October 6th at 8:00 pm

Una Sera di Danza

Dance works by Indepent Choreographers:
Melissa Chisena
, Kate Jordan, Tara Madsen

Kate Jordan
Una Sera di Danza: Premier of an evocative, dynamically charged solo featuring Philadelphia-based dancer Lindsay Delooze.

Kate holds an MFA in Dance from SUNY Brockport and BS in Marketing from Grove City College. She has trained throughout the Pittsburgh, Chicago and Rochester (NY) areas at Point Park College, Slippery Rock University, Joel Hall Dance Center, Lou Conte Dance Center and Garth Fagan Dance. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2004, Kate has performed with MERGE Dance/Meghan Durham, 7Dance Company, At Marah Dance Theatre, Co-art Dance Company and Gwendolyn Bye's Dancefusion. She has taught at DeSales University, Messiah Dance Works and Jeanne Ruddy Dance. For more information, please visit www.katejordan.net

Melissa Caterina Chisena
Una Sera di Danza: Wonderfully fierce dancing in collaboration with original music fuse together to create a brilliant union between the dancer and the instruments.

Melissa Chisena started her dance career with the New Paltz Ballet Theatre, dancing and training for Peter and Lisa Naumann. At the age of seventeen, she went to dance professionally with The North Carolina Dance Theatre, and after with The Richmond Ballet. Melissa began exploring and falling in love with modern dance during her summers at The American Dance Festival. At the festival, she was chosen to perform a work choreographed by Miguel Rhobles as a part of the International Choreographer’s Commissioning Program and a work choreographed by Richard Siegal. Melissa also has been a guest artist at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Her own choreography has been featured at The North Carolina Dance Theatre, Richmond Ballet, American Dance Festival, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, Regional Dance America and various dance competitions across the United States. Melissa is currently dancing with Tania Isaac Dance, Merge Dance, PIMA Group, and does her own solo work in Philadelphia, PA.

Tara Lynne Madsen

Una Sera di Danza: Tara will be presenting two new solo works performed by Josh Knowlton (NYC Based Dancer) and Tara Madsen. Original music created by Peter Jones will accompany both pieces.

Tara Madsen, originally from New Jersey, earned her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Smith College where she was awarded a teaching fellowship and the Gretchen K Moran Scholarship. She is currently performing with the Tania Isaac Dance Company. She has presented her original choreography internationally at The 33rd International Choreographers Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland at The Roxy House Theater as well as The 28th International Choreographer’s Showcase in Barcelona at Mercat de les Flors-Ciutat del Teatre and in Madrid at Sala Cuarta Pared presented by Dance Forms Productions. Nationally, she has presented her work at various venues such as PS 122 in NYC, the Solar Powered Dance Festival 2005 and 2006 in NYC, The Monterey Dance Fest in California, The Durham Arts Council in North Carolina and the American College Dance Festival Association. She is currently adjunct faculty at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. In the spring of 2007 her work "Breaking Ground" (2006) was commisioned for the DeSales University Dance Ensemble concert. She received her BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded "The Outstanding Choreographer Award" and the Lucy Isaac Sack Scholarship. Tara is also a Certified GYROTONIC® instructor at The Balance Point in Philadelphia.