T!ger, Elisa, Matisse, Pam, Ruth, Savana, Tessa, Allison, Shelley Missing Dancers: Calvin and Savage Davis Photo
Shelley Collock graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance, and a minor in Public Health. Shelley has trained and worked with dance companies and choreographers including Tara Madsen, Ursula Payne, Lar Lubovich, and Pilobolus. After college, Shelley moved to Pittsburgh where she danced with the Mary Miller Dance Company and was an instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Shelley trained with Arthur Murray in all ballroom and Latin styles and performed in showcases throughout Pittsburgh. In 2016, Shelley moved back to Connecticut where she grew up and spend two seasons dancing with DancEnlight. Shelley is a current faculty member in the dance department at Choate Rosemary Hall and owns the Creative Dance Center in East Hampton, Connecticut. This is Shelley’s first season with Dimensional Dance.
Calvin Bittner is a performer and choreographer living in West Hartford, CT. He graduated from The Hartt School in 2017 with a degree in Dance Performance. Since then he spent a year as a company artist with Ballet Hartford (formerly Vivid Ballet), and is now freelancing as a choreographer, teacher, and performer. His work has been presented at The American College Dance Association, University of Saint Joseph, The Alvin Ailey School, and Jacob’s Pillow. This is his first season with Dimensional Dance.
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 ballet, pointe, and variations at FarmingtonDance. 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. This is her first season with Dimensional Dance.
Tessa Grunwald is a dance and theater graduate of Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. While in college she had the privilege to attend Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Intensive on scholarship in Colorado. Since then, she has acquired a list of diverse performance credits carrying the privilege of dancing with companies and choreographers such as Lorelei Chang (dancEnlight), Peter Pucci Plus Dancers, Laura Glenn WORKS,Antonio Brown (Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane), Doug Elkins, Keith Saunders, and Nicholas Ross. Other professional accomplishments include national and international touring with Fisher Price, Disney, and Milestone Productions, and carrying out a supporting role in Finian’s Rainbow at the Ivoryton Playhouse, CT. She has also achieved choreography credits including: Spamalot, Cabaret, (Broadway World ‘Choreography’ nomination), Secret Garden(CHSMTA “Choreography’ nomination), Soar With Reading Magic Tree House National Tour, and The Giggle Bears, Chennai, India. Tessa is currently the director of dance at Miss Porters School in Farmington. This is her second season in Dimensional Dance.
Chloë Hood Knopf (Apprentice) studied and performed with the Hartt School Community Division Intensive Dance Program for 10 years. She won the Gold Medal, Junior Division, at the CT Classic 2012, and was awarded a full tuition scholarship to American Ballet Theatre, Orange Co., which she attended that summer. She has attended The Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, earning a merit scholarship in summer 2011. Knopf first performed in Dimensional Dance in 2014 at the Ted Hershey Dance Marathon. She is currently away at college at Roger Williams University and will join Dimensional Dance for its spring and summer seasons.
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. This is her second season with Dimensional Dance.
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.
Savage a.k.a. Henry Olivio 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 first season as full company member.
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. This is her fifth season with the company.
Brian Syms (Apprentice) was born in Manchester, CT and first started movement training at the Artist Collective his mentor Aca Lee Thompson. There he practiced jazz and West African dance genres. He continued his training at the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts where he studied ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. In 2017 he danced with the Sonia Plumb Dance Company and The Civic Ballet of Connecticut. He currently also dances with Spectrum in Motion Dance Theatre. He is an avid reader. In his free time he likes to read and occasionally binge watch TV. Brian is excited to be dancing with Dimensional Dance for the spring season. He will be heading to the University of Hartford in the fall of 2019.
Guest Artist T!ger: Hip-hop dancer T!ger joins Dimensional Dance dance history performances for the 2018-2019 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.
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.
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:
Tessa Grunwald with Shelley Collock
Elisa Wharton and Allison Pearsall
The following photo is by Hampton G. Lewis
The glamorous Savana Jones