Matisse Madden hails from Kauai and received her early training from Royal Ballet Kauai. She has performed to critical acclaim in both the United States and Europe. She has danced with Ballet West and Connecticut Ballet. Although Matisse is focusing on performing at present, she has a strong academic background. Matisse received her B.A. in Dance (Ballet emphasis) and B.S in Zoology from Brigham Young University, and her MFA from The University of Utah. Matisse is a visiting professor at Mt. Holyoke College, and is currently teaching the intermediate and advanced Ballet classes at Yale University. Matisse has performed the lead in Dimensional Dance’s Wyeth:Looking Beyond and Peaceable Kingdom about the painting by Edward Hicks. She been with Dimensional Dance since 2012.
Elisa Wharton was born in West Virginia and started dancing at the age of three. She trained at Inwood Performing Arts and the Frederick School of Classical Ballet before leaving home to attend high school at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy for three years on scholarship. She spent two summers at North Carolina Dance Theatre and one at Boston Ballet’s summer program. Elisa earned her BFA , cum laude, in ballet at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. While there, she enjoyed dancing roles in Paquita, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, and Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht and Pas de Dix, as well as original works created by CCM faculty. She also choreographed two pieces that were chosen to be performed in the Choreographer’s Showcase at CCM. Additionally, Elisa performed as a guest artist in Dayton Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. After college Elisa joined the Charlottesville Ballet. She was a company artist as well as choreographer for two years. In 2012 Elisa also performed and choreographed for concorDance Contemporary, a brand new contemporary company in Crozet Virginia. Elisa has performed the romantic ballet role in Ruth Lewis’s Eras in Essence. Elisa has danced in the company since 2014.
Allison Pearsall graduated summa cum laude from Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Education and is certified to teach dance K-12. She lived in Washington, D.C. while dancing professionally with the ClancyWorks Dance Company and performing in theaters across the U.S. and in London, England. She served as Program Coordinator and Lead Teaching Artist for ClancyWorks while growing the company’s education programs in K-12 schools and universities. She also taught for Towson University Community Dance Division and Dance Place in addition to serving on the board of directors for Capital Region of Educators in Dance Organization (CREDO). Allison has also had the pleasure of dancing at the Kennedy Center with VTDance and working with esteemed choreographers including Wayles Haynes, Stephanie Powell, Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell, Nai-Ni Chen, Catherine Horta Hayden, Dennis Price, and Sarah Fazio among others. Allison was the director of the dance department at Miss Porters School before joining Dimensional Dance in 2016.
Chloë Knopf grew up in Avon, Connecticut and began ballet at age seven with the Hartt School Community Division, where she trained for eight years. In 2012, she won the Junior Division Gold Medal at the Connecticut Classic and attended the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive on scholarship. In December of 2019, Knopf graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French. She has been performing with Dimensional Dance since 2013, and is thrilled to be dancing with the company again.
Guest Artist T!ger: Hip-hop dancer T!ger joins Dimensional Dance dance history performances for the 2019-2020 season. Although born and raised in Hartford County, T!ger has Laotian heritage. He is self-taught but his breakdancing and teaching have taken him all over the United Stated, and across the world including Canada, France and Russia. He is the Puerto Rico Express Yourself 1 versus 1 Dance Champion (2016, 2017) and the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival Champion(2015). T!ger was thrilled to make the top 40 in the TV reality show So You Think You Can Dance for the summer 2018 season.
Savage a.k.a. Henry Olivo was born in Fort Lauderdale, FL but moved to CT at the age of two. He studied Tae Kwon Do for 6 years and received his black belt from the Park’s US Taekwondo in Manchester, CT. Discovering hip hop while dancing in junior high school, he gradually transferred his love of movement from Tae Kwon Do to hip hop. Henry joined the Connecticut crew United Outkasts in 2012. He also formed his own hip hop crew, Defconn. This is his third season as full company member.
Savana Jones is a native of Hartford. At age eight she began her studies in dance at The Artist Collective doing African dance under the tutelage of Aca Lee Thompson. In 1995 she received a scholarship with Hartford City Ballet and continued her ballet studies. From that point on, she fell in love with dance and continued studying in many styles of dance including jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and social dancing. Graduating as a Dance Major from The Hartford Conservatory in 2009, is now a well-known dance instructor and choreographer in the Greater Hartford district. Savana joined the company in 2018.
