artistic directors

Tiffany Mangulabnan

co-founder, co-director, dancer, choreographer

Jordan Miller

co-founder, co-director, dancer, choreographer

Amy saunder

co-founder, co-director, dancer, choreographer

collaborating artists

 Chris Aiello is an improvising saxophonist and electronic musician living in Brooklyn. The last great student of legendary jazz instructor Sal Mosca and a practitioner of the most modern, minimalist synthesis techniques, he performs solo and in various ensembles around New York City, as well as teaching the art of improvising.

Chris Aiello is an improvising saxophonist and electronic musician living in Brooklyn. The last great student of legendary jazz instructor Sal Mosca and a practitioner of the most modern, minimalist synthesis techniques, he performs solo and in various ensembles around New York City, as well as teaching the art of improvising.

chris aiello

saxophonist, electronic musician 

 Zoë Aqua is a violinist based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, she served as the full-time understudy for the Klezmatics’ Lisa Gutkin in the Broadway production of “Indecent”. Quickly becoming an in-demand violinist in the klezmer scene, Zoë is a co-founder of  Tsibele , a five-woman ensemble. Tsibele released their debut album "It's Dark Outside/ In Droysn iz Finster" in September 2017. She also performs regularly with klezmer groups Farnakht, Litvakus, Ternovka, and the Honorable Mentschn.  Known for her versatility, she can be seen playing such diverse styles as French-infused reggae with the Blue Dahlia to Mexican folkloric music with the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.  She is a frequent collaborator with Bessie Award-winning choreographer Joya Powell, composing and performing music for two pieces with Powell and the Movement of the People Dance Company, as well as a new work-in-progress to be premiered May 2018. 

Zoë Aqua is a violinist based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2017, she served as the full-time understudy for the Klezmatics’ Lisa Gutkin in the Broadway production of “Indecent”. Quickly becoming an in-demand violinist in the klezmer scene, Zoë is a co-founder of Tsibele, a five-woman ensemble. Tsibele released their debut album "It's Dark Outside/ In Droysn iz Finster" in September 2017. She also performs regularly with klezmer groups Farnakht, Litvakus, Ternovka, and the Honorable Mentschn.  Known for her versatility, she can be seen playing such diverse styles as French-infused reggae with the Blue Dahlia to Mexican folkloric music with the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.  She is a frequent collaborator with Bessie Award-winning choreographer Joya Powell, composing and performing music for two pieces with Powell and the Movement of the People Dance Company, as well as a new work-in-progress to be premiered May 2018. 

zoë aqua

violinist

  Sergio : "I'm a guy from  Texas  that steadily crawled north to end up in  NYC . I have been a  content creator  since before I knew what a buzzword was. I write  poetry , I make  music , I take  photos , and I shoot  video . If ever my work improves the life, day, moment of another -  I will consider that a success. "  Sergio's photography can be seen all over  konverjdans 's website, Facebook page and Instagram. He has been collaborating with the company on  photography  and  film  since the fall of 2016.

Sergio: "I'm a guy from Texas that steadily crawled north to end up in NYC. I have been a content creator since before I knew what a buzzword was. I write poetry, I make music, I take photos, and I shoot video. If ever my work improves the life, day, moment of another - I will consider that a success."

Sergio's photography can be seen all over konverjdans's website, Facebook page and Instagram. He has been collaborating with the company on photography and film since the fall of 2016.

SERGIO CARRASCO

cinematographer

 Peter Cheng is a dancer, choreographer, and performer based in New York City. During his studies at UC Santa Barbara, he trained under the direction of Christopher Pilafian (Jennifer Muller/The Works), Nancy Colahan (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company), and Tonia Shimin (Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble),   After earning his BFA in Dance, Peter continued his professional training with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ODC/Dance, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Post:Ballet, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montréal. He has performed works by KT Nelson, Brenda Way, Robert Dekkers, Mónica Cervantes, Stijn Celis, and Sharon Eyal, among others.   His work has been presented at ODC Theater, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Center Stage Theater, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, CPRNY, Ailey Studios, 92nd St. Y/Harkness Dance Center, Judson Church, and 14th St. Y.   Cheng currently works with  Lydia Johnson Dance .   Learn more at  peterandco.org

Peter Cheng is a dancer, choreographer, and performer based in New York City. During his studies at UC Santa Barbara, he trained under the direction of Christopher Pilafian (Jennifer Muller/The Works), Nancy Colahan (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company), and Tonia Shimin (Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble), 

After earning his BFA in Dance, Peter continued his professional training with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, ODC/Dance, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Post:Ballet, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montréal. He has performed works by KT Nelson, Brenda Way, Robert Dekkers, Mónica Cervantes, Stijn Celis, and Sharon Eyal, among others. 

