Erin Dillon and Dancers
The Moving Beauty Series proudly presents:
Erin Dillon and Dancers
Artistic Director. Choreographer.
Erin Dillon Dance performs Sunday, March 15th, 2015 in The Series.
I like to define dancing as movements that convey an emotion or feeling. What I love the most about dancing is that we have the ability to say so much with the smallest gesture. We as humans dance. We express ourselves through movement, a shrug, a wave, a wince, a hug. We tense our muscles when we are nervous and release them when we feel comfortable. It is these simple gestures that make the most impact because these actions are linked with our emotions and how we reveal them to others. As a choreographer, I like to combine these movements with the athleticism and intricacy dancers possess to create something very powerful. We create work that is visually stimulating while simultaneously meaningful and relatable. My goal is to have the audience walk away not only having seen something unique and interesting but also having felt something.
Erin graduated magna cum laude from The Hartt School/University where she performed classical works by Limon, Balanchine, Tudor, and Martha Graham, as well as current choreographers such as Emery LeCrone, Manuel Vignoulle, and Charlotte Griffin. Miss Dillon was a guest choreographer for the Periapsis Music and Dance spring 2013 concerts and a finalist in their 2013-14 commission competition, and has presented her work in the 2013 Composers Now Festival’s Music in Motion concert (with the American Modern Ensemble), the Provincetown Dance Festival, and other venues. She has attended summer intensives in the US and abroad and was part of Northwest Dance Project’s Launch 8 intensive. She is currently a company member of Abarukas and recently performed at the In/Out Festival at Jacob’s Pillow as well as Jazz at Lincoln Center. In the fall of 2014, she created a new work for Sans Limites Dance as a guest choreographer.
Liz, a proud Wisconsinite, earned her BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed for Elisa Monte Dance, ChristinaNoel & The Creature, Jamal Jackson Dance Company, Sarah Council Dance Projects, Naomi Goldberg Haas’s Dances For A Variable Population, and skybetter and associates, among others. Her own work has been presented in NYC at Joe’s Pub through DanceNOW[NYC]’s Dancemopolitan series, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center’s Fridays at Noon program, NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and Columbia University. Liz teaches yoga and dance to little and big ones alike in the tri-state area and is thrilled to be dancing for the brilliant Erin Dillon!
Tessa was born and raised in Columbia, Missouri where she began her training at Columbia Performing Arts Centre. In 2014 she graduated magna cum laude from The Hartt School with a B.F.A in Dance Performance, under the direction of Stephen Pier. Tessa has had the opportunity to perform works by many choreographers including Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Gregory Dolbashian, Take Ueyama, Loni Landon, Jon Bond, Charlotte Griffin, and Shannon Gillen.
Kristen was born and raised in Melrose, Massachusetts where she grew up studying ballet. She trained at the Hartt School where she received a BFA in Dance. While at Hartt, Kristen performed works by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, George Balanchine, Katie Stevinson-Nollet, Stephen Pier, Brendan Duggan and Loni Landon. She has also studied with Summer Lee Rhatigan, Gregory Dolbashian, Alex Ketley, Bobbi Jene Smith, Marina Mascarell and Paul Selwyn Norton. Kristen has made and participated in multiple dance for camera projects and has collaborated with composer Brian Cook on interactive dance installations. Kristen has presented original choreography at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. She is currently a co-founder, choreographer and dancer of k&j Projects which premiered at the Peridance Student Showcase in NY. k&j Projects has since performed at the Dance Complex, Green Space Studios, and as a part of The Bunker at Wendy’s Subway.
Michele graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Hartt School/University of Hartford under the direction of Stephen Pier, receiving a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy. While at Hartt she was able to perform classical works by Jose Limon, Martha Graham and George Balanchine. She was also able to work with current choreographers such as Gregory Dolbashian and Shannon Gillen. She has attended summer intensives in the US and abroad, including the International Summer Dance Festival Julidans in Amsterdam. Since then, she has performed in countless shows throughout the city along side companies such as, Martha Graham II, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Periapsis Music and Dance. She most recently appeared with companies Sans Limites and Erin Dillon and Dancers.
Mateo began pursuing interests in dance at the age of 12 when hip hop caught his attention. He became captured by this art of movement and by the age of 15 began teaching hip hop classes. Soon he began looking at other forms of dance to influence his hip hop which led him to take classes in gymnastics, jazz, ballet, contemporary, ballroom, modern, and whatever else he could find. After graduating high school he decided to attend the University of Hartford’s Hartt School Dance Division to pursue a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and deeply study classic, modern, and contemporary techniques. An endeavor he has just recently completed as he graduated in May 2014. In the past four years he has been cast in classic works such as Jose Limon’s “There is a Time” and Martha Graham’s “Dark Meadow”, which were staged by former company members Nina Watt and Peggy Lyman. Mateo also played the part of Petrushka in the reworking of the ballet “Petrushka” by Stephen Pier, originally choreographed by Michel Fokine. Mateo also had the opportunity to work with contemporary choreographers Greg Dolbashian, Shannon Gillen-Lipinski, Loni Landon, and Charlotte Griffin. He also choreographed and filmed his own work “Darkest Mind Illuminated” on Hartt School dancers and in collaboration with the composer Adam Lenz to create the music. He is currently pursuing both a career in performance with Erin Dillon and Dancers, Kizuna Dance, and Flusso Dance Project.
Natalie is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where she received a BA in Dance. While at Muhlenberg she had the opportunity to study at the Accademia dell’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She has had the pleasure to perform with Emily Bufferd/ BEings Dance, Jessica Taylor/DAMAGEDANCE, Mersiha/Mesihovic/CircuitDebris, and LEON Contemporary Dance Company. She is currently on staff at LEON Dance Arts NY.
Lizzy grew up in Jackson, New Jersey where she studied dance under the direction of Angela Pawlak and Aimee McHugh. She graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College where she studied both Architecture and Dance before relocating to New York City to continue her dance training. She has had the pleasure to work with choreographers Jenna Reigel, Doug Varone, Megan Bascom, Matt Lopez, Sunhwa Chung, and Vivake Khamsingsavath. She currently dances with Mersiha Mesihovic/Circuit Debris, Abarukas, and Yin Yue Dance Company.