2018 Faculty (Tentative):
Faculty will include Urbanity's professional company. Company dancer bios can be found here.
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.
Summer Intensive Co-Director
JAMIE BALLOU is originally from Bridgewater, Massachusetts and attended Dean College where she obtained her BA in Dance: Education and Performance. She has been a company member for Urbanity since 2012. Jamie is an artistic-associate at Urbanity Dance and is also one of the co-directors for Urbanity’s Summer Intensive. She has had the pleasure of working with several outstanding choreographers/companies including: Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Doug Varone and Dancers, Pilobolus Dance Theater, Noble Motion, Jackie Nowicki, Lorraine Chapman, and Marcus Shulkind. She has choreographed for, and participated in, several showcases, workshops, and festivals such as The Alvin Ailey Women in Dance Series, Urbanity’s “NEXT”, 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 an avid lover of music, writing, Harry Potter, and her two pugs- Bella and Piper.
Summer Intensive Co-Director
Urbanity Dance (Contemporary)
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. 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 and Summer Intensive co-director, Jamie Ballou. Throughout her six seasons with Urbanity, Meg has had the pleasure of working with, and performing works by, many notable choreographers such as Betsi Graves, Marcus Schulkind, Jaclyn Walsh, Carl Flink, Jackie Nowicki, Doug Varone, Camille Brown and Andy Noble. She also often presents her own work and has had the honor to collaborate with such organizations as Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Boston Children’s Choir and Emerson Dance Ensemble. Meg has presented work in Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and at international conferences. She also shares her love of dance with hundreds of students each week as she teaches and choreographs throughout New England. Meg is honored to have many rolls within Urbanity including Artistic Associate, Director of the Junior Apprentice Program and Youth Companies, as well as Co-director of the Urbanity Dance Summer Intensive.
Meg prides herself on providing high energy, challenging and creative classes within a safe an nurturing classroom. Her experiences as a dancer and performer allow Meg to prepare her students for their own futures as professional level dancers. Her charismatic personality and teaching style encourages her students to be themselves and to take pride in their own spirit and accomplishments in and out of the studio.
Urbanity's Professional Company Dancers are guest instructors at the Summer Intensive. Please click here to view their bios.
Jackie Nowicki originates from Chicago Illinois, and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Western Michigan University, where she was named Presidential Scholar in April 2008. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Lou Conte, Helen Tamiris, George Faison, and Doug Varone, among others. She recently returned from performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, and previously finished a West Coast Tour with Contemporary Dance Company, Shiroun, where she was able to teach master classes at numerous universities and studios throughout the West Coast. Her professional credits also include working with, Derek Mitchell, Brice Mousett, Elizabeth Jones for Carnival 2012, DAMAGEDANCE, and Matthew Neff in the New York Musical Theater Festival’s production of Petrouchka, as well as performing with Ne-Yo for an Xbox Live event in Times Square. As a teacher and choreographer, Jacquelyn worked as a part-time faculty member at Western Michigan University’s Department of Dance, where she returns frequently as a Master Class teacher, and she was hired as Dianne McIntyre’s rehearsal assistant in the restaging of How Long Brethren? at the University of Minnesota. She judges for numerous dance competitions, and has taught at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City, as well as sharing her passion and artistry with numerous schools, studios, and theaters all over the United States.
Plymouth State University (Modern)
Amanda Whitworth has enjoyed performing for companies and choreographers in and around New York City including the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Ann Reinking, Kevin Wynn, the Chasama Theater on Broadway, Ann Carlson, Mark Dendy, Chaos Theory Dance, The Yard, Nathan Trice/RITUALS and Lorraine Chapman: The Company. Mrs. Whitworth has taught hundreds of master classes and participated in residencies at universities, private and public schools across the country. She is the recipient of the Friends of Dance Award from Goucher College, the Monticello Award for Choreography from Regional Dance America and the J.S. Seidman Award from her alma mater New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since moving to New Hampshire Mrs. Whitworth has collaborated with several organizations promoting arts education through performance including, Theater Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility (TIGER), the Kearsarge Arts Theater Company (KAT Co.), the Educational Theater Collaborative (ETC), and the Ninth State Movement Complex. Mrs. Whitworth obtained her M.E.d from Plymouth State University and is now a doctoral candidate at Franklin Pierce University. Currently, Mrs. Whitworth serves as the Director of Dance at Plymouth State University and is a member of Terminal Hip Dance Theater, a collaborative performance group based in Plymouth, NH. Amanda received a BFA in Dance from New York University.
