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Up Coming Event: PROJECT 2012 - April 19, 20, 21 @ 7:30PM and April 22 @ 2PM


Diane McNeal Hunt

Diane McNeal Hunt enjoyed 20 consecutive years as company dancer with A Ludwig Dance Theatre (1986-2006), and is excited to perform in the 2012 season!   Graduate from the ASU Department of Dance in 1980, she developed a rich career performing, teaching and choreographing with A Ludwig Dance Theatre, Center Dance Ensemble, and Desert Dance Theatre, plus - performing original works of Cliff Keuter and Elina Mooney, Kelly Roth  and as guest performer with Scorpius Dance Theater. Currently, Diane is Resident Choreographer/Education Outreach Director for Center Dance Ensemble.  Her choreography is also performed by Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Convergence Ballet Company, Dulce Dance Company and InSpiritus Dance Company.

MarDi Dance Company, co-created in 1983 with husband/dance partner, Mark Vanek, features dances in original masks created by internationally acclaimed artist, Zarco Guerrero.  MarDi Dance continues as an integral presence in the annual Dia de los Muertos Festivals throughout Arizona. A passionate artist with over 30 years of professional experience, Diane enjoys designing/conducting school residencies, teaching master classes and choreographing for all ages.  Recognized as "Dancing Diane" throughout Head Start and early childhood classrooms since 1986, she is Master Artist/Supervisor for the national level program, Arizona's Wolf Trap Early Learning through the Arts, providing professional development workshops and new artist training.  For teachers, Diane models the integration of performing arts with classroom curriculum during hands on residency experiences with students. Also, since 1986, "Dancing Diane" shares the joys of dance with elementary school students as Performing Arts faculty at Desert View Learning Center.

Woong Soo Kim

Woong Soo was born in South Korea. he began studying modern dance since in high school. He was a very shy child growing up. That changed when in 1999, he attended a ballet performance and was inspired to pursue dance as a career. For the next three years he studied dance, not only modern, but ballet and Korean Traditional dance at Busan Art high school. After graduation, he attended Chung-Ang University where he studied further in modern style dance. While there, every year he participated in university dance competitions open to all of Asia, both solo and group performances, where he won for Best Group Performance twice and Best Solo Performance with a second place win in Best Choreography. During 2004, he performed in the European dance tour where he danced for choreographers in Hungary, Germany, France, Australia and Switzerland. Then 2006, during his last semester, he began a dance career with a professional company under choreographer Lee Tea Sang, where he stayed until 2008.

John Leonard

John Leonard, a native of Chicago, began his dance studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts and received his BA in dance, with honors, from Columbia College of Chicago. Leonard continued his dance studies at Arizona State University where he was a graduate student and teaching assistant on scholarship. Leonard has performed with the national and Japan tours of the Broadway show Blast, and is excited to return to A Ludwig Dance Theatre. A teacher and choreographer for over fifteen years, his work has been seen in most of the fifty United States. Leonard has worked with distinguished organizations such as Fred J. Miller Clinics, Phantom Regiment, Santa Clara Vanguard, Crossmen, Lake Park High School, Centerville High School, First Flight, Juxtaposition, Field of View, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University to name a few. Leonard resides in the Dallas, Texas area where he is director of Color Guard at Marcus High School. When he's not in the studio or teaching somewhere in the world, Leonard enjoys swimming, running and biking, and actively participates in races and triathlon events.

Heather Lewis

Heather Lewis received a Masters of Fine Art in Dance from ASU 2003. Her professional teaching experience includes ballet, modern and jazz dance, yoga and Pilates at many levels to diverse populations from high school to university level. She directed the Dance Department at Westview High School for 2 years and taught as adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College, Scottsdale Community College and Faculty Associate at ASU.  Currently Heather is passionately busy as owner/operator of Maximum Pilates in Phoenix. She remains active in the dance community performing with Center Dance of the Herberger Theatre 2007 season, A Ludwig Dance Theatre at Tempe Center for the Arts 2003 to present, and is a founding member of Flux Dance Project.

