UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: The Dance Department of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts will perform Under the Whale by choreographer James Martin on April 27 and 28 at the Tony Bennett Theater in the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts located in Astoria Queens, NY. Admission is free. Directions and further information are available at franksinatraschoolofthearts.org or by phone at (718) 361-9920.
About the Dancers
Originally from San Francisco, Julie McMillan graduated with honors from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and Economics. She has performed works by Deborah Jowitt, Stacy Spence, Rosana Hribar, Gregor Lustek, Benjamin Kimitch and Jim Sutton; and has studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria. She currently dances with Summation Dance and works full time on the development team at Up2Us. Julie is also a classically trained pianist that enjoys writing music for dance.
Kristin Schwab hails from the Twin Cities, where she trained at Ballet Arts Minnesota under the direction of Bonnie Mathis. In 2010, she graduated cum lade from New York University–Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance and Journalism. She has also trained at the Boston Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Kristin has danced with Minnesota Dance Theatre and is currently working with Summation Dance. She is an Assistant Editor at Dance Teacher magazine and has contributed to Dance Magazine and Pointe.
Stevie Oakes became enamored with dance at her first ballet performance while living in Amsterdam. Her serious study of classical ballet later began under the tutelage of Sandra Balestracci in Williamsburg, VA alongside other ballet masters including Rudolph Kharatian, Adrienne Dellas and Marcus Bugler. As a student at the College of William & Mary, she earned a BS in Chemistry and Kinesiology while beginning to explore the world of modern dance. A recent graduate of the MFA program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Stevie has had the privilege of performing works by Tere O’Connor, Gus Solomons, jr., Gina Gibney, Gerald Casel and Jim Martin. She continues to enjoy her life freelancing as a performer, choreographer and teacher throughout New York City.
Traci Klein is originally from Sarasota, Florida and holds a M.F.A. in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University. Ms. Klein is also a member of CorbinDances, under the artistic direction of Patrick Corbin, and she is a performer/choreographer for Open Project based in Provence, France. She was recently an artist in residence at Troy University and choreographed for the Troy Dance Repertory Ensemble.
Mariah Steele, an alumnus of the Steffi Nossen School of Dance in White Plains, NY, graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Dance. Since arriving in New York City, she has performed for James Martin and Beth Soll among others. Her choreography has been presented throughout the tri-state area.
Erin Ghislin is a Chicago native and trained with Watmora Casey at the Faughbourg School of Ballet. There she performed classical ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote as well as numerous original contemporary dance works. Erin came to New York City in 2003 to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and graduated in May 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. While at NYU, Erin worked with and performed works by Karole Armitage, Merce Cunningham, Deborah Jowitt, James Martin, Cassandra Phifer, and Sean Curran including several student choreographers as well as creating her own work. She has also had the pleasure of dancing and training abroad in Salzburg and Montreal. Erin has held a scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Studio and danced with Bryan Hayes and Beth Soll & Company. She currently works with ess/DanceWorks and is having a blast working with Mr. James Martin.
Joshua Palmer grew up in Maine, where he began his dance training during his high school years at a local studio in his hometown. After moving to New York, he began his undergraduate degree at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. He graduated in 2007, earning a B.F.A. in dance. Josh currently dances for Erica Essner Performance Co-op, Hilary Easton & Co., Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Danielle Russo Dance Company, and choreographer Jim Martin.
Jaclyn K. Walsh began her dance training near her hometown at Walker's Dance in Lowell, Massachusetts. She furthered her training at the Walnut Hill School in Natick under the direction of Michael Owen, and during this time had the wonderful opportunity to perform in Germany and France. While competing in Germany at the World Showdance Championships representing the USA Female Solo Division, she recieved the Bronze Medal. She has also trained at the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive and the Paul Taylor Summer and Winter Intensives. Along with performing, she loves to teach and has recieved various awards for her choreography. She is now entering her third and final year in the Tisch School of the Arts BFA dance program. While at Tisch, she has had the privilege to perform original works by Renee Redding Jones, James Sutton, and James Martin. Jaclyn would like to thank her family for their never-ending love and support.
Elizebeth Randall grew up dancing in Santa Cruz, CA where she performed as a member of the regional youth company Santa Cruz Ballet Theater. She attended Santa Monica College and San Francisco State University, graduating from SFSU in 2003 with a B.A. in Dance. Upon graduation, Elizebeth performed extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area with the companies Liss Fain Dance, Deborah Slater Dance Theater, Paco Gomes and Dancers, Dance Ceres, and Davalos Dance Company. She has performed internationally at Scotland's Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Salvador, Brazil. Elizebeth spent four years as a teaching assistant at SF State and has enjoyed teaching ballet, modern dance, and choreography to students of all ages for many years. Currently, she is looking forward to her second year of graduate school at Tisch School of the Arts, pursuing her M.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography.