Karl Anderson

has been making performance events in NYC for 25 years. Check out his stuff at slamfest.org. He has degrees in dance (CalArts) and architecture (Pratt). Drawing from myriad interests and desires, his performance events range from raw and jarring to subtle and beautiful. Sincere explorations, as opposed to popular pursuits, are at the core of his creative expressions. Feel free to say hi at karlleroyanderson@me.com.

Joan Arnold

has been a movement educator for over 30 years, teaching dance, exercise, Anusara yoga and the Alexander Technique. Formerly Director of Special Programs at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, she has performed with Johanna Boyce, Mark DeGarmo and Christopher Williams. Certified in the Art of Breathing, she has a private practice in NYC and has written on mind/body subjects for national magazines. She teaches yoga at the Ancram Opera House in the Hudson Valley and in June 2013 taught Yoga & Alexander Technique at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. www.joanarnold.com

Michelle Boulé

is a dance artist, teacher, and BodyTalk Practitioner who has been performing and teaching internationally for the past 14 years. She has danced with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (since 2001), John Scott, Deborah Hay, John Jasperse, David Wampach, Donna Uchizono, Christine Elmo, Neal Beasley, Beth Gill, among others. Her choreography has been shown at Issue Project Room, Mount Tremper Arts, Movement Research Spring Festival 2010, The Kitchen, Center for Performance Research, Danspace Project's Food for Thought, and CATCH. 2010 "Bessie" recipient for her performance and collaboration in MGPP's Last Meadow. 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. 2002 DanceWEB recipient. michelleboule.wordpress.com

Irene Dowd

is currently on the dance faculty of the Juilliard School and the Hollins University/ADF MFA program in dance, as well as a regular guest faculty at Canada's National Ballet School and the dance department at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Author of Taking Root to Fly, she has been teaching dance and kinesthetic anatomy for over 40 years. Irene has choreographed for Peggy Baker, Margie Gillis, and other solo dancers. Her work has been taught in schools and dance companies across the US, Canada, and Europe.

Bradley Teal Ellis

is a Brooklyn based improviser. Originally from North Carolina, he received a BFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Bradley has studied and practiced Contact Improvisation for 15 years with teachers Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Nita Little, K.J. Holmes and many others. He has performed improvisation at Dance Theater Workshop/NY Live Arts, MoMA PS1, Joyce Soho, 92nd Street Y, The Cunningham Studio, Movement Research at Judson Church, Performa and other institutions. Bradley has been a guest teacher at UNC-Greensboro, University of the Arts, Temple University, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), 100 Grand Studio, The New School for Dance and NYU's Experimental Theater Wing. He has presented work at DNA, The Tank and Rooftop Dance Festival and frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently performing work at The National Academy Museum with painter Jonathan Van Dyke. Bradley is a 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence at Dance New Amsterdam.

Emily Faulkner

an AmSat certified Alexander Technique teacher since 1999, performs, choreographs and teaches dance and Alexander Technique. In addition to maintaining a private practice, she teaches at the Balance Arts Center in New York, and has taught at Wesleyan University, the AmSAT AGM and the Freedom to Move Conference in New York. She has been exploring the integration of the Alexander principles with improvisation, dance and performance for over 20 years. Her work has been presented throughout New York City as well as the Edinburgh Fringe, Wesleyan University and the Philadelphia Fringe. Emily hosts and curates Tea Dances, an eclectic afternoon series featuring emerging and established artists.

