2015 SSD Faculty Bios
Kathryn Alter attended Interlochen Arts Academy and graduated from Purchase Conservatory of Dance with the highest honors in 2001. Alter has been a member of the Limon Dance Company since 2003. She is also a founding member of Riedel Dance Theater, and has worked with Alan Danielson and Kazuko Hirabayashi. She is on faculty at the Limon Institute and teaches internationally. She is a part of the N.A.D.I.N.E. Project and helps to organize the Limon Company choreographer showcases. Her recent choreographic commissions were created in Arizona at Scottsdale Community College, and for Nemian Dance Company in Mexico City. Her work has also been shown in Alaska, Massachusetts and Missouri. Alter has presented as part of the American Dance Guild’s Bare Bones and Spring Movement at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a 2014 recipient of a CUNY Dance Initiative residency. She is creating works for The Professional Studies Program at the Limon Institute and is a graduating senior at the University of Hartford.
Tawanda Chabikwa is a Zimbabwean artist and scholar. He holds an M.F.A. in Dance, works with visual and performance art, and published his first novel, “Baobabs in Heaven,” in 2010. He was artistic director of Tumbuka Dance Company before entering the Ph.D. in Dance Studies program at The Ohio State University.
Tony Parise made his professional debut at the age of 10 at the St. Louis Muny. He went on to appear in the national tour of “A Chorus Line,” and on Broadway in “42nd Street,” “Me And My Girl” and “City Of Angels.” He has been the artistic director of Camp Broadway since 1999, creating programs and special events, including Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Bravo’s “On With the Show.” Nationally, he has directed and/or choreographed nearly all of the classic musicals, including “Hello, Dolly!” starring Madeline Kahn, “Oliver” starring Ellen Greene, “Grease! ” starring Cindy Williams, and “Me and My Girl” starring Tim Curry.
Parise was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his choreography of “Pirates of Penzance.” Other off-Broadway credits include “Pageant,” “Raft of The Medusa” and “Balancing Act.”
Internationally, Parise has mounted companies of “42nd Street”in London, Australia, New Zealand and Korea; “Me and My Girl” in Mexico City; and “Anything Goes” at the Theater Des Westens in Berlin. He has also choreographed for Italian TV in Milan.
He choreographed Bernadette Peters for both her Carnegie Hall and Radio City debuts. Since 1996, Parise has directed the Hasty Pudding Theatricals at Harvard University.
His teaching credits include master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad with such organizations as AMDA, Boston Ballet, New Zealand School of Dance, and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.
Martha Tornay is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and a recipient of the Fine Arts Award in dance technique and choreography. For more than three decades, Tornay has participated in intensive classical ballet studies with dance masters such as Mme. Gabriela Darvash, Gretchen Ward Warren and Robert Brassel.
After performing for over 18 years as a soloist with regional and international ballet and modern companies, including Newport News Ballet (Virginia), Israel Ballet (Tel Aviv) and The Robert Kovich Company (N.Y.C.), she founded East Village Dance Project. In addition to directing EVDP, she teaches dance at New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing and Bates Dance Festival.