Zachary Leigh Denison originally from Northwest Arkansas attended AMDA and other various acting schools including The Actors Workshop under Mike Nichols before making the leap to dance at age 21. Toured internationally with "CATS" , and the 1st Bway tour of "The Music Man" regionally has been in shows such as "The Shadow Box, West Side Story, (VMT) NYC credits include Bway Bares, Fire Island Dance Festival, "Barrish" at HERE Arts Center, "Platforms" (NYMF) Aarons Lathams "Pogo and Evie" and For the Love of Christ for NYC Fringe, was a member of the Sean Curran Company and Salvatore LaRussa Dance, STEPS Repetory Ensemble and has danced for Heidi Latsky, Malcom Low, Mario Zambrano, Bradley Shelver, Regina Nejman, Dorell Martin, Levy Dance, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater, Project 44, Tough Cookie Dance is currently a member of Gibney Dance Company.
Mercedes Searer is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer and freelance arts administrator. She received her MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College and her BA in modern dance from The Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park College. Since arriving in New York in 2009 Mercedes has had the pleasure of dancing for Elizabeth Streb, Lucinda Childs, Deganit Shemy and Twyla Tharp. She currently is in process with Peter Kyle, Sara Rudner, and Jody Oberfelder. Mercedes’ choreography has been performed at the Andy Warhol Museum, The Children’s Museum, and Bellefield Hall, all in Pittsburgh, PA. Her work has also been featured in New York City at the Solar One Dance Series, Green Space’s Taking Root Series and WaxWorks.
Joey Kipp Joey Kipp was born in Brazil and raised in California. He received a BA in Dance and Biology from Marymount Manhattan and a scholarship to train at the Merce Cunningham School. He has performed works by Merce Cunningham and Robert Battle as well as having the pleasure of working with Miguel Gutierrez, Sean Curran Company, Ann Liv Young, Antonio Ramos, Peter Kyle Dance, Stacy Grossfield, and recently playing Rob Pilatus in WOW, an opera based on Milli Vanilli. He was listed in Time Out New York as one of their favorite Hot Dancer's of 2012, and has received acclaim by the New York Times for his performances with Stacy Grossfield and Jody Oberfelder. Never-ending thanks to Mom and the current and past team members of 4CHAMBERS.
Mary Madsen is a freelance dance artist based in NYC since 2003. She grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and holds a BFA in dance from the University of Milwaukee-WI. Mary is currently working Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, the Resonance Collective, and performing in Then She Fell by Third Rail Projects. Other choreographers she has had the pleasure to work with include: Regina Nejman, John J Zullo, Rebollar Dance Theater (D.C.), Kelly Anderson (Chicago), & Simone Ferro (Milwaukee). Mary also experiments with solo choreography, film creation, and collaborations with music artists namely The Glass Half & Summer Come Yelling. She co-founded the Indie Rock group Jigsaw Soul (’05-’08) and appeared in their music video Cockroach Hotel. She currently lives in Brooklyn, and is thrilled to be a part of Jody Oberfelder Projects.
Shane Rutkowskigraduated magna cum laude/Phi Kappa Phi from Fordham University with departmental honors in communications and media studies. Credits include: Seán Curran Company, Alison Chase Performance, Ben Munisteri Dance Projects, Tap Kids, and Step Up 2: The Streets. He has been on faculty at The Joffrey Ballet School, Manhattan Dance Project, and Steps on Broadway. When not dancing he edits video and designs projections for many NYC based dance companies. Shane has two dogs and a penchant for climbing on things/people. He is an avid reader who hates to wear pants. www.shanewho.info
Megan Bascom is a Florida native and graduated with honors from the University of South Florida where she received a BA in Dance Studies. Megan has performed with Dance Alive National Ballet (Gainesville, FL), white road Dance Media/Marisa Gruneberg, alex|xan: The Median Movement, Tara Burns Dance, Jeanne Travers, Michael Foley, Danny Buraczeski, Moving Current Dance Collective, Doug Varone, and performs presently with Kendra Portier|BANDportier and Rebecca Lubart . Megan is the Artistic Director of Megan Bascom & Dancers, a New York City based company. Currently, Megan works as a teaching artist and is a private Pilates instructor working in and around the greater NY area. She is overjoyed to be a part of Jody Oberfelder Projects.
Rayvawn Johnson originally from Paterson New Jersey, studied acting and began dancing at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, NJ. He has performed in the works of Jose Limon, Bill T. Jones, Robert Battle, Sean Curran, and Maxine Steinman. He’s had the great pleasure of being a part of Robert Whitman’s “Passport” at Dia Beacon, dancing for Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Arthur Aviles, Kira Blazek, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He is excited to be a apart of Jody Oberfelder Projects.
Lonnie Poupard Jr. is from Monroe, MI and received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Western Michigan University. Since graduation in Spring 2009, Lonnie has worked with Mark Dendy, Catherine Miller, Mark Morries (Metropolitan Opera's production of "Orfeo ed Eurydice"), Jody Oberfelder, and Neta Pulvemacher. He is currently a dancer for Lucinda Childs and is touring with Robert Wilson/Phillip Glass opera "Einstein on the Beach". Lonnie was distinguished in New Yorker Magazine as one of the “Ten Best Dance Performances of 2009” for his performance at the Fall for Dance Festival at City Center. He was a principal dancer and resident sound designer for Dendy, a featured dancer for the International Motorcycle Show, and played Greg in "A Chorus Line" (Kalamazoo Civic Theatre). Lonnie has been an Artist in Residence at the Yard and Jacob’s Pillow. He also majored in Aviation Flight Science at WMU and holds a private pilot's license.
