Department of Dance



Alumni M.F.A. Bios


Alumni M.F.A. Bios

Back to Our People Carol Abizaid

Carol Abizaid

M.F.A., 2010
carol.abizaid@gmail.com

Carol Abizaid earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside in 2010. In 2011, she presented her choreography, Landing on my Feet In Bits, In PieCes: Memories of War Zones, in Cape Town, South Africa. Abizaid is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree at New York University in the department of Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies, where she is researching Ron Athey's performance and creation, "Self-Obliteration: Ecstatic."

photo credit: Rachel Holdt

 

Ruth Barnes

Ruth Barnes

M.F.A., 2004
RuthBarnes@missouristate.edu

Ruth Barnes is Professor and Coordinator of the Dance program at Missouri State University. Her focus is modern/contemporary dance, and she is active in the United States and abroad. In 2013, Barnes conceived, produced and performed Here, There and Everywhere, a 50 minute solo for Barnes, made in collaboration with five choreographers living in Scotland; the work includes music by three composers also living in the United Kingdom. With Telory D. Arendell, Barnes co-edited Dance’s Duet With the Camera: Motion Pictures, a forthcoming (under contract) anthology that looks at the interplay between live dance and the moving image. Awards include several Missouri Arts Council grants; two Missouri State University Summer Faculty Fellowships; two Missouri State University Summer Research Grants; and choreographic research residencies at Dance Base (Edinburgh), The Shed (Evanton, Ross-Shire), and The Dragon’s Egg (Stonington, CT). Barnes’s current research uses memory – cognitive, cultural and corporeal – as a beginning for new choreographic work.

Photo: Here, There and Everywhere, taken by Sheila MacDougall

 

Patricia Huerta

Patricia Huerta

M.F.A., 2016 - Experimental Choreography
pattyisahuerta@gmail.com

Patricia Huerta, from Los Angeles California, is a dancer, choreographer and educator. She has been dancing for over fourteen years and is trained in ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern dance, hip hop, ballroom, and improvisation. Her dance training stems from various institutions such as Mount San Antonio College, California State University Fullerton, Escena 3 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the University of California, Riverside. Patricia has taught and choreographed in the last thirteen years for various institutions such as Pasadena City College, Mount San Antonio College, Cal State Long Beach ACDFA Dance Festival, Rubidoux High School, Los Altos High School, Ayala High School, Nogales High School, and the University of California, Riverside. She received a BA in Dance and an MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside where she earned several scholarships such as the Chancellor’s Scholarship Award, Dorella Anderson Scholarship Award, and the Gluck Dance Ensemble Fellowship, recognizing her artistic triumphs. Patricia is also the recipient of a Gluck Fellowship for the Arts (2015, 2016), an MFA Graduate Fellowship (2016), and a UC MEXUS Grant (2015.) She was recently invited to participate in Mexico City’s Festival de la Improvisación Danza Contemporánea and is currently a full-time dance teacher at Juniper Elementary in Fontana, CA.

 

Stephanie Y Jolivet

Stephanie Y Jolivet

M.F.A., 2016 - Experimental Choreography
sayezznow@gmail.com

Stephanie Y Jolivet is a movement addict, and her most recent addiction is to sharing the beauty and intelligence of the PILATES and GYROTONIC® methods to her amazing clients in Altadena, CA at her very own studio, Sayezz Pilates & Beyond. Stephanie is a DANCER and is redefining what that means in her aging body, namely by getting back to gymnastics classes, climbing secret stairways in Silverlake and Echo Park and improvising solo style in her studio (and pretty much wherever she can.) Since graduating with her MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside in June 2016, she has been collaborating with her husband Ludo on photography and drone projects. Technology fascinates and scares Stephanie, and she is currently in contemplation mode with Zorthian Ranch, a haven of artistic spirit in Altadena, to create a virtuaLIVE “scavadance” using QR code and dance film.

