Upping the ante on dance coverage and conversation

Who We Are

 
 

Joseph Ahmed
Writer

Joseph  Ahmed (he/they) is a Philadelphia-based theater artist whose work expands into dance, circus, and interactive performance. With Daniel Park and Arianna Gass, he is a co-founder of the interactive performance company Obvious Agency,  www.obvious-agency.com, which creates original work and partners with universities and cultural institutions including Temple University and the Barnes Foundation. His solo work,  Half Magic,  an exploration of bi-racial identity through circus, storytelling, and physical theater, is currently under development as part of Philadelphia Asian Performing Artist's  Mini-Residency  Program.  READ MORE

 
 

Megan Bridge
Editor

Megan Bridge is a dancer, choreographer, curator and writer. She currently co-directs FIDGET, a platform for her collaborative work with Peter Price. She works and lives in a warehouse space in Kensington (the fidget space) with her husband and two kids.   READ MORE

 
 

Leslie Bush
Writer

Experimental performance and visual artist Leslie Bush earned a Master of Fine Arts in dance choreography and performance from Temple University in 2017, and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a focus in contemporary dance from Indiana University in 2012. Currently, she teaches dance improvisation and modern dance technique as an adjunct instructor at Rowan University, and at community art centers throughout Philadelphia. READ MORE

 
 

Christina Catanese
Writer and Editor, Board Member

Christina Catanese works across the disciplines of dance, education, environmental science, and arts administration to inspire curiosity, empathy, and connection through creative encounters with nature. READ MORE

 
 

Ellen Chenoweth
Assistant Lead Editor, April-June 2021

Ellen Chenoweth is the  Director of the Dance Presenting Series at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.   READ MORE

 
 

Thomas Choinacky
Writer

Thomas Choinacky is an interdisciplinary artist vanguard. His current artistic practice studies how architecture manipulates his body’s movement. This practice brings attention to detail and scale, including the belief that architecture is more than physical walls, but also the perception of the senses, scaled through memory. READ MORE

 
 

Emma Cohen
Editorial Board

Emma Cohen is a performing artist currently based in New York. Recently, she has worked with Gillian Walsh, Ligia Lewis, and Elena Bajo, among others. From 2017-2018, Emma participated in the Performance Research Project in Vancouver, BC. There, she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Lesley Telford, Heather Myers, Serge Bennathan, and Noam Gagnon.  READ MORE

 
 

Miryam Coppersmith
Lead Editor, April-June 2021

Miryam Coppersmith is a writer, performer, and educator. Her work combines contemporary dance, contact improvisation, theater and social dancing with a myriad of themes from Jewish identity to cybernetics to inspirations from Shakespeare. She has trained with SITI Company and Vertigo Dance Company and worked with Wirehead Theater Collective, Chautauqua Theater Company, Nicole Bindler, Nusha Martynuk, and others.  READ MORE

 
 

Mieke D
Writer

Mieke D is a mixed-race queer femme of Asian and European descent. She is a dance, theater, and performance artist committed to making work that is personal, political, and playful.   As an educator and cultural worker, she hopes to destabilize rigid definitions of race, gender, and nationhood, while celebrating the inherent resilience and intelligence of the body. READ MORE

 
 

Lu Donovan
Writer

Lu Donovan (they/them) is a dancer, educator, and organizer living in Philadelphia. Their work prioritizes indulgence and researches strategies of queer-ing the mundane. Their pandemic-practice has sat them within the four walls of their bedroom, combining dear diary entries with...just trying to feel sensation. They have shown original pieces at the Icebox Project Space, Fringe Arts, Headlong, as well as self-produced pieces in fields, basements, and apartments across the city.  READ MORE

 
 

Anna Drozdowski
Co-founder, Writer and Editor

Through Ladybird, Anna embarks on international projects in organizational development, mutual understanding and research--most often in dance.  Along with artists who make honest, ambitious work she remains curious about like-minds in far-flung places who are interested in the individual and the body. READ MORE

 
 

Annielille (Ani) Gavino
Editorial Board

Annielille Gavino is a Filipinx movement artist, researcher, writer, and cultural worker. As the director of Ani/Malayaworks, an interdisciplinary project-based dance company, Gavino uses dance as a storytelling element for exploring ancestral memories, spiritual journeys, and community-based art centered on decolonial art activism, particularly from a Filipinx immigrant lens.   READ MORE

 
 

Eleanor Goudie-Averill
Writer

Eleanor Goudie-Averill is a dance artist and educator based in New York City.  Since graduating with her MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa, she has served as a professor at Temple University, Bucknell University, Franklin & Marshall College, and the University of Kansas, and also as Associate Director of Dance at the Lawrence Arts Center.  Ellie has danced professionally for a variety of choreographers, including Susan Rethorst, Lucinda Childs, and Bronwen MacArthur, and performed with Group Motion Multimedia Dance Theater for five seasons.      READ MORE

 
 
