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Johnny Butler
Johnny Butler

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Johnny Butler

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Johnny Butler
(Composer, 'Baby, I'm Drowning')

Johnny Butler is playing his saxophone under a bridge, into a little box, filling the room with sound like a mossy creek, a red mountain plateau in the sun, an icy tundra at dusk. The sounds remind you of traveling, moving to a new city, a new job, a new apartment. They remind you of an orchestra tuning before a concert. They remind you of a renaissance court jester, groveling before the queen. You imagine fluorescent watercolors spilling off the page, pooling on the floor. You find yourself looking inward, thinking about when you were young. You think about your secrets, the ones you don’t want anyone to know.
 

Johnny Butler is a Grammy-award winning musician and arranger for his work on Byoncé's "Love on Top" and a Lucille Lortell Award winning performer and orchestrator on Heather Christian's Oratorio for Living Things. Butler plays the saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, and bari), flute, clarinet, composes, does audio engineering, dances, and makes films. Over the years, he has worked with Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule), Wynton Marsalis, The Levon Helm Band, Tune-Yards, Theo Croker, Kassa Overall, Joe Lally (Fugazi), Escaper, and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

Johnny
Robert Rubama
Robert Rubama

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Robert Rubama

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Robert Rubama
(Guest Choreographer 'Baby, I'm Drowning')

Robert Rubama graduated from George Mason University with a BFA in Dance. They have been able to work with companies such as Agora Dance, Haus of Bambi, Groundworks Dance Theater, PrioreDance, & Carolyn Dorfman Dance. He is the Artistic Director of Terre Dance Collective and a Co-Collaborator in Kroma with Jonathan Colafrancesco. Robert is currently a member LaneCoArts, Orange Grove Dance, and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Their choreography has been performed by Company E, Colgan High School, The Cleveland Dance Project, & Terre Dance Collective. 

Robert
Beatriz
Beatriz Castro
Beatriz Castro

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Beatriz Castro
Beatriz Castro

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Beatriz Castro
Beatriz Castro

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Beatriz Castro
Beatriz Castro

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Beatriz Castro
(Dancer, Choreographer 'Baby, I'm Drowning')

Beatriz Castro is a movement artist, born and raised in Costa Rica, currently based in New York. She received a BFA in Dance and a BA in Business from Marymount Manhattan College where she performed in works by Earl Mosley, Anthony Morigerato, Chase Brock, Tami Stronach, and Sidra Bell. While at Marymount she presented her choreography at the Dancers At Work platform, as well as the NYU Choreo Seminar and Marymount’s Honors Day Colloquium. Internationally, she has performed self-choreographed work at the Graciela Moreno Choreographers Festival, the longest-running contemporary dance event in Costa Rica. She has also presented work at Arts On Site, Bridge for Dance, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, and Dixon Place. Beatriz has been awarded residencies for the exploration and development of new work through the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, MOtiVE Brooklyn, and Pepatián: Bronx Arts ColLABorative. Additional training includes New Dialect’s Summer and Winter Intensives, Martha Graham School Summer Intensive, Gallim Site Intensive, Revés, and Axis Connect.

Jonathan Colafrancesco
Jonathan Colafrancesco

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Jonathan Colafrancesco
Jonathan Colafrancesco

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Jonathan Colafrancesco
Jonathan Colafrancesco

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Jonathan Colafrancesco
Jonathan Colafrancesco

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Jonathan Colafrancesco
(Dancer, Choreographer 'Baby, I'm Drowning')

Jonathan Colafrancesco Jonathan Colafrancesco is an Italian dance artist currently based in New York. He has danced in productions of Italian and international choreographers like Enzo Celli, Elisabetta Minutoli, Dario Lupinacci, Roberta Ferrara, Francesco Asselta, Samuel Pott, Vivake Khamsingsavath. Jonathan is currently a dancer for Pony Box DanceTheatre, Xiang Xu dance, LaneCoArts, Tabula Rasa Dance Theatre, Project Tag, Spark Movement Collective, EM dance, and Terre Dance Collective. He graduated from the Certificate Program at Peridance in NYC. He moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2017 to study with contemporary choreographers from companies such as Chunky Move and Lucy Guerin inc. He has also danced in works by Roya Carrera, Caleb Teicher, Assaf Salhov, Igal Perry, Isabele Rosso, Tsai-Hsi Hung and Norbert De La Cruz. He's a co-founder of KROMA mvnt in NY. His choreography has been presented at Peridance Certificate Program's showcase (KNJ theatre), Kodafe 2021, Mark De Garmo festival, 7MPR and Current Showcase Take.7. He has recently been commissioned for choreographing on Terre Dance Collective and Spark Movement Collective's dancers.

