Faculty 2021

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Attack Theatre, under the artistic direction of Peter Kope and Michele de la Reza, is now entering its 27th season. Combining contemporary dance, live music, and multimedia to create “delicious moments of intimacy” (Le Dauphine Vaucluse-Matin, France), the company has produced over 150 original works in theatrical and site-specific settings. Based in Pittsburgh, PA the company has choreographed and performed for symphonies, theater companies, art museums, and the Broadway production of Squonk. Attack Theatre’s dance productions and events have toured throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.

Attack Theatre connects with students and teachers through arts education programs that focus on integrating kinesthetic learning strategies into the educational environment. These programs include residencies for students, professional development workshops for educators, and in-school assembly programs. With a core belief that movement is an essential part of living and learning, the company also takes these programs into community centers and neighborhood events to emphasize creative wellness through dance and movement.

Rebecca Klaft was born in Southern CA and began training in dance at age eight at the Pacific Coast Academy of Dance. At eleven, she moved to NC and continued her training at the Academy of Dance and Fine Arts. She also studied at the Piedmont School of Music and Dance for three years.

After graduating high school in 2014, Rebecca chose to further her dance education at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). Attending college, she had the opportunity to perform in such works as Shen Wei’s Behind Resonance, Larry Keigwin’s Kingdom, Robyn Mineko-Williams Go Lo, Trisha Brown’s Solo Olos, Martha Graham’s Panorama, Merce Cunningham’s Change of Address, Catherine Miller’s Mind Mapping, Ton Simons’ Measuring Blue, and various pieces by faculty Sean Sullivan, Brenda Daniels, and Patricia Casey. She also attended the New York Cunningham Summer Workshop 2015, and was able to learn and perform Merce Cunningham’s CRWDSPCR. At UNCSA, Rebecca trained in Cunningham technique under Brenda Daniels, Limon technique under Sean Sullivan, Countertechnique with Kira Blazek Ziaii, and Graham technique under Maurizio Nardi. She has also trained with former Trisha Brown company members Abigail Yager and Ming Lung-Yang.

Rebecca graduated college with her BFA in dance in 2018. She then moved to New York City to continue her dancing. Since graduating, Rebecca has been fortunate to take weekly Company Class with Trisha Brown Dance Company and has been invited to rehearsals. She also attended Trisha Brown’s Summer Intensive in 2018, 2019, 2021, and Winter Intensive in 2020. She learned many different repertoires and worked with Cecily Campbell, Leah Ives, Leah Morrison, Jamie Scott, Stuart Shugg, Marc Crousillat, and Lee Serle. In August of 2018, Rebecca went to a Counter technique Workshop where she got to work with the creator Anouk Van Dijk. She will be attending The One Body One Career Countertechnique Workshop in Amsterdam this summer (2021).

Rebecca has also been able to invest in many teaching opportunities at UNCSA’s Preparatory Program, Hickory Ballet & Performing Arts, Dance West Virginia’s Fall Festival, The Visual and Performing Arts Center, Centre Ballet, The Academy of Dance Arts, and The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts. Rebecca is passionate about studying the many different techniques of modern dance, and has a particular interest in Trisha Brown’s work and Countertechnique. She loves teaching and feels the most motivated when she can see growth in a child. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and spending time with her dog named Duck.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TIvRngbA-bqTqgxkQhNFmnfekhBAOk2Y/view?usp=sharing Simon Ball began his ballet training at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet in his home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He continued his studies with Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The School of American Ballet, The Conservatory of Point Park College, The School of Classical Ballet (American Ballet Theatre’s training program) in addition to attending summer programs with Pro Danza in Havana, Cuba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mr. Ball began his professional career in 1995 as a member of the Corps de Ballet at Boston Ballet under the direction of Bruce Marks. He was promoted to Soloist in 1996, then to Principal in 1999, where he remained until 2003. He was then invited by Stanton Welch to join Houston
Ballet as a Principal dancer in 2003 to 2015. After a 20 year professional stage career Simon retired from performing in 2015.

