Teacher Bios

Alison Kopit (she/her) is a queer, white, and disabled idea builder, art activator, and
access strategist based in Chicago. She delights in mapping her ideas onto the body and
other unsuspecting places. She's a doctoral student in Disability Studies in Chicago and
teaches Disability Studies and Disability Culture to undergraduate students in Toledo,
Ohio. She believes that collective access and other principles of Disability Justice have the
potential to transform movement arts communities, social movements, and our own
identities and relationships to our bodies. Her research is about building Disability
Justice-based curricula that can maximize accessibility in cultural spaces and is thrilled to
play with these concepts at GLACIER.

Margaret Sunghe Paek is a collaborative dance artist whose research engages in
inclusionary methods and ensemble enterprises. She is deeply influenced by her
relationships with contact improvisation, Alexander Technique, Nina Martin, Barbara
Dilley, the Resident Artists/Dancing Mamas, Uh Oh Trio, Loren Kiyoshi Dempster and
their daughter. A member of Lower Left performance collective since 2000, the group
continues to provide her artistic foundation and home. Her work has been presented in
Mexico, Europe and the US at venues including Tanzfabrik in Berlin, Germany, Judson
Memorial Church, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and the 2012 Whitney Museum
Biennial in NYC. Margaret has been on faculty at Movement Research and Marymount
Manhattan College in NYC and taught at festivals in Sweden, Hungary, and Germany.
She is a board member of Marfa Live Arts, Renaissance Charter Arts High School,
Makaroff Youth Ballet, and on Earthdance’s Contact Improvisation Committee. In 2015,
Margaret moved from New York City to Appleton, Wisconsin to teach dance in the
Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University, and she loves it. www.margaretpaek.com

Ginger Krebs is a dancer, visual artist, and director of intensively researched,
collaborative ensemble performances that explore the impact of systems of power on
bodies. She was first attracted to contact improvisation for its playful and rigorous spirit
of experimentation, and for its capacity to bridge inner, meditative attention with outer,
artistic expression. Krebs uses elements of Contact, butoh, Noguchi Taiso and release
technique to playfully disrupt habits and awaken unfamiliar “wobbly” zones where
discoveries happen. She’s thrilled to be continually surprised by the process of discovering
through her body. This year she was awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, and
residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), Ucross,
and the National Center for Choreography – Akron. She has taught movement for
performance at The School of the Art Institute since 2004.

Sasha Lasdon is a longtime CI practitioner and teacher based in Madison,WI and considers
GLACIER home base. They have trained, danced and taught in the US, Canada and Europe.
They are deeply interested in the somatics and pedagogy of risk, consent, rigorous regular
practice, pleasure, responsibility and justice. They bring together fascial and nervous
system anatomy geekery with compositional awareness. They are interested in the parts of
our practice that are in the shadows or relegated to the margins and how they inform,
nourish or contain the breadth of a CI practice. They are curating this year's team and
invite you to bring your deepest curiosity and willingness to investigate to our shared time.