friday November 8th

Emerging Works Concert - 6:00 pm  

Meet the Artists

ELIZA FRYE was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She started dancing at the age of 3 at a local dance studio called The Dance Step. She continued her training in college at the University of Akron before transferring to Ball State University where she is studying now as a BFA Dance student. Her favorite style is modern/contemporary but has also trained in ballet, jazz, musical theatre, pointe, tap, hip hop and acrobatics. Eliza had the opportunity this past spring to perform at the Joyce Theatre in NYC at the Martha Graham Student Showcase, performing the original choreography of Steps in the Street. She also was apart of a piece called New Works, working with Noa Shadur, a choreographer from Israel. Working with another Ball State student, Eliza choreographed and performed in a music video for the Christian artist, Leo Flores for the song You Never Left Me. Eliza has expanded her training through intensives such as The Dance Awards 2018, Visceral Dance 2018, and The Movement Project Winter Intensive 2017. She has received multiple scholarships such as the ADF Summer Intensive in 2019 and a full scholarship to Playhouse Square Broadway Intensive. She hopes to continue growing as a dancer and strives to reach a level of professional work.

MEGHAN GALLAGHER is a movement artist, photographer, and recent Cleveland transplant. Meghan discovered her love of dance in high school, where she was lucky enough to cultivate a practice of art making and risk taking under the teachings of Kay McCabe. She went on to minor in dance at Ithaca College, where she performed in pieces choreographed by her peers and produced her own work in the school's only student-run modern dance company, and participated in the thesis projects of other members of the dance program. Meghan was honored to be invited to dance in and participate in the creation of a professional piece by one of her teachers, Lindsay Gilmour, and to perform in the Locally Grown Dance Festival at Cornell University under the direction of Jumay Chu. Meghan is particularly interested in the practice of improvisation, site-specific work, the use of humor and the absurd, and believes in the power of movement and art to explore the self and connect with others.

JOSH ANDERSON & LAURA DEANGELIS Laura DeAngelis is a dance artist from New Jersey, where she performed and choreographed for eight years alongside the Washington Rock Dance Company in conjunction with the Cleo Mack Dance Project. She is a BFA dance student at the Ohio State University, where she has performed her own works through the Winter Concerts, as well as performing “The Best of the Worst of Us” with co-choreographer Josh Anderson at ACDA.

Josh Anderson began dance studying ballroom dance. He received his BFA in Dance from University of Utah in 2008, and is currently working towards his MFA at Ohio State University. Josh performed in Florida with Surfscape Contemporary Dance, Utah with Stephen Koester and Eric Handman, New York with Gogo Vertigoat, California with Number9, and Chicago with The Seldoms, The Inconvenience, Jessie Youngblood, Khecari, and Kate Corby and Dancers. Josh has been presented through Dances for $9.99 (Chicago), The Fly Honey Show (Chicago), Links Hall (Chicago), and The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (Philadelphia). Josh’s recent work has been in Screendance creating Bedrooms with Alex Thompson and My “Best” Friend, According to Him with Logan Hall.  Both shown at film and comedy festivals throughout the US and Europe.

EXPEDITION DANCE was formed in the summer of 2016 as a project-based dance company comprised of dance artists from areas surrounding the Cuyahoga Valley. Expedition Dance strives to provide life-long dancers an outlet to share their passions and talents with the Cuyahoga Valley community. We do not know the exact path we are on, but we are prepared to explore whatever challenges and adventures come our way, and we are excited to share those experiences with our audiences!

RACHEL L. MULHOLLAND (choreographer) is a Lakewood resident, construction manager, and local dance artist. Rachel is originally from the Pittsburgh area where she performed Filipino folk dancing and danced competitively. She is now based in the Cleveland area; creating solo and collaborative works, performing with organizations like Expedition Dance, Maelstrom Collaborative Arts, and the Somatic Center.

ANASTAZIA VANISKO (choreographer) is a Cleveland resident working at an environmental nonprofit. She began her dance training when she was living in Montana with a heavy focus on ballet. She dived into modern while studying dance at Case Western Reserve University, and since graduating has performed in modern pieces with Expedition Dance and the Cleveland Dance Project.

Rachel Mulholland and Anastazia Vanisko met during their time at Case Western Reserve University, where they studied Graham and Hawkins based modern technique, choreography, and dancer wellness. During this time, Mulholland and Vanisko performed pieces by Shannon Sterne, Eve Lanyi, and more.

BONE & FIDDLE DANCE COLLECTIVE is a group of professional dancers based in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Collective believes in enhancing and promoting culture through movement and dance. Founder Summer Logan delves into the experiential, social, political, and historic views of Appalachia. Bone & Fiddle Dance Collective explores gender roles, social engagement and issues of poverty through the lens of contemporary movement. B&FDC has enjoyed performing in the Appalachian Arts Festival (OH), Dance Mission (CA), Lincoln Theater, Napa Valley (CA), Shawnee State University (OH), Mudson (UT), pipeSCREAMS (OH), Winterfest (OH), Cleveland Dance Festival (OH).

Photo Credit: Kaitlin K. Walsh

OPEN MOVEMENT PERFORMANCE GROUP Marcia Custer is a body-based performance artist, comedian, and composer in Cleveland, Ohio. She is inspired by the physicality of all things- especially sound. Her research is rooted in movement as both a therapeutic modality and means of cultural production and expression. Marcia facilitates OPEN Movement, a weekly dance class, workshop, and performance collective that is made for any body and every body. Marcia holds a B.A. in Dance from Kent State University, where she received the Alpha Psi Omega award for Outstanding Choreographer, the School of Theater and Dance Scholarship Award for Excellence in Creative Scholarship and the School of Theater and Dance Award for Outstanding Choreographer. She completed a post-baccalaureate program at Headlong Performance Institute (Philadelphia) in 2016 and studied with Faye Driscoll in 2019.