ARTISTS' BIOGRAPHIES

Li Chiao-Ping (artistic director, choreographer, dancer) was named by Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to watch”. She formed Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 1990 and co-directed Dziga Vertov Performance Group from 1992-94. Renowned for her solo work, she is also well known for her multimedia and intergenerational productions. Her collaborations with Douglas Rosenberg include dance films such as “De L’eau,” “Residues,” “Periphery,” “Grace,” and a suite of dances made for the camera which were co-funded by Wisconsin Public Television and Bravo! FACT of Canada. A prolific choreographer of more than 130 works for stage and screen, Ms. Li’s dances have been shown throughout the world.  Ms. Li has received numerous awards, grants and honors, including several grants from the NEA and awards from the Asian Pacific Women’s Network, National Arts Association, and the Los Angeles Arts Council first prize awards for performance and choreography. She has also received choreographic fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and Scripps/ADF Humphrey-Weidman-Limon. Professor Li is the recipient of the Romnes Award, the Creative Arts Award from the Arts Institute, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts, the Wisconsin Dance Council Award in Choreography and Performance, and the Vilas Associate Award.  She was the American representative in ADF’s International Choreographer’s Program and has been commissioned by dance companies, university dance programs, and individuals around the country. Ms. Li earned her Master of Arts degree from UCLA and has been on faculty at Hollins University, Mills College, and UW-Madison where she is Chair. The “Seven Solos: A Documentary”, directed by Douglas Rosenberg and made about her “Women Dancing” solo project, premiered in the 2012 Dance On Camera Festival held at Lincoln Center in New York. She was recently been accepted as a Fulbright Specialist and honored with a UW System Woman of Color Award.

Dale Lazar (composer/musician) Upon completing his B.A. in Percussion Performance from Old Dominion University, Dale Lazar has continued his active career as a professional performer and educator in the Hampton Roads, VA area.   His current projects include composing and performing with the Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project, the Steve Thorne 3 jazz group, and teaching for the Community Music Division of ODU. Specifically, his collaborations with the Jen Stone and Megan Thompson Dance Project have involved composing music for and performing Where light begins at PERFORMATICA in Cholula, Mexico and creating the piece Rice Circle, for which he composed, performed, and built most of the instruments used.  In the past, Mr. Lazar has performed with Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphonicity, Virginia Winds, and Norfolk Chamber Consort.  Currently, Mr. Lazar is an accompanist for the ODU Dance Program. He has also accompanied for the American College Dance Festival (2011, 2012) and the annual high school dance festival hosted by Todd Rosenlieb Dance Academy (2011). An avid student of music, Mr. Lazar is currently studying tabla, North Indian drums, under Kumar Das and Pandit Samir Chatterjee from Manhattan School of Music. 

Cory Allen Linsmeyer (costume designer) is an MFA candidate in the School of Human Ecology:Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his BFA in Art Education and Fashion Design from UW-Green Bay. Cory's artwork has been shown across the country and been published in FiberArts magazine's student showcase. In addition to working as an art teacher in Chicago, Cory Allen has been cultivating his independent menswear line for the past five years. His work has been featured in runways shows during Fashion Focus Chicago, and has been published in Mint Male Magazine, and RedEYE online. His most recent full collection "Thrifty Couture", a collaborative project with singer songwriter Victoria Vox, featured 19 womenswear looks created from upcycled garments and materials, thematically inspired by the individual songs.

Amanda Rabito (costume designer) is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison interested in studying theater and drama with an emphasis in costume design. Born in Park Ridge, IL, Amanda has always been interested in making clothing and pretending to dress up as a child. Her educational background in apparel construction and her interest in the arts have lent themselves well to her interest in costume design. Amanda would like to thank Li Chiao-Ping and her dance company for this wonderful opportunity to work with them in this fun production as she continues her educational experience at UW.

