Miki Birjandi Liszt: Founder
In 2007, Miki Liszt was the recipient of the Piedmont Council of the Arts Individual Artist Award in Virginia. Miki Liszt is Artistic Director of Miki Liszt Dance Company, which is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville and founded in 1984. Ms. Liszt graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she studied choreography with Bessie Schonberg, for whom the Bessie Schonberg Theater in New York and the New York "Bessie" awards in Dance and Performance are named. Miss Schonberg was, until her death, Artistic Advisor to Miki Liszt Dance Company. Miki Liszt Dance Company performs nationally and locally. The New York Times' Jennifer Dunning has said of Ms. Liszt's choreography that it finds Deep Reality in Ordinary Movement, noting that her choreography creates the effect of layered and refracted realities as she takes walks, pauses, slow and gentle collisions and standing still and makes them suggest purpose and meditative thought. Dance Magazine showcased the Miki Liszt Dance Company First Friday Series as a trendsetter for the crossover between dance and the visual arts in its March 2007 issue.
Lori Wilson Jablonski: Director of Operations
Lori, a native of Rochester, NY, holds a Bachelor of Arts in dance from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. While at Muhlenberg, Lori performed in numerous concerts that were choreographed by Muhlenberg College students, faculty and guest artists. She was also a member of the Muhlenberg Dance Association and the tap company, Copasetic Rhythms. After graduating, Lori worked as an entertainment performer for Walt Disney World, performing in shows and parades at Disney's Hollywood Studios and the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, FL. Lori moved to Charlottesville in 2006 and has performed with inFluxdance, Miki Liszt Dance Company, R Squared and UpRooted Dance. She also performed in the Shentai Carnival in Charlottesville in 2007. In addition to working for Miki Liszt Dance Company, Lori is currently employed with the Charlottesville Performing Arts School and JMK Photos.