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Talia Mason ’15 is currently living in Philadelphia, PA where she is a dance/movement teacher at Greene Towne Montessori School, a leading independent school. Talia moved to Philly to participate in the Headlong Performance Institute, a post-baccalaureate program in dance theater and hybrid performance making. Talia was born in London, raised in the D.C. metro area with several years spent in Paris, France. While in high school, Talia danced with the teen company at the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; her time at Dance Exchange played an exponential role in shaping her artistic voice. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bates College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and French and Francophone Studies, and a concentration in Education. While at Bates, Talia spent time as a Teaching Assistant for both the French and Dance departments, and sees teaching as an active part of her dance practice. Talia’s dance thesis at Bates focused on turning a Rwandan genocide survivor’s testimony into a dance. She also spent her senior year writing an honors thesis in French looking at the significance of the Vélodrome d’Hiver and sites of memory within the Holocaust.
Talia is passionate about choreography and the transformative potential of modern dance. She is interested in dances that use language, poetry, theater, video, and all kinds of bodies. Talia’s passions lie in branching connections between movement and meaning as well as fostering connections between individuals through movement and writing. Her work is gauzy and based in memory, and looks to tell stories that have yet to be told.
Regan Radulski ’15 is a current student at Boston University where she is pursuing her masters in arts administration. She grew up in Topsham, Maine and graduated from Bates College with a Bachelors of Science in Dance, a minor in Religious Studies, and a concentration in Chemistry. At Bates College, Regan worked as an Administrative Assistant at the Bates Dance Festival as well as president and captain of the Bates Ballroom team where she became enthusiastic about the application of practical business skills to the creative arts.
Regan is passionate about all genres of dance and can be found practicing competitive ballroom dance, modern, ballet, jazz, and much more in her spare time. Her work at Bates with dance and biological chemistry left her with an avid fascination for the relationship of science, dance, and the creation of community, which influences her choreography today.
When not in the dance studio, Regan can be found applying her organization, research, and event skills as a graduate assistant at the Metropolitan College’s Alumni Relations & Development department or as a graduate assistant at the Arts Administration department. In her free time, Regan enjoys consulting at The Dance Complex on their Winter Wonder Dance Festival.
Katie Ailes ’14 llives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she has devoted her career to contemporary spoken word poetry. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow focused on the performance of authenticity in UK spoken word. As part of this research she interviewed 70 spoken word poets across the UK about their craft and is archiving this material at the Scottish Oral History Centre, creating the largest archive of information about this genre in the UK to date. In 2014-2015 she completed an MRes in English at Strathclyde on a US-UK Fulbright Award, focusing on poetry written for the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. In 2015 she co-organized the Poetic Politics Conference at the National Library of Scotland and in 2016 co-edited the anthology Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry (Luath Press).
Katie also performs and publishes her own poetry. She placed second in the 2015 Scottish National Poetry Slam, and her poem “Outwith” was featured in the Best Scottish Poems of 2016 list by the Scottish Poetry Library. With the collective Loud Poets, she has toured the UK, performed for three years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and toured to Prague Fringe for two years. She was selected through St. Mungo’s Mirrorball to be mentored by previous Scottish Makar Liz Lochhead as a part of the 2015-2016 Clydebuilt cohort. Her work has been published in the Glasgow Women Poets anthology (2016), The Herald (2016), the House of Three series (2016), and in the upcoming A Scottish Poem a Day (2019).
Colleen Fitzgerald ’14 is living in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she studied abroad and conducted dance/anthropology thesis research during her time at Bates. In September of 2014, she made her international debut of a solo choreographed at Bates entitled “Aqui estoy, esto que ves es lo que soy” at the Festival Arte al Cubo. She is currently immersing herself in the diverse dance scene of Buenos Aires, learning new techniques and approaches to movement while further developing her own. She is studying under international artists such as Gustavo Lesgart, Emanuel Ludueña, and Lucas Condro, among others. This fall (spring up north) Colleen will start a graduate program in the “Contemporary Trends and Tendencies in Dance” at the Universidad Nacional de Arte in Buenos Aires.
Since graduating Hannah Miller ’14 has moved into the position of Academic Administrative Assistant for the departments of Theater and Dance, and Rhetoric at Bates College. During her time as a student, she majored in Spanish and Women and Gender Studies, and spent all of her free time in the theater working as a carpenter, dance stage manager, Rob Player enthusiast and practically everything else you can imagine. The two summers she spent working in Schaeffer for the Bates Dance Festival only further encouraged her love for dance. She returned to the stage as a dancer in 2015 for the first time in eight years and can’t wait to do it again soon!
Liza Dewitt ’13 works as an instructional aide with special education students at Gabriella Charter School in Los Angeles and also teaches Zumba at Everybody Dance!, a nonprofit that serves low income families.
Upon graduating, Zoë Fahy ’13 signed on for a year of AmeriCorps service at a Community Action Council in rural Washington state. She worked in nonprofit program development doing advocacy work for low-income families. As of a month ago, she is back in Maine working in Freeport as a Residential Teaching Assistant at a semester school called Coastal Studies for Girls. The school focuses on place-based, interdisciplinary marine science and leadership education for 10th grade girls. Along with local history and environmental literature, she teaches a beginners dance class and some yoga! In March she is shipping off to Brazil for a Fulbright ETA where she will be placed with a team of English teachers at a university and will be conducting dance documentary work outside of teaching.
Yasin Fairley ’12 is currently pursuing an MFA in modern dance at the University of Utah, with master’s thesis research focused on performativity of race, gender and sexuality through a critical theory lens. This embodied movement research informs other interests in social dance forms, pop culture and contemporary literature. While in Salt Lake City, Yasin performed at The Rose Wagner Center, choreographed, guest lectured in gender studies and dance, and participated in three screen dances. After the MFA, Yasin is interested in pursuing an open career trajectory that involves performing, teaching and choreographing in a learning community, similar to Bates.
Victoria Lowe ’12 graduated from Bates College with degrees in American Cultural Studies and Dance. She was a member of the Bates Modern Dance Company, co-founder of the Bates Step-Team, and one of the first two students to take part in the Tacchi-Morris Internship in Taunton, England. Victoria’s success at Bates culminated with the conferment of a B.A. in Dance, making her along with 3 other students, the first Batesies to graduate with Dance Degrees. Victoria currently resides in New York City where she continues to dance and teach. She has rekindled her love with Salsa dancing and Modeling, two new ventures she hopes to add to her professional endeavors.
Monthe Kofos ’11 is a competitive ballroom dancer who currently attends medical school in South Carolina. At this point, he is unsure which medical specialty he will be pursuing.
