People

Faculty

Rose Flachs
Dance Department Chair, Professor of Dance

Rose Flachs is a multi-faceted ballet artist, teacher, and choreographer. She performed principal roles in the classics and had the honor of performing works by renowned choreographers including George Balanchine, Choo San Goh, Paul Taylor, Jose Limón and Val Caniparoli. She is co-owner of the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet and a founding member of the CORPS de Ballet International Inc. An organization dedicated to the development, exploration, and advancement of ballet in higher education. Rose has written articles for Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit Magazines.

413-538-2195
104 Kendall Sport & Dance Complex
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James Coleman, Professor of Dance
Professor of Dance

Professor Jim Coleman is an award-winning choreographer and teacher whose recent works focus on the integration of video with live dance, and the creation of site-specific performances. His interests include contemporary technique, somatics, embodiment and meaning, sound design, dance video and photography and interarts collaboration. His most recent solo was performed in a store-front window, accompanied by 4 laptops on the sidewalk in front. He is currently the director of the InterArts Council at MHC, which promotes collaborative projects across the arts.

413-538-3313
202 Kendall Hall
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Charles Flachs, Professor of Dance
Professor of Dance

Professor Flachs teaches all levels of ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, and repertory and dance history. Charles has choreographed for the Cincinnati Ballet Company, Columbia College, University of Georgia Athens, and for the bronze medal winner of the 1992 Varna lnternational Ballet Competition. As a principal dancer with Nashville Ballet, Louisville Ballet, Ballet West and Cincinnati Ballet, his repertoire included principal roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella and Coppelia as well as ballets by Peter Anastos, John Butler, James Canfield, Val Caniparoli and Michael Smuin.

413-538-2059
Torrey D3
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Terese Freedman, Professor of Dance
Professor of Dance

Professor Terese Freedman is a dancer and award-winning choreographer. Her teaching and research interests include choreography, modern technique, and musculo-skeletal anatomy for dancers. One current research project explores the integration of three-dimensional skeletal clay modeling into her core course on the scientific foundations of dance. Her recent choreographic projects include large group works for students and continuing duet work with her long-time artistic partner and collaborator, Jim Coleman.

413-538-3314
203 Kendall Hall
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Peter Jones, Lecturer and Accompanist in Dance
Lecturer and Accompanist in Dance

Jones’s passion for dance music can be seen in his course offerings. He regularly teaches an intermediate-level and senior-level Analysis of Rhythm, which studies music from a dancer’s perspective. Jones has also advised students on independent projects in ethnomusicology, drum technique, and the history of blues.

413-538-2458
201 Kendall Hall
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Paul Matteson, Associate Professor of Dance

Paul Matteson

Assistant Professor of Dance, on leave Fall 2015/ Spring 2016

Paul Matteson’s research explores methods for generating inventive personal movement within collaborative choreography.  He lived for many years in New York City as a performer, most recently with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.  He received a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Choreography and is currently working on a new trio with Elena Demyanenko at Bennington College and Tzveta Kassabova at Middlebury College.

413-538-3315
204 Kendall Hall
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TTH 12:00-1:00 PM

Visiting Faculty

Emily Lukasewski, Graduate Student Smith College - Modern

Emily Lukasewski

Smith College MFA teaching fellow

Emily Lukasewski co-founded and co-directed Chicago-based experimental artist collective Laboratory Dancers.  During her six years with the company, she taught, performed, and choreographed in line with their mission to create accessible and affordable dance experiences.  Her innovative teaching practices have been recognized by Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, where she was invited to present experiential learning techniques to the city's art teachers. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at Smith College. 

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Matisse Madden, Visiting Artist - Ballet

Matisse Madden

Visiting Artist - Ballet

The aim of Madden's teaching is to produce dancers possessing a strong, clean classical technique with great emphasis on artistry, musicality, purity of line, co-ordination and a quality. "Ballet class is a privilege" and Madden believes that "a dancer must take responsibility for her technical development".  Madden creates a safe learning environment in her classes while communicating her high expectations for each student. Madden demands that each dancer be totally involved in all parts of the class from beginning to end. Her students must execute all the combinations rhythmically and with correct technique, face problems with confidence, learn to trust themselves and consistently perform.

