a Dance Complex Faculty Concert [raising money for the floors]
Saturday 9 May at 8pm and Sunday 10 May at 7pm
Julie Ince Thompson Theatre at The Dance Complex
$18/call for reservations 617.547.9363
Twice each year illustrious members of The Dance Complex faculty share their choreographic and performing skills to raise money for their dance home.
in the name of Dance!!! is the title of this May’s concert, raising money to pay for a new floor for Studio #3 [the ballet studio].
Artists premiering works include Margot Parsons, Ricardo Foster, Jr, Danny Swain, Ramon de los Reyes, Marianne Harkless, Rozann Kraus and the duo ‘Hips on Fire.’
Danny Swain holds a BFA in Theater from Salem State College, where he studied under Caitlin Corbett, Jennifer Uhl and Sallee Slagle. Danny teaches Jazz-Funk and Modern at the Dance Complex as well as teaching Jazz Dance at UMass Boston. In the past, he has taught classes at the Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Salem State College, Cambridge School of Weston, and the Boston Center for Adult Education, as well as St. Anselm’s College & Plymouth State College in NH. He has been choreographing, performing and teaching throughout New England since 1997. His choreography has been seen in such venues as the Hatchshell on the Boston Esplanade, Seacoast Repertory Theatre in NH, Salem State College, Massachusetts College of Art, Green Street Studios, and the Dance Complex. Along with being Artistic Director & Choreographer for Danny Swain Dance Company, Danny has performed with Snappy Dance Theater, Boston Dance Collective, Impulse Dance Company, Kate Digby, Peter DiMuro Performance Associates in Massachusetts and in Washington D.C.
Margot Parsons trained in Chicago with Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay, and in New York with Richard Thomas, Barbara Fallis, Maggie Black, The Harkness School, and the Martha Graham Studio. Along with being invited to dance with American Ballet Theater, Agnes deMille, and Pearl Lang, she performed with Yuriko, The Ballet Ensemble of New York, in the City Center production of the King and I, and in Boston with Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, and the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble. Her degrees include a BS from the University of Wisconsin and an MA from the University of Utah. She is an instructor of ballet at Boston College, Boston University, the Dance Complex, Harvard University, and Suffolk University, and she is President and Artistic Director of DanceVisions, Inc. Her work has been seen across the United States and in Europe. She choreographs for her own company and has choreographed for Boston College, Boston University, Wellesley College, and Boston Ballet II Company, and produces numerous shows including Dance on the Top Floor.
Marianne Harkless was a member of Danny Sloan Dance Company, Ballet Theatre of Boston, Impulse Dance Company, Bandanca Afro-Brazilian Dancers & Musicians, Brasiliero, Inc. and the Arts of Black Dance & Music. She has performed and taught at colleges, public and private schools and dance studios throughout New England, France, Switzerland, Sweden and Jamaica. Marianne was a 1996 recipient of the dance Belt Award and is a former member of the Board of Trustees o the Boston Dance Alliance. Marianne currently teaches at Wellesley College, the Cambridge School of Weston and Move for Youth, Cambridge.
Ramon de los Reyes was born in Madrid, Spain and since an early age has been dancing flamenco. At only 13, he was performing flamenco and classic Spanish dances around the world while continuing his training under great Spanish teachers like Manolo Vargas, Enrique “el Cojo”, Perice, La Quica, Antonio Marin and others. He has performed worldwide in prestigious theatres and danced as a soloist with the Spanish National Ballet, Ximenez Vargas Company, Pilar Lopez Dance Company and Alba-Reyes Spanish Ballet. M. de los Reyes has performed on television and has won many awards and grants: National Endowment for the Arts; recognition for Excellence in Dance from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Recognition for Artistic Contribution to the people of Massachusetts from Governor Michael Dukakis; Gold Medal, World Olympics, Mexico, to name a few. He has also taught in universities including Boston Conservatory, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Walnut Hill School, Boston Ballet and many more.
Ricardo “Psy-Fa” Foster uses his special talent as a Dancer, Choreographer, Performer, Actor, and Model, Ricardo Foster has single-handedly made a name for himself amongst many of today’s popular artist. Working and performing with artists ranging from Jay-Z to NSYNC, En-vogue to Uncle Cracker, and Destiny’s Child to Old School Classics like Naughty by Nature, and RUN DMC he has seen it all. Ricardo is presently the Associate Director/Instructor of his own company, Street Feet Choreography. With an outstanding personality, he has a way with audiences, students and his peers a like. By using comedy, simple physical analogies, and a story like premise behind all of his dance movement, he looks to have people understand, enjoy, and enhance any performances or classes he has. And at the same time hopes to help people find a new appreciation of Dance and Themselves..
Rozann Kraus has served on the faculties of the Yale School of Drama, New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University. Winner of an Artists Foundation Choreography Fellowship, a Choreography Fellowship from the State of Ohio, the Paul Robeson Award and Arts Lottery Grants from five cities, her work has been commissioned by a wide range of sponsors, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, The Yale Art Gallery, Composers in Red Sneakers and (for nine consecutive years) Boston’s First Night. Touring throughout the country as teacher, choreographer and performer, Ms. Kraus has been a guest choreographer at MIT, the Cambridge School and Tufts University and was an Artist in Residence at Clark University’s Center for Contemporary Performance and many other institutions. A published author and poet, Rozann Kraus is the founder and President of the Dance Complex. She currently is a dancer with McCusker/Dance.
Seemore Johnson & Christina Pujol are Hips on Fire, founded with the commitment to preserve and transmit the traditional Salsa style form most of the Latin-American countries, under the direction of Seemore Johnson and Crisina Pujol. Seemore Johnson from Costa Rica, has been dancing for over 15 years. He is a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor of more than ten different dances from Latin America. He has preformed on all the main stages of Costa Rica and traveled around Latin America expanding his knowledge and learning the proper technique for each Latino dance. Cristina Pujol from Spain, dance choreographer and instructor, has been dancing Latino dances for over 7 years and has also traveled to Latin American countries improving her skills and knowledge of the Latino dances. She has also been teaching other forms of dancing like the Spanish folkloric dance Sevillanas. Both have performed at the Symphony Hall as part of their Centennial Celebration, been invited to perform at the annual fundraiser of WGBH Boston and have been guests of the BNN-TV 3 Boston “It’s All About Arts” show (dedicated to promoting and educating in the world of art). They have performed in several MDA fundraisers in Maine, and have performed in the movie “Blue Dinner.”
The concert will be held in the Julie Ince Thompson Theatre, 536 Mass Ave, Central Sq in Cambridge.
Sat 9 May at 8:00pm and Sun 10 May at 7:00pm
Tickets are $18 and reservations are suggested: 617.547.9363.