Season 2 Choreographers
Mari Meade is an educator, choreographer, and the Artistic Director of Mari Meade Dance Collective / MMDC. Meade has received the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City Ballet), UNCSA Development Residency, the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education and was an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick, Triskelion Arts, CUNY Dance Initiative, and Lake Studios Berlin. She has shown work at Clark Theatre at Lincoln Center; Danspace; Judson Memorial Church; Joe’s Pub; Battery Dance Festival; Triskelion Arts; ChopShop: Bodies of Work (WA); New Orleans Fringe Festival; Asheville Fringe Festival; Baltimore Dance Invitational; Lake Studios Berlin; Katlehong Arts Center (South Africa). She has been awarded a Brooklyn Arts Council regrant, and a “New Work” and Su Casa grant from Queens Arts Council. Her contemporary dance company, Mari Meade Dance Collective/ MMDC, is
approaching their tenth year, and has performed nationally and internationally. MMDC's "dialogue" (excerpt) won Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies (NYC), and was a top ten national finalist at McCallum Theatre’s Choreography Festival (CA). The evening length run of “dialogue” premiered to sold out audiences in June 2018. Mari Meade is also a board member of the Kenan Institute for the Arts and the Associate Director of the UNCSA’s Choreographic Institute. She has been commissioned by Amalgamate Dance Company, One Day Dance and CounterPointe. She is a teaching artist for New York City Ballet and Dancing Classrooms. She is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts.
Peter Cheng is a New York City based dancer, choreographer, and Artistic Director of Peter & Co. After earning his BFA from UC Santa Barbara, Peter continued his professional training in his home base of San Francisco, CA with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ODC/Dance, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Post:Ballet. In 2017, Cheng trained with Sidra Bell Dance New York’s MODULE, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montréal. He has went on to perform works by Nick Pupillo, Mónica Cervantes, Stijn Celis, Sharon Eyal, and Caili Quan (BalletX). Peter’s work has been presented across New York City at CPRNY, 92nd Y/Harkness Dance Center, APAP, Judson Memorial Church, 14th Street Y, Dixon Place, The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center, and The Tank. Cheng currently performs with konverjdans, and has taught master classes at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Brockus Project Studios, SALT Contemporary Dance, and Barlow Arts Conservatory in Utah. @cheng_moves / @peterandco.nyc
Joe Monteleone, the “Andy Warhol of modern dance” (The Moving Beauty Series) is “A one-man-band soloist and choreographer who mixes his own music, video art, records monologues, and controls his own lighting - the rare control freak who can do it all and come out with a dazzlingly realized project” (Huffington Post). His multimedia solo work and company (Monteleone Dance) have been presented at over 45 venues throughout New York City, nationally and internationally to great acclaim, listed in the Huffington Post’s “Best Dance Performances of 2017”. Joe is at the forefront of movement invention with his “Extraordinary . . . motion-filled movement variety” (Critical Dance), a fully original movement vocabulary titled “New Axiom”. “Far and away the most moving and meticulous dancer” (Phoenix New Times), Joe combines a “masterful use of technology” with “exceptional dance and choreographic skills” (The Dance Enthusiast) to create philosophically driven multimedia dance theatre.
Cameron McKinney, the Artistic Director of Kizuna Dance, is a New York City-based choreographer and educator. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Alvin Ailey Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council, and his work has been presented in thirteen states and three countries. In addition to commissions for new works from The Dance Gallery Festival, Men in Dance Festival, The Thacher School, Periapsis Music and Dance, Peridance Capezio Center, and SUNY Brockport in 2018, he also has received commissions to create original works twice from the Joffrey Ballet School, twice from the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival, and from Long Island University Brooklyn, among several others. He is currently on faculty at Gibney Dance Center.
Alexis Robbins graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Exercise Science. She founded kamrDANCE in 2015; the work intricately fuses tap, percussive movement, and contemporary dance with humor to investigate the female experience, laughter, and absurdity. She has choreographed, directed, and produced two dance films which have been screened in NYC, NJ, TX, and Norway. Robbins was the 2018 featured artist of the NACHMO Theater Performances. In May 2018, Robbins produced her first full length show at SMUSH Gallery for two evenings of sold out audiences. Her work “Defining Characteristics” was performed at the Transit Museum in Brooklyn as a part of “PLATFORM”. kamrDANCE has performed at venues including Woods Hole Community Hall, Arlington Center for the Arts, Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Actors Fund Arts Center, Symphony Space, and more. Robbins is a dance educator; currently a teaching artist for Elm City Dance Collective and has been an adjunct professor teaching tap and jazz at Hofstra University.
She is also an ACSM certified personal trainer and has contributed to two fitness articles in Dance Spirit Magazine.
Kelly Ireland is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and arts administrator originally from Slippery Rock, PA and is now based in New York City. She attended Florida State University beginning in 2014 where she performed the works of choreographers including Gwen Welliver and Rick McCullough, assisted the work of MFA candidate Heather Boni, spent 5-weeks studying dance in Paris with the School of Dance, and choreographed her own works. This past fall, Kelly toured the United States teaching and choreographing at various studios in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Idaho, Colorado, Oregon, Nevada, Florida, and several other states. She currently splits her time between Ballet Hispánico as an Administrator and working in the studio on choreographic projects including this collaboration with One Day Dance!
Corinne Shearer is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Shearer graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Performance and a Concentration in Dance Composition. Her work, both live and film, has been presented at numerous venues across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Jersey City including Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Arts on Site, SMUSH Gallery, The Baumann, and the Actors Fund Arts Center, as well as in the UK at the University of East London Stratford and the Short+Sweet Festival in Los Angeles. Shearer has been an artist-in-residence at The Triple Nine Festival and was selected to perform an evening-length work for Triskelion Arts’ Split Bill. She is also on staff at the West Side YMCA with the Early Education and Arts departments.
Kelly Todd is a native of Houston, TX. She received a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University and a Double Minor in Biology and Environmental Science.
Kelly has been featured in contemporary dance works by Robert Battle, Doris Humphrey, Kuperman Brothers, Sharon Eyal, zoe|juniper, Johannes Weiland and Punchdrunk. In 2015 she joined the critically-acclaimed, award winning off-broadway show Sleep No More where she currently still performs. Kelly was commissioned by renowned architect, Steven Holl to create an immersive solo for the opening renovations of his ‘T’ Space Art Gallery in Rhinebeck, NY. Along with performing, she currently teaches mindfulness and Sex Education at Waterfront Montessori School in Jersey City, NJ.
Kelly’s choreography has been showcased in Texas,
Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Albuquerque and NYC. In February 2018, her film, Minnewaska premiered at Arts on Site NY to promote the film series Under Review which highlights the threatened American National Monuments under review for industrial development. Her most recent film in the Under Review series, Under Review: Gold Butte, was awarded “Most Inspirational Film” from TopShorts Film Festival and an official selection into the Colorado Environmental Film Festival and the Jacksonville Dance-Film Festival. Under Review: Gold Butte was an official selection by The Human Impacts Institute and publicly on display from September - October 2018 for the Creative Climate Awards at the Taipei Cultural and Economic Center in Times Square, NY. The second film in the series, Under Review: Katahdin was awarded the Brooklyn Arts Fund Grant and the film is currently in pre-production.