Dance Faculty, 2017

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Balcos HeadshotE.E. Balcos, originally from Minneapolis, has been a professional dancer and choreographer for nearly 30 years. At the age of 19, he began studying with modern dance pioneer Hanya Holm at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs. He has also been a practicing contact improviser since 1982. As a performer he toured nationally and internationally with Shapiro & Smith Dance (NYC), Demetrius Klein Dance Company (FL), Zenon Dance Company, (MPLS) and worked with renowned choreographers including Danny Buraczeski, Ping Chong, Sam Costa, Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Joe Goode, Dwight Rhoden, David Rousseve, Stephanie Skura, and Bill Young. He performed and presented work throughout the U.S. and in Italy, Uzbekistan, and the Philippines. For the stage, he has choreographed over 50 professional works and 30 works for dance students. From 2006 – 2013, his dance company, E.E.MOTION, was featured with North Carolina Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival, ADF’s Acts to Follow Series, Piccolo Spoleto’s Dance at Noon Series in Charleston, SC, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival in Minneapolis. His choreographic works have also been presented in such well-known venues as Walker Art Center and Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, Joyce/Soho and St. Mark’s Church in New York City, Folly Theatre in Kansas City, Lawrence Art Center, and at numerous dance festivals, and universities nationally. His collaboration with composer John Allemeier, Deep Water: The Murder Ballads, an evening-length dance-theatre work was premiered at the Knight Theatre in Charlotte in 2013. In 2014, Balcos and Allemeier began a professional artist collaborative, Deep Water Collaborations. Balcos received grants from Minnesota State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Asian American Renaissance, Missouri State University, COAS at UNCC, Mecklenburg County Arts & Science Council, and Faculty Research Grants from UNC Charlotte. He holds a BA in Music from The Colorado College and an MFA in Choreography from The University of Iowa. He is an Associate Professor teaching Modern technique, Choreography, Improvisation, and Contact Improvisation. He has been on faculty at Charlotte Ballet (formerly NCDT). He was also an Artist-in-Residence with Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in Washington, DC and at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2009.

 

Check out a video of E.E’s recent Contact Improv performance! (here)

 

Class Description: Contemporary

Class Description Coming Soon.

 

Class Description: Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation first developed in the 70’s through Steve Paxton has been a cultural dance practice that is facilitated with a particular understanding and joining of a unified group or community. It is practiced by professional dancers where partnering is explored, by choreographers where choreography can be developed, and groups of all abilities who are interested in movement-based practices. Based in the sharing of weight, communication through touch moves two dancers together using weight, gravity, mass, momentum, and energy. The floor is a “second” partner that is the base for understanding points of contact, the “pouring” of weight through melting. We will explore these ideas and learn/practice concepts of counter balance, counter support, grazing, sloughing, supporting, and lifting.

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Karola Lüttringhaus, was born and grew up in Berlin, Germany. Merging American experiences with her European roots, she creates interdisciplinary works in dance theatre, installation, scenic-, sound- and costume design that are marked by a unique visceral and kinetic voice that traces the changeable electricity of thought and sensation that underlies human interaction and interpersonal relationships. She is the artistic director of ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY, and also works as a freelance designer, choreographer, and educator at theatres and universities across Europe and the US. She holds a BFA in Dance Choreography from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a MA/MFA in Scene Design from the Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany. She is a carpenter, set-builder and a licensed massage therapist, NC #8931. She is faculty at Salem College and at the College of Wilmington teaching movement science, kinesiology and massage techniques. For more information, visit: www.karolaluettringhause.com. Also check out: www.sarusfestival.org and www.salem.edu/dance.

 

Class Description: Dance Composition/Dance Theatre Choreography (Dance Participants)

This class touches on a complex arrangement of choreographic parameters: from visual compositions of energetic lines created by bodies in space to the underlying motivations, expression, the psychology of movement, and the decoding of body language. Intellect and instinct are at work in equal measure, and the creative process consist of an ongoing exchange between improvisation, choreography/crafting, and analysis. Emphasis lies on opening creative channels to allow for the exploration of honest, real expression and interaction.

 

 

Class Description: ‘BII – THE BODY’S INTRINSIC INTELLIGENCE’

‘BII – THE BODY’S INTRINSIC INTELLIGENCE’ is a detail oriented class that analyzes human movement to benefit the mover in applications that span from every-day activities  to athletics and the various concert dance forms. Every class is a complex web of exercises and improvisations that inspire body awareness, all directional navigation with inversions and partnering aspects, musicality, as well as dancing in tandem with each other. BII classes look at bio-mechanical principles that govern human movement, seeking to effectively harness them for the purpose of virtuosity, performance quality, energy conservation and healthy practice. BII classes are inspired by the phenomenal work of the axis syllabus (axissyllabus.org). 

