Cast

Katherine bickford

-Performer

Originally from Florida, Katherine was first introduced to dance at Dance Empire in Miami. She continued her training with the Portland School of Ballet in Maine, and then went on to graduate from Canada’s National Ballet School. Katherine has received additional training from summer intensives with San Francisco Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, Dominic Walsh’s Compass Coaching Project, and Springboard Danse Montreal. She earned her B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science with a minor in dance from the University of Maine, while performing with Robinson Ballet and Bangor Ballet. Katherine joined Festival Ballet Providence in 2015, where she found the opportunity to grow within the unique family-like community under the direction of first Mihailo Djuric, and now Kathleen Breen Combes. At Festival, she has enjoyed performing works by choreographers such as Viktor Plotnikov, Kurt Douglas, Mary Ellen Beaudreau, Christopher L. Huggins, Mihailo Djuric, Yury Yanowsky, and George Balanchine.  While in R.I. she has particularly enjoyed meeting and collaborating with local artists, participating in projects with WaterFire Providence, The Worcester Chamber Music Society, and the RI Women’s Choreography Project..


SÉARLAIT CARR

-Performer

Séarlait Carr is a Boston-based dance artist, educator, and dramaturg.  Séarlait holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (Magnum Cum Laude), teaching license from the Royal Academy of Dance (RTS), and a certification from Progressing Ballet Technique. Other notable training includes the Ailey School Professional Division, NW Dance Project, and SpringBoardX.   

Before graduating from the Conservatory in 2019, she had the honor of collaborating with Sydney Skybetter, Stephanie Martinez, Uri Sands, Roderick George, Zoe Scofield, Taylor Rodman, Margaret Falcone, and Kaite Kuntz.  She was part of a physical theater group SynTheater under Simona Minns from 2016-2017.

After graduating in 2019, she worked with Adrienne Hawkins in her piece “Yebo” and as Clara in Ballets Ruses’s Nutcracker satire. She is a current member of Natalie Johnson Dance and faculty at Metrowest Dance Academy delivering Royal Academy of Dance syllabi.

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Casey Copeland

-Dramaturg and Production Assistant

Casey Copeland is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and researcher currently based in North Florida. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance from Florida State University and is pursing her MA in Dance at Florida State University. Copeland has had the privilege to train under Anjali Austin, Ilana Goldman, Jawole Willa Zollar, Tim Glenn, Gwen Welliver, and Dr. Tom Welsh. Copeland currently serves as head instructor and artistic director for the Dance Workshop in Perry FL and has directed productions of Alice in Wonderland, Thumbelina, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Jungle Book. As a researcher her work delves into the under-explored areas of mental health, wellness and communication for dancers. Her work seeks to discover what exists now and what the future can become.


Julianne DeRouin

-Performer

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Julianne DeRouin is a Boston based freelance dancer, instructor, and choreographer. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, and improvisation. While attending UMass, she had the pleasure of performing in works by Thomas Vacanti, Paul Dennis, Leslie Frye-Mayetta, Margaret Wiss, Nicole Dagesse, and Rebecca Steinberg. DeRouin is a constant student who seeks out additional dance training through both local and international classes and workshops; she concentrates her studies in contemporary, Gaga, and modern movement. Additional training includes Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Eyas Dance Project, Flock Dance, Batsheva, Urbanity Dance, and Pantos Project Dance. DeRouin has worked and performed with organizations throughout New England such as Odyssey Opera, Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, Fox Ballroom, Orcha Dance Theater, and City Ballet of Boston’s Urban Nutcracker.


CAROLYN FEHER

-Performer/Studio Liaison

Carolyn Noriko Feher began her training in Londonderry, NH. She studied the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus for twelve years, completing her Vocational Exams at eighteen. She performed soloist and corps de ballet roles with the New England Dance Ensemble, and twice earned a gold medal with distinction in the American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards. She attended The Yorkshire Ballet Seminar in England, Ballet Hawaii’s Summer Intensive, the American College Dance Festival in California, the Ballet and Dance Workshop Ostrava in the Czech Republic, and the National Dance Institute Teacher Training Program in New York City.

Since moving to Hawaii in 2005, Carolyn has enjoyed performing professionally with Hawaii Ballet Theatre, the Onium Ballet Project, Divino Ritmo Dance, and Hawaii Opera Theatre. She taught at Punahou Dance School, Honolulu Classical Ballet, Hawaii Academy, The Dance Space, and The Movement Center before opening Kailua Dance Academy in 2017.

Carolyn graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2010 with a BFA in Dance Theatre and a BBA in Marketing. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, and is a National Dance Institute certified teacher.


