Category Archives: Bios

Catrina von Radecki

Catrina von Radecki co-founded the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival in 1998 and acted as the Co-Artistic Director and General Manager of the festival until 2015. In 2015, she became the Festival Artistic Director. Catrina has created innovative programming with artists coming to Guelph from across Canada and Internationally and has assisted in developing educational and outreach programs, which reaches children form JK- to Grade 12. Catrina co-founded, directs and teaches through the Guelph Youth Dance Training Program since 2005, a dance program which runs throughout the year for children ages 4-19 years.  The emphasis of the program is to provide a unique space for children to express themselves creatively, develop body awareness, strength and flexibility and to provide non-competitive venues to perform.

Catrina taught dance to pre-professionals at the innovative European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem, Holland and Dusseldorf, Germany and has also taught children and adults (including classes for students, both adults and children, with disabilities) in Montreal, Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph. She has danced for the internationally renowned Compagnie Marie Chouinard (Montreal), Dance Alliance (Germany) and various independent choreographers (Montreal, Guelph). Catrina has been creating her own works since 1992 when she graduated from Concordia University’s dance department (Montreal). Catrina became certified in Open Source Forms in 2017.


Alexx Shilling is a Los Angeles-based dance artist creating site-adaptable, live and filmic dancescapes that invigorate memory and investigate transformation under the moniker alexx makes dances and ann and alexx make dances (2004-2010). Shilling’s original choreography and experimental films have been presented by the Jüdisches Museum München (Germany), REDCAT, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the Hammer Museum, Highways, Pieter, PAM, homeLA, SOKA Performing Arts Center, Silverlake Independent JCC, Annenberg Beach House, Outlet Dance Festival (NJ), Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, and in New York by Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Film Association, Open House New York, Moviehouse, BAAD, Bushwick Starr, and Chashama. Her work has been supported by generous organizations including Yiddishkayt, Asylum Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, CHIME, UCLA and the Institute of Jewish Creativity. California Arts Council.

As a performer, she has collaborated as a performer with Victoria Marks since 2010 and Richard Rivera/PHYSUAL since 2002. Other choreographers she has had the privilege to dance for include Kevin Williamson, Laurel Jenkins, Nickels Sunshine, Christine Suarez, DaEun Jung, Hana van der Kolk, Ros Warby, Rebecca Bryant, Alison D’Amato, Ariane Anthony, Artichoke Dance, Alan Danielson, Niles Ford, Dwight Rhoden, Debra Fernandez, Kristen Smiarowski and Rebecca Pappas. Ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations include: Latin Alternative Folk band Cuñao, Yiddishkayt, Taso Papadakis, Pablo Santiago, Sarah Leddy, Alberto Denis, Alethea Pace, Janusz Jaworski, Mimi Yin, Ann Robideaux, Maria Garcia and DANCEBAND.

Alexx holds an MFA in Choreography and Dance from UCLA’s World Arts & Cultures/Dance Department and a degree in Dance from Skidmore College. She is the Pilates Specialist at Loyola Marymount University and a Guest Lecturer at Cal State Long Beach. Alexx co-founded the performance platforms Hi, Solo and Gold Series, and co-curates the experimental screen dance platform MOTION CAPTURE at Highways. In addition to Open Source Forms, she holds certifications in Pilates, Maureen Fleming Technique and Yoga.

Photo by Taso Papadakis

Raha Behnam

Raha is an Iranian-born, Canadian-raised, US-based artist; a first-generation immigrant to occupied Indigenous homelands. She is the daughter of Iranian artists Darab Behnam Shabahang and Mahvash Vatankhahi.
Her performance work has been presented in New York City at Danspace Project (Food for Thought), Para\\el Performance Lab, The Wild Project (the CURRENT SESSIONS), and the Knockdown Center (Sunday Service). She has also shown work at the Performance Studies international 2017 conference (Hamburg), FRESH Festival (San Francisco), and Figure One Gallery (Illinois).
Raha is a member of the Future Historical Society, lead by Yazmany Arboleda, an inter-generational collective of Brooklyn residents, and also a member of the Undoing & Doing Collective, instigated by Lorene Bouboushian.   She has performed in the works of Abby Crain, Tino Seghal, Jessie Young, and most recently, Hadar Ahuvia. Raha holds a Master’s in Urban Planning and Bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Anthropology.



