Contributors

Still from "WORTENLUST": Iria Arenas

Kirsten Aguilar (Issue 3)

Kirsten Vail Aguilar was born and raised in Sonoma, California. She holds a BA in International and Global Studies from Middlebury College. Her writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, LDoc and the Boiler Journal, among others. She was a 2017 Bread Loaf Writers Conference Contributor.

Iria Arenas (Issue 4)

Spanish multidisciplinary artist working in performance, movement and video. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and Dance (University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid) and a MA in Theatre and Performing Arts (Complutense University, Madrid). As a dancer she worked for several companies in London while developing her research as a performance artist during residencies in Sweden (DOCH), Finland (ODH) or Germany (PReS) where she is currently doing a Postgraduate Residency Studios with the support of Acción Cultural Española...read more

Dawn Marie Bazemore is a performer, choreographer and teaching artist based out of Philadelphia. Dawn Marie has led classes at various universities including UC Irvine, Rutgers, Florida State , Howard, and Virginia Commonwealth, as well as conservatories and performing arts centers. She has also taught at The International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, Jazz World Congress, MASS MoCA and the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and created work for companies such as Danco II and Berks Ballet Theater. From 1998-2009 Dawn Marie served as a principal dancer with...read more

Dancing has been in my blood since I can remember. “Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free”, by Jalaluddin Rumi is a quote that has always guided me. This is what I do. It started off with hip hop dancing for my high school -- I began to recognize my skill and talent. After 4 years of that, I was introduced to the world of J-Setting by women...read more

Janis Brenner (Issue 6)

Janis Brenner is a multi-award-winning dancer/choreographer/singer/teacher and is Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. Known for her “meticulous artistry” (The Village Voice), she has toured in 35 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer” with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors/grants include: NY Dance & Performance Award ("Bessie") for her performance in Meredith Monk’s The Politics of Quiet, Lester Horton Award for Choreography in L.A., NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, The Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, the U.S. State Department, Asian Cultural Council, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, O'Donnell Green Music & Dance Foundation (2 grant awards), UNESCO, US Embassies in Moscow, Bosnia, Jakarta and Dakar, and a commission for the interdisciplinary work, The Memory Project from the Whitney Museum of American Art...read more

Bernard Brown (Issue 1)

Bernard J. Brown is a Los Angeles based artist, focusing on choreography, instruction and performance. He is currently seeking his MFA from the Department of World Arts and Cultures|Dance at UCLA. His work catalyses change through dance; dance sparks dialogue, which in turn inspires action, the action being the change within our communities. Mr. Brown is a graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy and SUNY Purchase and has performed with TU Dance, Shapiro & Smith Dance, Doug Elkins Dance Company and Lula Washington Dance Theatre...read more

Malia Bruker (Issue 4)

Malia Bruker is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Communication at Florida State University. Influenced by her early career in independent news and her ongoing interest in experimental film, Bruker's work addresses social and political issues through a poetic lens. Though rooted in documentary practice, Bruker's films have featured performance, animation and other experimental non-fiction practices as means of exploring social justice.

Leslie Bush (Issue 6)

Leslie Bush is a Philadelphia based performing artist, educator, and community organizer whose work spans across many forms and subjects. Originally hailing from Ann Arbor Michigan, Ms. Bush earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a focus on contemporary dance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in 2012. In 2017 she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in contemporary dance performance from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her scholarly research focuses on improvisation and social dance as expressions of embodied identity and non-violent resistance...read more

Leah Carrell (Issue 4)

Leah Carrell is a dance theatre artist currently based in Auckland, New Zealand. She is a graduate of the University of Otago (BA, Theatre Studies, Maori Studies; PGDipPE, Dance) and Unitec Institute of Technology (BPSA, Contemporary Dance). Leah choreographed the full length show Ocean Between My Feet (Dunedin, 2013) and co-choreographed Mo(u)ld which premiered and was nominated for Best Dance at Dunedin Fringe Festival (2016). She was a core participant in Maria Dabrowska’s Research Series #12 with Movement Art Practice (Christchurch 2016). Leah won the 'Risk Taker Award' at Short+Sweet Dance Festival (2016) with her new choreography Shroud...read more

Christina Castro-Tauser is earned her MFA at Temple University with a focus on choreography, under the guidance of professors Jillian Harris, Mark Franco, Merian Soto, Megan Mazarick, Kariamu Welsh, Kun-Yang Lin, Karen Bond and others. So far in her time at Temple University,  Christina has choreographed “Displaced and Disconnected,”  a site specific piece exploring one’s feelings of entering a new place, as well as “Needed Conversations,” and “Among Us”.  She also organized Temple University’s...read more

Nick Cave (Issue 1)

Nick Cave is a Messenger, Artist and Educator working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums inclusive of sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. He has been described as a Renaissance artist and says of himself "I have found my middle and now ... working toward what I am leaving behind."