While at Bates, Monthe first began competing in ballroom as a way to supplement the rigor of varsity track. He served both as the Ballroom Team’s president and lead choreographer. Monthe currently competes in the highly- competitive Advanced Gold Level in 19 of the 21 offered ballroom dances, where he places frequently. He has also been lucky enough to compete alongside his brother Zachary ’13 and sister Leah ’15 who are also Bates alums. In addition to dancing, Monthe has designed and made many of his and his partner’s various competition outfits and jewelry – including the costumes seen in the attached picture.
“I am so blessed that Bates allowed me to develop into the dancer I am today. Ballroom is my passion; had Bates not introduced me to this unique and amazing culture, a crucial component of my life would be missing.”
Lindsay Reuter ’11 is a dancer and dance-maker who builds sparse, conceptually-driven performances that usually occur in proscenium settings, but don’t have to. Her work is motivated by questions about identity and agency—how we do what we can—and in a recent introspective turn, this interest has extended specifically into (dis)ability. Her work has been presented in New York by Movement Research at the Judson Church, Spoke the Hub at the Gowanus Arts Building, and by New York Live Arts as a Fresh Tracks recipient 2014-2015.
Lindsay attended Bates from 2008-2011, where she was a transfer student who graduated Phi Beta Kappa with her BA in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in Dance. In addition to making performance, Lindsay works as a collaborator with Katy Pyle and the BALLEZ and with Marissa Perel, for which Lindsay was recently hailed “boyish” by the New York Times.
Lindsay organizes communities around dance that promote alternative economic structures. From 2011-2013, she co-curated the President Street Performance Series at her home in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which employed a barter system for entry. She is now a curator and co-organizer for CLASSCLASSCLASS 2014 and 2015. Lindsay is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Lindsay Swan ’11 is a movement and theater artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., with a 10-year foundation in modern dance. She discovered improvisational movement while at Bates and has since been a lifelong student of radicalization, embodiment and conscientization through Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, and BodyMind Centering®. In 2013, she discovered Grotowski’s physical theatre and trained with Acrobatics of the Heart in New York, N.Y., as well as Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, Mass. She developed her first theatrical piece while in residence at Earthdance Creative Living Project in Plainfield, Mass., and joined the theater ensemble Children of the Wild in 2014. Children of the Wild’s mission is to make original works of theater and film that further the rewilding of industrial spaces and the human spirit as part of a common struggle for social and environmental justice. Together, they are developing The Wastelands Project, a multi-pronged, multi-year effort that will bring audiences to sites of environmental devastation along the Great Lakes in collaboration with the Great Lakes Commons Initiative in 2016.
Ebbe Sweet ’11 is a New York City-based photographer. Ebbe’s photography draws upon her years of experience as a dancer and dance photographer to capture life in motion. She developed a passion and technique for dance photography while studying both dance and photography at Bates. During her time at Bates, she especially enjoyed photographing performances from the wings and the back of the audience in Schaeffer Theatre.
In New York City after college, Ebbe founded her own photography business specializing in wedding and family photography. She continues to incorporate dance photography into her work through fine art photos of children jumping and wedding guests dancing. Ebbe frequently returns to the Bates campus to photograph dance shows and to teach dance photography workshops, and her photography has been featured in numerous Bates publications such as the Arts Calendar, The Bates Student newspaper, and as the splash page for Bates.edu. Her work has also been published in Dance Teacher Magazine, New York Times online, The Gothamist, National Geographic Energizer, Energetiks Dancewear of Australia, and on the cover of Dance Magazine’s college guide.
Marlee Weinberg ’10 has spent the last 10 years of her life refining the crafts of being a performer, choreographer, improviser, figure model and yogi. Upon graduating from Bates with a degree in sociology and dance studies, Marlee has danced with professional companies in Florida, Philadelphia and New York City. In 2011, Marlee bought a one-way ticket to India and spent six fulfilling months, teaching English and dance to underprivileged students, strengthening her Ashtanga yoga practice and sitting with the Dalai Lama. In between traveling and performing, she attended the Bates Dance Festival, where she trained, performed and created work for the past six summers. Marlee has been a visiting artist at various colleges and high schools in New York, Maine and Florida. She is based in Brooklyn, creating a series of structured solo pieces alongside Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, John Hoobyar and Alissa Horowitz. Marlee also teaches yoga and studies energy healing and bodywork.
Sela Fermin ’08 graduated in May 2014 from Yale School of Nursing as a family nurse practitioner. She now lives and works as an FNP in Northampton, Mass., with her husband, Jake Grindal ’06.
Alissa Lazaro ’08 is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and editor living in NYC. She currently performs with Barbara Mahler, and has also worked with Heather McArdle, Regina Nejman and Yina Ng. Alissa choreographs for her company, Red Dot Dance, as well as for short films and music videos, and enjoys collaborating with her husband and Steadicam Operator, Victor Lazaro, as well as fellow Batesie dancer, Marlee Weinberg. Her work has been shown at such venues as Dixon Place, CPR, Triskelion Arts, Gibney Dance, Coney Island Film Festival, Dance Film Lab, The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (NY), Provincetown Film Festival, Cape Cod Filmmaker Takeover (MA), Bates College (ME), and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival (WA).
Alissa studied Bharatanatyam both in the US and India, where she performed at Madurai’s Sarveswarar Temple. Alissa currently teaches all styles of dance to young dancers at the Park Slope After School Center at PS 107, and the Westchester Ballet Center for the Performing Arts. Alissa is also a video editor working on short films, promotional videos and commercials. One of her most recent projects, a commercial for a local dance studio, was aired on ABC Family and Nickelodeon.
Emily Maistrellis ’08 Since the last Dance Reunion in 2011, Emily moved from Baltimore, Md., to Boston, Mass., to earn a master’s in public health, and now coordinates international HIV and maternal health research projects, and works as a birth doula in the Boston/Cambridge area! Since moving to Boston, Emily has also reconnected with fellow dance alumni, takes class weekly with Gina Petracca ’10 and Sarah O’Loughlin ’11, and has danced in community performances in Cambridge and Somerville.
Monique Brown ’07 Since dancing at Bates, I have been able to dance with faith-based ministries in Boston, Mass., and Richmond, Va. I am currently looking for opportunities in Tampa, Fla. Apart from my dance efforts, I am currently an epidemiologist and research assistant professor doing HIV research in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Adrian Cohen ’07 I’m living in Brooklyn, New York, with my fiancé and our two cats. After graduating from Bates, I worked for community-based organizations in Portland, Maine, before attending graduate school at University of Michigan, where I studied public policy. I am currently working in city government in NYC, where I plan and implement social welfare and employment programs. I’m excited to come back to Bates and dance with old friends.
Meredith Sallee ’07 lives in Seattle, Wash., with fellow Bates dancer, Fisher Qua ’06. Thanks to their fellow Batesie and matchmaker Sarahbelle Marsh ’05, Fisher and Meredith have enjoyed creating a life filled with exploration, art and a whole lotta love. Meredith is a dancer and rehearsal director with Khambatta Dance Company (Seattle, Wash.) touring (inter)nationally to perform and teach with the company. She is an instructor at Spotlight Dance & Performing Arts Center (Renton, Wash.) and also assists with running the studio. Following her passion for a life dedicated to art and caregiving, Meredith also works for a nonprofit, CAREGIFTED, which provides respite vacations to long-term caregivers. All our love to Carol and Marcy and Bates Dance!
