"The life and essence of art –whether it be painting, music, or dance – lies in expressing through a wellspring of emotion the universal realm of the human spirit. It is a melding of the individual and the universal. That is why great art reaches out beyond ethnic and national barriers to move people all over the world." 
-  Daisaku Ikeda

i KADA presents their annual festival called “KoDaFe” which stands for Korean Dance Festival. All shows and festivals have a specific theme attached to the works. This is where the cultural exchange between artists, choreographers, and dancers are united.

 

Ishita Mili Global Exposé (or “IMGE” pronounced “image”) is a premiere Urban Indian Dance Troupe founded by Ishita Mili. Urban Indian is a style primarily rooted in Indian Classical Dance and Hip Hop. IMGE aims to use Urban Indian as a global language that can share Indian storytelling techniques in a more modern and relevant way. The dancers come from all different dance backgrounds and cultures, but are able to use elements of Indian dance storytelling to carry out the true definition of fusion. IMGE has been making a significant imprint in both eastern and western dance industries having performed at the Association of Performing Arts Professionals NYC, World of Dance, Indian Heritage Cultural Association's Natya Darpan, and the We Are India Gala, as well as having been featured in Pulse Magazine, Desi Dance Network, and more. 

Ishita Mili/ IMGE

Founded in 2017 in New York City, Ninja Ballet Dance Company fuses classical ballet with traditional martial arts, creating an immersive and interactive dance theater performance with original music, special effects and fight choreography. Performers blur the line between what is real and what is possible, making use of dance, acrobatics, and weapons, as Ninja Ballet seeks to reconnect people with nature and to create a space where dance, music and visual arts merge as one. “We hope to inspire mindful awareness, forming a connection between nature and humanity,” says Ms. Tamai.

 Ninja Ballet premiered at Unarthodox and The Tank in December 2017, and has performed in such esteemed venues as Kings Theatre in Brooklyn as part of Purelements Dance Company’s “Dance Bklyn” Festival in 2018, Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of the 2019 Booking Dance Festival, ModArts Dance Collective’s “Collective Thread” at Mark Morris Dance Group, and will also present work at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe this Summer as part of the International Choreographer’s Festival. With a dynamic blend of Eastern and Western dance styles, theatrics, and the elegance of classical ballet fused with thrilling martial arts fight choreography and live musical accompaniment featuring traditional instruments from Asian, Middle Eastern and Native American cultures, Ninja Ballet creates work that transports the audience to another place and era! In Ninja Ballet, you learn to expect the unexpected!

Shoko Tamai & Tony Qrtiz / Ninja Ballet

Alisa Iacovelli is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer working in the Philadelphia, NYC, and New Jersey regions.  Alisa is currently a member of Alchemy Dance Company, and also performing with Asya Zlatina and Caitlin Quinn Pittenger.  She began her dance training at Stagelite Academy of Performing Arts, and is a recent graduate of Stockton University where she completed a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Health Science. She has worked and studied with artists including Rain Ross, Jae Hoon Lim, Chandra Moss-Thorne, Beau Hancock, Erin Pasko, Henry Van Kuiken, as well as Asya Zlatina and Caitlin Quinn Pittenger, who she has performed with professionally. Throughout her undergraduate training at Stockton University, Iacovelli has performed in works under the direction of acclaimed dance companies such as Gallim Dance, Lehrer Dance and Robert Moses’ Kin.  She has presented her choreography at the American College Dance Association conference in 2016 and 2018, the Koresh Artists Showcase, NYC Dance and Music Festival, and several other showcases.  She continues to teach and choreograph for children and teens at local studios. 

Alisa Lacovelli

Javier Padilla is a movement based artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Starting their studies at School for the Performing Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico under Waldo Gonzalez and Olaya Muentes, Padilla continued to research movement at Mason Gross School of the Arts, pursuing a BFA in Dance. They have shown work at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place and Judson Memorial Church. They are interested in exploring cultural, emotional and physical narratives and exhibiting their innate truths and their hidden treasures. Padilla is the Artistic Director of The Movement Playground and is currently a CUNY Dance Initiative Awardee at Hostos College.