Ian Guthrie

-Composer

Ian Evans Guthrie, an emerging composer, performer, and researcher, has received the Mile High Freedom Bands 2021 Commission, a nomination for a 2020 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 1st prize for the Arcady Composition Competition, twice received 2nd prize for the American Prize, and other accolades for his compositions. Many of his works have been performed publicly around the world by fEARnoMUSIC, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Erik Drescher, Del Sol String Quartet, and others. He has served on various committees, including NACUSA, where he is the new Treasurer, and the Society of Composers, Inc., where he has served as the Region VI Student Representative from 2015 to 2017 before serving as Assistant Marketer and Marketer. His most recent works include the score for the story ballet The Queen of Nori. As a pianist, Guthrie has won awards from MTNA, the Great Composer Competition, and others, and actively accompanies instrumentalists, vocalists, and dancers, most recently the Interlochen Center for the Arts.


Hannah Haines

-Performer

Hannah Haines is a dancer, choreographer, and educator based in southern Maine. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Anthropology, and Dance with a concentration in performance and choreography from Skidmore College in 2019. While at Skidmore Hannah had the opportunity to perform original creations by Skidmore faculty, as well as works by Earl Mosley, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, Danny Grossman, and Isadora Duncan. She has presented her own choreography in film and live performances at Engine Gallery, The Frances Tang Teaching Museum, and the American Dance Festival’s Movies by Movers film festival. Hannah was selected to participate in the panel  “How to be an Ethically Engaged Anthropologist: Activism and Advocacy through Partnership and Collaboration” at the Northeast Anthropological Association Conference 2019, and to present at NYU’s 2020 Mapping Cultures conference for her theoretical research investigating using dance film as an ethnographic method. She is currently an Apprentice and Teacher Certificate Candidate with Lori Belilove and the Isadora Duncan Dance Company. 


JACOB HOOVER

-Performer

Jacob grew up in the Boston area, and trained at Walnut Hill, Boston Dance Company, and Miami City Ballet School.  He was a dancer with José Mateo Ballet Theatre in Cambridge, MA, the Vanemuine Theatre in Tartu, Estonia, and most recently with Festival Ballet Providence, RI. He has also performed with North Atlantic Dance Theatre, and City Ballet of Boston, and Robinson Ballet in Maine.  

In addition to dance, Jacob is fascinated by mathematics and language, and is currently pursuing a PhD at McGill University in Montreal, in computational linguistics.  While trying to balance studying and manage to keep dancing, he also looks for moments to play the fiddle when he has the time.  Jacob is excited to participate in the Queen of Nori project. It is gratifying that, along with difficulties, this year has brought such new collaborations and unexpected opportunities.


Caroline Jewell

-Performer

Caroline Jewell is performing artist with a passion for dance education and community development. Jewell recently obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. While at the conservatory she explored dance training, performance, research and teaching alike. Specifically her interests lie within contemporary and ballet performance, dance research regarding childhood development, and dance instruction for all ages and levels. 


Claire Lane

-Performer

Claire Lane is a Boston-based dance artist and educator. In May of 2020 she graduated summa cum laude from Smith College with a B.A. in Dance and French Studies with the distinction of highest honors. A recipient of the Five College Dance Department Virginia K. Wagner Scholarship and the Smith College Excellence in Dance Studies award, she has performed in works by Doug Varone, Bebe Miller, Ephrat Asherie, Angie Hauser, Chris Aiken, and Rodger Blum. Claire has presented her own choreography at Smith College, The Dance Complex in Boston, MA, and through virtual platforms including freeskewl’s FERN performance series and NACHMO Boston’s 2021 showcase. A language enthusiast and global artist-scholar, Claire has pursued further dance training internationally at P.A.R.T.S under the direction of Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker in Brussels, and at Trinity Laban Conservatory in London. As a freelance professional dancer, Claire is currently a Shuffle Cohort Teacher and Community Outreach Coordinator for Midday Movement in Cambridge, MA. She is thrilled to join the cast of Queen of Nori.


Glory Liu

-Performer

Glory began her dance training at the Pasadena Civic Ballet in Los Angeles. She continued her training across the US at the Perlman-Stoy School of Ballet in Columbia, MO, Stephens College, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She has performed works by award-winning Bay Area choreographers, including Alex Ketley (the Foundry), Christian Burns (Burnsworks), Robert Moses (Robert Moses’ Kin), and Diane Frank (Stanford and the Cunningham Studio). In 2019 she performed with Bessie-award winning choreographer Adam Weinert and the Hudson Dance Collective. Glory holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford and currently teaches at Harvard. 


