4/20/17 – STEAM Conversation

Move your mindMove Your Mind
April 20, 2017

Lower Level Lunder
1801 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
Cambridge Creativity Commons and Catalyst Conversations are pleased to present the Fourth Annual STEAM Conversation: Move Your Mind. This is an interactive conversation for all ages exploring and experiencing creativity through the intersection of science and dance with professional dancers, choreographers and scientists!

Join us April 20th from 3pm – 5pm at Lesley University College of Art and Design in partnership with the MIT Cambridge Science Festival. Presenters include, choreographer and executive director of the Dance Complex Peter Dimuro, scientist and co-founder of Gique, Ashli Polanco and performing arts professor and educator at Bridgewater State and The Sage School, Danielle Bazinet. We hope to see you at this engaging event to move your mind and body!

Image credit: Courtesy Weber Dance, photo by Chris Engle

Dance Complex Executive Director, Peter DiMuro has woven a career as a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, facilitator and arts engager, touring and teaching internationally. He was Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 2003-2008, capping a 15 year relationship as performer and lead-artist with the company founded by MacArthur "Genius" Lerman. His current creative umbrella is Public Displays of Motion, a company that develops and performs artistic works and cultivates dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. The company was recently awarded a Boston Center for the Arts residency, as well as the Boston Dance Alliance's 2014/15 Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship. In his earlier Boston years, he created work with his own Peter DiMuro Performance Associates and danced with Gerri Houlihan, Ruth Birnberg, Susan Rose and in the eclectic repertory (Bebe Miller, Lucinda Childs, Charles Moulton, Wendy Perron) of Concert Dance Company. He made his professional debut at what is now The Dance Complex's Julie Ince Thompson Theatre. He has served on the boards of the Dance Umbrella/Boston, National Performance Network, Dance/USA, Capitol Region Educators in Dance Organization, and as a mentor and panelist for New England Foundation for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, DC Commission for the Arts. He is host and creative consultant to VelocityDC, an annual DC based showcase for the region’s eclectic dance companies.

Ashli Polanco enjoys combining her passion for dance with her interests in STEM. She attended Boston and Lowell Public schools before attending MIT where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry by 2012. At MIT, Ashli performed and competed with several hip-hop dance teams throughout Boston while interning at the Broad Institute's Cancer Program performing research on melanoma. Upon graduation, she worked for 3 years as a Process Development Associate at the Broad Institute's Technology Development Lab and is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the UMass Lowell, where her current research project involves the development of polymers and nanocomposite materials for industrial applications. In 2014, Ashli co-founded a non-profit organization, Gique (pronounced “geek”), to inspire and educate youth in science, technology, engineering, art, & math (STEAM) through community educational programs. In 2015, Gique launched its first Science Can Dance! Program where students learned fundamental science topics through dance choreography. Since then, Ashli has led eight other successful Science Can Dance! programs in Boston, Cambridge, and San Francisco; and was featured on PBS NOVA's School of the Future Series.

Danielle Bazinet is the Arts Department Chair and Performing Arts Teacher at The Sage School. She has been a faculty member at Sage for thirteen years and loves teaching curious, reflective and passionate artists. Prior to working at Sage, she completed her masters’ degree in Dance and Dance Education at New York University and holds a bachelor's degree in Theater Education and Communications from Regis College. Danielle is also an adjunct professor at Bridgewater State University in the Dance Education Program. Her most recent professional development experiences include, consulting on the Massachusetts state dance teacher exam and helping to create the Massachusetts state chapter for the National Dance Education Organization. She has also helped create the STEAM program at the Sage School. Prior to her teaching career Danielle co-founded and directed the Regis College Dance Company and was a member of the New York University Kaleidoscope Dance Ensemble.