Kristen Ritzinger is the Managing Director for Sonia Plumb Dance Company and Columns Dance and Wellness Center, providing unique experiences that enrich, educate, and connect diverse audiences through a sense of place that embodies stage, studio, community, and classroom.Kristen knows the transformative power dance and the arts can bring, not just to a dancer, but to a community. One of Kristen’s favorite quotes is by Mary Starks Whitehouse, creator of Authentic Movement. She says, “Dance does not belong to dancers, it belongs to Man – it always has.” Learn more here...
Sonia Plumb is Artistic Director of Sonia Plumb Dance Company, Hartford, Connecticut. She has choreographed over 40 dances during her career. Sonia attributes her artistic style to a morphing of ideas with dance, constantly seeking to observe, learn, question, and collaborate. In addition to her role with the Company, Sonia has served as the first Artist-in-Residence at the University of St. Joseph (2012-2015). She has taught at the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School, the Hartford Conservatory.
Sonia is a three-time recipient of the Connecticut Office of the Arts Fellowship for Artistic Excellence, received a National Teaching Fellowship (2013), and was one of only nine artists nationwide to receive the Community Legacy Project award for her Arts Integration programs (2015). Born and raised in Vermont, she migrated to Hartford to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she received a B.A. in Theater and Dance.
Carol Roderick recently retired as Director of Dance of the Hartt School Community Division at the University of Hartford, CT. She was an assistant professor of ballet and pedagogy at Colorado State University (Fort Collins) previous to coming to Connecticut. She has taught, coached, and trained students and teachers for professional companies, universities, and prestigious schools in the United States, Canada, Japan and and Europe.