Javier Padilla/ The Movement Playground

Elena is a Russian born dancer and choreographer. She graduated from The Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Russia) with Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has been performing with various dance companies and “Karambol” State Musical Theatre. Her credits include the following musicals: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Thumbelina, The Stag King, Mary Poppins and others. Throughout her career she has choreographed numerous dance pieces as well as musicals, theatre shows and gala events, including Truffaldino Il Servitore (Carlo Goldoni), Truth Is Good, but Happiness is Better (Alexander Ostrovsky), The Miser, or School of Lies (Jean-Baptiste Moliere), Aleko (opera by Sergei Rachmaninoff), My Planet Travel Award Ceremony and many others. Her works were presented in festivals. Among them: Making Moves Dance Festival, WAXworks  Showcase (New York), NimbusPresents: OFFLINE Pro Arts (Jersey City, NJ), Dance Canvas (Atlanta, GA), Window to the East Festival (Warsaw, Poland) and others. Moreover, Elena received awards such as Fyodor Lopukhov Choreography Competition (Special Prize) and Youth Festival of Modern Choreography “Runway” (1st prize). 

Elena Notkina

The American Swiss Ballet Co. was founded in Switzerland. We started with a youth company in Switzerland and in 2015 we were able to create a professional company in NYC and have participated in numerous festivals in the US. We are very proud to have our own studio and a diversity of choreographers which gives the company a strong foundation. Our dancers can dance different styles from contemporary to classical. 
We will be soon touring with the ASBC in Europe and realizing our dream. 
“A Fantastic Cultural Exchange” 

Jake Casey/ American Swiss Ballet

- Company

Manuel Vignoulle - M/motions is a contemporary dance company based in New York that defies the human body's limits and examines its reaction in challenging situations. 
Technique, athleticism, and playfulness are all characteristics that shape the movement's multifaceted aesthetic, thus pulling inspiration from various genres of dance such as modern, ballet, hip hop, African, theater, yoga, etc.
M/motions seeks to unmask the individuality of humanity by developing an array of emotions through storytelling.
M/motions is fiscally sponsored by New York Live Arts.


- Choreographer

Manuel Vignoulle, French award-winning choreographer, is the artistic director of Manuel Vignoulle - M/motions, a project-based company in New York. 
He studied at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and worked as a dancer at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) and at Geneva Ballet (Switzerland).
His work, toured in France, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, USA, and performed in many festivals and galas, has also been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W’him, Makers Dance Company, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, DanceWorks Chicago, Periapsis Music & Dance, A.Corona Performing Works, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, among others. 
Manuel is the recipient of 2 Grand Prize Awards at the  McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival, for 2 consecutive years in  2017 and 2018.
 

Manuel Vignoulle/ M-Motions

Papasodero is from Middleboro, MA. She was a member of Project Moves Dance Company at The Gold School under the direction of Rennie Gold. While there Mikaela had the opportunity to work with artists such as Tyce Diorio,Teddy Forance and many more. She was also a member of Boston Community Dance Project under the direction of Sarah Katarina- Jerome, and performed in the Boston area while on the company. Mikaela is currently a student at The Hartt School at The University of Hartford pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance. She has performed works by Jose Limon, Manuel Vignouelle, Bryan Arias, Martha Graham, Katie Stevenson-Nollet, and Stephen Pier. She teaches throughout the New England region at local studios in styles such as ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary. Mikaela is endlessly grateful for all the opportunities she has had teaching, performing, and learning.  

