Starrene Foster, Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project. A Richmond native, Starrene Foster, is a performer, dance educator and the Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project. Starrene is the recipient of the Theresa Pollack Award for Artistic Excellence and was recently featured on the PBS broadcast Virginia Currents. Foster was also awarded Richmond’s Most Prestigious 25 Arts Innovators, The Top 40 under 40 and has been nominated for two ARTSIE awards by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle for her choreography. Starrene is the beneficiary of the 2003 VCU Star Alumni Award where she is presently in her fourteenth year as an adjunct faculty member. She has received grants from the Virginia Council for the Arts, and many commissions for new dance works from universities and various dance companies. Starrene teaches throughout the country and her choreography has been presented nationally which include: The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA), The Jack Guidone Theatre (DC), SUNY Buffalo (NY), The New World School (FL), Old Dominion University (VA), Cornell University (NY), James Madison University (VA), Dance Charlotte (NC), The Goose Route Dance Festival (WV), the Demetrius Klein Dance Festival (FL), The Richmond Ballet (VA), University of Richmond (VA), Scranton Cultural Arts Center (PA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), The Lorton Workhouse (DC), and the Festival of Choreography (NC). As a dancer, Starrene trained under many dance greats and has had the pleasure of training with and performing works by Mark Taylor, Chris Burnside, Doug Varone, Sharon Kinney, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Dendy, Pewan Chow (Hong Kong), Raul Parro (Mexico), among many others. In addition to her faculty position at VCU, Starrene is also on faculty at the Richmond Ballet. With much acclaim throughout the country, critics have raved enthusiastically about Foster's choreography consistently and she has been reviewed as “having a very impressive inventory of work”, “a master of immediacy” and her choreography having “range and imagination“ and “emotional gravity”. She has been recognized for creating inventive and unusual partnering as well as integrating the uniqueness of each dancer in her work.
Jordan Livermon Glunt (Rehearsal Assistant/dancer) began her study of dance in her hometown of Powhatan, VA and continued it through The School of Richmond Ballet. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003 with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. During her time at VCU, Jordan had the privilege to study with artists such as Paule Turner, David Dorfman, Gerri Houlihan, Bebe Miller and Gus Solomons. Currently, Jordan serves as Minds In Motion Artistic Assistant/Team XXL Administrator & MIM Teaching Artist for Richmond Ballet. She has been a member of the Minds In Motion faculty since 2007. Jordan has enjoyed teaching two-week MIM residencies in Woodbridge, VA since 2009 and had the honor of traveling to Israel in 2011 to share the love of dance with 4th-6th grade students. She has performed with Starr Foster Dance Project since 2004 and continues to enjoy performing with the project’s talented group of dancers.
Kathleen Brady (dancer), originally from Washington, DC, has trained with faculty from The Center Dance company, The Washington Ballet, The Juilliard School, and the Joffrey Ballet. In addition to her dance training, Ms. Brady received her Bachelors in Art degrees in both Anthropology and Russian from the University of Virginia. Ms. Brady has also had the pleasure to work with a wealth of talented choreographers which include Linda Kent, Nancie Woods, Paul Wegner, Dennis Price and Susan Cooper. Having practiced Yoga for over 8 years, she began teaching in 2008, and is currently RYT certified through Yoga Alliance. She teaches at studios and gyms all over Richmond, as well as private sessions -- www.KMyogaKM.com. She has been dancing with the Starr Foster Project since 2009.
Egbert Vongmalaithong is a sculptor and performance artist based in Richmond, Virginia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University. While studying at VCU, his interest in movement became an important part of his interdisciplinary art studies. He thought of dance as an extension of the mind and as a challenge in our physical limits. In March 2012, he traveled to Doha, Qatar as a visiting artist where he presented workshops and lectures on his curatorial and performance practice. Upon graduating from VCU, Egbert joined the Starr Foster Dance Company and is continuing to pursue his career as an artist.
Brittany Diaz - began her dance career in Midlothian, VA, studying all genres of dance and competing nationally. She graduated from James Madison University in 2012 with a BA in both Dance and Communication Studies. During her years at JMU, she had the fortune of studying with a range of professional artists, while performing and choreographing for JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Virginia Repertory Dance Company. Brittany danced professionally for the West Virginia Dance Company from 2012-2013, and is currently teaching dance in fitness classes in the Richmond area. She joined Starr Foster Dance Project in May 2013.
Laura Grace Zetlan - a native of Richmond, VA, began her dance training in Midlothian, VA studying many different styles of movement with an emphasis in Modern and Contemporary. In 2006 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography, where she was honored to perform the choreography of James Frazier and Robbie Kinter. Laura Grace has had the opportunity to study with and perform works by David Dorfman, BeBe Miller, Gesel Mason and Gerri Houlihan. In 2006 she began dancing for the Starr Foster Dance Project and FDance before leaving Richmond for Brooklyn and then Washington DC. During her time in DC, Laura Grace was a member of AriDen Dance and a dancer and assistant director for the Doniphan Project. Bringing movement into others lives is incredibly important to Laura Grace and she is privileged to teach Pilates and Barre Body in fitness clubs through out Richmond as well as work with the youngest Yogis teaching Kids Yoga. She is grateful to be back in Richmond and dancing for Starr once again.