Ori Flomin

His work has been seen in New York at Dance Theater Workshop, Movement Research at the Judson Church, P.S. 122, Dance New Amsterdam and internationally in Austria, Japan Norway and Israel. He teaches dance and yoga as a guest artist for several companies and schools in Europe such as P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), Sasha Waltz Company (Berlin), ImpulsTanz (Vienna), The Place (London), Culberg Ballet (Stockholm) as well as Movement Research and DNA in NYC. As a dancer, Ori performed with the Stephen Petronio Company (1991-99) for which he was also Rehearsal Director (2005-10). He also had the pleasure of working with Neil Greenberg, Molissa Fenley, Maria Hassabi and Michael Clark, among others. He is also a certified Shiatsu practitioner. www.oriflomin.com

Allison Foley

ACAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique presented her first group dance at Movement Research in 1989, during which a neon sign flashed, "OPEN." She is delighted to reconnect with MR, where she hopes to open students' minds and bodies and share 15 years of experience and experimentation teaching the Alexander Technique. She was a faculty member of Barnard College for 10 years where she originated the Alexander Technique program. She has also taught groups at the 92nd Y, Manhattan School of Music, and at home, currently on the Upper West Side, where she also teaches individual lessons.

Levi Gonzalez

is a performer and choreographer whose work has been presented throughout NYC and beyond for the past 13 years. He has performed with Donna Uchizono, John Jasperse, Juliette Mapp, Daria Faïn, ChameckiLerner, Jeremy Nelson, Dennis O'Connor, and Michael Laub, and has collaborated extensively with luciana achugar. Levi teaches regularly at Movement Research, where he also serves as Programming Advisor, and facilitates numerous workshops and dialogues with artists for various organizations. He was a 2003-04 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2006 NYFA Fellow in Choreography, and a 2010-12 BAX Artist-in-Residence.

Hristoula Harakas

is a performer, movement teacher and a Senior Pilates instructor, based in New York since 1996. She is a 2006 "Bessie" performance award recipient who has had the pleasure of working with many inspiring artists, including: Maria Hassabi (since 2002), Donna Uchizono Co (2003-10), Jodi Melnick, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith S&anchez Ruíz, Chamecki/Lerner, Levi Gonzalez, Amanda Loulaki, Jeremy Nelson and Luis Lara Malvacías. She was a regular faculty member of the Merce Cunningham Studio (2002-12) and has taught extensively in dance studios and universities in New York City and around the U.S.

David Hurwith

has been researching artistic practice and making dances since 1981. His choreography has been presented at theaters in the United States and Europe. David has trained as a facilitator in Authentic Movement, and offered the practice in a variety of settings as training for psychotherapists and artists. The anatomical visions that Mr. Hurwith has immersed himself in offer a model and methods of embodiment that enrich the human situation with imagination and belief.

K.J. Holmes

is an independent dance artist, actor, singer, and director exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981. Her influences include Contact Improvisation, BMC®, Yoga, Authentic Movement, Release techniques, Martial Dance, world vocal studies, and contemporary dance and theater. She is a graduate of the School for Body Mind Centering® (1999), the William Esper Studio (Meisner acting, 2009) and Satya Yoga (2007) of which the play between is essential to her current performance practices. K.J. teaches and performs throughout the world and has collaborated with Simone Forti, Image Lab and Steve Paxton, among many others. She has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration in Brooklyn, where she lives; is adjunct faculty at NYU/Experimental Theater Wing; and continues to teach through Movement Research. K.J. is a 2012 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and is currently performing with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People.

Ted Johnson

is a dancer who acts, sings and improvises and was recently seen in Punchdrunk's Sleep No More. Beginning in 1989, he began exploring Contact Improvisation with Andrew Marcus, and has continued that exploration with several major artists in the field, K.J. Holmes, Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung and Kirstie Simson. This practice has been an invaluable aid in developing work in the companies of Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller and Liz Lerman, with whom he will premiere a new work, Healing Wars, in 2014. He has performed improvisational dances with Kirstie Simson and Gabriel Forestieri/ProjectLimb, and has been a longtime student of Klein TechniqueTM with Barbara Mahler and Susan Klein.

Eva Karczag

is an independent dance artist. For the past four decades she has practiced, taught, and advocated explorative methods of dance making. She performs solo and collaborative work internationally. She was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979-85), and received her MFA (Dance Research Fellow) from Bennington College, VT, and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Her performance work and her teaching are both informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices.

