Faculty Bios

Our students learn in a welcoming and non-competitive environment from faculty and musicians who are experts in their fields. We invite you to read their bios below!

Fall 2020 ONLINE
Faculty for youth classes

REBECCA BLISS

Rebecca Bliss is a licensed physical therapist with a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. At Florida State, Rebecca was a member of Dance Repertory Theatre and attended ADF as a scholarship student in 2007. Upon graduating, she moved to New York City where she performed with choreographers such as Marjanie Forte. Eventually, Rebecca’s love of studying movement led her to Drexel University, where she received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2018.   

Currently, you can find Rebecca working as a PWR! certified therapist at Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers, a local outpatient physical therapy clinic. There she enjoys working with a variety of patient populations ranging from dancers recovering from injury, to individuals with Parkinson’s Disease working to improve their balance. You can still find Rebecca performing today, as a member of The Big Red Dance Project with choreographer Gerri Houlihan. Rebecca believes dance is a  powerful instrument for exploring movement, and is excited to be a part of the Dance for Parkinson’s Program and share the joy of dance with others!

Jody Cassell

JodyCassellJody Cassell has been dancing since age four. She is a dancing storyteller, teaching artist in dance, and author of the children’s book Where’s Leon? She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from NYU School of the Arts and Master of Science in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hunter College in NY. Her dance and theater work started with Martha Myers, Dean Emeritus of the American Dance Festival. She performs for young children and families with her Dancing Stories! Stories Come Alive! programs and she performs the quirks of life in her Dancing Stories for Adults! Ms. Cassell served as a Master Artist with Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts from 2003-2013. Jody also provides movement for well-being workshops in retirement and memory care facilities. Her current offerings include movement interludes to help those stranded in all-day meetings to stay focused, engaged, and motivated, as well as programs to help caregivers care for themselves. Photo by Catharine Carter

michelle gibson

Choreographer, Cultural Ambassador, Educator, Mother, and Performing Artist received her BFA in Dance from Tulane University and her MFA in Dance from Hollins University/ The American Dance Festival at Duke University. Her teaching practice and choreographic works range from genres of the African Diaspora, Contemporary / Traditional / Afro Modern, Afro Funk, Jazz, and her own New Orleans Second Line Aesthetic. Cultivating her craft over the past years to preserve her culture Michelle has been teaching and creating works that are firmly rooted in New Orleans culture and has defined this idea as her own “Second Line Aesthetics” that she has determined involves both technical and improvised movement, brass music and the embrace of communal ritual. Sharing her culture aboard Michelle was invited to Rennes France teaching her New Orleans Second Aesthetics and Guest Lecture with the Compagnie Engrenage and the festival Le Funk Prend Les Rennes (translated the Funk Takes the Reins).

The festival honored and focused on the brass band culture of New Orleans both music and dance also focusing on Nigerian Afrobeat. A nine-year faculty member with the American Dance Festival and currently a candidate working towards receiving the Katherine Dunham Technique Certification she has had wonderful opportunities teaching her Afro-Modern technique, lecturing on culture inclusion within the arts, and setting choreographic works at various intensives, institutions and universities not to mention choreography for several theater companies and live entertainment organizations locally, in the U.S and internationally. As a freelance artist presently living in Dallas TX and dance faculty member at Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Michelle is dedicated to her energies, pedagogical practice, and performance-based research geared toward culturally cultivating and engaging communities and the world aboard.

Laura Grant

Laura Grant is a movement-based performer and educator based in Durham, NC.  After 15 years away (in MN and NYC), she recently moved back home to the Triangle.  Laura has been mindfully moving since age 3, studying various modern dance, somatic, and improvisational forms, and performing as a professional contemporary dancer in NYC and Minneapolis.  Laura holds an MS in Education from Bank Street College (NYC) as well as certifications in adult yoga, youth yoga, and infant developmental movement.  She has been teaching students ages birth-adult since 2006.  Laura’s movement and teaching practices are deeply intertwined and help her cultivate deep listening, empathy, embodied intelligence, compassion towards herself and others, curiosity, and a strong sense of play.

