Alexander Davis (choreographer, performer) is a Boston based perform, choreographer, fiber artist. He is graduate of Keene State College where he received a BA in English: Writing, and a BA in Theatre and Dance: Choreography and Performance. Alex has worked, performed and presented with organizations across Boston including Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Children's Chorus, World Music/CRASHarts and Improv Asylum/Laugh Boston. Alex is currently a company member with Urbanity Dance, where he is also the director of the their Summer Choreographer Intensive Program. As a choreographer and fiber artist Alex has received grant and residency support from The Studios at Mass MoCA, The Boston Foundation, Urbanity Dance, and The Theatre Offensive. Alex and collaborator Joy Davis (The Davis Sisters) were recently awarded a 2018 Schoenberg (Boston) Fellowship Residency at The Yard to develop and perform a new work in September. Alex is a passionate arts administrator, a published memoirist, a college professor, an exhibited visual artist, a sexual consent educator, and an okay comedian. www.alexanderdavis.dance @AlexanderDavisDance
Angelina Benitez (choreographer, performer) recently graduated from Salem State University with a B.A in Modern/Contemporary Dance and Spanish World, Language, and Culture. At Salem State University she studied under Meghan McLyman, Betsy Miller, and James Morrow. Her performance experience includes ensemble work opening for BoSoma’s The Dinner Table: Vignettes of Betrayal, performing in Salem State University’s Dance Ensemble’s concerts, and Repertory Dance Theatre’s semi-annual concerts. When she isn’t performing or choreographing, she enjoys teaching. She has taught summer dance camps at a local YMCA, assisted at Enchanted Dance Academy, and taught as a guest artist at InSync Center of the Arts. Though she enjoys these aspects of dance she most looks forward to pursuing a career in Dance Administration.
April Sellers (teacher, choreographer, performer) is an independent choreographer, dancer and performance curator who for 18 years has created over 60 original works. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the April Sellers Dance Collective which is renowned for its complex expressions of gender and identity in highly crafted performances. Her most recent and transgressive performance, Animal Corridor prompted the award “Artist of the Year” by City Pages in 2017. Other awards include the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants (2015, 2002), the McKnight Fellowship for Choreography (2011) and the Sage Award (2006). Over the past decade, Sellers has been invited to participate in a number of residencies like the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Santa Cruz, California) and the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (Tallahassee, Florida). Sellers holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Chris Suharlim (teacher, choreographer, performer) is a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who has been dancing to upbeat pop and k-pop songs since 2006. He is a faculty teaching artist at the Dance Complex in Central Square, where his fem style diva-esque Sassy Hip-Hop class received “Boston’s Best” award by Improper Bostonian in 2017. His mission is to provide dance classes that are inclusive (of individuals of all dance levels and socio-economic backgrounds), fun (not about mastering choreography, but about letting loose), and charitable (his class proceeds are non-deductible donations for his public health foundation). His mission and work is recently covered by Emerson College on a body-positive documentary, ‘Overtures’. In addition, performing as Miss Diagnosis, his Sassy Hiphop team won the the first place at the Race for the Tiara charity competition, contributed to over $7,000 fundraising for Aids Action.
Dante Brown (choreographer, performer) began his dance training at Wesleyan University, which led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography. As a performer, Dante has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Kendra Portier, Nicole Stanton, Noa Zuk and at the Dance Exchange. Since its founding in 2010, Warehouse Dance has shown work at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Dance Complex (MA), Columbus Dance Theater and Wexner Center for the Arts (OH), Dance Gallery Festival (NY & TX), Dixon Place, GAP Green Building, LaMaMa Moves Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts and The Wild Project (all NYC), Sam Houston State University (TX), and YourMove Dance Festival (NJ). Dante has had the opportunity to teach a range of classes at Broadway Dance Center, Dancewave, East Village Dance Project, and Gibney Dance Center (all in NYC), and The Ohio State University. He has held collegiate positions as an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Westchester Community College, Lecturer in Dance at Bates College, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. Most recently, he was awarded the Schwartz Center for Performing Artists Fellowship at Emory University. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College.
Eddie Alba (teacher) began his ballroom dancing career over 20 years ago. As a professional competitor in the American Smooth division from 1995 to 2006, he was a Rising Star Champion. As a Pro-Am competitor, Eddie continues to compete in all styles of partner dance with his many students, and has won multiple Top Teacher Awards. Eddie is the owner of Century Dancesport, Orange County’s premier ballroom dance studio. Eddie is an active member of the North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association (NASSPDA). He is the reigning Male International Standard World Champion in the A Division, having received the title in 2014. Previously, he was the 2008 North American Male Latin Champion. Eddie has been a judge at multiple NASPDA events, including April Follies, Dancing in the River City, and Boston Open Dancesport. Eddie is a current member of the NAASPDA Board of Directors.