 

Darcy Grabenstein
Writer and Editor

Darcy Grabenstein is a freelance writer and poet who has had a lifelong love affair with dance.  Her earliest dance memories are of her stereotypical ballet teacher, Mrs. DeMarko, frowning and banging a wooden staff on the dance floor for added emphasis. An avowed ballet school dropout, Darcy later was introduced to the genres of international and Israeli folk dance. READ MORE

 
 

Caitlin Green
Writer

Caitlin is a Philadelphia-based freelance dance artist with a Master's degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Drexel University (2019). In her work, she tends to concentrate on the body's role in wellness, individuality, and expressions of personal and collective narratives. As a freelance dance artist, Caitlin has choreographed and co-created works featured in Philly Fringe Festival, RAW Artist showcase (Baltimore), EMERGE Earthdance multidisciplinary artist residency, and the Painted Bride Art Center’s artist residency, Building Bridges. READ MORE

 
 

Maddie Hopfield
Writer

Maddie Hopfield is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and preschool teacher from Culver City, California. She graduated from Bard College with BAs in Dance and Written Arts before moving to Philadelphia. She enjoys studying various dance styles, and endlessly questions what it means to be a societally conscious dance-maker.  READ MORE

 
 

Nadia Khayrallah
Writer

Nadia Khayrallah is a dance artist, writer, and general menace engaged deeply, critically, and irreverently with history and tradition. A graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, she currently works with Jonah Bokaer Choreography, Gotham Dance Theater, eSKay Arts Collective, Artists by Any Other Name, and EBDance. She has co-directed music videos for the artists Zahed Sultan and Alethea and has presented work for the stage and screen through Dixon Place, Queens College Arts Festival, Chez Bushwick, Queensboro Dance Festival, Screendance Miami, YallaPunk, Dancers Unlimited, and the ModArts Move to Change Festival.  READ MORE

 
 

Gregory King
Writer and Editor, Board Co-Chair

Gregory King is a culturally responsive educator, performance artist, activist, and movement maker who received his MFA in Choreographic Practice and Theory from Southern Methodist University and is certified in Elementary Labanotation from the Dance Notation Bureau. His dance training began at the Washington Ballet and continued at American University and Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has participated in the Horton Project in conjunction with the Library of Congress and has performed with Rebecca Kelly Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Erick Hawkins Dance Company, New York Theatre Ballet, Donald Byrd /The Group, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, New York City Opera, and Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway. READ MORE

 
 

Andrew Sargus Klein
Writer

Andrew Sargus Klein is a poet, editor and performer who lives in Baltimore with his partner Lynne Price. Together they curate the interdisciplinary performance series States & Drives as well as create their own work. Andrew is the author of the poetry chapbook Bluemore (Furniture Press Books, 2014), and his work has been published in Everyday Genius, Fruita Pulp, and Harlequin Creature.  READ MORE

 
 

Lisa Kraus
Co-founder

Lisa began writing to chronicle teaching Trisha Brown’s 'Glacial Decoy' to the Paris Opera Ballet in 2003. Since then her articles and essays have been published in Dance Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dance Advance Archive and many more. She also curates the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series. READ MORE

 
 

Emilee Lord
Writer

Emilee Lord is a visual and performing artist based in Brooklyn. Her art, lectures, and reflections investigate the multiple ways through which a drawing can be made, performed, and defined.  Her work has been performed and been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Toronto, and Reykjavik. READ MORE

 
 

L. Graciella Maiolatesi
Co-Managing Director, Writer, and Editor

L. Graciella Maiolatesi (pronouns she/they/we) is a Queer-Black-Femme multidisciplinary-artist, educator, and scholar, currently receiving her M.F.A in Dance from Temple University. She is the Artistic Director of Femme Noire Movement Collective (FNMC), which is currently based in Philadelphia, PA. FNMC works to create intersectional movement investigations that liberate and witness Black-Femme bodies, spaces, and modes of being. Maiolatesi’s creative process works to curate space in which Black narratives can be birthed, breathed, and celebrated.  READ MORE

 
 

nikolai mckenzie ben rema
Writer

nikolai is a multidisciplinary dance theater artist, writer, storyteller, and amateur genealogist, whose work is fed by their identity as a queer, multiracial, interclass, intercaste immigrant from Jamaica. nikolai’s Philly performance highlights include the works of Jumatatu m. Poe and Jermone Donte Beacham, Gunnar Montana, Vince Johnson, Kingsley Ibeneche, Wally Cain Carbonell, Bryan Koulman, and Kun-Yang Lin alongside their own works. nikolai is a firm believer in the liberation of black and brown bodies and minds through movement, inviting softness, vulnerability, weirdness, uncool, and tender surrender into their movement practice.  READ MORE

 
 

Carolyn Merritt
Writer and Editor

  Carolyn is an anthropologist, writer and dancer.  She is the author of Tango Nuevo (University Press of Florida, 2012), part memoir and part ethnographic study of contemporary Argentine tango.  Carolyn teaches courses in anthropology and performance studies at Bryn Mawr College.               READ MORE

