Alumni of the MFA in Dance program in the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

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SPRING 2015 MFA DANCE GRADUATES

Robin Neveu Brown is graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance and also a certification in Laban Movement Analysis. While at University of Maryland, she has focused on connecting movement with education, community, and nontraditional performance, culminating in her MFA thesis concert, Projects for the Living. Her love of collaboration within the sensorial and physical world of dance feeds her passion as a performer, dance maker, writer, and teaching artist. Robin also collaborates regularly with her actor/mover husband, Kevin Brown, to blend the worlds of theatre and dance. She is looking forward to her next learning adventure: motherhood.

Nicole McClam is graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance.  While at the University of Maryland, she has had the opportunity to perform works by faculty Alvin Mayes and Adriane Fang and fellow graduate students.  For her own thesis concert, which she also performed in, she had the privilege of designing the costumes.  She also was fortunate enough to perform with B3W Performance Group, tour with Human Landscape Dance, coordinate the Howard County Community Dance Festival, and complete her studies with the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis program.

Megan Morse Jans is graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance.  While at UMD, Megan had the pleasure of performing in works by Adriane Fang, Doug Varone, Erin Crawley-Woods, and the role of Wendla in Spring Awakening.  Ms. Morse Jans recently performed her thesis project Not Leading Lady Material, an interdisciplinary cabaret incorporating dance, song and storytelling. In 2013, Megan was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award from the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center at UMD. Ms. Morse Jans has worked with dance, opera and theater companies regionally and her choreography has been produced locally, in New York City, and abroad in Oxford, England at the OxFringe Festival.

Lynne Price is graduating with an MFA in Dance. Lynne has been an active choreographer, performer, educator, and mentor on and off campus. Lynne received a Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award for the 2013/2014 Academic Year.

SPRING 2014 MFA DANCE GRADUATES

Erin Crawley-Woods is graduating with an MFA in Dance. While at UMD she performed in the work of Graham Brown, Adriane Fang, Jessie Laurita-Spanglet, and Stephanie Miracle, and directed Visible Seams, a site-specific sound/dance/video installation for The Clarice. In 2013 she was selected as part of the University’s Fearless Ideas campaign for her work teaching dance to incarcerated youth and has presented a paper on the subject at conferences around the country. In April she attended the Performatica International Forum in Mexico to teach, perform, and present her screendance on top Ophelia. Following a residency at Dance Omi in August, Erin will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Dickinson College.

Ana Patricia Farfan is graduating with an MFA in dance. She is a Fulbright fellow from Mexico and holds degrees in Concert Dance, Linguistic and Literature. Ana has showcased her choreography and performance in Teatro de la Danza and Centro Nacional de las Artes. In 2009 she founded and became editor of a dance research journal in Mexico called Centrífuga. She has been recognized twice by National Institute of Fine Arts and was recipient of the grant “Partnership for the Excellence in The Performing Arts” by TDPS. Future plans include continue her career in choreography, dance research and work on an online and bilingual version of the journal.

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet is graduating with a Masters Of Fine Arts in Dance.  Since coming to Maryland, Jessie has had the great pleasure of working with Tere O’Connor, Adriane Fang, Sharon Mansur, Alvin Mayes, Stephanie Miracle, Graham Brown, Connor Voss, and Sarah Beth Oppenheim. Jessie is a Stott Pilates certified Pilates Instructor through the Balance Body Pilates Training Center in Richmond VA. Jessie was raised in the rolling hills of Charlottesville VA, where she taught dance and Pilates in various studios, rec centers, and arts spaces. She earned her BFA in Dance from the North Carolina School of The Arts.

Stephanie Miracle is graduating with an MFA in Dance. With support from TDPS Stephanie attend national and international dance conferences and festivals including Dance Across the Boards, Bates Dance Festival, ImpulsTanz, and Performatica. In 2012 she was selected as one of nine dance artists from around the world to attend OMI International Artists Residency. Stephanie has been awarded a 2014/2015 Fulbright to study dance at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany.