2019 Resident Artists of

The Hartford Dance Collective:


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Jillian Foley, from Niskayuna, NY where she trained with Northeast Ballet Company, graduated from The Hartt School with a BFA in Ballet Pedagogy and two minors in Psychology and Performing Arts Management. There, she trained in both contemporary and classical styles and was able to travel to Amsterdam for the Julidans Festival in 2016. Jillian is currently a freelance dance artist and performs frequently with Amy Marshall Dance Company. She has also had experience working administratively with Schoen Movement Company, Dance Devise Lab, and Joffrey Ballet School. Jillian is the chief operating officer at Hartford music studio, Parkville Sounds, and recently produced a music tv show, ‘The Parkville Sessions’, which premiered on CPTV/PBS in October 2018. Exploring music and dance collaboration, Jillian has choreographed for Portland Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Hartt Opera. Jillian is currently an adjunct professor, teaching dance at The Hartt School Theatre and Vocal divisions.

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

 
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Katie Schenker is a classically trained ballet dancer and graduate of The Hartt School. She holds a BFA in Dance with an Emphasis in Pedagogy. During her time there, she performed works by Balanchine, Fokine, Petipa, Limón, and Humphrey. She also had the opportunity to perform several original works by guest choreographers Charlotte Griffin, Gemma Bond, Viktor Plotnikov, Gregory Dolbashian, and Erin Dillon.

Schenker received her early training in Connecticut at New Haven Ballet, Nutmeg Conservatory, and Academy of Ballet Etudes, where she studied closely with Christina Fagundes. She has attended numerous summer intensive programs including Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Danish Dance Masters, and Julidans Festival in Amsterdam.

Katie lives in New York and works as a personal trainer, ballet teacher, and freelance dancer and model. She is excited to return to Hartford as a resident artist of The Dance Collective and dive into some new work.

 
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Jane Krantz is a freelance professional dancer. She grew up performing nationally with the American Youth Dance Company, and furthered her training on scholarship at The University of Hartford, Hartt School Dance Division, where she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. There, she was able to work with world renowned choreographers and educators: Doug Varone, Charlotte Griffin, Loni Landon, Take Ueyama, and more. She was one of three dancers from the U.S. to be selected to travel to Mexico for the Arcdanz international program, and was given the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Museo Soumaya in Mexico City.

Jane has danced with The American Jazz Company, Hannah Myers Choreography, Playhouse on Park Theatre, Ballet Theatre Company, and is both a dancer and the manager of The Dance Collective. Recently, she performed aside Hannibal Buress in Comedy Central’s “Funny or Die” Tour, and travelled internationally to perform as a soloist in Edinburgh, Scotland at the 74th International Choreographer’s Showcase. Along with performing, Jane choreographs and teaches in the New England and Greater New York areas. She is also a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance.

 
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Sheila Huggins began her formal dance training at The Dancer's Studio of Northford Connecticut, in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop and pointe technique. She went on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theater at The University of Harford in West Hartford Connecticut, under the direction of Stephen Pier. There she received formal training in classical ballet, classical modern, contemporary, composition, improvisation, and much more. She was given the opportunity to work among many talented dancers, as well as work with professional choreographers such as Gregory Dolbashian, Loni Landon, Bryan Arias, Nina Watt, and many more. She resided in New York City for two years, working as a freelance artist. Currently residing in Connecticut, Sheila teaches, choreographs, and judges in the New England Region.  

 
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Katherine Bittner grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and trained in classical ballet from age 9 through high school. She attended University of Hartford and graduated with a BFA in ballet pedagogy in May, 2016. She has taught dance for the CDF Freedom School and CREC programs, Nutmeg Conservatory in Torrington CT, and Ballet Theatre Company in West Hartford. Her performance experience includes works from choreographers Adam Barruch, Doug Varone, and Takehiro Ueyama. Additional experience includes Limon repertoire, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels, excerpts from Balanchine’s Four Temperaments, renditions of Petrushka and Carmen, and Rodgers and Hart’s “On Your Toes.” She currently works as a freelancer, and has most recently performed with Hartford-based theater company Playhouse on Park, and TAKE Dance out of New York.

 
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Rosanna Karabetsos is a freelance choreographer and performance artist based in Hartford, Connecticut. She graduated from the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in 2013 and has since been dancing professionally. She is currently the lead choreographer and puppeteer for “Nightfall”, an annual outdoor production in Hartford that features music, theater and dance. In addition, Rosanna works closely with DFX Entertainment as the dance captain, choreographing and performing on various productions and events throughout New England. She is currently a member of the NLL New England Black Wolves, Howlers Dance team and previously danced for four seasons with the WNBA Connecticut Sun, Solar Power Dance team. Rosanna has had the opportunity to tour nationally with various artists such as Joby Rogers and the Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience and Jade Starling, and perform locally with various companies such as Scapegoat Garden, The Dance Collective, TNMOT AZTRO, Flux Momentum and others. In addition to performing, Rosanna teaches workshops and classes at dance studios throughout the state and Massachusetts.

 
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Daniella Parisot*, originally from Redding, CT, received her early dance training at the Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance studying classical ballet and modern. She then went on to obtain a BFA in dance performance with a ballet pedagogy emphasis from The Hartt School Dance Division at The University of Hartford. Daniella graduated magna cum laude in May of 2018.  During her time at The Hartt School, she had the opportunity to perform new and restaged works by world renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, José Limón, Claudia Schreier, Norbert De La Cruz III, Hilda Morales, and Katie Stevinson-Nollet. She has also attended many summer intensives including San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Henny Jurriëns Stichting in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In March of 2018 she had the wonderful opportunity to perform an excerpt of Claudia Schreier’s new work, “Arcadia,” at The Joyce Theater in New York City, as a part of Destiny Rising for New York City Dance Alliance.

Daniella is currently a company artist with Ballet Hartford, where she has performed works by Michelle Thompson-Ulerich, Stephen Pier, and Elizabeth McMillian.

 
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Roxanne Lebenzon began studying Vaganova Ballet at the Atlantic Ballet Company and Bossov Ballet Theater in Maine. She continued her ballet education at Northwest Studio for Ballet in California, performing lead roles in Don Quixote, The Littlehumpbacked Horse, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. Under the direction of Ron Cunningham, Roxanne received the opportunity to perform as a flower in the Sacramento Ballet's Nutcracker. She also performed alongside State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, with the company in Secret Garden and Beauty and the Beast, and in lead roles in Cinderella and The Jungle Book.

In 2013, Roxanne began pursuing an Honors BFA in Ballet at the University of Utah. In addition to rigorous ballet training, Roxanne studied kinesiology, pedagogy, choreography, and character dance. She performed with Utah Ballet continuously throughout her time in Utah, including dancing full-length ballets at Kingsbury Hall. She graduated with her Honors BFA in 2017.

Roxanne was also a guest artist with the Theater Arts Alliance in California, as their Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker, and an artist with a project-based modern company, Cat and Fish Dances, located in Utah. In 2019 Roxanne became a guest artist with Ballet Theater Company in Hartford and joined The Dance Collective as a resident artist.

Roxanne currently is an Old World Archaeology graduate student pursing her Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. She is thrilled to continue to perform while continuing her education


*courtesy of Ballet Hartford