Dancers

THE DANCERS

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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. She been with Dimensional Dance since 2012.

 

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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.

 

Sharah Defoe (Guest Artist from Ballet Hartford) grew in Saginaw, Michigan and began her first year of formal, ballet training at the age of 16. Under the direction of Karen Mills Jennings, she received training at the Flint Institute of Music. After graduating from high school in 2015, she was offered a full scholarship as a trainee with contemporary ballet company, Collage Dance Collective. While performing with Collage, Sharah worked with and performed pieces choreographed by Kevin Iega Jeff, Andrea Long, Darell Moultrie, and Joshua Manculich. In 2016, Sharah received a scholarship to continue her pre-professional ballet training at the renowned school of classical ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. During her two years of training with CYPB, she performed in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and Allan Hineline’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Sleeping Beauty, and A Mid-Sumer Night’s Dream. This is her first season guesting with Dimensional Dance.

 

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.  

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Brian Syms 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.  

 

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.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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.

Allison Pearsall

Savage and Comfort

Pam Glauber and her children

Jasmine McPherson

Matisse Madden and her children

Katelin Maxwell

The following photos were taken by Rich Davis of Davis Photo:

Elisa Wharton

Savana Jones

Tiger

Elisa Wharton and Allison Pearsall