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Limon Dance Company

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Kellye and Keith Saunders, Jacob Mora, Thayne Jasperson, and more will be joining us for the 24th annual Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival in 2019.

     

Jesse Obremski

Jesse Obremski, a native New Yorker, trained at The Ailey School, LaGuardia High School (2012), and The Juilliard School (2016). Jesse, an Eagle Scout recipient, Father Fame Awardee, Jadin Wong Dance Awardee (2016), "Dancer to Watch" by Interview En L'air (2017), and Dance Magazine’s Dancer “On The Rise” (March 2019) has also attended Springboard Danse Montreal, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, and Jacob's Pillow's Contemporary Program.

 

Jesse has performed with Kate Weare Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Gallim Dance and as a company member with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company (2014-2016), Diversity of Dance (2015-Present), Smashworks Dance Collective (2016-2018), Buglisi Dance Theater (2016-Present), WHITE WAVE Dance Company (2017-Present), Limón Dance Company (2016-Present), and Gibney Dance Company (guest artist, 2018-Present).

 

Jesse has been on faculty with FRESH Dance, Diversity of Dance, MOVE(NYC), and guest faculty with LaGuardia High School, Fort Hamilton Joffrey Academy, The Limón Foundation, Montclair State University, The University of Hawai’i, The University of Wyoming, and Brigham Young University. His choreography has been commissioned by Diversity of Dance, The Roof Films, Fort Hamilton Joffrey Academy, Sacred Heart University, The University of Wyoming, and Brigham Young University and presented by Diversity of Dance, The Juilliard School’s Choreographic Honors, Arts on Site, Bryant Park, DUMBO Dance, Battery Dance, and The American College Dance Association. Jesse is the founder/artistic director of his company Obremski/Works. Jesse has assisted in the staging of Limón masterworks at The Juilliard School (2015-2018), The University of Wyoming (2018-2019), and has staged Limón’s work at MOVE(NYC) (2018).

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Savannah Spratt

Savannah Spratt joined the Limón Dance Company since the fall of 2016 following what turned out to be a very brief apprenticeship. Born and raised in Rochester, Pennsylvania, she began dancing at age three before attending the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School to study dance alongside high school academics. In the spring of 2016, she graduated with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts while being the named recipient of the Sarah Graham Keenan scholarship. Savannah has additionally had the honor and joy of performing works by Merce Cunningham, Lucinda Childs, Doug Varone, Kate Weare, Ton Simons, Shen Wei, Xan Burley, Anna Sperber and Helen Simoneau.

 


David Glista

David Glista, currently based out of Queens, New York, is a graduate of the Walnut Hill School, The Boston Conservatory, and a current member of the José Limón Company and Foundation. As a dancer, actor, and educator, he has enjoyed the privilege of teaching and performing internationally on four continents including a state department sponsored tour to South Africa, Zambia, and Madagascar in 2016 and most recently the 2017 Edinburgh FRINGE Festival. Prior to joining Limón, David was a member of Prometheus Dance, the Anna Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble, and The People Movers. David spends his time offstage working as a freelance theater electrician and is currently a resident lighting designer at Triskelion Arts in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Frances Samson

Frances Samson is originally from Toronto, Canada. She began her dance training at the Sean Boutilier Academy of Dance and attended Cawthra Park Secondary School’s Regional Arts Dance Program under the direction of Fanny Ghorayeb. She is a former company dancer (2013- 2015) and guest artist of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, performing the works of José Limón, Colin Connor and Ofilio Sinbadinho Portillo. In 2016, Frances attended Ryerson University’s School of Performance for a brief period of time prior to officially joining the Limón Dance Company in the fall of 2017. Additionally, Frances has completed summer studies with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Arts Umbrella and Kenny Pearl. She has had the pleasure of performing for Walt Disney World, TEDx, Miss Universe Canada, Frog in Hand and Rotary International, as well as in such festivals as the José Limón International Dance Festival (New York & Sinaloa), the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival and the Toronto Fringe Festival. Frances is the recipient of the Joy of Dance Award and the Frank Augustyn Scholarship. She currently divides her time between Toronto and New York City.

