Merce Cunningham Trust


Active in the dance field for over 45 years, as a dancer, dance teacher, and chroeographer, Ellen Cornfield began her studies of modern dance at UC Berkeley, moved to NYC to perform with Merce Cunningham, then formed her own company Cornfield Dance in 1989. She has taught and performed with her company in Japan, England, Holland, Germany, France, Poland, Russia, and the United States, bringing her lush and elegant choreography to new audiences, performing in theaters, universities, as well as outdoor and public spaces. Her company has been produced at the International Dance Festival in Bytom, Poland (four times), the C. Munch Theatre, Paris, the OPEN LOOK Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, Playhouse 91 (NYC), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Theater X and Session House in Japan, Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts, the Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church (NYC), the Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival (NYC), the Place Theatre in London, The Yard in Massachusetts, and universities around the country. She was in residence with the José Limón Dance Company in 2008, creating material on the company dancers. She has received numerous commissions and funding from both private and government sources. A master teacher, Ellen has taught at many of the world's major dance institutions, including North Carolina School of the Arts, Harvard Summer Dance Center, SUNY Purchase, Ohio State University, Hofstra University, the University of California at Berkeley, The Place and the Laban Institute in London, at the Rotterdamse Dansacademie in Holland, and for several European companies including Ballet Rambert in London, Companie Emile Dubois in Grenoble, France and Charleroi Danses in Charleroi, Belgium.


Andrea Weber was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2004 - 2011, performing roles in over 25 works. Andrea is on faculty of the Merce Cunningham Trust, teaching Cunningham Technique at New York City Center and at the Joffrey Ballet Trainee program. She has also taught at SUNY Purchase, Brown University, Skidmore College, the American Dance Festival, Salem State College and Dance New Amsterdam. Andrea has staged Pond Way for Ballett am Rhein in Dusseldorf, Suite for Five for the CNSMD in Lyon, RainForest for the Stephen Petronio Company, and Sounddance at UNCSA. Andrea has also danced with Coleman & Lemieux Compagnie, Dance Heginbotham, Jessica Lang Dance, Cornfield Dance, Jonah Bokaer and Charlotte Griffin.


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 has been a Merce Cunningham Fellow in 2013, 2014, and 2016, is on faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and also practises as a Clinical Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist. He was Curator for the Dance Program for the exhibit Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2012/2013. (Photo: Lisa Carville)


Jean Freebury is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School and SUNY/Purchase teaching Cunningham Technique and repertory classes. Jean danced for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1992 - 2003 and began teaching at the Merce Cunningham Studio in 1996. Originally from Canada, she received her early training at The Alberta Ballet School and later London Contmeporary Dance School and North Carolina School of the Arts. Staging experience includes Merce Cunningham's Inlets II for the American Dance Festival, Minevent for the University of Michigan, Beach Birds with Patricia Lent for the University of Texas and most recently BIPED with Jennifer Goggans for the Juilliard School. She was a 2014 Merce Cunningham Fellow, staging Windows for a workshop showing. Other choreographers she has danced for include Pam Tanowitz, Douglas Dunn, Kota Yamazaki, Elke Rindfleisch, Glen Rumsey, Ellen Cornfield, Makram Hamdan and Katy Orthwein. She was a collaborator of Magnetic Laboratorium directed by visual artist Marisela La Grave from 2003 - 2008 creating site specific performances in New York City. She is co-owner of Inwood Healing Arts in upper Manhattan and a licensed massage therapist since 2005.


Julie Cunningham is from Liverpool, England and trained with Elizabeth Hill and at Rambert School. Cunningham has worked with Ballet der Stadt Theater Koblenz, Germany. In March 2003 Cunningham became a member of the Repertory Understudy Group. Cunningham joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in July 2004 and has also worked and performed with Chantal Ysermans, Abi Sebaly, and Anne Carson in New York.


