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Alumni B.A. Bios


Alumni B.A. Bios

Back to Alumni B.A. list Toby Bruno

Toby Bruno

B.A., 1987
tobybruno@aol.com

Toby Bruno is a training consultant based in Jersey City, NJ. Before working independently, he was Training Manager on Schering-Plough Helpdesk at C3i, Inc. There he launched a technical certification program to ensure training was adequately measured against job performance. He has also coordinated the implementation of management and leadership training programs at MetLife. While earning a B.A in Dance from the University of California, Riverside, he produced sixteen stage works and earned a fellowship to produce a dance video. In addition, Bruno has an M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a certificate in Training and Organizational Development from New York University. He is a member of American Society for Training and Development and International Society for Performance Improvement.

 

Jill Chadroff

Jill Chadroff

B.A., 1997
jchadroff@vcccd.net

Jill E. Chadroff is a choreographer, performer, dance historian and educator. Several years of intensive training at the University of California, Riverside formed the base of her career, which as been shaped and influenced by many extraordinary people, including Linda Tomko, Susan Rose, Susan Foster, Stephanie Gilliland, Stanley Holden, Serge Bennathan, and Ohad Naharin. Chadroff received her B.A. in Dance in 1997, where she was among the first of those granted the Maxwell H. Gluck Dance Fellowship. In 2001, she received her M.A. in Dance History from York University in Toronto, Canada, focusing her research on the reconstruction of early eighteenth-century French court and theatre dances. Her contemporary dance work is based on the techniques of improvisation, with an emphasis on making connections between disparate elements. She maintains a strong interest in site-specific choreography, utilizing movement to explore the relationship between public life and artistic expression.

Chadroff has performed professionally with Susan Rose and Dancers, the SideRiver Baroque Dance Troupe since its founding by Linda Tomko in 1998, and is currently a performer with the Conejo Civic Ballet Company. She also has appeared as a guest artist with contemporary choreographer, Moonea Choi. In 2004 and 2005, she was a guest teacher at the Southwest Regional American College Dance Festivals. Jill holds a secondary teaching credential and currently teaches English at a middle school in Calabasas, CA.

photo: Jill Chadroff in Five Minute Piece (photo credit: Robert Salas, 2005)

 

Miki Dun

Miki Dun

B.A., 2002
mduntapnotch@aol.com

Miki Dun graduated with Honors while majoring in Dance at the University of California, Riverside with a Chancellor’s Performance Scholarship in Dance. Miki currently completed a two-year tour, traveling around the United States, with the live stage shows “Sesame Street Live” and “Dragon Tales Live” under VEE Corporation. She is also a member of Satori Daiko, a Japanese drumming ensemble. With Satori, Miki united tap and taiko in performances at the Ford Theatre and the Japan American Theatre. Some of Miki’s film and television credits include: “187” starring Samuel L. Jackson, “Gilmore Girls,” “Seventh Heaven,” and the “O.C.” In addition, Miki is pursuing the art of teaching dance at the University of Redlands, Riverside Community College, Village Dance Arts, and Borgata Music House among others.

 

Kristi Hamelin

Kristi Hamelin

B.A., 1998
kkdancr@hotmail.com

With a goal of dance education, Kristi Hamelin (Kooyenga) earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from the University of California, Riverside. In addition, Hamelin has studied with the Village Center for the Arts in Palm Springs, The College of the Desert, Barat College in Chicago, and Ballet Pacifica in Irvine. She has enjoyed performing in numerous musical theater productions including Will Rogers Follies, Mame, Cabaret and in 2005, Sweet Charity. Hamelin is dedicated to sharing dance and the performing arts with the community and has been teaching and choreographing throughout the Palm Springs and Orange County areas for over 15 years.

