Teddy holds a BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts/University of Florida. He furthered his professional training in New York City at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the School of American Ballet. Teddy has traveled the world dancing for Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines as dancer, dance captain and production manager. He has worked with dance companies such as Florida Grand Opera, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Now! Miami and Florida Grand Ballet. Teddy recently served on faculty at his alma mater, New World School of the Arts, where he taught ballet and jazz. Teddy is currently the Assistant Director of the Miami Arts Charter Dance Department in Wynwood.
Lazaro Godoy Born in Pinar del Río, Cuba (1977). Godoy studied at the National Arts School (ENA) in Cuba, graduated from New World School of the Arts, Miami (1996), and the Juilliard School, NYC (2000). Godoy received (NFAA)/YoungArts first place for the performance of his solo choreography (1996). Along his career as a dance performer, Godoy has performed in works by Hans van Manen, Nils Christie, Jiri Kylian, David Parsons, Stijn Celis, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company across Europe and later in Israel among others. 2002-2007, he was Bern Ballet’s Company member and later assistant, Switzerland. In 2007, Lazaro was selected to participate at The Swiss International Coaching Project under the direction of Susanne Linke. From 2007 to 2009, Lazaro created and performed solo Jugo de Limón in Festivals across Europe, Russia and Israel. In 2008, Lazaro moved to live and work in Tel Aviv, Israel. In this dance arts heaven, Lazaro developed project StreetStage (marrying encounters of multidisciplinary nature among art colleagues to share creative time with Sudanese immigrants living in the streets). Lazaro Godoy is the artistic director, head choreographer and performer at GoPra Dance Company (Independent Interdisciplinary Arts Platform for International Research and Creations). Since its establishment January 2014, Lazaro Godoy has created Bare Bones, Harmonicum Accordion | Act l, MEDAKA, BrookDale, ArMOUR and solo in development 刀 | Katana with support from organizations Inkub8, Miami Theater Center, Tigertail Productions, Miami Light Project, Bistoury Physical Theatre & Film, The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and private donors. Godoy has been guiding movement-creative workshops while assisting the Bern Ballet, across EU, in various educational and professional institutions in Tel Aviv, Israel and in USA. He was movement coach for Miami Theater Center’s “The Two-Character Play” and “Everybody Drinks the Same Water” (2016-2017). In 2019, Godoy received Dance Miami Choreographers’ award, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.
Award winning actor and writer, Carmen Peláez has performed her solo play Rum & Coke to raves in LA, Chicago, Off-Broadway at Abingdon Theater and most recently shot it live at the Freedom Tower in Miami for Fall 2019 release. In 2012, she won the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival Short Film Competition with The Acting Lesson, which she co-directed and followed up with her short, A Queen Without His Crown. In 2016 she consulted on the Story House Juguetes Perdidos project. She was also a contributor for NBC Latino and has written essays for Marie Claire, Huffington Post and the New York Times. Carmen has also proudly worked and continues to work on President Barack Obama's Cuba policy team. Recently she wrapped on guest roles in Grown and John Leguizamo's Critical Thinking as well as having acted in The Words of Others at PAMM and Tino Segahl's Welcome to this Situation at MOAD. She was also the Cuban advisor on the Netflix relaunch of One Day at A Time and Story Home's Juguetes Perdidos. This year she starred in her new play Fake at Miami New Drama and is now currently developing her screenplay Tropik. carmenpelaez.com
Pioneer Winter is a Miami-based choreographer, and director of the Pioneer Winter Collective – invested in physical theatre, contemporary dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transmedia. His Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental projects by democratizing performance through unexpected bodies, unexpected places, and unexpected social change.
Melanie Martel is originally from France. She trained in France at the Conservatory of Valence and at the Ecole de danse Olivier Coste in ballet, modern jazz and contemporary. She came to Miami and attended New World School of the Arts and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014. While at New World, she performed works from Peter London, Gerard Ebitz, Ana Sokolow, José Limon, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Darshan Singh Buller. Mélanie has worked with The Tattooed Ballerina, Godoy/Pradera Projects, National Water Dance Projects, CoreDance Atlanta, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, The Dancers' Space and is currently a dance artist with iMEE (Infinite Movement Ever Evolving). She has performed in the US in venues such as the Joyce Theatre (NYC), the Alvin Ailey Theatre, in Puerto Rico for the Festival Internacional de Baile (2013), and in Europe. Melanie had the opportunity to learn and perform Jiří Kylián's repertory and explore movement in a William Forsythe's Improvisational Technologies workshop.
