DANCING ARTISTS

  ELISE ELLEN ERICKSEN   Elise earned a BFA in dance performance and a minor in psychology at East Carolina University in 2013. Born and raised in Chicago, she has gotten to take intensives with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, and Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Since moving back to Chicago, she has danced with Renegade Dance Architects (of Chicago) and Subconscious Development Motion Project. She is glad to be back for another season with Tiffany Lawson Dance!  *Photo by Hillary Sandrock

ELISE ELLEN ERICKSEN

Elise earned a BFA in dance performance and a minor in psychology at East Carolina University in 2013. Born and raised in Chicago, she has gotten to take intensives with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, and Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Since moving back to Chicago, she has danced with Renegade Dance Architects (of Chicago) and Subconscious Development Motion Project. She is glad to be back for another season with Tiffany Lawson Dance!

*Photo by Hillary Sandrock

  VON SMITH   This is Von’s first season with Tiffany Lawson Dance. Von recently premiered Captured by choreographers Kimberly Baker and Charlique Rolle. He is also a company member with Ardent Dance Company.  *Photo by Hillary Sandrock

VON SMITH

This is Von’s first season with Tiffany Lawson Dance. Von recently premiered Captured by choreographers Kimberly Baker and Charlique Rolle. He is also a company member with Ardent Dance Company.

*Photo by Hillary Sandrock

  MARY WATERMAN   Mary began her dance training at age four in New York. As a child she moved to California and studied classical ballet at Menlo Park Academy of Dance. She continued her dance education as her family moved to Texas, and then studied ballet at the Istituto Superiore Danza in Albano, Italy, South of Rome. Since coming to the Chicago area, she has broadened her dance education at local studios, including Visceral Dance, Lou Conte (Hubbard Street), and Barrington Dance Academy. This is her first season with Tiffany Lawson Dance. She is thrilled by the opportunity to explore a new style and new venues at Tiffany Lawson Dance.  *Photo by Hillary Sandrock

MARY WATERMAN

Mary began her dance training at age four in New York. As a child she moved to California and studied classical ballet at Menlo Park Academy of Dance. She continued her dance education as her family moved to Texas, and then studied ballet at the Istituto Superiore Danza in Albano, Italy, South of Rome. Since coming to the Chicago area, she has broadened her dance education at local studios, including Visceral Dance, Lou Conte (Hubbard Street), and Barrington Dance Academy. This is her first season with Tiffany Lawson Dance. She is thrilled by the opportunity to explore a new style and new venues at Tiffany Lawson Dance.

*Photo by Hillary Sandrock

  MANDY WORK WETZEL   Mandy Work Wetzel lives in Chicago. She is a performer, producer, and filmmaker. She teaches Pilates and loves to travel with her husband and friends. Thanks to TLD for having me along for the ride this season!*  *Photo by Hillary Sandrock

MANDY WORK WETZEL

Mandy Work Wetzel lives in Chicago. She is a performer, producer, and filmmaker. She teaches Pilates and loves to travel with her husband and friends. Thanks to TLD for having me along for the ride this season!*

*Photo by Hillary Sandrock

music artists

  NICHOLAS DAVIO (Guitar, Composer for Artist in Residence Stephanie Unger)

NICHOLAS DAVIO (Guitar, Composer for Artist in Residence Stephanie Unger)

  SIXTO FRANCO (Music Director)   Mr. Franco is an active performer, teacher, and composer and is very excited to be acting as the Music Director for Tiffany Lawson Dance. Recently appointed the newest member of the 5th House Ensemble, Mr. Franco has performed with local ensembles such as the Eight Black Bird and the International Chamber Artists ensembles, Camerata Chicago, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and the New Millennium Orchestra. He has been a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Symbiosis Ensemble in L.A., and Camerata Musicalis in Spain, Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra, and the Shleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, among others.  Sixto Franco has released three albums titled “ Latinoamerica”  (2015), “ Quartango”  (2016), and “ Fareed Haque and Kaia String Quartet”  (2018) as a member of the Chicago based Kaia String Quartet. As chamber music performer, Sixto has also appeared at the Latino Music Festival of Chicago, performing at the Pritzker Theater, Fullerton Hall of the Chicago Arts Institute, Mayne Stage, University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, and with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Fareed Haque, Ernie Adams, and Rick Ferguson.  As a composer, Sixto Franco has written different mediums such as chamber music, theater, and dance. He made his debut in February 2011 premiering his work, “ Blanco y Negro ” at a Cancer Benefit Concert promoted by the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles. The “malArte Association,” Spain, premiered his piece “ Five O’Clock Tabu”  as the soundtrack for the interdisciplinary work with the same title. His last collaboration included Chicago’s Tiffany Lawson Dance, resulting in the creation of “ a Calm PANIC”  for solo viola and dancer. Future engagements include: “ Unchained Melodies”  and “ Journey Live”  at Ball State University, and the world premiere of Kevin Hartnett’s Viola Concerto.  Sixto Franco is a Master Graduate from Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and has earned a Performance Degree in Chamber Music Studies at Northern Illinois University.

