(Movement in education, Montessori Approach)
A Northwest native, Amanda is the owner and director at Peace Rose Montessori School in Wilmington, NC. She has been a educator for over 10 years and has a daughter and two step children of her own. Her involvement with children and families include work with Habitat for Humanity, uVolunteer in Costa Rica, private and public elementary schools, community centers, and Montessori programs before establishing Peace Rose. She attended college in Portland OR studying art and community development before attending Belmont University where she received her BA in Liberal Studies and Montessori Education.
Associate Professor of Dance
Originally from NC, Heidi Echols is Chair and Associate Professor of Dance Studies at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Along with teaching dance theory and technique, Heidi is also the artistic director of the Salem College Dance Company. She has trained, performed, choreographed and collaborated with many dance artists including Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Douglas Nielsen, Jaques d'Ambroise and Gerri Houlihan.
Heidi has presented her work in New York City, Washington, DC, The American Dance Festival, and on tour with the NC Dance Festival. She has also produced and performed extensively in the Triad, NC. Heidi has presented her teaching pedagogy and research interests through the American College Dance Association, Association of American Colleges and Universities, the NC Dance Alliance, and the NC Association for the Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She has been a guest teacher at several institutions including Old Dominion University, Wake Forest University, and Winston Salem State University. In 2011, Heidi received the NCAAHPERD College Dance Educator of the Year.
Heidi resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband and three children. She is the former President of the North Carolina Dance Alliance, and believes strongly in fostering the growth of dance and dance science.
Heidi will lead the creative workshop Somatics in Performance.
(Yoga, Contact Improvisation)
Rachael Goolsby earned her BFA in Dance + Choreography from VCU in 2002. She has been teaching yoga full on since 1999. She began her practice at age 16.
She is certified as Yoga Alliance 500E-RYT, so you can collect your continuing education if you are a yoga teacher taking her classes. At MoRe she is teaching The Intersection of Dance in Yoga - Rediscovering Shiva Nataraja in two parts and Contact Improvisation.
She lives in Wilmington, NC where she dances and serves on the board with Karola Luttringhaus of Alban Elved, as well as works with The Dance Cooperative. On the yoga front she leads retreats, teacher trainings, workshops and weekly classes. She is also a massage therapist since 1993 and specializes in Thai Massage.
Dr. Green received her Ph.D. in Somatics and Movement Arts at The Ohio State University in 1993. At UNCG, she directs Graduate Studies and teaches DCE 230: Somatics, Dance 340: The Body and Motion in Dance, DCE 560: The Dancer's Body, DCE 630: Advanced Body Theories and Practices, DCE 611: Dance the Phenomenon II, and DCE 661: Dance Pedagogy in Higher Education. Her current research focuses on socio-political (and gender) issues related to the body in dance and dance education. She was a former co-editor of Dance Research Journal and a 2003 Fulbright Scholar.
Visual Artist, Dancer, Choreographer
Naomi Greenberg channels her creative work through two different artistic
disciplines: Visual Art, and Modern Dance, which she regards as deeply connected, even continuous in her life.
Native of Kibbutz Cabri, Israel, she began her artistic training at early childhood, by her mother, painter Sara Samson, who nurtured her creativity, and encouraged her to choose art as the focus of her life, and seek the finest education in it. At the age of ten, she fell in love with Modern Dance, and from then on continued
training in both art forms throughout her teen years, double-majoring to matriculate in each, at the arts based High School Mannor-Cabri, and the Matte` Ashe`r Dance school in kibbutz Ga’aton, Israel, directed by Yehudit Arnon. Following graduation from High School, Ms. Greenberg enrolled in a 2 year diploma program in the Ga’aton Dance Village complex, under the tutelage of Einav Levi, which benefits from its proximity to one of Israel’s leading dance companies, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, offering repertory and master classes by the renown home choreographer Rami Be’er, and the company’s dancers.
In search of further professional training Naomi arrived in the U.S., to attain a bachelor’s degree in Modern Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. During her time in UNCSA, she became acquainted with Karola Luttringhaus in whose company ‘alban elve`d’ she has been dancing for the past fifteen years. Naomi graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UNCSA in 2003, and since then has been living in Winston-Salem, NC, creating work in both of her beloved arts, and participating in collaborative projects with various artists, including her partner, composer Samuel Allen Taylor, Choreographer Karola Luttringhaus, and other dancers. Naomi has participated in ‘alban elved dance company’ pieces such as Capture
(2015), The Dreamer (2012), Terra Nullius (2010), Inertia (2009), Hydra (2006), and created a few solo works such as Lullaby for Kora (2011), Pure Land (2010), Threshold-Fierce-Sun (2009), and has produced a short music-dance film Ella (2009), with composer Samuel Allen Taylor. She has also taught with Karola Luttringhaus in a few Arts in Education projects, Sarus festival, and MoRe Project events.
Naomi regards making art as a calling, a vocation, a way of life, and a spiritual path. Indeed, the very part of one’s life where one can find complete freedom to study, experience, express and refine who and what they truly are. Ms. Greenberg’s artwork is a record of a most personal journey of self-exploration and growth. Its imaginatively rich surrealism reflects a continuous search to integrate all aspects of self, striving to hone
ever-evolving technical skills in a uniquely expressive voice.
