River North Dance Chicago, So You Think You Can Dance (contemporary)
Tucker Knox was born in Nashville, TN where he trained for 6 years as a gymnast then pursued training to become a dancer. He moved on to study under the renowned Denise Wall at The Kirov Ballet School. After his competition years were over, he attended The Juilliard School in NYC. During his attendance he worked for several New York based companies including Gallim and Jose Limon. He has been highly trained in the Alexander technique, used for correct body alignment to maximize dancing ability and body placement, as well as in a teaching technique developed by Denise Wall using imagery and touch activation. Later he danced for a company in Chicago, River North Dance Chicago, recognized on a global stage, which gave him the opportunity to dance in countries like Switzerland, Germany and Russia. After his company work he then went on So You Think You Can Dance, finishing fourth in males and was then a dance captain of the tour. He is now residing in Boston working for companies and colleges in the area. Recent works include choreographer and performer for Nashville on ABC as well as companies such as Pepsi, Neocon, and Samsung International.
Urbanity Dance (contemporary)
Betsi Graves, founder and director of Urbanity Dance, is from Orlando, Florida and holds a BA from Boston College. Her dance training includes studies in ballet, jazz, and modern dance under the direction of Gaymarie Tomlinson and later, performing with Southern Ballet Theatre, now Orlando Ballet. At the age of 17, she was selected by Mia Michaels to tour across the U.S. on full scholarship with LA Undergound. She has taught ballet, modern, and jazz at Harvard University, Boston College, Regis College, and Boston Ballet (2002-2012). Graves is an alumna of Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Lab (2006) and Green Street Studios Emerging Artists Program (2008). She dabbled in professional modern dance, dancing for Karen Murphy's Limón-based Falling Flight Project (2008-2010) and as a street performer for Theatre Mama and Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza (2008). As a choreographer, Ms. Graves has garnered grant support from Massachusetts Cultural Council, the City of Boston and Boston Dance Alliance. Recent commissions include works for A Far Cry, UMass, Regis College, Plymouth State, Boston Ballet School, Touch Performance Art, and a diverse array of corporate/commercial clients. Since founding Urbanity Dance in June 2008, the company has experienced a roller coaster of growth; the company was voted “Best of Boston" and shortlisted for Bostinno's 50 on Fire in 2013. In the last three years, Graves' choreography for Urbanity has been presented at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Mass MOCA, Boston's Institute of
Contemporary Art, and venues across New England, New York, Virginia, Texas, and Florida.
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 had the opportunity to dance in prestigious theaters such as the Ailey Theater, Jordan Hall, and the Paramount Theater. Recently Meg was honored to be one of the only two female dancers to ever perform Pilobolus' famous founding quartet "Ocellus" alongside fellow Urbanity Dancer Jamie Lovell. Throughout her four 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.
Training: The Gold School
Education: Boston University, BA in Occupational Therapy
Day Job: Full time graduate student at BU
Weirdest Place Found Dancing: On Comm Ave on my way to class!