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SPRING DANCE…new faculty, new projects

BMC DANCE welcomes two new faculty

Chicago-base dance artist Molly Shanahan Will be teaching Intermediate technique:Modern
And in a joint residency project with Swarthmore College Dance, Idan Porges will be teaching
Gaga/Dancers for advanced dancers and directing the Spring Modern Ensemble.

MOLLY SHANAHAN  Molly holds a B.A. in Dance and English from Denison University, and an M.A. in Dance  Composition from MollySm2The Ohio State University. She is the founder and artistic director of Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, a critically acclaimed Chicago-based contemporary dance company and has received support for her work through two National Performance Network Creation Fund Awards, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, and an Illinois Arts Council fellowship for choreography, among others.  She has also taught in Northwestern University’s Dance Program and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Dance at Temple.


Idan4IDAN PORGES   In conjunction with Swarthmore College Dance Program, we are welcoming Idan Porges as a guest artist in residency for the Spring semester.  Idan will be teaching a class in Gaga/Dancers and will direct the Modern Ensemble.  Idan is one of the preeminent teachers of the Gaga method in the world. Gaga is a movement language invented by dancer, choreographer, dance educator, Ohad Naharin.  Naharin was invited by Martha Graham to dance in her company and while in the states also studied at Julliard and Balanchine’s School of American Ballet.  A skilled choreographer as well, he first began developing Gaga when recovering from an injury and continued exploring its potential until it developed into its present form of movement investigation. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. It provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while focusing the senses and imagination. Many top companies and schools are now incorporating Gaga into their work or classes including Hubbard street in Chicago, Peridance and Steps in NYC, Koresh Studio here in Philly.  Idan will be teaching this class for advance-intermediate and advanced dancers, a class appropriate for students with a minimum of three—four years of dance training or permission of the instructor. The class can be taken for academic (.5) or PE credit (2).  In Ensemble, he will draw on the work in the Gaga Dance classes and from his own repertoire and will work with students to create new material for a dance work to be performed in the Spring Dance Concert.

Idan has studied physical theatre and Lecoq  in Tel Aviv, graduating from Teatron Haguf
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Idan5smtage for Physical Theatre in 2005. From 2005-2007, he was a dancer in the Batsheva Ensemble, and from 2007-2008, he danced in the international cast of Ohad Naharin’s Kamuyot as part of a project of the Riksteatern. Since leaving Batsheva, Idan has danced in projects at the Klipa Theater and Cameri Theater as well as in the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s production of Barak Marshall’s Rooster and his choreography has been presented in venues around Israel and in Europe. He has also worked as therapist in the Ilan Lev method and is a sought-after teacher of Gaga in Europe and the Mid-East.


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BMC Dancers and Instructors in the 2014 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

Once again, BMC is well represented in one of Philadelphia’s best ARTS events–the PHILADELPHIA FRINGE FESTIVAL, which hosts city, national, and international artists over the next three week–with students, instructors, and guest choreographers, past and present, dancing, performing, and choreographing work. Check the Fringe Festival schedule for performance time and dates…


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Dance Alums Film for Suzanne Rae’s (BMC ’01) Fall Fashion Collection

In rehearsal

In rehearsal
From left to right Michele, Suzanne, Jessica

video shoot 3

Video Shoot 3
From left to right Suzanne, Jess, Michele

When fashion designer Suzanne Rae talked recently with old friends and BMC classmates, Michele Tantoco and Jess Honig, and discovered that they were working together on a dance project, she thought it would be a terrific idea to use that as an opportunity to show some of her design work.  Little did she think that they would talk her into dancing again or that she’d be back in the studio getting into shape after a several year hiatus from dancing.  Jess too had not danced much, busy as she was in developing her therapeutic practice and only when she moved back into the area and contacted Michele, who is a go-to dancer for many of the regions top choreographers, did she start working again.

But watching them shoot this video, you would never know it. Working through the choreographry, largely developed by Jess, they performed both individually as dancers and together as a group as though they had never missed a day in the studio.  Their short bios are below, along with this link to Suzanne’s web site.  Enter the site, scroll right until you get to “unfold” and sit back and enjoy the video, which was shot and edited by Gabello Studios…OR
click on this link to the BMC alum site which also posted the video.

The video shoot 1

The video shoot 1

Suzanne Rae Pelaez lives and designs out of Brooklyn. Her career path after Bryn Mawr included working in the art gallery scene in New York, the design ateliers of Costume National in Milan and Morgane Le Fay in New York, and study at Parsons The New School for Design. Her ready-to-wear line, both feminine and feminist in philosophy, is inspired by and made for the progressive and modern woman and with social awareness and sustainability as a part of the foundation, the company always apply a careful consciousness while creating clothing. Suzanne danced and performed throughout her four years at Bryn Mawr and she graduated in 2001 with a degree in Economics.

