Artists

 

THE ARTISTS

 

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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. Matisse dances as the lead, Prudence Crandall, in Whole-Souled Women: The Story of Prudence Crandall and Sarah Harris. She been with Dimensional Dance since 2012.

 

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Jus Hues is a versatile dancer and singer from Bloomfield, CT.  He has involved himself in numerous activities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. At age 10, Jus began pursuing  hip hop.  Self-taught,  Jus has worked his way into becoming a versatile choreographer, hard hitting dancer and energetic performer. While attending Berklee College of Music he worked and toured with a Pharaohe  Monch, Medusa, and Slum village for the “Beats For Peace Tour” and shared the stage with New Edition, Take 6 and Casely. As a choreographer, Jus has created dance for newly signed artists in the industry and performed in front of industry executives from BET.  He was the lead in the hip hop and ballet piece Krump & Swan.  Jus is featured as Prudence Crandall’s nemsis, Andrew Judson, as well as her controlling husband, Calvin Phileo, in Whole-Souled Women: The Story of Prudence Crandall and Sarah Harris. When not performing he the dynamic director of Jus Move Studios. Jus joined the company in 2020.

 

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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. 

 

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Gennaro Della Ragione was born in Naples, Italy in 1995 where he began his studies at “Sheherazade” dance school. After graduation he studied at the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz, in Dresden, Germany, where he had the chance to study Kyliàn technique and Mats Ek repertory. He became a dancer with Mytsic Ballet in 2017. In 2019 he returned to Naples, Italy and performed in numerous shows that took place the theaters of Naples: Teatro Mediterraneo, Teatro Politeama, Teatro Caivano Arte. He was also a dancer for the show “Pegu’s world”, a performance based on the story of Cinzia Leo, choreographed by Luigi Fortunato. In 2019 he participated in the video recording of the new single by an italian singer Sergio Sylvestre “Parolacce”. He participated as a dancer and actor in the video. The video was previewed on 09/05/2019 on the “Real Time” TV channel and was officially released on 10/05/2019 on You Tube VEVO and on all social networks.  He is featured as Sarah Harris’ fiance in Whole-Souled Women: The Story of Prudence Crandall and Sarah Harris. Gennaro joined Dimensional Dance in the fall of 2019 and is thrilled to be back working with this spring.

 

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Victoria Jaenson is originally from Kampala, Uganda, and began her formal dance training at the age of seven in Vermont. She later studied at the Rock School in Philadelphia, training with Natasha Ziegler, Mariaelena Ruiz, and Stephanie Spassoff. She also joined the faculty at the Rock School while training. In 2017, Victoria spent a year studying at The Hartt School at University of Hartford. In the fall of 2018, Victoria joined Charlotte Ballet II under the artistic direction of Hope Muir. There, Victoria had the opportunity to perform Alonzo King’s Map, and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s Nutcracker and Peter Pan.  In January 2020, Victoria was awarded 2nd Place in the Senior Classical Division at the Ballet Beyond Borders dance festival in Montana.  Victoria is also a company member at Ballet Theatre Company.  Victoria will be performing as the lead, Sarah Harris, in  Dimensional Dance’s Whole-Souled Women: The Story of Prudence Crandall and Sarah Harris at the University of Saint Joseph. This is Victoria’s second season with Dimensional Dance.

 

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Jacob Shoup grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, studying ballet and jazz at the University of Akron’s Dance Institute. In high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy  he performed the lead in Christopher William’s Afternoon of the Faun and as Johnny in Paul Taylor’s Company B. Upon graduating, Jacob pursued higher education through Butler University, eventually receiving a BA in Dance Pedagogy. At Butler, he danced soloist roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and in the premiere of Patrick de Bana’s Falling Sky. He developed an interest in choreography while at Bulter, making dances on his fellow students, and even choreographing for weddings. He has danced for Neos Dance Theatre, performing in the Heinz Poll festivals that he grew up watching. Jacob dances with Ekklessia Contemporary Ballet where he performs, teaches and choreographs. This is his first season with Dimensional Dance.

 

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Hope Blackburn grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she began her dance training at the Philadelphia Dance Theatre. With PDT, she attended annual Regional Dance America festivals and had the opportunity to portray lead classical roles as the Firebird and the Sugar Plum Fairy. Hope went on to dance at Butler University, where she graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in English Literature in 2021. Hope also earned a distinction for her choreography from Butler’s dance department for her work entitled By Name. With Butler Ballet, she performed soloist roles in full-length ballets including The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty and was a part of works created by Cynthia Pratt, David Ingram, and Susan McGuire. Last year, she joined Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet where she currently dances, teaches, and choreographs. She is an advocate for the transformative power of dance for all people. This is Hope’s first season with Dimensional Dance.

 

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James Felton II started training at Sandra Brewer’s Dance Connection and later at the Flint School of Performing Arts with the Flint Youth Ballet under the direction of Karen Mills-Jennings. James graduated from Western Michigan University with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2021, where he performed works by George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Jennifer Archibald, Seyong Kim, Mike Esperanza, David Curwen and more. James began guest performing with Ballet Theatre Company in the Spring of 2022 and has since joined the Resident Company as well as the Faculty of The School of Ballet Theatre Company. This will be James’ debut with Dimensional Dance Company.

 

Top Photo: Pam Glauber, Jacob Shoup, Hope Blackburn, Matisse Madden, Ruth Lewis, Victoria Jaenson, Gennaro Della Ragione, James Felton (missing Jus Hues)

 

© 2022 Dimensional Dance, Photos: Thomas Giroir, Elisa Wharton, Vincenzo D’Alessandro, Jeremy Gruner, Jeremy Kyle, Sarah Glover

 

 

 

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