Courtney, the founder and artistic director of Contrapose Dance, began her training under the supervision of Russell Chambers and later performed with the Chambers Ballet Company under the direction of Anthony Williams and Wayne Stewarte. Additionally, Ms. Peix studied under Margot Parsons, Dean Vollick, and Marcus Schulkind, and has danced with Boston Dance Company, Margot Parsons Dance Company, and Sokolow Now!, the Anna Sokolow Archival Company.
Max first began his training at The Palace Theatre in Manchester N.H. under the direction of Carl Rajotte, Rebecca Peterson, and Nathan Sawyer. He recently returned to The Palace stage in his first professional production of A Chorus Line. Max graduated Cume Laude from the University of New Hampshire this past May where he received his B.A. in Dance. While attending university he studied under the direction of Larry Robertson, Susan Endrizzi, Gay Nardone, and Mary Beth Marino. He was awarded the prestigious Jean Mattox Scholarship for the final two years of his college career. Max trained at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre's summer intensive on scholarship for two years. He looks forward to what his professional career may hold for him.
Nina began studying modern dance at age 8 with Carl Thomsen and Ina Hahn. She performed with the Windhover Dance Company under the direction of Ina Hahn and Carol Burnham and went on to study ballet with Gene Murray for 3 years. She began training with Marcus Schulkind at age 13, who she has been training with ever since. She has attended a variety of festivals and workshops including the Bates Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, Summer Stages Dance, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She also attended Bennington College for one year, where she performed in multiple student and faculty dance pieces. She danced for Contrapose from 2008-2010 and is very happy to be dancing with the company again!
Naoko is a native of Nagoya, Japan. At the age of six, she was introduced to the world of classical ballet by Michiko Matsumoto. She continued her training with Barbara Anaskowski Smith in Lansing, MI. While there she performed with the students of the National Ballet School of Gdansk in Poland, as well as students from Vaganova Ballet School in St. Pertersburg, Russia. Naoko received her B.F.A. in Dance from The Boston Conservatory. While there she performed works by Daniel Pelzig, Sean Curran, Lar Lubovitch and Jose Limon. She also attended the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program, Ballet Intensive from Moscow and was a full scholarship recipient at Summer Stages Dance in 2012. She has performed with Urban Nutcracker, Zoé Dance, Quick Sliver Dance and Michiko Matsumoto Ballet. She is also a company member of Prometheus Dance and Jo-Mé Dance. She was a faculty at Summer Stages 2 and Contemporary Dance Intensive at Concord Academy, summer of 2014. She is a faculty member of Walnut Hill School for the Arts as well as a director of Brown Dance Academy. She is excited to be working with Contrapose Dance.
Amy recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with her BA in English. Despite carrying a rigorous academic schedule, she devoted the remainder of her time in the studio under the direction of Liz Lapuh. Amy received her eclectic ballet training from the State Ballet of Rhode Island under the direction of Herci Marsden and Ana Marsden Fox, Festival Ballet Providence and Deborah Stanton-Bianca of Dance Theater of New England. Although a more recent pursuit, she found a passion for modern dance through the teachings of Marcus Schulkind and Nicole Pierce, both based in Cambridge, and Dudley Williams of Alvin Ailey in New York City. This will be Amy’s fourth season with Contrapose Dance and she’s really excited!
Maggie is originally from Somers, New York, where she trained at Logrea Dance Academy and was a member of the Westchester Ballet Company. She received her BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory where she had the opportunity to study with wonderful Boston teachers such as Leslie Woodies, Adriana Suarez, Gianni DiMarco, Marcus Schulkind, Tommy Neblett, Diane Arvanites, Richard Colton, and Olivier Besson. Her most recent performance credits include works by Larry Keigwin, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolas, Robert Sher-Machherndl, Nick Cave, Cathy Young, Olivier Besson, and Darcy Naganuma. She has attended various summer programs including Boston Ballet, Movement Invention Project, Karole Armitage Gone! Dance, and LINES Ballet. Maggie is continuing to train and perform in the Boston area and is excited to be working with Contrapose Dance.
