Dancer Biographies

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.


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! ( 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.


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. 


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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