Jody Weber, Artistic Director
Dr. Jody Weber received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1988, an M.A. from American University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in dance history from Boston University in 2005. Her choreography has been presented through numerous local outlets as well as venues in New York City, Maine, Washington D.C., Central Florida and Alaska. In the 2001, 2005, 2009 & 2013 seasons, DR. Weber received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Somerville Arts Council to support her choreography. She has also been the recipient of a choreographic fellowship for a two residencies at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia. She is pleased to be the recipient of the Boston Center for the Arts Choreographic residency for fall 2013. From 2000-2005, she worked as Co-Executive Director of Green Street Studios Center for Movement and Dance where she continues to teach technique classes. Dr. Weber has worked as part time faculty at Stonehill College, Bates College, Emerson College, Salem State College and The College of the Holy Cross. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Dance at Bridgewater State College. Dr. Weber’s historical research has been presented through the Dance History Scholars Conference held at the New York Public Library in 1993 and through the Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater State College in 1999. Her first book, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston, Was published in 2009 by Cambria Press.
Adriane Brayton, born in Boston, began dancing at a young age with Anna Myer, and Boston Dance Company. She later attended the Boston Arts Academy where she was able to perform the works of Jose Limon, Pedro Ruiz, and Nathan Trice. Adriane is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she studied with faculty David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Shani Collins, and Derrick Yanford. While in college she was able to perform the works of Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Nicholas Leichter, Colleen Thomas, Laura Dean and Kyle Abraham. Her work, And Then There Were Two was selected for inclusion in the American College Dance Festival in 2009 and was also performed at the This/That show in Boston 2009. After graduating in 2011 with BAs in Dance and Biological Sciences, Adriane moved to Boston to follow her passion for dance and choreography. She is extremely excited to be working with Weber Dance and Anna Myer and Dancers.
SHANNON HUMPHREYS grew up dancing in Orlando, FL, received a BA (Hons) in Dance from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England and has performed on the east coast with theater groups, opera companies, at the Orlando International Fringe Festival and with regional ballet and modern dance companies including Weber Dance (1998-2001 and 2003-present) and with Voci Dance while residing in Florida from 2001-2003. She is currently a resident artist member of the Brickbottom Artist Community in Somerville. Shannon is also an amateur graphic designer and is proud to have contributed her skills to the logo and marketing pieces for Weber Dance for the past several years. Being a part of Weber Dance for more than a decade now has had an enormous impact on the trajectory of her life and personal evolution and for this she is extraordinarily grateful.
KRISTY KUHN has planted herself in Boston after happily dancing and teaching in/around NYC for many years. She has worked with Gina Gibney Dance, Jenni Hong Dance, Treehouse Shakers and other wonderful artists in NY and Prometheus Dance, Kelley Donovan and Dancers and Stephanie Heroux in Boston. She received an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Biology and Dance minor from Bucknell University, where she recently taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Kristy is a 500hr certified yoga teacher and personal trainer and loves integrating her passions for movement, science and living/learning/growing through her studies and teachings of yoga, dance, and other movement practices. Kristy is delighted and grateful to be working with Weber Dance!
JENNIFER ROBERTS is a recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College where she began her formal training in dance. Thanks to the brilliant faculty of the Five College Dance Department, she’s encountered many forms of dance and the different pedagogies for engaging and teaching non-traditional movers. Jennifer has had the opportunity to perform works by wonderful choreographers including Katie Martin, Ranjanaa Devi, Camille A. Brown, Carl Flink, Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman at venues throughout New York, the Pioneer Valley and the Midwest. In addition to performing, she has been awarded grants to pursue her independent work in dance and liturgy. Recently Jennifer has had the honor of performing for the Boston based companies Quicksilver Dance and Angie Moon Dance Theater. When not in the studio, Jennifer can be found indulging in good fiction, good food, or a good nap. Jennifer appreciates the opportunity to dance with and learn from the wonderful movers of Jody Weber Dance.
Jennifer Sylvia grew up dancing at The Gold’s School in Brockton, MA. She has also trained with numerous teachers in New York City. She began her professional career at Tokyo Disney Land and has been teaching and choreographing at numerous studios in the south coast for the past five years. Jennifer also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Bridgewater State University. Jennifer is very grateful and excited to be dancing with Weber Dance.