I am currently working at Fraser-Minneapolis as a Behavioral Aide in the ABA program of the Autism department. I am also in graduate school at the University of St. Thomas pursuing a master’s degree in early childhood special education. (Update: October, 2016)
I am pleased with how I have been, and will be able to, combine my Dance and Psychology majors in life after St. Olaf College! I am currently on a gap year before my anticipated enrollment in the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality of Healing for an M.A. in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching. The realm of Integrative Therapies is growing in hospital and clinic settings, and the possibilities for effectively combining arts and healing through evidence-based practice are endless. I am very excited to be entering into this field of Integrative Health that blends my interests in whole-person healing and art therapies. Currently in my gap year, I am working at the HealthPartners Institute as a Survey Specialist collecting data for wellbeing studies. I am also volunteering at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital in their pediatric Integrative Health and Wellbeing Program. (Update: October, 2016)
Karina Culloton loves performing, learning and creating with movers of all ages and abilities! Since graduation, she has performed in Spoleto Festival 58 (under the direction of Stephan Koplowitz) and the 2016 MN Fringe Festival (with Jolene Konkel Dance Collective). She has also choreographed for Collectivus Dance Company and worked administratively for organizations including Zenon DanceCompany and School and The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Currently she supports herself by teaching at dance studios in Hastings, Northfield and Wayzata while taking class anddancing when she can. She hopes to continue living, dancing, teaching, creating, collaborating and learning in such a vibrant arts community for her whole life! (Update: October, 2016)
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Ashley R.T. Yergens made their debut with “Is this more ladylike?” at the Walker Art Center’s 2014 Choreographers’ Evening. Ashley is a byproduct of growing up on tater tots and WWE SmackDown, being queer in small town USA, and bonding with blue collars. Their choreography has been presented at NYC venues such as the Wild Project Theater, Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research, Annoyance Theatre, and the WOW Café Theatre. Recently, they received a 2016 boo-koo Space Grant from Gibney Dance, and they are a 2016-17 Fresh Tracks Artist at New York Live Arts. Additionally, you can catch them Yackez-ing with Larissa and Jon Velez-Jackson. (Update: November, 2016)
Jose Richard Aviles
Jose Richard Aviles is a community organizer and Los Angeles native whose journey into dance began at a young age through Latin Social Dance. Aviles constantly seeks ways to find movements that are authentic to all of his identities and skins. His goal as a movement artist is to create works that inspire and empower others to become activists in their lives. Such aspirations stem from his background in community organizing and passion for gender studies. His research, Queering Up the Stage, in collaboration with Professor Heather Klopchin, focuses on choreographing queer and feminist theories in American Modern Dance. Aviles has presented at St. Olaf College, Carleton College, University of Southern California, and at the American Colleges Dance Festival Association. Aviles has focused on choreographing pieces that convey queer narratives, as well as his Latin movement history.
Aviles is recent graduate who aspires to be a social work to use dance as a form of addressing suicide, bullying, self-image, healing through the body, and dance as a form of resistance among young people. Currently as an emerging artist in Los Angeles, Aviles is creating solo work around the politics of desire. Aviles has performed at Planet Queer, St. Agnes Church, and REDCAT Studio. Aviles has his research presented at workshops and panels at Common Bond Gathering, Queer People of Color Conference, Association for Joteria Arts, Activism and Scholarship, and API Equality.
