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  • LACDC | Kate Hutter

    Kate Hutter

    Artistic Director | Co-Founder | Chairman of the Board

    Kate Hutter is co-founder and Artistic Director of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC).  Kate is an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School and a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BFA in Theatrical Design.  Kate also holds an MFA in Dance / Choreography from Purchase College, SUNY.  Kate has presented her choreography at prestigious venues throughout L.A. including the Broad Stage, Celebrate Dance at the Alex Theater, Ford Amphitheatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Theatre Center, Diavolo Dance Space and Highways Performance Space.  Kate was also the movement director for the band Foster The People on their 2013 Summer Tour and part of the Move campaign by indie clothing retailer Alternative Apparel.  Kate has been a visiting artist at USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College, Ohio State University and Wayne State University where she has taught and/or set new work. Kate continues to create dance experiences for LACDC, choreograph for theater and commercial productions, and teach at the Brockus Project Space in downtown L.A.

  • Michelle Jolly

    Co-Founder | Secretary | Board Member since 2005

    Michelle Michelle Mierz is co-founder and previous Executive Director of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company. She trained as a dancer herself since the age of four through college. Michelle combined her passion for dance and her business background to create LACDC. Michelle graduated magna cum laude from the USC Marshall School of Business Honors Program/ Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies with a BS. Her professional credits outside of LACDC include work with the consulting firm, CounterIntuity, as a Project Manager, interim operations manager for the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Associate Producer with LA Stage Alliance for the 2004 Ovation Awards, and Associate Producer for the Choreography Media Honors 2008-2009. In 2011, Michelle graduated from Yale University's School of Management with her MBA. She now resides in her hometown of West Seattle, WA and is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon.com.

  • Casey Cowan Gale

    Treasurer | Board Member since 2006

    Casey Cowan Gale's extensive experience ranges from co-designing the lighting for the world premiere of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches to designing the architectural lighting for ABC's Nightline offices in Washington D.C. Her most recent work includes the lighting designs for The Music Man, My Fair Lady, Mame, Camelot and The Sound of Music at the Hollywood Bowl with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, all directed by Gordon Hunt. For her work she has received a Dramalogue Award, the L.A. Weekly Award, and awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. She served for 6 years as a lighting designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, where she designed the lighting for various attractions at Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Walt Disney World. She spent an additional 5 years at Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development researching and evaluating lighting technology for any and all branches of the Walt Disney Company. Casey was the Director of Lighting Design for the University of Southern California School of Theatre for 8 years, and is currently a free lance Lighting Designer.

  • Jennifer Aleman Hutter

    Board Member since 2011

    Jen joined the board of the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company in 2009. She is one of LACDC's biggest fans, and has yet to leave a performance without feeling inspired by the energy and passion that the artists bring to LACDC. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BBA, where she also spent a semester at the Universidad Jose Ortega y Gassett in Madrid, Spain, studying Spanish language, history and art. She began her career at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette ("DLJ") in New York in the real estate finance division, and later became a founding member of DLJ Strategic Partners, L.P., a private equity fund created to purchase interests in leveraged buyout, mezzanine, venture capital and real estate funds in the secondary market. After three years at DLJ, Jen earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School, where she continues to be involved in alumni fundraising initiatives. In 2004, she joined General Electric for a year long stint in a sales and marketing leadership program where she was instrumental in strategizing on new business opportunities to achieve revenue growth for two business units. In 2005, Jen joined Credit Suisse where she was most recently a Vice President in the Alternative Investments division, responsible for raising capital from endowments, foundations and pension plans for private real estate managers globally. In 2009, Jen co-founded the KAP Group, a strategic marketing firm that advises real estate private equity managers seeking institutional capital. She enjoys travel, yoga, adventure, and flying, and is an active member of the Bay Cities 99s and Women in Aviation International. Jen hopes to bring her fundraising experience and business acumen to LACDC as the company continues to flourish.

