Artists

Artists

Costume Designer
Anna-Alisa Belous received an M.F.A. in textile design from the Art and Design Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and an M.F.A. in costume design from Brandeis University. She has designed costumes for Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Philadanco (PA), Elisa Monte Dance Company, Big Apple Baroque, Dusan Tynek Dance Company, Rebecca Read More About Artist
Anna-Alisa BelousCostume Designer

Anna-Alisa Belous received an M.F.A. in textile design from the Art and Design Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and an M.F.A. in costume design from Brandeis University. She has designed costumes for Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Philadanco (PA), Elisa Monte Dance Company, Big Apple Baroque, Dusan Tynek Dance Company, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Marymount Manhattan College, The Juilliard School, Actor’s Shakespeare Project (MA), Portland Stage Company (ME), Manhattan School of Music Opera Department, Immigrant Theater, The New School for Drama, LAB Theater, Boston Playwrights Theater (MA), Modus Opera, and Blessed Unrest Company both as set and costume designer. Anna-Alisa works as an Artist in Residence for Dance Department at Williams College, MA. She has been costume designer for Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre since 2002.

Photographer
Nir Arieli launched his career as a military photographer for the Israeli magazine Bamachane, before receiving a scholarship to pursue a BFA at New York’s School of Visual Arts; he graduated with honors. Nir’s photographic passion is within the portraiture and dance fields. He is an admirer of gentleness, beauty that Read More About Artist
Nir ArieliPhotographer

Nir Arieli launched his career as a military photographer for the Israeli magazine Bamachane, before receiving a scholarship to pursue a BFA at New York’s School of Visual Arts; he graduated with honors. Nir’s photographic passion is within the portraiture and dance fields. He is an admirer of gentleness, beauty that embodies a sense of conflict and physical intelligence.

Nir received the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship (2009-2012), SVA’s Photography Department Award (2009, 2011) and the 5th Year Award by Gotham Imaging and FotoCare (2012). He was chosen as one of the 2013 talents to watch by “Next” magazine, was a USA winner of Flash Forward (2015) and won 1st place in the PDN “Faces” portrait contest (2012). Nir was nominated for the Tierney Fellowship (2012) and PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers (2013), was a finalist in the Google Photography Prize (2012) as well as in W. magazine’s “In A Fashion Minute Video Contest” (2010) and a semi-finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (2012). His work has been published, exhibited and collected internationally and his New York clients include the Juilliard School, The Ailey School, The School of Visual Arts, Time Out NY, Bloomingdales, Gallim Dance, , MADboots Dance, Hewman Collective, Pontus Lidberg, Loni Landon, Jonah Bokaer and Shannon Gillen, among others.

Nir is represented in NYC by Daniel Cooney Fine Art gallery, in North Carolina by MoNA gallery and in Israel by Pinzeta initiative. His second solo show “Flocks” was on view at Daniel Cooney Fine Art gallery between April 21st and June 4th 2016.

Dancer
Alex Cottone grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where he attended Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts where he trained with Jeff Satinoff and Jan Hanniford Goetz. There, Alex had the opportunity to work with Margo Sappington and Troy Powell. He received additional training from Joffrey Jazz and Read More About Artist
Alex CottoneDancer

Alex Cottone grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where he attended Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts where he trained with Jeff Satinoff and Jan Hanniford Goetz. There, Alex had the opportunity to work with Margo Sappington and Troy Powell. He received additional training from Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary. After graduating high school, Alex attended Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY) and earned a BFA in modern dance. While at Marymount, Alex had the opportunity to work with artists such as Cherice Barton, Emery Lecrone, Lar Lubovitch, and Kate Skarpetowska. Alex was an original member of Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective. In 2014, he participated in Springboard Danse Montreal where he worked with Aszure Barton and Artists as well as MADboots Dance. On the side, Alex has subbed contemporary classes at Broadway Dance Center. This past year, he was given the opportunity to perform at BC Beat with choreographer Reed Luplau. This is Alex’s first season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.

Dancer
Adam Robert Dickerson was born and raised in Colorado. After graduating high school, Dickerson began his training with the Colorado Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Zetta Alderman. He continued his training at Colorado College with Patrizia Herminjard and Debbie Mercer. While at CC, he performed works by Anna Sokolov Read More About Artist
Adam DickersonDancer

Adam Robert Dickerson was born and raised in Colorado. After graduating high school, Dickerson began his training with the Colorado Jazz Dance Company under the direction of Zetta Alderman. He continued his training at Colorado College with Patrizia Herminjard and Debbie Mercer. While at CC, he performed works by Anna Sokolov and Trisha Lai while attending Summer Intensives at the Martha Graham School. Additionally, he choreographed works for the American College Dance Festival (two final gala recognitions), the Grand Prix Semi-finals, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Dickerson most recently completed a year with Graham 2 before joining Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.

