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  2017 aMaSSiT Artist Information  


JORDAN JAMIL AHMED is a dance and performance artist, writer, and educator from Marion, Ohio living in Cambridge, MA. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a diverse training in creative writing, English literature, and dance under the mentorship of David Caplan and Marin Leggat, he performed with Tim Miller in residence at the New Museum in NYC and co-founded Equal Footing with Kathleen Dalton. Following his move to Massachusetts, he began dancing and choreographing in the Greater Boston Area and has performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Outside the Box, Mobius, the Arts at the Armory, Third Life Studio, the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, and NUPAPS. Currently, Jordan choreographs collaboratively with Claire Johannes as power//PLAY in addition to dancing for Michael Figueroa, Peter DiMuro, Brian Feigenbaum, and Jimena Bermejo-Black. For more information, please visit: JORDAN JAMIL AHMED
MEGHAN CARMICHAEL, contemporary dance artist, is originally from Cape Cod MA. Her BFA in Contemporary Dance is from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, 2012. Her training continued at Impulstanz International Dance Festival in Austria, Bates Dance Festival (BDF), and with AXIS Dance Company. She performed in works by Limon, Cunningham, Nikolais, and worked with choreographers Helen Simoneau, Eric Oberdorff, Doug Elkins, Heidi Henderson, Betsy Miller and Ali Kenner Brodsky. She was on faculty at Festival Ballet Providence (FBP), Providence Ballet, Moses Brown School, an adjunct at Brown University and currently at Dean College. Her choreography has been presented at the Dance Complex in Boston, Brown, FBP, AS220, and BDF. Meghan is passionate about developing community support projects including: the blog DancePVD, “Near and Far: Collaborative Art Project” on Cape Cod, and her work as a freelance marketing consultant for artists. For more information, please visit: MEGHAN CARMICHAEL
CLAIRE JOHANNES is a Boston born dance and performance artist. After receiving her primary training in Boston, Claire continued to earn her BA in Dance and Performance Studies from Eugene Lang College: The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City in 2013 where she developed a love for somatic bodywork and improvisational practices. Since returning to Boston, Claire has danced for Jimena Bermejo Black and Paul Laurey in addition to performing as a regular company member in Ruckus Dance Company. Claire co-founded the collaborative dance project power//PLAY with Jordan Jamil Ahmed in October 2015 and has performed their work at The Dance Complex, Outside the Box Festival, NUPAPS, Third Life Studio, and the Arts at the Armory. As power//PLAY Claire and Jordan have recently received residencies at Green Street Studios and Denmark Arts Center. CLAIRE JOHANNES
JIMIKA MEHTA, from Philadelphia, now in the Boston area, is an emerging choreographer who is focusing on incorporating modern elements into her traditional Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance training. She continues to focus on further learning her traditional roots as well as Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. She wants to focus on striving to create movement that speaks and relates to the South Asian diaspora in the US and raising awareness on an ancient art form. By sharing her story through dance, she hopes to inspire more South Asian to create art and showcase their rich culture. JIMIKA MEHTA
UNCHARTED COLLECTIVE is comprised of dancers Andrea Blesso Alburquerque, Elizabeth Epsen, Mary McCarthy, and Katie Dunkel.
ANDREA BLESSO ALBUQUERQUE has danced with each of the elements - underwater, 18ft in the air, spinning fire fans, and in the mountains of Portugal. Throughout her dance life, Andrea has had many careers - as a dance instructor for Partners for Youth with Disabilities, a model for artist Judith Larsen, and as a performer with Snappy Dance Theater, Bennett Dance Company, Falling Flight Project, Annie Kloppenberg, and EgoArt Inc, among others. Currently, Andrea runs the dance program at the Boston Center for the Arts and lives in the ‘burbs with her husband, two kids, and dog. ANDREA BLESSO ALBUQUERQUE
Originally from Tucson, AZ, ELIZABETH EPSEN trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and the San Francisco Ballet School where she also performed with the San Francisco Ballet. As a dance performer in the Boston area, Elizabeth has worked with choreographers Adriane Brayton, Adrienne Hawkins, Nicole Pierce, Ronnie T. Thomas, and others in various forms of contemporary dance. She has an ongoing collaboration with Boston-based saxophone and viola duo patchtax to create experimental performance and video projects. Elizabeth graduated from Creighton University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Art History. She also works as Program Assistant for Dance at Harvard University. ELIZABETH EPSEN
MARY MCCARTHY has danced in the New England area for audiences large and small for the past fourteen years. Performance spaces include numerous colleges and schools, and a variety of theaters, outdoor stages and unique public spaces such as: Somerville's Davis Square Train station, 18 feet above the ground; a floating bridge on Lake Hibiscus in the heart of historic Forrest Hills Cemetery; Black Rock City in the Nevada desert at Burning Man 2007; the Huntington Theatre's lovely Calderwood Pavilion; New York City's WAXWorks in Williamsburg and the 92nd Street Y; and Boston's historic Cyclorama Theatre. Mary has had the pleasure of performing for many choreographers including by Christine Bennett, Brian Crabtree, Audra Carabetta, Kelly Donovan, James Morrow, DeAnna Pellechia, and Nicole Pierce. Mary is a veteran volunteer in The Dance Complex's Workstudy Program, where she also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. MARY MCCARTHY
KATIE DUNKEL earned her BA in Dance from Hamilton College and is a graduate of the Trinity/La Mama Performance Art Program out of New York City. She has had the pleasure of performing work by Boston area choreographers and companies including Audra Carabetta, Contrapose Dance, EgoArt, Falling Flight Project, Meghan McLyman, Mariah Steele/Quicksilver Dance, and Danny Swain Dance Company, and she is currently dancing in her 5th season with Lorraine Chapman The Company. For over 10 years, Katie has taught ballet and modern dance to students Pre-K through high school, and is currently on faculty at Walnut Hill Community Dance Academy, Walnut Hill Summer Youth Dance, and The Dance Place in Arlington. KATIE DUNKEL
MARGARET WISS is interested in the interaction between dance and science. Attracted to dynamic movement, which investigates the perception of dance as a scientific sport, she explores the interactions of dance and the environment – inside and outside the body. Currently she is choreographing for PDX Contemporary Ballet Company and is collaborating with visual artist, Noël Hennelly for Norte Maar's Production, CounterPointe5. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, magna cum laude, she received a Bachelor in Arts in Dance Kinesiology with high honors from the dance department. MARGARET WISS


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