What Moves You? @ Odna

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Odna: Choreographer
Starachowice, Poland

What Moves You?
“Universe.”

“My name is Olga. I am an artist immigrating from Poland. I fell in love with New York City when I was 19 years old. I then quit law school in Poland and turned my life around to come to the USA and study dance professionally. Only to find myself becoming an advocate of Mother Nature, through art, bringing awareness to the urgency of our planet’s call for healing of ourselves and the earth. Over the course of four years, I have been self-producing directing, choreographing and editing videos to bring awareness about the urgency of our planets call for healing, healing ourselves and the Earth. I have also been sharing my lifelong research in movement and it’s healing properties with people through classes and performances. I’ve been fortunate to work with incredible artists who contributed their time, talents and effort to bring these visions into life, and the only profit we ever cared for was awareness and healing. My mission is to ignite and help animate our human evolution in as many people as I can, And in order to keep doing that – I now need your help.”

‘As a dancer, ODNA’s strong lower body movement allows her to pursue a variety of complex gestures in a highly graceful way that supports the non-human personas she inhibits.

Her original personal vocabulary of very sudden and rapid “possessed” like movement in conjunction with soft, round and highly empathetic human expression really puts her in a position to take on the role of an ‘agent of nature’ – expressing both the beautiful and the violent of the amoral natural reality of our lives.’

Review of ODNA’s live performance -Scio Me nihil  Scire by Idan Morim.

Check out Olga’s go fund me campaign to find out more about her Artist Visa process.

 

https://vimeo.com/237942902

Photo Credits from top to bottom:

  • From Spells for Awareness Project directed choreographed by me , shot by Bodgan Teslar Kwiatkowski
  • (R)evolution film, directed choreographed edited by Odna, DP Blaine Dunkley @blaineframez
  • Visual directed by Odna, DP @blaineframez
  • Odna
  • (R)evolution film

What Moves You? @ Theresa Alexander

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Theresa Alexander: Dancer
Holly Springs, North Carolina

What Moves You?
“The ability to move others.”

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Theresa began her dance studies at a young age in North Carolina, training mainly in ballet, tap, and jazz, gradually expanding her training to modern, hip hop, pointe, African, and choreographic studies. Her hobby turned passion in high school when Theresa began to dedicate all of her time to dance both at school and at a studio. She is a recent graduate of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA (2017), with a BFA in Dance Performance. While at Cornish, Theresa concentrated her dance studies on mainly modern, jazz, and theater dance styles, while also studying ballet, Graham, tap, hip-hop, and acting. In between her schooling, Theresa has been awarded with scholarships to attend summer studies such as Point Park University, The American Dance Festival, University of the Arts, and Paul Taylor American Modern Dance.

Theresa recently performed a collaborative solo co-created by Sara Procopio of Shen Wei Dance Arts that was performed as her final Capstone Project, and in December re-staged and performed Bob Fosse’s “Big Spender” for a musical theater cabaret style performance. Her most recent performance was for Cornish Dance Theater’s 2017 Spring performance, in pieces choreographed by Wade Madeson and Karen O’Branovich. Following her recent graduation, she will be relocating to New York to continue pursuing dance and theater.

Photo Credits: JazzyPhoto, Greg Taylor

For more: http://theresalexander.wixsite.com/danceperformer

What Moves You? @ Michael Bishop

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Michael Bishop: Artistic Director/Dancer/Choreographer
Gulfport, MS

What Moves You? 
“I am moved by the very nature of humanity. Art is a reflection of its time and as an artist, I want to create work that speaks to the truth of my era while also challenging the perspectives of those involved in an effort to move towards a better tomorrow.”