Elise Knudson

is a New York based dancer/dance-maker. Her interest in being where ideas and actions intersect has led to occasional writing and collaborations with artists of various media. She has created about thirty long and short works which have been presented around New York City, in Canada and Mexico. She holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University and has worked with Koosil-ja/DanceKumiko, Risa Jaroslow, Luke Gutgsell and other wonderful people. Elise recently set a dance on Manhattanville College students and taught Theory and Practice of Improvisation at Yale University. She is a core member of Antititled Dialogue, a collective dedicated to the practice and performance of dance improvisation.

Joanna Kotze

came to NYC in 1998. Her work has been presented at Danspace Project, Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, NYLA Studio Series, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Roulette, Dixon Place, DNA and other venues. She is a 2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and was awarded 2013 residencies at Djerassi in CA and Bogliasco in Italy. Joanna danced with Wally Cardona for ten years and currently dances for Kimberly Bartosik/daela and Netta Yerushalmy. She has studied Klein Technique™ with Barbara Mahler since 2003, is originally from South Africa, and has a BA in Architecture from Miami University, Ohio.

Nia Love

earned her MFA in Dance with distinction from FSU. She trained in with Alicia Alonzo in ballet, Min Tanaka in Butoh, and King Osei Tutu II of Ghana. Nia Love is a two-time award recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellow Award. Presently, her work has been showcased at Sadler's Wells (London, England), The Joyce Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Central Park's Summer Stage, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space and Dancenow Festival, among others. Ms. Love has served as Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer at Manhattanville College, Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence College, Smith College, and Florida State University.

Barbara Mahler

is a widely respected performer, choreographer, movement educator and a recipient of a BAX 10 award for 2013 in Arts Education. She travels extensively as a guest artist to many festivals and colleges across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Barbara is a master teacher of and major contributor in the development and outreach of Klein Technique™. Currently, she is an ongoing faculty member with Movement Research and the Theater School/Dance Division in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her studies in the field of movement span a huge spectrum of forms, aesthetics, and ideas. She received a BA in dance from Hunter College, NYC, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her choreographic vision and passion is the small and intimate dance. Barbara has been a recipient of the Sage Cowles Land Grant, Meet the Composer, and was a 2000-02 and 2006-08 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a recipient of CAVE residency, and a member of LEAP, 2011-12. Barbara is also a body worker- faculty and certified practitioner of ZeroBalancing. www.barbaramahler.net

Luis Lara Malvacías

is a Venezuelan choreographer, dancer, dance teacher and visual artist. He has danced in the work of Jeremy Nelson, David Zambrano, John Jasperse and in his own choreography. He has presented his work at DTW, P.S. 122, Danspace Project, The Kitchen and Joyce SoHo, among others. He has taught and created work at several colleges and institutions in the U.S. He regularly teaches and presents work in many countries in Europe, South America, North America and Asia. He was a 1998-99 and 2002-03 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2006 DNA Artist-in-Residence and a recipient of a 2006 NYFA Fellowship for choreography.

Juliette Mapp

is a dancer, teacher and choreographer based in NYC. Juliette has taught and performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. She has been on the faculty of The George Washington University, Hunter College and Fordham University and currently teaches at The New School. Juliette is a 2013 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. She received a “Bessie” in 2002 for her dancing and one in 2008 for choreography.

Clare Maxwell

teaches the Alexander Technique privately and on the faculty of the William Esper Acting Studio in NYC. She trained at ACAT in 2000 and was certified in 2010 with Jessica Wolf/The Art of Breathing. She is also inspired by the Dart Process work of Joan and Alex Murray. In every class, Clare experiments with the basic principles of the Alexander Technique applied to movements that underlie all styles of dance. Clare has recently been healing shoulder and hip injuries by working in prone with micro-crawling, rolling, push, pull, and reach patterns that follow the spiral design of our musculature.

Charles Mosey

has been practicing, researching, facilitating, and teaching Contact Improvisation for over 20 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work in depth with Daniel Lepkoff and Nancy Stark Smith.

