Laura Pawel Dance Company member biographies
BAREBONES is Gene Caprioglio and Dr. 88. - The newest Barebones CD, Funhouse, is available at
STACEY BERKHEIMER studied modern dance at Sarah Lawrence College. She performed with
The Corner Store Dance Company for ten years. She has been dancing with the LPDC since 1992, even though
she moved to Minnesota in 1995. She is grateful to Laura and the rest of company for making it possible
for her to keep dancing, from a distance! She is also an accountant at PDRI, a human resources consulting
company in Minneapolis; and a counselor at Singing Eagle Lodge, a summer camp for girls in New Hampshire.
She is learning to play the fiddle.
Saxophonist and composer PETER BRAININ is a Grammy and Latin Grammy winning artist
who has performed at major concert venues and jazz festivals in Europe, Japan, India, Taiwan, Armenia,
Russia and all over North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Some of the the bands and
artists he has toured with internationally include pianist Hilton Ruiz (1989-99), Chico O'farrill
Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra (with whom he recorded 2 Grammy nominated albums, the Latin Grammy winning
"Final Night at Birdland" and appeared in the films "Calle 54" and "Thomas Crown Affair"), Mongo Santamaria,
Valeri Ponomorev, Willie Colon and Legal Alien (1992-2002), Bebo Valdez, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Samuel Torres,
Mambo Legends Orchestra, John DiMartino & Quartet of the Americas, Arturo Ofarrill & the Afro Latin Jazz
Orchestra (with whom he is featured on the Grammy winning CD "Offense of the Drum") and with his own quartet.
Other artists he has performed and/or recorded with include Randy Weston, Benny Golson, Wynton Marsalis,
Jeff Watts, Ray Barretto, Jerry Gonzalez, Harold Mabern, Paquito D'Rivera, Jaco Pastorious, Lionel Loueke,
Joey Calderazzo, Ruben Blades, Eddie Henderson and Eddie Palmieri. A native of the Bronx, he was twice
awarded the BRIO Award ( Bronx Recognizes It's Own ) for music composition. Some of his compositions and
arrangements can be heard on his original CD recordings with co-leader, drummer Steve Johns and with the
quartet Native Soul (www.nativesoul.net).
GENE CAPRIOGLIO was born in Manhattan, but is a lifelong resident of Queens. He has been
playing guitar since he was 11 years old and has a BA in music education from Queens College. He is
currently the Vice President for New Music and Rights at the C. F. Peters Corporation. When not managing
rights and new music, he plays guitar and sings with Barebones, The Bumper Crop Boys, The Mixed Meta5,
and Them There Guys.
Pianist and composer, CECILIA COLEMAN moved to NYC in summer of 1998. She is a native of Long Beach, CA
and was the jazz piano instructor at her alma mater, CSU Long Beach , from 1995 - 2013. Coleman formed
her big band in 2010 and has recorded two CDs with the 18 piece ensemble. They can be heard each month
playing in NYC at local venues. She had the privilege of working with Pam Finney as accompanist for the
Modern Dance Center of Westchester for 15 years and Laura Pawel and the Laura Pawel Dance Company since 2009.
JIM FINNEY has been a member of the LPDC for over thirty years. His poetry and short
stories have appeared in Transatlantic Review, Fiction Magazine, RAPPORT, Light Year '85, and Green House.
He won a CAPS grant for fiction in 1984 and has completed a book of short stories titled "Lucky Enough."
In 1990 his poetry chapbook, "I'm Standing Here Alone," was published by A Musty Bone Press. A second
poetry chap book "Last Person Out" will be published by Pudding House Press in 2013. His short stories
"Fighting" and "Heroes" were recently published on-line by Marco Polo Arts Mag.
PAMELA FINNEY is an original member of the LPDC. She has taught children and teens at the
Modern Dance Center of Westchester since 1966 and was founder and artistic director of The Corner Store
Dance Company, which performed for children in schools and theaters throughout the Northeast for 28 years.
She performed with Meredith Monk and other choreographers in the Judson era. She was a visiting artist in
dance at Hunter College and also at Wesleyan University where she taught technique, composition and
teaching skills for 6 years. She is a founding member of a group of women who collectively administer
Singing Eagle Lodge, a two-week girls' camp on Squam Lake in New Hampshire; she has been teaching dance
there and helping to run the camp since it opened in 1975. Her first dance teacher was Truda Kaschmann
in Hartford, CT. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College; her work there with Bessie Schönberg has
influenced all her subsequent dancing, choreographing, and teaching. She studied with Merce Cunningham
for 20 years as well as with other NYC teachers, especially Nancy Meehan.
CHRIS HANEY was born in Xenia, Ohio. He has been living in New York City since 2002.
Chris holds a Bachelors of Music from Ohio State University, and a Masters of Music from SUNY Purchase.