His work has been presented at ODC Theater, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Center Stage Theater, SAFEhouse for the Performing Arts, CPRNY, Ailey Studios, 92nd St. Y/Harkness Dance Center, Judson Church, and 14th St. Y. 

Cheng currently works with Lydia Johnson Dance

Learn more at peterandco.org

Peter cheng

dancer

 Born in  Manhattan , raised in  New Jersey , matured in  Paris ,  Asheville , and  Brooklyn ,  Megg Farrell's music  encapsulates all of her travels and experiences into one beautifully eclectic blend of honest simplicity and musical sophistication.   When she was 16, she began singing in the East Village.   At 18, she left New York for North Carolina where she  lived on the river  guiding boats down rapids by day and writing songs (with lots of water imagery) by night.  Her sound had already been  deeply steeped in the blues  but now took on a  southern feel  with the influence of her time in  North Carolina  and  Tennessee .  In college, she began studying jazz and eventually took a year to go to a small  jazz school  in the quaint Parisian neighborhood of  Montmartre .  Her music retained the stomp of the Southern influence and the blues of her childhood influences but added a new level of vocal and harmonic complexity.   Paris gave her a new grounding in music  as well as years' worth of writing material.  Since moving back to America, she has been living in Brooklyn.  She continued playing with her rowdy folk group  The Whiskey Social  but soon with her new found success in the jazz world, little time was left to pursue her original music.  She began singing full time with her jazz group  Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers  in 2013 and has been growing exponentially as a vocalist ever since.  Her success in that world has allowed her freedom now to begin working on her original music once again.  This recent album,    Fear Nothing  ,  which begin recording last year, is her first re-entrance into the original music world.  She has proven herself worthy as a jazz singer and is now ready to devote herself once again to her own music.  Her new album  Fear Nothing  is a mix of songs she has written throughout these years of  growth ,  travel ,  romance ,  sorrow , and  unabashed  joie de vivre  .    konverjdans  fell in love with Megg's original music in the summer of 2016 and has since been working on choreographing to a kind of "suite" of her songs. Learn more about that project   here  .  Learn more about Megg at  MeggFarrell.com

Born in Manhattan, raised in New Jersey, matured in Paris, Asheville, and Brooklyn, Megg Farrell's music encapsulates all of her travels and experiences into one beautifully eclectic blend of honest simplicity and musical sophistication.   When she was 16, she began singing in the East Village.   At 18, she left New York for North Carolina where she lived on the river guiding boats down rapids by day and writing songs (with lots of water imagery) by night.  Her sound had already been deeply steeped in the blues but now took on a southern feel with the influence of her time in North Carolina and Tennessee.  In college, she began studying jazz and eventually took a year to go to a small jazz school in the quaint Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre.  Her music retained the stomp of the Southern influence and the blues of her childhood influences but added a new level of vocal and harmonic complexity.  Paris gave her a new grounding in music as well as years' worth of writing material.  Since moving back to America, she has been living in Brooklyn.  She continued playing with her rowdy folk group The Whiskey Social but soon with her new found success in the jazz world, little time was left to pursue her original music.  She began singing full time with her jazz group Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers in 2013 and has been growing exponentially as a vocalist ever since.  Her success in that world has allowed her freedom now to begin working on her original music once again.  This recent album, Fear Nothingwhich begin recording last year, is her first re-entrance into the original music world.  She has proven herself worthy as a jazz singer and is now ready to devote herself once again to her own music.  Her new album Fear Nothing is a mix of songs she has written throughout these years of growth, travel, romance, sorrow, and unabashed joie de vivre

konverjdans fell in love with Megg's original music in the summer of 2016 and has since been working on choreographing to a kind of "suite" of her songs. Learn more about that project here.

Learn more about Megg at MeggFarrell.com

Megg Farrell

musician, singer, songwriter

 Priscilla Fusco lives and works in New York City. She illustrates non-human agendas through sculpture and writing. She has shown at Underdonk,  Ludlow 67  and the Brooklyn Waterfront. She earned her MFA from Hunter College in 2016, and currently serves as the Assistant Gallerist at Thomas Hunter Project Space in New York, New York. mPriscillafusco.com

Priscilla Fusco lives and works in New York City. She illustrates non-human agendas through sculpture and writing. She has shown at Underdonk, Ludlow 67 and the Brooklyn Waterfront. She earned her MFA from Hunter College in 2016, and currently serves as the Assistant Gallerist at Thomas Hunter Project Space in New York, New York. mPriscillafusco.com

priscilla fusco

visual artist, sculptor

 Cassidy Hall began ballet classes at Pioneer Valley Ballet and continued her professional training at School of American Ballet. From there she danced with Pennsylvania Ballet performing works by Balanchine, Wheeldon and Petipa. After Pennsylvania Ballet Cassidy danced with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Claudia Schreier and Company, Norte Maar, New Chamber Ballet and guested with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Les Grands Ballets de Montreal. Cassidy now attends Columbia University and continues to dance with Columbia Ballet Collaborative.

