Kimberly Parmer, Faculty Artistic Director
Kimberly Parmer is currently on faculty at American Dance Institute, and Joy of Motion Dance Center. Originally from Long Island, Kimberly has studied with renowned teachers Maggie Black, Elena Kuniknova and Fabrice Herrault. She attended North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with Melissa Hayden, and The Walnut Hill School under the direction of Michael Owen. Kimberly is a former dancer, choreographer, and rehearsal director for MOVEIUS Contemporary Ballet and has danced with regional companies in the Boston, Chicago and New York City area. Kimberly holds her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University and is a certified teacher in the ABT® National Training Curriculum, levels Primary – Seven. Under the tutelage of Raymond Lukens, Franco De Vita and Susan Koff, Kimberly is a graduate of New York University’s Master’s program in Dance Education with a concentration in American Ballet Theatre Ballet Pedagogy.
Mat Elder – Fall 2014
Mat Elder is originally from Sparta, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree in Theatre/Dance from Middle Tennessee State University and MFA in Choreography from Smith College. During his time at both institutions, he was lucky enough to work with notable choreographers Sidra Bell, Alberto Del Saz (Ririe-Woodbury), Travis Gatling, Cynthia Guttierez-Gardner, T Lang, and Bill T Jones dancers Paul Matteson and Leah Cox. Intensive training includes Doug Varone and Dancers (2011), Dance Theatre of Tennessee (2011), David Dorfman Winter Intensive (2013), and the American Dance Festival (2013). He performed in the Alwin Nikolais: Leaving a Legacy national tour, Core Project Chicago’s, The Dust Fringe Tour, MTSU’s Exodus Project national tour, and Bill T. Jones’ reconstruction of Love Redefined at the American Dance Festival. Past residence/teaching credits include CORE Project Chicago Summer Intensive, Heritage Dance Project, Middle Tennessee State, Smith College, American College Dance Festival Northeastern Division, and the Williston Northampton School. Elder’s choreographic works have been presented in Nashville, Massachusetts, St. Louis, Chicago, and Boulder. As well, two Dance for Video projects were accepted into dance festivals throughout Chicago, IL. Currently, he dances and collaborates with Christopher K Morgan & Artists, SJ Ewing and Dancers, and Ekilibre Dance Company. He also teaches in the Washington College and Howard Community College Departments’ of Dance.
Esperonto Bean has been part of the street dance community for over 20 years. He is well versed in many dance styles, including House, Hip-Hop, Locking and Punking/Waacking. Recognized as one of the original House Dancers from Baltimore City, he has performed in legendary house clubs such as The Sound Factory Bar in NYC, Club Zanzibar in NJ, The Paradox and Club Fantasy’s in Baltimore, MD. Esperonto was the co-recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Imagine Choreographer Award for his House Dance Choreography. His street credibility in the club scene also led him to open for acclaimed House and Hip-Hop artists such as Barbara Tucker, CeCe Penniston, Robin S., Mass Order, James Howard, Funk Master Flex, KRS1, Loon, K-Solo, Mix Master Mike and Dirty Vegas. Esperonto was mentored by the legendary Fluky Luke and the late Fred “ReRun” Berry of the famed group “The Lockers”. He became a member of GroovMekanex in the late 90’s, which is the first Locking crew in the DMV area. Esperonto has danced with GroovMekanex as special guest performers for the internationally recognized Hip-Hop dance company Rennie Harris Pure Movement. Since 1996, he has taught youth and adult classes throughout the Baltimore/DC area. He was a premiere performer and master class instructor at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at ArtScape, Culture Shock DC, Edgeworks Dance Theater, Lesole’s Dance Project, The White House Easter Egg Roll, Mason-Rhynes Black Expressions!!! Hip-Hop Festival, Earth Week on the National Mall, Dance Place, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, NBC-4 Fitness Expo,The Hippodrome, and the Maryland Council for Dance and Theater Project. Esperonto created the dance curriculum H.Y.P.E. , Joy of Motion’s youth urban dance program. He taught dance classes for combination of 12 yrs as adjunct faculty at Howard Community College and Community College of Baltimore County. He also implemented and taught the first lecture course on Hip-Hop culture at Howard Community College. www.esperonto.com.
Maurice Johnson was born in Kentucky and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Kentucky with a minor in Spanish. He studied and performed with a variety of notable dance institutions including The Lexington Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Repertoire, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and North Atlanta Academy School. Mr. Johnson appeared in the 1997 HBO movie “Miss Evers’ Boys” and in the 1996 US Olympic Ceremonies. He has worked with the production teams of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Paula Abdul, among others and today, he is one of the East Coast’s most sought-after jazz teachers. Mr. Johnson is currently on faculty at The National Cathedral School, Catholic Universities, and Joy of Motion Dance Center, and is Associate Director of El Teatro de Danza Contemporanea/DC Contemporary Dance Theatre.
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