Photo by: Steve Belkowitz
Teddy Fatscher was born and raised in Massapequa, Long Island. He attended Long Island High School for the Arts for his junior and senior years of high school. After graduating Teddy moved to Philadelphia to further his studies in dance performance at the University of the Arts. The University provided many opportunities to work with world renowned artists such as Roni Koresh, Douglas Becker, and Brian Sanders. Come January of freshman year Teddy was working with Brian Sanders' company JUNK. This provided a much desired professional outlet to create and perform and Teddy aspired to be a part of his upcoming Fringe Festival production "Dancing Dead". The rest is history and Teddy is going on his seventh consecutive Fringe production with JUNK.
Ms. Higdon first began her years of dance education on the Eastern shore of Maryland at the age of ten. Julia went on to continue her years of professional training at various institutions, such as the Kirov Academy of Ballet, the Rock School for Dance Education, and the University of the Arts. For the last few years, Ms. Higdon has had the privilege of working with Brian Sanders’ acrobatic dance troupe, ‘JUNK,’ and with blacklight mask and dance theatre company, ‘Archedream for Humankind.’ Offstage, Ms. Higdon educates many young, aspiring dancers in the hopes of carrying on the inspiration and traditions of the art form.
Chelsea Prunty began dancing and tumbling when she was just 3 years old. She attended Starbound Dance Studio and Duke Ellington School of the Arts and studied jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, modern and African dance for over 15 years. When not in the gym or dance studio, you could find Chelsea on the track field. Chelsea spent summers training at Jones Haywood (D.C.) and Alvin Ailey (N.Y). In exchange for dance classes Chelsea taught dance to younger kids. She is a graduate from the University of the Arts and holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Modern Dance. Since then, she has enjoyed touring with Brian Sanders' Junk and teaching children dance. Now Chelsea has two kids of her own who are currently learning the art of dance. Chelsea has hopes to one day open a dance studio where she will share the joy of dance with our youth.
William is a dancer-performer currently residing in the south Philadelphia area, where he has lived for the past 8 years. Raised in Washington DC, William grew up playing sports and doing karate, which laid the foundation for his interest in extreme movement. William got his introduction to dance in 7th grade at Georgetown Day School, under the guidance and encouragement of Jan Tievsky. Mr. Robinson went on to study classical ballet, and modern dance at The Dance Institute of Washing under the tutelage of Kevin Malone and the late Fabian Barnes. Besides classical training William started B-boying while in high school, a style which has informed every aspect of how Mr. Robinson approaches dance. In 2008 William graduated from the University of the Arts, where he earned his BFA in modern dance performance and was the recipient of both the President’s Award and The Outstanding Achievement in Modern Dance award. Since then William has made a living as a freelance artist in Philadelphia, as well as teaching at Georgian Court University and The University of the Arts. 2017 will be Mr. Robinson’s 9th year as a member of Junk.
Kelly grew up in Media, PA and began her dance training at The Rock School West in West Chester, PA. She then furthered her education at Point Park University and graduated with her BA in dance in 2013. During her time at Point Park, Kelly had the opportunity to perform original works by Sidra Bell, Christopher Huggins, Garfield Lemonius, Ron Tassone, and Kellie Hodges to name a few, as well as explore her own choreographic ideas. Upon graduating, Kelly joined Dissonance Dance Theatre and Deviated Theatre in Washington, DC. In 2014 she joined Brian Sanders' JUNK, in Philadelphia, PA. JUNK has allowed her opportunities to tour nationally and perform in annual Philadelphia Fringe Festivals. In 2015 she competed with JUNK on TruTV's Fake Off season two, where they landed a spot in the semifinals. She currently performs with JUNK and Nickerson-Rossi Dance under direction of Michael Nickerson-Rossi in Chester County, PA. Kelly is thrilled to perform in her 4th annual fringe show with JUNK!
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Amelia started performing in theatrical productions at nine and initially enrolled in dance classes to supplement her musical theater education. She attended the Cambridge School of Weston, a liberal arts high school in Massachusetts, where she discovered her passion for modern dance. She continued her studies at Swarthmore College where she received an Honors B.A. in Dance and Classical Studies. Amelia has had the opportunity to train at Danza Contemporanea de Cuba, American Dance Festival, Toronto Dance Theater, and Summer Stages Dance. Since graduating in 2017 she has been working in Philadelphia as a freelance dance artist and teaching with BalletX's outreach program Dance eXchange. Most recently she performed in Dancing Dead IPX. She is honored to be performing with JUNK again in Figmago.
Briannon has always been a movement enthusiast. She began her training in ballet and competitive gymnastics until she attended Charleston County School of the Arts, where she was exposed to modern dance and realized that dance was her way of life. Her desire to dance only intensified and she continued her studies at University of North Carolina at Greensboro, graduating with a B.A in Dance with a K-12 teaching licensure. Motivated and fueled to learn more, she moved to Philadelphia to continue her process of personal development and community engagement through dance. She is thrilled to be working with Brian Sanders' Junk and is so appreciative to perform FIGMAGO in collaboration with Meg Saligman Studio.