Cassidy Hall began ballet classes at Pioneer Valley Ballet and continued her professional training at School of American Ballet. From there she danced with Pennsylvania Ballet performing works by Balanchine, Wheeldon and Petipa. After Pennsylvania Ballet Cassidy danced with Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Claudia Schreier and Company, Norte Maar, New Chamber Ballet and guested with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Les Grands Ballets de Montreal. Cassidy now attends Columbia University and continues to dance with Columbia Ballet Collaborative.

Cassidy hall

dancer

 Michael Holden started dancing at the age of 3 at the Maine State Ballet. He then was excepted into the Miami City Ballet school at age 17. There he performed with the company in such ballets as George Balanchine’s “La Valse”, “Slaughter on 10th Avenue”, and a Liam Scarlett premiere “Euphotic”. In 2014 Michael moved to Philadelphia to join the School of Pennsylvania Ballet under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa. Michael got the opportunity to perform with the company in George Balanchine’s “the Nutcracker”, “Prodigal Son”, and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake”. Most recently, Michael danced in the finale season of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Dancing in George Balanchine’s “Chaconne”, “Tzigane”, and “Gounod Symphony”. He’s now living in New York City, freelancing for various choreographers. 

Michael Holden started dancing at the age of 3 at the Maine State Ballet. He then was excepted into the Miami City Ballet school at age 17. There he performed with the company in such ballets as George Balanchine’s “La Valse”, “Slaughter on 10th Avenue”, and a Liam Scarlett premiere “Euphotic”. In 2014 Michael moved to Philadelphia to join the School of Pennsylvania Ballet under the direction of Arantxa Ochoa. Michael got the opportunity to perform with the company in George Balanchine’s “the Nutcracker”, “Prodigal Son”, and Christopher Wheeldon’s “Swan Lake”. Most recently, Michael danced in the finale season of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. Dancing in George Balanchine’s “Chaconne”, “Tzigane”, and “Gounod Symphony”. He’s now living in New York City, freelancing for various choreographers. 

michael holden

dancer

 Blake Krapels, a 2011 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has been dancing since the age of three under the tutelage of Billy Larson and Jamie Salmon. In 2015, Blake graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While at Juilliard, Blake has had the opportunity to perform repertoire by William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Feld, Jose Limon and Peter Chu. Since graduating he has danced for Keigwin & Company, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, Emery LeCrone Dance and had the privilege to present his own work in 2016 APAP choreographers conference. In the fall of 2016 Blake launched a dance theatre company called Alpha, with two classmates Michael and Gemma. They curated their world premier in June as apart of Cleveland Dance Works 2017. In addition to his core training at school, Blake traveled to Den Haag to partake in Nederlands Dans Theatre’s 2014, 2016 Summer Intensives as well as Montreal for Springboard Danse Montreal 2013. In 2011,The National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts recognized Blake for his choreography and afforded him the privilege to present his work at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Blake is continuously traveling around the country and Canada teaching and setting work on pre professional companies.

Blake Krapels, a 2011 United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts, has been dancing since the age of three under the tutelage of Billy Larson and Jamie Salmon. In 2015, Blake graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. While at Juilliard, Blake has had the opportunity to perform repertoire by William Forsythe, Merce Cunningham, Elliot Feld, Jose Limon and Peter Chu. Since graduating he has danced for Keigwin & Company, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera, Emery LeCrone Dance and had the privilege to present his own work in 2016 APAP choreographers conference. In the fall of 2016 Blake launched a dance theatre company called Alpha, with two classmates Michael and Gemma. They curated their world premier in June as apart of Cleveland Dance Works 2017. In addition to his core training at school, Blake traveled to Den Haag to partake in Nederlands Dans Theatre’s 2014, 2016 Summer Intensives as well as Montreal for Springboard Danse Montreal 2013. In 2011,The National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts recognized Blake for his choreography and afforded him the privilege to present his work at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Blake is continuously traveling around the country and Canada teaching and setting work on pre professional companies.

Blake krapels

dancer

  Hank Mason  is a New York-based  pianist, composer, and electronic musician. He is also a musical accompanist for  American Ballet Theatre ,  Mark Morris Dance Group ,  Ballet Tech , and  NYU Tisch School of the Arts .