 
 

Leila Mire
Writer

Leila Mire is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, educator, researcher, and writer whose study focuses on the intersection between gender and politics. She has performed and created work nationally and internationally. Mire has written for Maryland Theatre Guide and is published for her research on “Orientalism and the Perpetuation of Racist Stereotypes in the Nutcracker.”  READ MORE

 
 

Rhonda Moore
Writer, Board Member

 For Rhonda Moore, putting words on paper is a choreographic process--from the mind to the blank sheet and then on to the observation and interpretation of all who may witness what is always, on some level a look inside someone else’s personal experience.  Everything Moore does, sees, and reacts to (or not) is colored by the indelible mark living in movement and dance has bestowed upon her. READ MORE

 
 

Colin Murray
Writer and Editor

Colin is pursuing a PhD in Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. His dissertation research focuses on legal sovereignty and masculine performance in French ballet of the early-nineteenth century. Prior to joining Temple, he practiced corporate law in San Francisco and Los Angeles, representing businesses as well as nonprofit organizations and their donors.  READ MORE

 
 

C. Kemal Nance
Editor, Decolonizing Dance Writing

A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Nance    is a performer, choreographer, and scholar of African Diasporic Dance. Attendees at the Colloquium of Black Arts in Bahia, Salvador knighted him “Kibon” – the name of a Brazilian ice cream to reflect the “delicious time“ they experienced in his movement class. Nance is a master teacher of the Umfundalai technique of African dance and has recently been named “Oluko,” the highest honor given to the technique’s dance masters.  READ MORE

 
 

Kara Nepomuceno
Writer

Kara Nepomuceno (pronouns she/her) is a writer and educator moving towards futures of abundance through language and dance. Her vision for the future is informed by Philippine dance forms, which teach her about storytelling, critical discomfort, and embodied ways of knowing. Joining thINKingDANCE in February 2021, Kara has written for The Dancer-Citizen, The Oberlin Review, and the anthology Dance Adventures: True Stories of Dance Abroad (Megan Taylor Morrison, December 2020). Her undergraduate honors thesis, “Moving Honestly” wove personal narrative, research, and dancemaking to describe codified pangalay in Manila and the United States.   READ MORE

 
 

Dana Nichols
Writer

Dana Nichols is a contemporary dancer, teacher, and cultural-critic based in Philadelphia, PA. She holds a BA in English Literature & Africana Studies from Haverford College. She spent 7 years dancing with Philadanco! (The Philadelphia Dance Company) in both the 2nd and 1st companies. She is Conservatory Manager and Ballet Mistress at Danse4Nia Conservatory in Germantown. READ MORE

 
 

Lauren Putty White
Writer

Lauren Putty White has performed internationally with the world-renowned Parsons dance company, PHILADANCO, and has choreographed for BalletX , Grace Dance Theatre, Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University. She has taught as an adjunct at University of the Arts,  Stockton University and Temple University as well as the high school level for the School District of Philadelphia. Lauren co-founded Putty Dance Project, with her musician husband, producing socially conscious critically acclaimed works.  READ MORE

 
 

Kenwyn Samuel
Writer, Advertising Manager

Kenwyn Samuel is a Philadelphia-based  multidisciplinary  performance artist and an engineer of immersive experiences striving to build bridges of empathy and advocacy.  They have a BA in theatre from Rowan University and their work has been shown in  Free Fringe Philly and at  the Rowan  Lab Theater.  They are a recipient of a 2020 Art & Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation for their project VISIBILITYtalks.   Kenwyn moves through the world with a drive to create inclusive and accessible multimedia content, focused on the expansion of the definition of journalism and of the generalized perception of the “artist.” READ MORE

 
 

Kristen Shahverdian
Writer and Editor

Kristen Shahverdian (she/her) is a teacher, writer and former dancer. She holds an MA in Socially Engaged Art from Moore College of Art & Design, an MFA from Temple University in dance, and a BA from Hamilton College in history and dance. Her research is focused on how we witness performances and visual depictions of trauma, violence, and disease.  READ MORE

 
 

Kalila Kingsford Smith
Co-Managing Director, Editorial Board

Philadelphia native Kalila Kingsford Smith is an independent choreographer,  performer,  dance educator, and writer.  She relishes the challenge of creating movement    and experiences that are interactive and accessible. She is an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University and has  worked as a performer and choreographer with Dancefusion. She has a MA in Dance from Temple University. Kalila received her undergraduate degrees in Dance and Anthropology from the  University of Michigan.  READ MORE

 
 

