Lina McMenamin, artistic director and founder of Opus 1 Contemporary Dance has been working as dancer/choreographer/teacher in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years.
Lina is currently the director of the ballet and modern programs offered the Broomall and Downingtown locations of Touch of Class Dance Studio and Artistic Director/Dance-Long Lake Camp for the Arts. An Arts camp for Children between the ages of 9 and 16 in the Adirondacks.
During her career as a dancer Lina performed nationally and internationally with such groups as Terry Beck Troupe, Philadanco, Humphrey Dance Ensemble (NYC), Waves Jazz Dance Company, Philadelphia Civic Ballet, and the Pennsylvania Ballet Society.
As a choreographer, her work has been seen worldwide under the auspices of Opus 1 Contemporary.
As a teacher, Lina has taught ballet, jazz and modern dance for the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, Brandywine Ballet, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University, Temple University, West Chester University, The University of Pennsylvania, as well as a number of schools and dance studios throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Tim Early, currently shares duties as co-director of the Philadelphia based modern company. In addition to working with many independent chreographers, he continues to perform with local companies including Brandywine Ballet, and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. He has choreographed for Lafayette College, Moravian College, West Chester University, Brandywine Ballet, Pennsylania Academy of Ballet and Opus I Contemporary. Since 1999, Tim has headed the dance department at the Performing Arts Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tim is trained in ballet, modern and jazz and enjoys a full time teaching schedule. Tim has recently been named Director of Brandywine Ballet's new contemporary company. In his spare time he is an avid photographer, enjoys riding his bike and love spending time with his wife Kristina, daughters Tessa and Jane, and their dog Sully.
Barby Hobyak Roche, received degrees in Theatre & Education from Villanova University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan. Favorite theatrical roles over the years include Maria (West Side Story/Vasey Theatre), Cinderella (Into The Woods/Vasey ), Masie (The Boyfriend/Vasey), Eve(The Meat Opera/Phila & NY Fringe Festivals), Cassie( A Chorus Line/Candlelight Dinner Theater), Peggy(42nd Street/Candlelight), Polly(Crazy For You/Candlelight), Give My Regards to Broadway & Hooray for Hollywood-Reviews(Three Little Bakers). She has performed with a variety of Dance Companies: Opus, Koresh Dance Company, Jazz Dance Theatre, Ann Arbor Dance Works, Artichoke Dance Co, NetCo, and Fiddlekicks. Barby has enjoyed teaching dance (and choreographing musicals) in Villanova University’s Theatre Dept. for the past 24 years. Her greatest joys are her 4 beautiful children (Dylan, Samantha, Shane & Violet) and spending time with her Superhero-husband, Michael. Barby is happy to be a part of Opus this year.Grateful for a life filled with laughter & dance!
Autumn Dziegrenuk Growing up in Lancaster County, PA, Autumn Dziegrenuk studied at Silver Spring Dance Conservatory. Autumn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and an Honors Program Certificate. While at Temple University, Autumn danced in Paul Taylor's "Esplanade", Cornelius Carter's "We Shall Not Be Moved", and was cast in Jose Limon's "There is a Time", in addition to many other works. Upon graduation, she received the BFA Graduating Senior Scholar Award, given to one student each year for overall academic excellence. Autumn's self-portrait oil painting won the Faculty Award in the Temple University Student Art Show in 2004. Autumn completed John White's Vaganova teaching seminars for ballet (levels 1-3 and 4-6) and has taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, The Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary, Bryn Mawr College and was adjunct faculty for Temple University’s Department of Dance. Autumn has danced for The AcoMpanY Dancers, Amanda Diorio Dance Company, Eclipse Dance Company, Amy Berger and has been a company member for Opus 1 Contemporary Dance since 2006. Autumn has also danced professionally for Wayne Ballet Theater, Bryan Koulman, and Rebecca Malcolm-Naib. Autumn has been faculty at Contempro Dance Theatre(formerly Wendy's Dance Center) in Fairless Hills, PA, since 2005. Autumn enjoys practicing yoga when she isn't dancing.
Meghan O'brien - Meghan has been dancing since the age of two. She has trained in many different styles ranging from Ballet to African and Irish Step-Dancing. She had previously trained at Pottstown Dance Theater under Michelle Jones Wurtz. She later went to Kimberton Dance Academy where she was instructed by Brittany Ryan and Tim Early. During her Senior year of high school, Meghan lived in New York City training at the Joffrey Ballet School as a ballet trainee under the direction of Marina Bogdenova, Francesca Corkle, Andre and Era Jouravlev, Brooke Wendel, Larisa Calero and Andrea Weber.
