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DanceVisions, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation co-founded by Margot Parsons in 1982. It has presented her work over the years and for seven years produced the highly acclaimed Dance on the Top Floor, an evening of dance featuring renowned ballet choreographers from Boston, Chicago, New York, Pennsylvania, and other states and for nine years produced Dancers at the Robsham, involving modern and ballet choreographers, dancers, and musicians from the Boston area.

As DanceVisions, Inc. celebrates its 35th year, the Company continues to carry out its mission.

Our Mission

DanceVisions, Inc. is committed to producing original ballet-based choreography, to introducing audiences to established and new choreographers, and to providing performance opportunities to dancers and to collaborating with musicians and visual artists.

Artistic Director and Choreographer

Margot Parsons
Margot Parsons, choreographer and currently instructor of ballet at Boston University, Boston College, Suffolk University, and The Dance Complex and previously for thirteen years at Harvard University, has presented over one hundred pieces of choreography. Her past teaching includes The New School for Social Research in New York, Hunter College (NY), The Spence School (NY), Ethical Culture School (NY), The Cambridge School of Weston (MA), Dean College (MA), The Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts (MA), Bradford College (MA) where she initiated the dance major program, and at Boston Ballet, Ballet Theater of Boston, and New England Movement Arts where she is a substitute teacher. As well she teaches private students.  Her early training in ballet was in Chicago with Richard Ellis and Christine Douboulay and with Eric Braun and Phyllis Sabold and later in New York with Maggie Black, Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis, and the Harkness School and in modern at the Graham Studio and in choreography with Anna Sokolow and Bessie Schoenberg.   Along with being invited to dance with Agnes de Mille and Pearl Lang, she performed with numerous companies including Choreoconcerts, Larry Richardson, Yuriko, The Ballet Ensemble of New York, in the City Center production of the “King and I,” and in Boston with Dorothy Hershkowitz, Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, and with the original cast of “A Dancer’s Christmas,” created and directed by her long time friend Father Robert VerEecke.  She has received grants and awards for her choreography that has been staged on many companies including her own company, DanceVisions, Inc., a not-for-profit organization founded in 1983, the Ballet Repertory class at Boston University, Boston College student and Faculty shows, Wellesley College students, Across the Ages Dance, and Boston Ballet II. In the spring of 2014, she will be setting a piece on BalletNY. As a producer, she is founder of Dancers at the Robsham, a highly acclaimed dance event that for fourteen years featured Boston choreographers, and co-founder of Dance on the Top Floor, a highly acclaimed event for seven years that featured choreographers from around the country. In 1999 she was awarded the Dance Belt for her contribution to dance in Boston. She appeared on TV in 2007, in the Boston Cable TV show “To the Pointe” and she appears in the forthcoming movie “Legacies in Dance.” She continues to teach, choreograph, and present evening-long concerts of her work.   The Boston Globe (October 4, 2004) said Margot Parsons used “an expansive embrace of traditional vocabulary [that] was enriched by modern influences … beautifully structured, [and] with a visually compelling use of space.”  The Boston Herald (November 20, 2005) said her work expresses “unexpected grandeur via simplicity,” and Theodore Bale (May 20, 2006) stated “Contemporary choreographer Margot Parsons doesn’t make isolated or vaguely inspired dances. Rather, each of her efforts is more proof of a personal cosmology. What is allowed and what is prohibited in this cosmology? Responses suggest a woman who is philosophical rather than psychological, austerely formal and given to sudden bursts of passion.” In 2012, the 30th anniversary of DanceVisions,Inc. was marked by and evening of dances entitled” Here and There,” with a review by Iris Fanger in Dance Magazine online (June 2012) where it was stated “Parsons has a skill for finding the visual metaphor to end each of her dances with a suggestive phrase, keeping the moment vivid in a viewer's mind.”   DanceVisions, Inc presented an evening-long production of Parsons’s work in May, 2013 with a forty-minute piece entitled “Flight,” in collaboration with visual and sound designer Andreas Randow and lighting designer Lynda Rieman. In April, 2014 her choreography was a part of the spring season of BalletNY at the Ailey Citigroup theater in New York City.  For this performance Parsons received a review (see website) in the New York Times and was mentioned in the New Yorker magazine.   In 2015 DanceVisions, Inc. produced “Depth of Field,” an evening of dances in collaboration with choreographer Lynn Modell.  Over the years she has worked with several composers who have created original musical scores for her choreography: David Polan, Gregor Loepfe, Michael Orsello, Robin Cho and Ai Isshiki. In April, 2014 her choreography a part of the spring season of BalletNY at the Ailey Citigroup theater in New York City.  For this performance she received a review (see website) in the New York Times and was mentioned in the New Yorker magazine.  She has a BS from the University of Wisconsin and a MA with honors from the University of Utah. Please visit the website at http://www.dancevisions.net

