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A Celebration of Female Choreographers 7/19, Summit Rock,Central Park*nyc 5PM.


Meet the Choreographers:

Alia Kache

Alia Kache (Chattanooga, TN) received her early training at Center for Creative Arts and Chattanooga Ballet. A graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in 2004, she subsequently joined Ailey II and also performed with Nathan Trice/RITUALS, Creative Outlet, Genesis Dance Company, and CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal). Kache has appeared in Laurie Simon’s Music of Regret – Act III, Radio City Christmas Spectacular 75th Anniversary DVD, and Cordoniu Navidad 2007  (Barcelona, Spain). She was a featured dancer in Big League Theatrical’s AIDA, and also performed with Disney’s The Lion King (Gazelle Tour). As co-founder of Renegade Performance Group, Kache has choreographed for Broadway Cares, and The Helping Hands Campaign.

AlexJo Natale/Gestalt Dance

AlexJo Natale is a 2012 graduate of Muhlenberg College, receiving a BA in Dance and Psychology. At school, she was the president of the Muhlenberg Dance Association as well as a member of performance ensembles, Six Meters Improv Ensemble and Shelley Oliver’s Jazz Tap Ensemble. She has performed works by Charles O. Anderson, Dorrell Martin, Shelley Oliver, Nicole Wolcott, and Sydney Skybetter, and a guest dancer with David Parker & the Bang Group in “Nut/Cracked” at the Steel Stacks in Bethlehem PA. She was an avid student choreographer, showing her choreography in the American College Dance Festival Northeast Conference and NY Live Arts. Since graduation, she has choreographed for Muhlenberg Colleges’ Summer Music Theater productions of HMS Pinafore, Crazy for You, Jesus Christ Superstar (asst), and Moravian Academy’s My Favorite Year. Now, she is assistant to founder/artistic director Dorrell Martin of Leon Dance Arts NY, a guest choreographer in the tri-state area, and a teacher for Gateway to the Arts in Boonton, NJ.

Allison Berger

Allison Berger recently received her BA in dance and anthropology from Muhlenberg College. During her time at Muhlenberg, Allison choreographed seven dance works for student concerts, two dances on film, and for two theater productions. She has performed at NY Live Arts, the American College Dance Festivals at Penn State and SUNY Brockport, and at the ACDF National performance at the Kennedy Center this past June. At Muhlenberg she performed in many dance concerts, with the Six Meters Improvisational Dance Ensemble, and in a dance theater production of The Tempest.

Alyssa Derling/Derling Dance Arts

Derling Dance Arts Inc. (DDA) is a musical theatre based company with a concentration on modern dance.  Our mission is to create innovative modern based movement infused with musical theatre.  We experiment collaboratively to explore the many variations of dance, voice, dialogue, music, and history.  DDA endeavors to expose audiences to a fresh performance art and to enrich communities through the wonder of interdisciplinary art.  Derling Dance Arts is dedicated to creating a heartfelt theatrical atmosphere that is vivid and pleasurable to audiences of all ages.

Cathy Allen/Red Desert Dance Ensemble

Allen, (M.A. BYU) director of Red Desert Dance Ensemble, has performed works by Doug Nielson, Gregg Bielimeier, Loretta Livingston, Martina Young, Malashock Dance Company, Rudy Perez, and Anna Nassif.   Performing in ‘Footloose” the 1984 movie, “Lido de Paris” and “Jubilee” in Las Vegas she also was featured in regional theatre productions at Sundance in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “Pippin” and “Satin Lady”.  Other performing credits include Lina Lamont in “Singin in the Rain” and TV commercials.

Allen received the Nevada State Council of the Arts Fellowship Award, CSun Award for Teaching,  National Dance Association Presidential Citation Award for her service in APHERD.

Featured work at KNSU in Seoul, Korea, LIPA in Liverpool, England, SUNY at Buffalo in New York State, BYU in Provo, Utah, Kiel, Germany Dance and Gymnastics Festival, Netherlands Dance Conference, DaCi International Conference in Sascatchewan, Regina Canada, Arizona Jazz Dance Festival, and Fringe Festival, Australia.

Jessica Taylor/DAMAGEDANCE

Jessica Taylor began her dance training at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis, Missouri and thereafter received her degree in dance from Point Park University Dance Conservatory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has studied most notably with such artists as Robert Battle, Doug Varone, and Jason McDole, among others. Her choreography was first nationally recognized at the American College Dance Association for her piece entitled “TRONIC” in 2008. Jessica has danced with Dajhia Ingram Dance Company, Emily Faulkner, Amalgamate Dance Company and Sticky Mango Movement. She has taught many different dance genres to all ages across the US including New York, Colorado, Pittsburgh and St. Louis. She has choreographed for the Pittsburgh Playhouse Dance Company of Point Park University, SUNY Purchase, COCAdance Pre-professional Company (and its alumni), Absolute Dance Grand Junction, Squonk Opera, Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club of St. Louis and The Big Muddy Dance Company.