Jennifer Crowell-Kuhnberg (teacher) is the Executive Director of OnStage Dance Company, a choreographer, performer and dance instructor. In addition to creating work for OnStage, Jen choreographed the evening-length productions: Selichot (Temple Shalom, Newton, 2017), What Is Love? (Green Street Studios, Cambridge, 2015) and Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert (OBERON, Cambridge, 2013-14), the music video Bad for recording artist Jamie Lynn Hart, and had work featured in the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Dance For World Community, NACHMO Boston & NYC, Third Life Choreographer Series and OnStage | Repertory productions. Jennifer is on staff at Cheryl Sullivan's School of Dance and Dance Place.
Jo Troll (teacher, choreographer, performer, consultant) is a trans choreographer and art-maker, has a Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. They have recently presented work as part of a residency at OnStage Dance Company and the Dance Complex's aMaSSiT mentoring and choreography lab. Over the years, they have created work for amateur queer dance performance and as one of the first DUCKiE upstarts at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London. Originally an Irish dancer, Jo explores the intersection between different forms of percussive and contemporary dance. They engage with challenging questions of tradition and identity in dance spaces in order to find an unapologetically queer, honest, and accessible means to present their work.
J. Michael Winward (co-producer, teacher, choreographer, performer) is an independent dance artist based in Boston. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet, contemporary and somatic dance practices, his work places a strong focus on building connection: connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience, connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities. As Artist Liaison at The Dance Complex, Michael facilitates artist-produced and in-house performances, working to ensure that productions run smoothly from conception to execution. As dancer and company manager for Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM), Michael works to advance the PDM mission of cultivating dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. During his career as a competitive ballroom dancer, Michael advocated for the inclusion of same-sex partnership in mainstream competition. Through his program Steps in Time, he brings social ballroom dancing to senior and elder care facilities throughout Greater Boston.
Kareem Khubchandani (moderator) is the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Drama & Dance and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Tufts University teaching at the intersection of performance studies and queer studies. Heis also a performance artist, working in drag, storytelling, body art, theater, and digital media. He has performed at the Austin International Drag Festival, Queens Musuem, Jack Theater, and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.
Instagram: @kareempuff + @lawhorevagistan Twitter: @kareempuff
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (teacher) was founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form and in drag. Les Ballets Trockadero first performed in the late-late shows in Off-Off Broadway lofts. The TROCKS, as they are affectionately known, quickly garnered a major critical essay by Arlene Croce in The New Yorker, and combined with reviews in The New York Times and The Village Voice, established the Company as an artistic and popular success. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is a company of professional male dancers performing the full range of the ballet and modern dance repertoire, including classical and original works in faithful renditions of the manners and conceits of those dance styles. The comedy is achieved by incorporating and exaggerating the foibles, accidents, and underlying incongruities of serious dance.
Maggie Cee (co-producer, teacher, choreographer, performer) is founder and director of“The Femme Show”, a variety show featuring dance, spoken word, performance art, and drag exploring queer femininity. “The Femme Show” has been a staple of LGBTQ entertainment in Boston since 2007. Maggie is the 2011 recipient of the History Project’s Lavender Rhino Award for an emerging LGBT history maker. Her work as a performer and as a producer engages with the LGBT/queer community and allies to expose bias, misogyny, and power dynamics within the community and in society at large.
Nick M. Daniels (choreographer, performer) was born and raised in Pittsburgh and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Slippery Rock University. Nick is founding Artistic Director of the DANA (Dancers Against Normal Actions) Movement Ensemble. The Ensemble has received many awards and favorable reviews from across the country. Appearances and accolades include the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Carnegie Museum, the Pittsburgh Dance Council, Freshworks resident for The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, New Moves Festival 2016, The My People Queer Showcase, Google Pittsburgh, the Mattress Factory's Urban Garden Party, CREATE award nomination, recipient of the Advancing Black Artist /Three Rivers Support Grant, Main Stage performance at the 2017 EQT Pride Festival, and the Scranton Fringe festival.
Rebecca Lang (choreographer, performer) is a Senior at Salem State University studying Social Work and Dance. She previously trained at In Sync Center of the Arts in Quincy, MA. She is currently studying dance under Meghan McLyman and Betsy Miller. As an artist, she approaches her work with an experimental mindset and is always looking for ways to collaborate. Her performance experience includes opening for BoSoma’s The Dinner Table: Vignettes of Betrayal, Salem Dance Ensembles and Repertory Dance Theatre’s semi-annual concerts, American College Dance Associations adjudicated concert and performing as a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Rebecca teaches contemporary, ballet, tap, and jazz at In Sync Center of the Arts. For the past four years, Rebecca has choreographed for Salem Dance Ensemble, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Insync Center of the Arts. She would like to combine the aspects of empowerment utilized in Social Work practice with her love of dance teaching, performing, and choreographing. Rebecca combines her two areas of study by fostering expressive atmospheres that respect diversity of experiences and capabilities. She believes that dance should be available to all bodies and communities.