Christina Tsoulas is a dancer,dance teacher,choreographer,dance videographer now located in Rhode Island USA
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Christina A. Tsoules

Cell: 508-864-4397 / Email: ctsoules@yahoo.com

 

 

EDUCATION

 

MFA, Dance

Smith College - Northampton, MA; May 18, 2003

 

BA, with Honors in Theater/Dance and Minor in Spanish

Trinity College - Hartford, CT; 1998

 

Semester Study of Spanish Art, Literature and Theater

Hamilton College Semester in Spain: Madrid, Spain; January 1997 - June 1997

 

Semester Study in Theater, Dance and Arts Administration

Trinity College LaMaMa, e.t.c. Program - New York, NY; September 1996 - December 1996

 

 

HONORS and SPECIAL RECOGNITION

 

Gretchen K. Moran Scholarship for Dance: Smith College, 2003
Smith College Graduate Teaching Fellowship: Smith College Fall 2001-Present
Trinity College Presidential Fellow in Theater and Dance: Trinity College, 1998

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

Graduate Teaching Fellow of Beginning-Intermediate Modern, Ballet and Jazz Techniques:

Smith College & Five College Dance Departments, Northampton, MA; September 2001-May 2003

 

Teaching Assistant, The Body and Film Course:
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA; Spring Semester, 2003

 

Teaching Assistant, Dance and Technology course:

Smith College, Northampton, MA; Fall Semester, 2002

 

Substitute Ballet and Jazz teacher for Adult Dance Program:

YMCA Northampton, MA; Current

 

Creative Movement and Creative Drama teacher for children, ages 6-10:

Performing Arts School of Worcester, MA; September 1998 – December 1998

 

Creative Movement and Ballet teacher for children, ages 6-12:

Performing Arts Center; Framingham, MA; September 1998 – December 1998

 

Substitute Jr. High School Spanish Teacher;

Leominster Jr. High, Leominster, MA; September 1998 – December 1998

 

Teaching Assistant to Guest Artist Tiffany Mills in Advanced Repertory and Performance Class:

Trinity College, Hartford, CT; Spring, 1998.

 

 

 

 

 

DANCE ON CAMERA WORK 

 

Le Sacre Du Printemps, a collaborative video with Mt. Holyoke undergraduate student Christiana Axelsen; set to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.  Premiered at Hampshire College, April, 2003. (7minutes)

 

Overlook, an original short film inspired by the poetry of Carolyn Forche and the paintings of Jan Vermeer.  Music composed by Norman Dello Joio.  Premiered at Hampshire College, March, 2003. (5 minutes)

 

FRAMED, an original music video and documentary charting the process of collaborating with dancers from the Five College community and a college rap band to make the music video: EGONOMIX.  Premiered at Smith College MFA Concert, February, 2003. (12 minutes)

 

Improving Rodgers and Hammerstein, an original documentary/dance video featuring members of a dance Composition class at Amherst College.  Premiered at Amherst College as an installation work for concert in December, 2002. (11 minutes)

 

Oh Susanna, an original music video to the song “Oh Susanna” by The Be Good Tanyas. Presented at Smith College, April 2002. (4 minutes)

 

                                           CHOREOGRAPHY

 

Two Preludes, two solos that are intended to be part of a larger work, which will feature the 24 parts of Alexander Scriabin’s Opus 11 Preludes in their entirety.  Presented at Smith College, April, 2003.

 

FRAMED, a live performance of the music video with the same name, featuring 6 dancers and 4 musicians.  Presented at the Smith College MFA Concert, February, 2003.

 

No Past, a directed staged reading of this play by MFA in Playwriting candidate, Lenelle Moïse.  Premiered at the Five College Spoken Word Festival, at The University of Massachusetts, April, 2003.

 

Wandering Echoes, Group work inspired by Racine’s Phaedra.  Featured students from the Five College dance community and music by the Smith College a cappella group The Vibes. Performed at the Spring Grad Event; Smith College, May 3, 2002 and at Trinity College Seabury 47 series, Sept. 18, 2002.

 

Superstars, a group work featuring students in my Jazz II class at Smith College, with music by MC Solaar.  Performed at the Spring Grad Event; Smith College, May 3, 2002

 

Walking with YiaYia Tana, a solo, autobiographical performance art work choreographed on myself.

Performed at the Spring Grad Event Sequel; Smith College, May 18th, 2002, Trinity College, Sept. 18, 2002

 

Antigone, a Smith College Theater Department Production, directed by New York’s Epic Theater Company, and featuring my choreography and performance involvement. Performed at Smith College, January 2001.

 

Can’t Get There From Here, an evening length work featuring my solo choreography Hazards with music by Ann Peebles and the Memphis Horns and group piece Green Light, with music by Cake.  Performed by members of the 2003 MFA class.  Premiered at the Fall Grad Event; Smith College, December 14, 2001.

