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Moving Landscapes 2018 August 26, 2018 - 7:30 pm 

CRS Barn Studio, Ithaca, NY


Ellie Cherry is a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she received degrees in both Dance Education and Psychology. As a dance maker and researcher, she is interested in how "power" and "empowerment" are embodied by the dancer as well as how the female body is represented/perceived, specifically in dances of the African Diaspora. Currently she is working out of Western Massachusetts at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival but will be joining the programming staff at Movement Research in NYC this fall.

A native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, David Coester began playing the guitar when he was a teenager and soon thereafter became a member of a high-school rock-and-roll band. Later, when introduced to classical guitar he completely altered his musical direction, and he now specializes in classical music. Mr. Coester earned both Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Since then he has continued music studies with the well-known organist-pedagogue Walter Hilse, emphasizing 17th- and 18th-century counterpoint. Currently living in Ithaca, New York he was a member of the music faculty of the Crestwood Music Education Center in Westchester County. He was invited to give master classes and perform recitals at the Nayhehol International Music Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Mr. Coester's playing has always covered a wide range of musical interests, but these days he is especially committed to 20th-century repertoire and to the music of J. S. Bach. Some of his recent public appearances include recitals at the Fredonia Opera House in Fredonia New York, Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D. C., the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, Italy, and the Seoul Arts Center in Korea. David currently teaches private guitar lessons at his Fall Creek Guitar Studio in Ithaca, New York. David, his wife, small dog Barley Fezziwig, and Not as small dog Monti Vitorio keep house in Ithaca, NY.

Donna Davenport has been performing at CRS Barn in the summer for over two decades, truly grateful to have this creative space to test choreographic ideas and perform for the intimate, generous audience. Her Ithaca roots include performing with Jill Becker and Dancers and Saga Dance Company in the 90s. She is a Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, current Chairperson of the Dance Dept, former endowed professor (2013-2018), and the coordinator of the Social Justice Studies Program. Donna earned her doctorate in Dance Education from Temple University. Currently living in Rochester, she is a co-founder of the city's "Artists Coalition for Change Together" and Dean of Faculty for St. Peter's Community Arts Academy.

Jeanne Goddard has trained and performed with Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, June Finch/Danceworks, Saga Ambegaokar/Saga Dance Company, Beverly Brown, Susannah Newman, Lois Welk, and Jill Becker and Dancers.  Her work has been commissioned by ballet, modern dance, and opera companies, public television and the Western New York Institute for the Arts in Education. She has also created movement for opera and musical theatre for over twenty years, working at the Eastman School of Music, the Syracuse Opera, Western New York Opera Theatre (Buffalo), Tri-cities Opera (Binghamton), and Ithaca Opera. Jeanne holds an M.A. in dance from SUNY Brockport and a Certificate in Movement Analysis from the Laban-Bartenieff Institute in New York City. She has taught movement workshops for singers at Glimmerglass Opera and SUNY College at Fredonia, and Laban Movement Analysis workshops at SUNY Brockport, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and at several American College Dance Festivals. Jeanne was a founding member of FLOORPLAY Contemporary Dance Theatre in Buffalo, New York, and Firehouse Dance Company, an improvisational cooperative, in Ithaca, NY.  With partner Steven Stull, she directs the CRS Barn Studio, teaching and co-producing multidisciplinary performance events.  From 1987-2016 she chaired the dance program at Wells College, teaching technique, improvisation, composition, dance history and women’s studies courses.  

Shayna Grajo celebrates her seven-year anniversary of dancing with Jeanne and Steve at the CRS Barn Studio. Now a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist as well as local dance and yoga instructor, Shayna is happily starting her business, Shoji Arts. For more information, stay tuned to Shayna is grateful to appear in Jari Poulin's piece, In Again Out Again, for this spectacular summer showcase of 2018.

Michelle Iklé is an Associate Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. She holds a M.F.A. from The College at Brockport in Dance Science, Somatics and Dance Performance and a B.A. in Dance Teaching and Performance from SUNY at Buffalo. She is a Certified Instructor and Educational Director at Eastwest Somatics Institute for Yoga, Dance, and Movement Studies and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist with ISMETA.  Iklé specializes in jazz and modern dance forms, contemporary partnering and somatic integration in technique classes and for the stage.  She has presented her somatic jazz pedagogy for more than ten years at national dance and somatic education venues.  A native of Rochester, NY she has performed extensively throughout upstate NY as an independent artist and as a long-time member of Present Tense Dance Company.  She is excited to share this new piece which merges her passion for jazz dance while creating original work that honors the lived experience.           

