Collaborating Artists 2018-2019

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Shane O’Hara

Shane O’Hara has shared his movement art form with audiences throughout the United States and the world including concerts in Lisbon, Athens, Krakow, Rio de Janeiro, Chengdu, China, New York, and Washington, D.C.  He has taught in residencies in Poland, Denmark, Portugal and Germany. He also was a guest instructor at Pro Danza Italia Summer Workshop in Tuscany, the Florida Dance Festival, and at the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival. O’Hara has received grants from the USIS/American Embassy, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, the Arts Council of the Valley and the Virginia Commission for the Arts as well as a Fulbright Fellowship to Portugal. Currently he is on the roster of the Fulbright International Specialist program.  O’Hara was named JMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Madison Scholar in 2010 and received JMU’s Provost Award for International Education in 2014.

O’Hara works professionally setting commissioned dances throughout the U.S., performing a concert of dance master Daniel Nagrin’s solo works entitled The Nagrin Project and touring as Shane O’Hara * Solo Dance.  Recent artistic activities for Mr. O’Hara include performances in the JMU New Dance Festival, Dance Place in Washington, D.C., Dogtown Dance Theatre in Richmond, and the Dancing Rebels National Conference in Saratoga Springs. In 2014 and 2017 he was an artist in residence in Rio de Janeiro and Victoria, Brazil.

In 2007 O’Hara presented The Nagrin Project at the Centre de National de la Danse in Paris. He worked closely with dance master Daniel Nagrin for over 25 years and has been working with the Daniel Nagrin Foundation in developing projects related to the dances of Mr. Nagrin and his teaching philosophies. In 2015 he was commissioned to set Daniel’s solo ”Path” on San Francisco dance artist Christy Funsch. In 2018 he set Daniel’s solo “Indeterminate Figure” on dancer and former Jose Limon Dance Company member Paul Dennis.

Future creative projects for Professor O’Hara include continuing to direct the JMU London Summer Intensive on Contemporary Dance and Performance and developing international dance exchange residencies in Brazil, Martinique, and Winchester, England. Currently Mr. O’Hara is a Professor of Dance at James Madison University and is also a RYA 200 hour registered teacher of Yoga in Harrisonburg, VA.


Da’Shown Rawl & RawArts Dance

Da’Shown Rawl studied Ballet and Modern at the Baltimore School of the Arts in Baltimore, Maryland. He graduated from BSA in 2014 and George Mason University in 2018. Attending George Mason has given Da’Shown the opportunity to perform works by Alejandro Cerrudo, Andrea Miller, David Grenke, Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, and Robert Battle. Da’Shown has been choreographing since the age of 16. He has created work at Baltimore School of the Arts, George Mason University and his company RawArts Dance Company. Some of his recent choreographic endeavors include a dance for film by the name of Just A Thought, a work for George Mason University’s School of Dance by the name of Sixth Sense, and Salty Shoulder a duet for the company. Da’Showns passion for choreography was the catalyst for the establishment of the RawArts Dance Company in 2015. He is very excited to see what the future will hold for the company and hopes you will join on the journey.

The RawArts Dance Company is a contemporary dance company based in the Washington D.C metro area. Our mission is to push dancers in a direction of nonstop growth and creativity. We focus on helping dancers step out of their comfort zones and find the source of their imagination. We aim to promote athleticism and grow versatile dancers.


Heidi Stafford – Sunday’s On Tap

Sundays on TAP, established in 2016, is one of Northern Virginia’s most vibrant adult tap companies.  Bringing their unique style and rhythm to the stage, this group consistently engages audiences (large and small) across the DC-metro area.  Sundays on TAP  has performed at multiple venues including TAPS Alive, the DC TAP Festival, One Love Manassas, Small Plates Choreography Festival, and Glen Echo Carousel Day.  Sundays on TAP is led by Heidi Stafford, an accomplished dance instructor and choreographer in the DC Metro area.


Guest Dancers


Katherine LiPuma

Photo by Mariah Miranda

Katherine LiPuma, known in the dance community as “Puma,” grew up in West Windsor, NJ. Puma earned her B.A. in Dance from Shenandoah University in 2015 and has been a freelance dance artist in the DMV area ever since. She has worked companies such as Motion X Dance DC, KyokoDansu, ReVision Dance Company, Alight Dance Theatre, ACWDances and Next Reflex Dance Collective. Her dance adventures don’t just happen in the studio, they also spontaneously occur in her kitchen while cooking or in the roasting room at Zeke’s Coffee D.C. where she works. Puma is proud to call D.C. her home and loves being a part of such a passionate and supportive artistic community.


Nate Masters (Musician)
Nate was born in Dodge City, Kansas in 1984 and is now living in Fredericksburg, Virginia with his wife Amanda and two year old daughter, Bennett. Nate graduated and studied music at the University of Mary Washington.  Nate has also studied jazz arranging, classical composition and theory, and electronic music. Nate currently plays with his Jazz Quartet, The Dangerous Kitchen and with the Klezmer/Rock group, The Intrepid Trio.  In May of 2013, Nate traveled to Schwetzingen, Germany with the Intrepid Trio and performed at the Spargel Fest.  Master’s also teaches music lessons (sax, flute, clarinet, guitar and piano).  As a saxophonist, he is currently very heavily influenced by Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano.  These two musicians have made a career of pushing the boundaries of jazz and the saxophone as well as exploring the spiritual side of music.  Some of Nate’s favorite artists include (in no particular order) Philip Glass, Ozvaldo Golijov, Sufjan Stevens, Duke Ellington, LCD Sound System, Daft Punk, Flying Lotus, Sonny Rollins, Justice, Lionel Lueke, David Sanchez, Andrew Bird, Bob Dylan, Mos Def, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and many, many, many others.


Mark Snyder (Musician)
Mark Snyder is a composer, performer, producer, songwriter, video artist and teacher living in Fredericksburg Virginia. Mark’s multimedia compositions have been described as “expansive, expressive, extremely human, ….Snyder’s compositions attract performers who resist to works with electronics as well as audiences who don’t think they want to hear computer processing.” Dr. Snyder is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Mary Washington teaching courses in electronic music, composition and theory. He earned his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, an M.M. from Ohio University and a B.A. from Mary Washington College. He is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS).


John White (Musician)
John White is originally from Richmond but now resides in Fredericksburg VA.  He graduated from the University of Mary Washington in 2013. John has traveled to Schwetzingen, Germany with the Intrepid Trio and performed at the Spargel Fest. He also plays with The Dangerous Kitchen.  A gifted composer and jazz musician he is excited to collaborate for a second time with Ms. Rowley and Nate Masters creating sound scores for dance.