Photographer
Christopher Duggan is a highly-respected NYC-based wedding/dance photographer. 10+ years of experience as a dance photographer in New York City and for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival have helped me master the art of photographing fleeting, meaningful moments that happen in the blink-of-an-eye. Unlike any other art form, photography and videography Read More About Artist
Christopher DugganPhotographer

Christopher Duggan is a highly-respected NYC-based wedding/dance photographer. 10+ years of experience as a dance photographer in New York City and for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival have helped me master the art of photographing fleeting, meaningful moments that happen in the blink-of-an-eye. Unlike any other art form, photography and videography are the only ways to record the experience of dance. There is no score, no canvas, and no repetition. No two moments are ever the same. When I photograph dance, I anticipate when the most climactic and special moments are about to happen, so I can capture them in a split second. Those split seconds hold the true essence of the dance. My photographs have been published in The New York Times, Dance Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and The Knot, among others, and displayed in exhibitions at The National Museum of Dance, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam and The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

 

 

Dancer
Manon Hallay was born in France. She started dancing in the Conservatoire de Tarbes and went to Bordeaux at 13 to study in a pre-professional course.Two years later she has been accepted to the Royal Ballet School of Antwerpn and had the opportunity to work with choreographer as Sidi Larbi Read More About Artist
Manon HallayDancer
Manon Hallay was born in France. She started dancing in the Conservatoire de Tarbes and went to Bordeaux at 13 to study in a pre-professional course.Two years later she has been accepted to the Royal Ballet School of Antwerpn and had the opportunity to work with choreographer as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui or Micheal Shannon. She moved out to New-York four years ago to integrate the Alvin Ailey school as a scholarship student. She is apparat of the Amanda Selwyn dance Theater since 2014 and she is now artistic director of Les Ballets Nomades. She is excited to be a teaching artist with Notes in Motion this year.
Video Supervisor
Zachary Ludescher is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and co-founder of Dakoit Pictures. Zachary began his career editing numerous shorts, commercials, and documentaries, including the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award-winning documentary “LifeLinkPSU: A Road to Independence.” Since then, he has branched out into high-definition cinematography, shooting a profusion of both narrative and non-narrative Read More About Artist
Zachary LudescherVideo Supervisor

Zachary Ludescher is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and co-founder of Dakoit Pictures. Zachary began his career editing numerous shorts, commercials, and documentaries, including the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award-winning documentary “LifeLinkPSU: A Road to Independence.” Since then, he has branched out into high-definition cinematography, shooting a profusion of both narrative and non-narrative work. In addition to his collaboration with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, he is currently producing Beer Nation, a series for the web that follows this country’s beers from brewery to pint glass. His latest piece, Brooklyn is for Lovers, can be viewed online at www.goboHD.com.

Dancer
Torrey McAnena is originally from Abington, Pennsylvania and received the majority of her early dance training at Metropolitan Ballet Academy under the direction of Lisa Collins Vidnovic. She continued her dance training at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating with a B.F.A in dance with a ballet concentration. She has worked with Read More About Artist
Torrey McAnenaDancer

Torrey McAnena is originally from Abington, Pennsylvania and received the majority of her early dance training at Metropolitan Ballet Academy under the direction of Lisa Collins Vidnovic. She continued her dance training at Marymount Manhattan College, graduating with a B.F.A in dance with a ballet concentration. She has worked with choreographers and performed works by Kanji Segawa, Kate Skarpetowska, Lar Lubovitch, Pam Tanowitz, Deganit Shemy, Abdur Rahim Jackson, Jane Vorberger, and Anthony Ferro. Currently, Torrey has been selected and dancing in the Cunningham Fellowship Trust workshops. This is Torrey’s fourth season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.

Dancer
Robert Moore, from Hamden, Connecticut, began his dance training at New England Ballet and continued training at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. He is an alumnus of the Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Merce Cunningham Trust workshop, the Jacob’s Pillow Movin’ Commercial Dance Program, and Read More About Artist
Robert MooreDancer

Robert Moore, from Hamden, Connecticut, began his dance training at New England Ballet and continued training at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. He is an alumnus of the Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Merce Cunningham Trust workshop, the Jacob’s Pillow Movin’ Commercial Dance Program, and the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer workshop and is now a senior in the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program. He has performed and taught in Mexico as a part of JUNTOS Collective. He has worked with choreographers such as Fredrick Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown, Ray Mercer, Jessica Lang, Nicholas Villeneuve, Marcus Willis, Norbert De La Cruz III, Germaul Barnes, Matthew Rushing, and Jacqulyn Buglisi. This is Robert’s first season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.

