Rachael Mucha, Apprentice

Rachael Mucha began her training at a young age with Towson University Children Dance Division. During her time with the program, she had the opportunity to perform for several years in The Baltimore Children’s Cast of the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker. She later continued her studies at the Community College of Baltimore County where she studied under Tommy Parlon and worked with guest artist Peter Pucci and Alvin Mayes. After receiving her A.F.A in Dance she transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park where she was a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar and graduated with a B.A in Dance. While at Maryland she had the opportunity to perform her own work, Self-Portrait, at Maryland’s Next Now Festival in Fall 2014. For the past year, Rachael has been teaching toddler dance classes throughout Maryland, while also performing with Glade Dance Collective, a Washington, D.C. based Dance Company. She is very excited to start her new journey with Deep Vision Dance Company.

Kelly Weckesser Hall, Teaching Artist

Kelly Weckesser Hall is a recent graduate of Towson University where she earned a B.F.A in Dance Performance.
She spent her formative years dancing in
picturesque Westminster, MD with the Westminster Ballet Theater and summers away studying ballet at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Kelly trained with renowned companies such as Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pilobolus. Kelly has been dancing with the company since May 2012 and
​is thrilled to be collaborating and performing with the Deep Vision family! 

Elizabeth Tershuur, Rehearsal Director

Elizabeth Terschuur is a professional seeker, performer, dancer, choreographer and educator. She has an MFA in Dance from UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University located in Towson, MD. Her awards include grants from UCLA, Towson University, the Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society for Arts and Letters DC chapter, Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, Harid Conservatory, and the Vienna Opera Ballet School in Austria. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Ballet under the tutelage of Roudolf Kharatian, Mary Day, Victoria Leigh and Patricia Berrend. She joined the company under the direction of Septime Webre as a young dancer and now has performed as a contemporary dancer in LA and Washington DC for the past 10 years. Her teaching credits at UCLA included ballet and modern for two years as well as an internship coordinator in disability studies. She continued as adjunct faculty at The American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Hollywood for one year before returning to DC where she is currently on faculty at CityDance Conservatory at Strathmore Music Center, Holton Arms School in Bethesda MD, The Madeira School in VA, the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism at Towson University, the Washington School of Ballet, The Maryland Academy of Dance, Dawn Crafton Dance Connection, Unabashed School of Dance and Light of Life Performing Arts. She has been performing as a professional modern and contemporary dancer for the past 10 years while continuing her work in dance ministry that seeks to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. She is also a guest artist with the Lagniappe Project which brings artists in to work with people with life-altering conditions at the Sheppard Pratt Health System in Towson MD. Currently she is on faculty at the Department of Dance at Goucher College as an adjunct as well as serving as Rehearsal Director for Deep Vision Dance Company along side Nicole Martinell. 

Caitlin McAfee, Teaching Artist

Caitlin attended the University of Maryland at College Park for one year with a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship, and graduated from Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Education. After receiving her Standard Practice Certificate in K-12 education, Caitlin taught within the Anne Arundel County Public School system for three years, during which time her dance program was awarded the Maryland State High School Dance Festival Award for Performance and Professionalism. She has performed with the Towson University Dance Company, CrossCurrents Dance Company, VTDance, Jane Franklin Dance, The Collective, and Trajectory Dance Project. In collaboration with the Baltimore Improv Group, Caitlin performed in the 2011 Chicago Improv Festival. She has appeared in dance films in England and Ireland, and performed in the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London, England in 2014. She graduated with Distinction from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England, receiving an MFA in Creative Practice in Dance. Caitlin is the Artistic Director and Founder of BlueShift Dance. This is her first season with Deep Vision Dance. Her desert island album is Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints.

Lizzy Purcell, Dancer

Lizzy Purcell grew up in Apex, NC where she began her formal dance training at Triangle Academy of Dance. In May 2012, Lizzy graduated from Goucher College with a B.A. in dance performance and choreo
graphy. Throughout her time at Goucher as a Rosenberg Scholar in Dance, Lizzy was fortunate to work with several guest artists, perform in various venues, and explore her artistic voice through choreography. In 2011, Lizzy spent time in Arezzo,Italy studying ballet, contemporary dance, Butoh, Mediterranean dance forms, and choreography at Accademia dell’Arte. This experience abroad still profoundly affects her work as a dancer and a choreographer. Lizzy has danced professionally with Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble in Philadelphia, PA and now with Deep Vision Dance Company and The Collective of Baltimore, MD. She is excited to join this talented and supportive group of dancers!

Lia Karagianopoulos, Dancer

Lia Karagianopoulos has earned an A.F.A. degree in Dance Performing Arts from the Community College of Baltimore County under the training of Tommy Parlon, Melinda Blomquist, and Linda O’Brien. While
at the Community College of Baltimore County, she performed works created by Alvin Mayes, Danielle
Sten, and Kristi Schaffner and danced/performed professionally with Dragonfly Dance Experiment/Opera AACC Corps de Dance (MD) in 2014. In 2013, Lia was awarded with Outstanding Achievement in Dance from CCBC Student Life, and was granted the honor of becoming a Maryland All-State Dancer in 2012. She attended Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts for dance and was a member of Baltimore County’s All-Honors Dance Ensemble for three years under the guidance of Stephanie Powell. While studying dance with Claire Sweet and Soyna Synkowski at Patapsco, Lia had the pleasure of working with many guest choreographers such as Nicole A. Martinell, Adrian Clancy, Tornens Johnson, and Delphina Parenti among others. Lia has also received summer training from companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (IL) and Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (UT). Lia is elated to start her journey with Deep Vision and is ready to explore, learn, and develop movement with such a wonderful group of artists.

