Meet the Artists of Sasso & Company!

Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso, Sasso & Company is a Boston-based contemporary dance company.  Meet the amazing artists who have dedicated their time, talent, and passion for dance in order to bring you Days Gone By this May 10th and 11th at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA!!

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FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

In 2014, Lacey founded Sasso & Company, a Boston-based contemporary dance company.  Prior to that, Lacey attended Missouri State University where she earned a B.F.A in Dance Performance with a minor in Psychology. While attending MSU she was a member and senior rehearsal director of Inertia Dance Company, which promotes literacy through creative movement. Lacey has performed internationally at the 19th Congress on Dance Research in Larnaca, Cyprus, as well as the first Congress on Dance Pedagogy in Bogota, Colombia.

 

Lacey spent six seasons with Undertoe Dance Project (NYC) under the direction of Dana Fisch, where she served not only as the Jazz Captain, but she was also the resident Jazz teaching artist. Her choreography was presented in the annual New York Season, Astoria Dance Festival, and Undertoe Dance Festival. In Boston, Lacey was a member of Six One Seven Dance Collective for four seasons. She has had her choreography presented at Third Life Choreographer’s Series (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019), Monkeyhouse Productions, Art Beat, Dance Astoria, aMasSiT, Dance for World Community (2014, 2015), and NACHMO Festival (2017, 2018, 2019).

 

Additionally, Lacey spent five summers as a guest artist in residence and co-program director of Endless Mountains Dance Camp at Camp Ballibay for the Fine and Performing Arts (Pennsylvania, USA). She has been on faculty at Boston University, Walker’s Dance and Gymnastics, and Broadway Bound Dance Center.

 

In August 2015, Lacey graduated from William James College with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy.  Following graduation, Lacey relocated to the United Kingdom. She was on faculty with the Royal Academy of Dance’s Step into Dance, Montage Theatre Arts, Kew Dance Arts, and SOTO Dance.  She performed in Akram Khan’s Big Dance Trafalgar Square and continued her training in jazz, modern, and ballet at Pineapple Arts.

 

Currently, Lacey is on the faculty of South Shore Ballet Theatre, and Raquelle’s Dance and Fitness.  She is a master teacher in the New England area specializing in jazz, contemporary, and modern technique.  She is a freelance performer with Colleen Roddy and is in her second season with Project 31. Lacey continues her work as Artistic Director of Sasso & Company. Follow her career here: laceysasso.com

 

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Melanie Cox is a graduate of Oklahoma City University where she earned her degree in Dance Performance.  Melanie currently trains dancers at recreational and competitive levels and has taught movement and dance curriculum in Boston Public Schools as well as many private institutions and studios , including Emerson College and The Boston Conservatory and her own studio Dance Out. In 2014 she founded the organization Why We Dance, which provides opportunity for students to give back through Dance.   Under her direction, the collaborative annual event, has raised over fifty thousand dollars since its inception.  Melanie is a versatile dancer and choreographer with training in multiple disciplines. She has performed with The New Jersey Tap Ensemble, The Robinson Ballet Company and has been a soloist with The American Spirit Dance Company participating in USO Tours. Melanie is thrilled to be in her first season with Sasso and Company.  

 

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Cayley Dorr is a dance artist and teacher based in Providence, RI. In 2017, she earned her BA Summa Cum Laude in Dance/Performance Studies and Educational Studies from Roger Williams University, where she received the Kelli Wicke Davis Excellence in Dance Award. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she also spent three months deepening her physical research of contemporary dance forms, improvisation, and physical theatre in London, UK. She was a Winter 2018 Choreographer in Residence at OnStage Dance Company, and her original work has been presented at Roger Williams University, the Third Life Choreographer Series, Built on Stilts Festival, Tiny Dances at the Zeiterion Theatre, Salem Arts Festival, and Green Street Studios. She spends her daytimes teaching middle school Dance at a public charter school in Providence, and is honored to be dancing in her second season with Sasso & Company.

 

KENZIE FINN

Kenzie Finn began her dance training at Center Stage Dance Academy in Plymouth, MA.  At fourteen, she transferred out of her local high school to pursue intensive dance training at the Boston Arts Academy. At the BAA, she had the opportunity to work with professionals such as Ina Hahn and Sean Curran while also broadening her range of dance styles and understanding of movement concepts. Upon graduating, Ms. Finn began work on her B.F.A. in dance choreography at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus where she trained under Dana Hash, Elizabeth Goheen, Kim Jones, and Colleen Thomas. Kenzie has also studied at the Regional and National High School Dance Festivals, as an intern at the Bates Dance Festival, and as a scholarship student at The University of the Arts “Summer World of Dance”.  While in New York, Kenzie also became one of the inaugural members of Calvin Wiley Dance Theatre in Manhattan. Since returning to Boston, Kenzie performed with Tribe, The Dance Company from 2005-2012, serving as the organization’s operations assistant and coordinator of Tribe’s workshop and masterclass series. Kenzie is the Artistic Director and founder of Project 31, a visceral contemporary dance company based in Boston and the South Shore. Kenzie has performed with Six One Seven Dance Collective under the direction of Kendra Heithoff, and is excited to be dancing with Sasso & Company this season.

