» Erica Dankmeyer • Dancer/Choreographer
» Yuko Giannakis • Dancer
» Martin Løfsnes • Dancer/Artistic Director
» Hana Ginsburg • Dancer/General Manager
» Danelle Morgan • Dancer
» Jerome Stigler • Dancer
» Mary Anthony • Choreographer
» Martha Graham • Choreographer
» Ricardo Flores • Choreographer
» Pauline Koner • Choreographer
» Elaine Gutierrez (Dancer)
» Luca Marino (Apprentice)
» Romain Rachline (Dancer)
» Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch (Dancer)
» Christopher Bloom (Dancer)
ARTISTS/STAFF (click on a name to jump to their bio):
» Martin Løfsnes • Dancer/Artistic Director
» Hana Ginsburg • Dancer/General Manager
» Vernon Scott • Director of Development
» Judith M. Daitsman • Lighting Designer/Production Manager
» Karen Young • Costume Designer
» Pat Daugherty • Composer
» Jill Michalsky • Administrative Assistant
» Mark Berkley • Web Designer
JUNIOR BOARD MEMBERS
Martin Løfsnes (Dancer, Artistic Director) was born in East Germany and grew up in Norway. He received his early dance training in Ballet, Jazz and Graham-based modern in Norway with Øyvind Jørgensen and Kirsti Skullerud. In 1990 he left Norway to study at London Contemporary Dance School/The Place and stayed there for two years. In the spring of -92 he was offered a summer scholarship to Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and moved to New York City. The same fall, he was offered a full scholarship to the Martha Graham School and Yuriko invited him to dance with the Martha Graham Ensemble. In 1993 he joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, which remained his artistic home until 2006. At Graham he worked with his most influential teachers and mentors; Carol Fried, Pearl Lang and Yuriko. As a Principal Dancer in the Graham Company Løfsnes had the opportunity and privilege to perform many of the great male roles in the Graham repertoire such as The Lead Man in 'Acts of Light', The Husbandman and The Preacher in 'Appalachian Spring,' He Who Summons in 'Dark Meadow', The Stranger in 'Embattled Garden', the Snake in 'Circe' and the role he performed more than any other; the Creature of Fear in 'Errand Into the Maze'. In the Graham Company he also danced in works by Robert Wilson and Susan Stroman, and had the wonderful experience of working with Maurice Bejart on reconstructing an excerpt from his ballet 'Faust'. Løfsnes was in Matthew Bourne/AMP's Broadway production of 'Swan Lake' and also performed with Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Peal Lang Dance Theater, Donald Byrd/the Group, Dankmeyer Dance Company, Sasha Spielvogel/Labyrinth Dance Theater and Errol Grimes Dance Group. Løfsnes is on the faculty of the Ailey School. Teaching credits include Martha Graham School, State College of Dance (Oslo, Norway), Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY) and SUNY Purchase (NY).
Løfsnes founded 360º Dance Company in 2006. 360º is a company comprised of some of today's most experienced modern dancers. The company's mission is to present modern-dance classics juxtaposed with cutting edge, contemporary dance works in order to simultaneously preserve and develop the modern dance lineage. The company seeks to challenge the dancers' traditional roots, maintaining the artistic vision and dramatic integrity of the artform's founders while moving into the future with ground breaking new works by today's most exciting contemporary artists. 360º's repertory ranges from Jane Dudley's 1932 solo 'Time is Money' to Lauri Stallings' 2007 ballet 'MAKTUB'. The company also performs work by Erica Dankmeyer, Martha Graham, Mary Anthony, Filip A Condeescu and Martin Løfsnes, and has several new commissions and major reconstructions planned in the near future.
Erica Dankmeyer (Dancer, Choreographer) is a founding member and contributing choreographer of 360º Dance Company. A dancer, choreographer, and teacher, she was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Northern California, where she began her ballet training with Paul Curtis and Anne Bena. She performed for ten years with the Martha Graham Dance Company, after earning her BA in Art History at Williams College in Massachusetts, where she is currently a Visiting Lecturer. She is the Artistic Director of Dankmeyer Dance Company, which has performed two New York Seasons at Danspace Project in September 2002 and 2007. DDC has appeared in Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out series (2006), and at numerous venues in New York City, including the Clark Studio Theater in Lincoln Center, City Center Studios, PACE University, Union Square's Dance on the Square series, Marymount Manhattan College, and the DUMBO Dance Festival, as well as the Hollywood Florida Central Performing Arts Center, The '62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams College, SUNY/Purchase, the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, FL, and Frostburg State University, among others. Erica is expecting her first child in June.
