Gretchen Jax is the co-founder of Sinergismo. She graduated from Winthrop University with a B.A. in Dance Performance. Jax performed in Meredith Monk’s Obie Award winning Quarry at the 2003 Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. She has also studied and performed the works of Sandra Neels, David Parsons, Marjorie Palmer Perry, Mary Beth Thompson Duke Young. She was the recipient of the 2000, 2001 and 2002 Alpha Psi Omega Best Choreography Award from Winthrop University. In 2006, she was one of eight selected to study at the School of Jacob’s Pillow Choreographer’s Lab. Jax currently teaches at NC Dance Theatre School of Dance and Davidson College. She serves as mentor and choreographer for Davidson College’s dance company, The Gamut.
Jonathan Prichard was born in Chapel Hill, NC. He received an M. F. A. in sculpture (2010) and a B.F.A. in painting and printmaking (2003) from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. He works primarily as a drawer and property-based performance artist exploring visual representations of psychological states and situations. He finds artistic inspiration in the challenges, obstacles, absurdities, and impossibilities of life. He works to transform these circumstances into stylized beauty and cultivation of wisdom. He is interested in the interconnectivity of artistic disciplines, and enjoys collaborating with dancers, musicians, poets, actors, and artists from other backgrounds. Prichard currently lives in Charlotte, NC, with his wife Brittney and three cats. He has been working as an adjunct instructor at Winthrop University since 2011, teaching 3D design, drawing, and performance. His artwork can be viewed at JonPrichard.com.
Brittney Blaskowitz Prichard received a B.A. in English from Winthrop University in 2002 and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2008 where she studied with North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers, Bob Hicok, Alan Michael Parker, and others. Her chapbook, Lessons in Disaster, was published by the University of South Carolina’s Poetry Initiative in the same year. She has also had poems in North American Review, Peeks and Valleys, Main Street Rag ,and she won third prize and people’s choice in 2009 through the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Single Poem Contest. Her newest chapbook, Reverberate, will be published through Finishing Line Press later this year. Prichard is currently a full-time English instructor at Gaston College where she teaches grammar, composition, and poetry. She most enjoys playing comatose characters, such as the Moon and Mother Time. Prichard recently completed a week-long residency with The Fort Wayne Ballet in Fort Wayne, IN, where she created a painted poetic backdrop for their summer concert.
Amelia Hunter Binford has been involved in dancing for over 20 years. She received her B.A. in Dance Performance and Dance Education Certification from Winthrop University. While at Winthrop, she performed in many shows with Winthrop Dance Theatre and Rhythm Quest, as well as, several student choreography showcases. Amelia has toured with Dance Caravan, and has performed with the Charlotte Philharmonic Orchestra, Carolina Voices, and the Singing Christmas Tree. She was a semi-finalist in Fox Network’s television show So You Think You Can Dance. Amelia has played the role of Bebe in Theatre Charlotte’s production of A Chorus Line. Amelia is currently teaching Modern, Jazz, and Tap Dance for Northwest School of the Arts in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System; and has also been an Associate Director/Choreographer at Eddie Mabry Talent of Fort Mill, South Carolina. She now teaches Tap and Jazz Classes at Charlotte School of Ballet, and Belmont School of Ballet; and is a licensed Zumba Instructor. She has worked as a choreographer for multiple productions throughout North and South Carolina. She received the Metrolina Theater Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Drama for Marat/Sade for the 2009-2010 Charlotte Theater Season. Amelia most recent served as a Guest Artist in Residence at Winthrop University for their Summer ST-ARTS program and Guest Choreographer for the Nations Ford Dance Team in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
Gene Bledsoe is a native North Carolinian and has lived in Charlotte since 1982. He earned his B.A. in Piano Performance at UNC- Wilmington and a M.M. in Orchestral and Choral Conducting at Kent State University in Ohio. Once North Carolina Dance Theatre made its permanent move to Charlotte, Gene was asked by Sal Aiello to become the pianist and first Music Director for NCDT. Gene is now the Director of Facilities for NCDT along with still playing regularly for the school of dance and the company. He is also the Music Director for South Park Christian Church. Gene has been at both of his jobs in excess of 25 years now and is the longest full time employee of NCDT. Gene began his association with Sinergismo about 4 years ago and really enjoys playing a part in such a diverse and entertaining group of performers. He has contributed both musically as well as physically and continues to enjoy this fun association.
Alex Zsoldos, a West Virginia native, graduated cum laude from Davidson College with a B.A. in Art History. She is a founding member of the Gamut Dance Company at Davidson College. She served as president, vice president and technical director of the Davidson Dance Ensemble, helping to expand the group and advocate for the addition of a dance minor to the college curriculum. She was also a member of the Davidson Dance Team and helped coordinate B.E.S.T.Dance, a weekly dance class for local high school students with developmental disabilities. She was awarded membership in Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society, for outstanding leadership in the creative and performing arts. Zsoldos currently works in public relations and content marketing for Wray Ward, a creative communications agency based in Charlotte, NC. Through her performance, choreography and visual art, Zsoldos explores themes of identity, groupthink and the development of meaning through repetitive action. She enjoys baking, knitting and playing with her adopted dog, Ptolemy.
Abby Peltier started dancing at age 3 1/2 and hasn’t stopped yet. Throughout high school she took tap, ballet and jazz classes at Ardell Stone School of Dance in Roanoke, Virginia and in college, Abby danced in the Bucknell Dance Showcase every semester. In 2009 she choreographed the tap piece I Wish for the Showcase and in 2011 she and fellow physicist Erin Sculley started the “human physics demonstration” movement on campus. By combining their loves of dance and physics they were able to gather large groups of students, faculty, and staff to create human demonstrations of the thermodynamics behind a melting solid and the creation of the solar system. She graduated from Bucknell University in 2011 with a B.A. in Physics and began working at Discovery Place in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will be beginning work on her Ph.D in Optical Science and Engineering in the fall at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Abby joined Sinergismo in the fall of 2012 and is excited to continue performing with the ensemble.
Allison Paksoy Hughes, a native North Carolinian, received a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University and an M.S. in Public Relations from Boston University. Allison began dancing at the age of 5 at a small studio in Shelby, NC. Since then, she has taken various classes in ballet, modern and tap. Allison joined Sinergismo in 2012, and has performed at The Courthouse in Rock Hill, SC and Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC. Outside of Sinergismo, Allison likes to spend time with her husband, Thomas, and cat, Shelby. She also wants to give a shout out to all those #coolteens out there.