EDWIN OLVERA was born in Chicago, raised in Green Bay and discovered dance in Milwaukee. At age 21, with no formal dance training, Edwin attended University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts to earn his BA, alongside his twin brother, Roberto. While at UWM, they both fell in love with contact improvisation, partnering and ballet. A contact improvisation duet was set on the brothers and it carried them to American College Dance Festival Nationals at the Kennedy Center. He was also an Army Reserve combat medic with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital. Edwin was a member of Pilobolus Dance Theater from August 2005-2008. He now works with Pilobolus Creative Services and Educational Programming, and as a yoga teacher and personal trainer.
Education & Community Engagement Manager
EMILY MILAM KENT graduated Magna Cum Laude, earning a BSEd in Dance Education from the University of Georgia. Soon after, she began collaborating with Pilobolus. Emily toured with Pilobolus Too, a duet configuration of Pilobolus, and has been photographed for company calendars and books including Pilobolus The Human Alphabet and Twisted Yoga. Emily has choreographed and performed for corporate events and commercial performances such as Proctor and Gamble’s National Product Launch in New York, Europe’s IFA convention, and the 79th Annual Academy Awards. She has created original works for high school and university dance companies for Pilobolus and as an individual artist. She has set classic Pilobolus repertoire on high school and university students; she and her partner Matt Kent, were the first to have the process notated by a Laban Notator. Emily now works as the company’s Education and Community Engagement Manager. She spends her days teaching and training teachers to bring Pilobolus’s ideals of collaboration and improvisation to young and old.
ERIKO JIMBO was born in Japan, raised all over the states, and earned a BFA in Dance from North Carolina School of the Arts. Since then, she has danced professionally with several different companies, productions, and choreographers, and broadened her movement knowledge through aerial work, wushu, Capoeira, hip hop, house, waacking, vogue, breakin, African, swing, hustle, and more. She has a special passion for the NYC underground house and hip hop culture, and won House Dance International in 2009. When time permits, she performs and engages in events with her crew, MAWU. Jimbo has traveled throughout the world to perform and teach, and aspires to continue exploring the globe while sharing her passion. She joined Pilobolus in 2009.
MARK FUCIK is a native of Walnut Creek, California. He attended Rutgers University where he earned his BA in Theater Arts. He started dancing at 21, joined Pilobolus in 2001, and danced with the main company until 2005. He then began working in many different capacities, performing with Pilobolus Creative Services as a dancer, teacher, and Associate Creative Director. He has taught future generations of dancers through the Pilobolus Institute, as well as on his own at colleges and universities around the U.S. He was excited to get back into the studio to create Shadowland, and toured with the original Shadowland cast for two years.
Photo by Dennis Kwan
Mary Ellen Beaudreau
MARY ELLEN BEAUDREAU hails from Rhode Island where she grew up in a musical family of six. After training at Festival Ballet Providence and San Francisco Ballet she attended The Juilliard School, graduating with a BFA in 2009. Mary Ellen was honored as one of Time Out Magazine’s “Best of New York” and danced with a number of companies including San Francisco Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater and Rubberbandance Company. Mary Ellen continues to choreograph and perform her work in New York City as well as teach in Pilobolus’s educational programs.
Matt Del Rosario
MATT DEL ROSARIO was born and raised in Hawaii. He began formal dance training at age 20 under the guidance of Paul Maley, who inspired him to earn a BFA in Contemporary Dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In his free time, Matt loves to surf, spear dive, dance Hula, and play the ukulele.
ROBERTO OLVERA is a Chicago native who was raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He began dancing at age 14 as a break dancer with a local hip hop group. After high school he attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Pecks School of the Arts, as a Dance major. Shortly after graduation, Roberto began his professional career with MOMIX, touring extensively both nationally and internationally, from 2005-2008. He was also a combat medic for the US Army Reserve, serving an eight year contract. Roberto now works with Pilobolus Creative Services and Educational Programming.
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