 

Eve, a duet with San Francisco-based dancer Nicole Nastari with music by Dead Can Dance.  Featured in Women’s Work Series, Venue 9; San Francisco, CA; May 16, 2000. Premiered at Danceworks; San Jose State University; San Jose, CA; April 23-24, 1999.

 

The Cycle of She: an evening length undergraduate thesis work with 3 dancers, 3 flutists, and an original music score. Senior Thesis Concert, Trinity College; Hartford, CT; May 1998.  Premiered at American College Dance Festival; Boston University, Boston, MA; February 1998.

 

The Last Day of Our Acquaintance: solo work choreographed on self with music by Sinead O’Connor for the Trinity College Fall Dance Concert, December 1996.

                                                                                                 

Her Purple Rain: solo work choreographed on self with music by Prince for Trinity College Dance Club Spring Performance, April 1995.

 

Fugue: solo work choreographed on self, with music by Beethoven, Trinity College Spring Dance Concert, April, 1995.

 

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

 

Three Courses, and Undercurrent: member of ensemble in two group works by first year Graduate Students.  Smith College Spring Grad Event, May 2003.

 

For the Asking: a solo work choreographed by Wendy Woodson and myself.  Performed at the American College Dance Festival, April 2003, Premiered at the Amherst College Faculty Dance Concert September, 2002

 

Bituminous: a group work choreographed by MFA colleague Megan Frazier.  Smith College MFA Concert, February, 2003.

 

Seabury 47 Series: Concert evening at Trinity College in Hartford, CT featuring my 3 of my works: "Wandering Echoes," "Walking with YiaYia Tana" and "Green Light."  September, 2002.

 

This Crazy Life is My Home: group work choreographed by New York based choreographer Edisa Weeks.  Performed at Concord Academy’s Summer Stages Dance Program, July 27, 2002.

 

Dog Day: a dance theater work by New York based choreographers Katie Workum and Leigh Garrett.  Performed at Concord Academy’s Summer Stages Dance Program, July 27, 2002.

 

Lux Aeterna: a group work by New York choreographer Lila York.  Performed at the Mt. Holyoke Spring Dance Concert, April 2002 and The Five College Dance Department Concert, February 2002.

 

Is this Desire: a group work choreographed by Jim Coleman and Terese Freedman.

Performed at the American College Dance Festival Gala Concert; February 2002 and at the Mount Holyoke Faculty Concert; October 2001.

 

The Big Box: Dancer in Graduate Thesis work by Smith MFA Cheri Soule and performed at The Smith College MFA Concert; February 2002.

 

Can’t Get There From Here: Evening Length Performance, Fall Grad Event; Smith College, December 2001.

 

An Evening of Fashion and Dance: The New Line of Darbery Stenderu. Choreographed by Maya Culbertson. Performed at the Hayes Valley Street Fair; San Francisco, CA; June 18, 1999.

 

Passion: an evening length dance choreographed by Eclipse Dance Theater at Dancer’s Group Studio Theater, San Francisco, CA; November 19-21, 1999.

 

Home: a Performance Art Piece, choreographed by Judy Dworin, Trinity College, December 1997.

 

Collide with the City: Group work by Trinity Guest Artist Tiffany Mills, Spring Dance Concert, Trinity College, 1998.

 

Musical-Theatre Revue: Annual Musical at Trinity College, directed by Gerald Moshell, Trinity College, October, 1996.

 

My Body, My Body: performed as a guest performer with the Judy Dworin Performance Ensemble, Trinity College, June, 1997, also, in The Trinity College Spring Dance Concert, April, 1996.

 

Fields: group piece choreographed by Judy Dworin; Trinity College Spring Dance Concert, April, 1996.

                        

Djole: Dances of Guinea, West Africa: African Dance piece by Abdoulaye Sylla, Trinity College Spring Dance Concert, April, 1996.

 

Short Stories:  a group work by Trinity Guest Artist Rebecca Lazier, Trinity College Spring Dance Concert, April, 1996.

 

Fields: group piece choreographed by Judy Dworin; Trinity College Spring Dance Concert, April, 1996.

 

A Hidden Ditch: Senior Thesis Concert piece by Amy Fink, Trinity College, February, 1996.

 

Archy and Mehitabel: Musical Theater play by George Kleinsinger, directed by Gerald Moshell, Trinity College, January, 1996.

 

The Frogs: Musical by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Gerald Moshell, Trinity College, January, 1995.

