Day of Dance 2019 Presenters
Starting at the age of four, Karlie has studied many forms of dance throughout her life. Her most recent dance exploration has been dedicated to Capoeira at the school Capoeira Angola Quintal. Karlie has been training Capoeira Angola for the past three years with Mestre Ombrinho in New York City. She has taught children’s classes at a local YMCA and at the Capoeira academy in NYC. She has also assisted adult introductory classes. Moving to Colorado this fall for graduate school, she plans to continue training and learning Capoeira.
Contact Improvisation, Site Specific Choreography
KT is director of Penn State Altoona's dance studies program and the program coordinator for the integrative arts major. She teaches classes in modern and tap technique, as well as improvisation, composition, and Laban movement analysis. She founded Allied Motion Dance Company in 1998 and currently serves as its artistic director. Her training includes a BFA in dance from East Carolina University, an MFA in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and certification from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York.
Jacinda is a professional belly dance performer and instructor based in Washington, DC and Bellefonte, PA. Jacinda has studied Middle Eastern dance for more than 10 years, the past seven of which have been devoted to the intensive study of Egyptian dance, music, and culture with Black Cat Belly Dance school in State College, under the direction of Shannon Bishop. Jacinda performs regularly at restaurants, festivals, and special events throughout the mid-Atlantic region. She serves as teaching assistant and special topics guest instructor for Black Cat Belly Dance.
Modern, Movement for Therapy & Education
Bethany attended Penn State University where she received a BA in integrative arts and a dance studies minor. She received her MA in mental health counseling with a specialization in dance/movement therapy from Lesley University. Bethany teaches ballet, jazz, and modern technique classes at Penn State Altoona and provides counseling services at a local behavioral health agency in Altoona. Bethany uses movement and psychotherapeutic modalities to foster healing and promote emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration within her clients. She is a registered dance/movement therapist affiliated with the national American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA).
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Jessica Molina is an automation technician for Creative Conners, Inc., based in Providence, Rhode Island. She is a 2018 graduate of Penn State Altoona, where she received a BA in integrative arts with a primary focus in technical theater and a secondary focus in engineering. During her years at Penn State, she was stage manager for numerous plays and dance concerts in the Wolf Kuhn Theater. She has also worked in stage management for The Next Stage Theatre in State College, PA. Favorite productions include Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Brand-New Old-Time Vaudeville Vanities, I and You, and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
Latin Style, Ballet History, So You Want to Dance...
Caitlin Osborne taught dance, theatre and integrative arts at Penn State Altoona from 2005 - 2018, where she was the director of Ivyside Dance Ensemble and the faculty advisor to the Penn State Altoona dance team. She is the managing director of Allied Motion Dance Company and is a freelance choreographer and teacher in State College, Pennsylvania. She received a BA from Williams College, where she founded the Williams College Swing Club, and an MA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is also a director and actor, working primarily with The Next Stage, where she also serves on the board of directors.
Scottish Highland Dance
Sian (pronounced “Shawn”) has taught Scottish Highland dance for 35 years and has trained Highland dancers at all levels and ages. Her students include many prize and scholarship winners, as well as qualifiers for the national championship. As a dancer, Sian performed all over the east coast, from Florida to Canada, and earned two consecutive scholarships to Ohio Scottish Arts School at Oberlin College. She is also trained in ballet, modern, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. She holds a BA in English from Penn State University and a secondary teaching certification from Lock Haven University. She is a member of the British Association of Teachers of Dance (BATD).
Ana Rossi Lanzendorfer
Tap Improvisation, Contact Improvisation
Ana received higher dance education at Seton Hill University and Penn State Altoona, where she was a founding member of Penn State's Ivyside Dance Ensemble. She has attended workshops and performed at the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) and studied at the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in New York. Ana is a professional tattooer at Railroad City Tattoo in Altoona, PA and a dance educator at Dance Fusion in Tyrone, PA. As an educator at Dance Fusion, Ana has received numerous awards for excellence in choreography and has been nominated as both entertainer of the year and choreographer of the year via the Star Dance Alliance.
Jamie is a 200-hr registered yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance and a certified aerial yoga Instructor. She began her practice of yoga in 2010, when she took a single class for fitness and relaxation, never guessing the positive impact it would have on her life and work. Jamie began her dance training at Crystal's School of Dance in eastern PA, where she became an instructor and found her passion for choreography. She continued studying dance at Penn State University, with a focus on modern technique and Mojah fusion. She has performed with Cultural Conversations and at the American College Dance Festival Association. She is a teacher at MindBodyArt School of Dance in State College and a member of Allied Motion Dance Company.