Michael Bishop, a native of Mississippi, started dancing at age 21 at Belhaven University. While in school Michael toured internationally with T.A.L.K Dance Company, was the assistant choreographer for the 2010 International Ballet Competition closing ceremonies and won the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement for his senior class. Upon graduating from Belhaven with a BFA in dance and choreography and moved to New York and started training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Independent Study Program. Michael then toured with the International European Tour of West Side Story 2012-2014, performed with numerous companies nationally, set several premier works for the Forza Malizia Dance Company, taught and choreographed for the Sangre De Cristo summer intensive, began preparations for the development of his own dance company and is currently working with Bill T. Jones through Opera Philadelphia. Michael is an AGMA Union member and SAG-AFTRA Eligible as well as a model for Jianhui London.

For more: http://mjuanbishop1.wixsite.com/juanbishop1

Photo Credits: Darlena Chiem, IG: darlenaChiem

What Moves You? @ Adriana Santoro

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Adriana Santoro: Artist/Dancer/Choreographer/Pilaterra
Montgomery, NJ

What Moves You?
“Movement, in and of itself, is a passion of mine.  It is an essence of life.  I move to feel alive and better understand what it means to be human.  I create to explore and nuance the infinite possibilities of movement through dance.  I teach to share the refreshment and generosity I have found through dance and Pilates with the community.  Movement to me is a needed breath of fresh air, of which I am allowed to fall in love with and express daily.”

 

Adriana Santoro is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Pilaterra from New Jersey.  She graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University with her BFA in Dance.  Prior to college, she received her training at the Princeton Ballet School in the Pre-Professional Program and American Repertory Ballet Workshops. During her summer and winter seasons, she also trained with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Carolina Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, New Jersey Youth Theatre, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, STUFFED: d.a.n.c.e., Tiffany Mills Company, Washington School of Ballet, and 10 Hairy Legs.  Santoro has recently performed works by Sherry Alban, Brian Brooks, Randy James, Bill T. Jones, Alex Ketely, Graham Lustig, Ohad Naharin, Paul C. Ocampo, Javier Padilla, Julia Ritter, Bobbi Jene Smith, Chien-Ying Wang, Micayla Wynn, and Netta Yerushalmy.  Through the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training Program mentored by Kim Gibilisco at Rutgers University, Santoro is additionally a Polestar Pilates graduate and PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher.

Adriana Santoro & Artists enjoy choreographing highly articulate, richly dynamic, and thoughtfully collaborative works that present to diverse audiences in New Jersey, New York, and beyond.  Current collaborating artists include dancers, composers, and musicians.  Upcoming projects also encompass dance film and site specific productions. Repertoire has performed at The Actors Fund Arts Center, Hudson Guild Theater, Loree Dance Theater, Mark Morris Dance Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Ritz Performing Arts Stage, Triskelion Art’s Muriel Schulman Theater, Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, and Vorhees Chapel at Rutgers University, with shows this fall at Gibney Dancer Center, Judson Memorial Church, and The Landmark Loews Jersey Theater.

What Moves You? @ Nadia Naomi

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Nadia Naomi: Dancer
Third Culture Kid

What Moves You?
“Opportunities for healing and understanding.”

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Nadia Naomi is a dancer, choreographer, model, photographer, poet & scholar. Born to New Jersey to an Afro-Guyanese mother & a Afro-Tanzanian and Indian father, Nadia Naomi grew up in Tanzania, Malawi, Trinidad, Switzerland & France. Both her art & scholarship draw on her life experiences as a Third Culture Kid as her research focus is on transnational racial identity and embodied knowledge. Nadia Naomi earned her B.A. in Africana Studies & Dance from Barnard College of Columbia University in the City of New York. Her artwork focuses on women’s empowerment, destigmatizing (dis)ability & mental illness, as well as, highlighting the cultural diversity within the African diaspora.

For more on instragram: nadianaomi.inc

Photo Credits:
Modeled by Nadia Naomi Mbonde (me)
Sari from Asha Ahuja Mbonde (my grandmother)
Shot by Bobo Matjila
Make up by Annya Serkovic
Sari tied by Neja Nataraj
Note: In the image where Nadia is holding a picture frame, the picture is of her grandmother as a little girl in Zanzibar, Tanzania doing a fairy dance.

