The Company

Company dancers:
Sarah Campanelli
Nick Franco
Leslie Frye
Sean Hatch
Kristen Himmelberger
Britni Lariviere
Tiana Mancuso
Emily Zatursky

Sara Cohen
Valerie Pruce

Guest Artists

Julie Tice grew up in Petersburg, Illinois and danced with the Springfield Ballet Company. She graduated with a BDA from the University of Michigan with honors where she was later awarded an Emerging Artist award in 2007. She joined Taylor 2 in 1999 and then went on to dance with the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 2000-2010. Ms. Tice has toured and performed internationally and throughout the U.S. including 15 different countries and all fifty states. She can be seen on the PBS and BBC live recording with the Paul Taylor Dance Company titled ”Acts of Ardor.” She can also be seen as one of the dancers in the book "Meet the Dancers" by Amy Nathan. Ms. Tice has been a guest artist at several universities including the University of Michigan and Illinois State University. She continues to choreograph and teach master classes and workshops at universities, K-12 schools and festivals throughout the U.S. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and has her own practice in New York City. Julie holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was awarded a Distinguished Graduate Fellowship.
Adele Myers' choreography offers a humanist perspective by combining robust athleticism, humor, and a personalized theatricality. Her company, Adele Myers and Dancers, has been presented nationally including Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out; Bates Dance Festival; Tanglewood Music Center; Seattle's Velocity Dance Center; New Haven International Festival of Arts and Ideas; Bates College, Could Academy and Opera House Arts in Maine; and The Dance New Amsterdam Theater and Joyce SoHo in NYC. As a performer, she was a member of Joy Kellman/Co. in NYC for six years and a guest artist with other companies including Momix. Myers was also a choreographic assistant on several projects for Jawole Zollar, Artistic Director of the Urban Bush Women (UBW). Commercial credits include choreographing a record release event for Aerosmith and industrials for TVGuide, among others. Myers earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA at Florida State University, and an MA in Performance Studies at New York University with an emphasis on Dance Studies. In addition to being Artistic Director of Adele Myers and Dancers, Myers is a Professor of Dance at Connecticut College.
Mary Cochran -  Chair and Artistic Director of the Dept. of Dance at Barnard College of Columbia University, Mary Cochran has performed and taught on every continent except Antarctica. Ms. Cochran’s professional career began at eighteen as a member of Nikolais Dance Theatre from 1981-1983 and continued as a soloist with Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1984-1996. In 1998 and 1999, Ms. Cochran was the Director of Taylor 2 creating and implementing innovative outreach programs around the country. Ms. Cochran currently performs in highly theatrical works by Sara Hook and creates and performs her own movement-based monologues. Prior to arriving at Barnard Ms. Cochran taught at numerous colleges and conservatories including Mills College, Harvard, University of Michigan, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. At Barnard, Ms. Cochran has begun collaborative projects between Barnard and NYC cultural institutions such as Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, Symphony Space, WAX, the Brooklyn Museum and Dance New Amsterdam. She completed her M.F.A. at University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in the spring of 2005. She is thrilled to have an ongoing, artistic relationship with Full Force Dance Theater.

Tim Melady was born and raised in Connecticut. Early exploratory movement dance, swimming, soccer, diving and acting lessons led him toward an athletic career in dance. Formal classes started at the age of thirteen. Mr. Melady received the majority of his ballet training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After apprenticing with the North Carolina Dance Theater while still in high school, Mr. Melady became a charter member of Miami City Ballet. After continuing in the Balanchine repertory with Ballet du Nord in France, Tim returned stateside with his wife and first child and became a principal dancer with The Hartford Ballet. Recently, Tim toured with the internationally acclaimed group MOMIX. Mr.
Melady is proud to say he has danced around the world, performing in over forty countries and on five continents. His twenty plus year professional career includes touring, performing, choreographing, coaching and teaching. He lives in Hartford, CT. with his wife and two children and is dedicated to sharing the art of dance to future generations of students