Jonathan Stein
Writer and Editor, Board Member

Jonathan Stein  has retired from a 50 year career in anti-poverty lawyering at Community Legal Services where he had been Executive Director and General Counsel, and remains Of Counsel.   He has taken modern dance and contact improvisation  class since the  70s and 80s,  and performed in two dozen dances since 1989,  include  Headlong Dance Theater's  Cell  and Jerome Bel’s  The Show Must Go On.   He has written and edited for tD since its 2011 founding. READ MORE

 
 

Zornitsa Stoyanova
Writer and Editor

 Zornitsa Stoyanova is a multidisciplinary performance artist, writer for thinkingdance.net and a mom of two little boys. A native of Bulgaria, she creates, produces and presents performing art and video under the name Here[begin] Dance. She questions the ideas of the constructed structures of performance and pushes the boundaries of social propriety. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent work, which focuses on abstracting the female body, feminist ideas and imagery.      READ MORE

 
 

Kat J. Sullivan
Editor and Board Member

Kat J. Sullivan is a Philly-based dancer, choreographer, writer, and photographer.  In addition to writing, editing, and serving on the board for thINKingDANCE,  she   performs with local artists in her own and others' choreographies, and improvises as a way of research and knowing. Kat is currently persuing her MFA in Dance at Temple University. Her body of work and all her doings can be found on her website.   READ MORE

 
 

Karl Surkan
Writer and Editor

 Karl Surkan is an educator, performing arts critic, cellist, cultural theorist, and freelance writer, based in Northwest Philadelphia and Boston. He has a Ph.D. in English with a Feminist Studies minor from the University of Minnesota and has been teaching primarily in gender and sexuality studies for the past 20 years in a variety of locations, including MIT, Tufts, UMass-Boston, Temple, and Swarthmore. READ MORE

 
 

Mira Treatman
Writer and Editor

Mira Treatman is a dance-theatre artist who creates performances stemming from experimental research. Described by Julius Ferraro in thINKingDANCE as “not graceful,” she works to reframe what dancing bodies mean on stage, screen, and site. Born, raised, and rooted in the city of Philadelphia, she is committed to connecting people around ideas and meaningful experiences across social and choreographic boundaries.   READ MORE

 
 

Whitney Weinstein
Writer and Editor

Whitney H. Weinstein arrived in Philadelphia in 2008 to expand on her small-town life in Lancaster, PA.  Upon completion of her BFA in dance at Temple University, Whitney continued to teach, choreograph, and perform with coEXIST Dance Company.  She is thrilled to be  writing for thINKingDANCE, and is currently pursuing a Master's in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling. READ MORE

 
 

Kristi Yeung
Writer

Kristi Yeung is a writer and dancer. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to the East Coast to attend Princeton University, earning an A.B. in English Literature and a Certificate in Neuroscience. From there, she moved to New York City, where she pursued a career in advertising copywriting by day and trained with various hip-hop–based dance companies by night. She has performed with aKompany, SHINSA, The Neighbors, and EPIC Motion.  READ MORE

 
 
 

PAST CONTRIBUTORS AND GUESTS

We began in 2011 with a cohort of 21 writers. Some are still writing for TD and others have moved on. We occasionally invite guest writers to submit a piece. READ MORE

 
 

Alen Amini

Alen Amini is a management consultant and the executive director of Carry the Future, a non-profit organization committed to supporting refugee families across the world. He was previously a high school math teacher and vice principal in Southeast Arkansas, and he holds an MBA from the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Although he is not a dancer, he enjoys following the Philadelphia dance scene.   READ MORE

 
 

Hadar Ahuvia

Hadar Ahuvia is a thINKing DANCE guest writer. She is a Brooklyn based performer, choreographer, and educator making dances grounded in physical research and political consciousness. She performs her own work and that of established and emerging choreographers throughout NYC. Ahuvia was raised in Israel and the U.S., trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and she earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.  READ MORE

 
 

Mariadela Belle Alvarez
Guest Writer

Honduran born, Philippine and USA raised, Mariadela  Belle  Alvarez is a  Los Angeles based performing artist shaped and molded by 10 years of creating, performing, and teaching throughout Philadelphia.  A soulful storyteller, Alvarez creates dance theater and facilitates educational engagement at the intersections of activism, culture, and community organizing.   READ MORE

 
 

Lisa Bardarson

  Lisa Bardarson has danced with South Street Dance Company,  Dance Conduit and independent choreographers Philip Grosser and Jano Cohen, to name a few.  In addition to her own choreography, Bardarson’s eclectic background includes in-depth study at the Laban Institute for Movement Studies and a fifteen year practice in bodywork.    READ MORE

 
 

Mohan Bell

Mohan Bell is an elementary school teacher by day, poet and playwright by night. He studied English Literature and African American studies at Brooklyn College and holds a Masters from Hunter College. Unbeknownst to most people, he secretly still nurtures his childhood desire to be a dancer. READ MORE

 
 

