Into The Light - photo by Erika Record

15th Annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern, in collaboration with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

July 12-14

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth, TX 76107)
Admission: FREE

For directions to The Modern and other visitor information, please visit their website at

The 15th annual Modern Dance Festival at The Modern is year’s edition inspired by the Takashi Murakami exhibition, “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” currently on display in the galleries of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. CD/FW and guest artists will present works inspired by Murakami’s work, and various cultural and artistic traditions that have informed his work, including the rich history of Japanese art, theatre, pop art, and film. A mix of premieres, works in progress, and previously presented works by a variety of performers will be offered up.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:  For audience members wishing to see the Murakami exhibition prior to attending the events, please note admission is free on Fridays and half price on Sundays for the duration of the exhibition.  Also, the museum galleries are open until 8pm on Fridays, so anyone coming to the Friday show could arrive early to experience the exhibition prior to the showcase concert.  Seating for dinner is available at Café Modern starting at 5 pm on Fridays only.  Bar service on Fridays is from 10am to 9:30pm.

CD/FW Dance Exchange:  A Choreographers Showcase  (A Murakami-inspired edition)
Thursday and Friday July 12-13, 8pm, Grand Lobby

Come enjoy one of the most beautiful alternative dance performance venues in Texas, where “Vast space and rippling water gardens at the Modern proved an ideal setting.”  (Dallas Morning News).  CD/FW and guests will perform a variety of family friendly works, with the same program performed each night.

The regional premiere of Donald Stikeleather’s (bio) “Flat” will be performed by CD/FW company member Amanda Wright, in addition to the related full premiere of “Superflat” in honor of Murakami’s career.  “Flat” premiered in Illinois in 1987.  Stikeleather spent the 1990’s as a dance professor and modern dance choreographer known for witty solos and collaborations funded by the Indiana Arts Council.  “Flat,” a signature solo work, has been performed by Illinois Dance Theatre, Purdue Repertory Dance Company, at Saint Mary's College, and for adjudication at the ACDFA at Missouri State University.

Premieres of other spanking new works on the showcases include:

Project In Motion (Las Cruces, NM) (bios) – Artistic Director/Choreographer Hilary McDaniel-Douglas brings the aerial solo “Pearl Diver” – The audience will move outside for the finale work, performed by PIM dancer Tara Kolberg on aerial apparatus outside near Serra’s “Vortex” on the south side of the museum.  Project In Motion’s previous appearances at The Modern were met with great enthusiasm, and CD/FW is honored to host their return for this 15th anniversary festival. 

Mary Hill (bio), Ed.D. of Lightbodies Geometries, LLC (Fort Worth – – “Double Infinity” and “Current” are two new solos choreographed and performed by Hill in her aesthetic vision of “postmodern exotica.” L  ong-time area dance fans may remember Mary’s guest appearances in CD/FW concerts in the early years of the company.

Dallas-based movement artist Aaron Levy (bio) will perform “Eyes Around The World,” a new solo inspired by Japanese anime utilizing walking globes, juggling balls, and a jump rope.  Also known as “The Circusball Ninja,” this is Aaron’s first appearance on the CD/FW stage.

Jackie Millán (Fort Worth)  (bio) is creating “Entanglement” - a new duet which she will perform alongside Tatum Friedson (Fort Worth).  Inspired by sea creatures, this is Millan’s first contribution to a CD/FW showcase.

Choreographer/Performer Jessica Thomas (Plano) (bio) will premiere Tie 'Dying For Harmonium', an embodied exploration of exaggerated polarities swirling within and without ourselves- while sensing the seemingly illusive and necessary friction (that thoroughly harmonious "sweet spot"), where decay breathes blooming and ruin quenches new beginnings. Yet, at the core, this question lingers- why the overwhelming pull into this inquiry at all?

