Dancer Biographies

Christopher Adams (Dancer) trained at the Toynbee Ballet School, Ballet Theatre Afrikan and the Johannesburg National School of the Arts in South Africa. He performed with the South African Ballet Theatre where his roles included the Peasant Pas de Deux from "Giselle". In 2001 he received scholarship to study at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary in London. After graduating he then went on to join Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, where he had the opportunity to do works by choreographers such as Didy Veldman, Jill Johnson and Ohad Naharin. Most recently he performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in a new Production of the Tales of Hoffmann. He also danced in a production by The Flying Mammoth company choreographed by Julie Bour. 

 

Chelsea Ainsworth Chelsea Ainsworth, originally from North Carolina, is a graduate of the Dance Department at The Juilliard School. Her dance training has included Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballroom, and Modern dance as well as attending the North Carolina School of the Arts as a high school ballet major. After graduating from The Juilliard School she worked with David Parker & The Bang Group in New York and Johannes Wieland/Staadtstheater Kassel in Germany. Currently she is teaching at the Chen Dance Center in New York and dancing with ZviDance and David Parker.

 

Todd Allen (Dancer) a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, began dancing at age three with Virginia Tanner's Childrens' Dance Theater. He received a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Brigham Young University, and in 1993 joined Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), where he danced for six years. Todd received his M.F.A. in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he was the recipient of the Dean's Fellowship. He has performed with ZviDance, Andrea Haenggi/AmDAT, David Parker and the Bang Group, The Mark Morris Dance Group, David Gordon's Pick Up Performance Group, Keigwin+Company, Amos Pinhasi, Jeanette Stoner, Mark Dendy, Cherylyn Lavagnino, Chris Yon, Ben Munisteri, Heidi Latsky and The Radio City Rockettes. He has taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and at The University of Utah. 

 

Alex Biegelson  ALEX BIEGELSON (Dancer), born and raised in New York City, has been involved in the theater and dance scene since the age of nine. He took a unique route to dance by jumping head first into the professional dance world. He started by touring around the tri-state area with Susan Slotnick, Figures in Flight in 1997. In 2001 he furthered his dance training at the Professional Performing Arts High School in Manhattan, simultaneously studying at the Alvin Ailey School though the PPAS program and as a fellowship student within the Junior Division Program. Alex earned his BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2009 and while there, appeared as a guest artist with Randy James Dance Works. Since graduation Alex has worked with Freespace Dance during their international tour, Nimbus Dance Works and Project: Smith.  Alex is a member of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company and ZviDance.  Alex is a founding member of 10 Hairy Legs and also serves as its Associate Director.

 

Aaron Carr (Dancer) comes from Pensacola, Florida.  He began his ballet training when he was six at Kaleidoscope and Ballet Pensacola.  Throughout high school, Aaron continued to study ballet as an ABT national training scholar and began to realize his interest for modern dance.  This interest led him to the Juilliard School in NYC.  During his four years with the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Aaron has worked with choreographers like Ohad Naharin, Azure Barton, Julian Barnett, and Larry Keigwin, among others.   Aaron is also a member of Keigwin + Company.   He is very excited to be out of school, DANCING, and living in Harlem.

 

Alison Clancy  (Dancer) hails from the mountains of Northern California. She earned a BFA in dance at Tisch/NYU. She contributes to multimedia projects as a dancer, musician and choreographer, and has been blessed to work with Zvi Dance since 2006.  Clancy’s primary personal project is her band HUFF THIS! (www.huffthis.com) for which she writes, sings and plays piano.  She has been fortunate to work with many wonderful, creative artists including Shen Wei, Martha Clarke, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Medi Matin, Todd Williams, Chris Elam, Michael Helland, Molly Allis, Christopher Lancaster,  and Young Soon Kim. Clancy has presented her own choreography at venues in NYC and CA. Alison would like to thank her family for all the love and inspiration.

 

Nathan Coder NATHAN CODER (Dancer) recently graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. While there, he performed works by Julie Bour, Brian Brooks, Randy James, Jay T Jenkins, Julia Ritter, and John Evans. He's worked with Graham Lustig on the opera "Francesca" at the Princeton Festival at McCarter Theater. He is currently an apprentice of Randy James' 10 Hairy Legs. He has also performed in the commercial side of the industry for both live events and television, as well as Musical Theater. He is very excited to be working with Zvi and to join the ZviDance family.

 

Tyner Dumortier TYNER DUMORTIER (Dancer) trained at OFF Jazz Centre de Danse in Nice, France, Nashville School of the Arts and earned a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2011. While at Rutgers University he performed works by choreographers Randy James, Stuart Loungway, Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Stephen Petronio, Benoit Swan Pouffer and Raegan Wood. Tyner was awarded 1st place in 2011 in choreography by the National Society of Arts and Letters. Since graduation, Tyner has danced with Compagnie Julie Bour, Freespace Dance, Nimbus Dance Works and Project: Smith. Currently he is a member of the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company and ZviDance, and a founding member of 10 Hairy Legs.

 

 

Samantha Harvey (Dancer) joined ZviDance in 2004 after performing with Heidi Latsky Dance, Eun Jung Choi Gonzalez, Soundance Repertory Company and the Rod Rodgers Dance Company, among others.  From 2006-2008 she lived in Boulder, Colo., where she earned a master's degree in environmental journalism from the University of Colorado. While in Boulder, she also had the opportunity to choreograph and perform with 3rd Law Dance/Theater, a preeminent multi-media dance company on the Front Range. Samantha is thrilled to be back in New York working with Zvi and this amazing group of dancers.

