Anna Myer Dancers
 
Since its founding in 1992 Anna Myer and Dancers has performed Anna Myer’s innovative choreography to a steadily growing audience throughout the Northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City, and to the acclaim of some of the country’s most prominent dance critics. Myer’s unique language of movement is a fusion of her classical, modern, and postmodern background. Her dances are emotionally charged and infused with a keen formal intelligence. The Company has been presented by Dance Umbrella’s Boston Moves (1999), the Fleet Bank Celebrity Series (2003), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (2002 and 2003), Summer Stages Dance (2006), and Crash Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston (2007).

Myer has a long history of artistic collaboration, using live music and original scores, as well as incorporating young people in her work. Penumbra (2007), was a collaborative effort between choreographer Myer and neon sculptors Alejandro and Moira Sina. Ten children from the community had the opportunity to rehearse regularly with the company and appeared in the premiere performances. Prior to this, Myer commissioned three original works performed live with her dancers, most notably 2004’s All At Once, to a new composition by Jakov Jakoulov.

"Myer’s choreographic voice is quietly bizarre, but it is all her own. Ms. Myer, based in Boston, seems to look at dance—and life—from a slightly wry but affectionate distance. And what she sees becomes transformed into odd yet affecting imagery…"
– Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times

"In an evening rich in imagination and musicality, Myer proved she is a creative force to be reckoned with."
-Terry Byrne, The Boston Globe

"Anna Myer has proven herself to be a master choreographer who is always full of surprises and new ideas… …Anna Myer has gained a reputation as a post modernist. But that label used to require the rejection of both virtuosity and expressiveness, elements at the very foundation Myer’s riveting choreography."
– Theodore Bale, Bay Windows

"Myer has devised a striking, slightly mysterious vocabulary for the upper torso; the wide ranging gestural palette for the arms and hands impart color and dimension."
- Karen Campbell, The Boston Herald

"Behind Anna Myer’s musical dances lies a formalist’s brain and an iconoclasts heart. To transmit her themes - which in this concert included the history of Italy as presented in the country’s art, musings on domestic life, and the variability of space and time - she employs a vocabulary of movement that’s at once eccentric and … accessible … Her style represents a kind of classicism gone awry: one that concentrates on geometry and tempos and purity of line but is lit by a fierce energy and startling accents."
– Thea Singer, The Boston Globe

"Choreographer Anna Myer explores heaven on earth. Originality punctuates Myer’s music-filled dance."
– Debra Cash, The Boston Globe 

Voted one of the "Ten Best Dance Events of 2001" by The Boston Globe.
– Christine Temin, The Boston Globe

ARTISTS

Anna Myer
Anna Myer began her dance training in 1962 with Esther Brooks, at the Cambridge School of Ballet, on a Ford Foundation Scholarship. Later Myer was awarded scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet, The School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theater. Myer then joined the Boston Ballet, and subsequently performed and studied with Ana Roje in Boston and Yugoslavia. Additional credits include performances in works by contemporary choreographers such as Zeve Cohen, Caitlin Corbett, Marguerite Mathews, and Pauline Koner. In 1992, Myer founded Anna Myer and Dancers in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Since its inception the company has performed the innovative choreography of Anna Myer to a steadily growing audience throughout the northeast, most notably in Boston and New York City. Her work has caught the attention and respect of some of the country’s most prominent dance critics, including Jennifer Dunning and Jack Anderson of The New York Times, and Christine Temin of The Boston Globe. In 1999 a feature article in the Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure section, by Kevin Giordano, "Thinking Post Modern but Talking Michelangelo." Christine Temin of The Boston Globe named the company one of the "Ten Best Dance Events of 2001" and the Boston Phoenix listed the company’s 2003 season in its "Best of Arts and Dance 2003" roundup.

Myer’s work has been funded numerous times by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cambridge Arts Council and the Turner Family Foundation. She has been presented by Dance Umbrella 1999 Boston Moves, Fleet Bank Celebrity Series 2003, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2002 and 2003, and World Music/CrashArts 2007.

