Harper Foote is a recent graduate of St. Olaf College where she majored in dance with a concentration in management. Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, Harper recently moved to the Twin Cities area and hopes to dive deep into the rich creative community here. In her choreography and in general, Harper is especially interested in the dynamic relationship between humans and the earth they inhabit. She greatly enjoys spending time outside in any way, is passionate about environmental sustainability and conservation, and especially loves spending time up north with her family.
Karin Jarvise is originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin where she began her dance training at En Avant School of Dance. She also danced at various other studios including Diamond School of Dance, Minnesota Ballet, Ballet Arts Minnesota, and Minnesota Dance Theater. Karin attended Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where she graduated with the distinguishable honor of Cum Laude and a B.F.A in Dance. During her time at Belhaven, Karin had the opportunity to work with numerous guest artists including Vincent Hardy, Whitney Dufrene, Steve Rooks, and Vincas Greene. She was also part of the Dance Ministry Ensemble for two years. DME is an outreach group that performs in numerous venues in the Jackson community including, churches, assisted living centers, and youth homes. Karin teaches ballet and modern technique at Allegro School of Dance in Rochester, MN and Hudson Dance Academy in Hudson, WI. She also acts as a substitute and guest teacher at En Avant in Eau Claire, WI. This is Karin’s second season with AMP, and she is very excited to be dancing with this amazing company.
Laura K Johnson is a performer, choreographer and instructor based in the Twin Cities. She is originally from Rosemount, MN where she was introduced to modern dance in high school and hasn’t looked back since. Laura is a 2016 graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she received the Distinguished Dance Student Award and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Honors. Laura is extremely passionate about dance because she believes it is essentially the art of being alive. As someone who struggles with being present in daily life, Laura finds herself the most content when she lets her mind and body sync together while dancing. Laura currently teaches modern technique at Ballet Royale Minnesota and Deuxmensions Dance Theatre & School during the school year, and recently produced a fringe show, Chapter 23, with some of her closest friends and fellow Gustavus grads. Laura is excited to see where her passion takes her in life and is absolutely thrilled to be dancing in her first season with AMP!
Michaelene Karlen was born in Rochester, Minnesota and began her classical ballet training at age three. At age six she performed with Children’s Dance Theatre in Rochester and danced with them for many years. She continued her training with Minnesota Dance Theatre under the direction of Lise Houlton. She also attended intensives with MDT, Jacobs Pillow, and LINES Ballet. Michaelene graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in May 2016 where she set her own works. She has worked with renowned choreographers such as Jae Man Joo, Michele Wiles, Emery LeCrone, Francesca Harper, Matthew Rushing, Sylvia Waters, among others. Michaelene has danced with Arch Contemporary Ballet in New York City and James Sewell Ballet. She also returned home to Minnesota to run her own skincare company, Ballerina Botanicals. This is her first season with AMP.
Julia Moser-Hardy graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelors in Dance and Psychology, two fields that she feels see people as whole beings. Julia trained for 13 years at the Neta Barker School of Ballet in her hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts, and continued with Modern and Improvisation at St. Olaf College. Julia has had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Alexandra Bellar/Dances, SEVEN DANCE, and has danced in the Minnesota Fringe Festival with independent choreographers Jolene Konkel and Nora Anderson. Julia currently works at CREO Arts & Dance Conservatory as the Events Manager, and teaches at Prairie School of Dance. She is very excited to join AMP this year and get moving!
Brenna Mosser is a Minnesota native who loves the physicality of dance, Laban Movement Analysis and environmental conservation. She went to the Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance for her bachelor’s, and supplemented her degree with a level 3 license in Performance Dance and Arts Management from the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France. On returning home, Brenna joined the Conservation Corps, an Americorps program that focuses on prairie restoration in Minnesota. Alongside AMP, Brenna dances for ARENA Dances and Bernadette Knaeble. She teaches Modern and Jazz at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, and is currently choreographing her first evening-length work based on evolution, science fiction and the environment. Brenna is very excited to be in her first season with AMP!
Stephen Patterson is a dance artist new to the Twin Cities. He is a graduate of CalArts, a member of Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater and is excited to join Alternative Motion Project this season. He enjoys hiking, reading novels and consuming all things chocolate.
