THE DANCE COLLECTIVE curates performances for female dancers and choreographers in unique settings.
The Dance Collective shares professional contemporary dance with new audiences by providing performances in diverse locations. We aim to empower women to have a voice and an equal opportunity in dance by providing choreographic and leadership opportunities.
The ratio of men to women in professional dance is drastically uneven. There is a surplus of women in dance, allowing fewer job opportunities. Starting at young ages, boys will always be given a leading role, because they are often the only male in the class. They grow up 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.
In addition to this, we believe that professional contemporary dance should be seen by all walks of life. Dance should not just be made for the wealthy theater-goer. A performance in a casual atmosphere allows the audience proximity to the dancers and an opportunity to get caught up in the emotion and story line of each piece. Bringing dance to casual venues makes it more accessible and interesting for people and it exposes a wider audience to learn about and understand the expression of contemporary dance.
The Dance Collective brings together incredible female artists to be leaders and to show the world what contemporary dance is all about.
Founder & Artistic 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 is a member of Amy Marshall Dance Company and an administrative assistant for Schoen Movement Company and Parkville Sounds. Jillian teaches at Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Ridgefield School of Dance, and is an adjunct professor at The Hartt School as well as teaching in the Hartt Community Division. She recently choreographed and danced in "Orphee et Eurydice" at Des Moines Metro Opera and is restaging this piece for Portland Opera summer 2018.
Jillian has always been inspired by female leaders in the dance world; from pioneers of modern dance like Martha Graham to more contemporary choreographers. 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.
Fundraising/Social Media coordinator: Frances Fuller
Frances Fuller grew up in Sayreville, New Jersey, where she began her training at Dance Stop Dance Education Center. During her training there she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, and tap. To further continue her dance training she attended The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, and in May 2017 received her BFA in Dance: Pedagogy Emphasis, graduating with honors. During her time at The Hartt School, she had the honor of performing works by Jose Limon, Takehiro Ueyama, Doug Varone, Adam Barrach, Lucy Bowen McCauley, and Stephen Pier. Frances has spent her summers training with world-renowned artists and teachers at Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Juidans in Amsterdam, and Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Intensive. In her post-graduate life, you can find her teaching and choreographing for children of all ages. Frances is also an active member of The Dance Collective and has performed in almost all of their shows this past year!
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.
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Angleson
Elizabeth grew up dancing with Jillian at Northeast Ballet in Schenectady, NY and they continued dancing together at The Hartt School. They now work together, producing shows for The Dance Collective. Elizabeth completed her BFA in dance pedagogy at The Hartt School, and had her first experiences stage managing for class projects, including her class’s senior productions. She now lives in Boston, works with lululemon, and pursues dance and yoga in a way that compliments her current goals.