Melissa Toogood was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; her tenure included the highly acclaimed Legacy Tour. She was a founding member of Miro Dance Theatre, Michael Uthoff Dance Theatre and has performed with Robert Wood Dance and in collaboration with writer Anne Carson. Melissa earned a BFA in Dance Performance from New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL under Dean Daniel Lewis. She is currently performing with Pam Tanowitz Dance, The Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener Dance and projects sponsored by the Merce Cunningham Trust. She began working with Merce as a member of the CDF Repertory Understudy Group in November 2005. A faculty member at the Merce Cunningham Studio since 2007, she is now on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam and City Center, was a guest professor at Bard College last Fall and will be joining the company and faculty at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers, France this September. Melissa has assisted Robert Swinston in repertory workshops in New York and London and has taught master classes in Miami, Minneapolis, Toronto, the Martha Graham School, NYU and in her native city of Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Mark Mann)
Daniel Squire trained at White Lodge and at Rambert. He has performed with Michael Clark, Ian Spink, Matthew Hawkins, Merce Cunningham, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, John Kelly, Paulina Olowska, and others. He studied Shakespeare at RADA, has been a percussionist in several semi-professional orchestras, and continues to act, teach, play, dance, stage, and perform internationally. He was recently Curator for the Dance Program for the exhibit Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Photo: Lisa Carville)
Megan Walker Straight was born in Vernon, British Columbia. After receiving her BA in Dance and Film from the University of California, Berkeley, she relocated to NYC where she danced in the companies of Kenneth King, Douglas Dunn, and Lucinda Childs before joining the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1980. Upon leaving the company in 1986 she pursued training in the Dance Therapy Masters program at the University of New York's Hunter College and at the Helix Institute for Psychotherapy and Spiritual Healing in NYC. She worked with inner city children and their families before changing coasts once again. Living on the west coast of British Columbia since 1990, she has taught and choreographed (with Merce as her muse) in remote coastal communities and at studios in the Vancouver area. Since 2000 she has been teaching at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Thomas Caley graduated with a BFA from Purchase College in 1992, after which he joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1993, performing until 2000. In 1996 he joined the faculty of the Cunningham school and has continued to stage works and teach Cunningham technique internationally. From 2000 - 2002 he was repetitor and teacher for the Royal Swedish Ballet. Since 2000 Thomas has continued to perform freelance, the latest project was with Boris Charmatz in his "50 ans de danse" in Vienne and Paris. In 2005, together with Petter Jacobsson, he formed Scentrifug. They together have collaborated in over 20 works, large and small. The company until 2011 has been based in Stockholm, Sweden. As of 2011 he works for the Centre Choregraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy, France as Artistic Assistant and Coordinator for Research.