Jessica Honig is a psychotherapist with a focus area of anxiety relief. Her work employs flow – a technique she coaches for optimizing the present moment that helps unlocks creative and calming energy. Her training includes graduate work in creativity and human development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and clinical social work at Smith College.  Jess graduated in 2001 from Bryn Mawr with a double major in Dance and Math.I

Michele Tantoco is a dancer and movement educator living in Philadelphia. She has danced or collaborated with several Philadelphia choreographers including Leah Stein, Gabrielle Revlock, Meg Foley, Nicole Canuso, Charles Anderson, Kate Watson-Wallace, Jumatatu Poe as well as London-based choreographers, Sean Feldman and Siobhan Davies. Michele danced and performed during her four years at Bryn Mawr and graduated in 2001 with a major in Biology.

Video shoot 2 From left to right: Suzanne, Michele, Jessica

Video shoot 2
From left to right: Suzanne, Michele, Jessica


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Fall Dance Faculty at Bryn Mawr Dance

Bryn Mawr Dance welcomes new artists to its faculty: Karen Brown, former principle ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Artistic Director of the Oakland Ballet will be teaching first half semester of Ballet III; Connie Majka who has been teaching and performing Hula and Tahitian for thirty years will join Ramaa Ramesh in teaching The Gesture of Dance: Intro to Classical Indian/Hula; and Olive Prince, noted Philadelphia-based dancer and choreographer will be setting a work on Modern Ensemble. Returning artists include Meredith Rainey, formerly a dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and Ballet X, Artistic Director of Carbon Dance, and independent choreographer who will make a work for Ballet Ensemble, Shannon Murphy in a new role as instructor for Modern II, as well as Melissa Chisena, Chandra Moss-Thorne,Linda Mintzer, Katherine Kiefer-Stark, Shannon Murphy, Becky Malcolm-Naib, Yasmin Goodman, Melanie Cotton, and Rev. Nia Eubanks-Dixon. David Brick will be teaching Dance Composition I and Dr. Laura Vriend will be teaching Anthropology of Dance. Click to check out faculty bios and the Fall schedule.


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End of Semester Studio Showings

Students will show their final creative projects in Pem Studio this week.

Advanced Choreography:
Amancay Candal Tribe and Hilary Pierce
Monday, 2 PM

Dance Composition II
Maddie Brady,  Sarah Cunningham, Kristin Kury, Nana Zorokong
Tuesday, 3 PM



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Friday and Saturday
April 25th and 26th     7:30 PM
Bryn Mawr College     Goodhart Hall

Free Admission    Reception Follows
Information: 610-526-5210 or

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Bryn Mawr and Haverford students dance in works ranging from ballet to African, from modern to Hip-hop, created by noted Philadelphia choreographers Myra Bazell, Melanie Cotton, Nia Eubanks Dixon, Meg Foley, and Nora Gibson and student choreographer Sofia Ranalli. This year’s concert will also feature our students performing the landmark 1935 Martha Graham work, Steps in the Street, directed by  former Graham dancer and licensed reconstructor, Jennifer Conley.

Photo: Larry Dixon; Heading: Hilary Pierce

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Interested in a dance minor or major??

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If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a dance minor (6 credits) or dance major (11 credits) or in just finding out more about the program, join us for conversation sometime on Friday April 4th between 4-5 PM.  We’ll have cookies and tea as well. If  you can’t come or need information before then, please feel free to contact me at or our associate director, Madeline Cantor at

Linda Caruso Haviland.

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Bryn Mawr and Haverford Dancers learn Martha Graham’s ‘Steps in the Street’

Check out this blog on the process of rehearsing Martha Graham’s early work, Steps in the Street. Working with former Graham dancer, Jennifer Conley, BMC and HC dancers are learning this section of Graham’s 1936 work, Chronicle, a commentary of the devastation and isolation that war creates. Students were introduced first to the Graham technique during five weeks of classes with former Graham soloist, Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, and then met with Conley over three intensive weekends to re-build the work.  It will be performed as part of the Spring Dance Concert on April 25th and 26th.

Annie Turkel authors the blog accessed at


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Liz Gerring Dance Company—glacier Performance and Master Class

Friday, Feb. 28, 8 p.m. McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall
FREE to tri-co students, faculty and staff.  Pick up tickets in the Arts Office, remaining tickets will be at the box office.
For more info or outside ticket info go here and click on Liz Gerring Dance.


Liz Gerring Dance Company’s glacier, which the New York Times described as  “an enthralling and important new dance work,” is a full-length choreographic work for eight dancers based on Michael J. Schumacher’s 2007-2012 musical composition of the same name. In glacier, Gerring joyfully recalls the prairie land of her ancestors, where space is endless, mysterious and radiant with possibility, inviting the imagination of the audience. Though still defined by meticulous athleticism and rigor resonant with emotional and sensual theatricality, Gerring’s choreography in glacier is more complex and incorporates light instead of visual art or film to illuminate her ideas.

The master class will be taught by long-time company member,  Adele Nickel (forward woman in middle image above), and is designed for advanced intermediate and advanced dancers.  4:00-5:30 PEM STUDIO, BMC campus.

[photos by Andrea Mohin/The New York Times and others]

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TABITHA Student Choreographers in Concert










Student choregraphers Dana Nichols, Sofia Ranalli, and Alex Kirsch present original work on Bryn Mawr and Haverford Students. Saturday and Sunday, March 1st and 2nd, 7:30 PM in PEM Studio, Bryn Mawr campus. Free. Refreshments follow.

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