We are pleased to announce the Performing and teaching artists for the 2016 Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival!

With a faculty of world renowned teachers and performers we present a unique collaborative artistic experiment. The faculty will work on developing new choreography for the Gala concert, set repertory on the student dancers and teach technique and specialty classes. Come join with us in the creative process!

Thayne Jasperson

Thayne Jasperson is currently part of the hit broadway musical Hamilton! He was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, season 4, continuing on to the national tour. Original Broadway cast: Hamilton, Matilda and Newsies where he received an "Astaire Award" nomination. Thayne originated the role of Porthos for Broadway's Finding Neverland. Other tours include: West Side Story (1st National) and Oz where he played (Scarecrow) along with stars from Danity Kane, Disney Channel and American Idol. Thayne was featured in hit film/ TV shows: High School Musical, HSM 2, Smash and MTV's American Mall. For Thayne's choreographic work he received a rave review from the NY TImes describing his work as "Ingenious!" Thayne continues to sing, dance, act, choreograph and teach whenever the opportunity arises.

Caroline Fermin

Caroline Fermin trained for ten years as a child with Constantin Apetrei, a former dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet. She later attended New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts under the direction of Miguel Lopez from the Ailey School, and trained with Atlanta Ballet during the summers. Caroline is a graduate of Juilliard where she performed the works of William Forsythe, Eliot Feld, Twyla Tharp, and Susan Marshall among others. Caroline is a founding member of Andrea Miller's Gallim Dance where she danced for the last 6 years. With the company she has performed in New York and toured extensively nationally and internationally. As Gallim's Education Chair she helped spearhead and run the education programs of the company and continues to teach for Gallim at Barnard College in New York. Caroline has also danced with James Sewell Ballet, a contemporary ballet company in the Twin Cities; created her own dance films; appeared in collaborative music videos; modeled for a variety of photographers; and performed for major fashion labels such as Lacoste, Sportmax, and Hermes. Caroline is a proud member of Artists Striving to End Poverty, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young people with creativity, knowledge, and a strong sense of self-esteem.

Tian Tian

Tian Tian was born in 1985 in Beijing, China. In 2001, she began her studies at the Chinese classical dance department of Beijing Dance Academy (BDA) and was awarded a bachelor degree in dance in 2005. She continued her studies at BDA, concentrating on the methods of choreography from Han Tang dance materials and gained the MA degree in 2008. Since 2008, Tian Tian has worked for Beijing Dance Academy as a Chinese dance teacher of BDA, teaching Chinese classical dance Contemporary dance the Opera Dance Forms - Chinese traditional dance originated from Song dynasty. In 2011, she began to pursue her Ph.D degree in Peking University, focusing on art theory, aesthetics, and comparative art theory between China and the western world. In 2015, Tian Tian received a doctorate in art aesthetics from Arts School of Peking University. Her doctoral thesis Exploring on the Form of Chinese Contemporary Dance which is awarded the outstanding thesis by Peking University has been published by Higher Education Press. Tian Tian has participated in international dance competitions and performances, such as the 18th World Aesthetics Conference-Dance Forum in 2010, the 10th international dance competition-Traditional Group in 2013,the Second International Symposium on KUN Dance in 2014. Shes also performed in Syria, Egypt, & Germany. She is excited to join the Snowy Range Summer Dance Faculty this summer!!!

Edel Quin

Edel is currently Programme Leader of the Masters in Dance Science (MSc and MFA) in the faculty of dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK. She is also co-author of the book Safe Dance Practice. An Applied Dance Science Perspective (Human Kinetics, 2015). Edel is also a trained Irish and Contemporary dancer. She has performed in Londons West End, has toured full-time as a troupe member and lead dancer with Riverdance the Show from 1996-2001, and was an original member of Henri Oguikes apprentice contemporary dance company H20.
Edel teaches dance in community, vocational and university settings in the UK, Ireland and Hong Kong. She specializes in the application of dance science and somatic theory and research to the teaching and practice of dance across styles, ages and abilities. She frequently presents her applied research at national and international conferences and has also published numerous papers. She serves on the Education Committee of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), is a registered Course Provider with Safe in Dance International (SiDI), a listed Dance UK Healthier Dancer speaker, and a licensed Empowering DanceTM tutor.
Edel is delighted to be contributing to her first Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival!

Maurice Watson

Maurice is a choreographer, dancer and teacher who uses dance as a way to communicate, when words just arent enough. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, dance was a way of connecting all of the little voices inside his head. Along his journey in dance he acquired a strong sense of artistry that allowed him to dance and perform with world-class companies such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Disney, Jazz Antiqua, Long Beach Ballet, and Holland America Cruise Line.

A 2015 graduate from the University of Iowa, He holds an MFA in dance with an emphasis in choreography. His choreography has been seen on Dayton Contemporary Dance 1st and 2nd company, 7Dancers Dance Company, Jazz Antiqua Dance and Music Ensemble, universities and dance studios throughout The United States. Maurice is an engaging teacher, and has taught at numerous universities, summer programs, and dance seminars throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, where many students and teachers have experienced his creative prowess as a dancer and choreographer.

