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BLUE MOON DANCE COMPANY – Current Artist Profiles

PAT CONNELLY (Director) moved to Boulder in 1974 and attended CU for several years as a graduate student in dance. She worked for many years as a performer and choreographer in dance, theater and opera before founding Blue Moon Dance Company in 1995. Three consecutive entries, commissioned by three different dance companies, were awarded a place in the Colorado Choreographers Showcase and another original piece was chosen for the Aspen Dance Festival, a juried concert. Her work was commissioned by Denver Contemporary Dance Theatre, Turning the Wheel Productions, Interweave Dance Theatre and many other organizations. She was board member for the Boulder County Arts Alliance for twelve years, serving as Treasurer and Board President. She has been a member of the Boulder County Arts Leadership Forum (BCALF) since 2012. She returns to the 2018 annual YWCA Benefit “Dancing with the Boulder Stars” for the twelfth year, competing with Aidan Chopra and choreographing the group dance; she won the YWCA choreography award in 2010 and 2012. She was a member of Nancy Cranbourne’s “40 Women Over 40”, Dance Forms and several other local dance companies. She teaches independently, specializing in partnering and social dance forms. In 2017, she received the Boulder County Arts Alliance Dance Fellowship.

NOEL BATERNA grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and studied biology at the University of Colorado Denver. He has trained in martial arts for over ten years and is an instructor at West Gate Kung Fu in Boulder. With his martial arts background he has done stunt choreography for three films and many live demonstration performances. He joined Blue Moon Dance Company in 2017.

HEATHER CINO was born to dance! Pretty much right out if the womb, she was movin’ and groovin’! With the support from her parents and self-curiosity, she leapt from dance to dance. Her exploration of dance was never capped and she always hungered for more (still till the present day). From the classics of Ballet and Tap to the venturing of Irish Step, Belly Dance, and African, she finds there is always more knowledge to gain and movement to experience. After finishing her college career she dove head first into a new style - ballroom dance. Here she fell in love with dance once again. Heather has traveled the world dancing, opening new doors of discovery and is now looking forward to where dance and her curiosity bring her. She joined the company in 2018.

AMANDA KEPUS joined the company in 2017. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Amanda started dancing at age 3 and has been dancing ever since, with an emphasis on ballet, jazz and modern dance. She danced competitively from ages 12 through17. She currently attends the University of Colorado in Boulder, majoring in International Affairs with a minor in dance. She traveled to Dakar, Senegal in May 2018 to study the relationship between dance and public policy in Africa while also training alongside Senegalese dance companies.

ARIEL MANZANARES-SCISNEY, a Colorado native, he prides himself on being an active member of the global community. As an International Baccalaureate in high school, he was able to complete his University education here in Boulder two whole years early, earning a Bachelor's degree in Astrophysics and Philosophy in just three years in 2016. He then went on a cross-country tour across the United States after an internship at Harvard, driving alone from Boston to San Francisco. He also has a long history of teaching and public speaking. As a member of the American Taekwondo Association since 2002, and a fully certified instructor, he has over a decade of experience teaching students ages 3-adult in self-defense, self-esteem, and self-respect. He took this experience to college, where he worked at the Fiske Planetarium on the CU Boulder campus, giving public lectures on the cosmos and flying through the universe during live music concerts! He joined Blue Moon Dance Company in 2015, both dancing and choreographing pieces for the company. Since coming back home from Boston, Ariel is working to develop his legacy through business mentorship, while sharing his first book Majesty in Monotony: Everyday Things with a Cosmic Perspective" with the curious public, and he is very excited to improve his ballroom dancing skills with Blue Moon!

KEVIN NADEAU grew up in Maine, training in wrestling and Karate. While deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-2008, serving as a medevac helicopter mechanic, Kevin had the opportunity to study Tae Kwon Do. When Kevin returned home he decided to further develop his passion for creatively pushing his physical abilities by becoming a firefighter and learning to rock climb. He moved to Boulder to study astrophysics at CU and explore the mountains. Kevin was new to the art of dance performance when he joined Blue Moon Dance Company in 2013. He participated in the January 2015 YWCA benefit, “Dancing with the Boulder Stars”, which his partner won, raising the most amount of money for the event. He has completed his degree at CU and continues to study dance and martial arts.

LISA ADEVA SAMOY was raised in Florida. She began dance training at the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. She has directed theater, danced and performed spoken word in several states. In New Orleans, she performed with Anne Burr Dance Company and the CaravanStage. She has produced V-Day productions of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler in New Orleans and Boulder. Lisa also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and practices the Rolf Method of Structural Integration and Core Synchronism. A mother to three sons, she resides in Ward, Colorado and joined the company in 2015.

SKY SHAVER joined the company in 2015. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas where she danced competitively from the age of 3 through 18 and also taught dance with the Dance Dynamics Company. She moved to Boston where she continued to dance with the Boston College Dance Ensemble and community organizations, such as Boston Ballet. In 2016, she performed in the YWCA benefit “Dancing with the Boulder Stars” and won the choreography award; she is also competing in the 2018 event. After receiving a degree in Astrophysics from CU Boulder, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Now residing in Golden, she is preparing for graduate school while researching black holes with the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy.

