Melissa Lloyd will graduate from CCBC in Spring 2019 with her A.A in Dance, studying under Tommy Parlon and Melinda Blomquist. Her past education and performances include, the Performing Arts Center of San Diego, El Camino College (Torrance, CA) under Liz Hoefner-Adamis and El Camino Dance Company, The Gibney Dance Center for the Performing Arts (NY, New York) under John Zullo and Raw Movement Dance, Peter Pucci’s: Migration at CCBC, Baltimore Theater Project under Alice Howes and Trajectory Dance Project, and the Gordon Center for the Performing Arts for the Baltimore Dance Invitational in Molly Jean Kirkup Heer’s: “Ego is not your Amigo.”
Sofie Massa is from Towson, Maryland where she began her training with Towson University’s Pre-Collegiate Program. She is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a minor in kinesiology. She attended the University of South Florida’s Dance in Paris program where she worked and performed with multiple international choreographers. She has performed works choreographed by Andrea Miller, Mark Morris, and Zoe Scofield. Most recently she has performed with RawArts Dance Company in Washington D.C. and Vaught Contemporary Ballet in Baltimore, Maryland.
Rachel Moore grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Towson University this past spring. She’s worked with choreographers including Christopher K. Morgan, Alia Kache and Amy Hall Garner in her time there. Upon graduation Rachel has had the opportunity to attend MET Dance Houston’s intensive and the Gaga winter intensive in New York. Recently, she’s performed her work “I alone” in Koresh’s Artist Showcase and with Motion X Dance DC in the Charlotte Dance Festival. This is her first performance season with Deep Vision Dance Company.
Kelly Weckesser Hall is a longtime teaching artist and dancer with Deep Vision Dance Company. She graduated from Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance and is now guiding people of all ages towards freedom of expression and movement. As the Co-Founder of Farmhouse Health & Fitness, she teaches self-awareness and self-care through the somatic, creative, and physical practices of dance, yoga, exercise, and mindful movement. Kelly is a certified personal trainer, health coach and the 2-time Maryland State Champion in the Yoga Asana Competition. Kelly also loves spending her time teaching dance, yoga, and gymnastics at Bas Melech Performing Arts School in Pikesville, MD.
Robin Griffin was born in Washington, DC and has strong familial ties to Baltimore. She was introduced to dance by her neighbor and childhood friend, whose mother was an instructor at The Washington School of Ballet under Mary Day. Certified in Early Childhood Education by the State of Maryland and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Robin’s love for dance paired with a gift for teaching children quickly grew into a passion spanning more than 30 years of teaching dance. She thanks Ms. Suzanne Erlon (formerly of New York City Ballet and Ballet West) for honing her teaching skills, and Mr. James E. Kee, JD, (professor emeritus George Washington School for Public Policy & Administration) for mentoring her in non-profit administration. Following a decade of teaching with Ms. Erlon at the academy she founded in Rockville, MD, Robin served for eight years on the Board of Directors and as Artistic Director, gaining practical experience in non-profit administration and leadership. She continues teaching and coaching dance today in Urbana, MD and is pleased to continue working with Deep Vision in realizing the organization’s development and fundraising goals.
Samantha Hopkins is an ENFJ, Leo, dancer/choreographer, and cat mom. She trained at County Ballet Dance Studio and studied dance and philosophy at Radford University. She is a member of The Collective and former member of LucidBeings Dance and d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks. She also the Operations Manager at Michele’s Granola.
Nicole A. Martinell is a choreographer, teacher, dancer, entrepreneur, and Certified Movement Analyst. In 2011, Martinell founded Deep Vision Dance Company (DVDC) – a vehicle for her choreographic and entrepreneurial endeavors. Described as “absolutely breathtaking to behold” by DCMetroTheatreArts, Martinell’s choreography has been featured at venues, festivals, and universities throughout the Baltimore/DC area as well as up the east coast. Ranging from grand site-works to intimate performance spaces, her choreography questions the complexity of humankind and explores the strange beauty, mystery of the world around us. Collaboration with various artists, such as musicians, visual artists, scientists, and historical buildings, is at the forefront of every multilayered process. Choreographic accolades include a recipient of Maryland’s Baker Artist Awards and selection for the 31st Annual Choreographers’ Showcase (MD), DC Capital Fringe Festival (DC) Exchange Choreography Festival (OK), Intersections Festival (DC), New Release Choreographers Showcase (DC), ACDA Galas (VA, MD), and ECOPOETIC (NY). On tour throughout 2017, Martinell’s work, Matter, Energy, Human, was nominated for Baltimore’s Best Performance 2017.
Highly active in the community, Martinell/DVDC projects include Go Deep! residency programs, such as Learning Physics through Movementand Traveling Feet: Women of the Ragtime Era, By/4 Artist professional development series, community improvisation jams, and youth choreographic mentorship workshops. In 2012, Martinell and Sidney Pink co-founded the AKIMBO Dance & Movement Art Festival in Baltimore’s Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Running for 5 consecutive years (2012-2016), this site-specific festival features over 100 artists performing original, site-based works at galleries, restaurants, grassy knolls, and historic buildings.
Growing up in Johnstown, PA, Martinell received her early ballet training under Carla Prucnal at the Johnstown Concert Ballet. Martinell continued training at the Allegheny Ballet Company, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, and The Ailey School. She has studied under and/or worked with such artists as Cherie Noble, Larry Keigwin, Milton Myers, Sarah Gamblin, Dwana Smallwood, Adrienne Clancy, Scott Rink, Richard Cook, Kazuko Hirabayashi, and Mary Anthony. She has professionally performed with The Moving Company, ClancyWorks, DanceRink as well as her own company.
Pursuing her passion for dance and injury prevention, Martinell received a BS in Kinesiology from Penn State University and a MFA in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Her research on biomechanics and ballet pedagogy was published in the Journal of Dance Educationand her dance science and choreographic research has been presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, the National Dance Education Organization, Somatic Dance, and Maryland Dance Education Association’s conferences. She looks forward to becoming a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in 2020.
Since 2008, Martinell has taught modern technique, repertory, ballet, dance science, and composition at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. Martinell has also been on faculty at the University of North Texas, Community College of Baltimore County, Goucher College, and University of Maryland Baltimore County. Most importantly, Martinell is a proud mother of 2 children - Avery Catherine and Theodore James - with one on the way.
Anne Zickefoose has received dance training in ballet, modern, tap, contemporary, and jazz from Supernova Dance Company and is currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance at Towson University. Before college, Ann participated in competitive dance for 6 years and has performed at the Brooklyn Dance Festival, Youth American Grand Prix, and more recently in Towson University’s Inertia and Dance Major’s Performance Project.
Deontay Gray began as a musician and performed at Carnegie Hall, The Meyerhof, and Strathmore. At the age of 19, he began his dance career and received his B.F.A in dance from the Conservatory at Shenandoah University. He has performed at the New York Jazz Choreography Dance Project at the Ailey Citigroup theatre and the Salvatore Capezio Theater (NYC), VelocityDC Dance Festival (DC), and Annual Choreographers’ Showcase (MD). He was a featured choreographer and dancer at The Royal Theatre (England) and has taught master classes in Sydney, Australia. Gray has been a dancer with Christopher K. Morgan and Artists since 2016 and now joins Deep Vision.
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