ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Cynthia Adams danced in N.Y.C. in the 1980s working at the Performing Garage where the avant garde work of the Wooster Group and Spaulding Gray influenced her choreography while she completed a BA in Pre‐Dance Therapy from N.Y.U.  Her interest to deviate from the confines of tradition modern dance continued while she lived in Berlin, Germany where she studied and performed at the Tanzfabrik, influenced by Dieter Heitkamp in Contact Improvisation and Tanztheatre.  At that time her exploration integrating multi-media and performance lead her back to the U.S. where she completed an MA in Choreography/ Performance from the U.C.L.A.  In 1992 she helped form and become co-artistic director of Fellow Travelers Performance Group in the San Francisco Bay Area. FTPG received numerous awards, grants and residencies as well as performing nationally and internationally.  Adams draws on personal experience and integrates both theater and dance, balancing text and movement in thought provoking often whimsical choreography. Cynthia’s passion for movement has led to an interest in somatic practices and the mind/body connection. Cynthia is nationally certified to teach in both Pilates and Iyengar style yoga (RYT500 level). Ms. Adams is currently faculty at Iowa State University where she teaches choreography, modern dance, sound and movement, dance history, yoga, ballet and advises and choreographs for the dance company.

Constance Anderson graduated with a BA in Dance, as well as with a minor in Philosophy from UW-Stevens Point (UWSP) in May 2017. There she trained under Joan Karlen, Michael Estanich, Jeannie Hill, and Pamela Luedtke. While attending the UWSP, Constance had the opportunity to participate in several workshops taught by Autumn Eckman, Larry Keigwin, Jaclyn Walsch, Brenda Bufalino, Tania Perez Salas, Max Pollack, Lucy Reiner, Mark Yonally, and Eddy Ocampo. She also received several scholarships, taught a kinesthetic drawing masterclass, and presented research at the 2017 system symposium. Four of her works have been produced through the UWSP. In 2016, her satirical work, "I Can Move Mountains", was selected to be presented at ACDA. In addi-tion, she has studied under Whim W'Him dancer Patrick Kilbane, choreographer Kate Wallich, KT Nieff, and most closely with Alice Gosti. Constance is as a ballet instructor for pre-collegiate students at Dance Education Center. She is also the rehearsal director for both the school, and the school's dance company. Most recently, Constance is preparing a new work to be produced in 2019 through Portage County Creates.

Kimi Evelyn was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI where she began dancing at the tender age of 4. Her dance training began with ballet but, as she got older, she expanded her horizons to other styles including modern, contemporary and African dance. Her love for dance was revealed when she began dancing with Signature Dance Company. Signature allowed her to explore her purpose in dance and it initiated Kimi’s desire to grow and experience dance on a higher, more personal level. During her college career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimi had the opportunity to work with faculty like Chris Walker, Kate Corby and Collette Stewart. She also had the pleasure of working with former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company member, Shayla Vie Jenkins while she attended the American Dance Festival. In her final year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kimi developed a short work that focused on the self-love and identity of African American women. Kimi continues to dance and develop work that focuses on the African-American experience specifically pertaining to the African-American woman. She is excited to be performing in Li Chiao-Ping’s Fortuna and cannot wait to help make the vision tangible.

Ken James has been exploring movement as a way to uncork the spaces between conscious thought for the past three decades. James navigates the human experience in his stage and site-specific work, installation art, and screen dances by weaving subconscious patterns of thought, habits, and interactions of our creature into his choreography. In his quest for the magic in the mundane and the transcendent, he has found himself performing for audiences at the San Francisco Yerba Buena Center, dangling from ropes at a train station in Chicago, and dragging a 92 lb. log for 6 miles through the busy streets of Manhattan. Always evolving, James is creating a series of dance installations and dance films that will be presented in conjunction with site-specific performances. Once upon a time, James was the recipient of the famed Izzy Award for choreography for "The Adventures of Cunning & Guile”.

Lauren John grew up in Stoughton, Wisconsin, where she started dancing at a young age. Lauren is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a Bach-elor of Science in dance. During her time in Madison she has worked with faculty cho-reographers Li Chiao-Ping, Liz Sexe, Collette Stewart, and Jin-Wen Yu, as well as guest artists Chien Kuei Chang, Rosalind Newman, and Carol Teitelbaum. Lauren has trained at Strictly Seattle in Seattle, WA, and most recently in Durham, NC at the American Dance Festival where she performed in a new work by Christian von Howard. Lauren's own choreography has been selected to perform in two student concerts at UW-Madison. In December 2016 she choreographed and performed a solo, and in April 2017 she collabo-rated with Dianne Kotsonis and Lyndsay Lewis in the creation of a trio. After graduation Lauren will continue to choreograph and perform as frequently as she can.

