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Current Member Biographies
Sonja Head Sonja Brodt

A Connecticut native, Sonja first set foot in the Davis dance scene in 1990-92, when she became a founding member of the Bonnie McNeely Dance Company. After several years living in Hawaii, she returned in 1999 and has been performing and creating dances in Davis ever since. Her creative focus draws on her background in the natural sciences and fuses elements of classical ballet, modern dance, Hawaiian hula, East Indian dance, and Japanese butoh to portray ecological concepts and to celebrate the human connection to the landscape. Her company, Ecokinesis Dance Company, has performed at the Whole Earth Festival in Davis, the Hoes Down Harvest Festival in Guinda, the Redding Spring Dance Concert, Village Homes in Davis, and Pamela Trokanski’s Davis Dance Project. Sonja also performs and choreographs for the Applegate Dance Company in Davis. Additional performance credits include Iona Pear Dance Theatre, a butoh-modern dance fusion company in Honolulu, and a reconstruction of Doris Humphrey’s Passacaglia, with Limon Dance Company veterans Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin at the University of Hawaii. Sonja teaches occasional ballet and modern technique classes at the Applegate Dance Studio and has created a course in Environmental Dance Composition at her alma mater, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia. When she is not dancing, Sonja researches issues in agricultural sustainability at UC Davis.

   

Robin Carlson

Robin has been dancing since she was in kindergarten, and has performed in at least one show (professional or student) every year since then.  Her dance training has included ballet, modern, jazz, African and improvisational technique.  During the 1990/91 school year, she danced with the Momentum Dance Company.  From fall 1989 through spring 1993, fall 2000 to spring 2004, and fall 2006 to spring 2007, she has performed with the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theater.  Her own choreography has included ten solos performed in student shows in Davis, Santa Cruz and Chicago between 1990 and 2002.  In addition, she choreographed 3 group pieces and one solo for the 2003 Blueprint Dance Company performance, and another 3 group pieces and one solo for the 2004 BDC performance.  Robin is a co-founder and co-director of BDC.  She will be presenting all new works in the upcoming 2007 BDC show.

   

Courtney Siperstein Cook

Courtney has been dancing since she was six. Beginning in Marin, she learned ballet and was introduced to jazz. In Davis, she explored jazz at the Pamela Trokanski Dance Workshop and studied hip-hop, African, belly dance, improvisation, choreography and modern dance. In 7th grade, ’99-’00 season, she began performing as a member of the Third Stage Dance Company, and enjoyed the company of this wonderful age range of dancers for two seasons. In the school year of ’02-‘03, 10th grade, she was a member of the Davis Senior High School’s Momentum Dance company as a dancer and choreographer, and learned how a production is created. The following year she joined the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theater for the ’03-’05 seasons. In January of ’07 she began dancing with Blue Print and looks forward to the variety of ideas and choreographers. She has also begun to learn the styles of Polynesian dance, including Hawaiian, Maori, and Tahitian. Throughout the years, Courtney has found the most freedom and potential for expression in modern dance, and Blue Print Dance Company seems to agree with these ideas with much enthusiasm.

   

Cathy Dean

Cathy's dance career began with an impromptu dance performance at a family reunion when she was five. Since then, she's appeared in slightly more formal dance concerts including works by contemporary choreographer Lea Anderson. Along with having an opportunity to choreograph and perform at UC Davis, Cathy has also had the good fortune to join the Linda Bair Dance Company and has been a member since 2003 (of which she will always be grateful). She has a B.A. in English and is currently working on her M.B.A. at San Jose State University. She enjoys songwriting in her spare time.
   

Cassie Gardner

Cassie Gardner

Cassie is thrilled to be working with Blueprint Dance Company again. She began her dance training in Modesto as a child and has continued dancing ever since. She is a lifetime member of the Linda Bair Dance Company and is a guest choreographer and assistant director for the Modesto High School dance department. She graduated from UC Davis in 1999 with a B.S. in Plant Biology and is currently working on her MBA at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

 

   
Jean Larock

Jean Larock

Jean began ballet training locally with Katie Heil at age five. She earned her Advanced certificate from the Royal Academy of Dancing in 1992. At Davis High School, she performed with and choreographed for the Jazz Choir, Momentum Dance company, and muasical theater productions. She continued her training in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap at UC Irvine, where she appeared in numerous faculty and student works and graduated with a B.A. in dance in 1998. Her experience also includes teaching ballet to children and teens. Jean has been a member of the Linda Bair Dance Company in Davis since 2004. She is thrilled to perform with Blueprint Dance Company again this year.

   
Kim Baxter

Kimberly Baxter Mittra

Kimberly began dancing in 1989.  She has had training in modern, jazz, ballet, African and improvisational technique.  She performed with the Momentum Dance Company in 1991 and 1992, with the Pamela Trokanski Dance Theater from 1991 through 1993, and in student productions at San Francisco State University and UC Davis.  She choreographed and danced for Blueprint Dance Company in 2003 and 2004, and is excited to be working with the company again. When not dancing, Kimberly trains and competes in agility with her Labrador Retriever. She currently lives and works in the Bay Area
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Amy Taylor

Amy grew up in Davis and began dancing at age 5 with Lisa Applegate. She was a member of Applegate Dance Company from 1994-2001 and Pamela Trokanski's Momentum Dance Company from 1999-2001. She then studied dance at UC Irvine where she was a member of Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble. While at UCI, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to perform works by such artists as Donald McKayle, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, and Jose Limon. She received her B.F.A. in 2005. After travelling to New York to perform in Bob Boross' "Empty Sky", she returned to Davis and began choreographing for the Davis High School Drama Department and the Davis High School Jazz Choir. She is happy to performing with Blueprint Dance Company this summer.
   
Past Members
Katherine Chaney

Katie Farenchak

Katherine Chaney - 2004

Katie Farenchak - 2004 Pilar Floyd - 2003
     
Diane Iverson Leslie Johson

Jacinda Kee

Diane Iverson - 2003 Leslie Johnson - 2004 Jacinda Kee - 2004
     

Nicole Manker

Andrea Masten

Jessica Munn

Nicole Manker - 2003 Andrea Masten - 2004 Jessica Munn - 2003/04
     
Sunny Stoltz  

Katie O'Rourke - 2003

Sunny Stoltz - 2004

 

 



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