Adriane Brayton, is the Co-Artistic Director of Continuum Dance Project, which received a 2020 Live Arts Boston Grant from The Boston Foundation and the 2017 Winter Residency from The Boston Center for the Arts. Born in Boston, Adriane’s work has been performed in The Eustice Estate (Milton, MA), Pao Arts Center (Chinatown, MA), at Emerson College (Boston, MA), Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME), The Sanctuary Theater (Cambridge, MA), Tufts University (Medford, MA), Third Life Studios (Somerville, MA), The Museum of Science (Boston, MA), The Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), Green Street Studios (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 Beheard.world, 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.
Haissan Booth’s first major influences came from his then idol Sir David Vaughan, Haissan was welcomed as a member of Sir David Vaughan’s Hip-Hop dance troop. Where he street performed with the troop and had the opportunity to perform at the Apollo Theater in New York City. By age fifteen Haissan, began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy, where his true passion for the art of dance had evolved. training in Classical ballet, Modern, Jazz, and West African dance. Haissan was offered numerous Scholarship Awards such as American Ballet Theater, Atlanta Ballet, performing in various works from The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Continuo by Balanchine and Psalm/Mazurkas by José Limon. In 2014 Haissan traveled to Mexico City Cholula for ArcDanz summer intensive on full scholarship and became ambassador of the United States after performing in the Museo Soumaya. After graduating from the Boston Arts Academy, Mr. Booth furthered his dance education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford. Haissan’s professional credits include Gate City Ballet, StreetHype, Beheard.world, and BoSoma Dance Company. Haissan Booth joined Mystique Illusions Dance Theatre in 2016 and Continuum Dance Project in 2018.
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 Beheard.world. 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.
Mary Ellen Liacos was raised in New Hampshire and began her dance training with New England Civic Ballet, New Hampshire School of Ballet and New England School of Dance, as well as studying under Lara Little. She then moved to Boston and trained at Boston Arts Academy in high school. After graduating, she furthered her dance training at the Boston Conservatory as well as Columbia College. She feels privileged to have studied with incredible dance educators, including Olivier Besson, Fernadina Chan, Leslie Koval, Liz Lapuh, Daniel McCusker, Tommy Neblett, Diane Noya, Jennifer Scanlon, Donna Silva, Adriana Suarez , Jimmy, Vierra and Leslie Woodies, among many others. She grew as a dancer through programs such as Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, RiverNorth Dance Company, Boston Dance Company and Thodos Dance. She also has been fortunate enough to have performed works choreographed by Adriane Brayton, Fernadina Chan, Sean Curran, Joe Gonzales, Jose Limon, Perdo Ruiz, Nathan Trice, Jimmy Vierra, and many others. She has taught ballet and creative movement at Boston Arts Academy and at Spontaneous Celebrations. She currently dances with Beheard.world and Continuum Dance Project. Mary Ellen is Studio Director of Smartbody Movement, a USPA Authentic Pilates teacher, and a GYROTONIC® Method Certified Instructor.
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.
Myrna Balk’s (Visual Artist) first efforts began as an artist sculpting in steel; later expanding to other materials such as clay, wood, bamboo and printmaking. Balk’s sculptures are often allegorical and abstract, often seen in parks, ponds and public places, exploring the environment in which they were shown. A trained social worker, Balk’s work often surrounds social issues. She has exhibited nationally and internationally most notably in Nepal and China.
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.