Northrop to Welcome Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, 9/21
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Northrop, University of Minnesota
Robyn Mineko Williams, Choreographer
Robyn Mineko Williams is a dancer and choreographer from Chicago, Illinois. She was a member of River North Dance Company (now River North Dance Chicago) for four years before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2000. During her 12 years as a company member, Williams performed works by renowned dancemakers including Ohad Naharin, Ji?í Kylián, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, and Johan Inger, and originated roles in new choreography by Jorma Elo, Alejandro Cerrudo, Sharon Eyal, Aszure Barton, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and others. Williams created her first work in 2001 for Hubbard Street's Inside/Out Choreographic Workshop, continuing to participate in subsequent seasons. In 2010, she and Hubbard Street 2 Director Terence Marling co-choreographed Harold and the Purple Crayon: A Dance Adventure, a full-length work premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and presented since in Chicago, Detroit, Tucson, and other cities, as well as at the American Dance Festival. Williams performed recently with Aszure Barton & Artists, was one of two winners in 2012 of Northwest Dance Project's Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, and in August 2013 received a Choreography Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA.
Garrett Patrick Anderson
Garrett Patrick Anderson (Tucson, AZ) began his training in Walnut Creek, California under the direction of Richard Cammack and Zola Dishong at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre. He went on to study at San Francisco Ballet School and in Pacific Northwest Ballet School's Professional Division. In 2001, Anderson joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet and in 2005 was promoted to soloist. In 2008, he joined the Royal Ballet of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium as a first soloist, under the direction of Kathryn Bennetts. In January 2011, he returned to the United States to perform with Trey McIntyre Project and joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago later that year. Anderson received a scholarship from American Ballet Theatre's National Training Program and holds a BA in dance from St. Mary's College of California.
Jesse Bechard (Bolton, MA) began his formal ballet training at age 16 and graduated from Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He attended summer programs at Boston Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet Austin. In 2000, having completed his freshman year at the University of Chicago, he returned to dance, performing for one year with Ballet Austin and for eight with Richmond Ballet, in works by John Butler, Jessica Lang, Val Caniparoli, William Soleau, Mauricio Wainrot, and Colin Conner. Bechard joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in August 2010.
Jacqueline Burnett (Pocatello, ID) received classical ballet training in Pocatello, Idaho from Romanian ballet master Marius Zirra, with additional summer training at Ballet Idaho, Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy, Universal (Kirov) Ballet Academy, the Juilliard School, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors from the Ailey School and Fordham University's joint program in New York City in 2009. Burnett joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as a Center Apprentice in January 2008 while concurrently completing her BFA degree, and became a full company member in August 2009. She is also a 2011-12 Princess Grace Honorarium recipient.
Meredith Dincolo (Indianapolis, IN) began dancing at age seven in Indianapolis and continued her training under Iacob Lascu in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1993, then moved to Chicago to pursue a dance career. In 1996, Dincolo joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, remaining a member for four years under the direction of company founder Lou Conte. In 2000, she joined France's Lyon Opera Ballet and went on to perform with Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany with director-choreographers Kevin O'Day and Dominique Dumais. Dincolo returned to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in November 2004.
Kellie Epperheimer (Los Osos, CA) began her dance training in 1988 at the Academy of Dance and Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo. Epperheimer joined Hubbard Street 2 in January 2005 and apprenticed with the main company beginning in December 2006. Epperheimer joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in January 2008.
Jonathan Fredrickson (Corpus Christi, TX) studied ballet at the Munro Ballet Studios, home to Corpus Christi Ballet, under teachers Kay Boone and Cristina Munro. He received his BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts in 2006. Immediately thereafter, he joined the Limón Dance Company, performing lead roles and creating two original works. He is a former winner of Hubbard Street's National Choreographic Competition and was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2011 for his choreography. Fredrickson joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in February 2011.
Jason Hortin (Olympia, WA) graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a BFA in Dance under the direction of Louis Kavoura. His performance career includes work with Moving People Dance Theatre, the Erick Hawkins Dance Company and River North Dance Chicago. Hortin joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as an apprentice in August 2007 and was promoted to the main company in July 2008.
Alice Klock (Ann Arbor, MI) began dancing at age 11. In 2003, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating with artistic and academic high honors. In 2007, Klock relocated to San Francisco to enroll in Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Dominican University of California's joint BFA program. Klock has also studied dance at San Francisco Ballet School, the National Ballet School of Canada, Miami City Ballet School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Springboard Danse Montréal, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has worked professionally with San Francisco choreographer Gregory Dawson and performed with Alonzo King LINES Ballet during its fall 2008 season. Klock joined Hubbard Street 2 in September 2009 and was promoted into the main company in August 2011.