 

Kuan Hui Chew (Dancer) a company member of ZviDance since 2000, was born and raised in Singapore and later received her dance training at Beijing Dance Institute in China, then earned her BFA from the University of Iowa. She was a recipient of the Singapore National Art Council Art Bursary (overseas). She has performed in The King and I (choreographed and adapted by Gemze DeLappe, directed by Paul Blake), as well as with AllNations Dance Company (as a principal dancer), Kristin Jackson Dance, Gary Vlasic, Amos Pinhasi and Catherine Mapp. Her choreography has been featured in the Singapore Art Award Presentation Ceremony, Television Corporation of Singapore, and Dancenow/Downtown Festival. Kuan Huihas guest taught at the Beijing Dance Institute, Shanxi Province Performing Arts School, and Iona College, and has served as an adjunct lecturer at CUNY Queens College. She currently teaches continuing education courses for Pilates instructors at various Pilates studios, such as Kane School of Core Integration (New York), Kinected LLC. (New York), Erika Bloom Pilates Plus (New York), Pilates Garage (New York) and Body Logic (Philadelphia). She also teaches private Pilates sessions at her studio, Kinetic Pilates.

 

Elisa King (Dancer) is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who holds a BFA and MFA in Dance from the University of California at Irvine. She moved to New York City in 1976 to pursue a career in dance and also began teaching at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance in 1978. Ms. King has been on the faculty of the La Guardia High School for Music and Art & Performing Arts since 1981 and has taught at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Peridance, Ballet Hispanico and the Juilliard School. In 1990, Elisa King & Dancers was formed as a showcase for her choreography. Her work on video is part of the permanent exhibition at the Hall of Human Evolution and Biology at the American Museum of Natural History. She has collaborated with the Manhattan School of Music's Jazz Division on the Commission Project. Ms. King has danced with Doug Varone, Peter Sparling and Gerald Otte, among others and was an apprentice with Jennifer Muller and the Works. Recently invited to teach and perform in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ms. King continues to appreciate living and working in the dance community of New York City. She has been dancing with Zvi since 1986 and is grateful for the rich experience that he always creates.

 

Robert M. Valdez, Jr. (Dancer) affectionately known as “Buddy”, received his dance training at the San Francisco Academy of Ballet and the San Francisco School of the Arts. He also earned a BFA from The Juilliard School. Valdez has performed professionally with Luna Negra Dance Theater, Octavia Cup Dance Theater, 360º Dance Company, Riedel Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Pascal Rekoert/Flexicurve, and ZviDance.

 

David Norsworthy

DAVID NORSWORTHY (Dancer), born in Toronto, Canada, has performed with the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (Toronto), Helix Dance Project (Toronto), Camille A. Brown & Dancers (NYC) and Dancenorth (Melbourne). In addition to creating a work for Juilliard’s Choreographers and Composers 2011 and Senior Production 2013, he has shown work at Steps on Broadway (NYC) and the RBC WinterCity Festival (Toronto). He is the founder of FRESH Dance Intensive (www.freshdanceintensive.com), a touring dance workshop, and co-directs TOES for dance (www.toesfordance.ca), an initiative designed to enhance the accessibility of contemporary dance for young people in the Toronto area.

 

Ying-Ying Shiau (Dancer) is originally from Taiwan. Her early activities in gymnastics and Chinese-opera-movement inspired her to pursue formal dance training at the National Institute of the Arts in Taipei. Upon graduation she joined Taipei Ballet as a principal dancer. In 1997, Ms. Shiau continued her study of dance at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, where she began to choreograph and in May of 1999, received her MFA. Her choreographic work has been presented at Dancenow/Downtown Dance Festival, Dixon Place and the Duke on 42nd Street. As a dancer, she has worked with Keigwin&Company, Elisa Monte Dance, Randy James Dance Works, Jeanette Stoner, Amos Pinhasi and many others. In 2007, Ms. Shiau made her film debut in Across the Universe, a musical film directed by Julie Taymor and choreographed by Daniel Ezralow.She has been with ZviDance since 2000. 

 

Nicole Smith Nicole Smith, Artistic Director of dance collaborative called "project:Smith", also works for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company as a teaching artist and repetiteur, touring to universities nationally and internationally.  As a performer, she has danced with Doug Elkins and Friends’, Donna Scro/Freespace Dance, Maxine Steinman & Dancers, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. She first performed with ZviDance in "Zoom" as an apprentice in May 2011, and was honored to join the company in the creation of their newest work "Dabke". Post-graduation from Montclair State University, Nicole’s solo pieces and duet with partner Lisa Peluso (Elisa Monte Dance), have been showcased in theaters and festivals across the USA, United Kingdom, and Asia. As an independent artist, she has had the opportunity to teach modern dance and been commissioned for choreography at many universities, performing arts schools, and most recently, Dance New Amsterdam. She is the 2012 recipient of the L. Howard Fox Alumni Award at MSU, and is attending New York University's (Tisch) MFA Dance program. For more information, visit www.nicolemariesmith.com

 

William Tomaskovic WILLIAM TOMASKOVIC (Dancer), from Flemington, NJ, is a 2013 graduate of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts with his BFA in dance. Currently living in Jersey City, he is thrilled to be making his ZviDance debut this season (June 2013). Will is also a current company apprentice with 10 Hairy Legs, as well as a happy barista at Press Tea in the West Village.

 
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