WHO WE ARE

Artists and Collaborators

These are the artists and collaborators that currently represent Douglas & Co.

ANN FRANCIS ANG

Artist

Ann Francis Ang was born and raised in San Francisco, and trained with the San Francisco Dance Common's teen company. During her time in San Francisco, Ann Francis has worked with Kimi Okada, KT Nelson, Dexandro "D" Montalvo, and Katie Faulkner. In addition to performing with the teen company, she has also been a rehearsal assistant for their seasonal production of "The Velveteen Rabbit." Ann Francis will receive her BFA in Dance at Adelphi University in the spring of 2019. Since attending Adelphi University, she has performed works by Orion Duckstein, Adelheid B. Strelick, Joy Douglas, Jennifer Kreichman, and Aszure Barton's "Blue Soup." For the past two years she has performed works by Joy Douglas at the American College Dance Association, including excerpts from “Sisu.” She has also performed repertoire by Pascal Rioult and Paul Taylor. Ann Francis is currently an intern at Rioult Dance NY, working within their arts administration department and outreach program. This upcoming fall, Ann Francis will be attending the London School of Contemporary Dance. She would like to extend her greatest thanks to Joy Douglas for the countless opportunities and memories, as well as her family for their continuous support.

NAIARA BERMÚDEZ

Rehearsal Assistant

Naiara Bermúdez is a sophomore dance major at Adelphi University. She is an international student with Uruguayan-Spanish nationality. Naiara has been dancing since a young age but it was not until 2016 that she decided to pursue a career in dance. She trained under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus while she lived in Dubai and South Africa. Back in Uruguay, from 2013 to 2016, she attended Paola Garabedian’s Ballet School and studied for a short period of time with contemporary director and choreographer Martin Inthamoussu.

PAMYLA CUMMINGS

Artist

Pamyla Cummings is a junior dance major and psychology minor from Staten Island, NY. She’s trained from the age of 2 to 18 at Starmaker Dance Studio, Donna’s Gotta Dance Inc., and Center Stage Dance Company Ltd. In the past, Pamyla has volunteered at outreach programs, including ChopArt’s Camp Envision as a dance instructor to homeless teenagers in Atlanta, Georgia. During her off seasons, she has attended the Earl Mosley Summer and Arts Intensive, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: open company classes. In her 2018 Spring semester Pamyla trained under the mentorship of William P. Briscoe—diving further into post-Modern choreography, task based improvisation, and exploring intention/emotion in movement. This year she’s performed excerpts of Joy Douglas’ Sisu at various venues including: the American College Dance Association regional conference, NYSDEA 2018 Winter Conference, I <3 GDC at Gibney Dance, and NYU Tisch 2018 Choreography Seminar. She has previously had the pleasure of performing in works by Anna Noble, Frederick Earl Mosley, and Orion Duckstein.

ERIK DEBONO

Guest Artist

Erik was born and raised in San Francisco, California and began dancing at the age of six. For high school, he attended the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts while focusing his training on classical and contemporary ballet with his mentor Viktor Kabaniaev after school. He has worked with Labayen Dance/SF, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman’s Dizzy Feet Gala Show, AVA Ballet, The Anata Project, Oakland Ballet, and is currently with contemporary ballet company DawsonDanceSF under the direction of Gregory Dawson. While at Adelphi, he has performed guest works such as “Marimba” by Lar Lubovitch, “Journey” by Earl Mosley, “Rituals” by Manuel Vignoulle, and “Encounters” by Jessie Ryan while mixing and editing music for Ryan and assisting for her rehearsals. His solo work titled “Vulnus” was presented at the Northeastern Conference of the American College Dance Association (2017) and was selected to be presented at the Gala Concert. He is ecstatic to be part of Douglas’ work.

HANNAH FRANZ

Artist

Hannah Franz is a dance major in her final semester at Adelphi University and is both overjoyed and grateful for another opportunity to be performing Joy Douglas’ work. Though originally from Long Island, New York, Franz furthered her dance education at Inwood Performing Arts in West Virginia from 2010-2014, where she performed in several works choreographed by Eddy Ocampo, Lauri Stallings and Shan Dai. Additionally, she has also performed roles opposite professionals such as Matthew Helms (Boulder Ballet) and Israel Rodriguez (Orlando Ballet). At Adelphi, Hannah has performed the choreography of Adelheid B. Strelick, Frank Augustyn, Orion Duckstein and Lar Lubovitch. In the fall of 2016, Franz spent the semester studying abroad at London Contemporary Dance School where she performed the work of Richard Alston. Hannah is a seventh year recipient of the Marion Park Lewis Foundation scholarship, and has attended many intensives including Ballet Austin, Complexions, GloATL and most recently, GALLIM, where she is the current arts administration intern.

