Betsy Cooper is Dean of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. From 2001-2015 she taught at the University of Washington, where she directed the Dance Program and served as Divisional Dean of Arts. She has performed with classical and contemporary companies nationally and abroad, including Makarova & Company, Matthew Nash Music & Dance, Nationaltheater Mannheim, and most recently with Seattle Dance Project. Cooper holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington and a BA from Yale University. She is very excited to be returning to the WMSDF this year.
Jim Lepore is a Professor in the School of Dance at George Mason University. He has instructed workshops and choreographed both nationally and internationally, including a collaboration with Cuban choreographer Narciso Medina that premiered in Havana, Cuba. Certified in Laban Movement Analysis, he earned his MFA at Temple University and has been a faculty member of the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival since 1989. Jim performed with Carolyn Carlson’s La Fenice Dance/Theater (Venice) and the Jose Limòn Company (NYC).
Raised in Texas, with family roots in country-swing and gospel, Toby Twining has traveled musically from playing for rock and jazz bands to experimental music with a range of vocal techniques from Renaissance polyphony to western overtone singing. He moved to New York in 1987, initially writing for modern dance choreographers who wanted the sounds of a new choral music. His progressive a cappella ensemble’s recordings include Shaman (Sony Classics 1994), Chrysalid Requiem and Eurydice (Cantaloupe Music 2002, 2011), and two skits on A Prairie Home Companion’s 20th Anniversary Album (Highbridge 1995). His music has been recorded and performed internationally by Margaret Leng Tan, Matt Haimovitz, Nada Kolunzija, Johnny Reinhart, Malina Rauschenfels, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, Young Peoples Chorus of NYC, Cornell University Glee Club, Juice, C4, Roomful of Teeth and JACK Quartet. Twining has composed for dance, radio, film and television (Gus Solomons, The Little Match Girl, Iceberg Under the Gulf Stream, Nip/Tuck) and his collaborative installation with painter/poet Zsuzsanna Ardó, Dumas’ Riposte, was on exhibit in 2016 at the European Parliament in Mirror Mirror. He has received Guggenheim and Pew fellowships (2011, 2004), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2013 Grants to Artists award and is a member of the new arts collective, The Waterists.
Jacoby Pruitt began his dance training in Miami, Fl where he attended New World School of the Arts (High School Dance Division). He is an Honors graduate of New York University's Tisch School of Dance and a recipient of The Young Professional Award from the Martha Hill Dance Fund, Ltd. He has studied on scholarship at The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The White Mountain Summer Dance Festival and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Jacoby danced with Ailey II (the second company to The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) from 2015-2017, and is currently a member of the Sean Curran Company. After attending WMSDF Jacoby joined the administrative team, this is his 7th summer with WMSDF
Tim began studying piano with his mother as his teacher. He believes she taught him to love music. When Tim was thirteen he rebelled and studied with Robert Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt showed him that with music there is always more to give. After graduating high school Mr. Prepscius received a scholarship to study composition with Dr. John Boda and piano with Edward Kilenyi at Florida State University. Upon Kilenyi's passing, he became the piano student of Dr. Karyl Louwenaar. Tim graduated with a double major in Composition and Piano Performance. After graduation Tim moved around some, taught piano, and wandered at bit before deciding to move to NYC to compose in earnest. In NYC he earned most of his living playing for dance classes taught by Suzanne Farrell, Mark Morris, David Howard, and various teachers at Juilliard, ABT, Steps, Broadway Dance Center and many, many more. Tim has performed for a total of around 3000 people over three summers in Japan, playing for the Izumi Kawamura Dance Company. Most recently he finished composing and recording my Second String Quartet.
Jennifer Gonzalez was raised in Miami, Florida where she began her training at age 14. She attended New World School of the Arts and was given the opportunity to perform in works by Martha Graham and José Limon. She graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Dance performing works by Crystal Pite, Bobbi Jene Smith, Loni Landon, and Jim Martin as well as various student works. After attending WMSDF in 2013 Jennifer joined the administrative team, this is her 4th summer with the festival.
Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD is a sought-after authority within the field of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy & Dance Somatics (www.DynamicEmbodiment.org), author and lecturer on how to apply dance and body awareness to neuro-motor (www.WellnessCKE.net) & socio-emotional development (www.InnerResilience.org ), as well as to peace education/ conflict resolution (www.EmbodyPeace.org ) and ecological issues (www.GlobalWaterDances.org ). She holds a doctorate in Movement Science and Education specializing in Exercise Physiology as well as Curriculum Development.
Dr. Eddy created a somatic dance system - BodyMind DancingTM in 1986 combining knowledge from her studies with physical therapist and dancer Irmgard Bartenieff, founder of the Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies, and occupational therapist and somatic movement educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, founder of the somatic system called Body-Mind Centering®. She's taught BodyMind Dancing, Dynamic Embodiment and other somatic systems worldwide and prior to Princeton within dance departments at NYU, Columbia, Hope & Hampshire Colleges. Dr. Eddy works on the faculty of the Dance Education Laboratory at the 92nd Street YMCA in New York City and directs the Center for Kinesthetic Education, providing professional development and workshops for the NYC Department of Education in pre-K through 12 “healthy dancing.” In 1999 she developed Moving For Life DanceExercise for Health® with a focus first on Breast Cancer Recovery. Moving For Life (www.movingforlife.org) is now its own non-profit organization and has been featured on National Public Radio and TV with NY1, CNN, Fox News, the Today Show and CBS.
Dr. Eddy is working on three manuscripts at present: one on the history and applications of Somatic Movement and its relationship to mindfulness and consciousness, another on applying somatic awareness to dance training and expression, and another on the life teachings and social activism of her parents – the Reverends Norm and and Dr. Margaret Ruth Eddy (who was the first female professor in the seminary at Princeton) — and their life in East Harlem. She serves on the board of the Yard, one of the premiere dance residencies for choreography in the United States.
Laura Glenn is a senior faculty member at the Juilliard School, her alma mater, where she has taught for the last 31 years. She also directs and produces the Ted Hershey Dance and Music Marathon in Hartford, CT, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. As director of her own dance company, WORKS/Laura Glenn Dance, she has created more than 35 works and is recognized internationally as a performer, choreographer, and teacher. She has also taught at Marymount Manhattan and Teacher’s College, the Alvin Ailey School, Lincoln Center Institute, and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies, and she is a Certified Movement Analyst.
Over the last 30 years, Laura has received fellowships from the NEA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Roberts and Dance Magazine foundations. Her professional experience includes touring extensively with teaching programs, presenting her own solo program, dancing as a soloist with the Limón Company (11 years), and staging Limón works in addition to the touring of her own company. As the artistic director of White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, Laura Glenn nurtured its growth since its inception
Stefani Rose started teaching yoga in 2009. She taught Power yoga for 5 years in Pittsburgh before moving to New York, She is a certified yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus where she has been teaching since 2014.