Performing Artists

Adriane Brayton, is the Co-Artistic Director of Continuum Dance Project, and a 2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow Finalist. Born in Boston, Adriane’s work has been performed at The Eustice Estate (Milton, MA), Pao Arts Center (Chinatown, MA), Emerson College (Boston, MA), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), Tufts University (Medford, MA), The Museum of Science (Boston, MA), The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), Boston Center for The Arts (Boston, MA) and Boston University (Boston, MA). She attended the Boston Arts Academy and Connecticut College, where she received BAs in Biological Sciences and Dance.  In 2017 she completed a 3 year guest artist residency for the Expansive Meanings and Makings in Art Science Project in partnership with the The National Science Foundation. Adriane’s professional credits include, Weberdance, and Continuum Dance Project. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), a United States Pilates Association Certified Instructor, and a GYROKINESIS® Method Certified Instructor.

Fernadina Chan was the founding artistic dean and chair of the dance department of Boston Arts Academy. She has taught at English High School and at the State University of New York in Binghamton. After retiring from BPS, Ms. Chan founded “Continuum Dance Project” as a laboratory for choreography with BAA alumni in 2013, and was awarded the 2017 Boston Center for the Arts Choreographer Residency. She received her B.A. in Physics from Southern Illinois University; M.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois; and M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Conant Fellow. She is a certified GYROKINESIS® and GYROTONIC® teacher. Ms. Chan has received numerous awards: most notably “Distinguished Arts Educator in Dance” from Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education in 1999; Teacher of the Year from the International Network of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education in 2005; Boston Educator of the Year in 2011, and 2013 Dance Champion from Boston Dance Alliance. She was also awarded a Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship in 2001 and a Fund for Teachers grant in 2012.  As an artist, Ms. Chan’s performance and choreographic credits include television, film and stage in Hong Kong, the US, and Canada. She founded and directed the East/West Dance Theater in 1977 until 1988. Mandala Folk Dance Ensemble and the MJT Dance Company have performed her works. Ms. Chan and her partner Jen-Jen Lin was commissioned by Dance Umbrella to create a new work for 1993’s “Boston Moves.” Her recent works including the commission of Vision for New England College of Optometry and Jia Zi created during her BAA Artist Teacher fellowship focus on experimentation with technology. Collaborating with composer Lisa Bielawa, her last project “Collective Melodies in Fragments” for BAA’s 2012 Benefit Gala blends virtual and real in an unconventional space.

Mayra Hernandez was born and raised in Boston where she began dancing at a young age. Mayra’s training led her to Boston Arts Academy where her growth as an artist started and further continued at Smith College. It was in college that Mayra realized that her calling in life was to engage the community through movement and arts education. After graduating from Smith with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance and Sociology, Mayra returned to Boston.  She began her professional dance career as a member of Fly by Night Dance Theatre, eventually leading her to work with BoSoma Dance Company, Continuum Dance Project and Throughout Mayra’s dance career she has had the opportunity to work with world renown, influential choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Ronald K. Brown and many others. After tending to her need to dance professionally, Mayra decided to focus on her teaching career, while exploring ways to give back to her community. Mayra first started teaching dance in and around Boston at local community centers, dance schools and afterschool programs. Mayra’s work in the community eventually lead her to become the Director of Dance at Brookline High School, where she currently serves the needs of dancers and future choreographers. Mayra is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) who uses movement as means for her students to listen to their bodies, move with intention, accept change, and cultivate a deep sense of gratitude for life. Mayra’s innate love for the arts has inspired her to pursue her M. Ed. in Community Arts at Lesley University. At Lesley she is exploring movement as a vehicle to expand the role of the arts to be a connective force between individuals and communities. Mayra is thrilled to be dancing in Continuum Dance Project along side a fierce group of dancers led by influential choreographers.

Jennifer Roberts is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College where she began her formal training in dance. Throughout her career she’s encountered many forms of dance and the different pedagogies for engaging and teaching movers. When not in the studio, Jennifer can be found indulging in good fiction, good food, or a good nap.

Lonnie Stanton is a proud native Hawaiian raised in rural Northern California and based in Boston. Lonnie has been committed to dance education with a strong somatic focus as well as a professional contemporary performance career since graduating from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance (2009). She has completed her 200 hour yoga certification through Yogaworks (2011). For 10 years she worked with Prometheus Dance performing and teaching with the company. Lonnie is a freelance dancer currently  performing with Jean Appolon Expressions, Peter DiMuro/ Public Displays of Motion, Callie Chapman, Lynn Model, and Continuum Dance Project. During her time dancing in NYC, she worked with Kinesis Project Dance Theater focusing solely on site specific performance. Stanton is passionate about sharing dance in unconventional, often outdoor spaces where a broad audience can be reached. She was thrilled to choreograph auditory movement maps for the American Repertory Theater’s: Arboretum Experience (2021) and be rewarded the Live Arts Boston Grant (2022) for her collaborative augmented reality project: Emotive Land. She has also produced and structured dance for film or public space for the Somerville Arts Council, Neoscape (advertisement), Tamara Al- Mashouk, Silvi Naci, Moe Pope, Linda Tegg, and Toni Lester (all visual or sound artists). Stanton is on faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, The Harvard Dance Center, and Deborah Mason School of Dance. Bringing dance education into public schools through Notes in Motion, New York City Ballet, and Boston Ballet has been especially rewarding to Lonnie.

Visual Artists

Michael Alfano (Sculptor) is known for creating figurative and surrealistic sculpture that goes beyond the literal, adapting the figure to convey philosophical ideas and abstract concepts. He creates art that relates to the everyday, yet causes people to experience, think, and understand life more fully. In the Northeast, Alfano has more than a dozen public sculptures, including George Brown at the start line of the Boston Marathon, and five sculptures at the Museum of Science in Boston. At juried exhibitions, he has won over 80 awards, including the designation “Sculptor of the Year.” 

Soyoung L Kim’s (Visual Artist) mixed media and installation practice converges memories of the past, the feeling of the present, and the dreams of the future. Transforming forgotten materials into something new, Kim draws inspiration from her art-adjacent practice as a writer to create dynamic, ethereal compositions scattered with poignant textual references. She currently lives and works in Boston, MA.

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