Pam Glauber began her dance career at age six at the School of the Hartford Ballet. She later trained at Connecticut Dance School and Connecticut Ballet Center before joining the Connecticut Ballet as a company dancer. She has also trained with Kat Wildish at Alvin Ailey’s Extension Program, BalletMet Columbus, and Columbus Dance Theater, as well as summer dance programs with Boston Ballet and the Walnut Hill School. As a professional dancer, she has performed with Connecticut Ballet; Ballet Theater Company; Liane Fisher in Bristol, CT; Ajkun Ballet Theatre in Albany, NY; Staten Island Ballet; Performing in New York showcases at Alvin Ailey; and Xclaim Dance Company in Columbus, Ohio, where she served as a company dancer and marketing manager for three years. She teaches at the Hartt School Community Division. She is also a prize-winning Irish dancer and has competed in the World Irish Dancing Championships. She holds a BA from Cornell University and a certificate in editing from NYU, and has enjoyed a parallel career in publishing. She freelances as a children’s book editor and copy editor while raising two young children when she is not dancing. Pam has been a member of Dimensional Dance since 2018.
Jasmine McPherson is an accomplished dancer and choreographer. She dances for the 860 Dance Crew senior division dance team and in the WNBA Connecticut Suns dance team. She is a coach for the 860 Dance Crew junior division dance team and has choreographed musicals Ebony Annie, Hairspray and A Soulful Rendition for Act Up Theatre. Jasmine was in the original Dimensional Dance piece Phenomenal Woman choreographed by Dimensional Dance Director Ruth Lewis. In the future Jasmine hopes to dance on Broadway in the musical Chicago. This is her season with Dimensional Dance.
Katelin Maxwell was born in Thailand but moved to the United States at a young age. She began her dance training at the Limelite Dance Studio in Wethersfield. When she was eleven, she joined the Hartt Schools Community Division (formerly the School of the Hartford Ballet) where she continued her training in Cecchetti technique under the direction of Susan Brooker and Peter O’Brien, Vaganova technique with Debra Collins Ryder, and later learning Cuban Ballet Technique with Miguel Campaneria. At the age of 15, she attended the Boston Ballet Summer Program as well as several local summer programs the following years. After high school, she attended the University of Hartford’s dance division on a partial scholarship her freshman year. Afterward, she transferred to Central Connecticut State University where graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics. Prior to joining the company, she worked as a mechanical engineer at Parker Hannifin, and automation engineer for the Morris Group, and an applications engineer at Trumpf. When she is not dancing with the company, she works as a designer and front-end web developer at KTLN Web Designs LLC, a company she started in early 2019. This is Katelin’s first season with Dimensional Dance.
Taylor Smooke was born and raised in Woodbridge, CT and started her dance training with New Haven Ballet School. In 2014, she attended the Nutmeg Conservatory of the Arts on partial scholarship for a year. She transitioned to the Woodbury Ballet school, where she continued her training in Vaganova technique with Alexi Tchernichov and Balanchine’s neo-classical with Todd Hall. She performed several lead roles in Woodbury Ballet’s performances including Clara, Spanish, Arabian, Dew Drop, and Sleeping Beauty. In 2018, she graduated from Woodbury Ballet school where she currently teaches ballet classes. After graduating, Taylor focused on her modern and improvisational training with Alexis Robbins and contemporary with Kelly Anne Lynch at Elm City Dance. This is Taylor’s first season performing with Dimensional Dance.
Mark Albino (photo coming soon) started dancing rather late, at the not so ripe age of fifteen. He was fortunate enough to take a dance class at his high school, the Waterbury Arts Magnet School where his passion for dance started. He enrolled in his town’s local dance school; the following year he started with just one hour of ballet and one hour of hip hop. By the time he got to college at Central Connecticut State University, he took ballet classes regularly, and through that he met the director of the Albano Ballet Company. He joined the company at nineteen, and danced until age twenty-four. Mark also teaches at three dance schools across the state, and he has connections with international dance competitions, and with the Ariston Proballet based in Italy. He is excited to join Dimensional Dance this season.
BE INSPIRED BY OUR PHOTOS FROM OUR SUMMER AND FALL 2018 SEASON
The photos below were taken by our own Elisa Wharton of Elisa Wharton Photography. All of these photos were taken outside on location.
Savage and Comfort
Pam Glauber and her children
Matisse Madden and her children
The following photos were taken by Rich Davis of Davis Photo:
Elisa Wharton and Allison Pearsall