About Evolve Dynamicz

In October of 2015, Evolve Dynamicz was established by Lisa Costello and Nicole Zizzi with the hope of creating a repertoire to share their mutual passions for life and movement. Since then, the group has grown to include eleven wonderful women. Evolve has presented two full evening length shows, SPACES and circumnavigation, as well as various other works around the Boston and New England area. Some of our notable performances have been NACHMO NYC, NACHMO Boston, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Boston Dance Theater's trainee showcase of BTDx, and most recently Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. Evolve Dynamicz has become an oasis for our unique group of strong-willed women— as we each face our own individual life challenges, we support each other and find common ground through the arts of dance, choreography, and movement.

Mission Statement

As artists, we seek to confront the challenges of a millennial life with a sense of openness and vulnerability. Our work embraces these challenges with curiosity, intimacy, playfulness, and a deep- seated passion for movement. Our interests in improvisational composition, site specific choreography, and collaboration with our dancers are brought forth in our choreographic processes.  With this, we aspire to continually experiment with new vocabularies, ideas, collaborators, and mediums of expression— we are committed to sharing our passion of dance with audiences in all spaces, of all types.

Co-Founders & Artistic Directors

Lisa Costello

Lisa hails from small town, Boylston, MA. She began dancing at the age of 3 and continued her love and passion for dance at Dean College, where she graduated in May of 2014 with her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. She has performed in Ballet Art’s Worcester’s The Nutcracker, Boylston Calliope Inc.’s The King & I and was Assistant Director to their showcase of Crazy For You. She has had the pleasure to work and perform with New England companies, Stylized Movement, Kinetic Synergy Dance Company, the Ipswich Moving Company, Unyted Tek’Nekz and OnStage Dance Company. Lisa teaches full time at the Joanne Langione Dance Center, named Best of Boston 2016 for children’s dance education. Lisa is also Co-Artistic Director and co-founder of Boston based dance company, Evolve Dynamicz. Founded in 2015, Evolve has had the privilege to present works all over New England, including NACHMO NYC and Boston, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Boston Dance Theater’s trainee showcase of BTDx, and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival. In August 2017, SPACES: an Evolve Dynamicz Production premiered in Cambridge, MA – the first full length production hosted by Evolve. In August 2018, their second full length showcase, circumnavigation, debuted in Malden, MA. Lisa hopes to carry her love of dancing, teaching and choreographing onto her JLDC students and company dancers each and every day!

http://www.lisacostello.net

 Nicole Zizzi

Nicole was born and raised in Buffalo, New York where she started dancing at the age of 2 at Eugenia’s Dance Studio. She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, and Polish Heritage dancing. At the age of 18, Nicole started school at the University of Rochester where she studied Physics and Dance. At Rochester, she trained in contemporary with mentor Missy Pfohl Smith—artistic director of BIODANCE and director of Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester. Nicole’s first professional experience came when she worked briefly as stage manager for dance company BIODANCE. For the duration of her time at Rochester, Nicole also performed with student group Louvre Performance Ensemble. In Louvre, Nicole held executive board positions as Finance Coordinator and Production Manager and she also served 2 terms as President. Nicole attended the ACDA Northeast Conference, American College Dance Association (formerly ACDFA) in 2012, 2013, and 2015. At the 2015 conference, Nicole premiered “STROBE” in the adjudicated concert series as her first professional choreographic work. In the summer of 2015, Nicole performed for Onstage Dance Company director and choreographer Jennifer Crowell-Kuhnberg in the production “What is Love?” Since her move to Boston, she has also briefly worked with other boston based dance companies including Onstage Repertory, a collaborative choreographic project and Unyted Tek'Nēkz, of Unyted Style Productions, under the direction of Ricardo Foster. In October 2015 Nicole and her dance partner, Lisa Costello, founded their own company; Evolve Dynamicz. Since it’s founding, the company has performed at events across the Boston metropolitan area as well as in New York City. Nicole currently teaches children’s classes at Starline Academy for the Performing Arts in Stoughton, MA. She also manages, dances, and choreographs for Evolve and has dreams of one day becoming an architect— merging her passions for the arts and sciences. Nicole will be pursuing a Master's of Architecture starting in September 2017 at Northeastern University.

http://www.nicolezizzi.com

 

Media Outreach Coordinator

Alaina Sawyer

​Alaina Sawyer grew up dancing with Studio B Dance Co in Liverpool, New York, competing in contemporary, jazz, and Broadway styles. She attended the University of Rochester, where she minored in dance, focusing in modern dance choreography and Dance/Movement therapy. She also studied World Music, with a concentration in West African music and dance. She performed and choreographed throughout her time in Rochester in department showcases and student groups Louvre Performance Ensemble, a competitive contemporary company, and Ballet Performance Group, in which she also performed ballet, hip hop, lyrical and jazz pieces. She is also a member of OnStage Dance Company and Alive Dance Collective and has performed throughout New England at such events as NACHMO and Southern Vermont Dance Festival.

Current Dancers

Mary McGee

Mary started dancing when she was just three years old at Mass Motion Dance in Sturbridge, MA. She went on to study environmental economics at Colgate University and was very involved in the student run dance programs there. As a member and choreographer for the Dance Team, Kuumba and Groove dance troupes she performed in the biannual performance, Dancefest, every year. She was captain of Groove dance troupe her senior year during which she choreographed and organized over 200 performers in the opening number for Dancefest. Since moving to Boston in 2014 she has taken a variety of dance classes and performed with DanceWorks Boston for two seasons. She had the privilege of performing with Evolve Dynamicz for the NACHMO project, Latent Vitality, in January 2018 and became an official member in July 2018.