Bryn Cohn (Issue 6)

Described as a "having a brilliant mind" (Dance Enthusiast), Bryn Cohn is an award-winning dancemaker, educator and artistic director of contemporary dance company Bryn Cohn + Artists. BC + A has presented work at Danspace Project, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Bryant Park, Gibney Dance, 14th Street Y, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Judson Memorial Church, 92nd Street Y, Martha Graham Theater, Center for Performance Research and others. She won REGALIA, a choreography competition on Repertory Dance Theatre and will create an original work on the company this fall, for which she has been nominated for a Princess Grace Award...read more

Sonia Destri (Issue 2)

Sonia Destri Lie is the artistic director and choreographer of Companhia Urbana de Dança. Receiving her degrees in both psychology and ballet has rendered her a unique perspective on human expression and human form. Destri travelled throughout Brazil and Europe after completing her studies, working in dance, theatre, film, and musicals. It was then when she was discovered hip-hop and b-boying dance. She has defined her unique refreshing interpretation of these styles by infusing them with the rich cultural influences of Brazil and the favelas from within...read more

Britt Fishel (Issue 7)

Britt (Whitmoyer) Fishel was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she studied Cecchetti from an early age. She attended East Carolina University and upon graduating with a BFA in Dance, Britt moved to New York City and pursued performing and choreographing professionally. There, she joined Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, but left in 2009 in order to establish and develop bnw:dance. As artistic director of bnw:dance, Britt led company tours throughout New York City, Richmond, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago...read more

Goehring has taught and performed creative dance based on the principles of free movement expression devised by Barbara Mettler for over 40 years. She studied and worked with Mettler through the 1970s and early 1980s. Goehring was Mettler’s teaching assistant for several of those years and was a member of Mettler’s professional performance groups. Goehring received a master’s degree in Dance Movement Therapy from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1993. She established Green Mountain Creative Dance Center in Vermont in 1998, where she taught people of all ages and...read more

Heather Harrington (Issue 2, 4)

Heather Harrington graduated with a BA in Psychology from Boston University. She then moved to New York City and danced with the Doris Humphrey Repertory Company, the Martha Graham Ensemble, the Pearl Lang Dance Theater, and the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. Her choreography has been presented by various venues including Danspace Project, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Sitelines series, Fresh Tracks at Dance Theater Workshop, Rockefeller Center, Boston University, Sky Rink...read more

Jason Hoch (Issue 1)

Jason Hoch is the Chief Content Officer at HowStuffWorks, which explains how the world really works.  Documenting the amazing world of dance and performance art from Nick Cave and T. Lang was completely new to us, and we feel representing this slice of our culture is critically important to share with our millions of fans.

Rebecca Kelly (Issue 1)

Rebecca Kelly is a freelance choreographer and Artistic Director of Rebecca Kelly Ballet. Born in Princeton, NJ, the daughter of a career diplomat, Rebecca Kelly was raised in London, Khartoum, Sudan, Brussels, and Washington, DC. Her formative dance training was at the Washington School of Ballet. She graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a B.A. in History of Oriental Religion. In 1979 she founded Rebecca Kelly Dance, with her husband and modern dance partner Craig Brashear. She has since created over 65 contemporary and classical works for her own and other companies, including...read more

T. Lang (Issue 1)

Founder and Artistic Director of T. Lang Dance, T. Lang is dedicated to exposing emerging communities to the creative impact and genius of dance. Lang earned her BFA in performance and choreography from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and her MFA in performance and choreography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In the early part of her career, Lang danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Marlies Yearby’s Movin Spirit Dance Theater. In 2008, Lang relocated T. Lang Dance from New York City to Atlanta, where she continues to develop, direct, and produce high-impact...read more

Anabella Lenzu (Issue 6)

Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 25 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Lenzu draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially-conscious dance-theatre in the interest of improving our human condition. She holds a MFA in Fine Arts (concentration in Choreography) from Wilson College, PA. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York...read more

Charles Macdonald (Issue 6)

Charles Macdonald, originally from Michigan, is a graduate of Julliard Dance Program. He has performed with Detroit’s Harbinger Dance Company and with NYC’s Sandra Cameron Dance. Charles is a former NYC public school teacher, and currently teaches and performs with Dances for a Variable Population. 

