Barbara Mahler is a choreographer, performer, movement educator, body worker – a Master teacher of and major contributor to Klein Technique™ and a Faculty member and certified practitioner of Zero Balancing. She has been selected for the 2013 Bax 10 award in Arts Education. As well as choreographing and teaching, she maintains a private practice in hands on healing work, using the techniques and principles of Zero Balancing, Connective Tissue Therapy, and others, working with injury rehabilitation and prevention; movement re education and coordination. She has been an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research NYC since 2004, teaching group classes aimed towards the improvement of coordination, alignment and general physical well-being. Barbara has been an a guest faculty member of the Danish National School of Theater and Contemporary Dance since 1994. She was a guest artist/teacher at Hunter College NYC, 2000-11 and is pleased to be once again in fall 2012.


Eric Handman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah's Department of Modern Dance. A native New Yorker, he danced for Doug Varone and Dancers, Nicholas Leichter Dance, Joy Kellman and Company, David Dorfman Dance, Lisa Race, Stephen Koester, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Kumiko Kimoto, New York Theatre Ballet and many others. His has taught, performed and shown his choreography and screendances throughout the United States as well as Japan, Finland, France, Germany, England, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Hungary. He specializes in teaching contemporary dance technique, composition, improvisation, contact improvisation, qualitative research methods and criticism.


Director and Dancer Biographies

Carley Conder is an Arizona native. She received a B.F.A. in Ballet and an M.F.A. in Modern Dance from the University of Utah . Carley has been a performing member with Arizona companies Semaphor Danceworks, Scorpius Dance Theater, Garner-Gutierrez Dance, Mary Fitzgerald Dance, and Los Angeles based company Keith Johnson/Dancers. She has enjoyed working with such choreographers as Steven Koester, Stephanie Nugent, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Ashleigh Leite. Her choreographic work has been commissioned by many academic institutions and companies including University of California - Santa Barbara , Arizona State University, Brigham Young University , University of Utah , University of Texas – Pan American, Snow College , and Ballet Yuma. She is the Grand Prize Winner of the 2000 Palm Desert Choreography Competition, 2006 Professional Winner of the Arizona Choreography Competition, and a 2006 Project Tier Awardee through Regional Dance America . In 2011, Carley was invited to teach at Dance New Amsterdam in NYC as part of the Modern Guest Artist Series. Carley was presented as a solo performer at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY by Chez Bushwick in April 2013. She is currently a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, Adjunct Faculty at Scottsdale Community College and is current faculty at the School of Ballet Arizona. Her work has been supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Target Arts Grants, City of Tempe and Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction. She and her husband Mike are the proud parents of three children. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of CONDER/dance.


Stephanie Lebedies - Born in Germany and raised mostly in Utah and Arizona, Stephanie’s early studies began with teacher Truman Finney at the School of Ballet Arizona. At the age of 16, Stephanie moved to NYC become the youngest member of American Contemporary Ballet. Stephanie then attended The Ailey School as a recipient of a “Fellowship Award,” and on scholarship at the Joffrey Ballet School studying under various renowned teachers. Stephanie then danced professionally with the Nashville Ballet. Following her contract with Nashville Ballet, Stephanie chose to move to Vancouver, Canada to study under Artemis Gordon and Lynn Shepard in the Arts Umbrella Company. Stephanie has now settled in Mesa, Arizona, working at Scottsdale Healthcare while dancing for CONDER/dance.

anna Anna McClellan is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and began her dance training in Arizona. As a former performer with Instinct Dancecorps, she has had the privilege of working with such choreographers as Chad Michael Hall, Ashleigh Leite (Stephen Petronio Company), Christopher Dolder (Martha Graham Dance Company), and Janet Charleston (Merce Cunningham). Anna is invested in her own creative work as she creates and produces dance films, original musical compositions and choreographic work. Anna is pursuing duel degrees in Dance and Dance Technology at Scottsdale Community College. She is currently working as the Rehearsal Assistant for Instinct Dancecorps. Anna is now honored to be a full time member of CONDER/dance.
Kassidy Rogers received her BFA in Dance Choreography from Arizona State University in 2005. She has performed choreography by Tere O’Connor, Mark Haim, Peter Pucci, Debra Hay, Jo Kreiter, and Mary Fitzgerald. She is currently teaching dance at multiple high schools around the Phoenix area and is thrilled to be joining CONDER/dance for her first season. kassidy


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