Hank Mason is a New York-based  pianist, composer, and electronic musician. He is also a musical accompanist for American Ballet Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Group, Ballet Tech, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

hank mason

pianist, composer

 

 Carmen Rothwell is a person who plays bass and lives in New York City.  Her first 24.5 years of life were spent in Seattle, where she ate and slept and did most of her homework and always made sure to play with her cats. She also played bass with a variety of excellent people, mostly jazz-ish or improvised- type music but sometimes other things too. Through college and beyond, she gigged often with the various bands/projects that she was in with her friends. Some of those bands (such as Tyrant Lizard and The Sky is a Suitcase) still play and record! Carmen also got to play with many of the non-millennial musicians who were on the scene in Seattle or just passing through, including Cuong Vu, Bill Frisell, Billy Hart, Ted Poor, Wayne Horvitz, and Wally Shoup.  She moved to NYC in September of 2016. New and exciting musical things include a trio called Scree (with Ryan Beckley and Jason Burger), another trio (with Andrew D’Angelo and Allan Mednard) a solo project called Parenthetical Girl, and performances with plenty of other esteemed and lovely people.   Read an interview with Carmen here:  https://www.allaboutjazz.com/carmen-rothwell-the-art-of-intuition-carmen-rothwell-by-paul-rauch.php

Carmen Rothwell is a person who plays bass and lives in New York City.

Her first 24.5 years of life were spent in Seattle, where she ate and slept and did most of her homework and always made sure to play with her cats. She also played bass with a variety of excellent people, mostly jazz-ish or improvised- type music but sometimes other things too. Through college and beyond, she gigged often with the various bands/projects that she was in with her friends. Some of those bands (such as Tyrant Lizard and The Sky is a Suitcase) still play and record! Carmen also got to play with many of the non-millennial musicians who were on the scene in Seattle or just passing through, including Cuong Vu, Bill Frisell, Billy Hart, Ted Poor, Wayne Horvitz, and Wally Shoup.

She moved to NYC in September of 2016. New and exciting musical things include a trio called Scree (with Ryan Beckley and Jason Burger), another trio (with Andrew D’Angelo and Allan Mednard) a solo project called Parenthetical Girl, and performances with plenty of other esteemed and lovely people. 

Read an interview with Carmen here: https://www.allaboutjazz.com/carmen-rothwell-the-art-of-intuition-carmen-rothwell-by-paul-rauch.php

carmen rothwell

bassist

 Bassist Cliff Schmitt has performed thousands of gigs since his professional debut in 1992. From his first gig on the south side of Dallas with R&B legend Al "TNT" Braggs, to nightclubs in New York, Paris and Rio De Janiero, to crowds of thousands at festivals in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He was a resident of Brooklyn, NY for ten years, but now calls Jersey City, NJ home. Cliff is currently the bassist for Concord recording artist Curtis Stigers, and co-leads a duo project with Guitarist/Harmonica player Noé Socha called Likho Duo.

Bassist Cliff Schmitt has performed thousands of gigs since his professional debut in 1992. From his first gig on the south side of Dallas with R&B legend Al "TNT" Braggs, to nightclubs in New York, Paris and Rio De Janiero, to crowds of thousands at festivals in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He was a resident of Brooklyn, NY for ten years, but now calls Jersey City, NJ home. Cliff is currently the bassist for Concord recording artist Curtis Stigers, and co-leads a duo project with Guitarist/Harmonica player Noé Socha called Likho Duo.

cliff schmitt

bassist

 Noé Socha is a Brooklyn-based guitar and harmonica player originally from the small town of Carpi, Italy. He is influenced by folk artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Delta blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin’ Hopkins plus a hint of Hendrix-esque flavor. Noé has created his own signature sound, pairing fiery guitar technique with virtuosic harmonica playing.  After winning several awards at Berklee College of Music including the ”Jimi Hendrix Award” for the college’s leading guitarist and the “Billboard Magazine Endowed Scholarship” presented to the college’s top student, Noé has had the great honor of touring, performing, and recording with artists such as Nona Hendrix (Labelle), Vernon Reid (Living Color), and GRAMMY Award-Winners, Javier Limón and Paula Cole.  Currently, Noé is gigging, recording, and touring as one half of  Likho Duo . They released their first album,  Blues and the World Beyond , in August of 2017.

Noé Socha is a Brooklyn-based guitar and harmonica player originally from the small town of Carpi, Italy. He is influenced by folk artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Delta blues musicians such as Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin’ Hopkins plus a hint of Hendrix-esque flavor. Noé has created his own signature sound, pairing fiery guitar technique with virtuosic harmonica playing.

After winning several awards at Berklee College of Music including the ”Jimi Hendrix Award” for the college’s leading guitarist and the “Billboard Magazine Endowed Scholarship” presented to the college’s top student, Noé has had the great honor of touring, performing, and recording with artists such as Nona Hendrix (Labelle), Vernon Reid (Living Color), and GRAMMY Award-Winners, Javier Limón and Paula Cole.

