Marissa Aucoin (Stage Manager/Lighting Designer) is a New York based dance artist pursuing her MFA in Dance at The College at Brockport where she currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Production Assistant to the Department of Dance. As an artist and educator Aucoin values improvisational exploration, creative problem solving and the collaborative process. She approaches movement with a sense of curiosity and playful investigation, and values the creative process as a threshold for theoretical inquiry and kinesthetic discovery. In addition to a career as a performing and teaching artist, Aucoin has extensive experience with production coordination, stage management and lighting design working with the College at Brockport, Wedge Works, Bill Evans Dance Company, as well as the American College Dance Association. She utilizes her range of dance related interests and experiences to further inform her creative and teaching practices. Current research interests include cultural mobility, embodied identity, and the impact of digital globalization on cultural dance practices. Aucoin has been actively involved with the Rochester Fringe Festival both on-stage and off since arriving to the Rochester area in 2013.
Sarah Andreacchi (Choreographer, MFA Choreography and Performance SUNY Brockport) lives, works, and dances in Rochester, New York, not far from where she grew up in the rolling hills and farmland of the Finger Lakes. She craves music and nature and food, and love. Curious about darkness and all that it sparks in her imagination, but perpetually positive and seeking the light. Teaching dance, (Adjunct Keuka College, Faculty at Hochstein) and Administrating (Assistant Dean of Students, Co-Chair, Dance Department, Hochstein School of Music and Dance), keep her busy earning bucks, and her dance community continues to support the work she insists is integral to her well-being, and for that she is ever grateful. She lives in East Rochester with her husband and son, who keep her grounded, playing, well-fed, and consistently inspired.
Tammy Carrasco (Co-Director, Choreographer, Performer) is a dance artist originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and an alumna of Walnut Hill School. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and her MFA from The Ohio State University (OSU) where she received a University Fellowship. She served as Rehearsal Director, choreographer and performer for the OSU Repertory Company, which she toured to local schools and China. Carrasco is Lead Dance Instructor at North Carolina Governor’s School East at Meredith College. She and her collaborator, Sarah Levitt, are recent recipients of Columbus Dances Fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council for their work, Semi-Formal. They continue to create work together through long-distance collaborations. Carrasco is thrilled to join the dance faculty at SUNY Brockport and make Rochester home! Read more at tammycarrasco.org
Ann Sofie Clemmensen (Choreographer, Performer) is Danish choreographer, performer and dance educator currently based in USA, holding a Visiting Assistant Professor position at The Ohio State University, Department of Dance. Ms. Clemmensen received her BA from the Norwegian College of Dance, a first-class honor Post-Graduate degree from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and a MFA from The Ohio State University. During her time in Europe, she performed in original work by artists, such as Henri Oguike (UK), Darshan Singh-Buller (UK/US), Wendy Houston (UK), Francesco Scavetta (NO/IT), Tatiana Baganova (RU) and others. Her own work, including several dance for camera films, have been presented at various venues and festivals in United States, China and Scandinavian. Read more at annsofieclemmensen.dk
Sarah Levitt (Co-Director, Choreographer, Performer) is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Columbus, OH. She is pursuing her MFA in Dance at The Ohio State University, where she is a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of Dance. Since moving to Columbus in 2013, she’s danced in the work of Sofie Clemmensen, Ani Javian, Bebe Miller, and Claire Porter, and acted as rehearsal assistant to Stephan Koplowitz for a section of his site-specific work, Sullivant’s Travels. From 2007-2013, she worked with Dance Exchange (formerly Liz Lerman Dance Exchange) in a variety of roles, from guest artist to Resident Artist/Communications Coordinator. During her time at Dance Exchange, she originated roles in Liz Lerman’s The Matter of Origins (2010), Cassie Meador’s Drift (2009) and How To Lose a Mountain (2013) and toured extensively with the company to perform, teach, and develop new work. Highlights include residencies at the Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Harvard University, and St Elizabeths Hospital (DC). During her time in the Washington, DC area, Sarah also performed in work by Robert Battle, Gesel Mason, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, Samantha Speis, and Keith Thompson. In 2011, she and collaborator Benjamin Wegman received a Local Dance Commissioning Project award from the Kennedy Center to create Hammock, which premiered at the Kennedy Center. Her work has also been presented at Dance Place, Baltimore Theater Project, University of Maryland, and the Bealtaine Festival (Ireland). Sarah was awarded the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Choreography (2009) and Solo Performance (2010), and shares with Benjamin Wegman a 2012 Metro DC Dance Award for Emerging Choreographer for Hammock. Read more at sarahlevittdance.com
Mariah Maloney Dance (Choreographer, Performer) is invited to perform, teach and create new work in New York, throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Artistic Director Mariah Maloney, a former Trisha Brown Dance Company soloist and ensemble dancer originally from Homer, Alaska, creates work from the sensing body, accessing movement scores and choreography through improvisation. The company has toured extensively and presented at the IV Festival Internacional de Danza Independiente Cocoa in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, La MaMa Moves in New York City, DanceHouse in Dublin, Ireland and Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California. Read more at mariahmaloneydance.com
Janet Schroeder (Choreographer, Performer) is a percussive dance artist, scholar, and teacher, with a particular interest in tap dance, Appalachian clogging, and body percussion. She maintains her physical practice of these rhythmic dance forms throughout the U.S. and Mexico, creating and presenting choreography as well as taking and teaching classes. Schroeder’s explorations of rhythm in dance have recently taken her to Mexico, Appalachia, Chicago, New York City, the Berkshires, and France. In Schroeder’s current research she investigates concert dance productions that blend folk and vernacular dances with contemporary dance technique and aesthetics. From 2005-2010 Schroeder toured with music and dance company Rhythm in Shoes. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from Ohio Northern University, an MFA in dance from The College at Brockport, SUNY, and is currently in the doctoral program in dance studies at The Ohio State University.
Brandon Whited (Choreographer) holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In New York he danced with Randy James Dance Works, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and Steeledance and was a member of Shen Wei Dance Arts from 2008-2013.
Whited is currently pursuing his MFA at The Ohio State University. In his research there, he is considering the range of male/masculine gender identity, expression and representation through choreographic process and the community-building dynamic of work in the studio. Through interview, discussion and movement investigation, Whited, and his cast of dancers (constituting a range of male/masculine gender identities) present an open and honest cross-section of ways of being in relation to gender expression. Perhaps we all color a bit more outside the lines than we may think? Parallel to work in gender theory in choreographic practice, Whited wishes to delve into the pedagogical, performative and theoretical implications of partnering. Drawing on the principles of ballet and contemporary partnering, contact improvisation and ballroom dance and identifying their middle ground, he will attempt to codify the idea of an Integrated Partnering. Read more at bscottwhited.wordpress.com