momar ndiaye

Momar Ndiaye is an internationally recognized dance artist from Senegal who has taught and toured his work both in the States and abroad. He received his MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he taught contemporary and traditional African dance forms from Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Congo, etc., as well as video dance documentation. Ndiaye has worked with many well-known choreographers from Africa, Europe, Asia, and America through the program Aex. Corps initiated by the Association Premier Temp in Senegal. Since 2010, Momar has danced for internationally acclaimed choreographer Andreya Ouamba in the Dakar-based company Premier Temps and was selected as a Dance Web participant at ImpulsTanz Festival in Vienna, Austria, in 2012. He has been developing work with his own company, Cadanses, since 2004 and has created and toured several staged contemporary dance works. In 2015, Ndiaye’s evening length piece Toxu was a finalist laureate in the Danse L’Afrique Danse (Africa and Caribbean in Creation) Festival in St. Louis and Senegal and toured to Europe as part of the Belluard Festival in Switzerland. In 2016, Momar was selected to participate in two intercultural projects, Shifting Realities, supported by Tanz Haus and Hellerau in Germany, and 1space, a collaboration between KVS Brussel, Exodus in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Alkantara Lisbon, Portugal. www.lacadanses.com Photo by Kat Jallner

matt pardo

Matt Pardo – M.F.A., AEA.  Experience: Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, River North Chicago Dance Company (apprentice), Pittsburgh Opera, Groundworks Dance Theatre, “Einstein on the Beach” (Olivier Award – Best Opera), Lucinda Childs Dance Company (company member/company class instructor), among others. Dance Europe Magazine selected him as a “Top 100 dancer in the world” for 2010/2011 and called him “an artist to watch”. Pardo is a co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based organization, The Blanket (theblanket.org), which has been featured in Dance Magazine-online, Departures Magazine (American Express), and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Recent choreographic and teaching credits include the American Dance Festival, Point Park University, Elon University, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, Centre National De Danse (Paris), and Slippery Rock University. Recent writing includes an article in the Journal of Dance Education discussing the use of experiential observation in developing a practice of performance and an insert in the Genius Guide to College Dance Programs. Pardo is an assistant professor at James Madison University. (matt-pardo.comPhoto by Dirty Sugar

crystal michelle perkins

Crystal Michelle Perkins is an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University (OSU) where she teaches dance composition and contemporary movement practice. She holds an MFA in Dance from OSU and a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University and is honored to have performed for nearly a decade with the world-renowned Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC). She continues to create new works and restage an extensive repertory of masterworks by beloved African American choreographers as DCDC’s Associate Artistic Director. Perkins is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence award and the Josie Award, which recognizes exemplary commitment as a performer to the field of dance. Her work has toured across the United States and internationally to Kazakhstan, Russia, and Brazil. Perkins’ creative research centers on African American movement dialects and black female embodiment in contemporary dance performance. To that end, she is focused on creating pieces that embody blood memory, digital residue, personal/historical narrative, and spaces of justice/injustice. Perkins is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ inaugural class of Leadership Fellows and the OhioDance Board of Trustees. Photo by Scott Robins

Jasmine Powell

Jasmine Powell is a dance artist and educator from Hillsborough, NC who grew up in the Durham dance scene through Carolina Friends School and Collage Dance Company. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival and Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts in Germany. Currently, on the performing arts faculty at Cary Academy, she joyfully brings cultural history into the dance curriculum. Having worked with diasporic dance companies such as Philadanco!, The Philadelphia Dance Company, and notable choreographers including Dianne McIntyre, Milton Myers, and Ronald K. Brown, her mission investigates genre-crossing dance as an inquiry into how opposites can be embodied in each other. Jasmine currently performs locally with KT Collective Dance Company and COMPANY while engaging in her own choreographic journey with her latest NC premiere, Approximation of a Woman. Her choreography has traveled into performing arts theaters, site-specific work, film festivals, and music videos with conceptual storytelling as the foundation. Jasmine is thankful to learn and share the value in exploring the organic movement of the body’s personal story through teaching, workshops, and performances through choreographic avenues locally and internationally. www.jasminepowell.co/  Photo by John Marcus Photography

Joyce Emilie Raleigh

Joyce Emilie Raleigh (Wilmington, North Carolina) is a performing and teaching artist in Durham, North Carolina.  In the three years, since graduating from UNC at Greensboro, she has been teaching at Sandy Ridge Elementary School.  She has a wide diversity of experiences ranging from costuming for the American Dance Festival to performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  After moving to Durham, NC in 2016, she has pushed to become involved in the local dance scene as much as possible. This motivation brought her to ShaLeigh Dance Works in the Summer of 2018.   She inspires her fellow dancers and students to treat every moment as temporary.