Nicole Bindler
Writer and Editor

Nicole Bindler is a dance-maker, Body-Mind Centering® practitioner, writer, and activist. Her work has been presented at festivals, conferences, and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. Recent projects include teaching about consent culture and disability justice in contact improvisation; somatic research on the embryology of the genitalia from a non-binary perspective; and collaborations with Diyar Theatre in Bethlehem, Palestine. www.nicolebindler.com READ MORE

 
 

Meredith Bove

 Meredith Bove is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and writer currently based in the Washington, DC area. She approaches movement as a mode for understanding the body as a process-oriented,  unfixed, and continuously evolving entity. Her work has been seen at various venues and  festivals in the US and in Berlin, Germany.  READ MORE

 
 

Lynn Matluck Brooks
Former writer, former editor-in-chief

Lynn Matluck Brooks founded the Dance Program at Franklin & Marshall College in 1984 and served as its head for over 30 years. The recipient of awards for her dance teaching and her research in dance history, Brooks has also written reviews for  Dance Magazine, served as editor of  Dance Research Journal  and  Dance Chronicle: Studies in Dance and the Related Arts, and published books and scholarly articles. She specializes in modern dance, baroque dance and notation, movement analysis, dance writing, and dance history. READ MORE

 
 

Ashley Brown
Guest Writer

Ashley Brown is a Brooklyn-based performer with the DynamitExperience, teaches dance and technical theatre at Brooklyn Prospect High School and is the K-12 Dance Coordinator for Prospect Schools Network. She collaborates with Shining Light, as a teaching artist, for 2-week long Impact workshops held in jail/prison facilities and as a way to process and bring awareness to her experiences with Shining Light, she choreographed and performed, "BARS: You See Boundaries, I See Freedom" at TEDxColumbia University 2019.    READ MORE

 
 

Cecily Campbell
Guest Writer

Cecily Campbell is from Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a B.F.A.in dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She was a company member of… READ MORE

 
 

Chris Deephouse
Comptroller, Webmaster

Chris Deephouse' current passion for dance started with a contact improvisation class in 1992. He studied   and practiced CI for 10 years, and  meanwhile  branched out to swing, waltz, contra dance, and other social dances. He   is an enthusiastic follower of contemporary dance at places like FringeArts, Next Move, Mascher Space, and BalletX. He joined  thINKingDANCE  as treasurer in 2014 and stepped into the  role of General Manager early in 2018.  READ MORE

 
 

Thomas Devaney
Guest Writer

Thomas Devaney is a poet and the author of Getting to Philadelphia (Hanging Loose Press), You Are the Battery (Black Square Editions), The Picture that Remains with photographer Will Brown (The Print Center), and co-director of the film Bicentennial City (2020) with Greenhouse Media. His work is featured in Best American Poetry 2019 and the lit hub name Blue Stoop: A Home for Philly was adopted after his poem “The Blue Stoop.” Devaney is a 2014 Pew Fellow and he teaches at Haverford College.  READ MORE

 
 

Julie Diana

Julie Diana is a principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet and a former principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet. She holds a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania and has written for various publications including Playbill, Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, and Dance Spirit. She is married to PA Ballet principal dancer Zachary Hench with whom she has two children. READ MORE

 
 

Patriann Edwards
Guest Writer

Patriann Edwards is a multidisciplinary performing artist, dance educator & independent cultural researcher from Trinidad and Tobago. Extensively trained in dance and the fire arts, Patriann holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts - Dance, from the University of Trinidad & Tobago. READ MORE

 
 

Amelia Rose Estrada
Writer

Amelia Rose Estrada is a Philadelphia-based freelance performer, choreographer, educator, and writer. She received an honors B.A. in Dance and Classical Studies from Swarthmore College. She currently performs with Brian Sanders' JUNK, Megan Flynn Dance Company, and Timbeque.  READ MORE

 
 

Julius Ferraro

Julius Ferraro is a journalist, performer, playwright, and project manager based in Philadelphia. READ MORE

 
 

Meg Foley

Meg Foley is a dance artist and the director of Moving Parts, a name ascribed to various dance- and performance-based actions that explore the materiality of dance and its relationship to form. To that end, she has recently recommitted to an improvisational solo practice. She loves to watch, reflect on, and talk about performance and is very excited to flex those muscles in a more structured way in the thINKingDANCE project. READ MORE

 
 

Michael Foley
Guest Writer

Michael Foley (Professor of Dance, University of South Florida) has been dancing, teaching, and choreographing internationally for over 25 years. His choreography… READ MORE

 
 

Ellen Gerdes

Ellen Gerdes currently teaches dance, its theory, and its education at Temple University, Drexel University, the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures School, and in Philadelphia’s public schools. Her work as a dance educator is deeply informed by her ethnographic research and written scholarship on dance of the Chinese Diaspora. She is a member of the Mendelssohn Club Choir and the Leah Stein Dance Company. READ MORE

 
 

Christina Gesualdi

Originally from Bucks County and currently a resident of Fishtown, Christina has spent the last eight years galavanting around Philly appreciating the generous and sincere art community here. Christina enjoys folding choreography, performance, movement education, and arts administration and advocacy into her artistic pursuits and curiosities.  READ MORE