Andr Megerdichian

Andre is the Co-Artistic Director of the New York based Resonance Collective, has been performing professionally over two decades with such companies and choreographers as the Jose Limn Dance Company, Janis Brenner and Dancers, The Mary Anthony Dance Theatre, Soundance Repertory Company, Reidel Dance Theatre, Daniel Charon, and Sean Curran.

For seven seasons he was a principal dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope, under the artistic direction of David Hochoy, former Rehearsal Director of the Martha Graham Dance Company. During his time in Indiana, Andr was awarded the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, by the Indianapolis Arts Council, for his sustained artistic contributions to the community.

His choreography has been produced by numerous universities, festivals, and dance institutions throughout the United States and Europe including a commission by the Painted Lights Dance Project to create Moving Light, an evening length work, which was premiered at the Statkino Theatre in Salzburg, Austria; The Resonance Collective's evening length Saharava: A Ritualized Dance Opera, created with Co-Artistic Director and composer Fahad Siadat, was presented by the 2012 New York City International Fringe Festival; and most recently he choreographed and performed in his autobiographical evening length duet, Kiss Romeo Bang! Juliet, created in collaboration with Czeck physical theatre director Petr Hudecek and co-choreographer Jennifer Deckert.

Andr has served as a faculty member at the Duncan Center Conservatory in Prague Czeck, Republic; The Limn Institute in New York City; Case Western Reserve University; and Jacksonville University where he was a Marilyn Repsher Scholar of Teaching and Learning Fellow. In addition to teaching master classes and workshops throughout the United States he has taught at the Barcelona Institutes of the Arts in Sitges, Spain; The Beijing Dance Academy Summer Workshop, Beijing, China; and been a Master Teacher at the 3rd Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition.

Raised in Beirut Lebanon; Athens, Greece; and Geneva, Switzerland he holds a BFA from Butler University, and an MFA in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts. Additionally, he is a Certified Yoga Instructor, and a Functional Strength and Conditioning Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Currently he is on faculty at University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music.

Jarek Cemerek

Jarek Cemerek is an established choreographer, teacher and dancer. In 2015 he choreographed e.g. for LDP Company Seoul, in 2014 for NorrDans in Sweden, in 2012 for the seniors at the Juilliard School in New York. In 2011, London Sadlers Wells Theatre presented the premiere of his piece, Void, choreographed for the male dance company, BalletBoyz. Mr. Cemerek was selected from 160 choreographers participating in the audition. In 2011, he was awarded Czech Dance Platforms Dance Piece of the Year and Dancer of the Year. He studied classical dance at the Conservatory in Ostrava (CZ), BA choreography and MA dance pedagogy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, dance at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. He began his artistic career as a classical dancer at the National Theatre in Ostrava after moving to Prague and danced with Laterna Magica and The State Opera. He also danced in Tanztheater Wien (Vienna), Compagnie Thor (Brussels), Willi Dorner (Vienna), Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), at the Royal Opera House (London) and many others.

As a teacher, he has worked with many dance companies, schools and dance festivals, including DV8, Carte Blanche, The Juilliard School, Conservatoire National Suprieur De Musique et De Danse De Paris, New Zealand School of Dance, Korea National University of Arts, The Place in London, Dance School of Shangai Theatre Academy, Gothenburg Opera Dance Company (Sweden), Steps on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam and Peridance in New York, Sadlers Wells Theatre in London, Palucca Schule in Dresden (Germany), Balettakademien Gteborg (Sweden), The Hartt University USA, Marameo in Berlin, Stadttheater Bern (Switzerland), the Royal Ballet School in Holstebro (Denmark), Willi Dorner (Austria), University of Stavanger (Norway), Iceland Dance Company, Proda (Norway), NorrDans (Sweden), The National Theater in Prague and many others.

Samantha Campbell

Samantha Campbell is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Utah as a Ballet major and graduated with a B.F.A. in May 2007. She performed with Utah Ballet for three years while attending the University. She danced on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio (Hubbard Street Dance Chicago) and was a member of Alabama Ballet in Birmingham. Samantha joined Northwest Dance Project in 2009 and has performed in numerous original works by artists including Sarah Slipper, Lucas Crandall, Didy Veldman, Ihsan Rustem, Patrick Delcroix, Wen Wei Wang, Jir Pokorny, Danielle Agami, and many others. She has toured in Germany, Canada, England, Mongolia, and the US. Samantha teaches ballet classes for Northwest Dance Project as well as for the company's Summer Dance Intensive, and outreach classes while on tour.