Lighting Designer
Dan Ozminkowski has a B.F.A. in theatre design/technology from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film, Purchase College. He has collaborated with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre since Disturbance in 2006. Recent regional credits include Treasure Island – A New Musical (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Let Me Down Easy (Arena Stage, Wexner Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, San Diego Read More About Artist
Dan OzminkowskiLighting Designer

Dan Ozminkowski has a B.F.A. in theatre design/technology from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film, Purchase College. He has collaborated with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre since Disturbance in 2006. Recent regional credits include Treasure Island – A New Musical (Arkansas Repertory Theatre); Let Me Down Easy (Arena Stage, Wexner Center, Philadelphia Theatre Company, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre). Additional design credits include Spirit of Uganda 2010, 2012 (North American Tours); Treehouse Shakers (US tours);  A Celebration of Maurice Sendak with Tony Kushner (92Y); If You Could See (o/o Broadway); To Walk in Darkness & B*tch (o/o Broadway); Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (Four Musicals). Associate & Assistant work includes: One Night With Janis Joplin (Regional Tour); Impressionism (Broadway), and Le Reve (Wynn, Las Vegas). Nominated, Barrymore PECO Award 2011. A member of United Scenic Artists local 829.

Dancer
Jenny Gillan Powell graduated Cum Laude, with a B.F.A. and departmental distinction in dance performance from Southern Methodist University. After graduation, Jenny taught and choreographed for a four week Prodanza festival in Castiglioncello, Italy; and was later invited back to SMU to perform the role of The Virgin in Yuriko’s Read More About Artist
Jenny Gillan PowellDancer

Jenny Gillan Powell graduated Cum Laude, with a B.F.A. and departmental distinction in dance performance from Southern Methodist University. After graduation, Jenny taught and choreographed for a four week Prodanza festival in Castiglioncello, Italy; and was later invited back to SMU to perform the role of The Virgin in Yuriko’s restaging of Martha Graham’s Primitive Mysteries. Jenny joined Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre soon after moving to NYC and then became rehearsal director after her second year with the company. Along with ASDT, Jenny is a company member of Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. She holds additional fitness certifications in beyondbarre and Pilates and currently teaches a several gyms around the city. This is Jenny’s eighth season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.

Dancer
Originally from Mississippi, Chris Rehmann graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Drama (Experimental Theatre Wing) and a Minor in Politics. Some recent performances include Chrysalis (Martha Graham Studio Theater / Sarah Berges Dance), Still Life With Apples (The NY Intn’l Fringe Fest. Read More About Artist
Chris RehmannDancer

Originally from Mississippi, Chris Rehmann graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Drama (Experimental Theatre Wing) and a Minor in Politics. Some recent performances include Chrysalis (Martha Graham Studio Theater / Sarah Berges Dance), Still Life With Apples (The NY Intn’l Fringe Fest. / Ali Perkins & Sarah Blush), Indulgences (Dixon Place / Trevor F. Salter), Undefined Fraction (Loco 7 Theatre Co.  / La Ma Ma & RUTAS Fest. 2016 [Toronto] ), & Me // You // Shall // Love (Dixon Place / Alexa Salame). In addition to performing, Chris currently teaches Drama & Dance for 5th – 7th grade. This is Chris’ first season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.

Executive/Artistic Director
Amanda Selwyn  founded Notes in Motion/Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in 2000 and in seventeen seasons, has directed over 40 productions, developed a network of artists, and created the curriculum for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre’s arts-in-education programs. Amanda’s choreographic works include: Refuge, Renewal,  It’s a Game, Detour, Five Minutes, Passage, Undercurrent, Hearsay, Read More About Artist
Amanda SelwynExecutive/Artistic Director

Amanda Selwyn  founded Notes in Motion/Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre in 2000 and in seventeen seasons, has directed over 40 productions, developed a network of artists, and created the curriculum for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre’s arts-in-education programs.