Mr. Ball joined Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in 2015 as a full time faculty member and Men’s Program Coordinator where he has been fortunate to learn and utilize the CPYB syllabus developed by Marcia Dale Weary. He has also been on the teaching faculty of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, Boston Ballet School, Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Kansas City Ballet, Hope Stone Dance, Rice University’s Opera studies program, Vail Valley Dance Intensive, and the Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive. Simon has also set works on Houston Ballet II and worked with the trainees at San Francisco Ballet.

Simon Ball has also received a number of prestigious awards including the Margarite Amelita Hoffman scholarship at the international ballet competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1990); the gold medal at the First International Ballet Competition in memory of Rudolf Nureyev in
Budapest, Hungary (1994); and the gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (1994). He was invited to perform at the Benois de la Danse in Berlin, Germany (1999). He has also performed in numerous galas and as a guest artist with many companies in the United States and abroad. Simon is married to Frances Pérez who are the proud parents Eva and Gia.

New Dance Festival. September 2018. JMU.
Choreography: Ryan Corriston
Costume Design: Ryan Corriston
Lighting Design: Michael Jarett
Performers: Ryan Corriston & Eric Guinivan
Photo ©2018 Richard Finkelstein

 Ryan  Corriston started dancing at age eight in Seattle under the direction of Anne Gilbert in Kaleidoscope Dance Company.  Thirteen years after graduating from the University of Washington with a major in dance, where he was the recipient of the Evelyn H. Green Endowed Scholarship, he returned and received his MFA in Dance from his alma mater. In New York, Corriston danced in productions of SalomeThe Magic Flute and Les Sacre du Printemps at the Metropolitan Opera and worked with Nancy Bannon, Andrew Robinson, Tiffany Mills, Martha Clarke and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.  He was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 2005-2011 and was artistic director of Harkness Repertory Ensemble at the 92nd Street Y from 2009-2011. He joined the dance faculty at James Madison University in 2013 and makes his home in Harrisonburg, VA. with his wife and kids.

 Lauren Cundiff is from Proctorville, Ohio, and she was involved in local and school theatre before she took her first dance classes at 4th Avenue Arts in 2007. It was there that Lauren discovered her love for dance and the human body. She enrolled at Marshall University in 2010 and graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Exercise Science with a specialization in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Dance minor from Marshall University in December 2013 and Cum Laude with a second BS in Biomechanics and minor in Psychology in December 2016 from Marshall University. During her time at MU, she also was Vice President of A Marshall University Ensemble of dance (aMUsed) from 2011 to 2013. Since graduating, she has remained very active in the arts and fitness: Lauren was a dancer in the 2016 WV Makes Festival, WV Makers Festival, and Manifest Arts Festival as well as the Look, Listen, and Move Arts Integrated Tour from 2014 to 2016, and she was a dancer in the Jeslyn Dance Gallery from 2016 to 2017. She acted in film work, including the 2015 project by the Family Medicine Foundation of West Virginia to help fight against opioid abuse in West Virginia, the 2016 and 2017 ARTS New Works 72 Hour Film Competitions, and in skits and a television pilot from the Huntington-based comedy group Coseri. Since moving to NYC in 2017, she has continued performing, notably as a featured extra in “Someone Great,” a dancer in Amanda Palmer and Jasmine Powers’ video for their song “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now, and an extra and dancer in two music videos with Uni. She recently wrapped filing as a featured reoccurring extra on the fourth season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Lauren also is a nightlife performer, producer, and MC.

As a continuation of movement studies and body awareness, she began a journey into Pilates training. Lauren is Pilates Mat certified and Pilates Apparatus certified, and she taught Pilates at the 2015, 2016, 2017, and virtually for the 2020 Dance West Virginia Festivals. She also taught Pilates and performed in Jeslyn Dance Gallery’s Big River Dance Festival in 2015, the first dance festival in Huntington, West Virginia. She earned her Yoga Alliance RYT200 certification in 2015, and she is also certified in Reiki Level 1 the same year. Lauren is full-time Pilates instructor and performer in NY and is thrilled to be teaching you all in a festival she adores!

