Summer 2021 Dance Residency

STUDY WITH INNOVATIVE CONTEMPORARY CHOREOGRAPHERS

Residency I: May 24 - June 11, 2021
Residency II: June 14 - July 1, 2021

This dance program is based on strong technical training, achieved by concentrating on the healthy and efficient use of the body to realize each person’s physical potential, and the development of the imaginative and creative elements of each individual. To this end, we integrate the instruction from Tisch’s permanent faculty of master teachers with that of major guest artists and company members.

Each residency is for the intermediate-to-advanced NYU and visiting dance student.

Residency I
DANC-UT 1400 (4 units)
NCRD-UT 5004 (Non-Credit)

Residency II

DANC-UT 1401 (4 units)
NCRD-UT 5005 (Non-Credit)

SCHEDULE OF 2021 PARTICIPATING DANCE COMPANIES

Residency I 
May 24 - 28, 2021 – Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company
June 1 - 4, 2021 – David Dorfman Dance
June 7 - 11, 2021 – Gibney Dance Company

Residency II
June 14 - 18, 2021 – Men of Color/Working
Brother(hood) Dance, J.Bouey, Cameron McKinney, Wendell Gray, Jordan Lloyd, Shamar Watt

June 21 - 25, 2021 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Guest Artists: Chalvar Monteiro, Jacqueline Green, Khalia Campbell, Patrick Coker, Jeroboam Bozeman

June 28 - July 1, 2021 – Women of Color/Working
Fana Fraser, Tendayi Kuumba, Tsai Hsi Hung, Kayla Farrish, Catherine Kirk, Angie Pittman, Jasmine Hearn

DANCE COMPANIES

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company
May 24 - 28, 2021
Artistic Director: Ronald K. Brown

About Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY focuses on the fusion of African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. This work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of African forms and rhythms.

EVIDENCE tours to some 30 communities in the United States annually. The company has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Hawaii, Ireland, Holland, Mexico, Columbia, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, and in 2010 joined the U.S. State Department’s DanceMotion USASM tour to perform works, teach master classes, and conduct demonstrations. Annually, the company reaches an audience of more than 30,000.

About Ronald K. Brown

Ronald K. Brown, raised in Brooklyn, NY, founded EVIDENCE, A Dance Company in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works, as well as other choreographers and artists, and has been on the faculty of The Juilliard School. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Ballet Hispánico, TU Dance, and Malpaso Dance Company.

He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Ho!bauer and Rokiya Kone, composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner, and musicians Jason Moran, Arturo O’Farrill and Meshell Ndegeocello. Brown is the recipient of the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. His other awards and recognitions include the AUDELCO Award for his choreography in Regina Taylor’s award-winning play Crowns, two Black Theater Alliance Awards, and a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony Award winning Broadway and national touring production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arranged by Diedre Murray, and directed by Diane Paulus. Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop 2000 Mentor of the Year and has received the Doris Duke Artist Award, NYC City Center Fellowship, Scripps/ADF Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, Dance Magazine Award, and The Ailey Apex Award.

Brown is Co-Artistic Director of Restoration ART Youth Arts Academy Pre-Professional Training Program / Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble and a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Learn more at www.evidencedance.com.

Rebecca Dietzel

Rebecca Dietzel M.S. is an anatomist and biochemist. She received her Master of Science from Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition. She works in private practice teaching anatomy, physical re-education and nutritional biochemistry and also teaches in the dance department of Hunter College at CUNY.

She teaches nutrition for dancers at Canada’s National Ballet School as their nutrition consultant.

In the Eastern sciences, Rebecca is an Ayurvedic practitioner in the tradition of the Wise Earth School. She studied Ayurveda and the Vedic Tradition under the tutelage of Swamini Mayatitananda and has also been certified as an Ayurvedic Practitioner by the AYU Ayurvedic Academy.

Rebecca will be a guest of the Dance Residency on Wednesday, May 26. 