Madeline Miller

-Performer

Madeline Miller is a performance artist based in Boston, MA. She began studying classical ballet while growing up in North Dakota and Montana, and later joined the Ballet Chicago Studio Company in Chicago, IL. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2019 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance. While at the Conservatory, she had the honor of working with numerous acclaimed choreographers such as Darrell Moultrie, Roderick George, Adam Houghland, and Stephanie Martinez. In addition to her performance work, Madeline holds a ballet teaching certification from the Royal Academy of Dance. Currently, she is a Master of Arts candidate at Lesley University studying mental health counseling and dance/movement therapy. In addition to performing and studying, Madeline dabbles in acting, singing, songwriting, and visual art. She’s a jack-of-all-trades, and she can’t wait to see what the future holds.


Noelle Morrow

-Performer

Noelle Morrow is a biomedical researcher in Boston and dancer with Harvard Ballet Company. She studied classical ballet and character dance for thirteen years in Bergen County, New Jersey. She then attended Skidmore College to continue her ballet training, as well as pursue modern technique, receiving her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude as a double major in Human Physiology and Dance Performance in 2019. Noelle’s performance experience includes corps, soloist, and principal roles in a wide range of classical ballets, as well as prominent modern works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, and Robert Battle. Noelle’s love for dance is intertwined with her fascination for the human body and her interest in optimizing health and performance. Her current projects focus on genetically engineering stem cells for beta cell replacement therapy to treat Type 1 Diabetes. She is passionate about constantly using her curiosity, skepticism, and creativity to bridge science and art in her approach to research, dance, and life.


Dara Nicole

-Performer

Dara Nicole is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Providence, Rhode Island. She is originally from Florida, where she received early training with Gloria Gaither before moving on to train under Peter Stark and Ivonne Lemus at Next Generation Ballet at the Patel Conservatory, as well as intermittent coaching and mentorship from Dominic Walsh. 

After her training Dara found freelance work for a year with Brandon Ballet and The Sarasota Opera, and then danced for Nashville Ballet’s second company for two years before joining Festival Ballet Providence. In her time with Festival Ballet Providence Dara has performed works by Yury Yanowsky, Mary Ellen Beaudreau, Christopher Huggins, George Balanchine, and many others. Dara has also originated soloist roles for both Viktor Plotnikov and Ty Parmenter.


Holly Stone

-Choreographer/director

Holly Stone is a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and educator currently based in the Greater Boston Area Currently teaching through Arthur Murray Dance Studios, she is the Resident Choreographer for Wanderlust Theatre, and has created dance films for festivals internationally. Recent theater choreography credits include CATS and SOUTH PACIFIC for Quincy Musical Theatre, A NEW BRAIN for FSU Theatre, and CANDIDE for FSU Opera. Her backgrounds in ballet, contemporary, and ballroom dance allow her to move seamlessly between genres and challenge expectations of gender and partnership. She is an interdisciplinary alchemist who seeks to synthesize art and science: She holds an MFA in Dance from Florida State University and a Bachelors of Science in Bioengineering & Neuroscience from Syracuse University.  


Maude Warshaw

-Performer

Maude Warshaw was born and raised in New  Hampshire with her two sisters and brother. She was immersed in dance from the moment she could walk, studying alongside her siblings at her local dance studio. There, she was introduced to traditional techniques such as ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. After graduating from high school Maude moved to Boston in order to attend The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Where she could refined her art and strengthen her individual artistic voice. Maude has had the opportunities to collaborate with many phenomenal artist on new works. Including In search of…  Choreographed by Martha Nichols, Tongues Choreographed by Bradley Shelver, Metallica Project Choreographed by Otis Sallid, Maude graduated in the Spring of 2021, she is now a freelance dancer bouncing between Boston and New York pursuing a life of movement and collaboration through artistic views.


Henry Winslow

-Performer

Henry Winslow is a dancer who grew up in Bellingham Washington where he started performing as a child. At 17 he moved to Oregon to study for a year in The Portland Ballet’s Career Track program. He has also attended summer programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva, and Jacob’s Pillow. He Graduated with a BFA in contemporary dance performance from Boston Conservatory in May of 2021. He has been able to work with and perform works by Adrienne Hawkins, Darrell Moultrie, Anne Mueller, Pam Tanowitz, KT Nelson, Catherine Coury, and Martha Nichols, as well as repertory by choreographers such as Alejandro Cerrudo, Peter Chu, Jose Limon, George Balanchine, and Trey McIntyre. Henry has also found a love for choreography and collaboration while producing and choreographing shows with his classmates in college. He is beginning to work as a freelance dancer between Boston and New York City and hopes to build a sustainable and enjoyable career in the arts.


Past Cast Members

Summer 2021 Workshop Cast: Leah Abbot, Charles Antenen, Kylie Edwards, Meredith Hunter-Mason, Alex Meeth

2021 Research Cast: Bridgette Borzillo, Sabrina Karlin

Florida State University Research Cast: Catherine Grimley, Jenna Myers, Kyra Singh, Lindsey Stephens