Kelby Kryshak is a versatile drummer, composer, and creator.  After earning a degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Kelby relocated to Madison, WI where he has been a part of the local music scene for 10 years.  Aside from maintaining a full performance and gig schedule, he also spends five days a week improvising, live-looping, and drumming for modern, contemporary, and African dance classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Kelby has fully immersed himself in the musical side of contemporary dance having performed collaborative live music scores for Jamie McHugh's restaged version of Anna Halprin's "Circle the Earth" as well Carol Teitelbaum’s restaging of Merce Cunningham’s  “MinEvent.”  With his involvement in the dance and movement community, he’s also had several commissions to collaborate as a composer, designing a variety of soundscapes and scores ranging from ambient to uptempo contemporary dance tracks.  Outside of his work with dance, Kelby can be seen performing locally and touring regionally with Nuggernaut, Jon Hoel Trio, Ted Keys Trio, Better Yeti, Wrenclaw, and the Handphibians.

Artistic Director Li Chiao-Ping, named by Dance Magazine as one of “25 to watch”, makes work for the stage, screen, and other sites, for dance companies, university dance programs, and individuals around the country. Ms. Li earned her Master of Arts degree from UCLA and was the Director of Dance at Hollins University and a faculty member at Mills College; she is currently on faculty at UW-Madison where she has previously served as Chair. Her work has been shown at national and international festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow, Bates, The Yard, Internacional Festival de Video Danza, and the AmericanDance Festival among others. Recipient of grants from the NEA and fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon, and an Outstanding Woman of Color in Education Award, she is the subject of two documentaries and honored to be a Discovery Fellow at the WID and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She was part of ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program, was selected for the Fulbright Specialists Roster, and served as a Fulbright peer reviewer and McKnight Fellowship panelist. She was recently awarded a Vilas Research Professorship, one of the highest honors bestowed by the university and one of the first artists to ever receive one, and a prestigious MAP Fund grant for her project with visual artist Douglas Rosenberg LANDED. She is the creator of The Extreme Moves Training Method SM/TM. www.lcpdance.org

Paula McArthur is owner and director of DanzArts Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. With over 30 years of teaching experience, and versatility in many forms of dance, Paula continues to perform for Fellow Travelers Performance Group (FTPG) with choreographers Ken James and Cynthia Adams. Additional modern companies she  has worked for: Pennsylvania Dance Theater, Hurley and Dancers, Sandance Neuman Project and choreographer Shawn Womack. Ms. McArthur began her professional career in ballet, performing with the Des Moines Ballet; she also trained at the Joffery Ballet School in NYC and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada. Ms. McArthur earned her BFA from ISU where she turned her attention to modern dance, where she was honored with both the Anna R. Toman and Charlotte Wilkanson awards. She continued her study at the Bates Dance Festials, Doug Varone intensives and summer programs at NYU. She has worked, trained and/or performed for leading artists, including Bill T. Jones, Bill Young, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, David Dorfmann, Claire Porter, Kathleen Hermsdorf, Rennie Harris, Larry Keigwin, and many more. Her secret to a happy marriage is to go weekly salsa dancing with her husband Reuben.

Born to a classical pianist mom and a folk rock dad, music is in Julia McConahay's genes. She began training as a classical violinist from a young age, but it was her first non-classical experience with a fiddle group in high school that truly opened the door for Julia to begin to explore her own identity as a musician. Julia developed her own musical language by seeking out and sitting in with accomplished performers and groups and explored genres including punk, country, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, heavy metal, Celtic, Christian worship, ska, classic rock, etc. Julia has invested her calling as a musician and her love of music deeply into the Madison music scene. She is a three-time winner of the Madison Area Music Awards-Best String Instrumentalist Award. She is actively performing as a solo artist collaborating with Madison Circus Space, Under-ground Aerial, Music Theater of Madison, Tap It Works, and Deerwood Studios. 

Nicole Roerick is a Dance Artist/Educator and a Yoga teacher. She has her MFA and BFA in Dance and multiple Yoga certifications and years of experience. She recently moved back to the U.S. after living abroad in Cairo, Egypt for the past 4 years where she was teaching Yoga and Dance. She went to the UW-Madison and also danced with Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company in years prior. This is her 4th summer teaching at the summer intensive and she looks forward for more to come!