 
 

Kristen Gillette

Kristen Gillette (TD Intern and Writer) is a senior Magazine Journalism undergrad at Temple University looking to learn more about arts criticism and writing, driven by her new passion for dance. After taking dance lessons as a child, Kristen returned to ballet as an adult and blogs about her experience at Adultballerinaproject.com. READ MORE

 
 

Ama Ma'at Gora

Ama Ma’at Gora is an emerging choreographer and movement artist. She graduated from Georgian Court University receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Throughout her college years she trained with various choreographers including Jessica Chen, Silvana Cardell, and Earl Mosley.  READ MORE

 
 

Jazelynn Goudy
Guest Writer

Jazelynn Goudy is a dancer, educator, veteran, artist, and homie from Milwaukee, WI. She's danced with Ko-Thi West African Dance Company children’s ensemble (Ton-Ko-Thi) and later trained as an apprentice under Mama Fern Caulker-Bronson. After graduating from performing arts school, she joined the United States Air Force as a security forces officer. After her military service, she dedicated her life to education, community service, and dance.  READ MORE

 
 

Patricia Graham

Patricia seeks the indelible center of cultural joy, following an eclectic path of interest in that pursuit; curiously  seeking other travelers; seriously selecting threads. Her inquiries are presently couched in teaching dance appreciation and other circuitous endeavors. She studies Afro-Cuban percussion and is a vocal and movement improviser. She holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Temple University, Magna Cum Laude. READ MORE

 
 

Sara Graybeal

 Sara Graybeal is a writer, teaching artist, and spoken word performer living in Philadelphia.  She is a member of the Backyard Writers’ Fiction Workshop and the  founder of the Poeticians, a group of young activist poets based in the neighborhood  of Point Breeze. READ MORE

 
 

Beau Hancock

Beau Hancock is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and educator. He earned his MFA in Dance from Temple University, where he was a University Fellow and Rose Vernick Choreographic Achievement Award recipient.   As a choreographer, he frequently collaborates with Eleanor Goudie-Averill as the company Stone Depot, most recently presenting in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. READ MORE

 
 

K.J. Holmes
Guest Writer

K.J. Holmes is a dance artist, actor, singer and writer who explores improvisation as process and performance through the lens of somatics, poetics and experience.  She resides in Brooklyn NY where she is an adjunct at NYU/ETW and at Movement Research and travels worldwide teaching and performing.  She first studied with Nancy Stark Smith in 1981, and holds her to be one of her most valued teachers, inspiration, and friend. READ MORE

 
 

Jenna Horton

 Jenna Horton lives in Philadelphia as a performance artist, thinker, and maverick theatre maker. She is currently meditating for 20 minutes a day and actively investigating  independently led learning outside of an institution. She loves the live arts for providing  a place to explore how bodies breathe and think and speak. www.jennahorton.com READ MORE

 
 

Germaine Ingram
Guest Writer

Guest contributor Germaine Ingram is a percussive dancer, choreographer, vocal improviser, and composer.  Her projects deal with collective memory, history, and social justice themes.  She is a 2010 Pew Fellow, a Leeway Foundation Transformation Awardee, and recipient of numerous project grants.   READ MORE

 
 

Julie B. Johnson

Julie B. Johnson, a Baltimore native and longtime New York resident, is thrilled to call Philadelphia her new home.  She is an Artistic Director of Evolve Dance Inc., and a first-year PhD student in the Dance Program at Temple University, working on community interaction through choreography, education, performance, and collaboration.  READ MORE

 
 

Achaetey Kabal
Guest Writer

Achaetey Kabal (Assistant Production Manager, Five College Dance Department) is a queer mixed Arab stage manager, production manager, sound engineer, technical… READ MORE

 
 

Kirsten Kaschock

Kirsten Kaschock is the author of three books of poetry: The Dottery,  A Beautiful Name for a Girl,  and  Unfathoms. Sleight--her novel about performance, artistic responsibility, and atrocity--is available from Coffee House Press. She is currently on faculty at Drexel University. READ MORE

 
 

Maurya Kerr
Guest Writer

Maurya Kerr is a bay area-based choreographer, educator, performer, writer, and artistic director of tinypistol. She was an ODC artist-in-residence from… READ MORE

 
 

Jenny Kessler

Jenny Kessler is an illustrator and graphic designer based in West Philadelphia. She’s designed marketing materials for theater companies (fledgling and established), musicians, and non-profits, as well as invitations for wedding parties. In addition to her work as a visual artist, she also has training in directing, costume design, prosthetic makeup production, and classical vocal performance.  READ MORE

 
 

Lily Kind
Guest Writer

Lily Kind is a dance artist and producer. She is interested in how comedy works, what our bodies know, the social functions of dance, and the possibility of being a locally responsible artist in a world of global capitalism.  READ MORE

