Sandra Portal-Andreu (Dancer/Actor/Choreographer) received a B.F.A. in Dance from Florida State University, and a M.S. from Barry University. Additionally, she trained with Suzanne Farrell, Fernando Bujones, Roxane D’Orleans-Juste, Gerri Houlihan, and Actor/Director, Thomas Richards at Workcentre of Jerzy Grotowski in Pontedera, Italy. Ms. Portal-Andreu is adjunct faculty in the Theatre Division at New World School of the Arts. Her work has been supported by Miami Light Project, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade Public Library System, South Florida’s PBS Filmmaker Project and MicroTheater Miami. For more info visit: www.SandraPortal.com
Karen Peterson Corash a graduate of the Boston Conservatory, arrived in Miami in 1990 as a paid company member of The Coconut Grove Dance Theatre, founded by Artistic Director Billie Kirpich and later directed by Arthur Curtis. It was through CETA funding that Karen had the opportunity to work with people with disabilities at the United Cerebral Palsy Center as well as to perform company repertory, teach and present her own work in a small but evolving south Florida dance community.
Brigette Cormieris a contemporary choreographer and dance educator, with a BFA in dance from the New World School of the Arts (2011). She has been creating dances for her company BC Dance Co. in Miami since 2011. Her recent commissions include creating dances for: Shift Dance Collective in NYC for their 2016 and 2017 seasons, Miami Light Project- Here & Now 2017, and Miami Theater Center- Sandbox 2018 residency.
Diego SalteriniCo-Director of Dance NOW! Miami, is a native of Rome, Italy. He moved to the United States in 1997 after an illustrious career as lead dancer and assistant choreographer for many popular Italian television and theatre shows. He trained with Maestro Roberto Salaorni, who he considers his mentor, and many world-renowned master teachers both in Europe and in the United States. His choreography has been presented in 12 states as well as Europe, Central and South America. His teaching career, spanning 25 years, includes national and international organizations.
Hannah BaumgartenFounding Co-Director of Dance NOW! Miami, grew up between Santa Cruz, California, and Jerusalem, Israel, where she began her dance training with Chasia Levy, Mme Valentina Belova, Tandy Beal and others. She received a B.F.A from the Juilliard School under the mentorship of Ben Harkarvy after attending the University of Utah Ballet Department under Conrad Ludlow and Janek Schergen. She is a winner of the State of Florida Choreographic Fellowship; she has taught and choreographed throughout the United States and in Central and South America. Her extensive teaching experience includes Florida International University, New World School of the Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory, Mercyhurst University, Rutgers University and others.
Rudi Goblen(writer, dancer, actor, and music producer) was commissioned by Miami Light Project to create the solo dance theatre performances Insanity Isn’t, Fair Welling, and PET. He is also known as an acclaimed B-Boy. Alongside his award winning crew Flipside Kings, he has toured internationally, competing, adjudicating, and teaching. Rudi is a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects, a contemporary dance/theater company that fuses world arts and culture while examining social issues through performance. He has trained and worked with DV8 Physical Theater, Cirque du Soleil, and is a founding member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre.
Rosie Herrerais a Cuban-American dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater (RHDT) in Miami. She is a graduate from New World School with a BFA in Dance Performance and has worked extensively in both cabaret and opera for over a decade. She has been commissioned by The Miami Light Project, The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Place, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Ballet Hispanico, Moving Ground Dance Theater, Houston Met Dance and the American Dance Festival. Rosie is a 2016 USA Artist Sarah Arison Choreographic Fellow, a 2010 MANCC choreographic fellow, a 2014 Bates Dance Festival Artist in residence, A 2013 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellow and a 2011,2016 and 2017 Miami Dance Fellow.
Liony Garciahails from Villa Clara, Cuba. He's a dancer and choreographer based in Miami, FL. Liony holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts, as a performer he's worked with BodyTraffic (LA) performing choreographic works by Guy Weizman/Roni Haver (NL) and Barack Marshall . Locally he's worked under the direction of Alexy Taran with Bistoury Physical Theater and is a founding member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater. Liony currently dances with Brigid Baker and her company WholeProject. His choreographic works have been commissioned by Miami Light Project, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation/Thomas Armour Youth Ballet and Toronto's Outreach and Exchange Strategy.