Adriane Brayton
A native of Boston, MA, Adriane began dancing with Anna Myer, Danny McCusker, and the Boston Dance Company. She attended the Boston Arts Academy, received BAs in Dance and Biological Sciences from Connecticut College, studied abroad at the University of Melbourne, and has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Laura Dean, David Dorfman, Heidi Henderson, Jose Limon, Nicholas Leichter, Lisa Race, Pedro Ruiz, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Colleen Thomas, and Nathan Trice, among others. She also furthered her dance studies on scholarship at Summer Stages Dance/Concord Academy, the American Dance Festival, the Bates Dance Festival, and MADE in France. Adriane's original choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival (2009 and 2011), Boston's This/That show (2009), and Tufts University's Rough and Ready show (2012), among other venues. She is so excited to be a cofounder and choreographer of the Cambridge Choreographers Collective. Adriane currently dances for Anna Myer and Dancers and Weberdance.

Joe Gonzalez
Born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. Joe Gonzalez started his dance career at the age of 13 at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts then became an honorable academics dance major at the Boston Arts Academy, attending the National and Regional High School Dance Festivals. Joe’s diverse discovery in many styles from Funk to Contemporary has established him as a thinker through the arts and academics thus becoming a choreographer. Joe has participated in distinguished programs such as the Boston Conservatory summer intensive program, American Dance Festival, SpringBroad Montreal and Bates Dance Festival. In addition, he has performed master works from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Anna Sokolow, Ronald K. Brown, Paul Taylor, Sean Curran, Nathan Trice, Pedro Ruiz Jr., Jose Limon, RubberBand Dance Group, Alwin Nikolas, Cas Public and more.

Gonzalez has Co-Choreographed on the Boston Conservatory dancers with Anna Myer and Rhode Island College dancers with Adrianne Hawkins. Joe Gonzalez received his BFA from The Boston Conservatory and has attended many of the Conservatory students and faculty’s performances. Also performing in two commercials, Joe has traveled USA, Canada, Scotland, UK, Denmark, and India to perform. He has choreographed several original works that have been performed on national stages. Aside from being the director and choreographer of Jo-Mé Dance and traveling with his solo works, Gonzalez has performed with the ‘A” Major Dance Company, Deborah Able Dance Company, Prometheus Dance, Dance Orgánica and BalletRox. Gonzalez has been a dancer and collaborating artist with Anna Myer and Dancers for 9 seasons.

Jeremy Ruth Howes
Jeremy Ruth is a professional dancer, choreographer and educator in the Boston area. She graduated from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Dance with a BFA in Dance Performance. While at Hartt she performed soloist roles in La Bayadere, Guernsey Fields, and Martha Graham’s Steps in the Street. She has danced professionally with Northern Ballet Theatre and Virginia Ballet Theatre dancing soloist roles in The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Serenade. Jeremy Ruth is on faculty at Dean College teaching ballet and choreographing for the Dean College Dance Company. She has created eight original works for the company. Her most recent works, 1748 and breath(less) were premièred in May 2012. Jeremy Ruth has been dancing with Anna for the past nine years.

Jakov Jakoulov, Composer
Jakov is the author of three ballets, five concertos, five string quartets, scores for over 20 theatrical, TV and cinema productions as well as numerous symphonic, chamber and choral works. In recent years the London’s New European Strings Orchestra, Boston Symphony Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, “Future Classics” Series with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Chamber Concerts, Armenian National Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New England String Ensemble, among others presented his work. Recipient of six Annual Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers; Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University; Member of the National Honor Music Society. Has gained renowned international reputation with commissions and performances of his works in Germany, Sweden, Scotland, Finland, Italy, Mexico, Armenia, Russia, Israel as well as the United States. Recent CD recording, "Black Snow," was chosen as one of the "Top Five Classical Recordings List" of '99 by "Fanfare" magazine.

Marissa Molinar
Born into a family of Mexican Folkloric dancers, Marissa Molinar started learning folklorico from her mother at an early age. After moving to Boston, Marissa was introduced to Bharatanatyam, a South Indian dance form, and began training with Aparna Sindhoor at Navarasa Dance Academy. Marissa was introduced to modern dance in high school, studying and performing with Daniel McCusker. After a dance hiatus while at college, Marissa returned to dance upon graduating and has been performing with many choreographers in the Boston area, including Daniel McCusker, Sara Smith, and Yo-el Cassell. When she is not dancing, Marissa works as the Administrative Assistant at Boston Dance Alliance. Marissa is currently a member of both Danza Orgánica (under the direction of Marsha Parrilla) and Anna Myer and Dancers.