Lauren Kawana ’06 After graduating from Bates, Lauren went to Fukuoka, Japan, to teach English for one year. She returned home to Honolulu, Hawaii, a year later and worked as an editor for a local magazine company and happily returned to her hula group, Na Pua Pilialoha. Along the way, she was able to work on a documentary film about the first woman of color in Congress, Patsy Mink, a state representative from Hawaii. That experience inspired her to attend the Univ. of California Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism documentary film program. She graduated from the program in 2014, and her thesis film, Live, Breathe, Hula, was a portrait of Native Hawaiian musician and hula instructor Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu. Lauren is currently living in Berkeley and working in film on Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, a documentary about the stigma of mental illness in America. In her off time, she has continued her dancing adventures by learning salsa!
Fisher Qua ’06
Fisher has been running his own consulting & learning practice for the past 5 years. His work involves applying many of the same principles (and at times, practices) he learned through dance. The primary focus of his work is on the (micro)structural configuration of our interactions and how that shapes what does or doesn’t happen for groups. He’s endlessly fascinated with the role of complexity in group dynamics. Recent highlights include teaching back at Bates during short term, working with the KaosPilots school in Denmark, and helping NASA research scientists discover new ways of working together across disciplines.
Alex Zelck Smith ’06 is back in New England after eight years in the cornfields of Illinois, where he completed his master’s in physics and music directed dozens of musical theater productions. He is excited to be starting a career in retirement planning, which affords him time for skiing, biking, kayaking and music.
Andrew Haserlat ’05 is an actor, director, choreographer, and scenic designer in New York City. A proud member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA Andrew has toured internationally with MGM’s 75th Anniversary production of The Wizard of OZ (Scarecrow) and My Fair Lady (US and Singapore). He is reoccurring on season two of Amazon’s hit new political satire “Alpha House” and can be seen opposite Francis McDormand in HBO’s new miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” (written by Bates alum Elizabeth Strout ’77). After graduating from Bates (where he majored in Biology and Theater), Andrew served for two years as Education Associate at North Shore Music Theater, directed numerous productions for Ogunquit Playhouses Department of Education, as well as directing and choreographing the 2012 production of Unity Stage Company’s Bye Bye Birdie in NYC. As an actor in NYC he has appeared in productions with the York Theatre Company, Untitled Theater Co. #61, and the pre-Broadway reading of Empire: the musical. Regionally: Bill in John Pielmeier’s World Premiere of Slow Dance with a Hot Pick-Up, Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Henry Ford in Ragtime, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miserables, The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof, High School Musical, and The Full Monty (Ogunquit Playhouse), and Jesus Christ Superstar (North Shore Music Theater). Andrew has worked on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” as well as the feature films “The Social Network” and Disney’s “The Surrogates.” As a scenic designer Andrew has worked with Bates Alums John Ambrosino ’01 (Animus Ensemble’s Once Upon A Mattress) and Saida Cooper ’04 (Wizard Oil Production’s Empire of the Trees) as well as the new music video “Soul on Fire” by Samia.
“My senior year I directed and scenic designed Keneth Lonergan’s gritty drama ‘This is our Youth’; a play which to this day drives my career in its overall theme: Whether to stay complacent in time or thrust boldly into the unknown and make your dreams a reality. Bates allowed me to explore all the diverse facets of theater — acting, design, directing, and dance — and with that knowledge gained I find myself tackling new project, booking roles and callbacks, and discovering my own idea of ‘success’ on a daily basis.” Andrew Haserlat ’05
Sarahbelle Marsh ’05 After spending many years in Boulder, Colo., where I received my master’s degree and my Rolfing certificate, I moved back to Portland, Maine, in 2012. I got married to a fellow Batesie in 2013, and currently I have my own Rolfing practice and teach yoga in the Portland area.
Amy Burkhardt ’04 lives in San Francisco and works as a human resources director for LaunchSquad, a strategic communications agency for tech companies. Outside of the office, she practices yoga, runs and takes as many dance classes as she can pack in. She also writes fiction. She’s a frequent traveler to the East Coast to visit all her nieces, nephews and Batesie friends. She can’t wait to catch up with the Bates Dance community!
Julie Gage ’04 is the CEO of the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club in Woburn, Mass. The organization provides out-of-school opportunities for 2,000 youth and teenagers each year, engaging them in activities that foster their academic success, health and wellness, and good character and citizenship. (And, of course, they provide dance classes six days per week for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the opportunity.) Julie is a graduate of the Institute for Nonprofit Management & Leadership at Boston University and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Becca Dolan Oves ’04 After spending four years in Seattle, my husband and I returned to the East Coast in September 2014, and now live in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. I work at the NIH as an oncology nurse practitioner, taking care of patients being treated on clinical research trials. I’m still looking for a local place to take some dance classes; in the meantime I’ve been running with some local running groups — I ran the New York City Marathon this past November. I’m very excited to be reunited with my Bates Dance family!
Claire Schneider Robarts ’04 My life right now is centered around being the mother of twin baby boys, James and William! It is a wonderful and challenging adventure every day. I also work part time as a social worker through Massachusetts General Hospital, doing outpatient psychotherapy with children and families. By the time the dance reunion happens, however, we will have just relocated back to Maine! My (Batesie) husband will be working for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and helping them expand. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Reunion and dancing together again!
Devon Fitchett ’03 received her early dance training under the direction of Jim Viera and Jeannette Neill at Boston Youth Moves. She continued dancing, under the direction of Marcy Plavin, at Bates College where she received a B.A. in American Cultural Studies with a secondary concentration in Dance. As a student, she performed works by Ronald K. Brown, Danny Buraczeski, Michael Foley, Betsy Haug, Katiti King and Gabe Masson. During her professional performance career, she has worked with Emily Beattie, Dana Fitchett, Liza Hostetler-Ingalls, Prometheus Dance, and Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, in venues including Boston Center for the Arts, Green Street Studios, and The Dance Complex. She has also performed at the Altogether Different and Lincoln Center Out of Doors festivals, Tanzmesse International Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Dance For Life Boston. Devon has taught master classes and performed at high schools and universities across the U.S. and abroad including Canty Dance Studio, Performer’s Edge Dance Center, Powered By Dance Teen Intensive, Bates College, Central University of Ecuador, and Frente de Danza in La Casa de Cultura. Devon’s most recent professional endeavor is a creative collaboration between dance artists, Dana Fitchett, Liza Hostetler-Ingalls, and herself called Avid Zeal Dances. The group premiered several works in 2014 in its first full-length concert, Entelechy, at the Artists for Humanity Epicenter in Boston. The evening was produced, choreographed, and directed entirely by the trio. With one member, Dana Fitchett, now residing on the west coast, the group hopes to begin to explore more aspects of multi-media collaboration including video and simulcast. Devon has been the Director of Dance at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, MA since 2006. She feels fortunate to have a space to develop her creative ideas and to share her passion with students who are equally as passionate about dance and who have a substantial capacity for absorbing and processing movement and movement concepts. Witnessing the precise moments of progress her students experience in the studio and on stage is also one of the most rewarding aspects of her job. Devon is also currently on the faculty of the Jeannette Neill Dance Studio and continues to develop repertory for and with Avid Zeal Dances. Devon has previously served on the faculty of the Jeannette Neill Children’s program and Boston Youth Moves teaching beginner, intermediate, and advanced children, teens, and adults in disciplines including ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop.
