Ann Glaviano, Editor
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Born and raised in New Orleans, Ann Glaviano began her classical ballet training in 1988 at the Lelia Haller Ballet School and her modern dance training in 1999 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. She has pursued her dance studies across the US and abroad at institutions including the Ailey School, BalletMet, The Ohio State University, New Dialect, and María del Puerto Escuela de Danza, and with master artists such as Donald Williams, Jesse Zaritt, Deborah Hay, and Angelle Hebert. She received a BA in English from Louisiana State University and an MFA in creative writing with an interdisciplinary minor concentrating in dance from The Ohio State University, where she also taught college-level composition and creative writing courses. Recent performance credits include productions by Narcisse|Movement Project, Lightwire Theater, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, New Orleans Opera Association, and Short North Stage. In June 2013, Ann initiated a collaborative DIY music-and-dance project called Known Mass, and in June 2014, she directed and performed in her first production, Known Mass No. 1, at the Marigny Opera House. A student of Karl Rogers and Eric Nordstrom, she hosts contact improv jams through Known Mass and helps facilitate the Contact Improv New Orleans group. She pays her bills as a freelance grant writer and copyeditor, and she has stories, essays, and poems published or forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, The Atlas Review, descant, Gravy: A Quarterly from the Southern Foodways Alliance, VIDA, Antigravity, and Please Forward: How Blogging Reconnected New Orleans after Katrina (UNO Press). Visit her website at

Samantha Hope Galler, Contributor
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A native of Bedford, Massachusetts, Samantha Hope Galler currently lives in Miami Beach, Florida, where she performs with Miami City Ballet. She is a frequent visitor to New Orleans and will be teaching classes at Live Oak Dance in Riverbend and at the Marigny Opera House in July 2015. To contact Sam, and to read more about her career, visit her website or her blog.