Meghan has performed with Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company for six seasons, Kimberton Dance Academy’s Performance Group for four years, and the Opus 2 Project in May of 2015. In 2012, Meghan had the opportunity to dance in London during the Summer Olympics through the Performing Arts Alliance with Pottstown Dance Theater. She has recently performed at Alvin Ailey in December 2016 at the Voices and Visions Workshop where she had performed an original work choreographed by Juan Rodriguez, former company member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has danced “Square Game,” an original Merce Cunningham piece, staged by Andrea Weber. She has also danced pieces by Roni Koresh, staged by Shannon Bramham, Jenn Rose, Brian McSween, and Ceyhun Ozoy. She has danced in various ballets including the Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Garde, Dracula, Sleeping Beauty and Paquita.
Meghan is very excited to be back and dancing with Opus 1 Contemporary.
Melissa Faller- is from Lancaster, PA and grew up dancing at Encore Dance Center under the direction of Alvina Kline. After high school, Melissa continued her dance education at DeSales University and graduated in 2016 with a BA in Dance and a double minor in Business and Psychology. During her time at DeSales University, Melissa performed works by notable choreographers; Antony Tudor, Trinette Singleton, Jessica Chen, Jeff Shade, Jamey Hampton, to name a few. Professionally, she has performed in New York City, Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley for choreographers Julia Mayo, Tara Madsen Robbins, Emily Kline, and more. In the summer of 2016, Melissa joined The N.A.D.I.N.E. Project, under the direction of Janet Soares and Libby Nye where she created and performed works by Melissa Chisena, Jennifer Yackel, and Marie Brown. After graduation, Melissa has mostly been doing freelance work in New York City, Philadelphia and Lancaster. She would like to thank everyone who believed in her and has supported her dance career throughout the years, especially her parents and sisters. Melissa is very excited to perform in her first show with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance!
Sharon Gravatt is originally from West Virginia and her dance training began there at the age of four. She graduated from Radford University and holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance with a concentration in Contemporary and a B.A. in Spanish. In 2008 she performed at the American College Dance Festival of America and in 2011 she returned to perform a solo when her own choreography was chosen to represent her school. In 2009 she was cast as the lead in the Radford University’s Theatre Department’s Children’s Show, “Liza and the Riddling Cave”. Her senior year honors academy project included producing a show with another student, where she choreographed five pieces of abstract movement that were performed at the concert, “Novel Ideas”. She is continuing to develop her own choreography on independent projects. She was also featured as an improvisational dancer in the Radford University’s Percussion Ensemble’s concert. Sharon is excited to be dancing her third year in Opus 1 Contemporary Dance.
Bridget has trained in a variety of dance styles from a young age studying at The Conservatory of Music and Dance. She graduated summa cum laude from West Chester University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Dance. She was a part of the University Dance Company as a dancer and a choreographer. She received the Barbara J. Lappano Dance Scholarship in 2014. She performed in and presented work at the Ladek Zdroj International Dance Festival in Poland in 2013. Her choreographic work has been presented at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Conference in 2015 and at showcases in the Philadelphia area. Bridget currently performs with Ballet 180 and performs at various local events including the Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival. She teaches dance, art, and yoga in local schools and studios. In her free time, Bridget loves to practice yoga, spend time outside, and connect with family and community. She always seeks opportunities to learn and grow and is thrilled to be dancing with Opus 1 Contemporary Dance!
Valerie Pruce: After growing up training under notable teachers Trinette Singleton of the Joffery Ballet, and Lynne Mariani, dance captain to Bob Fosse, Valerie chose to pursue a career in dance. She was accepted into the conservatory program of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, under the direction of Stephen Pier where she graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Dance, Ballet Pedagogy emphasis. While at The Hartt School Valerie performed as an apprentice with Full Force Dance Theater, a modern company based in Hartford, CT under the direction of Katie Stevinson-Nollet during their 2010-2011 season. Valerie has performed in notable works such as “Wein” by Pascal Rioult, excerpts from “A Choreographic Offering” by Jose Limon, including “The Women’s Solo (Adagio)” and “The Quintet”, “Antiokia” an original solo by Edgar Zendejas, “Diorite” by Shannon Gillen, and in the ballets Giselle, La Sylphide and The Nutcracker. Valerie relocated to Philadelphia in 2015 and now works as the administrator at Wayne Ballet & Center for Dance Arts, in Wayne, PA. She also teaches ballet and jazz classes at the studio and serves as Rehearsal Assistant to the Artistic Director.
Julia Ostrowski is a native of State College, PA, where she began her dance training at the Ballet Theatre of Central Pennsylvania (now The Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania) under Andrea Hill. She is trained in ballet, modern, and jazz, receiving additional instruction from the Joffrey Ballet School, the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and from members of American Ballet Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. Julia received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Penn State University while teaching at the Performing Arts School and performing with Brio Dance Company, under director Lane Grosser, as well as VanDance, under director Ann Van Kuren. Julia recently relocated to the Philadelphia area and is looking forward to be a part of its abundant dance environment. She is happy to join Opus 1 Contemporary this season and can't wait to continue her life of dance.