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“Concerning Proximity”, choreographed by guest artist Maria Bauman. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.

Choreographers Rob Petres and Pam England share the stage regularly with Artist Associates Amy Page, Kat Legault, Victoria Fink, and Tommy Parlon. Collaborators and guest artists have included Karl Anderson/ SLAMFEST, Maria Bauman, the VON HOWARD PROJECT, Zen Monkey Project, Ray Eliot Schwartz, Chris Lancaster, Damion Bond, Julie Mayo/Dim Sum Dance, Starr Foster Dance Project, Grady Smith, Live Arts Theater, and Paule Turner/COURT.

COMPANY BIOGRAPHIES

Pam EnglandChoreographer, Co Artistic Director, is a co-founder of Ground Zero Dance Company. She holds a BFA in Modern Dance and Choreography from VCU and an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University. She has performed with Center Dance Ensemble and Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre in Phoenix, Steve’s House Dance Collective, and Chris Burnside and Dancers in Richmond, and Tommy Parlon Dance Project in DC. She co-produced her work with Cooper/England Dance Works and has had her work presented by Center Dance Ensemble, Tommy Parlon Dance Project, Capitol Arts Project, DC and The University of Richmond. In 1998 as an extension to her movement studies, she apprenticed with Romana Kryzanowska in New York and was certified by her in the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning in 1999. In 2000 she co-founded Ground Zero Dance. She has taught at numerous studios, VCU, and was a guest artist at ACDFA. She has been the owner of The Pilates Fitness Studio since 2001 and teaches technique and choreography at The University of Richmond. In 2012 she was presented with the Teresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts – Dance. It has been her continuing pleasure to be involved in Ground Zero’s collective effort to make modern dance more accessible and prominent in the Richmond area.

Victoria Fink, Choreographer, is currently the full-time dance teacher at Henrico High School, Center for the Arts (CFA) Dance program which is an honors/college preparatory dance program that provides opportunities for performance showcasing student achievement, core dance technique, and academic classes. Vicki earned a BFA in Theater and a Minor in Dance from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned an MFA in Dance at Temple University where she earned a choreography scholarship for her senior thesis project and was an adjunct faculty member for three years. In 2008, she earned her Education License degree to teach K-12. She has danced professionally in New York, Philadelphia and in Richmond, Virginia. In 2009 she was awarded a full scholarship to attend Bates Dance Festival as a student. Her choreography has been showcased at the 1998 American Dance Festival, 1999 American College Dance Festival, 2000 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and 2010 and 2013 Regional and National Dance Festival. In addition, Vicki has a 600 hour certification with the Yoga Alliance and a 200 hour affiliation with Anusara yoga. She incorporates yoga into her daily teaching of dance. Her dance training and teaching style is an eclectic blend of somatic dance and traditional modern dance forms. She is continuously striving to become more aware of the moving mind and body in space and how to share that information with her students and audiences.

Kathleen LegaultArtistic Associate and Rehearsal Mistress, holds a degree in History and Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam where she began dancing under Diane Defries and Don Borsh. Her training includes Klein Technique, Elements of Body Alignment and Graduate studies at SUNY Purchase in dance and choreography where she trained under Kazuko Hirabiashi, Megan Williams, Ted Kivitt, Kevin Winn and Neil Greenberg among others; taught Modern Dance; and received The President’s Award for Excellence. Ms. Legault has performed with Richmond Performing Arts Collective, Steve’s House Dance Collective, Starr Foster Dance Project, Lane Gifford, Sidra Bell, Victoria Skinner, JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Pam England, Dim Sum Dance, Nouvelle Burlesque and with Ground Zero Dance Company.