 

 

DANCE TRAINING

 

Ballet Technique:

2003: Rodger Blum; (Floor Barre) Smith College

2001-present: Tom Vacanti, Rodger Blum, Rose Flachs, Smith College
2001-Dan Joyce, Summer Stages Dance, Concord Academy
1994-1998: Douglas Boulivar, Trinity College

1980-1994: Kevin Milam, Cindy Bernshausen, Maryann Mayer, Shirley Benjamin; Performing Arts School of Worcester

 

Modern Technique:

Influences include Limón, Cunningham and Taylor, with personal movement styles borrowed from Hip-Hop, Ashtanga Yoga, Contact Improvisation and Pilates Alignment Methods.

 

2001-present: Mark Davis, Fritha Pengelly, Terese Freedman; Five College Dance Department

2001: Dan Wagoner, Edisa Weeks, Mark Haim, Sally Silvers, Heidi Latsky; Summer Stages Dance Program, Concord Academy

1999-2001: Robert Moses, Stephen Pelton, Cheryl Chaddick, Kathleen Hermesdorf, San Francisco, CA

1997: Risa Steinberg, Carla Maxwell, Jim West; Jose Limón Foundation, New York.

1994-1998:  Judy Dworin, Tiffany Mills, Rebecca Lazier, Lisa Race, Patricia Hoffbauer, Maureen Fleming, Pedro Alejandro; Trinity College and the Trinity College LaMaMa Performing Arts Program, New York.

 

Jazz Technique:

2001-2002: Billbob Brown: The University of Massachusetts, Amherst

1994-1998: Lisa Serrambana, Trinity College

1990-1994: Christine Carlson, Charlotte Klein Dance Center 

 

Composition:

2003: Choreography and Music; Instructors:  Rodger Blum and Julius Robinson, Smith College.

2002: Choreography and the Creative Process; Instructor:  Susan Waltner, Smith College.
1997: Repertoire and Performance, Instructor: Judy Dworin, Trinity College

1998: Repertoire and Performance; Instructor: Tiffany Mills, Trinity College

1995: Dance Composition; Instructor: Pedro Alejandro, Trinity College.

 

Other Areas of Dance Study:

2002: Afro-Brazilian Dance; Instructor: Augusto Soledade, Smith College

2002: Laban Movement Analysis; Instructor: Becky Nordstrom, Hampshire College

2001: Writing Dance; Instructor: Constance V. Hill, Smith College

1996: 20th Century Dance and Theater History; Instructors: Kat Power and Arthur Feinsod, Trinity College

1997: West African Dance; Instructor: Abdullaye Sylla, Trinity College

 

 

Dance Workshops:

2003: Intensive with Kathleen Hermesdorf at Mt. Holyoke College

2001: Dance Intensive at Summer Stages; Concord Academy, Amy Spencer and Richard Colton directors.
2000: ODC Workshop in San Francisco with Erica Essner

1999: Intensive Workshop with Joe Goode Performance Group, Dancers Group Studio Theater, San Francisco.

1997: Sevillanas Dance Workshop with Leni Gonzalez, Nerja, Spain

 

Acting:

1994-1998: Joshua Karter, Damian Popchristov, Jonah K. Emsig, and vocal training with Jonathan Hart Makwaia; Trinity College and the Trinity College LaMaMa Performing Arts Program, New York.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

 

Proficient in Operating Systems: Windows and OS10 for Mac.

Proficient in MSWord, Excel, Photoshop, Pagemaker, SoundEdit 16, iMovie, Final Cut Pro 3

Proficient in Digital Video Camera Use and Maintenance.

 

 

ARTS ADMINISTRATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Media Education Foundation Technical Intern:

Media Education Foundation, Northampton, MA; January, 2003

Film editing intern and research assistant for MEF educational films

 

Educational Student Developer:

Smith College-Northampton, MA; June 2002-September 2002

Served as Research Assistant and Course Developer for Smith College Dance Department Course: Dance and Technology, Instructor: Rodger Blum

 

Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator:

Driveway Corporation - San Francisco, CA; August 1999 – February 2001

 

Administrative Assistant:

Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week – San Francisco, CA; March 1999 – April 1999

 

Assistant to the Executive Director:

Performing Arts School - Framingham, MA; September 1998 – December 1998

 

Development Intern:

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival- Beckett, MA; June 1998 – September 1998

 

Box Office Assistant:

Trinity College Austin Arts Center- Hartford, CT; Spring 1998

 

Trinity Papers Editorial Board Member – editor of journal featuring essays published by Trinity College

Trinity College- Hartford, CT; Spring 1998

 

Public Relations and Translation Assistant:

Larumbe Danza (Modern Dance Company) - Madrid, Spain; January 1997 – June 1997

 

Archival Intern:

Limón Foundation – New York, NY; December 1996 – May 1997

 

President:

Trinity Unlimited Dance Company – Hartford, CT; 1997-1998

 

 

References: Available on request