Biographies

Current Members

Susan Donham

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Susan Donham was the director and choreographer of Spinning Yarns Dance Collective, a small modern dance company, in San Francisco for 12 years.  She is currently an interfaith chaplain at the George Washington University outpatient clinic and works for the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health. She received her M.A. in dance from American University in 1994. In addition to her choreographic work, Donham has performed for Eclipse Dance Theater, Khadra International Dance Theater, Right Brain Performancelab, Jenice Acosta Movers, and in the work of Apryl Seech, Marisa Pugliano, Jen Minore, and Joe Landini. She is happy to be back on the East Coast and performing with Human Landscape Dance.

Nicole Y. McClam

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Nicole Y. McClam is fumbling her way through as an MFA candidate in Dance while also pursuing her studies in the Laban Certification Program at the University of Maryland; introducing students to the awesomeness of dance as an adjunct at Howard Community College; and bouncing to and fro as a founding member of B3W Performance Group based in Queens, NY.  Her own work has been presented in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY.  She has lived in the DC area since 2001 where she was a long time member of Deborah Riley Dance Projects.  Prior to that she apprenticed with Pennsylvania Dance Theater for their 2000-2001 season where she had the pleasure of performing works by Ben Munisteri and Claire Porter.  She graduated from East Carolina University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BA in Chemistry.

Alexander Short

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Alexander Short has been dancing in the DC area for a really long time and has worked with many local choreographers.  He has studied modern, tap and ballroom dancing.  Alex has been a member of the contact improvisation dance community since attending a semester class in college taught by Nancy Stark Smith in 1983.  He has worked with Malcolm Shute and Human Landscape Dance since 2006 performing in a wide variety and performances in a wide variety of places.  His most recent international performances include the Contact Dance International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada, and Attune in Kyoto, Japan.  Most recently he performed at the Exchange Choreography Festival in Tulsa, OK.  He is a Certified Movement Analyst. 

Malcolm Shute

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Malcolm (Mac) Shute is an internationally known performer and teacher of movement. He teaches a wide range of subjects in the Dance Department at Towson University and studios in the Washington DC area. He directs Human Landscape Dance, a company known for its intimate, athletic portrayal of human affection and conflict. They have presented work in Europe, and North and South America. Shute holds a MFA in Dance with a Concentration in Choreography from the University of Maryland, and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. He has led workshops in Laban Movement Analysis, contact improvisation, dance and mythology, modern/contemporary dance, and somatics in the US and abroad.

Mary Szegda

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Mary Szegda, a native of Connecticut, is a Board Certified Dance Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and Massage Therapist at The Spa Room. She has been dancing in Washington DC since 1999. She studied with teachers Mim Rosen, Ed Tyler and Lou Antonini. She has presented work at the Jack Guidone Theatre and The Dinner Party. Mary is excited to be working with Human Landscape Dance.

Former Members

Amanda Abrams

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Amanda Abrams is a modern dancer based in Washington, DC. Originally from North Carolina, she has danced with several DC-based groups and her choreography has been shown at Dance Place and Joy of Motion. Amanda is an avid improviser, helps facilitate a weekly contact improvisation jam, and is the former organizer of the DC Improvisation Festival. When not dancing, she's feverishly at work trying to succeed as a freelance writer.

Heather Doyle

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Heather Doyle is a dance artist from the piedmont of North Carolina currently making her home in Washington, D.C.  Heather is currently working on projects with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance Theatre, mansurdancer, and Human Landscape Dance.  She recently was engaged in logistic and production support as part of the Dance Exchange's How to Lose a Mountain project.  Heather has recently performed with Tzveta Kassabova, Graham Brown, Nathan Andary, Deborah Riley Dance Projects,  and as a guest with Dance Box Theater and PEARSONWIDRIGDANCETHEATER. Heather owes deep gratitude for her creative work with Niki Juralewicz, the Informall Theater Company, and the John Gamble Dance Theater in North Carolina. Ms. Doyle’s choreography has been presented by Movement Research (Open Performance), the North Carolina Dance Project, the Greensboro Fringe Festival, Artomatic, and the Dinner Party. She practices and teaches Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis. Heather has extensive experience in dance production, and supports emerging performing artists as a production stage manager and theater technician throughout the DC region.  She is also crazy about square dancing.

Beth Griffin

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Beth Griffin is a native Washingtonian currently performing with Human Landscape Dance and Agora Dance. She graduated from Towson University magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and a BS in Cultural Studies in 2013, and has since appeared on stages at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Place, and The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, among others. Most recently, she was featured in NW Dance Project's Pretty Creatives ('16, '17), performing the works of Luca Signoretti, Anton Rudakov, Alyssa Pires, and Alice Klock. Beth has been a rehearsal assistant to local choreographers Vincent Thomas and Runqiao Du. In spring 2018, she returned to Towson University to set Vincent Thomas's Occupy on the TU Dance Company, a piece she performed first as a student and again in full-length with VTDance over the course of three seasons. While not dancing, Beth serves on the production team of the Washington National Opera and walks dogs on Capitol Hill. She is thrilled to be joining Human Landscape Dance for their Japanese engagement and looks forward to future collaborations! (Photo by Liz Lynch.)

Olivia Serrill

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Olivia Serrill is a modern dancer based in Baltimore, MD. Originally from Charlottesville, VA she began her journey into the dance world at the age of 4 at the Academy of the Arts. After moving to MD she began her pre-professional dance training at The Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy in Rockville, MD. She focused a lot of her energy on pre-professional classical ballet training but as she became exposed to many other dance forms, she found a passion for modern dance. Olivia received her BFA in Dance Performance and her BS in General Design Studies at Towson University and trained with a variety of instructors including Linda Denise-Fisher Harrell, Runqiao Du, Vincent Thomas, Nicole Martinell, Malcolm Shute, and Catherine Horta-Hayden among others. Olivia has also spent many summers studying with Pilobolus Dance Theatre in their workshop series which has played an important role in her contact improvisation and partnering background. Olivia was a dancer in Deep Vision Dance Company from 2012 to 2015. She worked with several artists in the Baltimore/DC area with this group and was able to collaborate on many projects including the Akimbo art and movement festival. Olivia is excited to be a part of Human Landscape Dance and the exploration that is to come.

Eliza Talbott

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Eliza Talbott began her dance training in the ballet studio at age 9. She immersed herself in modern dance, including Jose Limon and Erik Hawkins technique, beginning in college at the University of California at Santa Cruz and then in classes and intensives in London, New York, Boston and San Francisco.  She has also studied choreography techniques and improvisation both at UC Santa Cruz and here in DC. In the DC area, Eliza has performed with Deborah Riley Dance Projects, Taffety Punk, Force Collision, Alight Dance Theater, Kista Tucker Insights and many sight specific independent projects including the filming of "Cinderella" at Sky Meadows State Park this year with Human Landscape Dance

Hannah Whitley

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Since the age of four, Hannah Whitley has been expressing herself through creative movement and dance.  She studied dance for most of her life in North Carolina, where she performed with various companies.  Movement enriched her life and her connections in such a way that she realized a big part of her path was to create healing and transformational opportunities for others through this modality. Hannah is a practicing dance/ movement therapist in the DC area.  She continues to cultivate awareness and connection through expressive movement in her work as both a dancer and dance/ movement therapist.  She is currently performing with Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group and Human Landscape Dance. Hannah loves working collaboratively.  She finds meaning in the movement connections we experience every day.