Annette Herwander is the founder of VESSEL, a project based company. Her work has been shown at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, Depot Dances, Triskelion's Collaborations in Dance, WAX Works, Whoa Wednesdays, NACHMO and The Alchemical Theater. Additionally she was an artist-in-residence with Forward Flux Productions and the Rooftop/Ground Floor Series. She is a fully certified pilates instructor through the Kane School of Core Integration and has a BFA in Dance, Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts as well as a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Ashley Menestrina is inspired by the physical limits of the human body, deconstruction of classical shapes, and raw human emotion. Ashley is a graduate of Point Park University, and is currently performs with BARE Dance Company and Amaris Dance.
Ashley R. T. Yergens, from Faribault, Minnesota, debuted her most recent work, Is this more ladylike? at the Walker Art Center as a part of the 2014 Choreographers’ Evening in November. She has studied and performed under former Alwin Nikolais, lighting designer, Ruth Grauert, as well as choreographers like David Dorfman, Carrie Homuth, Peter Kyle, Jennifer Mack, Sara Shelton Mann, Joanie Mix, and Claire Porter. Her work is a byproduct of growing up on tater tots and WWE Smackdown, being queer in small town USA, bonding with blue collars, and trying to navigate a desensitized digital world. Learn more about Ashley, here.
Audrey Rachelle Stanley graduated salutatorian from the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts and has been performing in professional settings for six years. Her first work,Where We Let Go, was created in 2012 for DanceChance at the Ruth Page Center and re-staged for a showing at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's studios. Last year, she presented Imprints on her mind at Chez Bushwick's WIP Showing as well as at The Bunker Presents. Most recently, Audrey collaborated with Wired Elephant Studios on a short film.
Betheny Merola trained at Dryfoos School of the Arts and holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. Betheny’s choreography has been presented at Hatch, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Ailey Theater, Church of St. Luke & St. Matthew, and the wild project. She is also Founder of The Process Projects, a film series highlighting dancers and their unique stories set in urban environments. She is 1/2 of BELslide, a contemporary dance/performance company co-founded with Delphina Parenti, with their first work being presented at Gowanus Art + Production at the Green Building.
Chafin Seymour, a Brooklyn native, is the Artistic Director of seymour::dancecollective. He received a BFA with Distinction in Dance from Ohio State University; additional training includes Dancewave and The Packer Collegiate Institute. Chafin has performed and has presented his own choreography at venues including Dixon Place, Judson Church, and Center for Performance Research (CPR). Seymour::dance collective was founded in 2011, furthering Chafin's creative practice through collaboration with other artistic disciplines.
Chuck Wilt is a dancer/choreographer and Artistic Director of UNA Projects. Chuck has performed with CHIHIRO SHIMIZU and ARTISTS, Danaka Dance, Groundworks Dancetheater and Katharine Hawthorne Dance. Chuck holds a BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, with additional training with LINES Ballet, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Jacob’s Pillow, and Springboard DanseMontreal.
Delphina Parenti holds a BFA from The Juilliard School and is a member of Nadine Bommer Theater Dance. Delphina has choreographed for CityDance Ensemble, the Eureka Dance Festival, and Chen Dance Center's Newsteps, and is recipient of the Metro DC Dance Award 2009 for Outstanding Individual Performance. She is 1/2 of BELslide, a contemporary dance/performance company co-founded with Betheny Merola, with their first work being presented at Gowanus Art + Production at the Green Building.
Kathryn Rhodes is the Artistic Director of RoadWork. Kat’s work has been presented at Gowanus Art and Production, Reverb APAP, the CURRENT SESSIONS, and The Hoover Dam Collective; she has also self-produced her first evening length work, LOBO, at 100 Grand. Kat has helped establish the Hoover Dam Collective, has curated evenings for the Vis-a-Vis Project and was commissioned by visual artist Ryan Bock to create a performance installation at Apostrophe Gallery in Brooklyn. Kathryn currently lives in London and holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase.
Twiin Sister is a contemporary performance company founded by dancer/choreographer Shay Bares, creating original performance art works through collaboration with artists who are innovators in their respective fields, including the specific elements of fashion, sound, lighting design, visuals and set installations. Learn more about Twiin Sister, here.
Vanessa Tamburi is the Artistic Director of FLUSSO Dance Project, melding dance with theatre, visual and multimedia arts. Her choreography has been presented in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, and the US. She is also the Artistic Advisor of the Visa 2 Dance and Time2dance dance festivals in Tanzania and the Artistic Director of IDACO nyc.
Mari Carrasco is a Stockholm based dancer/choreographer from Stockholm Sweden. She graduated from The Ballet Academy 2009 and has worked with her own company, Carrasco Dance Company since her graduation. Together with her dancers she has worked with Riksteatern, Unga Klara in Sthlm and have been on a world tour with her piece BARTOLOMEO performing in Tokyo, New York, Belfast, Copenhagen, Okinawa and Madrid. As a teacher Mari has worked at the School of Dance and Circus and at Ballet Academy in Sthlm. Mari's work is based on a diversity of influences and her main goal is to break stereotypes, explore movement and reach a wider audience through modern dance.
Maceo Frost is a Director/ DOP/ Animator based in Stockholm, Sweden. He travels the world making commercials, documentaries and short films.
Loni Landon is the Artistic Director of Loni Landon Dance Projects and is the recipient of the 2013 Princess Grace choreography fellowship, the 1st prize winner of Ballet Austin’s New American talent competition, winner of Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives’” choreography competition, and a 2009 Finalist in the Hannover International choreography competition. Loni holds a BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School and is Co-Founder of the Playground.