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January 7th, 2021

Selim Cizdan – photo by Betül Temiz

Selim Cizdan is a young choreographer, teacher and dance artist. He is studying Performing Arts in Istanbul Bilgi University He has been dancing for 9 years. He performed in various festivals such as Cyprus Dance Festival, Istanbul Dance Festival, Ankara Dance Festival. He competed in TDSF Dance Competition in Ankara and he came in second. He came across with contact improvisation 3 years ago and he presented a performance called ‘’BizBize’’ in Canakkale. He started contemporary dance in 2018. He attended many workshops on improvisation, Contemporary and Contact Dance ever since. The projects which he worked in: Project assistant in ‘’The Things We Carry’’ choreographed by Francisco Camacho, Junior Art Director in ‘’Artık Okunmayan Masallar’, Choreographer in ‘’Renkli Rüyalar’’, Dancer in ‘’It is a Sin’’ cover by Barbekü Band.

*In his leisure time he likes to play saxophone.

Adriane Erdos – photo by Matthew Kalman

Adriane Erdos has been dancing and acting since she was a young girl.  At 11, she was personally mentored by Anna Sokolow. She went to LaGuardia HS for drama. In college she was mentored by the famous Indian classical dancer Indrani Rahman and performed a solo of Bharatanatyam at Carnegie Hall. At 18, she was the youngest dancer/choreographer to have her work selected for Dance Theatre Workshop’s “Fresh Tracks” series. She was also Assistant Director for the Tony award winning play “Side Man”, by Warren Leight.  Adriane has always studied theatre, dance, religion, spirituality, myth and folklore from around the world.

She is particularly interested in how most classical and indigenous forms do not make distinctions between these disciplines and use performance art as a way to communicate between dimensions – be it gods and man or spirit and matter.

Aigar Larionovs – photo by Francisco Graciano

Aigars Larionvos is a Latvian-born teacher, choreographer, and dance artist. Graduated with an MFA degree from Florida State University School of Dance in May 2020.

He has taught capoeira and dance workshops in the USA, Latvia, Italy, Greece and other European countries.

Throughout his dancing career he has performed in works by Jawole Zollar, Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Ilze Zirina, Josephine Garibaldi, and others . His choreographies have been performed at A.I.R. Dance Conference (Miami, FL), COCO Dance Festival (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago), as well as being adjudicated for FSU Days of Dance concerts in 2018 and 2019.

Makayla Peterson – photo by Tyri Coerbell

Makayla Peterson is the artistic director of her dance collective, Monét Movement Productions: The Collective founded in May 2020. A graduate of Temple University (’20), she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Digital Media Technologies. From Brooklyn, NY, she trained in a plethora of styles, attended performing arts schools and dance intensives. Her accomplishments include: Temple University Diamond Research Scholars Grant 2019 recipient (research accepted for presentation at conferences nationally and internationally), Education Outreach Intern for American Ballet Theatre and a non-profit intern for APSOCECAT located in Barcelona. She currently interns for Philadelphia-based Black Dance Magazine. She is a dancer and teaching artist with Enya Kalia Creations. Her collective had their first performance in the 11th Annual Making Moves Dance in September. Most recently, Peterson was selected as a semi-finalist in the JCHEN Core Choreography Competition (C3).

February 4th, 2021

Jenise Anthony

Jenise Akilah Anthony, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, is an international dance educator, choreographer and performing artist well-known for her African Diaspora dance work. She is an Assistant Professor at the College at Brockport and serves as the Artistic Director of the Sankofa African Dance and Drum Ensemble. With her recognition and passion for traditional and contemporary African-based work, Ms. Anthony founded Echoes of Africa, an international dance collective that reflects the heartbeat and energy of African culture through concert and community performance. Ms. Anthony has studied intensively with multiple native dance and drum masters from Guinea, Senegal, Mali and the Ivory Coast. With her expertise in Afro-Caribbean and Traditional/Contemporary African dance forms, she has presented her creative work at worldwide conferences such as ACDA, World Dance Alliance Assembly, UTEP, COCO Dance, Trinidad and the Dance Africa Festival. Ms. Anthony prioritizes cultural exchange and passionately focuses much of her work on providing equitable, inclusive spaces for the community to engage in shared cultural experiences through movement.

David Lopiki

Lopiki Mboko David, born in Goma, DR Congo, is a social technic diplomate and the Choreographer and Artistic Director of HEARTIST DANCE COMPANY, standing out today in the urban environment. He started dancing in 2011 by practicing hip-hop, and in 2015 led a workshop teaching so-called street children as a part of MAENDELEO DANCE PROJECT. The initiative is for the supervision and reintegration of street children in the society. Driven by the desire and the passion to learn different forms of contemporary dance, in 2016 he joined the INUKA DANCE COMPANY dance company and trained during BUSARA DANCE COMPANY workshops and masterclass with CHIKU LWAMBO and CHITO LWANZO, and choreographers LUKAS KATANGILA (dancer choreographer and diplomate to the ACADEMIE DES BEAUX ARTS Belgique) and RODHA GATETE (choreographer and dance rat Busara ance company). He never stops learning by participating in creations ,training internships and dance workshops in his country, the Democratic Republic of Congo and worldwide.

In 2019 he takes the first steps in his creation CRIS D’INNOCENCE on the street of Goma. He did the research and creation residency at the ORPAS ROPPA dance studio in Kigali, Rwanda. At the end of the residency, he exhibited the performance at the UNIVERSAL ECOLOGY of the NDOTO ART and ACTIVISM Collective. In 2020, he participated in the workshops of the first edition of the HADISI URBAN FESTIVAL, initiated by choreographer NEEMA BAGAMUHUNDA (Kenya), BISOLA BELLO (UK), and HANGI BIENCO (DRCongo) and exhibited his creation CRIS D’INNOCENCE at the the Plateform. His performance piece “WE ARE TOGETHER” was created as a part of the Covid -19 research and development project he exhibited to the SOCIAL DISTANCING FESTIVAL and at the WORLDWIDE AFRO NETWORK (WAN).

TruthNanda (Balidawa Hussein)

TruthNanda (Balidawa Hussein) is a 21-year-old choreographer, instructor, dance motivator, and dance traveler from Uganda. They started to dance when they were 10 years old, but later went on the upgrade and discover what they do best, by joining different crews and meeting different choreographers and Dance artists in their community and other countries in the world. They started a crew in 2015 named UltimateDancers from Iganga town _Uganda. Their genres include Afro Dancehall, AfricanContemporary dance, Jamican Dancehall, and Traditional Dance.

Waeli Wang

Waeli Wang (she/her/hers) is a movement artist, filmmaker, collaborator, and educator. She creates interdisciplinary contemporary works interweaving personal, familial, social, and artistic contexts to investigate the human condition for the concert stage, cinematic screen, and alternative spaces. Her research explores the overlap between critical dancemaking and identity to transform and challenge unjust social relations while filling in the gaps of our collective memory. She sees art-making as a means for social justice, as contemporary and historical representations of intersectionality, and as a way to cultivate community. She is driven to make work that fuses movement/imagery, figurative/abstract, and the poetic personal. Waeli currently resides on the ancestral lands of the Kiikaapoi, Wazhazhe, Kaw, and Očeti Šakówin, also known as Lawrence where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas.

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