 

David Dorfman Dance
June 1 - 4, 2021
Artistic Director: David Dorfman

About David Dorfman Dance

David Dorfman Dance
June 1 - 4, 2021
Artistic Director: David Dorfman

Since its founding in 1987, David Dorfman Dance (DDD) has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Great Britain, Europe, and Central Asia. DDD has regularly performed in New York City at major venues including The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, La Mama Theater, The Duke on 42nd Street, The Met Breuer, and the 92nd St. “Y”/Harkness Dance Festival. David Dorfman, the company’s dancers, and DDD’s artistic collaborators have also been honored with eight New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards. Dorfman’s work has enjoyed broad and diverse audiences nationally and internationally by sustaining a vision to create innovative, inclusive, movement-based performance that is radically humanistic.

DDD’s creative projects include: Aroundtown (2017); Come, and Back Again (2013); Prophets of Funk (set to the music of Sly and the Family Stone); Disavowal (inspired by radical abolitionist John Brown); underground (inspired by The Weather Underground); Older Testaments (2005, set to music by composer/trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics); Lightbulb Theory (2004, original commissioned score by Michael Wall); Impending Joy (2004, original commissioned score by Chris Peck); and See Level (2003, original commissioned score by Chris Peck and visual design by Samuel Topiary).

DDD is company-in-residence at Connecticut College, has its own summer intensive at the college, a winter intensive in Manhattan, New York, and appears annually at the Tisch School of the Arts Summer Dance Residency Program at NYU.

For thirty years, DDD has effectively engaged audiences worldwide, with community-based projects playing an important role, particularly in the 1990’s. In Out of Season (The Athletes Project) and Familiar Movements (The Family Project), the members of the company rehearsed and performed with groups of volunteer athletes or family members selected in the communities to which the company toured.  In No Roles Barred, DDD examined the personal roles assumed, formed, and interwoven in our modern social construct, engaging groups ranging from corporate executives and “at-risk” youths to college administrators, doctors, carpenters, and social dance enthusiasts. The company’s three community projects have been presented over 30 times in 18 states and two foreign countries.

In March 2016, DDD performed at the opening day of the Met Breuer Museum in New York City, dancing to an original live score by Ken Thomson throughout the day in the Sunken Garden. The company embarked on a landmark tour to Athens, Greece in the summer of 2016, working with community athletes, dancers, and mixed ability movers to animate the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for their Metamorphosis Festival. DDD’s newest evening-length work, Aroundtown had its World Premiere at Bates Dance Festival in July 2017, and its NY Premiere at BAM’s Next Wave Festival in November 2017. In May 2018 DDD partnered with USAID El Salvador to bring dance to youth in El Salvador. Together they pledged to use their bodies for peace rather than gang warfare. All of these efforts help DDD promote its mission of Kinetic Diplomacy: the idea that if you’re dancing, you’re probably not hurting another human being.

David Dorfman

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR of David Dorfman Dance since 1987, has been Professor of Dance and was the Department Chair at Connecticut College from 2004-2017. Dorfman is the 2007 recipient of The Martha Hill Fund for Dance’s Mid-Career Award and a 2005 Guggenheim Foundation fellowship to continue his research and choreography in the topics of power and powerlessness, including activism, dissidence, and underground movements. This research culminated in underground, performed by David Dorfman Dance and 25-50 additional dancers around the world. He appeared on several episodes of A Chance to Dance, a reality show on OvationTV starring Dorfman’s pals, the BalletBoyz who invited David Dorfman Dance to make a three minute video for RandomAct/Channel 4UK. We Don’t Own a Dog came out of that invitation.

Dorfman has been honored with four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer's Award, the first Paul Taylor Fellowship from The Yard, and a New York Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for David Dorfman Dance's community-based project Familiar Movements (The Family Project). Dorfman's choreography has been produced in New York City at venues ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Joyce Theater, The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, The Duke on 42nd Street, Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, P.S. 122, and Dancing in the Streets. His work has been commissioned widely in the U.S. and in Europe by Bedlam Dance Company (London), d9 Dance Collective (Seattle), Eisenhower Dance Theatre (Detroit), and the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia for the musical Green Violin, for which he won a 2003 Barrymore Award for best choreography. Dorfman toured an evening of solos and duets, Live Sax Acts, with friend and collaborator Dan Froot, most recently in New York City and at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe, and a half-evening duet, Menne Awn Frauen, created with Stuart Pimsler.