Choreographer Claudia P. Orcasitas (Denton) is creating “Becoming Viral” in collaboration with local dancer Najwa Seyedmorteza and set to music by local composer Brittany Padilla (bios). In this work, Orcasitas explores the feelings millennials experience after seeing, hearing or reading something from their world.  Such experience strikes an emotional chord, which influences in their behavior and how they perceive themselves. Millennials create their own individuality based on what they virtually or physically experiment with, becoming a viral creation of their surroundings at any cost.

M2   (Monroe, LA) –  Tina Mullone will perform “beyond the gaze” a portion of a work in progress to a pre-recorded original music score by collaborator Mel Mobley. (bios)  The new work explores ideas related to eye focus and the third eye, questioning where the gaze begins and where it ends.  Founded in 2014, M2  is a performance art duo which deliberately blurs the lines between artist and art media.

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth company members and guests will premiere “This Dance Is Not Japanese” - a series of small group dances inspired by and tangentially related to the Murakami, including a “Flower Power Jam” structured improvisation, during which audience members will be invited to participate.    Volunteer audience members will also have interactive possibilities during “Paper Parade.”  Several of the dances will be directed and choreographed by CD/FW artistic director Kerry Kreiman in collaboration with the performers.

Music featured prominently will include live performances by Fort Worth musician/composer John Hopkins and pre-recorded music by Halls of the Machine (with special thanks to Van Eric Martin).

Murakami Mezza
Saturday July 14 (Noon and 2pm in the Museum Auditorium)


A sampling of Murakami-related artistic dishes, including video, will be presented in the Museum Auditorium.


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Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York - Still frame from “Dance of Darkness” features Byakko Sha performing “Civil Wars”

Dance of Darkness”  (Director Edin Velez (bio), 1989, 54:57 min., color, sound) – Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York – “Dance of Darkness” is an award-winning documentary on Japanese Butoh which was broadcast nationally in the USA by PBS and internationally in France and Germany by ARTE TV.  The dark sensibilities and cultural resonances of Butoh, the radical Japanese dance movement, are explored in this multilayered work.  Profoundly rooted in both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, Butoh arose in a spirit of revolt in the early 1960s.  Characterized by frank sexuality and bodily distortions, Butoh transforms traditional dance movements into new forms, stripping away the taboos of contemporary Japanese culture to reveal a secret world of darkness and irrationality.  Butoh performance elevates the subconscious to theatrical spectacle, in the tradition of Kabuki and Noh, and references ancient folk mythologies.   In images of haunting power, Velez presents performances by the genre’s most important dancers, interwoven with interviews and historical information.  Using fluid video effects to magnify the drama of the dance, Velez captures the eerie, sensual and often startling resonance of Butoh.  Narrated by Mark Holborn, the artists/companies featured in this selection of original and archival footage include:    

  • Tatsumi Hijikata (interviewee, performer, choreographer, with excerpts from “Hosotan” and “Kaze no Keshiki”)
  • Kazuo Ohno (interviewee, performer, choreographer, with excerpts from “Admiring La Argentina” performed by Kazuo Ohno  and “The Dead Sea” performed by his son Yoshito Ono])
  • Eikoh Hosoe (excerpts from “Navel and A-Bomb”)
  • Akaji Maro and his company Dai Rakuda Kan (excerpts from “The Five Rings”; “Tamai Re”; “The Silver Seed”; “Untitled No. 2”; “Untitled”
  • Isamu Ohsuga and his company Byakko Sha (interviewee, performer, choreographer, with excerpts from “Parade”[Gyo Retsu]; “Tai Matsu”; “Civil Wars”
  • Byakko Sha’s Hiruta Sanae (excerpts from “Tama Jari Hi Me”)
  • Shinsuke Ogawa (excerpts from “Magino Mura Monogatari”)
  • Hiroshi Nakamura (excerpts from Nikutai no Hanran”
  • Yoko Ashikawa and her company Hakutoboh in rehearsal
  • Akiko Motofuji (interviewee, former performer and wife of Hikijata)


Video presentations:

Sue Collins (Denton) (bio) “Gesundheit Follies” with music by Claudia Howard Queen.  Inspired by research in the history of commedia dell’arte, Collins’ choreography examines the roots of comedy and “stock characters” like Pierrot, the sad clown.  Similarly, Murakami’s interest in the history of comics and cartoons highlights the universality of humorous storytelling traditions in all cultures.  Looking to the past as a seed for future art is one of the foundations of the development of all art forms. Collins’ video has also been selected for presentation at the Corps de Ballet International conference in Florence, Italy, this summer, where the conference theme is “A Time To Reflect Upon and Re-Examine Ballet’s Rich Historical Roots.” 

