M.F.A. in Dance Choreography, University of Maryland College Park
B.A. in Dance Performance & English, Hope College
Originally from Kentucky, Angella Foster is an emerging choreographer who currently resides in Greenbelt, Maryland. After completing her M.F.A., she founded alight dance theater and received a 2010 Local Dance Commissioning Grant through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In their debut season, alight has performed in the Intersections Arts Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center and the Source Festival at the Source Theater in Washington, D.C. In addition to serving as the Artistic Director of alight, Angella directs the studio dance program at the Greenbelt Community Center and serves as the Event Coordinator for Project Dance DC. She is also company member of Deborah Riley Dance Projects in Washington, D.C.
Angella has trained at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio in New York City and performed with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, Texas. She has also performed the works of numerous choreographers including Steven Iannacone, Randall Flinn, Steve Rooks, Clay Taliaferro, Ed Tyler, Joe Poulson, Nejla Yatkin and Colleen Thomas. Angella enjoys teaching dancers of all ages and abilities and has taught at the University of Maryland-College Park, Duke University, North Carolina Dance Institute, Infinity Ballet Conservatory and Kentucky Repertory Dance Theater. Her choreography has been performed in various venues in New York City, Washington, D.C., Houston, Atlanta, and Moscow, Russia. She is a regular guest choreographer for Refuge Dance Company in Atlanta.
Angella also has a background in costume design and construction. She has designed costumes for her own work as well as the George Washington University Dance Department, Ad Deum Dance Company, Refuge Dance Company and Hope Summer Repertory Theater. She has also worked as a costume technician on shows for the Wolf Trap Opera Company, University of Maryland-College Park, George Washington University, Hope College and the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.