Sara Miller ’03 I am doing post-doctoral research in the field of gene regulation and chromatin modifications at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Being back on the East Coast is great in terms of proximity to family and friends. Also, it means having the chance to get together and sometimes even perform with other Bates Dance alums.
Kate Nies Brigham ’02 lives in Somerville with her husband Jordan, and daughter Riley. She teaches yoga at O2 Yoga and works at Smarterer. She’s looking forward to choreographing again after a brief hiatus.
John Ambrosino ’01 is a theater Professional living in New York City. After receiving his B.A. in Theater Directing from Bates College, John became an artistic associate at The Wang Center for the Performing Arts (now the CitiCenter for the Performing Arts), New England’s largest non-profit performing arts center. While at the Wang, John was instrumental in creating American Voices–a reading series of classic American Plays at the Shubert Theater. The series connected the classic American cannon with such performers as Paul Rudd, Dennis O’Hare, Anthony Mackie, Charles Busch, Kerry O’Malley and Ruben Santiago Hudson. Also at the Wang, John served as an associate producer for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company the resident LORT theater that produces free productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common. John oversaw Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s largest budget show in the company’s history–Hamlet staring Jeffery Donovan. The 2005 production drew nearly 100,000 patrons over the 20 free performances. In addition, John worked with Vice President of Programming, Steven Maler, to develop a slate of product to fill the 3,600 seat Wang Theater and the 1,250 seat Shubert Theater. With Maler, John also served as associate producer of Wilde Nites LLC, which produced Academy Award winning comedienne Whoopi Goldberg in An Evening with Whoopi Goldberg at the Wang Theater.
In the fall of 2005 John left the Wang Center in order to focus more directly on his own theater company, Animus Ensemble, which he founded in 2001 directly following his college matriculation. Over his five years with Animus, John produced and directed 10 productions at the Boston Center for the Arts. The mission of the company was to create a dialogue with audiences using music, movement and drama. His production of Burt Bacharach’s Promises, Promises earned the company an IRNE nomination for Best Musical Production and also earned him an IRNE nomination for Best Director of a Musical.
John left Boston to pursue artistic opportunities in New York City in 2007. Upon his arrival, he worked as an actor in the development of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. Through a series of workshops the classic children’s story was adapted for the musical stage. He toured the United States in the title role in the production’s first national tour. Upon his return, John joined the Las Vegas company of the hit Broadway show, Jersey Boys.
John is currently a principal producing partner for U Rock Theatricals L.L.C. a New York based theatrical production company.
“Without my mentors and colleagues at Bates, my career would not have been so varied and fruitful! When I am in a theater, be it as a director, actor or producer, it is always a ‘great day to be a Bobcat’!” John Ambrosino ’01
Laura Beare ’01 is a yoga and Pilates instructor practicing in Fairfield County, CT. In addition to teaching at wellness studios and private homes, Laura has also taught dance conditioning and injury prevention workshops for various university dance programs, including Fairfield University, Bates College, Florida State University, Emmanuel College and Salem State University. After graduating from Bates, Laura completed in MA in dance at Florida State University, where her graduate research focused on dance conditioning, kinesiology and women’s fitness practices. Most recently, Laura has enjoyed leading anatomy and injury management workshops for yoga teacher trainees, and spent the past year directing the therapeutic yoga program at Spaulding Hospital Outpatient Center in Cambridge, MA.
Carrie Noel Richer ’01 lives in Jackson, Wyoming. She is the development associate for the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts and dances with Contemporary Dance Wyoming under the direction of Babs Case. Carrie is the director and co-founder of Hole Dance Films, a dance film production company that makes site-specific dance film work in the greater Jackson area. Many HDF films have played in international festivals and galleries. Stay tuned for their newest work, Housewarming, in spring 2015. After graduating from Bates in 2001 with an independently designed major in cultural anthropology and dance, she earned an MFA in cinema from San Francisco State University. She recently gave birth to her daughter, Hazel, on March 17, 2015, and hopes to make it back to Bates sometime soon!
Sarah Putnam Budney ’00 Thanks to the last Dance Reunion a few years ago, I’m back to dancing on a regular basis. At the last reunion I reconnected with fellow alums Kate Nies Brigham ’02 and Sara Miller ’03 and have enjoyed performing a few pieces around Boston since then. I took a brief break from dancing when I had my son, Finn, in November 2012, but was back to dancing when he was 4 months old. Thank you to my husband, Alex! He continues to support my dancing as we work to find a healthy work/family/self balance!
Andrew Adams ’99 began his circus career at the age of 12 with Circus Smirkus in Vermont. Upon graduating with a theater major from Bates, he went to Chicago and began performing with the Midnight Circus. He has performed with Teatro Zinzanni in Seattle and San Fransisco. For the past year, he has been with Cirque du Soleil “Zumanity” in Las Vegas. He specializes in aerial straps.
Erin Gottwald ’98 has performed and choreographed throughout the United States, most notably at Dance Theater Workshop/ New York Live Arts, St. Mark’s Church, Dance Unlimited in Juneau, AL, Conduit Dance in Portland, OR, The Cowell Theater in San Francisco, CA, Dancer’s Workshop in Jackson Hole, WY, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in Philadelphia, PA. She has had the pleasure of dancing in companies throughout the country including David Parker & The Bang Group, Sokolow Theatre Dance, Digby Dance, Hole Dance Films, Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, Prometheus Dance, Paufve Dance, EgoArt, Jody Weber Dance, Dandelion Dance Theatre and Erin + John. She has participated in dance residencies at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, at the Putney School in Putney, VT and at the Greensboro Ballet in Greensboro, NC and has choreographed for film and television including USA’s Royal Pains, Logo TV’s Eden’s World, The Gap and Macy’s. Originally from Stoneham, Massachusetts, Erin received her formal training for 11 years at the Boston Ballet School and with choreographer Holly Fairbank in her mountaintop summer studio in Franklin, NH. She holds a BA in Theater from Bates College and a BA Hons from the London Contemporary Dance School in London, England. She has taught dance for over 15 years at Peridance, Bates Dance Festival, Boston Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theatre, National Dance Institute of Santa Fe, Julia Morgan Center for the Arts and The Dance Complex. Since 2005, she has taught at Spoke the Hub Dancing in Brooklyn, NY, where she is Co-Director of the Young Artists Program and Producer/Curator of the annual performance series, Gowanus Guest Room, which features performances of nationally recognized artists.
