Third Coast Percussion is a Grammy Award-winning, artist-run quartet of classically-trained percussionists hailing from Chicago. For more than ten years, the ensemble has forged a unique path in the musical landscape with virtuosic, energetic performances that celebrate the extraordinary depth and breadth of musical possibilities in the world of percussion. The ensemble has been praised for “commandingly elegant” (New York Times) performances, the “rare power” (Washington Post) of their recordings, and “an inspirational sense of fun and curiosity” (Minnesota Star-Tribune). The four members of Third Coast are also accomplished teachers, and since 2013, have served as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.
The Fall Series brings together Grammy award-winning Third Coast Percussion with three choreographers who are redefining what it means to make dance today – Emma Portner, famous for her imaginative viral dance videos, and Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, co-founders of Movement Art Is. The new music is by produced by Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and features Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion performing live.
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Free Thursday-Sunday, one hour prior to performance
Harris Theater Balcony, Level 3
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Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Portner is the youngest woman in documented history to choreograph a musical in the West-End, titled “Bat Out of Hell: The Musical.” Portner shares her unique abilities internationally, in live settings and across social media platforms. Her performance and choreography appear in Justin Bieber's “Life Is Worth Living” video as well as on his “Purpose World Tour.” The New York Times calls her "beguiling" and has selected her for their "30 under 30" documentary series. Dance Spirit Magazine writes that she has an "unstoppable career,” is "changing the dance world” and that her "imagination knows no bounds.” In 2012, American Dance Awards named Emma "Young Choreographer of the Year.” Since then, her choreography has garnered millions of international views and won several awards, including top placement in the 2014 CAPEZIO A.C.E Awards. Upcoming concert dance projects include a Fall for Dance North commission with Montreal-based dancer/choreographer Anne Plamondon and a full length commission for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Forever a student, she hopes to keep pushing boundaries while remaining curious, honest and versatile.
Movement Art Is (MAI), co-founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, is an organization that uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational and social impact of dance. Through movement art films, workshops, performances and exhibitions, MAI is resetting the spectrum of what dance is. MAI’s award-winning short film “Color of Reality” directed by Jon Boogz, featuring the art of Alexa Meade and the movement artistry of MAI, went viral in fall of 2016. The film has gone on to receive coverage internationally, winning Great Big Story’s “Art as Impact” Award; Best Experimental at Toronto International Short Film Festival; and Concept Video of the Year from World of Dance, among others. MAI’s recent/upcoming projects include: a short film created in collaboration with DAIS entitled “AM i A MAN” (April 2017), a performance entitled “Honor Thy Mother” at TED Conference in Vancouver, a live rendition of “Color of Reality” at Aspen Ideas Festival (June 2017) and a collaboration with Facebook recently launched in Spring 2018.
Meet the Dancers
Hometown: San Jose, California
Craig Black finished his sixth season with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet prior to joining Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in the fall of 2017. The California native was captain of his San Jose high school’s nationally ranked dance team. Craig received his BFA from The Juilliard School, where he was awarded the 2010 Princess Grace Award in Dance. He won the 2011 Lorna Strassler Award for Student Excellence at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Craig’s summer programs were at Springboard Danse Montreal, Nederlands Dans Theater, and the Pillow.
Home Town: Pocatello, Idaho
Jacqueline received classical ballet training in Pocatello, Idaho from Romanian ballet master Marius Zirra, with additional summer training at Ballet Idaho, Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy, the Universal (Kirov) Ballet Academy, the Juilliard School and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. She graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors from the Ailey School and Fordham University’s joint program in New York City in 2009, while an apprentice with Hubbard Street. She was promoted to the main company in August 2009 and is a 2011–12 Princess Grace Honorarium recipient.
Some of Jacqueline's Favorites:
Summer Activity: Camping & losing track of time
Author: Currently, Suzanne Collins
Animal: Dragon Seahorse
Poet: Pablo Neruda
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Rena Butler hails from Chicago, IL. She has danced with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, David Dorfman Dance, Manuel Vignoulle/M-Motions, Yara Travieso, The Kevin Wynn Collection, and Pasos Con Sabor Salsa Dance Company. She began her studies at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She has acted as repetiteur for Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Rena's choreographic work has been featured on the School at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s BFA program, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC, The New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in collaboration with world-renown jazz composer Terrence Blanchard, and CHTV Stories television program in Switzerland.