Lea Marshall is co-founder and Executive Director of GZD, and Interim Chair at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance & Choreography.  Since co-founding GZD in 2000, Marshall has secured funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, among others, and has produced the work of local, regional and national choreographers in a range of venues. In addition to her administrative work, Lea is a freelance writer for national publications Dance MagazineDance TeacherPointe, and others, as well as dance critic for Richmond’s Style Weekly. She is a member of the Dance Critics Association, and covered the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as a dance critic from 2004-2008. Lea began studying dance in college under Juanita Wilson, Mary Marshall, and Robert Cook. She performed in various productions with Live Arts Theater Ensemble (Charlottesville, VA) since 1993, including Hamletmachine,All in the Timing, and Cabaret. From 1998-2000 she danced with Steve’s House Dance Collective before helping to found Ground Zero Dance. She has performed with GZD in Richmond, Charlottesville, New York, at the 2000 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and at the 2008 Performatica Festival in Cholula, Mexico. From 2004-2005, Lea served as Administrative Coordinator for the Live Arts Technical Team, American High School Theater Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Lea received a BA in English from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Creative Writing – Poetry from VCU. Her creative work has appeared in B O D YMenacing HedgeP.Q. LeerHayden’s Ferry Reviewdiode poetry journalMoon Milk ReviewMiracle Monocle, Anderbo.com, and elsewhere.

Amy Page, Artistic Associate, holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Company memberships have included Nancy Meehan Dance Company (NY), Flexicurve (NY), Thodos Dance Chicago, Lucky Plush Productions (Chicago), and Starr Foster Dance Project (RVA). In Richmond, she has performed with Amy Kaeberle funded by VCUarts and Pam England of Ground Zero Dance Company. Amy has created costumes for Hubbard Street 2, Thodos Dance Chicago, Columbia College (Chicago), Shirley Mordine and Company, West End Academy of Dance, and Amy Kaeberle. Her choreography was commissioned and acquired by Z Mullins Dance Company/RADAR, Riverside/Brookfield High School, Thodos Dance Chicago, Impetus Dance Theater, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as well as presenting her own work at the Dance Chicago festival, Jennifer Muller/The Works’ Hatch program (New York), and at Stage One Theater Company. She is currently on faculty at The College of William and Mary, St. Christopher’s School, Jessica Morgan School of Dance, and Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology. Amy is an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. She is grateful for the opportunity to have work presented by Dogtown Dance Theater and GZDC.

Rob PetresChoreographer, is a co-founder of Ground Zero Dance and Artistic Director of Dogtown Dance Theatre. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1992 with a BFA in dance and choreography. In 1993 he co-founded the Richmond-based Steve’s House Dance Collective with Ray Schwartz, where he worked as a choreographer, dancer, technical director, and lighting designer. He has served as a technical coordinator for Dance Theater Workshop, and as Technical Director and Lighting Designer for Live Arts Theater Ensemble in Charlottesville, VA. Rob has performed with the Zen Monkey Project, Cooper/England Dance Works, Chris Burnside and Dancers, and has choreographed for Live Arts Theater Ensemble, including CabaretJesus Christ SuperstarThe Rocky Horror Picture ShowBatboyFloyd Collins, and Urinetown. His work has been presented by VCU, Yes, Virginia Dance! and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. From 2004-2005 Rob served as Technical Coordinator for the American High School Theatre Festival at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Rob was awarded a 2004 Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography to assist in the creation of Moment of Flight, a groundbreaking dance theater work that premiered at Live Arts Theater in Charlottesville, VA in 2005 and in Richmond, VA in 2006 to rave reviews. Rob is the recipient of the 2009 Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts – Dance, awarded by Richmond Magazine.

Tommy ParlonArtistic Associate, received his MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and his BFA in Dance and Choreography from VCU. While living in New York City, he danced with J. Fregalette Janson Dance, Centaur Dance Theatre, Beyondance Inc! and the Paris-based multimedia performance art company FIASCO. His repertory includes pieces by Doug Varone, Stephen Petronio, Laura Dean and Elizabeth Streb. His choreography has been produced throughout the U.S. by Cooper/England Dance Works, Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre, Concert Ballet of Virginia, Steve’s House Dance Collective, and the Transient Group, of which he was a founding member. From 1998-2002 he was Assistant Professor of Dance at Kent State University. Tommy currently resides in Maryland.