Kristin Taylor Duncan

Kristin Taylor Duncan is a native of Durham, NC. She is a BFA graduate of the UNC School of the Arts.  Ms. Taylor has trained at Jacobs Pillow, and on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studios. In New York, she apprenticed with Urban Bush Women, and worked with choreographers Nathan Trice, Bridget Moore, Christal Brown and Sidra Bell.  Kristin has performed with Andrea Woods, Mexico City-based Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza and created and performed works for Yuxtadanza Compania de Danza of Venezuela.  She has taught in UNCSA’s preparatory program, for the Festival of North Carolina Dance and has also been invited as a guest teacher at Enloe High School (Raleigh, NC), Durham School of the Arts and Tri-Cities Performing Arts School in Atlanta, GA. In 2011 Kristin was the High School choreographer for the Community Choral Project at UNC Chapel Hill and for Glenwood Elementary’s award-winning 5th grade Show Choir. Ms. Taylor is a proud recipient of the 2012 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant. Currently, Kristin is teaching for Walltown Children’s Theatre, Encore Academy of Dance, The Turning Pointe, the Ballet School of Chapel Hill and the Evening of Entertainment for Durham Public Schools. As a performing artist Kristin is preparing for concerts with nosi DANCE theatre, Helen Simoneau, and Juel Lane.

JOSE VELASQUEZ

Jose Velasquez is a Hip-hop and street dance performer from Durham, NC. Since he began his career as a dancer, Jose has not only participated in a wide range of competitions, he has had the opportunity to perform and choreograph for a variety of different artists known locally and abroad. He began teaching in 2005 and has had the opportunity to travel and teach in many different settings, from Native American reservations in Arizona to the public and private school systems in North Carolina and even universities including Duke, NC State, and Elon. He is proud of being able to help inform his community and students on the history and culture of Hip-hop and other street dances. Jose currently is teaching classes for kids and adults at Ninth Street Dance and Durham Arts Council in Durham. Photo by Rose Miller

Lindsay VoorHees

Lindsay Voorhees is an occupational therapist (OTR/L), currently working on the spinal cord team at WakeMed Rehab in Raleigh. Trained in ballet from middle school through college, Lindsay has continued to expand her dance repertoire, choreograph, and teach in various capacities, including repertory groups and a therapeutic camp setting for children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders. She believes that, as an embodied creative art, dance has great potential to positively impact mental and physical health, and she is committed to making dance accessible to everyone. Lindsay has been leading the Dance for Parkinson’s program with Susan Saenger since 2014.

kate walker

Kate Walker graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and an MS in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Argosy University. She has performed and had choreographic works presented around the country. She has been featured in Dance Studio Life, Dance Spirit, and Dance Teacher magazines for her experience as both a teacher and dancer. In the summers, she serves on faculty at the American Dance Festival. Kate joined the Dance Faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in 2008 and became Dance Department Coordinator in 2014. Photo by Brian Walker


Fall 2020 ONLINE
Faculty for adult classes

charles o. anderson

Charles O. Anderson, a native of Richmond, VA, is artistic director of dance theatre X. He is a choreographer, performer, and head of the dance program at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his MFA in Dance from Temple University in 2002. Prior to moving to Austin in 2011, Anderson was based in Philadelphia, PA, where he gained national recognition for his choreographic work and funding support from such foundations and organizations as The National Performance Network, The Pew Foundation for Arts and Heritage, The Independence Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. As a specialist in contemporary African Diasporic dance, Anderson’s choreography has been presented throughout the US as well as internationally. Among his achievements in Afro-contemporary choreography and dance theater, Anderson was selected as one of “The 25 Artists to Watch” by Dance Magazine and is a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient. His latest work as an Austin-based choreographer was presented at the Austin Fusebox Festival and at New York Live Arts as part of the Live Ideas, James Baldwin, This Time! Festival. Anderson is deeply committed to arts and education as means for enacting social justice. His choreographic work with undergraduate students has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association, and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theater by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Being an artist-educator and an advocate for diversity in the field of dance has made Anderson a highly sought-after speaker and adjudicator for the American College Dance Association. His project-based company, Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X, is comprised entirely of former students from the last five years with whom he has taught intensively both in the studio and the lecture hall. He approaches choreography as a metaphor for kinetic storytelling. The goal of kinetic storytelling is testimony, the declaration of truth integral to the African-American oral and literary tradition, going back to the slave narrative and folk practices. Anderson also serves on the faculty of American Dance Festival’s summer dance intensive program and serves as president of the Council of Dance Administrators (CODA). www.charlesoanderson.me Photo by Lawrence Peart