Erin Ross was born into a family of musicians. She began studying dance at Ballet Arts Minnesota and Minnesota Dance Theater. At age 16, she became an Apprentice with the Minnesota Dance theater, under the direction of Lise Houlton, where she performed Nutcracker Fantasy, Swingin’ Nutcracker, Rite of Spring, Carnival of the Animals and Swan Lake. She spent summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she received the Fine Arts Award for Ballet, at ABT and Complexions in New York, Houston Ballet and the Dawson/Wallace Dance Project Professional Workshop in Denver. In 2012 she graduated from the Alonzo King Lines Training Program in San Francisco, and soon after moved to Miami to dance with the Dance Now Ensemble for a season. Since returning to the Twin Cities, Erin has danced at the 2013 Fringe Festival in Helen Hatch’s There is no Myth project, and is also pursuing a singing/ songwriting career. Her vocal work has been heard on ads for Minnesota Lottery, Khols, the Gap and her songs have been featured on MPR The Current. She works as an instructor at the Foss Swim School and is thrilled to be joining Alternative Motion Project for her third season.
Jesse Schmitz-Boyd (Rehearsal Director) is a Twin Cities based performer, choreographer and arts educator. This is Jesse's 6th season with Alternative Motion Project. Jesse has also performed locally with Off-Leash Area at the Cowles Center and throughout Minnesota as a part of the company’s Neighborhood Garage Tour. While at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point he danced feature roles in Susan Marshall & Company’s Other Stories and Billy Sigenfeld’s God of Dirt. Upon graduation Jesse toured the Midwest with Chicago based RE| Dance Group performing Michael Estanich’s The Lonely Visitors. Jesse’s choreography has been presented at The Minnesota Fringe Festival, Rochester Ensemble of Dance (R.E.D.), Zenon Dance Zone, The Ritz Theatre, and Movement Arts Day (Eau Claire, WI). Last August he presented 35 Different Angles From Which to Hate Yourself at the Minnesota Fringe Festival with his newly formed performance group Rogue & Rabble Dance. The Start Tribune said it was one of the ten must see shows of the 2017 Fringe. Jesse teaches dance and movement to children and adults at Zenon Dance Company & School, Children’s Theater Company, Ballare Teatro, and Allegro School of Dance & Music. When not dancing Jesse can be found enjoying science fiction television, eating gummy worms or playing pinball. Jesse would like to thank his partner David for his support and love.
Crissy Tolson has danced with numerous Twin Cities artists and companies such as Erinn Liebhard, Loom Lab, Borealis Dance, Tera Kilbride , Pedro Pablo and Non Edwards. She is also passionate about creating her own work as a solo artist and has produced and directed two shows, here i am and Duality. Her performance has been highlighted by the Star Tribune: "She commanded such presence...articulating emotions with precision...downright terrifying". Crissy holds a BFA in Dance from George Mason University and most recently went to Amsterdam to study improvisation composition under Katie Duck. She is excited to move and groove in her first season with AMP!
Bridgett Tegen began her professional dance training at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she holds a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Women's studies with Honors. In Milwaukee, she performed with Gerald Casel (Stephen Petronio Company) and the site-specific company, Wild Space Dance. Since returning to Minneapolis, Bridgett has apprenticed with ARENA Dances in addition to participating in miscellaneous projects with Paula Mann, Mad King Thomas and BodyCartography. Bridgett is grateful to be performing in a thriving dance community and is excited to be back on stage with the AMP for her fourth season!
Lauren Vanchina received her BA in Dance and Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2014. While at Iowa, Lauren immersed herself in several aspects of dance study: she studied dance history and theory as an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates Fellow under the guidance of dance scholar Rebekah Kowal, taught the kiddos how to shuffle with the University of Iowa Youth Ballet, and performed across Iowa as a member of Dancers in Company. She has performed in works by Charlotte Adams, Gabriel Anderson, Jennifer Kayle, Alan Sener, Lisa Gonzales, Ester Baker-Tarpaga, and Olivier Tarpaga. Lauren interned with Dance Magazine in the summer of 2013, and her contributions to the magazine appear in several issues from late that year. Since moving to Minneapolis, Lauren has performed work by Joanna Lees, Kristin Howe, Jesse-Schimtz Boyd, and Penny Freeh. Currently, she balances (or tries to balance) dance with pursuing an MSW at the University of Minnesota. She is thrilled to be a part of AMP!