MICHAEL FOLEY is considered a master teacher in the field of modern dance, and has been teaching and choreographing internationally for over 25 years. His choreography has been commissioned by major international dance companies from the U.S., Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Cuba, Panama, and by the Cirque du Soleil organization. Michael received his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington, and has taught workshops and master classes at over 100 universities, academic institutions, dance festivals and private studios around the globe. He has received numerous recognitions for his work in the Arts including a William J. Fulbright scholarship from the United States government for his research and teaching in Mexico in 2009, a Kennedy Center/American Theater Festival Award, and was the Ruth Page Visiting Artist at Harvard University in 2005. Michael is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida, where he is also director/creator of the USF Dance in Paris Programs. He has been a proud resident of St. Petersburg since 2006 where he has worked with director Eric Davis in freeFall Theatre’s production of Into the Woods, as well as several projects with The Studio@620.
Photo Credit: Tom Kramer
HELEN HANSEN FRENCH, a native of St. Petersburg, Florida received her BFA from The Juilliard School in 2001. In addition to BDT’s annual New York City seasons she has toured nationally and internationally performing in such venues as, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Chautauqua Dance Festival, Vail International Dance Festival, Rishon LeZion International Festival in Israel, and the Oriente Occidente Festival in Rovereto, Italy. Mrs. French has been instrumental in staging BDT’s works at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pieve International School in Italy, North Carolina Dance Theater, and numerous colleges and universities through out the United States. In addition to working with BDT Mrs. French is also a member of Karen Reedy Dance and has had the pleasure of performing with Nilas Martins’ Dance Company, participating in a residency at White Oak Dance working with choreographer Adam Hougland, and performing in the Guggenheim’s Works/Process program with Brian Reeder and Pam Tanowitz.
As a choreographer/movement maker Mrs. French focuses on collaborations and exploring the relationship between dance and other art forms. In support of these endeavours she has been awarded a 2015 and 2016 Individual Artist Grant from the City of St. Petersburg and she is also a 2016 Creative Pinellas Artist Fellow. Her work has been shown at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Clark Studio Theater, Kaatsbaan, Studio@620, The Palladium and St. Petersburg College. Helen is deeply committed to arts education and developing the next generation of artists as well as contributing to the community in which she lives. She is a founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and co-producer of Beacon: a performance series for St. Pete.
In addition to teaching dance to all ages Mrs. French is also a certified Alexander Technique teacher. She has served on the dance faculties at George Mason University, The Juilliard School, Flint Hill School (VA), the Neighborhood Playhouse (NYC), John Hopkins Middle School and St. Petersburg College.
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KELLIE HARMON Originally from Ocala, Fl, Kellie graduated from University of South Florida with her B.F.A. in modern dance performance in 2013. Upon graduation Kellie moved to New York City to explore her passion for dance on film. After a year, Kellie’s love for Florida and the idea to share her art with the area that cultivatedher gave her every reason to move to St. Petersburg, Fl. This past summer Kellie was Emerging Choreographer for the Florida Dance Festival where she began workinga piece based on the destruction of the Library of Alexandria titled DzAlas, Alexandria,dz’a full length performance, looking to be presented in Fall of 2017. She has had the pleasure of working with Gallim, Doug Varone, Marina Mascarell Martinez, Paul Selwyn Norton, Rosie Herrera, Stephanie Batten-Bland, and Doug Gillespie. Currently, Kellie is a resident of St. Petersburg, Fl and has dedicated herself to the curation of professional dance in the Southeast. She is a founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and is the Artistic Director of Rogue Dance, a professional, contemporary-modern dance company.
PAULA KRAMER Dance is a powerful means of communication that adds immeasurably to ourcreative and every day lives. To this belief, Paula Kramer, has devoted her professional life to the creation of original modern dance works and to teaching technical and creative skills to students of all ages and at all skill levels. Her choreography and workshops have been described as being richly dramatic and reflecting timeless social issues. As a co-founding artistic director of Detroit Dance Collective, she has created more than sixty original works for the company, colleges and for other professional and student companies, on stage, in galleries and in alternative spaces.. She also originated “Dance Is Education”a dance centered multi -arts curriculum used in schools throughout Michigan, and directed DDC’s Summer Camp of the Arts for Children, a prototype subsequently used nationwide..
Paula studied extensively with members of the Martha Graham, Jose Limon Dance Companies among other dance notables in New York, Cleveland and Detroit. She received a BS in Education and Dance from Wayne State University where she received the University’s prestigious Art’s Achievement Award and recognition from the Dance Alumni Ass’n and College of Education. She was also awarded six Creative Artist Grants from the State of Michigan and was designated Michigan Dance Teacher of the Year.
Since moving to St. Petersburg with her dance photographer husband, Tom, she has created new works for Moving Current Dance Collective, Hillsborough Community College, Co – Motion Dance Company at St. Petersburg College, the Univ. of Tampa. the St. Petersburg Ballet, American Stage Summer Camp and St. Petersburg Opera. Currently she is a teaching artist at the Dali Museum, All Children’s and St. Anthony’s Hospitals, and for the USF St.Petersburg Student Activities program. She is a founding member of the St. Petersburg Dance Alliance and is currently preparing new works for for the 2016-17 dance season.
ANDEE SCOTT is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in St. Petersburg, FL. As a choreographer, her work investigates the intersections between light, projection design and the body in motion. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally, most recently in Sweden and Mexico. She curated and performed Woman’s Work: Reconstructions of Self, a solo dance project, working with five international choreographers, and toured works from the award-winning project in the U.S. and Mexico, and in Italy, as a member of Deja Donne. She has been a member of Sharir+Bustamante Danceworks and Blue Lapis Light in Austin, TX, and has performed with David Dorfman Dance and AlienNationCo., under the direction of Johannes Birringer. Andee has conducted residencies and taught master classes around the world and is currently on faculty at the University of South Florida. In 2011, she was a resident artist at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and was selected as the Best Dance Scene Mover and Shaker by Creative Loafing in 2015.
In 2014, she created Dance Linkages, an organization created to build a contemporary network of artists connecting across geographies and disciplines to develop, perform, and tour new work. Sola, the inaugural project of Dance Linkages, brought together performers and choreographers from all over the country to create an evening of solo performances that premiered at the University of South Florida and toured to New York, Michigan, Texas, and Vermont, with additional performances in Sarasota, FL, Boston, MA, and Uppsala, Sweden.