Rachael Mucha, Dancer

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, Dancer/Teaching Artist

​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.

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. 

Jeanna Riscigno, Dancer

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.

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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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.

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 Annual Choreographers’ Showcase, DC Capital Fringe Festival, Intersections Festival, Artscape, and New Release Choreographers Showcase at Dance Place.  Throughout 2017, Martinell’s work, Matter, Energy, Human, was on a multi-city, east coast tour and was also 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 and the National Dance Education Organization’s conferences.  She looks forward to becoming certified educator of Functional Awareness® and a 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 (3.5 yrs. old) and Theodore James (2 yrs. old).

Link to Baker Artist Profile