  

KAYLA JENKINS

Artist

Kayla Jenkins was born and raised in Queens, New York, where she began training at her local dance studio. As well as being a Fiorello H. Laguardia High School dance alumni, she is now a junior dance minor here at Adelphi. Kayla has had the honor of working with guest choreographers Aszure Barton, Earl Mosley and Jessie Ryan while in Adelphi University's Dance program.

TARO JONES

Artist

Taro was born and raised Kingston, Jamaica. His parents had him dancing from a young age at the Wolmer's Dance Troupe, directed by Barbara McDaniel. He continued dancing all the way through high school, soon joining the Campion College Dance Society and guest performing with Dance Theatre Xaymaca. His passion for the art led to transferring to Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. There, he began learning other genres of dance (ballet, modern, contemporary) along with his general studies. Currently, Taro is a sophomore at Adelphi pursuing a chemistry minor and dance major, having performed in works choreographed by Azure Barton, Adelheid Strelick, William Briscoe and Manuel Vignoulle. He extends his gratitude to all those who’ve helped him refine his craft, and to the artistic director, for the chance to be a part of this creative endeavor.

  

YU-CHIEH KAO

Guest Artist

Yu-Chieh Kao was born and raised in Taiwan, she had her training of Ballet, Modern, and Chinese Classical dance in Hwa-Kang Performing Arts School and the local studio in Taipei, Taiwan. She has performed with Garrett + Moulton Production, Hai-Yan Chinese Dance Company, and TNSP (The Next Stage Project) with Jana Hicks and Marijke Eliasberg in San Francisco and New York. Yu-Chieh is currently a sophomore dance major at Adelphi University.

CATRINA KUBEK

Artist

Catrina Kubek is a senior dance major from Massachusetts. She grew up dancing at Dance Theater of New England under the direction of Deborah L. Stanton-Bianca. As a senior company member there, she studied ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, and musical theater. Catrina has attended Boston Conservatory Summer Dance Intensive and Urbanity Dance Summer Intensive, where she had the opportunity to perform in Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Last fall, she performed in the New York City Choreographer’s Forum with the Julia Kane Dance Collective. While at Adelphi, she has performed works by Orion Duckstein, William Briscoe, Jennifer Kreichman, and Adelheid B. Strelick. During her junior year, Catrina was awarded the Lois Betts Endowed Scholarship for Dance 2016-2017. Catrina is grateful for the opportunity to work with Joy Douglas and would like to thank her for the numerous performance opportunities this semester.

MADELINE KUHLKE

Artist

Madeline Kuhlke was born and raised in Bethpage, New York and received her dance training from multiple institutions including Norma’s School of Dance and the Long Island High School for the Arts. She currently attends Adelphi University as a dance major where she is studying to earn her B.F.A in Dance Performance under the direction of Department Chair, Frank Augustyn. Madeline has spent summers training at Peridance, the Taylor School, Rioult, and on scholarship at the Martha GrahamSchool. Madeline Kuhlke is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Miss Kuhlke is currently on staff at Classical School of Ballet LI.

CAITLIN MCCLOSKEY-MEYER

Artist

Caitlin McCloskey-Meyer is a senior dance major from Brattleboro, Vermont. Prior to coming to Adelphi she trained in ballet and modern through the Brattleboro School of Dance with Mucuy Bolles. Her choreography was also performed at the 2014 National High School Dance Festival. Previously at Adelphi she’s performed Martha Graham’s “Dark Meadow”, Lar Lubovitch’s “Marimba”, works by Frank Augustyn and Orion Duckstein, and understudied Manuel Vignoulle’s “Rituals” and Paul Taylor’s Company B. In addition to being a student at Adelphi, she also works at Mark Morris Dance Group. She’d like thank her sister.

CHARLES SIGUENZA

Artist

CHARLES (CHARLIE) SIGUENZA is graduating in May 2018 with a BFA Dance degree from Adelphi University, while also studying Exercise Science.  Throughout his college career, he has performed the works of Frank Augustyn, Aszure Barton, Joy Douglas, Orion Duckstein, Jennifer Kreichman, Lar Lubovitch, Fredrick Earl Mosley, Jessie Ryan, and Adelheid B. Strelick. He has performed at the American College Dance Association, Walt Disney World, the Orange Bowl, Young Choreographers Festival in NYC, and Earl Mosley's Diversity of Dance. He is a Dancers Inc. TNT Scholarship Winner and has performed at the Dizzy Feet Gala in Los Angeles under the direction of Nigel Lythgoe. He credits his mother for passing on the dance gene and is thankful for all the dedicated and talented teachers that push and motivate him in his life.

  

 

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