Dorfman has been a guest artist at numerous institutions across the country and abroad. As a performer, he toured internationally with Kei Takei's Moving Earth and Susan Marshall & Co. Dorfman holds a BS in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA from Connecticut College ('81). With love, David thanks long-time mentors Martha Myers and the late Daniel Nagrin, his late folks Jeanette and Oscar, and his in-house family project Lisa Race and Samson Race Dorfman.

Gibney Dance Company
June 7 - 11, 2021
Artistic Director: Gina Gibney
Co-Directors: Amy Miller and Nigel Campbell
Artistic Associates: Zui Gomez and Leal Zielińska

About Gibney Dance Company

Gibney Dance Company (GDC) is a creation-based repertory company based in NYC that performs the work of Founder Gina Gibney as well as internationally renowned guest choreographers. With an unrelenting focus on artistic excellence and social integrity, GDC co-creates an environment where dancers are activated towards their full artistic, entrepreneurial, and socially-minded selves. GDC's full-time dancers, known as Artistic Associates, perform in New York City and around the world; facilitate hundreds of movement workshops each year for survivors of intimate partner violence; offer healthy relationship dance assemblies to students throughout New York City; and develop programming that addresses pressing issues in the dance field.

GDC's vision is to not only cultivate the next leaders of the field, but to also provide a concrete example of the wide-reaching relevancy of artists in our society. GDC supports our Artistic Associates with 52-week contracts, health insurance and paid vacations.

gibneydance.org/company

Men of Color/Working
June 14 - 18, 2021
Brother(hood) Dance, J.Bouey, Cameron McKinney, Wendell Gray, Jordan Lloyd, Shamar Watt

About J. Bouey

J. Bouey

J. Bouey is out here doing their best, damnit! Currently moving on pandemic timing and prioritizing rest, J. is finding their way back to joy. J. is the founder of The Dance Union Podcast, a recent 2021-2022 Jerome Fellow, and is a current Gibney Spotlight artist. J. was also a 2018 Movement Research Van Lier Fellow, and former dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Determined to manifest the dreams dreamt in their youth, J. is assuming this responsibility because these dreams sustained them when the sun didn’t shine or shined too bright to see.

About Cameron McKinney

Cameron McKinney

Cameron McKinney, the Artistic Director of Kizuna Dance, is a New York City-based choreographer and educator. With more than 16 years of Japanese language study, he created Kizuna Dance with the mission of using contemporary floorwork to create works that celebrate the Japanese culture. He was recently selected as a 2019-20 U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellow to collaborate with renowned Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki and present work in showcases in Japan alongside the 2020/2021 Tokyo Olympic Games’ events. He has been a Choreography Fellow at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, an Alvin Ailey Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab Fellow, and an Asian Cultural Council Individual Grantee. Through Kizuna Dance, Cameron has presented work and taught in fifteen states and in Japan, Mexico, France, and the UK. His commissions include Princeton University, twice from the Joffrey Ballet School, twice from the Let’s Dance International Frontiers Festival, The Dance Gallery Festival, Nazareth College, CREATE:ART, and SUNY Brockport, among numerous others. His teaching credits include Adjunct & Visiting Lecturer positions at Princeton University, Bard College, and Queensborough Community College. He has taught on faculty at Gibney Dance since 2016, and has taught for festivals nationally and internationally. He is currently building Nagare Technique, a training module that blends streetdance styles and contemporary floorwork. Through Kizuna Dance’s new Culture Commissions program, he also directly supports emerging artists through commissions for new works created through research-oriented explorations into the Japanese culture.

