Company Bios

Lani Fand Weissbach, MFA, RYT(500), RSMElani

Lani founded Shen & Bones Performance Group when she moved to Erie, Pennsylvania in 1999. She has worked as a dancer, teacher and choreographer of western contemporary modern dance and Butoh since 1989 and has taught yoga since 1997. She received an M.F.A. in dance from Arizona State University, yoga teaching certification from the Integral Yoga Institute and is a certified Shin Somatics® practitioner through the Eastwest Somatics Institute for Yoga, Dance and Movement Studies. From 1990-93, she was a principal dancer in Honolulu’s first Butoh company Iona Pear Dance Theater and has worked with esteemed teachers of contemporary dance, yoga and somatics in Japan, Mexico, Germany, Canada and throughout North America. Lani has initiated the instruction of Butoh at several colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and New York, including SUNY Fredonia, Allegheny College, Slippery Rock University, Mercyhurst College, Gannon University, the University of Rochester and Alfred University. Lani is indebted to her many teachers for profoundly influencing her creative work, most notably Diego Piñón, Yumiko Yoshioka, SU-EN, Cheryl Flaharty, Sondra Fraleigh and Joe Goode.

dougDoug Lodge

Doug Lodge, a native of Meadville, Pennsylvania, has been dancing and performing for over 30 years. He has been a principle dancer/collaborator with Shen & Bones Performance Group since 1999 and has traveled with the company for performances and residencies throughout the region. He has also performed and collaborated with Joan Meggitt’s “Antaeous Dance” company based in Cleveland, Ohio and has studied with esteemed teachers of modern dance and Butoh, including Daniel Nagrin, Yumiko Yoshioka, Goo Sai Ten, Akira Kasai and Daisuke Yoshimoto.

kerryleeKerrylee Hinkson

Kerrylee  began studying dance and yoga with Lani Weissbach at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College in 1999. After graduating with a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and a minor in Women’s Studies, she moved to Pittsburgh to become a certified massage therapist and to continue her pursuit of dance and yoga. In 2009, Kerrylee began intensively studying dance and political science at Allegheny College. In 2010, she reconnected with Lani and began training and performing with Shen & Bones Performance Group. She has appeared in several works, including “Time and Time Again” at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst University, and “Nesting” at the grand re-opening of the Erie Art Museum. Kerrylee currently works as a licensed massage therapist at LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center and enjoys taking dance and movement classes at various studios around the region.

hanesJay Michael Hanes

Jay Michael Hanes is an associate professor of Art Education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In his hometown of Meadville PA, he is a member of the Board of Directors for Creating Landscapes Learning Centers, a non-profit organization that emphasizes aesthetic education through an elementary school, a community garden, and an afterschool program for families. His research interests include integrative arts and aesthetic behaviors in the study and practice of chanoyu and Japanese traditional culture. Other creative activities include raku ceramics, butoh dance, trumpet, organic gardening, and cooking. He completed his doctorate from The Ohio State University researching dissident group art.