Jillian first began dancing in her back yard and instructing her willing babysitters in the latest and greatest of her homespun dance moves. She discovered her love for contemporary dance at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME) and completed her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College. She has danced with BoSoma Dance Company (Boston), Forward and Up and Sonar dance companies (Portland, Maine). She has been privileged to dance in works by jazz greats Danny Buraczeski and Cathy Young, David Dorfman, Carl Flink/Black Label Movement, John Jasperse, Jose Limon and Mark Morris. As a full-time teacher, Jillian has taught modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop and creative movement to students of all ages at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Bates Dance Festival and the American College Dance Festival. She currently teaches drama and yoga and directs the dance program at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA.
Tara began as a high level gymnast and discovered dance when she was eight years old. She received her early dance and theater education under the artistic direction of Lee Lund, in Connecticut. Tara then went on to train at The Boston Conservatory under the artistic direction of Yasuko Tokunaga. Over the past 10 years she has worked with Boston companies Bosoma, Contrapose, Lorraine Chapman, Collage Dance Ensemble and continues to train at Green Street Studios with Marcus Schulkind. She is honored to have performed works by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Adrienne Hawkins, David Parker, Heidi Rood and Gianni Di Marco. Tara has worked as an expressive arts facilitator in movement/dance, an early intervention therapist and currently is a performing arts therapist and teaches dance in Boston, MA. She holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the MGH IHP and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory.
Eileen was born and raised in Danvers, MA and has been dancing since the age of eight. Despite sustaining dance related injuries that she was told would end her career, Eileen earned her Associate’s Degree in Dance from Dean College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, after taking two years to rehabilitate and refocus. After graduating from Dean, she trained at The Ailey School’s year long Independent Study Program in New York, NY under the direction of Denise Jefferson. While in New York, she trained with Troy Powell, Denise Jefferson, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Tracy Inman, and Pedro Ruiz among others. Eileen has performed her own work at The Cunningham Studios in NYC as well as collaborative choreography at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and the Ailey Citigroup Theater. In 2008, she was featured in a West African piece choreographed by Maguette Camara in Ailey’s Summer Sizzler and also assists the Rockettes at Radio City for the Rockette Experience workshops and the Rockette Summer Intensive Program. Eileen was a member of BoSoma, based in Boston, MA, from July 2010 until March 2011. She is currently finishing her Undergrad degree in Psychology from Lesley University and plans to earn her Master’s in Dance Therapy in the upcoming years. Eileen would like to thank her family and friends for their unending love and support and the beautiful women of Spunk and Co. for their fearless dedication to artistic freedom and the importance of honoring and respecting the essence of this art form.
Audrey began her dance training in classical ballet at C.A.S. Ballet Theater School (MI) and later at Lexington School of Ballet (MA). She received additional training through the Eglevsky Ballet, Boston Ballet and Joffrey Ballet summer dance programs. Audrey graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Summa Cum Laude) with a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Spanish. While there she performed as a member of University Dancers and Brazz Dance Theater touring throughout Massachusetts and New York. As a recipient of the Chancellor’s Talent Award in Dance, she was chosen for an exchange program to Cuba where she studied Afro-Cuban dance with Conjunto Folklorico Nacional. Post graduation, Audrey danced for BoSoma Dance Company, and has performed works by Eddie Ocampo, Perla Joy Furr, Nicole Dagesse, Jillian Grunnuh, Audra Carabetta and Adrienne Hawkins. Audrey completed a Masters in Dance/Movement Therapy at Lesley University and currently works as a Dance/Movement Therapist and Mental Health Counselor with elders and adults. Audrey is continually fascinated by the capacity for dance to connect us to ourselves and each other.
Miriam graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) in 2002 with a BFA degree in Modern Dance. While dancing at TCU she was offered a job in Washington DC with ClancyWorks Dance Company. In DC she danced with the company under the Artistic direction of Adrienne Clancy. In her time with the company she performed at Dance Place, Kennedy Center Millennium stage, and many other theaters throughout the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area. The company also toured in New Mexico and Texas. She taught dance in studios, high schools, and D.A.R.E. dance programs. While Miriam was in DC, she went through a Pilates certification program and has been teaching as a Pilates Method Alliance instructor for 6 years. In 2007 Miriam moved to Boston with her husband and two children. Here she spends her time taking care of her kids and teaching Pilates at EveryBody Fitness in Belmont. Dance continues to be Miriam’s passion. She is dedicated to the integration of space and awareness through all of her movement explorations.
Andria is a recent graduate of UMass Amherst receiving two degrees, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. Prior to UMass, Andria trained in the intensive track at Boston Ballet and attended summer programs at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Orlando Ballet. She has had the honor of performing professionally with the Pioneer Valley Ballet in Western Massachusetts and with Alvin Ailey’s second company under the direction of Tony award winner, George Faison. As a Chancellor’s Talent Award recipient at UMass, Andria was offered the opportunity to teach on the UMass campus to non-major students and has continued to teach and choreograph. In her senior year, Andria co-founded The LeeRoc Dance Project. The Project collaborated with students from the dance, music, and art departments as well as campus-wide student organizations to create a premier performance in February of 2010. LeeRoc recently had its New York City Debut at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center and has also performed in Denver, Co and Martha's Vineyard, Ma. Along with directing LeeRoc, Andria has been lucky enough to be dancing professionally in the Boston area for about a year now. She is beyond excited to be a part of Spunk and COmpany Dance!
Danielle is originally from Jacksonville, Fl where she received her BFA in Dance at Jacksonville University. While there, Danielle received several honors including: Outstanding Dance Major, the Dean’s Award and the College of Fine Arts Student of the Year for 2007. She has performed with the Jacksonville Ballet Theatre, Ka’Mia Contemporary Dance Theatre, and for the artistic director, Christina Teague-Mann, of Backlight Dance Company as a soloist. Danielle studied abroad in France in 2005 and Germany in 2007 where studied the European Dance Theatre practice and had the opportunity to work with many professionals from all throughout Europe, many from Laban University. Here in Boston, Danielle is a Pilates instructor and personal trainer. She has worked with local companies such as Dance Currents, Perceptions Contemporary Dance, BoSoma Dance Company and Urbanity Dance. Danielle is very excited to work with such a great collective of creators and dancers in SPUNKandCOmpany!
Kara is a performer, choreographer, and teacher of many dance styles, though her primary focus and inspiration comes from Contemporary and African diasporic movement. She also serves the Boston dance community through her work as a program administrator at The Dance Complex in Cambridge. In her opinion, dancing is like a big bowl of pasta on a Sunday- what could be better?