Passion and commitment. Process-based creation leaning on nuance and texture. Learning and investigating (in life and in the studio). Performing with total belief in environment and character. Ensuring my dancers and students perform with the same commitment and belief. Teaching and making work that is relevant to this day and age. Challenging yet satisfying my audience. Giving back to the community. Endless Loving.
I'm a freelance artist living in Mannheim, Germany via New York City. My work in Europe includes guesting with Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Theater Konstanz, and with the Italian Compagnia Zappalà Danza.
I grew up in a dancing family, performing song and dance with my parents in the states. I received my BFA from The Juilliard School in '07 where I performed works by choreographers Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Twyla Tharp, Azsure Barton, and Eliot Feld. Professionally I've been a member of NYC based companies Company XIV, LeeSaar the Company, Gallim Dance, Pam Tanowitz Dance, Anatomiae Occultii, Loni Landon Projects, Nadine Bommer Dance Company, and Washington DC-based Company E. While at Company E I internationally performed works by L-E-V (Sharon Eyal/Gai Behar), Ohad Naharin/Batsheva, Yossi Berg and Oded Graf, Paul Taylor, Kate Weare, Alex Neoral, Brenda Way/ODC Dance, and Lidia Wos. I received the Metro D.C. Dance Award 2009 for Outstanding Individual Performance.
Aside from performing, for the past 10 years I've also toured and taught as a cultural ambassador with Company | E for many years. Most recently we conducted the Central Asian Dance Festival in Astana where I had the opportunity to teach and choreograph on dancers from all across central Asia. I've worked intimately with Margie Gillis and the Legacy Project, studying Margie’s body of work - Conflict Transformation - a somatically based approach integrated within the field of conflict resolution. This incredible work helps individuals communities become more embodied, and addresses issues surrounding conflict and aggression. During my years working with Israeli-based companies LeeSaar the Company, Gallim, and performing works by Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal/Gai Behar, I became immersed in Gaga technique. From 2015-2017 I joined Nadine Bommer Dance Company where I utilized Nadine’s unique improvisatory movement and acting language - Animato Dance Art. Animato Dance Art brought me to understand and develop my own unique, effortless, limitless movement possibilities and character development. I'm truly grateful to share this dance theater method which allows both performing artists and non-dancers to truly shift and advance their minds, physical abilities, and artistic sensibilities: https://nadinebommer.com/en/animato-en/
As a dancer and teacher I continue to employ the methodologies of Animato Dance Art, Gaga-esque somatics, Margie Gillis and various contemporary techniques. I've been fortunate to teach Vinyasa, gentle yoga and meditation for the past 7 years, and worked as a personal trainer in NYC.
Choreographically I most recently created a piece for the Tanz im Delta festival in Mannheim. I've made work for festivals across New York City and Washington DC, including The Current Sessions, Gowanus Art and Production, Chen Dance Center's Newsteps, and Velocity Festival. I co-founded the company BELslide with my colleague Betheny Merola in 2013: -and-