About Wendell Gray

Wendell Gray

Wendell Gray II is a dance artist, choreographer, and teacher currently based in Brooklyn, NY. He has worked with choreographers such as Joanna Kotze, Pavel Zustiak, Maria Bauman-Morales, Jonah Bokaer, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Jumatatu Poe + Jermone “Donte” Beacham, I-Ling Liu, Helen Simoneau, Christal Brown, Esther Baker- Tarpaga, J Bouey, and Janeill Cooper.  He has shown his own work at Gibney Dance, University of the Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Chez Bushwick, La Mama Galleria, Capezio ACE Awards, and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He has also set work on Michiyaya Dance, Pennsylvania Ballet II + Philadanco II as well as Periapsis Music and Dance. He was most recently featured in Club Monano’s “What Moves You” national campaign. Wendell is a BFA graduate of the University of the Arts (15’) under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield and was raised in Atlanta, GA.

About Jordan Lloyd

Jordan Lloyd

Jordan Demetrius Lloyd is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He studied at The College at Brockport after leaving his hometown of Albany, NY. He has collaborated with and performed for Karl Rogers, Netta Yerushalmy, Tammy Carrasco, Monica Bill Barnes, Catherine Galasso, Laura Peterson, Ambika Raina and David Dorfman Dance. He is currently teaching at Rutgers University and his work has been produced by: New York Live Arts, BRIC, ISSUE Project Room, BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, The Center for Performance Research and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. Recently he received the 2021-23 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. For more please head to jordandlloyd.com.

About Shamar Watt

Shamar Watt

Shamar Watt is a sound/movement independent artist born in Kingston (Jamaica) raised in Miami and based in Miami and New York City. He has an Associate degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance. He has worked as a physical/sound/vocal performer with nora chipaumire since 2015. He was nominated as one of the top 25 performers/choreographers to watch for 2019 Dance Magazine. Watt was a 2018 Bessie Nominee and In 2019 he was the recipient of the prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in nora chipaumire’s work. Watt is driven by the sciences & languages of God,  and how they translate through movement and sound. 

 


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
June 21 - 25, 2021
Guest Artists: Chalvar Monteiro, Jacqueline Green, Khalia Campbell, Patrick Coker, Jeroboam Bozeman

https://www.alvinailey.org/

About Chalvar Monteiro

Chalvar Monteiro

Chalvar Monteiro, a native  of Montclair, NJ, began his formal dance training at Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA). He went on to study at The Ailey School, and later received a degree in Dance from Purchase College at SUNY. There he performed works by Merce Cunningham, Helen Pickett, Kevin Wynn, Dianne McIntyre, Doug Varone, and Paul Taylor.

During his time in college he began to work with Sidra Bell Dance NY and Kevin Wynn's The Wynn Collection. After graduating he joined Elisa Monte Dance for their 30th anniversary season, and Kyle Abraham's Abraham.In.Motion. Monteiro assisted Kyle on commissions for Emory University, Princeton University, Barnard College, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Wendy Whelan's Restless Creature. With A.I.M. Chalvar went on to perform at Jacob's Pillow, Fire Island Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, Spoleto Dance Festival, as well as other prestigious festivals and venues. Monteiro was also a guest artist with Keigwin + Company, and BODYTRAFFIC. In April 2019, Chalvar was one of 75 dancers worldwide to participate in the Merce Cunningham Trust’s Centennial Event: Night of 100 Solos.

In 2015, Monteiro was invited to join Ailey II and was quickly promoted to the AIvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Hans Van Manen, Kyle Abraham, Wayne McGregor, Rennie Harris, Ron K. Brown, Johan Inger, Camille A. Brown, Azsure Barton, Matthew Rushing, and Robert Battle. Chalvar has taught master classes around the world in many disciplines including ballet, contemporary modern, improvisation, and Horton-based modern. Chalvar has presented his choreography at SMAPA, Barriskill Dance, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Hearts of Men, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, supporting the Ailey Dancers' Resource Fund.