 

Kelli King

Kelli King

B.A., 1994
kellicking@juno.com

Kelli King holds a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Riverside and an M.F.A. in Dance from UC Irvine. She has been on faculty at Riverside Community College, Mt. San Jacinto College, Idyllwild Arts Academy and San Bernardino Valley College. King performed with California Ballet Company before investigating other movement disciplines. While living in Boston, King was a member of the Boston Dance Collective and Danceworks, performing, touring and teaching on both coastlines extensively. She also studied with butoh master Ushio Amagatsu, performing with Japanese dance/theater company Sankai Juku in a project at Jacob’s Pillow. She has since returned to The Pillow twice with Susan Rose and Dancers. Kelli has been a member of Rose’s company since 1987. She is currently working on her teaching certificate at the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program.

 

Carol Lane

Carol Lane

B.A., 1998
ywinl@yahoo.com

Carol Lane (Tokuhara) graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 1998. While at UCR, she worked for the City of Fontana as a dance instructor in hip hop and jazz. She lived in Fontana after graduation and worked at various dance studios teaching ballet. She plans to open a dance studio and work as a dance teacher.

 

Eric Lorico

Eric Lorico

B.A., 1999
elorico@chla.usc.edu

Eric Lorico began his dance training under the mentorship of Susan Rose and Wendy Rogers at the University of California, Riverside, where he received undergraduate degrees in Dance and Business Administration. He was a member of Susan Rose and Dancers for six years, and has actively worked with Wendy Rogers on several projects. In 2005, he performed with Rogers in the Trolley Dances Project in conjunction with San Diego Dance Theatre. Since then, he established DanceParadigm along with John Medina. Together, they have created Spring Back/Fall Forward, which debuted in San Diego in January 2006. Spring Back/Fall Forward is also currently being produced into a dance-for-the-camera film. Lorico and Medina also re-constructed their 1998 tango duet, TangQled Roots…silent Q, to be shown at Joyce SoHo, the Berkshire Fringe, and Celebrate Dance Festival in San Diego in summer of 2006. Currently, Lorico is working for the University of Southern California’s Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles as a Financial Analyst.

photo: Eric Lorico in Spring Back/Fall Forward (photo credit: Elazar Harel, 2006).

 

Sondra Loring

Sondra Loring

B.A., 1982
sadhanayoga@yahoo.com

Sondra Loring received a B.A. in Dance with Honors the University of California, Riverside in 1982. Loring has been dancing in New York City since then, and received a 1996 Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for her work as an improviser, writer, teacher and performer, specifically with David Rousseve and Neil Greenberg. Her own work has been produced in NYC, elsewhere in the United States, Mexico and Venezuela. Loring received the prestigious Meet the Composer commission, along with a grant from the US/Mexico Fund for Culture, for her piece, ElPuente/The Bridge. She has also received grants from the Jerome Foundation, NEA, the Manhattan Cultural Commission, and the James E. Robison Foundation for her choreography. She co-founded the annual Improvisation Festival/ New York, a two-week program of workshops, classes, jams, and performances by improvisors from New York, the United States, Europe, and Canada. She also founded and edited JUICE, an underground dance journal, from 1991 to 1997.

She has been a company member of David Rousseve/REALITY, the Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians, CoDanceCo, and Neil Greenberg, and has performed in the works of David Dorfman, Irene Hultman, Momix, Phyllis Lamhut, Donald Byrd, Donna Uchizono, Vicky Shick, Ann Carlson, and Johanna Boyce. She teaches yoga regularly in New York City and her own centers, Satya Yoga in Rhinebeck and Sadhana Center in Hudson. Her new project with the New York State DanceForce and Danspace Project involves organizing performance and educational experiences for NYC and Hudson Valley dancers and community members. She recently performed her solo, Duck, Duck, at Dance Theater Workshop in NYC.