andrea bains

Andrea Bains studied ballet under the direction of Larry Boyette and George Tomal and danced professionally with both The Wisconsin Ballet and The Milwaukee Ballet companies. She was first introduced to Pilates work in the 1970s through Ron Fletcher’s Contrology of Beverly Hills, CA. Upon returning to her home state of Colorado, she continued her ballet training including performances at Ballet Arts Theatre, Colorado Council of the Arts, and Opera Colorado.  Andrea partnered with Mike Dailey in many of these performances, leading to their partnership in ABD, and with Andrea later opening Artistic Body Development South in Centennial, CO in 1999. Andrea has grown the area of the business working with individuals who desire private lessons or require post rehabilitation sessions.

leah cox

Leah Cox is dean of the American Dance Festival and an associate professor of dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Cox is a frequent adjudicator for the American College Dance Association, served on the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award Committee from 2015 to 2018, and was a master teacher for YoungArts. She worked with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from 2001 to 2014. Cox began as a company dancer and became the company’s first education director. She developed the company’s educational materials, annual workshops, and highly successful educational licensing program. Her work as education director was featured in the documentary about Bill T. Jones, A Good Man, which aired on PBS nationwide. Cox has been the subject of a cover story feature in Dance Teacher magazine and is regularly sought out by professional publications and organizations for her expertise. Photo by Jim Lafferty

michael dailey

Michael Dailey established Artistic Body Development in 1986 through the training and encouragement of his ballet master Larry Boyette. Mr. Boyette was a seasoned ballet dancer with both the American Ballet Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and practiced the Pilates Method under the instruction of Joseph Pilates himself. Mike took this instruction, and his experience as a dancer with Ballet Arts Theatre, to develop Myopatterning™ and found Artistic Body Development.

Since the creation of the company, Mike has trained numerous students in the study of Pilates and Kinesiology, including an adjunct position at Colorado College, and a private instructorship at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

eric geiger

I dance and make dances in an attempt to make sense of the world around me. I am a full-time faculty member at UCSD in the Department of Theatre and Dance where the courses I guide question what dance is and can be. Early on, I received a full merit scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center where I studied the techniques of Lester Horton and Martha Graham and ballet. I was a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company where I also taught and served as choreographic assistant to Bill. As a member of The Lyon Opera Ballet, I performed in works by William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, and Angelin Preljocaj, among others. In San Diego, I performed with McCaleb Dance (directed by Nancy McCaleb) and eventually became Associate Artistic Director and began directing dances. Every Thursday morning since 2008 I have been practicing and performing spontaneous dancemaking with a group called LIVE. As a dancemaker, I am a collaborator. I’ve made dances with Anya Cloud, Karen Schaffman, Liam Clancy, Leslie Seiters, and my most frequent collaborator and partner, Jess Humphrey. 

My desire to dance forever led me to seek ways of moving with greater efficiency and sustainability. Contact improvisation, Trisha Brown-like qualities, Deborah Hay’s questions and choreography, and somatic approaches to dancing have transformed and expanded my movement capacities. As a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, I have come to understand how to move using only as much effort as needed, moment to moment. 

Currently, I’m questioning the politics that are emerging from my practices and creative research, not by the way in which the work itself represents, acts, or dances out some political situation, social injustice or inequity, but by attempting to create a context in which the value system of the process, as well as the systemic structure of the work itself, is the actual, desired change. The work is radically alive and in and of the moment. Curiosity drives the process and it is tangential. It celebrates the multiplicity of the group and is not a creation of one author. It demands responsible citizenship by making a space for Otherness (that which is alien or divergent from a certain kind of normativity). The process is queer and so am I.