Amanda’s choreographic works include: Refuge, Renewal,  It’s a Game, Detour, Five Minutes, Passage, Undercurrent, Hearsay, Interiors, Disturbance, Salut, Tilt, Tidal, Shift, Siren, Contradicting Unity, Save My Spot, Hold On, Momentum, and Behind Us. She has choreographed dance for Chicago’s Motivity, a collective of modern choreographers; for theatre productions including House on Mango Street, Free to be You an Me, Once Upon a Mattress, The Wiz, Little Shop of Horrors, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory; and for her original theatre productions which include Herland, Yellow Feather, and Slitting the Clouds. In addition to her choreographic work, Amanda has directed off-broadway theatre in NYC at John Houseman Studio, 30th Street Theatre, Grove Street Theatre, Kraine Theatre, Center Stage, and the Producer’s Club. Amanda teaches dance and theatre to New York City children and has been on faculty at independent schools including The Brearley School, Brooklyn Friends School, Beit Rabban School, Solomon Schechter School, and the New Acting Company. She has taught dance composition and technique at the Berkshire Institute for Music and Art and taught dance and theatre in Israel at the Israel Museum, English Village, and the Arad Community Center. Amanda led the workshop “Accessing Inspiration for Dance-Making” at the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable’s 2007 Face to Face conference and “Teaching a Choreographic Process” at the 2008 and 2011 conferences. She presented her choreography at NYU’s Women and Theater conference in 2003. She is the recipient of grants from the NY State Council on the Arts, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Friars Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Community Arts Fund, Bronx Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, and the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation. In 2008, Amanda participated in the Choreographer’s Lab program at Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA. Her work has been presented twice on Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Stage, in the DUMBO Dance Festival, APAP Conference Showcases, the COOL NY Dance Festival, WestFest Dance Festival, Movement Research’s Performance Series, Dance Teacher Summit, Earth Celebrations, Dixon Place, and Pushing Progress at Peridance. Amanda has a 500-hour yoga teacher’s certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC and teaches yoga privately and at Crunch Gym in NYC. She has a Masters from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in performance studies and a B.S. from Northwestern University in theatre, women’s studies, and dance.

Dancer
Sarah Starkweather is a contemporary dancer and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor based out of New York City. Since 2009, Sarah has performed over 100 times with professional companies from Texas, Missouri, and New York. Sarah has worked with choreographers such as Jennifer Archibald, Amanda Selwyn, Derek Mitchell, Marial Limon, Read More About Artist
Sarah StarkweatherDancer
Sarah Starkweather is a contemporary dancer and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor based out of New York City. Since 2009, Sarah has performed over 100 times with professional companies from Texas, Missouri, and New York. Sarah has worked with choreographers such as Jennifer Archibald, Amanda Selwyn, Derek Mitchell, Marial Limon, Jennifer Medina, Ashley L. Tate, and Ashley McQueen. Sarah has presented her own work at festivals and venues in San Antonio, TX, and St. Louis, MO, as well as at The Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. Sarah holds a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio during which time she also began her classical training with Catalina Garza, Ernesto Quenedit and Esther Mayer of The Cuban National and Royal Ballet, respectively. Sarah is a founding member of the San Antonio Dance Fringe, and continues to teach technical, choreographic, and leadership workshops across Texas and the United States through MA Dance.

 

Stage Manager
Jaimie Van Dyke  has been working with ASDT since 2012! Select SM credits include: Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (Cherry Lane Theatre, Nat’l Tour, Netflix). Roar of the Greasepaint… (Goodspeed), Sworn Virgin and Doruntine (NYC and Balkan tour with Teatri Oda of Kosova), Nick, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, ArtCampSexyTimeFootball, Eurydice’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, and Lying all with Blessed Unrest. A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks Read More About Artist
Jaimie Van DykeStage Manager

Jaimie Van Dyke  has been working with ASDT since 2012! Select SM credits include: Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King (Cherry Lane Theatre, Nat’l Tour, Netflix). Roar of the Greasepaint… (Goodspeed), Sworn Virgin and Doruntine (NYC and Balkan tour with Teatri Oda of Kosova), NickA Midsummer Night’s DreamArtCampSexyTimeFootballEurydice’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, and Lying all with Blessed Unrest. A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes (New Georges/ Women’s Project), Bright Half Life and Ironbound (Women’s Project), How to Get into Buildings (New Georges), K2 (Underground Theatre, CA), Empire of the Trees (Wizard Oil Productions), La Voix Humaine (Undergroundzero Festival), Tonight at 8:30 (Guild Hall, directed by Tony Walton) and many more. She has also worked with Take Dance and American Composer’s Orchestra. IT Award recipient Outstanding Stage Manager 2010.

Sound Designer
Joel Wilhelmi is the theater technical coordinator at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. He is proud to be working with Amanda since 2007! His design credits include Sweeney Todd, Spelling Bee, Snapshot, India Dreaming, Motel Blues, The Heiress, Low Life, Three Women in Indecision, and Bogusnova.. He was sound engineer for Read More About Artist
Joel WilhelmiSound Designer

Joel Wilhelmi is the theater technical coordinator at the Ailey Citigroup Theater. He is proud to be working with Amanda since 2007! His design credits include Sweeney Todd, Spelling Bee, Snapshot, India Dreaming, Motel Blues, The Heiress, Low Life, Three Women in Indecision, and Bogusnova.. He was sound engineer for many theatre productions including The Listener, Bridge & Tunnel, Dream A Little Dream, Fucking A, Something Old Something New, Blue Surge, Good Thing, The Castle, Evolution, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and for films including Palmetto, Madison, Lawn Dogs, People Like Us, The Last Late Night, This Train, Winner Takes All, and My Father’s House. This is Joel’s tenth season with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre.

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