Dana Livermore

Dana Livermore is a dance-maker turned arts administrator. Since moving to Durham in 2014, she has immersed herself in the creative community as a dancer, choreographer, project manager, stage manager, and web designer for independent dance artists, arts organizations and nonprofits within the Triangle, including ShaLeigh Dance Works, Durham Independent Dance Artists, and Tobacco Road Dance. Dana has recently worked with the North Carolina Presenters Consortium as the Interim Executive Director to successfully host the 2021 ArtsMarket Conference in downtown Durham, as well as with the Carolina Theatre of Durham as the Producer for Dancing With The Carolina Stars, a fundraising gala held in May 2022. She has had the honor of working and collaborating with world-renowned dance artists Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, PHILADANCO, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, and Helen Simoneau Danse during her time as Operations Coordinator for PMG Arts Management (2015-2021) under the mentorship of Pamela M. Green.

Matthew Young

Matthew Young is a lifelong movement enthusiast who has performed, trained and created with groups and choreographers in North Carolina and Texas.  Primarily an improviser, he has made many solos, group works and collaborative, multidisciplinary pieces that explore improvised movement in a wide range of environments.  Matthew is excited to find himself regularly invited into fun and fulfilling artworks without having to leave his hometown, Durham.

Parker MacIntyre 

Parker MacIntyre is a Dance Performance & Choreography major at Elon University and is excited to be joining Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre for this performance! His most recent credits include Jen Guy Metcalf’s Time Enough, Keshia Wall’s Black History Month Dance Concert, and Caroline Irmsher’s ERROR: 404, all part of numerous performances at his university. Parker will be making his choreographic debut this fall with a piece entitled, Delta S, as part of Elon University’s Dancing in the Landscape.

Anna Barker

Anna Barker is a choreographer and performer based in Durham, North Carolina. She attended Durham School of the Arts high school and spent many summers at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the American Dance Festival. After spending 10 years dancing in Philadelphia and New York City, Anna relocated back to her hometown and founded her dance theater company, real.live.people, with collaborator Leah Wilks. The company premiered their debut, “it’s not me it’s you” in 2014 in Durham. After touring this work in the Northeast, and then across the state of North Carolina with the North Carolina Dance Festival, Anna premiered “Feature Presentation” at the Living Arts Collective in 2016. Two years later, Anna presented her larger group work about failure “Again, but this time with feeling”, in 2018. After receiving a fellowship from the NC Arts Council, Anna produced her first feature-length dance film “Level Up”, which premiered in Durham NC in September 2021 and is part of ADF’s “Movies by Movers” festival
this summer.

Anna has presented work as part of the American Dance Festival, Duke Performances, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, APAP NYC, The North Carolina Dance Festival, Carrboro Film Festival, Tobacco Road Dance Productions, WAXworks at Triskelion Arts, among others. She was awarded the NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship for 2018-2019, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council in 2019. Anna recently opened a Pilates private practice called “The Movement Studio” at Radical Healing in Durham.

Myra Weise

Myra Weise is an arts manager, producer and dancer based in Durham, North Carolina, whose work centers around themes of intentional connection, mental health, restorative justice, and historical acknowledgment. For the past fifteen years she has honed her management approach working with arts organizations, independent curators, and independent artists, including American Dance Festival, Black on Black Project, Culture Mill, Empower Dance Foundation, Martha Clarke, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Pilobolus, Renay Aumiller Dancers, ShaLeigh Dance Works, and Theater Operations at Duke University, among others. Prior to diving fully into this aspect of the field, she trained in dance professionally in her home city, Asheville, NC, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the ADF School. In 2019, Weise began allowing space for both practices — dance experiences and the management of helping make it happen for public audiences — to exist simultaneously in her personal and professional life. She is honored to be a part of this performance experience with Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre.