Marcus Schulkind is a founding director of Green Street Studios and has been dancing, teaching, and performing for over thirty-three years. Originally trained in Graham Technique and Graham based variants (Norman Walker, May O’Donnell, Pearl Lang), he went on to study ballet with Antony Tudor and Maggie Black at Julliard, bodywork with Zena Rommett (for whom he taught in New York), and Pilates Technique with Kathy Grant. He has performed nationally and internationally with many major modern dance companies including Lar Lubovitch, Kathy Posin, and Batsheva Dance Company of Isreal. He has taught in the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Middle East. Mr. Schulkind is a nationally recognized dancer, teacher, and choreographer, having received grants from the N.E.A., N.Y.S.C.A., Affiliate Artists Inc., Bank Boston Celebrity Series, and First Night. He has choreographed for Dennis Wayne’s Company, Princeton Ballet, David Brown, Elisa Monte, 5 by 2 Plus, People Dancing, Pick of the Crop, Little Feet, Peanut Butter and Jelly Dance Company, and in Canada for Dance Partout and the National Ballet of Egypt. Since seriously injuring his knee twelve years ago, he has been integrating physical therapies and his five year training of Pilates into his floor barre, modern, and ballet technique classes. Marcus is also a practicing acupuncturist.
Levi Philip Marsman
Levi Philip Marsman has been artist in residence at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and resident teacher at Urbanity Dance He is Urbanity Dance’s 2017 NeXt Choreography recipient, the 2016 Ballet Inc. Emerging Choreographer Awardee and a Martha Hill Dance Fund Young Professionals Awardee. He graduated from the Walnut Hill School, was in the Boston Youth Moves program at Jeanette Neill Dance Studio and after receiving his B.F.A. from Ailey/Fordham University he was invited to join Ailey II. He later danced with Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Movements Dance Company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Reed Dance and PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company.
Levi has choreographed for the Walnut Hill School, the Ailey School, Ballet Ecclectica, Urbanity Dance and Dallas Black Dance Theatre ENCORE! He co-choreographed "The Rite of Spring" for piano duo Anderson & Roe with Christopher Huggins, and was assistant choreographer for "The Big Bang!" for PHILADANCO!, "His Grace" and "Furtherance" both for Dallas Black Dance Theatre.
Cayley Christoforou is a New England based artist who is currently the Artistic Operations Manager at Urbanity Dance in Boston, Mass. and has been an adjunct faculty member and choreographer for the Salve Regina University and Providence College dance programs. Her choreography has been presented at numerous festivals including the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (2014, 2016, 2017), Salem Arts Festival (2018), and the Southern Vermont Dance Festival (2015). Her choreography was selected as the faculty piece to represent Providence College at the American College Dance Association at Boston University. She was featured in the Dance Studio Life magazine contemporary and modern issue 2017. During her undergraduate experience at Salve Regina University, Cayley was an integral part of the dance program and upon graduation she was the recipient of the Salve Regina University Dance Award 2015.
Jenna Pollack holds an M.A. with Distinction in Choreography from the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, a Certificate with Honors from Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe program, and a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School. She began her training at Dance Center Evanston and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She attended summer intensives at The Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Rock School, The Joffrey Ballet, and the Cecchetti Council of America.
Pollack is a Boston-based performer, maker, and educator. She dances with Bridge Repertory Theater, Alexander Davis Dance, and the Reciprocity Collaborative. Additionally, she is a Harvard Bok Learning Lab Fellow and an executive administrator for Springboard Danse Montréal. She has choreographed for the Hubbard Street Professional Program, Boston Moving Arts Productions, InDance Barcelona, Theater Felina-Areal Mannheim, The Center for Innovation in the Arts at Juilliard, and Dau al Set Productions.
She teaches locally at Salem State University, The Boston Ballet, Northern Essex Community College, Urbanity Dance, and Dean College. She has danced for Felina Theater Mannheim, Scottish Dance Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, American Repertory Theater, Bryan Arias, Equus Projects, and BOP Montréal. She has worked for Lincoln Center Education, Together in Dance, Children’s Musical Theater Camp China, and co-directed The Arusha Arts Initiative in East Africa.