Yuko Suzuki Giannakis (Dancer) is originally from Tokyo, Japan. She joined 360º Dance Company in Spring, 2008. She is also a certified GYROTONIC/GYROKINESIS® instructor, and on faculty at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She has worked with various companies and choreographers including the Martha Graham Dance Company, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Isadora Duncan Foundation,Singapore Dance Ensemble (Singapore), Inoue Ballet (Tokyo), Aszure Barton, Erica Dankmeyer, Whitney Hunter, Andrea Perecovic, Richard Move, and Margarita Roa.
Hana Ginsburg (Dancer, General Manager) holds a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Purchase College, SUNY. In addition to dancing with 360°, she is currently a member of Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Riedel Dance Theater, Lane & Co and York Dance Works, and is excited to begin work with Mark Dendy this summer. She has performed professionally in Norway, Spain and Japan, and has attended The Yard on Martha's Vineyard for both the Patricia N. Nanon and Bessie Schonberg Residencies. Administratively, she serves as General Manager for 360° and KHDT, Co-Managing Director for Dances Patrelle, and Administrative Director for Dance New York International.
Danelle Morgan (Dancer) Danelle Morgan was raised in Highland Park, NJ. She is a graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in 2007 where she was a Liberace Scholarship recipient. While studying at the Ailey School, she performed the works of Martha Graham, Nacho Duato, Jacqueline Buglisi, David Parsons, Helen Pickett, Francisco Martinez, Nancy Turano, and Alvin Ailey's Memoria. A huge fan of travel, Danelle has toured Spain performing the works of Nathan Trice, Takehiro Ueyama, Samar Haddad King, and Lejato Robinson. She has also toured Europe performing in the 50th Anniversary Tour of West Side Story, which was nominated for the Best Musical Revival Laurence Olivier Award. While at home in New York, Danelle has worked with the Buglisi Dance Theatre, has been a demonstrator for Mary Hinkson, and has performed at two Dancers Responding to AIDS events working with choreographers Amy Hall and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Other credits include performing as a Radio City Rockette in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and as an ensemble dancer in The King & I. This is Danelle's first season working with 360º. She is honored to be working with such beautiful artists.
Jerome "Nuney" Stigler (Dancer) a native of St. Louis, MO began his training at the Katherine Dunham Children's Workshop and the Center of Contemporary Arts. Mr. Stigler continued his training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he received his BFA and the University of Iowa where he received his MFA. He has taught and choreographed for numerous schools throughout the United States. Currently Mr. Stigler is working with Douglas Dunn & Dancers and teaching throughout NYC. He is delighted to be working with 360º Dance Company.
Mary Anthony (Choreographer) began her career with a dance scholarship with Hanya Holm in the early 1940's, eventually joining the Holm Company, concretizing with Joseph Gifford, and appearing in Broadway shows. Her staging of the London production of Touch and Go, in which she danced one of the leading roles, resulted in a long association as a choreographer for Italian musical theater. Mss Anthony is recognized as one of the leaders of the modern dance movement, as a dancer, a choreographer, and as an exceptional teacher. The Mary Anthony Dance Theatre began life in 1956 and has a repertory that includes works by Anna Sokolow, Lester Horton, Charles Weidman, Ross Parkes, Daniel Maloney, and Bertram Ross. An international choreographer, Miss Anthony's works have been added to the repertories of the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Bat-Dor Company of Israel, the Dublin City Ballet, and the National Institute for the Arts of Taiwan. Miss Anthony continues to teach at her studio and sporadically at the Herbert Berghof Studio for Actors.
Judith M. Daitsman (Lighting Designer/Production Manager) has been the resident lighting designer of 360 Dance Company since the company's premiere in Oslo Norway in 2007. In addition, she is the Lighting Supervisor for the Martha Graham Dance Company maintaining the historic lighting for the company, as well as creating new looks for recent choreographic reconstructions. In the past she has designed lighting for a new interpretation of La Boheme at the University of Michigan, a production of Terrance McNally’s Master Class at the Byre Theatre in St. Andrews Scotland and the gala opening of a new theatre center in New York. Other projects have included a great number of new scripts in many of the alternative theatre spaces in Manhattan. Ms Daitsman’s experience also includes work as a Lighting Supervisor for an international tour of the Philip Glass opera “Les Enfants Terribles,” as well as work at the Spoleto Festival USA and Glimmerglass Opera. She has also worked as a Lighting Supervisor for The National Theatre of Greece, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and Tango X2 during their tours of the United States.
