Jody Weber, Artistic Director
Dr. Jody Weber received a BFA from SUNY Purchase in 1988, an M.A. from American University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in dance history from Boston University in 2005. Her choreography has been presented through numerous local outlets as well as venues in New York City, Maine, Washington D.C., Central Florida and Alaska. In the 2001, 2005, and 2009 seasons, DR. Weber received an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Somerville Arts Council to support her choreography. She has also been the recipient of a choreographic fellowship for a two residencies at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia. From 2000-2005, she worked as Co-Executive Director of Green Street Studios Center for Movement and Dance where she continues to teach technique classes. Dr. Weber has worked as part time faculty at Stonehill College, Bates College, Emerson College, Salem State College and The College of the Holy Cross. Currently, she is Associate Professor of Dance at Bridgewater State College. Dr. Weber’s historical research has been presented through the Dance History Scholars Conference held at the New York Public Library in 1993 and through the Hall of Black Achievement at Bridgewater State College in 1999. Her first book, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston, Was published in 2009 by Cambria Press.
Adriane Brayton, born in Boston, began dancing at a young age with Anna Myer, and Boston Dance Company. She later attended the Boston Arts Academy where she was able to perform the works of Jose Limon, Pedro Ruiz, and Nathan Trice. Adriane is a graduate of Connecticut College, where she studied with faculty David Dorfman, Lisa Race, Heidi Henderson, Shani Collins, and Derrick Yanford. While in college she was able to perform the works of Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Nicholas Leichter, Colleen Thomas, Laura Dean and Kyle Abraham. Her work, And Then There Were Two was selected for inclusion in the American College Dance Festival in 2009 and was also performed at the This/That show in Boston 2009. After graduating in 2011 with BAs in Dance and Biological Sciences, Adriane moved to Boston to follow her passion for dance and choreography. She is extremely excited to be working with Weber Dance and Anna Myer and Dancers.
SHANNON HUMPHREYS grew up dancing in Orlando, FL, received a BA (Hons) in Dance from the University of Surrey in Guildford, England and has performed on the east coast with theater groups, opera companies, at the Orlando International Fringe Festival and with regional ballet and modern dance companies including Weber Dance (1998-2001 and 2003-present) and with Voci Dance while residing in Florida from 2001-2003. She is currently a resident artist member of the Brickbottom Artist Community in Somerville. Shannon is also an amateur graphic designer and is proud to have contributed her skills to the logo and marketing pieces for Weber Dance for the past several years. Being a part of Weber Dance for more than a decade now has had an enormous impact on the trajectory of her life and personal evolution and for this she is extraordinarily grateful.
KRISTY KUHN has planted herself in Boston after happily dancing and teaching in/around NYC for many years. She has worked with Gina Gibney Dance, Jenni Hong Dance, Treehouse Shakers and other wonderful artists in NY and Prometheus Dance, Kelley Donovan and Dancers and Stephanie Heroux in Boston. She received an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Biology and Dance minor from Bucknell University, where she recently taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Kristy is a 500hr certified yoga teacher and personal trainer and loves integrating her passions for movement, science and living/learning/growing through her studies and teachings of yoga, dance, and other movement practices. Kristy is delighted and grateful to be working with Weber Dance!
Rebecca Lay started dancing when she stepped into a class taught by Joe Goode at the University of Montana. More classes followed, taught by other great teachers, and she became hooked on dance. After graduating from the U of M, she moved to Boston, where she performed with Becky Arnold, Betty Fain, and Brian Feigenbaum. Rebecca received an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she worked with Susan Marshall, Ralph Lemon, and Phyllis Lamhut. Now the mother of two super-wonderful girls, she continues to perform in and around Boston. In addition to having the great pleasure of performing with Weber Dance, she is also currently working with Daniel McCusker and Caitlin Corbett.
Sarah Style is a graduate of Colby College where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre/Dance and Sociology. Since moving to the Boston area, Sarah has enjoyed performing with choreographers and companies such as: Tandem Dance Inc., Andrea Blesso, Sean Hoskins, Danny Swain Dance Company, and Kelly Donovan and Dancers. She is also a graduate of the Risk and Prevention program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and works in the Boston Public Schools as a school counselor. Sarah is very excited to be performing in her fourth season with Weber Dance.
Jennifer Sylvia grew up dancing at The Gold’s School in Brockton, MA. She has also trained with numerous teachers in New York City. She began her professional career at Tokyo Disney Land and has been teaching and choreographing at numerous studios in the south coast for the past five years. Jennifer also has her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Bridgewater State University. Jennifer is very grateful and excited to be dancing with Weber Dance.
Maggie Husak (on maternity leave)
Maggie Husak formally discovered dance in high school at the "late" age of 16. Prior to that, her physical expressions consisted mostly of tantrum-throwing (age 3), impatiently circling her mother in department stores (age 6), country line dancing in "kicker" clubs in her home state of Texas (age 9), and diving for yet-to-be-served volleyballs (age 14). Maggie graduated in 1997 from Brown University with a degree in Urban Studies, and since moving to the Boston area oh-so-many years ago, she has had the pleasure of dancing with the wonderful ladies and gents of Caitlin Corbett Dance Company, Digby Dance, EgoArt, Inc., Falling Flight Project , Ipswich Moving Company, Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, Turnpike Project, and Weber Dance.