 
 

Kilian Kröll

  Kilian Kröll, Certified Executive Coach, dancer, published writer and President of Third Culture Coach, earned a B.A. in English from Haverford College and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of East London. Kilian grew up in a bilingual family of classical musicians in Germany, Austria and the U.S. He teaches creative executives how to thrive where cultural and vocational worlds intersect.           READ MORE

 
 

Lydia Platón Lázaro
Guest Writer

Independent scholar, writer, cultural producer, performer, and community arts promoter READ MORE

 
 

Amelia Longo

Amelia has worked in arts administration for the past five years, and sees live dance as often as possible.  She has a background in creative and academic writing.  Thinking about dance critically and exploring journalistic writing will be an adventure. READ MORE

 
 

Roxanne Lyst

  Roxanne Lyst has been a member of Ailey II, Philadanco, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also performed with Dance Iquail and Waheed Works. Ms. Lyst is currently on faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross Campus. She has taught at the Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, Philadanco, and Brooklyn Ballet.  READ MORE

 
 

Jay Oatis

A 2013 Temple University Diamond Research Scholars grant recipient, Jay Oatis is a South Philadelphia based freelance dance artist. He has performed in works by Larry Keigwin, Megan Mazarick, Kyle Abraham and Beau Hancock.  READ MORE

 
 

Lynnette Young Overby

Dance is a central part of her life and has evolved through many roles including elementary school teacher, researcher, choreographer, teaching artist, and arts advocate. She is a collaborator, interpreter, and engager with the deeply held belief that every person should have the opportunity to experience dance as a unique and integral embodied form of communication.  READ MORE

 
 

Megan Mazarick
Guest Writer

Megan Mazarick is a choreographer and teacher. Growing up, she took  dance classes with her mom at a super dope dance studio that  encouraged creativity and loving the skin you are in. As a choreographer, she makes work that is humorous, political, theatrical, and personal, often including a stop motion physicality and love of  fantasy. She has shown work internationally and throughout the USA. READ MORE

 
 

Janna Meiring
Writer and Editor

Janna Meiring is a performing artist, improviser, teacher, and writer. The core of her interest lies in the body as site, resource, archive, and connecting-point to all things--tangible and intangible. She seeks to rattle-up and give form to the deepest knowings that are held in the body in order to reweave a new personal and collective narrative.  READ MORE

 
 

Zoë McNichols

Zoë McNichols is a curator and cultural programmer currently incubating their practice in Philadelphia. They approach critical writing from the intersection of experience and theory-fiction, with an investment in everyday life as performance. Their interests include contemporary art and design of many mediums, speculating about communist futures, dance music, and astrology. READ MORE

 
 

Kieron Sargeant
Guest Writer

Kieron Sargeant is a Trinidadian-born choreographer, dancer, researcher, percussionist, and aspiring visual artist. He received his MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University and Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education with a Minor in Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies. READ MORE

 
 

Jen Passios
Guest Writer

Jen Passios (she/her) is an artist-athlete, wordsmith, and dance educator powered by improvisation. READ MORE

 
 

Debbie Shapiro

Debbie Shapiro helps artists and inspiring people get their work done, and currently serves as a consultant for various small companies around town. Her fascination with dance and culture has traveled with her through the years and to the various places she has called home including New York, Paris, Israel, and Philadelphia. She holds an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University. READ MORE

 
 

Preeti Pathak
Writer

Preeti Pathak is a feminist human rights activist, community artist, and blogger. Preeti is the chair of PAVE Philly, which works to empower survivors and communities to end sexual violence by creating safe spaces for healing and dialogue. Her work explores the intersection of art and activism and how these tools can help us to learn, grow, and connect.  READ MORE

 
 

Toni Shapiro-Phim
Guest Writer

Toni Shapiro-Phim has a PhD in cultural anthropology from Cornell University. She’s held teaching and research appointments at the University of California-Berkeley, Yale University and Bryn Mawr College, focusing on dance, migration, war and social justice. Currently Director of Programs at the Philadelphia Folklore Project, a non-profit arts and social justice organization, she has spent years overseas working with artists in times of war and war’s aftermath. READ MORE

 
 

Leonard Perez
Guest Writer

LEONARD PEREZ, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has trained in Spanish dance with the Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater and in ballet and… READ MORE

 
 

Peter Price

Peter Price is a composer, digital artist, and media theorist. He co-directs thefidget space in Philadelphia, a research laboratory for new forms of art, performance, and media. He holds a PhD from the European Graduate School in Switzerland. READ MORE

 
 

Rick Snyderman
Guest writer

Rick Snyderman as been a gallery owner since 1972, when he joined Ruth Snyderman at the Works Gallery, representing selected artists working in figurative, narrative, and functional ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber and wood. READ MORE

 
 

Nicole Sonsini
Guest Writer

Nicole Sonsini is an expressive arts social worker living, working, and napping in South Philadelphia. READ MORE

