A Mused Collective

A Mused Collective

Performing in the 2012 Green Show Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

A whimsical and heartfelt journey through love and loss told through modern dance. Experience a wave of music, daring dance movement and emotion.

A Mused Collective is a modern dance and musical performance collective. A Mused Collective was created to activate and fulfill a passion for dance, movement, music, artistic expression and community. They are dedicated to collaborating with musicians, composers and artists to co-create a dynamic and engaging experience centered on the synergy of dance, music and the arts. A Mused Collective seeks to bring dance and music to disadvantaged and underserved people of all ages. They utilize the arts to develop confidence and create an outlet that fosters personal growth, recovery, creativity and community.

Artistic Director Abby McNally established A Mused Collective in 2009 with the support of Musical Director Tony Poeck. A Mused Collective has performed throughout Northern California in various theaters, studios, clubs and festivals. A Mused Collective began providing free community workshops and classes in creative movement and music in 2010. They plan to begin touring in 2012.

Abby McNally is a director, choreographer, musician, teacher and environmentalist. Her professional environmental associations and diverse dance and music training have helped define her passionate, fluid and athletic movement style. She challenges boundaries and rhythm while exploring momentum and suspension. Abby received formal training in modern dance technique and contact improvisation while attending the University of California, Davis (1997-2001). Upon graduation, Abby joined the Linda Bair Dance Company, based in Davis, CA, and performed throughout the Sacramento and Bay Areas (2001-2005). Abby continues to perform as a guest artist with the Linda Bair Dance Company, and most recently performed in "Shorts/Feature" (2010) and "Burst" (2011). Abby has also performed with Kegan Marling and Jane Schnorrenberg, known collectively as SPOON (2002 & 2006). Abby teaches beginning/intermediate modern dance and contact improvisation at Kinetic Arts Center in Oakland, California. She is currently the Groundwater Resources Association's San Francisco Branch Vice President and is the Professional Environmental Marketing Association Bay Area President.

Tony began studying music composition and voice at the age of 13.  He performed in the Napa High School Chamber Choir as first tenor section leader. While attending Chapman University (1995-1998), Tony continued his study of music and broadened his base to include percussion and acoustic guitar.  He furthered his musical journey when he transferred to the University of California, Davis (UCD); where he managed a local band (1998-2002).  Tony later discovered his true passion for bass guitar, improvisation, collaboration and jazz theory.  In 2009, Tony extended his musical experience to include West African Jembe.  He currently performs with a West African musical performance trio, and the band Mytholythic. Tony performs at private parties, local festivals and provides musical accompaniment for dance classes. 

A Mused Collective on Community: Our community is rooted in the Bay Area and filled with unique and inspiring performers, artists, families and professionals of all ages and orientations.  We are interested in connecting with other engaged communities beyond our home base.