Jennifer Arave is a dancer, choreographer, who conceptualizes and facilitates community collaborations. She believes that collaborative art-making, which includes movement and dance, is a viable modality for cultivating change in community through action and stories. Jennifer Arave is the former co-director of ArtShare. And current founder of Water Bar& Public Studio. Jennifer is solidly invested financially and ecologically in her home and neighborhood of Northeast, Mpls.

She is certified in Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores and Stephanie Skura’s Open Source Forms, an extension of Joan Skinner’s Releasing Technique.  Our Bodies are the tools of perception for interacting with the world around us and others, let’s keep them in tuned and active!

Nikolai Lesnikov

Nikolai Lesnikov is a Seattle-based multidisciplinary artist and lawyer who has trained in a variety of movement disciplines that include ballet, contemporary, capoeira angola, contact improvisation, and the aerial arts. He has performed in many venues in and around Seattle beginning in 2008 and has appeared in works by Petra Zanki, Kris Wheeler Dance & Co., Jessica Jobaris and General Magic, Markeith Wiley, Emily Johnson / Catalyst, and AJnC Dance-Theater, among others. Since 2012, he has engaged in intensive study and practice of Open Source Forms and received his OSF teacher certification in July, 2017.

Nathan Dryden

Nathan Dryden is a movement artist, teacher, and performer with a MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Utah. His work crosses through the fields of contemporary dance, improvisation, theatre, and aerial-dance. Dryden is on faculty as an Open Source Forms teacher trainer and is a certified instructor of the Skinner Releasing Technique at the Introductory and Ongoing levels. He has taught as a guest artist at various universities across the U.S.A. and internationally – including workshops in Turkey, New Zealand, Canada, and England. He is a regular guest artist at the Juniata College Theatre Department teaching, mentoring, and creating/directing works including: And They Lay…Dreaming, Charles Mee’s Big Love, and most recently Samuel Beckett Circus with Kate Clarke.

Amanda Hamp

Amanda Hamp is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of New Mexico, where she teaches in the areas of dance practice and dances studies, including courses in choreography, pedagogy, history, modern/contemporary technique, and the MFA/MA core curriculum.

Amanda’s research focuses on how dance artists work beneath and beyond the visual. Her scholarship considers how contemporary, experimental dance artists choreograph experience for the stage. On this subject, and with projects that inhabit the territory of practice-as-research, she has published articles in Choreographic PracticesTheatre Topics, and TDR: The Drama Review. In her creative work, she explores the performative potential of vulnerability. She regularly performs and presents her choreography and scholarship at inter/national venues and conferences.

Amanda is a co-founding member of AGA Collaborative, a trio of artist-scholars who collaborate across geographic distance and in residencies together on experimental performance and research projects.

Amanda became a certified teacher of Open Source Forms in 2010. She holds a BA in theatre/dance from Luther College, a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, and an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she focused in choreography. Prior to joining the faculty at UNM, she taught full-time at Luther College and Colby College.

Bee Pallomina


Bee Pallomina is dance artist; performer, collaborator and creator, currently making work for stage, installation and film/video. Born and raised in Toronto, she has worked with numerous independent choreographers, and several dance companies including Dancemakers and Dancetheatre David Earle. Pallomina has appeared in several short dance films by filmmakers Magali Charrier, Michael Downing, and John Oswald. and co-created two films with photographer/videographer John Lauener. Current long-term collaborative relationships include performance and creation with Public Recordings, Saskatchewan dance-artist Johanna Bundon and multi-media artists Sean Frey and Lee Henderson. She also has an active teaching practice, and is certified to teach Moksha Yoga and Open Source Forms. Pallomina holds an MFA in contemporary choreography from York University.