Gerri houlihan

Gerri Houlihan studied at the Juilliard School with Antony Tudor and members of the Martha Graham and Jose Limon dance companies. She performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, the Paul Sanasardo Dance Company and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. From 1991-1999 she directed her own company, Houlihan and Dancers, based in Miami, Florida. During that time, she was on the faculty of the New World School of the Arts. Ms. Houlihan serves on the Advisory Board for the American Dance Festival. She has been on the faculty of the ADF from 1981-1983 and from 1987 to the present. As an international representative for ADF, she has participated in 17 international linkage programs in such countries as Korea, China, Mongolia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Estonia, Poland and Russia. She is the recipient of the ADF’s Balasaraswati, Joy Ann Dewey Beinecke Endowed Chair for Distinguished Teaching. She was Co-Dean and then Dean of the ADF School from 2010-2015 and received her MFA from the Hollins/ADF MFA program. She recently retired from Florida State University, where she was the Pearl S. Tyner Distinguished Professor in Teaching and is now Professor Emerita. Currently, she teaches at the ADF studios in Durham and is the Artistic Director of the Big Red Dance Project.

shayla-vie jenkins

Shayla-Vie Jenkins is a performer, teacher, and maker whose current research explores race, presence, and liberation. She received her B.F.A. from the Fordham/Ailey program and M.F.A. from Smith College. Shayla-Vie spent a decade performing with the internationally touring Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. She has taught masterclasses and workshops for the company and also serves as a répétiteur. Shayla-Vie has worked with many incredible artists most recently including Yara Travieso, James Allister Sprang, Ni’Ja Whitson, Merce Cunningham Night of 100 Solos: A Centennial Event, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born’s Sitting on a Man’s Head, and Yvonne Rainer’s Part of Some Sextets. She has presented work in New York City and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Dance at the University of the Arts. Photo by Anna Maynard

nia love

Presently, love lives in-unseated Lenape Nation known as New York. Their career spans forty years, beginning in 1978 becoming one of the youngest international apprentices with Ballet Nacional de Cuba. Received a BFA in Theater Directing and pre Medicine from Howard University and an MFA in Choreography from Florida State University. In 1996, studied Butoh and toured with Japanese Butoh master Min Tanaka and received the honorary Fulbright Fellow in 2002-03. love has numerous awards and honors including, a Bessie’s award for Most Outstanding Performer on behalf of Skeleton Architecture, CUNY Incubator Grant,the NYLA/Suitcase Fund, Alvin Ailey’s New Directions Lab Choreographer Award, Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and Movement Research Exchange Guest Artist/Lecturer at UCLA, and the CUNY Dance Initiative to name a few.

Love is presently an Urban Bush Women’s  2019-20 Choreographic Center Initiative Fellowship, a recipient of 2020 MAP Fund,  a 2020-21 Guest Artist at Bryn Mawr College. Currently Brooklyn Arts Exchange AIR co-advisor, NYLA’s  Fresh Tracks Advisor. A recipient of the 2019 Gibney Presents Residency and Gibney|DiP. 

Love presently serves as an Assistant professor adjunct at Queens College and New school|Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts. Photo by M. Roney

Kyle Marshall

Choreographer and dancer Kyle Marshall is a 2018 Juried Bessie Award winner, NJ State Council on the Arts Fellow and 2020 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Awardee. His company, Kyle Marshall Choreography has performed at venues including: BAM Next Wave Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Joe’s Pub at the Public, Actors Fund Arts Center, NJPAC, and NYC Summerstage. Commissions have included: “Dance on the Lawn” Montclair’s Dance Festival, NJPAC and Harlem Stage. He has been a recipient of residencies from the 92nd st Y, MANA Contemporary, CPR and Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Kyle graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance. www.kmchoreo.com Photo by Ted Alcorn

TOMMY NOONAN AND MURIELLE ELIZÉON 

Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon are directors, choreographers, and performers currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. Both their individual and collaborative work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Finland, and Mexico. Most recently,Tommy Noonan’s solo “John” was presented at the American Dance Festival and Murielle Elizéon choreographed the duet “Je suis belle,” comissioned by the North Carolina Museum of Art and co-created with Tommy.

They regularly teach movement and dance both internationally and locally, and are co-directors of Culture Mill, a performing arts laboratory based in Saxapahaw, NC dedicated to fostering creative community and collaboration through artist residencies, educational outreach and original artistic projects. More on Culture Mill at www.culturemill.org.

