to keep up with the comings and goings of Dance Program alumni. If you are
an alumnus, we want to hear from you.
Send us your news: email@example.com Please include the year you graduated and the degree you received.
James Fesalbon (B.A. 1996) appeared as Lord Tarrington in the 5th Avenue Theatres production of My Fair Lady! In March 2003, he was on the game show Pyramid, hosted by Donny Osmond. In May 2003, he will perform in the Seattle Operas production of Beethovens Fidelio. He will be pursuing an M.A. in Dance at Texas Womens University beginning in autumn 2003.
Rob Kitsos (M.F.A. 1997) recently became a father. On January 9, 2003 at 7:03 am, Gabriel Anthony Kitsos was born to Rob and Lorraine in Hong Kong, where Rob is Senior Lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.
Peter Kyle (M.F.A. 1996) will rejoin Mark Morris Dance Group for an east coast engagement in early May. In June he will again teach in the Pacific Performance Project annual Seattle workshop, "Physical Approaches to Acting." At the 2003 UW Summer Arts Festival, Peter will premiere a new 30-minute solo, "Lune", created in collaboration with Seattle cellist Lori Goldston and Peters dance company, Simpson/Kyle Company (founded with fellow alum Maria Simpson, M.F.A. 1996) will perform the first reconstruction of Hannah Kahn's 1978 "Ring".
Tiffany MacSlarrow formerly Tiffany Watt (B.A. 19) lives in Washington DC and teaches First Grade at a local public school. She also runs an after-school dance program (ballet, tap, jazz). She was recently awarded the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teachers Scholarship and as a result, will be going to Japan for three weeks next fall to build relations between Japan and America.
Vanessa Medve (B.A. 2001) teaches dance to all ages in San Francisco, CA. She dances with New Trails Dance Theatre, a modern dance company that performs all over the country. She is also an active choreographer whose work will be performed this year in New York.
Karin Stevens formerly Karin Burg (B.A. 1999) lives in Florida and is the director of the dance program of a local arts magnet high school. She performs with a modern dance company. She is also the proud mother of a 17-month old daughter named Aidyn.
Minh Tran (M.F.A. 1998) was recently hired to teach dance at Reed College in Oregon.
Jeannine Vogt formerly Jeannine Gersbach (B.A. 1993) lives in San Jose, CA and is currently dancing with Company Chaddick in San Francisco. She teaches jazz and modern dance at San Jose City College. She has also developed a website that showcases independent artists of all disciplines: www.artistedge.net
Rhea Zimmerman (B.A. 1997) sent us this email in November 2002:
You know. I just received my first copy of the newsletter since I left the program in 1997. It is met with a bit of irony actually, having left dance behind dramatically a year ago. In the past 24 hours I have made contact with Shona Curly in S.F. and discussed our growing relationship with that elusive monster/lover called dance. I have also nearly been run over by a fellow dancer from NYC who disappeared from the city in 99 after realizing it just wasnt for her (not to mention the torn hamstring).
I thought I was all sewn up. Meaning, I was at peace with the fact that I left New York City after watching the fire of the World Trade Center burning, the place where I had worked for two years to support my dancing. I also thought I didnt mind that I was literally leaving the week I was to start rehearsals with the dance company that was to be the culmination of every year of work since graduation.
So I flipped through the journal. I saw that Mark Haim is teaching there now. Small kick to the self. I adore the memories of taking class from him in St. Marks Cathedral on a fall day. Hearing the bells in the church mid-class, checking in with fellow dancers, and then taking hot apple cider from the farmers market outside. Then rushing to work,...in those towers.
Then I put the journal down. I thought. Wow, that place sounds like it is an awesome place to be right now. And I realized what I was feeling. I missed those days when I got to just dance because I loved it. I missed the treat of a dance studio and musicians that MADE me want to move. I wished somehow that it could be now when I could truly appreciate that gift of space and time without working TOWARD some elusive goal. Just to glide there, exploring it, enjoying it, celebrating it.
Then I got an email from a friend who is starting at chiropractic college in January. I let him know I would start teaching Concept Therapy this Thursday in preparation for my starting at chiropractic college in April. CT is a philosophy I learned in New York through chiropractors that helped me with some injury recovery and ended up teaching me a whole lot about how to think, how to come to know myself and to understand how this awesome world works.
Without the relationship with dance or my time with bare feet exploring the luxurious dance studios of UW, the chipped wood floors of NYC and the awesome competitive camaraderie of other dancers, well I just wouldnt be where I am today.
So that is where I am. Living in Berkeley. Preparing for entering Chiropractic College. Teaching Yoga. Being a spiritual guide.
With Love and the Hope that you all inspire the deepest JOY in the hearts of those that come through those halls.