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Shirah Burgey

Training: BA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst 2011

Day Job: Full time student (earning her doctorate in physical therapy this May 2017!)

Part time personal trainer

Biggest Dance Dream: If I had it my way I would be a backup dancer for Beyonce…

Loves: Family, Fitness, Food :)

 

 

Jen Fo

Education: Boston College Carroll School of Management, BS Business Management with concentrations in finance and corporate reporting

Training: Irvine Dance Academy "performance group", Woodbridge High School dance team, Boston College Dance Ensemble

Day Job: Equity research analyst at Fidelity Management & Research, Co.

Biggest Dance Dream: to perform again at Jacob's Pillow

Weirdest place found dancing: at my desk or in the hallway at work

 

 

Colleen Roddy

Training: Gloria Jean's Studio of Dance, New Haven Ballet, Boston University

Day Job: Doctor of Physical Therapy Student

Biggest Dance Dream: To dance at the Joyce in NYC.

Loves: Iced Coffee and Reese's

 

 

 

 
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Vanessa Driscoll

Training: Los Gatos CA Ballet, Boston Ballet, Boston University, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley

Day Job: Program Manager at Teradyne Inc.

Biggest Dance Dream: Take a dance class in every city I visit for the rest of my life, and successfully complete the "Dirty Dancing Lift" with my fiance

Loves: Dark chocolate, gourmet cooking, project management and collaboration, and adventures in faraway & nearby lands

 

Mariah Rasmussen

Training: Plymouth State University, BS in Dance and Wellness Administration

Day Job: Dance Instructor

Biggest Dance Dream: To move and create in new and exciting places!

Loves: The ocean, travel, spicy food, a good book, nature, cozy sweaters and boots.

 

Kristen Giddings

Education: Roger Williams University, BA in Dance/Performance Studies and Journalism

Day Job: Newspapers in Education Associate at The Boston Herald, Freelance Writer

Favorite Role Ever Danced: Performed a piece where we covered ourselves in paint while onstage

LOVES: Writing, concerts and sports games, camping, traveling, and wandering to new places

 
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Molly Haig

Training: CAS Ballet Theatre School

Education: Yale University BA Psychology, Boston University MFA Graphic Design (in progress)

Favorite Role Ever Danced: Clara

LOVES: dogs, autumn leaves, ice cream, and anything turquoise

 
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Carrie Kerstein

Training: Dancing Arts Center, George Washington University, Middlesex University

Education: BA from The George Washington University (Dance and Psychology), MS from Emerson College (Communication Disorders)

Day Job: Speech-language Pathologist

Biggest Dance Dream: A dream fulfilled with Urbanity - dancing on the outdoor stage at Jacob’s Pillow.

LOVES: Walking in cities, coffee, grande allegro, the International Phonetic Alphabet, and beluga whales

 

Heather Larsen

Training: Cathy Taylor School of Dance, Roger Williams University BA in Dance and Math

Day Job: Middle School Instructional Assistant and Graduate Student

Biggest Dance Dream: To dance on every continent

LOVES: Working with children, ASL, water skiing, and puzzles

 

 
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Genevieve Mudd

Training: The Gold School and Boston University Dance Program

Day Job: Pediatric Occupational Therapist

Biggest Dance Dream: The Rockettes or dancing on Broadway
Loves: Donuts, Musical Theater, candles, and cats

 
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Jen Passios

Training: Five College Dance Department, Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival

Day Job: Teachin' Movement and Writin' words

Biggest Dance Dream: Go on tour! Also, Perform in William Forsythe's One Flat Thing, reproduced

Loves: Espresso, turtlenecks, verbs, plants, critters, and rolling around on the floor

 
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Danielle Pastuszak

Training: Boston Ballet, European Ballet, Hamilton College, American Ballet Theatre, Ajkun Ballet Theatre

Education: Hamilton College, Mathematics and Dance

Day Job: Second year Doctorate of Physical Therapy student at MGH Institute of Health Professions

Dream Role To Dance: Wayne McGregor's Chroma

LOVES: Autumn, tea, dark chocolate, organization, and being active

 
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Stefanie Gordon

Training: Dance Express, Boston University Dance Minor

Day Job: Full time graduate student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions earning her doctorate in occupational therapy

Biggest Dance Dream: To live the tour life

Loves: Fitness, going out to eat, sandwiches, my shih tzu, turquoise, my mom, friends, family, warm weather

 

Mikella Van Dyke

Training: Limon Dance Theater, J Chen Project, Andary & Dancers, Buglisi Dance Theater

Education: North Carolina School of the Arts/Hope College

Favorite Role Ever Danced: Steven Iannacones "Sur La Tableau"

LOVES: Dark chocolate, Thai food, WARM Weather, coconuts, mangos, and sparkles!

 

Tia DeVincenzo

Training:  The Dance Studio of Wakefield

BA in Dance at James Madison University

Company member with Virginia Repertory Dance Company 2014 - 2016

Day Job: Intern at SHIFT Communications, Teaches in the Boston Area

Biggest Dance Dream: Attend grad school at The Place in London

Loves: dogs, photography, all things mini, elephants, frosting, kale, a well executed tilt, traveling, and a great mystery book

 

Stephanie Shin

Training: Robert Thomas Dancenter in Ames, IA; Boston University

Day Job: Fully-time Student

Biggest Dance Dream: Travel the world dance

Loves: Family, friends, traveling, shopping, exploring, eating, and all things green

 

Ellen Oliver

Training: Hampshire College, Universidad de las Artes Havana, UNC School of the Arts

Day Job: Dance Teacher

Biggest Dance Dream: To create my own dance company

Loves: Creating dance films

 

Juliana "Jules" Willey

Training: University at Buffalo (B.F.A dance, B.A. Psychology), Eleanor's School of Dance (Albany, NY)

Day Job: Francesca's Collections, dance teacher

Biggest dance dream: Broadway

Loves: coffee, family, friends, God, broadway shows, Grey's Anatomy, traveling, reading, lululemon, fuzzy socks and working with children

 

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