Jeremy Nelson

is a dancer/choreographer and teacher. He was a member of the Stephen Petronio Dance Company, and has also danced in the work of David Zambrano, Susan Rethorst, Luis Lara Malvacías, in his own work, and with improviser Kirstie Simson. He was the recipient of a "Bessie" for performance and in 2004 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for choreography. In the last 25 years he has taught classes/workshops in over 30 countries at venues including Movement Research, ADF, ImPulsTanz, P.A.R.T.S., and the Sasha Waltz Company. He is presently Head of the Dance Department at the Danish National School of Performing Arts.

Lisa Nelson

is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the 70s. She performs, teaches and creates dances in diverse spaces on many continents, and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, Scott Smith, and Tuning Band-Brussels. She co-edits Contact Quarterly since 77 and was encouraged by a "Bessie" in 1987 and an Alpert Award in 2002. In mid-October, she'll present a collaborative work with Paxton at DIA: Chelsea. She lives in Vermont.

Jennifer Nugent

has had the pleasure of dancing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2009-2013 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007. She has also had opportunities to work intensively with Daniel Lepkoff, Nina Winthrop, Lisa Race, Yin Mei, Doug Elkins, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Kate Weare, Martha Clarke, Gerri Houlihan, and Dale Andre. Jennifer was a 2008 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and has taught and performed her own work at festivals, theaters, and universities throughout the U.S., Korea, Russia, and Vietnam.

Margaret Paek

is dedicated to collaboration and sees dance as a life practice. She is a Lower Left collective artist (www.lowerleft.org) and is deeply influenced by her relationships with Contact Improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Loren Dempster, and her daughter. Margaret teaches at Marymount Manhattan and Manhattanville Colleges, and has taught at the International Contact Festival Freiburg, Kontakt Budapest, and the Swedish Dance Alliance. She received her MFA from Hollins University/ADF. www.margaretpaek.com

Ann Rodiger

as been teaching the Alexander Technique in NYC for over 30 years. She is the founder and director of Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program in NYC. She is the producer of Freedom to Move Conferences, Dance and the Alexander Technique. Ann has also taught dance at universities including U. of Illinois, U. of Hawaii, and U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She makes regular trips to Europe to teach the Alexander Technique. Her private practice includes dancers, actors, singers, painters, and students from all walks of life.

Shelley Senter

has been critically recognized and awarded for her distinct approach to movement, both as an independent artist and as a collaborator/performer with many distinguished artists around the globe. She is a member of Lower Left artist collective and a repetiteur of the seminal works of Trisha Brown and Yvonne Rainer, which she stages internationally. A renowned teacher of the Alexander Technique, she has been investigating the application of the principles of this technique to the performing body and mind for nearly two decades.

Vicky Shick

has been involved in the NYC dance community since the late 1970s, performing, choreographing, and teaching. A member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company for 6 years, she has also worked with many other NYC-based choreographers and has made dances for over 20 years. She received "Bessies" for performance (1985) and choreography (2003), and most recently showed work in April at Danspace Project. In addition to showing her work at Danspace, DTW, The Kitchen, and P.S 122 she has made dances for Arizona State, Barnard College and George Washington University. Shick teaches regularly in Europe and the U.S., mostly for Movement Research, and for the last 12 years at Hunter College. She was a 2006 grant recipient from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.

Kathy Westwater

Her major works have explored the built environments of landfills and parks ("PARK"), phenomena of war and pain ("Macho"), human and animal culture ("twisted, tack, broken"), psycho-physical states of fear ("Dark Matter"), and interactive virtual environments ("The Fortune Cookie Dance"). As performer, she has appeared in works by Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, Sally Silvers, K.J. Holmes, Clarinda Mac Low, and Merián Soto & Pepón Osorio. Westwater teaches improvisation and composition at Sarah Lawrence College where she also received an MFA.

