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!

RACHAEL 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).

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.

Photo Credit: Jonny Riese

THE MOVEMENT PROJECT was founded in 2009 by Megan Gargano and Rebecca Leuszler with a mission to challenge perspective, evoke social change and bridge communities through the power of movement. In 2013 TMP launched its first full season of performances and has since then produced over 25 evening length concerts, has created over 40 new works, produced 5 original dance films, and has performed at various venues such as Cleveland Public Theatre, The Breen Center, Dumbo Dance Fest in NYC, Baldwin Wallace University, Ohio University, Lakewood Masonic Temple, SPACES, Pilgrim Church, Transformer Station and Arts in August in Tremont. In 2013 and 2016, TMP was awarded The Fedora Award, a grant for individuals and organizations that focus on positively helping communities of Northeast Ohio. And in 2017 TMP was awarded funds by Puffin West Foundation to further support TMP’s annual summer intensive, a 1-week summer intensive focused on providing affordable and accessible dance education to Cleveland’s youth dancers. In 2015, TMP launched the Cleveland Artist Initiative, a program designed to support and fund the creation of new work by Cleveland artists. Over 51% of TMP’s operating budget is dedicated to paying artists and in 2017 TMP collaborated with over 75 page 1 of 17 artists and organizations throughout the year. In 2016, TMP launched Cleveland Dance Fest, an annual dance festival featuring Cleveland choreographers and is hosted each year in Tremont at Pilgrim Church, home of TMP since 2017. TMP Co-artistic director Rebecca Leuszler was awarded the 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship funded by Community Partnership for Arts & Culture and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to produce the first festival. In 2019, TMP was award funds by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture to continue growing the festival. Fall of 2017, TMP launched The Movement Project School of Dance for youth ages 2.5-18 years old serving the Tremont community and surrounding Cleveland neighborhoods. Year round, TMP offers year round weekly professional classes, summer intensives, company rehearsals, festivals and performances.

GRACE NICKLOS (choreographer) is a dancer, educator, choreographer, and certified Pilates instructor with her BFA in Dance from Ohio University. Grace began her training as a youth at Royal School of Ballet under the direction of Joanne Hughes Morscher. While studying at Ohio University, she performed in various student, faculty, and guest artist works, as well as showcased her own original work. Grace has choreographed for several youth Theater programs in the North East Ohio Area, and in 2014 she choreographed for the Opera Program at Ohio University’s School of Music. From 2014-2016 Grace served as a therapeutic movement instructor at Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities. In 2015 Grace had the pleasure of working for The Center For Arts Inspired Learning, in Cleveland as The Master Teaching Artist for the summer dance co-op in their program ArtWorks. 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.