THE COLLECTIVE DANCERS
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Danielle Atkinson studied her BA(Hons) Contemporary Dance degree in Newcastle Upon Tyne, graduation in June 2012. While in Newcastle she worked with Lo Giudice Dance, Appetite Dance, and Shaun Boyle & Artists, having the opportunity to perform regionally and nationally in festivals and full length works. Danielle came to New York in September to study on the Limon Professional Studies Program. Whilst her time in New York Danielle has had the opportunity of performing with great companies including; Dance Visions NY, Azul Dance Theatre, Humanistic Dance, I KADA Contemporary Dance Company and The Wolfe Project.
Xavier Townsend was born and raised in Media Pennsylvania. He started his dance training at the age of eight with a focus in Ballet and Contemporary dance. He trained at the Philadelphia Ballet School, Broadway Bound Dance Academy and Point Park University. He is a graduate of the Peridance Capezio Certificate Program. Xavier was a soloist for The Moving Beauty Series and BalaSole Dance Company in the Summer of 2015. He was a company member of Monica Hogan Danceworks and Diego Funes Dance.
Natalia Roberts began dancing at age 20 when she was discovered during a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and invited by Washington University in St. Louis’s resident dance company, Slaughter Project, to join its spring production. During the next two years she performed numerous works by resident and visiting choreographers, and worked her way from apprentice to soloist within the Slaughter Project Company. Upon graduating, Natalia moved to New York City where she completed the Peridance Capezio two year certificate program in Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Natalia has had the pleasure of performing works by Caterina Rago Dance Company, Igal Perry, Charlotte Öfverholm, Cheryl Copeland, Jesse Zarritt, Francesca Dario, and Michele Oliva, and Kevin Iega.
A Queens, New York native, Rebecca Gual has been groovin’ her entire life. She spent her formative years training at The Ailey School, Ballet Hispanico and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, learning to widen her perspective of technique under the tutelage of Ani Udovicki, Elena Comendador, and Pedro Ruiz, amongst others. She continued her explorations at California Institute of the Arts, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2014. There she had the pleasure of working with artists such as Zoe Scofield, Julie Bour, Andre Tyson, Colin Connor and Glen Eddy. Since moving back to NYC, she has been a featured soloist with the BalaSole Dance Company and premiered work at the Queensboro Dance Festival.
Katie Wiegman began her dance training at a young age in New Mexico, moved to Miami in 2006, and graduated from New World School of the Arts in 2010 with Summa Cum Laude honors in dance performance. Katie has worked and performed in original works by David Dorfman, Walter Kennedy, Larry Keigwin, Fernando Calzadilla, CircX, and Natasha Tsakos. As an active artist in the Miami community, she has choreographed and performed commissioned site-specific works for the Miami Lotus House Womens' Shelter, the Mobile Micro Theater,and Knight Foundation-funded audience-interactive project “On Board” for Art Basel 2014.
Ivonne Batanero was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Miami at the age of five. Ivonne studied extensively with Brigid Baker, and the faculty of University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she graduated in 2009. Ivonne was awarded the 2009 Semans Art Fund to travel to Vienna, Austria to attend Impuls Tanz Vienna International Dance Festival, and in 2011, she became the first Miami-based artist to receive a full "Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts Scholarship" to attend the American Dance Festival. She is a two-time commission artist by Miami Light Project for their annual Here and Now Festival.
Sharyn Richards, a native of Miami, FL, began dancing at the age of seven with the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and continued her professional training at New World School of the Arts. She has performed works of Bambi Anderson, Rebecca Cannan, Gerard Ebitz, and Peter London. Currently, she is a senior at Florida State University and has worked with Jawole Zollar, Tim Glenn, Ilana Goldman, Gerri Houlihan and Rick McCoullough. Ms. Richards has also broadened her training through Dance Theatre of Harlem's summer intensive the years of 2006, 2008, and 2009; she also had the privilege of being a class demonstrator for the American Dance Festival last summer for Gerri Houlihan as well.
The Collective Collaborators
Noah Pardo (Composer) is a New York City freelance composer and sound designer. He received his Bachelor’s of Music from the Steinhardt School at New York University and has since written and recorded original music for a variety of media including short films, podcasts, sketch comedy, and advertising. In 2015 Noah scored Nazmo Dance Collective’s full length dance performance “re[CLAIM]”. He also scored NDC’s dance film, “Tagged”, featured at Dance on Camera 2015 in Lincoln Center. Noah has written original music for promotional shorts by Wondros Media in Los Angeles as well as comedy videos produced by The Huffington Post in New York City.
Jeremy Morrow (Bass Trombone) is a bass trombonist currently based in New York City and playing in the Boradway revival of Sunset Boulevard with Glen Close. Jeremy is active throughout the world as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. He has performed with top ensembles including New York City Ballet Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, New York City Opera, Finnish National Opera Orchestra, Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (Japan), Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and many others. Jeremy was a member of New World Symphony for three seasons, where he performed the world premier of "O Bury Me Not," a piece commissioned for him by Michael Tilson Thomas.
Danielle Yankiver (Filmmaker) has been creating visual projects projects for over a decade. Daniel went to NYU where he created award winning short content and has gone on to produce films, music videos, documentaries, and commercials. He ran a monthly screening series in Brooklyn called Cinema Club that operated on a grassroots level. Daniel currently resides in Miami where he works as the Director of Production for HGAB Studios. As a filmmaker Daniel enjoys working with teams of creators to fulfill a larger vision. Daniel strives to combine mediums in different industries by bringing artists together through visual and digital content.
Denis Cardineau (Filmmaker): Denis is a filmmaker living in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been shown in a number of festivals including SXSW, the LA Indie Film Fest and the LA Web Fest. He has worked with the Upright Citizens Brigade, College Humor, Vimeo, YouTube, Improv Everywhere and Nickelodeon. Follow him on Vimeo at vimeo.com/deniscardineau
Bruce Pinchbeck (Filmmaker): Bruce is a filmmaker living in Miami, FL. He has worked in video production at the New World Symphony and is the co-founder of Where.by.us and The New Tropic, companies which build and curate local projects that help locals better explore and experience Miami.
PATH: Preserving, Archiving and Teaching Hip Hop INC. (Non- profit organization): PATH uses hip hop culture and education to advance scholarship (academic achievement), service-learning, leadership and entrepreneurship in underserved communities. PATH is South Florida’s pioneering hip hop education organization, using hip hop to inspire, educate and entertain. It teaches the history, philosophy and four main artistic elements (DJing, MCing, B-boy/girling, Urban Art) of hip hop, while challenging the negative stereotypes and destructive behaviors often associated with the culture. PATH programs inspire creativity, positive self esteem, collaboration, service to others and acquisition of skills that are useful in school, the streets and the future.