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Kristina Ganssle, Dancer

Kristina Ganssle grew up in Baltimore, MD where she trained at Sudbrook Arts Center and the Baltimore County Youth Ballet. She attended Sudbrook Magnet Middle to study visual arts and later went into the high school dance program at Carver Center for Arts and Technology. During this time she attended various summer programs such as Point Park University summer dance. After graduating from Carver, Kristina attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a presidential scholar. She graduated in May, 2013 with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and a minor in Photography. Here she studied under/performed works by Kim Bears-Bailey, Curt Haworth, Christine Cox, Ronen Koresh, Jesse Zaritt, and more. She also created several original dance pieces and collaborated with a multitude of visual artists and perfomers. Upon graduating she completed an internship at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina as well as became a certified 200 hour yoga teacher. Kristina is ecstatic to begin her journey with Deep Vision!

Alyssa Whitney, Dancer

Alyssa Whitney began her dance training when she was four years old in Durham, NC. She initially trained in a wide variety of styles but narrowed her focus to primarily ballet and modern upon entering high school. She holds a BA in Dance Performance and Dance Science from Goucher College. Through her time at Goucher, Alyssa had the opportunity to work with an array of guest artists including  Jon Lehrer, Gwen Welliver, and Darrel Moultrie, and perform in a variety of student and faculty works. She also spent a semester studying abroad at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. While in Italy, she had the chance to further her ballet and modern training, explore the Tarantella, a traditional Italian folk dance, and Laban-Bartenieff techniques, as well as collaborate with other artists and travel throughout Europe. In addition, she has both attended and interned at the American Dance Festival. Alyssa is very excited to begin her professional dance career and dive into her second season with Deep Vision.

Zoe Papaeracleous, Dancer

Zoe Papaeracleous began her dance training at various studios in the Baltimore area studying primarily ballet. In 2015, Zoe graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in both Dance and Sociology. At Muhlenberg, she performed in numerous works by Heidi Cruz-Austin, Corrie Franz Cowart, and Jessica Lang as well as choreographed a number of her own works. She was also a member of Six Meters Improvisational Performance Ensemble. Zoe attended the Academia Dell’Arte located in Arezzo, Italy, where she studied both contemporary and ethnic dance forms, in the spring of 2014. She has attended summer intensives at the University of the Arts, Amy Marshall Dance Company, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Now Next Dance, and Gibney Dance Center. Zoe has danced professionally with DANCELINK/Sarah Carlson based out of the Lehigh Valley in PA. She has presented her own choreography at the Baltimore Theatre Project and at a cafe in Station North, Baltimore as a part of the AKIMBO Dance and Movement Art Festival. Zoe currently teaches ballet and modern dance at the Baltimore Actors' Theatre Conservatory, Carroll Manor Dance Studio, and Dimensions Dance Center. She is very excited for her second season with Deep Vision Dance Company.

Samantha Hopkins, Dancer

Samantha Hopkins began her formal dance training in 1994 at the County Ballet Dance School in Bel Air, Maryland.  She holds a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance Performance from Radford University.  Samantha has performed at various conferences throughout the East Coast, including ACDFA, Virginia art Educators Association Conference, VAHPERD, and AAPHERD.  She danced professionally with d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks and has had the privilege to study with Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Tiffany Mills Company. She is now excited to continue collaborating with audio and visual artists to help foster a community of open expression in the Greater Baltimore area.

Nicole A. Martinell, Artistic Director

Nicole A. Martinell is a choreographer, teacher, entrepreneur, and Certified Movement Analyst.  In 2011, Martinell founded Deep Vision Dance Company (DVDC) – a vehicle for her choreographic and entrepreneurial endeavors.  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 proscenium to site-specific work, her choreography questions the complexity of humankind and is characterized by detailed characters, spiraling phrases, and a continuous ebb and flow of space.  Collaboration with various artists is at the forefront of every multilayered process.  Recent choreographic accolades include a 2013 b-grant recipient of Maryland’s prestigious Baker Artist Awards and selection for the 31st Annual Choreographers’ Showcase, DC Capital Fringe Festival, and New Release Choreographers Showcase at Dance Place.  Martinell’s newest work, Matter, Energy, Human, is on a multi-city, east coast tour this season.

Highly active in the community, Martinell/DVDC projects include Go Deep! residency programs, such as Learning Physics through Movement, By/4 Artist professional development series, and 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, this site-specific festival features over 100 artists performing original, site-based works for 800+ audience members.
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 Education (2009).  Martinell has been on faculty at University of North Texas, Baltimore County Community College, and University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Guest Lecturer at Goucher College. Currently, she teaches modern dance and composition at Towson University.