Pat Daugherty (Composer) has been active as a composer. pianist, and conjurer in the New York dance and music scene for almost 20 years. His jazz group New York Electric Piano released their 5th CD in 2008: King Mystery, which received a glowing review in this April's JazzTimes. His chamber orchestra arrangement "Fauxlero" is heard nightly in the Blue Man Group's shows. Since 2001 he has been pianist for the Martha Graham Dance Co. He danced the role of Hamlet's father in Pearl Lang's last work. In February with choreographer Jennifer Conley he presented GeoDance. an evening length work at Temple University. He has created dance theater pieces for Martha@Mother's, NYU, Arts All Day, MaryMount Manhattan College, and Here Theater. He has composed music for dance, theater. and film. Pat studied composition at the University of Illinois with Herbert Brun and Salvatore Martirano. You can sample his music and painting at www.newyorkelectricpiano.com
Martha Graham (Choreographer): born May 11, 1894, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; died April 1, 1991. In her lifetime, Martha Graham freed the art of dance by providing a new dance language and new concepts. She revolutionized dance, lighting, stage designing, costuming, and music with her creative perfectionism. From 1913-1916, Graham studied theater and dance at the University of Cumnoch. After graduating in 1916, she joined the Denishawn School, run by Ruth Saint-Denis and Ted Shawn in Los Angeles. She left Denishawn in 1923. In 1926, she started teaching at the Eastman School of Rochester, and she gave her first recital that year. Graham opened the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in 1927. During this time, her pieces often dealt with social problems. In 1929, she choreographed her first non-solo ballet, Heretic. In 1936, Graham took a strong political stance when she refused to go to the Olympic Games in Berlin. Instead, she directed her energies into creating Chronicle, a statement against imperialism, Deep Song, a piece about the Civil War in Spain, Primitive Mysteries, and Frenetic Rhythms, dances concerning Indian and Mexican traditions. Two years later, in 1938, Graham was invited by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt to the White House. Graham would later go on to dance there for seven other presidents. In 1939, Merce Cunningham and Erick Hawkins (who was to become her husband) joined her company. In 1944, she created Appalachian Spring, her first collaboration with set designer, Isamu Noguchi. Many of her pieces during this period dealt with mythology, including Night Journey, which explored the story of Oedipus and Jocasta. Graham's company embarked on their first tour to Paris in 1954, where her ballets were booed by the audience. Paul Taylor joined her company in 1955, and in 1956, she won the Dance Magazine Award. Three years later, she created Episodes with George Balanchine. Her last dance was in Cortege of Eagles when she was 76 years old. She did, however, continue to create new work including works for Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn.In 1984, Rudolf Nureyev invited her company to the Paris Opera, where she was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the French government. She completed her 191st new dance, Maple Leaf Rag in 1990 and completed a book called Blood Memory. She was choreographing a new ballet called The Eye of the Goddess for the Olympics in Barcelona when she died in 1991 at the age of 96.
Pauline Koner (Choreographer):(1912-2001) is a pioneer and a maverick in the world of modern dance. Her early dance training was with ballet master Michel Fokine. She went on to dance with Michio Ito and Yeichi Nimura, and began her career as a solo modern dance performer in 1930, presenting programs on Broadway and touring the U.S., the Near East and Europe. She returned to New York in 1933 to perform at Lewisohn Stadium, the Roxy Theatre, and Radio City Music Hall. In 1935 Ms. Koner was the first American dancer officially engaged to appear on a concert tour in the Soviet Union. Upon her return she went on to choreograph the Holiday on Ice review and in 1945 she began to choreograph for CBS television, experimenting with effects that only a camera could produce. The following year, she began her historic collaboration with Doris Humphrey and was invited to dance Humphrey’s “Story of Mankind” with Jose Limon, thus beginning 15 years as Special Guest Artist with the Jose Limon Dance Company. Ms. Koner created central roles in “The Moor's Pavane”, “La Malinche”, “There Is A Time”, “The Visitation”, “Ruins and Visions”, “Ritmo Jondo”, “Fantasy and Fugue”, and other works.