LiquidBody / Caryn Heilman (NYC) (bio) – A past guest on the CD/FW stage and previous guest choreographer for the CD/FW company, former Paul Taylor dancer Caryn Heilman is creating a new video work inspired by the Murakami exhibition: “Dancing with Monsters,” with music composed by Nana Simopoulos. Heilman strives to continue to challenge herself and the possibilities of expression and communication through dance and video art.


Momentum Dance Company (Irving) (bios) returns with two premieres for its fourth consecutive appearance in the Modern Dance Festival at The Modern. Ian Forcher, Momentum’s resident choreographer, will premiere “Kami,” a group work for seven women exploring themes of tradition, artifice in conflict with nature, mental illness, and the collision of pop sensibility with high art through the lens of Japanese culture.  In addition, MDC’s Lacie Minyard Sereika will premiere “Aum” -- influenced by Murakami's works "Embodiment of 'UM'" and the "Embodiment of 'A,'" this new work choreographed by Lacie Minyard Sereika debuts at the 2018 Contemporary Dance Festival in Fort Worth, Texas. "Aum" challenges its audience and articulates thought movement in an exploration of the beginning and end of Life as we know it. Drawing on significance of Japanese history and culture including Butoh aesthetic, the piece also incorporates Oni symbolism and imagery to heighten its otherworldly quality.

“Bleed” – An additional new solo in her aesthetic vision of “postmodern exotica,” created and performed by Mary Hill, Ed.D., of Lightbodies Geometries, LLC (Fort Worth)

“Mea Culpa, My Bad” --  Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth -- Members of the CD/FW company and guests will perform a new work inspired by apologies, confessions, missed chances, and obstacles, integrating spoken word and media slides, created by Kerry Kreiman in collaboration with the performers.

Fort Worth composer/musician John Hopkins will be featured prominently in the afternoon performances.