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Candice Salyers MFA Ph. D, Visiting Artist, Composition
Visiting Artist, Composition

Professor Salyers is a dancer and choreographer who has performed her dances across the U.S., as well as in the U.K., Ireland, Estonia, and the Czech Republic. Her PhD research combined dance performance and environmental philosophy, and recent publications include contributions to Tanz, Bewegung, und Spiritualität and International Journal of the Arts in Society. She also has a Master’s of Divinity, which influences her current performance work and research exploring different physical and conceptual perspectives on female sainthood.

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Marilyn M. Sylla, Five College Lecturer in Dance - West African
Five College Lecturer in Dance - West African

Marilyn M. Sylla is Director of The Bamidele Dancers & Drummers and a Five College Dance Lecturer based at Smith College. In this capacity she teaches African, Brazilian and Haitian dance forms. She has studied African dance forms in Guinea, Senegal, the Gambia, the Casamance, Brazil, Haiti and Puerto Rico.

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Sekou Sylla, Five College Master Drummer - West African
Five College Master Drummer - West African

For over 20 years, Sekou Sylla performed and taught first with Ballet Djoliba then with Les Ballets Africains. He has taught and performed all over the world including Africa, Australia, Europe, Spain, Korea, Finland, France, England, Mexico, Russia, China, Canada and North and South America. Since relocating to the USA Sekou has taught African dance and music in Bahia, Brazil at the Universidade Federal da Bahia and at Male Du Bale. He teaches African drumming at Mt Holyoke College and is a Five College musician.

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Daniel Trenner

Visiting Artist - Tango

Daniel Trenner is one of Tango’s modern pioneers. He happened on Tango in Buenos Aires in 1986 while he was there teaching Jazz and Improvisation at the State School of Contemporary Dance in the San Martin Theatre. He was one of the first dozen young people involved in tango’s revival. He studied with, interviewed, filmed and organized for many of the Milongueros, the older generation dancers. He has been called a “Johnny Appleseed of Tango” for his 20 years of touring as a tango teacher, visiting more than 100 cities on 4 continents. He was one of the early proponents of teaching tango by its elements.

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Debra Vega, Visiting Artist - Musical Theatre

Debra Vega

Visiting Artist - Musical Theatre

As a performer, Debra danced on Broadway, in National and International Tours and as a Radio City Rockette. She is a member of the actor’s unions AEA and AGVA. Debra has also taught dance over 25 years and choreographs musicals. Locally, she teaches at Massachusetts Academy of Ballet, Mount Holyoke College and is the new Director of Dance at Williston Northampton School. Additionally, Debra and her husband co-direct VegaYoga & Movement Arts in Holyoke, MA and have a young son named Odin.

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Jennifer Weber, Visiting Dance Faculty

Jennifer Weber

Visiting Artist - Hip Hop

“Outstanding Emerging Choreographer” Bessie nominee, Jennifer Weber is the artistic director of the award-winning hip-hop dance company, Decadancetheatre. Deca has performed at Jacob’s Pillow, The Apollo, The Kennedy Center, London’s Southbank Center, and New York City Center.  She has also choreographed for the Miami Heat, L’Oreal Matrix, Reebok, Philosophy, Marc Jacobs and CK1 and UK TV show Blue Peter.  Weber and her Deca Crew were featured on Season 2 of TruTV’s theatrical competition, Fake Off.

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Visiting Artist - Contact Improvisation

BFA Juilliard, MFA Bennington College. Felice is a dancer, choreographer and veteran teacher of Contact Improvisation. She has been teaching in the Five College dance department for the past nineteen years along with The School for New Dance Development in Holland and the American Dance Festival in NC. Felice’s work combines investigations into Contemporary dance technique and Authentic Movement as well. She has collaborated with other artists including Nancy Stark Smith, Patrick Crowley and Daniel Lepkoff. Felice is also a licensed physical therapist assistant.

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Staff

Cathy Smelcer

Senior Administrative Assistant
413-538-2310
Main Dance and PE Office - Kendall Hall
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9:00 - 5:00