 

Kendall Loyer

Kendall Loyer

M.F.A., 2012
kendallloyer@aol.com

Kendall Loyer is a dancer, dancemaker, teacher, photographer, and writer. Loyer graduated in the Spring of 2012 with her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Riverside, and holds her Bachelor of Art degree from Columbia College Chicago. She was twice the recipient of a Gluck Fellowship of the Arts, and was also awarded the Humanities Graduate Student Research Grant from the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR. Her work has been produced at many venues around the Chicago area, as well as in independent performance spaces in California, Ohio and Idaho. Currently she is teaching workshops and classes in modern, pointe, ballet, improvisation, and dancemaking. She is also Ballet Mistress and Contemporary Program Director at State Street Performing Arts Center. She continues to experiment with ideas of generative nostalgia and memory based ideas of identity, space and place.

photo credit: Aliya Jafar

 

Julie Mayo

Julie Mayo

M.F.A., 2011
julie@juliemayo.com

Julie Mayo is a director, performer and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York.
Interested in the overlap of movement, the power and the blindspots of language, and an emergent approach to making, her current research focuses on the ontological aspects of performance, the expansion of choreography as a perceptual inquiry, and the kinds of knowledge dance making engenders. Mayo has received choreographic commissions from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, Wilson College, the University of Virginia and Broward College, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and teaches choreographic, somatic and improvisational practices in colleges, universities and community venues throughout the U.S. In New York, her work has been presented at JACK, New York Live Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dixon Place, and Green Space and nationally at Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), NOHspace and Dance Mission (San Francisco), Columbus Dance Theater (Columbus), Links Hall and Outer Space (Chicago) and fidgetspace (Philadelphia), as well as many venues in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Mayo has been an artist-in-residence at the UCross Foundation and Djerassi, a curator for Links Hall and served on the panel for the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence in Choreography Awards (2013). She is currently a 2014-2015 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Performance and Commission recipient. She graduated with her M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside in 2011.

juliemayo.com

 

Ann E. Mazzocca

M.F.A., 2010
annmazzocca@gmail.com

Ann Mazzocca is Assistant Professor of Dance in the Theater and Dance Department at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia (www.cnu.edu/theatercnu/). Mazzocca is helping to develop the new dance program at CNU by teaching Afro-Caribbean (Haitian and Cuban) folkloric dance, developing a postmodern dance curriculum, and teaching a course in African Diaspora dance history as part of CNU’s Liberal Learning Core Curriculum. Mazzocca’s creative work explores Haitian folkloric dance through Western contemporary dance methods. Mazzocca also holds a B.A. from Amherst College, (1996) and an M.A. from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures (2001).

 

Jes Mullette

Jes Mullette

Jes Mullette was born and bred in the mountains of western Montana where she has recently returned after a two-year pursuit of her M.F.A. degree in Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside. Jes co-directs The Wrecking Crew Dance Company with Anya Cloud, is the current Artist in Residence in The University of Montana’s dance program, and splits her creative time between Montana and California. She is highly influenced by her encounters with professionals such as Nancy Stark Smith, Mike Vargas, Michele Antonioli, Karen Kaufmann, Nicole Bradley-Browning, Susan Schell, Nita Little, Brian Gerke, and Yvonne Rainer, to name a few. In her work, Jes grapples with permeability, imperfection, connection, generosity, rawness, beauty, and with the things that take one's breath away. jesmullette.com

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy

 

Monica Rodero

Monica Rodero

M.F.A., 2013
monicarodero@gmail.com

Monica Rodero received a B.F.A in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her M.F.A. degree in Experimental Choreography at the University of California-Riverside. While at UCR, Rodero was the proud recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, the Gluck Fellowship of the Arts Award, and a BYPED Travel Grant. Rodero began her professional career with Wild Space Dance Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she performed, collaborated, choreographed and taught under the title of Associate Artistic Director. She frequently works as an independent choreographer and performer and has pursued producing and presenting her own work including independent, evening length dance concerts, and interactive multimedia gallery events. Working in frequent collaboration with Daniel Schuchart, their choreography has been presented by: the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of California-Riverside, Wild Space Dance Company, Your Mother Dances, Danceworks Inc., Kunzelmann-Esser Loft Galleries of Milwaukee, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, IndyFringe Festival, Project 418 in Santa Cruz, California, Saint Mark's Church in New York City, and in Washington State by the Cody Rivers Show. With an emphasis in dance, yoga and other movement disciplines, Rodero has over ten years of teaching experience through UW-Milwaukee, Lawrence University, UC-Riverside, Milwaukee Public Schools, YMCA, Danceworks Inc. and Wild Space Dance Company.

