Philippine born Gerald Casel was raised in the Bay Area where he began dancing in public school. He received a BFA from The Juilliard School and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Casel danced in the companies of Michael Clark, Stanley Love, Zvi Gotheiner, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Sungsoo Ahn, Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio where he was a company member from 1991-1998 and 2001-2005 and served as the company’s Assistant Director and Director of Education. In 1997, Casel was awarded a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for Sustained Achievement. He is an assistant professor of dance at University of California, Santa Cruz where he was awarded a Hellman Fellowship in 2015. A frequent guest teacher at Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research in NYC as well as Impulstanz Vienna and Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin, he has also been on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, UW-Milwaukee, Cal State Long Beach, Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts where he received the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2014 he participated in CHIME at 10 in the Bay Area (a mentorship exchange with Margaret Jenkins) and was a Participatory Performing Artist in Residence at Museum of Art and History Santa Cruz. Casel has received grants from the Asian American Arts Alliance, New Work Award at UW-Milwaukee, Arts Council Santa Cruz County, CA$H, Lighting Artists in Dance, The Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund, and Zellerbach Family Foundation and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam, Bennington College, The Yard, and 92nd Street Y. Casel has been commissioned to create choreography for The Barnard Project, DaDaDance Projects, UW-Milwaukee, Second Avenue Dance Company, Your Mother Dances, Rooftop Dances Milwaukee, and The X Factor Dance Company of Scotland. Since 1998, his company, GERALDCASELDANCE, has been presented in New York at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, and Movement Research at Judson Church. The company has also been presented by The Yard, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Danceworks (Milwaukee), ODC Theater (San Francisco), Asia Pacific Dance Festival (Honolulu) and throughout Scotland, in collaboration with X Factor Dance Company. Casel has collaborated with many artists including lighting designers Joe Levasseur, Ben Stanton, and Simon Cleveland, costume designers David Quinn and Maile Okamura, and composers John Mackey, Robert Poss, Kyle Olson, Aiden McKee, and Tim Russell. For more information, please visit www.geraldcasel.com
Rebecca Chaleffis a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside. She holds a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University with a minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her writing has been published in TDR/The Drama Review and Performance Research and is forthcoming in Dance Research Journal and TheFutures of Dance Studies anthology. As a dancer, Rebecca has had the pleasure of performing with GERALDCASELDANCE, Pat Catterson, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company Repertory Understudy Group, Douglas Dunn and Dancers, Molissa Fenley and Company, and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, among others
Nicole Bradley Browning
Nicole Bradley Browning is a dance artist and educator based in Missoula, Montana, where she heads the Dance Program at the University of Montana. She has performed, improvised, presented choreography and taught throughout the US and in Taiwan. Significant inspiration for Nicole’s work comes from her experience working with great dance masters including Bebe Miller, David Dorfman, Kim Epifano, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh and the late Danna Frangione. She is interested in making dances reflective of the human experience, relationships and intimate contact between people and place, and finds great inspiration in building collaborative engagements between dance and other disciplines albeit music, media, poetry, theatre or science. Nicole specializes in contemporary modern dance, contact improvisation, improvisation and composition. At the University of Montana, where she serves as a professor of dance, she also offers a course in World Dance studies. Following the completion of her MFA at Arizona State University, Nicole held faculty positions at Bucknell University (PA) and Dance Place (DC). She has also taught for the National Dance Association of the Republic of China, Taiwan as well as for the Global Dance Summit hosted at Taipei National University of the Arts. Her co-authored article, “Taiwan’s Female Choreographers: A Generation in Transition” was published in the 2012 book, Identity and Diversity: Celebrating Dance in Taiwan. Nicole has served as a member of the board of the American College Dance Festival Association (2007-2013), and has been a recipient of grants from Dance USA and the NEA.
Originally from Northern California, Arletta Anderson received her degree in dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Upon graduating, she worked with various choreographers including Holly Johnston/Ledges and Bones, Kevin Williamson, Kate Hutter/LACDC, Kindra Windish and Rebecca Pappas/Pappas and Dancers. Arletta spent three years in New York where she danced with Esme Boyce, Molly Heller and was a part of Willi Dorner’s Bodies in Urban Spaces project. Since relocating to the Bay Area in summer 2013, Arletta has had the opportunity to work with GERALDCASELDANCE and continues to teach yoga throughout the city.
A Missouri native, Joy earned her BA at The University of Montana before establishing her dance career in the West from Washington state to Colorado. She then completed her MFA in Performance and Choreography at the University of Colorado Boulder. Happily back in this beautiful valley, Joy now teaches multiple dance courses at UM. Additionally, she instructs drama students at Hellgate High School all the while performing professionally with Headwaters Dance Co. and the CoMotion Dance Project. Joy founded Bare Bait Dance in 2011 to be a home for dancers in the region and to produce nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and their work.
