About The Artists
Shana Bloomstein is originally from Freedom, ME. She began moving in nursery school with the love and guidance of her life-long teacher Lisa Newcomb. Her playful exploration of dance continued with Lisa throughout her upbringing in Maine, with a clear focus beginning by the age of 13 in creative movement and modern dance; inspired deeply by the offerings of dance teachers from West Africa and beyond who came to live and teach in rural Maine. She began choreographing her own work around the age of 10 and performing in any local variety show she could drag her parents to. She studied with Richard Gonzales, Abdoulaye Sylla , and Arthur Hall as well as exploring briefly the idioms of ballet, tap and jazz. Shana danced professionally as a teenager with Arthur Hall in Ile Ife Philadelphia Maine Co., with Sara Yarborough former Alvin Ailey member and in a small Modern Dance Co. Stella Dance Theatre with Karen Tvarian and Joan Proadman. She continued her studies of dance/edu. at Hampshire College in ’98, where she met her mentor and “dance mother”; artist and educator Nia Love (Fulbright Fellow). Shana moved to NYU in ’99 and performed as an original member of Loves' then Blacksmith's Daughter Dance Theatre Co. (now Love/Forte Co.) for 4 yrs. Shana has performed and collaborated across the country with Jesse Phillips-Fein and Sarah Sibley on original works. Her explorations in dance have taken her abroad, including studies in Senegal, West Africa with Babacar M'Baye. Shana currently works as a Pediatric PTA and own a private practice cycles of life therapeutic massage as a LMT. She teachers dance and yoga to both children and adults throughout the state of Maine and primarily at The Belfast Dance Studio. Shana is a certified Yoga instructor and lover of the human body and all it is capable of. She teaches residencies throughout mid coast Maine and enjoys any opportunity to work with children and adults to integrate dance as a healing art. She teaches dance and yoga at Unity College, The Belfast Dance, High Mountain and in after school programs and day programs within the RSU 20 district, she is called on as a guest speaker and teacher at local Elementary schools and Hospitals as well. Shana performs as a solo improv/modern dance based artist throughout New England and has been producing, directing, dancing and offering this work called Women's Works for the past 12 years. Shana's greatest creative inspiration is being a mother to her two children Dawud and Nnenaya.
Jenny Cobuzzi is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, a ME Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a NY Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. Jenny's professional performance background includes dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines, original cast member in "Adrian Zmed in Concert" (Adrian Zmed of Grease fame) featured dancer in Sandcastle Saipan's magic show at the Hyatt Regency (Saipan, CNMI), dancer and manager of "Mystique" at CanobieLake Park (NH) under the direction of the "God of Magic", Paul Osborne. Jenny's national tours include: The magic of David Copperfield and Dance Olympus VIP tour. Jenny has served at the Jeannette Neill dance studio in Boston as a substitute teacher and personal assistant to Jeannette Neill, and forTommy Tune, and Baayork Lee (of A Chorus Line fame) during Swellegance. Jenny has performed in productions for Granite State Ballet, Northeast Youth Ballet and New England Civic Ballet. Jenny has undergraduate degrees in Dance and Business Management from Marymount Manhattan College in New York and was also chosen to train at Jacobs Pillow. Jenny currently dances for Party Excitement and and loves dancing with the company of Women's Works! Jenny also teaches at Belfast Dance Studio as well as Thomas School of Dance and enjoys teaching people who are eager to learn the technique and artistic expression of dance!
Born and raised in South Korea, Kyung-sun is originally trained in Korea’s prestigious Korean National University of the Arts as a dancer and choreographer. Kyung-sun lived in the Netherlands from 2001-2011 where she studied at the School for New Dance Development, was regularly in demand by a diverse range of european choreographers and was a member of the Magpie Music Dance Company (2004-2006) in Amsterdam (NL)—one of the world’s leading improvisation-based dance groups.