Andrea Didisheim

Andrea Didisheim is a member of Big Red Dance Project under the direction of Gerri Houlihan. She received a BA in Dance from Connecticut College, and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from NYU Tisch School of The Arts. Andrea came back to dancing after 30 years, when she moved to Chapel Hill in 2018, and reconnected with Gerri Houlihan whom she first had as a teacher at Connecticut College. Andrea is also an Integrative Health Coach, and a yoga and meditation teacher.

Marco Orellana-Portillo

Marco Orellana-Portillo is a Salvadorian American contemporary/modern dancer who jumped into the Durham dance community right out of high school. He started dancing from a young age by learning traditional Latin American dances from bachata, cumbia and merengue which eventually led to a smooth transition learning ballet, modern and jazz styles, along with some viral TikTok dances. Since making the jump to become an independent dancer, Marco has participated as a dancer in: Tobacco Road Dance Productions “In Concert,” Richmond Dance Festival, American Dance Festival and the NC Dance Festival. Working with choreographers such as: Marsha Thomas, Megan Ross, Jess Shell, Lindsay Winthrop, Tony Johnson, ShaLeigh Comerford and Rosie Herrera. What started as a hobby quickly bloomed into a beloved passion while also being an expressive outlet.

Mauri Terra Connors

Mauri Terra Connors is a multidisciplinary dance artist new to Durham, NC, originally from Lexington, VA. She makes work with movement, paper, and words. She received her BA in Dance with honors from Connecticut College in 2015, where she studied with David Dorfman, Heidi Henderson, Shani Collins-Achille, Lisa Race, and Shawn Hove. She has performed with Jenny Davies/ Progeny Dance and was a performer in Vicky Virgin’s Arm Dance #1: Forgiveness, a dance for camera. She has worked with collaborators Mindy Toro, Bailey Anderson, and Susanna Young to create dances. Her writing and visual work have been included in Contact Quarterly and About Place Journal. From 2018-2021 she was the Artistic Director of Halestone Dance Studio, a nonprofit dance education organization in Lexington, VA. She is a passionate advocate for dance education for all ages, and is currently listed on the Virginia Commission for the Arts’ Teaching Artist Roster.

This is her first project with ShaLeigh Dance Works and she is very excited to learn from and contribute to this project!

Jessica Wooten

Jessica Wooten is a dancer and teacher from Raleigh, NC. She graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Choreography, as well as an Entrepreneurship Certificate. Jessica has attended the American Dance Festival summer intensives where she performed in Dark Meadow Suite by Martha Graham, and also had the opportunity to study at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance study abroad summer program. She was a part of Carrie Mae Weems’ outdoor exhibition RESIST COVID / Take 6!, as well as Taryn Griggs and Chris Yon’s piece Pairs in the Park. Jessica studied as an apprentice with ShaLeigh Dance Works in 2021 and was invited to officially join the company in 2022. 

“Having the opportunity to be a part of enVISION: Sensory Beyond Sight has been such an exciting process where I continue to learn and grow from an amazing group of movers. I can’t wait to see where the creative process takes us, and for when we share our project with the community!” 

Hannah Nicole Marr

Hannah Nicole Marr is Scotch-Irish and German. She is originally from Raleigh, NC. She graduated in 2017 from the University of North Carolina School of The Arts, where she also attended high school.  She teaches around the area, is an Administrator at Stage Door Dance, and Director of the dance program at Voyager Academy. Hannah has been honored to perform works by Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Wayne McGregor, Juel D. Lane, Ming- Lung Yang, Netta Yerushalmy, Kira Blazek, and many others. Hannah has a deep passion for choreography and the investigation of connections between emotion and movement. Hannah has been a principle company member with ShaLeigh Dance Works since 2017 and became rehearsal director in 2020.

“I am so beyond thrilled for the direction that we are swiftly moving as a company! We are engaging more with the community, which always brings such joy. We are expanding our movement language, and it is so exciting to share it with others and have them experience what it can do for you as a mover and as a human. The constant investigation of self and others that we go through as a company is something that continuously proves to challenge and impact me. As we dive deeper into our movement language I continue to discover new things that I am able to bring forward into our creations of new work, both individually and as a group.”