Currently, Noé is gigging, recording, and touring as one half of Likho Duo. They released their first album, Blues and the World Beyond, in August of 2017.

noé socha

composer, guitarist, harmonica player

 Caili is a native of Guam. She started her dance training with ballet, jazz, and hip hop under the direction of John Grensback and Bettina Sanzotta. While living on Guam, she attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet. At the age of 16, she moved from Guam to New York City to continue her classical training at Ballet Academy East. In 2007 she received a scholarship to be a trainee with Richmond Ballet and in 2009 received an apprenticeship with Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre) under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride.  Caili joined BalletX in January of 2013 and has had the opportunity to originate roles in new works by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre, Jodie Gates, Gabrielle Lamb, Adam Barruch, Yin Yue, among others. She has also toured nationally with the company to the Vail International Dance Festival, Vail Dance Festival, ReMix at New York City Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Fall for Dance Festival, SummerStage, and the Joyce Theater. She has choreographed for Konverjdans and First State Ballet Theatre. She, along with two other dancers in the company, were featured in Chris Kasper’s music video, “Raven and the Rose”. Prior to joining BalletX, she spent three seasons with First State Ballet Theatre and performed with Opera Delaware. 

Caili is a native of Guam. She started her dance training with ballet, jazz, and hip hop under the direction of John Grensback and Bettina Sanzotta. While living on Guam, she attended summer intensives at Houston Ballet and Boston Ballet. At the age of 16, she moved from Guam to New York City to continue her classical training at Ballet Academy East. In 2007 she received a scholarship to be a trainee with Richmond Ballet and in 2009 received an apprenticeship with Charlotte Ballet (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre) under Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride.

Caili joined BalletX in January of 2013 and has had the opportunity to originate roles in new works by Matthew Neenan, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre, Jodie Gates, Gabrielle Lamb, Adam Barruch, Yin Yue, among others. She has also toured nationally with the company to the Vail International Dance Festival, Vail Dance Festival, ReMix at New York City Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Fall for Dance Festival, SummerStage, and the Joyce Theater. She has choreographed for Konverjdans and First State Ballet Theatre. She, along with two other dancers in the company, were featured in Chris Kasper’s music video, “Raven and the Rose”. Prior to joining BalletX, she spent three seasons with First State Ballet Theatre and performed with Opera Delaware. 

caili quan

choreographer

 Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Jeff Young has been playing guitar in the Greater New York area for 20 years.

Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Jeff Young has been playing guitar in the Greater New York area for 20 years.

jeff young

guitarist

 Łukasz Zięba, native of Kraków, Poland, is currently based in New York City where he works as a freelance artist. He graduated from L’Art de la Danse Cracow Dance Academy. Łukasz was the winner of the Best Solo Award All Categories at the Dance World Cup in Villach, Austria in 2012. Shortly after he moved to New York to study at The Ailey School on a full scholarship. He took part in Cedar Lake 360 Installation and participated in Springboard Danse Montreal. He later joined Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performing works by Cayetano Soto, Alejandro Cerrudo, Nicolo Fonte, Jorma Elo and Jiri Kylian. He also performed at The Metropolitan Opera in various productions in choreographies by Arthur Pita, Alexei Ratmansky, Susan Stroman and Norbert Vesak. Currently he works with Austin McCormick's Company XIV.  On the creative side he choreographed on So You Think You Can Dance (Poland), as well as presented his works at Dixon Place, Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, XVII International Chopin and Friends Festival, Richmond Dance Festival and more.   www.lukaszieba.space

Łukasz Zięba, native of Kraków, Poland, is currently based in New York City where he works as a freelance artist. He graduated from L’Art de la Danse Cracow Dance Academy. Łukasz was the winner of the Best Solo Award All Categories at the Dance World Cup in Villach, Austria in 2012. Shortly after he moved to New York to study at The Ailey School on a full scholarship. He took part in Cedar Lake 360 Installation and participated in Springboard Danse Montreal. He later joined Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performing works by Cayetano Soto, Alejandro Cerrudo, Nicolo Fonte, Jorma Elo and Jiri Kylian. He also performed at The Metropolitan Opera in various productions in choreographies by Arthur Pita, Alexei Ratmansky, Susan Stroman and Norbert Vesak. Currently he works with Austin McCormick's Company XIV.

On the creative side he choreographed on So You Think You Can Dance (Poland), as well as presented his works at Dixon Place, Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, XVII International Chopin and Friends Festival, Richmond Dance Festival and more.

www.lukaszieba.space

Lukasz zieba

dancer

past collaborating artists

 Nancy Baker was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and receieved a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she maintains a studio in Clinton Hill.  A world traveler, she posits this as the major source of her emotional well being, along with her supportive family; husband John and daughter Elizabeth. She has received many fellowships and awards, and missed a few that she thought she owned.  Her current goal is to maintain humility and a keen sense of the absurd, despite living on a planet that is becoming increasingly humorless, jejune and fanatical.  She believes that solipsism is the best strategy for survival.   Nancy  first collaborated with  konverjdans  on a new piece for  CounterPointe5  in 2017. Learn more about her at   nancysbaker.com

Nancy Baker was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and receieved a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she maintains a studio in Clinton Hill.