 
 

Barbora Příhodová
Writer

Barbora Příhodová is a writer, editor, curator, and teacher in the field of theatre and performance design/scenography. Her writing, curatorial and research projects bridge Europe and North America, particularly through her long-term collaboration with Prague Quadrennial, the world’s largest festival and exhibit dedicated to performance design and space. She is the co-curator of PQ Talks 2019. READ MORE

 
 

Marion Ramírez
Guest Writer

Puerto Rican dance artist, Marion Ramírez, is dedicated to the art of improvisation as a tool for experiencing bodily agency and empathy. She holds a BFA from The Laban Center London and an MFA at Temple University. Since 2003, she has been immersed in the practice of Kinetic Awareness and Body-Mind Centering®, and is currently completing a Certification in Somatic Movement Therapy (Dynamic Embodiment™) with Dr. Martha Eddy. READ MORE

 
 

Megan Stern

Megan Wilson Stern is a dance artist and educator living in West Philly. Megan performs and collaborates with many local choreographers and is a dedicated practitioner of improvisation, with a particular interest in Contact Improvisation. She teaches dance to young children at Koresh School of Dance and Yoga at Temple University and is a Feldenkrais practitioner-in-training.  READ MORE

 
 

R. Eric Thomas

R. Eric Thomas is a playwright, teaching artist and storyteller. His solo show, "Will You Accept This Friend Request?" premieres in November as part of the First Person Festival. READ MORE

 
 

Scott Rodrigue

Scott Rodrigue is a psychophysical movement researcher, collaborative theatre maker, and facilitative artist. He has extensive training in a variety of Grotowski lineages, viewpoints, Suzuki, and composition. To date most of his creative work has been as a director in NYC, though he is currently working towards developing a research ensemble here in Philadelphia.  READ MORE

 
 

Laura Vriend

Laura Vriend is a doctoral candidate in Critical Dance Studies at the University of California, Riverside currently working on her dissertation project, which examines theories of space in relation to the site-based work of several Philadelphia area choreographers. When she is not writing her dissertation, Laura can be found teaching dance composition at Bryn Mawr College or making dances in her living room, kitchen, shower and dreams. READ MORE

 
 

Libby Rush
Intern

Libby Rush is currently working towards her BFA at the University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. So far, she has performed in works by Jesse Zaritt, Katie Swords-Thurman, Sidra Bell, and Douglas Becker. She also got the opportunity to dance in an exchange at the Center for Performance Research in New York City. READ MORE

 
 

Jim Rutter

Jim Rutter has covered dance and theatre in Philadelphia since 2005, where his work has appeared in Broad Street Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer and… READ MORE

 
 

Errin Weaver
Guest Writer

Errin Weaver began her dance training in African dance as a company member of Dance Afrika Dance of Cleveland, OH. She attended Tennessee State University, where she danced on a university performing arts scholarship. Upon graduation, she relocated to Chicago where she danced with the renowned Muntu Dance Theatre, under the direction of Amaniyea Payne, and performed the works of such notable choreographers as Abdel Salaam, Jeffrey Page, Monique Haley, Ronald K. Brown, and the late Pearl Primus. READ MORE

 
 

Becca Weber
Editorial Board

Becca Weber is always asking questions.  Most of the time, these investigate the places where the body meets the brain—where dance and Somatics intersect.  She is a TA and MFA Candidate at Temple University, and holds a Master’s degree in Dance & Somatic Well-Being from the University of Central Lancashire. In addition to performing, she choreographs work in Philadelphia and surrounding areas as Somanaut Dance.  READ MORE

 
 

Hannah Pearl
Guest writer

Hannah Pearl    is a Brooklyn-based arts writer originally from Philadelphia. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2016 with a BA in English and American Studies. Her thesis, “Dancing Stone: Texture, Gesture, and Non/Human Sociality,” considers questions related to choreography and socio-ecological crisis. READ MORE

 
 

Kariamu Welsh

Kariamu Welsh is a Professor of dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Kariamu is the artistic director of Kariamu & Co.: Traditions and she is the founding artistic director of the National Dance Company of Zimbabwe. READ MORE

 
 

Lauren Samblanet

 Lauren Samblanet is a poetry MFA candidate at Temple University. She recently moved to Philadelphia from Boulder, Colorado. Her work often focuses on the ways that trauma affects the  body. Her work has been published in Walkabout and Adanna, and a dance-radio piece was  published on Colorado Public Radio’s website. READ MORE

 
 

Annie Wilson

Annie Wilson is a local person who wears several different hats in the realms of dancing, performing, embodiment, and writing. She is currently interested in the audience-performer relationship and the boundaries of the self. She last wrote professionally for Philly Fiction 2. READ MORE

 
 

Cynthia J Williams
Guest Writer

Cynthia J Williams is a Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she teaches modern dance technique, dance history, improvisation,… READ MORE