Maharishi School Alumni present the Third Annual Alumni Extravaganza at the Sondheim Center on August 31 at 7:30 p.m. Produced by Kate Vigmostad and hosted by the incomparable Meredith Hirsch and David Murphy, this show features a diverse exposition of dance, music and comedy from alumni.
Jenna Riegel is a native of Fairfield, Iowa, and a graduate of Maharishi School and MUM, where she received a B.A. in Theatre Arts. She also earned an M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa. A New York-based dancer, performer, and teacher since 2007, Jenna has performed with Daara Dance and choreographer Michel Kouakou, the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Tania Isaac Dance, David Dorfman Dance, Alexandra Beller Dances, and the Bill Young/Colleen Thomas & Company dancers. Jenna currently tours nationally and internationally as a company member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
She has performed in New York City venues, including Danspace at St. Marks Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Aaron Davis Hall, Joyce SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, John Ryan Theater, Symphony Space and The Duo Theater. Jenna has taught Master Classes in Modern Technique in New York at Dance New Amsterdam, The Joffrey Ballet School and 100 Grand Dance. In addition, she has taught classes at Connecticut College, University of Maryland and the University of Iowa and at festivals around the world, including the New York University's Tisch Summer Dance Festival, the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Annual Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland and the Dance Isadora Festival in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Jenna is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and has been teaching Pilates for more than seven years.
Meara Oberdieck - In 2006 Meara was awarded a full scholarship to study under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova at the University of Iowa. She was a regular performer at the University, a featured artist on KSUI Classical Radio Station, participated in several master classes and the bi-monthly event Piano Sundays, at the Old Capitol. In addition to these performances she has regularly performed in Fairfield for the Chamber Music Society, many benefit concerts, and her own solo concerts at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center's Sondheim Stage. Visit Meara's webpage.
Dominic Rabalais - Dom Rabalais, "the human lightbulb," is an active, enthusiastic performer and supporter of alternative rock in Fairfield and the southeast and central Iowa area. He is known for his productivity, having started multiple bands, including Utopia Park and Little Ruckus, and record label, Sweat Power. Dom and his brother Phillip call their creative music style "a sweaty pop dance troupe, made for raising fists of bravery and furious joy against anyone who would ever stop you from making love to every day of your life."
Dom is in the middle of making 40 new songs and 40 accompanying videos this year.
"...part motivational speech, part Britney Spears sing-along, and doused in sexual tension, it's one of the most refreshing and interactive concert experiences happening in the present culture dominated by sullen dudes hiding behind laptops." -CultureCastleRebecca Busch - Rebecca Busch studied many forms of dance while growing up in Fairfield and performed in the dance productions of Dance Theatre of Iowa and theatre productions of Iowa Theatre Company. In 2005 she was introduced to Bharata Natyam, South Indian Dance, and fell in love with this ancient and multifaceted art form. Rebecca spent 9 years on the Mother Divine program doing research in consciousness through Transcendental Meditation and dance, expressing her experiences of blossoming consciousness and bliss through movement. She studied with Dakota Chavis, Srimati Shyamala Mohanraj, and other teachers in the tradition of T. Balasaraswati. Since 2012 Rebecca has studied with Dr. Saskia Kersenboom in Legend, Hungary and has completed grades 1 and 2 of the DASI ATTAM course in South Indian music, dance, and poetry certified by the UNESCO International Dance Council.
"...the Hardest working man in Punk n' Roll." -The HuffingtonPost
"Trust me, you have not lived until you've witnessed this short, sweaty
wonder performing whilst hanging upside down from the rafters of a leather bar." -Portals