Jessica Boone is truly passionate about movement. She began dancing at a young age and is more inspired than ever to continue to grow and develop as a dance artist. She earned her BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, where she studied and performed under Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, and Abby Zbikowski. She also studied dance at the American Dance Festival, as well as Taipei National University of the Arts. Jessica currently teaches dance and private yoga instruction in the Austin area, and she is a production assistant for a local jewelry company, Swoon Gems. Jessica loves every moment of working with Kathy Dunn Hamrick and is proud to be performing work choreographed by fellow company members, Alyson and Lisa. Jessica is deeply grateful for the opportunity to share this diverse program and dance alongside such talented artists!
Cara Cook grew up in Woodstock, Georgia and received her training from the Georgia Ballet School. She went on to perform with the Georgia Ballet’s professional company for its 2012-2013 season. Cara studied Anthropology and Dance at Oberlin College and graduated in 2017. She also trained at American Dance Festival with Andrea Weber and Abby Zbikowski and at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Since moving to Austin, Cara has performed with Chaddick Dance Theater and has enjoyed getting to know the dance community. Cara is extremely excited and honored to work with Kathy Dunn Hamrick and to dance with people who constantly motivate and inspire her.
Veronica DeWitt, raised in Oregon and Texas, has been a professional dance artist since 2007 when she graduated from the University of Oregon and landed her first gig with Dancing People Company (where she worked for nine years under the direction of Robin Stiehm). In 2015, Veronica came to Austin for a DanceAbility Teacher certification with Alito Alessie, and upon completion of the course she decided to move to Austin. Currently, Veronica teaches for Body Shift/VSA Texas and Leap of Joy, continues to work in Oregon during the summer, and practices aerial dance. V, as her friends call her, is thrilled to be dancing with KDH.
Alyson Dolan has been recognized by The Austin Chronicle as a “key modern mover” for the “stamina, concentration, and big jar of real that she brings to the potluck.” As a dance artist and avid collaborator, Dolan has presented her choreography at festivals, theaters, schools, parks, islands, and creeks throughout the country. Alyson was Resident Choreographer for Sarasota Contemporary Dance from 2012-2014 and continues to create work with the company on a project basis. She has received two Austin Critics Table awards (Outstanding Dancer 2014, Outstanding Duet 2015), as well as the Jerry MacLauchlin Best in Fest award (254 Dance-Fest) for her work with GRIT Performance, a collaborative dance/music company. Alyson admires the originality of Austin’s artists and feels honored when given the opportunity to add to the spread. This is her sixth season with the inspiring Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company (yeehaw!).
Mariclaire Glaeser grew up in Houston, TX and graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She is also a recipient of the Heywood “Woody” McGriff Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Dance. Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, Austin’s SXSW music festival, and has been set on Stephen F. Austin State University’s dance department. Both her choreography and music have toured with UT dance during the Tanzsommer Dance Festival in Austria. She currently works as an instructor at Dancers Shape, an independent barre fitness studio. If you enjoy getting your socks rocked off (or your rocks socked off), you can find Mariclaire playing music with her band Shy Beast in downtown Austin! She would like to thank her wonderful husband, Kyle, and her family for all of their love, laughs, and support.
Lisa Anne Kobdish was born and raised in Austin and received a BFA in Dance from the University of Texas in 2010. Following her undergraduate studies, she was granted the opportunity to train and perform with Transitions Dance Company in London, while simultaneously receiving an MA in Dance Performance from the Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. During these earlier years of artistic development Lisa based her master’s dissertation on ideas of aligning physical comedy practices with dance practice, and plans to dig deeper into this research in the future. After time abroad, Lisa spent several years in NYC dancing in project-based companies, teaching youth dance, and collaborating with artists of various mediums throughout the Brooklyn performance/ arts communities. Eventually returning home in 2016, Lisa has continued learning from and working alongside vibrant dance professionals in the Austin dance family; she currently performs as a company member with Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, an organizer for Austin Dance Festival, a barre and Pilates instructor at the acclaimed local barre studio Dancers Shape, and a youth dance teacher at The DanceWorks and nonprofit after-school program Leap of Joy. Lisa has been lucky to work for project-based companies and organizers including Blue Lapis Light, Jennifer Sherburn, with both Rosalyn Nasky and Lindsey Taylor for Fusebox showings, Ellen Bartel and Emily Rushing and Lorn MacDougal. Choreography of hers has been showcased in the Eleven eleven series, and she’s excited to present a new work in the KDH June 2018 concert!
D. Poet Powell has spent over two decades of his life as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He has learned from and/or performed for such notables as Denise Vale and George White Jr of The Martha Graham Dance Company, Derrick Minter and Frederick Earl Moseley of Alvin Ailey Dance, Donald McKayle, Nathan Trice and many others. In Austin, he’s performed with Tapestry Dance Company where he was nominated for Best Male Dancer by the Austin Critics Table in the 2004-2005 season, Zachary Scott Theater, Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble, The Dance Project, Sky Candy, Crash Alchemy, and The Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company where he was awarded Most Outstanding Dancer for the 2015-2016 season. Poet is very thankful to KDH Dance for allowing him to continue to pursue his passion in the company of such talented, skilled, and all around amazing compatriots.
Carissa Topham is thrilled to perform her sixth season with the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company! Carissa is an Austin native and is daily inspired by the community that surrounds her. Carissa received her BFA in Dance from the University of North Texas where she was named Outstanding Student in Dance as well as Outstanding Choreographer. She loves sharing the joy of dance with others, and has taught and choreographed for several Austin area studios and competition teams. Carissa is also a certified Pilates instructor, and teaches Barre and Pilates to a wide range of clients, including professional athletes. When she isn’t in the studio rehearsing with KDH, she can be found inventing new foods to eat including salad-rice and salad-soup while hanging out with her husband Dwight, daughter Veda, and dog, Bolo.
Portraits by Andrew Bennett