Jennifer Goggans began dancing in her hometown of Owensboro, KY, and continued her studies at the Nutmeg Ballet in Connecticut. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase in 2000 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company that same year. Goggans danced with MCDC until the company's planned closure in 2011 and was named Assistant to the Director of Choreography during the company's Legacy Tour. Goggans has been teaching Cunningham Technique since 2005 and has taught master classes and workshops throughout the United States and across Europe. In addition, she has staged various Cunningham works including Cross Currents (1964) for the Augusta Ballet, Verb Ballet and the New York Theater Ballet, and also Winterbranch (1964) for Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project's inaugural season. Moreover, she and Robert Swinston staged Un jour ou deux (1973) for the Paris Opera Ballet and BIPED (1999) for the Bayerisches Staatsballett of Munich. Goggans has also staged Cunningham work for students at Yale Dance Theater, the Centre National de Dance Contemporaine (CNDC) - Angers, the Frank Sinatra Performing Arts High School and the Beijing Dance Academy. Goggans has performed with the Louisville Ballet, MOMIX, Chantal Yzermans, Christopher Williams, and has appeared as a guest artist with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She also studied fashion design at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology and has created costumes for Tere O'Connor's Wrought Iron Fog, as well as RoseAnne Spradlin's Survive Cycle and beginning of something. She is currently working as the Studio Coordinator and as a faculty member for the Merce Cunningham Trust.


Jamie Scott is from Great Falls, Virginia and began her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended Barnard College and graduated Cum laude in 2005. Jamie worked with Merce Cunningham as a member of the Repertory Understudy Group beginning in 2007 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009. In 2012, Jamie began dancing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has also worked with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Ana Isabel Keilson, the Merce Cunningham Trust and Silas Riener. Jamie teaches technique and master classes for both the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Trust. She was the recipient of a 2014-2015 Princess Grace award and a 2014 Merce Cunningham Fellow.


Meg Harper danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1968 - 1977 and with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company from 1979 - 1990. She began teaching at the Cunningham Studio in 1968, and was Chairman of the Faculty from 1991 - 1998. In 1994, with Chris Komar, she reconstructed Sounddance for the first time since its creation in 1974. Ms. Harper began performing in Robert Wilson's work in 1998, most recently dancing in the 2010 production of Kool, Dancing in My Mind, co-directed by Jonah Bokaer. She is currently working with video artist Seline Baumgartner, choreographer Marianna Kavalieratos , and theater director Charles Chemin. She has been asked to reconstruct Sounddance for the Ballet de Lorraine and is working with former Cunningham dancer Thomas Caley on this project, to be premiered in March of 2014. Ms. Harper teaches Qigong at senior centers throughout New York City under the sponsorship of Presbyterian Senior Services.


Carol Teitelbaum, a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1986 to 1993, joined the faculty of the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio in 1985 and was faculty chair from 1998 until the studio at Westbeth closed in December of 2011. Ms. Teitelbaum has staged dances from the Cunningham repertory at State University of New York at Purchase, Barnard College, Ballet de Lorraine, the Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and has collaborated with Carolyn Brown on several revivals of Cunningham's early works. She has taught master classes and held guest teaching positions at many institutions, including Stanford University, the University of Michigan, the Conservatoire de Paris, La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts and the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. Ms. Teitelbaum holds a Master's of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Michigan. Currently, she teaches for the Cunningham Trust at City Center and at Marymount Manhattan College. Before joining the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, she danced in the Lucinda Childs Dance Company and the Manuel Alum Dance Company. Ms. Teitelbaum is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (CM). She enjoys working with children with special needs as well as with adults from all walks of life.


After he graduated from SUNY Purchase, Alan Good danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and taught at its Studio between 1979 and 1994. He currently teaches technique at the Trust and repertory (Cunningham's Torse) in a University of Michigan master class this December. Alan danced with Wally Cardona Quartet from 1998 - 1999 and in projects with the Martha Graham Company, Pauline Koner, Kenneth King, Tere O'Connor, Marjorie Gamso, Vicky Shick, Sally Silvers, Elke Rindfleish, Rita Burham, Linda Seifert, and Sasha Waltz. Recently he performed in Liz Magic Laser's The Digital Face, Pam Tanowitz's the story progresses... and with MCDC alum Ellen Cornfield in her Small Stages. He presented his own choreography since 1983, and as AlanGoodDance between 2000 and 2008.