Home Town: Charlotte, North Carolina
Alicia began her classical training at the Susan Hayward School of Dance in San Francisco, California, and continued her studies in North Carolina with Gay Porter and Bridget Porter Young at the Charlotte School of Ballet. In 2004, Delgadillo began studying full time with Daniel and Rebecca Wiley at Piedmont School of Music and Dance. She has attended summer programs at Hubbard Street, the Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Springboard Danse Montréal. Delgadillo graduated with honors from the Ailey School and Fordham University’s joint program in New York City in 2012, while a member of Hubbard Street 2, and was promoted to the main company in April 2014.
Hometown: Los Osos, California
Kellie Epperheimer began her dance training in 1988 at the Academy of Dance and Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, and attended training programs at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Juilliard School in New York City. A founding member of Cedar Lake Ensemble (later Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet), she joined Hubbard Street 2 in January 2005, and was promoted to the main company in January 2007.
Hometown: Poughquag NY
Michael earned a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona and received much of his early training from Colorado Jazz Dance Company in Colorado Springs, followed by further studies at the American Academy of Ballet and Springboard Danse Montréal. Formerly a member of River North Dance Chicago and Visceral Dance Chicago, Gross has also performed with Elements Contemporary Ballet and in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s holiday production, Welcome Yule! Gross joined Hubbard Street in August 2014 and thanks his friends and family for their love and support.
Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Elliot Hammans began his formal dance training in 2008 with Robert Sher-Machherndl and continued his ballet and modern dance education with Moving People Dance in Santa Fe, NM, under the direction of Curtis Uhlemann. Hammans joined Moving People Dance Company as an apprentice in 2010, trained on full scholarship at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center in San Francisco, and attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s 2011 and 2012 Summer Intensives. Following one season with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and studies abroad at Austria’s Tanzzentrum SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance), Hammans earned his BFA in Dance in 2014 from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Choreographers whose work he has performed include Sean Curran, Gail Gilbert, Crystal Pite, Kendra Portier and Nathan Trice. Hammans joined Hubbard Street 2 as a full company member in August 2014 and was promoted to Hubbard Street’s main company in August 2016.
Hometown: TDallas, Texas
Alysia Johnson was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She first found dance at Dallas Black Dance Theatre and later went on to graduate from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she studied ballet, modern, and composition. Over the course of her training she has performed works by Robert Battle, Emily Molnar, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, and Kyle Abraham among others. A recent graduate of The Juilliard School and a two-time recipient of Juilliard's Entrepreneurship Grant she has served the Dallas dance community by founding and directing a summer program that caters to young artists in the DFW metroplex since 2015. This will be Alysia’s first season with HSDC.
Myles Lavallee began his training in Arizona at various dance schools and later studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City for two years. In 2011, Myles joined Ballet Arizona, where he danced for 4 seasons under the direction of Ib Andersen. In 2015 Myles joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal. There he performed works by Ohad Naharin, Stephan Thosse, Jean Christophe Maillot, Ken Osala, Shen Wei and Jiri Kylian. Myles has also choreographed for Ballet Arizona for the Artist Relief Fund Benefit and Innovations program, as well as for Les Grands Ballets in À Suivre. Myles has also performed as a guest artist with Robert Dekker’s Post:Ballet in San Francisco. This is his first season with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
Hometown: London, Ontario
Adrienne Lipson began her dance training in London, Ontario under the tutelage of Jennifer Swan, and continued her studies at Ryerson University, where she received a BFA with honors upon her graduation in spring 2013. While in Toronto, Lipson performed with Typecast Dance Company and was a founding member of Rock Bottom Movement. Lipson attended the Proarte Danza Summer Intensive and Kenny Pearl’s Emerging Artists Summer Intensive, in addition to training programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, LADMMI (Montréal’s L’École de Danse Contemporaine), the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Springboard Danse Montréal, where she performed works by choreographers Aszure Barton, Barak Marshall and Robyn Mineko Williams. Lipson joined Hubbard Street 2 as an apprentice in August 2013, was promoted to full HS2 company member in August 2014, and joined Hubbard Street’s main company in August 2016.
Hometown: Frankenhardt , Germany
Florian trained at Ballettschule Malsam in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, where he was the recipient of its Birgit Keil Dance Foundation scholarship. Lochner earned his master’s degree in the performing arts and joined Gauthier Dance Company in Stuttgart in 2011, performing works by numerous choreographers including Mauro Bigonzetti, JiříBubeníček, Alejandro Cerrudo, Alexander Ekman, Itzik Galili, Eric Gauthier, Marco Goeke, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, Christian Spuck, Cayetano Soto, Philip Taylor, Stephan Thoss, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León. He received a “Best of the Season” nomination in Germany’s Dance for You! Magazine in September 2013, and joined Hubbard Street in August 2015.