Ben Follensbee does many things, dancing is one of them. He appreciates your interest and support and is very excited to be working with Jody Oberfelder.
ChristinaNoel Reaves received her BFA in Music: Voice Performance from Georgia State University and an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She pursues dance performance and instruction, choreography and music composition. In addition to singing Operas and Musicals, she has had the privilege of dancing for David Dorfman, Doug Elkins, Ivy Baldwin, Kurt Haworth, Christopher Williams and others.
Christian Coulson, Theatre includes Journey's End in the West End, Ghosts at London's Gate Theatre, the UK national tour of Festin, Romeo and Juliet (Liverpool Playhouse) and Rumble Ghost at PS122. TV includes Gossip Girl, Charles II - the Power and the Passion, Hornblower, Miss Marple & Little Britain. Film includes Four Feathers,The Hours, and the role of Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Christian has directed several shows in New York at venues including Joe's Pub, Cafe Sabarsky and Don't Tell Mama, and is also a photographer with work published in the New York Times, LA Times, Time Out New York, Elle, and a variety of UK publications.
Aditi Dhruv is a contemporary and Indian classical dancer in NYC. She received Bharathanatyam training in Houston, Texas and Chennai, India. She also studied Odissi in Mumbai, India. In addition to working with JODP, she has performed with various modern and Indian companies including Parijat Desai Dance Company, Treehouse Shakers, Blacksmith's Daughter, and Thresh Dance Company. Certified through Yoga Union, Aditi teaches yoga at the Yoga Center of Brooklyn, Bend & Bloom and Brooklyn Heights Casino. Aditi is grateful to her family and friends for all their years of love and support.
Edward Rice, originally from the suburbs of Chicago, started dancing as a child and received his early training from The School for Saltcreek Ballet, Lyons Township High School, and Jo's Footwork Studio. He holds a B.S. in Performance from Illinois State University and a M.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Iowa, where he was the recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship. His choreography has been performed at a number of venues in the Mid-West and most recently at Dixon Place, NYC. He has had the pleasure of dancing with Jennifer Kayle + Company, The Brian Brooks Moving Company, Stone Depot Dance Lab and Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects. He is also the Technical Director at Dance New Amsterdam.
Rebekah Morin started dancing at age four in Brimfield, MA. At the time, she wanted to become a paleontologist. She now holds a BA in dance from Connecticut College, and a 200 hr certificate from Laughing Lotus Yoga. Rebekah has been working with JODP since 2002. She also works with the Equus Projects and Third Rail Projects. She teaches yoga in the workplace through Relax Already and Balance Integration, and offers private instruction and Thai Yoga Bodywork. She also swings a pretty efficient wrench backstage.
Carlton Cyrus Ward is a dancer, circus performer and sometimes actor. He graduated from NYU's Tisch School of Arts in 2001 with a degree in drama. After graduating he quit theater and began dancing and circusing. He is a member of Circus Amok, Proto-type Theater Inc., Freefall (ltd), and El Gato Teatro. He has also worked with Alex Bag, Gary Indiana, Maureen Fleming and many others. Carlton also paints and choreographs in his free time.
Jessica Weiss was raised in Cheshire, Connecticut, where she studied ballet and Doris Humphrey technique under the direction of Ernestine Stodelle and Gail Corbin. She studied dance at Sarah Lawrence College, the Limon Institute and the Tisch School of the Arts, and holds a BA with Honors in Dance and Dance Writing from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. She has performed and toured with several New York companies, including Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Nejla Yatkin/NY2Dance, Shannon Hummel/CORADance, H.T Chen and Dancers and Alan Danielson Dance. Ms. Weiss currently dances for the Liz Gerring Dance Company and Anne Zuerner/RoxanneLolaMovementMachine.
Jake Szczypek is originally from New Haven, CT. He began his movement career studying gymnastics and springboard diving for the majority of his childhood and adolescence. Discovering dance in his teens, he went on to receive a BA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007. Working as a freelance dancer in NYC, Jake has had the priviledge to perform in the works of Neil Greenberg, David Dorfman, Ezra Caldwell, Doug Varone, Jeanine Durning, Twyla Tharp and several others. He can currently be seen dancing for Liz Gerring Dance Company, Alison Chase/Performance, Douglas Dunn & Dancers, White Wave/Young Soon Kim Dance Company, and Mary Seidman & Dancers. Additionally, Jake competes as a Masters Springboard Diver for Team New York Aquatics and poses as a figure model for Parsons and SVA. He has been a member of Jody Oberfelder Dance Project since 2007.
Michele Jongeneel, originally from Southern California, received her BFA in Dance Performance from California State University, Long Beach. Upon relocating to New York City, she began working with AMDaT/Andrea Haenggi, performing onstage and in site-specific works throughout New York and Europe. She has worked with choreographers: Stephen Petronio, Oliver Steele, and Natasha Trifan, and has also performed with Naganuma Dance and Esse Aficionado. Michele is currently dancing with BODYART Dance Company and performing in the off Broadway show Fuerza Bruta. She is so grateful to work with the Jody Oberfelder family!