Liusha holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from Bennington College. She was trained in ballet, Asian ethnic folk movements, Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon and Bella Lewitzky modern techniques, studied dance compositions with Bessie Schonberg, Bella Lewitzky, Liz Lerman, Martha Wittman and Terry Creach. Through out her over twenty years of teaching and performing career, Liusha produced various dance works and is committed to explore, create new elements of visual and theatrical stimulated arts.
Caitlin is a Boston-area dancer, teacher and choreographer. After significant early training in ballet, she attended Mount Holyoke College where she was exposed to modern and contemporary dance. Caitlin received her B.A. in Dance and Geography and had the pleasure of performing works by Mark Morris, Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman, and Carl Flink, among others. Upon returning to the Boston area, Caitlin joined the companies of Dance Prism and Deadfall Dance as well as the Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble. She has also danced with a number of independent choreographers and companies, including Adagio Dancers, Ssquared Ballet, Cecelia Raassina, and American Virtuosi.
Gabriela received her dance training from Origination, INC., Boston Arts Academy and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She has had the honor of working with Toni-Pierce Sands, Maggie Bergeron, Marciano Silva dos Santos, Dr. Glory Van Scott, Martha Mason and David Parker. She has also taken master classes with the Taylor II Dance Company, Diane McIntyre, Matthew Rushing, Guillermo Asca, Sean Curran, Janet Wong, Robert Battle and Urban Bush Women. Gabriela attended the Boston University REACH! Summer Dance Program, the Boston Conservatory Summer Dance Program and the Bates Young Dancers’ Workshop on scholarships. In 2008, she performed in the televised Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert, “Remembering Yesterday, Inspiring Tomorrow” at Jordan Hall in Boston, Massachusetts and performed a segment of Jose Limon’s There Is a Time at the National High School Dance Festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gabriela is currently a dancer for Boston-based Joanie Block.
Karin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While there she studied ballet, modern and jazz dance as well as pedagogy, contact improvisation, and dance and music theory. Karin performed in many original student works as well as a remake of Firebird by Thomas Vacanti. She served as the vice president and choreographer of the student run and produced concert, “Alive With Dance.” Prior to UMass, Karin studied Cunningham technique and improvisational dance at the University of Northampton, England, as well as ballet and modern dance at Adelphi University and the Brattleboro School of Dance. Karin teaches ballet, modern and creative dance in the Boston area.
Kat is a Boston-area dancer and choreographer. After pre-professional training in classical ballet at Pioneer Valley Ballet in Easthampton, MA, she attended Skidmore College and discovered modern dance. Kat received her B.S in Dance with a concentration in performance and choreography, as well as a degree in computer science. In addition to performing classical works, Kat also performed works by Robert Battle, Lorin Johnson, and PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, among others. After graduation, Kat came to Boston to be a software engineer but as remained an active member of the dance community. In addition to being a company member in Jasmine Dancers, Kat is also performing with the Jody Weber Community Dance Group.
Mark started his dance training as an undergraduate at Bard College where an inspirational Eurythme class awakened him to the joy of movement. He studied Cunningham and ballet there, and continued his training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City where he was a scholarship student. While in New York, he helped create and performed in the Obie-award winning Off-Broadway production “Nightclub Cantata” written and directed by Elizabeth Swados. He continued his dance training in graduate school while studying science at Boston University, where he eventually earned his PhD in Cellular Biophysics. He currently teaches and tutors science and math in the Boston area, and dances for his own enjoyment at the Dance New England Contact Improv and Freestyle Boogies in Cambridge.
Choreographer/Dancer – Hai Dang Nguyen
Hai Dang recently moved to Boston from Minneapolis, MN to work as a research fellow at MGH Cancer Center. He has been actively involved in the dance community and performed in works created by Danielle-Robinson Prater, Deborah Thayer, Cathy Wright, Matthew Smith, Julie Warder, Jim Lieberthal and Sarah LaRose-Holland. He was a company member of the Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company for 3 years in Minneapolis. Besides dancing with the company, Hai Dang has shown his own choreography in Minneapolis local communities and at ACDFA. He is excited to perform in the Jasmine Dancers’ Company for their first debut in Boston.