Mikaela Papasodero

Little Yarn's dancer are Yurie Nishi, Maho Takeshita, Chisato Sagara who are from Japan. They have been playing to create movement and dancing together since August, 2017. Little Yarn has performed at The Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, Triskelion Arts. Yurie Nishi is originally from Japan. She started training in classical ballet when she was 5 years old, and in jazz and hip hop at the age of 18. She has awarded 3rd prize at Dancing Koshien as a member of Dragon Tribe. She graduated from major of Health & Sports Science at Mukogawa Women’s University and moved to NYC in 2015. She is dancing in various styles. She completed International Student Program at Peridance Capezio Center in 2017. She has participated summer intensive at Conteur in Toronto in 2016 and pro intensive at MET dance in Houston in 2017 with the full scholarships. She has performed works by Julia Ehrstrand, Joe Celej, Kiki Lucas, Bonnie O’Rouke. Yurie is currently a dancing for JKing Dance Company, moveDIPR, Mollét Contemporary Ballet. Maho Takeshita graduated from the Limon Professional Studies Program in 2013, where she performed the works of Jose Limon and Alan Danielson. She has also assisted members of the Matthew Bourne Company at an international festival in 2013 and was a facilitator for children at a Communication and Dance workshop in Japan in 2014. Maho is currently dancing for The Next Stage Project, Metaphors&similiesDANCE and Chris Ferris & Dancers. Chisato Sagara graduated from major of Dance Studies at Japan Women’s College of Physical Education in Tokyo, and she was belonging to Modern Dance Club. She has studying dance at University Arts in Philadelphia. She move to New York City in 2016, and she has been training at Peridance Capezio Center on Scholarship. She has performed that was choreography by Igarl Perry, Lajon Dantzler, Mike Esperanza, Keenan Cooks, Caleb Teicher, Diego Funes, Rachel Hettinger.

Quashierra Muhammad

Japanese native, Yuki discovered Breakdance on the street. Since then he has learned many forms of dance.
After worked with Japanese ballet company, Yuki moved to New York as a student at DNA(Dance New Amsterdam). Also studied with unique street performers such as Kenichi Ebina well known as a winner of America's Got Talent season 8. From these training and his own practice, Yuki created his own dance style and signature movements,  which has been praised by dance reviews. Yuki has been worked and toured with several dance companies in the U.S. Roxey ballet, Catapult entertainment, Emery LeCrone dance, etc
He has been invited by fusion flute musician Kenzie Slottow in Austin, Texas to choreograph and dance for her music videos, and toured in the U.S. In 2018 Yuki started his own company Yu.S.Artistry.  
His work has been presented at Booking dance festival, Long Island fringe festival, Isabella Stewart Gardner museum, among others.

Yuki Ishiguro / Yu. S. Artistry

Sarah Walston is a professional dancer and choreographer currently based out of Lakeland, FL. Sarah is a company member with Florida Dance Theatre and also performs and creates works in the Tampa Bay area as a freelance artist. At FDT, Sarah has performed work created by Artistic Directors Stefan Dolbashian and Jermaine Thornton and Founding Director Carol Erkes, in addition to contemporary works by Jerry Opdenaker, Gregory Dolbashian, and other guests.
Sarah graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida in 2015. At the University of South Florida, she had the privilege of working with and performing works by choreographers such as Alonzo King, Maurice Causey, Robert Moses and Jennifer Archibald among many other guests and faculty members. Over the past few years her choreography has been presented in multiple festivals and showcases both across the United States and internationally. Sarah’s work has also become repertory performed by Florida Dance Theatre in local contemporary concerts and on tour. She also choreographs for Florida Southern College's Dance Department, where she is Adjunct Ballet Faculty. 

Sarah Walston

BodyStories has shown work at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, The Public Theater, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, University of Florida, ENTPE University (Lyon, France), NYU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bryant Park Summer Stage, BDF Edinburgh at EICC, Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at Gibney, NY City Center, Dixon Place, UME, ICA Boston, 92nd St.Y, Naropa University, Franco-American Cultural Center, CPR-Center for Performance Research, 14th St. Y, Merce Cunningham Theatre, The Dance Complex, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton Cultural Center, Triskelion Arts, and in concerts with Phish. Fellion’s work has been reviewed by New York Times, NPR, Huffington Post, The Scotsman, Oberon’s Grove, NYTheatre.com, The Skinny Magazine, World Dance Reviews, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Edinburgh Spotlight, Southampton Press, Stage Buddy, East Hampton Press, Sun Journal, Broadway Baby, and Earth Press. She has received Choreographic Fellowship from SummerStages Dance Festival and ICA Boston and American Dance Guild Fellowship for Jacob’s Pillow’s Choreographers’ Lab. Teresa received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts Window Award, O’Donnell Green Foundation for Music & Dance, Peg Santvoord Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant, NY Community Trust, ITE-Inception to Exhibition, MANA Arts/Armitage Gone!, Mount Tremper Arts, Field FAR Space. 