Jenny is originally from Rochester, NY where she began her dance training with MaryKay Touris. She attended Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, graduating in 2005 with a BA in Dance and Art. While at Goucher, Jenny performed in many original works by students, faculty and guest artists, in addition to favorites such as George Balanchine’s Valse Fantasie and selections from August Bournonville’s Napoli. She has also had the pleasure of studying dance at Middlesex University in London, and the summer intensives of The Princeton Ballet School and Ballet Austin. Since moving to Boston in 2005, Jenny has performed with Northern Ballet Theatre, Anna Myer and Dancers and Boston Dance Company, before finding a home with Contrapose Dance for which she is a founding company member. Jenny is also a company member of EgoArt, Inc and teaches ballet and contemporary dance at two Boston-area dance schools.
Carmella, also known as Molly, began studying ballet at age six at the Doris Marsh School of Classical Ballet in Saginaw, MI. She continued her studies at Virginia Ballet Theatre (Norfolk, Va), the Performing Arts School of Classical Ballet (San Antonio, TX), and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (Carlisle, PA). In 2007, McCormack graduated from the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering. After working several years in the field, she returned to dance, teaching at the Northeast School of Ballet (Reading, MA) and joining the Roxey Ballet Company (Lambertville, NJ) for their 2012-2013 season. She is thrilled this year to be back in Massachusetts and performing with Contrapose Dance.
Jenna-marie began her formal training under the direction of Mihailo Djuric and Susan Duffy In Portsmouth, NH. She continued training at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre with Mary Thompson and Cosmin Marculetiu. Jenna has also trained at Boston Ballet, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet summer intensives. Her previous performance opportunities include dancing with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and BalletRox. Jenna graduated this year with a bachelor’s degree from the Harvard Extension School. She is thrilled to be a part of Contrapose.
Molly received her dance training from Petit Papillon School of Ballet and Ballet Theatre of New Hampshire, where she studied the Vaganova ballet technique and a mixed modern technique under teachers Patricia Walker and Kelly Doremus-Stuart. She performed with the youth company of Petit Papillon until attending Tufts University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English and continued dancing, choreographing, and producing with Sarabande Dance Ensemble. She has performed work by Tatiana Tchernova, Daniel McCusker, and David Sun. She is currently working with several dance companies and independent choreographers around the city, including 1,000 Virtues Dance, Vanessa White, and Contrapose Dance. (Photo Liza Voll)
Jessica was born in North Carolina and spent most of her adolescence dancing and performing with friends at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts. She found a love for movement that she continued to investigate at East Carolina University's School of Theater and Dance. Graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2010, Jessica went on to perform under choreographer Virginia Freeman-Dupont, Jan Van Dyke, and in New York, NY with BalaSole Dance Company. Jessica is a comprehensively certified Power Pilates and Xtend Barre Instructor. She moved to Boston to expand upon her performance career and is excited about the opportunity to perform with Contrapose Dance in Hover Dive!
Amberlee's early dance education was at Petit Papillon School of Ballet in Concord, NH under Pat Walker and Kelly Stuart. She attended many different prestigious summer dance programs including the Hartford Ballet, The International Ballet Competition in Jackson MS, and Bates Dance Festival. In 2006 Amberlee received her BFA in Modern Dance from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase in New York where she trained in ballet under Tedd Kivitt, Betty Jane Sills, Rosanna Seravalli and Richard Cook. She studied modern dance techniques (Graham, Cunningham and Taylor) with Stephanie Tooman, Larry Clark, Megan Williams, Kevin Wynn and Neil Greenberg, and improvisation/choreography with Kazuko Hirabayashi. Through her professional dance career Amberlee has traveled nationally and internationally having had the privilege to work with many amazing choreographers such as Mark Morris, Kevin Wynn, Nathan Trice, Megan Williams and more. Amberlee is a certified in Kripalu Yoga, Rasamaya Yoga, Power Pilates Mat teacher and in 2012 received a Masters in Expressive Therapy (Dance/Movement Therapy) and Mental Health Counseling. Her goal as a therapist and teacher is to share the joy of discovery of one's self through movement and to guide students to relish the wisdom that comes from within as their connection to themselves deepens.