Niurca Márquez is an artist/researcher whose work is fed by her diverse experiences as a dancer/bailaora, scholar and woman of unending curiosity. She is particularly interested in notions of identity, cultural memory and ritual in flamenco within a contemporary framework, as well as the multiple layers of communication and understanding in the form and how these relate to social discourse. Her approach is based on her understanding of the thought-body and of a variety of somatic techniques that is both conceptual and empirical.
Marissa Alma Nick
Marissa-Alma Nickis a dancer/choreographer/director native to Miami, the founder of 'Alma Dance Theater' and the founding director of 'ScreenDance Miami' (produced from 2014-2016 by Mary Luft and Tigertail Miami) for the festivals first three years. She is a high school graduate from the acclaimed New World School of the Arts, received her BFA in dance performance from the University of South Florida and participated in the Creative Capital Professional Development Program. Post graduation, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in the commercial industry as a freelance-dancer, and moved back to Miami with the production of Rock of Ages (the movie) in 2011. Inspired by being back in Miami and connecting to her home roots, she decided to stay and launched her choreographic and entrepreneurial career. Marissa’s immersive performances exist on stage, in site-specific settings, screen-dances, and conceptual installations. She is a 2018/2019 of the Miami Choreographer Award and 2017 recipient of the Knight Arts Award. Her work has been commissioned by Tigertail Productions, Miami Design District, Faena, Art Basel Miami, Filmgate Interactive, Vizcaya Museum, Dance Now Miami, New World School of the Arts, Nova Southeastern University, and Miami-Dade College. She has been awarded support through Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, Miami Light Project and Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Also, she has also received two Artist Access Awards to attend the international screendance festival 'Cinedans' in Amsterdam.
Loren Davidson, recently assisted Jawole Willa Jo Zollar on Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music, a pivotal work performed in October 2016 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY. This work has been a catalyst to learn about how to develop individual diversity and inclusion tools for a creative practice, how to further develop an artistic voice through the inspiration of ancestral, historical, and contemporary manifestos and how to remind us all that being inquisitive, seeking to connect and create, is a true privilege and necessity. Loren has also recently performed with Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre at The Joyce Theatre in NYC and finished a three-year Visiting Guest Faculty position at Florida State University where she taught Contemporary Technique, Cross-Training for Dancers, Pilates, Introduction to the Dance Profession, choreographed new work for the School of Dance and collaborated with local galleries to curate a monthly performance series involving students and local performers. Loren’s background includes the following: Contemporary, Repertory and Dance Conditioning Faculty at the American Dance Festival (NC, 2012-2015), Faculty and Assistant at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp (CO, 2013), Program Assistant for Dance in Paris (FSU, 2015-2016), Pilates and GYROKINESIS Instructor (Balanced Body and GYROKINESIS, current), Member of the Board of Directors at 621 Gallery (FL, 2012-2016), Performer with Ellis Wood Dance (NY, 2004-2009), MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University (FL, 2012), BFA in Performance from New World School of the Arts (FL, 2003), and a childhood full of incessant curiosity for movement, connectivity and the human experience.
Heather Maloney is a mother, choreographer, dancer, teacher, and artistic director of Inkub8 an alternative / studio / whitebox / performance / space, reopening in Little Haiti Fall 2019. Her work has been presented at Bates Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Fundanza Venezuela, Performatica, Puebla Mexico, Fusebox. Known for her highly expressive and kinesthetic style, Heather Maloney draws on improvisational structures to create state based choreographic places. http://heathermaloney.org
Michelle Grant - Murray
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).
Lego (Alfredo Sotelo)was born in Managua, Nicaragua and has been breaking for 24 years in a crew called Flipside Kings and is also a member of Teo Castellanos D-Projects theater company for 15 years. Lego has taken first place in the following B-Boy battles: Who Can Roast the Most 1 and 2 and 20, Freestyle Sessions Seattle 2003, B1 Project Japan, B-Boy Summit Los Angeles 2003 All Nations 1 on 1 Miami 2007, Enter the Cypher Ohio 2007, Redbull BC 1 Chicago cypher champion. Not only has he competed professionally he has also judged B-Boy competitions in Columbia, Russia, Spain, Holland, Canada, Poland and throughout the United States.
