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Choreographer's Showcase

SATURDAY February 11 AT 8:00 PM
SUNDAY February 12 AT 2:00 PM


Mary Carbonara  San Francisco, CA
Jeannine Charles  Palo Alto, CA
Elementz of Omni (Elton Domingue, AJ Ellis)  Monterey, CA
Stephanie Harvey  San Francisco, CA
Elisabeth Kindler-Abali  Berlin, Germany
Tracy Kofford  Los Angeles, CA
Alyssa Mitchel  San Francisco, CA
Julie Mulvihill  Lancaster, CA
Milissa Payne  San Francisco, CA
Lissa Resnick  Walnut Creek, CA
Mariah Steele  Oakland, CA

Adult $20
Children 12 & under / Seniors 65+ $15
Family Package  5 tickets for $75
Bring-a-friend Package  10 tickets for $120      or call 831.384.1050

SpectorDance is proud to present the semi-annual Choreographer's Showcase. Come and see world-class dance right here on the Monterey Peninsula. This event brings an eclectic mix of choreographers together to share their original works and provides a unique opportunity for diverse artists and audiences to come together to share the beauty and power of contemporary dance. In this way, local audiences are introduced to cutting edge choreography and dance that they might not have the chance to see otherwise. This event offers something for everyone and is always an audience favorite.


Mary Carbonara founded Mary Carbonara Dances in 2002. She has taught, choreographed and performed nationally and internationall yfor over two decades.  Her work has been presented throughout the Bay Area, and she has choreographed commissions for San Jose State University Dance Theater (UDT), Mills College Repertory Dance Company, SF School of the Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and LINES Pre-Professional Summer Program. In 2013 she earned an Isadora Duncan Award for Alcatraz: Art Behind Bars, produced by Stanford Universitys Re-Designing Theater program. Mary is a former member of Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Robert Moses Kin, Liss Fain Dance and Project Bandaloop. With Robert Moses, Mary is a co-founder of Studio 200, a dance teaching, learning and community studio in San Francisco, where she curates the Creative Process Workshop Series, the monthly Dancer Musician Jam (with projectagora), and the ARTIST-TO-ARTIST Panel Series, providing peer mentoring for artists in the areas of self-production, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and parenting while sustaining a creative practice.

Jeannine Charles started dancing as soon as she could walk.  Early training included years of ballet with Kip Watson, former New York City ballet dancer at the School of Performing Arts in Orlando, FL, and trained in Belgium at Mercador Ballet School affiliated with the London Royal Ballet. She graduated from the University of Washington majoring in Performance/Choreography and receiving 2 Choreography Awards as well as the National Dance Associations Dance Major of the Year Award.   After U.W., Jeannine relocated to the Bay Area and has performed with sjDanceCo (dancer and choreographer), Company Chaddick/SF, Nina Galin Music & Dance, Margaret Wingrove Dance Company, Dancing Sun, Jose Ibarra, Lisa Burnett and Ehud Krauss among many others. Jeannine has taught all over the Bay Area and is currently teaching on Wednesday nights at 7:30p at Zohar in Palo Alto. Jeannine Charles started her first company, VogtART in 1995 and evolved this into ArtistEDGE Dance Company.  The mission of the company is to find new artistic edges in the creation of dance, collaborate with other artists in the community while remaining accessible to a broad audience.  Collaborations have included:  Choreography for Stravinskys, A Soldiers Tale with Michel Singher of Espressivo conducting and Daniel Helfgot directing, Paul Davies original Opera, Carlota, Spanish Visual Media Artist, Daniel Canogar in a site specific project at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, and Stilt Artist and Artisitc Roller Skating Champion, Trey Knight in a project that merged, drama, live music, stilts and dance.

