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

resident artists

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

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

 

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

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mara driscoll

choreographer

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

Gracie has been dancing since age four. She began at Turning Pointe School of Dance in Michigan, where she trained under the direction of Lara Bremer Faucher and Rick Faucher until graduating high school early to dance with Miami City Ballet School. Growing up, she spent summers training with many different companies, including Ballet West, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Boston Ballet Choreographic Intensive, Carolina Ballet, the American Academy of Dance in Paris, Joffrey Midwest, Joffrey Ballet Chicago and Grand Rapids Ballet School. She began her professional career in 2012 at Grand Rapids Ballet, under the direction of Patricia Barker, where she performed works by Balanchine, Kirk Peterson, Brian Enos, and Mario Radacovsky. In the summer of 2014, she moved to New York City to work with BalletNext, under the direction of Michele Wiles, where she would dance for the next two years. Gracie began working with New Chamber Ballet in the summer of 2016, and is also "so excited to be a part of the future projects of konverjdans!" She loves living and dancing in New York City where, she says, "there is so much to offer, so many amazing things to be a part of and so many amazing people to work with."

Gracie has been dancing since age four. She began at Turning Pointe School of Dance in Michigan, where she trained under the direction of Lara Bremer Faucher and Rick Faucher until graduating high school early to dance with Miami City Ballet School.

Growing up, she spent summers training with many different companies, including Ballet West, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Boston Ballet Choreographic Intensive, Carolina Ballet, the American Academy of Dance in Paris, Joffrey Midwest, Joffrey Ballet Chicago and Grand Rapids Ballet School.

She began her professional career in 2012 at Grand Rapids Ballet, under the direction of Patricia Barker, where she performed works by Balanchine, Kirk Peterson, Brian Enos, and Mario Radacovsky. In the summer of 2014, she moved to New York City to work with BalletNext, under the direction of Michele Wiles, where she would dance for the next two years.

Gracie began working with New Chamber Ballet in the summer of 2016, and is also "so excited to be a part of the future projects of konverjdans!" She loves living and dancing in New York City where, she says, "there is so much to offer, so many amazing things to be a part of and so many amazing people to work with."

gracie holway

dancer

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, singer

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

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caili quan

choreographer

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

choreographer