A world traveler, she posits this as the major source of her emotional well being, along with her supportive family; husband John and daughter Elizabeth. She has received many fellowships and awards, and missed a few that she thought she owned.

Her current goal is to maintain humility and a keen sense of the absurd, despite living on a planet that is becoming increasingly humorless, jejune and fanatical.

She believes that solipsism is the best strategy for survival.

Nancy first collaborated with konverjdans on a new piece for CounterPointe5 in 2017. Learn more about her at nancysbaker.com

nancy baker

visual artist

  Landes Dixon  is from Jacksonville, Florida, where he began his dance training at  Sally B. Mathis Elementary School . After studying at  LaVilla Middle School of the Arts ,  Douglas Anderson High School of the Arts , and  Jacksonville Center of Arts , Landes graduated from  Southern Methodist University with a B.F.A in Dance Performance . Landes has performed and collaborated with various repertory companies such as  The Bruce Wood Dance Project, Steps Repertory Ensemble, Heidi Latsky Dance, Trainor Dance,  and  BalletNext.

Landes Dixon is from Jacksonville, Florida, where he began his dance training at Sally B. Mathis
Elementary School
. After studying at LaVilla Middle School of the Arts, Douglas Anderson High
School of the Arts
, and Jacksonville Center of Arts, Landes graduated from Southern Methodist
University with a B.F.A in Dance Performance
. Landes has performed and collaborated with
various repertory companies such as The Bruce Wood Dance Project, Steps Repertory
Ensemble, Heidi Latsky Dance, Trainor Dance,
and BalletNext.

landes dixon

dancer

mara_driscoll

mara driscoll

dancer, choreographer

 Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and a "modern guitar polymath" (Guitar Review) enjoys a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts. He has premiered more than fifty new solo and chamber works, many written for him, recording several on the independent label he co-founded and directs, New Focus Recordings. Lippel is the resident guitarist for two critically acclaimed new music groups: the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005 and new music quartet Flexible Music since 2003. Learn more about Dan at  danlippel.com

Guitarist Daniel Lippel, called an “exciting soloist” (New York Times), “precise and sensitive” (Boston Globe) and a "modern guitar polymath" (Guitar Review) enjoys a unique and diverse career that ranges through solo and chamber music performances, innovative commissioning and recording projects, and performances in diverse contexts. He has premiered more than fifty new solo and chamber works, many written for him, recording several on the independent label he co-founded and directs, New Focus Recordings. Lippel is the resident guitarist for two critically acclaimed new music groups: the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2005 and new music quartet Flexible Music since 2003. Learn more about Dan at danlippel.com

dan lippel

guitarist

  An avid learner and explorer of the musical arts,  Max Kanowitz  began his studies at the Eastman School of Music in 2011 and completed his bachelor's degree in  percussion performance  and  music education , and as a Kaufmann Entrepreneurial Year Scholar, last May.   Illuminating the unity that binds education, composition, and performance has excelled Max on a constantly enriching pursuit to more deeply understanding the interconnectedness of these unique disciplines.  Seeking ever greater uses for his art, Max has turned many of his efforts towards social activism, and social justice movements. As a member of  Semillas Art + Justice + Healing,  Max wrote and produced the sound-track for  “They Tried to Bury Us, They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds,”  a social justice dance film aimed to expose Mexico’s ever-growing human-rights crisis (see the film at  semillasrise.com ).  Max is just beginning to collaborate with  konverjdans  on a series of improvised percussion-and-dance "play" sessions as well as on choreography that will be created to some of Max's original music.  Learn more about Max at  MaxKanowitz.com

An avid learner and explorer of the musical arts, Max Kanowitz began his studies at the Eastman School of Music in 2011 and completed his bachelor's degree in percussion performance and music education, and as a Kaufmann Entrepreneurial Year Scholar, last May.

Illuminating the unity that binds education, composition, and performance has excelled Max on a constantly enriching pursuit to more deeply understanding the interconnectedness of these unique disciplines.

Seeking ever greater uses for his art, Max has turned many of his efforts towards social activism, and social justice movements. As a member of Semillas Art + Justice + Healing, Max wrote and produced the sound-track for “They Tried to Bury Us, They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds,” a social justice dance film aimed to expose Mexico’s ever-growing human-rights crisis (see the film at semillasrise.com).

