Guest Artists and Faculty Presenter Bios

April 27, 28 and 29, 2018
2018 OhioDance Festival and Conference will be Co-Sponsored and held at The Ohio State University Department of Dance
Sullivant Hall 315, 1813 North High Street, Columbus OH 43210

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Guest Artist – 2018 Spring Festival

Karen Williams Hubbard is from Columbus, Ohio where she graduated OSU K-12 Lab Hubbard1School (now Ramseyer Hall).  As a child she took dancing lessons with Jeanette Grider. Later, she studied ballet with Tatiana Akineva Smith. Karen was a scholarship student at Clark Center in NYC where her teachers included James Truitte, Eleo Pomare, Rod Rodgers and Pepsi Bethel. She holds the BA in Sociology with an immoderate number of hours in the Theatre Department from Kent State; MA Dance (Ohio State University) and Certificate in African/Kenyan Studies (University of Nairobi as Fulbright-Hays Scholar).

Karen is Associate Professor, Dance Department, UNC Charlotte where she currently teaches Vintage Jazz DanceModern Dance, and Performance Practicum. She has also taught Contemporary Jazz DanceImprovisationWriting for DanceDance CriticismBlack Dance in the USHonors Cultural Enrichment Seminar and The Arts and Society: Dance.

Her jazz dance research began when she was a graduate student at OSU and spans over 4 decades. She is known in academia for developing an experimental/theoretical vintage jazz dance curriculum. She has taught workshops/master classes to professionals and students throughout the US, in South Africa and the British West Indies.  Her writings appear in professional journals and books. She was one of the scholars consulted for the groundbreaking Free to Dance series on PBS, a documentary chronicling the contributions of African-Americans to American concert dance.

Karen performed with the Karamu Concert Dancers and Cleveland Modern Dance Association. She was also producer/moderator of a talk show airing weekly on ABC affiliate WSET in Lynchburg, VA; and Artistic Director/Dancer of Dance-By-Two a touring narrated performance funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.  NY professional credits (AEA, SAG and AFTRA) include musicals, daytime serials, commercials and films. Karen’s favorite professional memories are of when she was a “Go-Go: girl with the NBC Hullabaloo Dancers; toured and performed on Broadway as Ermengarde in Hello Dolly!; and was the Paper Doll prototype and dancer in the film version of The Wiz!

2018 Festival Faculty

Suzan Bradford-Kounta is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer of traditional West African dance. She was an Adjunct Faculty member at Antioch College and OSU and guest artist at Denison. She serves on the board of OhioDance, Ft. Hayes Advisory and the Near Eastside Roundtable. She is the first General Manager of the Lincoln Theater. Suzan is President of Thiossane Institute and Artistic Director of its’ West African Dance Company, since its inception in 2000 with her beloved husband, Abdou Kounta.

Kweku Bransah is a Modern/hip-hop dancer who is noted for his “incredible technique and theatricality” (The Oberlin Review). He performed with Elizabeth Streb, Robin Prichard, Tom Smith, Verb Ballet, and Leslie Dworkin. He taught hip-hop master classes at The University of Akron, Marlboro College, and the Putney School. He performed in NY, Mass., Vermont, and Ohio. He holds a BA degree in dance from the University of Akron.

Kenneth Brown has been a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator for 18 years dating back to the beginnings of his formal dance training at Ft. Hayes Arts and Academic.  Having danced, choreographed, and instructed around the Columbus area and beyond, he has now been tapped to give master classes on emotional dancing and hip-hop at schools, studios, and companies.

Megan Davis Bushway serves many communities in Columbus through education in dance and Pilates. She is on faculty at Wittenberg University, BalletMet, Momentum, and teaches Pilates at the JCC, Flux + Flow, and Core Poetry. Megan is a SeaBus company member, whose work centers on dance improvisation as performance. For more information visit

Sukanya Chand is a talented Dance Educator, Choreographer and Performer. She has produced variety of dance shows promoting cultural awareness and integration, and enriching and entertaining central Ohio community. She enjoys collaborating with various artists to create unique innovative pieces and gives Master classes through her dance company ‘Natya Nirvana’ and is an instructor at MUCAI Academy in Worthington, OH.

Mimi Chenfeld, MA in Elementary Ed. the University of New York. a teacher, writer and educational consultant, has led the OSU Hillel Folk Dance programs since moving with her family from New York to Columbus in 1970.

