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Company

Frazee Feet Dance

is a project-based contemporary dance company based in Rochester, NY. Founded in 2018 by Artistic Director, Zachary J. Frazee, the primary mission of the Company is to create and present original contemporary dance works that celebrate the diversity of human movement and connection throughout the Greater Rochester area and beyond.

The recent recipient of the Western New York Choreographers Initiative, the Company has toured across the country and performed in venues such as The Grace Street Theatre, Dogtown Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance, The Lyric Theatre, among others. Within the short amount of time that Frazee Feet Dance has been operating, the company has premiered 3 evening length works, produced our first dance film, and premiered several smaller works while also hosting various in-person and online events, classes, and workshops.

The Company is still in its beginning stages, having been around for just over 2 years, but within that time we believe we have already started to impact the Rochester arts community. It is our goal to continue creating work that not only showcases the wide range of our facility and artistry, but also to continue to provide local artists and audiences with opportunities to CREATE, PERFORM, and EXPERIENCE.

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Zachary J. Frazee (they/them)
Founder & Artistic Director

Zachary J. Frazee is a mover, creator, educator, and creative entrepreneur based in Rochester, NY. They received their BFA in Dance from SUNY Brockport in 2014 and are now the Founder and Artistic Director of Frazee Feet Dance. Frazee is also a photographer and recently started their own photography business, ZJFrazee Photography, where they specialize in working with other artists.

 

Frazee was primarily trained in release technique but has danced professionally in the realms of classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance. They have and continue to dance with companies and choreographers such as the New York State Ballet (2014-2017), Saratoga City Ballet (2018-present), Nacre Dance Group (2018-present), James Hansen Assemblage Dance (2012-2013), Flower City Ballet (2010-2013), electricGrit Dance (2018-present), Project 44 (2019), Bill Evans Dance (2011-2013), Cheryl Johnson (2014), Zoe Cushman Walders (2019-present), and BIODANCE (2018-present). 

 

Frazee’s main passion is to create. They have created over 40 original works over the past several years and have presented their work across the country at venues such as the Grace Street Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Mark Morris Dance Center, the Lyric Theatre, Dogtown Dance Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre, among others. They are passionate about creating work that draws upon their classical ballet and modern dance backgrounds, creating an aesthetic that is fluid, virtuostic, and musically driven. They have created three evening length programs with Frazee Feet Dance along with several smaller pieces that have been performed locally and toured across the U.S. Frazee has also been commissioned to create work for companies such as the New York State Ballet, Mayhem Dance, the Empire State Youth Dance Ensemble, Saratoga City Ballet, Artists Coalition for Change Together, and Lindenwood University. Frazee is very passionate about creating work that breaks down gender roles with the intention of creating dances that are gender inclusive, equitable, and accessible to dancers and audience members.

 

When they are not performing or creating, Frazee teaches locally at Fitzsimmons Dance Factory and Jody B’s Studio of Dance and is an Adjunct Professor in Dance at various local universities, most recently Hobart & William Smith Colleges. They also teache private lessons and guest classes throughout the Rochester area and beyond. They specialize in teaching ballet/contemporary ballet technique and modern dance technique, but also teach tap, musical theater dance, composition and choreography, and somatic practices. Frazee is also a certified Pilates Instructor at Evolution Pilates of Rochester where they partook in their Teacher Training for Dancers in 2019. They take pride in bringing a somatic and nurturing approach into all of their classes in order to create a safe space for students to engage with movement in a healthy and mindful way.

 

Frazee’s work as a photographer is a more recent development but one that is still fueled by their passion for movement. Their experience with articulating and creating movement has given them a keen eye in capturing engaging and dynamic photos, especially when working with other artists. They specialize in portraiture and movement photography but also enjoy dabbling in landscape, still-life, and event photography.

 

Frazee utilizes their multiple interests and skill sets to work as a full-time artist which brings them great pride and joy. Their art is intertwined with every aspect of their life and they thoroughly enjoy sharing their love of creativity with those around them. To learn more about Frazee and their various pursuits, visit www.zacharyjfrazee.com.

