|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. Anna-Alisa has worked as a costume designer for Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Philadanco (PA), Elisa Monte Dance Company, Big Apple Baroque, Dusan Tenet Dance Company, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, 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. She has also worked on the Feature Film “Kerosene Cowboys”, Moving Portraits Video Project and for the Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, the Santa Fe Opera, the American Repertory Theater, the Gotham Chamber Opera, Columbia University, the Milwaukee Ballet and “Law and Order.” 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 from Marymount Manhattan College, magna cum laude, with a B.F.A. in dance and all courses necessary to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. 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. She also performed at the Joyce Theater with New York City Dance Alliance under the direction of Joe Lanteri. This is Sarah's first season as an apprentice with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre. Along with ASDT, Sarah is currently in her fourth season with the Peggy Spina Tap Company.
|Catherine Coury (dancer)|
Catherine Coury, native of Detroit and graduate of the University of Michigan, is a freelance dancer and writer based in New York City. Catherine has had the pleasure of working with Alex|Xan: The Median Movement, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, Chris Masters, Jessica Gaynor Dance, Naganuma Dance, Sarah Konner + Austin Selden, and Spark(edIt)Arts, among others. Catherine is the Development Associate of Gallim Dance, the Director of Development for the Playground (New York), and the co-founder of LoudHoundMovement. This is Catherine's third season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
|Matthew Flatley (dancer)|
Matthew was born and raised in Maywood, New Jersey. He began dancing at the age of 3 at Dance Dimensions in New Milford, New Jersey. Matthew attended the Bergen County Academy for Visual and Performing Arts and graduated in June 2009 with a concentration in Acting, and received his B.F.A. in dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts earlier this year. Matthew has performed as a soloist with Dario Vacarro Dance Project and DeMa Dance Company, and is currently performing in Christopher Williams’ new opera, ‘Wolf-in-Skins’. He is also the co-founder/artistic director of The YoMoCo, a NYC based dance company that he continues to use as a platform for his artistic and choreographic visions. This is Matthew'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 start dancing at the age of 16 in the "Conservatoire de danse" in France, after 3 years of study he gratuated with Honor. Victor moved to New York to Study at the Alvin Ailey School for two years where he graduated in 2012. In 2011 Victor join the Steps Repertory Ensemble, where he perform work from Benoit Swan Pouffer, Aszure Barton, Cherice Barton, Sean Curran, Larry Keigwin, Shannon Gillen and Manuel Vignouille. Victor had the opportunity to perform with the Cedar Lake contemporary Ballet for their 360 installation and with Armitage Gone ! for their New York Season. This is his 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.
|Louie Marin (dancer)|
Louie Marin began his training in San Jose, California, and then moved to Miami where he received his B.F.A. with high honors from the University of Florida New World School of the Arts. In addition to Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, he currently works for Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. He has performed with Sasha Soreff Dance Theater, Paskal Rekoert/Flexicurve, and the Martha Graham ensemble. Louie is a certified in pilates and will be the resident pilates instructor for New Jersey Summer Dance this summer. This is his third season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
|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. Regional design credits include Arena Stage, Wexner Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company (Nom. Barrymore Peco Award), San Diego Repertory Theatre, and Berkeley Repertory Theater (Let Me Down Easy). Other recent design credits include Spirit of Uganda 2010 & 2012 (North American tour); Treehouse Shakers (US tour); A Celebration of Maurice Sendak with Tony Kushner (92Y); Dancin’ Downtown at the Joyce 2010 & 2011 (Joyce), To Walk in Darkness and B*tch (o/o Broadway). Associate/Assistant credits include Impressionism (Broadway), The Ritz (Broadway), Le Reve (Wynn, Las Vegas), Jennifer Muller/The Works (Brazil), Foxfire & Private Lives & Secret Garden (Utah Shakespeare Festival), She Loves Me (Williamstown), Anne of Green Gables & The Giver (People’s Light Theatre Co.). Dan has collaborated with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre since Disturbance in 2006.
|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 BalaSole Dance Company 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 thirteen seasons, has directed over 30 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, California and earned a B.F.A in dance performance, a B.F.A in Choreography, and a M.F.A in dance from the University of California, Irvine. Guidance and instruction from Israel ‘El’ Gabriel, Loretta Livingston, Donald McKayle, and Lisa Naugle afforded him the opportunity to blossom into the dancer, choreographer, and educator he is known for today. Randall has choreographed over seventeen new works, has performed for various choreographers spanning from China, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States, and currently serves as a répétiteur to master choreographer, educator, professor emeritus, and dance treasure Donald McKayle. This is Randall's inaugural year with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
|Robert Vail (dancer)|
A California native, Robert began dancing at the age of 5 with a hip-hop class at a local gym. Robert trained in jazz, tap, contemporary, and hip hop at Dance Connection Performing Arts Centre. He earned a B.F.A in dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Robert is the co-founder of The Youth Movement Collective, a dance company and artist’s collaborative within Tisch that strives to merge dance with all creative mediums. Robert has worked with teachers and choreographers such as Alonzo King, Robert Moses, Gus Solomons Jr., Jill Johnson, and Cherylyn Lavagnino. This is Robert’s third season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.
|Joel Wilhelmi (sound designer)|
Joel Wilhelmi was assistant sound designer for Stephen Sondheim’s Bounce, performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Joel is the resident sound designer/engineer at the new Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. His design credits include 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.