|Anna-Alisa Belous (costume designer)|
Anna-Alisa Belous received an M.F.A. in textile design from the Art and Design Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and an M.F.A. in costume design from Brandeis University. She has designed costumes for Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Philadanco (PA), Elisa Monte Dance Company, Big Apple Baroque, Dusan Tynek Dance Company, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Marymount Manhattan College, The Juilliard School, Actor’s Shakespeare Project (MA), Portland Stage Company (ME), Manhattan School of Music Opera Department, Immigrant Theater, The New School for Drama, LAB Theater, Boston Playwrights Theater (MA), Modus Opera, and Blessed Unrest Company both as set and costume designer. Anna-Alisa works as an Artist in Residence for Dance Department at Williams College, MA. She has been costume designer for Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre since 2002.
|Sarah Buscaino (apprentice dancer)|
Sarah Buscaino was born and raised in New York. She began her dance training at The American Theater Dance Workshop on Long Island under the direction of Madeline Dempster. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A. in dance. While at Marymount, she had the opportunity to perform works by Abdhur Rahim Jackson, Alwin Nikolais, Pam Tanowitz, Alessandra Prosperi, Edgar Zendejas, William Soleau, Eric Hawkins, Deganit Shemy, and Jessica Lang. Along with ASDT, Sarah is currently in her fourth season with the Peggy Spina Tap Company. This is Sarah's first season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
|Jenny Gillan (dancer/rehearsal director)|
Jenny Gillan graduated Cum Laude, with a B.F.A. and departmental distinction in dance performance from Southern Methodist University. After graduation, Jenny taught and choreographed for a four week Prodanza festival in Castiglioncello, Italy; and was later invited back to SMU to perform the role of The Virgin in Yuriko's restaging of Martha Graham's Primitive Mysteries. Jenny joined Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre soon after moving to NYC and then became rehearsal director after her second year with the company. Along with ASDT, Jenny is a company member of Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre. She holds additional fitness certifications in beyondbarre and Pilates and currently teaches a several gyms around the city. This is Jenny's fifth season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
|Victor Larue (dancer)|
Victor Larue started dancing at the age of 16 in the "Conservatoire de danse" in France where he graduated with honors. He moved to New York to study at the Alvin Ailey School and graduated in 2012. In 2011, Victor join the Steps Repertory Ensemble, where he performs work from Benoit Swan Pouffer, Aszure Barton, Cherice Barton, Sean Curran, Larry Keigwin, Shannon Gillen and Manuel Vignouille. Victor has performed with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet for their 360 installation, with Armitage Gone for their New York season, at the Joyce Theater for a NYC Dance Alliance fundraiser, and most recently, as a guest with Shannon Gillen in Bryant Park. This is Victor's first season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
|Zachary Ludescher (video supervisor)|
Zachary Ludescher is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and co-founder of Dakoit Pictures. Zachary began his career editing numerous shorts, commercials, and documentaries, including the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award-winning documentary "LifeLinkPSU: A Road to Independence." Since then, he has branched out into high-definition cinematography, shooting a profusion of both narrative and non-narrative work. In addition to his collaboration with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, he is currently producing Beer Nation, a series for the web that follows this country's beers from brewery to pint glass. His latest piece, Brooklyn is for Lovers, can be viewed online at www.goboHD.com.
|Torrey McAnena (apprentice dancer)|
Torrey McAnena is originally from Abington, Pennsylvania and received the majority of her early dance training at Metropolitan Ballet Academy under the direction of Lisa Collins Vidnovic. She continued her dance training at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating with a B.F.A in dance with a ballet concentration. She has worked with choreographers and performed works by Kanji Segawa, Kate Skarpetowska, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, Deganit Shemy, Abdur Rahim Jackson, Jane Vorberger, and Anthony Ferro. Currently, Torrey has been selected and dancing in the Cunningham Fellowship Trust workshops. This is Torrey's first season as an apprentice with Amanda Selwyn.
|Dan Ozminkowski (lighting designer)|
Dan Ozminkowski has a B.F.A. in theatre design/technology from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film, Purchase College. He has collaborated with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre since Disturbance in 2006. Recent regional credits include Treasure Island – A New Musical (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Let Me Down Easy (Arena Stage, Wexner Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Additional design credits include Spirit of Uganda 2010, 2012 (North American Tours); Treehouse Shakers (US tours); A Celebration of Maurice Sendak with Tony Kushner (92Y); If You Could See (o/o Broadway); To Walk in Darkness & B*tch (o/o Broadway); Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Four Musicals). Associate & Assistant work includes: One Night With Janis Joplin (Regional Tour); Impressionism (Broadway), and Le Reve (Wynn, Las Vegas). Nominated, Barrymore PECO Award 2011. A member of United Scenic Artists local 829.