Postell Pringle ’98 is a playwright, hip-hop artist/producer, actor and as of late, director. He most recently appeared as the title role in the Q Brothers’ Othello: The Remix (London, Germany, Edinburgh). Other Q Brothers collaborations include I <3 Juliet (Conn College, Eugene O’Neill Ctr), Funk It Up About Nothin’ (Chicago, Edinburgh, Australian tour, London) and The Bomb-itty of Errors (Royal George, American Stage). Broadway credits include A Free Man of Color (Lincoln Center Theater). Off Broadway credits include: The Seven (NY Theatre Workshop); Romeo and Juliet (Lucille Lortel); Song for New York (Mabou Mines) and Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre). Regional, Off off Broadway and touring credits include: Broke-ology (Kansas City Repertory);The Old Settler (Triad Stage); The Seven (La Jolla Playhouse); A Soldier’s Play (Arkansas Repertory); Master Harold…and the Boys (Fleetwood Stage); Lobby Hero (Gallery Players); Hercules in High Suburbia (La MaMa E.T.C.) and Macbeth (American Shakespeare Ctr). Film credits include: 14085, Unknown Soldier, We Follow the Rules, The Edge of Town and Orange Bow. Television credits include: Rescue Me (FX), Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) and Guiding Light (CBS). Postell is one of four ‘Q Brothers’, a company dedicated to the creation of new musicals, recordings and multi-disciplined productions using the tools of hip-hop. Postell earned a BA from Bates College and studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London. As a hip-hop artist/producer, he has several albums and—along with JQ, GQ and Jackson Doran—is a member of the Chicago band The Retar Crew, who have toured extensively and have 5 free albums available on their website, www.theretarcrew.com.
Carolyn BonDurant Wack ’97 Hello, Lovely Bates Dancers! How I wish I could be there to celebrate Marcy’s amazing legacy, but, alas, I must do so from my home in Bavaria (with German husband and 4 and 7 year-olds; we are here to stay). Have a wonderful time and sending my warmest regards. Viel Spass!!
Sarah McKnight Steinberg ’96 Living happily in Maine with my husband, Scott ’86 and our girls, Katie, 14, and Abbey, 11. Loving my creative job as a custom kitchen, bath and interior designer. I opened my own firm, Steinberg Custom Designs, in 2007.
Emily Jackson Sanborn ’94 is a part-time Reference Librarian at Fogler Library at the University of Maine at Orono, and the president of Orono Partners In Education, a nonprofit focused on getting grant money and projects into my kids’ school system. In her spare time, she hangs out with my family, runs, bikes, plays games and generally enjoys life : )
Jen Green ’93 I live in Somerville, Mass., where I own and operate a small massage practice in Davis Square called BlueFern Massage Therapy. I’m also involved in the music festival industry, managing food vendors for large festivals all over the country. Most of my movement pursuits these days involve running (very slowly!) and a regular yoga practice. Sad not to be able to join you all at this reunion!
Heidi Johnson ’93 and Neil Bray ’93 live in St. Paul, Minnesota with their kids Jonas (almost 12) and Eliza (6). Neil teaches Chinese at St. Paul Academy, and Heidi is an Assistant Principal in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Alison Oakes Charbonnier ’92 lives with her husband and two children in Essex, Conn. After Bates, she received her master’s in dance and dance education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lived in New York for 10 years, where she taught at Iona College and in the New York public schools with New York City Ballet and Creative Arts Laboratory. She has been choreographing and performing with Liliana Amador-Marty ’91 since 1999. Together, their work has been performed in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Maine. Alison currently teaches modern dance and composition to children, teens and adults. She works alongside her mother, Linda Oakes ’67, at her shop Celebrations, in Deep River, Conn. She also carries on her grandmother’s small candy-making business.
Liliana Amador-Marty ’91 began her dance and theater training at The Inner City Ensemble in Paterson, NJ, received her BA in Theater with a concentration in Dance from Bates College and her MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota. Liliana worked professionally as an actor and appeared in the Public Theater’s production of, Henry VIII at the Delacourt Theater. Amador-Marty taught Theater, Creative Dance and Playmaking to children in grades K-8 at the Lab School in the Bronx from 2000-2005. Liliana has worked with The 52nd Street Project in NYC over the years as a dramaturge/director as well as an instructor of their Dancemaking program and as an Adjunct Professor at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. She has been with Bergen DanceMakers since 2001, a league of choreographers in Bergen County. Liliana Amador-Marty has worked with Bates alumna Alison Oakes-Charbonnier ’92 since 1999 and together they created Amador/Oakes Dance Collaborative. Their work has appeared at the 92nd Street Y, Merce Cunningham Studio, Joyce Soho, WAX, and at the Riverside Church and Spoke the Hub. Amador-Marty has also collaborated with Nicholas Rodriquez & Dance Compass and is a founding member of the new Inner City Ensemble, Inc. in Paterson, NJ reinstated by alumni of the original organization that trained her as a youth to make a life in the arts.
Stacia Oakes Johnson ’91 Several years after graduating from Bates, I attended Boston University and received my master’s in clinical social work. I currently live in Deep River, Conn., with my husband, Kurt ’94, and our three children. I work at my private practice, mostly with adolescents, and also spend two days a week at my mother’s gift shop. Following my brief dance career at Bates, which consisted of Short Term my senior year, I have been taking dance classes taught by my sister, Alison Charbonnier, for the past eight years. I am an avid runner and triathlete.
Stephanie Brunson Matthews ’91 has lived and worked in New York City for more than 20 years. She has worked for MTV, VH-1, the Food Network and Manhattan Theatre Club, to name a few. Currently, she is a stage manager for Blue Man Group, and freelances for numerous other productions as a designer and event planner. Stephanie has one husband, Josh; two sons, Satchel and Shiloh; and two awesome friends, Allison and Liliana, with whom she loves dancing.
Anne Pettigrew Woodruff ’90 I have been living in west Michigan 10 years with husband Dan ’88 and three children. (We spent 10 years in Alaska prior to moving here.) I work part time as a psychiatric registered nurse at a hospital. I enjoy skiing, hiking with my dog and just experiencing daily life as a mom and wife. I return to Maine fairly often to visit Dan’s family. This time, however, I am looking forward to reconnecting with very special old friends.