Ivonne Batanero, was born in Lima, Perú. Graduated from University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2009. She is a two-time commission artist by Miami Light Project for their annual Here and Now Festival. She is currently working with Adele Myers and Dancers and Rosie Herrera Dance Theater as well as working on her community initiative Greedy Pumpkin Head Projects and working on her own choreographic endeavors.
Nikki Rollason, born 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.
Born and raised in Miami, Fl Randolph's love of dance and teaching began here. The Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Miami City Ballet School, and the San Francisco Ballet School all laid the foundation for a 15-year dance career that has taken him across the United States and through Europe and Asia.
Iwalani Martinhails from Aurora, Colorado. She attended Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia where she worked with and performed works by Take Ueyama, Jill Echo, Hiawatha Johnson Jr. Diane Gray, Becky Jung from Pilobolus, Martha Graham, Clay Talifero from Jose Limon and Kazuko Hirabayashi. After graduating with her BFA in Dance she received a scholarship to attend the Martha Graham School in New York for the summer training program. Since moving to Miami, Iwalani has danced with Brazarte, Hattie Mae Williams and the Tattooed Ballerinas, Agatha Wright in Fluxus Haus, and Erika Moon just to name a few. For the past three years she has been performing with Peter London Global Dance Company and became Rehearsal Director working with Peter London directly. While dance with PLGDC she has worked with Jacquline Bulnes, Melissa Fernandez, Kashia Kancey and many other choreographers.
Rosie Herrera, is 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.
Dale Andreeis 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.
Hannah Baumgarten - Dance Now! Miami
Founding 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 (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.
Marie Whitman is a Poet, Interdisciplinary Performing and Teaching Artist and Producer who creates dynamic written and spoken word as well as cross-pollinations of poetry, dance and visual installation. Whitman’s interdisciplinary work has been presented by Miami Design District’s Site Specific Performance Series, MDC Live Arts Lab Launch and MOCA North Miami. She has been commissioned by the Harvey Milk Festival where she presented “Hope is a Poem” an interactive poetry installation and performance. Marie provided original poetic text and vocal soundscape for choreographer, Jenny Larson’s Here and Now Performance, “On the Other Side of the Lake” as well as Larson’s “Searching for Arctic Winter.” She created a performance and interactive haiku poetry installation at Pinecrest Gardens for Miami Dade Cultural Affairs’ Arts for Wellness Festival. Whitman was a recipient of the FEAST Miami Artist Award Grant for her program “Poetry with a Purpose,” which presented poetry and dance workshops and performances in women’s shelters, and addiction recovery centers. In recognition of her work combining poetry and community activism, Marie Whitman was chosen by the prestigious Poetry Foundation as one of their 2017 Poetry Incubator Fellows. She is also the co-founder/co-producer of Women Crossing the Line Performance Festival. www.MarieWhitman.com
Adele Myersis a Miami based dance maker and Artistic Director of Adele Myers and Dancers (AMD), a national touring contemporary dance theater company made up of female athletes of the heart. For more than a decade, AMD has been presented in over 50 venues throughout the U.S. from Miami to Seattle to Maine including at the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival. According to Roslyn Sulcas of the NY Times “…Myers can indeed create an onstage world.”Since 2013, AMD has received notable national funding to develop and tour multiple evening-length multidisciplinary projects from the National Dance Project (NDP); National Performance Network (NPN), and New England Foundation of the Arts (NEFA) among others. Since relocating to Miami in 2015, Adele has received commissions from the Miami Light Project (2018) and MDC Live Arts (2019) to create two original works, Girls!Girls!Girls! and The Stage Show. AMD will be a company-in-residence at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center from 2019-2021 where SMDCAC will commission and present new and existing AMD repertory for the next two consecutive seasons. Adele currently teaches Dance Composition in the New World School of the Arts college Dance Program where she recently launched an inter-arts partnership with PAMM.adelemyersanddancers.com