Max is just beginning to collaborate with konverjdans on a series of improvised percussion-and-dance "play" sessions as well as on choreography that will be created to some of Max's original music.

Learn more about Max at MaxKanowitz.com

max kanowitz

percussionist, composer

 oreisa Janelle Lee, born in Birmingham, Alabama, started playing the flute at age eight. Contributing to her success, she has had the pleasure of working with highly trained musicians such as: Ian Clarke, Greg Patillo, Raffaele Trevisani, Lorna McGhee, and more. Her past teachers include: Kim Scott, Dr. Frank Adams, Aaron Evens and Ann Edwards. Coreisa is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts(ASFA) where she held the spot of principal flutist of the ASFA Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2011 and 2012, Ms.Lee won first place in the woodwind division at the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs Competition. In 2012, she also won the Concerto Competition at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, and had the privilege to solo with a live string orchestra. In 2013, Ms.Lee won 1st place in the Lois Pickard Concerto Competition and also attended the Music Teachers National Association competition in Anaheim, California and was named a finalist after winning the State level in Alabama and the Southern Division level in North Carolina. Recently, Ms.Lee made an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show and has been a guest on the Meredith Vieira show where she was awarded a brand new professional Powell flute by Meredith Vieira herself. She also had the chance to perform for the United Nations 69th anniversary alongside the famous pianist, Lang Lang, and the famous singer, Sting. Former principal flutist in the New York Youth Symphony, Coreisa Lee has now finished her senior year as a full four year scholarship recipient in the undergraduate program at the Manhattan School of Music. She was a 4th year recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship and privately studied with Linda Chesis majoring in Classical Flute performance.

oreisa Janelle Lee, born in Birmingham, Alabama, started playing the flute at age eight. Contributing to her success, she has had the pleasure of working with highly trained musicians such as: Ian Clarke, Greg Patillo, Raffaele Trevisani, Lorna McGhee, and more. Her past teachers include: Kim Scott, Dr. Frank Adams, Aaron Evens and Ann Edwards. Coreisa is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts(ASFA) where she held the spot of principal flutist of the ASFA Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. In 2011 and 2012, Ms.Lee won first place in the woodwind division at the Alabama Federation of Music Clubs Competition. In 2012, she also won the Concerto Competition at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, and had the privilege to solo with a live string orchestra. In 2013, Ms.Lee won 1st place in the Lois Pickard Concerto Competition and also attended the Music Teachers National Association competition in Anaheim, California and was named a finalist after winning the State level in Alabama and the Southern Division level in North Carolina. Recently, Ms.Lee made an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show and has been a guest on the Meredith Vieira show where she was awarded a brand new professional Powell flute by Meredith Vieira herself. She also had the chance to perform for the United Nations 69th anniversary alongside the famous pianist, Lang Lang, and the famous singer, Sting. Former principal flutist in the New York Youth Symphony, Coreisa Lee has now finished her senior year as a full four year scholarship recipient in the undergraduate program at the Manhattan School of Music. She was a 4th year recipient of the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship and privately studied with Linda Chesis majoring in Classical Flute performance.

coreisa lee

flautist

 Peter Maness is an  upright bassist ,  bandleader  and  singer of jazz and blues . He leads the band   Peter and the Master Keys   in New York City.  Peter grew up in North Carolina surrounded by great music: his father’s classical record collection, and the blues and bluegrass music that has always been a part of the Carolinas' cultural history. Peter received degrees in both music and Spanish, later teaching high school Spanish for two years. In 2006 he moved to New York City, where he has since played upright bass in various early jazz bands all across the city, and where he has also allowed himself to follow another one of his passions:  singing  and playing the  blues and rock n' roll  music of his youth.  Playing the triple role of bandleader, singer, and bassist, he channels and pays tribute to 1950's blues greats like Ray Charles, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson and others with an excitement and verve that is palpable. Now, with the creation of his own six-piece mini big band ' Peter and the Master Keys ', which performs Peter's original horn arrangements of 1950's blues songs, New York is beginning to take notice. His band performs in distinguished clubs around the city such as the Manderley bar at The McKittrick Hotel (home of 'Sleep No More') and in performing arts venues like the Coe House on Long Island.  Peter was the first musician to collaborate on a piece with  konverjdans . His original music for  that piece can be found   here  .  Read more about Peter at  PeterManess.com

Peter Maness is an upright bassist, bandleader and singer of jazz and blues. He leads the band Peter and the Master Keys in New York City.

Peter grew up in North Carolina surrounded by great music: his father’s classical record collection, and the blues and bluegrass music that has always been a part of the Carolinas' cultural history. Peter received degrees in both music and Spanish, later teaching high school Spanish for two years. In 2006 he moved to New York City, where he has since played upright bass in various early jazz bands all across the city, and where he has also allowed himself to follow another one of his passions: singing and playing the blues and rock n' roll music of his youth.