Douglas Rosenberg (director/visual artist) has shown his work in video and video installation both in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, on public television, and in festivals around the world. He has received numerous grants and awards including an NEA Dance/Film/Video grant (with choreographer June Watanabe), an NEA/Southeast Media Fellowship, two Zellerbach Foundation grants, a Painted Bride Art Center New Forms Grant (co-recipient with Li Chiao-Ping), a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, an IZZIE award for his work with Ellen Bromberg and John Henry on "Singing Myself A Lullaby," and a fellowship from The Project on Death in America for another project with Ms. Bromberg. His video dance, "My Grandfather Dances" with Anna Halprin, was awarded the Director's Prize at the Jewish Video Festival, Judah Magnes Museum, in Berkeley. He has been an artist in residence at The Institute for Studies in the Arts, Bates Dance Festival, and the International Festival of Video Dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His writing on dance for the camera has been published in journals including LEONARDO. Recent shows include Dance on Camera Festival, New York; Video Festival Riccione Teatro Televisione, Riccione, Italy; The Contemporary Art Museum in Buenos Aires; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; and Mostra de Vídeo Dansa de Barcelona, Spain. He was the director of the American Dance Festival's video archival program for over a decade and continues to direct ADF's Dancing for the Camera Festival.

Cat Wilson (lighting designer) is pleased to be returning for her third year with the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company. She designs for dance, theatre, opera, and live events. Past dance credits include work with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Theatre Group's Dance This!, and Chicago Dance Crash. Other work includes Opera Theatre Pittsburgh, The Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY), Hiawatha Project, Pittsburgh Symphony, Collective Theatre Company (Chicago), and The Den Theatre. She recently received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University.  www.catwilsondesigns.com

DANCERS' BIOGRAPHIES

Katie Apsey is an art historian currently completing a PhD in Native American Art History at UW-Madison. Nevertheless, Katie Apsey has long had a passion for the performing arts. She has danced for multiple Drum and Bugle Corps and Winterguards across the U.S. and Canada since 1999, studying under choreographer Frédérick Marier of Montréal Danse while performing with Sonnor de la Prarie (Montréal, QC) and Blessed Sacrament (Boston, MA). Committed to the practice of Capoeira (a Brazilian martial art), Katie studies and performs with the Raízes do Brasil cultural group led by Mestre Ralil of Brasília. She also studies Samba and performs periodically with Ótimo Brazilian Dance of Madison. Katie is very excited about the opportunity to return to contemporary choreography and performance with LCPD.

Christina Briggs Winslow joined the UW faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor after earning her MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She moved to Milwaukee after 15 years in New York City, where she was on the faculty of Hofstra University, Queens College and the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive. In 2000 she joined Heidi Latsky Dance and continues to perform and tour with the company. Christina has also worked with a variety of other choreographers, including Carrie Ahern, Pat Cremins and Susan Osberg. She performed for children nationwide with the Hudson Vagabond Puppets, where she was also the Rehearsal Director. In the summer of 2012, she taught Contemporary Technique and Repertory at the TseKh Summer Dance School in Moscow, Russia. Christina is the Founder and Co-Director of Incidents Dance. 

Allison Espeseth began dancing at a young age and has continued this love nearly uninterrupted since that time. She was a member of Oberlin Dance Company while at Oberlin College in Ohio and later a member of Kanopy Dance Company in Madison. Allison received her M.S. in Consumer Behavior and Family Economics at UW-Madison and currently works with Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin, providing education and resources about public health insurance. She is happily testing the limits of balancing the pursuit of dance, her job and being a mom to her two young children.

Lydia Kantor recently graduated magna cum laude from St. Olaf College, majoring in Spanish and History. She spent six months teaching dance at a low-income Chilean elementary school in 2012, where she also studied tango; she has also taught dance at Creo Arts and Dance and Tonka Dance Works in Minnesota. 

Brianna Kauer received her B.A. in Dance from the University of Minnesotta in 2006 and is working on her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. She spent a semester abroad studying at Middlesex University. Her eclectic dance training includes yoga, Alexander Technique and Tae Kwon Do. She is also a mother of three.

