FREESPACE DANCE

Nikki Albert from Green Township, New Jersey, recently graduated cum laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance, as well as an additional major in Communication. After graduating, Nikki has performed for Samuel Pott in Nimbus Danceworks, Donna Scro in Freespace Dance, Graham Lustig in the opera Francesca da Rimini and Avianna Perez in Insurgo Stage Project. At Rutgers, Nikki has worked with choreographers Jennifer Muller, Inbal Pinto, Talia Beck, John Evans and Jeff Friedman. She was a member of University DanceWorks touring company as well as the assistant director to Keith Thompson

Linda D’Amicooriginally from Pequannock, New Jersey, graduated Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance in May 2012, around the same time she first joined Freespace. While studying at Montclair, she was honored to perform works by Bill T. Jones, Daniel Shapiro & Joanie Smith, Jay T. Jenkins, Paul Taylor, Earl Mosley, and David Parsons, as well as performing works of her own. Professionally, Linda has danced for Derek Mitchell, Daniel Kermidas, Cori Marquis, Dorrell Martin and Mario Zambrano, and is privileged to be most recently studying and working with Brice Mousset and his company Oui Danse. Linda continues to study and train in all genres of dance while also teaching and managing her mother’s studio, Linda D’Amico’s Academy of Dance.

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Omni Kitts-Ferrara is the proud owner of Yoga Montclair and Yoga Morristown, studios dedicated to sharing the empowering teachings of Tantric Philosophy and Alignment based Hatha Yoga. She is an ERYT-500 (with Yoga Alliance) trained by Vishali Varga at Yoga Mandali Montclair in 2004. Omni has trained in the Anusara® Yoga method for the past nine years and is grateful for it’s elegant set of alignment principles. She continues her studies in Tantric philosophy (specifically, Shrividya Shakta Tantrism) as taught by Prof. Douglas Brooks. She honors her past teachers and feels inspired each day by Vishali Varga, Desiree Rumbaugh, Noah Mazé and Hillary Cohen, amongst others. Omni graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. She holds a 15 year professional dance career as the major foundation for her love of the body and enthusiasm as a Yoga teacher. Mrs. Kitts Ferrara is blessed with an incredible growing family and looks forward to all that is yet to come. Omni has a true commitment and fascination with the art of moving and her practice of Yoga only continues to deepen and enrich her life.

Bryan Matland is a graduate of Montclair State University where he earned a BFA degree in Acting while completing minors in both Dance and Musical Theatre. Other training includes 18 years of Tae Kwon Do, and 3 years of gymnastics. Post college credits include Dance, June 2002 – January 2004, September 2006 – present; Moe- Tion Dance Theater, 2008 – present; Norwegian Cruise Lines (dancer) February – October 2004; My One and Only (ensemble), national tour, February – April 2005; Six Flag’s Great Adventure, The Spirit of the Tiger (dancer), May – October 2005; The Giver (Asher), National Theater for Arts and Education, January – May 2006. Bryan would like to thank all his family and friends for their continued love and support!

Lauren Melusky-Smith is originally from South Jersey, currently resides in Philadelphia and has been dancing with Freespace since 2008. In 2007 she graduated as the DanceWorks Scholarship recipient from Mason Gross School of the Arts, where she performed in faculty works by Randy James, Julia Ritter, and John Evans. This will be her sixth year teaching Modern Dance technique for the Arts and Education Center in Middlesex and Monmouth counties and has taught creative movement and ballet classes throughout New Jersey. Lauren has also been a member of VaBang! Dance in NYC and MacArthur Dance Project in Philadelphia.

Dan Mueller, rehearsal director, has been with Freespace for 8 years now.  Dan attended The University of the Arts and received his BFA in dance from Montclair State University.  Dan has also had the pleasure of dancing for Project.smith, the PGK project and NoeMarch Dance. He currently  is teaching and choreographing in Northern New Jersey. Special thanks to his wonderful and supportive family.

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Stacie Shivers, M.S., is a resident of Paterson, New Jersey. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and second major in Psychology from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Stacie has performed works by Rennie Harris, Stephen Petronio, and Randy James and has participated in many educational dance videos. She has performed with Julia Ritter Performance Group, John Evans and Dancers, Nimbus Dance Works, KG Dances, and the Von Howard Project. In addition to performing dance, Stacie also enjoys her roles as dance educator and choreographer. Stacie recently obtained a Masters of Science in School Psychology, and is currently completing coursework toward a Doctorate of Psychology with a research focus on dance therapy. She is excited to perform with such inspiring dancers, and she would like to thank her family for their love and support.

photo (c) Daniel Hedden, Quinn Batson, Julietta Cervantes