The LMproject dance company was developed in the summer of 2005 by a group of dancers in New York City who were looking to spread their knowledge of dance and movement to children who were eager to learn how to move. The company’s first performance was at The International Children’s Festival at Wolf Trap Performing Arts Pavilion in Virginia.
Artistic Director of the company, Alisa Claire, was first part of this festival as a child. She remembered how inspiring it was then. “I’ve cherished these memories for years. Its time to pass on some of the knowledge and confidence I’ve gained from that experience.” LMproject will now be performing its sixth year with the festival.
Since working with The Fairfax Arts Council and The International Children’s Festival, LM has broadened their educational programming to schools, festivals, and other organizations. Recently the company joined the Creative Arts Program, hoping to inspire and spread their love of dance and passion of performing. LM highly believes that a strong passion for the performing arts can be appreciated through performance but achieved through participation. They aim to showcase different styles of dance and music while displaying the variety of ways in which these expressions can interact.
LMproject was designed to create an outlet for creativity and inspiration through movement, instill a sense of confidence and spread a love for dance and passion of performing through our hands on learning experience.
ALISA CLAIRE (Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer)
is originally from Washington, D.C. and received her degree from Dean College School of Dance in Massachusetts. She has performed the works of Aszure Barton, Ayelen Librona, David Parson, Chung-Fu Chang, and Trebien Pollard. She has trained with Leda Meredith, Frank Augustyn, Sharon Wong, Jill Silverman, Nicholas Seligson-Ross, and Kat Wildish. As a freelance choreographer, Alisa Claire has choreographed for several Shakespeare shows at The American Globe Theater, and has created several pieces for the International Children’s Festival, The Rainbow Project in Barbados, W.I., and the Mieko Fuji Contemporary Dance Company in Tokyo, Japan. She has also had the pleasure of being a guest artist at C.A.M.P.. She is also the original choreographer for an ongoing showcase named “Sandy the Dandy and Charlie McGee”, a musical.Alisa Claire has taken her life-long training in classical ballet, modern jazz, tap, musical theater, hip hop, and gymnastic and has taken the key aspects of these movement styles, along with the story telling style of musical theater, and has been creating her own style.
BRETT ALAN (Associate Choreographer)
Brett Alan is a native of Jericho, NY. He graduated magna cum laude from Adelphi University with a BFA in Dance. Brett most recently finished a 5-week residency with Lucinda Childs at Bard College performing DANCE at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts part of Summerscape. DANCE will be touring to Martha’s Vineyard, Williams College, University of Florida, The Joyce in NYC and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in the fall of 2009. Brett is currently a member of BODYART Dance Company and Vissi Dance Theater. He has performed works by Donald McKayle, Danny Grossman, Roger Jeffrey, Aszure Barton, David Parsons, Leda Meredith, Tracy Kofford, Sharon Wong, Aylene Liberona, Rebecca Kelly, Chung-Fu Chang, Oliver Daehler, Nick Seligson Ross, Janis Brenner, Trebien Pollard and August Bournonville restaged by Frank Augustyn. Brett has also performed with Hydroflo, Naganuma Dance, Genesis Dance Company, Mary Seidman & Dancers and Flexicurve. He is the choreographer for Double G Productions and guest choreographs for Jericho High School’s dance performance, Choreo. Brett is the rehearsal assistant to Leda Meredith for Wong Dance and Stockton College. He has been a scholarship student with Jennifer Muller/The Works since 2007 and teaches at several dance studios throughout Long Island.
BRYCE BERMIGHAM (Stage Combat)
Bryce holds a BFA and an MFA in Musical Theatre and has been based in New York since 2000. National tours: Mungojerrie in Cats (over 5,000 cartwheels), Alter Ego in Their Playing our Song starring Erin Moran. Regional: Rooster in Annie, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful and Dopey in the original cast of Disney’s Snow White, Lefou in Beauty and the Beast (x6). As Fight Director Bryce has choreographed 6 productions of Beauty, a tour of Scarlet Pimpernel, Romeo and Juliette (the play twice and the opera once), 3 universities, 4 private schools and a host of theatre companies across North America and the United Kingdom. He is immensely proud to have choreographed the violence for North Shore Music Theatre’s production of The Three Musketeers with music by George Stiles (Mary Poppins). He is a certified fight director with Fight Directors, Canada and one of the principle organizers for the Paddy Crean International Stage combat workshop.
