Elisa, Juanita, Ashley, Matisse, Ruth, Kirsten, Allison, Erica
THE COMPANY DANCERS
Aimy Day Born and raised in Malaysia, Aimy Day began her dance training in Taiping, Perak at the age of six. She later moved to London, England to study ballet on scholarship at the Royal Academy of Dance. When she moved to Connecticut, Ms. Day continued her studies with the Hartt School Community Division and Ballet Theatre Company. Graduating Cum Laude in May of 2015, she received her BA in Dance and a minor in Graphic Design on scholarship at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan. She has had the pleasure to perform works by Mark Morris, Tami Stronach, Cherice Barton, Kevin Wynn, Catherine Cabeen, Maija Garcia, among others. She also dances with Vanessa Long Dance Company. Ms . Day studied with Ruth Lewis when she was a student and is pleased to be dancing with Dimensional Dance.
Kirsten Glaser grew up on Cape Cod, where she began dancing with Cape Cod School of Ballet at age 3. She attended her first summer intensive away from home at age 10 at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, where she realized just how much she loved to dance. At age 14 she moved away from home to attend the Nutmeg Conservatory’s year round program. She graduated in 2009 and that summer was one of forty-eight dancers to perform in the New York International Ballet Competition. That competition led her to her first professional job with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company, where she danced for a season. In 2010, she was offered a position with the Charlottesville Ballet Company in Charlottesville, Virginia. There she danced for two seasons and then decided to explore her more contemporary side, going on to work with companies such as ConcorDance Contemporary, Keith Lee Dances and Dimensional Dance. She now lives in Massachusetts with her son. This is her third year 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 been with Dimensional Dance since 2012.
Erica Maillet was born in Manchester, CT. She began dancing ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and contemporary at the age of 7, at Toriography Dance Center in Vernon, CT. Her favorite had always been ballet, and when she was 15 she started pre-professional training at the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet in Holyoke, MA. She danced professionally with Mystic Ballet in the 2015-2016 season. Since then she has been a teacher at Toriography Dance Center, Mystic Ballet School, and the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet. She is thrilled to be joining Dimensional Dance this season!
Raechel Manga was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. She began her journey of dance at the Hartt community Division. She was trained in classical ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop. She attended Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts in high school where Sonia Plumb was her modern teacher for her junior and senior year. For Raechel’s senior year she went to Connecticut Concert Ballet. Raechel was also a part of The Figments Youth Dance Ensemble. She went to the Royal Academy of Dance, in England, for two separate summer sessions. During her time there she had the pleasure of dancing with Patrick Swayze for a few weeks. Over the years Raechel has obtained many scholarships such as the Mercy Hurst summer intensive, Harlem Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey, Joffrey, Ballet West LA, University of The Arts and Long Island University the Brooklyn campus. This is her first season with Dimensional Dance.
Allison Pearsall is currently the Director of Dance at Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT and dances with Dimensional Dance Company under the direction of Ruth Lewis. Previously, Ms. Pearsall 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. She graduated summa cum laude from Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Education and is certified to teach dance K-12. Allison currently lives on campus at Porter’s with her husband, Andrew, and two year old daughter, Adelyn. This is her second season with Dimensional Dance.
Ashley Valencia grew up dancing in Centennial, CO. After high school Ashley continued her dance education by receiving her BFA in Dance from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. She studied under Jan Miller, Deborah Carr, Mary Rotella, Christopher Morgan, Nancy Lushington, Lars Rosager among many others. Post college Ashley moved to Chicago and had the privilege to dance with Matter Dance Company, Chicago Verge Dance Theatre and study with Chicago Tap Theatre. After five years in Chicago, Ashley and her now husband moved to Manchester, CT. Since moving to Connecticut Ashley danced with DanceWorks Boston and the Fantango Dancers. This is Ashley’s first season with Dimensional Dance.
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 in Charlottesville VA. 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. This is Elisa third season with Dimensional Dance.
Apprentice- Chloë Hood Knopf 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 2017.
Kirsten Glaser, Ashley Valencia , Chloë Knopf, Erica Maillet. Aimy Day, Raechel Manga