Zenon Dance is excited to announce Dustin Haug, Javan Mngrezzo and Chloe Nagle as the Winter/Spring 2022 Zenon Dance Zone Choreographers. The Zone Dance program is designed to join Zenon’s community of dancers in a shared dance experience with local choreographers. The Winter/Spring residencies have been uniquely designed to follow COVID19 precautions and procedures with the health and safety of the artists and dancers as the first priority. This season will culminate in a showcase sharing Zenon Dance Zone works with guest artists on Friday and Saturday, May 20 & 21 at 7:30pm.
Dustin Haug began his dance training in the mosh pits of rock concerts at First Avenue. The visceral physicality and reckless abandonment of those experiences within the throb of pounding, energetic music continue to influence his movement choices. He is indebted to the dance department at St. Olaf College for encouraging him on his journey and to KT Niehoff (Seattle) for imbuing a fierce artistry in his heart. His lively classes encourage individual expression, dancing with the group, improvisation, moving into and out of the floor, horizontal space, and lots of zany, good-times laughter. Beyond dance, Dustin aspires to be a semiprofessional brewer, a makeshift cook, a random handyman, a loving husband, and a caring father. He is thankful for the support of his family, without whom he could not continue to do what he does, and humbled by the passionate students he’s had the pleasure of working with at Zenon over the years.
Rehearsals: Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm
Javan Mngrezzo (he/him) recently relocated to Minnesota by way of Portland, OR. He graduated from Western Oregon University in three years, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Sociology. Javan currently dances with Black Label Movement and Analog Dance Works, and has been a company dancer with Threads Dance Project, BodyVox, and Rainbow Dance Theatre. He has also had the privilege of performing as a guest artist for numerous companies such as Heidi Duckler Dance, Cynthia Gutierrez’s Company Movimiento, and Dar Vejon Jones Dance Ensemble [DJDE]. Javan has taught at dozens of Oregon studios, including at Bodyvox, Northwest Dance Project, and Shaun Keylock Studios, and is a certified instructor of The Ellové Technique®. Teaching is one of his greatest passions and he hopes to both provide growth through challenge yet also create spaces where anyone can access and share in the love of dance!
Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm
Chloe Nagle is a dance artist, Alexander Technique teacher, writer, and yoga instructor recently relocated to Minneapolis. She received an MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a BFA with honors in Dance from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training at Amara Yoga and Arts of Urbana and recently completed Alexander Technique teacher training under the direction of Rose Bronec. Nagle has taught college-level courses in Contact Improvisation, Introduction to Dance, and Making Dances while a graduate student at UIUC. In the Urbana community, she taught Contemporary Dance at Urbana Fine Arts Center and the Move MS program as well as yoga workshops to support the well-being of students during the pandemic in the Anthropology and Latina/Latino Studies Departments. Nagle’s choreography has been showcased at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Danceworks Milwaukee, and Milwaukee Summer Series. She is currently teaching Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance at Zenon and is excited to be choreographing for the Zone program!
Rehearsals: Mondays from 7:00-8:30pm