About Jacqueline Green

Jacqueline Green

Jacqueline Green began her dance training at the age of 13 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2011, she graduated cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program under the direction of Denise Jefferson. She has also trained at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution for Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. After one year of dancing with Ailey II, in 2011 she went on to join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she is currently a principal dancer. In her career, she has performed works by a range of choreographers, including Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián, Ronald K. Brown, and Kyle Abraham. In 2016, she performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet. Ms. Green is a 2018 Bessie nominee, a 2014 Dance Fellowship recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominee, a 2009 recipient of the Martha Hill Fund’s Young Professional Award, and a 2010 recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. In 2018 she performed on BET’s Black Girls Rock honoring Judith Jamison. Ms. Green is also a two time New York Times featured artist. Instagram: @jagreen711

 

About Khalia Campbell

Khalia Campbell

Khalia Campbell (Bronx, NY), is currently a professional dancer with the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Ms. Campbell graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing arts. She started her formal dance training at Uptown dance academy and continued her professional studies at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Complexions contemporary ballet and at the Ailey School. In 2012 Ms. Campbell was selected to be a part of the International Taiwan tour of the award-winning musical Aida and has continued her travels by performing in countries such as France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands and Greece. She has performed with companies including Kymera Dance, Dance Iquail, and Ailey II the junior company of Alvin Ailey. Ms. Campbell also made her appearance with a featured role in the 40th anniversary of The Wiz and has guested with Richard Siegal’s Ballet of Difference in Munich, Germany. In addition to performing, she has assisted the legendary Ms. Judith Jamison and was most recently featured in Ms. Jamison’s segment of Katie Couric’s Thank You Notes special. After just two seasons in the company Ms. Campbell was recognized as one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to watch” in 2020. She continues to be purposeful in her God given gifts to inspire the next generation and change the world. 

About Patrick Coker

Patrick Coker

Patrick Coker (Chester, VA) was awarded the American Ballet Theatre's National Trainee Scholarship from 2008 to 2010. In May 2014, Coker graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, where he apprenticed with Ailey II in his final year. After graduation, he danced for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and then went on to join Jessica Lang Dance. He has also performed with The Mark Morris Dance Group in The Hard Nut and L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Hope Boykin Dance, and LA-based BODYTRAFFIC. He was one of Jessica Lang’s rehearsal associates in the creation of her ballet EN for the Ailey company in 2018. Mr. Coker joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2019.

 

Jeroboam Bozeman

Jeroboam Bozeman

Jeroboam Bozeman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his dance training under Ruth Sistaire at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center. He later joined Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn and was granted full scholarships at the Joffrey Ballet School and Dance Theater of Harlem. Jeroboam is a gold-medal recipient of the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in Dance. He performed in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical Aida international tour in China. He was a part of Philadanco, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Ailey II. Jeroboam became a company member with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre in 2013.

Jeroboam has been a guest artist with The Royal Ballet company. While thriving in his dance career, he became a certified Birth Doula. Dance Magazine nominated Jeroboam as 25 to Watch in 2018. He was featured in Bud Light’s commercial Celly Week. He’s also been in numerous publications and television programs, including HBO’s Vice News, Dance Magazine, New York Times, Lincoln Center at the movies, Time Out New York, CBS, Rolling Out, The Brooklyn Reader, Harlem World Magazine, Essence Magazine, Wall Street Journal and Double Magazine.

Women of Color/Working
June 28 - July 1, 2021
Fana Fraser, Tendayi Kuumba, Tsai Hsi Hung, Kayla Farrish, Catherine Kirk, Angie Pittman, Jasmine Hearn

About Fana Fraser

Fana Fraser

Fana Fraser is an artist, performer, and full spectrum doula in training. Her creative work is rooted in a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic and framed by narratives of eroticism, power, and compassion. Fana’s live performance work has been presented at several venues including Brooklyn Museum, Gibney, ISSUE Project Room, BAAD!, and Trinidad Theatre Workshop. A 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Dance, Fana was shortlisted for the 2020 BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writers’ Prize. She served as Rehearsal Director for Ailey II from 2016-20 and has taught as a guest artist in dance programs at Adelphi University, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, University of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Georgia at Athens, and Appalachian State University. As a dancer she has worked with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Ryan McNamara, Andrea Miller for Hermès, Sidra Bell Dance New York, The Francesca Harper Project, The Metropolitan Opera, and Ailey II. She currently works as a co-director for South Bronx-based arts organization, Pepatián. An Honors graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance Program, Fana was born and raised on Kairi, in Trinidad and Tobago, and began her dance training at Caribbean School of Dancing. 