Special thanks to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and FurtherDance Fort Worth. CD/FW’s 2017-18 season marks the non-profit organization’s 30th season as a presenter of modern dance in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, and the 28th season of the CD/FW performing company.
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Mary Hill
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Mary Hill, Ed.D. of Lightbodies Geometries, LLC (Choreographer/Performer of “Double Infinity and “Current” on July 12-13 and “Bleed” on July 14) is engaged in a broad range of movement disciplines and continues to push the boundaries of these endeavors. These movement modalities include GYROTONIC® method, Pilates, Thai Bodywork, Yoga therapeutics, and Wall/Vertical Suspension, as well as dance. She is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner. Her movement experiences range from the performative, to the educational, to the therapeutic, to the transformative. Mary holds a Doctorate in Dance History/Education from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. along with a Women’s Studies teaching certification. She was awarded the first Doctor of Philosophy Excellence in Scholarship Award in the Dance Department at Temple for her research on the Modernist influences of Primitivism, Dimensional Reality, and the Artist-As-Seer on Martha Graham’s early dance practices (Postmodern Reflections on Dance Modernism: Modernist Currents of Primitivism, Dimensional Reality, and the Artist-As-Seer on Martha Graham’s “Heretic,” “Lamentation,” and “Primitive Mysteries.”) Mary received a Master’s of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University under the tutelage of international choreographer James Clouser, and Martha Graham Rehearsal Director, David Hochoy. She taught Modern Dance while attending TCU, and also taught Ballet and Modern Dance while attending Temple. A previous Artist-In-Residence for the Texas Commission on the Arts, Mary has performed, choreographed, studied, and taught throughout the United States and internationally.
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Aaron Levy
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Aaron Levy, The Circusball Ninja, is 27-years-old and a graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas. When he's not balancing his act on stage, he is training athletes to compete on the television show American Ninja Warrior at a Dallas-based obstacle course gym.
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Jackie Millán
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Jackie Millán has a BA in Dance from Hunter College with department honors in dance. She has danced with MWest & Company, Bolly Dhamaal Dance, imPULSE Dance Project, Cholorock Dance Collective, and as an independent artist. She is currently the Assistant Director of Dance at Arlington Heights High School, Director of Dance at Monnig Middle School, and on the dance faculty at Texas Dance Conservatory. Jackie is the recipient of the Bates Dance Festival Teacher Fellowship Scholarship and the Dance Council of North Texas Artful Dancewear Teacher Scholarship.
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Donald Strikeleather
Donald Stikeleather spent the 1990’s as a dance professor and modern dance choreographer known for witty solos and collaborations funded by the Indiana Arts Council. “Flat,” a signature solo work, has been performed by Illinois Dance Theatre, Purdue Repertory Dance Company, at Saint Mary's College, and for adjudication at the ACDFA at Missouri State University. During the period when Flat was choreographed, Stikeleather studied with Beverly Blossom, a former Nikolais dancer. Donald has a BA in Theatre from Purdue University, an MFA in Dance from The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a MDiv from Naropa University.
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Tara Kolberg
Tara Kolberg
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White Fox Archetype is an experimental hip hop artist creating music representing dreams and the surreal, using beats, loops, samples and live instruments.

Tara Kolberg is a New Mexico native and has been a lifelong movement artist. She has trained in ballet and attended The Public Academy for the Performing Arts in Albuquerque. She works primarily with New Mexico performance groups including Albuquerque Circus Arts, New Mexico Air Dance and Nemcatacoa Teatro. Tara has danced for Project In Motion for two seasons.

Hilary McDaniel-Douglas is the Artistic Director of Project In Motion. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy, Sarah Lawrence College, and graduated from Indiana University. Hilary is a Bill Evans certificate holder. She has taught and choreographed for decades, both in a higher education and a community capacity. She is an Indianapolis Arts Council Fellow as well as a former Young Audiences performer. Hilary has successfully acquired many grants under PIM’s guise including NEA, NMarts and private foundations. Affiliated with PIM for decades she has created and directed hundreds of dances and productions for commercial, university and PIM programs, fundraisers and concerts including Midwest Arts, New Mexico State University, Chalk The Block El Paso and Creative Santa Fe’s Fantasé Fest, as well as others. She will be looking forward to a guest choreographer position with East Village Dance Project to take place at La Mama Theater in New York’s East Village in December and PIM’s NM Arts funded festival “Above Borders” in September.
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Claudia Orcasitas
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Claudia Orcasitas is a dance educator and psychologist born in Lima, Peru. She is deeply invested in practicing ballet, modern and contemporary dance. She has taught ballet and modern dance at The School of San Marcos Ballet (Peru), the Wise Music and Dance Conservatory (Texas) and San Marcos University Department of Dance (Peru). Orcasitas has performed and presented her work with the San Marcos Ballet Company (Lima, Peru), the Contemporary Dance Fort Worth Company from (Fort Worth, Texas), and Epiphany DanceArts Company (Dallas, Texas) and participated in diverse festivals around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Recently, she has participated as an artist residency with the organization Danzon Nuclear and Ministry of Culture of Peru, performing movement research about abject bodies as well as architectural spaces. As part of her professional development, she is now pursuing her Masters in Fine Arts at Texas Woman’s University. Her goal as a dance educator and art advocate is to create educational programs in North Texas that prepare elementary school students for a career in the arts.

