Irving Amigon received his BA in dance from the University of Minnesota. After receiving his BA, he was granted a full scholarship to attend The Ailey School. During his time at The Ailey School, he had the privilege to work directly with Carolyn Adams. Irving's training also includes numerous workshops through Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, The José Limón Dance Foundation, and The Cunningham Trust. Currently, he is a freelance dancer under the mentorship of Carolyn Adams.
Lauren Hale Biniaris
Lauren Hale Biniaris is a New York City-based dance artist, yoga instructor, writing teacher, and poet. She attended Brown University as an undergraduate and holds an MFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Lauren has performed, taught, and presented work in museums, schools, theaters, and various venues throughout the country. Her work values collaboration, exploration, depth, and accessibility, and Lauren places as much importance on creative process as she does on finished product. When she is not working, Lauren enjoys hiking, growing her own food, and playing outside with her husband and two young daughters.
Jacqueline M. Garcia
ADLI Regional Hub: New Mexico
Jacqueline M. García lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband Evan, who is creatively inspired by geometric constructions, and their adorably rambunctious puppy Della Luna. She was introduced to ADLI’s unique teaching philosophy in 2009 and has been profoundly touched by the power of the Repertory Etudes. As a dance artist, Jacqueline pursues a multi-faceted practice in choreography, performance, education, and arts administration. She completed her terminal degree in 2013 with an MFA in dance, choreography passing with distinction (University of New Mexico). Jacqueline launched J. García Dance Company in January 2015 as a vehicle to present her professional choreographic work. In August 2015, Jacqueline also launched SHIFT | DANCE, a presenting platform for contemporary dance, as a co-founder/director along with fellow colleagues and dance artists Lisa Nevada, and Kelsey Paschich. Jacqueline recently completed a two-month international artistic residency in Spain: Universidad Católica de Murcia, (Murcia), Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Maribel Gallardo (Cadiz), and Centro Párraga (Murcia). Jacqueline is passionately and purposefully dedicated to the advancement of contemporary dance as vital to the Albuquerque arts community. She works full-time as the director of education for the National Institute of Flamenco and serves as adjunct faculty in the department of theatre and dance at the University of New Mexico.
ADLI Regional Hub: New Mexico
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lisa Nevada is a curious and avid dance artist, influenced by modern dance techniques, improvisation, theatre, and environmental/social justice. Within the last year her choreography has been commissioned by Tricklock Company, 24 Hours of Art (ABQ), Radical Evolution (NYC), Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Buran Theatre (NYC), and 516 Arts. In 2014, Lisa was named the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Performance Artist and this fall she will premiere a new site-specific work in the fields and Bosque of the refuge to celebrate 516 Arts, DECADE. Additionally, Lisa will premiere a new work for the inaugural SHIFT | DANCE Festival 2016 in Albuquerque. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of New Mexico (2015), where her relationship with ADLI began. Thanks to Mary Anne Newhall, the astounding UNM dance program and ADLI, Lisa has had the great fortune of learning and performing many of ADLI’s historic Repertory Etudes. Lisa is also a founding member and co-director of SHIFT | DANCE, and choreographer, dancer, and artistic director for lisa nevada dance.
ADLI Regional Hub: Florida
Hollond Schiller-Romaine, originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, began dancing at the age of seven at The Palm Beach Ballet Center directed by Joan Miller. Hollond studied Graham, Limón, and Lubovitch technique at New World School of the Arts, where she earned a BFA in dance in 1993. While in Miami, she performed with the American Dance Theatre of Miami and the The Freddick Bratcher Contemporary Dance Theatre. She spent several years in New York City dancing with local choreographers, practicing massage therapy, and playing drums. Hollond returned to Florida in 2002 and secured a teaching position in the Bak Middle School of the Arts dance department. Since 2008, ADLI and the Bak have collaborated to provide students with the opportunity to study RepEtudes through fall residencies and summer workshops. ADLI’s mission to preserve the legacy of American modern dance has become one of the driving forces behind Hollond’s work as a classical modern dance teacher. ADLI has also provided the opportunity for Hollond to continue her passion for performing. She is thrilled to attend ADLI’s professional development workshop this summer and is honored to perform with her colleagues in NYSSSA's faculty and guest artists concert.
Meggi Sweeney Smith
Meggi Sweeney Smith is originally from Carrollton, Missouri and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. She began dancing at the age of 10 in her hometown studio and was introduced to modern, historic, and global dance forms during her time at the University of Kansas, where she received highest honors for her BFA in dance and minor in music. In 2015, she completed her MA in dance education from New York University (NYU) Steinhardt, developing her thesis Teaching Artistry Through Historic Modern Forms of Dance: Humphrey, Limón, and Sokolow. She has performed with companies such as the New York Baroque Dance Company, Sokolow Dance/Theater Ensemble, Cohen/Suzeau, and CorbinDances. Performing their work and work by artists such as Wally Cardona, Douglas Dunn, José Limón, Kate Skarpetowska, and Nellie Van Bommel, continually inspires her own investigations and teaching. Meggi teaches as an adjunct professor at NYU and William Paterson University. She continues her own training and research in modern, baroque dance, East Indian and many more styles in open classes and workshops, and in her family living room, dancing with her son to Hello Dolly. Meggi dances to connect (to people, cultures, different times), share, and encourage growth both in others and herself. When not dancing, Meggi loves to draw murals in soft pastel.
ADLI Regional Hub: Florida
Heidi Sperounis, originally from Massachusetts, has been dancing since she could walk, at her mother’s dance studio and with The Boston Ballet and the North Shore Civic Ballet Company. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a BFA degree in dance. Heidi has been living in Florida since 1991. After dancing in Miami with Dance Wave—The Art of Human Movement, directed by Gary Lund, she began teaching in the Palm Beach County Community. Since 1997, she has been a full-time faculty member in the dance department at Bak Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, teaching modern and ballet. This will be ADLI's ninth year in residence with Bak and it has been a great opportunity for the students to be enriched with ADLI’s RepEtudes, rich history, and legacy of American modern dance choreographers. She is thrilled to be participating in NYSSSA’s workshop this year and to be performing in the faculty and guest artists concert. When not dancing, Heidi enjoys spending time with her husband and being outside, and she loves a good workout!
Katie Wilson is an NYC-based dancer, administrator, and Pilates instructor. She loves how all movement technique overlaps and enjoys investigating those places. She takes to heart the creed of jazz maestro Luigi: “Never Stop Moving.” A Skidmore College graduate, Katie completed the José Limón Dance Foundation’s Professional Studies Program, during which she fell for the Limón technique but never quite recovered. She still works in the Foundation’s office, geeking out in the archives and sneaking away for class. Katie has performed works by the historical greats Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, and José Limón, as well as contemporary choreographers Kathryn Alter, Robert Battle, Brian Brooks, Alex Ketley, and Ohad Naharin. Most recently, Katie danced in the first season of Born Dancing Inc., a company which focuses on the education and inclusion of students with disabilities. In addition to her 20 year dance habit, Katie is hopelessly addicted to books and cookies.