Company Bios

Celine Berthaud, a native Bostonian, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason Univerity. She began her formal dance training at the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center and graduated from Boston Arts Academy as a dance major. She has attended The Ailey School Summer Intensive in 2010, the Jacob’s Pillow Hip Hop Continuum Program, and studied at the Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts for two sumers. As a member of the Mason Dance Company, Celine has participated in guest works by Camille A. Brown, Kate Skarpetowska, William Smith III, Christopher d’Amboise, Erika Pujic, Robert Battle, Mark Morris, and Karen Reedy. Her piece, “Sidewalk Stories” was chosen to be a part of the 2014 Mid-Atlantic American College Dance Festival.

Adriane Brayton, born in Boston, began dancing at a young age with Anna Myer, and Boston Dance Company. She has been honored to perform the works of Jose Limon, Pedro Ruiz, Nathan Trice, David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Shani Collins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Nicholas Leichter, Colleen Thomas, Laura Dean and Kyle Abraham. Her work has been performed at the Central Square Theater, Green Street Studios, Emerson College, Tufts University, and Boston University. After graduating from Connecticut College in 2011 with BAs in Dance and Biological Sciences, Adriane moved to Boston to follow her passion for dance and choreography. She is currently pursuing a license in Massage Therapy. Adriane is extremely excited to be working with Continuum, Weberdance, and Anna Myer and Dancers.

Demetrius Burns graduated from Boston Arts Academy in 2012. While in high school, he attended Bates Dance Festival on full scholarship. He is currently a junior dance major at the Boston Conservatory where he has performed in works by Danny Buraczeski, Richard Colton, Karole Armitage, Mark Morris and Uri Sand.

Fernadina Chan was the founding artistic dean and chair of the dance department of Boston Arts Academy. She had 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 alum in 2013. 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.

Fedner Dorrelus graduated from Boston Arts Academy in 2009 as a dance major. Since his graduation, Fedner continues to dance and teach dance in Boston. He has been named teacher of the year by OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center this year.

Sharon Frometa is from Roxbury, Massachusetts and has her Bachelors in Performing Arts from George Mason University(GMU) in Fairfax, VA. She began her formal training at the Boston Arts Academy in 2006. While attending BAA she was in works by Robert Battle, Tai Jimenez, and John Leher. She also attended various summer intensives such as Bates Dance Festival, Boston Conservatory Summer Intensive and master classes by Nathan Trice, Sidra Bell and Pascal Rioult. While at GMU she’s been fortunate to perform pieces by Bill T. Jones, Ohad Naharin, Boris Willis, Billy Smith, Camille Brown, Robert Battle, Karen Reedy and many more. In 2013, her piece Everything Must Change was selected to be presented at the American College Dance Festival Gala performance in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has also been awarded for Excellence in Performance in 2014 from the School of dance at GMU. She is now touring the country with professional singer and dancer Mya and wishes to continue her artistry in all forms of dance.

Mayra Hernandez was born and raised in Boston where she began dancing at young age. Mayra’s training lead her to Boston Arts Academy where her growth as an artist started and further continued at Smith College, graduating with a B.A. in Dance and Sociology. Mayra returned to Boston after graduation and began her professional dance career as a member of Fly by Night Dance Theatre, an aerial dance company based in NY. She also was a member of BoSoma Dance Company, directed by Katherine Hooper and Irada Djelassi. Throughout Mayra’s dance career she has had the opportunity to work with world renown choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, David Parsons, Ronald K. Brown, David Dorfman and Rosangela Silvestre. When not rehearsing with Continuum Dance Project, Mayra can be found teaching dance at Brookline High School and coordinating the Alumni Creative Corps Teaching-Artist Residency Program at the Center for Arts in Education at Boston Arts Academy. Mayra is very excited to start her first season as a founding member of Continuum Dance Project.

This is her first season with Continuum Dance Project. A New Hampshire native, Mary Ellen Liacos moved to Boston in high school to pursue her dance career. She attended and trained at Boston Arts Academy and Boston Conservatory. She has been fortunate enough to have studied with extraordinary dance educators such as Diane Arvanites, Olivier Besson, Fernadina Chan, Leslie Koval, Daniel McCusker, William McLaughlin, Tommy Neblett, Sheryl Pollard-Thomas, Jennifer Scanlon, Donna Silva, Adriana Suarez, Jimmy Vierra, and Leslie Woodies. She feels honored to have been featured in works by choreographers such as Pedro Ruiz, and Nathan Trice. Mary Ellen graduated from UMASS Boston with a degree in Women’s and Gender Studies and has been recognized for her work in arts and social activism. She currently works with several nonprofits in Boston that raise social consciousness and bring about communal awareness through arts education for youth such as La Pinata of Spontaneous Celebrations, The Hoop Suite Project and Hyde Square Task Force. Mary Ellen presently works in Boston Public Schools teaching dance and creative movement. Mary Ellen is grateful to also have been working and dancing for Anna Myer and Dancers since 2013 and while she has worked with Fernadina Chan for many years she is excited to be a part of the inauguration of Continuum Dance Project.

Noelle Patten, a native Bostonian, graduated from Boston Art Academy in 2006 as a dance major. There she had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Nathan Trice, Pedro Ruiz, Sean Curran and Marianne Harkless. Studying under the direction of Fernadina Chan, William McLaughlin and Sheryl Thomas, she fell in love with choreographing and performing. Noelle continued her education at Marymount Manhattan College, earning a B.F.A in Modern Dance in May 2010. While attending MMC, she was a member of the Marymount Manhattan Dance Company and worked with Take Dance, Edgar Zendajas, David Parsons, Robert Battle and Katherine Duke. After graduating, Noelle continued to dance in New York City, working with Nathan Trice Rituals as a guest artist, and Athena Reich as a backup dancer. She has choreographed for SparrowTree Theatre Company in Brooklyn, NY. Noelle was also featured in Athena Reich’s music video ‘The Logical Song’ and had the opportunity of performing the piece live at the OUTMusic Awards in New York City. Last year, Noelle was a company member in Impact Dance Companies third season. Currently, She is a teaching artist at Boston Arts Academy (BAA) through the Alumni Creative Corps at the Center for Arts in Education; and is a company member in Jazz Inc Dance. This past Spring she became the first recipient of ChanDance Choreographic Fellowship to create a new work on BAA students.

Gabriela Silva is a Boston-based performer, choreographer and teaching artist. She received her dance training from OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, Boston Arts Academy and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Since then, she has worked with Quicksilver Dance, SELMADANSE, Danza Organica, Jean Appolon Expressions, Emily Beattie, Peter DiMuro and Reggie Wilson. Gabriela is the co-founder of Costasis Arts Collective.

Guest Artists:

Olivier Besson is an improviser and a choreographer who hails from France and is on faculty at the Boston Conservatory. Using Improvisational technologies, he currently directs a group of Boston Conservatory Alums. He will present the outcome in a series of performances at Green Street Studios (October 5th) and the Boston Conservatory (October 4th). His work has been presented in France, Taiwan, Russia, Japan and the US.

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