 


Keith Saunders

Over a 44-year professional career, Keith Saunders has practiced the art and science of ballet as a performing artist, teacher, ballet master, stager, coach, company director, director of education programs, lecturer, adjudicator, and consultant.  A long-time dancer and ballet master with Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, he has taught all levels of ballet while serving on the faculties of the DTH School, the BalletMet Dance Academy, the New Ballet School (Ballet Tech), Steps NYC, the 92nd St. Y, the University of Wyoming (Guest Artist-in-Residence), and the Snowy Range Dance Festival.  He has choreographed works at the student, university, and professional levels, and taught innumerable workshops and master classes in studios, schools, colleges, and universities across the United States and abroad.  In 2017, Saunders earned an MFA in Dance from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA).  He joined the faculty of the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance at Texas Christian University (Ft. Worth, TX) in 2018.

 

 

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Kellye Saunders

Kellye A. Saunders – (Ballet Master, Dance Theatre of Harlem) began her training at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet in Washington, D.C.  She continued her dance education with Rosella Hightower at Le Centre de Danse International in Cannes, France, before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem where she rose to the rank of principal dancer.  Ms. Saunders’ featured roles include Firebird, Giselle, Agon, A Song for Dead Warriors, Apollo, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, The Moor’s Pavane, Allegro Brillante, and Fancy Free, among many others.  She has also appeared in the Broadway productions of The Red Shoes and Porgy and Bess, and as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet, dancing the role of the Striptease Girl in George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.  Guest appearances also include Collage Dance Collective, the Washington Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Dance, the Flint Institute of Music, and the Metropolitan Opera.  Ms. Saunders has extensive experience teaching and coaching dancers at both academic and professional levels.  From 2010-2013, prior to becoming a ballet master at DTH, she served as the project coordinator for Harlem Dance Works 2.0, a choreographic workshop that produced new repertoire for the Dance Theatre of Harlem company.  In 2015, Ms. Saunders graduated Summa Cum Laude from St Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Performance.

 

 



          

Jacob Mora

Jacob Mora is an artist working within Dance, Theatre, Music and Film. Hailing from the Mile High City of Denver CO, Jacob Mora is the artistic Director of Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, a 501-c3 non profit company based on urban experiences and human emotions. Jacob graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and recieved B.A. s in both Dance & Theatre, with emphasis in Choreography, Acting, and Performance. As a dancer, Jacob has been with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Hannah Kahn Dance, Santee Smith Group and Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre. He has had the pleasure of working with Choreographers such as Donald Mckayle, Betty Jones, Ron K Brown, Milton Meyers, David Rousseve, Eleo Pomare, David Dorfman and Lisa Race among many. As a dance artist and choreographer, Jacob pulls from the culture of Hip Hop, and dance cultures. Creating unique scores and Incorporating urban elements, Jacob fuses a unique blend of contemporary and traditional techniques into his work as well.  His work has been seen at conferences, festivals, award ceremonies and university programs. Choreographing and teaching around the Country, He has been on faculty with the University of Wyoming, UNLV  the New York Institute of Dance, as well as guest artist and teacher for many other schools, festivals and institutions.

 

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Carol Schuberg

Carol Schuberg most recently directed and choreographed PIPPIN for Stephens College, CABARET for Concordia College and GODSPELL for Okoboji Summer Theatre. She performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St.Louis; Off Broadway in CHESS;  in the National Tours of CATS, BARNUM, GIGI, THE TAP DANCE KID and PROMISES, PROMISES; and Regionally in A CHORUS LINE (Sheila), BYE, BYE BIRDIE (Rosie), GYPSY (Electra), OLIVER! (Mrs. Sowerberry), and GEORGE M! (Madame Grimaldi). She served as the Visiting Guest Artist in Dance at Stephens College and has taught Master Classes at NYU, Penn State, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and American University. She was the associate choreographer to Michael Smuin on the movie of THE FANTASTICKS, to Tony Stevens on SWEET CHARITY (Istanbul Grand Opera), and to Ted Pappas on COMPANY, CABARET, GUYS and DOLLS (Pittsburgh Public Theater) and KISMET (Royal Canadian Opera). She received fee BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and resides in NYC.

 


Donovan Helma

Since the age of three, Donovan has been dancing under the direction of his family operated dance studio in Aurora, CO.  He currently continues his education through many dance conventions and tap festivals throughout the year.  Donovan teaches and choreographs for multiple competitive studios in the Denver metro area and across the United States.  He has performed on a Monday Night Football halftime show with the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and for Montreal’s Danse Encore International Festival.  Donovan has taken the stage with modern tap legends such as Jason Samuels Smith and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards in the Greorgy Hines tribute show, Thank You Gregory.  He is honored to have toured the North America, Europe, Australia and Africa for 8 years as a lead tap dancer in Tap Dogs. He looks forward to continuing his dancing career and inspiring audiences and students nationwide.

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