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The Owners

Nana Simopoulos Composer/instrumentalist/vocalist and co-Founder of Topia Arts Center. Her release, Daughters Of The Sun, hit #1 on the New World Music radio charts. She leads an international all-star musical ensemble. World Music of Nana has performed widely in major venues around the world including Montreux and appears on their compilation CD Live at the B&W Montreux Music Festival, Vol. II. She has composed many commisions for theater, dance and films over the past 20 years. She has several acclaimed albums of original music with the participation of world renowned artists; SkinsAfter The Moon, Pandora’s Blues, Wings and Air, Still Waters and Gaia’s Dream. Guest appearances include concerts with Oscar winner Tan Dun as a soloist on sitar in Marco Polo with the New York City Opera and the RAI Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy. She has written numerous commissions for films and dance companies, for festivals, and for choreographers such as Peter Pucci for Pucci Plus Dancers and the Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, North Carolina Dance Theater, American Dance Festival, Ballet Hispanico, and LiquidBody Media and Dance. She has conducted and performed her original music with ensembles at the Joyce Theatre, on Broadway, at the American Dance Festival, St John the Divine and at Jacob’s Pillow.  More here.
Caryn Heilman is the Artistic Director of LiquidBody media, movement and dance, a nonprofit performing arts and educational organization she founded after performing with the internationally recognized Paul Taylor Dance Company for ten years. Caryn founded LiquidBody to explore dance from a fluid perspective, experimenting with new forms of audience interactive performance formats and movement-based community-building. She is available for private classes at the inn.
She has performed in the top venues of the world and as a cultural ambassador and is featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Dancemaker. Her choreographic and educational commissions include choreography for Contemporary Dance/ Fort Worth, the Mad Woman of the Woods theater production of Scrambled Eggs, for animation by DorosMotion and by the Puffin Foundation to commemorate the opening of the environmental art park, Teaneck Creek. Most recently she was the choreographic consultant for Julianne Moore in Revolution Studio’s film The Forgotten. Caryn has choreographed and taught master classes and workshops around the world at Beijing Dance Academy, Smith College, Princeton University, Hollins University, Texas Christian University. She was awarded a Fellowship and received an MFA in Dance and Technology from the University of California, Irvine, a BFA in Modern Dance and was also awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Choreography for Television and Film, as well as scholarships to the American Dance Festival and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, among others. She teaches Editing and Digital Storytelling at School of Visual Arts.  More Here.