|Emily Pacilio (dancer)|
Emily Pacilio began dancing in Utica, NY and continued her study at Skidmore College. There, she had the opportunity to perform works by Robert Battle, Martha Graham, Lar Lubovitch, and Kevin Wynn, among others, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude with special distinction in dance. Currently, Emily dances for Trainor Dance and RG Dance Projects, with whom she performed at the 2012 DANCENOW Joe's Pub Festival. This is Emily’s first season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
|Amanda Selwyn (artistic director/choreographer)|
Amanda Selwyn founded Notes in Motion Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in 2000 and in fourteen seasons, has directed over 35 productions, developed a network of artists, and created the curriculum for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre’s arts-in-education programs. Amanda’s choreographic works include:, Detour, Five Minutes, Passage, Undercurrent, Hearsay, Interiors, Disturbance, Salut, Tilt, Tidal, Shift, Siren, Contradicting Unity, Save My Spot, Hold On, Momentum, and Behind Us. She has choreographed dance for Chicago's Motivity, a collective of modern choreographers; for theatre productions including House on Mango Street, Free to be You an Me, Once Upon a Mattress, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory; and for her original theatre productions which include Herland, Yellow Feather, and Slitting the Clouds. In addition to her choreographic work, Amanda has directed off-broadway theatre in NYC at John Houseman Studio, 30th Street Theatre, Grove Street Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Center Stage, and the Producer’s Club. Amanda teaches dance and theatre to New York City children and has been on faculty at independent schools including The Brearley School, Brooklyn Friends School, Beit Rabban School, Solomon Schechter School, and the New Acting Company. She has taught dance composition and technique at the Berkshire Institute for Music and Art and taught dance and theatre in Israel at the Israel Museum, English Village, and the Arad Community Center. Amanda led the workshop “Accessing Inspiration for Dance-Making” at the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable's 2007 Face to Face conference and "Teaching a Choreographic Process" at the 2008 and 2011 conferences. She presented her choreography at NYU’s Women and Theater conference in 2003. She is the recipient of grants from the NY State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Friars Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Community Arts Fund, Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. In 2008, Amanda participated in the Choreographer's Lab program at Jacob's Pillow in Beckett, MA. Her work has been presented twice on Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, in the DUMBO Dance Festival, APAP Conference Showcases, the COOL NY Dance Festival, WestFest Dance Festival, Movement Research’s Performance Series, Dance Teacher Summit, Earth Celebrations, Dixon Place, and Pushing Progress at Peridance. Amanda has a 500-hour yoga teacher's certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and teaches yoga at Laughing Lotus and Crunch Gym in NYC. She has a Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in performance studies and a B.S. from Northwestern University in theatre, women's studies, and dance.
|Randall Smith (dancer)|
Randall Anthony Smith, was born in San Diego, CA. Smith earned his M.F.A. in dance from the University of California, Irvine where he also earned two Bachelor's in Fine Arts, one in dance performance, the other in choreography. Smith currently is Donald McKayle’s répétiteur and serves as his assistant after performing for his Etude Ensemble for four years. He recently performed in Seattle based interdisciplinary dance company, zoe|juniper's, "A Crack in Everything" at the PuSH Festival in Vancouver, Canada (2013) and acclaimed ballerina, choreographer, and director, Jodie Gates’s, "Mein Zimmer" (2012). Along with his current performances, Smith is most noted for his performances in Donald McKayle’s: “Shaker Life” and “Upon the Mountain” from "Songs of the Disinherited" (1972), “Captain” from "Rainbow Round My Shoulder" (1959), “Bound No’th Blues” and “To Artina” from "Personal" (2007), and "Noir" (2009). He has also been seen in works created by internationally revered choreographers Loretta Livingston and Dr. Sam-Jin Kim from Seoul, South Korea. He recently was reviewed for his performance in "Landscapes ADF 2011" choreographed by Bulareyaung Pagarlav from Taipei, Taiwan and "Undivided/Divided" (2012) choreographed by Shen Wei at the American Dance Festival, and for being the first male to restage Donald McKayle's acclaimed female solo "Angelitos Negros."
|Joel Wilhelmi (sound designer)|
Joel Wilhelmi is the theater technical coordinator at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. He is proud to be working with Amanda since 2007! His design credits include Sweeney Todd, Spelling Bee, Snapshot, India Dreaming, Motel Blues, The Heiress, Low Life, Three Women in Indecision, and Bogusnova.. He was sound engineer for many theatre productions including The Listener, Bridge & Tunnel, Dream A Little Dream, Fucking A, Something Old Something New, Blue Surge, Good Thing, The Castle, Evolution, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and for films including Palmetto, Madison, Lawn Dogs, People Like Us, The Last Late Night, This Train, Winner Takes All, and My Father’s House. This is Joel's ninth season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.