically trained dancer since childhood, Alex has performed internationally with such artists as Rami Be’er (Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israel), Todd Courage, Robert Moses, Janice Garrett, Charles Moulton, Nol Simonse, Catherine Galasso, Alyce Finwall, Brooke Broussard, Kirstin E. Williams, David Dorfman, and Loretta Livingston.

Melissa Gordon-Wollin

Melissa Gordon-Wollin (dancer) began her dance training at the age of seven, studying ballet, pointe, and jazz. While studying dance at UC Berkeley, she worked under Christopher Dolder, Lisa Wymore, Marni Wood, Carol Murota, Liz Burritt, and Joe Goode. She has performed with New York-based Ellis Wood Dance and with Martinus Miroto in the International Choreographer’s Commissioning Program at the American Dance Festival. In San Francisco, she has danced with Fact/SF, Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, and David Herrera Performance Company.

Kristina Kirshner

Kristina Kirshner (dancer) began her dance training at Berkeley Ballet Theater. She studied ballet under Sally Streets and modern technique with Sonya Delwaide. Continuing her dance training at UC San Diego, she performed in the Encinitas Garden Festival and in SUSHI’s New Wave Showcase. In the Bay Area, Kristina has performed with Denia Dance, Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, Kelly Bowker and Dancers, and Meek Dance Projects. Additionally, she joined Janice Garrett & Charles Moulton for The Illustrated Book of Invisible Stories.

Risa Larsen

Risa received her BFA from the National College of Arts in Oslo, Norway and completed her training at the Ailey School in New York City. She has been fortunate to work with companies such as Anouk Van Dijk, Courage Group, Hope Mohr Dance, and Janice Garrett and Dancers. She currently helps run Mudita Yoga studio in southern Sweden and spends her summers participating in varied workshops, as well as teaching dance and yoga to children and adults.

Jennifer Mellor

Jennifer Mellor (dancer) performed with Tulsa Dance Theater and Dance On Tulsa, in her native Oklahoma.  At Stanford University, she performed with Diane Frank. She has also danced with Lisa Burnett and choreographed for High Release Dance Company. Jennifer teaches dance at the JCC, and she performs with the modern dance companies Copious Dance Theater and Double Vision. She is currently an artist-in-residence at The Garage/975 Howard Street, for Jennifer Mellor Dance Project.

Kaitlin Parks

Kaitlin Parks (dancer) began her dance training in Oklahoma with Yu, Leidi. Summer dance intensives took her to the National Ballet School in Toronto, Boston Ballet, and the Kirov Academy in Washington DC. After graduating from Idyllwild Arts Academy, she attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She continues to train at the SF Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan, and performs with Alyce Finwall Dance Theater and Amy Lewis’ P.U.S.H. Productions.

Ildiko Polony

Ildiko Polony (dancer) received her early training at the Oakland Ballet Academy under the tutelage of Ron Guidi. She apprenticed and performed with the Oakland Ballet Company. In New York City, she trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, and in Havana, Cuba she performed at the Instituto Superior Del Arte and Ballet Nacional. Locally she has performed with the Oakland Ballet Company, Peninsula Ballet Theater, Theatre Rhinoceros, El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea (Washington, DC), David Herrera Performance Company, Paco Gomes and Dancers, and Janice Garrett & Charles Moulton.

Hannah Varga

Hannah Varga (dancer) studied classical ballet at the Lexington Ballet School in Kentucky. After receiving a BFA in dance at Arizona State University, she trained in New York City at the Martha Graham School, the Limon Institute, Ballet Arts, and Steps on Broadway.  She earned an MFA in dance from the University of California Irvine, where she performed with Yvonne Rainer and in William Forsythe’s “Artifact Suite.” She has presented her own choreographic and multimedia works in New York, Kentucky, Alabama, California, and Malaga, Spain.

Special thanks to Afshin Odabaee for the dancer’s photos.

Collaborators

Wendy Earl

Wendy Earl (performer), locally known purveyor of style, studied ballet with the late master, M. Voladin. Predominantly a visual artist (Miss Earl’s site-specific sculptural work is installed in various San Francisco, Marin County, and Los Angeles venues), she also performs with courage group. Her roles include The Witch/Good Fairy in “the blizz” (2005 and 2006), The Goddess in “Handelability” (2008), Claire, A Maid in “dirty girls” (2009), and A Ghost of the Forest in “The Dance of Listening” (2010/11).

Bob Webb

Bob Webb (performer) divides his time more or less equally between theatre and dance, with the odd opera, rave, and/or street performance thrown in for good measure. He makes most of his living as a stage manager, but he is also an Equity actor and a butoh dancer who has performed all over the U.S. (including Hawaii), as well as in France, Germany, Holland, Spain, Japan, Mexico, India, Malaysia, and Thailand. He has performed with butoh companies as diverse as Harupin-Ha, Saltimbanques, Black Stone Ensemble, Barely Human Dance Theatre, Raw Egg, Metropolitan Butoh, Peace Dreams, ButohSanFrancisco, and his own company, Bare Bones Butoh. In addition to courage group, he has performed with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Eugene Opera, Oregon Repertory Theatre, Dandelion Dance Theatre, Inkboat, Word for Word, Deborah Slater Dance Theatre, Campo Santo, Right Brain Performance Lab, Dance Continuum, Magic Theatre, Lines Ballet, Traveling Jewish Theatre, Kunst-Stoff, Smuin Ballets/SF, and many other local companies.

Ryan Andersen

Ryan Andersen (composer) began studying classical piano at age seven. He graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a BA in Music Composition and now composes experimental music for independent films and dance productions as well as writes and performs folk music and produces the music of other local artists.

David Robertson

David Robertson (lighting designer) has been designing lighting in the Bay Area since 1998.  He has worked with many local companies including Traveling Jewish Theatre (TJT), Word for Word, The Magic Theatre, ODC, Theatre Rhinoceros, Killing My Lobster, ACT’s Young Conservatory (ACT-YC), and Dell’Arte.  This is his third season with courage group, having designed the lighting for “pinpoint” (2008), and “dirty girl and other dances” (2009).

Chris Fletcher

Chris Fletcher (sound engineer) After graduating from the Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in 2003, Chris worked in several studios, including The Plant and Broken Radio (“Coast”) before settling into Different Fur.  He has also worked with TV On the Radio, Mates of State, Shotgun Wedding Symphony, Realistic Orchestra, Brass Mafia, Space Heater, Greg Landau, Omar Sosa, Carl Wheeler, Willis Hickerson, and The Levins.

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