Summer Intensive Director
- Joshua Manculich
- SDI Director
M.F.A., Dance, The Ohio State University
B.A., Dance; Minor in Psychology; Point Park University
Joshua Manculich – born in Windber, PA – started dance at the age of fourteen. He had the pleasure of performing with Thodos Dance Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Pursuit Productions, Jaxon Movement Arts, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, and The Pillow Project. Brought up in a small-town, he is thankful for the numerous inspiring mentors and creative artists that guided his pursuits as a dancer, choreographer, and person.
Josh’s choreographic work exists in conceptual frameworks, and his choreography has been toured internationally by DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance, and The Ohio State University. In 2015, Josh was nominated for a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship by The Big Muddy Dance Company for which he eventually created “Lyra” through support of the Princess Grace Foundation. Other choreographic adventures include: Collage Dance Collective, Dancing in the Parks, Eisenhower Dance, Grand Valley State University, Interlochen, Metdance, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Western Michigan University.
Josh has also served on the modern and jazz faculty for Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and as ballet faculty for Southern Association of Dance Masters. His teaching focus is centered around contemporary dance technique, rooted in somatic practices, yet informed largely by improvisation and his love of music. Josh holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology Minor from Point Park University and a M.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University. He also holds certifications in Pilates. Josh’s creative research begins in the contemporary dance classroom and spokes outward, investigating how emotional and psychological commonalities are rooted in physical experience.×
Summer Intensive Faculty
- Rasika Borse
MFA, Dance, Sam Houston State University
B.A., Dance, University of Calgary
Rasika Borse —born in Mumbai, India—started her dance training in Bharatanatyam at a very young age in Doha, Qatar. After moving to Montreal, Canada she found a new found love for Ballet and dedicated the next few years to train under companies such as Quinte Ballet School and The School of Alberta Ballet. She has also passed all her Cecchetti Ballet exams with honors.
During her time in Calgary, she joined the Young Canadian School of Performing Arts where she had the privilege to learn under the direction of Bryan Foley and Angela Benson. During her time here she performed at the Grandstand Show in front of an audience of 20,000 every night during the 10-day Calgary Stampede, also known as the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. She also got her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from the University of Calgary and continued her Jazz training in a pre-professional program at Decidedly Jazz Dancerworks. She later had the honour of joining the DJD dance company and toured around Alberta with their show The Great Jazz History Mystery. Borse also joined Soul Feet Dance Productions, Calgary’s leading Bollywood dance company where she not only shared her passion for dance, but also had a chance to explore and embrace her Indian roots.
After gaining teaching and performing experience around Calgary, Borse decided to make the move to Huntsville, TX to pursue her higher education. Borse has now graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Her thesis explored ideas of human connections and how meaning is rooted in past experiences, backgrounds, and cultures. Borse hopes to continue exploring these ideas in the future and is excited to learn and grow as a choreographer, performer, and educator.
- Kyle Craig-Bogard
M.F.A., Dance, University of Washington
Kyle Craig-Bogard received her MFA in Dance from the University of Washington and her BA in Musical Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace University. At SHSU, Kyle teaches Musical Theatre Jazz, Tap, and Auditioning for the Commercial Theatre, and serves as choreographer for the department’s musical productions. Kyle is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA) and has performed on Broadway, at Radio City Music Hall, on national tours, and at regional theatres across the country and overseas. Kyle has had the honor and the pleasure to work with choreographers such as Christopher Chadman, Liza Gennaro, Michael Shawn, Tony Stevens, Linda Haberman, Robert Longbottom, John Dietrich, Michael Clowers, Dennis Callahan, AC Ciulla and Richard Stafford. Select performance credits include The Most Happy Fella (Broadway), Guys and Dolls (National Tour ’93), On the Town (Goodspeed Opera House), and Martin Guerre (Hartford Stage Company). Also, Kyle is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Select choreographic credits include Footloose (Maine State Music Theatre), Sweet Charity (Theatre by the Sea), Children’s Letters to God (Lamb’s Theatre Company) American Canteen in Paris (Celebrity Cruise Lines), and Jimmy Buffett’s concert tours. Currently, Kyle is working with Theatre Under the Stars as their Season Dance Audition facilitator and Assistant Choreographer for Spring Awakening and Elf the Musical. As a teacher, Kyle has trained dancers in New York City at Broadway Dancer Center, New Dance Group Arts Center and CAP21, as well as other studios and universities across the country. Additionally, Kyle is a certified STOTT Pilates instructor and a member of the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO).
