JUNE 20-24, 2016
MEET THE STAFF
Michael Medcalf’s early training in dance began in high school as a student at the Cleveland School of the Arts. As a scholarship student, he attended institutions such as the University of the Arts, Philadanco, the Chautauqua Institute and the Ailey School in New York City. In 2013, Medcalf graduated from The University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance.
As a professional dancer, Medcalf has worked intimately with prominent choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, Talley Beatty, Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Ronald K. Brown, Cleo Parker Robinson, Kim Robards, Dianne McIntyre, Kevin (Iega) Jeff, Gary Abbott, Eleo Pomare, Dwight Rhoden, Jennifer Muller, Shapiro and Smith, David Shimotakahara and David Rousseve amongst others. Highlighting his professional performing career is his work as a soloist and principal ensemble member of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and his very own Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre and The Greene/Medcalf Movement Project.
In 1998, Michael Medcalf established Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) in Cleveland, Ohio. As a choreographer, Medcalf’s contemporary work has received numerous commissions, awards and fellowships from The Ohio Arts Council and various dance companies, colleges and universities throughout North America.
Amongst his many awards, includes Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland’s Sunshine Award, and in 2007, Northern Ohio Live Magazine honored Medcalf for his contributions to the dance community by awarding him with its Award of Achievement. Currently, Medcalf serves on the board of the Alabama Dance Council and Cleveland Dance Movement.
Gunta Liepina is a Fulbright scholar from Latvia. She has just received her MFA in Dance from University of California, Irvine. Gunta got her BFA in Dance in Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and she has also studied modern dance in CODARTS Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands.
Gunta has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer and dance instructor for the last 10 years. As a dancer she has performed in classical and contemporary ballet, has worked in the commercial dance and toured internationally throughout Europe, United states and Asia. She recently performed a solo Secret Arch in Beijing Dance Academy as a part of BNU International Creative Seminar in China.
As a choreographer Gunta has staged her work for UC Irvine Dance department students in the New Slate show. Her choreography Shave the Beard of A Soul was shown at the Latvian National Opera and Ballet Small hall, participating the Latvian National Ballet dancers.
Gunta will teach a contemporary dance class that will incorporate her training and experience which is a blend of American and European contemporary dance concepts. Aspects of her recent research in stage presence, the ‘it’ factor will be presented and incorporated in the dance class.
Desiree Cuizon-Fejeran grew up dancing in the Bay Area initially as a jazz and hip-hop dancer. She achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts, in Dance, from San Diego State University in 2008. With the SDSU Dance Company she had the privilege to perform/travel internationally in Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, and Indonesia. Since graduating she became a dance company member with Joe Alter Dance Group (2009-2010). In addition to modern dancing, she performed traditional Filipino dances with SDSU’s Filipino Organization: AB Samahan, in numerous Filipino Cultural Nights.
In the more recent years, she had the opportunity to perform with Somebodies Dance Theater, Anne Gehmen, Circle Circle Dot Dot, Viviana Alcazar, Anjanette Maraya-Ramey, Blythe Barton Dance, Jaime Nixon, Zaquia Salinas, Minaqua McPherson, Lara Binder, Erica Beuchner, IsadoraNow, The Movement Initiative and is currently a dance company member with San Diego Dance Theater and The PGK Dance Project. She began dancing with the PGK Dance Project as an apprentice in the summer of 2012 and premiered as a company member in the Fall of 2013.
Desiree continues to work with various independent and local artists. She is grateful for the abundance of opportunities to thrive as a professional dancer in the San Diego Community. When she is not dancing she is a Pilates Instructor and Certified Massage Therapist.
Peter Kalivas, Founding Director of The PGK Dance Project. Click Image below for bio.
Class located @ Culture Shock Dance Center, 2110 Hancock St. #200, San Diego, CA 92110, Second Floor Phone (619)299-2110
$15.00 Open Drop-In Class from 10-11:30 Daily Through Intensive
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