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.
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.
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.
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. JuS has also gained exposure to Sony/BMG Music entertainment. As a choreographer, JuS has created dance for newly signed artists in the industry and performed in front of industry executives from BET. In addition being an R&B, Soul, and Hip Hop singer, JuS has been able to utilize his talents, electrifying every stage with his versatile performances. When not performing he the dynamic director of JuS Move Studios in Hartford. This is his first season in the company.
Caitlin Quinn is a Graduate from George Mason University’s School of Dance. Originally from Windsor Locks, CT, Caitlin started training at a small recreational school focusing on jazz work before majoring in Dance at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Caitlin then went on to earn her BFA in Dance at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. During her time at Mason’s School of Dance, Caitlin has been a part of 21 student choreographed pieces. She also performed in Robert Battle’s Mass, in the School’s 2017 Dance Gala Concert. During her collegiate career, she has had the opportunity to learn various repertory from, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Varone, and others. Additionally, she has trained at the Hartt School under the direction of Samantha Dunster, the Ailey School, Bounce! and at the Mark Morris Dance Group.
Erica Maillet is from Western Massachusetts. She began her professional career with Mystic Ballet in 2015 where she performed works by Sergei Vanaev, and Lauren Edson. From 2016-2018 she joined Dimensional Dance. At the same time she danced with Vivid Ballet (now Ballet Hartford). In 2019 Erica co-founded the New England Ballet Collective, where she performed at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, in Hartford, CT, Ballet Hispanico, in New York City, and The Academy of Music, in Northampton, MA. She has also been a teacher for the past 7 years at The Massachusetts Academy of Ballet, Toriography Dance Center, and Mystic Ballet School. Erica is thrilled to be performing with Dimensional Dance again this season!
Emilee Alexander Bowden began her dance training in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2016, Emilee was selected by David Wilcox to be a part of the Ballet Ambassadors to China program. She had the chance to perform various repertoires, set by several choreographers, all over China. Before dancing with Dimensional Dance Emilee danced with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet from 2017-2019. She currently resides in Deep River with her husband, Hunter, and spends her evenings teaching at local dance schools. She is excited to be dancing with Dimensional Dance!
Rorey Fraser (Guest Artist) started his formal ballet training with Neglia Ballet in Buffalo NY. He attended the Chautauqua summer program for dance where he received scholarships for Charlotte Ballet’s pre-professional division. He spent three years training with Charlotte Ballet under direction of, Ayisha Cravotta. In 2018 he joined Ballet Hartford directed by Betsy McMillan for his first season as a professional dancer where he danced pieces by Silas Farley & Steven Pierre. Rorey spent his last year dancing with BalletMet2 in Columbus, OH where he had the opportunity to perform Alexander Ekman”s Cacti and excerpts from Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments. He guested with Dimensional Dance’s Principal Artist Matisse Madden in Utah for the Nutcracker 2019 and will be a guest artist with Matisse performing the Nutcracker Grand Pas Deux in 2020.
PHOTOS FROM OUR LIMITED 2020 SEASON
The following photos were taken by Rich Davis during at fall 2020 performances.
Rorey Fraser and Matisse Madden in Remember Me celebrating Day of the Dead
Cora Glauber, Emilee Alexander, Rockwell Madden and Cat Quinn in Bee Mercuial
Pam Glauber, Matisse Madden and Erica Maillet in Venus
Chloe Knopf in Con Brio
Jus Hues and Matisse Madden in Krump & Black Swan
Cat Quinn, Pam Glauber, Allison Pearsall and Matisse Madden top photo Sharah Defoe Cat Quinn and Allison Pearsall bottom Photo Rich Davis
BE INSPIRED BY OUR PHOTOS FROM OUR PAST SEASONS
The photos below were taken by our own Elisa Wharton of Elisa Wharton Photography. All of these photos were taken outside on location.
Savage Henry and Matisse Madden
Savage Henry and Comfort
The following photos were taken by Rich Davis of Davis Photo:
Allison Pearsall and Shelley Collock