Najwa Seyedmorteza
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Najwa Seyedmorteza is a dancer and choreographer from Fort Worth, Texas. She became active at an early age, training as an elite gymnast and a competitive taekwondo fighter, in which she holds a 1st degree black belt. She began her dance career at the age of 18 at Tarrant County Community College, training under Dr. Kihyoung Choi where she learned ballet and modern dance techniques. She transferred to Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, Texas where she refined her skills in modern, improvisation, composition, theory, and production. She graduated from TWU with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Studies in 2016. Seyedmorteza’s work has been shown at the American Collegiate Dance Association (ACDA), TWU Alumni Concert, TWU Dance Upclose Concert series, and TCC Movers Unlimited Dance Company Showcase. She has performed at the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, ACDA, and the Dallas DanceFest. She is currently working on her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at TWU. Her research interests are in exploring different ways of entering into a psychological flow state through the use of extreme physicalities, state shifting, and improvisation.

Brittany Padilla
Brittany Padilla is a music performer, composer, and producer residing in Fort Worth, TX. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and minor in Spanish from the University of North Texas, where she began her experience and career as a dance musician. She danced and played with the percussion ensemble for African dance classes and performances at UNT during her undergrad, which led her to play for world dance at Texas Woman's University, also in Denton. During the following years, she expanded her repertoire, playing for modern, ballet, improv, and jazz. She is now a dance accompanist at TWU and Tarrant County College Northwest in Fort Worth. She performs and composes in collaboration with local dance companies and individual artists around the United States for various workshops and festivals (ACDA, TDIF, MALCS etc.) as well as other colleges and universities in DFW (UTA, TCU, etc.) As a multi-instrumentalist, she plays and records an array of acoustic and digital instruments with emphasis on percussion and voice. Brittany works with Ableton Live, a software for producing music and is a certified Ableton Specialist.
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Still from "Icarus Reimagined"
Still from "Icarus Reimagined"
The most wonderful thing about her is the mysteriousness of her dancing. She has the nameless ingredient that we all seek, the alchemic gold, a material that magnetizes. It sets her apart, is unseen, only felt.
      — Paul Taylor, Paul Taylor Dance Company

Caryn Heilman is the Artistic Director of LiquidBody media, movement and dance. As a “standout dancer” she performed for ten years with the Paul Taylor Dance Company before founding LiquidBody.

Caryn Heilman stands out for her reserved yet piquant performing… (In Ariadne) she was beautiful.
      — Jennifer Dunning, New York Times

With Taylor, Caryn performed as a soloist in over 50 countries at such venues as Paris Opera Garnier, New York City Center, Kennedy Center and London's Sadler's Wells. She collaborated on over ten new works, directed rehearsals for several revivals and represented the United States as a cultural ambassador in Japan, China, India, Egypt, Greece, Russia, Turkey and Hungary and is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Dancemaker.

Caryn Heilman is an exceptional dancer…
      — Ze’eva Cohen, Former Head of Dance Program, Princeton University

Having received a direct choreographic tutelage from one of American Modern Dance’s recognized masters, Caryn has taken this formidable foundation into more experimental territory, focusing on the fluid systems of the body and choreographic structures that include audience interaction, multimedia, live music and aerial dance. LiquidBody has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dixon Place and BRIC in NYC, SOMA Fest in L.A., at the Electronic Festival in Warsaw, at spas in Mexico and Italy and at a 2000 seat amphitheater in Greece. She has choreographed for Julianne Moore in The Forgotten, for animations by DorosMotion and Volvox, and for the theater company Mad Woman of the Woods and was hired for The Acting Company’s production of American Dreams. She created multimedia for the premiere of award-winning hip-hop choreographer Rennie Harris's Something to Do with Love. Recent choreographic commissions include Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Sola Fest for students at Orange County High School of the Arts. Her multimedia work has recently been commissioned in New York and L.A. and is currently on exhibit at the networked art site

Caryn Heilman of New York-based LiquidBody, won the prize for the most unusual…Every part blended beautifully with Nana Simopoulos' original music and Chad Jung's lighting.
      — Margaret Putnam, Dallas Morning News