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Zoe Cushman Walders (she/her)
Business Manager, Company Artist
 

Zoe Walders is a dancer and choreographer from Rochester, NY. She holds a BA in Dance from SUNY Potsdam. She has been performing with Frazee Feet Dance since October 2018. Other credits include Create a Space NOW and PUSH Physical Theater. She has choreographed and performed for various arts and dance festivals including The Wake Forest Dance Festival (Wakeforest, NC), Vision of Sound (Rochester, NY), MuCCC Festival (Rochester, NY), and Mare Nostrum Emerging Choreographers Series (New York, NY).

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Liz Kaltenbach (she/her)
Company Artist
 

Liz is from Rochester, NY, and studied dance at the University at Buffalo. While at UB, she performed with the Zodiaque Dance Company under direction of Tom Ralabate and studied at the American Dance Festival, NC. After earning her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies, she is excited to be rekindling her professional dance involvement. She is thrilled to continue dancing for Frazee Feet while working as a PA in surgery at Unity Hospital.

Laura Murawski (she/her)
Company Artist
 

Laura Murawski (Rochester NY) holds her BFA in dance from SUNY the College at Brockport. She has been dancing with Frazee Feet Dance since January 2018, performing in numerous works for Rochester Fringe Festival, Mid-Atlantic Choreographers Showcase, Vision of Sound, NACHMO and Richmond Dance Festival. Outside of FFD Laura teaches Pilates, Yoga and dance to share her passion for movement with the community.

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Wynton Rice (he/him)
Company Artist
 

Wynton Rice is a native Rochestarian who has spent the last ten years 

performing and teaching internationally with the Garth Fagan Dance Company. He is extremely excited that he can start a new journey with the wonderfully talented artist of the Frazefeet family. He looks forward to sharing with you all.

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Alex Alletto (she/her)
Company Artist
 

Alex Alletto is a dancer from Rochester NY. She holds a BFA in dance from University of the Arts. She currently dances professionally with various companies in Rochester and teaches dance, Pilates and yoga. Alex has been with Frazee Feet dance since Fall 2018.

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Austen Kelly (he/him)
Company Artist
 

Austen Kelly is from Rochester NY and holds a BA in Dance from SUNY Brockport. He has performed with Frazee Feet Dance, Heidi Latsky Dance, Cheryl Johnson, and in several Rochester Fringe Festivals. In addition to modern dance, Austen continues to pursue other dance forms, including ballet, Jazz, tap, Flamenco and Irish dance. He has qualified for and competed in the Irish Dance World Championships several times.

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Jean Michael Rubingu (he/him)
Company Artist
 

Jean Michael Rubingu grew up in France  and began studying dance with his mother as a young child. Parents deceased at age of 5-7. He moved to Rochester as a teenager and graduated from School of the Arts with a dance major. He attended Brockport, And he started dancing with BIODANCE in 2016 with a project at Eastman Theatre's Kodak Hall in collaboration with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.  He has also appeared in Dances at MUCCC and Labyrinth with the company, as well as Heidi Latsky's On Display in collaboration with the UR Program of Dance and Movement/Missy Pfohl Smith.

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Shareef Alwarasneh (he/him)
Company Artist
 

Shareef Alwarasneh is a dancer and mover whom began to dance early in his college career. He practiced Tae Kwon Do in his youth but always wanted to do more with dance and movement. At the University of Rochester, he began taking courses in the Program of Dance & Movement and his movement studies flourished from there. Through his coursework and his extracurriculars, he has practiced Bhangra, Contemporary, Belly Dance, Korean pop, and Capoeira. He has danced in the Fringe Festival for Aria, by Missy Pfohl Smith, and was in a piece set by David Dorfman as a collaboration piece between students from Nazareth College & the University of Rochester.