Jonathan
Hannah
Hannah Straney
Hannah Straney

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Hannah Straney
Hannah Straney

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Hannah Straney
Hannah Straney

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Hannah Straney
Hannah Straney

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Hannah Straney
(Dancer, Singer in 'Baby, I'm drowning')

Hannah Straney (she/her), born and raised in New York, is a director, choreographer, educator, singer, dancer, and arts programmer. She started her training at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in 2017. She has received additional training from TNUA in Taipei, Taiwan, The Juilliard School, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, The Chautauqua Institution, and B12 in Berlin. Hannah has performed for the Merce Cunningham trust (2019, 2022) and originated new works by Sidra Bell (2017), Tom Weinberger (2016), Shannon Gillen (2017), Larry Keigwin (2013), and Skyla Schreter (2021). She has toured nationally with Dirty Dancing and spent four years at Company XIV as a singer, dancer, and actor. Hannah has directed and choreographed three short films, ‘Dust’ (2020), ‘ICU’ (2022) and ‘Salted’ (2022) and appeared in music videos for LEXXE and Chad Lawson. She is a producer at Retrograde Studios, in Brooklyn, NY and is artistically sponsored by The Creative outpost in Little Falls, NY.

Emma Andre
Emma Andre

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Emma Andre
Emma Andre

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Emma Andre
Emma Andre

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Emma Andre
Emma Andre

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Emma Andre 
(Dancer)

Emma Andre (she/they) is a movement artist from the North Shore of Massachusetts. In 2021 she graduated from Boston Conservatory, earning a BFA in contemporary dance with an emphasis in ballet. While in college they had the pleasure of working with Gabrielle Lamb, Germaul Barnes, Bradley Shelver, and other wonderful artists. Since moving to New York she’s had the pleasure of working with Megan Ahearn (Meagmove), Haley Morgan Miller, Emilee Pratt (Spare Change Dance), and Joyce King Dance Company. Her creative process often involves research through improvisation. Emma also draws, sews, and writes poetry.

Emma
Quaba Venza Ernest
Quaba Venza Ernest

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Quaba Venza Ernest
Quaba Venza Ernest

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Quaba Venza Ernest

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Quaba Venza Ernest 
(Dancer)

Quaba Venza Ernest born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began his dance training at Dance Theatre of Harlem under the direction of Arthur Mitchell & Robert Garland. Continuing at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. There he was selected as a recipient of an Adopt-A-Dancer Scholarship and was awarded the 2019 Thayer Fellowship in the Arts for Dance & Choreography. He began his career with Ballet BC for their 2019/2020 season, and later began working with Doung Varone & Dancer in 2021. He has danced in works by Kimberly Bartosik, George Balanchine, Ronald K. Brown, Sidra Bell, Norbert De La Cruz lll, Sharon Eyal, Robert Garland, Johan Inger, Loni Landon, Ana Maria Lucaciu, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Jerome Robbins, Ted Shawn, Medhi Walerski and Doug Varone.

Quaba
Shannon Harkins
Shannon Harkins

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Shannon Harkins
Shannon Harkins

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Shannon Harkins
Shannon Harkins

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Shannon Harkins

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Shannon Harkins
(Dancer)

Shannon Harkins began her dance training at The Washington School of Ballet. She has performed at The John F. Kennedy Center in Septime Webre’s world premieres of The Great Gatsby and Alice (in Wonderland). She trained at Walnut Hill School for the Arts and has attended summer programs at Ballet Austin, Charlotte Ballet, LINES Ballet, and Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. Shannon recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, where she performed works by Norbert de la Cruz III, Hannah Garner, and Maurya Kerr. Her own choreography was featured in the Young Voices in Dance program at Battery Dance Festival in 2022. She strives to create work that combines aspects of classical technique with added nuances, theatrics, and humor. 