Dr. Yoav Kaddar has performed nationally and internationally as guest artist and has been a member of such modern dance companies as the Jose Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers and Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers. He has also danced with numerous independent NYC choreographers and has choreographs for dance and theater.

His teaching and choreography consist of both national and international appointments. His work has been performed nationally and abroad at such venues as the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington DC and in Ottawa Canada, Israel, Germany and Argentina. His tribute piece Standing Tall is part of the permanent archives at the National 9/11 Museum in New York City.

Dr. Kaddar presents workshops in dance education at national and international conferences. These have included presentations at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Association for Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), The World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver BC, the International Conference for Arts and Humanities in Hawaii and at the Fashion Institute of New York in NYC to name a few.

Dr. Kaddar is the recipient of the Martha Hill Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance from the Juilliard School, is a recent Fulbright Scholar. He has been invited to serve on the New York Foundation of the Arts Choreography Panel, the National Society of Arts and Letters dance competition and the Pennsylvania Dance Masters scholarship auditions. He is a member of NDEO and serves on the board of directors of ACDA. Dr. Kaddar serves on the WVU Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee and was recently appointed as a member to the US Student Fulbright National Screening Committee. He currently serves as the Director of the Dance Program at West Virginia University. http://theatre.wvu.edu/faculty-staff/yoav-kaddar

John Streit holds the position of Assistant Professor of Dance at Brenau University. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a Teaching and Choreography emphasis from the University of Arizona where he danced with the Arizona Repertory Ensemble and taught ballet, jazz, musical theatre and modern dance. Prior to his time at the U of A, John danced with the Georgia Ballet, was a Guest Artist with Atlanta Ballet in Michael Pink’s Romeo and Juliet and has been a guest artist throughout the Southeast. Mr. Streit has danced much of the classical repertoire including principal and soloist roles in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Coppelia, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille Mal Gardee, Paquita, and Cinderella among others.  Mr. Streit has also performed principal roles in a variety of musicals including Anything Goes, The Addams Family, Damn Yankees, and most recently CATS as Mr. Mistoffolees at the Cobb Energy Center.  Additionally, Mr. Streit coordinates and directs the Youth Performance Division at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, GA.  John teaches all levels of ballet, modern, beginning jazz and musical theatre. Mr. Streit has successfully completed the Pre-Primary-Level 5 teaching certification at the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Mr. Streit is also a choreographer and has created several concert works including the ballet Se Faire Echarper which won the best choreography award at Access Broadway, Let it Be which finished 1st runner-up at the Panoply Choreographic Competition and most recently Wind, Sand and Stars which was chosen to be performed at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Convention in 2016 in Durham, NC.

John serves as a coach for students attending the Youth America Grand Prix where he has coached Top 12 and Top 24 finalists. He also serves as the director for the Brenau Summer Dance Intensive.

Mr. Streit is thrilled to be working with the students at Dance WV Festival this year!

Roz Miller graduated from Point Park University, Conservatory of Performing Arts, with two dance degrees in 2008. While at Point Park she performed at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in faculty performances including works with Ron Tassone, Pearlann Porter, and Kiki Lucas.  She was also in Doug Bentz’s contemporary debut performance of “The Snow Queen”.  With a duel concentration in jazz dance and dance pedagogy (the art of teaching dance), Rosalynn, affectionately referred to as Roz by her students and peers, quickly landed teaching jobs at various prestigious dance establishments in the Pittsburgh area. Roz has previously taught at CLO Academy teaching hip hop, Point Park University in their community dance program, Arthur Murray teaching ballroom dance, Dance Alloy teaching jazz and hip hop, NUP Pittsburgh Charter School teaching hip hop dance and hip hop dance history and numerous other local dance studios and cheer gyms. While in college she was Vice President to the student hip hop dance group “Impulse”, first Hispanic President to the United Student Government at Point Park and maintained an apprenticeship through the COPA department all four years of her education.  She fulfilled her apprenticeship working as a hip hop teacher for an after school dance program at McKees Rocks Middle School.  Roz was the choreographer and lead back up dancer for pop artist Tino Coury and solo artist Ambition, former member of R&B group Pretty Ricky.

