BEASANT III, a native of Denver, Colorado, is an MFA graduate of the University of Utah. Some company credits include: ARENA Dances by Mathew Janczewski, Keith Johnson and Dancers, Shapiro and Smith Dance, the Metropolitan Opera, the Colorado Opera, and the Music Theatre of Wichita. John currently teaches for DanceSpace, the Harkness Center for Dance, and Dancewave Inc. in New York City. In addition, he has taught classes and has presented his own work at various universities, festivals, and studios throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. John has been dancing with Doug since 2001.
CHARON hails from Moorhead, MN and is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. A company member since 1999, he previously danced with the Limón Dance Company for three years. Other performance credits include Dance Kaleidoscope, the Metropolitan Opera, Mordine & Company, the Aquila Theatre Company, and the Mary Anthony Dance Theatre. He teaches regularly at the Limón Institute, Dance New Amsterdam, and the 92nd Street Y and has taught at the Metropolitan Opera, the Bates Dance Festival and at numerous workshops and colleges around the country. Daniel has shown his own work at various venues in NYC including Judson Church, University Settlement, the 92nd Street Y, Dancenow/NYC/the Festival, DanceMopolitan at Joe’s Pub, the DUMBO Arts Festival, and Joyce SoHo where he presented his own concert in 2005. He has also staged the works of Doug Varone, José Limón and Jiri Kylian.
RYAN CORRISTON started dancing with the Kaleidoscope Dance Company at the age of 8, and was a company member for 8 years. He began dancing again in college and received a B.A. in Dance from the University of Washington, where he studied under Hannah Wiley. During the 18 years he spent in Seattle, Corriston worked with choreographers Rip Parker, Anne Gilbert, Maria Simpson, did several collaborations with Rob Kitsos, as well as performing his own solo work. In New York, Corriston has danced with the Metropolitan Opera and has worked with Nancy Bannon, Andrew Robinson, Tiffany Mills, Martha Clarke and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He joined Doug Varone and Dancers in December of 2005, five months after he and his wife were blessed by the birth of their son, Toby.
NATALIE DESCH, a native of New Castle, PA, began her dance training under the guidance of Deborah Parou. After receiving her BFA from the Juilliard School, she joined the Limón Dance Company where she performed from 1996-2001. Ms. Desch teaches regularly at the Limón Institute and has been on faculty this past year at Hunter College. She has additionally staged the works of José Limón and Jiri Kylian for various festivals, schools, and universities. Natalie has been a member of Doug Varone and Dancers since 2001.
ADRIANE FANG graduated with honors with a double major in Dance and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. She worked with several choreographers including Wally Cardona and Penny Vercelline before joining Doug Varone and Dancers in 1996. She has taught and staged the works of Doug Varone for various universities and companies, including North Carolina School of the Arts, CityDance Ensemble, BalletMet Columbus, George Mason University, Ohio State University and the University of Minnesota. She has recently taught at the ADF Winter Intensive and the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia and sporadically teaches in NYC at Movement Research, Dance New Amsterdam and the 92nd Street Y. She has recently presented her first evening of work at Danspace Project from December 9-11, 2005, shared with Colleen Thomas.
STEPHANIE LIAPIS graduated
from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 1998 with a BFA in Dance. Since graduation she has had the pleasure of working with several companies,
including Jamie Bishton/Dance, nicholasleichterdance, Netta Yerushalmy's Dancing People and Nancy Bannon. Stephanie spent two summers as an artist
in residence at the Yard on Martha's Vineyard. In addition, she has performed in the productions of "From the Horse's Mouth" directed by Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham, "The Seven Deadly Sins" choreographed by Jamie Bishton and Robert Lafosse and "Le Sacre du Printemps" choreographed by Doug Varone. Stephanie joined Doug Varone and Dancers in the summer of 2002.
BELINDA MCGUIRE performed for eight years with the Canadian Children’s Dance Theater (artistic director, Deborah Lundmark) in Toronto, where she worked with several prominent Canadian artists such as Peggy Baker, David Earle and Carol Anderson. In May, 2006 she received her BFA from The Juilliard School (artistic director, Lawrence Rhodes) and joined Doug Varone and Dancers. Belinda has choreographed works, which have been presented in Ottawa at the Canada Dance Festival and in New York on the stages of the Juilliard (now Peter J Sharpe) Theater and Allice Tully Hall.
grew up in the Southern Appalachains near Asheville, North Carolina. In 1999, she moved to NYC after graduating from Scripps College (Claremont, CA) with BA degrees in Dance and Biology. She has since danced with Daniel Charon, Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, Melissa Briggs, Netta Yerushalmy, Karinne Keithley, Geraldine Cardiel, Bill T. Jones in the Fall for Dance festival, and David Neumann in his creature movement vocabulary for I Am Legend (film). Though joining Doug Varone and Dancers in November 2006, she has also had the pleasure of working with Doug at the Metropolitan Opera, as well as in a photo shoot for W Magazine (February 2004). Erin teaches Pilates and Gyrotonic to the fine folks of New York, and thanks the PTB for truly wonderful family and friends- and of course, her wonderful family and friends. She is the happy caretaker of a small frog and several lovely houseplants.
holds a BFA in Dance Theater from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and
is the recipient of a 1998 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie)
for Sustained Achievement in Dancing. Dancing professionally since 1982,
Taketa has performed with such companies as the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company,
Murray Louis Dance Company, and Nikolais Dance Theatre. He has also performed
in the Jacob's Pillow's Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy. As a teacher,
he has taught at numerous universities, festivals and studios throughout
the U.S., Europe and Asia. Since 1995, he has been teaching and choreographing
as Guest Artist in Dance at Connecticut College. He has been a member of Doug Varone
and Dancers since 1994.