TiElla Grimes, Rapper
TiElla Grimes is a Creator who breathes life into new beginnings. A spoken word artist who uses her words to empower the Minds of young people, so that they can follow their Heart. TiElla is dedicated to helping young people free their Spirit, Mind and Body. She uses her words to encourage young people to be authentic instead of a carbon copy of someone else’s dreams. She is currently working towards her Master’s Degree at Lesley University— specialization in Media Literacy Education and Urban Youth Development. She is on a mission to empower young people to be their own creators of life instead of imitators. Currently she works as a Success Coach/Academic Coordinator at Pathway Technology Campus—a partnership between Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA) and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC).

Tu Phan
Tu Phan, inspired by hip hop, spoken word, and literature, has been writing poetry for about three years. His writing focuses on socioeconomic, environmental, political, and spiritual concepts, drawn both from life and people's speech and from his readings in satire, history, and spiritual literature. Tu's spoken word poetry aims to help people change their destructive habits. He lives in Dorchester and is attending Northeastern University.

Moira Pirsch
Moira Pirsch is an educator, youth worker and poet from the Midwest who began writing and performing poetry in high school and has been performed and been published in over 12 states. She recently received her Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied the effects of spoken word and hip hop in education. She is always working to make the world a better place in her home state of Wisconsin, her second home of Massachusetts and all-time home in Hawai’i.

Erin Washington
Erin Washington began her dance training under the direction of Deena Laska Lewis at Children’s Center for Dance Education, located in Evansville, IN. At this school she studied classical ballet, and performed roles in ballets such as, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides and Firebird. In high school, she attended summer dance intensives at Nashville Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theater. After graduating from high school, Erin attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Dance. While in Tallahassee, Erin began to train more in depth in modern, jazz, and contemporary dance. She danced and choreographed with the TCC Dance Company, under the direction of Aurora Hansen, and World Ballet, under the direction of Henry Hernandez. Erin has recently graduated with her Master’s in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling at Antioch University New England. She now lives in the Boston area and is the Outreach Coordinator Boston Children’s Foundation. Erin joined AMAD in January 2013 and now trains with Anna in ballet.

New Legends
New Legends is made up of L-Ski, also known as Lynn Harris, who was born in Boston and raised in Grove Hall and Young Cyde, also known as Anthony Marshall, who was born and raised in Dorchester. Both have used rap as a way to overcome the experience of living in a community where shootings, drug dealers, and gang members are common. They started rapping at age ten and in their teens formed the rap group New Legends. Their goal is to be signed to a major record label while they are still teenagers.

Jeryl Pilapil
Jeryl Pilapil recently graduated from Dean College earning her B.A. degree as a dance major. She has experience and knowledge in dance composition, pedagogy and Laban Movement Analysis. Jeryl has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern and Contemporary. She is currently a member of hip hop crews Unyted Stylz Crew and StreetHYpE as well as contemporary company Spunk and Co. Being a member of these crews has allowed her to perform in various shows throughout New England. She has also experienced on stage performances with Impact Dance Company of Boston and Dean College Dance Company, as well as doing video work for independent and upcoming artists.

Mary Ellen Liacos
Mary Ellen Liacos was raised in New Hampshire and began her dance training with New England Civic Ballet, New Hampshire School of Ballet and New England School of Dance, as well as studying under Lara Little. She then moved to Boston and trained at Boston Arts Academy for high school. After high school, she furthered her dance training at The Boston Conservatory as well as Columbia College. She feels privilege to have studied with incredible dance educators such as, Olivier Besson, Fernadina Chan, Leslie Koval, Liz Lapuh, Daniel McCusker, Tommy Neblett, Diane Noya, Jennifer Scanlon, Donna Silva, Adriana Suarez , Jimmy, Vierra and Leslie Woodies, among many others. Her dancing flourished within several programs she was able to attend such as Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, RiverNorth Dance Company, Boston Dance Company and Thodos Dance. She has been fortunate enough to have performed works choreographed, by Adriane Brayton, Fernadina Chan, Sean Curran, Joe Gonzales, Jose Limon, Perdo Ruiz, Nathan Trice, Jimmy Vierra, and many others. She is currently teaching ballet and creative movement at Boston Arts Academy and at Spontaneous Celebrations and she is thrilled to be performing her first season with Anna Myer and Dancers!