Caryn is currently on faculty at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She has an MFA from the University of California, Irvine and has taught graduate classes in multimedia and multidisciplinary performance at the University of California, Irvine in the Studio Art, Drama and Dance departments and has been an artist in residence and has taught master classes at Princeton, Hollins, Texas Christian and Dennison Universities, Smith College, Beijing Dance Academy, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Orange County and LaGuardia High Schools of the Arts, SOMA Fest L.A. and more. She has taught with and been mentored by Continuum Movement founder Emilie Conrad, award-winning filmmaker and postmodern dance icon Yvonne Rainer, intermedia artist Annie Loui, John Crawford, founder of the Embodied Media + Technology Performance Lab and Emmy-nominated choreographer Paul Taylor.

People are still talking about the absolutely extraordinary concert you put on here. I knew it was going to be great, but I wasn't prepared for how great. Really, really marvelous performance - both the dance and the music. It was truly one of the best things we've ever had here, and that includes some pretty powerful work.
      — Tim Blunk, Director Puffin Cultural Forum - a center for dialogue through the arts

She has received scholarships, fellowships and grants from the American Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey, UCI, TCU, The Andy Warhol Foundation,, Medici Circle and more. She has served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Dance Notation Bureau, Somatic Movement Arts Festival.Continuum Movement and is Vice President of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association and is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator through that organization.
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Tina Mullone and Mel Mobly
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Mel Mobley
A native of Texas, Mel Mobley currently resides and teaches in Monroe, Louisiana. Performed in the U.S. and abroad his works include orchestral, band, chamber, choral, and electronic music. His most recent work centers on the combination of live and recorded music and dance. This collaboration with dancer Tina Mullone seeks to break down the barrier between dancer and musician as well as between live and recorded performance. His music has appeared on the Revello, Navona and Ansonica labels and has been commissioned by organizations including the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. Major works include Sylvan Beach, (chamber opera) and Labored Breathing (orchestra). Dr. Mobley teaches at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and is a founder and coordinator of the New Music on the Bayou Festival that connects composers from around the world with the communities of north Louisiana.

Tina Mullone
Tina Mullone, a Texas native, studied ballet under Fernando Schaffenburg in Fort Worth, modern dance at Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the University of Oklahoma. After graduating, she performed and taught for JAADE Dance Theater, Contemporary Dance/ Fort Worth, Kariamu and Company and Beckles Dancing Company. She has taught in numerous places throughout the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex including Texas Ballet Theater School and Texas Christian University. After receiving a MFA from TCU, she continued teaching at several Dallas/Fort Worth community colleges. She has performed in Germany, Mexico, New York, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas. Over the years, she attended several intensives including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Dance Festival and the Katherine Dunham Institute. As Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, she continues to commute from Louisiana to Texas to work with Beckles Dancing Company, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth (as Associate Artistic Director) and co-directs M2 (m squared), a performance art duet based in Monroe, LA. She currently sits on the Arts Advocacy committee under the National Dance Education Organization, dance specialist for Louisiana A Plus Schools, a certified Pilates mat and M’Singha Wuti level Umfundalai African dance instructor. Her most recent accomplishments include sitting on academic discussion panels at the International Association of Blacks in Dance and the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance conferences as well as performing in honor of the great Eleo Pomare with Beckles Dancing Company.

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Jessica Thomas
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Jessica Thomas is an independent dance artist and multidisciplinary explorer. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in Dance in 2008 and humbly received the Lucille Murchison Scholarship. Her inborn curiosity for the latent unknown — inside and outside of ourselves — serves as a continuous source of playful investigation and evolution. The core of her performances stem from self-inquiry collaborations with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and surrounding DFW creatives. She is also the founder of The Soma Movement, where she provides integrative bodywork and expressive arts therapies.
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Momentum Dance Company
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Ian Forcher
Ian Forcher danced with Momentum Dance Company and was a Dance Major at SMU, during which time he performed at the Joyce Theater in New York at the 70th Anniversary of the Limon Company festival. He is now focusing his talents on choreography, and is pleased to present his 4th work for the "Modern Dance Festival at the Modern". He also choreographs for Momentum and teaches at Forcher's Dance Center.