 

 

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Pip started dancing when she was very young and found a passion for it straight away. She started competing at the age of nine and continued until her senior year in high school. Pip trained at Monroe Dance Academy in CT starting in 2011 where she was a member of the performance and competition company as well as the Peridance Capezio Center Summer Intensive.  The company had a mission of community engagement through performance opportunities. Pip has worked with Dancers Responding to AIDS (Purchase College), Dancefest (Stamford CT), and as a choreographer for the Young Choreographers Festival (Stanford, CT). She has also performed at 9/11 Table of Silence, David Merrick Tribute (NYC), the Orange Bowl Halftime Show (Miami, FL) and with the Jacquelyn Buglisi Company at the Lincoln Center in New York City. She is currently the Head of the Dance Department at Camp Matoaka (Smithfield, ME) teaching a variety of styles including tap, jazz and modern. Pip is a sophomore at Simmons University as a Physical Therapy major and continues to pursue her passion for dance as a member of Sasso & Company for the second season.

 

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Catrina Kubek graduated magna cum laude with her BFA in Dance from Adelphi University in New York. She performed works by faculty including Adelheid B. Strelick, Orion Duckstein, William Briscoe, Jennifer Kreichman, as well as guest artist Paul Taylor. During her junior year, she was awarded the Betts Scholarship Award for Dance. While in New York, Catrina had opportunities to perform with the Julia Kane Dance Collective and Douglas & Co. Since returning back to Massachusetts, she has danced as a company member with Project 31, Sasso & Company, and Orcha Dance Theatre. Catrina is thrilled to be performing in her first season as a member of Sasso & Company.

 

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REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

Colleen Roddy is currently in her third season with Sasso & Company serving as both a Senior Company Member and the company’s Rehearsal Director. Colleen received her early training at Gloria Jean’s Studio of Dance under the direction of Gloria Jean Cumming and Stacy Eastman and New Haven Ballet under the direction of Phillip Otto. She received her B.S. in Health Studies and Minor in Dance as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Most recently, Colleen completed her DPT Academic Practicum Project entitled: Project B.I.N.D.: Inclusion Hip Hop Dance Class at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. As a member of the USA Dance Team, she has performed at Madison Square Garden in NYC and competed across the U.S. and Germany at the World Dance Championships receiving the Gold medal as a soloist and team member. Colleen has received recognition for her work including Young Choreographer Awards from American Dance Awards and North American Dance Championships. Since 2013, she has had the honor to present her work at the American College Dance Festival, Urbanity Next Residency Series, Jose Mateo Dance Festival, BU Dance Faculty Concert, BU Dance Showcase, and Kelley Donovan’s Third Life Choreographer’s Series. Colleen has served on the faculty at Boston University as well as several dance schools in the New England area. She has performed with Six One Seven Dance Collective, BoSoma2, Urbanity Underground, Transit Dance Company, and as a backup dancer for SNL Comedian, Hannibal Buress.

All images courtesy of Olivia Moon Photography.

Behind the Artistry and Ticket Information:

Learn more about Days Gone By here.

Purchase ticket for our upcoming performances on May 10 & 11, 2019 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sasso & Company Presents: Days Gone By

Sasso & Company is excited to announce that we will be presenting our Spring performance series, Days Gone By this May at The Dance Complex Julie Ince Thompson Theatre in Cambridge!

 

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This season, the company has been hard at work in the studio creating brand new, world premiere choreography exploring the Buddhist belief in dukkha; one of the Four Noble Truths.

What is dukkha? How is it portrayed in Days Gone By?

Roughly defined, dukkha is the pain and suffering of daily life; the desire for more; the exhaustion of monotony. Inspired by conversations with peers, clients, and strangers, Sasso & Company explores the idea of dukkha and other aspects of the human condition and how they relate to our individual journeys through life.

Days Gone By will showcase three world premiere pieces as well as fan favorite company repertory. As part of the company’s mission to create a greater sense of connectivity in the Boston dance community, Sasso & Company has the honor to be presenting movement collaboratively created with  B-A-R Dance!

We are excited to share with you our collective exploration of dukkha.  We invite you to take part in our journey and read a bit more about our performances. We cannot wait to see you in the audience!!

Performance and Ticket Information:

  • Tickets: https://daysgoneby.eventbrite.com
    $20 advanced/$25 at the door (General Admission);
    $18 advanced /$20 at the door (BDA/Student/Senior/Military/DCTA & DCWS)
  • When: Friday & Saturday, May 10 & 11, 2019; Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm
  • Where: The Dance Complex, Julie Ince Thompson Theatre (Red line T accessible via Central Square, Parking available on Green Street)

About Sasso & Company

Sasso & Company was founded in 2014 by Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso as a premiere contemporary dance group comprised of strong, fierce, passionate women. The company’s work is bold, emotional, and captivating for the first time dance viewer as well as the seasoned dance lover. Under the direction of Ms. Sasso, the company continues to create work that is informed by psychological theory as well as the human experience creating exciting, emotional dance experiences for all.