Margaret Wilsch (she/her)
Company Artist
 

Margaret Wilsch is a dancer and student originally from Rochester, New York. Having lived and danced in both Syracuse and Rochester, Margaret has trained with Ballet and Dance of Upstate New York, the Draper Center for Dance Education, and New York State Ballet. In her 14 years of dancing she has studied multiple techniques including Cecchetti, Vaganova, Balanchine, Graham, Taylor, Horton, Forsythe, Release, African, and tap. An apprentice with Frazee Feet in their 2019-2020 season, Maggie is beyond grateful for all the experience and opportunity the company has given her and is excited to take all that she learned with her to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she will be a Contemporary Dance Major starting this fall.

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Erika Ruegemer (she/her)
Company Artist
 

Erika Ruegemer (Twin Cities, Minnesota) Erika began dancing at age five and received her B.A. in dance from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. After graduating she pursued her passion for professional dance with ARENA Dances, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN), gloATL (Atlanta, GA), Rochester Dance Theatre, PUSH Physical Theatre, FuturPointe Dance, Flower City Ballet, and Frazee Feet Dance (Rochester, NY). Find her on Instagram and Facebook @erikaruegemer.

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Josh Ambrose (he/him)
Company Artist
 

Josh Ambrose is a dancer and choreographer from Rochester, NY. He holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Fredonia. Josh has been with Frazee Feet Dance since June 2019. Josh is continuing his studies in athletic coaching, yoga and emergency health care. He is excited to be working with Frazee Feet for his 2nd Fringe Fest.

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Devin McMillian (he/him)
Company Artist
 

Devin (Devy-Dev) is a mover, choreographer and fitness instructor who moved to Rochester from Buffalo, NY in 2018. He started dancing hip hop in 2008. He has a background in west coast swing, salsa, merengue, Azonto, Bollywood, and other island rhythms. He started teaching Zumba and hip hop classes in 2010 along with personal training and kickboxing. He has taught at a multitude of studios and gyms in Buffalo, including Jada Blitz Fitness, Spezio’s Dance Dynamics, Shannon Connors Fitness and University at Buffalo. Devin is very grateful for the opportunity to work with Frazee Feet this year and share and create more with the Rochester dance community going forward.

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Solange Rodrigues (she/her)
Company Artist
 

Solange Rodrigues is a recent graduate from SUNY Purchase College, Class of 2020, with a BFA in dance, and a concentration in composition.  She grew up training at Little Red Dance Studio, in Rochester, NY.  As an undergrad, she performed works by José Limȏn, Trisha Brown, Melanie Gambino and Kuik Swee Boon. She has choreographed several pieces within the conservatory at Purchase, as well as the Conservatory of Theater Arts production of Langston Hughes’ Blood Wedding.

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Elyssia Primus (she/her)
Company Artist
 

Elyssia Primus, PT, DPT is a Rochester native, a dance alumni of School of the Arts, and Doctor of Physical Therapy. She has collaborated on projects with Rochester Dance Theatre, PUSH Physical Theatre, Present Tense Dance and is excited to join Frazee Feet for this show! Elyssia also produced Local Colour #1, collaborative new works by Rochester dancers and musicians. As a Physical Therapist, Elyssia specializes in dance rehabilitation and has toured the US as the PT for Disney's The Lion King.

Kristen Wegman (she/her)
Company Artist
 

Kristen Wegman (Rochester, NY)  grew up dancing in the area since the age of two. She now holds her BFA in Dance from The College at Brockport. She is currently the Co-Owner and Artistic Director of her dance studio, Studio K Dance + Fitness located in Rochester. She loves nothing more than passing on her knowledge and love for dance to the younger generations!

Guest Artists
Sophie Nash
Julie Rossette
Monica Starr
Vanessa Raffaele
Past Artists
Drew Scammell
Allison Thomashefski
Stephanie Bart
Natalia Serra
Andrew Freeman
Caitlin Mahon
Kelsey Donadieu
Alana Batrowny Jackson
Margaret Rickel
Alyssa Darrow
Amy Slocum
Alexis Cordella
Marc Ellis Holland
 
Collaborators
Greg Woodsbie, Composer & Musician
Reilly Hirst, Poet & Performer
Hassan Robinson, Filmmaker & Digital Creator
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