Lacie Minyard Sereika
Lacie Minyard Sereika is a seasoned performer, choreographer, teacher and currently a dancer and choreographer with Momentum Dance Company in Irving, Texas and the Artistic Director and founder of Living Motion Dance Company. As a dancer she has performed 5 seasons at Six Flags Over Texas, has worked under the direction of Neil Goldberg in "Cirque Dreams Coobrila", the Gary Goddard company in the "Glow in the Park Parade," and with Mark Dendy at the prestigious American Dance Festival. As a graduate of the Dallas Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and of Texas Woman's University Lacie has been an active participant in master classes and choreography by Ron Brown, John Giffin, Excel Garner, Miguel Gutierrez, Bill Young, Dwight Roden and Desmond Richardson (Complexions), Kanji Segawa (Battle Works), SHUA Group, Alex J Russo (Tap Dogs), Vernon Gooden, Camilie, John Dixon, Mary Williford-Shade, Jordan Fuchs, and Sarah Gamblin and Bruce Wood. Lacie choreographed and produced a full evening of her own work sponsored by Texas Woman's University in November, 2010. Her artistic work has won her several nominations and awards. During her career she has been nominated for the prestigious TWU Leman Award, the Dallas Dance for the Planet Festival and the Southern Region American College Dance Festival.
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Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Edin Velez studied painting at the University of Puerto Rico and at the School of Fine Arts of the Institute for Puerto Rican Culture.

In 1970, inspired by the writings of Marshall McLuhan, Edin moved to New York in order to explore the possibilities of video as an art form and became one of the pioneer artists of the medium. Through rich imagery and an acute sense of visual metaphor, Edin has consistently expanded the paradigms of the genre. He has produced award-winning video works, artist’s books, digital prints, and video installations.

A recipient of Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, as well as the American Film Institute’s Maya Deren Award for Excellence in Film and Video, his works have been exhibited at the Whitney Biennial, Documenta 8, Sao Paolo Biennial, The Tate Gallery, and the Louvre Museum, among others, and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Hara Museum (Japan), and others.

Edin has received prestigious grants from entities such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Massachusetts Council for the Arts, and The Jerome Foundation. A professor and coordinator of the Video Program at Rutgers University in Newark, Edin lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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Sue Collins
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Ms. Sue Collins has a B.S. with honors in biology from the University of Tennessee and an M.F.A. in dance from Southern Methodist University. In the summer of 2018, Ms Collins is delighted to be presenting her work “Gesundheidt Follies” both locally at Contemporary Dance Fort Worth’s 15th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern and internationally in Florence, Italy! Sue had a professional dance career that spanned over fifteen years and included the Chicago based dance companies: Ballet Entre Nous, American Danz Theatre (jazz), Perceptual Motion, Inc. (modern), Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Ensemble (modern and jazz), and Winifred Haun and Dancers (modern). The later three companies, the Barefoot Brigade, and Contemporary Dance Fort Worth plus numerous universities have enabled her to produce over twenty dance works. Sue was also a featured dancer for the Lyric Opera of Chicago (A.G.M.A. Equity) and has performed over seventy works in various genres of dance. Ms. Collins was formerly on the dance faculty at the University of Tennessee, the University of Akron, Kent State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, the University of Dallas, Collin County College, and Tarrant County College. She is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Dance and Theatre Department at the University of North Texas where she has taught Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Stress Reduction through Movement, Dance Appreciation, and Survey of Dance; as well as choreographed “Cinderella,” a play for children, “Wind on Mountain” for the UNT Faculty Dance Concert 2014 and “Gesundheidt Follies” for the UNT Dance Faculty Dance Concert 2015.