THOMAS WINGERD is an independent producer and professional dancer in Boulder, CO. He works as Production Manager and IT for Sparta Combat League and Sparta Media Group, and as a consultant and producer for projects spanning music videos to feature films. Tom's parents met square dancing in college, and he grew up performing squares and clogging. Later he learned swing, ballroom, hip hop, contemporary and eventually aerial partner lifts. He choreographs and dances for Blue Moon Dance Company and Streetside Studios. With 9 years in the film industry, and 24 in dance, Tom's newest film Modern Arcana is a culmination of his experience in the form of a Feature Film shot in the backwoods of Colorado highlighting 9 pieces of his choreography and the vision of his friends and film crew.

(1995 to present)

  • Adjei Abankwah – 2007 to 2010
  • Michelle Badgeley - 2007
  • Michelle Bernier - 2012 to present
  • Amy Bland - 2012
  • Sol Benson - present
  • Ying Chang - 2002/2004/present
  • Pat Connelly - 1995 to present
  • Thomas Dixon (posthumously) - 1996
  • Mora Gluskin
  • Rachel Grote - 2005
  • Landon Gustafson – 2004 to 2007
  • Seth Gustafson – 2003/2004
  • Elena Marie Hofer – 2013 to present
  • Karen Howard – 1996 to 2000
  • Tobi Johnson-Compton – 1997 to 2002
  • Meghan Larsen – 2012 to present
  • Sarah Leversee – 2003/2004
  • Ariel Manzanares-Scisney – 2015/2016
  • Debra Mercer - 1995
  • Beth Moger – 2007 to present
  • Courtney Murray – 2008 to present
  • Chris Nuernberger – 2008 to present
  • Yuki Ojika – 2003 to 2005
  • Dreah Pentell – 2005
  • Emily Plummer – 2011 to 2012
  • Julius Reinante – 2004 to present
  • Lisa Adeva Samoy
  • Stephen Schroeder – 1997 to 2001
  • Sky Shaver
  • Ben Schultz – 1997
  • Jessica Simpson - 2005
  • G. Webster Smith – 1996 to 1999
  • Larry Southall – 1999
  • Franca Telesia – 1995 to 1997
  • Tomas Waples-Trefil - 2012 to present
  • Thomas Wingerd- 2010 to present
  • Alison Yoder - 2004
  • Colleen Noelani Young – 1997 to 2001
"You have to love dance to stick to it. It gives nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on the walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive." Merce Cunningham

(1996 to present)

  • 1996 Break A Leg
  • 1997 Mood Indigo
  • 1998 Serious Fun
  • 1999 Dreaming on Time
  • 2000 Boundaries
  • 2001 Continuum
  • 2002 Light & Dark
  • 2003 Mood Swings
  • 2004 Elasticity
  • 2005 Torque
  • 2006 Moving On
  • 2007 Love is Strange
  • 2008 Dancing the Blues Away
  • 2009 Ephemera
  • 2010 Something Blue
  • 2011 Lovers and Other Strangers
  • 2012 Serious Fun 2012 (dedicated to the memory of G. Webster Smith)
  • 2013 Moving Parts
  • 2014 Body & Sole
  • 2015 Don’t Forget to Breathe!
  • 2016 Collide
  • 2017 Off Balance
  • 2018 Asymmetry

Company Members/Guest Appearances:
(current members in bold face type)

Adjei Abankwah, Tyffanie Ammeter, Gemma Asir, Michelle Badgley, Noel Baterna, Michelle Bernier, Danielle Bernier, Sol Benson, Michelle Ballard, Andrew Berry, Amy Bland, Jeni-Sue Briggs, Ying Chang, Heather Cino, Marty Connell, Pat Connelly, Laurie Coulis, Cindy Davis, Heather Davis, Eric Donovan, Keats Dormont, SueYoonFarabaugh, Bruce Feistner, Mora Gluskin, Rachel Grote, Landon Gustafson, Seth Gustafson, Lisa Harris, Camille Hensley, Elena Hofer, Karen Howard, Rita Jenkins-Gaynes, Tobi Johnson-Compton, Joel Kelly, Amanda Kepus, Kit Kyle, Desiree Lanz-Ewertz, Meghan Larson, John LeRoux, Sarah Leversee, Abe Levine, Ariel Manzanares-Scisney, Allen McCowan, Kara McRae, Scott McLane, Debra Mercer, Hope Welles Meyer, Beth Moger, Courtney Murray, Kevin Nadeau, Mary Ann Nason, Carrie Noel, ChristopherNuernberger, Yuki Ojika, Karen Panasewicz, Dreah Pentell, Emily Plummer, Laura Rains, Willow Reed, Julius Reinante, Michael Rudeseal, Lisa Adeva Samoy, Stephen Schroeder, Ben Schultz, Arielle Schwartz, Sky Shaver, Arthur Siegle, Jessica Simpson, G. Webster Smith, Jason Smith, Larry Southall, Tiffany Stone, Sara Stranovsky, Justin Taggart, Franca Telesia, Gustavo Vargas, Cheryl Vick, Tomas Waples, Thomas Wingerd, Rebecca Wright, Alison Yoder, Colleen Noelani Young, Alexandra Zelinskaya

Members in the News


Webster Smith passed away in 2012. He was an original member of the company, a wonderful dancer and choreographer. He will be greatly missed.

Allen McCowan passed away in 2015. As an actor, he gave us great performances. As a unique individual, his laughter brightened the world.

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