BRIAN COLLIER (Associate Artistic Director)
Brian is currently the Dance Supervisor for the Broadway and US National Tour companies of Mary Poppins. He also understudies/swings 24 ensemble and principal tracks, including the role of Bert, made famous in the movie incarnation by Dick Van Dyke. Other credits include, Broadway: Beauty and the Beast (Doormat, Lefou u/s). National Tours: Cats (Dance Captain). Regional: Cats (Mistoffeles, Mungojerrie, others), Guys and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), On the Town (Chip), Sweeney Todd(Tobias), Evita, My Favorite Year, and others.
MAT SANDERS (Writer, Emcee)
Mat is a company member at New York City’s American Globe Theatre. There he has had the pleasure of playing Autolycus in A Winter’s Tale, Trinculo in The Tempest, Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedie of Errours, Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice, Flute/Thisby in Midsummer, Peter in Romeo and Juliet. If you are girl between the age of five and twelve, you will remember Mat from his year-long stint as Uncle Gard/Totah the Indian Chief/Runaway Slave in An American Girl’s Revue at The American Girl Place Theater!!! Other credits include Take Flight (concert directed by Richard Matlby Jr.), Amos in Chicago, Argante in Scapino!, and Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business. He has appeared in National commericials for Wendy’s, Captain Morgan, Mtv and many more. Mat is graduate of the School of Theatre at Florida State University.
JESSIE NIEMIEC (Dancer)
Jessie Niemiec, hailing from New Jersey, received her BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is also a certified Pilates Instructor through Dance New Amsterdam in New York City. She currently is a member of The Dance Theatre Company on Long Island, and in the past she has apprenticed with Nicholas Andre Dance and Jennifer Muller the Works. Jessie continues to create and present original choreography at various venues in New York City including PMT Showcases and Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies.
WILLIS JOHNSTON (Dancer)
Willis Johnston, a native Oklahoman, received his training from Southern Methodist University, and graduated Magna cum Laude in 2009. At SMU, he performed works by Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Danny Buraczeski, Max Stone, and Eleo Pomare. He also choreographed many pieces for student choreography concerts, including Push/Pull, which won DanceSpirit’s video of the month. Since moving to New York, Willis has danced with Amy Marshall Dance Company, The Chase Brock Experience, Cherice Barton, and will soon dance at the Metropolitan Opera in “Nixon in China”. Willis loves sharing the gift of dance through choreographing and performing, and believes it is the most beautiful universal language!
JENNA GOING (Rehearsal Director, Dancer)
Jenna Going from Long Island, New York has graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Adelphi University in May of 2007. She has studied with “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater”, in New York City. She has also interned with “Jennifer Muller/The Works”, and “Steps on Broadway”. She has performed in the “Apollo Big Show Circus of Soul” as a show girl and praise dancer at the historic Apollo Theatre in New York City. From August 2008-March 2009, Jenna was a principal dancer on the Dawn Princess Cruise ship. Most recently Jenna was Dance Capitan and Principle Dancer as well as a singer understudy role in this past summers Hershey Park Season. Jenna would like to thank all her family and friends for all of their love and support.
LAUREN PEREZ (Dancer)
Lauren Perez Graduate of Adelphi University receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. While attending Lauren worked with such choreographers as Aylene Liberona Aszure Barton,Alex Proia, Janis Brenner, Leda Meredith. While in High School Lauren took part in workshops with the Martha Graham Company, Paul Taylor and Alvin Ailey and also performed pieces choreographed by Robert Battle and Battery Dance Company. She also was a member of the Dance Theatre Company on Long Island and for the past five summers has been the Dance Director at Hampton Country Day Camp.
JOSEPH WAMP (Dancer)
Joseph Wamp is from Long Island, New York, and has been training in dance since the age of 13. Joseph continued his studies at SUNY Purchase where he graduated with a BFA in Dance. There he performed works by choreographers such as Bill T. Jones and Nelly Van Bommel. He has also had the opportunity to work with Sidra Bell, Lane Gifford, and Bradley Shelver. Currently, Joseph is living in New York City and is excited to be a part of the LMproject.
