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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, 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), Suffolk University, 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 students privately.  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 Father Robert VerEecke.  Her choreography has been staged on many companies including her own company, DanceVisions, Inc.; the Ballet Repertory class at Boston University; Boston College student and Faculty shows; Wellesley College students; Across the Ages Dance; Boston Ballet II; and BalleyNY. As a producer, she is founder of "Dancers at the Robsham," a highly acclaimed dance event that for nine years featured Boston choreographers, and co-founder of "Dance on the Top Floor," a highly acclaimed event that for seven years 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.  She has collaborated with visual and sound designer Andreas Randow, lighting designer Lynda Rieman, and 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. She has a BS from the University of Wisconsin and a MA with honors from the University of Utah.

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 where she trained with Cirque du Soleil's Ivo Georgiev and Russian Master of Sport Acrobatics Amram Linkov, among others. At Harvard, she performed with and choreographed for Harvard's Dance Program, student dance companies, and numerous dance-theater productions. Works performed include Jose Limon's Choreographic Offering, Martha Graham's Heretic and Night Journey, plus original works by Ariel Bonilla, Jeff Shade, Michael Foley, Scott Rink, Jodi Leigh Allen, and Elizabeth Bergmann. 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/contemporary dance and partnering techniques at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training, and is an aerial dance consultant for Yale University's Theater Department. Recent performance projects include Trisha Brown's installation work Floor of the Forest as part of the Boston ICA's Dance/Draw exhibition; Across the Ages Dance Project, an inter-generational modern dance collective; immersive theater performances directed by Giselle Ty, including All At Once Upon a Time, commissioned by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; and an ongoing series of collaborations with composer/violinist Abby Swidler. She is Assistant Artistic Director of DanceVisions, Inc., where she has performed 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.

Christine McDowell

Christine currently works as a Business Development Analyst with CBRE in New Jersey, where she partners closely with regional and national leadership on pursuit identification, market analysis, revenue forecasting, and performance management. Prior to her detour into commercial real estate, Christine received her Master's of Fine Arts in Performance and Choreography from New York University and her Bachelor's of Arts in History from Boston University. 

During her time at BU, Christine choreographed and performed on-campus with the student-run organization, Dance Theater Group, performed with Tony Williams and Margot Parsons throughout Boston and Cambridge, and worked for a season with Boston Ballet School. Immediately following her undergraduate years in Boston, Christine attended Tisch School of the Arts where she performed, choreographed, and worked as the Dance History graduate assistant under Patricia Beaman. After graduating, Christine was delighted return to her childhood studio, The Mill Ballet School, in New Jersey to teach and choreograph.

Christine is overjoyed to join Dance Visions in 35 to celebrate all the performers, musicians, and collaborators who have been integral to growth and the artistry of this talented company led by Margot.

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 Finis 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 performed with DanceVisions from 2013-2016 while completing his graduate studies in Boston. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and currently practices in Keene, NH at a skilled nursing facility. Ethan began his performance career in the marching arts and toured with the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps (Fort Mill, SC) and the Blessed Sacrament Color Guard (Cambridge, MA). He received his dance training at Boston University and the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater School, as well as plenty of on-the-job training while rehearsing and performing with DanceVisions. Ethan currently resides in Brattleboro, VT after completing a year of intensive training at the New England Center for Circus Arts, where he focused on handstands, tumbling, and partner acrobatics.

Amane Takaishi

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Amane began her early training with Mitsuyo Kishibe. At the age of 13, she moved to England and studied ballet vocationally with Desmond Kelly at Elmhurst School of Dance, in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet, followed by Central School of Ballet under the direction of Sara Matthews. In 2013, Amane received her bachelor’s degree in Professional Dance and Performing Studies from University of Kent. She joined Eugene Ballet Company in 2014, and is currently dancing with Ballet Tucson. In the Boston area, she has worked with Margot Parsons, David Sun, Eugenie Kim, and Tony Williams. 

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.

Musicians

Ai Isshiki

pianist and improvisor/composer, Ai specializes in providing music for ballet, modern, and contemporary dance classes and performances.  She currently plays for the Juilliard School, New York University’s Tisch School of Arts, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and for children at the Brooklyn Waldorf School in their Eurythmy program. Ai has also worked with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, Boston Ballet, Ballet Arts, Barnard College, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance, Green Street Studios, Ballet Rox, Boston College, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, and many more. She frequently appears in theater/film productions, chamber orchestra, new/experimental music concerts, and rock/pop bands.  Her original compositions are often written for and found in close collaboration with dances, conceptual performances, and various medias. She received BM in Film Scoring and Composition from Berklee College of Music. A collaborative recording with a poet is expected to be released later this year.  Ai feels truly grateful to be back to Boston for this very special celebratory concert of DanceVisions, Inc.

Steven Milton

Steve Milton is an award-winning creative director, brand strategist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Listen, a NYC based agency working with companies and artists to build deep relationships with their audiences. Milton has helped launch, grow, and reposition some of the world’s leading products and brands including Microsoft, Tinder, Virgin, HoloLens and Jim Beam.

Milton’s sensory-driven approach to brand has been featured in Fast Company, Wired and The Verge, as well as SXSW and CMJ where he has led industry panels on creative collaboration, interactive design and the future of music, art and technology. His work helps audiences understand the profound emotional connection we have with sound and music, and how it helps us relate to products, brands, innovation, and the world around us.

As a performer, Milton has toured internationally, making numerous television appearances and his music has been recognized by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and others. He has collaborated with a number of musicians and artists around the globe to create immersive experiences that bring new life and dimension to their art. 

Milton earned a Master’s degree in Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied postmodern theory and new media. He is a mentor at the New Museum’s incubator program, NEW INC, and he sits on Grammy nominated ensemble A Far Cry's Board of Friends.

 

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

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