SIXTO FRANCO (Music Director)

Mr. Franco is an active performer, teacher, and composer and is very excited to be acting as the Music Director for Tiffany Lawson Dance. Recently appointed the newest member of the 5th House Ensemble, Mr. Franco has performed with local ensembles such as the Eight Black Bird and the International Chamber Artists ensembles, Camerata Chicago, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and the New Millennium Orchestra. He has been a member of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Symbiosis Ensemble in L.A., and Camerata Musicalis in Spain, Barcelona Symphonic Orchestra, and the Shleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra, among others.

Sixto Franco has released three albums titled “Latinoamerica” (2015), “Quartango” (2016), and “Fareed Haque and Kaia String Quartet” (2018) as a member of the Chicago based Kaia String Quartet. As chamber music performer, Sixto has also appeared at the Latino Music Festival of Chicago, performing at the Pritzker Theater, Fullerton Hall of the Chicago Arts Institute, Mayne Stage, University of Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, and with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Fareed Haque, Ernie Adams, and Rick Ferguson.

As a composer, Sixto Franco has written different mediums such as chamber music, theater, and dance. He made his debut in February 2011 premiering his work, “Blanco y Negro” at a Cancer Benefit Concert promoted by the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles. The “malArte Association,” Spain, premiered his piece “Five O’Clock Tabu” as the soundtrack for the interdisciplinary work with the same title. His last collaboration included Chicago’s Tiffany Lawson Dance, resulting in the creation of “a Calm PANIC” for solo viola and dancer. Future engagements include: “Unchained Melodies” and “Journey Live” at Ball State University, and the world premiere of Kevin Hartnett’s Viola Concerto.

Sixto Franco is a Master Graduate from Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and has earned a Performance Degree in Chamber Music Studies at Northern Illinois University.

  SCOTT HARGIS (Resident Composer)   Scott is a trombonist and composer in Chicago. He appears as a soloist with the Shout Section Big Band and Brandon James and Soulogy as well as many jobbing and recording gigs. He has many recordings of his playing on iTunes as well as several commercial arrangements with local bands such as Brandon James and Soulogy, Doko Benjo, Metrovox, The Getouts, and several others. Hargis has debuted three short pieces with Tiffany Lawson Dance as well as the one-act ballet, PRIMARY.  *Photo by Hillary Sandrock

SCOTT HARGIS (Resident Composer)

Scott is a trombonist and composer in Chicago. He appears as a soloist with the Shout Section Big Band and Brandon James and Soulogy as well as many jobbing and recording gigs. He has many recordings of his playing on iTunes as well as several commercial arrangements with local bands such as Brandon James and Soulogy, Doko Benjo, Metrovox, The Getouts, and several others. Hargis has debuted three short pieces with Tiffany Lawson Dance as well as the one-act ballet, PRIMARY.

*Photo by Hillary Sandrock

  JUAN HORIE (Cello)   Juan Horie is a Venezuelan/American Cellist who was trained in Venezuela's acclaimed SISTEMA, studying modern cello in the Academia Latinoamericana de Violoncello with Maestros Leandro Bandres and William Molina Cestari. Following his passion for Ancient Music he entered the Latin American Academy of Ancient Music (ALMA) and studied baroque cello with Maestro Manuel Hernandez. While Juan was studying at IUDEM and Simon Bolivar Conservatory, he was a member of the Teresa Carreño Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Simón Bolívar Baroque Orchestra. His international engagements as member of the Teresa Carreño Youth Symphony Orchestra include playing at the Beethoven Fest in Bonn, Salzburg Festspiele, Teatro Alla Scala of Milan, Berlin Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Concergebouw in Amsterdam, among other halls in Europe and Asia under the batons of renowned conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Christian Vasquez... As a member of the Simon Bolivar Baroque Orchestra (formerly known as Espiritu Barroco), he had the opportunity to share stage with ancient music specialists such as Marshall Marcus, Gaetano Nassilo, Alfredo Bernardini, Robin Michael, Roger Hamilton. As a student he joined the Cello Sections of professional orchestras the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Venezuela as Substitute on several occasions. In 2015 he wins a chair in the cello section of the Teresa Carreno Symphony Orchestra, a professional orchestra constituted by a national selection of the third generation of musicians formed in Venezuela’s SISTEMA. In 2017 Juan is forced to emigrate from Venezuela to escape from the political/economical/social situation and moves to the United States. He now resides in Chicago and works for Ravinia Festival the Associate String Conductor in the Lake County Nucleo of Sistema Ravinia and enjoys performing chamber music as a freelance musician in the Chicago Land area

JUAN HORIE (Cello)