Ronnie T. Thomas
Ronnie Terrell Thomas received his arts education at The Boston Arts Academy under the direction of ballet master Cosmin Marciuletiu and began his aerial acrobatic training with The Hybrid Movement Company. Ronnie has performed with Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater, The American Ballet Theater, White Oak Dance Project, Quixotic Fusion Performance Ensemble, Janusphere Dance Company, Urban Dance Collective, and Anna Myer and Dancers amongst other companies. As an aerialist Ronnie has performed with the Hybrid Movement Company, Vance Garrett Productions and Rudy Benda Productions. He also performed breakdance with the NYC Tranzformerz Breakdance Crew. As a choreographer Ronnie has collaborated on dance, aerial and body2body works with the Hybrid Movement Company since 2009. As a teacher /mentorRonnie has taught for Dance Artist Classical Coaching Division, Hybrid Movement Company's Movement As Metaphor Summer Intensive Program, Edra Toth's Academy of Dance and Music Summer Intensive Program. This year Mr. Thomas will be on teaching staff for New England Movement Arts Burlington, MA.

Johnny Coulanges
Having flirted with hip-hop dance at family functions, Johnny wasn’t too impressed when he first saw Krump – the Harlem Shake had one up on jabbing. With time, the style grew on him and by his senior year of high school, he joined a group called SideStreet. Now, Johnny interprets movement through Krump’s lens. Although he has never formally trained in any style, he credits his ability to pick up on relevés and classical extensions to his Krump background. Beyond dance, his artistry also includes music. He currently manages a recording studio in the Boston and spontaneously plays the piano by ear during dance rehearsals. Having graduated from Malden High in 2010, he looks forward to furthering his education in order to continue dancing, teaching, and organizing dance workshops for youth artists who have limited resources. As Johnny put it, "I will probably dance until I can’t."

Jameelah Flowers
Jameelah "Journey" Flowers (also known as” Milly”) is a 20 year old artist from Boston. Influenced by her mother’s choreography, Milly has been surrounded by hip-hop dance from the age of three. As she entered her teen years, the critically acclaimed film, Rize, nudged her to pursue dance more seriously as it highlighted the pulsating movements of Krump. From there, Milly sought out underground Krump sessions in the Boston area and eventually pursued study of this style all the way to California where she joined the West Coast street dance scene. She eventually returned to Beantown and graduated from Greater Egleston High in 2011. Along the way she has danced with numerous groups, most notably SideStreet. In the future, Milly hopes to live, breath, sleep, and eat dance by teaching, studying at the collegiate level, and attending summer intensives. Another way Milly chooses to express herself is through music. She writes songs about the struggles in urban communities, as well as songs to motivate our youth who live in difficult situations.

McKersin Previlus
Gliding across the floor since the age of four, McKersin learned his first choreography from Michael Jackson - well at least Jackson’s videos. One year later, he had to trade in moonwalks and pelvic thrusts for more traditional movement when he relocated to Haiti and began to study folkloric dance. After a few years of exploring cultural dances, McKersin returned to the United states and found a middle ground in hip-hop. In high school, he danced alongside school mates who were part of Phunk Phenomenon and went on to study various styles: popping, breaking, house, whacking, etc. In 2009, McKersin began to teach, perform, and choreograph for local R&B artists and colleges. He is currently Assistant Director of Bunker Hill’s Performing Arts program, working toward a major in Biology and Music, and developing his classical dance skills with Anna Myer.

Mark Berger, Violinist
Mark Berger, violinist and violist, has performed with many of the elite ensembles of the Boston area, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Boston, Emmanuel Music, Boston Musica Viva and ALEA III Contemporary Music Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Worcester Chamber Music Society and Music at Eden’s Edge, and has performed as a guest artist with QX and the Lydian String Quartets. Mr. Berger has participated in major summer music festivals including the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center, where he was in residence for two summers as a member of the New Fromm Players, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music. In addition to his work as a performer, Mr. Berger is also a composer, and his works have been commissioned and performed by many leading contemporary music ensembles. Mr. Berger has received degrees from Boston University, and is currently a PhD candidate at Brandeis University.