Dates, time, and title are subject to change.
About the show
Dynamic Perspectives is a virtual storytelling presentation that combines the work of our Dance students from the Fall semester. Through dance and dialogue, we explore themes of healing, humanizing, and collectively engaging with our present moment. Through adaptability in our field, we were able to produce this display of resilient student experiences.
The presentation is a commemorative reflection on the Wayne State dance community’s efforts to navigate the present moment as the world grapples with the impacts of COVID-19. The project is devised, organized, and executed by students in the Virtual Dance Collaboratory (VDC) – a new company created to give students creative space to process, dialogue, and create work about the present moment and future possibilities. VDC is a student-driven collective whose structure has been built from the ground up. It’s often said that we’re, “building the boat as we sail down the river.” As such, it is our provocation for a new way of working that prioritizes student-driven, collective working models that give space for dynamic perspectives and embraces massive shift. It is our response to the dance area’s theme for the semester. Humanizing Identities: Self-Healing through Resilience, Response, and Inclusion.
Thoughts from the Faculty Project Directors
“The Virtual Dance Collaboratory has shown us what amazing creative breakthroughs can happen when we thoughtfully collaborate using technology that is at our fingertips. The current pandemic has forced all of us to be thoughtful in ways we could have never predicted; thoughtful about the places we go for performing arts, the people we share our passion of performing arts with, and the ways in which we can use technology to maintain the performing arts at a time when we cannot assemble like we could before. Armed with a mobile videography kit containing tools to help our students create their own screen dance projects, VDC collaborators Zoomed, e-mailed, texted, called, and digitally captured content that has helped push the performing arts and education forward during this unprecedented time. We learned that even when we aren’t physically present with one another, we can still show up for students, colleagues, and friends in meaningful ways.” — Alesyn McCall
“The former director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and mentor of mine, Bob Booker, often said, ‘you make radical change when you have a lot and when you have very little.’ In this moment of collective grief for the loss of many community members, key institutions, and prior ways of working, we are finding ways to radically reimagine what it is we do as artists. Dynamic Perspectives is a story of resilience, response, and inclusion. It is a celebration of Wayne State Dance’s radical reimagining of what it means to dance together.” — Jessica Rajko
Cast & Creative Team
Annie Dingwall is a first year student who is getting a BFA in dance. She is exciting to be showcasing her first performances as a part of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance in Dynamic Perspectives. In this virtual dance festival Annie can be seen dancing in Down the Alley and What Today’s Like.
Carrie Mason is thrilled to be apart of this project and choreographing group and individual sections of this dance at Wayne. Carrie is a first-year BS Dance student in at Wayne State University.
Elijah Lennington is excited to have collaborated in his first projects at Wayne State University. He is a Sophomore getting his Bachelor of Science in Dance.
Beginning dance at a young age, Monteleone grew to love ballet. After years of studying the Cecchetti Method and successfully graduating high school, she spent a tear in New York City studying ballet at The Joffrey Ballet school. After a year, she decided she wanted to attend Wayne State University to hopefully, one day get her graduate degree in Dance.
Hannah Andersen (MFA, BFA, FMT, CPT) is a Full-Time Lecturer in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University where her teaching centers around dance science and dancer wellness, improvisation and technique, and managing the Pilates curriculum and apprenticeship program. She is driven most by creating spaces for dancers to investigate the synergies between health and wellness practices and dance education. Awarded the 2017 “Doug Risner Prize for an Emerging Dance Researcher” in the Journal of Dance Education, her research, teaching, and choreography exploring the intersection of science, somatics, and pedagogy are recognized by the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, National Dance Education Organization, and American College Dance Association. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Bridge Dance Project (SE Michigan), and the Dance Science and Somatics Educators Group. A Pacific Northwest native, Hannah was Lead Dance Faculty at Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA) for nearly a decade where she designed and implemented the dance curriculum. She has received awards including Outstanding Graduate Student in Dance, the Teller-Singer Dean’s Fellowship, and the NDEO Graduate Student Award while serving as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon. She spent three seasons performing with Bellingham Repertory Dance.
Jaeden Kalbol is excited to be able to participate in her first Dance Film at Wayne State. She was able to dance and be the editor for Week 15 Montage from her Company Fresh piece. Jaeden was able to be apart of a short film Tonight and my Future for her VDC class as a lead dancer and part Choreographer. Jaeden is a First Year BFA in Dance at Wayne State University.