Michael Foley ’89 has been involved in the world of professional dance for over 20 years and is considered a master teacher and choreographer in his field. He began his dancing career at Bates College under Marcy Plavin, where he received his B.A. in English and a minor Spanish. During Mr. Foley’s 10 years based in New York, he performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in the companies of over two dozen choreographers including Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Sean Curran, Roberta Garrison, Joy Kellman, Donna Uchizono, Ruby Shang, Ben Munisteri and Eun Me Ahn. Michael received his MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 2002 where he performed in the works of several of the 20th century’s major choreographers.
He has had a long relationship with the Bates Dance Festival where he was co-director of the Bates Dance Festival/Young Dancer’s Workshop from 1996 – 2007, as well as serving on the faculty of the professional program on numerous occasions. Michael has been instrumental in contributing to The Bates Dance Festival’s reputation as a cooperative, non-competitive training ground for professional dancers.
In 1994 he formed his own company, “Michael Foley Dance,” touring the United States and Europe. Called “exuberant” and “hypnotic” by The New York Times, the Company received funding for new work and outreach programs. The Company was based in Ireland from 2000 – 2002 as part of a multi-year collaboration with County Kildare’s “Fluxusdance,” receiving support from The Irish Arts Council and The Kildare County Arts Council, and toured several times throughout Ireland.
In 2009, Mr. Foley was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico under the COMEXUS/Garcia-Robles Fulbright award for research and teaching. While in Mexico, he continued his long association making new repertory for Mexico’s most lauded, internationally touring modern dance troupe, Delfos Danza, as well as teaching at La Escuela Profesional de la Danza de Mazatlan where he also worked on streamlining the Mexican dance conservatory curriculum.
Michael is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida where he teaches modern dance technique, choreography, dance history, and directs a yearly study abroad program for American dancers in Paris. While at USF, he has organized major choreographic residencies, lectures and forums with modern dance icons Bill T. Jones, Trisha Brown and Doug Varone. Michael was the recipient of an award for Outstanding Direction of a Play from the Kennedy Center/American Theatre Festival for his co-direction of Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Metamorphoses’ in 2008. He received the University of South Florida’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2010.
Scott Balentine ’89 Hi Dancers! Unlikely as it is, I am a director at BlackRock, a massive investment management firm, and curiously kind of love it. Running a corporate team is not that different from being a choreographer (except in the details). I’m in a wonderful relationship with James, an established art dealer and gallery owner in San Francisco, and I still love and support dance in all its glorious forms. Sending all my love to my friends and all the Bates Dancers and the incomparable Marcy Plavin.
Jo Ann Clark ’89 is the author of poems, translations, and critical reviews. Her work has been anthologized in Hot Sonnets and Reactions4 New Poetry and has appeared in many online and print journals. Her book-length collection, 1001 Facts of Prehistoric Life, was published last month by Black Lawrence Press–and promoting Facts is now her “job.” She pursued a writing career thanks to the encouragement of her teachers at Bates, and she attended Columbia’s MFA program at the urging of Rob Farnsworth. Clark has taught writing and literature at Bank Street College, St. Stephen’s School in Rome, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Because it enabled her to embody lessons about phrasing, cadence, closure, and form, Clark credits dance with making her a better writer. Because of the example they set, Clark credits her fellow Bates dancers, Marcy & Leonard Plavin, and Marcy’s faculty colleagues, with making her try to be a better person, teacher, and friend.
Catherine Briggs-Hale ’88 Greetings! Although I cannot be there in person, I am with everyone in spirit. Colorado living still suits Chris ’88 and I. I live and work in Woodland Park, elevation 9,500 feet. Currently, I serve Columbine Elementary School as the instructional resource teacher and coach. Parenting three teenagers, working, running and hiking keep me joyfully busy.
Kristen Purdy Russett ’88 teaches French at Marblehead Veterans Middle School in Marblehead, Mass. She is still attending dance classes in the Boston area. She also enjoys cooking, skating and traveling with husband Mark ’87 and son Jacob, now 16 years old. This summer they are going to Peru!
Edmund Zuis ’88 Hello! I hope to get down to the Reunion sometime this weekend, but I cannot be sure. May 2 marks my 49th birthday, opening day for little league baseball, opening day for little league softball, (assistant coaching both teams) and an indoor soccer game. Cathy Squires ’88 and I have been married 22 years and have two children, Ed, 12, and Hope, 10. Besides getting the kids to all of their activities, Cathy and I recently participated in the North American Wife Carrying Championship at Sunday River. WE FINISHED!! (Enough said.) I have been teaching at Oak Hill High School for 20 years and love getting the help of a Bates student teacher now and then. Good luck everyone!!
John Blanchette ’87 John’s day job consists of working in Lewiston as a commercial insurance producer and manager for Champoux Insurance. In 2013, he realized his dream by opening Two to Tango Ballroom Studio, L-A’s first ballroom dance instruction studio. After 16 years of competing as an amateur across the country and in Canada, John wanted to bring ballroom to L-A. He specializes in Smooth dances (Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep, but also teaches Swing, Rumba, Cha-cha, Mambo and much more! Private and group classes are available, as well as wedding packages for brides and groom preparing for that special day.
Brooke Garrettson Carroll ’87 lives in Gaithersburg, MD with her husband and two teenage kids. She is the Head of School at Seneca Academy, a preschool through 5th grade International Baccalaureate school. She is sorry to miss this reunion and send lots of love to Marcy and her Bates Dance buddies!!
Laura Giles Longacre ’87 continues to work at Cheshire Academy, 23 years now! She is the International Baccalaureate Coordinator and teaches French. At various times throughout her teaching career, Laura has been able to teach a modern or ballet class. Laura and husband, Tim ’86, reside in Cheshire, CT; daughter, Caroline, will be attending Connecticut College in the fall. To Marcy and the Bates Dance Program – we send our very best wishes and congratulations.
Karen Foster French ’85 Currently living in London and working as a special education consultant for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. Getting ready to teach Nia as a white belt and 5 Stages teacher — still love to dance as often as I can!
Michael Giannitti ’84 regrets not being able to attend this dance reunion and sends regards to Marcy and everyone there. Michael has been on the Bennington College drama and dance faculty since 1992, and has been Producing Director at the Dorset Theatre Festival in Vermont since 2010. He has designed lighting on and off Broadway and at many acclaimed theaters around the country, including the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Trinity Rep, Capital Rep, Chautauqua, Barrington Stage, Shakespeare & Company, Weston Playhouse, Indiana Rep, Portland Stage, George Street Playhouse, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Huntington, Olney and The Studio Theatre in Washington, where he was resident lighting designer. New York dance lighting credits include Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce, The Kitchen, and P.S. 122 for works by Susan Rethorst, Paul Matteson! , Everett Dance Theatre, Marta Renzi, and Cathy Weis; additional regional venues include the Library of Congress, Spoleto Festival, Walker Art Center and Bates Dance Festival. As a Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient, he has taught in New Zealand and Romania.