Shayla Bott
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Shayla Bott has taught for 21 years in private studios and in the University setting, including University of Utah, Utah Valley University (UVU) and currently as an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University (BYU). Shayla has served as the Artistic Director of UVUs Repertory Ballet Ensemble and BYUs Ballet Showcase Company, and will direct BYU Theatre Ballet beginning Fall 2016. From the University of Utah, Shayla holds a BFA in ballet performance as well as an MFA in ballet with a focus on music, choreography and pedagogy. After retiring from a professional career with Utah Regional Ballet, she has continued to choreograph and teach in professional and academic venues. Shaylas choreography has won several choreographic awards including Utah Regional Ballets Choreography Design Project (2008, 2010, 2016 and 2nd place in 2012) and the National Choreographic Recognition Award from Regional Dance America in Montreal in 2012 for her work Weaker. Her work Apart was selected for the gala performance at American College Dance Association festival in 2012. She has set original works on Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Idaho Regional Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet, BYU Theatre Ballet, BYU Showcase Company, BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre, UVUs Repertory Ballet Ensemble, Ballet West Summer Intensive, University of Utahs Ballet Ensemble and on Shayla Bott & Company and Ballet Arkansas for Chop Shop contemporary dance festival in Bellevue, Washington.

Francisco Ruvalcaba

A native of San Diego, Ca, Mr. Ruvalcaba has toured with the LIncoln Center Institute, El Festival e Internatcional de Danza en Mexico, and the Innsbrook Festival of Ancient Music. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Mr. Ruvalcaba has performed the works of Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Benjamin Harkarvy and Agnes De Mille. He is also a part of the Brooklyn Acadamy of Music Devos Fellowship. Francisco has been a member of the Limn Dance Company since 1996.

Monica Campbell

Monica Campbell danced nationally and internationally with Diavolo Dance Theater from 1999-2006. Additionally, she acted as the rehearsal director from 2002-2004 and Associate Artistic Director from 2004-2006. Education: University of Utah, Dance, M.F.A, where she received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship award as well as a Graduate Research Fellowship for her choreographic work Tabula Rasa. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Utah Valley Universitys department of dance, as well as the Modern Dance Program Coordinator. Campbell has shown her choreography both nationally and internationally. Her company, Monica Campbell & Dancers was the winner of the Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival and premiered an evening of her work in 2012. Additionally, she was an Associate Choreographer for Diavolos Fluid Infinities that premiered in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl in September, 2013. She is currently the Artistic Director of UVUs Contemporary Dance Ensemble, where she continues to choreograph extensively. Her next adventure is expanding her research from the stage to the classroom by co-teaching a new class at UVU entitled Peacebuilding Through the Arts, with Dr. Michael Minch, Chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Program.

Margaret Wilson

Margaret is an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming! She has choreographed several original dance productions, including Boxed Set, the body through which the dream flows, Dancing Near the Edge of Chaos, The River and Toward Entropy, as well as an annual performance of vertical dance, co-produced with Neil Humphrey Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the Vedauwoo Recreation area 14 miles east of Laramie, WY.

She has won numerous teaching, research, and advising awards, including the Ellbogen Teaching Excellence award and a WAC Performing Arts Fellowship. Margaret has administrative and grant writing experience and has coordinated several residencies for the University of Wyoming and has served as assistant director for the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival.

Margarets research interests are in kinesiology, biomechanics and the interface of art and science in teaching and training dancers. Her research has been presented at the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, and she publishes in the Journal for Dance Medicine and Science.

Jennifer Deckert

Jen is an Associate Professor at University of Wyoming where she teaches advanced ballet, pointe technique, kinesiology, dance history, and modern dance technique. Jennifer is a native of St. Louis, Missouri where she began her training with Alexandra Zaharias. She received a BFA in ballet performance from University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, performing with the Character Dance Ensemble, Eastern Arts Ensemble, and Utah Ballet. She continued to perform with Utah Ballet and choreograph for department productions as she received her MFA in ballet teaching, choreography, and research. She was then invited to join Roxey Ballet, in New Jersey USA, under the direction of Mark Roxey. During her performance career she has performed such leads as Myrtha in Giselle, Dew Drop and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Prelude in Les Sylphides, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, and the principle role in Paquita. Her choreography credits include Nutcracker, A Midsummer Nights Dream, A Chorus Line, and several original contemporary works. She is an active member of IADMS where she has presented several papers on dancer wellness and alignment. Jennifer spent a sabbatical year in Prague, Czech Republic working with the Duncan Center Conservatory in 2013-2014, and most recently performed and presented choreography at the Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition

Aaron Wood

Aaron began his formal dance training at age 18. He has had the opportunity to work with such esteemed teachers/choreographers as Ellen Bromberg, Bronwen Curry, Della Davidson, Bill Evans, Abby Fiat, Pamela Geber, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Hadley, Satu Hummasti, Marsha Fay Knight, Andrea Miller, and Peter Pucci. He has also had the opportunity to perform in such venues as The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.); The White Wave Dance Festival (NYC); The American Dance Guild's 50th Anniversary (NYC); The International Choreographer's Showcase (Madrid, Spain); and several American College DanceFestivals throughout the nation. He spent seven seasons as a full time company member with Salt Lake City's Repertory Dance Theatre, where he had had the pleasure of performing the works of some of the dance world's most renowned choreographers including Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, Michio Ito, Jose Limon, Murray Louis, Daniel Nagrin, Anna Sokolow, Shapiro & Smith, Charles Widman, and Laura Dean. Together, with fellow colleague and educator Sarah Donohue, he continues to further his choreographic and performance skills in their emerging dance company My Turkey Sandwich.