Rachel Moore grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and began dancing at the age of three, training at Spotlight Studio of Dance under the direction of Wyndee McGovern. Rachel has recently received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Towson University (TU). In her time at Towson she studied under the direction of Runqiao Du, Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell, Catherine Horta-Hayden, Vincent Thomas, Nicole Martinell and Susan Mann. Rachel has had the opportunity to perform with the Towson Dance Company and Repertory classes,, performing both classical and modern works. For her Senior Capstone piece, I Alone, she was presented an Outstanding Award for Choreography from the TU Department of Dance for her endeavors in composition. Prior to her senior year, she performed Towson alumna, Marissa Kaufmann's work, Subsequent, at the Come Together Dance Festival in Philadelphia. Most recently, she was accepted into and participated in Houston METdance's Professional intensive and Showing and will be working with Deep Vision Dance Company and Motion X Dance DC this seasonl.
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.
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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.
Jeanna Riscigno received her B.F.A in Dance Performance from Towson University where she was selected to study abroad at the Palucca Schule Conservatory in Dresden, Germany. She completed a contract performing aboard the Disney Magic for Disney Cruise Lines and then moved to Los Angeles, CA. There she performed with Kybele Dance Theater and danced two seasons with the DanceArt Company under the direction of Benita Bike. In Baltimore, MD she danced two seasons with Alternative Dance Project and has performed as a guest artist with The Collective. Jeanna teaches at 24/7 Dance Studio, is Co Director of the Frederick YMCA’s Dance Company and currently performs with Kinetics Dance Theater, Deep Vision Dance Company and is Co Artistic Director of LucidBeings Dance.
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. 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 proscenium to site-specific work, her choreography questions the complexity of humankind and explores the strange beauty and mystery of the world around us. Collaboration with various artists is at the forefront of every multilayered process. Choreographic accolades include a 2013 b-grant recipient of Maryland’s prestigious Baker Artist Awards and selection for the Annual Choreographers’ Showcase (MD), DC Capital Fringe Festival (DC), Intersections Festival (DC),, Artscape (MD), New Release Choreographers Showcase at Dance Place (DC), and the Exchange Choreography Festival (OK). 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 Movement and The Traveling Feet: Women of the Ragtime Era, 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.
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 (NYC). She has studied under and/or worked with such artists as Larry Keigwin, Cherie Noble, Milton Myers, Sarah Gamblin, Dwana Smallwood, Adrienne Clancy, Scott Rink, Richard Cook, Kazuko Hirabayashi, and Mary Anthony. She has been a company member of The Moving Company, ClancyWorks, and DanceRink.
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, and she has presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science, the National Dance Education Organization, and the Maryland Dance Education Association'’s conferences. She looks forward to becoming certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (2020).
Since 2008, Martinell has taught modern technique, repertory, ballet, and composition at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. Martinell has also been on faculty at the University of North Texas, Baltimore County Community College, Goucher College, and University of Maryland Baltimore County. Most importantly, Martinell is a proud mother of 2 children: Avery Catherine (4 yrs. old) and Theodore James (3 yrs. old).