- Adele Nickel
M.F.A., Dance, University of Washington
Adele trained with Oregon Ballet Theater and The San Francisco Ballet before moving to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance. There she worked with Patrick Corbin, Sarah Michelson, Karole Armitage and Annie-B Parson, among others, and as a member of the Liz Gerring Dance Company (2007 – 2015) was featured in several evening-length works, including the 2013 Bessie-nominated Glacier. From 2015-2017 she performed as a backup dancer with Grammy Award-winning musician St. Vincent.
While in NYC, Adele also trained as an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and studied extensively anatomy/kinesiology and developmental movement with Amy Matthews. She received her 1600-hour Alexander Technique teacher training at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT), and subsequently served at RIAT as associate assistant director, faculty member and anatomy teacher. She also taught group classes in the Alexander Technique on faculty at Movement Research and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Adele holds a B.A. in writing from the New School University and has written about dance for The Village Voice. In 2019, she received her MFA in dance from University of Washington, and she continues to work with the Chamber Dance Company in Seattle. Adele is now a visiting assistant professor of dance at Sam Houston State University. Learn more about Adele's work at https://www.adelenickel.com.
- Andy Noble
M.F.A., Dance, with emphasis in Dance Technology, Florida State University
B.A., Modern Dance, University of South Florida
Andy Noble is Co-Artistic Director of NobleMotion Dance and an Associate Professor/ Associate Chair at Sam Houston State University. He also serves as the Associate Artistic Director of the Dance Gallery Festival, an international festival that occurs every year in New York City. Houston Press has recognized Andy as one of Houston’s 100 Most Creative. Additionally, he has served as faculty at the University of South Florida and Western Washington University as well as been a guest artist at numerous other universities and performance art high schools across the country. Andy’s performing career includes six years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), where he performed in over forty choreographic works by such noted masters as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. He also had the honor of working first-hand with many cutting edge contemporary and international artists such as Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move), Jø Strømgren and Zvi Gotheiner. Andy has received numerous grants for his choreography. His work with NobleMotion Dance has been critically recognized and presented at venues such as The Alvin Ailey Theatre, Seattle's On the Boards, The A.W.A.R.D. Show!, Houston’s Big Range Dance Festival, Dance Houston, Florida Dance Festival and Repertory Dance Theatre (UT). NobleMotion Dance was recently listed in Dance Magazine as one of Houston’s “A-list” dance companies. His work has also been selected for the National Dance Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Andy holds a BA in Modern Dance from the University of South Florida and a MFA with an emphasis in Dance Technology from Florida State University. For more information about NobleMotion Dance, please visit www.noblemotiondance.com.×
- Dionne Sparkman Noble
Dionne Sparkman Noble
M.F.A., Dance with emphasis in Dance Technology, University of Utah
B.A., Ballet and Modern Dance, University of South Florida
Dionne Noble is co-artistic director of NobleMotion Dance, who was just named Houston’s Best Dance Company. Dionne is an Associate Professor of Dance at Sam Houston State University where she directs the graduate program and teaches modern technique, choreography, research methods and dance and technology. She has also served as faculty at Florida State University, University of South Florida and Western Washington University. Dionne received a BA in dance from the University of South Florida and a MFA in modern dance with an emphasis in dance and technology from the University of Utah.
Dionne was a member of the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Miami, Florida and performed with Repertory Dance Theatre, Paradigm Dance Project and Moving Current Dance Collective. She has had the great opportunity to work with other artists such as Joe Goode, Molissa Fenley, Stephen Koester and Sean Curran. Her technological credits include being a contributing writer and consultant for ChoreoVideo.com, a web-based media resource designed in 2007 to promote innovative instruction in the area of dance technology. She has presented her research in dance technology at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities and had dance films shown in InShadow – International Festival of Video, Performance and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, Utah Dance Film Festival, and Motion Captured, An Evening of Dance on Film, Houston, TX.
Dionne was named one of Houston’s 100 Creatives of 2013 by the Houston Press and her choreographic work was just featured on ABC’s television series “American Crime.”×
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