Yvonne Ng

Born and raised in Singapore, Yvonne Ng (graduate of York University, Canada) is choreographer, presenter, arts educator and artistic director of princess productions (since 1996), which houses tiger princess dance projects and the biennial dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival. The company’s repertoire includes Yvonne’s choreographed works and commissioned works. Yvonne has created original roles for choreographers such as Bill James, José Navas, Peter Chin, Dominique Dumais, Kevin O’Day (National Theatre Mannheim Ballett), Marie-Josée Chartier, Stephanie Skura and Tedd Robinson. tiger princess dance projects has toured to Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, Canada and the USA.

Yvonne is a certified Open Source Forms© (Stephanie Skura/U.S.A.) and Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She has trained in Partners for Youth Empowerment Creative Facilitator (Level 1& 2), C-I Training™, Senior Fitness(CCAA) and Dance for PD™ (Parkinson’s). Yvonne has taught at and created work for Ryerson and York University, and the Theatre Department, Juniata College, Pennsylvania and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore and is currently at University of Waterloo’s Dept. of Drama and Speech Communication.

Yvonne is currently based Toronto. She is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, New Pioneers Arts Award, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Soulpepper’s Community Artist Award and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – New Talent. In 2000, she was honoured with a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best performance and has received multiple nominations. Ng was the artistic director of Series 8:08 (1994 – 2015) a dance service organization that supports professional dance development.

Marisol Salinas

I am a choreographer, performer and teacher, born in El Salvador and currently residing in Paraguay.

I got certified in OSF in August 2014, and am a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher as well.

I graduated as a bachelors in Literature from University of El Salvador (1992). I studied classical and contemporary dance in El Salvador, where I was a member of Ballet de El Salvador and Evolución Danza Contemporánea. In Paraguay I co-founded and co-directed Cuerpo Presente (1995-2004), and Haiku Teatro (1994-1995); and performed as a guest dancer with Ballet Nacional del Paraguay (1997).

Since 2007 I teach improvisation and contemporary dance to teenagers and to the students of the dance bachelors program at the Dance Department of the Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes (ISBA), in Asunción, Paraguay.

In my current independent work I am a co-founder of Maino’i, a multidisciplinary performance collective in Paraguay for which I perform and create in collaboration with my fellow members.

I choreograph for the ISBA Youth Dance Company and was formerly director of the Paraguay National Ballet.


Soy coreógrafa, intérprete y docente de danza, originaria de El Salvador, residente en Paraguay desde 1993.

Obtuve mi certificación en OSF en agosto de 2014, y soy maestra certificada de Skinner Releasing Technique™ desde 2004.

Soy Licenciada en Letras, graduada de la Universidad de El Salvador. Me formé en técnicas clásica y contemporánea en El Salvador donde fui miembro de Ballet de El Salvador y de Evolución Danza Contemporánea. En Paraguay fui cofundadora y codirectora de las agrupaciones de danzateatro Cuerpo Presente (19952004) y Haiku Teatro (1994-1995), y actué como bailarina invitada con el Ballet Nacional del Paraguay (1997).

Desde 2007 soy profesora del Departamento de Danza del Instituto Superior de Bellas Artes (ISBA) en Asunción, Paraguay. donde he sido parte del equipo elaborador del plan de Licenciatura en Danza e imparto las asignaturas de Sensopercepción y movimiento, Técnica de danza contemporánea, Improvisación de movimiento, y Composición.

En 2012 fui directora del Ballet Nacional del Paraguay. Actualmente coreografío para la Compañía Juvenil del ISBA, y soy miembro fundadora y coreógrafa del grupo de performance multidisciplinaria Maino’i Colectivo Escénico.