Rhetta Aleong's roots are in community-theater, local performance art, and a good Catholic all-girls high school. Journalism degree, with an art bent, from School of Visual Arts where she developed a deeper relationship with and to the 9 Muses. Rhetta is a proud Board member of Fist and Heel Performance Group. She has been in creative process with Pat Akien, Michael Steele, Helen Camps, Noble Douglas (Trinidad), Anita Gonzalez, Ms. Hattie Gossett, Tiyé Giraud, Cynthia Oliver, and Lawrence Goldhuber.
Hadar Ahuvia is a performer, choreographer and progressive Jewish educator. She’s grateful to have worked with many dance makers and currently with Kathy Westwater and with Fist and Heel Performance Group. Ahuvia studied at Sarah Lawrence College and was a 2012 DTW/NYLA Fresh Tracks Artist. She is a 2015 Movement Research Artists in Residence, and a 2016 LABA Fellow at the 14th Street Y.
Dwayne Brown was a Young Artist Scholar in 2005 for the American Dance Festival and a fellowship student at The Alvin Ailey School in 2006. Dwayne graduated from Vassar in 2007 with a Psychology degree. He has worked professionally with Sean Curran, Maija Garcia, Chamber Dance Project, Linda Diamond & Co., Anouk van Dijk, The Next Stage Project, Sounding Line Productions, Naganuma Dance, Connecticut Ballet, TrainorDance, Eryc Taylor Dance, Lula Washington Dance Theater and at The Metropolitan Opera.
Yeman Brown's passion for performing began as a child, where he performed in many local theaters and his church, Metropolitan Cathedral of Truth. After studying musical theatre in middle and high school, Yeman went on to receive his BFA from the Florida State University - School of Dance. Yeman has performed in works choreographed by Gerri Houlihan, Jawole Zollar, Dan Wagoner, Alex Ketley, Stephanie Batten Bland, Mark Dendy and Judine Somerville. He has also served as a soloist for the Tallahassee Ballet Company under the direction of Rick McCullough.
Paul Hamilton started his dance training in Jamaica at the Jamaica School of Dance and continued his training at SUNY Purchase. Paul also studied at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, the Martha Graham School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has performed with Elizabeth Streb, the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, The Barnspace Dance Company, Mauri Cramer Dancers, Ballet Arts Theatre, apprenticed with Lines Contemporary Ballet with Alonso King, and has worked with Keely Garfield.
Lawrence A.W. Harding has been an activist with Creative Gender Workshop, a group that explores, documents and presents in performance, the lives of LGBT Africans living in New York and was a founding member of Uhuru-Wazobia, a network organization based in the city. Currently, he is promoting Spinal Mobility Project, an exercise protocol he has developed for people with Spinal Cord Injury.
Raja Feather Kelly is a company member with David Dorfman Dance, zoe | juniper (SEA), RaceDance, Squint Productions (BE), and PEARSONWIDRIG Dance Theater. Feather created the feath3r theory in 2009 to present his own performance projects. Raja was a co-producer of a the summer dance series in Bushwick, Brooklyn: RoofTop Dance and a contributing writer for The Dance Enthusiast. Kelly holds a BA with Honors in Dance and English from Connecticut College.
Clement Mensah moved to the Netherlands at the age of 11. After high school and graduating from CIOS (sports academy) he went to Amsterdam School of Arts and graduated in June 2008. He came to the Alvin Ailey School in 2007 as an exchange student where he received a fellowship to study. He was also a member of the Student Performing Group at the Alvin Ailey School. Clement is a former member of the Kisshoffmoves Company based in Amsterdam. He has apprenticed at the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. He has also been part of the Francesca Harper Project, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Matthew Westerby, and EVIDENCE Dance Company Company. Mr. Mensah has taught Master classes at THE ALVIN AILEY SCHOOL, Codarts (Netherlands), DANCERS’ WORKSHOP (Wyoming) and on C.A.T (Center for Advance Training) at Trinity Laban School (London) where he received his MA degree in Dance Performance.
Anna Schon received her BA from Barnard College in European History and Dance. Anna is extremely fortunate to work with some amazing artists and organizations, to name; The Metropolitan Opera, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (apprentice), zoe|juniper, Terrain (Rebecca Lazier), ZviDance (apprentice), Allison Jones, Christiana Axelsen, and Sydney Schiff Dance Project/Perpetual Metamorphosis. She has also had the pleasure of working with Aszure Barton and Artists, Jennifer Muller/The Works (apprentice), Mark Dendy, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and Gabri Christa.
Gabriela Silva is a freelance Brazilian-American performer and choreographer based in New York City. She studied dance at the OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center, Boston Art Academy and University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Gabriela has performed with Selmadanse, Jean Appolon Expressions, Danza Organica, Quicksilver Dance and independent choreographers Peter DiMuro, Emily Beattie and Marina Magalhães. She has also worked as teaching artist for the Kroc Center, Community Art Center, Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston Ballet, Boston Public Libraries and Boston Public Schools. In 2014, she co-founded Costasis Arts Collective with Terina-Jasmine Alladin to support collaborations between local artists of color and community partners and presenters in an effort to diversify and expand arts engagement in Boston. She and Alladin presented their collaborative works, "I’ve picked and I’ve picked and I’ve picked; let fall" and "Oyá and Mari Jiwe" at RAW Boston, EMW Bookstore, Green Street Studios, Dance Complex and Aeronaut Brewing Company. That same year, Gabriela was selected to participate in a creative residency at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston with choreographer Reggie Wilson. The following year, she was named an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where she began her first independent choreographic project inspired by her on-going studies of Afro-Brazilian culture, under the tutelage of Reggie Wilson. Most recently, Gabriela trained, taught and presented her work at Sarayyet Ramallah in Palestine.
Annie Wang (Performer) trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the Boitsov School of Classical Ballet. She has worked with Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch, Nicole Stanton, Pia Vinson, Dance Elixir, MADArt Creative, and Boitsov Classical Ballet Company. Her choreography project, Hyperspace Dance, has presented at the 92Y, the Chocolate Factory Theater, Alvin Ailey studios, WestFest, Showroom Gowanus Gallery, and Hot Wood Arts Gallery. Annie holds a degree in computer engineering and is searching for non-trivial ways of incorporating technology into dance.