 


Catching up with Sasso & Company

Sasso & Company has been hard at work in the studio since September creating new work and bringing new life to some of our fan favorite repertoire! One of the best parts of creating new work is getting to share it with you!  Fortunately, we have a really packed performance season in progress.

Performing, Creating, and Connecting, oh my!

The company kicked off their performing season at 12 Dancers Dancing: a Christmas in Cambridge alongside 11 other wonderful local talents.  Next up, we tackled the NACHMO (National Choreography Month) challenge of creating and performing an entire new work within the month of January using choreographic prompts and improvisation.  It was hard work that resulted in a really fun, bluesy new trio.

That was just the start!

There is so much more dance to be created!  We have a lot of fun opportunities for you to come out and support the arts and Sasso & Company in and around Boston!

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Sasso & Company and Colleen Roddy have teamed up to create a great night of contemporary dance and craft beer at Dorchester Brewing Company!

When: Thursday, February 21 at 7:30pm

Where: 1250 Mass Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125

Tickets are on sale now and include 1 FREE beer!! Follow the link HERE

*Must be 21+ to attend.  Please have valid ID

 

3rd Life Choreographer’s Series 

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Sasso & Company will be debuting a brand new piece of repertoire!

This is a wonderful night to share the space with incredible local talents debuting works in progress and receive feedback from dance enthusiasts.

 

When: Friday, March 22 at 8pm

Where: 3rd Life Studio; 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143 (T accessible via bus connection; Street parking available)

Empower One Another

Produced and presented by Nozama Dance Collective and OnStage Dance Company

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Sasso & Company is pairing with independent choreographer Cayley Dorr to collaboratively create a piece about women’s empowerment for this exciting weekend of dance.

Additionally, we will be sharing two of our favorite pieces of active repertoire with you!

When: Saturday, April 13 at 4pm and 8pm

Where: OnStage Dance Company; 665 Salem Street, Malden MA 02148 (T accessible via bus connection; Street Parking available)

Tickets are available HERE.  Make sure you buy as a Guest of Sasso & Company! 

GoodTHANG Passing

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An interdisciplinary arts and movement THANG sponsored and coordinated annually by Paul Kafka-Gibbons.

Performances occur from 9am-5pm with a suggested donation of $5.

Audience members have the opportunity to see an array of incredible local area arts talents.  Sasso & Company is excited to be performing in this amazing line up!

When: Friday, April 19th; 9am -5pm – Sasso & Co. performance time 2:30pm

Where: Somerville Arts at the Armory; 191 Highland Ave #1c, Somerville, MA 02143 (Parking available; T accessible via bus connection)

Providence Movement Festival 

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This annual festival showcases the most daring and interesting dance happening in Providence, Rhode Island and beyond.

When: Thursday, April 25 and – Saturday April 27 at 8pm

Where: AS220, Providence, RI

Tickets available HERE!!

 

 

Sasso & Company Presents: Days Gone By

This weekend of performances will be the culmination of our season’s work and will feature a World Premiere piece, fan favorite repertoire, and a few of our season’s highlighted debut works.

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When: Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 at 8pm

Where: The Dance Complex’s Julie Ince Thompson Theatre (Red Line to Central Square or Parking on Green Street)

Tickets are available HERE

FULL Details to be announced this Spring!!

Stay in the know!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest news of performances, workshops, and artistic opportunities!!

We cannot wait to see you in the audience!!


Movement Filtration

An evening of craft beer and contemporary dance.

Join Sasso & Company and Colleen Roddy for an evening of craft beer and contemporary dance at Dorchester Brewing Company!

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This evening features new and exciting dance works created by both artists for this unique venue. In addition to great dance, audience members will experience delightful, bold craft beer in Dorchester Brewing Company’s tap room located right in the heart of Boston.

Love to support your local artists and breweries?

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:30pm
  • Tickets: $25 Advance, $30 at the Door (cash or Venmo only)
    *Tickets include 1 Beer

  • Where: Dorchester Brewing Company, 1250 Massachusetts Ave.
    Boston, MA 02125 (Red Line T Accessible; Parking Available)

    *Please note: Must be 21+ to attend.  Please bring valid ID.

About the Artists

Sasso & Company:

Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Lacey Sasso, Sasso & Company is a Boston-based contemporary dance company. Sasso & Company creates innovative contemporary dance that blends sassy jazz and heartfelt gestures with unexpected rhythmic interpretations.

Colleen Roddy:

Colleen Roddy is a Boston based choreographer, dancer and educator.  She is excited to bring athletic based contemporary work to the Dorchester Brewing Co. with Lacey Sasso.


Sasso & Company Audition Announcement

Announcing 2018-2019 Boston Season Auditions

Sasso & Company is looking for female dancers with exemplary contemporary and jazz technique to join our company for the 2018-2019 season.