What Moves You? @ Caci Cole

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Caci Cole: Dancer
Atlanta, GA

What Moves You? 
“Moving is therapeutic for me. It’s a special way for me to escape into euphoria and tune out inhibitions for a moment. Sometimes I am moved by sharing a story and emoting something I can’t quite articulate verbally. Other times I’m ignited to move purely through music and exploring different ways to embody works. ‘I believe in spirit and then I believe a manifestation of spirit is dance’- Judith Jamison”

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Caci Cole Pritchett began her dance training under Michael Garrison of North Atlanta Ballet. She later received her Bachelor’s degree from the Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA Program as an E. Corrigan Scholar with a concentration in Pre-Med studies. Caci has had the opportunity to perform works by Ron K. Brown, Sylvia Waters, Matthew Rushing, Laurie Taylor, Norbert de la Cruz III, Darrell Grand Moultrie, and Lloyd Culbreath. She was also a soloist with Moving Spirits Inc for the 2015-2016 season. This fall Caci will be performing as a dancer/vocalist in the London, Philadelphia, and NY tour of Bill T. Jone’s production, “We Shall Not Be Moved”.

For more: http://www.operaphilia.org

Photo Credits: Truth and Love Photography, Fabio Filippi, Theik Photo

What Moves You? @ Rebecca Jones

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Rebecca Jones: Dancer
Winchester, England

What Moves You?
“I dance to express myself in ways I could never put into words. ”

 

About Rebecca Jones:
“My name is Rebecca Jones, I am from England and have been dancing since the age of 3. I am currently in my third year of dancing with Atlantic City Ballet. I began dancing with Wendy Allsopp in Winchester and was also a senior associate at the Royal Ballet School. Throughout my training, I danced with London Children’s Ballet on the West End, National Youth Ballet, Hampshire Youth Dance Company and the role of Clara in English Youth Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’. In addition, I also performed with youth musical theatre companies including playing the role of Little Cosette in Centrestage productions youth theatre’s ‘Les Miserables’. I began my full-time training at age 16 at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, where I studied for 3 years on the dance course specializing in Classical Ballet. I trained in ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance as well as taking singing lessons. After graduating from Tring I completed a year as a trainee with Atlantic City Ballet where I was promoted to apprentice and continue to dance now.”

What Moves You? @ Ashley Camille

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Ashley Camille: Dancer
Orlando, FL

What Moves You? 
“Art is not always visually appealing but my art stems from my culture, my passions, and my values, which are the most beautiful details I can claim.The world and its cultures move me.”

 

Ashley Camille Harnish-Mariani, from the Island of Puerto Rico, began dancing at the age of three and has spent over the last 20 years enjoying every moment of it. From classical training to competitive training and traveling the world, Ashley has explored so many aspects of the artistic world of dance. Starting off primarily as a Ballet dancer at the Royal Ballet Academy, Ashley’s training consists of ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, hip-hop and ballroom. During her years at In Motion Dance Project in Orlando, Ashley trained and competed nationally and worked with Tyce Diorio, Mia Michaels, Phi from the Jabbawockeez, and Roman Vasquez. Being this active and involved in dance while growing up, Ashley was motivated to be successful in school and graduated top seven percent of her class. Ashley then pursued her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Studies at the University of South Florida with her minor in Mass Communications and during her time at school she performed in both the BFA Showcases in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, and the Student Dance Showcase in Fall 2014.

Ashley spent a month in New York City, living and dancing in the city while participated in Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer 2015 Intensive. She worked closely with company members Terk Waters and Ashley Mayeoux while attending the intensive. During this time, is when Ashley officially decided she would move to the city after graduation.

Over the last four years in Florida, Ashley has been taking on artistic projects and working as a freelance artist, writer, blogger and dancer. Ashley has worked on choreographic projects as well, including Quinceñeras, Local Art Shows, Recitals and Competitions and has even performed her own original work at RAW Orlando, Recycle Art Galleries, and Local Art Night at DRIP just in the past year.