Staff

  • Eva Angeloff

    Company Manager

    Eva Angeloff is an East Coast girl with a West Coast heart who has been dancing everywhere in between for over 25 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Indiana University, spent four years as a principal dancer with the New Mexico Ballet Company, and received a Masters of Arts in Dance and Dance Education from NYU in 2006. Her passion is movement, and she has taught Modern Dance and Dance History as an Adjunct Professor at Long Beach City College and has performed at a numerous venues around Los Angeles and the country with Ptero Dance Theatre. In 2009 she became a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga in studios, community centers, at festivals, and high in the Himalayas ever since. She currently teaches therapeutic dance and movement to cancer patients and survivors in partnership with Elizabeth's Canvas in Santa Monica. Eva remains dedicated to honoring the community, craft, and the art of dance. She is thrilled, thrilled and honored, to be part of LACDC and is truly inspired by the mission of this company and the members and supporters who believe in the power of movement and community.

  • Jamila Glass

    Social Media Coordinator

    Jamila Glass is a founding company member of LACDC and a graduate from the University of Southern California's prestigious film school with a minor in Advertising. She is the owner of The Cutting Room where she produces and directs films and does freelance film and video editing. Glass has worked with clients worldwide for national radio spots, short films, television pilots, and more. She is currently the lead editor for the popular and award-winning Black and Sexy TV, an online television network with over 100,000 subscribers and recently directed a pilot for a new show called School of Pop Dance.  She attributes her keen eye, creative streak, and rhythmic sensibilities to her immersion in the performing and visual arts from a very young age and her secondary career as a professional dancer. As Social Media Coordinator for the LA Contemporary Dance Company, Jamila created a successful Facebook campaign that resulted in a fan increase of over 150%, produced a series of behind-the-scenes videos that received thousands of views and several YouTube honors, and currently generates daily content that keeps their supporters excited, informed, and actively involved in the community. Additionally, her work with LACDC garnered requests to lead multiple Social Media Panels for the LA County Arts Commission. Committed to always giving her clients more than they envisioned, she is intent on discovering new ways to innovatively engage the LACDC audience and to expand their reach around the world. (www.jamilaglass.com).

Collaborators

  • LACDC | Erik Speth

    Erik Speth

    Projection Design

    Erik Speth holds a MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BFA in Dance Choreography and Performance from California Institute of the Arts.  He was a founding member of Ledges and Bones Dance Project under the artistic direction of Holly Johnston. Erik was selected to partake in the Music and Dance Exchange (MADE) 2006 at Darting Arts College in England and has also worked with Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Los Angeles Movement Arts and project-to-project with other LA based choreographers. In addition, Erik is the co-founder of the dance department at Renaissance Arts Academy as well as a co-collaborator of The Rock Collective. 

  • LACDC | Laurel Jenkins Tentindo

    Laurel Jenkins Tentindo

    Choreographer

    Laurel Jenkins Tenitndo (b. 1979) is a choreographer creating new dance theater works.  As a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 2007-2012, she created original roles in Brown's four final works.   In her youth, Tentindo and her peers founded the Vermont Fairytale Theater and cooperatively devised original plays.  After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she danced with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and was certified in the Skinner Releasing Technique.  She went on to dance with Vicky Shick, and Sara Rudner, and to perform in plays directed by Nick Olcott and John Jesurun, and to choreograph for Elise Kermani's performance films.  Tentindo was a member of the Puppet Lab at St. Anne's Warehouse in NY.  Her work has been shown in NY at: Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, Judson Church, Dixon Place and the NY Fringe, and in LA at: Automata, Highways, Pieter, the Fowler Museum, and the Hammer Museum.  Internationally, she has been presented at the Prague Fringe, Decoda at Coventry University, U.K., Tanz im August: Berlin International Dance Festival, and Improvisation Xchange, Berlin.  Tentindo has taught at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Tilt in Milan, and Independent Dance in London.  Tentindo set Trisha Brown's work in Switzerland for Le Mouvement: Performing the City/Biel Bienne, in Nashville, and in France for Ballet de Lorraine.  In 2015 she received her MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, and an Asian Cultural Council Grant to develop a new piece with Chey Chankethya, Artistic Director of Amrita Performing Arts in Phnomh Penh, Cambodia.  She is thrilled to be working with LACDC!  

