Dancer Biographies

Chelsea Ainsworth

 CHELSEA AINSWORTH is a graduate of the Dance Department of The Juilliard School.  After graduating she worked with Johannes Wieland/StaadtstheaterKassel in Germany, Lorena Egan, Flexicure, Amber Sloan, Bryn Cohn + Artists and was on the modern/ballet dance faculty at Cap21 musical theater school and Chen Dance Center. Currently she is dancing with The Bang Group, as well as ZviDance She recently founded and is a Director at Arts On Site, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists of all disciplines by offering affordable studio space and hosting monthly events to encourage community collaboration. She is also performing and creating work with HUMA, Arts On Sites resident collective. 

 

Alex Biegelson  Alex Biegelson is a strong freelance dancer, master teacher, arts administrator and producer of immersive theater experiences. He earned his BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2009. Alex has worked with Freespace Dance, Jette Performance Company, Nimbus Dance Works, Project: Smith, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, and Portables. Throughout his career, Alex has worked with choreographers including Al Blackstone, Christopher Williams, Claire Porter, Cleo Mack, David Dorfman, David Parker, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, Julie Bour, Manuel Vignoulle, Megan Williams, Niv Sheinfeld, Oren Laor, Raja Feather Kelly, Randy James, Sean Curran, Stephen Petronio, Tiffany Mills, and Yin Yue. Alex currently performs with The Bang Group on their award winning national tour of "NutCracked".  He also dances for 10 Hairy Legs. In addition to being an original company member of 10HL, he also serves as the Associate Artistic Director. Alex has been a company member of ZviDance since 2012. Recently he has started to serve as ZviDance’s Development Consultant.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Doron Perk  Doron Perk studied dance at the high school and the conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Israel. After graduating in 2008, Doron worked as a professional dancer in the Croatian National Theater in Split, Croatia; Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid, Spain; and the Batsheva- The Young Ensemble in Tel Aviv, Israel. Since 2016, Doron is based in New York City, teaching Gaga and dancing in Zvidance. He received an Extraordinary Ability in the Arts O1 Visa and was listed in "Best performers of 2016" by Dance Magazine. doronperk.net

 

Isaies Santamaria

Born in France, Isaies started studying dance in Paris at Latin and Tropical Dance School and at Rick Odums School of Ballet Jazz. After that, he danced as a part of the top16 in "YCD" the French television version of SYTYCD . Then he moved to NYC and graduated from Peridance Capezio Center in 2014, performing work by Manuel Vignoulle,Bryan Arias, Marlena Wolf, Igal Perry, Enzo Celli and Ephrat Asherie.

As a freelancer, he is been working and touring nationally with Gregory Dolbashian (The Dash ensemble), Manuel Vignoulle (M/ Motions), Enzo Celli (Vivo Ballet), Bryn Cohn (BCA+Artists), Zvi Gotheiner (Zvi Dance), Sonya Tayeh (Sonya Tayeh Dance) and Bobbi Jene Smith.

He is been performing in venues as Jacob’s Pillow Doris Duke Theater, Massmoca , Catskill Moutain, Monterrey International Ballet Gala, ADI, Bam Fisher, Kaatzbaan, Bryan Park Festival, Lincoln Center, Fire Island, Brooklyn Dance Festival, Joe’s pub. He is teaching Floorwork Contemporary at Gibney Dance Center as a faculty member.

Recently, He started working with Shannon Guillem, Vim/Vigor dance Company.


 

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. 

 

Jessica Smith  JESSICA SMITH, a native of New Orleans, is a graduate of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. Growing up, Jessica trained as a competitive gymnast as well as attending the performing arts high school, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In her third year at Purchase College, she studied abroad at London Contemporary Dance School. Jessica is now entering her second season with ZviDance and her first season with both Kizuna Dance and VIM VIGOR. She continues to research and show her own work throughout New York City while collaborating with many people she's met along the way.

 

Stephanie Terasaki  Stephanie Terasaki was born and raised in southern California. She attended the Orange County School of the Arts and received her BFA in 2016 from The Juilliard School. During her time at Juilliard she had the opportunity to perform works by Kyle Abraham, Martha Graham, Eliot Feld, Camille Brown, Brian Brook, Kate Weare, Paul Taylor, Loni Landon, and Bobbi Jene Smith. She has also worked with GroundWorks Dance Theater for their summer and fall season and performed works by Robyn Mineko Williams, Adam Barruch, Beth Corning, and David Shimotakahara. She currently dances for Brian Brooks Dance, MeenMoves, and ZviDance.

 

William Tomaskovic  Will Tomaskovic, originally from Flemington, NJ, received his BFA in dance from Rutgers University. Post graduation, he apprenticed for Keigwin + Company, as well as participated in the premiere of the immersive dance-theater production "Donmus Ruya/Frozen Dream" with Julia Ritter/Ayrin Ersotz in Istanbul. Will is a fitness instructor in the NJ/NYC area specializing in barre fitness & conditioning. In addition to Zvidance, Will is a member of 10 Hairy Legs, and Bryn Cohn + Artists.

 
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