Sharon Saltzgiver Wright ’83 Sharon’s sons will both be in college next year, and so she is looking for the regular salary of full-time work. She has been life and executive coaching with the assistance of her horses since 2002. She is the author of Getting Started in Bonds and Running to Stay Upright — A Novel.
Betsy Kennedy ’81 I hate missing the Reunion! Life is keeping me in Wisconsin. At this writing, I’ve just had knee surgery to clean out torn meniscus. I’m doing fine, but I haven’t danced since mid-January, so I can’t wait to get better. I’ve been dancing with the Madison Folk Dance group. My daughter lives with me full time now, and I’m in court to get more time with my son. My business is taking off in the direction of laughter. I’m the next Patch Adams as a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader! I’ve been guest speaker at Meriter Hospital and done gigs from baby showers to church groups. Laughter is the best medicine! I’ve just re-built my website: www.betterfunctioning.com. Have a great time everyone! Have a good laugh for me!
Anne Shain Loewenthal ’81 I’d be dancing with everyone if the show didn’t conflict with my youngest son’s college graduation. Thankfully, I still hold the passion and ability to be light on my feet. With grown sons, I get more time for sport and travel with my hubby, though responsibility for aging parents factors into our mobility. Something about middle age encourages us to connect more with friends and pursue things we truly enjoy. Life is to be celebrated at every stage, as well as on stages like Schaeffer. “Break a leg” to all of you who share in reunion fun! Remember, I live north of Chicago and love visitors.
Jean Wilson ’81 Enjoying my work as senior vice president of information services at L.L. Bean. Proud parent of four (two are Bates grads). My husband, John Roberts, and I just became grandparents, which is beyond fun. And I am super excited to see all the Bates Dancers on May 2!
Lynda Plavin Fitzgerald I’m now the coordinator, performing arts-dance and the artistic director of the AACC Dance Company. I developed the dance curriculum and the dance major at AACC and established a service learning component enabling the dancers to teach and give mini-lecture/demonstrations at many of the Anne Arundel County public schools. I have taught and performed across the country for the American College Dance Association and also performed professionally with the Great American Entertainment Company in Los Angeles and toured the United States. I hold a master’s in education with a concentration in Dance from Stanford University and a bachelor’s from Connecticut College in English and Dance.
Diane Georgeson ’79 Still living in Oneonta, N.Y., working as an OB Hospitalist at Bellevue Woman’s Center Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y., and continuing to serve as medical director of Family Planning of South Central N.Y. Daughter Sara is living and working in Portland, Oregon and son Patt, now working at Camp Glenbrook in N.H., graduated from Bates last spring. A highlight of Patt’s tenure at Bates was the friendship and support Marcy provided him (as well as so many other kids of alumni), and I treasure having been able to spend time with her again when I came to visit.
Amy Gordon ’79 remains faithful to all of you dancers out there. Every performance artist needs an audience. That is why I’m here. And the ripple effect of the Bates Dance Company and Festival travels far. My mother, (a fellow dancer of Marcy’s while at the Univ. of Wisconsin) is highly involved with Fuzion Dance Artists, the contemporary dance company based in Sarasota, Fla., over the past nine years. Many of their dancers have been to the summer Dance Festival over the years. There have been several Batesies who have performed with this company who are here at the Reunion and most recently, a guest choreographer! Again, every performance artist needs an audience. This is why I am here.
Susan Bove Kinney ’78 I am currently living on Cape Cod and working from home. In my spare time, I am busy creating art: watercolor painting, paper collage and art quilting. Also enjoying walking on the beach and in the woods with our rescue puppy from Louisiana. Son Sam is living in Missoula, Montana, getting ready to graduate from college soon. Who knows — maybe we’ll end up retiring out West sometime in the next few years.
Carolyn Genetti Menchel ’78 Still living in Alexandria, Va., enjoying work as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. Beginning to spend more time traveling to see our three kids — one living in San Francisco, one local and one presently living in Japan, playing professional soccer. I am sorry to miss this reunion, but will be visiting our daughter in Japan. But luckily I have been able to keep up with Marcy, seeing her when she travels south to visit Lynda!
Dervilla McCann ’77 I’m currently on a leave of absence from Central Maine Medical Center, attending Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a master’s candidate (degree anticipated in May 2015) with a concentration in management and policy. Married to Stephen Meister (Brown ’76) with two sons, Liam Meister and Aiden Meister, both quite grown up now.
Landi deGregoris Turner ’77 I’m a university professor and co-chair of a psychology department in Pennsylvania. I just retired from my private psychotherapy practice after 30 years, and have become a director of a gender studies program held in Maine for undergraduates in the early summers. At the university, I have many students who double major in dance and psychology, looking to go into dance/movement therapy, and it’s such a thrill to work with our dance department whenever possible. I’ve been dancing through Zumba and funk classes, and have been choreographing children and youth musicals for fun. Can’t stop dancin’!
Hannah Bell-Lombardo ’76 I am an official empty-nester. All three children (Scott, 28; Sarah, 25; and Emily, 23) are out of school, “off the payroll” and living independent lives in New York City. My life, however, is as busy as ever. I’m still teaching part time at Bryant University (and loving being with college kids), lending my marketing skills to several local boards and organizations, playing tennis, traveling (New York turns out to be a frequent destination … go figure!) and helping my husband out with occasional tastings and wine-education events at his retirement “hobby,” a wine store in Providence. Though I’m not sure what I envisioned life at 60 (yikes!!) would be like when I was a Bates dancer, I have no real complaints.
Naleen Doughty Mayberry ’76 Although I wasn’t a performance dancer, I loved the workouts and the fellowship of the dance community. My husband, Bruce, and I live in Yarmouth, Maine, and our son, Cliff, lives and works in Boston. I am a licensed environmental engineer in Maine, with a specialty in the design of potable water treatment processes and facilities. Favorite activities include local contradance and table tennis.
Janet Albright Ruckel ’76 Great to be back at Bates with my college dance buddies! Still happy in Phoenix with husband, Paul. My daughter is working in San Francisco, and my son is working in Phoenix. Marcy — you are amazing. I love seeing the wonderful and ever-growing community you have built over these many, many years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Faith Fowler Brill ’75 After 34 years of teaching high school biology in Cheshire, Conn., I retired in 2011 and still live in Cheshire. I have not been dancing in many years, but do quite a bit of choral singing, in a town–gown graduate-level choir at Yale University and at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford. In addition, I chair the Membership Committee at Immanuel Church and oversee an email list, which I created for the retired teachers and staff members from the Cheshire Public Schools.
Geri FitzGerald ’75 “Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?” — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. I continue to dance my way through life in NYC and beyond, with wonderful friends and a loving family, including my 89-year-old mom and my first grandniece or nephew due to join us in July. Marcy Plavin opened the world to me when she cast me as a lobster in a Lewis Carroll-inspired program in 1972, and I’ve been a dancer ever since.
