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.

Eboné Amos (Issue 8)

Eboné Camille Amos is a second year MFA candidate and teaching assistant in the School of Dance at Florida State University. In addition to collegiate training, she received a full-scholarship to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, CA to train with notable artists such as Debbie Allen, Karen McDonald, Chantel Heath and Cathie Nichols.  In 2012, she earned her B.S. in Professional Studies: Dance Education... read more

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 Españ more

Nadra Assaf (Issue 14)

Dr. Nadra Majeed Assaf is Associate Professor of Dance at the Lebanese American University (LAU). She is the founder/artistic director of Al-Sarab Dance Foundation which houses both Al-Sarab Dance School and Al-Sarab Dance Company. She is best known for her work in dance in the Middle East as she has lived in Lebanon for the past 30+years. She is creator and organizer of the International Dance Day Festival in Lebanon (est. 2011). In 2016, she started an A-typical collaboration with American dancer, professor, and choreographer Heather Harrington. This collaboration has led to numerous performances and conferences in Sweden, Beirut, Malta, San Diego, CA, and Geneva, New York... 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 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 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 more

Arielle Brown (Issue 9)

Arielle Julia Brown  is a creative producer, social practice artist and dramaturg.  Emerging from her work and research around U.S. slavery, racial terror and justice, Arielle is committed to supporting and creating Black performance work that commands imaginative and material space for social transformation. She is the founder of The Love Balm Project (2010-2014), a workshop series and performance based on the testimonies of women of color who have lost children to systemic violence (Atlanta, GA and Oakland, CA)... 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 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 more

Rachel Carrico (Issue 9)

Rachel Carrico is an Assistant Professor of Dance Studies in the School of Theatre + Dance at the University of Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California–Riverside, an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU, and a teaching certificate from the Limón Institute... 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 more

Amy Cartwright (Issue 8)

Amy Cartwright is a London-based dance performer, choreographer and creative coder. She creates computational choreographies that use technology within live performance. Amy is interested in questioning the inherent humanity involved in dance performance and researching how computational processes, particularly artificial intelligence, can be used with live dance performance, exploring possibilities around wearable technologies, non-human performers and computational choreography... 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’ 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 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 more

Britt Fishel (Issue 7, 9)

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 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 more

Heather Harrington (Issue 2, 4)

Heather Harrington received her BA in psychology from Boston University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has been on faculty at Kean University, Seton Hall University, and Drew University. Harrington danced with the Doris Humphrey Repertory Company, Martha Graham Ensemble, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, and Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. She ran her own modern dance company in New York City for 9 years, performing nationally and internationally. Being drawn to movement in the public space has inspired her to create site-specific work, from creating a piece on the steps of Federal Hall Memorial in Wall Street to staging a gun violence protest in Newark, NJ. She has been a resident choreographer for The Yard’s Bessie Schonberg Choreographers and Dancers Residency, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and the Hotel Pupik series in Austria. As a figure skater, Harrington has performed, taught, and choreographed for The Ice Theater of New York, and coached for Sky Rink, NYC and Figure Skating in Harlem. Her artistic and scholarly collaboration with dance artist and educator Nadra Assaf from Lebanon has led to performances and conferences in Sweden, Beirut, Malta, and Geneva, New York. Her scholarship has been published by Dancer Citizen, Research in Dance Education, Nordic Journal of Dance, Journal of Dance Education, Beauty Demands, and Dance Education in Practice.

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.

Julie B. Johnson (Issue 9)

Julie B. Johnson, PhD, is a dance artist and educator working in the intersections of creative practice, African Diaspora movement aesthetics, community interaction, and social justice. She is driven by the ways that dance can serve as a practice of inquiry, empathy, and empowerment. Julie is a Senior Lecturer at Spelman College in the Department of Dance Performance & Choreography and the African Diaspora & the World Program. She is Executive Artistic Director of Moving Our Stories, LLC, a multifaceted interactive creative practice that explores embodied memory and personal narratives; and is a co-founding editor of The Dancer-Citizen... read more

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, 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 more

Anabella Lenzu (Issue 6, 8)

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 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 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 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 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 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.

Lucy Nicholson (Issue 8)

Lucy Nicholson is a senior lecturer with UCLanDance, and co-course leader for the BA (Hons) Dance Performance & Teaching  course at The University Of Central Lancashire, Preston.  Her practice focusses on working with non-dancers, who may find themselves in places of disconnect and works internationally to develop and share her practice.  As a lead dance artist with Dance United much of her work focussed within the criminal justice system and more recently with adults in recovery... read more

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 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 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 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 more

muthi reed (Issue 9)

muthi reed is a composer, conductor and maker from Philadelphia, PA.

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 more

Candice Salyers (Issue 9)

Candice Salyers is a dancer and multi-disciplinary artist whose work integrates text, poetic images, and movement to create both intimate and large-scale installations and performances. Her dance work has been shown in landscapes and stages in the US, UK, Estonia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Morocco, and the Czech Republic and has been commissioned and supported by residencies across the US, including at Acadia National Park, as well as in Spain, Armenia, Canada, and Hungary... 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 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.

Amanda Sieradzki (Issue 9)

Amanda Sieradzki (MFA) is the founder and artistic director of Poetica, a company that intersects contemporary dance, poetry, and community classes to bring movement and story together. As a local teaching artist, she instructs all ages and abilities and serves on dance faculty at the University of Tampa. Her technique and history courses follow Anne Green Gilbert's brain compatible pedagogies, and she directs the dance program's Evening of Experimental Dance... read more

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 more

Jessica Tezen (Issue 6, 7)

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 and follow her on Instagram @one_truth.

Rosie Trump (Issue 2, 6)

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, 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 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 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 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.