Adele Myers Adele’s choreography has been presented throughout the U.S. from NYC to the main stage at the American Dance Festival to installations in glass elevators at ICA in Boston. Roslyn Sulcas of the New York Times observed, "Ms. Myers can indeed shape an onstage world." Adele Myers and dancers has received several grants for their evening-length multidisciplinary collaborations, including from the National Dance Project (NDP) and National Performance Network (NPN). Adele holds an MFA in dance from FSU and a PhD (ABD) in Performance Studies from NYU. She currently teaches at New World School of the Arts. Her most recent evening-length work, Girls!Girls!Girls! was commissioned by the Miami Light Project and MDC Live Arts and will premiere in Spring 2019.
Kerine Jean-Pierre is an American Haitian professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, and actress in Miami, FL. She stars in the recent film "Break the Stage" as Desiree Thompson. Kerine has appeared in other feature dance films, commercials, and music videos. Kerine with high hopes is looking forward to expanding her talents in the acting film and television industry. Kerine is trained in both classical dance and street hip-hop. She enjoys teaching and educating the younger generation to reach for their dreams no matter what obstacles may come their way. Kerine hopes to expand and create a young choreographer's gala in southern Florida to promote the arts in today's youth.
Dale Andree is a dancer and choreographer working in Miami for over 30 years. Her exploration in movement is motivated by the intersection of technical facility with improvisational curiosity. Site-specific dance and dance in alternative environments have become the central focus of her recent work which have resulted in dance on camera collaborations.
Megan Carvajalreceived her M.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in choreography and performance from The Florida State University’s (FSU) School of Dance in 2016. She also received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry from FSU graduating Magna Cum Laude. Megan’s love for dance has led her to travel around the U.S. and the world, most recently performing Alex Ketley’sPoem(Part 1) at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and in Jocelyn Perez’s Embers, Quakes, & Echoes at the Chicago Fringe Festival. Megan’s choreography was featured in Rachael Sage’s music video, “I Don’t Believe It.” Megan was recently commissioned to expand and set her dance theatre piece where am Ion Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company in Sarasota, FL.
Agatha Wrightattained her degree in Art History from the University of California, Riverside in 2010 with an emphasis on the performing arts. Ms. Wright is the recipient of the Los Angeles Dramatic Allied Arts Guild Award, nominated by The Miami New Times as a Mastermind finalist in 2016 for her creation of FLUX, and most recently has been invited to be a dance delegate for the American Dance Abroad Organization during the 2018 Internationale Tanzmesse Festival. Agatha curates dance concerts and multi-disciplinary events focusing on the novice, obscure and overlooked. Ms. Wright is also heavily involved in mentoring and teaching youth.
Joanne Barrett, after earning a BFA in dance from The Ohio State University (1987) landed a position with the Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble. In 1989 she joined the Michael Clark Dance Co. and resided in London until 1992. Traveling took her to join CONTRADANZAof Montevideo Uruguay and then in 1998 she moved to Miami to jump on the local dance scene. Joanne continued studying, teaching and creating in Miami, and received commissions from the Miami Light Project for The Here and Now Festival, Tigertail Productions, Karen Peterson and Dancers, Florida International University and Broward College. Joanne continues teaching yoga and movement classes, that emphasize a full whole body experience with a connection of inner and outer landscapes.
Nikki Rollasonborn and raised in Miami, Florida, received her BFA in dance at the New World School of the Arts and graduated from the Feldenkrais Institute’s Manhattan professional training program (2001). She has performed with the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble and Houlihan and Dancers and collaborated on projects with various artists including Joanne Barrett, Kristin O’Neal, Christina Pettersson, and Naomi Fisher. Nikki has been assisting in Touch to Inform seminars, introducing principals of the Feldenkrais Method to Massage Therapists as well as maintaining a private practice in Miami. She is totally hooked on Feldenkrais as a way to engage the nervous system at a subconscious level to foster learning, mobility and performance at every stage of life.