Immediately after graduating from USF, Ashley was hired as a Performance Artist for DRIP in Orlando and took on the Marketing Internship for the Florida Dance Festival. While attending the Festival, Ashley worked with John Olstad, AXIS Dance Company, D. Chase Angier, and Jennifer Archibald in modern and hip- hop styles, and performed pieces choreographed by AXIS Dance Company and guest choreographer Jenny Gerena.

Ashley recently relocated from the Orlando area to New York City to continue her passion and career as an artist, dancer, and educator!

For more: http://camilleoncanvas.weebly.com/

Photo Credits: Leelo Photos by Sthevanie Lopez, Jessyjen Photography

What Moves You @ Lindsey Silvera

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Lindsey Silvera: Dancer
South Orange, NJ

What Moves You? 
“What moves me is the NEED to move. Anytime that I’ve ever lost touch with dance, I always had this energy that pulled me back and I think that really means something. When I dance I feel I am completely and truly myself. It encompasses everything around me. It makes me deal with personal issues, challenge myself, and most importantly enjoy every minute of life I am given. It gives me this feeling of purpose that we all search for, and that it is a feeling that I won’t let myself give up.”

 

More about Lindsey
“I am a graduate from Rutgers University. After graduating I went into a corporate job and quickly found that dance is what I should be doing. I’ve been pursing dance in New York since then. I’m part of an afro-brazilian modern dance company, teach dance and work at dance studio in the city. I’ve been dancing in local studio since the age of 5. I then studied dance in college and started training at studio in the city.”

What Moves You? @ Bridget Rose

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Bridget Rose: Dancer
Agawam, MA

What Moves You? 
“I dance for activism, using the international resources of the street and street culture to fuse “high culture,” with the public sphere. The point of my work is to extract awe in others: that moment before one can even think to say, ‘wow’-  to move people to tears, to remind them what it’s like to feel. In the words of Martha Graham, ‘If I could say it, I wouldn’t need to dance it.'”

Starting her dance career at the age of 9, Bridget comes from Massachusetts with a background in modern, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, ballet, improvisation, aerial, yoga, and a laundry list of competitive sports including soccer, basketball, track and field, and cross country. After graduating high school winning the 2010 Dance Award, she went to Los Angeles to study Dance and Sociology at Loyola Marymount University.

Wanting to take her dancing to an international level, she transferred to Syracuse University, continuing studies in Dance and Anthropology. Her junior year, she lived and studied in Ecuador, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay learning new styles of dance including tango, salsa, and cueca, while working an internship at DUOC San Carlos de Apoquindo University as a Teaching Assistant for Modern Dance, under the guidance of Francisca Silva.

After graduating Cum Laude from Syracuse University in 2014, she returned to Santiago, Chile, to continue her dance training. Working closely with Jose Vidal y Compañía and performing in his Trama series in Santiago, she also trained with Robert Hayden of La Ultima Vez company, and her mentor, Fransica Silva, in AeroYoga. In 2015, she was asked to be lead dancer for director Nata Belén’s project, Más Allá del Género, at Matanga Estudio in Recoleta, Santiago.

In 2016, Bridget moved to Valparaíso, Chile, where she founded her company, (A)Muse. Utilizing the Parque Cultural de Valparaíso with a group of international dancers, her first project was cut short as family matters brought her back to the United States, where she currently resides in Brooklyn.

When not working on personal projects, she dances for Dysfunktional Solez and with PMT Dance Company, while teaching yoga and dance in studios, public, and charter schools in all 5 boroughs of New York City. She has trained with The Curet Performance Project and performed at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts as well as Barclay’s Center opening for the Brooklyn Nets and halftime for the Harlem Globetrotters. This summer, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Martha Graham Summer Intensive.

This fall, she will start as the founding Dance, Yoga and Physical Education teacher at the American Dream Charter High School in the Bronx while starting her Master’s degree in Dance at Hunter College in Manhattan.