fanafraser.com | @fanafraser

About Tendayi Kuumba

Tendayi Kuumba

Graduate of Spelman College w/ a BA in Drama & Dance, Tendayi Kuumba is an international singer/ dancer & performer in Brooklyn, NY by way of Atlanta, GA. A creator and collaborator, she has produced various works of movement and sound under the alias UFlyMothership with partner Greg Purnell since 2017, including recent visual/sonic album U.F.O “The Mixtape”. Platforms for choreography include Danspace,Gibney, Harlem Stage E-Moves, Czech Center of New York, Hi-ARTS, Park Armory 100 Years / 100  Women, & Dance Mission Theaters’ D.I.R.T. Festival “Harriets Gun”.  Tendayi is a B.O.L.D. facilitator and former touring company member of Urban Bush Women as well as FLUXX w/ former collaborator Courtney Cook. She is a vocal/Dancing cast member in the Grammy Nominated "David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway" and HBO special Directed by Spike Lee and is set to return in the fall. Kuumba has embodied works of Asè Dance Theater Collective, Marjani Forte'-Saunders, Nathan Trice/ Rituals Performance Project "StrangeLove", the Illustrious Blacks, Jim Findlay's "Electric Lucifer" workshop & Philadelphia Operas’ "We Shall Not be Moved" directed by Bill T. Jones. Diving deeper into her teaching pedagogy, Tendayi explores movement meditations and sonic portals, specifically mapping how sound and vocalizing invokes momemory and spiritual conjuring through the body. She  gives thanks and blessings for life, love, breath, and the pursuit of happiness through creativity.

About Tsai Hsi Hung

Tsai Hsi Hung

Tsai Hsi Hung graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts in 2010. In 2009, she travelled to Australia as an exchange student for the Dance at Queensland Technology University Dance Department.

She has worked with the Australian Dance Theater, Tasdance, Expressions Dance Company, and Chunky Move Dance Company Dancers.

In 2020, Hung received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Shortly after, Hung’s work was selected by the Joffrey Academy of Dance for their Spring 2020 Winning Works performance in Chicago.Hung was invited to Taipei National Dance Theater to perform New work this July 2020. Hung's most recent work will be featured in Ballet X's 2020-2021 season. In 2021, Hung won Western Michigan University’s National Choreography Competition and will premiere a new work in 2022.

In 2012, Hung wrote the choreography for the Beijing TV show Passion for Dance. Meimage Dance commissioned her to choreograph a solo piece entitled Bluebeard, which Hung performed throughout Taiwan in the summer of 2016. Her choreography was also featured at Baruch Performing Arts Center’s REVERBdance series in 2017.

In June of 2018, the MET Dance company performed Hung’s work IO for 12 dancers at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, Texas. In 2019, Hung’s piece DOUBLEND was performed at the NU VU Festival at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Centre, Martha Graham Studio Theater and NYU Skirball Center. Her most recent work, Brushstroke-X2, was performed at the 2020 APAP Peridance Showcase in New York.

Hung teaches the open class at the Peridance Capezio Dance Center and is the director of the Queens Ballet Center/QBC Company in New York.

About Kayla Farrish

Kayla Farrish

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, storytelling, dance theater performance, and sound score. The company has been commissioned by Gibney Dance Inc (2020-2021), Louis Armstrong House Museum (2020), Danspace Project Inc (2019), Pepatian and BAAD! (2018), and beyond. Farrish has been supported by creative residencies including Gibney Spotlight: New Voices, Barysnikov Arts Center (2020), Keshet Makers Space Experience, BAX Space Grant (2019), Pepatian Dance Your Future (2018), and Chez Bushwick (2017). Pieces sprouted outwards including "Black Bodies Sonata", "The New Frontier (my dear America)” evening length and film, "With grit From, Grace", "Spectacle” Film and Live Production evening length work, and anticipated "Martyr's Fiction" (2021) that continued to push boundaries of form, voice, scene, narrative in an array of cinematic mediums. Her work has performed at venues like Judson Church, Danspace, Jacob's Pillow, BAAD!, film festivals, and beyond. 

