Montgomery College Dance Ensemble
“Dancing Ophelia” features dance works inspired by the women of Shakespeare’s plays. “Incantations”, based on the three witches of Macbeth, is danced to the the eerily powerful vocals of Iva Bittova. Desdemona and Ophelia are featured, with movement expressing their unique and tragic predicaments. Other dances include “NchiCa”, a duet of warlike intensity with movement that is alternately combative and mournful; and “Divenire”, a dance of becoming.
Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 7:00:00 PM UTC
Alice Howes (Choreographer) is a dance artist and educator who is currently on the faculty at Montgomery College where she is the MC Dance Company director. She has served on the dance faculties of Coppin State University, UNC Charlotte, American University, and Salisbury University. In addition, she served from 1995 to 2004 as artistic director and resident choreographer of Washington, D.C.’s Sister’s Trousers Dance Company, a modern dance ensemble based in the D.C. area. Sarah Kaufman of The Washington Post described Howes’ performance as “riveting, thrilling and deeply mysterious”. Howes’ choreography has appeared in selective showcases at venues such as D.C.’s Dance Place, The Booth Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina and the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater and Millennium Stage. She holds an MA in dance from American University and an MFA in dance from Sam Houston State University. Howes also has earned a Certificate of Movement Analysis (CMA) from the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in New York City.
Melissa Lloyd (Performer) is a Fine Arts Alumni from the Community College of Baltimore County. She has also studied Dance at El Camino College in Los Angeles and The Performing Arts Academy in San Diego. In her professional career, she's performed with Deep Vision Dance Company under the direction of Nicole Martinelle and Vaught Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Katie Vaught. She has performed for the Baltimore Dance Invitational under the choreography of Molly-Jean Kirkup. She has studied and performed with Zullo Raw Movement in New York under the direction of John J Zullo. This is her fourth year dancing with Trajectory Dance Project.
Anastasia McKenzie (Performer) was born in Kirov, Russia and raised in Baltimore. Anastasia recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation from Logan University. In 2017 she graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina. Anastasia was a part of the Coker Repertory Dance Company at Coker College. In 2012, Anastasia was nominated to travel to London, England to represent Maryland in dance. During the summer of 2016 she was one of 25 lucky dancers chosen to travel to Italy for a two-week summer dance intensive. Anastasia is currently back in school pursuing another degree while continuing performing with Trajectory Dance Project and creating choreography around Maryland.
Alicia Williams (Performer) is a Maryland native, born and raised in Baltimore city. She graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2008 and later attended Coppin State University as a dance major. She then danced with Ballethnic, a ballet company located in Atlanta, GA. Since her return to the Baltimore area, she has performed in the ballet/opera “Astronaut Symphony”, rejoined Trajectory Dance Project and choreographed for the Montgomery College Dance Company.