Choreographed by: Kellie Harmon in collaboration with dancers
Performed by: Heidi Brewer, Helen Hansen French, Carleigh Gee, Kellie Harmon, Bliss Kohlmyer, Shila Tirabassi Lagrua, Samantha Miller, Jessica Obiedzinski
Kellie Harmon holds a BFA in performance dance from the University of South Florida and has choreographed and taught master classes for Santa Fe College, St Petersburg College, and The University of South Florida St Petersburg campus. Kellie’s experiences outside of Florida have inspired her to bring her signature voice to the local modern dance community by founding RogueDance. In 2017 Kellie was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the City of St Petersburg and is a recipient of a Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist Award. She has performed works from Jacqulyn Buglisi, Doug Varone, Marina Mascarell Martinez, Paul Selwyn Norton, Rosie Herrera, Stephanie Batten-Bland, and Doug Gillespie.
Pacific Northwest native and University of Washington alum Heidi Brewer has worked as a performer and collaborator in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles with Mark Haim, Rebecca Davis, Cori Marquis and The Nines [IX], Gretchen Weber, Josselyn Levinson & Michael Richman, Milka Djordjevich, Pennington Dance Group, Lionel Popkin, Myrrhia Rodriguez, Gracie Whyte, WHYTEBERG, Mollie Wolf, and Kevin Williamson. Her own work has been shown at Pieter and Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, where she also founded the LAYERS platform to produce 3 workshops in L.A. between 2017-2018\. Currently based in Tampa Bay, Heidi is the Communications Director at Kinected Pilates Studio in NYC and is honored to be working with Michael Foley, ProjectALCHEMY and Rogue Dance.
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Photo by Denzel Johnson, projectALCHEMY
Carleigh Gee is from Tarpon Springs, FL and began her dance training in hip-hop at age 9. She received a BFA in Dance Performance with a Concentration in Modern Dance at the University of South Florida in May 2014. During her time at USF, she performed in works by Bliss Kohlmyer, Jeanne Travers and Ben Munisteri, as well as in excerpts from Rosie Herrera's “Pity Party” and Ohad Naharin’s “Minus 16.” In June 2013, Carleigh attended the USF Dance in Paris Program under the direction of Michael Foley and Colleen Thomas. Her first post-graduate performance was of her original work, “To Deviate,” in Moving Current Dance Collective’s NewGrounds 2014. Carleigh has been a member and choreographer for Tampa Modern Dance Company, and a member of RogueDance since 2015. She currently teaches all over the Tampa Bay Area, sharing her love and passion for dance with students of all ages.
Samantha Janice Miller
Samantha Janice Miller is an emerging dance artist originally from Kendallville, Indiana. She trained for 16 years in the areas of tap, jazz, ballet, and modern at Tri-County Dance Academy for the Performing Arts. In 2013, Samantha continued her studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. At UArts, Samantha performed works by Curt Haworth, Douglas Becker, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Jen McGinn, Sidra Bell, Robert Burden, and Lauren Putty White. She also worked with Jeanine McCaine in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Art Festival. Samantha received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance in May 2016 and is now exploring the world of dance in St. Petersburg, FL. Samantha has worked and performed alongside Helen Hansen French, Mary Chase Doll, and Lauren Slone. Aside from performing, Samantha is teaching and choreographing at the Jeanne Lynn Dance Studio and is the newest member of RogueDance Company.
Bliss Kohlmyer is the Co-Artistic Director of project agora. The company was in residence at the prestigious Bates Dance Festival Summer ’15, premiered the work Threshold, Suspended…at the San Francisco International Arts Festival, performed at Dance Gallery and Breaking Ground, and Summer ’16 performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her collaborative work with pianist Svetozar Ivanov (Sound Moves Duo) has been presented in Florida, New York, Michigan, Colorado, England, Austria, Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. Bliss’ choreographic work has been commissioned by LINES Ballet Summer Program, Dickinson College, Florida State College, Loyola Marymount University, Jacksonville University, Florida Dance Festival, Sam Houston State University, SUNY Fredonia, Beijing Normal University, Moving Current Dance Collective, Jacksonville Dance Theatre, Péndulo Cero Danza Contemporánea (Mexico), and Robert Moses’ Kin (San Francisco). In New York City, she danced and toured internationally with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Sean Curran Company. In San Francisco, she danced with Janice Garrett and Dancers, Robert Moses’ Kin, and the San Francisco Opera Ballet, among others. She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington in 2011 and is currently an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida.
Photo by Andy Mogg
Jessica Obiedzinski planted her dance roots working for Florida companies such as Moving Ethos in Sarasota and touring Florida with Gainesville’s native company, HEMISPHEREdance. She presented choreography for the Co-motion Dance Theatre at St. Pete College and performed the work of local USF dance faculty member, Michael Foley. After moving to New York in 2013, Jessica served as a company member with choreographers Beth Soll and Susan Vencl for 3 years. Jessica also performed in various projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn with Megan Kendzior, Laurie DeVito and acrobatic extraordinaire Elizabeth Streb. Her love for travel brought her to the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance to get her RYT Yoga certification and to Impulstanz to study and perform with Brussels based choreographer, David Hernandez. Recently back in Florida, Jessica showed a collaboration work in Tampa with local dancer and HCC faculty member, Sea Lee, for the New Grounds Festival presented by the Tampa based company, Moving Current. She has been performing alongside St. Pete native Helen Hansen French and is also a company member with Kellie Harmon’RogueDance. Jessica is also a certified Apparatus Pilates instructor, teaching locally in the St. Pete community.
Shila Tirabassi LaGrua, a native of St. Petersburg, began her training with Suzanne Pomerantzeff at Academy of Ballet Arts and PCCA. Shila went on to get her BFA from The Juilliard School. During her time in NYC she danced for Merce Cunningham, Ballet Hispanico, Mark Morris, Buglisi/Foreman, BattleWorks, Lar Lubovitch and Stephen Petronio. She has always been interested in the body and alignment and has continued her studies since leaving the professional dance world. Shila is currently a Neurosomatic Therapist at her own practice called Body Center St. Pete where she combines Structural Therapy and pilates. Shila also teaches yoga, pilates, anatomy, and posture analysis workshops and classes all over the country.
Photo by Sarah Silver