ILA CONOLEY PALADINO
Ila began her studies at the Dance Center of Colorado Springs and continued her studies at the Alabama Dance Theatre, where she attended the South Eastern Regional Ballet Association yearly. She earned her BA in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. At Tisch she studied with Gus Solomons Jr., Kevin Wynn, Doug Elkins, Deborah Jowitt, Ken Tosti, Terry O’Connor, Phyllis Lamhut, Jackie Villamil, James Martin, and Nicholas Leichter. In 2004 Ila moved to Colorado Springs and had a great influence on contemporary dance education and performance as the dynamic chair of the Pikes Peak Community College Dance Department (2006-2011). Ila has performed with the Ormao Dance Company and Push/Don’t Pull Dance Theatre and has choreographed for Our Community Dance Company, the High Altitude Dance Ensemble (HADE), Flatlands Contemporary Dance Theatre, Sansara, University of Texas El Paso, El Paso Community College, Dragon Theatre Productions, and Ormao Dance Company, to name a few. She directed and choreographed the award winning “Community Modern” at the Pikes Peak Center as apart of the Peak at the Arts Festival, an audience favorite featuring 37 dancers and non-dancers ages 2-70 sponsored by the Pikes Peak Arts Council. Her body of work includes award winning ballets “Drenched in White” 2007, “Encapsulate,” 2009, “Nezabudka” 2009 (with Jessica Russ Medovich), “Four Women” 2010, “Chocolate” 2010 (with Posy Knight), “Saddled to his Dreams” 2011, and “No Reality Between Us” 2012. She has served on the board of directors for the Colorado Dance Alliance in addition to serving on subcommittees for both the Pikes Peak Arts Council and the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. Ila has taught various courses and master classes at Colorado College’s Extraordinary Summer Dance Festival, Colorado Mesa College, University of Wyoming at Laramie, and the American College Dance Festival. Most recently Ila was a lecturer at University of Texas El Paso and New Mexico State University teaching various lecture and technique courses. Ila continues her dance journey as a freelance artist with various companies, universities, and studios and as director and choreographer of ICONography Dance and 6 for 12 Productions.
Christian is enjoying working with the Fine Arts Center for the last year in the technical arts. For the seven years prior, Christian worked with Colorado College. His history includes a Bachelors degree from Georgia Southern University in Theater, and more than fifteen years as a theatrical carpenter, welder, electrician, and all around artisan. Before he made Colorado his home, Christian worked up and down the east coast building Broadway, Off Broadway, and television shows. Christian has also been working as a freelance set/lighting designer for Colorado Springs World Theater, UCCS, Dance with Distinction, Woodland Park Jr. Players, Colorado Actors Theater, Smokebrush, and Colorado College. Christian would like to thank his friends and family for the continuous support of the arts and theater.
JESSICA RUSS-MEDOVICH, dancer/choreographer
Jessica was raised in Phoenix, Arizona where she began her dance career as a key member of a Phoenix-based hip hop company, City Streets. Jessica has studied a variety of dance techniques from modern dance, African, and jazz to improvisation. She is a founding member of High Altitude Dance Ensemble of Pikes Peak Community College and upon graduation, returned as the Assistant Artistic Director. Presently, Jessica is the director of “Mathtastic: Dancing with Mathematics,” Ormao’s Dance in Education Team as well as an Ormao Dance Company member. She is also an adjunct instructor of dance at PPCC and the hip hop instructor at Ormao Dance School. Jessica was honored to be given the opportunity to work side by side with her mentor, Ila Conoley, as assistant choreographer on the 6 for 12 production of Nezabudka during the summer of 2009. She is thrilled to be back collaborating with the company alongside her incredibly talented colleagues again this summer. “Every time I step into the studio with these performers I become inspired all over again. Not only are they dedicated to the idea, they are also dedicated to one another and their common love for dance. It truly is a beautiful bond.”
TIFFANY TINSLEY WEEKS
Tiffany was raised in Miami, Florida where she began her dance training in performing arts elementary and middle schools. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While earning her BFA, she performed in choreography by Shapiro and Smith Dance, ODC/ San Francisco, Adele Myers, and Kelly Drummond Cawthon. She was a founding member of the Florida MOD Project and Physical Theater Productions, with whom she toured nationally as a featured performer. Tiffany was a lab dancer at Jacob’s Pillow in their collaboration with Tanglewood Music Center and later an apprentice for Shapiro and Smith Dance. She moved to Colorado Springs and began dancing with Ormao Dance Company in 2001, where she was Assistant Artistic Director. Her choreography has been nominated for the Peak Area Performer and Artists Award three times. In addition to teaching at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Tiffany is also on the dance faculty at Colorado College. She has been a guest teacher at American College Dance Festival and Pikes Peak Community College. A mother of two, her passion for collaboration continues to inspire her dancing, teaching and choreography.