about the company
konverjdans (pronounced con-verge-dance) is an emerging collaborative contemporary ballet company that is committed to creating dance to original music and performing it always with the presence of live music. The New York City-based company was founded in June 2016 by co-directors, co-dancers and co-choreographers Amy Saunder, Jordan Miller and Tiffany Mangulabnan - a trio that is well-connected in the New York City dance scene, well-versed in the ins and outs of classical and contemporary ballet technique, and well-poised to begin their journey creating and collaborating with the multitude of artists that reside in their city.
Since June 2016, konverjdans has presented original work performed with live, original music in various music and dance venues in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, such as Lovecraft Bar NYC, Bizarre Bushwick, and the renowned Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. konverjdans has collaborated with artists such as popular New York City jazz songstress Megg Farrell, New York-based upright bassist and blues singer Peter Maness, percussionist Max Taylor Kanowitz, former BalletNext dancer and current New Chamber Ballet dancer Gracie Holway, and filmmaker Sergio Carrasco.
konverjdans is a safe space for artistic exploration, a place for conversation (and convergence) among artists of varying fields - with the aim of developing, honing and presenting new ideas, new thoughts, new collaborative works of art, and new experiences.
konverjdans rehearsals and creation processes are funded through the sustainable crowdfunding platform Patreon: patreon.com/konverjdans
Beginning in February 2017, the company will officially be under the umbrella of 501(c)(3) arts organization Fractured Atlas, through which the company will be able to receive tax-deductible donations and apply for grants.
about the creators
Amy Saunder is a native of Harare, Zimbabwe. When her family moved to the US, she went to Baltimore School for the Arts and North Carolina School of the Arts before dancing professionally with several companies, like the North Carolina Dance Theatre, Eugene Ballet, Richmond Ballet, and the renowned Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performing Balanchine classics at The Kennedy Center. She moved to New York in 2014 and has since continued to dance, this time as a freelancer - with BalletNext, Eglevsky Ballet, Brookoff Dance Repertory Company, Norte Maar, and Ballet NY, as well as with the Traverse City Dance Project in Michigan.
Jordan Miller grew up in Indiana and trained at the New American Youth Ballet and Conservatory. She went to the School of American Ballet in New York for two years before she was invited to join the New York City Ballet, where she danced for another year and a half. Since her stint there, she has been freelancing and dancing with companies like Pennsylvania Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Norte Maar, Brookoff Dance Repertory Company, and BalletNext.
Tiffany Mangulabnan is from Manila, Philippines. She studied ballet at the Philippine Ballet Theatre Conservatoire and made her way up the ranks - apprentice, corps de ballet member, soloist - at the Philippine Ballet Theatre. She became a principal dancer with PBT in 2010 and performed leading roles in several classical ballets, including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. She moved to New York in 2012 and danced with BalletNext until the summer of 2016. She has also performed with Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Norte Maar, ACB Dance Company, and other companies in New York City.