Facilitator Bios

Zena Bibler is a Brooklyn-based artist and co-founder of The Movement Party and Fleet Moves Dance Festival with Katie Schetlick. She is interested in improvisation structures and site-specific performance, using movement as a means of experiencing diverse environments--uncovering their histories, secret meanings, serendipities, and previously unimagined possibilities. www.zenabibler.com

Sara Genoves-Sylvan, a native New Yorker, is interested in the creative process and improvisation. She graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA-Dance program cum laude, and has since worked and performed with Alex Ketley's The Foundry, Yaa Samar! Dance Theater, Abigail Levine, and will be performing with The Metropolitan Opera in 2014. Sara has also presented her own work in the Fourth Arts Block Festival in New York City and Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Cape Cod.

Chisa Hidaka, MD, directs the Dolphin Dance Project (www.dolphin-dance.org) in which, together with partner Ben Harley, she brings together wild dolphins and trained human dancers to co-create underwater dances in the open ocean, and to present the dances on film. Her approach to improvising with wild dolphins stems from her 25+ practice of Contact Improvisation (CI), which she has studied with many wonderful teachers, including Nancy Stark Smith. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors and the CI Committee of Earthdance, where she has curated and co-facilitated several CI Jam events. A graduate of Barnard College and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, she currently teaches anatomy in the Barnard Dance Department through a course developed based on her training in dance improvisation and experience in orthopedics research. In Dolphin Dance Project and in practicing the Underscore, Chisa is interested in exploring how our understanding and experience of being in community is expressed and informed by the compositional elements that arise as dancers improvise together.

Emma Hoette currently lives and works in New York City, but traces the roots of her work back to a small beach town in Australia where at the age of three she took her first dance class. Of Australian and Dutch nationality, Emma has had the pleasure of dancing throughout the world. After performing with the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, she moved to New York City to work with the Next Stage Project and to train at Dance New Amsterdam and the Alvin Ailey School. Seeking to combine her passions of dance and design, she attended Parsons the New School for Design where she graduated with honors from the Integrated Design Program. This program enabled Emma to develop her unique approach: a playful overlapping of dance, performance, fine arts and fashion. Most recently, Emma has played an integral role in the establishment of the Fleet Moves Dance Festival in Wellfleet, MA acting as both an organizational collaborator and artist in residence. Emma can best be described as a captivating storyteller: an artist that uses her body, dance, choreography, design, clothing, and film to tell her stories.

Elise Knudson is a New York based dancer/dance-maker. Her interest in being where ideas and actions intersect has led to occasional writing and collaborations with artists of various media. She has created about thirty long and short works which have been presented around New York City, in Canada and Mexico. She holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University and has worked with Koosil-ja/DanceKumiko, Risa Jaroslow, Luke Gutgsell and other wonderful people. Elise recently set a dance on Manhattanville College students and taught Theory and Practice of Improvisation at Yale University. She is a core member of Antititled Dialogue, a collective dedicated to the practice and performance of dance improvisation.

Lucy Mahler, LMT, BFA , is certified in Skinner Releasing Technique, Kripalu yoga, Dreambody Worldwork, and Authentic movement. Dancer/muralist/body-centered therapist, Lucy established Creative Healing Alternatives in 1994 as a vehicle for bringing together all the Healing Arts. She teaches workshops in creative arts fusion, has a private healing practice and has performed her work and created many mural installations around NYC and abroad. She is author and illustrator of the children's book "Lucy Be".

Charles Mosey has been practicing, researching, facilitating, and teaching Contact Improvisation for over 20 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work in depth with Daniel Lepkoff and Nancy Stark Smith.

Brandin Steffensen makes dances that engage the dance artist's choreographed and spontaneous bodies. He is concerned with layering practices to create compelling ensemble and framing the work so its qualities are legible in a performance environment. His Pentamodes are dances based on archetypical modes of relationship and have been presented at the New Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, La MaMa, and The Tank, among others. His work with Deborah Hay and the lovely Keely Garfield plays in his head as he collaborates with Nancy Stark Smith to present her Underscore. He dances with Liz Gerring and reads about n-dimensional space and the properties of the physical universe that allow us to communicate using subatomic particles.

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