  • LACDC | Becca Lemme

    Becca Lemme

    Choreographer

    Rebecca Lemme is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies, and she teaches extensively in contemporary, ballet and jazz technique. Significantly informed by both Release and Laban/Bartenieff techniques, she has created a unique movement style for the stage and the classroom that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Rebecca holds a BA from Princeton University (2002) in English and Theater and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts (2013) in Choreography.

    Lemme is an Assistant Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a full-time faculty member at California Institute of the Arts (2013-14), where she also taught during her MFA candidacy (2011-13).  Additionally, Lemme has been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago (2010-11), Roosevelt University (2007-11), Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio (2005-present), Visceral Dance Center (2007-present), and Joffrey Ballet Chicago (2010-11, 2014). Additionally, between 2007-11 she guest taught at the American College Dance Festival, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Wake Forest University, Beloit College, and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. In 2014, she will be a Choreographer in Residence at Grand Valley State University setting work and teaching master classes within the Dance Department. Through a holistic approach to dance education her classes merge critical thinking processes with skill building and art making. In addition to contemporary technique, she teaches ballet and jazz with an emphasis on whole-body connectivity.

    A finalist chosen to present choreography for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago, Rebecca has also been commissioned and presented by River North Dance Chicago, Thodos’ New Dances, Columbia College, Loyola University, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Chance and Instruments of Movement. She has also created numerous works at CalArts, including an evening length concert for 10 dancers and 5 live musicians entitled until then if not before. Thematically and physically, Rebecca’s work is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in her work.

    Rebecca has toured nationally with contemporary repertory companies Luna Negra Dance Theater (2008-09), River North Dance Chicago (2005-08), RTG Dance(2005-06), Hedwig Dances (2004-06), and Instruments of Movement (2002-06), working with and performing choreography by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro, Frank Chaves, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Alejandro Cervera. 

    Upon graduation from Princeton she was the 2002 recipient of the Francis LeMoyne Page Theater Award for distinctive achievement in theater. She was additionally a 2012 recipient of the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship, as well as a 2013 recipient of the Sono Osato Scholarship, both  for graduate study. Rebecca is a founding member of the service project Tiger2Tiger, a Princeton alumni community lending program offering seniors the opportunity to pursue inspiring projects with immediate relevance and impact after graduation. Additionally, she is a visual artist specializing in abstract acrylic on canvas.

  • LACDC | Rosalynde Leblanc

    Rosalynde Leblanc

    Choreographer

    Rosalynde LeBlanc holds a BFA from Purchase College and an MFA from Hollins University.  She began her professional career with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1993-1999) then continued on with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project (1999-2002). From 2003-06 she danced with the Liz Gerring Dance Company. Over the course of her career, LeBlanc has performed the work of Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, John Jasperse, Yvonne Rainer, David Gordon, Richard Move, Larry Keigwin, Noemi LaFrance, Charles Moulton and Kristen Smiarowski. In addition, she danced in several productions with The Metropolitan Opera and was invited to perform with Joachim Schloemer at the 2006 Salzburg Opera Festival, Austria. She has also worked with film directors, Burt Barr, John Turturro, Gretchen Bender, and with Matthew Rolston for Janet Jackson’s music video. LeBlanc can be seen in the short film, Roz; the PBS Specials, Still/Here, Free to Dance, Dancing in the Light, A Good Man; and in the feature film, Romance and Cigarettes. She has written numerous articles about her dance career for Dance Magazine and Europe’s Ballettanz and has shown her choreography at venues around the country. LeBlanc travels to collegiate dance programs to re-stage the works of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and is currently producing a documentary film entitled, D-Man, about one of Jones’ best-loved works. She is on the full-time dance faculty of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. http://d-mandocumentary.com

