What Moves You? @ Sarah Pilger

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Sarah Pilger: Dancer
San Francisco, CA

What Moves You? 
“Humans. Our grand varieties, the things we make, the emotions we feel, and our ever-changing identities.”

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I grew up just outside of San Francisco, in a small town called San Anselmo. I just graduated from the University and Pennsylvania and decided very last minute to move to New York and pursue my passion for dance. Penn has a very pre-professional culture that seems inescapable and unavoidable. I was set on applying to grad schools, but decided I couldn’t live in regret if I didn’t step outside of my comfort zone and try to dance professionally.

Photo Credits: (black and white): Jason Lau; (arabesque): Araba Ankuma; (overall white with blue fabric): Jason Lau; (blue smoke): Kevin Wang; (pink background): Carson Kahoe; (red background): Christian Hopkins

What Moves You? @ Javier Padilla

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Javier Padilla: Dancer/Choreographer
San Juan, Puerto Rico

What Moves You?
“The stories that unfold right in front of us each and every day!”

Javier Padilla is a movement based artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Starting his training at School for the Performing Arts under Waldo Gonzalez and Olaya Muentes in Puerto Rico, he then continued his studies at Mason Gross School of the Arts pursuing a BFA in Dance. During his time at Mason Gross, Javi had the opportunity of working with artists such as Jessica Lang, Keith Thompson, Netta Yerushalmy, Joe Goode Performance Group, Meghan Frederick, Randy James and Bereishit Dance Company. His choreographic work has been presented at venues such as Dixon Place, Open Source Gallery, The Secret Theater, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Triskelion Arts, The Salvatore Capezio Theater, Battery Park, Judson Memorial Church and the Inside/Out Stage at Jacob’s Pillow. Javi is also the Artistic Director of The Movement Playground, an emerging movement collective that has been performing and touring in the New York Tri-State Area since 2014 and are excited to premiere their first commissioned works with Ballet Forte (NJ) and Bucknell University (PA) in the upcoming year.

For more info: www.jpmovementplayground.com

Photo Credits: Whitney Browne, Brayden Donnely, Hayim Heron

What Moves You? @ Jessica Markham

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Jessica Markham: Dancer
Charlotte, NC

What Moves You? 
“I believe God has blessed me with the gift of movement to tell a story – that moves me. My search for happiness & freedom motivates me to move. There is a plan & purpose assigned to my life and dance is a strong part of that – that moves me.”

Born in Washington DC, Jessica began her dance career at the age of seven when her grandmother suggested her mother put me in classes so her hyperactive grandchild would stop blocking the television with her awesome dance moves. She attended Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte NC and later received her bachelors degree in Visual & Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance from Johnson C. Smith University. Moving to NYC in 2013, she has performed at the National Black Theatre, SOBs and performed in a commercial with Panasonic shown at the 2017 SXSW festival. Currently, Jessica dances with the Indorican Multicultural Project and background for the phenomenal MC, Nitty Scott.

What Moves You? @ Alissa Johann

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Alissa Johann: Dancer/Choreographer
West Chester, PA

What Moves You? 
“Music.”

Alissa trained in classical ballet, modern and jazz at the Brandywine ballet in West Chester, PA. She later went on to earn a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Media Studies from Cedar Crest College in 2016, while also furthering her technique at Muhlenberg College. She has received several scholarships and awards and has attended summer intensives at the Joffrey Ballet School and American Ballet Theater. Alissa is a professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor in Philadelphia, PA.

For more: http://alissajohann.wixsite.com/alissajohann

Photo Credits: Brian Mengini, Anna Bonacci, Amico Studios 

What Moves You? @ Jen Roit

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Jen Roit: Choreographer
San Jose, CA

What Moves You? 
“Emotions and stories.”

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Proud of her West Coast origins, Jen Roit received a BFA at NYU Tisch, working with Karole Armitage, Bill Young, and Dwight Rhoden. She continued a diverse career with Jennifer Archibald, Nathan Trice, Daniel Holt, Mark Dendy, Randy James, Transcendance Group, and the Park Avenue Armory. She received mentorship from Camille Brown and Jennifer Edwards through the Breaking Glass Project and Stephen Petronio through NYU’s Alumni Choreographic Workshop. With her company, Armada Dance, she has produced work for BalaSole Dance Company, MaD Circle Dance, Moving Beauty Series, Amalgamate Artist Series, Equilibrium Danceworks, WAXworks, and has been presented at HATCH, Spoke the Hub, RAW Artists, Dixon place, The Actor’s Fund, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion, and Ticino in Danza (Switzerland). She currently serves on the Artist Committee for NACHMO, is editor of the Dance Magazine College Guide, manages projects at TERP Corp, and dances for Dances for Solidarity. She has choreographed for short films and music videos, including “You and I and You” presented at the Outlet Dance Project’s International Film Festival, Dance Film Day in Portland, OR, and for Triskelion’s Dance Film Festival. Founder of the Broke Dancer, a weekly newsletter for inexpensive dance and fitness classes around NYC.

For more: http://www.jenroit.com

Photo Credits: Stephen Delas Heras; Massimiliano Rossetto; Oje Ihonvbere; Eric Bandiero/BalaSole Dance Co.; Jen Jones Photography

What Moves You? @ Arshiya Bhan

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Arshiya Bhan: Dancer
Toronto, Canada

What Moves You?
“I can express multiple emotions through the power of dance. This is what moves me.”

About Arshiya
“My name is Arshiya Bhan, and I am a Toronto based dancer, choreographer and a You tuber. I have been dancing for the past 14 years with training in Bollywood and lyrical and self-taught in Belly Dance and Hip-hop. I am thankful to have had many opportunities over the years such as performing at Toronto Raptors, Toronto International Film Festival, and Iffa awards to name a few. These experiences have helped me grow as a person and as a dancer. I also run a fitness class for women called Belly AB Fitness. In this class, I combine intense workouts and dance as a full-body workout. The philosophy of this class is not only to promote fitness but also to ensure all the female participants leave my class feeling positive, confident and sexy.”

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.

 

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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
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  • (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