He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Chris has recorded
or performed with Brad Leali, Mickey Roker, Greg Tardy, Wessell Anderson, Bobby Porcelli, Joe Magnarelli,
Eliot Zigmund, Ray Vega and many others. He can be seen performing regularly at jazz clubs such as Smalls,
Fat Cat, and Smoke in New York City.
A native of New York City, KATHY KAUFMANN has been lighting dance and performance around the world for over
25 years. As always, it is a pleasure to be collaborating and creating with LPDC again. Kathy has had the
good fortune to work regularly with many wonderful artists including Michelle Dorrance, Eiko & Koma,
The Bang Group, Rebecca Stenn, and Sally Silvers. Her most recent projects were for Keely Garfield,
Ben Munisteri, Joanna Kotze, Gina Gibney, Hilary Easton, and Jillian Peňa. She is a two time Bessie
recipient, resident designer at the Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence.
EMILY KISTLER comes from Pennsylvania and still lives there. She studied dance at Sarah Lawrence
College and was an original member of the LPDC, performing from 1968 to 1979 and since 2004. She taught Pilates
for Carola Trier, who established one of the first Pilates studios in NYC. She lived and worked in Paris
for three years before returning to NYC and attending Cornell University School of Nursing where she earned a BSN.
Thereafter she worked for more than 30 years as an IV and operating room nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and
participated in more than 25 South American medical missions. She volunteers at an animal shelter.
MAKI KUROKAWA's has been dancing with the LPDC over the past 20 years. He also enjoys dancing
CI, Underscore and 5 Rhythms among others. He is a photographer and musician, and intends to publish his work titled
“Lily” this year.
ROBERT LA SARDO (Dr. 88) was born and raised in New York City. He now resides in Brooklyn Heights
with his wife Clare, who is an artist and designer. He was influenced at a very early age by black gospel, blues and
R&B, and was drawn to the amplified harmonica sound of Little Walter, Rice Miller, and Paul Butterfield. He learned
tenor sax from jazz saxophonist Pete Yellen. Robert played R&B with The Full Spectrum Band on sax, harp and vocals.
He has played most of the New York City clubs from The Village Gate and The Lonestar Roadhouse to Le Bar Bat.
Jazz trumpeter KERRY MacKILLOP is a jazz trumpeter and a native of Boston, Massachusetts. After
graduating with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, he spent the next several years touring extensively
as featured soloist with The Artie Shaw Orchestra and later with The Woody Herman Orchestra. This invaluable experience
afforded him the honor of performing with such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Buddy DeFranco, Dick Johnson,
Billy Eckstine, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Lovano, Frank Sinatra Jr., Helen Forrest, Margaret Whiting, and Helen O'Connell
to name just a few. Eventually settling in Manhattan, Kerry maintains an active schedule as a free-lance performer and
teacher. In addition to fronting his own groups, he has also appeared with such notables as The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra,
The John Fedchock New York Big Band, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, The Howard Williams Orchestra, and The Harry James Band
among others. He also currently manages the Artie Shaw Orchestra.
ELAINE MYRIANTHOPOULOS has studied dance at Wesleyan University and in New York with Laura Pawel and
Pam Finney. She has been dancing with the LPDC since 1987, and also performed with The Corner Store.
She is an instructor in the Early Childhood Program at Dutchess Community College and lives in New Paltz, New York.
LAURA PAWEL began dancing with Betty Jones of the José Limón Dance Company and has studied with Merce Cunningham,
Nancy Meehan, Elaine Summers, Cynthia Babat, Jimmy Kichler and Christine Wright among others. She formed the LPDC
after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied dance composition with Bessie Schönberg and poetry
with Jane Cooper. Pawel taught dance for ten years at Wesleyan University and has taught in private studios
in New York. Since 1968 she has choreographed over seventy dances for her company. Together the LPDC has developed
choreographic and performing techniques which use personal movement vocabularies, speaking, and original music within
PHIL STONE studied experimental music at Wesleyan University, where he was extremely fortunate to
meet and learn composition for dance from Pam Finney and Laura Pawel. In addition to his many enjoyable
years of solo work with the LPDC, he is a member of The Hub, a
San Francisco-based computer network ensemble. Over post-rehearsal beers a few years ago, Phil and fellow LPDC musician
Gene Caprioglio discussed the idea of doing an iPhone app for John Cage's notorious "silent" piece, 4'33". Their
collaboration app of the same name became available in the Apple App Store in 2014. Since then, hundreds of people have
recorded their own performances of the famous piece all over the world and uploaded them to the John Cage Trust,
sharing them with the rest of the world. Phil lives in Davis, California and writes software for the School of
Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. He plays bass for Sacramento's The Uncovered.
Some of his electronic compositions may be enjoyed at www.pkstonemusic.com.