Zavé Martohardjono is an interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, and embodied healing. They’ve performed at BAAD!, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, ​Issue Project Room, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Movement Research at Judson Church, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Recess, and the Wild Project. Zavé wa​s a Gibney’s Work Up 3.0 artist, had residencies at...read more

Gabriel Mata (Issue 7)

Gabriel Mata is a Mexican-American dance choreographer, educator, and performer. He graduated from San José State University with a B.F.A in Dance. The StarTribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movements is his solo based performance project. His most recent work DREAMING was awarded the "2018 MN Fringe Festival Audience Pick". In 2017, he was awarded "The Twin Cities Arts Reader Best of Fringe Award" for his 50 minute solo Out of the Shadows...read more

JoAnna Mendl Shaw (Issue 2)

JoAnna Mendl Shaw is a choreographer and the Artistic Director of The Equus Projects, a unique dance company known for its large-scale site-specific performance works for dancers and horses and for the innovative choreographic structures that have emerged from their creation process. Shaw has been making works for stage and rural and urban landscapes since the 1980s. The recipient of two NEA Choreographic Fellowships, Shaw’s choreography has been presented by NYC dance presenters including Dancspace, DTW, the 92nd Street Y, Dancing in the Streets...read more

Celeste Miller (Issue 7)

Celeste Miller is a choreographer, solo performer, educator and community arts animator. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Grinnell College, a position that allows her to combine her passion for teaching with her investigation of dance as a performing art, political act and a method for the embodiment of ideas and beliefs.  Dubbed “dance whisperer” by Balance Dance Company, she has devoted her life to finding ways that every body can access a way to experience the world, and express ideas through participatory dance-making...read more

Jill Moshman (Issue 3)

Jill Moshman is a choreographer and performer. She holds a BA in Dance and Psychology from Middlebury College and is currently working toward an MA in dance at Bath Spa University. She continues to collaborate with multidisciplinary artists in creation of her own work.

Jeannine Murray-Román is an Assistant Professor of French and Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Florida State University where she teaches courses on Francophone studies, and comparative Caribbean literatures and cultures. She is the author of the recent articles, "Twitter's and @douenislands' ambiguous paths" in SX archipelagos and "Re-reading the Diminutive: Caribbean Chaos Theory in Wilson Harris, Édouard Glissant, and Antonio Benítez-Rojo" in Small Axe, as well as the monograph Performance and Personhood in Caribbean Literature: From Alexis to the Digital Age (University of Virginia Press, 2017). Her current research interests include figures of partial death in Caribbean writing, environmental justice and the "debt crisis" in Puerto Rico, and Fanon's performative writing.

Jumatatu Poe (Issue 3)

I am a choreographer and performer based between Philadelphia and New York City who grew up dancing around the living room and at parties with my siblings and cousins. My early exposure to concert dance was through African dance and capoeira performances on California college campuses where my parents studied and worked, but I did not start formal dance training until college with Umfundalai, Kariamu Welsh’s contemporary African dance technique. My work continues to be influenced by various sources, including my foundations in those living rooms and...read more

Meghan Quinlan holds a PhD in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside and is currently a lecturer in Dance at Kennesaw State University. Her research focused on the many layers of politics present in Gaga, the improvisatory dance practice developed by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin...read more

Natalie Zervou is a Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Madison Dance Department. She holds a PhD in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside, an MA in Dance Studies & Cultures from the University of Surrey, a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Athens, and a Diploma in Dance and Dance Pedagogy from the Higher Professional Dance School Morianova Trasta...read more

Maira Duarte, a Mexican dancer, dance teacher and choreographer, moved to New York City in 2008. In 2011 she obtained an M.A. in Dance Education by New York University, supported by the Mexican Fund for Arts and Culture. In 2012 she moved back to Mexico to work as a full time professor at the University of The Americas Puebla. Maira came back to New York City in 2014 to found and direct Dance To The People...read more

William Robinson (Issue 3)

William Robinson is from Washington D.C., Son to parents Patricia and Maurice Robinson Jr. He attended college at The University of the Arts, graduating in 2008. He is a current performer with idiosynCrazy productions, Brian Sanders’ Junk, and Cardell Dance Theatre.

Alana Roth (Issue 3)

Alana Roth has been drawing for her entire life. She studied drawing at The New York Studio School, The Art Students’ League, The New York Academy of Art and on the subway, where she draws from life, with a very skinny pen. She earned a J.D. from Fordham University’s School of Law. She practices law as a criminal defense attorney for The Legal Aid Society. Alana lives in The Bronx, NY.