Juan Horie is a Venezuelan/American Cellist who was trained in Venezuela's acclaimed SISTEMA, studying modern cello in the Academia Latinoamericana de Violoncello with Maestros Leandro Bandres and William Molina Cestari. Following his passion for Ancient Music he entered the Latin American Academy of Ancient Music (ALMA) and studied baroque cello with Maestro Manuel Hernandez. While Juan was studying at IUDEM and Simon Bolivar Conservatory, he was a member of the Teresa Carreño Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Simón Bolívar Baroque Orchestra. His international engagements as member of the Teresa Carreño Youth Symphony Orchestra include playing at the Beethoven Fest in Bonn, Salzburg Festspiele, Teatro Alla Scala of Milan, Berlin Philharmonie, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Concergebouw in Amsterdam, among other halls in Europe and Asia under the batons of renowned conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Christian Vasquez... As a member of the Simon Bolivar Baroque Orchestra (formerly known as Espiritu Barroco), he had the opportunity to share stage with ancient music specialists such as Marshall Marcus, Gaetano Nassilo, Alfredo Bernardini, Robin Michael, Roger Hamilton. As a student he joined the Cello Sections of professional orchestras the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Venezuela as Substitute on several occasions. In 2015 he wins a chair in the cello section of the Teresa Carreno Symphony Orchestra, a professional orchestra constituted by a national selection of the third generation of musicians formed in Venezuela’s SISTEMA. In 2017 Juan is forced to emigrate from Venezuela to escape from the political/economical/social situation and moves to the United States. He now resides in Chicago and works for Ravinia Festival the Associate String Conductor in the Lake County Nucleo of Sistema Ravinia and enjoys performing chamber music as a freelance musician in the Chicago Land area

  RICH CLARK (Company Accompanist)

RICH CLARK (Company Accompanist)

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

  STEPHANIE UNGER (Artist in Residence)   Stephanie Unger is a choreographer based in Oakland, California. She is originally from Florida, where she graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. After receiving her B.A. in English, with honors, from the University of Florida, Stephanie moved to Chicago to pursue a dance performance career.  In Chicago, Stephanie danced, choreographed, directed, and taught all over the city. She studied with River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, and the Actors' Gym. As a dancer, she performed for Matter of Reaction Movement Project, Matter Dance Company, Alliance Dance Company, Renegade Dance Architects, and Innervation Dance Cooperative. She was a rehearsal assistant and resident choreographer for Alliance Dance Company and part of the Artistic Cooperative board for IDC. At IDC, Stephanie was the Touring and Outreach Director for two years, during which she helped to found the touring branch of the company--IDC SPEAKS. As an independent choreographer, Stephanie's work was seen at Dance Chicago, Chicago Fringe Artists' Networking Night, Elgin Arts Festival, and Harmony Festival with Tiffany Lawson Dance.  After moving to Oakland, Stephanie continued to work as a choreographer, making her Bay Area debut by self-producing a sold-out evening length show, "Being Left, Leaving, and Being," in December 2017. In the last year, Stephanie's work from that show has been featured at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, the Spring Salon at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, East Bay DANCES (hosted by Oakland Ballet Company), and smaller gatherings including Open Floor at Glenwood Dance Studio in Chicago. In 2018, she has held three residencies in San Francisco: two for LEVYdance's LEVYsalons and a summer residency at SAFEhouse for the Arts.  She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented dancers and at Tiffany Lawson Dance and keep a connection with the Chicago dance community.

STEPHANIE UNGER (Artist in Residence)

Stephanie Unger is a choreographer based in Oakland, California. She is originally from Florida, where she graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. After receiving her B.A. in English, with honors, from the University of Florida, Stephanie moved to Chicago to pursue a dance performance career.

In Chicago, Stephanie danced, choreographed, directed, and taught all over the city. She studied with River North Dance Chicago, Thodos Dance Chicago, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, and the Actors' Gym. As a dancer, she performed for Matter of Reaction Movement Project, Matter Dance Company, Alliance Dance Company, Renegade Dance Architects, and Innervation Dance Cooperative. She was a rehearsal assistant and resident choreographer for Alliance Dance Company and part of the Artistic Cooperative board for IDC. At IDC, Stephanie was the Touring and Outreach Director for two years, during which she helped to found the touring branch of the company--IDC SPEAKS. As an independent choreographer, Stephanie's work was seen at Dance Chicago, Chicago Fringe Artists' Networking Night, Elgin Arts Festival, and Harmony Festival with Tiffany Lawson Dance.

After moving to Oakland, Stephanie continued to work as a choreographer, making her Bay Area debut by self-producing a sold-out evening length show, "Being Left, Leaving, and Being," in December 2017. In the last year, Stephanie's work from that show has been featured at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco, the Spring Salon at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, East Bay DANCES (hosted by Oakland Ballet Company), and smaller gatherings including Open Floor at Glenwood Dance Studio in Chicago. In 2018, she has held three residencies in San Francisco: two for LEVYdance's LEVYsalons and a summer residency at SAFEhouse for the Arts.

She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented dancers and at Tiffany Lawson Dance and keep a connection with the Chicago dance community.