Photo credit: Scott Anderson

 

Rosa Rodriguez Frazier

Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier

M.F.A., 2015

Rosa Rodriguez-Frazier is a teacher, dance-maker, and performing artist based in Riverside, California. Her interest as a first-generation Mexican American woman values “movement” as a means to corporeally dismantle bi/cultural stereotypes of gender, class, race and citizenship on traditional/non-traditional U.S. platforms. Frazier’s movement aesthetic and choreographic interests incorporate a mix of Late-Modern/Post-Modern, Banda-Norteño, and other social dance forms approached by “Experimental” dance-making processes. Frazier received a BA in Dance and an MFA in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside.  She is dedicated to the visibilization of diversity in dance and education and, as such, has presented at the National Dance Education Organization Conference and the California Dance Education Organization Conference.  She has been a guest master teacher for the Professional Development of RIMS California Dance Project for Common Core Standards and has taught at numerous dance studios, high schools, and colleges throughout Southern California. Frazier is one of the founders and artistic collaborators of Primera Generación Dance Collective alongside Alfonso Cervera, Irvin Gonzalez, and Patty Huerta. For the past thirteen years, she has had the opportunity to showcase and perform work with artists that include Joey Navarrete, counterpoint/shift (under the direction of Sue Roginski), and Primera Generación Dance Collective at numerous venues throughout California, Northern Mexico, Arizona, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Frazier is currently a full-time dance teacher at the A.B. Miller High School Dance and Conservatory program in Fontana, California and adjunct faculty at Riverside City College. 

 

Sue Roginski

Sue Roginski

M.F.A., 2007
sueroginski@hotmail.com

Sue Roginski graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987 with a BA in Dance and from the University of California-Riverside in 2007 with an MFA in Experimental Choreography. She is a dance artist and educator who has produced her own work as well as performances to benefit Project Inform, Breast Cancer Action, and the Women’s Cancer Resource Center. In the past several years, Sue has had the opportunity to share work locally, in San Francisco, in Los Angeles, and Pasadena. Sue divides her time between Riverside and San Francisco where she had a ten-year career as dancer and collaborator with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Her recent work is influenced by her dancing and improvising with Susan Rose and Dancers for 8 years. She creates choreography infused with improvisation with local dance artists within the contexts of open process and counterpoint/shift. Sue is a co-founding member of P.L.A.C.E. Performance: an organization committed to creating possibility for local dancers and choreographers. Through P.L.A.C.E., as community partner, she organizes and directs the Trolley Dances Riverside project. Trolley Dances is a trademarked event of Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater and was gifted to Riverside through support of the Irvine Foundation. Currently Sue works as a Teaching Artist at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. She also teaches in the dance department at Riverside City College. Recent highlights include collaborating on choreography with UC Riverside PhD student in dance Casey Avaunt for On the Line, a project by UCR Professor Susan Ossman. Visit ontheline.ucr.edu for more information and placeperformance.org to read more about P.L.A.C.E. Performance.

 

Daniel Schudchart

Daniel Schuchart

M.F.A., 2013
dsschuchart@gmail.com

Dan Schuchart is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher. In 2013, he earned his M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside, where he was honored to be a recipient of the 2012-13 M.F.A. Graduate Fellowship. Schuchart earned B.F.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts in both Dance and Painting/Drawing and has since worked professionally in both fields. Additionally, he recently completed his Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago. Since 2002, Schuchart has worked with Wild Space Dance Company as a company member, choreographer, and Associate Artistic Director. He has actively pursued creating and producing work in collaboration with Monica Rodero, including several independent dance concerts and curating interactive multimedia gallery events. Working collaboratively, their choreography has been presented extensively throughout the Midwest as well as in California, New York City, and Seattle. Schuchart is currently a Lecturer at UW-Milwaukee and Artistic Associate at Lawrence University. He has also taught dance and movement studies at Beloit College, University of California, Riverside and been a guest teacher at the Milwaukee Ballet, American College Dance Festival and in public school outreach programs.  His interests in dance include collaborative creative process, dance-theatre, improvisation, and contact improvisation. Outside of dance, Schuchart has worked as a scenic painter, including the movie Public Enemies, and scenic charge for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Florentine Opera, and Skylight Music Theatre.