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The company was formed in 2014 by Artistic Director Lacey Sasso as a premiere contemporary dance group comprised of strong, fierce, passionate women.  The company’s work is bold, emotional, and captivating for the first time dance viewer as well as a seasoned dance lover.

Sasso & Company’s first season was fully backed by a Kickstarter campaign allowing for the full creative focus to be on the psychology behind Love in Motion.  In 2016, Dancing the Distance was performed to two SOLD OUT audiences at Cambridge’s Green Street Studios.  Most recently, the company performed Deeply Rooted to packed houses at The Dance Complex and further explored our mission of collaboration through our immersive performance at the SOWA District’s Kingston Gallery for In Pieces.  Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso is excited to continue to grow the company’s presence in Boston through both formal and informal performances in traditional and non-traditional spaces in the 2018 – 2019 season.

What to expect as a company member:

Ms. Sasso will be creating an all new premiere work and giving new life to seasoned repertory.  In her signature style, movement will be motivated through psychological theory and gestural movement vocabulary.  Dancers need to be ready to dive into their emotional depths to create an environment of complete immersion and commitment to the creative process.

Ms. Sasso’s process is both collaborative and inclusive, making the dancers central to the artistry.  The movement will utilize the dancers’ versatility through partnering, balletic phrases, the sass and syncopation of classic jazz,  and a wide range of gestural contemporary movement. Dancers should be ready to showcase their improvisational skills and willingness to create collaboratively.

Audition Details:

When: Saturday, September 15 from 11:00am – 1:30pm

Where: The Dance Complex, Studio 1

What: Barefoot contemporary and modern dance phrases will be taught in addition to a brief improvisational section

Register HERE!!

A few practical details:

  1. Dancers should be ready to commit to a full season (September 2018 – June 2019).
  2. Rehearsals are once weekly for 2-3 hours.  Space is always rented with T/public transit access in mind for those without access to a car.
  3. Rehearsals are currently unpaid.  Some performance pay may be available.
  4. Expect to be performing a lot!!  The company has performed at Third Life Choreographer’s Series, Somerville’s Art Beat, Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community, NACHMO Boston, Mobius Festival, GoodTHANG, and Astoria Dance Festival among others.
  5. If you are interested in creating work on the company, collaborative opportunities may be available.

Interested in contributing your talent and passion to Sasso & Company??  

Get in touch: Email, LIKE us on Facebook, and mark your calendars!!


Sasso & Company Presents: In Pieces

Sasso & Company is proud to announce that we will present In Pieces at the Kingston Gallery in Boston’s SOWA District on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8pm.

From Deeply Rooted to In Pieces

One of my favorite parts of being an artist, is having the opportunity to collaborate with other artists of all mediums.

Following the success of Deeply Rooted, I was experiencing a giant case of the post show blues I was feeling so proud and pumped that we were able to host an amazing weekend of dance, yet so sad that it was over.  I decided that I wanted to put on another show, but in a non-traditional dance space.  I sat down and began thinking about the rich resources in our community how to collaborating artistically with them.

As it so happens, my husband and I had recently been talking about visiting the SOWA district to check out some of our local art galleries, which is exactly what we did one Saturday afternoon.  What I found in the Kingston Gallery is a beautiful space that is run collaboratively by the artists whose work is on display.

I fell in love with their mission and their openness to hosting a dance performance.  I went home that day and knew I needed to pursue this wonderful opportunity.

With that, In Pieces was born!

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In Pieces explores the literal and figurative pieces of our lives; fragments of lost love, friendship, and how we have learned to adapt to our ever-changing world.

This evening of dance takes you on a journey of the human experience from our moments of chaos and breaking down to our moments of triumph. In Pieces will feature two world premiere works as well as fan favorite choreography in Boston’s Kingston Gallery in the vibrant SOWA arts district.

Due to this beautifully unique venue, tickets are limited, purchase in advance to guarantee you do not miss Sasso & Company: In Pieces.

 

Performance and Ticket Information

  • When: Saturday, May 5th; Doors at 7:30
  • Where: Kingston Gallery Harrison Street at 43 Thayer Street, Boston, MA (MBTA accessible)
  • Tickets: https://inpieces.bpt.me $20 in advance; $25 at the door (CASH only at the door)

About Sasso & Company

Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Lacey Sasso, Sasso & Company is a Boston-based contemporary dance company. Sasso & Company creates innovative contemporary dance that blends sassy jazz and heartfelt gestures with unexpected rhythmic interpretations.


Meet the women of Sasso & Company!!

Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso, Sasso & Company is a Boston-based contemporary dance company.  Meet the nine women who have dedicated their time, talent, and passion for dance in order to bring you Deeply Rooted this February at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA!!

 

LACEY SASSO – FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, SASSO & COMPANY

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In 2014, Lacey founded Sasso & Company, a Boston-based contemporary dance company. Prior to that, Lacey attended Missouri State University where she earned a B.F.A in Dance Performance with a minor in Psychology. While attending MSU she was a member and senior rehearsal director of Inertia Dance Company, which promotes literacy through creative movement. Lacey has performed internationally at the 19th Congress on Dance Research in Larnaca, Cyprus, as well as the first Congress on Dance Pedagogy in Bogota, Colombia.

