Alison Clancy: Graduated NUHS 2001: BFA New York University, TISH School of Dance. Tours as a dancer with Israeli choreographer Zvi Gotheiner and works with The Metropolitan Opera, The Guggenheim Museum, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Martha Clarke, Lincoln Center Theater, Alice Tully Hall, Park Avenue Armory, Mass MOCA, Christopher Lancaster, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, and Baryshnikov’s White Oak.
Brianna Anthony: Graduated NUHS 2002: BFA from CSU Long Beach, studying under Keith Johnson, Douglas Nielsen, Susan McLain and Lorin Johnson, trained with bay area greats Joe Goode, Hope Mohr and Bliss Kohlmeyer, and has performed with David Herrera Performance Group, Inochi Dance. Currently with requisitedance.
Courtney Wadman: Graduated NUHS 2002: MFA, MA, BFA, BA, Summa Cum Laude from Chapman University, 2006. Courtney is the new Director of Theatrical Dance at Nevada Union High School. She danced professionally with Backhausdance and Sean Greene, Director of Gallimaufry & Greene Dance Company. Courtney also taught for the California Conservatory of Dance.
Jesse Beck: Graduated NUHS 2004: A BFA from New York University, TISH School of Dance. Apprenticed with Zvidance Company, was a company member with James Martin Dance and a principle member with Lane & Co. Dance. Performed in the spring season with Dances Patrelle.
Tara McArthur: Graduated 2002 NUHS. Received a B.F.A. in Dance, California State University, Long Beach. Performed with Keith Johnson/Dancers. Currently works for Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company as a dancer in the Alwin Nikolais repertoire.
Daniel Howerton: Graduated NUHS 2006: Trained in San Francisco at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet Repertory Ensemble Program. Performs with San Francisco based dance companies such as Project agora, Yannis Adoniou’s Kunst-Stoff and also with the San Francisco Opera’s productions.
Offering classical ballet, from ages seven through adults, her new conservatory will make her professional workplace experience, her formal education, and her nationwide professional dance contacts available to all interested dancers in Nevada County.
The Movement Alliance, under the direction of Lovie Bucknell, was founded as a dance theatre company in 2002, with the support of Associate Director, Marni Marshall and Associate Choreographer, Marissa Hernandez.
To enable dancers in the company to work in their field of experience, expertise, and education, TMA founded The Movement Alliance Dance School in 2008. It offers classes in modern, jazz, creative movement, hip-hop, pilates for dancers and dance fusion.
The Movement Alliance also sponsors master classes/professional workshops with the support of The Center for the Arts and the Associate Students of Sierra College (ASSC) to also host touring companies.
TMA School is thrilled to welcome HBC into it’s non-profit organization, and to have the opportunity to share two performance opportunities per year for dance students — at the school in a theatre-in-the-round. “I have been a fan of Yelena Holt for over a decade, having inherited many of her former high school students in my Sierra College dance classes,” said Bucknell . “With this exciting collaboration, we are now thoroughly able to train ‘the whole child’ in the beginning, and prepare them for bright futures; either dancing professionally, or dancing to ‘fuel their souls’ with healthy habits to physically last a lifetime.”
Both organizations share in the philosophy of college and professional preparation being the best and wisest foundation for today’s working dancer.
All the teachers of this joint effort are either highly certificated with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in dance from colleges and universities and trained in nationally recognized dance methodologies (pedagogy) for dance, or are in a sponsorship with a master mentor teacher who guides them through all aspects of teaching their classes.
“A child develops good habits and forms strong bones and muscles due to his teacher’s knowledge and informed applications. This prevents a lifetime of dance limitations or even injury,” said Holt. “Our joint effort is passionately committed to the continuous dance methods researching and staff training that make skilled and effective dance teachers and beautiful dancers.”
The classes are offered at 212 Spring Street, Nevada City, in the Odd Fellows Lodge.
“Up a steep and winding stairway, the space offers a sprung wood floor to protect bones in the legs and feet, 25-foot ceilings to facilitate ‘leaps to die for,’ a newly installed Marley-type floor, new barres and mirrors, and 2,100-square-feet of dance space,” said Holt. “We’re ready for action! We’re very excited to begin this adventure. If you ever dreamed of being able to fly, learning the mysteries of being an accomplished dancer is a great way to grow wings!”
Yelena Holt trained with Barbara Crockett School of Ballet, Sacramento, performed with the Sacramento Ballet, has a credential and masters in English Literature, and certification in dance, from the University of California, Berkeley, has a State of California Life Credential In English, Speech and Debate, and Theater/Dance.
She was a member of The Magic Theater Association in Old Sacramento and The Davis Light Opera Co., and owned Nevada County School of Ballet from 1982-1985.
She directed the Bear River High School Dance Program from 1988-1994 and the Nevada Union High School Dance Program from 1992- 2010.