Jennifer Sciantarelli trained in ballet, tap and jazz in Lexington from the age of three. A graduate of the Kentucky Governorís School for the Arts, she has performed with the Lexington Ballet Company, Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company, several theatre companies and RADAR: Dance in Reverse, a Lexington-based troupe Jennifer co-founded after college. During college, Jennifer was active in the University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble, twice winning the Mary King Montgomery Kouns Choreography Award. Jennifer was publicity director for Ensemble two years and held the presidency her senior year. She was also a recipient of the R.D. and Caroline Kirkpatrick Scholarship. After earning a Bachelorís degree in journalism, Jennifer worked as a full-time reporter and later a freelance arts reporter and dance critic. Jennifer is currently nearing completion of her Masterís degree in Arts Policy and Administration at Ohio State University as a Barnett Fellow. While in Ohio, she has attended several international conferences, lobbied for the arts on Capitol Hill and worked with local arts service organizations. Jennifer is grateful for the opportunity to work with the Ensemble again and thanks her dancers for their hard work and patience. Her piece was inspired by the many journeys she has taken in her life and by the roads less traveled.
Dalia Carella is a world-renowned Middle Eastern Contemporary Dancer, Choreographer, Instructress and Global Fusion Artist. Audiences from around the world have applauded her mystical and innovative dances and choreographies that are taken from the tradition of the countries she is representing. Ms. Carella has delved deeply in the studies of dances from the Near and Middle East including Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, as well as North Africa including Morocco and Algeria. Her dances are both traditional and contemporary with a spiritual essence behind each and every movement that she creates. Some of Ms. Carellaís new works represent her on-going study and research of Sacred Movement and Ancient Hand Gesturing. Blending mudras and movements from India, China, Japan, North Africa, and Egypt, her choreographies represent movement rituals from the ancient to the avant-garde. Her dance background also includes studies in Flamenco, Indian, African, Samba, Salsa, in addition to other Latin dance forms as well as jazz and ballet. Ms. Carella created her signature dance form, Dunyavi Gypsy (Roma) Dance for which she is known throughout the world. The core of Daliaís Dunyavi work is extensive research of the Romany trail, focusing primarily on the Roma dances of Spain, India, Turkey and most recently, movements from North Africa. Dalia has also been performing and teaching a second style of Gypsy Rom dance, ďEl MundoĒ, that is evolving from her continuing studies of Middle Eastern, Andalusia and Latin dance influences.
Laura Everling, a UK Dance Ensemble alumnus, set a piece for the ensemble in December of 1999. Entitled Shed, Mother, the piece was inspired by the amphibian and explores three elements--water, earth, and air. The nine dancers worked for a week with Ms. Everling and then continued rehearsing through the spring semester to prepare for performance in the Spring Ensemble Concert on April 9, 2000. Laura Everling is currently a performer with LA-based Diavolo Dance Theater, under the direction of Jacques Heim. Prior to working with Diavolo, Laura has performed with the Santa Barbara Dance Theater, the Wasatch Dance Collective, and the University of Utah's "Performing Dance Company." Laura holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Utah, where she had the opportunity to choreograph and teach while completing her own research on "Dance and Community Partnerships." Laura has enjoyed working with such artists as Celeste Miller, Liz Lerman, Stephen Koester, Joan Woodbury, Risa Steinberg, Della Davidson, Doug Varone, and Rayma Beal. Prior to her dance career, Laura received a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Kentucky, where she began dancing with the UK Dance Ensemble, and interned in the US Congress and the Kentucky General Assembly. In her life and in her work, Laura seeks to find ways in which dance can build community and enrich communication through creative process and performance. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV and is a performer for Cirque du Soleil's "KA."