Lacey spent six seasons with Undertoe Dance Project (NYC) under the direction of Dana Fisch, where she served not only as the Jazz Captain, but she was also the resident Jazz teaching artist. Her choreography was presented in the annual New York Season, Astoria Dance Festival, and Undertoe Dance Festival. In Boston, Lacey was a member of Six One Seven Dance Collective for four seasons. Alongside this, she has had her choreography presented at Third Life Choreographer’s Series (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017), Monkeyhouse Productions, Art Beat, Dance Astoria, aMasSiT, Dance for World Community (2014, 2015), and NACHMO Festival (2017, 2018).

Additionally, Lacey has spent five summers as a guest artist in residence and co-program director of Endless Mountains Dance Camp at Camp Ballibay for the Fine and Performing Arts (Pennsylvania, USA). She has been on faculty at Boston University, Walker’s Dance and Gymnastics, and Raquelle’s Dance and Fitness.

In August 2015 Lacey graduated from William James College with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Following graduation, Lacey relocated to the United Kingdom. She has been on faculty with the Royal Academy of Dance’s Step into Dance, Montage Theatre Arts, Kew Dance Arts, and SOTO Dance. She performed in Akram Khan’s Big Dance Trafalgar Square and continued her training in jazz, modern, and ballet at Pineapple Arts.

Since returning to Boston this fall, Lacey has jumped back into the studio as company member of Project 31, faculty of South Shore Ballet Theatre teaching jazz and modern as well as with Sasso & Company to create Deeply Rooted.

COLLEEN RODDY – SENIOR REHEARSAL DIRECTOR

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Colleen Roddy is currently in her third season with Sasso & Company serving as both a Senior Company Member and the company’s Rehearsal Director. Colleen received her early training at Gloria Jean’s Studio of Dance under the direction of Gloria Jean Cumming and Stacy Eastman and New Haven Ballet under the direction of Phillip Otto. She received her B.S. in Health Studies and Minor in Dance as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Most recently, Colleen completed her DPT Academic Practicum Project entitled: Project B.I.N.D.: Inclusion Hip Hop Dance Class at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. As a member of the USA Dance Team, she has performed at Madison Square Garden in NYC and competed across the U.S. and Germany at the World Dance Championships receiving the Gold medal as a soloist and team member. Colleen has received recognition for her work including Young Choreographer Awards from American Dance Awards and North American Dance Championships. Since 2013, she has had the honor to present her work at the American College Dance Festival, Urbanity Next Residency Series, Jose Mateo Dance Festival, BU Dance Faculty Concert, BU Dance Showcase, and Kelley Donovan’s Third Life Choreographer’s Series. Colleen now serves on the faculty at Boston University in both the Children and Adult Dance Divisions, and as a guest teacher and choreographer across several New England schools. She has performed with Six One Seven Dance Collective, BoSoma2, Urbanity Underground, Transit Dance Company, and as a backup dancer for SNL Comedian, Hannibal Buress.

TIA DEVINCENZO

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Tia grew up dancing in the Boston area, joining the competitive dance world at the age of 8. Throughout high school Tia taught dance at the Dance Studio of Wakefield and performed as a soloist and member of the senior competitive dance team. Her solo accomplishments earned her a spot as an Elite Performance Dancer at Excel in Motion where she traveled and taught alongside professional dancers including Allison Holker, Ellenore Scott, Alex Wong, tWitch and others.  Following her passion for dance Tia attended James Madison University as a major in dance. She graduated in 2016 with dual degrees in Dance and Journalism. As a member of the Virginia Repertory Dance Company, a pre-professional modern contemporary company, Tia had the opportunity to work with outstanding choreographers including Laurie Eisenhower of Eisenhower Dance, Xan Burley and Alex Springer of Doug Varone Dance Company.  The VRDC performed at the American College Dance Association and participated in an enrichment program in Martinique. Internationally, Tia had the privilege to study dance in London at the Royal Academy of Dance and Art, working with professors from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She hopes to return to London for grad school one day!  Upon returning to Boston, Tia has been working as a freelance artist, teaching dance and became a certified 200 HR Yoga Alliance instructor. She is a member of Urbanity Underground and is in her first season with Sasso & Company!

CAYLEY DORR

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Cayley Dorr is a contemporary dance artist and teacher based in Providence, RI. In 2017, she earned her BA Summa Cum Laude in Dance/Performance Studies and Educational Studies from Roger Williams University, where she received the Kelli Wicke Davis Excellence in Dance Award. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she also spent three months deepening her physical research of contemporary dance forms, improvisation, and physical theatre in London, UK. She is currently a Choreographer in Residence with OnStage Dance Company in Malden, MA, and her original work has been presented at Roger Williams University, the Third Life Choreographer Series, Built on Stilts Festival, and Tiny Dances at the Zeiterion Theatre. Cayley is honored to be joining Sasso & Company for the first time this season.