In 1949 Ms. Koner founded her first dance company and it was in 1956 that “The Shining Dark” – her depiction of Helen Keller – was premiered at the American Dance Festival. In 1963 she received the Dance Magazine Award. Her contribution to the art of solo dance is beautifully realized in her monumental tribute to her mentor, Doris Humphrey. “The Farewell” remains a tour de force in the modern dance masterpiece repertory. She received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island College in 1985, and her autobiography, “Solitary Song”, was published in 1989 by Duke University Press. A second book, “The Elements of Performing”, was published in 1993. In 1996 she was inaugurated into the Dance Library of Israel Hall of Fame and she was awarded the prestigious Balasaraswati Chair at the American Dance Festival in 1998.
Ms. Koner was a member of the founding faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts, from which she eventually formed her second company, the Pauline Koner Dance Consort. She also taught at the American Dance Festival and The Juilliard School for many years. During this time period she choreographed a number of group works, including “A Time of Crickets”, “Solitary Songs, Op. III and IV”, “Mosaic”, “Cantigas”, and “Flight”, all of which received critical acclaim. Through her teaching and in preparing performances of these works, she provided a generation of young dancers with vital resources and experience which served as a foundation for the development of some of the finest performers, choreographers, and teachers in the modern dance world today.
We are celebrating Pauline Koner's centennial year with this revival of “The Shining Dark”.
Ricardo Flores (Choreographer): As a resident artist in the Pan American Theater in Glover, Vermont, Ricardo Flores worked with numerous national and international theater directors. He was also invited to perform in the Peter Schumann show at the Bread and Puppet Theater, NYC. He received his license in Contemporary Dance from the Colegio Nacional de Danza Contemporanea in Queretaro. He has worked with a variety of dance companies including Compania Estatal de Danza Contemporanea de Oaxaca, Grupo Experimental Epicentro, Ballet Nacional de Mexcio, and Proyecto Mexico -- NY among others. He is currently a dancer and choreographer with Compania ALETHEIA Cuerpo Escenico de Mexico, based in Queretaro, Mexico, and has created more than ten complete works for the company. In 2009, he was invited to restage his work “Que Color” on 360° Dance Company, and in 2010 he created a work with master artist Tonio Torres in Aguas Calientes, Mexico.
Elaine Gutierrez (Dancer): is a recent graduate from Montclair State University, where she was a Jeanne Wade Henningburg Scholarship recipient and received a BA in Theatre Studies and a BFA in Dance. During her time at Montclair, she had the pleasure of performing the works of Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Bill T. Jones, and Susan Marshall and company, as well as performing with Doug Elkins and Friends and the Pig Iron Theatre Company. Elaine is now excited to be performing with 360 Dance Company.
Luca Marino (Apprentice): was born and raised in Italy. His formal training started when he was 16 with ballet, modern, Horton jazz and tap. Over the years he won multiple competitions including “Danza Europa 2008” which gave him the opportunity to dance with Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York. Moving to New York in 2009, he joined the certificate program at “The Ailey School”.
Romain Rachline (Dancer): is a 20-year-old French dancer. He arrived in New York two years ago and spent a year at the Ailey School. He is currently training as a dancer, musician and actor at the Broadway Dancer Center. He recently performed in A Chorus Line (C&S company), Jack’s Back (T. Schreiber), and Hairspray (C&S company). He is truly honored to be part of the 360° Dance Company.
Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch (Dancer): is formerly a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has also worked with Aszure Barton, Larry Kegwin, Josie Moseley, Lar Lubovitch, Martha Clarke, Pascal Rioult, Philadanco, Siti Company in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company in “American Document,” Robert Wilson’s “Snow on the Mesa,” and many more. Carrie received her BFA in dance from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She is Director and co-founder of Big Sky Project, a grassroots community fellowship that uses art as a healing gateway to sustainability and environment. Carrie is also director of the P.E.A.C.E. Community Garden in Jersey City. She hopes to eventually expand the garden to include workshops in gardening and permaculture for the community and for an after school program.