 

John Medina

John Medina

B.A., 1999
john.medina@ucr.edu

John Medina received his B.A. in Dance, with a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies, from the University of California, Riverside in 1999. In 1997, he received a scholarship to study dance at Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, where he was immersed in the repertory of Ted Shawn and Alvin Ailey. He was a member of Susan Rose and Dancers for six years, and was a part of Wendy Rogers’ MAKESHIFT dancing for five years. He has performed in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Riverside, New York, Massachusetts, and Mexico. In 2003, John received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and has since worked with the Legal Action Center and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City and with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey. In 2005, he returned to California to serve as the Program Coordinator for UCR’s Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts. Since his return to the west coast, Medina has performed with Wendy Rogers in the San Diego Trolley Dances, re-inspiring him to create dances with Eric Lorico and to create DanceParadigm as the vehicle to present their work. DanceParadigm has since performed at Sushi’s New Wave in San Diego, Joyce SoHo Presents in New York, the Berkshire Fringe in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, and Celebrate Dance Festival in San Diego.

photo: John Medina in Task Force (photo credit: Steve Walag)

 

Paula Naggi

Paula Naggi

B.A., 1977

Paula Naggi (Paula Naggi-Liniger) graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 1977 with highest honors with a B.A. in Dance. She was the recipient of a Chancellor's Undergraduate Fellowship Award and had the distinction of working with the late Dr. Christena Schlundt as a research assistant. Naggi later earned her Master’s degree in Theater with concentrations in Dance History and Choreography from Cal State Fullerton (1987). Naggi has taught at several area colleges and universities, including the University of Redlands, where she was the Dance Coordinator for five years; Riverside Community College; and UCR, as a guest lecturer in Jazz Dance. Since 1993, she has been on the faculty at Mt. San Jacinto College. Naggi was also a contributing choreographer and performer with Dance Theatre West, a collective of dance artists based in Huntington Beach, and was a guest artist performing with several other area companies including Eyes Wide Open Dance Theatre and the Urban Sprawl Dance Artists (now both dark). She has directed and produced invitational concerts and choreographed many musical productions, including Into the Woods, Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Fantastics, to name a few. Naggi has also served as a member of the Peer Review Panel for the Riverside Arts Council, reading grant applications and allocating funds.

 

Cory Nakasue

Cory Nakasue

B.A., 1996
coryness@gmail.com

Cory Nakasue is an interdisciplinary artist and co-artistic director of SPINE, which has produced live theatre and film in North America and Europe since 1999. Nakasue also serves as the company’s acting Executive Director and is a management consultant for arts organizations nationwide, including Murray Spalding Movement Arts, Synthesis Dance Project, and Innerlandscapes Dance Theatre. Nakasue got her start in dance working with Los Angeles-based artists Stephanie Gilliland and Rebecca Bobele, and quickly started producing her own independent choreography, which received much attention for its unique use of physical narrative. The Los Angeles Times has called her choreography “surgically skillful work that packs an emotional wallop.” Trained formally as an actor and director, Nakasue was inspired to incorporate original text with original choreography, which lead to the creation of SPINE UK in 1998, and the creation of The Ring (1999) and What I’m Taking from John (2000). Both pieces received London arts grants, toured internationally, and were invited for U.S. revivals. She continues work as a performer, collaborator and teaching artist with SPINE, which, in its new incarnation includes work with technological media. Nakasue has completed two experimental films, which have been screened most recently at the Millennium Film Workshop and the Independent Filmmakers and Musicians Festival in New York City.

 

Cynthia Quinn

Cynthia Quinn

B.A., 1975
momix@snet.net

Cynthia Quinn, Associate Director of MOMIX, grew up in Southern California. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Riverside and continued there as an Associate in Dance for five years. In 1988 she received the University Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Young Graduate Award.” As a member of Pilobolus, she performed on Broadway and throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Israel and Japan. She collaborated on the choreography of Day Two, Elegy for the Moment, Mirage, What Grows in Huygens Window and Stabat Mater. Quinn began performing with MOMIX in 1983 and has since toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Japan. She has also appeared as a guest artist with the Ballet Theatre Francaise de Nancy, the Berlin Opera Ballet and the Munich State Opera, as well as international galas in Italy, France and Japan. She has assisted Moses Pendleton in the choreography of Pulcinella for the Ballet Nancy in France; Tutuguri for the Berlin Opera Ballet; Platee for the Spoleto Festival USA; Les Maries de la Tour Eiffel in New York; AccorDION for the Zurich-Vorbuhne Theatre; and Carmen for the Munich State Opera. Quinn made her film debut as “Bluey” (a role she shared with Karl Baumann) in FX2. She was a featured performer in the Emmy Award winning “Pictures at an Exhibition” with the Montreal Symphony and has also appeared in a 3D IMAX film. She has since appeared in numerous television programs and music videos. Quinn was recently featured with RuPaul and k.d. lang for M.A.C. Cosmetics’ “Fashion Cares” benefits in Toronto and Vancouver. Quinn is co-choreographer of “White Widow” which is featured prominently in the new Robert Altman film, The Company, and appeared in the film, “First Born,” with Elisabeth Shue. Quinn is a board member of the Nutmeg Conservatory in Torrington, Connecticut and is on the advisory board of the Susan B. Anthony Project.