Joseph (Joey) Mattar has danced and choreographed for multiple productions at Wayne. In 2019, he was co-artistic director of the student-led company, Dance Workshop. He is currently assistant to the director of dance, Meg Paul, and served as Co-Artistic Director for the Virtual Dance Collaboratory’s show Dynamic Perspectives.
Kamaria Roberson is excited to perform in her first college project. She has been dancing for fifteen years and hopes to fulfill her dream of becoming a company dancer. Kamaria is a first year BFA student at Wayne State University.
Katelyn Oliver is a first-year undergraduate BS Dance major at Wayne State University this year. Alongside being a dance major, she is also minoring in Musical Theatre. Oliver is making her debut with Theatre and Dance at Wayne this semester in Dynamic Perspectives, the Company Fresh Dance performance, and in the theatre performance of Judge Softly with Company Fresh.
Kayla Gonzalez has been active in the department, both performing and choreographing, in her past three years at Wayne State. She has been a member of Company One and Dance Workshop. Kayla is currently the Artistic Director of Dynamic Perspectives, the first virtual performance for the Virtual Dance Collaboratory.
Lindsey holds a BFA in stage management from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has stage managed for numerous companies such as: The Gateway, Piedmont Opera, Open Dream Ensemble, The Mad Cow, The Young Company, and the Boston Conservatory. She served as a project manager for Stage Rigging Services, a theatrical rigging company that installs fly systems and spent two years teaching technical theatre to high school students in Birmingham, AL. She spends her summers working with youth at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts and does outreach and workshops for high school theatre programs.
Lisa McCabe is a junior majoring in dance and also studying pre-physical therapy. She loves the intersection of movement and science in dance training and performance. Favorite previous projects include teaching a dance class to students with disabilities, performing a Detroit Jit work choreographed by Haleem “Stringz” Rasul, researching how motor learning can be integrated into dance training, and performing in the 2020 BFA Senior Capstone show. Choreographing and dancing for the camera this semester grew her artistic understanding of the importance of found moments within improvisation. She is excited to share the works which were developed from her collaborations.
Maggie Gates, a dancer and choreographer of the collaborative piece entitled "15 Weeks," is excited to make her online dance debut at Wayne. Some of her favorite past performances include dance roles in Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. Maggie Gates is a first-year BFA Dance student at Wayne State University.
Meghan Allen is excited to be a part of her first performance experience at Wayne State in Dynamic Perspectives, as a dancer in "tonight and my future," "to build a plane and fly it too," and "Six Feet Apart." She has loved getting the opportunity to collaborate with others in the virtual space and cannot wait to have the opportunity to dance on stage soon. She is looking forward to dancing with others in-person and working more closely with other artists during her time here at Wayne State. Meghan is a freshman BFA Dance student at Wayne State University.
Miranda Roman is a first year transfer student and is so excited to be participating in her first show, even if it is virtual. She is a BS Dance Major and receiving a dual degree in Media Arts and Studies. This semester she has been involved with the Virtual Dance Collaboratory and Company Fresh. In Dynamic Perspectives, you can spot her dancing in "The World Can Be Beautiful" and behind the camera of "The Maiden and The Monster". She was also one of the Media Coordinators, which consisted of curating and editing the videos you will see in the festival!
Olivia Kimes is a third year BFA dance student who is also pursuing her minor in Musical Theatre. She has been involved in Spring Dance Concert and December Dance Concert over the last two school years, as well as spending a year as a member of To Sangana, a Congolese dance company. Outside of dancing, she is a musician, artist, and singer. Olivia sings with several worship bands in the metro-Detroit area. As inspiration for everything she creates, she draws on her emotional tendencies, as well as the people close to her in her life. Within the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, Olivia is also a Peer Mentor and a Dean's Delegate. She spends her summers as an Orientation Leader for the University.
Taya Malgay is a dancer, instructor, and creator attending Wayne State University as a Sophomore to achieve her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Minor in Studio and Dance Community. She started dancing at age six and continues on her path to one day open her own dance studio. Currently, she is going through training to become a certified instructor in STOTT Pilates. Wayne State University has allowed exploration in her artistry with choreography, working with fellow dancers, making connections with faculty and guest residents, and introducing new qualities into the field as a whole.