Josie is a classically trained dancer with a B.A. in Dance from S.U.N.Y. Brockport. She has trained and performed in concert and cabaret settings in N.Y.C., with venues including TA DA!, Lincoln Center, Riverside Church, and St. John the Divine, and with inspirational teachers and companies that include Elena Lentini, Dunya, Serena Dance Theatre, Ramzi El Edlibi Dance Theatre, and the S.I.T.I. Company summer residency, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Josie now lives in Portland, where she has performed with the Perennial Effects Dance Collective, in Oak Street Theatre productions, and Dance Portland. She is the Artistic Director of Baraka! Ensemble.
Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble
Near Eastern traditions, Baraka!
weaves together the dynamic rhythms of the Gypsy with the hand-clapping
enthusiasm of Egyptian folk styles and the mysterious gracefulness of
the silken veils to create a tapestry of excitement for audiences of all
ages. Performing in Maine since 1993, they include appearances in the
Maine Arts' productions of the Maine Festival and New Year's Portland,
the Children's Museum of Maine, in concert, and in the public school
"... the dancers
will create an atmosphere of mystery and beauty (on a stage transformed
into an exotic realm), where the female body becomes an example of power
Josie has a special gift of dance and magic to create the moment and
seduce us to their realms..."
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