2013 Breaking Glass Choreographer's Bios
Grace Courvoisier, a native of Las Vegas, NV, studied Graham, Horton, and Composition at LVA Performing Arts High School, and the Vaganova technique with Nevada Ballet Theatre, before going on to receive her BFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She created a number of works during her undergraduate schooling, including Sister Republic, which went on to be performed in Chen Dance Center’s New Steps Choreographer’s Series in NYC 2011. Her NYC repertory also includes Night Song (2011), You Are The Opera (2012), We Buried Her Standing Up (2012), Fais-Moi Valser (2012), and Fresh Not Frozen (2013.)
Kimmie Dobbs Chan is Choreographer and Co-Founder, along with Theater Director Enoch Chan, of DEVIATED THEATRE , a Washington-DC based production company that weaves original tales through dance, circus, and character acting. Dubbed the “Cure” for “Sugar Plum Fairy Fatigue” by the Washington Post (2011), Kimmie’s choreography is known for its “rich movement palette” (2012) and an aesthetic that is both “strangely spare and incredibly effective” (2012). She is also a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Center Commissioning Project (2011), the MD State Arts Council Award for Choreography (2011), and the Mark Ryder Original Choreography Grant (2012).
Danielle Smith Guillermo, alumna of Pennsylvania Regional Ballet (formerly Cumberland Dance Company) attended SUNY-Purchase College before joining Avodah Dance Ensemble and later DCDCII. Danielle was a featured performer, dance captain, and choreographer for Sight & Sound Theatre, Lancaster and choreographed the 2010, Joseph. She was selected 2007 RDA/NE Best Emerging Choreographer for Liberation: Movement & Light. In spring 2014, PA Regional Ballet will premiere Danielle’s latest work, a short ballet The Ugly Duckling, created in collaboration with musician/composer James Casey. Faculty: PA Regional Ballet and Hershey School of Dance, guest faculty CPYB. BA in Art History, magna cum laude, Mansfield University.â€‹This is a great space to write long text about your company and your services. You can use this space to go into a little more detail about your company. Talk about your team and what services you provide. Tell your visitors the story of how you came up with the idea for your business and what makes you different from your competitors. Make your company stand out and show your visitors who you are.
Brittany Grimm, originally from Wabash, Indiana is a proud graduate of Florida State University’s School of Dance with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Choreography and Performance. Currently, she resides in Rochester, NY where she continues to develop her choreography. Her work has been presented at the ChEck Us Out Dance Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, The Citigroup Theater at The Ailey Studios, and the Indiana Dance Festival. She is an instructor at 25 North Dance Academy where she teaches ballet, jazz, contemporary, and tap to all levels. Before attending FSU, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance Performance from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
Janine Micheletti is a native New Yorker and aspiring choreographer. She graduated from SUNY Purchase's School of Art & Design with a concentration in photography. Thereafter she has spent most of her professional life as a visual artist and accomplished textile designer. As a child she was first and foremost passionate about dance, but she had regrettably let the dream go. A few years ago she went back to dance merely to get some exercise, but the art form quickly enraptured her as it did when she was a child and she was hooked. She has since vowed to never let the gift of dance out of her life and she devotes herself to it on a daily basis. Her dedication has led her to assisting choreographers, touring the country, and now this choreographic juncture. She believes that choreography is ultimately her path and that her experiences as a visual artist will aid her along the way. She hopes to fuse her love of art and dance to create performances that are thought provoking and deeply layered.
Kate Ladenheim (BFA Boston Conservatory) is artistic director of her project-based dance company, The People Movers. Her work has been presented at REVERB Dance/APAP 2012, the inaugural Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, the DUMBO Dance Festival, the CURRENT SESSIONS and DIXON Place. In addition, she recently presented a split-bill concert at Triskelion Arts Aldous Theater with Chelsea Robin Lee of Virtuosic Dance Project. The People Movers are currently working on a commission from the Juventas New Music Ensemble for a new contemporary ballet by Peter Van Zandt Lane, which will premiere in November, 2013.