Sue Roginski graduated from Wesleyan University in 1987 with a BA in Dance and from the University of California-Riverside in 2007 with an MFA in Dance (experimental choreography). She is a dance artist and educator who has produced her own work as well as performances to benefit Project Inform, Breast Cancer Action, and Women’s Cancer Resource Center. In the past several years, Sue has had the opportunity to share work locally, in San Francisco, in Los Angeles, and Pasadena. She divides her time between Riverside and San Francisco where she had a ten year career as dancer and collaborator with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. Sue has had the opportunity to work with Dandelion Dancetheater and Christy Funsch on several projects in the Bay Area and in socal. Her recent work is influenced by her dancing and improvising with Susan Rose and Dancers. She creates choreography and teaches improvisation with local dance artists within the contexts of open process, counterpoint/shift, leaving fear at the door and more recently Peer Practice (a collaboration with Constance Clare-Newman and Brittany Delaney). Currently she teaches dance at Riverside City College and is a teaching artist at McCallum Theatre Education.
Julie Satow Freeman is currently Chair of the Department of Dance at Mt. San Jacinto College where she has taught as part of the dance faculty for almost 20 years. She has an avid interest in teaching and in creating choreography and works with students as well as community dancers. She has performed extensively with the companies of Stephanie Gilliland and Dancers, Groundwork, and Liz Davidow and Dancers. Performance highlights include dancing at the Japan American Theatre as part of the Olympic Arts Festival, as well as in the full-length opera, Les Noces, and performing solo work at the Edinburgh Arts Festival Fringe in Scotland where Julie received critical praise for her performance and choreography. In collaboration with Sue Roginski, she co-founded P.L.A.C.E. Performance, a dance collective that is committed to creating community by providing supportive, non-competitive performance opportunities for dance artists in the Riverside County area. Julie recently fulfilled a long held dream and completed an M.F.A. in Dance, with a focus in Experimental Choreography, at the University of California, Riverside. She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, and an MFA Graduate Fellowship, and is a two-time fellow in the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts. Currently, Julie is a Brithinee Fellow at the Culver Center of the Arts where she works with two beautiful dancers, Stella Aryan and Casey Auvant, in a process that investigates, twists, and highlights the mundane and the absurd of shared common experience and everyday life. Julie is also the mother of three children who have taught her much about life, love, and living authentically.
April Rhodes graduated from the University of California, Riverside, Department of Dance, and examined intersections of dance and visual art and site specific choreography. It was during a collaboration on site specific dance in Idyllwild, Ca., that April reconnected with her beloved mentors at Mt. San Jacinto College and met Sue Roginski. It is with great pleasure in the meeting of dance minds that April is a member of P.L.A.C.E!d has since worked as a dance teaching artist for various art councils, museums, and presently for the McCallum Theatre Institute in Palm Desert, Ca. An emphasis in experimental choreography at UCR’s dance department afforded opportunities for April to examine intersections of dance and visual art and site specific choreography. It was during a collaboration on site specific dance in Idyllwild, Ca., that April reconnected with her beloved mentors at Mt. San Jacinto College and met Sue Roginski. It is with great pleasure in the meeting of dance minds that April is a member of P.L.A.C.E!
Tracy Tom-Hoon is a local Riverside dancer and choreographer. Tracy is involved in the local art community, learning and finding inspiration from other artists’ and their respective medium. Tracy can be found quietly observing, poking around and seeking the next everyday influence to generate new work.
Irvin Gonzalez is a Ph.D. student in the Critical Dance Studies program at the University of California, Riverside, where he completed his undergraduate work in 2012, graduating with degrees in English and Dance. He is a Gluck Fellow and is a recipient of the prestigious Eugene Cota Robles Fellowship. He has had the honor of presenting dance work at the Society of Dance History Scholars Conference in 2013, and has aided in hosting a variety of contact improvisation workshops within the Inland Empire. He is currently a dancer for counterpoint/shift and WHAT Dance Theatre. Additionally he works as intern for Trolley Dances Riverside and is a member of P.L.A.C.E. Performance, a nonprofit organization working to bring arts to the I.E. community. He, alongside three other dance colleagues, is director of Elokú Dance Company, which has had the opportunity of debuting pieces in the Inland Empire and New York. Irvin is currently researching autobiographical dance, and is interested in exploring the ways marginalized and minority groups are able to use dance and movement as means of creating a voice for themselves within the United States.
Alexis A Weisbrod received her BFA in Dance from University of Minnesota and her PhD in Critical Dance Studies from UC Riverside. Alexis has studied through the United States and Europe including University of Minnesota, CalArts, Alvin Ailey School, and Edge Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She has performed at venues nationally and internationally, including Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), The Southern Theater (Minneapolis), Tanzsommer (Innsbruck, Austria) and her choreography has been seen at the University of California, Riverside, Mt. San Jacinto College, and University of Minnesota. Currently Alexis is Associate Director for ORT America – Michigan Region.
C.J. Logel attended Riverside City College and the University of California, Riverside, where he received his BA in Dance in 2011. He has had the privilege of training with Stephanie Gilliland, Neil Greenberg, Kelli King, Wendy Rogers, Susan Rose and Joel Smith. Since graduation, he has been improvising weekly with Sue Roginski. He was a member of Alias Movement (AD: Natalia Morales and Alexis A Weisbrod), was selected to perform in Trolley Dances Riverside, 2012, and was a member of the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company. C.J. is currently dancing with Julie Freeman, Sue Roginski, and Intersect Dance Theatre (AD: Sofia Carreras). Through his affiliation with P.L.A.C.E. Performance, he has had the opportunity to dance, teach, and choreograph throughout Riverside County. He is so grateful for all of those opportunities and is excited to continue his journey with P.L.A.C.E.
Preet Mutneja enjoys dance. Whether it be taking a challenging dance class, attending an inspiring performance, or supporting local dance, Preet does not miss an opportunity. Preet fell in love with dance while taking his first dance class at MSJC Menifee in 2009 (Beginning Jazz, taught by Alexis Weisbrod – who remains his favorite dance teacher). Preet has performed at an MSJC dance concert (under the direction of Alexis). In 2011, Preet facilitated the establishment of Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California. He was an apprentice with the Avocado Dance Theatre for the 2011-2012 season, and performed at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. In 2013, Preet helped to establish the Alias Movement Center, a dance and fitness studio in Murrieta that gave the local community an opportunity to dance. Through his engagements with dance, Preet has met some lovely people who educate and inspire. Preet is honored to be a part of P.L.A.C.E. and, from the looks of it, will continue to enjoy and support dance.