Kelly Johnson is a dance educator, choreographer, performer, new mama and lover of nature. Her education encompasses studies in African, Caribbean and Modern dance cultures. As an Assistant Professor of Dance at HWS Colleges she teaches courses reflecting dances of the African Diaspora along with courses in choreography and performance. At the colleges she also acts as the Faculty Advisor to the Koshare Dance Collective as well as the Caribbean Student Association. Her choreography has been presented at Cornell, Hofstra (ACDA) and Tulane University, The University of Rochester, The College at Brockport (ACDA) and several venues in Rochester, including Rochester's School of the Arts, Rochester Fringe Festival and at the Rochester Caribbean Festival. She holds an MFA in Choreography from The College at Brockport and continues to study in Kingston, Jamaica. ​Upcoming projects include travel to Guinea, West Africa and collaboration with Maria Bauman Dance in NYC.

Julie Nathanielsz ~ For Julie's current artistic projects, archived work, and links to writing, visit You'll find information on her offerings in movement in nature as well as contemporary dance classes around town at Welcome!

Jari Poulin was the founding director of the Conservatory Dance Ensemble, Inc. and Dance Conservatory in Jamestown, NY, now known as the Chautauqua Regional Ballet, where she served as Artistic Director and Choreographer from 1984-1993 and produced both original contemporary ballet works and the classical repertoire.  Additionally, Jari served on the dance faculty at Chautauqua Institution, SUNY Fredonia and Jamestown Community College, and was guest choreographer for a number of regional theaters.  She was also the founder of Humble Pie Performing Arts School in Bradford, PA and later served as CEO of Topf Center for Dance Education, and later Springstep Center for Traditional and Contemporary Dance in Medford, MA. until 2005.  Currently, Jari is a practicing artist and portrait photographer in Ithaca, NY.

Yvette Rubio is happy to have the privilege of dancing, the result of Jeanne's vision, generosity and hard work.

Steven Stull has lived and performed in Ithaca since 1986 and appears regularly in the area with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Society for New Music, Arts at Grace and Triphammer Arts. He has appeared as soloist in over fifty performances with Syracuse Symphony, Symphony Syracuse and Symphoria. A frequent performer with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, he has been a soloist in nearly eighty performances and can be heard in their recordings Home for the Holidays and Tales from the West Virginia Hills. His other recordings include Christmas from the Heart of New YorkThe Pulse of an IrishmanOpera Cowpokes and Boyz in the Wood with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, Steven has appeared with Glimmerglass Opera, Syracuse Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Artpark, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kyrgyz State Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Oswego Opera, Anchorage Festival of Music, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Ithaca, Erie Philharmonic, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, and Norwalk (CT) Symphony. Recent and upcoming performances include Bonhoeffer in Tenebrae, The Passion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, narrating Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in July, and a return to Rochester in October to perform Lorenzo Palomo’s setting of the Dr. Seuss story, The Sneetches with RPO, Handel's Messiah with Arts at Grace in Cortland, and Frank Baum in the new opera Pushed Aside by Persis Vehar. Steven is also a producer, director, composer, painter and photographer. In 1990 Steven co-founded the CRS Barn Studio with choreographer Jeanne Goddard. Together they present an eclectic series of music and dance performances on the CRS Growers organic vegetable farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, NY. His numerous recordings are available from

Pianist John White is equally at home in the worlds of jazz, classical, and popular music, and has collaborated with such national artists as Rhiannon, Kim Nazarian, Paul Hanson, and Wycliffe Gordon. He performs frequently with local musicians spanning numerous vernacular styles (jazz, funk, R&B, soul, latin, rock), appears on a regular basis with the NEO Project and Backtalk bands as well as the Caribe Jazz All-Stars and his good friend Steve Stull. John received his PhD in Music Theory from Indiana University where he served one year as Musical Director/In-Residence Composer for the Indiana University Dance Theater. Currently he is Associate Professor of Music Theory at Ithaca College and also Director of the IC Jazz Vocal Ensembles. A published scholar, John is a co-developer of the TAKADIMI beat-oriented system of rhythm solfege. In 2005, he collaborated with Jeanne Goddard in producing a CD of freely improvised music to accompany modern dance technique classes.





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CRS Barn Studio, 2622 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY 14850