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Visiting Artists

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

Shaness Kemp

skemp@umbc.edu

Shaness Kemp is a native of Nassau, Bahamas and holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Temple University. She is a certified Umfundalai teacher and has taught at various institutions, festivals and intensives. She has trained with several notable artists and professional dance companies, including Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Kariamu &Company: Traditions, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Katherine Dunham Seminar and The American Dance Festival. She was the 2015-2016 recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award and her work has been presented nationally and internationally. Shaness was an original member of the Clothesline Muse Theatre production and performed at its premiere at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia in 2014. She is a freelance dancer, choreographer and dance educator and is excited about working with the students and faculty of UMBC.

 

Fall 2017

Lynne Price

Lynne Price holds an MFA from the University of Maryland College Part and a BA in Dance and Pre-physical therapy from Goucher College. As an interdisciplinary artist, Lynne’s practices include dance, poetry, improvisation, performance, choreography, soma tics, and research in many fields including gender, race, and depth psychology and archetypes. Lynne has taught at the University of Maryland and St. Mary’s College of Maryland, as well as master classes at Towson University, Goucher College and UMBC. Lynne is deeply tied to dance in Baltimore, teaching movement research classes to movers of all levels and having founded a volunteer organization, Baltimore Independent Dance Artists (BIDA), in 2016 with the mission of elevating and bringing together the dance community in Baltimore. Lynne often collaborates with choreographers and dancers in Baltimore and DC and is a 2017 Dance OMI Fellow, and is, in partnership with Kristen Yeung, the 2017 Alumni Dance Comminssioning Project recipient at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Fall 2016

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Robin Neveu Brown

Robin Neveu Brown grew up dancing in Southeastern Virginia where she attended the Governor’s School for the Arts.  She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Florida and an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland College Park, where she focused on performance, research-based choreography, dance-writing, collaborative process, and teaching artistry in a variety of settings. She is certified in Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals, as well as Classical Pilates. Robin’s love of working with people and ideas in the sensory and physical world of dance and art feeds her passion as a performer, dance maker, writer, and teaching artist.  She has performed, taught and created dance in New York, Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, and Utah as well as Russia and Albania. She has performed with choreographers Deganit Shemy, Neta Pulvermacher, Tzveta Kassabova, David Dorfman and Tara Burns, and currently dances with PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER. Robin will be teaching Advanced Contemporary Technique, Repertory, Improvisation and Dance Workshop.

Fall 2015

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Erica Rebollar

Erica Rebollar was born in Madrid, began studies at the Washington School of Ballet, and completed her MFA in choreography at UCLA.  Erica danced with various companies, touring nationally and internationally.  She produced her first show in Seattle in 1999, and after receiving ACDFA’s National Choreographer Award with Dance Magazine, BYU commissioned the choreography,  Erica was a three time Lester Horton Award nominee for performance and choreography in Los Angeles, where she produced several evenings of work. Upon moving back to DC, Erica performed her choreography at Velocity Dance Festival/Harman Hall, Joy of Motion’s Dance Project, and in collaboration with theatre company Force/Collision at Navy Yards Park.  She received Kennedy Center’s Local Dance Commissioning Project grant, with evening-length performances on the Millennium Stage and Dance Place, with work at Roundhouse Theatre and Theatre Project/Baltimore.  Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance was made a “Top Pick” of Washington City Paper’s Fall Arts Guidem highlighted in “Most Memorable Dance Performances of 2011,” and nominated for a Metro DC Dance Award in “Outstanding New Work.” Erica will be teaching Advanced Contemporary Technique, Repertory, Dance Workshop, and Composition II.

Fall 2014

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Jessie Laurita-Spanglet

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet is a performer, teacher, and choreographer based in Washington DC. After growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Jessie earned her BFA in Dance from the North Carolina School of The Arts. After college Jessie was lucky enough to study and perform with Katharine Birdsall in Charlottesville, VA. Jessie is a Stott certified Pilates Instructor through the Balance Body Training Center, and spent four years teaching Pilates at Thinking Body Studio in Charlottesville. Since completing a 200-hour Interdisciplinary Yoga course at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara Costa Rica, Jessie has enjoyed teaching Yoga, Pilates, and Dance in studios, arts spaces, and gyms throughout Virginia, North Carolina.

In 2010 Jessie moved to Maryland where she has had the great pleasure of dancing with Dance Exchange, Sara Beth Oppenheim, Sharon Mansur, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER, and many others. In the spring of 2014 Jessie was the local-artist-in-residence at Dance Exchange, and in May Jessie completed her MFA in Dance at The University Of Maryland, College Park, where she created a site-specific dance theatre event as her thesis project. This fall Jessie is the Artist-in-Residence at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

 

Past Visiting Artists

  • Fall 2013 Florian Rouiller
  • Fall 2012 Helanius Wilkins
  • Fall 2011 Hallie Dalsimer
  • Fall 2010 Tzveta Kassabova
  • Spring 2009 Adrienne Clancy
  • Fall 2009 Susan Rethorst