Photo credit: Matt Schwenke

 

Hannah Schwadron

Hannah Schwadron

M.F.A., 2009
hschw001@ucr.edu

Hannah Schwadron is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside, where she completed a M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography in 2009. Her choreographic and scholarly interests focus on Jewish female performance and the embodied aesthetics that personify and especially parody relationships to race, class, gender, self and body. Before coming to graduate school at UCR, Hannah taught World Cultures, World Literature and Drama at Saint Elizabeth High School in Oakland, CA, where she orchestrated an after school performing arts program focused on dance, theater and stage design. At UCR, she has continued to develop as an arts educator, teaching modern dance technique and composition as a departmental TA and a Gluck Fellow for the last three years. Hannah currently assists the direction of the Gluck Dance Touring Ensemble of undergraduate students of dance, which represents one of the Dance department’s most significant outreach efforts. She currently studies and performs dance improvisation with Susan Rose and Dancers and teaches yoga in downtown Riverside.

 

Crystal Sepúlveda

Crystal Sepúlveda

M.F.A., 2012
crystal.sepulveda@gmail.com

Crystal Sepúlveda, Puerto Rican raised in Miami, FL, is an interdisciplinary choreographer, performance artist, and improviser based in Southern California. Her choreographies are adaptable environments that redirect the function, presence and possibilities of the body in live performance. Her work and collaborative contributions have been presented at venues internationally, including the Music and Space Conference at CUNY Graduate Center Department of Music (New York City), The Bootleg Theater (Los Angeles), El Centro Cultural (Tijuana, Mexico), dança em foco Festival International (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and The LAB (San Francisco). She has worked collaboratively with designers, electronic composers, choreographers, visual and performance artists such as Nao Bustamante, Selwa Sweidan, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, no.e Parker, Hannah Schwadron, Lisa Rybovich Crallé and Sophia Wang. In winter 2016, Sepúlveda was in residency at the Luxor Factory in Le Locle, Switzerland with collaborator composer Luca Forcucci to continue developments on Bodyscape, alongside renowned cellist Ulrike Brand. The second iteration of this collaboration was performed at Centre Dürrenmatt in Neuchâtel and Museum of Fine Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland. Sepúlveda's performance research projects have been supported by the CARL residency at the Culver Center of the Arts; University of California, Riverside (UCR) Department of Dance Brithinee Fellowship; Riverside Art Museum; Milkbar's Projects Room Artist Residency; and Riverside Community Arts Association. Sepúlveda is an alumna of the M.F.A. in Experimental Choreography at the University of California, Riverside. She has lectured in the Department of Dance at the University of California, Riverside and is Associate Faculty at Mt. San Jacinto College. More information about Sepúlveda's practice can be found at www.crystalsepulveda.com.

 

Rosie Trump

Rosie Trump

M.F.A., 2007
rosietrump@hotmail.com

Rosie Trump is a dance choreographer, filmmaker, educator and the artistic director of Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance, a pick-up company with a hybrid practice in dance and video media.

Trump’s choreography and films have been shown throughout California, Texas and the Northeastern United States, as well as internationally in the UK, France and Germany.  Recently, her work was presented by the Prague Fringe Festival, The Comedy in Dance Festival (NYC), Motion Captured Film Festival (Houston), the Toothache Duets (London), Your Move Dance Festival (NJ), and the MixMatch Dance Festival (LA).

Trump holds an M.F.A. in Experimental Dance Choreography from the University of California, Riverside and a B.A. in dance from Slippery Rock University. Recent awards include: a Jackpot grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a Grants to Artist award from the Sierra Arts Foundation, an International Activities grant from UNR, and a Special Initiatives Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. Her teaching credits include Mt. San Jacinto College and Rice University. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Trump is the founder and curator of the annual Third Coast Dance Film Festival. https://www.rosietrump.org

 

Shawn Womack

Shawn Womack

M.F.A., 2004
shawn.womack@coloradocollege.edu

Shawn Womack is an Associate Professor of Dance and the chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Colorado College. She moved to Colorado in 2011, after serving on the Grinnell College faculty for eight years. She has also taught as a guest artist at numerous colleges and universities, including Ohio State University, Iowa State University, University of Cincinnati and Ohio University. Womack came to University of California, Riverside’s M.F.A. program in Experimental Choreography after an active career as a choreographer and director of Shawn Womack Dance Projects, a Cincinnati-based contemporary dance and performance company that performed throughout the United States and in the former Soviet Union. Womack’s choreography for the company was recognized with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council as well as an Ohio Governor’s award. Recent choreographic investigations interlace narrative with ethnographic and historical research to delve into matters of memory, place, and identity. Her most recent work, Drift, created for an international cast of ten dancers, premiered in the central Russian city of Kazan in April, 2015.  

 

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