Playing the triple role of bandleader, singer, and bassist, he channels and pays tribute to 1950's blues greats like Ray Charles, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson and others with an excitement and verve that is palpable. Now, with the creation of his own six-piece mini big band 'Peter and the Master Keys', which performs Peter's original horn arrangements of 1950's blues songs, New York is beginning to take notice. His band performs in distinguished clubs around the city such as the Manderley bar at The McKittrick Hotel (home of 'Sleep No More') and in performing arts venues like the Coe House on Long Island.

Peter was the first musician to collaborate on a piece with konverjdans. His original music for  that piece can be found here.

Read more about Peter at PeterManess.com

peter maness

upright bassist

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pj rebullida

dancer, actor, choreographer

 Charles trained at the Center of Creative Arts, as well as at Ballet Chicago, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He joined PNB in 2011 where he performed featured roles in works by Balanchine, Cerrudo, Dawson, Kylián, Stowell, Stromann, and Tharp. In 2016, he joined Royal New Zealand Ballet and performed with Missouri Ballet Theatre before returning to NYC to work with Sonia Dawkins, Emery LeCrone DANCE, and, most recently, konverjdans! Charles is also a classically trained bass baritone and has sung with the New Zealand based choir Inspirare and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Charles trained at the Center of Creative Arts, as well as at Ballet Chicago, the School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He joined PNB in 2011 where he performed featured roles in works by Balanchine, Cerrudo, Dawson, Kylián, Stowell, Stromann, and Tharp. In 2016, he joined Royal New Zealand Ballet and performed with Missouri Ballet Theatre before returning to NYC to work with Sonia Dawkins, Emery LeCrone DANCE, and, most recently, konverjdans! Charles is also a classically trained bass baritone and has sung with the New Zealand based choir Inspirare and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

charles mccall

dancer

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jordan reed

clothing designer

 Jim's professional music career began at the Montreux Jazz Festival at the age of 13. A long career of touring and composing have given Jim opportunities to perform and record on 5 different continents with superstars such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Sting, Janelle Monae, Nas, The Roots, Josh Groban, Erykah Badu, Kygo, and many more. Jim has been living and breathing music for most of his life, yet each day remains as exhilarating as the first day holding an instrument. Learn more about Jim at  http://www.bassicmusic.com/

Jim's professional music career began at the Montreux Jazz Festival at the age of 13. A long career of touring and composing have given Jim opportunities to perform and record on 5 different continents with superstars such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Sting, Janelle Monae, Nas, The Roots, Josh Groban, Erykah Badu, Kygo, and many more. Jim has been living and breathing music for most of his life, yet each day remains as exhilarating as the first day holding an instrument. Learn more about Jim at http://www.bassicmusic.com/

jim robertson

bassist, multi-instrumentalist

  Rebecca Walden  received her early ballet training from  Radenko Pavlovich ,  Hillary Krieger , and  Gabor Toth  in Columbia, South Carolina.  She graduated from  North Carolina School of the Arts  ballet program, and went on to further her contemporary training at  Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Training Program .  She has danced professionally with  Columbia Classical Ballet ,  Nevada Ballet Theatre ,  Terra Firma Dance Theatre,   Ballet Inc. , and  Yoo and Dancers , among other projects in New York City. She recently toured with  Kay Nishikawa and Artists  to Kochi, Japan to perform at the Makino Botanical Garden at the Makino Museum of Plants and People. Rebecca has choreographed for the  LINES Ballet Training Program  and for  CoLab  at Columbia University.  Alongside her dancing career, she studied at and recently graduated from  Columbia University  with a degree in  Anthropology , and is a certified trainer of the  GYROTONIC® Expansion System.   She is creating a piece in collaboration with fellow dancer-choreographer  Mara Driscoll  and flautist  Marco Lienhard  for konverjdans.

Rebecca Walden received her early ballet training from Radenko Pavlovich, Hillary Krieger, and Gabor Toth in Columbia, South Carolina.  She graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts ballet program, and went on to further her contemporary training at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet Training Program.  She has danced professionally with Columbia Classical Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Ballet Inc., and Yoo and Dancers, among other projects in New York City. She recently toured with Kay Nishikawa and Artists to Kochi, Japan to perform at the Makino Botanical Garden at the Makino Museum of Plants and People. Rebecca has choreographed for the LINES Ballet Training Program and for CoLab at Columbia University.  Alongside her dancing career, she studied at and recently graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Anthropology, and is a certified trainer of the GYROTONIC® Expansion System.

She is creating a piece in collaboration with fellow dancer-choreographer Mara Driscoll and flautist Marco Lienhard for konverjdans.

rebecca walden

dancer, choreographer