ROUNDANTENNAE – choreographic mentorship

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RoundAntennae started with an accidental conversation.  KT wanted to know what is driving the current generation of art makers.  Liz wanted to build something that supports people.

In early 2014 we began meeting with artists, talking about work, stepping into rehearsals and offering support.  We found the artists talented, the exchange invigorating and the vision of RoundAntennae came into being.

Each mentorship is custom designed and responsive to the artist’s needs. Presently we advocate for seven mentees.   Although originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, they work all over the world.

If you are interested, introduce yourself.  Usually we get together and have an informal conversation about your artistic process.  If we decide to move forward, at that time we will define the parameters of how we will work and design a program.

RoundAntennae is a fiscally sponsored project of Dancers’ Group.

KT NELSON – co-founder & mentor

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Nelson is co-founder of RoundAntennae and co-artistic director of ODC/Dance which she joined in 1976.  In 1986 she choreographed and directed ODC’s first full length family ballet, The Velveteen Rabbit, which has since been performed annually in the Bay Area as well as touring nationwide.  Nelson has been awarded the Daisy Award, the California Educators Artist Award and has been awarded the Isadora Duncan Dance Award four times:  In 1987 for Outstanding Performance, in 1996 and 2012 for Outstanding Choreography and in 2001 for Sustained Achievement.  Her collaborators have included:  Bobby McFerrin, Geoff Hoyle, Shinichi Iova-Kova, Zap Mama, and Joan Jeanrenaud.  In 2008 her work, RingRounRozi, in collaboration with French-Canadian composer, Linda Bouchard, was selected to be performed at the Tanzmesse International Dance Festival.  In 2009 Nelson was one of three artists selected for Ballet Austin’s New American Dance Talent Competition.  In 2012 she created new work for Western Michigan University as part of their Great Works Dance Project.  She has been a guest choreographer for Sacramento Ballet, BalletMet, Ballet Austin and a variety of modern companies.  Nelson has mentored with Margaret Jenkin’s Chime Project and continues to mentor emerging artists in the Bay Area and abroad.

 ELIZABETH FAROTTE HEENAN (LIZ) – co-founder & facilitator

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With early training in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, Heenan was awarded marks of Honors or Distinction on eight RAD examinations, with scholarship to study at their New York center.  She furthered her training on scholarship with Ballet San Jose and the Cleveland Ballet with additional study at the Boston Ballet and San Jose Dance Theatre.  As recipient of the Donald McKayle Medal Scholarship and a two-time UC UROP Grant recipient she graduated from UC Irvine with award for “Outstanding Dance Performance”, Dean’s List status and for representing UCI at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris.  Heenan has danced with BalletMet, toured works by Bay Area choreographers and was a member of ODC/Dance.  With ODC she participated in a cultural exchange program through the Bureau of Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and engaged in outreach programs with public schools, universities and 7 Tepees.  She has taught for the Oakland Ballet and Solad Dance Center, choreographed for South Valley Civic Theater and is currently a Pilates instructor at Pop! Pilates on Page.  In 2010, Liz worked with ODC Theater to coordinate a celebration of dance for camera and volunteered with Spark, a non-profit youth empowerment organization.  She worked on advertising and sponsorship for the 2013 San Francisco Dance Film Festival and donations for Ballet Austin’s fundraising auction.  In 2014, she and KT Nelson co-founded RoundAntennae.