  • LACDC | Mecca Vazie Andrews

    Mecca Vazie Andrews

    Choreographer

    Established in 2007 by Mecca Vazie Andrews’ , The MOVEMENT movement’s mission is to preserve and present historical, cultural and sub cultural traditions through alternative performance experiences by partnering theater, performance art, dance, and text. As Artistic Director of The MOVEMENT movement, Mecca Vazie Andrews develops poignant content through thoughtful consideration of the site in relation to the choreographic and creative direction of the piece. The MOVEMENT movement maintains a commitment to sustaining a unique voice while at the same time considering the community that is viewing the work, therefore not only being site responsive but community responsive as well.

    The MOVEMENT movement has performed at various artful happenings, museums and galleries including Pacific Standard Time, REDCAT Now Fest 2013: Molly Maps Erratic written, choreographed, and directed by Mecca V.A. Recent Commission by Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department to develop site-inspired work for The Wonder Room at Tongva Park. Mecca was also commissioned to develop new work in response to Joseph Horowitz' 365 Dots installation at 356 Mission Rd. In October of 2014 where she developed the third installment of The MOVEMENT movement' Of Light and Dark Series this work entitled A Matter of Compass. Art of Elysium' GENESIS Benefit choreographer 2014, LAX Greystone Mansion Event Collaborator to Creative Director/Artist Liz Glynn 2014, Art of Elysium Heaven Gala site specific soloist 2015, as manifesto speaker for Marina Abramovic’s opening Gala for MOCA LA, LA Art Show choreographer for Suzanne Lacy’s Myths of Rape, Los Angeles Museum of Art as Choreographer for Liz Glynn’s Hello Girls , Dilletante Gallery Papercranes RESIDENCY, Santa Museum of Art Choreographer for Barkley Hendricks Opening, Center Theater Group as dance captainn for Phil Soltanoff workshop, LAX Arts 2012 Blackbox presenter, Hammer Museum, Show Box LA residency recipient and Director and curator for site specific event The Series at the Standard DTLA, and LACE.

    Commercially Mecca has choreographed for Daft Punk, Papercranes, MEN, Toro y Moi, Silk Documentary, Nostalghia’s “You and I”, short film “Bhatki” for Margo Victor and Free City clothing company, Bess Clothing Company, Wild Belle’s ‘Its Too Late”, Ali Helnwein, Ariana Delawari’s ‘Be Gone Taliban’, Scarlet Rabe, Ricki Lake, Basement Jaxx “Raindrops” Music Video , Submarines, Prince Poppycock, Avante African Dance Band The Very Best, Conway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. to name a few.

    Instructional and Choreographic Credits include LA Contemporary Dance Company, Hysterica Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet School, Edge Performing Arts Center, Loyola Marymount University, Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, LA Ballet Academy, Millennium Dance Complex, Valley Beth Shalom, The Sweat Spot, Nashville School for the Arts, New York City Dance School Stuttgart, Germany and Broadway Dance Center.

    Meccas Current Music project is Sex Stains as co-voice and lyricist with Allison Wolfe (formerly of Bratmobile) featuring Sharif Dumani (guitar), Pachy (bass) and David Orlando (drums). Sex Stains most recent performance was at LAABF at Geffen MOCA.

  • LACDC | Eric Mason

    Eric Mason

    Composer

    Eric Mason is a SoCal native and multi-dimentional music man. He has performed as principal cellist for several orchestras, as well as being a member of the SCSBOA All-Southern and CODA/CMEA California All-State Honor Orchestras. He is an alumnus of UCLA with a B.A. in Business and Economics with a Minor in Music and New Media, where he performed as a member of the UCLA Philharmonia Orchestra. Eric currently works as a Flame Artist / Technical Director for Imaginary Forces (www.imaginaryforces.com). On his own time, he continues to create art and music, and enjoys the serendipitous results that collaborative works provide.