|Eva Yaa Asantewaa|
photo by Deborah Feller
Eva Yaa Asantewaa (Editor in Chief) has contributed writing on dance to Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News and other publications since 1976. Ms. Yaa Asantewaa has also interviewed dance artists and advocates as host of Body and Soul podcast. She served as a member of the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards committee for three years and as a consultant or panelist for numerous arts funding and awards organizations. She blogs on the arts for InfiniteBody (http://infinitebody.blogspot.com), with dance as a specialty, and has taught the annual "Writing on Dance" workshop series for New York Live Arts. A native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage, Eva makes her home in the East Village with her wife and two cats.
photo by Franziska Strauss
Troy Ogilvie (Managing Editor) is a dancer, writer, producer, daydreamer and rehearsal director living in Brooklyn, NY. After her graduation from Juilliard, she has had the pleasure of getting sweaty in the studio with many artists including choreographers Andrea Miller, Sidra Bell, Gabriel Forestieri, Idan Sharabi; musician Liv Heym; and director Peter Sellars. Having worked as a solo artist since 2008, Troy has produced and performed a solo show, RESET, featuring choreography by Shannon Gillen, Margie Gillis, Austin McCormick, and Harumi Terayama. As Program Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Director, she works closely with Alexandra Wells on the NYC-based Movement Invention Project as well as the Montreal-based Springboard Danse Montreal. Troy is a current cast member in Sleep No More and will be performing in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Prince Igor in the spring of 2014. Troy has been featured in "You Should Know: Troy Ogilvie" (Dance Spirit, Dec 2010), "Top 25 to Watch" (Dance Magazine, Jan 2011) and "Why I Dance" (author, Dance Magazine, Sept 2012). www.troyogilvie.com
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Jazzmen Lee-Johnson (Art Director) is a visual artist, animator, musician and MC. Upon graduation from Rhode Island School of Design, she lived in Benin, Mali, South Africa, India, and Brazil to study the "politics of performance" as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Her award-winning films and animations, such as Beat Back Bush; Songs from The Haven of Despair; Black, White, Whatever; and Soundcheck have been exhibited globally. Jazzmen lives and works between New York and Johannesburg, South Africa, collaborating with artists, musicians, dancers and media professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. Currently, Jazzmen is in production of her forthcoming audio/visual graphic novel Grandma's Lament/Sello Sa Nkoko in collaboration with her multi-media arts collective Folk Told ME and will pursue her Master's in Public Humanities at Brown University in the fall.
photo courtesy of Soledad Sklate
M. Soledad Sklate is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the French Department at New York University, where she also teaches French and Spanish. Her academic interests lie in Francophone Caribbean Literatures concentrating on the intersection of literature and embodied cultural practices such as dance and performance as means of resistance. She has been involved with ‘of note’, an online publication that features global artists using the arts as tools for social change and ‘ETC_Caraïbe’, a non-profit organization based in Guadeloupe that supports and promotes playwrights of the Caribbean and the diaspora. She is currently in charge of creating the content of “Cumbe Culture,” a blog that aims to unearth and share the rich stories behind the people and cultural events at Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance.
photo by Matthew Murphy
Evan Teitelbaum is a native New Yorker and became an avid spectator of contemporary dance while still in elementary school. At age 15 he finally joined in, his studies culminating in a BFA ('09) from the Juilliard School. He is a dancer and rehearsal director with Brian Brooks Moving Company and has also performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Gallim Dance, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Dance Heginbotham, Compagnie Julie Bour, and Kevin O'Day - Ballet Mannheim, among others. His choreography has been presented at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater and the Clark Studio Theater in New York and at Tangente in Montreal.
|Jaime Shearn Coan|
photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Jaime Shearn Coan is a poet involved with dance. He has collaborated with choreographer Mariangela Lopez / Accidental Movement since 2009 and will continue his studies in contemporary poetics and performance at the CUNY Graduate Center in fall 2013. Poems and critical writings have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including the Mississippi Review, Drunken Boat, EOAGH, The Portland Review and in the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013). His artist book, dear someone, the product of a collaborative letter-writing project, is distributed through Printed Matter. Jaime has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and was a 2012 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow.
photo courtesy of Anita Gonzalez
Anita Gonzalez is a Director/Writer/Choreographer who views dance/theatre practice as cultural exchange. Her work has appeared on PBS national television and at Dixon Place, The Workshop Theatre, HereArts, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Ballet Hispanico, and other venues. Gonzalez’ has authored or co-edited three books: Black Performance Theory, Afro-Mexico: Dancing Between Myth, and Jarocho’s Soul. Her awards include a residency at Rockefeller’s Bellagio Center (2003) and three Senior Scholar Fulbright grants. She earned her Ph.D. in Theater/Performance Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997) and enjoys serving as a destination lecturer for Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines. www.anitagonzalez.com
Photo by Sinru Ku
Melanie Greene is a graduate with a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from UNC Chapel Hill. Beginning her dance and writing career in high school, she has participated in a variety of performance endeavors and writing ventures.As a teacher, performer, and choreographer, Greene is excited to continue studies that facilitate the intersection of visual and performing arts, pedagogy, literature, and intellectual scholarship. Read more at: http://methodsofperception.bandzoogle.com/aboutmethods.cfm
photo courtesy of Isabelle Dom
Isabelle Dom is originally from Houston, TX, and is an honors BFA graduate from Randolph Macon-Woman’s) College. While in school, Isabelle trained under numerous talented professionals such as Clay Taliaferro, Maureen MansfieldKaddar, Takehiro Ueyama, and Tyrone Brooks. Isabelle also collaborated with and choreographed for Randolph College’s Wildcat Theater and Randolph College’s Center for Ancient Drama. She first developed an interest in dance writing during her studies in college. Although she is a published writer in another academic field, dance writing is her main focus, and she is committed to bridging the gap between the dance world and the rest of the world through her writing.
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(photo courtesy of Amanda Hameline)
|Alejandra Emilia Iannone|
(photo courtesy of Alejandra Amelia Iannone)
|Sarah Elizabeth Lass|
(photo courtesy of Sarah Elizabeth Lass)
|A. Nia Austin-Edwards|
(photo by Gerry Eastman)