Kyung-sun’s career as a modern dancer in Korea and the Netherlands gives her a rich background for what’s evolved into a deeply rewarding second phase of her professional life: working with women to help them feel fit, free and empowered by working synergistically with both body & mind. She works with individuals and groups to help them gain more energy, flow, strength and personal freedom. Kyung-sun is currently certified in Both Gyrotonic Expansion System and The UZAZU Embodied Life Coaching method. She started the Freeport Mind-body Fitness Studio out of her home in Freeport Maine where she lives with her husband Dylan Newcomb and their very active and 'embodied' six year old daughter Kiana.
After a more than 7-year break from dancing on stage, Kyung-sun feels very grateful to be involved in Women’s Work. "Feeling, listening, sharing this space with these people… Creating rich new experiences through movement… It’s so deeply rewarding for me!"
Molly Gawler finds great joy in dancing. She studied ballet with Andrei Bossov in Pittsfield, Maine and furthered her dance training with contemporary and modern at SUNY Purchase in NY. She toured the world with Pilobolus Dance Theater and stared in the lead role of the 'dog-girl' in the show Shadowland. Curiosity of other movement led her to study circus at New England Center for Circus Arts where she learned Cyr Wheel, Aerial Arts and acrobatics. Molly came full circle, back home to Maine where she started Droplet Dance and choreographs solo and duet pieces often collaborating with her husband Lao Gillam and the Gawler Family Band.
Sunny Hitt grew up dancing in midcoast Maine with Lisa Newcomb, Ivy Forest, Robinson Ballet, and Bossov Ballet Theatre. She earned her BA in Dance from Marlboro College, and has performed and collaborated with Lorraine Chapman The Company (Boston), Sara Rudner and Friends (NYC & Boston), and sound artist
Christopher Janney. Sunny is currently based in NYC and performs with The Dance Cartel.
This is her third year performing in Women's Works.
In her 12th Women’s Works season Katenia Keller is revisiting and adding to a work that she choreographed in 1999, ‘Evolve’, from the full-length piece ‘Universal Solvent’. She has created 13 original full-length dance works that she toured and performed with her company Flying Feet Dance Theatre. She is Dance Director and Choreographer for the Maine Dance Institute, Dance Artist-in-Residence for the Maine Alliance for Arts Education, and on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster. Katenia is also a visual artist whose work first appeared as full stage set paintings and sculptures for dance. She is the author and artist of Pythias Sacred Geometry Tarot and her work can be seen on-line at kateniakeller.com.
Suzanne Dunavent-White has been dancing in one way or another since age 2. Her love of dance, and its ability to communicate wordlessly, led her to Antioch University in Keene, NH where she earned a Masters in
Dance/Movement Therapy. Two children and many, many years later, Suzanne has returned to Camden and is excited to have dance, while no longer front and center, a well integrated and thoroughly enjoyable part of
Hanna DeHoff grew up in Camden and attended Camden-Rockport schools and is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, The University of Maine in Orono and the Swedish Institute of Massage in NYC. After a career of dance and theater in NYC and many hours working in restaurants she returned to Mid-Coast Maine in 2005 with her husband David Troup. She has worked locally with many groups and most recently has danced and choreographed pieces for Women’s Works with Shana Bloomstein and dancers from 2010-2017. She also choreographed a full length production of “L’Histoire du Soldat” for Everyman Repertory in 2014 and most recently John Burstein’s “Night Kitchen” for its premier in December 2016. She continues to teach Modern Dance and Yoga in the area and also has a Massage Therapy Practice in Rockland.
Kristi Williamson bridges performance and healing arts. She holds a B.F.A in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and completed a training in expressive arts therapy at Tamalpa Institute with dance pioneer Anna Halprin. She both studies and works with author of Art and Yoga Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa. Kristi has studied
afro-brazilian dance with Rosangela Silvestre and Vera Paso in Bahia, Brazil. She has worked with Terra Diddle Collective as theatrical/musical director and most recently performed with Everyman Repertory Theater in "A Soldier's Tale." She is currently developing “Sky Hunter,” to be performed in Camden Aug. 28th and at Kripalu Yoga Center. Creative expression, cultural dance and conscious evolution are the
foundation of her works. She is headed to California this fall to further her studies with Anna Halprin as her apprentice. Kristi is also a sailor and yoga teacher. She is deeply honored to share in this incredible community based production of Women's Works with such powerful and loving women!!!