Sara Jean Malan-McDonald

Sara Jean Malan-McDonald is a freelancing academic, teaching a variety of classes throughout the greater Phoenix area including Arizona State University and Scottsdale Community College. She is the founding director of C3 Dance, teaching dance as a means of expression and healing to primarily under resourced youth. In addition to teaching Dance, Yoga and Pilates, Sara also supervises and mentors student teachers at Arizona State University. She earned her MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and two BFA degrees‹in Dance and Art History‹at Brigham Young University. Though Sara has been awarded a variety of accolades, scholarships and grants throughout her career, the most important title she holds is "best friend' to her two young daughters, LolaBella and Penelope. She thanks her family and friends for undying support--particularly Aaron, her husband, whose selflessness makes it possible for her to do everything she is passionate about at the same time.

Kristopher K. Q. Pourzal

Kristopher K. Q. Pourzal of Washington, D.C. is a first-year graduate student pursuing his MFA in Dance at Arizona state University.  He recently graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with undergraduate degrees in dance, theater, and music.  Kristopher sees all of these performing arts as means to the same end—the exposure of our most authentic selves in the shifting inner and outer landscapes of every moment. The through-line of his current artistic practice is the feverish reconciliation of the mind-body as a sculpture of social conditioning that is simultaneously capable of self-liberation. Kristopher is very grateful for this richly rewarding opportunity to dance with A Ludwig Dance Theatre.  A special (and enormous) thank you to Karen Schupp and Mary Fitzgerald for their world of support.

Jessica Rajko

Jessica Rajko, a native of Kalamazoo, MI, received her MFA in Dance and Interdisciplinary Digital Media at Arizona State University in 2009. As a dance teacher, performer, choreographer, and digital artist she is involved in several dance and movement practices. Jessica is currently Faculty Adjunct at ASU's School of Dance and Grand Canyon University's College of Fine Arts and Production. Jessica is co-owner of Stunt Weasel, LLC; a video documentation and editing business that provides services to both local dance companies and others clients with video related needs.  She is Executive Director of Public Relations for urbanSTEW ( urbanSTEW is non-profit organization collaboratively directed by five interdisciplinary artists, who seek to build broader partnerships for the creation of art and technology. Jessica has had the opportunity to work with several artists such as Mary Fitzgerald, Nora Chipaumire, Ashleigh Leite, Carley Conder, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Karen Schupp. She enjoys exploring the many ways in which dance can be created, fused with other mediums, and celebrated through performance. 

Elisa Radcliffe

Elisa Radcliffe is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She received her BFA in dance from Arizona State University.   Elisa is an active member of the Phoenix dance community as a dancer and educator.  She has been a performing member with Arizona companies Dulce Dance Company, Rayn Dance Theatre and Movement Source Dance Company.  Throughout her dance career, she has had the privilege of working with artists such as Grisha Coleman, Mary Fitzgerald, Kim Karpanty, Elina Mooney, Karen Schupp and Jennifer Tsukayama.  She currently teaches dance at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kassidy Rogers

Kassidy Rogers began her formal dance training in high school at the age of 17.  After being completely captivated by the art form, she went on to receive her BFA in Dance Choreography from Arizona State University in 2005. Throughout her time there, she performed works by Tere OÕConnor, Mark Haim, Peter Pucci, Debra Hay, Jo Kreiter, and Mary Fitzgerald. She had the privilege of touring and performing all over the U.S. and Europe with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps from 2003 to 2007.  She is currently enjoying her first year as a company member of CONDER/dance and is teaching dance at multiple high schools around the Phoenix area.

Jia Wu

Originally from Taiwan, Jia Wu received her B.F.A. in Dance from the Taipei National University of the Arts (formerly called National Institute of Arts) in Taiwan, and M.F.A. in Dance from Arizona State University. During her studies at ASU she began exploring the technology in dance education and performance. She continued pursuing computer technology application and later received her second master degree -- M.S. in Technology from Arizona State University East.

She has been in the dance field as a performer, choreographer and teacher since 1990. Jia is currently an Instructional Technologiest at Estrella Montain Community College and an adjunct faculty at South Mountain Community College. She is also the A Ludwig Dance Theatre website developer and graphic designer. She began dancing with A Ludwig Dance Theatre in 2001.

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