After an extensive audition process, MM2 Modern Dance is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the company in the capacity of both dancers and choreographers for the 2014 season – Alison Liney and Jillian Ikeler.They join the existing corps, comprised of Brianne Scott, Jenna Faye Eugenides, Jessica Bryan, Kaylee Goodwin and Jennifer Laucella.
Alison Liney began her dance career nine years ago in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where she trained in ballet exclusively. During this time, she was introduced to Upper Darby Summer Stage and later became a member of the community outreach program, the Shooting Stars. With this group she performed at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Cherry Blossom Festival and Disney World. Alison went on to receive her BFA from the the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, where she studied with Merian Soto, Kun Yang Lin, Ellie Goudie-Averill, Jillian Harris, and Beau Hancock. While at Temple, she danced in support of fellow students presenting their BFA and MFA work, as well as for Tiffany Mills and Kyle Abraham. Her choreography has been shown in numerous Student Dance Concerts. In March of 2013 her solo piece “a Faultless Sky” was selected to be shown at the American College Dance Festival at Hofstra University. In May of 2013, she premiered her thesis work, “This Cracked Sunlight.”
Jillian is a senior dance major at Desales University with an anticipated graduation in the spring of 2014. At DeSales she has trained under Tim Cowart, Trinette Singleton, Angela Sigley, Tara Madsen Robins, and Janet Peck. Jillian’s work has been shown as part of DeSales informal dance concert and she performed in both the fall and spring DeSales dance concerts from 2010-2014. In addition, she has acted and danced in a variety of student films as part of DeSales University Film Festival. Jillian also works for Radio Disney as a performer and dancer with their road crew. She performed at the Inhale Series and Emerging Choreographers Concert.