Jessie Sector

Jessie Sector is a young choreographer and dancer currently living in New York City. Jessie graduated in 2013 from SUNY Brockport, earning  bachelor’s degrees in both Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts for Children and achieved her New York State early childhood education and special education teaching certifications.  Jessie has performed as member of Converge Dance (Rochester, NY), and also as a VIP dancer/ assistant teacher on the Dance Olympus summer workshop tour. She has performed as one of 12 selected female choreographers at the 2013 and 2012 CheckUs Out! Dance Festivals (New York, NY) highlighting up and coming female choreographers.  Jessie has worked as a guest artist with Geomantics Dance Theater; one of Rochester’s premier dance companies for their full length production ‘Your Life is Not your Own’ (Rochester, NY), and several SUNY Brockport Department of Dance concerts.  Jessie has been dancing since the age of two at the Isabelle School of Dance (Castleton, NY), where she often teaches master classes for the students. Her choreography is a powerful combination of artistry and athletics built to provoke questioning of today’s culture through powerful movement, music, and imagery. Jessie loves to embrace both humor and chaos in her work which often results in her being named a ‘crowd favorite’.

Joya Powell/ Movement of the People Dance Company

Founded in 2005 by Joya T. Powell, Movement of the People Dance Company is dedicated to unearthing historic and present sociocultural issues and addressing them through the healing elements of dance. The company is comprised of dancers from diverse multicultural backgrounds and international experiences. In the past seven years MOPDC has performed in various celebrated dance festivals and venues including: University Settlement (Artist-in-Residence 2012-2013), Amnesty International’s Human Rights Art Festival (Maryland), City Parks Dance, York University (Toronto, ON), ChEck Us OuT Dance Festival, Riverside Theatre, Huntington Arts Festival (Long Island), Dance New Amsterdam, The FLEA Theater, Hammerstein Ballroom, Dixon Place, The TANK, Evoke’s Celebrate Dance Festival (San Diego), COOL NY Dance Festival,The Outlet Dance Festival (New Jersey), and BAAD!. MOPDC recently performed in our first international festival – Critically Kinaesthetic: Performing Bodies of Political Engagement at York University in Toronto Canada.

Lauren Lasorda & Tali Custer

Lauren Lasorda and Tali Custer have extensive performance histories, Lauren with a degree in dance and kinesiology from the University of San Francisco and Tali with an acting and dance degree from Pace University. Both are members of NYC’s movement-based Improbable Stage Company, with which they have developed three productions and are currently creating their fourth. Lauren and Tali began brainstorming RoadKill three years ago and held developmental workshops last fall. Now blessed with an amazing group of dancers, Tali, Lauren and their cast have been collaborating on this dynamic and highly physical dance-theatre piece, and are very excited to show an excerpt in the Check Us Out Festival this summer!

Melissa Jackson/Innovate Dance Company

Melissa graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in dance; including a concentration in choreography and performance. I spent the summer of 2010 assisting Julliard graduate Peter Chu on various projects. Peter Chu is apart of Crystal Pites’ Kidd Pivot company and also won the 2010 ACE awards. For the past two years she has presented guest pieces in Tessandra Chavez’s TRAFFIC show. I recently set ‘EMERGING’ on the Revelations dance company. Other choreographers included Terry Beeman and Peter Chu. I set ‘FLY’ a solo for Eugene Barnes-2nd soloist of Carolina Ballet in Raleigh, NC. Melissa also workshopped her piece Masterminds on Michael Waldrop(soloist with Luminario Ballet) and Caitlin Kinney(graduate of Baltimore School of the Arts and former member of North Carolina Dance Theatre’s second company)

She started emailing choreography to Mia Michaels after I graduating from college to recieve her feedback. She responded by telling me I have a gift and to keep moving with my choreography.

Meredith Cabaniss/Selah Dance Collective

Meredith recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara after pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her studies she was a Regent’s Scholar; member of the UCSB Dance Company; and received undergraduate honors such as the Undergraduate Research Award for her departmental Honor’s Project and a Corwin Award for choreography. She also studied with Batsheva Dance during their summer dance intensive in Tel Aviv, Israel. Meredith teaches in Southern California and is the artistic director of Santa Barbara’s newest dance company: selah dance collective. The company is comprised of past and current students of the university, with satellite members in San Francisco and New York. SELAH has been invited to perform throughout California as well as abroad in Prague, Czech Republic.

Meredith Testa

Meredith Testa is a 2014 graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she double majored in Anthropology and Dance. At Muhlenberg, she appeared in and choreographed for Moving Stories, Dance Emerge, and numerous informal concerts. Her theatrical endeavors include Sinternet! The Musical (choreographer,) Red Door Play Festivals, and New Play Reading Series. She was a proud member of Six Meters Improvisational Ensemble and served as secretary of the Muhlenberg Dance Association. She is a circus performer, major youtube star, and writes songs for her idols, astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson and flawless human Beyonce Knowles.

Sophie Sotsky/TYKE Dance

Sophie Sotsky is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer. Since founding TYKEdance in 2011, Sotsky has shown her work at Movement Research at The Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, NYC10 at Dixon Place Theater, The Panoply Performance Laboratory, Soundance Studio Theater, AUNTS at Arts @ Renaissance and The Chocolate Factory Theater presents Sarah Maxfield’s THROW, curated in 2012-2013 by Lindsey Dietz Marchant. Sophie holds a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from Wesleyan University (2011) with honors in Dance. She currently dances for Matt Romein, Sura Hurtz Dancers and Yanghee Lee (New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist 2011-2012). Other recent performances include the A.O. Movement Collective’s (The AOMC) evening-length work, barrish, and Megan Byrne’s 16 hour dance work, Installation No. 3, for the GO Brooklyn Festival.


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