John Jenkins ’74 is an accomplished author, educator, trainer, leader and national public speaker and has more than 35 years of successful experience in promoting personal and professional development. Among other appointed and elected civic and governmental positions, he has served as mayor of Lewiston, Maine; mayor of Auburn, Maine; a Maine state senator; director of the Maine State Diversity Commission; and Glass Ceiling Commissioner for the U.S. Department of Labor. A member of the Lewiston-Auburn Sports Hall of Fame, the Maine State Sports Hall of Fame and the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, he is a former Martial Arts International Champion.
Debby Radding Zawalich ’74 I retired from my job as CFO and treasurer at a nonprofit in Cambridge, Mass., in May 2012. Rich and I will be celebrating 40 years of marriage this June. We are the very lucky parents of two sons, Benjamin, 31, and Adam, 28. Benjamin is an artist with two master’s degrees in fine arts. He has traveled to Ghana, Indonesia, Beijing, Kyoto, Japan, London, Florence and Italy, and is currently in Santiago, Chile, for an extended visit. Adam graduated from Salve Regina in Newport, R.I., and went on to earn his master’s in architecture at the University of Michigan. He is currently working with a Rhode Island furniture designer and lives in Newport. Rich is working for White Mountains Advisors, commuting several days a week to Guilford, Conn. He is a managing director and toys with the idea of retiring, but not for a few years. We travel whenever we can, having just returned from Rome and Florence, Italy, and enjoy a home in Little Compton, R.I., where we decompress and love the quiet life in this quaint town.
Pamela E. Johnson ’73 My life since graduating from Bates has been filled with the thirst for knowledge and the commitment to service through volunteering on civic, corporate, arts and community boards. In the four decades following graduation, I have held numerous employment opportunities (in education, marketing, sales, economic development, community redevelopment and nonprofit), which have permitted me to make not only significant contributions to society but also often serve as a catalyst for both organizational community change. One might describe me as a Renaissance woman who asks the ’burning question(s)’ of how does one make the situation better for others? Bates taught me never to give up the search or the will to make life for others better amid all odds. Currently, I am having a homecoming experience, having returned to the place where I began my professional career, knew as a second home and grew up as a Morgan brat, as my father served the Morgan community for more than 40 years until his retirement. Morgan State University has changed in those 40 years — more degree programs, more schools offering master’s and doctoral programs; and of course more buildings and students. I serve in the Division of International Affairs, the Center for Global Studies and International Education as a study abroad counselor/advisor for the Caribbean, Latin America and South America. Most importantly, it is a privilege to provide a safe place and serve as a surrogate parent to our young people as Morgan is an urban university — they are our future and we, clearly, have become a global society in an ever changing world. Marcy and Leonard Plavin modeled how to be supportive and cocoon college students as they/we grew into adulthood. And they are a mighty tough act to follow. Other than the Morgan students and mentees, I have two four-legged kiddos, Skylar Witt and Lizzie Castine, both Portuguese Water Dogs, who are the loves of my life.
Anne Baker Lewis ’73 My husband, Bryan, and I have lived in Hebron, Conn., for the last 30 years. We are now both retired and are looking forward to the birth of our first grandchild in September. We are fortunate to have both our sons living in town so we will be able to watch our grandchildren grow up. I am active in our church and enjoy singing in the choir. I spend my time quilting, knitting and spending time with friends and my 91-year-old father.
Marty Collier Jackson ’71 is still dividing her time equally between Downeast Maine and North Carolina. In NC busy with volunteering, classes at the Y and Senior Center, book club, friends, lotsa reading, and gardening. In Maine, busy with family in Maine and Conn., watching the beautiful ocean, close neighbors and friends, again lotsa reading, and gardening. And in both homes, loving her beloved team of 3 cats and a dog, all rescues. Still dancing and loving it…
Lynn Poland ’71 After Bates, Lynn Poland continued dabbling in modern dance during grad school (U of Chicago) and for several years after she began teaching, at Indiana U and Chicago, and other places. She has been in the Religion Dept. at Davidson College since 1990. Instead of modern dance she now dances with horses in dressage, and keeps 3 horses at home.
Marcia Weston Haas ’70 Since the last Dance Reunion in 2011, I have retired (end of April 2014) from banking after 43 years in the business. Have spent the months since retirement enjoying (with Dick, my spouse of almost 40 years, who beat me to retirement by six years) bird watching, our flower-full yard this past gorgeous summer, beginning to sort through a multitude of photos and memorabilia, freshening up some rooms in our house (what a difference wallpaper removal and some fresh paint can make!) and giving our indoor cat some outdoor time (under supervision). Now I know where the phrase “like herding cats” comes from! I have also gotten re-involved with the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, serving on the board, chairing the monthly Loaves & Fishes soup kitchen project and reading aloud to fifth graders in a Springfield school. I remain involved (since 1976) with the YWCA of Western Mass., which provides shelter and services to teen mothers and their children, to victims of domestic violence, supportive housing for women who have left shelter, and, through our Youthbuild program, GED certification and job training in the construction industry for young men and women who have dropped out of high school.
Linnea Haworth Hallee ’70 Alan and I continue to enjoy retirement and wonder where the time goes. The only thing I do now that even resembles dance is a couple of Zumba classes every week, but it does remind me of the great times with Bates Dance. We enjoy spending time with our daughter, her wife and their son, our 2-year-old grandson. He’s growing and learning so fast! Our son is engaged to be married in France next fall. His fiancée is a wonderful woman whom he met through his work in Europe. We spent two weeks in France last summer and enjoyed everything we were able to do there and the time we were able to spend with them there. I continue to enjoy some volunteering, playing in a handbell choir, reading and traveling. Time flies by and we try to spend as much time with family and friends as possible.
Kathy Lynn Gorton Emerson ’69 I wish I could be there, but Dance Reunion weekend always seems to fall on the same weekend that I attend my most important professional gathering, a convention of mystery readers called Malice Domestic. I’ve been writing commercial fiction and nonfiction, mostly mystery novels, since 1976, and my 51st book, Murder in the Queen’s Wardrobe, was published in March. I write under my own name and also as Kaitlyn Dunnett and Kate Emerson. As Kaitlyn, I write a mystery series featuring an amateur detective who was a professional Scottish dancer until she blew her knee out. These days, sadly, I have more experience with knee surgery than I do with dancing. I’m still married to Sandy Emerson ’69. He makes jigsaw puzzle tables as a retirement business, and together we own and operate a Christmas tree farm. No kids, but we currently share our rural Maine home with three cats.
Jane Hippe Reilly ’68 Still working at Child Care Services here in Middlebury, Vt. In addition, I spend lots of time visiting grandchildren in Michigan, as well as the D.C. and Boston area. We have six grandsons and one granddaughter. I stay active with yoga, boot camp classes, running and chasing after grandchildren.
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