Photo by Josh Lee.

Photo by Josh Lee.

 

GINA BASHOUR


ART OF PERFORMANCE & COMPOSITION

Gina studied at Jacob's Pillow, American Dance Festival, and holds a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, where she had the great fortune to receive training from the tremendous legends such as Carmen Delavallade, Gelsey Kirkland, James Truitte, Rebecca Wright, David Parsons, Sean Curran, and Marlies Yearby. In 2001, Gina founded the dance company, GiBa in motion, which performed throughout New York and New England. A native to Massachusetts, based in New York, Gina has worked as a founding member both nationally and internationally with companies including Palissimo Dance Theatre, Ashleigh Leite Dance, and The Kinesis Project. She has also performed and collaborated with Jody Oberfelder & Company, Alethea Adsitt & Company, Alberto Denis, and Paul Singh, among others. Gina performed with The Metropolitan Opera, and was featured as a principle dancer in the Off-Broadway production Thin Line directed by Derek Mitchell. Gina is a freelance choreographer and performance coach with over 30 years of experience as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has been a freelance choreographer, setting her work nationally since 2005. 

Gina Bashour brings the Art of Performance and Composition to Moving Arts Exchange. In a two-part series, Gina's classes offer tools to generate ideas, create movement, utilize improvisation, and enhance the individual dancer to become a more expressive, engaging performer.

 
 

MOLLY CHRISTIE GONZÁLEZ
 

Dunham Technique

Molly is an Assistant Professor in Dance/Dance Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and with the Five College Dance Department. She received her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and an MA in Dance Education with Pre-K-12 Teacher Certification from the College at Brockport, and a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts. Her teaching philosophy, choreography, and research is grounded in thirty years of experience in Katherine Dunham Technique and Philosophies. She was personally certified by Ms. Dunham in 2004 as a teacher, after having served as a technique demonstrator for her and other Dunham master teachers.

Molly’s artistic practice and training is dually rooted in modern dance and traditional dance and music languages. She has conducted research in Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Senegal which continues to inform her artistic and academic work. She co-founded Trio Dourado Brazilian Dance Company and Cuban Latin Cabaret Productions, and has performed, choreographed, and costumed a range of modern, Brazilian, Cuban and West African based companies. She has been Guest Artist for the College at Brockport’s Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble and at SUNY Geneseo.

She has taught extensively within elementary through university level school and community settings for over twenty years, designing curriculum and directing programs for children through adults within diverse dance educational and performance environments, as well as in the Pilates and HIV/AIDS risk reduction education fields. Before joining the faculty at UMass, she was an adjunct professor at Morrisville State College, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and Bard Academy, and developed the middle and high school dance programs at an arts-integrated Expeditionary Learning school in Buffalo, NY.

Photo by Diane Firtell.  

Photo by Diane Firtell.  

STEFANIE LYNX WEBER


Contemporary JAZZ

Stefanie is an action-based artist who specializes in dance, movement and performance. She has worked with many organizations such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Opera Company, Simon’s Rock College of Bard, Williams College, Berkshire Community College, BaRT Charter School, Terpsichore Dance Studio, Lenox Community Center, Berkshire Dance Theatre, Hudson’s Operation Unite, Hudson Opera House, East Harlem Union Settlement Association,  Art in Odd Places, Somerville’s ArtBeat, and Cambridge River Festival; as an artist, educator, performer, or choreographer.  Presently she is on faculty with Community Access to the Arts and Kinesphere Movement Arts Studio.

Stefanie is developing with collaborating artist Monika Pizzichemi, They Dance for Rain which is an on-going dance making and photography project in Nairobi, Kenya that works with arts-for-social-change organizations including: VOCAL, Shangilia, ACREF, artists at GoDown Arts Center and Sarakasi Trust. Exhibitions of photographic work from the project have been featured in various Tap Festivals through the US including Austin’s Sole to Soul Festival and the Beantown Tap Festival. Pittsfield, MA being their artistic home-base has invited exhibits at The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and The Whitney Center for The Arts.

Stefanie is the founder and artistic director of the Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Public Performance Project and Pittsfield City Hoopla and is a performer with Nutshell Playhouse and Tap & Blues: Two White Girls & the Backbeat. She was a co-director and performer with the ethereal roving act of the Silver Swimmers (USA) from 2006-2013 and the Commonwealth Tap Collective based in Boston in 2008-09.  A dancer with Caryn Heilman’s LiquidBody Dance for six years, Stefanie immersed herself in the the work of movement pioneer Emily Conrad. She collaborates frequently with various local and international artists, musicians and community development enthusiasts. Her work and development has been supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation.

Stefanie is a certified Gyrotonic instructor, former Americorps Member, graduate of UMASS Amherst with a degree in Environmental Sciences (focus on toxicology), and has taken artistic residency with The Storefront Artist Project (02-06) and Dana Bixby Architecture .  She was a scholarship student for the Jazz Traditions (97) and Leading Communities to Dance/Choreography Lab (03) programs in the Jacob’s Pillow Professional School.  She is a an active board member of Tamarack Hollow Nature & Cultural Center in Windsor, MA and on the mayoral appointed Cultural Development Board for the city of Pittsfield.

In Spring of 2007, Stefanie was recognized as a “Young Woman Moving the Berkshires Forward” by the Berkshire Eagle newspaper and awarded certificate as an asset to the community by State Senator Benjamin Downing.

To learn more about Stefanie and her work, you can visit her website, Fertile Universe.