Christina Acosta is an interdisciplinary dance artist whose current body of work explores breaking boundaries between dance and technology by utilizing ideas such as biomimicry and algorithm randomization to create environments of chaos mixed with kinesthetic clarity. Her recent choreography includes works that use this process. Transmission (2015), performed by Moving Current Dance Collective, unpacks the concept of fractal antennas by examining how satellite signals travel through space and Cogs in the Machine (2014), a duet performed by REVolutions Dance, creates a post apocalyptic glimpse of a world where the dancers (Cogs) use a wheelchair (the machine) to push the limits of mixed ability dance. Elbow, Knee, Foot, Head (2014) and Hysterium Malarium (2013) were developed during residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2013, 2014) with Victoria Marks and Stephen Petronio. Christina is Associate Professor of Dance at Hillsborough Community College, where she also directs the HCC Dance Program. Her course offerings include Modern, Dance Composition, Music for Dance, Ensemble and several special topics courses ranging from pedagogy to dance and technology. At the college, she has also established a Visual and Performing Arts Series in which nationally and internationally acclaimed dance companies are invited to perform their work and provide residency activities to HCC students. She holds a master’s degree in Dance from Columbia University and Bachelor’s in both Dance Performance and Arts Administration from Brenau University. Christina has conducted residencies and taught master classes around the country. She has been involved in state and national dance organizations and served as board member and president of the Florida Dance Education Organization.
Claire Andrews was born in Shoreham-by-Sea England and grew up on the island of Bermuda. She started dancing at the age of 5 in England and continued her training in Bermuda. At sixteen she went to Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts to complete her high school education. Upon completion, Ms Andrews attended Adelphi University on Long Island, NY and received her BFA in Dance and continued her education at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK to receive her MFA in Ballet. Since finishing her formal education she has devoted her entire career to teaching, choreographing and restaging ballets in Universities, professional companies and studios. Presently, Ms. Andrews is an adjunct faculty member at Hillsborough Community College, teaching beginning and intermediate levels of ballet technique. She is also the Associate Artistic Director for Brandon Ballet where she restages two full length ballets a year and teaches the advanced technique classes in the school.
Jack Clark is an established choreographer, teacher and mentor to many young artists. During his tenure at FSU his mentorship of MFA and undergraduate choreographic concerts enhance dancers’ imaginative and performative skills. As a theatre scholar, his cross-disciplinary, collaborative work in performance techniques explores the creative exchange between opera, theatre and dance within cutting-edge training and performance techniques. As a veteran choreographer, his work has appeared internationally. His lavish Flaw in The Fabric marked his Canadian choreographic debut, his work further showcasing at the American College Dance Festivals and for the North American premier of John Eccles’ opera, Semelé. His commissioned work includes The Tallahassee Ballet, Dance Force Atlanta, Florida State Opera, and Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. Jack has danced as a company member and guest artist with Southern Ballet Theatre, New Jersey Dance Collective, Dance Repertory Theater at FSU, and with Nimbus Dance Theater and Battery Dance Company, NYC. His performance repertory includes the works of dance luminaries George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Garth Fagan, Hanya Holm, Lester Horton, Lar Lubovitch, Alwin Nikolais, and Shapiro & Smith. In theatre, he has performed under the direction of Regina Kapatenakis of the National Theatre of Greece and held an internship with the multi-disciplinary physical theatre company, Theatre Gargantua, Toronto, in developing source material for an evening length work.
His residencies appear throughout the United States, and Canada, such as York University and Ryerson University, Toronto, Towson University, Ohio State University, Jacksonville University, and with EPCOT, Orlando. He has held master classes at Canada’s National School of Ballet, Florida Dance Festival, the International Dalcroze Conference, as well as in various youth programs across the US, including Suzanne Farrell Workshop for Young Dancers.
Richard Allan Ploch, Artistic Director for Acanthus, a chamber-sized Ballet Company and Adjunct Instructor of Dance at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, has been teaching ballet for over 20 years. Ploch began his career in Tucson, Arizona and went on to Ohio State University to receive a MA in Dance specializing in Labanotation. He includes as his mentors and principle teachers: George Zoritch, Nanette Charisse, Peff Modelski, John Calendar, Rosalind Pierson, Sheldon Ossosky, and Robert Yohn.
Ploch has performed with various ballet and modern companies in New York including the Light Opera of Manhattan. He also served as Assistant Choreographer with the Santa Fe Opera where he performed and also choreographed for the Apprentice Artists Program. An active choreographer, his work has been presented in the Northeast, the South and the Southwest. Currently, he devotes most of his choreographic energies to Acanthus.
Richard Allan Ploch maintains active memberships in several national and international dance organizations. They include the Society for Dance History Scholars, Dance/USA, International Council of Kinetography Laban and the Florida Dance Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Dance Registry, the Advisory Board for Performing Arts Resources and has just completed a second term on the Artists Advisory Committee of the Tampa/Hillsborough Arts Council. Ploch is a founding member of the Alliance of Dance Notation Educators, a group of dance professionals from all forms of dance who espouse and include dance notation with dance education.