In an effort to continue her dance education, Roz attends an array of dance teacher conventions, seminars, workshops and classes to better serve her students and help strengthen the local dance community. Rennie Harris Puremovement Dance Company of Philadelphia, Pulse Teacher Convention in New York, Pillow Project Dance Company of Pittsburgh, The Dance Teacher Summit in New York, More Than Just Great Dancing with Misty Lown and Dance Masters of Pennsylvania are just some of the dance teacher functions she regularly attends throughout the year.

Roz is the owner and artistic director of Synergy School of Artistic Dance by Roz located in Canonsburg, Pa. Her students perform in local parades and community charity events.  The Synergy Dance Company trains and competes at a competitive level. Roz’s choreography has received recognition at both regional and national levels and has received multiple winning titles. Outside of teaching, Roz judges for local dance competitions and talent shows.  She will be judging for On Stage America during their regional tour for the 2016 competition season. Roz is proud to be one of the founding 15 members of More Than Just Great Dancing, “MTJGD”, with Misty Lown and the PA Charter member of MTJGD.  In 2014 Roz was accepted into Dance Masters of America (Pa chapter 10) and is currently applying for Dance Educators of America (Pittsburgh chapter).  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and playing with her baby boy, Cruz.

Erick “Spider” Paul  is originally from Seattle, WA and began dancing at the age of 17. In 2005 he joined the group the Young Americans where he received his training. Passionately driven, he has traveled around the world performing and teaching dance. Erick is now working as a professional dancer/choreographer. Credits include: Pepsico, Mountain Dew, Nike, Mini Cooper, TruTV’s Fakeoff, Dance Networks Steady Mobbin, Nick Cannon, Alyson Stoner, Anjela Johnson, Todrick Hall and The Legacy Tour.

Abby Paul has spent 12 years as a choreographer and dance educator with a desire to encourage and motivate others. Her knowledge has also offered her the opportunity to work behind the scenes directing live events and performance productions worldwide. With a love for dance, Abby continues to train with top instructors to maintain relevence and understanding of the current dance industry. Alongside her husband, Erick, Abby mannages their company AE Creative. Credits include: Nike, Mini Cooper, Walk the Moon, Aerial Experience,, Believe Performing Arts, and the Young Americans.

Laurie Goux B.A., in dance, founder of the WV Black Dance Institute, 2021, is a native of Chicago who began her dance career in 1981. Laurie is an adjunct professor of dance at Davis & Elkins College and Augusta Heritage Festival since 2010, where she is now dance director of the Appalachian Music & Dance Ensemble and Coordinator of the President’s Initiative on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Laurie’s research on the African influence in Appalachian culture has led her to curate an exhibition at Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. with the Afrilachian Artist Project founder, Marie Cochran. Laurie is a protégé of dance legends, Jimmy Payne Sr. (Tap and Afro-Caribbean), Katherine Dunham Dance Technique under Tommy Gomez, and masterclasses with Katherine Dunham. She is an alumna and former faculty of Columbia College Chicago Dance Center, where she taught modern dance as part of the core curriculum. Laurie was a principal dancer with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, in residence at the Dance Center of Columbia College.

