THE PARTICIPANTS

Akim Bunk Budda is a native of Zimbabwe who began dancing and singing at age 9. He is skilled as a vocalist and sound artist, as a storyteller, beat boxer, and throat singer. Later this month he will perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington and at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

At the Saturday ARC session, melissa briggs dance will explore the techniques and creative processes used in the creation of her site-specific performance work, BOOK DANCES.
melissa briggs dance has been presented in New York at Symphony Space, PS 122, Joyce SoHo, Danspace Project/Out of Space, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Mulberry Street Theater, and WOW Café/Theatre, among other venues. Out of state appearances include the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Yard on Martha's Vineyard, MA; Amherst College, and Smith College.

Ms. Briggs is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts (MFA Dance) and Smith College. She also teaches dance and visual arts classes to children.

Mindy Nelson graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Dance and Business/Economics. She is currently on the faculty at the Rodeph Shalom School in Manhattan.

Clare Byrne graduated from Connecticut College in 1993 with a BA in Dance, and was a founding member of nicholasleichterdance. Her New York-based company, Clare Bryne Dance, has performed at many venues in and out of New York City. She currently teaches at Long Island University.

Sharon Estacio trained at the Manhattan Ballet School and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She graduated from the NYU Tisch School of Dance

Lisa DiFranza, ARC Director, is a theater director and teacher. She serves as an Affiliate Artist and Director at Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine. She is also an adjunct instructor at Andover Newton Theological School, and is just launching a new company, "Home Base," geared toward blending theater and civic dialogue.

 
             
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