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Ashley Suttlar Martin, is an independent artist, performing and teaching throughout the country. She holds a MFA in Dance from Temple University and a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has danced professionally for an array of companies based in Philadelphia and New York City.Martin’s works have been acclaimed and presented nationwide. Her unique movement aesthetic has been described as “powerful” and “seamless”. Martin has been working in higher education for over a decade. She developed the dance minor corriculum at Morehead State University (KY) and was guest faculty at Queensborough Community College – City University of New York. She has served on faculty at Central Piedmont Community College (NC), Coker College (SC), and Winthrop University (SC). Martin has also worked in various schools systems as a Teaching Artist for enrichment programs and at the Governor’s School of Arts & Humanities (SC). Martin’s passion for the arts has led her to exploring many avenues as an artist, director, administrator and advocate. She was a corporate representative for a prominent Southeastern Dancewear retailer and has obtained instructor certifications in the fitness programs Zumba and Bokwa. She is the director of her own company, 4thrightdance, the designer of Embellish handcrafted accessories and founding co-producer of FRESH, a touring performance series. Most recently, Martin earned certification as an M’singha Wati Instructor of the Umfundalai African Dance Technique. Currently, Martin teaches dance and fittness classes at MoveStudio, Queens University of Charloote and Charlotte Ballet’s Education & Outreach programs. www.4thrightdance.com

 

Class Description: Dance Improvisation

Dance Improvisation explores methods of movement invention that dancers must practice in order to develop creative impulses into profound statements. This class affords a welcoming environment for artists to further investigate their own expressive language of movement.

 

Class Description: Modern

Martin’s aesthetic is known for fluid movement that balances power and grace. During this workshop, individuals will enhance their moving potential by practicing seamless transitions in and out of the floor, detailed use of the entire body, refined use of a stable core, dynamic variations in movement quality, phrasing and range.

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Bianca Morgan, was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She began her dance training at Ruth Williams Dance Studio at a young age. She later trained with Mary Barnett, former associate artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, in ballet, jazz, modern and African dance. Morgan has also studied under Melba Lucas, Aziza, Rae Ross Sandifer, Ann Vachon, Ruth Williams, Laura Williams, Bruce Hawkins, Kariamu Welsh, Chuck Davis and many others. Bianca holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media and a Master of Education degree in Dance from Temple University. Morgan served on faculty at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has taught in various schools, studios and camps including The New Freedom Theatre and National Youth Sports Program. In 2000 Morgan co-directed an arts consortium that aimed to heighten appreciation and skilled development in dance called Cayenne Entertainment. Morgan has performed with Kariamu & Company Traditions and has received certification in the Umfundalai technique, a Pan-African contemporary technique developed Dr. Kariamu Welsh. She toured nationally and internationally with Chuck Davis and The African American Dance Ensemble, partaking in residencies, dance workshops, lecture demonstrations and outreach celebrating African dance through love, peace and respect. Morgan has served on the board of Charlotte Dance Festival and was named best choreography at the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards in 2009. During that same year she received a choreography award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference for Studs Terkel’s Working. In 2012 she was awarded the John W. Parker Award for Excellence in Directing from the North Carolina Theatre Conference for Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. For six years, Morgan has choreographed main stage theatre productions with the Union County Performance Ensemble under the direction of Larry Robinson. Morgan served as dance educator for seven years at Central Academy of Technology & Arts in Union County Public Schools. Morgan currently us an adjunct lecturer at University of North Carolina Charlotte. She resides in Monroe, NC with her husband Charles and daughter Chase.

 

Class Description: African

Kariamu Welsh created the Umfundalai African Dance Technique in 1970 out of a quest for a functional and aesthetic method that would mirror some of her experiences, as well as a collective ethos and history that would reflect her African and African American heritage. “Umfundalai” means “essence” or “essential” in Kiswahili. The dance technique is “Pan-African” in that it draws from dance styles and movements from arts including theater, music, sound, song, masquerade, and vocalization.

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VincentVincent E. Thomas, dancer, choreographer and teacher, received his MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a BME in Music from the University of South Carolina. He has danced with Dance Repertory Theatre (FSU), Randy James Dance Works (NY/NJ), EDGEWORKS Dance Theater (DC), and Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (MD). His choreography has been presented at various national and international venues including DUMBO Festival (NY), Velocity Festival (DC), Modern Moves Festival (DC), Philly Fringe (PA), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (UK-Scotland), Barcelona and Madrid, Spain, Avignon, France, Athens, Greece, and Bari, Italy. He was selected as one of eleven choreographers from around the world to convene for the 2005 Omi International Dance Collective and served as the guest mentor for the 2007 Dance Omi residents. Vincent is a recipient of a 2009 Best of Baltimore- Choreographer Award, 2009 Baker Artist Choice Award (B Grant), a 2009 Metro DC Dance Award for Outstanding Overall Production (for his new work “Witness”), several Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Dance Awards, a 2008 Kennedy Center Local Dance Commission Project Award, two 2006 Metro DC Dance Awards for Emerging Choreographer, and Outstanding New Work (for his evening length work the “Grandmother Project”). He received rave reviews for his performance of “Come Change” in the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. His work “We Hold These Truths…” was selected for the 2012 National ACDFA Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He performed his solo “iWitness” at Dance Base in the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Vincent was awarded the 2011-2012 Towson University Student Government Association Faculty Member of the Year. Vincent is a 2012-13 American Dance Institute Incubator Artist (MD), an Urban Bush Women BOLD Facilitator, co-artistic director and faculty member for the UBW Summer Institutes (NY and LA), and an Associate Professor of Dance at Towson University (MD).

 

Class Description: Dance Composition (Choreography Participants)

In this class, participants will use improvisation and movement structures as tools for exploring and generating movement and empowering their artistic voice. Participants will work in formats that include collaborative, interdisciplinary, site/specific, and/or installation. The choreographers and composers will explore multiple layers to their ideas for compositional collaboration.

 

Class Description: Modern

In this class, participants will find an organic freedom in movement while expanding their physical, expressive, and technical ranges. Gestural, athletic, and organic movement will be explored while challenging the vertical axis. This class may include partner work, improvisation, traveling passages, creating moments of supported, and uncontrolled movement.

 

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