Meet Our Urbanity NeXt Choreographers
Urbanity NeXt returns for its sixth year to showcase rising voices in choreography from Boston and beyond! This year, seven choreographers have been chosen to develop their work under the mentorship of established Boston choreographers. Throughout a 5 month residency, artists work with Urbanity's professional company and creative class dancers to push the bounds of contemporary dance and widen the voices in the Boston dance scene.
Performances will take place at 7:30 PM on March 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st at Green Street Studios. Purchase tickets here.
Meghan “Meg” Anderson hails from central Massachusetts, where she began her early dance career. She continued her dance education at Dean College and graduated with her BA in Dance in 2012. Since graduation, Meg has danced in prestigious theaters such as the Ailey Theater, Jordan Hall, and the Paramount Theater. Recently, she was honored to be one of the only two female dancers ever to perform Pilobolus’s famous founding quartet Ocellus, alongside fellow Urbanity Dancer Jamie Ballou. Throughout her seasons with Urbanity, Meg has had the pleasure of working with many notable choreographers such as Betsi Graves, Marcus Schulkind, Jaclyn Walsh, and Andy Noble. She has also had the opportunity to present her own choreography, collaborating with such organizations as Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Boston Children’s Choir, and Emerson Dance Ensemble.
Jamie Ballou is from Bridgewater, Massachusetts and attended Dean College, where she obtained her B.A. in Dance. She is a company member and artistic associate for Urbanity Dance and is a co-director for Urbanity’s summer dance intensive. She has performed several choreographic works including: Doug Varone's "Of the Earth Far Below," Pilobolus Dance Theater's "Ocellus," and Noble Motion's "Photo Box D." She has also participated in several showcases, workshops, festivals and other performances, such as The Alvin Ailey Women in Dance Series, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and a collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jamie is a dance instructor for both Urbanity and her hometown studio, where she is constantly motivated and inspired by her students. She is equally grateful and thrilled to continue her dance journey as a mover, creator, and lover of art!
Photo by Denver Dance Photography.
Joy Davis is a dance artist, educator, and scholar. Her initiative joyproject produces collaborative and location-based dance performance since beginning in 2006. She was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum(CDF) Greenhouse Artist, a Choreographic Resident at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, and a Choregrapher’s Lab Artist with New Dialect; she has premiered work through various presenters in Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Seattle, Philadelphia, and San Diego. Joy had the honor of dancing in works by Erica Mott, Chris Aiken, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Jen Polins, Barbie Diewald and Shaina Cantino; she currently collaborates with Mountain Empire Dance Collective, School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and Alexander Davis. Joy began studying Countertechnique with founder Anouk van Dijk in 2005 and completed CTTT teacher’s certifications in 2012 and 2016. She teaches Countertechnique workshops at Gibney Dance (NYC), Moving Target (Boston), Fact/SF (CA), New Dialect (TN), Mocean Dance (Halifax), and the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, amongst others. She is honored to join the faculty at the American Dance Festival and the second annual Lion's Jaw Festival in Boston in 2017. Joy received an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College under the mentorship of Angie Hauser; has since taught as visiting faculty at Smith College, Wesleyan University, and Harvard University. Joy is an Associate Professor at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Angela Cole - Providance Project
Angela Cole is a dance artist, teacher, and choreographer based in Providence, RI. She received her BA in Dance and Performance Studies from Roger Williams University and is a recipient of the Kelli Wike Davis Outstanding Achievement in Dance Award. Upon graduating, Angela performed works by New England-based choreographers including Cathy Nicoli, Meghan Carmichael, and Ellen Oliver. Angela is a 2017 Artist in Residence at Bearnstow, ME, a 2017 Residency Choreographer for Onstage Dance Company in Somerville, MA, and a 2018 NEXT Residency Choreographer for Urbanity in Boston, MA. She is currently performing, choreographing, and teaching with Providance Project, a contemporary dance collaborative created with dance artist Ellen Oliver. In addition, she is a co-creator of 3 Spice Dance in Boston, MA. Angela is on faculty at Providence Ballet and AS220 in Providence, RI. When not dancing, Angela can be found teaching kickboxing classes and drinking coffee.
Ellen Oliver - Providance Project
Ellen Oliver is a dance artist born in Providence, Rhode Island. Ellen is a 2016/17 Young Artist in Residence at Bearnstow, Maine, and a co-founder of Providance Project and 3 Spice Dance. She has collaborated at the Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco for Teobi's Dreaming (2014) and OceA Dance Wilderness Residency at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard (2015). Ellen's professional work has been performed in New England, NYC, and India. Her dance short films have been screened at international film festivals including Inside/Outside Festival in New Delhi, Festival of Recorded Movement in Vancouver, Videodance Exhibition in the RE-SEARCH Summer Festival in Israel, the ROLLOUT Dance Film Festival in Macao, China, and Breaking 8 Film Festival in Cagliari, Italy. Ellen is a dancer in Fusionworks Dance Company and Lorraine Chapman The Company, and has recently performed in Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co and Kelley Donovan & Dancers. Ellen’s collaborations with Angela Cole for Providance Project include projects at Bearnstow Maine, WAXworks NYC, Spring New Work Series NYC, Dixon Place NYC, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, and AS220 Modern Movements Festival RI. Providance Project teaches weekly intermediate technique and choreography workshops at AS220 Providence. Ellen continued her dance studies in high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and received a BA at Hampshire College. Ellen spends her daytime teaching dance from toddlers to adults, as well as creating mixed media paintings and films. www.ellenoliverdance.com
Haley Day grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. After training for several years as a competitive gymnast, Haley found ballet and began her exploration of the dance world. She graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2013 with a BFA in Dance Performance with a dual emphasis in ballet and modern techniques. During college, Haley had the pleasure of dancing as a guest artist in the corps of Kansas City Ballet’s Nutcracker; she was also a guest artist for Western Oklahoma Ballet Theater and a dancer in Owen/Cox Contemporary Dance Group in Kansas City.
Jacob Regan was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Philosophy. He is a company member with Urbanity Dance, with whom he has performed in works by Andy Noble, Carl Flink, Betsi Graves, and Nailah-Randall Bellinger. He has also been in works by Pilobolus. His choreography has been presented multiple times in the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Urbanity NeXt. As part of BalaSole Dance Company, he choreographed and performed a solo presented at the BAM Fisher Space in Brooklyn, NY. He has attended the Doug Varone Summer Intensive (2017, 2015, 2014) and Fact SF. Currently, Jacob has been furthering his development with movement research in the Boston dance scene, contemporary with Urbanity Dance and Prometheus, and improvisation with Contact Improvisation Boston.
Shaina Schwartz has been performing and teaching throughout New England for over 10 years. An attendee of the Boston Youth Moves program at Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, she went on to study music and theater at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. A former resident artist at the award-winning children's theater, The Peacock Players, and dance captain/co-choreographer with the Boston Tap Company, Shaina is now the primary tap instructor at Boston University and multiple prestigious Greater Boston area studios. She is the Artistic Director of the New England based educational dance company, Touche Taps, which focuses on comprehensive music, percussive dance and composition training, working with over 300 dancers, ages 7 to 65+, every week!