Elementz of Omni is a visual hip hop movement originating out of the Monterey Bay area. By combining different genres of music such as hip hop, trap, house, EDM and more they create new ways of perceiving dance. Using different elementz, the founders, Elton Domingue and Anthony (AJ) Ellis, show creativity and abstract thinking. Their mission is to inspire and influence people everywhere while using Omni, meaning ALL, art forms.

Stephanie Harvey, guest choreographer for The MoveMessenger(s) and a native of Pittsburgh, PA, earned her BFA in Dance from Point Park University in 2009. Since graduating and moving to the West Coast, she has performed extensively in San Diego and San Francisco. Performance credits include Blythe Barton Dance, Catherine Liu, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Harper Addison, IsadoraNOW, Khamla Somphanh, Malashock Dance, Michael Mizerany, and the San Diego Opera. Stephanie is passionate about spreading her love of movement and teaches a variety of dance, acro, and yoga classes throughout the Bay Area. As a budding choreographer, her work has been presented in showcases hosted by Malashock Dance, California Ballet, and the San Diego International Fringe Festival. San Francisco-based dancer/choreographer Angela Dice Nguyen invites artists to find voice through body language in work created for her project The MoveMessenger(s).

Elisabeth Kindler-Abali studied classical and contemporary dance at Palucca University of Dance Dresden in Germany. During her studies she has worked with renowned choreographers and performed at Semperoper, Hellerau, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, and Kleine Szene. After graduation, Elisabeth began working at Staatstheater Darmstadt, directed by Mei Hong Lin and in 2006 moved to Berlin. Since then, Elisabeth has been working as a freelance dancer, performing with Oxymoron Dance Company Potsdam at Musikakademie Rheinsberg, for various choreographers throughout Germany, and performing in televised music shows. Recently, she started presenting her own choreography throughout Germany, in addition to teaching ballet, contemporary dance, and fitness.

Tracy R. Kofford earned his BFA in Dance from University of California of Santa Barbara and a MFA from New York University, TISCH School of the Arts.  Tracy has performed and choreographed nationally and internationally with his own work and Jennifer Muller/The Works.  He has studied and worked with some of the world's most influential choreographers, performers and dance companies.  He also performed with Disney Cruise line, featured as Tarzan. He is currently Director of Dance at Santa Barbara City College, guest teacher at Thacher, guest artist with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet and a member of Santa Barbara Dance Theater.

Alyssa Eve Mitchel is from San Francisco, California and began her dance training in tap, jazz and hip-hop while also competing in rhythmic gymnastics. She received her ballet and contemporary training at Marin Dance Theatre under the direction of Margaret Swarthout, where she also had the unique opportunity of being a student choreographer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies/Teacher Preparation with a minor in mathematics from the Dominican University of California, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors in May 2015. She is currently an apprentice with Peter+Co. Professional experience also includes Garrett+Moulton Productions, Labayen Dance, SOULSKIN Dance and Polaris Dance Theatre. She has danced works by Janice Garrett, Charles Moulton, Igal Perry, Helen Simoneau, Enrico Labayen, Peter Cheng, Andrea Basile and Sidra Bell. Shes also a passionate choreographer and teacher and has presented her work at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, the Southwest Mississippi Community College, ODC, Safehouse Arts, Spreckles Performing Arts Center, the Cowell Theater and the San Mateo Performing Arts Center (Youth American Grand Prix). She is a guest choreographer for the Bay Pointe Ballet and Marin Dance Theatre. As a choreographer, Alyssa collaborates with her younger sister, Olivia Mitchel who is a classical pianist and composer. Alyssa teaches all levels of contemporary dance, ballet and core strength at dance schools throughout the Bay Area. In addition to her love for dance, she is also a devoted math tutor for students ranging from elementary school to college.