 

Kristen Revier

Kristen Revier

B.A., 1996
jicamajane@hotmail.com

Kristen Revier received a B.A. in Dance from the University of California, Riverside in 1996. She continued her dance studies at California Institute of the Arts (1996-1997). In 1998, she performed with Jill Chadroff at Museum of Contemporary Art Downtown Los Angeles in the Sense and Sensuality Exhibition. In 2003, Revier received her Master’s degree in Choreography with Performing Arts from Middlesex University, London. In London, she co-founded SPINE, a performance collective, along with fellow UCR alumni Cory Nakasue and Gerardo Romero, and with Cal Arts alumnus Brent Felker. They collaborated on projects including The Ring, performed in Resolution! (London, 2001) and in the Marató Festival (Barcelona, 2001). She founded Sweet Nobody, a dance theatre company, in London, and in 2003, she relocated the company from London to the San Diego area. The first project for the company, “Pseudo Insanity Challenge,” was presented at Hoxton Hall in London (2002). In San Diego, Sweet Nobody produces primarily solo work that has been presented at Mix Up Project (2004, 2005), and at the Celebrate Dance Festival (2005). She has performed with San Diego dance companies Dunn Razo Dance, Kimberly Gregg, and most recently with Lower Left at Bravo San Diego (2005).

 

Maria Paola Reyes

Maria Paola Reyes

B.A., 2005
dancecreative@netscape.net

Paola Reyes received a B.A in Dance and in Latin American Studies from the University of California, Riverside in 2005. Reyes was born in Irapuato, Guanajuato (México) and moved to Ventura County in 1989. In 2003, she graduated from Moorpark College with an Associate of Arts degree in Dance and Liberal Arts. She has choreographed and performed in many dance styles including jazz, modern, ballroom, salsa, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and performed in musicals such as West Side Story and Wild On Broadway at Moorpark College.

As a student at UCR, she was an active member of Ballet Folklórico of UCR, Salsa Club of UCR, and Musicos Unidos de Latino America. Her most recent choreography, “Embodied Rhythms,” was performed in spring 2005 for UCR is Dancing. In addition, she taught jazz dance classes at UCR. She recently married, moved to San Diego and joined the Ballet Folklorico en Aztlán Dance Company where she is also the Academy Assistant Instructor. Reyes is also working for the San Diego Unified School District at the Harold J. Ballard Parent Center as the Activity Leader for the School Readiness program. In the summer of 2006 began pursuing an M.A. from the University of San Diego graduate program in Counseling with College Specialization.

 

Melinda Shaner

B.A., 1976
convsdance@aol.com

Melinda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, with a minor in Physical Education, from the University of California, Riverside in 1976, and then owned and operated a dance studio business, Conservatory of Dance, and a dancewear store, Studio II Dancewear, in Yucaipa, California. She also holds a lifetime Community College teaching credential in Dance and has taught for the San Bernardino Community College system. In July 2006, she sold her businesses and moved to New Mexico where re-opened a dance studio/performing group and dancewear store in January 2007.

 

Gay Wayland

Gay Wayland

B.A., 1975
gay_wayland@sbcglobal.net

After graduating with a B.A. in Dance, Gay Wayland went on to receive an R.N. and an M.B.A. She currently lives in Encinitas, California. She is a member of a halau (hula school), and occasionally takes tap and ballet at the local community college.

 

 

 

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