Choreographer Spotlight - 2017

Curious to find out more about the 2017 Annual Community Dance Concert choreographers?

 

We have the scoop! 

MEG WIDMER

Nickname: Megaliscous Belly Dance Meg

Where are you from? New England (Massachusetts, NH, Maine)

How or Why did you start dancing? I began belly dancing in 2005, but before that I grew up performing in musical theatre as a singer, actress, techie, orchestra member, and sometimes choreographer, although I had no formal dance training before I began belly dancing and my involvement in SDT.

Why did you decide to join Steamboat Dance Theatre? I used to come as an audience member and was mesmerized by the belly dance that I saw. I started to learn from Dawn Cook in 2005 and in 2007 I joined as a rookie dancer because I HAD to perform belly dance in the show.

What do you do when you are not dancing? I am a mom and a pediatric RN

How many years have you participated in Steamboat Dance Theatre? Between 10 & 15 years.

How many years have you choreographed for the Annual Concert? This is year 8, 5 have been collaborations.

Share one fun fact about yourself that people may not know about you: Hahaha I have supernumerary nipples. Like the goddesses. I'm a goddess.

MICHELLE

Name: Michelle

Where are you from? Portland, OR

How or Why did you start dancing? 
I started dancing when I was in 8th grade. I loved responding to music through movement, and still do. I continued dancing through high school and college. 

Why did you decide to join Steamboat Dance Theatre? Why wouldn't I?! It's a great, inclusive organization and it provides an outlet for my passion for dance. I also wanted to meet people and be involved in the Steamboat community. 

What do you do when you are not dancing? Depends on the day! If it's during the week, I work and attempt to workout. If it's the weekend, I try and attend events, explore, or spend time with friends.

How many years have you participated in Steamboat Dance Theatre? Between zero and 3 years. 

How many years have you choreographed for the Annual Concert? First Year - Choreographer Virgin

Share one fun fact about yourself that people may not know about you: 
I've had the exciting opportunity to sing in Carnegie Hall twice. Quite magical!

DZ

Name: Danielle "D" Zimmerer

Where are you from? Colorado Springs

How or Why did you start dancing? 
I started dancing three years ago with SDT - because a few friends were in the show and spoke so highly of the expierence and I have always loved to dance. Ask anybody

Why did you decide to join Steamboat Dance Theatre? I love to get involved with local organizations and this one offered a performance opportunity that I was excited about!

What do you do when you are not dancing? I like to attend workout classes - hang with my boyfriend and dog - travel - photography - online shop -hang out in Steamboat

How many years have you participated in Steamboat Dance Theatre? Between 4 and 6 years. 

How many years have you choreographed for the Annual Concert? 2 Years

Share one fun fact about yourself that people may not know about you: 
Im a big fan of popcorn



Laraine Martin

Name: Laraine "Larry" Martin

Where are you from? Grand Haven, MI

How or Why did you start dancing? When I was really young I started taking ballet and tap where I grew up in Michigan. I think at that point, it's the pink sparkly tutus that piqued my interest the most!


Why did you decide to join Steamboat Dance Theatre?  I had a couple of close friends in town who had participated in past years, but I'd never been to the show. I watched a DVD of a past performance at some point and I vowed right then and there to make it a part of my life.

What are you doing when you are not dancing? Think about dancing. JUST KIDDING! I'm mountain biking, hiking, trail running, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, and basically just enjoying the Colorado outdoors (and beyond) for their enormous motivating and healing powers!

How many years have you participated in Steamboat Dance Theatre? Between 4 & 6 years. 

How many years have you choreographed for the Annual Concert? 2 years

Share one fun fact about yourself that people may not know about you: I'
ve lived on the African continent for several combined years of my life. Also, I can fit my whole fist in my mouth.


Rose Ashes

Name: Rose Ashes

Where are you from? New York

How or Why did you start dancing? My grandmother was a professional ballerina and encouraged my mother to put me in a very strict Russian ballet program at about 4 years old. Dance and acrobatics have always been a secondary focus in my baton twirling training. My mother is a competitive baton twirling coach and was the inspiration for my involvement in flow arts <3


Why did you decide to join Steamboat Dance Theatre? I wanted to share my passion fruit flow arts with the local dance community.

What do you do when you are not dancing? Working at Soda Creek Elementary School, coaching gymnastics at excel, teaching snowsports, teaching swim lessons at OTHS, skiing trees, doing yoga, spinning fire & glow props, organizing flow arts community events like SundaySpin Jam at Sundance Studio.

How many years have you participated in Steamboat Dance Theatre? Between zero and 3 years. 

How many years have you choreographed for the Annual Concert? First Year Choreographer Virgin!

Share one fun fact about yourself that people may not know about you: I taught snowsports for 7 years at Hunter mtn in the Catskills in NY before moving here.


Mandy Quinoes

Name: Amanda "Mandy Quinoa" Quinones

Where are you from? Steamboat Springs . . . 

I left for college and then came back. Curse of the valley? I really love this town, I think the mountain and snowboarding had a lot to do with me coming back, then I found this incredible dance community. I think Steamboat is a really rare find, it's beautiful, it's a ski town but actually has a community and I'm constantly blown away by the amount of support for the arts such a small town fosters.

How or Why did you start dancing? In my living room or on stage? I've always loved to dance. I started attending classes at Let's Dance off and on starting in elementary school and carrying through high school. Once I could drive I began coming to Steamboat for more diverse classes. I didn't dance after high school until about three years ago when I joined Steamboat Dance Theatre.

Why did you decide to join Steamboat Dance Theatre? I was actually attending a "hip hop cardio" class and the teacher (who I've since become good friends with thanks to dance) encouraged me to audition. I took her advice and danced in two pieces that year, one of them being a piece she choreographed.

What do you do when you are not dancing? In the winter I love to snowboard, in the summer I enjoy hiking with my dog. I also like to draw and crochet when I'm indoors.

How many years have you participated in Steamboat Dance Theatre? Between zero and 3 years. 

How many years have you choreographed for the Annual Concert? First year - Choreographer Virgin!

Share one fun fact about yourself that people may not know about you: 
I graduated from CSU with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I did my research hours at CSU in a cognitive neuroscience EEG lab, and I initially thought I wanted to continue my education in cog neuro before I moved back to Steamboat.