GSS Seeds Program

2017 Artist Profiles

Performances May 19 & 20, 2017 at 8pm
Ellice Patterson

Ellice Patterson is the founder of Abilities Dance, a Boston-based physically integrated dance company. The concept started 7 years ago when she had a spinal operation that left her relearning how to dance. In the process, she attended Urbanity Summer Intensive (2015) and attended and choreographed in Bates Dance Festival (2016). She also earned her Bachelor's in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College (2016) and will earn her Master's in Management from Boston University (2017). Her work in Abilities is modern focused with an adaptive twist so that dance is accessible to all. LEARN MORE HERE.

Erin Kaser Romero

Erin Kaser Romero has a diverse background as a trained dancer and Pilates instructor who can be found working in a molecular biology lab, when she’s not in the studio. As a director and choreographer, Romero created works that were performed in Salt Lake City for the Kaser Dance Ensemble from 2005-2010, and went on to direct the improvisational dance company Movement Forum from 2010-2014.Her dances and dance films received support from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and Sugarspace Studio for the Arts. As a performer, Romero danced with Movement Forum, The Penguin Lady Dance Collective, and Kaser Dance Ensemble. She is new to the Boston area, and is looking forward to jumping in to this vibrant dance community.

Jordan Jamil Ahmed is a dance and performance artist, writer, and educator from Marion, Ohio living in Cambridge, MA. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University with a diverse training in creative writing, English literature, and dance under the mentorship of David Caplan and Marin Leggat, he performed with Tim Miller in residence at the New Museum in NYC and co-founded Equal Footing with Kathleen Dalton. Following his move to Massachusetts he began dancing and choreographing in the Greater Boston Area and has performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston Center for the Arts, Outside the Box, Mobius, the Arts at the Armory, Third Life Studio, the Dance Complex, Green Street Studios, and NUPAPS. Currently, Jordan choreographs collaboratively with Claire Johannes as power//PLAY in addition to dancing for Michael Figueroa, Peter DiMuro, Brian Feigenbaum, and Jimena Bermejo-Black.

Claire Johannes & Jordan Jamil Ahmed

power//PLAY is the collaboration between dance partners and performance artists Claire Johannes and Jordan Jamil Ahmed. Together, their performances investigate a dynamic range of opposites: the “power” to be bold and to take risks along with their commitment to “play” and levity in the face of adversity. As power//PLAY, they confront the status quo with their belief that art and politics are inseparable. They are compelled to speak up in a political climate intent on silencing the voices of the marginalized, a population they both belong to, Claire as a queer woman and Jordan as a queer, multiracial Muslim man. Claire and Jordan color their performances with their diverse histories, rooted in both humor and trauma.


Claire Johannes is a Boston born dance and performance artist. After receiving her primary training in Boston, Claire continued to earn her BA in Dance and Performance Studies from Eugene Lang College: The New School for Liberal Arts in New York City in 2013 where she developed a love for somatic bodywork and improvisational practices. Throughout her time in New York, Claire had the pleasure of working with and studying under Neil Greenberg, Juliana May, Beth Gill, Juliette Mapp, luciana achugar, Yvonne Meier, John Jasperse, Michelle Boulé and Stacy Grossfield. In addition to her performance work, Claire featured her own choreography at Abrons Art Center, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Gibney Dance Center, and AUNTS. Since returning to Boston Claire has danced for Jimena Bermejo Black and Paul Laurey in addition to performing as a regular company member in Ruckus Dance Company since Spring 2015. Claire also co-founded the collaborative dance project power//PLAY with Jordan Jamil Ahmed in October 2015 and has performed their work at The Dance Complex, Outside the Box Festival, NUPAPS, Third Life Studio, and the Arts at the Armory. As power//PLAY Claire and Jordan have recently received residencies at Green Street Studios and Denmark Arts Center.

Margaret Wiss

Margaret Wiss is interested in the interaction between dance and science. As a choreographer and artist she wishes to reveal the invisible motion of physical forces in our world. Attracted to dynamic movement, which investigates the perception of dance as a scientific sport, she explores the interactions of dance and the environment – inside and outside the body. She has performed at multiple venues, notably The Kennedy Center and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, and has worked with Pilobolous Dance Theater as well as choreographers Jennifer Hart, Kinsun Chan, and Adele Myers. In 2016, she was selected to perform her choreography, Nothing happens until something moves., at the Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC. She has choreographed for The Harvard Ballet Company and the DanceBARN Festival. Recently she participated in NACHMO Boston (National Choreography Month). Currently she is choreographing for PDX Contemporary Ballet Company and is collaborating with visual artist, Noël Hennelly for Norte Maar's Production - CounterPointe5. In the fall she will be choreographing for the Five College Dance Department. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, magna cum laude, she received a Bachelor in Arts in Dance Kinesiology with high honors from the dance department. LEARN MORE HERE.

Tara Lynch

Tara Lynch received her BFA in Dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.  She went on the dance with Cema Dance, Indah Walsh Dance Company, Artisan Dance Company and performed Polaris, created by Crystal Pite, with Kidd Pivot at Lincoln Center’s White Lights Festival.  In a collaboration with BAREFOOTHAUS she choreographed and produced an evening length show, Dusk and Melon, which premiered at Judson Memorial Church and was later performed at Dixon Place.  Her choreography has been presented in the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, NACHMO at the Dance Complex, Dumbo Dance Festival, Peridance Capezio Student Showcase.  Since moving to Boston she has performed with Pantos Project, Boston Lyric Opera and is a current company member of Kat Nasti Dance Company.


Liana C. Percoco

Liana C. Percoco is a movement-based performing artist, choreographer, musician, and licensed massage therapist. A Vermont native, she relocated to Boston, MA in 2013 after over 10 years in Chicago, IL. With a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago, Liana creates screendances, site-specific performances, and original dance theatre. As a choreographer her work explores relationships between people and their environments as an inquiry to various expressions of identity, individuality, community, and the corporeal self. Her work has been shown inter/nationally at Links Hall, Mordine & Co. Dance Theater, and rooftops in Chicago; Boulder Int’l Fringe Festival (CO); Chashama (NYC); LaMaMa E.T.C. Spoleto (Italy); Mobius Gallery, The Dance Complex, and Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA; Philadelphia Screendance Festival, and online at  Liana is currently creating a short dance film series called “Train Moves”, choreographing musicals for youth around Boston, and pursuing an MFA in Dance at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin.