Recent & Current Collaborators

Kelly Silliman:

Kelly, a native of the Greater Hartford area, holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Stetson University in DeLand, FL. She has served as  founding member and eventually co-artistic director of Drink to This!, a program for emerging artists in Hartford, and co-founded Royal Jelly, a Boston-based performance collective of dancers, artists, and musicians. In subsequent years, Kelly performed with NewARTiculations Dance Theatre in Tuscon, AZ, and in Charlottesville, VA: Prospect Dance Group, inFluxdance, and UpRooted Dance Theatre. In 2008 Kelly opened The Dance Barn, in Stanardsville, VA and served as a board member and resident choreographer of Charlottesville Ballet. In 2013 Kelly earned her MFA in Dance at Smith College, where she served as a teaching fellow. Kelly currently directs and performs with the tinydance project, choreographs musicals in the community, collaborates with Deborah Goffe/Scapegoat Garden as a dramaturg on the Privy project, and teaches community dance classes. She has also worked with Cat Wagner/Collaborations and Pioneer Valley Ballet. Kelly continues her dance scholarship with research into the intersection of sustainability and the arts, and was appointed a Five College Associate in 2014. In 2016 she published a paper titled “Shifting Climates: Applying Principles of Sustainability to Dance-Making Endeavors.”

Leslie Frye MaiettaLeslie Frye Maietta:

Dynamic performer, educator, and maker of art, Leslie Frye Maietta holds a BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at The University of the Arts, honored with a Promising Artist Award Scholarship and The Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance Award. Her versatility as an artist has allowed her to work in a variety of genres of dance and theatre and has most recently lead to completion of her MFA in Dance from Hollins University | The American Dance Festival.

Her solo research and performance continues to expand recently premiering a dance film, Talking to the Falx at Mobius Experimental Film Festival in Boston, and presenting her thesis work in 2013 at The American Dance Festival in Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theatre.  Leslie’s work has also been featured in New York City as a part of Jennifer Muller’s HATCH series and The CURRENT SESSIONS at Wild Project Theatre in the East Village. She has installed her recent solo re- | Dream With Me in venues throughout New England and looks forward to it’s continued life this summer and beyond. In fall 2014 Leslie joined the faculty in the Dance Department at UMass Amherst, one of five schools representing the highly regarded Five College Dance Department.

BE'SPOKE(n), photo by DAVID GONSIERPaul Dennis:

Paul is an Assistant Professor in the Dance program at the University of Massachusetts and The Five College Dance Department. A former member and current guest artist with the Jose Limón Dance Company, he received his BFA in dance from the Julliard School and an MFA including a certificate in Arts Management from Purchase College, State University of New York. He has performed with Works/Laura Glenn Dance and the Jacob’s Pillow Men¹s Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy. He has been in residence abroad with Dance International in Burgos, Spain, and an adjudicator for Certamen International de Choreografia, Burgos – New York.

Paul is Festival Director for the White Mountains Summer Dance Festival at Sarah Lawrence College and is on faculty at the Ted Hershey  Dance and Music Marathon, guest artist/faculty at Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Springfield College, Central Connecticut State University, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, and Trinity College, having restaged seminal masterpieces  of Ted Shawn, José Limón and Doris Humphrey.


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