KENZIE FINN

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Kenzie Finn began her dance training at Center Stage Dance Academy in Plymouth, MA. At fourteen, she transferred out of her local high school to pursue intensive dance training at the Boston Arts Academy. At the BAA, she had the opportunity to work with professionals such as Ina Hahn and Sean Curran while also broadening her range of dance styles and understanding of movement concepts. Upon graduating, Ms. Finn began work on her B.F.A. in dance choreography at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus where she trained under Dana Hash, Elizabeth Goheen, Kim Jones, and Colleen Thomas. Kenzie has also studied at the Regional and National High School Dance Festivals, as an intern at the Bates Dance Festival, and as a scholarship student at The University of the Arts “Summer World of Dance”. While in New York, Kenzie also became one of the inaugural members of Calvin Wiley Dance Theatre in Manhattan. Since returning to Boston, Kenzie performed with Tribe, The Dance Company from 2005-2012, serving as the organization’s operations assistant and coordinator of Tribe’s workshop and masterclass series. Kenzie is the Artistic Director and founder of Project 31, a visceral contemporary dance company based in Boston and the South Shore. Kenzie has performed with Six One Seven Dance Collective under the direction of Kendra Heithoff, and is excited to be dancing with Sasso & Company this season.

PIP GAMBLE

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Pip started dancing when she was very young and found a passion for it straight away. She started competing at the age of nine and continued until her senior year in high school. Pip trained at Monroe Dance Academy in CT starting in 2011 where she was a member of the performance and competition company as well as the Peridance Capezio Center Summer Intensive. The company had a mission of community engagement through performance opportunities. Pip has worked with Dancers Responding to AIDS (Purchase College) and Dancefest (Stamford CT). She has also performed at 9/11 Table of Silence, David Merrick Tribute (NYC), the Orange Bowl Halftime Show (Miami, FL) and with the Jacquelyn Buglisi Company at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Pip is currently a freshman at Simmons College as a Physical Therapy major and continue to pursue her passion for dance as a member of Sasso & Company.

JULIE JOSEPH

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Julie has been dancing since she was three years old, beginning at Roses School of Dance in Hawthorne, New York. There, she was a member of the competition team for nine years, after which she graduated and began attending Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She now is an active member of Brandeis’s all-inclusive dance team, Adagio, as well as the leader of the audition based subset, Dance Ensemble. She has also become an avid choreographer. She has performed as a backup dancer for comedian Hannibal Buress, and has performed on Broadway at the Symphony Space stage for Stampede, a percussive dance festival. She has continued to dance around Boston working with Onstage Dance Company, and as a member of Drumatix, a drumming and tap company. This is Julie’s first season in Sasso & Company, and is eager to see where her dance journey continues.

MICHELLE MARQUIS

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Michelle started dancing at age two and quickly fell in love. Shortly after, she started competing in styles such as ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, and modern. By Junior year of high school she became a student at the New England Civic Ballet to focus more on training in contemporary and classical ballet. Michelle graduated from Plymouth State University and holds a B.S in Business Administration and certificate in Dance Pedagogy. During her time at Plymouth State she was a member of the Dance Division and Contemporary Dance Ensemble as a performer and choreographer. She has also worked with choreographers and companies such as Urbanity, Mziyanda Mancam, and Broadway Choreographer Jesse Robb. She attended master classes with BoSoma, Deca Dance Theatre, Pantos Project, Tremaine and many more. Michelle was even given the opportunity to privately dance with The Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City. After graduation, she furthered her studies in dance education and performance as an intern with Neoteric Dance Collaborative performing at the Southern Vermont and Shaker Village Dance festivals. She has continued to dance around the East coast performing with BellyBeat Dance Company, Tributary Dance, and Danceworks. Michelle is so excited to be dancing in her first season with Sasso & Company!

KATIE PAQUIN

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Katie Paquin began dancing with Festival Ballet Providence at the age of 4 and continued her training there until she was 18. She was a member of Festival Ballet’s Junior Company from 2005-08. She performed many ballets with the company including Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and her most notable role with the company was Clara in The Nutcracker. She spent her summers at Bossov Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive performing in Coppelia and Don Quixote. In 2010 she began dancing with Providence Ballet Theatre and in 2016 she began dancing with Cambridge Dance Company and continues with both companies. Katie is currently working as a freelance choreographer and has choreographed at Rhode Island College, Providence College, Providence Ballet Theatre, Cambridge Dance Company and in collaboration with the New York Mandolin Ensemble. She has also presented her work at a few dance festivals including The 2012 Perceptions Dance Festival in New York City and the 2014 Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. She graduated from Rhode Island College in 2013 with a degree in Psychology and Dance where she was a member of RIC’s dance company and was chosen to be the recipient of the Helen Forman Special Talent full scholarship. She received her Masters of Education in Counseling from Providence College and is currently working in Financial Aid at a college in Boston. This is Katie’s first season with Sasso & Company.

