Starrene Foster, Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project. A Richmond native, Starrene Foster, is a performer, dance educator and the Artistic Director of Starr Foster Dance Project. Starrene is the recipient of the Theresa Pollack Award for Artistic Excellence and was recently featured on the PBS broadcast Virginia Currents. Foster was also awarded Richmond’s Most Prestigious 25 Arts Innovators, The Top 40 under 40 and has been nominated for two ARTSIE awards by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle for her choreography. Starrene is the beneficiary of the 2003 VCU Star Alumni Award where she is presently in her fourteenth year as an adjunct faculty member. She has received grants from the Virginia Council for the Arts, and many commissions for new dance works from universities and various dance companies. Starrene teaches throughout the country and her choreography has been presented nationally which include: The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA), The Jack Guidone Theatre (DC), SUNY Buffalo (NY), The New World School (FL), Old Dominion University (VA), Cornell University (NY), James Madison University (VA), Dance Charlotte (NC), The Goose Route Dance Festival (WV), the Demetrius Klein Dance Festival (FL), The Richmond Ballet (VA), University of Richmond (VA), Scranton Cultural Arts Center (PA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), The Lorton Workhouse (DC), and the Festival of Choreography (NC). As a dancer, Starrene trained under many dance greats and has had the pleasure of training with and performing works by Mark Taylor, Chris Burnside, Doug Varone, Sharon Kinney, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Dendy, Pewan Chow (Hong Kong), Raul Parro (Mexico), among many others. In addition to her faculty position at VCU, Starrene is also on faculty at the Richmond Ballet. With much acclaim throughout the country, critics have raved enthusiastically about Foster's choreography consistently and she has been reviewed as “having a very impressive inventory of work”, “a master of immediacy” and her choreography having “range and imagination“ and “emotional gravity”. She has been recognized for creating inventive and unusual partnering as well as integrating the uniqueness of each dancer in her work.
Jordan Livermon Glunt (Rehearsal Assistant/dancer) began her study of dance in her hometown of Powhatan, VA and continued it through The School of Richmond Ballet. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003 with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. During her time at VCU, Jordan had the privilege to study with artists such as Paule Turner, David Dorfman, Gerri Houlihan, Bebe Miller and Gus Solomons. Currently, Jordan serves as Minds In Motion Artistic Assistant/Team XXL Administrator & MIM Teaching Artist for Richmond Ballet. She has been a member of the Minds In Motion faculty since 2007. Jordan has enjoyed teaching two-week MIM residencies in Woodbridge, VA since 2009 and had the honor of traveling to Israel in 2011 to share the love of dance with 4th-6th grade students. She has performed with Starr Foster Dance Project since 2004 and continues to enjoy performing with the project’s talented group of dancers.
Brittany Diaz - began dancing at age 3 in her hometown of Midlothian, VA. Specializing in ballet and competing nationally, she went on to dual major at James Madison University in Dance and Public Relations. During the course of her education, Brittany had the privilege of working with many professional artists including Sonia Rafferty, Liz Lerman, Greer Reed-Jones, Gesel Mason and Vincent Thomas. Brittany graduated Cum Laude in 2012 and went on to tour with the West Virginia Dance Company for a year before returning to her home town and joining SFDP in 2013. She currently works in marketing and teaches dance in the Richmond area.
Laura Grace Zetlan - a native of Richmond, VA, began her dance training in Midlothian, VA studying many different styles of movement with an emphasis in Modern and Contemporary. In 2006 she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography, where she was honored to perform the choreography of James Frazier and Robbie Kinter. Laura Grace has had the opportunity to study with and perform works by David Dorfman, BeBe Miller, Gesel Mason and Gerri Houlihan. In 2006 she began dancing for the Starr Foster Dance Project and FDance before leaving Richmond for Brooklyn and then Washington DC. During her time in DC, Laura Grace was a member of AriDen Dance and a dancer and assistant director for the Doniphan Project. Bringing movement into others lives is incredibly important to Laura Grace and she is privileged to teach Pilates and Barre Body in fitness clubs through out Richmond as well as work with the youngest Yogis teaching Kids Yoga. She is grateful to be back in Richmond and dancing for Starr once again.
Caitlin Cunningham, originally from Norfolk, VA, began her training at age 3 with Virginia Ballet Theatre. During her time there, she worked her way up through the youth performance groups eventually becoming a performing member of their junior company, VBTII. She has performed in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Firebird, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Patruchka, and has performed variations from Don Quixote, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. As a student at VCU, Cunningham rekindled herlove for movement through extracurricular ballet and modern dance classes. She is currently enrolled to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a minor in Religious Studies. Caitlin is glad to be a part of the SFDP and hopes to continue pursuing her passion for dancing.