She was artistic director, co-presenter of the first Chicago Katherine Dunham Awards (1996-1998) and 19th annual Keep the Legacy Alive: Tribute to Katherine Dunham, collaborating with Ms. Ruby Streate and the Dunham Center for the Arts and Humanities. Laurie produced Suite Chicago Blues, featuring Max-A-Million’s rendition of Willie Dixon’s song, My Babe at DuSable Museum of African American History and Chicago Blues Museum exhibit of Bronzeville. She was co-presenter of Ebony On Ice, an original dance concert on ice to an anthology of black music from the African drum to American Hip Hop starring a world-class cast of Black skaters. Ms. Goux’s studies led her to master class residencies with Eric Hawkins, Katherine Dunham, Bill T. Jones, Kei Takei, Judith Moss, Talley Beatty, Clay Taliaferro, Anna Paskevska, June Finch, and Hanya Holm. She has performed in the works of Loretta Livingston, Shirley Mordine, XSight! Performance Group, What are we going to do with Mary?Isosceles Triangle, and Wait ’til it Happens to You. Also, Jan Erkert’s Sensual Spaces, Robin Lakes, Mouth, Kate Kuper, Carol Bobrow’s Hiroshima Trilogy, Claudia Gittleman’s Amartia, and Martha Clarke’s, Haiku, a trio performed by Mordine & Company with Tim O’Slynne and Brian Jeffery.

Jennifer Lawrence (PhD) is the owner and artistic director of Artistry House LLC, with more than 20 years of experience teaching dance and fitness, including Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Jazz, Leap ‘N Learn, Conditioning, Phusia, Progressing Ballet Technique and Stretch & Strengthen. She began her training at Annabel Timms School of Ballet in Bridgeport, WV. Jennifer has served as faculty at Annabel Timms School of Ballet, Morgantown Dance Studio, and The Ballet Studio Lafayette, which is owned and operated by Beverly Spell, creator of the nationally renowned Leap ‘N Learn early childhood program. Jennifer has training in Pilates Mat and holds certifications in Progressing Ballet Technique, Acrobatic Arts, and Leap ‘N Learn. She writes summer dance syllabi that have been sold in the US and abroad. Jennifer also holds a PhD in French Language and Literature and currently serves as adjunct faculty and team lead for Southern New Hampshire University.

Kelly Ozust (MFA) is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Winthrop University where she teaches modern, jazz, tap, and musical theatre techniques. She also teaches beginning – advanced choreography, musical theatre history, and multiple courses in Winthrop’s Dance Education curriculum. Each year she choreographs works for faculty concerts and Winthrop’s annual musical. Recent favorites include The Addam’s Family and Annie Get Your Gun. She earned her MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2011 where her thesis concert was nominated for best thesis work. She is interested in work that stems from historical events, people, and places, and she also makes dance film, the most recent of which, If it rains… was featured in the American College Dance Festival’s annual Gala. She creates work for concert dance, musical theatre, opera, and film.

Accompanist – Lawrence Greene has been using African percussion for education and entertainment for over 15 years.   As an AmeriCorps member he started his drum training playing 18 hours a week at Inner Harbor  a mental health facility in Georgia.  He was able to study Mande music with master drummers Mahiri Keita and Mamady Keita of Tam Tam Mandinque drum school. For three years he was the accompanist drummer at Factory Street studio in Athens, Ohio for the African dance classes he started. He is an Artsbridge catalog artist in Parkersburg, WV serving local schools. Lawrence is now the founder of Ugata: drum and dance where he offers classes and workshops in southern Ohio and the Mid Ohio Valley.

Accompanist – Leah Lewis, Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in the western part of the state,  started studying piano at 6 years of age. During high school, she studied at the Carnegie Mellon prep school for the arts and attended and worked at music camps in the tri-state area. She moved to Charleston, West Virginia in 1972 after obtaining a Bachelor of Education degree in Music Education at West Virginia University. She followed that up with a master’s degree in theory and composition at Marshall University. While teaching for 36 years in Kanawha county schools, her students won 6 state championships at the middle school/ junior high level in show choir, played for multiple CLOG shows, accompanied the award winning CHS VIP’s, and the Kanawha County All county high school chorus. She obtained status as a National Board Professional certified teacher before retiring. She resides in Sissonville, West Virginia with her husband, dog, and cat. She has three daughters and 4 grandchildren.

Accompanist – Nathan Yoke has been playing and studying music for over 25 years. As a percussion major in college, he would provide accompaniment for dance classes as part of the Governor’s School for the Arts, which turned into many years of collaboration with West Virginia-based dance companies. Nathan continues to perform with local and regional bands and ensembles.