Elisabeth Roskopf’s passion for dance began at age 6 and she has been dancing ever since.  She graduated with a BA in Piano and a minor in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2011.  She is a company member with Li Chiao-Ping Dance in Madison, Wisconsin as well as a guest artist with Danceworks Performance Company, Wild Space Dance Company, and an alumna of Catey Ott Dance Collective all in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Since the spring of 2014, Elisabeth has been performing in the Lake Arts Project, directed by Jennifer Miller and Karl von Rabenau of the Milwaukee Ballet.  Beginning in the Fall of 2015, and still ongoing, she choreographed and performed her solo works for MKE Follies and with Danceworks DanceLAB Get It Out There concert series.  In addition to her performing, she is also a dance teacher and a choreographer in the Greater Milwaukee area.

Natalia Schradle, MFA, LMT, CYT, CMA, is the founder and artistic director of ANAHATA Dance, focusing on site-specific performances.  Self-produced concerts include “Floating on Rooftops” that took place in, on, and near arts lofts in Redhook, Brooklyn; How It Is Infinite,” a full-length site-specific work, on Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; and “Eno River Dances,” a hiking concert at Eno River State Park in Durham, NC. She is certified in Vinyasa, Prenatal, and Aerial Yoga; Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis; Reiki; Massage Therapy; and is pursuing Alexander Technique and Extreme Moves Certifications.  She is an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University.

Liz Sexe is a dance educator, performer and choreographer/artistic director of Liz Sexe Dance Company. She performs both regionally and nationally with Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, Marlene Skog and Dancers, and other local choreographers. She is described as a “clean and efficient mover,” and  having “toughness under her grace.” Her choreographic work has been featured at the World Dance Alliance Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii, University of Wisconsin—Madison, Danceworks in Milwaukee, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Spring Green, WI, and the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire where she was an artist in residence. In her process, tasks inspire poetic movement, game theory finds logical, yet often unexpected phrasing, and athletic dancing is paired with deep intentionality. Sexe received her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Currently; she is a lecturer in UW-Madison's Dance Department. When Sexe is not dancing, she is a Pilates instructor at Pilates Central right on the square in Madison, WI. http://www.lizsexedance.com

Catey Ott Thompson, director of Catey Ott Dance Collective since 2005, has a BFA and MFA from UWM. She resides in Milwaukee after dancing in NYC for 14 years for Soundance, Heidi Latsky, Allyson Green, Sean Curran, Bill Young, Li Chiao-Ping, Eun Jung Choi, Aviva Geismar, Chris Ferris, Carrie Ahern, and others. Catey studied ballet with Christine Wright for 14 years and has been a personal trainer, yogi, and Pilates instructor since 2000.  Her company has performed all over NYC as well as in Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago.  She currently teaches contemporary modern, ballet, dance history, composition and choreography, and repertory as Marquette University, Milwaukee Ballet, and Danceworks and is a guest artist at Pius XI High School.

Ying Xu obtained a B.F.A. at the Beijing Dance Academy in 2000 and received a M.F.A. at Case Western Reserve University in 2012. She also studied abroad at the Trinity Laban Institute in London in 2012. She is a soloist and was invited to perform in major theater and dance festivals throughout Europe, Americas and Asia. Her choreography has also been highly acclaimed by the media as “Refreshing!” She has choreographed and received many accolades in International Dance Festivals and competitions in Hungary, Turkmenistan, Japan, United Kingdom and Bosnia. She choreographed for Ivyside Dance Ensemble’s main stage concert at Penn State University-Altoona, at pre-college work-shops at Dance Department of UW-Madison. She had 20 years experience of teaching dance. Ying taught at Penn State University-Altoona, Case Western Reserve University; Beijing Normal University and Capital City University in Beijing and a few semester at Dance Department of UW-Madison; Yang Mei and TaoYuan Dance companies in Taiwan. and taught at the American College Dance Association Festival in UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee. She was co-director for the international dance teacher workshop at the Dance Department of UW-Madison, where we invited 25 dance teachers from prestigious dance schools in China to take workshops in dance education. She is also the director of Living Stream Dance Academy since 2013, where she direct one dance concert each year, choreograph the original dance pieces for students and arranged the venue, pro-gramme, lighting, costume, sets and advertisements for the annual dance concert.