In addition, Farrish has freelanced with companies including Sleep No More NYC, Kyle Abraham/AIM, Marjani Forte/7NMS,  Kate Weare Company, Helen Simoneau Danse, Company SBB, Dendy/Donovan Projects, Arthur Aviles,  Rashuan Mitchell/Silas Reiner, Nicole Von Arx, Danielle Russo, and others. She is a currently a fellow in the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective in their inaugural Mentorship Fellowship

About Catherine Kirk

Catherine Kirk

Catherine Kirk is a performing artist, dance maker, yoga teacher, and marketing strategist from the unceded land of the Kiickaapoi and Wichita peoples, now called Dallas, Texas. Her offerings are rooted in community, ancestral connection and healing and she is inspired by dreams of liberation, boldness, and curiosity. She is an adjunct professor—teaching Improvisation at Hartford University, is reiki certified, and has spoken on an array of panels and town halls advocating for both arts workers and wellness. Catherine works as a collaborator, performer, and marketing associate for the dance company A.I.M, and has freelanced as a collaborator and performer for Jasmine Hearn, Chuck Wilt/UNA Productions, Helen Simoneau Danse and Burr Johnson. She continues a Yoga teaching practice, dabbles in photography, and identifies as a polymath as she honors and nourishes her many other interests.

About Angie Pittman

Angie Pittman

Angie Pittman is a Bessie award-winning dance artist, dance maker, and dance educator. Her choreographic work has been performed at The Kitchen, Gibney Dance, BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Church, STooPS, The Domestic Performance Agency, The KnockDown Center, The Invisible Dog, and Danspace Project. Angie has had the pleasure of dancing in work by MBDance, Ralph Lemon, Tere O'Connor, Cynthia Oliver, Anna Sperber, Donna Uchizono Company, Jennifer Monson, Kim Brandt, Tess Dworman, Antonio Ramos and many others.  Angie has also been able to create collaboratively with Jasmine Hearn, Jonathan Gonzalez, Athena Kokoronis, and Anita Mullin.  She holds a MFA in Dance and Choreography with a graduate minor in African American Studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a M’Singha Wuti certified teacher of the Umfundalai technique. Angie is a founding member of Skeleton Architecture, a vessel of Black womyn and gender nonconforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice. Angie’s work resides in a space that investigates how the body moves through ballad, groove, sparkle, spirit, spirituals, ancestry, vulnerability, and power. 

About Jasmine Hearn

Jasmine Hearn

Jasmine Hearn is from the ancestral lands of the Karankawa and Atapake people, now known as Houston, TX. A  performer, director, choreographer, organizer, teaching artist, and a 2017 Bessie award winning performer with the collective, Skeleton Architecture, they have crafted and shared solo and collaborative dance theater performances rooted in identity, memory, and the facilitation of creative space for feelings and fantasy. They are currently a company member with Urban Bush Women and a 2019 Jerome Foundation Jerome Hill Fellow.

Jasmine has creatively collaborated with multidisciplinary artists, Solange Knowles, Alisha B. Wormsley, Vanessa German, Ayanah Moor, Staycee Pearl, Holly Bass, Kendra Portier, and Li Harris, which have produced solo and collective dance choreography for performances at the Guggenheim Museum, The Getty Center, Venice Biennale 2019, the Ford Foundation, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, BAAD!, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and other internationally acclaimed art spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Houston Arts Alliance.

As a teaching artist and choreographer, they are greatly influenced by teachers and mentors, Claudette Johnson, Byronné J Hearn, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Marlies Yearby, Kathryn Leary, Staycee Pearl, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Samantha Spies, Chanon Judson, jhon r. stronks, Kendra Portier, Barbara Mahler, Pamela Pietro, Sherie van den Wijngaard, Joy KMT, Alisha B. Wormsley, Samita Sinha, and Li Harris. Their commitment to dance is an expansive practice that includes performance, collaboration, sound, memory-keeping, and story-telling.