CoCo Loupe holds a BFA (USM) & MFA (OSU) in Dance/Choreography. In the past 30 years she has been an ADF student (1988, 1989 and 1992), an indie dance group director, a pick-up performer, creative space maker and a university educator.
She has served as faculty at New Mexico School for the Arts, LSU, OSU, USM, UO, Kenyon College, Brookhaven Community College, and as guest artist at ULL, Denison University, UNT, Lane Community College, Louisiana High School for Math, Science and the Arts and The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. At the high school and collegiate level she offers classes in ballet, modern and jazz technique as well as improvisation, composition, dance appreciation, introduction to dance and technology in addition to mentoring choreographic projects.
CoCo has been the co-founder and co-director of Flexure Dance Collective (MS), Ground Level Dance Group (TX), DIP-Dance in Person (NY), They Might Be Dancers (OH), Feverhead – a creative space for experiments (OH) and CKA: currently known as (LA). In 2006, her graduate work was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as part of the National College Dance Festival and in 2012 she received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence in Choreography Award. She studied with Deborah Hay in Findhorn, Scotland and commissioned Hay’s work “The Runner” as part of the Solo Performance Commissioning Project (SPCP). CoCo also participated in Susan Rethorst’s “Choreographic Mind” workshop at Bearnstow in Mt. Vernon, Maine.
CoCo now lives in Lake Mary, FL (Orlando) where she teaches for the Orlando Ballet Outreach and Enrichment Program, offers online movement experiences/lessons and continues to develop collaborative relationships and projects.
Mina Estrada dances on Wednesdays and Sundays, mostly. She's pretty good at it, but she can't do the splits anymore. In her free time she tells people she'll email them but then she doesn't. As she approaches her retirement from the glaring spotlight, she plans to open her raccoon farm and podcast about raccoon romances, mostly. She loves eyeliner and Alfredo sauce on anything. Mina received her MFA from Temple University in 1948.
Amiti Perry received her BA in Dance from the University of North Texas and MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University. In 2006, Amiti founded æmp:dance/ amiti perry + company, with whom she created, presented and performed in multiple New York and North Texas venues. She co-founded DIPdance with collaborator Coco Loupe in 2001, with whom she presented and performed works in New York, Texas, Louisiana and Ohio. She performed with Rachel Lampert and Dancers; Ellen Stokes Shadle; Satellite Dance Company and performed, taught, assisted and designed, nationally and internationally, with Skip Costa/COREmovement Project-NYC. Her varied background includes teaching, performing and choreographing classic and contemporary modern, jazz, ballet, tap and musical theater.
Amiti is currently teaching at the University of North Texas’ Department of Dance and Theatre, where she has also performed and choreographed as a guest artist.
Stacey Decknick is an east-coast trained dancer currently based in Lake Mary, FL. She enjoys the math behind making dance, the discovery of dancing after babies and injuries, and the fulfillment of sharing movement with other bodies and minds across the spectrum. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from Old Dominion University, and has contributed choreographed pieces to programs at ODU and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. She is currently reawakening in the movement realm of CoCo Loupe’s Visceral Mind Home Base.