Aviles is currently pursuing his Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern California where his research is focused on the creation of evidence-based interventions that are catered to the queer community and are centered around psychosomatic therapy. Aviles is currently developing work, Fruta Prohidbida; the politics of desire centered around the social construction of desire and the application of somatics and desire. (Update: October, 2016)
Abby has worked for San Francisco Ballet as Assistant to the Artistic Staff since 2014. Prior to this, she held internships with Dance/USA and the dance programming department at the Kennedy Center, both in Washington, DC. (Update: October, 2016)
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Molly Hess is a Cambridge, MA based dance artist, educator and administrator. Her creative work values process, collaboration, curiosity, and transparency. These values carry over into her teaching for Cambridge Performance project, Arlington Dance Place, and Green Street Studios as well as in her roles as director of Bearnstow Day Camp, curator for Electric Fish Studio, and Program and Education Director at Green Street Studios. Her current creative work is interested in practices of letting go, memory, storytelling, feminism, care in the face of conflict, and connection of voice with movement. She recently toured a new performance, Molly + Tessa Make a Dance around the East Coast. Earlier in 2016, Arc Dance Research Laboratory selected her as emerging artist in residence. Her work employs vivid imagery and storytelling to create immersive experiences where the audiences are invited to shape the performance experience. Molly is a member of Back Pocket Dancers. She received her B.A. in dance from St. Olaf College in 2012. (Update: October, 2016)
I currently work for the Joint Law Enforcement Council of Anoka County and the Coon Rapids Police Department as the Public Safety Data System assistant manager and with digital evidence and investigations. I also teach dance at Prairie School of Dance in Eden Prairie and perform with various sacred dance companies around the Twin Cities area. My son, who turns two next week, also enjoys dancing in my Mommy and Me class. (Update: October, 2016)
Aleks Weaver originally hails from Stillwater, OK. where she found her passion for dance at an early age by taking tap, ballet, and jazz classes at Showstoppers Dance Studio. While at Olaf she had the opportunity to perform in work by Urban Bush Women and Shapiro & Smith Dance, performed in three ACDFA concerts, participated in a summer scholarship program at Zenon Dance Company and School, and received an undergraduate research position for a project entitled Somatic Foundations in Dance Education with Professor Sheryl Saterstrom. After graduating in 2012, she spent a year in Minneapolis working as a nanny and at the Guthrie Theater and Children’s Theatre Company to support her artistic endeavors as a member of Alternative Motion Project (AMP) and an apprentice for ARENA Dances. While there she also completed her 230-hour yoga teacher certification throu! gh the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor. Too many cold winters brought her back to Oklahoma and closer to her family, where she worked as a barista at her favorite local coffee shop. She currently teaches dance and yoga and works at a barre3 fitness studio in Tulsa while heading into her second season as a member of Tulsa Modern Movement (TuMM), a burgeoning modern dance company creating bold, intelligent, raw, exploratory, visceral, and challenging work. She is quite loyal to the St. Olaf Dance Department, still considering it a second home/family and wearing her Companydance ring everyday, so please feel free to contact her about anything. (Update: August, 2014)
After graduation, I performed in “Awaken Absurdity” a piece choreographed by Taja Will which has recently been nominated for a Sage Award for best ensemble. I am totally thrilled by that type of work and by that honor. I spent the rest of my summer as an intern at Camp Bearnstow, a series of dance workshops in central Maine. It gave me nine weeks to reflect and transition from life as a student to life as a professional dancer. I am now living in Minneapolis and dancing with ARENA Dances and The BodyCartography Project; two extremely different approaches to dance and performance which I am enthused to continue learning through (Update: September, 2011)
E-Mail: BriannaRaeJohnson@gmail.com // Website: briannaraedances.com
I have been dancing professtionally since graduating from St. Olaf College in 2010. In the fall on 2010 I moved to Southern Oregon where I rehearsed, performed and taught full time with Dancing People Company. I also did some freelance, project based Contact Improvisation, Salsa and Samba work. In the Summer of 2016 I relocted to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area and am currently dancing with ArenaDances and Paula Mann. (Update: October, 2016)
After spending 2 years in Minneapolis working with the Alliance Française and dancing with Alternative Motion Project, I moved back to France to pursue an MBA in Artistic and Cultural Management. I completed my MBA and have been working with the study abroad company CIEE since May. My role with CIEE includes helping students find internships, volunteer opportunities and extra-curricular activities in Paris. I would love to meet any Oles traveling through Paris and I am happy to speak with any new graduates looking to start a career in dance in Europe! (Update: October, 2016)