July 2015 International Young Choreographers Project:
Melissa Sanderson is a dance artist whose work takes the forms of choreography, performance, and dance film. Most recently, she was selected for the International Young Choreographer Project, a three-week choreography residency in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Her choreography has also been presented at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany, the Texas Dance Improvisational Festival, the American College Dance Association, Big Rig Dance Collective's Co-Op, and the inaugural Eastfield College Faculty Dance Concert. Sanderson has performed in a variety of festivals in the U.S.A., Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Germany, and her teaching experience extends to Switzerland and Bolivia. She received the Excellence in Choreography Scholarship Award: Videodance from Texas Woman’s University for her work selected by international dance film festivals in the U.S.A., Italy, Turkey, Brazil, Mexico, and France. Currently, Sanderson is an Adjunct Professor at the University of North Texas, Eastfield College and Tarrant County College, Co-chair of the Creation and Presentation Network of the World Dance Alliance-Americas, and company member of Contemporary Ballet Dallas. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from San Diego State University, where she received the 2014 Alumni to Watch Award, and a M.F.A. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. www.melissasanderson.com.
July 2013 International Young Choreographers Project:
Jul Kostelancik is a choreographer, performer, researcher, adventurer, and innovator rooted in Seattle, WA. Her work challenges a conversation of abstraction by investigating the relationship(s) between time, design, and human perception; thus exploring the depths of how we, as humans, evolve. Jul graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. While at TCU, she performed works choreographed by Carrie Hanson, Robert Battle, Christian von Howard, and Susan Douglas Roberts, among others. Jul’s artistry was recognized by numerous grants and scholarships including the prestigious TCU Nordan Fine Arts Award and the TCU Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Immediately following graduation, Jul became a company member of Lingo Productions. Jul has partnered with Trigger New Happenings and Velocity Dance Center to present her choreography work around Seattle. Jul has presented work at numerous festivals in the US. Jul continues to develop ideas, conceptualize movement, and generate research as a freelance performer and choreographer.