Hometown: A Coruña , Spain
Ana began her formal training at Conservatorio de Danza Diputacion de A Coruña. Upon graduating Isaac Diaz Pardo High School, she continued her training at Centro Internacional de Danza Carmen Roche. Prior to joining Hubbard Street in January 2008, Lopez danced with Joven Ballet Carmen Roche, with Compañía Nacional de Danza 2 in works by Nacho Duato and Tony Fabre, and at Ballet Theater Munich under the directorship of Philip Taylor. She was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2012.
Hometown: St. Albert, Alberta
Andrew is a graduate of the Juilliard School, from which he received a BFA in Dance under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Prior to being a regular collaborator with Aszure Barton & Artists, Murdock performed with Gallim Dance and BJM Danse, formerly Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Additional collaborators and colleagues include Cherice Barton, Joshua Beamish, Andy Blankenbuehler, Nina Chung, Joe Lanteri, Austin McCormick, Michelle Mola, Abdel Salaam and Edgar Zendejas. He has appeared at the Greenwich Music Festival, with Zack Winokur, and with Geneviève Dorion-Coupal at Just for Laughs and Le 400e Anniversaire de la Ville de Québec. As a rehearsal assistant to Aszure Barton, he has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Canada’s National Ballet School and Ballet BC, New York University, the Steps Ensemble, Arts Umbrella and Springboard Danse Montréal. He joined Hubbard Street in 2013.
Hometown: Grand Rapids , Mi
David began training in Michigan with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet, where he then performed for four seasons with its company, Grand Rapids Ballet. Schultz joined Hubbard Street 2 in September 2009 and was promoted to the main company in August 2011, and he is the recipient of a 2012 Princess Grace Award.
Hometown: Baltimore , Md
Kevin began dancing under the guidance of Lester Holmes. He graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts with additional training at the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet School, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Parsons Dance. He earned his BFA in 2007 at the Juilliard School, toured nationally with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble and appeared in the “Live from Lincoln Center” broadcast television special The Juilliard School: Celebrating 100 Years. Shannon joined Hubbard Street in November 2007.
Hometown: Tainan, Taiwan
Connie Shiau was raised in Tainan, Taiwan. She moved across the globe to come to New York after she was accepted into the dance conservatory at SUNY Purchase College in 2008. After graduating from college, Shiau had the privilege to work with Adam Barruch Dance, Kevin Wynn Collective, Meenmoves, Gallim Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. Shiau was the recipient of the 2014 Dancer Award at Reverb Dance Festival, and was given the title of Honorable Mention for Jadin Wong Award for the emerging Asian American dancer in the same year. She was named one of the Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2018. She is extremely honored to join Hubbard Street Dance Chicago this year!
Hometown: Miami, FL
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Gaby Diaz started dancing at the age of 3 and trained in various styles growing up. In 2015, she was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer for season 12 of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and went on to perform on tour alongside Season 12’s Top Ten. Gaby was also seen performing in Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas show, All I Have. Most recently, she was seen as an All Star on Season 14 of So You Think You Can Dance and on tour with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Company.
Hometown: Henderson, NV
Figueroa began his professional dance training at The Rock Center for Dance while attending Las Vegas Academy of the Arts as a Dance Major. In 2016, he joined Las Vegas residential company, Las Vegas Contemporary Dance Theater where he continued his training in modern, ballet, and contemporary. He is excited to join Hubbard Street Professional Program this year.
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Kelsey, originally from Colorado, began her training at The Arvada Center of Performing Arts. She attended the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with an emphasis in Ballet and Modern. During her senior year, Kelsey began dancing professionally with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company. She's had the privilege of working with various choreographers including Peter Chu, Christian Denice, Peter Anastos, Kevin Iega Jeff, Kameron N. Saunders, DeeAnna Hiett, Edgar Anido, and Gary Abbott. This past summer she attended the Barton sisters summer program, Axis Connect. Kelsey is thrilled to be apart of the inaugural year of HS Pro under the direction of Alexandra Wells.
Hometown: Stockton, NJ
Emily Wohl, a native of New Jersey, trained at Princeton Dance and Theater. She continued her education at Princeton University where she studied Molecular Biology and Dance under the direction of Susan Marshall. She has performed in works by Karole Armitage, Jodie Gates, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Jaffe, Loni Landon, Brian Reeder, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Doug Varone. She then worked as a freelance dancer in New York City and is excited to be a part of the inaugural HS Pro.