PTA Artist: Glenda Figueiredo

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Glenda Figueiredo (choreographer & dancer), began training when she was three years old in Rio de Janeiro. Her dance background is Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Traditional Brazilian and Contemporary dance. She has been dancing and teaching professionally for over 12 years. She performed throughout Brazil, Argentina and Chile with a dance company from Rio de Janeiro.  She performed in a number of dance events, television shows and dance competitions in Brazil. In the US, Glenda was a dancer for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus for 5 years, where she had aerial training and performed over 400 shows a year. She has a degree in Education.

Rufan Li (dancer) works at the University of Cincinnati, in the Lindner College of Business. She’s also currently a Board Member of the Contemporary Dance Theater. She is passionate about dancing, trying new things and building connections. 

 Colleen Byrne (dancer) received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The University of Akron, where she was the recipient of multiple scholarship awards. She was a member of MamLuft&Co. Dance (2009-2013) and is currently a faculty member at Contemporary Dance Theater. She has presented work at the American College Dance Festival, CDT’s Area Choreographers Festival, The Moving Collective, Dance Cincinnati, and Performance and Time Arts. Colleen is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Cincinnati.

Elenya Stephani (dancer) is a student at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, majoring in Creative Writing. For the last 12 years Elenya has found herself gracing the stage as a dancer and is very excited to have had the opportunity to explore both dance & dramatic arts in PTA productions. In the Feb 2016 PTA show Elenya performed her creative writing piece, “Mother”, and danced with CDT’s Contact Improvisation class, and in the Feb 2015 PTA show performed her poems, “Again” and “Screams Within Alone Again”. She has also performed in SCPA’s The Nutcracker (2009-2014), The Hobbit, and James and the Giant Peach.

Title:  In This Bed

Description:  This is a contemporary dance piece about the fear of saying goodbye and the desire to stretch time to be with the one you love.  This dramatic performance expresses the feelings of love and a broken heart, and the urge to make the best of the last minutes of a relationship.

Why We Love CDT/PTA: CDT offers an intimate and unique performance experience for local dancers and choreographers through its Performance and Time Arts series.  CDT is the best place in Cincinnati to experience modern dance and network with fellow modern dancers and dance lovers through open classes, PTA performances and the Guest Artist Series.

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