Christopher Bloom (Dancer): is from Middletown, VA where he started training at the Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet at the age of 15. Christopher trained as a scholarship student at the Ballet and Contemporary Dance Programs in the School at Jacob’s Pillow under Anna-Marie Holmes and Milton Myers. He holds a B.F.A. from The Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance program where he had the opportunity to perform works by Sidra Bell, Francesca Harper, Camille A. Brown, Jennifer Muller, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey. He has performed professionally with 360! Dance Company, Thang Dao Dance Company, VonUssar DanceWorks, Parsons Dance and with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Vernon Scott (Director of Development) is a graduate of Juilliard. Mr Scott danced with several dance companies including Elisa Monte, Stephen Petronio, Pilobolus, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris and finally 7 years with Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project (where he also served as the Rehearsal Coordinator/). He then shifted gears and eventually became the National Public Relations Manager for Aga Ranges, Marvel and Northland Refrigeration. Since the corporate positions, he has enjoyed time with several non-profits and is president of the Martha Hill Dance Fund and is happy to serve as the Development Director for 360° Dance Company.
Lauri Stallings (Choreographer) is a contemporary artist whose language of physical gesture is an exploration of the literacy that comes from inner technologies of the human body. An alum of world-renowned Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, Stallings is a recent nominee for the 2012 Rome Prize for her ongoing experiments with journey as a form in contemporary performance. Stalling is Artist-in-Residence of Kennesaw State University Department of Dance. Stallings’ body of work encourages dialogue surrounding particular spaces, and is often the catalyst for performance. Commissions for the stage include American Ballet Theater (NY), Ballet Augsburg (Germany), Ballet British Columbia (Canada), Hubbard Street Dance (Chicago), DanceLINES Royal Opera House (UK), and Jacob’s Pillow (MA). A 2011 Bolgliasco Fellow (Italy), Stallings has garnered Emory University’s inaugural 2010 “Artist Impact Award,” a 2009 Benois de la Danse nomination (Moscow) for her big, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” Chicagoan of the Year (2004). Founding Artist of gloATL, a 3-year old collaborative of contemporary performance based in Atlanta, Stallings’ works for gloATL include rapt, amidst architect Renzo Piano’s Woodruff Arts Center campus; Bloom, the inaugural work of Flux Projects; and Liquid Culture, a series of “utopia stations”at Sol Lewitt’s 54 Columns. Stallings’ glo creations for the stage include the full-evening work Halo (Duo Theatre NYC), Plum Line Revisited, Joyce Theater (NY), and in 2011, Maá, the critically-acclaimed multi-disciplinary work in Atlanta Symphony Hall, with Conductor Robert Spano of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Sonic Generator. Stallings’ upcoming works include 360 Dance (NY), Laban Institute (UK), Hippodrome, the world premiere, with The Atlanta Opera, and Stallings and gloATL's International Art Fair debut, with Livers:REMIX, a 3-part 4 hour physical installation for Aqua Fair at Art Basel:Miami in December. The secret to a career in the arts - extraordinary parents.
Karen Young (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for numerous dance and video art projects. Recent design for video includes: Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation's highly acclaimed "The Rape of the Sabine Women" and "89 Seconds at Alcazar" (Whitney Biennial 2004), David Michalek's "Slow Dancing" (Lincoln Center Festival), Toni Dove's "Spectropia", and Matthew Barney's "Cremaster 5". Design for dance includes recent projects with Pascal Rioult, Karole Armitage, Elisa Monte Dance, Philadanco, Noémie Lafrance, Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, Alexandra Beller, Andrea Haenggi/AMDaT, Third Rail Projects, and a long-standing association with the Martha Graham Dance Company where she recently reconstructed Martha Graham's original designs for "Clytemnestra".
Jill Michalsky (Administrative Assistant): is a graduate of Slippery Rock University with a Major in Dance and a Minor in Communication. There, she studied with Ursula Payne, Camille Brown, Jennifer Keller, Teena Marie Custer and John Dayger. She has performed in various works by Lar Lubovitch, Princess M'Hoon Cooper, Ursula Payne, Tania Isaac, and Camille Brown. Prior to attending SRU, Jill had been involved in pre-professional as well as professional performances with Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company and Contempra Dance Theatre. She is currently the Associate Director of E.Da.Co and loves her role as an administrative assistant with 360° Dance Company.
Susan Berkley (Treasurer) Susan has been the treasurer of 360° Dance Company since its inception, and she provides fundraising, grant development, and administrative support to the company as requested. A graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, Susan works in medical education and has been with Impact Communication Partners for over 16 years. Susan spends most of her free time running around with her family – husband Mark, and sons Sam and Lyle.
Craig Tooman is a Principal at Cutsogeorge Tooman & Allen for the last 18 years and was an Associate with the then named Cutsogeorge & Associates for 4 years prior. Mr. Tooman also serves on the boards of STREB Lab for Action Mechanics (S.L.A.M.) and Young Dance Collective.
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