Meg Poe

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Meg Poe is dedicated to health and happiness through movement and mindful living.  She is a Duke-certified Integrative Health Coach, a Registered Yoga Teacher, and a certified Pilates instructor with a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from UNC-Chapel Hill.   She has been directly involved in educating and training students in the integration of mindful, healthy movement for over 25 years. A dedicated student comments, “Meg is a skillful practitioner herself and a masterful teacher who knows how to create an atmosphere that is relaxed, respectful, meditative, yet informal and fun. There is no pressure to perform or compete – students are free to adapt the exercises, with Meg’s guidance, to their own abilities and needs.” PoeWellnessSolutions.com

Susan Saenger

Susan Saenger is a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, a licensed professional counselor in the State of North Carolina, and a certified personal health and fitness trainer (https://www.spryfitnessnc.com/). Susan began dancing when she was just 5 years old and had the formative privilege to be exposed to creative movement at that early age. As a child she spent years studying ballet and modern dance. As an adult she continued her exploration into African Dance, Tai Chi and Yoga. From 1990-1992 Susan performed with Orts Theatre of Dance in Tucson AZ. From 1997-2007, Susan was a member of Choreo Collective, a Triangle-based collective for dancers and choreographers, serving as Treasurer and, later, as Co-Director. She helped produce at least 20 programs of original choreography over 10 years.  In 2011, Susan took the Mark Morris Dance for PD teacher training. She began teaching Dance for Parkinson’s with Lindsay Voorhees in 2014.

jessie young

Jessie Young is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, dancer and teacher. Her practice seeks to construct new paradigms for information-sharing within pre-existing thought systems, artistic and pedagogical lineages inside of dance and movement training. She challenges conventions of image construction and meaning-making through an excavation of corporeal knowledge and perceptual experience, viewing her work as an intrinsically feminist practice. In New York, her work has been presented by Danspace Project (DraftWork) , New York Live Arts, AUNTS (Mt. Tremper residency), Dixon Place, The Current Sessions and the Domestic Performance Agency. Additionally, she has presented her work at FringeArts (Philadelphia,PA) Lion’s Jaw Performance and Dance Festival (Boston, MA) International de Teatro Susana Alexander (Mexico) Fleet Moves Dance Festival (Cape Cod, MA), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Urbana Champaign, IL) and extensively in Chicago with institutions such as Links Hall, Chicago Home Theater Festival, Chicago Dance Crash, and The Inconvenience. She has been an artist in residence at  New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks), Brooklyn Studios for Dance, and Centrum (Port Townsend, WA).  As a performer, she has had the pleasure of working with Abby Z and the New Utility, Julie Mayo, Stephanie Acosta,  Khecari Dance Theater, The Seldoms, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, The Moving Architects and The Space/Movement Project, among others. Jessie has been on faculty at Lion’s Jaw Performance + Dance Festival, Mark Morris Dance Center and Gina Gibney Dance Center. In addition, she has taught master classes and leads workshops at Bard College, Pieter Performance Space, Beloit College, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Base: Experimental Arts + Space (Seattle).  She is currently on faculty at Rutgers University and contributes to the online teaching platform Freeskewl. Jessie-Young.com Photo by Whitney Browne

jesse zaritt

Jesse Zaritt is an Associate Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, having previously been the inaugural 2014–2016 Research Fellow in the University’s School of Dance. He has also taught at Bard College, Hollins University, Pomona College and for ten summers at the American Dance Festival. Jesse has performed his solo work in Taiwan, Uruguay, Russia, Korea, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Israel and throughout the United States. His solo Binding was the recipient of three 2010 New York Innovative Theater Awards—Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Solo Performance, and Outstanding Performance Art Production. A duet created with Katie Swords Thurman premiered at the Museum of Art and Design (NYC) in October 2015 and was recently remounted and shared as part of the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Jesse worked collaboratively with Jumatatu Poe from 2012-2015; their duet was presented by Gibney Dance Center (NYC), AUX Performance Space at Vox Populi (PA), Triple Canopy (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC) and New York Live Arts (through the Studio Series Program). He was commissioned by the American Dance Festival to create a duet alongside Mark Haim which premiered as part of the 2015 ADF performance season. He has performed with the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (NYC, 2001–2006), the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (Tel Aviv, 2008), and in the work of Netta Yerushalmy (NYC, 2009–2016) and Faye Driscoll (NYC, 2010–2015); he is an artistic adviser for Driscoll’s ongoing projects. Jesse currently works in creative dialogue with Sara Shelton Mann.

From September 2008 through June 2011, Jesse was an artist in residence at the 14th Street Y in Manhattan as part of LABA, a laboratory for new Jewish culture. He was the recipient of a 2006-2007 Dorot Fellowship in Israel which enabled him to research relationships between political conflict, resistance and choreographic practice. Jesse received an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/The American Dance Festival (2008) and a BA from Pomona College (2000). Photo by Olivia Blaisdell