Daniel Rothman (Issue 3)

Daniel Rothman’s music is performed and recorded by leading musicians in the US and abroad, and is frequently commissioned and produced by international centers and festivals, such as the Steirischer Herbst and the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM).  His slowly transforming sound and light work Sense  Absence, in collaboration with visual artist Paul Tzanetopoulos, was installed in the Hans Otte Raum at the Weserberg Museum (Bremen, Germany), and collaborations with a variety of artists and writers, who include...read more

Hannah Schwadron (Issue 3, 4)

Hannah Schwadron is Assistant Professor of Dance at Florida State University, where she teaches courses in critical dance studies and choreography. This ongoing project in Hamburg, Germany reflects Schwadron's interests in her Jewish family history, as well as her research begun during MFA and PhD degree programs at the University of California, Riverside. Dance film Klasse (2015) won the Production Grant from Dance Film Association (NYC), and has been shown at...read more

Anthony Shay (Issue 6)

Anthony Shay is professor of Dance and Cultural Studies in the Theatre and Dance Department of Pomona College, Claremont, CA. He is the author of seven monographs, and author or co-author of four volumes, the latest (with Barbara Sellers-Young), the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Ethnicity(2016). His latest book is Igor Moiseyev and the Moiseyev Dance Company: Spectacle, Russian Nationalism, and the Cultural Cold War (Intellect Books, in press 2018). He has recently lectured on “What is Music? What is Popular Persian Music?” at Yale University, January 27, 2018, and “The History of Staged Folk Dance” at Siamsa Tire, the Irish National Folk Theatre, Tralee, Ireland, May 11, 2018.

Kelly Silliman (Issue 2)

Kelly Silliman is a dance artist, educator, scholar, and activist based in western Massachusetts. She holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, a BA in Theatre Arts from Stetson University, and an appointment as a Five College Associate, a program for independent scholars. She has taught and performed with NewARTiculations Dance Theatre, UpRooted Dance Theatre, inFluxdance, Cat Wagner/Collaborations, and is the former owner of The Dance Barn...read more

Jessica Tezen (Issue 6)

Jessica Tezen is a Visual Artist, Producer, and Engineer from Brooklyn, NY. As a theology, music and art lover, she combines her passions in various videos and art pieces. With each video or art piece, she is intentional in addressing issues in today's society and in sharing her theological struggles and discoveries. She is currently an M. Div candidate at Union Theological Seminary in NYC where her concentration is Theology and the Arts. Be sure to check out www.atruthproduction.com and follow her on Instagram @one_truth.

Rosie Trump (Issue 2)

Rosie Trump is a dance choreographer, filmmaker, and the artistic director of Rosie Trump | With or Without Dance, a pick up company with a hybrid practice in dance and video media.  Her work is nostalgic in style, feminist, and deliberately understated. She plays with the tension between the ordinary and the absurd in search of movement that is mutually comedic and political. Her dance films have been presented by the Utah Dance Film Festival, the Philadelphia Dance Film Festival, the Opine Dance Film Festival, the RADfest, the Jacksonville Dance Film Festival, and...read more

Margaret Westby (Issue 8)

Dr. Margaret Jean Westby is an interdisciplinary researcher, performer, and educator and currently works as an Instructor of Dance at the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago. She received her PhD Humanities-Interdisciplinary (Fine Arts) doctorate from Concordia University in Canada.  Her PhD research-creation project, Orbital Resonance, was conceived as a feminist intervention toward the development of new choreographic methods for sonic, responsive environments and toward the design of technology informed by and for the body...read more

Tamara Williams (Issue 6)

Tamara Williams is a native of Augusta, GA. She earned her BFA in Dance from the Florida State University and received her MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with The American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company, and Frankfurt University. She is a certified GYROTONIC(R) Trainer, Reiki Practitioner and Capoeirista. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte...read more

Allison Wyper (Issue 1)

Allison Wyper is an internationally touring performance artist with more than a decade of experience providing administrative and production support for artists and creative professionals. She founded Rhizomatic Arts in 2014, and specializes in professional coaching, interdisciplinary collaboration, branding and marketing, and intuitive website design. MFA Dance, UCLA. BA Theatre Studies, Emerson College...read more

Lauren Zallo (Issue 3)

Lauren Zallo is a visual artist and bookmaker from Sleepy Hollow, New York. She holds a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. She currently resides in Chicago, where she continues her practice in bookmaking with the Chicago Perch.