About The Umbrella Co.
The Umbrella Co. (TUC) was founded by Stephanie Booth and Jessica Parks in 2010. The company recently presented it's first season at University Settlement with the generous support of those close to us. TUC has also performed at Green Space, Movement Research/Open Performance, Dixon Place (NYC10), The Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts, PMT House of Dance Monthly Series, the Amalgamate Artists Series, and was a featured company in the Exquisite Corpse Festival in 2011. The company is looking forward to performances at the SLDT Dance Festival in Queens and the Detroit Dance City Festival this summer.
The Umbrella Co. is a New York City based movement project dedicated to progressively moving the medium of dance forward. The company works with a vocabulary that combines influences from classical ballet to post-modernism to create a language that is accessible to non-dancers and dancers alike. TUC makes dance that comments on social and psychological conditions and aims to join in the larger conversations of humanity.
Stephanie Booth, Co-Artistic Director
Stephanie Booth received her degree in dance from the University of Washington and has been painting and dancing in NYC ever since. She is the co-founder of The Umbrella Co., along with Jessica Parks, and has been a member of Urban Dance Collective with Niles Ford since 2006. She has worked with the Chamber Dance Company, Mark Heim, Peter Kyle, Michael Hellend, Nathan Trice, Jessica Parks, Headless Horse Dance, Audrey Ellis, and other choreographers from New York and Seattle.
Jessica Parks, Co-Artistic Director
Originally from Detroit, Jessica now calls NYC home. She is a member of Urban Dance Collective and Heather N. Seagraves and Dancers and is creating and performing with The Umbrella Co. Jessica has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Niles Ford, Nathan Trice, Robin Rapoport, Eva Dean, James Clouser, Susan Quinn and Kelley Donovan and has been a featured guest performer for Amalgamate Dance Company, among others. Jessica has taught master classes at the Open Look Contemporary Dance Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Energy Dance Festival in Curacao and has been a guest teaching artist at Bates College and at Hofstra University. She received her BFA in dance from the University of Arizona, is a graduate of the Yogaworks teacher training program and is looking forward to beginning graduate studies in dance at Hollins University/ADF in 2014. Jessica teaches and performs regularily in and around New York City, is an avid yogi and looks forward to seeing The Umbrella Co. grow and expand...as umbrellas tend to do!
Angela Getter began her dance training as a baby ballerina at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN, under the tuteledge of Michele and Molly Larkin. From there she went on to dance professionally in Los Angeles, both film and stage, while assisting John Crutchman and Alan Sherfield for the dance convention West Coast Dance Explosion. She has trained extensively in multiple disciplines of dance at the University of California Irvine dance department, EDGE Dance Center, Broadway Dance Center and Peridance. Angela graduated Magna Cum Laude from Woodbury University (Burbank, CA) with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a minor in Art History. In the summer of 2008 she moved across the country to attend grad school at New York University, graduating in 2009 with a masters in Performance Studios. Currently, Angela works in NYC as the marketing coordinator at Yogaworks and is grateful to be dancing with The Umbrella Co.
Catherine "Cat" Murcek is a dance artist and yoga instructor with a B.A. in International Economics from Franklin College of Switzerland. She is a New York transplant from Boston where she danced for Lorraine Chapman The Company, Falling Flight Project, ZoeDance, and The And So No Sin Performance Troupe. She has also worked on a wide variety of side projects performing in many venues in the Boston and New York area, including work by Contrapose Dance, Nell Breyer, Sarah Baumert, Lauren Simpson, Emily Beattie, Mariah Steele, Ruth Bronwen, Nicole Dagesse, Weber Dance, Bryce Dance, Sara Rudner, and Stephen Koplowitz, as well as dabbling in a bit of choreography of her own. Cat feels most influenced by Joan Moyer Clark who introduced her to ballet at the age of 11 in her hometown of Lewisburg, PA, Gretel Schatz who introduced her to contemporary dance and improvisation at the Northfield Mount Hermon School, and Marcus Schulkind, a Boston-based mentor to many. Beyond performing modern dance, she also teaches dance to children and yoga to all ages. She is currently working on projects with Dancing Fish Productions and is very excited to be in her second season with the lovely ladies of The Umbrella Co.!
Cara Robino was born in West Palm Beach, FL but grew up in Glen Cove, NY and began her initial training under the direction of Charmian Surface and then, Francis Patrelle of Ballet Academy East. Next, she went onward to train at the School of American Ballet. She performed for Dances…Patrelle in such classics as Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Firebird, and The Yorkville Nutcracker and had the pleasure to learn from and share the stage with dancers such as Cynthia Gregory, Jack Soto, Jenifer Ringer, and Leda Meredith. She chose to further her education and dance career by attending Skidmore
College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She then finished with a BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Shortly after, she became an apprentice for Jennifer Muller/The Works. She has been in works by Mark Morris, Kevin Wynn, Ann Reinking, Ellen Sinopoli, Deborah Jowitt, Gus Solomons jr., Cassandra Phifer, Denise Limoli and many others. Most recently she was seen performing in New York and the surrounding tri-state area for Niles Ford’s Urban Dance Collective, Nimbus DanceWorks, Nathan Trice, Martha Bowers, Angela Jones, Lenore Eggleston & Dancers,
SODance Collective, Verhoff/Loturco Danceworks, Kim Whittam & Company, and Robin Rapoport. Recently, she was in an award winning dance documentary for the NY International Film Festival and has had the opportunity to dance on several film shorts which premiered at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. This is her tenth season appearing with Niles Ford and Urban Dance Collective. She also performed with UDC in 2010 at the OpenLook Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is happy to join The Umbrella Company.
Michelle Siegel's artistic experience traverses a broad spectrum of dance forms, embracing styles such as Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, African and other African-based forms. Michelle graduated with a B.A. in dance form Hunter College. As a performer, she has worked with various companies, independent choreographers, and music artists. Michelle is currently a company member of Urban Dance Collective. She has worked with choreographers Niles Ford, Nathan Trice, and has performed with Peniel Guerrier for Summerstage and as a leading soloist for Kriye Bode: Colloquium on Haitian Dance and Drum, at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. She has also performed in works for the International Choreographers Festival through Staten Island Ballet. Michelle has taught master classes and performed at the OPEN LOOK Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as in both studio and university settings throughout New York City and the surrounding area. She has choreographed and performed in live concerts, music videos, and televised events in venues such as the United Palace Theater; working with artists like Latin Grammy nominated Anaís and renowned Haitian band, Carimi. Michelle is very excited to be a part of the Umbrella Co.