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Megan Bascom is the Artistic Director of Megan Bascom & Dancers (MB&D), a New York City based company, who’s work is highly collaborative and relationship driven, involving memory, intimate interaction, and an overall commitment to expansive motion that expresses physical potential. Megan’s work has been produced by Triskelion Arts, Gowanus Arts + Production, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, and Dance New Amsterdam. Megan is a Florida native and graduated with honors from the University of South Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies, focusing on dance injury and prevention while additionally completing the coursework for the BFA candidacy in performance and choreography. In her earlier years, Megan both apprenticed and performed for Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL). After moving to NYC, she spent many years dancing with white road Dance Media/Marisa Gruneberg.Megan works as a teaching artist, teaching classes and workshops most recently at Le Danse Cité (Rabat, Morocco), Wayne State University (MI), MiXtCo (CT), Barnard College, 100 Grand Dance and Gibney Dance Center. Certified in 2008 at the Kane School, she spends half her week teaching Pilates in and around the NY Metro area. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Megan is the co-author of a book with Deborah Kayton Michals titled Up Down, Move Around: Active Learning for Preschoolers, which was published by Gryphon House, a subsidiary of Kaplan, in 2013.

 
 

Boyko Dossev studied at The National Ballet School in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he was a student of Bisser Deyanov. He went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Ballet Pedagogy and received his Master’s Degree in Choreography at The National Music Conservatory “Professor Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2016, Dossev also received his Master’s Degree of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Dossev has trained with renowned teachers including Irina Jacobson, Irina Kolpakova, Vladilen Semenov, Eldar Aliev and Lloyd Riggins. Boyko Dossev received gold medals from The Bulgarian National Ballet Competition and Varna International Ballet Competition.

Dossev’s repertoire includes the works of such choreographers as John Cranko, John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián, August Bournonville, George Balanchine, Oleg Vinogradov, among many others. He has choreographed extensively and has created works for Semperoper Dresden, Hamburg Ballet, Festival Ballet Providence, Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet School, Ballet Arkansas, Harvard University Ballet Company, and Emerson Dance Company. As a teacher, Dossev has taught at Boston Ballet School, University of Maryland, Wellesley College, The Dance Complex – Cambridge, A.R.T., Harvard University, Festival Ballet Providence, Ballet Arkansas, and JMS in Toulouse, France.

 
 

Duane Lee Holland, Jr., AEA (Choreographer) began his career as a gymnast as a member of the Jr. National Team. Duane began his professional dance career at the age of 17, dancing for the first Hip-Hop theater dance company, Rennie arris Puremovement (RHPM). While performing with RHPM, he also taught at MIT, Stanford University, Jacobs Pillow, University of Utah, UCLA, Monte Carlo Ballet Company, Pennsylvania Ballet Company, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Broadway Dance Center. ]

Duane has also had the privilege of working with other choreographers: Ronald K. Brown. Evidence, Garth Fagin The Lion King (Original Broadway cast), Jeff Amsted - A Few Good Men. In 2007, Duane was installed as an adjunct faculty member of The Boyer College of Music & Dance at Temple University, Philadelphia. In January 2008, he was honored to be named the Assistant Artistic Director to Rennie Harris Puremovement.

He is currently conducting community outreach programs with his Arts & Education organization CRĀV (Cultivating Revolutionary Artistic Virtuosity), in the suburban Philadelphia area, as well as in conjunction with select universities across the nation. In August 2009, he was installed as an adjunct faculty member of Ursinus College and Montgomery County Community College. In August 2016, Duane joined The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as their first Hip-Hop full-time faculty member.

 
 

Christopher L. Huggins is a former soloist of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Aterballetto of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Huggins trained under the tutelage of Andrea H. Major, the late Danny Sloan, and Martha Armstrong Gray. He attended the State University of New York at Purchase, the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center, and was a Fellowship Scholar at the Ailey School.

Huggins, a much sought after choreographer, has created commissioned ballets for numerous companies including Philadanco!, Cape Dance Company (Cape Town, South Africa) Ailey II, and most recently in 2010, a world premiere for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, “Anointed". He is a 2002 and 2008 recipient of the 'Alvin Ailey Award' for Best Choreography from the Black Theater Alliance in Chicago for his works 'Enemy Behind the Gates' for Philadanco and 'Pyrokinesis' for Gus Giordano Dance Chicago. He is a Critics Choice award recipient for his choreography of the musical “The Wiz” with Dallas Theater Center in Dallas, Texas and a Field of Dance Award recipient from The International Association of Blacks in Dance for his dedicated service to dance.