Kate Jordan is the Co-Foundering Director of Arts & Above. Her work reflects life experiences through contemporary dance and performance art/installation. Occasionally she expresses through film, screen printing, and costume design. Kate’s work has been presented across the United States at venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC) and ZSpace (S.F.), as well as internationally in Guatemala and Peru. With an appetite for global travel, Kate has toured countries such as St. Lucia, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Italy and Greece. As an educator she focuses on technique, expression, and performance. She is trained in classical ballet, traditional American modern dance, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, contemporary dance movement techniques, Pilates and GYROTONIC® method. From 2009-2012 she served as co-founder/co-director of the Eureka Dance Festival (DC). Ms. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grove City College in Marketing Management, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from S.U.N.Y. Brockport in dance performance and choreography. In 2016 she opened Kinetic Body Missoula, the first space in Missoula dedicated to the practice of the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®.
Ashley Griffith grew up dancing in Helena, MT where she thrived on the structure of ballet, yet dabbled in everything from dance team to flamenco. In her senior year of high school she discovered contemporary dance and fell in love with the more organic movement and opportunity to explore dance as a vehicle for story telling. She moved to Missoula in 2005 to attend the University of Montana dance program during which time she danced with Headwaters Dance Company and spent a transformational semester studying traditional dance in Ghana, West Africa. Since graduation Ashley has split her time between Helena and Missoula working with CoMotion Dance Project, Queen City Ballet, Headwaters Dance Company and Bare Bait Dance.
Christina Briggs-Winslow brings to Mountain Dance Festival her vibrant artistry in dance, choreography, and somatic practice. She began her professional career as a classical dancer for the Richmond Ballet and moved to NYC for 15 years, where she had a professional career as a modern/post-modern dancer, co-directed her own company which showcased her choreography, and fostered a teaching practice. A Contemporary Dance Integralist, Christina has taught college classes in Ballet Technique, Contemporary Modern Technique, Repertory, Pilates, Applied Anatomy and a variety of courses within the creative track. She has taught courses at Hofstra University, Queens College, the University of Wisconsin Madison, Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Summer Intensive and the TseKh Summer Dance School in Moscow, Russia. After receiving her MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, she joined their faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor for three years. As a performer, she was a founding member of Heidi Latsky Dance and served as the company’s rehearsal director for 10 years. She was an original member of the Gimp Project, the first of Heidi’s critically acclaimed works performed by a company comprised of professionally trained dancers and disabled performers. She has also danced in the companies of Susan Osberg (Workwith Dancers Company), Li Chiao Ping (Li Chiao-Ping Dance) and Pat Cremins (Wyoming Dance Theater). Christina has a passion for studying anatomy and somatics and has been a Pilates Instructor since 1998. Currently, she dances with GERALDCASELDANCE and teaches at LINES Dance Center in San Francisco.
Ms. Ragsdale earned a B.A. in Art History from Harvard/Radcliffe College and an M.A. in Movement Studies from Wesleyan. After graduation she performed with Impulse Dance Co. in Boston and Fred Benjamin Dance Co., Laughing Stone, and Ze’eva Cohen and Dancers in New York. She moved to Montana in 1988 to become the Head of the Dance Program at The University of Montana, where she taught for 20 years, becoming a Full Professor. She has also taught contemporary dance in Spain, Indonesia, Mozambique, and Brazil.
While living in Missoula, she returned to New York as a guest performer with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. and Douglas Dunn and Dancers. In 1993, she co-founded Mo-Trans, which toured the state and region for 12 years. Her choreographic work has been performed in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and New York, and televised on Montana PBS, KSPS, and CNN’s World News. She is the recipient of a Montana Arts Council Fellowship, The University of Montana’s Outstanding Faculty award and a 2009 Governor’s Arts Award for the State of Montana. Her work has been funded by the NEA, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Montana Arts Council, and the Chutney and PROP Foundations. In 2004 she founded Headwaters Dance Co.
Kristen Bell grew up in New Jersey and received her early training at the School of American Ballet. She holds a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and an MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In New York, Kristen performed with TAKE Dance, Skybetter & Associates, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, and American Repertory Ballet. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2014, Kristen has danced with GERALDCASELDANCE, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Molissa Fenley and Company, LEVYdance, and Robert Moses’ Kin.
Tim Russell was raised in a house filled with the sounds of recreational musicians. From that nurturing experience, he was drawn to music as a way of interacting with the world. Tim began his professional career as a musician at fifteen, playing drums in rock bands around the Chicago suburbs. His passion for music and percussion deepened as he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he eventually graduated with a BM in percussion performance. Tim was immersed in the world of Contemporary Movement via accompanying classes and composing music at the University of Wisconsin Dance Program, an environment that encouraged his experimental and collaborative spirit. While in Madison, he maintained a active performing schedule, managed a private teaching studio and composed music for choreographers. Tim’s work with choreographers such as Jin Wen Yu, Li Chiao Ping, Kate Corby, Cycropia Aerial Dance, Luc Vanier and Kun Yang Lin has brought his music all across the country from the Fab! festival in New York City to CounterPULSE! in San Francisco. He currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he continues to expand his artistic family.