New Dance Faculty
November 30, 2020
Meet our newest Dance Faculty!
(top left photo. Credit: Brian Mengini)
Blanca is currently part of the faculty of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet and is part of the Dance Chance and Let’s Dance Community Engagement Programs of Pennsylvania Ballet, and The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Blanca also has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University with a concentration in Risk Management & Insurance with a second concentration in Real Estate. Blanca is certified to teach Progressing Ballet Technique Junior thru Advanced level. In 2017, she received the Howard Gilman Fellowship Award at Jacksonville University, where she completed her MFA in Choreography in 2019. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Puerto Rico Classical Dance Competition. Blanca was commissioned to choreograph for Drexel University in Spring 2020.
(bottom left photo. Credit: Joeri Thiry)
Albert Quesada is a Spanish dancer and choreographer. He trained at MDT (Amsterdam) and PARTS (Brussels) after he studied philosophy and multimedia engineering in Barcelona. The exploration and translation of musical structures and compositions into choreography and the invitation of an audience to perceive and to listen to the proposed works stands at the heart of Quesada’s choreographic work.
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Katie Vickers is an American artist, a graduate of PARTS (2014) and of The Ohio State University (2010). She has danced for and with Daniel Linehan (USA), Albert Quesada (SP), Martin Nachbar (GE), Benjamin Vandewalle (BE), Vera Tussing (GE), Rósa Omarsdóttir (IS), Kendell Geers (ZA), Thierry de May (BE) and as a guest artist for the Cullberg Ballet’s ‘Figure a Sea’, choreographed by Deborah Hay. She has conducted workshops internationally, and spearheaded the Mercersburg Academy Summer Program for Dance and Theatre in the USA as well as Practicing Performance at The Ohio State University and Philadelphia. Katie steers towards environments and various collaborations with people that challenge her development of methods to take existing knowledge in new directions. Her own work and research spans through a variety yet their common ground is to question the use of the body to find the unfamiliar in the familiar.
(top right photo. Credit: Yotam Baruch)
Kelvin started dancing as an undergraduate at Yale University and later trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. In the Bay Area, he worked with Project Thrust, Sharp & Fine, and Joy Prendergast. After moving to Tel Aviv, he danced with Batsheva - the Young Ensemble, under the direction of Ohad Naharin and with artists such as Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Sharon Eyal, and Danielle Agami. During his time abroad, he also created and performed works with Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof, Roy Assaf, and Dafi Altabeb; worked as the assistant to the artistic director at Batsheva (first Naharin and later, Gili Navot), and became a certified Gaga teacher.
Read more detailed bios here and check out our faculty spotlight here!