Ann Sofie Clemmensen was born and raised in Denmark. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at the Norwegian College of Dance, received a first-class honor post-graduate degree from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and completed her MFA in Dance at OSU. Prior to joining OSUdance, Clemmensen worked professionally as a dancer and teacher in Europe and Asia.

Alfred L. Dove (Columbia, S.C.) Graduated Howard Univ., BFA Acting, Univ. of CA, Irvine, MFA Dance.He has performed Broadway tours across national and internationally with Walter Nicks, Louis Johnson, Eleo Pomare, Geoffrey Holder’s The Wiz: lead winged monkey, Donald McKayle, and Judith Jamison. In 1996, A. Dove stepped into the Administrator position for the Estate of Ulysses Dove’s ballets.

Karen Eliot is a Professor in the Department of Dance at OSU where she teaches ballet technique, Cunningham repertory and dance history for undergraduates and graduates. She danced in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Ambre Emory-Maier, Director of Education and BalletMet 2 Associate Director, completed her MA in Dance Reconstruction and Directing from City University of New York. Currently, she is completing her MFA at The Ohio State University. Ambre has worked for Charlotte Ballet, the University of Hartford and Hartford Ballet.

Joyelle Fobbs, BFA in Dance Performance from The Univ. of Michigan, and MFA in Dance from OSU. She is an American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum Teacher for pre-ballet through Professional level. She has taught for OSU, the American Ballet Theatre, and Sr. faculty for Balletmet. She serves on the OhioDance Board. She teaches for Dublin Dance Center and serves as Choreographer for Seven Dance Co.

Megan Gargano received her BFA in Performance and Choreography from Ohio University School of Dance in 2012 and furthered her studies in 2010 at the Laban Centre in Greenwich, London. In 2009, Megan co-founded The Movement Project, a non-profit dance company in Cleveland whose mission is to challenge  perspectives, evoke social change and bridge communities through the power of movement.

Justin “Judd” Gibbs danced professionally for eighteen years with the Grand Rapids Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Contrast Dance Company and Balletmet. As an accomplished choreographer, Judd has received a fellowship from the Greater Columbus Arts Council on three occasions, and annually choreographs and dances for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Holliday Pops.

Kim Gladden BS, BFA, MD is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician specializing in Sports and Exercise Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to her career in medicine she performed as a jazz and modern dancer in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 2007. She completed her fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 2012.

Jazelynn Goudy is a dancer, educator, veteran, activist, and homie (DEVAH) from Milwaukee, WI. She has traveled to research and dance in Jamaica, Brazil, South African, and Senegal. Currently, Jazelynn is obtaining Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at The Ohio State University. Her interest are the Afro-Diaspora, Education pedagogy, and technology integration.

Melissa Gould received her B.A in Dance at San Jose State University and enjoyed a professional dance career which included contracts in Japan, Las Vegas and Korea. She has choreographed dozens of musical theatre productions. As Artistic Director of New Vision Dance Co., Melissa is known for her intense dance style, challenging classes and entertaining choreography.

Tanya Hibbard currently teaches yoga at Miami Valley Ballet Theater. I started teaching there right after I received my 200hr yoga certification from Its Yoga Cincinnati in 2016. I completed a comprehensive training in Asana technique, anatomy, meditation, philosophy and pranayama.

Josh Hines and Kelly Hurlburt SeaBus is an improvisational dance company that brings dancers together from  opposite ends of the country who share a common interest in real-time composition. As co-directors of SeaBus Dance Company, Columbus artists Josh  Hines and Kelly Hurlburt collaborate on evening-length performances, company residencies, and community projects. For more information visit

Lawrence T. Lemon Artist, Innovator, and Educator. He is a graduate of Kentucky State University and has studied at the Ailey School, the official school of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mr. Lemon’s most prestigious accomplishments are the establishment of Nomel Inspirational Dance Theater and the Ohio Black Dance Organization of which is he both Founder and Artistic Director.

Russell Lepley, co-founder of Flux + Flow, has danced professionally with Houston Ballet II, BalletMet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Germany), and Gärtnerplatztheater (Munich, Germany). He performed the work of William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Marco Goecke, Johan Inger, Alexander Ekman, and many other renowned choreographers. These experiences inform and inspire his teaching and choreography.

Rebecca J. Leuszler received a degree in Ballet & Modern Dance Performance from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in 2007. During her career, Rebecca has performed with the Kirov Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ohio Dance Theatre, MOMIX Dance Theatre, Doug Elkins and Friends, Morrison Dance and Verb Ballets. In 2009, Rebecca cofounded The Movement Project, a Cleveland non-profit dance company.