Julie Mulvihill has recently completed a PhD in Dance Theory and Practice from Texas Womans University, with a research focus of dance making within groups. Julie has danced and shown work with Hidden Entropy Movement Project, SpectorDance, Crossover Movement Arts, Rainbow Dance Company, and Even Exchange Dance Theater. She has been on the faculties of Georgia College and State University, UNC at Greensboro, Elon University, Peace College, and other dance and theatre programs, teaching various dance and movement courses. Most recently Julie has served as a guest artist for Dance Dimensions at Antelope Valley College where she met collaborating dancers Brenda and Rigoberto.

Milissa Payne Bradley, nominated as a 2016 "New Names to Watch" by Dance Europe, is a San Francisco-based choreographer and dance educator . Branded the e.e. cummings of ballet by The Huffington Post, Payne Bradley began choreographing in 2010 and founded the San Francisco-based The Milissa Payne Project the same year. In 2011, Payne Bradleys The Game is Afoot was chosen as a semi-finalist for the Company C Contemporary Ballets New Commission Project. The Milissa Payne Projects Revolve, was awarded Best Whirling Dervish in the Best of San Francisco 2013 by SF Weekly. Payne Bradley was also awarded by BayAreaDanceWatch & SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts as the Bay Areas Best Choreographer (Contemporary Ballet) 2012.She has set work on New York Theatre Ballet, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Bay Pointe Ballet, ODC Theaters Music Moves Festival and the West Wave Dance Festival. Payne Bradley began her professional career in 2005 with The Oakland Ballet under the direction of Ronn Guidi. She is an Artist in Residence at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, SOTA and part of the teaching staff at the Contra Costa Ballet School. Payne Bradley is a graduate with Honors from Saint Marys College of California in the Liberal Education for the Arts (LEAP) program, and is also a recent graduate with Honors from Saint Marys College of California with a MFA in Dance: Creative Practice

Lissa Resnick, Harkness award-winning dancer and choreographer, was trained in classical ballet and contemporary dance at the Joffrey and San Francisco Ballet Schools.  She has performed with San Francisco Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Bonnie Simoa Contemporary Dance, Danse Lumiere, and as a guest artist.  In 2012 (Los Angeles)/2013 (San Francisco Bay Area), Lissa founded No Strings Attached Dance Company as a platform for her own choreographic work. Her dance/action-painting performances were noted as Top 5 Dance Shows to See in LA This Week by LA Weekly. Lissas work has been presented at numerous curated series and festivals throughout California including SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara.  Some notable presenters include Z Space Theater, ArtBark International, sjDANCEco ChoreoProject Awards Concert, Womens Ballet Choreographer Series (Berkeley, CA), San Francisco Movement Arts Festival, and Pasadena Dance Festival, and El Portal Theater, North Hollywood.  As a director/producer in Los Angeles, Lissa produced a full length work at the Hermosa Playhouse Artisits Tribute to Veterans (2011) to a sold out house.  In addition, she was commissioned to choreograph a dance-drama new play at the El Portal, in North Hollywood (2012). Most recently, Lissas work was presented by WestWaves 25th Anniversary performance at Z Space Theater this fall in San Francisco.  She will be returning as Artist-In-Residence at SAFEhouseArts SF this spring for creation of new works.  Film credits include featured dancer in the documentary Image of a Dancer by Lucas Films.
Lissa thanks SpectorDance for this opportunity to perform in Monterey.  Please visit for more info.

Mariah Steele is the founder and Artistic Director of Quicksilver Dance, a modern/contemporary dance company founded in Boston, MA in 2010 before relocating to Oakland, CA in 2015. Steele has performed professionally in the companies of James Martin and Beth Soll in New York City, and with Peter DiMuro's Public Displays of Motion, Sokolow Now!, the Anna Sokolow Archival Company, and Rebecca Rice Dance in Boston. Mariah was on faculty at Endicott College in Beverly, MA for several years and has also taught courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Santa Clara University. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Minor in Dance from Princeton University, a MA from Tufts Universitys Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (where she wrote a thesis about using dance in peacebuilding) and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University. In 2013, The Boston Globe Magazinenamed Steele a rising talent in the arts.



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