Michelle Grant-Murray is an independent choreographer, performer and Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre. She has performed and presented work in Europe, Asia, South America, the United States and the Caribbean. She has taught for the Smithsonian Institute, Jacksonville University, Urban Bush Woman Summer Leadership Institute, Florida School of the Arts, Barry University, the American College Dance Festival, Oya Institute (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil), and ENARTS (Port au Prince, Haiti). Michelle is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College/Kendall Campus. Grant-Murray’s choreographic works have been presented at the Diaspora Women’s Dance Festival(Arts at St. John, Miami, FL); Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance(Duke University, Raleigh-Durham, NC); Flow Movement Experience (Museum of Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL); MDC AIR Dance Conference Gala (Kendall Art Gallery, Miami, FL), Errol Barrow International Dance Conference (Barbados) and the Caribbean Studies Association 41stAnnual Conference (Haiti).
Colleen Farnum is a graduate from the Jefferson Performing Arts high school, Colleen Farnum attended the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, NYC on scholarship and holds a BFA in dance performance and choreography from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a yogi for the last 25 years, Colleen travelled to Mysore, India and studied under the tutelage of Sri K Patthabi Jois, the creator of Ashtanga yoga. Ms. Farnum is Artistic Director Of Atma Dance in Miami, FL and is dedicated to teaching students of all artistic disciplines the various aspects of yoga and dance.
Elana Lanczi is a South Florida based dancer, choreographer and dance educator originally from Boston, MA. As a dancer she has performed with numerous choreographers including: Anita Gonzalez, Maida Withers and Grace Mi-He Lee in venues such as Judson Church, The Painted Bride and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival. Lanczi has performed internationally in South Korea and Brazil and in 2004 she traveled to Germany to work with choreographer Gerda Koenig on a mixed-ability duet commissioned by Tigertail Productions. In addition to performing, Lanczi has taught masterclasses at the American College Dance Festival, Florida Dance Education Conference, National High School Dance Festival and the International Somatics Conference. Lanczi holds a M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, where she was also a Presidential Arts Scholarship recipient for Dance.
Brigid Baker- Brigid Baker is the director of 6th Street Dance Studio, a non-profit studio and progressive contemporary dance company WholeProject located in Little Havana. She holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY College at Purchase, New York. Baker produces choreography for and directs WholeProject which is known for its full hand-crafted environments assembled by the dancers during performance. All elements, sets and costumes in her work are recycled and repurposed and she also creates environmental installations. She currently collaborates with Steven Mathieu and the Kid BlastSound System for music and Cristina Isabel Rivera for video and film installation. Her work has been commissioned by Malandain Ballet Biarritz, FR with whom she has an ongoing teaching relationship. Her work was presented in Saison Temps D’AimerFestival. She has taught at Dance Space and Steps among other studios in NYC, as well as national and international studios and dance festivals in Latin America and Europe, including Balletto del’Esperia in Torino, Italy. She currently teaches composition in the college dance division at New World Schoolof the Arts, FL. She developed and teaches Lightbody, which is steered by holistic and quantum perspectives and influenced by perspectives gained through Juliuu Horvath's Gyrokenisis, Network Spinal Analysis, Breathwork, Qigong and CranioSacral Therapies. She also teaches a contemporary ballet class based in Lightbody principles.
David Martinez- is a certified somatic coach and the creator of the imBODIED Method. Getting into my body has been my life’s work—even as I’ve done a variety of work. I spent 7 years as a professional modern dancer in NYC (Martha Graham Dance Company, David Parsons), before moving into a career in advertising and tech in NYC and Silicon Valley. imBODIED offers a path back to connection with ourselves and others. It allows us to reconnect to our bodily experience—sensation, emotion, thought, action, and relationship—bringing us into true alignment with ourselves. Only then can we start to live in a way that works with life, not against it.