Heather Rhea was born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia. Heather began her early dance training at Evelyn Ott School of Dance under the instruction of Denise Ott Land. During high school, Heather attended the Governor’s School for the Arts as a modern dance major. While a student at the Governor’s School, Heather performed multiple works by Bellamy Eure, Janelle Spruill, Joni Petre-Scholz, and Todd Rosenlieb. In the Summer of 2013, Heather attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina. There, she studied under Abby Yager, Amanda Miller-Fasshauer, and Ming-Lung Yang. Heather is a recent honors graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. At UArts, Heather performed in works by Curt Haworth, Helen Simoneau, J.E. Kim, and Netta Yerushalmy. Heather also performed in a re-staging of the classical ballet “La Bayadère”, under the direction of Anastasia Babayeva. Heather is thrilled to be a new resident of Richmond. She is currently a teacher at The School of Dance Arts in Mechanicsville, Va. Heather joined SFDP in December 2014.
form Norfolk, VA., began dancing recreationally at the age of 10 and found
his passion for it while he was a dance student at the
for the Arts. Ryan graduated from the
Governor's School for the
Arts and Maury High School in 2013. He is currently an
Exercise Science/Dance major, as well as an accompanist for dance classes,
and at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ryan is extremely excited
for his first season with Starr Foster Dance Project. He would like
to thank his family, friends, and mentors for their continual support and
Starr, personally, for this opportunity.
from Richmond, Virginia, started dancing at the age of three at
Academy of Dance where she studied ballet and jazz. Throughout high
school, she wanted to pursue dance more as a career so she attended
Richmond Ballet where she studied ballet, jazz, pointe, as well as
modern from our very own Starr Foster! She studied and recently graduated
from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC with a Bachelor in Fine
Arts Degree in dance. Anna is extremely honored to be dancing again in
Richmond, Virginia and is looking forward to the many years of dancing to
come. Special thanks to her parents for all their love and support
throughout the years, couldn’t have done it without them!
was born in
the Philippines, and raised in the Hampton Roads Area, Erick decided to
begin dancing after joining a ballroom club at the
Virginia and transferring to
Old Dominion University. While
attending ODU, he was offered to teach Ballroom and Latin dancing
at Arthur Murray International
and assisted management operations
while instructing at an independent ballroom studio. Throughout this time,
he enjoyed dancing at various venues including the
the Norfolk Scope,
Spirit of Norfolk, the
Museum of Art, and the
Harrison Opera House. He also
attended ballroom competitions with students in North Carolina, New York,
and Florida. Since graduating with a BA in Theatre and Dance Performance, he
has obtained an A.A.S. Degree to be a Physical Therapist Assistant and moved to
Richmond. One of his goals is to bridge the two careers to aid dancers and
continue to be immersed in dance culture.
Angela Palmisano is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, has been dancing since the age of two. She has had the pleasure of training at the prestigious George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, Maryland for high school and also in the Department of Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kate Neal was born and raised in Casper, WY and started her dance training at the age of two. She attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA, where she studied under Diane Arvanites. Kate continued her training with Diane at The Boston Conservatory where she also trained under Tommy Neblett and others. She completed her education at Mount Holyoke from where she received a B.A. in dance with a minor in Biology. Kate then performed with Prometheus Dance for five years in Boston, MA before relocating to Richmond, VA, where she connected with Starr Foster and fell in love with her choreography. This is Kate's first season with the company.
Ryan Love, (musical director), studied at The Boston Conservatory (voice/piano) and graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ryan has worked with Yo-Yo Ma, Clark Terry, Donald Byrd, Bebe Miller, Stanko Milov, Asaf Ronen (Imp), Jill Bernard (Drum Machine), Joe Bill (Annoyance Theater), The Firehouse Theatre, HBO, VCUDance, The University of Richmond, The Richmond Ballet, Jose Limon Co., Arnie Zane/Bill T. Jones Co., Pacific Northwest Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Cornish College of The Arts, University of Washington, Dance Fremont, The Seattle Festival of Improv Theater and of course, The Starr Foster Dance Project. Ryan is the Musical Director of Wing-It Productions and can be seen performing with the highly acclaimed 'Jet City Improv' & 'Twisted Flicks'. Ryan Love is also the founder and producer of Jet City Records. RyTunes can also be found on iTunes, Verizon Wireless.com, Yahoo!Music, MSNMusic and many more online stores for his album "CUPCAKE". His song "Ballad of The Broken Hearted Girl" which he co-wrote with Leeni on her debut album "Are We There Yet?" was a finalist for the International Songwriter's Competition and can also be found on iTunes. For more information please log on to: www.myspace.com/jetcityrecords.
Michael Jarett (Lighting Designer) is pleased to continue his collaboration with Starr Foster Dance Project, for whom he has previously designed Erratic Behavior, the 9th Annual Choreography Showcase, the Mid-Atlantic Dance Collaborative, and the 10 Year Anniversary Performances. He is the Lighting Designer/Dance Technical Director for the VCU Department of Dance and Choreography. Michael received his MFA in Theater Design from Brandeis University and his BA in Theater from the University of Richmond. As the Gilbert Hemsley Lighting Intern at Lincoln Center, he had the opportunity to work with the Lincoln Center Festival, New York City Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and New York City Ballet. Michael has had the pleasure of designing for choreographers and companies including Charles O. Anderson, Monica Bill Barnes, Stefanie Batten Bland, Robert Battle, Duane Cyrus, Myra Daleng, Thang Dao, Linda Kent, Anne Van Gelder, Nicholas Villeneuve, Abraham.In.Motion, Amaranth Contemporary Dance, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Ground Zero Dance, and the VON HOWARD PROJECT. http://web.mac.com/mjarett/Portfolio/Welcome.html