Patrick Nollet was a soloist and principal dancer with Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, Gothenburg Opera Ballet of Sweden, and California Ballet of San Diego. In San Diego, he choreographed 15 works during 11 years as artistic director for Three’s Company and Dancers. He was a quest choreographer with California Ballet and San Diego’s Starlight, Old Globe, Repertory Theater, and Symphony Orchestra. Choreographic video, Triad, aired nationally winning prestigious "Golden Cine Award." Patrick is a former faculty member at U.C. Irvine, U.C. San Diego, U.C. Riverside, San Diego State University and San Diego Community Colleges. His work with children includes Young Audiences programs for thousands of San Diego school children. Mr. Nollet was a full-time faculty member for the School of Hartford Ballet/Hartt School/BFA Dance Division at the University of Hartford, 1996-99. Patrick is honored to be presenting his work again with his incredibly talented wife and her vibrant young company of dancers.

Robert Black's interests range from traditional orchestral and chamber music to solo recitals, collaborations with actors, music with computers and MIDI, movement-based improvisations with dancers, and live action-painting performances with artists. He has commissioned, collaborated or performed with a diverse number of musicians from John Cage to D.J. Spooky; Elliot Carter to Meredith Monk; Cecil Taylor to young emerging composers. Robert's recital activities frequently take him to 5 Continents. In addition, Robert performs with the Bang On A Can All Stars (New York City's hard hitting new music ensemble), Basso Bongo (an electronic duo, with percussionist Amy Knoles) and with The School of Hard Knocks (a post-modern dance company). He has collaborated with theater companies, (most recently with Kathryn Walker and the Music Theater Group Music Theater), made music for films by Rudy Burckhardt and performs action-painting improvisations with the Brazilian painter, Ige D'Aquino. He annually appears at chamber music festivals such as Monadnock Music Festival and the Moab Music Festival. He also maintains a full teaching schedule at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford (Hartford, CT) and the Festival Eleazar Carvalho (Fortaleza, Brazil). A recipient of numerous grants, he received a 1998 Bessie Award for his collaborative work with The School of Hard Knocks in NYC. His solo CDs are State of the Bass (O.O. Discs) and The Complete Bass Music of Christian Wolff (Mode Records). Currently, he is working on a recording of the complete bass music of Giacinto Scelsi for Mode Records. Robert has also recorded for Sony Classical, Point/Polygram, Koch International, CRI, Neuma Records, Gasparo, Opus One, Artifact Recordings, and Folkways Records. Additionally, Robert serves on the Board of the International Society of Bassists.

Lisa Race has spent her career as a performer, teacher and choreographer in New York, though has recently shifted her home to Connecticut. While in New York, as director of Race Dance, her work has been featured at such venues as Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, First Night New York, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The Kitchen/Dance-in-Progress and the Sylvia and Danny Kaye Playhouse, along with venues in Vermont, Iowa, Maine, Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Argentina. Since moving to Connecticut she has been working independently, choreographing on students at Connecticut College and Wesleyan University. As a member of David Dorfman Dance from 1989-2000, Race was honored in 1995 with a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her dancing. She and her husband, David Dorfman, created a new duet this year, performed during the company’s run at the Joyce Theater in June. She has an ongoing passion for dancing on feet and hands and all the parts in between. Born in New Jersey, she grew up tapping under the tutelage of Fred Kelly (Gene’s brother), then competed in gymnastics and skiing before returning to dance. She received a BA in Dance from Cook College at Rutgers University. She has participated in Rutgers in New York, and is a member of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Leadership Council. Race has been involved in teaching and choreographing residencies at many universities around the country. Professional companies Aaben Dans in Copenhagen, D9 in Seattle, Labco in Pittsburgh and Atrek in St. Louis have also commissioned her work. In 2003 she was in residence with Force 5 in Derby, England. Race is on faculty at Trinity College/Performing Arts at La Mama in New York. During the spring of 2005, she taught at Wesleyan University and Connecticut College, and continues to teach at the latter. She has taught at ImpulseTanz in Vienna, Festival de Danza in Rosario, Argentina, Tanzwerkstatt in Berlin, Kuopio Dance Festival in Finland and the Kalamata Festival in Greece, along with workshops in London, Copenhagen, Tinos, Greece, Stockholm and Hong Kong. She has also taught numerous times at both the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. In New York, Race has given classes at Movement Research and Dance Space Center. She is presently giving classes at Dance New Amsterdam (formerly Dance Space Center).