Hayley Forrest

Hayley grew up in Rochester, NY where she began dancing at the age of 3 at Dance Dimensions by Susan. While there, she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern. She then attended the University of Rochester where she graduated in with B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2016 and an M.S. in Technical Entrepreneurship and Management in 2017. While a student, she was a member and choreographer of Louvre Performance Ensemble, a student-run contemporary group. Hayley moved to the Boston area in November 2017 after accepting a position as an R&D Engineer at a medical device company. She began dancing with Evolve Dynamicz in January 2018 and first performed with Evolve at NACHMO 2018 in the piece “Latent Vitality.” Hayley became an official member of Evolve Dynamicz in February 2018.

Deanna Filsinger

Deanna, being from a South American family, began dancing at home with her parents and at family parties when she was young, becoming casually familiar with latin dances like merengue and bachata. Wanting a change from running cross country at age 15, she started dancing in a studio setting at Jazziack’s Dance School in Boylston, MA. There, she took hip hop and tap. While in college at UMass Dartmouth, her movement interests shifted and she got involved in the yoga community in South Eastern Massachusetts. She received her Yoga Teacher Certification in June 2015 and has been teaching since then. After close to 7 years out of a dance studio, Deanna reached out to her lifelong friend Lisa Costello to inquire about how to get back into dance as an adult. Lisa invited Deanna to participate in Evolve Dynamicz NACHMO project, Latent Vitality, and Deanna became an official member of Evolve Dynamicz in February 2018. She is elated to be involved in dance again thanks to Evolve Dynamicz.

Sarah Canny

Sarah grew up in Binghamton, New York. She began dancing at the age of three at Southern Tier Academy of Dance, where she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. As a member of the United State Dance Team for five years prior to college, she performed in Madison Square Garden, Times Square, Walt Disney World, and Universal Studios. Sarah then attended the University of Rochester, where she studied International Relations and Spanish. At the UR, Sarah joined Louvre Performance Ensemble, a student-run contemporary dance group, as a member and choreographer for four years. She served as Louvre's Production Manager for one year and President for two years. She also studied abroad in Granada, Spain, where she studied Flamenco dance technique and history. In 2015, Sarah began dancing with BIODANCE, a dance company based in Rochester, NY, which explores social, political, and environmental issues through its artistic works. She moved to Boston in July 2016 to begin a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated in 2018, and is now working as a policy advisor to Congressman Joe Kennedy III. Sarah began dancing with Evolve Dynamicz in the summer of 2016, and became an official member in October 2016.

Ava Louise Untermyer

Ava Louise Untermyer dances to encourage a sense of connection amongst others. Ava danced professionally with New York City based dance companies, including Sydnie L. Mosley Dances (Bessie-winner), the Lori Belilove & Isadora Duncan Dance Company, Estado Flotante and NOT for reTAIL. Ava then worked in Dance Education and Early Childhood Education in Doylestown, PA. Ava currently teaches dance full time at the Curley K-8 Boston Public School and performs with local contemporary artists. Ava holds a Master’s in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Ed.M.). Ava holds Bachelor’s in Dance (honors) and English (honors) from Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges, where she was awarded the Virginia Princehouse Allen Prize for Outstanding Performance in Dance. Ava joined Evolve Dynamicz in January 2019.

Caitlin Peeler

Caitlin Peeler’s interest in dance sparked after taking her first hip hop class in Dalton, MA at age 13 and has since grown into her greatest passion. She graduated from Dean College with her Bachelor of the Arts in Dance Studies in the Spring of 2017. Throughout her years of dancing, she has expanded her experience through different technical styles, such as ballet, modern, contemporary, improvisation and jazz, while also continuing with hip hop. She is currently dancing with two dance companies, Evolve Dynamicz and The Expressive Movement! She moved to South Boston in September of 2017 and is currently a full time kickboxing instructor at Ilovekickboxing and part time barista at Marylou’s Coffee!

Apprentices

Kaylee has been dancing since the age of the 3 and is currently studying dance at Roger Williams University and  going into her second year. She is a former dancer at Paula Meola Dance and Performing Arts Inc. where she has choreographed for 2 years and taught for about 4. This past year, she has had the opportunity to work with Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson with the Doppelganger Dance Collective where they set their first choreographed work together on RWU dance majors freshman class. she hopes to be able to travel to London with the study abroad program her Junior year to dance and she can't wait to see where her dance journey continues to take her!

Kaylee Mahan

Head shots by Jeremiah Washington / Joseph Thibodeau Photography

Website Designer

Scilla Bennett

Scilla began dancing in Long Beach, CA after a running injury forced her to try a new activity. She fell in love during her very first class, and never ran again. She has trained in a variety of styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, belly dance, and modern. After moving to Boston, she continued to take classes and has performed with Boston Bollywood, Jenny Oliver, Molly Wheat, and OnStage Dance Company. A lover of all the arts, Scilla also enjoys painting, drawing, crafting, and writing. Her classic Virgo nature means that she’s always working hard to improve, and she especially enjoys the process of creation.

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