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Artist in Residence -- Janice Garrett & Dancers 

Janice Garrett & Dancers, Dance/Choreography
Artist in Residence February 2-11, 2008

Janice Garrett and Dancers

Janice Garrett & Dancers will conduct a week-long residency in cooperation with the UW-Eau Claire dance program.  

Dance Master Class

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Dance Studio (Room 105, McPhee)
Free and open to the public. (Call 836-2787 to reserve a space.)

Artist Series Performance

Monday, February 11, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Zorn Arena
Call 836-3727 for ticket information.

Dessert Reception

Join us for a pre-concert discussion hosted by Toni Poll-Sorensen, dance professor at UW-Eau Claire. Delicious tortes and cheesecakes will be served along with coffees and teas to tantalize your taste buds and complement the discussion.

Janice Garrett & Dancers was formed in 2002 by Artistic Director Janice Garrett who, after more than twenty years as a dance artist and independent choreographer, put down creative roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of the area’s most lively dance companies, Janice Garrett & Dancers has performed throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles, as well as having completed three tours to the Midwest. Described as “the new powerhouse” of San Francisco dance, the company was honored in January 2004 as one of Dance Magazine’s “Twenty Five to Watch.”

Characterized by humor, wit, fine craftsmanship, and a high- energy movement vocabulary, her choreography embraces a broad spectrum of emotion and physicality. Garrett makes work about people—creating a sense of kinship and connection. She is committed to a vision of dance as an expressive, unspoken form of communication that fosters understanding and a sense of community among people.

Janice Garrett is and internationally active choreographer and dance educator who currently directs her own San Francisco company, Janice Garrett & Dancers. Honored in 2004 as one of Dance Magazine’s top “25 to Watch,” she has created more than 30 original works for her company as well as receiving commissions to create dances for companies and university performance groups throughout the US and Europe.

Internationally, her choreography has been presented at The Place Theatre, London, the Nott Dance Festival, Nottingham and Danse Scenen, Copenhagen. She has been a frequent guest artist with the renowned London Contemporary Dance Theatre as well as guest teacher for numerous dance companies including Rambert Dance Company, DV8 Physical Theatre and Matthew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures/New Adventures.

She has been a guest artist at universities across the country including New York University, Goucher College, Skidmore College, Mills College, University of California, Berkeley, Sonoma State University, and Bates College. Her choreographic grants include support from the James Irvine Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, W.A. Gerbode Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Meet the Composer, and The City of San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts.

A former member of Dan Wagoner and Dancers, she has toured and performed extensively throughout the US and Europe. She is a graduate of Stanford University (BS, Mathematics 1975) and Mills College (MA, Dance 1978).


Jennifer Bishop-Orsulak grew up dancing in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Utah, she moved to New York where she danced professionally with H.T. Chen & Dancers, an Asian-American modern dance company. She has also danced with Sarah Hook, Janis Brenner, Della Davidson, Alan Sener, Risa Steinberg and apprenticed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. and ODC of San Francisco.

A native of Hutchinson, Kansas, Kara Davis began studying ballet at the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita and with William Martin-Viscount at the Southwest Ballet Center in Ft. Worth, Texas.  She has danced for Ballet Met, Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet, the San Francisco Opera Ballet and Ballet Jorgen in Toronto, Ontario. She is a founding member of the San Francisco based company, Kunst-Stoff, and has danced with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Kara has taught at the Atlanta Ballet School, Berkeley Ballet, San Francisco Dance Center, Lines Ballet Pre-Professional Program and presently at the Castro Valley Performing Arts Center.

Born in Manila, Philippines, Julian De Leon grew up in Los Angeles and began his dance training at age 16 at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts. Upon graduation, he was accepted to the Laban Center in London, England.  In 2000, Julian danced with Random Dance Company headed by Wayne McGregor. As well as touring McGregor’s repertory, Julian taught workshops and created performances for students and youths in the UK, Eastern and Western Europe, and the US.  He was awarded "Dancer of the Month" by Dancing Times Magazine for his work in McGregor's "Nemesis.” Julian moved to San Francisco in 2002 and has been involved in projects with Kunst-Stoff, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, and Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. He also works as a Certified Massage Therapist and has been dancing with Janice Garrett & Dancers since January 2003.

Bliss Kolhmyer Dowman is a native of Wooster, Ohio. She attended The Juilliard School for two years and then graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts. In New York, she danced with The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and The Sean Curran Company. Bliss is a certified Pilates trainer. She is currently teaching at the ODC School and dancing with Rober Moses’ Kin, Janice Garrett & Dancers, and The San Francisco Opera.

Heidi Schweiker received her B.A. in English from Stanford University in 1997 and has choreographed and performed in the Bay Area since then. In addition to dancing with Janice Garrett & Dancers, she is a member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and has also performed with Mary Carbonara Dances, Nancy Karp + Dancers and choreographer Lea Wolf. Heidi has presented her choreography in numerous San Francisco venues including Cowell Theater, ODC Theater, Dance Mission Theatre, Theatre of Yugen/Noh Space, and Yerba Buena Gardens, as well as at Stanford University where she has been commissioned to create dances for students. Heidi also functions as a costume designer and can be found teaching beginning modern dance at San Francisco Dance Center.

Nol Simonse is an artist, dancer, and teacher living in San Francisco. He currently works with Janice Garrett & Dancers, Kunst-Stoff, Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre, and Dandelion Dance Theater. He teaches as part of the youth program at Dance Mission Theater.

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