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Alissa Cardone, MA, MFA
Assistant Professor of Dance
Prof. Cardone brings 15 years as a professional dancer, choreographer, and interdisciplinary art maker to her teaching and mentoring at Curry College, as well as a strong background and belief in liberal arts education. She holds a BA in Literature from Boston University (1996), an MA in Performance Studies from New York University (2003), and an MFA in Dance from UCLA's Department of World Arts & Cultures (2011) where she was the recipient of the Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Performing Arts Award.
Prof. Cardone is co-artistic director of Kinodance Company, an intermedia performance collaborative founded in Boston with filmmaker Alla Kovgan & visual artist Dedalus Wainwright, Kinodance was named one of Dance Magazine's "25-to-watch" in 2008 and has received commissions from Bank America Celebrity Series, World Music/CrashARTS at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and has been produced by Connecticut College, Keene State College (Redfern Arts Center), MCLA, MassMOCA & the Berkshire Cultural Resource Initiative, the Berkshire Fringe, HIGH Fest (Armenia), Boston Cyberarts, A.P.E. Northampton, St. Petersburg International Dance Film Festival (Russia) and the Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven). A member of Paula Josa-Jones/Performance Works from 1998 - 2003, she has also worked with Xavier Le Roy, Victoria Marks, Ann Carlson, Yoshito Ohno & Naoka Uemura, Nora Chipaumire, Asamina Chremos, Elaine Summers, Sara Sweet-Rabideux, Lorraine Chapman, among others. In Japan, she trained with Min Tanaka (Body Weather Farm), and has studied intensively and performed with butoh master Akira Kasai.
Prof. Cardone has received individual and project support from Baryshnikov Arts Center/Summer Stages Dance Residency Program, Massachusetts Cultural Council (Choreography Fellowship 2011, Choreography Finalist 2003, 2006, 2008), Somerville Arts Council, LEF Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Monaco Dance Forum, Summer Stages Dance Choreography Project Fellowship, NYU Department of Performance Studies and New England Foundation for the Arts' Regional Dance Development Initiative. In 2008 Kinodance and Armenian partner, Art Film and the National Gallery of Armenia received funding from ArtsLink and Open Society Institute for Dance Cinema Collaborations Part I, an initiative to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations between dance and film artists in the post-Soviet Caucasus regions.
She has been on faculty at UCLA Department of World Arts & Cultures, Longy School of Music (Dalcroze Eurythmics Program), led master classes and workshops at Concord Academy, Boston University, Mobius, the Boston Ballet, Drop Dance Collective (Boise, ID), Soundscape (N. Carolina), Bank of America Celebrity Series, Chu Ling Dance Academy, Yerevan State Pantomime Theatre & has led Butoh-based improvisation labs in Boston, Armenia, Russia & Philadelphia.
Courses Taught: Modern I, Modern II, Choreography, World Dance History, Experiential Anatomy, Dance Performance
Barbara Sholes received her early dance training in ballet, jazz, and character dance in Boston, where her teachers included Eugene Lorring and Nanette de Valois, founder of the Sadler's Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet). Later, she studied in New York with Margaret Craske (Cecchetti) and at the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine, Mme. Felia Doubrovska and Mme. Alexandra Danilova. Her performance experience includes appearances with the original Boston Ballet, The Opera Company of Boston, American Ballet Theatre and in numerous professional music theatre productions.
She has studied the Royal Academy Teachers' syllabus and completed the Vaganova Syllabus Teachers course at Boston Ballet School with Mme. Tatiana Legat and Anna Marie Holmes.
Barbara was a Theatre Arts major at Boston University and holds a B.A. in Communications with a Theatre concentration. She is also a certified personal trainer.
She is also on the dance faculty at Bridgewater State University. Some of her previous teaching experiences have included classes for Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre Young Dancers Program and teaching for the Dalcroze Eurythmics Program at the Longy School of Music.
Courses Taught: Ballet, Jazz, Choreography, What Moves You?, Dance Performance