THE DANCE COLLECTIVE provides female dancers and choreographers with performance opportunities.
“Women quit because they don’t get the support that their male colleagues get, and having to push constantly against this outrageous gender inequality is infuriating,” Janis Claxton tells The Guardian in "Sexism in Dance: where are all the female choreographers?" .
The ratio of men to women in the professional dance world is drastically uneven, allowing fewer job opportunities for women. At a dance audition where 20 men and 20 women will be called back, there might be 200 women and 20 men auditioning. In cases like this, 100% of the men who auditioned get a second opportunity, but only 10% of women have the opportunity of a call back.
In addition, opportunities for female leaders and choreographers are sparse. Starting at young ages, boys always have a leading role, because they are often the only male in the class. They grow up in the dance world knowing that they will always have a leading role, an opportunity to choreograph, and an opportunity to lead. Yet at the same time, women have to struggle in the corps and go to great lengths to even be seen at all.
Because there are so many women in the dance world, women deserve more opportunities to dance, choreograph, and be leaders.
Founder & Director: Jillian Foley
Jillian Foley grew up in Niskayuna, NY where she got her dance training at Northeast Ballet Company. She graduated from The Hartt School with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy and two minors in Psychology and Performing Arts Management. Currently, Jillian teaches at Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Ridgefield School of Dance, and The Hartt School. She recently choreographed and danced in "Orphee et Eurydice" at Des Moines Metro Opera and danced in "Hansel and Gretel" with Opera Connecticut. Jillian is a member of Amy Marshall Dance Company.
Jillian has always been inspired by female leaders in the dance world; from pioneers of modern dance like Martha Graham to more contemporary choreographers like Amy Marshall. She believes that women in dance should have a powerful voice and is looking forward to creating more opportunities for the female dancers and choreographers who inspire her everyday.
Company Manager: Jane Krantz
Jane Krantz grew up in Upper Saddle River, NJ, where she trained and performed nationally with the American Youth Dance Company. She graduated from The Hartt School with a BFA in Dance Performance. Upon graduation, Jane has taught at numerous dance schools across the tri-state area; as well as dancing with The Now Unboxing Project and Playhouse on Park Theatre. This summer, she will be performing a solo choreographed by Hannah Myers in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Dance-Forms Production’s 74th International Choreographer’s Showcase. She recently graduated from the Connecticut School of Yoga, where she obtained her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification. Jane resides in Hartford, where she continues to dance and teach yoga.
Artistic Advisor: Marjorie Gross
Marjorie Gross, originally from Columbus, Ohio, graduated magma cum lade from the The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and holds a BFA in dance performance and two minors in entrepreneurial studies and performing arts management. She had the pleasure of performing repertory by Martha Graham, Jose Limón, Takehiro Ueyama, and Doug Varone, as well as original compositions by Adam Barruch, Loni Landon, Stephen Pier, and Katie Stevinson-Nollet. Marjorie is a PMA certified Pilates instructor and currently resides in New York City.
Fundraising: Darrigan DeMattos
Darrigan DeMattos graduated from The Hartt School, University of Hartford this past May with a BFA in Dance Performance and dual minors in Marketing and Performing Arts Management. Her own choreography has been selected to perform at several dance festivals in NY and NJ. Darrigan someday wants to combine the future of dance with healthcare. She is also a huge fan girl when it comes to anything superhero, Harry Potter, Star Wars, or dance related.