Huggins is currently serving as resident choreographer at Duke Ellington High School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. and choreographer in Cape Town, South Africa where he recently set “Bolero” on Cape Dance Company.

 
 

David Parker, together with Jeffrey Kazin, directs The Bang Group, a New York City-based, contemporary dance company devoted to exploring the rhythmic potential of the dancing body.

arker is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography and has won numerous awards both domestically and internationally for his wide-ranging work that encompasses a variety of percussive and contemporary forms. His work has been acclaimed for its humor and rigor as well as its essential humanity.

The Bang Group has appeared in 14 countries and 23 of the United States. In New York City, TBG has been presented in ten seasons at New York Live Arts (and its predecessor Dance Theater Workshop,) three by Danspace Project and several by DanceNow/NYC, Symphony Space and other venues. In addition to his work for The Bang Group, Parker has made over 45 works for both modern and ballet companies, college and university dance departments, festivals and soloists.

Parker currently serves as professor of dance composition at Barnard College and Maryount University and as choreographic mentor at The Juilliard School. He has recently been visiting professor at Princeton University, Hunter College and SUNY Purchase as well as teaching composition at the Alvin Ailey School for 15 years.

This season The Bang Group has toured to Germany, Belgium, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and several places in Massachusetts. Their latest work, "Mouthful of Shoes" will premiere at Danspace Project in New York City in March.

 
 

Liz Santoro will be teaching with partner Pierre Godard. The two have been collaborating closely since 2011 in the fabrication of choreographic machines that attempt to evade the tropisms of attention. Their work has been presented across France, Europe, and North America in venues such as The Kitchen, Théâtre de la Bastille, Usine C, Impulstanz, Centre Pompidou Metz, Le Maillon, Tanz im August, Romaeuropa, Danspace Project, and American Realness. Their piece “Watch It” received a Bessie Award in 2013 for “Outstanding production for a work at the forefront of contemporary dance”.

Liz Santoro studied at Boston Ballet School and holds a bachelors degree from attended.

She has worked with choreographers such as Jack Ferver, Philipp Gehmacher, Trajal Harrell, Heather Kravas, Anna Myer, David Wampach, and Ann Liv Young.

After a career as a quantitative analyst, Pierre Godard began working in theater as an assistant lighting designer, technician, props manager, assistant director, and eventually, theater director. In parallel he has been engaged in research of Natural Language Processing in order to support an effort to document languages without written forms. He is currently pursuing a PhD through the Sorbonne at LIMSI, a national research center and laboratory.

Their company, Le principe d’incertitude, is currently in residency for three years at the Centre Development Chorégraphique de Paris where Liz and Pierre are associated artists.

 
 

Samantha Speis is a movement artist based in New York. She has worked with Gesel Mason, The Dance Exchange, Deborah Hay (as part of the Sweet Day curated by Ralph Lemon at the MoMA), Marjani Forte, Pearson/Widrig Dance Theater. She is currently a performer and the Associate Artistic Director of the internationally acclaimed dance company, Urban Bush Women. Speis was the 2012 recipient of the Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography.

Her work has been featured at the Kennedy Center (Millennium Stage), Long Island University, Joyce SoHo, Hollins University, Danspace Project, Dixon Place, Dance Place, and The Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Speis’ solo, The Way it Was, and Now, was commissioned by the Jerome Foundation to be performed at Danspace Project for the Parallels Platform Series, and was later invited to the Kaay Fecc Dance Festival in Dakar, Senegal.

Speis has been a guest artist and taught workshops throughout the United States, South America, Senegal, and Europe.

Projects Samantha has recently worked on include Liz Lerman’s Healing Wars. In December 2015, Speis and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar collaborated and choreographed, Walking with Trane'which made its New York premiere at BAM Next Wave.

Urban Bush Women galvanizes artists, activists, audiences and communities through performances, artist development, education and community engagement. With the ground-breaking performance ensemble at its core, ongoing initiatives like the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) and the developing Choreographic Center, UBW continues to affect the overall ecology of the arts by promoting artistic legacies; projecting the voices of the under-heard and people of color; bringing attention to and addressing issues of equity in the dance field and throughout the United States; and by providing platforms and serving as a conduit for culturally and socially relevant experimental art makers.

 
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