Maeve C. Talbot graduated magna cum laude, with university honors, from Virginia Commonwealth University with her BFA in dance and choreography, along with a minor in biology. During her time at VCU she was fortunate enough to perform works by faculty Martha Curtis and Judith Steel. Maeve also had the immense honor of performing work by guest artist Kate Weare at the American College Dance Festival in Tampa, FL. In the summer of 2012 she attended a three week intensive where she studied with the SITI Company and Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company at Skidmore College in New York. Maeve has been privileged to be an instructor at dance studios throughout the Richmond area. She is quite excited to join SFDP this season.
Katie Branca is a writer and a dancer from Hockessin, Delaware, and is very excited to have the opportunity to pursue each of these passions in Richmond. After receiving a strong ballet background at the Mid-Atlantic Ballet in Newark, Delaware, Katie moved to Virginia to accept a full-tuition artist’s scholarship at the University of Richmond in 2009. There, as a member of the University Dancers, she began exploring modern and contemporary dance under the guidance of Myra Daleng, Anne VanGelder, Alicia Diaz, Matthew Thornton, Christian Von Howard, and Starr Foster. She also had the privilege of studying with and performing works by internationally-recognized choreographers including Jacqueline Buglisi, Jessica Lang, Kanji Segawa, Francesca Harper, Alexandra Damiani, and Robert Battle. Katie graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Richmond in May 2013 with a major in English and minors in Journalism, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works as a copywriter and is thrilled to begin her professional dancing career with Starr Foster Dance Project this year.
Caitlin Cunningham, originally from Norfolk, VA, began her training at age 3 with Virginia Ballet Theatre. During her time there, she worked her way up through the youth performance groups eventually becoming a performing member of their junior company, VBTII. She has performed in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Firebird, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Patruchka, and has performed variations from Don Quixote, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. As a student at VCU, Cunningham rekindled herlove for movement through extracurricular ballet and modern dance classes. She is currently enrolled to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Religious Studies. Caitlin is glad to be a part of the SFDP and hopes to continue pursuing her passion for dancing.
Monica Rhea, a native of Richmond, Va began dancing at Shuffles Performing Arts Center under the direction of Peggy Thibodeau. During this time, she had the opportunity to work with master teachers and choreographers from the Richmond area including Starr Foster and Melanie Richards. Monica later attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she studied under Michael Sheridan, Zane Booker, and Wayne St. David. While attending the University of the Arts she was chosen to perform in several works including “Louis Johnson’s Forces of Rhythm.” In 2009, she danced for Eleone Dance Theatre’s Eleone Connection, and later went on to dance with Philadanco’s D/2 under the direction of Donald T. Lunsford II. Since then, Monica has had the opportunity to perform with Philadanco under the direction of Joan Myers Brown and Waheed Works under the direction of Tommie-Waheed Evans. She recently finished her first contract as a dancer/aerialist on board the Regent Seven Seas Mariner under Jean Ann Ryan Productions. This is Monica's first season with SFDP.
Ryan Love, (musical director), studied at The Boston Conservatory (voice/piano) and graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ryan has worked with Yo-Yo Ma, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, Stanko Milov, Asaf Ronen (Imp), Jill Bernard (Drum Machine), Joe Bill (Annoyance Theater), The Firehouse Theatre, HBO, VCUDance, The University of Richmond, The Richmond Ballet, Jose Limon Co., Arnie Zane/Bill T. Jones Co., Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Cornish College of The Arts, University of Washington, Dance Fremont, The Seattle Festival of Improv Theater and of course, The Starr Foster Dance Project. Ryan is the Musical Director of Wing-It Productions and can be seen performing with the highly acclaimed 'Jet City Improv' & 'Twisted Flicks'. Ryan Love is also the founder and producer of Jet City Records. RyTunes can also be found on iTunes, Verizon Wireless.com, Yahoo!Music, MSNMusic and many more online stores for his album "CUPCAKE". His song "Ballad of The Broken Hearted Girl" which he co-wrote with Leeni on her debut album "Are We There Yet?" was a finalist for the International Songwriter's Competition and can also be found on iTunes. For more information please log on to: www.myspace.com/jetcityrecords.
Cobb Jr. (Composer) is a Richmond, Virginia based musician
versed in hand percussion and drum kit. Bentley is an experienced
accompanist, currently employed by The Richmond Ballet, Virginia
Commonwealth University Department of Dance and Choreography, and the
University of Richmond Dance Department. He can also be seen touring
nationally with the Washington, DC based theatrical pop-rock group Burn the
Michael Jarett (Lighting Designer) is pleased to continue his collaboration with Starr Foster Dance Project, for whom he has previously designed Erratic Behavior, the 9th Annual Choreography Showcase, the Mid-Atlantic Dance Collaborative, and the 10 Year Anniversary Performances. He is the Lighting Designer/Dance Technical Director for the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography. Michael received his MFA in Theater Design from Brandeis University and his BA in Theater from the University of Richmond. As the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Intern at Lincoln Center, he had the opportunity to work with the Lincoln Center Festival, New York City Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and New York City Ballet. Michael has had the pleasure of designing for choreographers and companies including Charles O. Anderson, Monica Bill Barnes, Stefanie Batten Bland, Robert Battle, Duane Cyrus, Myra Daleng, Thang Dao, Linda Kent, Anne Van Gelder, Nicholas Villeneuve, Abraham.In.Motion, Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Ground Zero Dance, and the VON HOWARD PROJECT. http://web.mac.com/mjarett/Portfolio/Welcome.html