 

KELLY WOODRUFF

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Kelly originally started dancing as a means to develop strength and flexibility for figure skating. She began taking jazz and ballet classes at a small studio in Cupertino, CA. In high school she switched gears to focus solely on dance, and started competing with her dance team in kick, jazz, and lyrical. She then moved to Boston to attend Tufts University, where she studied Quantitative Economics and Dance. At Tufts she danced with a couple on-campus contemporary and hip hop groups and focused on developing as a choreographer. After college, Kelly spent a few seasons dancing and choreographing for DanceWorks Boston. This past summer she had the opportunity to dance and perform with Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP). This is Kelly’s her first season with Sasso & Company.

Behind the Artistry and Ticket Information:

Learn more about Deeply Rooted here.

Purchase ticket for our upcoming performances on February 23 & 24, 2018 here.


Sasso & Company Presents: Deeply Rooted this February!!

Sasso & Company is excited to announce that we will be hosting our semi-annual shared performance series, Deeply Rooted this February at The Dance Complex Julie Ince Thompson Theatre in Cambridge!

 

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This season, the company has been hard at work in the studio creating brand new, world premiere choreography based on the psychological theory of attachment. Additionally, the women of Sasso & Company have collaboratively explored how these relationships impact our daily lives.

What is attachment theory? How is it portrayed in Deeply Rooted?

Deeply Rooted explores the nature of attachment and our visceral reactions to such relationships. In psychology, attachment theory attempts to describe the dynamics of long-term and short-term interpersonal relationships between humans. Moreover, the feeling of security, anxiety, and/or apathy has a direct relationship to how our bodies react to one another. Deeply Rooted deconstructs attachment through movement, gesture, and soulful dance expression.

Deeply Rooted will showcase two world premiere pieces as well as fan favorite company repertory. As part of the company’s mission to create a greater sense of connectivity in the Boston dance community, Sasso & Company has the honor to be presenting the work of eight local artists and companies.

We are excited to share our journey with our muse, attachment, and have invited these artists to create work based on this theme. Further, we are overjoyed to be sharing this work collectively with live audiences in Boston in just under one month.

I invite you to take part in our journey and read a bit more about our performances. I cannot wait to see you in the audience!!

Sasso & Company is excited to be presenting the work of:

Five artists on Friday, February 23rd:

  • Boston Community Dance Project
  • Layne Willis
  • Lynn & Paul Dance
  • Nozama Dance Collective
  • Raquelle’s Dance Company

And four artists on Saturday, February 24th:

  • Abilities Dance
  • Colleen Roddy and Dancers
  • Erin McNulty
  • Lea D’Arminio

Performance and Ticket Information:

  • Tickets: deeplyrooted2018.eventbrite.com
    $20 advanced/$25 at the door (General Admission);
    $18 advanced /$20 at the door (BDA/Student/Senior/Military/DCTA & DCWS)
  • When: Friday & Saturday, February 23 & 24, 2018; Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8pm
  • Where: The Dance Complex, Julie Ince Thompson Theatre (Red line T accessible via Central Square, Parking available on Green Street)

About Sasso & Company

Founded in 2014 by Artistic Director Lacey Sasso, Sasso & Company is a Boston-based contemporary dance company. Sasso & Company creates innovative contemporary dance that blends sassy jazz and heartfelt gestures with unexpected rhythmic interpretations.


Call to Artists: Come Dance with Us in February!

Thank you for your interest in performing with Sasso & Company in our annual Performance Series!

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We are looking for established contemporary and modern dance artists from the Boston community to share an exciting variety of work with new and returning audiences. Sasso & Company aims to further the sense of connectivity in our local dance community through this collaborative performance opportunity.

Following two sold out evenings of Dancing the Distance, Sasso & Company is back to share Deeply Rooted with you!

Deeply Rooted explores the nature of attachment and our visceral reactions to such relationships. In psychology, attachment theory attempts to describe the dynamics of long-term and short-term interpersonal relationships between humans. Moreover, the feeling of security, anxiety, and/or apathy has a direct relationship to how our bodies react to one another. Deeply Rooted deconstructs attachment through movement, gesture, and soulful dance expression.

Sasso & Company invites you to propose a new work or revisit an old work that connects to this theme and, if chosen, share the stage with us in February 2018!

What you need to know:

  • Proposed works may not exceed 10 minutes.
  • Technical needs should be minimal; basic lights and sound will be available, any props are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Each artist will be allotted a tech/dress time slot (TBD).
  • Each artist/company will be responsible for selling a total of 10 tickets at $25/ticket to the performance. If tickets are not sold, then the artist/company is responsible for paying the remainder of the ticket cost.
  • For any tickets sold above the 10 required, artists will be compensated 25% of the face value of the ticket.
  • Deadline to apply: January 15, 2018

Find out more about Sasso & Company.