Shannon
Caleb Patterson
Caleb Patterson

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Caleb Patterson
Caleb Patterson

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Caleb Patterson
Caleb Patterson

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Caleb Patterson
Caleb Patterson

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Caleb Patterson
(Dancer)

​​Caleb Patterson began professional training In 2014 at The Joffrey Ballet School where he performed works for notable choreographers such as Nathan Trice, Rena Butler, and Patrick O'Brien. After school, Caleb went on to generate works with Emily Greenwell, Javi Padilla, and Dolly Sfeir, all before the age of 22. Around this time Caleb also performed in his first evening length work with MATHETA Dance’s “Speak Through Movement”, premiered at Judson Church in 2019. Caleb made his professional writing debut with Javi Padilla, writing passages for “Pressure Of Water” and “in the quiet of the wood” both of which he danced in as well. Caleb’s writing after this would become vital to his work, using it to develop “Mariposa” and “Whistle”, his original choreographed works. Caleb became a frequent collaborator with Michelle Thompson Ulerich and saxophonist Johnny Butler, first creating “Sleepwalkers” for The Visionary in Mt. Vision, NY and numerous dances to this day. He most recently performed “Swerve” at Battery Dance Festival with LaneCoArts. Caleb is currently working with Kayla Farrish, MATHETA Dance, Michelle Thompson, and LaneCoArts.

Caleb
Jen
Jen Silver
Jen Silver

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Jen Silver
Jen Silver

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Jen Silver
Jen Silver

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Jen Silver
Jen Silver

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Jen Silver
(Dancer)

Jen Silver, born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, received her Master's Degree in Dance Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Prior to this, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Professionally, Jen has danced with Spark Movement Collective, Arsenal Movement Dance Project, Marked Dance Project, eSKay Arts Collective, Humanistics Dance Company, Kaley Pruitt Dance, and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre.

 

Jen enjoys sharing her passion for dance and movement with students of all ages! She is an ABT® Certified Teacher (Pre-Primary-Level 3) as well as a certified Pilates, Barre, and group fitness instructor. She currently teaches dance and fitness at several studios in the NJ/NYC area.

Henry
Henry Winslow
Henry Winslow

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Henry Winslow
Henry Winslow

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Henry Winslow
Henry Winslow

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Henry Winslow

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Henry Winslow
(Dancer)

​​Henry Winslow grew up dancing in Bellingham Washington. At 17 he moved to Oregon to study in The Portland Ballet’s Career Track program. He has attended summer programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva, Jacob's Pillow, and Springboard Dance Montreal. He graduated with a BFA in contemporary dance performance from Boston Conservatory in 2021, with an emphasis in choreography. He has worked with and perform works by Adrienne Hawkins, Darrell Moultrie, Anne Mueller, Pampered Chef Tanowitz, KT Nelson, Catherine Coury, Martha Nichols, Micaela Taylor, and Brian Brooks, as well as repertory by choreographers such as Alejandro Cerrudo, Peter Chu, Jose Limon, George Balanchine, and Trey McIntyre. Henry has also found a love for choreography and collaboration while producing and choreographing shows in college. He is currently a freelance dancer living in Brooklyn and hopes to build a sustainable and enjoyable career in the arts.

Alexzander Larson
Alexzander Larson

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Alexzander Larson
Alexzander Larson

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Alexzander Larson
Alexzander Larson

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Alexzander Larson

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Alexzander Larson
(Dancer)

​​Alexzander Larson (he/him) is originally from Portland, Oregon. He recently  graduated  from The Hartt School with a BFA in Dance Performance. Alex has had the privilege of performing work by choreographers such as  Gabrielle Lamb, Lar Lubovitch, Jaclyn Buglisi, Jose Limon, and Merce Cunningham to name a few.  He is also one of the 2022 Merce Cunningham Trust, Barbara Ensley Award Winners. Alex has a passion for community outreach, dance education, as well as incorporating mindfulness through his practice. He is currently a dance educator for students ages 4-10.  Alex’s philosophy says that “Every-body, every experience, all of humanity should have the opportunity to experience the joys and profound impact of dance.” When Alex is not in the studio dancing he enjoys peaceful hikes, a good book, and a solid Indie Pop Playlist. 

Alexzander
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