Emilie Leriche (Santa Fe, NM) began her dance training at the age of eight. In 2007 she began her formal dance training at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, with additional summer study at Joffrey Midwest, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Leriche has performed alongside the dancers of zoe | juniper, and at the WestWave Dance Festival as a member of Maurya Kerr's tinypistol. Leriche joined Hubbard Street 2 in 2011 and was promoted the main company in 2013.
Ana Lopez (A Coruña, Spain) began her formal training at Conservatorio de Danza Diputacion de A Coruña. Upon graduating Isaac Diaz Pardo High School, she continued her training at Centro Internacional de Danza Carmen Roche. Lopez danced with Joven Ballet Carmen Roche, Compañía Nacional de Danza 2, and Ballet Theater Munich before joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in January 2008.
Johnny McMillan (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) began his training at age 12 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, receiving its Young Artists' Award in dance. He has also trained at the San Francisco Conservatory and Bartholin International Seminar and worked with Gleich Dances under the direction of Julia Gleich. McMillan joined Hubbard Street 2 as an apprentice in September 2010, became a Hubbard Street 2 company member in August 2011, and was promoted in April 2012 to the main company. McMillan was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2013.
Andrew Murdock (St. Albert, AB) is a graduate of the Juilliard School, from which he received a BFA in Dance under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Prior to being a regular collaborator with Aszure Barton & Artists, Murdock performed with Gallim Dance and [bjm_danse], formerly Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Additional collaborators and colleagues include Cherice Barton, Joshua Beamish, Andy Blankenbuehler, Nina Chung, Joe Lanteri, Austin McCormick, Michelle Mola, Abdel Salaam, and Edgar Zendejas. He has appeared at the Greenwich Music Festival, with Zack Winokur, and with Geneviève Dorion-Coupal at Just for Laughs and Le 400e Anniversaire de la Ville de Québec. As a rehearsal assistant to Aszure Barton, he has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Canada's National Ballet School and Ballet BC, New York University, the Steps Ensemble, Arts Umbrella, and Springboard Danse Montréal. Murdock joined Hubbard Street's main company in 2013.
Bryna Pascoe (Maple Grove, MN) received her early training from Ballet Arts Minnesota, where she studied with Bonnie Mathis and Lirena Branitski. She attended the Juilliard School, earned her BFA in 2006, and received the Martha Hill Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance. Her professional career began in Reggio Emilia, Italy, with Compagnia Aterballetto under the direction of Mauro Bigonzetti. In 2009, she joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she performed works by master choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Ji?í Kylián, and Mats Ek, and originated roles in new creations by Stijn Celis, Stephan Thoss, Didy Veldman, and others. Pascoe joined Hubbard Street's main company in 2013.
David Schultz (Grand Rapids, MI) began training in Michigan with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet and later studied at Canada's National Ballet School in Toronto. He performed for four seasons with Grand Rapids Ballet and has danced works by George Balanchine, Gordon Pierce Schmidt, Peter Sparling, and Septime Webre. Schultz joined Hubbard Street 2 in September 2009 and was promoted to the main company in August 2011. Schultz is the recipient of a 2012 Princess Grace Award.
Kevin J. Shannon
Kevin J. Shannon (Baltimore, MD) began dancing under the guidance of Lester Holmes. He graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts with additional training at the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Parsons Dance. He earned his BFA in 2007 at the Juilliard School, toured nationally with the Juilliard School Ensemble and appeared in the "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcast television special The Juilliard School: Celebrating 100 Years. Shannon joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in November 2007.
Jessica Tong (Binghamton, NY) received her formal training at the Ballet School in Salt Lake City, Utah under Jan Clark Fugit, as well as at the University of Utah, where she was a member of Utah Ballet. Her studies also included summer programs at American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet School, and the Lou Conte Dance Studio. Tong danced with BalletMet in Ohio, Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech in New York, and with Hubbard Street 2 before joining the main company in January 2007. Tong was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2009.
Quinn B Wharton
Quinn B Wharton (Seattle, WA) trained at Ewajo Dance Center, North Carolina School of the Arts, Houston Ballet Academy, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and San Francisco Ballet School. In 2005, he joined San Francisco Ballet, where he performed choreography by George Balanchine, Val Caniparoli, Michel Fokine, William Forsythe, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor, Stanton Welch, Christopher Wheeldon, and Renato Zanella. Wharton joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in July 2012 and is also a professional photographer and videographer.
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