Dance Company Artistic Director
Melinda Blomquist holds a M.F.A in Dance Choreography and Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Arts in Dance Pedagogy from Brigham Young University. Melinda has presented her choreographic work at numerous venues nationally and internationally including the South Central American College Dance Festival, Northwest Vista College, the National Dance Association Pedagogy Conferences, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Attakkalari Festival in Bangalore India. She was a soloist with the Kenai Peninsula Dancers, and has performed in her own work and in works by various choreographers including Tamara Schrieber, Daniel Gwirtzman, Wally Cardona, Barbra Grubel, Jennifer Smith, Julie Petry and Kelli Brown. At present, Melinda is working with Common Ground Dance Company and with the newly formed Trajectory Dance Project. Melinda taught dance at the University of Texas Pan American where she was the Co-Artistic Director of the Dance Ensemble, serving as both a choreographer and director for the company. Melinda served as the Dance Performance – Chair for SDAAHPERD in 2005-2006 and was a member of the Texas State Board for Educator Certification in Dance. Currently Melinda is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the Community College of Baltimore County, and she also serves as the Artistic Director for the CCBC Dance Company. Melinda has also worked with the Theatre and Music departments as a choreographer for Musical Theatre productions in Arizona, Texas and Maryland including The Fantasticks, Fiddler on the Roof, Good News, and She Loves Me. Melinda is involved in community outreach, focusing on promoting the importance of dance as art form in public education. She has provided workshops and master classes in Texas, Alaska, and Maryland to students at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels.
Tommy Parlon Dance Coordinator
Tommy Parlon, a native of Washington, DC, received his M.F.A in Dance (Choreography and Technology) from Arizona State University and his B.F.A in Dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. From 1998-2002, he was an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kent State University. While in New York City, he danced with J. Fregalette Janson Dance, Centaur Dance Theatre, Beyondance Inc! and the Paris-based multi-media perfomrance art company FIASCO. Mr. Parlon has danced in pieces by Doug Varone, Stephen Petronio, Alvin Mayes, Laura Dean, and Elizabeth Streb. In 1996-1998, he collaborated on Falling to Earth, an interactive multi-media performance piece created with the Institute for Studies in the Arts at Arizona State University. His choreography has been commissionsed by Incidents Physical Theater of New York City, NEW ARTiculations in Tucson, Arizona, Lansing Chamber Dance in Michigan, and numerous colleges throughout the United States. He was awarded an Individual Artist Award in Solo Dance Performance in 2004 and an Individual Artists Award in Choreography in 2007 from the Maryland State Arts Council. Mr. Parlon is currently the Artistic Director of Tommy Parlon Dance Projects in Washington, DC, the Artistic Associate of Ground Zero Dance in Richmond, VA, and the Dance Coordinator of the Community College of Baltimore County.