About the Dancers
Janice Garrett & Dancers features some of San Francisco’s most vibrant and powerful dancers. Click on a photo below to learn more about each dancer.

Heidi Schweiker
Heidi began performing and choreographing in the Bay Area after receiving her B.A. in English from Stanford University in 1997. In addition to dancing with Janice Garrett & Dancers she is a member of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company and has also worked with choreographers Mary Carbonara, Lea Wolf, and Nancy Karp. Her own choreography has been presented by Summerfest/dance, Theatre of Yugen/Noh Space, ODC San Francisco, Yerba Buena Arts & Events, the Southwest American College Dance Festival, and Dancers’ Group’s Bread and Butter, and Local series.

Jennifer Bishop-Orsulak
Jennifer Bishop-Orsulak grew up dancing by the sea in Charleston, South Carolina. She decided to pursue her dream of being a dancer after watching the Martha Graham Dance Company perform. After dancing at the University of Utah, she moved back east to the Big Apple, where she danced professionally with H.T. Chen & Dancers, an Asian-American modern dance company. She also danced with Sarah Hook, Janis Brenner, Della Davidson, Alan Sener, Risa Steinberg and apprenticed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. While on a bus in NYC, she met her husband and they moved to SF. Currently, Jennifer has a Pilates studio where she teaches. Since moving to San Francisco Jennifer apprenticed with ODC, performed with Mary Carbonara Dances and this is her first season with Janice Garrett & Dancers.

Bliss Kohlmyer Dowman
Bliss Kohlmyer Dowmanis a native of Wooster, Ohio. She attended The Julliard School for two years and then graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts. In New York, she danced with The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and The Sean Curran Company. Bliss is a certified Pilates trainer. She is currently teaching at the ODC School and dancing with Robert Moses’ Kin and Janice Garrett & Dancers.

Nol Simonse
Nol grew up in and around Washington, D.C. He began his dance career in a small studio with Alison Miller at age nine and continued his training at the Boston Conservatory of Music. Since moving to San Francisco in 1996 he has danced with Kunst-Stoff, Sue Roginsky, Dandelion Dance Theatre, Della Davidson’s Sideshow Physical Theatre, Stephen Pelton Dance Theatre, and Janice Garrett & Dancers.

Julian De Leon
Born in Manila, Philippines, Julian De Leon grew up in Los Angeles, CA and began his dance training at age 16 at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Upon graduation, he was accepted to the Laban Center in London, England. In 2000, Julian joined Random Dance Company headed by Wayne McGregor. As well as touring McGregor's repertory, Julian's work with the company included collaboration with the Royal Ballet, teaching workshops and creating performances for youth in the UK, Eastern and Western Europe, and the US. He was awarded "Dancer of the Month" in the June issue of Dancing Times Magazine for his work in McGregor's "Nemesis". Julian moved to the Bay Area in October 2002 where he began working with Kunst Stoff and Janice Garrett & Dancers.

Kara Davis
A native of Hutchinson, Kansas, Kara Davis began studying dancing with Betsie Andrews and continued her ballet training at the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita and with William Martin-Viscount at the Southwest Ballet Center in Ft. Worth Texas. She has danced for several ballet companies including Ballet Met, Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Ballet, the San Francisco Opera Ballet, and Ballet Jorgen in Toronto, Ontario. In San Francisco she has danced for Pearl Ubungen Dancers & Musicians, Kunst Stoff, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and Sonya Delwade. Kara has taught at the Atlanta Ballet School, Berkeley Ballet, and the Burklyn Ballet summer workshop in Johnson, Vermont.

Tammy Cheney

Tammy Cheney began her dance training as a teenager in Ashtabula, Ohio where she was obsessed with the television show Fame and the movie Flash Dance. She received a B.A. in dance from Point Park College in Pittsburgh and danced professionally in Chicago, Illinois, and Michigan. In 1996 she moved to San Francisco where she has danced with Charles Moulton, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Robert Moses’ Kin, ODC/San Francisco, and Sonya Delwaide. Tammy is currently teaching dance and directing the student dance ensemble at The Branson School. She has also taught at The Shawl Anderson Dance Center, Marin Ballet, and for the University of California, Berkeley Dance Department.

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