Lydia is from Williamsburg, Virginia. She trained in a multitude of styles at Virginia Regional Ballet and at 15 moved to New York City to train in The Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary program where she was trained by dance educators such as Michael Blake, Bradley Shelver, Adrienne Hurd, Lauren Cox and Daniel Madoff. She performed in works choreographed by Rena Butler, Manuel Vignoulle, Sekou McMiller and Tyler Gilstrap. Since graduating in May, 2018, Lydia has been freelancing and currently dances with Elizabeth Burr Dance and The Open Dance Ensemble.
Sarah Gottfried holds a BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts as well as a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Studies. She is originally from Michigan where she studied under Betsy Carr as part of Company Dance Traverse. Her choreography has been selected to perform at the 2014 Michigan Youth Arts Festival, and she was an artist-in-residence at The Sable Arts Project in 2018 as both a dancer and visual artist. She’s had the privilege of performing works by Bobbi Jene Smith, Jack Gray, Elizabeth Coker, Crystal Pite, and Trisha Brown. Currently she is a company member of One Day Dance which focuses on creating dance films - so far she has been involved in films choreographed by Kelly Todd, Corinne Shearer, Peter Cheng, Kelly Ireland, Alexis Robbins, and Mari Meade.
Born in Izmir, Turkey, Arzu Salman grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina where she received her primary training from Piedmont School of Music and Dance. She continued her education at The Ailey School & Fordham University where she graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance and minor in Communications in 2018. She attended intensives of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Juilliard School, and The San Francisco Conservatory. Salman has worked professionally with the 9ndY, Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre, Monica Hogan Danceworks, Queens Ballet Center Company, Spaces of Fontana, Bryce Dance Company and Jiemin Yang. Her commercial dance accolades include features in music videos for artists Wilai and Melody English. She is looking forward to the premier of of Cellophane, directed by Lizz Burr with videography & editing by Sean Velasco-Dodge.
Originally from Kanagawa, Japan, Yu Fujiwara has performed with Drye/Marinaro Dance Company since 2018. She trained as a dancer in Japan Women’s College of Physical Education and Ailey School. Her previous experience includes performing for Balasole Dance Company, Brooklyn Royals Dance team, Belly Trans Entertainment, and Fish Leong’s 2016 U.S. tour. In addition to performing, her original choreography has been performed at KoDaFe, Queens Dance Festival, MODArts Dance Company’s Collective Thread, Camden's Festival of Dance, and Fertile Ground. Outside of performance work, she also enjoys teaching dance and sports at Japanese Children's Academy, assisting children's classes at Mark Morris Dance Center and binbin Factory Kids Ballet.
John graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in May of 2020 with a BFA in Dance along with minors in East Asian Civilization and History. Before attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he was a featured dancer in Theatrezone’s equity production of Brigadoon. While attending NYU, he performed works by Wayne McGregor, Sidra Bell, Jim Martin, Ryan Mason, and Emilie Camacho. He also choreographed a variety of works on his fellow classmates. Currently, he is working on projects with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, Yu.S.Artistry, and Elizabeth Burr Dance.
Kelsee Booker-Jordan is a native to Columbus, OH where she has been given the opportunity to present her own work in the area. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography, and minor in Military Science as she is a Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. At Ohio University, she received the Betty Mihendler and Hazel/Carr Liggett Dance Scholarship. She has had the opportunity to work with and present works by artists such as David Dorfman, Kendra Porter, Jazmine Hern, SpaceJunk Dance, films with Vanessa Long, and Jere Hunt, and now EBD! Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Divinity and creating her own work throughout New York City.
Emily J. Sanchez was born and raised in Texas. She received her formal training at the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. Emily has a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). During her time at UNCSA, she has performed works of Doug Varone, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Douglas Dunn. Emily’s time at UNCSA allowed her to realize a natural interest for teaching and choreographing, which she is branching into and trying to garner more professional experience in. In addition to movement, her other creative outlets manifest through writing, singing, and storytelling. Emily is currently residing in New York City, continuing to grow as a dancer and artist, and sharing the artform that she loves in an environment that encourages authenticity.
Nadia Khayrallah is a dance artist, writer, and general menace. A graduate of Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, she currently works with Jonah Bokaer Choreography, Gotham Dance Theater, eSKay Arts Collective, and Artists by Any Other Name, as well as EBDance. She has co-directed music videos for the artists Zahed Sultan and Alethea and has presented work for the stage and screen through Dixon Place, Queens College Arts Festival, Chez Bushwick, Queensboro Dance Festival, YallaPunk, Dancers Unlimited, and the ModArts Move to Change Festival. She has written for The Dance Enthusiast, The Huffington Post, Sukoon Magazine, and Reductress. As a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee, she has co-hosted discussions on racial and economic justice in the dance field at the Dance/NYC Symposium and the Arts Administrators of Color Network Convening. www.NadiaKhayrallah.com
Qianna McDonald is a New York/ New Jersey native. She began dancing in her church when she was a child. This passion would eventually lead her to studying at the Plainfield Academy for the Arts and Advanced Studies where she concentrated in dance. Qianna went on to study and hone her skills at the University of the Arts, receiving a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Business. During college she had the opportunity to study abroad in Paris, Brussels, Lille, & Roubaix in the winter of 2019. She also studied at the American Dance Festival during the summer of 2019. While there, she worked alongside many artists including Camille Brown, Sidra Bell, Kim Bears- Bailey, Boris Charmatz, dancers of the Shen Wei Dance Company, among many others. Through these experiences, Qianna has learned a valuable wealth of knowledge about her artistry as well as its place in the world.
Sean Velasco-Dodge is a Hispanic-American, San Francisco born, NYC local who went to San Francisco School of the Arts to study Theatre and then went on to graduate from NYU Tisch Drama. Less than a year after graduation he began working as a self-taught cinematographer, photographer, editor, and writer. With several short films, a web-series, two music videos, and two feature films in pre-production under his belt he began freelancing full-time in 2019. He is now a member of The Creative Group, a newly founded independent film production company.
Julian Julien is a composer and a saxophonist. Before to start composing and forming his own projects, he had played in various jazz and rock bands. He composed several albums jazz, electro and world.
Julian created the band « Fractale » with progressive music. Fractale draws its inspiration from various influences : literature (Javier Marias, Moravia, Buzzati...), cinema (Kubrick, Fellini, Ettore Scola) and visuals (Comic strips Corto Maltese, Hulet, Schultheiss). Fractale played in Paris and in USA.
Julian composes for many shorts, films, plays, investigative journalism documentaries for Arte channel, for cultural centers included Georges Pompidou Museum in Paris and for contemporary dance companies in New York, in France, in Switzerland, in Germany or in Israel. He also collaborated with Chris Steele-Perkins, Magnum Agency photographer.