Naomi will lead the creative workshop Painting the Body.
Janna Levin teaches undergraduate science courses in the Division of Liberal Arts at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She teaches a wide range of courses including the Science of Food and Cooking, the History and Philosophy of Science, the Physics of Light and Sound, and General Physics. She has been practicing judo for 11 years and has competed on a local and national level.
Woody Bostic is the head coach of the Nito Judo Club in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He has over 42 years of experience in judo and has competed on a local, national, and international level.
BFA Dance/Choreography (Univ. of NC School of the Arts, USA)
MA/MFA Scene Design (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany).
was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. Merging American experiences with her European roots, she creates interdisciplinary works in performing & visual arts, film and sound. She is the artistic director of ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY (www.albanelved.org), produces the annual 'SARUS Festival for Site-specific & Experimental Art' in Wilmington, NC, as well as the 'MoRe Movement Research Project' with Salem College, NC. Ms Lüttringhaus is co-director of A FORTIORI with Fereshteh Rostampour, and works as a freelance designer, choreographer and educator at theatres and universities across Europe, Canada and the US. In 2013 she joined the faculty at Salem College, teaching Movement Science and Interdisciplinary Approaches. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA in Scenic & Exhibition Design from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. www.karolaluettringhaus.com
My work as a massage therapist has accompanied my entire career in dance, both sides merging more and more over time. I am a LMBT (NC #8931). I am currently enrolled to become a certified Axis Syllabus teacher. Their work has reaffirmed my ideas and ultimately changed my approach to movement education profoundly. In my opinion, the Axis Syllabus is an important authority in the field of movement research. It is the inspiration to my workshops/classes and the source of hope for many issues related to human movement, injury prevention and rehabilitation, personally as well as professionally. I encourage everyone to look into www.axissyllabus.org.
As a massage therapist, I firmly believe that movement and movement education is an essential and irreplaceable part in prevention of and recovery from injury.
Karola teaches The Body's Intrinsic Intelligence and Dynamic Bodywork.
David Pounds has been on the faculty of the UNC School of the Arts since 1998, teaching courses such as “Human Anatomy & Physiology” and “The Biology of Movement.”
A former faculty member of the Wake Forest School of Medicine (Bowman Gray School of Medicine at the time), he is a certified medical illustrator and co-author of “Basic Clinical Massage Therapy, Integrating Anatomy & Treatment, ” published by Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
The book is a must-read for every massage therapist and widely accepted as one of the major reference books in the field.
Dave teaches the one-day workshop: Anatomical Variations and Implications for Movement Potential.
Christina Tsoules Soriano
(Dance Improvisation with Parkinson's Patients/'IMPROVment: Brain Body Health for Older Adults')
Christina Tsoules Soriano is an associate professor of dance at Wake Forest University where she teaches a wide spectrum of courses in the dance program: Modern Dance Technique, Improvisation, Dance Composition, a first year seminar about dance and film, and a course she co-teaches with chemistry colleague Rebecca Alexander entitledMovement and the Molecular. Christina received her MFA in dance from Smith College and has danced for many inspiring choreographers, including Heidi Henderson and B.J. Sullivan and Amy Love Beasley. In addition to the new works she creates for the Wake Forest Dance Company each year, Christina’s choreography has been presented throughout New England, North Carolina, New York and in Vienna, Austria.
Choreographic or teaching residencies include the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Amherst College, Trinity College (CT), Salve Regina University, Rhode Island College and Providence College. Christina has also premiered new work at the Carolina Summer Music Festival since 2013. Christina regularly teaches a community dance class in Winston-Salem, NC to people living with Parkinson’s Disease, and has been involved in two scientific studies that look at the ways improvisational dance can help their mobility and balance. She has received funding from the National Parkinson Foundation to hold improvisational dance workshops for professionals who work with patients in the NC Parkinson community. Christina is about to embark on a Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC – funded study that will test improvisational dance methods as a way to improve cognition and balance for those living with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Her published work has appeared in the Journal of Dance Education, Research in Dance Education, Dance Magazine, Theatre Journal, the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts and The Journal of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics. Christina’s two young daughters, Evie and Penny, constantly inspire her and the work she creates.
Dawn Shropshire Swaim
(Alban Elved Dance Company board member and sometimes a dancer and choreographer)
Dawn has danced with ALBAN ELVED DANCE COMPANY for seven years and served as its board chair for four of them. She has been teaching dance at East Forsyth High School for over a decade. She is a member of the North Carolina Dance Alliance. She is dedicated to the cultural, social, humanitarian aspects of dance and enjoys sharing her perspective with young dancers.
Dawn Shropshire Swaim and East Forsyth High School dancers will present a new work at the MoRe Festival.
Brad Wolf has worked in mental health for over 13 years. He holds a Master’s degree and license in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a post graduate certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. Brad has practiced in multiple settings with various age groups throughout his career: military, public mental health, non-profit, and private office settings. He is an engaging public speaker and passionate about sharing the human connection with his audience. He lives in Wilmington with his partner Amanda and their three children.