“Too Cool for School”
Choreography: Gina T'ai * Performers: Zoë Koenig and Sarah Ellen Miller
Music: Ponderosa (Instrumental) by Tricky and edited by Paul Balistreri,
I want to know what love is by Foreigner
Choreography: Charles E. Scheland
Performers: Jacob Blank, Roxanne Cubero, Madeline Dwyer, Bryan Hutcheson, Maile Yoon,
Music: Dick Hyman, Musetta's Waltz
Costume: Erica Johnston
"Within my heart my secret lies" - excerpt from "Sissy "recorded at Ryan Arts Center Oct 28 2018
Music Puccini, Alvo Noto soundscape, videography, Choreography - Nick M Daniels
"How Brief Eternity" Theater for the New City, April 2011
Concept, Movement, Direction, Set Design John J Zullo
Sound Mio Morales, Maya Beiser, Masters At Work, The Tractor's Revenge, Rebekah del Rio
Lighting & Set Lily Meyer
Performance by Christina Chelette, Mike Hodge, Jenna Liberati, Ashley Lindsey, Or Sagi, Brigitte, John J Zullo
Considered a pioneer in the Pittsburgh dance scene, Nick M. Daniels is the founding Artistic Director of the D.A.N.A. Movement Ensemble (Dancers Against Normal Actions) which he started in 1991. With over 30 years of dance and choreography experience, he has reemerged after a 20+year hiatus. Since returning in 2016 his choreographic style continuously has developed. His style is based on butoh, African, modern and contemporary styles based on pure raw emotion. His creativity often entices the use of soundscapes and video imagery.
His dancing career began at a young age, as a student in McKeesport High School where he began developing and perfecting various styles of dance. The now Pittsburgh resident has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Slippery Rock University and started the DANA Movement Ensemble prior to graduation. Along with his Company he has received many awards, accolades and favorable reviews from across the country.
Charles E. Scheland grew up in Germany, Austria, and the Washington DC area and is a senior in the Ailey/Fordham BFA in Dance program double majoring in Dance and Economics. Charles is also an alumnus of Jacob’s Pillow’s Contemporary Program. He is an apprentice with RIOULT Dance NY and has previously danced with Michael Mao Dance, Choreographer’s Collaboration Project, Awaken Dance Theater, and Vertical Shadows Dance Company. Charles has been a guest artist with Princeton Dance Theater and New England Dance Theater, and he has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Elana Anderson, Robert Battle, Clifton Brown, Amy Hall Garner, Jae Man Joo, Bill T. Jones, Jessica Lang, Milton Myers, Paul Taylor, and others.
Charles’ choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Spoke the Hub, Ailey Studio Theater, and Sam Scripps Performance Space.
Gina T'ai is a dance maker, performer, educator, scholar, and now a one-woman quarantine bakery. She earned both her BA and MFA in Dance from Hollins University. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally including by not limited to Performatica, World Dance Alliance Americas and Global Summit, The American Dance Festival, RAD Fest Midwest, and a commission from the Going Dutch Festival. Her research has been published in Contact Quarterly, Dance Education in Practice, and her upcoming article "Performing Gender: A Creative Drag and Burlesque Course in Higher Education" to be published in the Journal of Dance Education later this summer. She has been on faculty in the departments of Theatre and Dance and Critical Identity Studies at Beloit College in Beloit, WI since 2009.