Lindsay Chirio began her training at a young age as both a dancer and a gymnast. She graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and, for a short period, apprenticed with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Bloomfield Hills where she received training in different styles of ballroom. Lindsay apprenticed with Eisenhower Dance for two years and was promoted to a company member in 2014. She has taken classes and trained with many professional companies, such as Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Eisenhower Dance. She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Sonya Tayeh, Ron De Jesus, Gina Patterson, Paul Christiano, and Lauren Edson, among others. She has been teaching at Big City Dance Center for 10 years and works with competitive gymnasts at Oakland Gymnastics. She continues to teach at intensives and master classes throughout metro Detroit.
Originally from Thomasboro, Illinois, Andrew began his dance training at the age of six. He trained with Christine Rich and Luciana Rezende at the Christine Rich Studio Dance Academy and Performing Arts Center in Savoy, IL. At the age of 16, Andrew received a full scholarship to The Washington School of Ballet in Washington D. C. He attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts to finish his senior year of High School. Andrew has received scholarships to attend summer intensives at Washington School of Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Rock School of Ballet in Philadelphia, and Faubourg Ballet Chicago.
Katharine Larson grew up dancing under Sheryl Rowland in Kingwood, TX. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Chemistry and was the recipient of the Gertrude Shurr Modern Dance and Costume Manager Triple Threat awards. Katharine has performed works by Ann Reinking, Mia Michaels, Bella Lewitsky, Ron De Jesus, Jamey Hampton, Gina Patterson, Harrison McEldowney, James Clouser, Michael Williams, Sam Watson, Elizabeth George, Ronn Stewart, and Jessica Miller-Tomlinson. She has trained at the Juilliard School, LINES Ballet, and Thodos Dance Chicago. Previously, Katharine has performed with Thodos in their New Dances Concert and with Artifact Dance Project in a tour throughout China. She also has a love for choreographing and has had several works selected to perform at Conder Dance’s Breaking Ground, UA Dance Student Spotlight, and RDA’s Southwest Festival.
Molly began her dance training at South Dayton School of Dance in Dayton, Ohio. She was a ten-year member of South Dayton Dance Theatre, where she danced frequently with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company members. Molly has attended various summer intensive programs including Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Chicago, DCDC, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She also danced for Pittsburgh’s Attack Theater in the 2011 Dirty Ball. She has performed in several RDA ballet festivals and in 2006 received the Jeraldyne Blunden Award, which allowed her to attend the national Craft of Choreography Conference at Utah Valley State College with a full scholarship. Ms. McMullen graduated from Point Park University magna cum laude in 2012 with a BFA in dance. She has had the great opportunities of performing works by Daniel Marshall, Jonathan Phelps, Doug Varone, George Balanchine, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Kiesha Lalama and Alan Hineline.
Michigan Opera Theatre offers free opera and dance talks prior to each performance. Noted experts provide background and important information on what you will see on stage, enhancing your performance experience!
Dance Talks, held one hour prior to each performance, provide an insightful and entertaining preview of the dance company and works performed on stage. Hosted by Director of Dance Carol Halsted, the free talks usually include a member of the performing dance company or company representative. Dance Talks will help dance patrons gain a better understanding of the works being performed, choreography and the dance company.
Don’t miss this free opportunity to further enhance your experience at the Detroit Opera House!
Enjoy film, food, drink and lively discussion while enjoying dance films with other dance lovers. Just $10 at the door!
The 2013-2014 Dance Films Series
JAN 21, TUESDAY 7PM
An evening with Paul Taylor with highlights from Esplanade, Runes and more.
FEB 18, TUESDAY 7PM
An evening highlighting African American Dance.
MAR 25, TUESDAY 7PM
Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty
APR 29, TUESDAY 7PM
An evening with Mikhail Barishnikov
MAY 20, TUESDAY 7PM
Suggestions from you…our dance film audience!!!!!