MARY PAGE (Dancer)
Mary Page recently graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Purchase where she was granted the President’s Award for Achievement in Dance. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she returned to the Barksdale Theatre to perform Guys and Dolls and Thoroughly Modern Millie, under the direction of Patti D’Beck. She has also performed works by: Twyla Tharp, Merce Cunningham (scholarship recipient), Danièle Desnoyers (in Montreal), Kevin Wynn, Rosalind Newman, Pam Tanowitz, Alexandra Beller, and Nelly Van-Bommel (most recently at the Baryshnikov Arts Center). Mary Page is an Equity Membership Candidate, and is currently dancing with LaneCoArts, NOA Dance, and Riedel Dance Theater.
BRYAN KNOWLTON (Dancer)
Bryan Knowlton- Broadway: 2006 Revival A Chorus Line (Paul). Tours: 1st National Broadway Tour “A Chorus Line” (Paul), Cameron Mackintosh’s “Oliver!” (Noah Claypole), A Chorus LineHawaii (Swing). Film/TV: Jersey Boys Producers “A Farm Girl In New York,” Dancing With The Stars, Good Morning America, The Morning Show. Regional: Marriott Theatre, Casa Manana, Ogunquit Playhouse, Barnstormers, Hunderton Playhouse and The Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
Broadway Dance and Musical Theater Summer Intensives:
July 8-12, 2013: Broadway Beginners (ages 8-13)
July 15-19, 2013: Broadway Bound (ages 13-18)
Located in the spacious facilities of the Reston Community Players Rehearsal Hall, LMproject’s Summer Intensive is designed for young performers who are interested in learning the styles of dance that make up Broadway. Our two summer intensives offer a wide variety of educational and training opportunities for students 8-18 yrs old. Students will be divided into classes by level of training (Beginner/Intermediate & Intermediate/Advanced). This intensive also features activities that are designed by our experienced and enthusiastic staff specifically to create well-rounded young performing artists. We offer Musical Theater, Dance (jazz, technique class, tap–optional),Voice, Stage Combat, Basic Movement for Beginners, Acting & Improv, and more!
Registration for the LMproject Summer Dance Intensive is NOW OPEN. Please note that registration is limited due to rehearsal and performance space. Early registration is recommended.
To Join Us this Summer, you can register 2 different ways.
- 1) You can complete our online form and payment processor to claim your spot.
- 2) If you would like to hold a spot in the workshop, but are unable to pay the full amount now, you can register with a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. A follow up email will then inform you how to pay the remainder. All campers must be fully paid up by July 1st, 2012 in order to not lose their deposit, and to participate in the workshop. To use this option, choose the “Student DEPOSIT” option in the “Student Type” selection when you complete our online form and payment processor.
For additional questions or information, contact us here.
BEFORE AND AFTER CARE
Our daily program will run from 9:00am – 5:00pm. There will be additional programming offered from 8:00am-9:00am and 5:00pm – 6:30pm. Programming will consist of dance and drama games, technical theatre opportunities, movies, and snack (for the afternoon session only).
Every day after lunch we will have a 45 minute educational workshop. We will focus on basic theater knowledge, and performance skills. We will also be holding a workshop on auditioning with Brian Collier, Dance Supervisor for Mary Poppins Broadway Show and National Tour.
Throughout the week, students will participate in basic movement, theater jazz, stretching, hip hop, stage combat, acting and improvisation, and musical theater technique classes. These technique classes provide the dancers a stronger base for continued growth and artistic development.
WORKSHOP & PERFORMANCE
Dancers will spend two periods each day in workshop classes. These workshop classes will draw from what they are learning and reviewing in their technique classes. The two workshop performance pieces will allow them to rehearse two dance numbers and any other numbers being performed on Friday afternoon for family and friends.
TENTATIVE SUMMER SCHEDULE (subject to change)
9:30am-10:30am Basic Movement or Technique Class
10:40am-12:15pmWorkshop piece #1
2:15pm-3:15pmStage Combat or Acting & Improv
3:30pm-5:00pmWorkshop piece #2
5:00pm-6:30pmAfter Camp Program
For staff information, please visit our performers pages and click on the pictures for bios:
Alisa Claire: musical theater, technique, performance, and morning stretch
Brian Collier: basic movement, musical theater, singing
Ron Dizon: Acting and Improv
Bryce Bermingham: Acting and Stage Combat
Brian Victor: Music Direction
More Instructors to be announced!