Erin Carr loves teaching with Pones because they are focused on moving the community forward, both literally and figuratively. Pones believes that through movement we can find our self-expression and they provide these opportunities for all ages – whether it is for veterans or for students trying to grasp new math techniques, Pones uses dance and movement to connect individuals to themselves and their class/community. “It’s an honor to work with an artistic company that truly walks the talk.”
Ian Forsgren finds it a privilege to be part of the Pones education team. Teaching over the years has provided Ian with countless opportunities to expand his own knowledge, share meaningful experiences and help create connections in a myriad of communities. From young children to adults of all shapes, backgrounds, and experience, Pones always enables Ian to explore and create connections in new and exciting ways through movement and dance, his favorite way to grow and learn with everyone!
To Jackie Smith Pones is all about movement. Of course it’s about moving your body, but it’s so much more than that. Through Pones’ programs we help move people’s spirits, moods, social consciousness, and perspectives. As a teaching artist for Pones, Jackie has the opportunity to experience and help our community get up and get moving!
Donna Rubin discovered her love of dance as a teenager when she started training in ballet, jazz and modern in Pittsburgh. She continued dedicated studies while earning her BFA in theater performance at CCM. Post undergrad she created choreography and direction for numerous productions in greater Cincinnati and later in SF. While living in SF she immersed herself in the wealth of dance training and performance opportunities available there. Donna has been working with children creatively throughout her life. She receives great joy in her work as a teaching artist for Pones and is honored to have helped develop a movement class for Pones’Art’s in Healing program, where she teaches healing movement to veterans. Donna believes Dance to be a powerful tool of Healing, Community, and Liberation.
Amy Tuttle is a passionate practitioner of Arts & Healing. She grew up in the dance community- studying ballet, jazz, and modern dance from childhood. She views dance & creative movement as beneficial tools for communities and individuals to process difficult experiences, build resilience, and cultivate their sense of purpose. Tuttle is thrilled to be teaching with Pones!
Julie Locker‘s career in the performing arts began with ballet classes when she was four years old, so she understands the power of arts education to change hearts and minds. She is proud to teach with Pones because she gets to see so much diversity in her classes, and because she teaches not just technique, but the use of movement to express inner truth.
Hattie Clark finds it an honor to teach with Pones. She began dancing later in life and found it to be a form of expression she has needed. Teaching through Pones allows her to share this love of dance with others and to let individuals know it’s never too late to start dancing.
Christina Bolden is a performing and teaching artist as well as choreographer. Her modern and folkloric dance teaching credits include Xavier University, Contemporary Dance Theater, and Cincinnati Yoga School. She has choreographed various pieces such as Limitations, Visions of my Nightingale, and Movement for Postludes. She has performed works by Peter Anastos, Glenda Figueiredo, and Flora Leptak- Moreau. She also serves as a dance judge for the Cincinnati Overture Awards. Ms.Bolden was recently accepted into the MFA dance program at St. Mary’s College of California. Her research interests vary from ethno choreographic studies of Hellenic culture to somatic practices in spirituality. She is the recipient of the Lawrence J. Flynn Award.
Nicole A. Hershey is a freelance dancer, actor, and choreographer with a BA in dance and psychology from the University of Iowa. She has trained in a wide range of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, and improvisation, as well as breathwork healer training, and is currently a student massage therapist at SHI Integrative Medical Massage School. Nicole has taught in a variety of settings from studios and schools to workshops and summer camps, and she is especially passionate about helping people find healing through creative movement. Her favorite such collaboration was with Iowa Juvenile Home. Locally, Nicole has worked with companies like Know Theatre of Cincinnati, InBocca Performance, Mutual Dance Theatre, and Pones, and has produced her own work at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
Katie Baskerville began dancing in tap and ballet at the age of 3 and through her years in dance classes learned the power of finding self-confidence through movement. She finds teaching with the Pones education team to be such a joy because Pones values the voices of each of their students and as teachers we get the opportunity to empower students with new ways to express themselves.
Jensen Riley is a local dancer, actress, and circus performer. She has been training in the performing arts since she was three years old and never plans on stopping. She feels blessed that Pones has provided her with the opportunity to connect and share her passion for dance with the community.
Amy Siler believes humans are innately creative and artistic. Dance and movement is the essence of the human experience and it therefore makes sense that arts integrated learning would be so effective. She implements her Masters in Teaching with her BA in Theatre and Dance to cultivate an engaging environment for her students.
Kate Stark loves teaching students of all ages through Pones, Cincinnati Ballet, and Dancing with Parkinson’s. She performs locally with groups like The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, The Carnegie, Cincinnati Landmark Productions, InBocca Performance, and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. When not teaching or on stage, Kate enjoys snuggling her pups Tallulah and Mookie, and renovating an Airstream trailer with her fiancé Keith.
Dani Clark is an artist educator, Narrative Medicine practitioner, and researcher. She investigates the healing capabilities of the arts through poetry, radical listening, mindful movement, and narrative-sharing. To her, the arts offer opportunities for all those who deliver and receive care to attune to, and deeply engage with, self and others. Dani celebrates the opportunity to teach with Pones!