Jen Farrell. (BA- Drama & Dance, Tufts University; MA- Theatre Education, Emerson College) Jen is a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University. She is a faculty member with the Performing Arts Department at Emerson College. Jen’s choreography includes: Urinetown; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Merrily We Roll Along; Guys and Dolls; Anything Goes; Hair, Into the Woods; Parade; and Peggy Ann! Jen teaches at Urbanity Dance Studio Boston where her jazz technique workshop, JazzDanceBrunch supports 3LPlace--a community that empowers adults living with Autism and developmental disabilities. Jen choreographed work for The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival in 2016. Jen directed and choreographed All Shook Up last summer at Priscilla Beach Theatre and is happy to return to direct and choreograph Damn Yankees this September. Jazzdancebrunch@yahoo.com
Lorraine Chapman danced professionally with Eliot Feld Ballets/NY and Ballet British Columbia as well as for several Boston-based choreographers including Amy Spencer, Richard Colton, Diane Arvanites, Jose Mateo, and Marcus Schulkind. As a choreographer Chapman has received several grants and has created works for numerous venues, festivals and companies including On The Boards-Northwest New Works, The Yard, World Music/CRASHarts, Dancing Nor’easters-Arts & Ideas, Alberta Ballet, Summer Stages Dance, Festival Ballet of Providence, Soaking WET, DANCE NOW Boston, Stonington Opera House, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out, Yes, Virginia – Dance, Flynn Center Performing Arts, Sliver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University, The Dance Complex, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Dixon Place, and Citigroup Theater Alvin Ailey. She officially formed LCTC in 2002 which is one of Boston’s most notable contemporary dance companies.
LCTC was represented by Pentacle — a NYC-based management support organization 2013–2016. Chapman’s awards include a New England States Touring (NEST) Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), a Live Arts Boston (LAB) Grant from The Boston Foundation, Boston Dance Alliance Rehearsal & Retreat Fellowship, a Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation, a Boston Center for the Arts Dance Residency and a Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency as well as being featured in Dance Magazine as one of "25 To Watch". She received her training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and L'Ecole Superieure De Danse Du Quebec as well as from Boston veterans Frances Kotelly and Samuel Kurkjian. She teaches at the Northeast School of Ballet’s Conservatory, Urbanity Dance, and the Ballet Arts Centre of Winchester where she is the Co-Director of their PreProfessional Dance Division. Also currently, Lorraine is the Dance Artist-In-Residence for the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, and Canterbury Shaker Village.
As a choreographer, Lorraine explores the known elements of dance in significantly original and unexpected ways and comes to different, invented and idiosyncratic conclusions from other dancemakers. She is interested in the state of mind, heart, and spirit of "the performer," or "one who performs," and here lies the connection to the source energy of each and every dance she creates.
Through LCTC, Lorraine trains and nurtures young dancers, providing them opportunities and exposure to professional dance experiences, and offers an educational and comprehensive outreach program that communicates positivity and the value of dance as artistic expression.
Tarikh Campbell hails from the Garden State, but began dancing during his freshman year at MIT, and has continued dancing in Boston ever since. Throughout his college years, Tarikh trained with various student dance groups, and eventually decided to branch out from MIT, leading him to join dance companies such as Tribe and Static Noyze. Toward the end of his college days, Tarikh and a few friends came together to form Side Project and Project Nailz, crews that took the stage seriously but carried on like a family. Side Project evolved into larger groups such as Weapons of MASS and The CONcept Artists, where Tarikh currently serves as Executive Director. Throughout all this, Tarikh has danced and choreographed for artists such as Makio, Erene, Gilbert Vargas, and Yanina Johnson, which has led to opportunities such as opening for Omarion and The Dream. To this day, Tarikh continues to create performances, teach classes, and learn new movement from fellow artists everywhere.
Josie Bray is a movement coach with a focus on actors, dancers, and other movement professionals. Josie has trained Broadway actors from the casts of The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Book of Mormon and professional dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pina Bausch, Los Angeles Ballet, The Bang Group, The Cleveland Ballet, Urbanity Dance Company, among others. Josie has studied and taught at yoga for nearly 20 years at studios in Boston and New York City including Baptiste Power Yoga, Kula Yoga Project, and South Boston Yoga and has been particularly influenced by teachers Liz Owen, Claire Este-McDonald, Alison Sinatra, and Kevin Courtney. Josie completed the Chakra Apprenticeship levels 1 and 2 under Yoga Teacher and herbalist Debra Bluth. As a Pilates instructor and personal trainer, she studied in New York under Lawson Harris, Gail Giovanniello, and Katherine and Kimberly Corp and in Boston with Bess Whitesel, Martha Mason, and Paula Spina. Most recently, Josie has been collaborating with dance physical therapist Chris Clock. She has been training with Eric Franklin since 2016 and is the only Franklin Method Educator (R) regularly teaching classes in Boston and Cambridge. Josie is a life-long student of dance teacher Marcus Schulkind. Josie has a particular interest in functional, anatomical movement, increased expression for artists, and movement as a way to facilitate the healing of trauma and anxiety. She teaches movement for actors at Emerson College. In addition to her movement coaching practice is a working theatre and dance artist, has worked at regional theatres, off-Broadway, National Tours, at the Kennedy Center and on the 2009 Broadway Production of Ragtime. She is currently in the process of creating a new musical for Broadway entitled Trevor.