Amanda Lopez-Kurtz is a dance educator at Miami Valley Ballet Theater in Hamilton, Ohio. She received her BFA in Dance and MA in Art History from Ohio University, where she studied contemporary performance theory. Amanda has worked for Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati, Cornish College in Seattle, Movement Research in NYC and served as the Artistic Director of Factory Street Studio in Athens, Ohio.

Dawn Lorring, PT, M.Ed., MPT, SCS, CSCS is the rehab manager at the Cleveland Clinic Independence location. Dawn is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy.  She has 14 years of dance and 18 years of figure skating experience. She is an Adjunct faculty member at Cleveland State University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dawn is a certified Pilates instructor.

Kandee Mann, A Flint, MI Native and current Dayton/OH resident.Performed in Savion Glover’s Foototes and The Human Rhythm Project. Mentored by Dianne Walker.  Kandee also won Showtime at the Apollo. Currently Kandee is adjunct instructor at Wright State University and Artistic Director of Dayton Dance Conservatory Company (DDCC)

Grace Nicklos is a dancer, educator, choreographer, and certified Pilates instructor with her BFA in Dance from Ohio University. 2014-2016 Grace served as a therapeutic movement instructor at Athens County Board of Developmental  Disabilities. Currently, Grace teaches Pilates and dance in Northeast Ohio, and is a company member and The Director of Education and Outreach with The Movement Project.

Filippo Pelacchi, co-founder of Flux + Flow, has danced professionally with Ballet Junior de Geneve (Swizterland), Introdans (Netherlands), Gärtnerplatztheater (Munich, Germany). He performed the work of Lucinda Childs, Nacho Duato, Jiri Kylian, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, José Limón, Marco Goecke, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Alexander Ekman and many other renowned choreographers. These experiences inform and inspire his approach on teaching and sharing movement.

Performing Arts Medicine team is a team of ten specialty practitioners experienced in the unique needs of the performing artist.  Many of the team members were former dancers, we feel strongly that educating the artist is the first step towards maintaining wellness and injury prevention.  That’s why we offer a variety of workshops in addition to our clinical services.

Crystal Michelle Perkins is a choreographer, teacher and performer who serves as the Associate Art. Dir. of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Currently she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at OSU.    In 2014, she received the Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and the Josie Award. Ms. Perkins holds a MFA in Dance from OSU, and a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist Univ

Robin Prichard has studied, written about, and performed cross-cultural choreography between indigenous and contemporary dance in the U.S. and Australia. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Australia and taught at AITSDA – the Australian academy of Indigenous dance – where she taught cross-cultural choreography, modern technique, and anatomy. Her article on including Native American dance in curricula was published by JODE in June 2016.

Kora Radella, choreographer and co-artistic director within BOOMERANG and Double-Edge Dance. Her honors include the Ineke Sluiter Prize for choreography in Amsterdam, a Belgian American Educational fellowship, and a 2014 OAC Individual Excellence Award. Radella is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kenyon College. She is a certified yoga teacher (500RYT). For contact information see

Marlene Robbins graduated from OSU with her MA in Dance Education. She was the beloved Dance Teacher at Indianola Elementary School (Columbus Public Schools) for over twenty years before her recent retirement. She has been folk dancing most of her life.

Alison Reny is the director and choreographer of Limitless Dance Company at The Toledo School for the Arts. She has a BFA in dance from Wright State, and her Masters in Education from The University of Toledo. Alison travels throughout Ohio and Michigan teaching master classes and setting choreography. Her alumni are in some of the top dance programs and companies around the country.

Alexandra Stilianos is an interdisciplinary MFA in Dance candidate at The Ohio State University. Her research contains intersecting threads of dance theatre, technology, women/gender studies, contemporary and commercial dance forms, and choreography. She is currently a GTA in the Department of Dance and a GRA in the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design.

Renie Viola is a professional choreographer and dance instructor currently based in Columbus. She studied YBR® under creator Yamuna Zake in NYC from 2005-2012, and became a certified YBR® practitioner in 2008. She holds a BFA in dance from OSU. Renie believes YBR® should be an integral part of all dance curricula.

Alexis Wilson Her mother was a prima ballerina, her father a celebrated Broadway choreographer. She was born in Europe and bred in New York City where she was a professional dancer. She earned her BFA in drama from CarnegieMellon University. Alexis has written and published poetry, a full length musical, made contributions to a variety of published works, and self-published her recent memoir, Not So Black and White.

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