Rachel Krinsky trained at the Wisconsin School of Ballet in the 1970s and ‘80s and was a member of Jazzworks in 1985 before leaving dance for other pursuits. She began dancing again in 2006 and became a member of Li Chiao-Ping Dance in 2007. By day, Rachel is CEO of the YWCA Madison, a non-profit organization working to empower women and eliminate racism. Rachel thanks her husband, Scott Titus and children, Kenna and Nathan, for their enthusiasm and encouragement.

Mariah Meyer LeFeber grew up dancing with her siblings in their Lincoln, Nebraska living room. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in dance and psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Immediately following her graduation, she represented the U of M performing in the national ACDFA gala concert at the Kennedy Center. Mariah went on to attend Columbia College Chicago, where she earned her master’s degree in dance/movement therapy and counseling. Since completing her studies, Mariah has been living, working and dancing in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a dance/movement therapist for several agencies in Dane County, and an Associate Lecturer in the University of Wisconsin, Madison dance department. Mariah enjoys writing and researching about the use of dance/movement therapy and her work on using the modality with children has been published several times. Additionally, Mariah performed with Li Chiao-Ping Dance from 2007-2010, but now spends her free time dancing with her husband Paul and young daughters, Adah and Junia. In 2011, Mariah was named the Wisconsin Dance Council New Leader in Dance.

Susan (Soukaseume) Neeley is a graduate of Winona State University in Winona, MN where she received her BA in Choreography and Dance Management and minored in Business Administration. While there, Susan performed featured pieces by Gretchen Cohenour, Wynn Fricke, Sharon Mansur, David Dorfman, David Marchant, Otto Ramstad, Olive Bieringa, and Joe Chvala. She performed three of these pieces at American College Dance Festivals, two of which were selected for the Gala Concert. Susan also had her choreography selected to represent Winona State University at American College Dance Festivals. Susan has been an active member of Limanya Drum & Dance Ensemble since January 2009. More recently, she is a proud mother of two beautiful young girls.  After putting modern dance on hold for more than a few years, Susan is excited to pursue new opportunities with Li Chiao-Ping Dance.

Emilie Rabbitt holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  While there, she performed in works by Alwin Nikolais, Elizabeth Johnson, Janet Lily, Joel Valentin-Martinez and Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner in addition to creating several works of her own. She also appears in the short film Missed Connections, which is shown at independent film festivals in the midwest.  

Mychelyn Schnettler is thrilled to be back dancing with Li Chiao-Ping Dance for Riot of Spring. She first danced with LCPD in Disaster Practice in 2009 while completing her Bachelor’s in Dance at the University of Wisconsin, and later went on to perform as a featured dancer in LCPD’s the Knotcracker the following season. Mychelyn moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin that year and began dancing for Wisconsin Professional Dance, where she remained for two years while she taught at the University of Wisconsin and various dance schools. She recently married her high school sweetheart of twelve years and they made the move to Chicago. She is currently pursuing opportunities to work with new artists and has been inspired in her pursuits by working with LCPD. 

Jessie Mae Scibeck earned a BFA in Dance and graduated with honors from UW-Milwaukee in 2010. She has danced professionally since 2011, working with Youngblood Theatre Company, Theatre Gigante, Hudson Vagabond Puppet Company and Danceworks Performance Company. She is a company member of Wild Space Dance Company and Li Chiao-Ping Dance.

Liz Sexe received her M.F.A. in Dance from Mills in Oakland, CA. She has performed works by Robert Battle, Rachel Berman, Alyce Finwall, Lionel Popkin and, of course, Li Chiao-Ping. Sexe co-founded Dear Heart Dance in 2009 with a mission to create “fresh, local and seasonal dance.” Her own choreography has appeared with LCPD, at Danceworks and with Madison’s own Barebones Collective. Sexe teaches dance at UW-Madison and Studio 3-D. She also teaches Pilates at Capital Fitness. Sexe believes movement expression generates a fulfilling, healthy life.


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