Performance Information:

When: Friday, February 23 or Saturday, February 24, 2018*

Doors open at 7:30pm, show begins at 8pm

— Tech date and time TBD

Where: The Dance Complex; Cambridge, MA

*Artists will be invited to perform on one of these dates; preferences taken into consideration on our application form


How to apply?

Please fill out this form by January 15th, 2018 to be considered.  For questions, please contact Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso: sassoandcompany@gmail.com

 


Sasso & Company 2018 Winter Workshop

Interested in furthering your dance training and performing alongside professional dancers?

Join Sasso & Company on Saturday, January 20th for a one day intensive workshop at The Dance Complex in Cambridge!!

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Photo Credit: Grace Stauffer Photography

This one day intensive provides advanced students ages 11-18 the opportunity to train with leaders and innovators in the field of professional contemporary dance.  Faculty members include Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso, and Senior Company Member Colleen Roddy.

Students will focus on contemporary and jazz technique while having a unique opportunity to learn and perform Sasso & Company repertory.

What makes this workshop different?

Students will learn Sasso & Company’s unique movement style that blends the elegant lines of ballet with the sassy, rhythmic movements of jazz dance and quirky gestures that are a signature of Artistic Director, Lacey Sasso’s work.

The workshop will close with an informal showing of Sasso & Company repertory performed by the students, followed by a sneak peak performance of a world premiere work featuring Sasso & Company’s senior members.

Registration Details

Who: Advanced Contemporary and Pre-Professional dancers aged 11-18

Where: The Dance Complex, Studio 1 (Parking available on Green Street; Red Line T  to Central Square)

When: Saturday, January 20, 2018; 10:30am – 3:00pm

Cost: $50 Early Bird registration through December 31, 2017; $70 Full Price Fee on or after January 1, 2018

To Register: Fill in the form at the bottom of this post.  Submit payment online or contact Lacey (sassoandcompany@gmail.com) for details to send a check.  On the day of the workshop, please sign a liability waiver upon drop-off.

Class Schedule

10:30 – 11:00 Check In

11:00 – 12:00 Jazz Technique

12:00 – 1:00 Contemporary Technique

1:00 – 1:10 Break

1:10 – 2:10 Sasso & Company Repertory

2:10 – 2:30 Improvisation and Performance Preparation

2:30 – 3: 00 Informal Performance of Sasso & Company Repertory* by Workshop students & Sneak Peak Performance by Sasso & Company senior members

*Family members are welcome to arrive at 2:30 to be seated for a brief informal performance

 Meet The Instructors

LaceySasso_Headshot_WorkshopLacey Sasso is the founder and Artistic Director of Sasso & Company, a Boston-based contemporary dance company. She has recently been on faculty at Boston University teaching contemporary jazz. Lacey attended Missouri State University where she earned a B.F.A in Dance Performance with a minor in Psychology. Lacey spent six seasons with Undertoe Dance Project (NYC) where she served not only as the Jazz Captain, but she was also the resident Jazz teaching artist. Her choreography was presented in the annual New York Season, Astoria Dance Festival, and Undertoe Dance Festival. In Boston, Lacey was a member and featured choreographer for Six One Seven Dance Collective for four seasons. In 2015 Lacey graduated from William James College with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy. Lacey has spent the last two years living in the United Kingdom. She has been on staff with the Royal Academy of Dance’s Step into Dance, Montage Theatre Arts, Kew Dance Arts, and SOTO Dance. Lacey has recently returned to Boston where she is on staff with South Shore Ballet Theatre and continues to direct Sasso & Company.

Colleen Roddy HeadshotColleen Roddy is currently in her third season with Sasso & Company serving as both a Senior Company Member and the company’s Rehearsal Director. Colleen received her early training at Gloria Jean’s Studio of Dance under the direction of Gloria Jean Cumming and Stacy Eastman and New Haven Ballet under the direction of Phillip Otto. She received her B.S. in Health Studies and Minor in Dance as well as her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Most recently, Colleen completed her DPT Academic Practicum Project entitled: Project B.I.N.D.: Inclusion Hip Hop Dance Class at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester. As a member of the USA Dance Team, she has performed at Madison Square Garden in NYC and competed across the U.S. and Germany at the World Dance Championships receiving the Gold medal as a soloist and team member. Colleen has received recognition for her work including Young Choreographer Awards from American Dance Awards and North American Dance Championships. Since 2013, she has had the honor to present her work at the American College Dance Festival, Urbanity Next Residency Series, Jose Mateo Dance Festival, BU Dance Faculty Concert, BU Dance Showcase, and Kelley Donovan’s Third Life Choreographer’s Series. Colleen now serves on the faculty at Boston University in both the Children and Adult Dance Divisions, and as a guest teacher and choreographer across several New England schools. She has performed with Six One Seven Dance Collective, BoSoma2, Urbanity Underground, Transit Dance Company, and as a back-up dancer for SNL Comedian, Hannibal Buress.

Questions? Please contact: sassoandcompany@gmail.com

Register NOW before space fills up!

We look forward to dancing with you in January!

Complete checkout: Buy tickets for Sasso & Company Winter Workshop