Tony is a dancer, choreographer, performer and educator. After discovering a new love for dance while attending Boston University's summer dance program "Reach" he joined forces with J.S. Fusement and started training more passionately in hip hop, Haitian folklore and jazz dance. He soon became a member of J.S. Extension, the performing company and was seen all over Massachusetts as a talented local artist. Under the direction of Jeffrey Louizia, Tony continued to perform and guest teach at workshops, conventions and assist with master classes all over New England. Besides dancing with Bosoma, Mr. Tucker is also a proud member of Modern Dyscomfort, a Boston based modern dance company under the direction of Ricardo Foster Jr, as well as a member of The Braintree Ballet Company/Dance Studio of Braintree where he trains with Melissa Kelley Clark and Ricardo Machado. He performs as a soloist for the Braintree Ballet Company. Tony continues his education by attending classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern and pas de deux. He is a dedicated dancer and a talented choreographer. As a teacher he is adored by students all over Massachusetts and continues to share his gift of dance and love of the art form in every way he can.
Camden received his dance training at the Ballet Arts Center of Winchester under the direction of Debbie Boyle and Lorraine Chapman. He is a current company member of Dance Prism, and is working as a guest artist with The Deborah Abel Dance Company. Camden has worked with several dance companies in the Boston area, including David Parker and the Bang Group, Lorraine Chapman the Company, and the Boston Dance Company, among others. Camden is excited to be working with Contrapose Dance.
Arian Winn - Guest Dancer
Arian began her training with the Atlanta Ballet in her hometown of Atlanta, GA. She graduated magna cum laude with her BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory, and upon graduation moved to San Francisco to indulge in its rich dance community. There she worked with Trey McIntyre Project as their Operations Manager, developing her skills in Arts Administration. Arian has danced in Atlanta with contemporary collaborative platform gloATL, performing the work of choreographer Lauri Stallings and she danced with Contrapose Dance until recently moving to LA. Arian is also a certified Gyrotonic Expansion System® Instructor.
Andy Cook - Guest Dancer
Andy Cook began his dance training under the direction of his mother; his first and still favorite teacher. After high school Andy continued his training at Chapman University, earning a BFA in Dance in 2005. Since graduating, Andy has had the privilege to perform and tour with Backhausdance in Orange, CA and Shen Wei Dance Arts and Keigwin+Co in New York City. Currently, Andy is studying to become a physical therapist in hopes that he can someday help dancers not hurt quite so much.
Catherine “Cat” Murcek - Guest Dancer
Catherine received her BA in International Economics from Franklin College of Switzerland in 2004 & soon thereafter decided she would rather pursue the life of a starving artist. Over the last 3 years that she has been in the Boston area, she has had the pleasure & good fortune to work with many different choreographers & companies including: Bryce Dance, Nicole Dagesse, Emily Beattie, Ruth Bronwen, Carey Foster, Mariah Steele, Weberdance, Stephen Koplowitz, Contrapose Dance, & Sara Rudner. She is currently a member of Lorraine Chapman: The Company, The & So No Sin Performance Troupe, & ZoeDance, & dabbles in her own choreography periodically. She is also a 200-hr certified yoga instructor.
Kathryn Dunkel - Guest Dancer
Kathryn received her BA in Dance from Hamilton College with a Minor in Anthropology. While at Hamilton, she studied with Elaine Heekin, Leslie Norton, & Bruce Walczyk. Katie is a graduate of the Trinity/La Mama program out of New York City, where she studied with Maureen Fleming, Tiffany Mills, & Lisa Race, among others. Since moving to Boston, she has had the pleasure of performing work by choreographers & companies including: Contrapose Dance, Audra Carabetta, EgoArt, Inc., Cat Murcek, Mariah Steele, Danny Swain Dance Company, & WeberDance. Katie has presented her own work in Cambridge at The Dance Complex & Green Street Studios, the Triskelion Arts Center in Brooklyn, & The Annex at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City. Katie teaches dance at Dancers Workshop in Sudbury, Ballet Arts Center of Winchester, & Green Street Studios.