Dancers

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Marin Orlosky Randow (Assistant Artistic Director and Dancer)

Marin Orlosky Randow holds a BA in English and a Secondary Field in Dramatic Arts from Harvard University. Her dance training includes the Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, Trapeze School New York, and New York Circus Arts Academy. At Harvard, she performed with and choreographed for the Harvard Ballet Company, Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and numerous dance-theater productions. A former member of FireFly Aerial Acrobatics and instructor at New York Circus Arts Academy, she has performed, choreographed, and taught aerial silks, partner acrobatics, and contortion since 2006. She has taught for Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, the Bethezer Group (Nairobi, Kenya), Berklee College of Music, American College Dance Festival (ACDFA), and Harvard University. She currently teaches aerial silks and Pilates at Boston University and modern dance at the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, and is an aerial dance consultant for Yale University's Theater Department. She has performed with DanceVisions since 2011.

Khiara M. Bridges

Originally from Miami, Florida, Khiara M. Bridges began her ballet training at the Miami City Ballet School. She went on to train at the Atlanta Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and with her mentor and coach, Kat Wildish. She has enjoyed a long, full career working as a freelance dancer in New York City. She has danced with a variety of companies, including Ballet Inc., Nomad Contemporary Ballet, Classical Contemporary Ballet Theater, Ballet Noir, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Lydia Johnson Dance, Brooklyn Ballet, and Hartford City Ballet. When she is not dancing, Khiara is deeply engaged in academia: she received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University, and she is a Professor of Law and a Professor of Anthropology at Boston University.

Katelyn McMahon

Katelyn McMahon has been studying classical ballet since the age of three at various local studios, eventually moving on to the Academy of Ballet Arts under the direction and instruction of Judith Koeckhoven. She continued to study the Balanchine method at Ballet Workshop of New England, also performing with the Massachusetts Youth Ballet, where she was able to study under great names such as Jacqueline Cronsberg and Adam Luders. She then went on to study ballet and contemporary dance at the University of Hawai'i, ultimately returning home to the east coast to pursue her graduate degree in physical therapy with a focus on dance medicine. After returning to the stage with the New England Civic Ballet Company, where she held soloist and principle roles in various productions, she joined DanceVisions in December of 2013.

Rachel Miscenich Catenzariti

Rachel Miscenich-Catanzariti began her training in New Orleans with Leila Hallar and continued with Harvey Hysell and Vincenzo Celli in the Cechetti Technique, with Natalia Krassovska in the Vaganova Technique and Barbara Forbes from the National Ballet of Canada School. She received extended training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the San Francisco Ballet School. 
Rachel enjoyed an international career touring extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Taipei, while performing with the New Orleans Ballet, the Jackson Ballet, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Basel Ballet of Switzerland, and Béjart Ballet Lausanne in a wide-ranging repertoire from the pure classics of Petipa, to the more contemporary works of Balanchine, Paul Taylor, John Butler, Nils Christie and Maurice Béjart.
She has performed as guest artist with the Uptown Dance Theatre, the Portland Ballet, North Shore Civic Company, and Boston Dance Company, as well as teaching at various schools in the New Orleans, Boston, and South Shore areas.   
Early in her career, Rachel sought out and worked with Maggie Black and Finus Jung in New York to discover a more organic approach to ballet. This perspective has helped sustain the original motivation for beginning dance so many years before ... the joy of movement and the freedom found within the discipline of ballet. 

Thuy Phan

Thuy Phan received her ballet training at Northeast School of Ballet and continued dancing at Harvard University, where she studied with Dance Director Jill Johnson, directed the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and graduated with a BA in Social Anthropology. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and volunteers as an Ambassador for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Boston. Thuy joined DanceVisions in 2013 and has performed in "Flight" and "Here and There."

Ethan Pravetz

Ethan Pravetz hails from West Orange, NJ and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown, MA. He began performing at 14 with his high school marching band and color guard, and has been a member of World Class ensembles such as the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and Blessed Sacrament Color Guard. Since moving to Boston for school, he began training in ballet at Boston University and the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater School, aerial silks at BU and Esh Aerial Arts, and gymnastics at Cambridge Community Gymnastics. DanceVisions, Inc. is Ethan's first professional dance company experience.

Ashley Zhang

Ashley Zhang is from Shenzhen, China. She graduated from Boston College with honors in Economics and a minor in Mathematics, and is currently in dental school at Boston University. Ashley is committed to have ballet as a part of her life. Currently, she takes class in Jose Mateo Ballet Theater, and with Margot at the Dance Complex. She has attended summer intensive programs with Jose Mateo Ballet Theater, Orlando Ballet, American Ballet Theater and Burklyn Ballet.

 

 

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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