Julia received a BA in Dance from the Barat conservatory in 1993 and an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts Dance Program in 2001. Julia has performed with the Lexington Ballet Company, The North Shore Ballet, The Joffrey School, The Barat Repertory Dance Company and The Second Avenue Dance Company. She has also studied under and performed works by choreographers such as Deborah Jowitt, Phyllis Lamhut, Gus Solomons Junior, Cassandra Pfeiffer, Rony Foster and Eileen Cropley. For the past fifteen years Julia has focused on teaching primarily ballet at all levels. She has directed several dance programs and has taught more recently at the JCC on the Palisades in New Jersey, the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, The University of Kentucky, The Bluegrass Youth Ballet and The Barbara Ann Dance School. Julia is proud to be a part of Lexington and to be a mother of two.
Stephanie received her degree in Modern Dance performance from Kent State University in 1996 and has been working as a choreographer, guest artist and teacher since her graduation. Ms. Pevec has been fortunate to work with students of all ages and abilities as well as students with disabilities while enriching the lives of her students through dance and visual arts. Stephanie is dedicated to the education of her students utilizing multiple artistic media and has also worked professionally as an Arts Administrator and Gallery Director. Ms. Pevec’s strong belief in the impact the arts can have on the individual as well as the community is reflected through her multiple personal and professional experiences through the Arts.
Meredith is a magna cum laude graduate of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance with a concentration in jazz dance. During her time at Point Park University, she was a member of Playhouse Dance Company and worked with such choreographers as Kiesha Lalama-White, Margo Sappington, and Robert Battle. For the past several years, she has been dancing and teaching professionally for companies, private studios, and public schools. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Kentucky pursuing her Master’s of Science in Kinesiology and her dance certification.
Anastasia McGlothin began dancing at the age of four in Jackson, Michigan and received her early training in ballet and modern dance in Ann Arbor. She earned a BFA degree in modern dance from Western Michigan University in 1988, and an MFA in dance, with an emphasis in choreography, from Smith College in 1991. Since returning to the Midwest, she has danced with Dance Gallery, Barb Neri and Dancers, Detroit Dance Collective, and with Louisville's Afterimages Dance Company. Anastasia has taught dance at Amherst College in Massachusetts, as well as private studios in Michigan, Massachusetts, and Kentucky. As one of the founding Artistic Directors of Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company, now in its fifth season, she enjoys teaching, performing, and creating new choreography. In 1999, she was one of just two recipients of the Al Smith Fellowship in Choreography from the Kentucky Arts Council. Anastasia came and worked with the UK Dance Ensemble in the fall of 2000. Her piece was performed in the Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 Dance Ensemble Concerts. Anastasia lives in Crestwood, KY with her husband, Christopher, and their children, Damian and Nastassia.
Gretchen Wagner received her BA in Sociology from the University of Richmond and her MA in Dance Education from New York University. She has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Center, McBurney YMCA, University of Richmond, The Henrico Center for the Arts, and Eastern Kentucky University. Gretchen was honored to perform in the 2004 New York City Tap Festival and New Choreography Showcase with tap master, Brenda Bufalino. She is currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky, where she teaches dance at the Barbara Annís School of Dance and the University of Kentucky. She was the first to complete her K-12 Certification in Dance Education through the University of Kentucky and is happy to be student teaching in the contemporary dance program at SCAPA.
Anjuli Bhattacharyya received her Bachelorís in Marketing Business Administration and Dance minor from the University of Kentucky in spring of 2007. She was president of and has choreographed over 15 pieces for the UK dance ensemble. In 2000, she started teaching at Gotta Dance Studio as a youth jazz instructor and continued teaching jazz and modern classes until spring of 2007. In 2004, Anjuli received the Mary King Montgomery Kouns Choreography Award. In 2006, she received the R.D. and Caroline Kirkpatrick Scholarship, and in 2007 she was honored with the Founderís Scholarship for significant contribution to dance at UK. Also in 2007 and 2008, she was granted a full scholarship to American Dance Festivalís summer intensive. She has performed pieces choreographed by Jose Limon, Leymis Bolanos, Barry Youngblood, Jerry Rose, Dalia Carella, and Gaspard Louis of Pilobolus. Now she is pursuing a modern dance career in New York.