Caitlin Schick is a Midcoast native, and has trained in the Five College Dance program in Amherst, MA, as well as with Bates Dance Festival. She has studied modern, African, and contact improvisation with Jawolle Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women, Peggy Schwartz, Barbara Dilley, Cara Reeser and performance with storyteller/playwright Peggy Pettitt. Caitlin holds a BFA in Performance from Naropa University in dance, voice work, and acting, and is currently completing a Masters of Education in integrated teaching through the arts. Caitlin dances locally with Studio RED, Everyman Repertory Theater, Women’s Works, and in various roller derby and flashmob events. She proudly admits to being frequently upstaged by her young daughter, who holds the family dance torch with her fierce and funky moves.
Lisa Newcomb started dancing at the age of 6 with creative dance teacher Mrs. Gage. She taught her first creative dance class in the family basement at 14. It wasn't until her late 20s that she met Arthur Hall and discovered her next love, African & Caribbean dance. Dance has taken her many places including Africa,
Brazil, NYC, throughout the United States, with opportunities to study with many amazing teachers. In 1985 she founded the Belfast Dance Studio and the following year began teaching dance residencies in the public schools throughout Maine along with Drummer Jeff Densmore. She and Jeff continue to work together both in the studio & school settings.
Kari Luehman has always loved to move and is continually remembering how we find full, connected, and sacred presence in our bodies and in our lives. Trained by Gabrielle Roth in 2004, Kari has been teaching 5Rhythms, an improvisational and catalytic form of movement meditation, for 10 years in Maine and beyond.
Honoring that perfect balance in each moment of both free and structured movement, she is grateful for this opportunity to continue to stretch her dancing body and choreographer’s mind in new ways through Women's Work. It feels real and it feels good. It is a blessing to be a part of this group of powerful women who continue to inspire her with their strength, creativity and courage.
Jesse Phillips-Fein is a dancer, choreographer, dance educator, and producer of multi-genre shows that explore the intersection of politics, power, identity, and the arts. She grew up in Brooklyn NY, where
she studied dance at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) and The Dalton School, holds a B.A. in Dance & Cultural Anthropology from Smith College, a Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre in London,
England, and completed the EMERGE program at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics. She currently teaches Middle & High School dance at the Brooklyn Friends School, and is completing a Masters program at New York University. She is writing her thesis on performances of “Neoliberal Whiteness” in contemporary dance practices that occur outside theatrical settings. www.jumpoffdance.org.
Maho Hisakawa says, “I’m discovering that I’m a lifelong student of dance, movement
and choreography. Having developed a passion and necessity for dance later in my life, my learning is slow and gradual, “kotsu kotsu,” I often say in Japanese. I love this work that demands focus, inspiration, spirit, strength, and discipline. It’s a way for me to learn to move honestly and from my heart, yet at the same time embody technique and what is beautiful to the eye. It is also a way for me to accept and love the way I move and the way my body is.” She is grateful for her teachers, Jimena Lasansky, Bonnie Rukin, and Susan Silverio
for seeing her and inspiring her by being their true selves. She lives in Lincolnville Center with her dear husband and two daughters who spend a lot of time dressing up, dancing, and laughing. “Do one thing at a time, do it slowly and deliberately, do it completely, do less, put space between things.”
Joan Proudman trained with the Classical Ballet Academy of Connecticut. At age 16 she received a full scholarship to Boston Ballet and performed with the company at the Music Hall and as a guest artist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In Maine Joan danced solo roles with Portland Ballet including Mercetes and Queen of the Gypsies (Don Q), Winter Fairy (Cinderella) and Arabian and Rose (Nutcracker). She was a full-time
member of Ram Island Dance Company under Daniel McCusker for six years. At Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Joan got to work with noted choreographers Ralph Lemon, Wendy Perron, Trisha Brown and Yoskiko Chuma. Joan taught Ballet and Modern Dance in Portland, Camden and Belfast before meeting Shana Bloomstein and Stella Dance Theatre was formed. Joan joined Women’s Works in 2006. A free-lance artist with a Fine Arts degree from USM, Joan is the resident graphic designer for Women’s Works.