Teresa Fellion Dance / BodyStories

Aleth Berenice started her career as a figure skater representing Norway at various competitions. At age 18 she transitioned into the dance world, and a year later was accepted to the Royal Academy of Dance in London for three years, completing her BA (Hnos) Ballet Education Degree. Upon finishing she wished to expand her movement Vocabulary, which took her to the Ailey School for one year. At Ailey she discovered Graham Technique and decided she wanted to explore this further. Berenice is currently a fulltime student at the Graham School starting to explore choreography – “The Experience of the Mass is Behind the Single Voice”  is her debut work. 

Aleth Berenice

Ohiole Dibua is a DMV based performer who has presented his work at a variety of venues such as The Apollo Theater, Actors Arts Fund, Joy Motion Of Movement, etc. With a unique blend of martial arts and break dancing Ohiole goal is to share his love and knowledge of dance with the world.

Ohiole Dibua

Reshmi Nair: At the age of 4, I began my dance training at the Noopura Institute of Indian Classical Dance, New York. After graduating from high school, I moved to India and embarked on a 10 year-long journey on a path to become a professional Indian classical dancer. I studied Mohiniyattam at Kerala Kalamandalam, Bharatanatyam at Kalakshetra Foundation, and Kathak at the Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography.  After graduating with a bachelors degree in Kathak, I continued on as a college lecturer while also being a principal dancer of the college repertoire, Stem Dance Kampni.  I have given solo performances and conducted dance workshops in India, Dubai,  Japan, Korea, Canada, and the US.  

Reshmi Nair

Akane Koizumi, began learning ballet at age of 6 in Japan. She came to NYC in 2014 and graduated Certificate Program of Peridance Capezio Center. She has trained contemporary dance, modern dance, and ballet under various faculties. She is currently a company member of Azul Dance Theater and i KADA contemporary dance company.

A & Y Duo / Akane Koizumi

Yu Fujiwara from Kanagawa, Japan. She graduated from Japan Women's College of Physical Education in 2013. After she moved to New York, she attended The Ailey School from 2013-2015. She is a member of Drye/Marinaro Dance Company and Brooklyn Royals. She also teach kids at Ikuei Academy, TC Rhythmic.

 
Akane and Yu has been working as duo for 2years. Their first choreographed work "btwn ( )/( )" was danced at Dixon Place, Green Space, Brooklyn CPR and Hudson Guild.

A & Y Duo/ Yu Fujiwara

Kevin Clark is an arts creator, teacher, and performer based in NYC. Originally a world competitor and teacher for Lindy hop and vernacular jazz, he expanded to join the concert dance world. He has choreographed and performed for the Santa Fe Opera, Tisch, worked as the choreographer-in-residence for the Gallatin School, Jacobs pillow, Arcos Dance, various commercials and films, TheTank NYC, NYC10, and in works for Lar Lubovitch, Take Dance, Battleworks, and Batsheva Dance company. He gained his BFA with distinction from the Elizabeth Waters Center for Dance at UNM in 2014, and his company, Soluq Dance Theater, had its premiere work in 2015 in NYC, and has continued creating since.
 As the Director of Soluq Dance Theater, Kevin firmly believes in the cooperative spirit, and encouraging and employing not only the performative talents of company dancers, but their artist minds and sensibilities, and demanding a fuller, more human presence both in the studio and on the stage. The richest work comes when artists are most free. 

Kevin Clark / Soluq Dance Theater

Noor Dance Academy: Shachi Phene is an Indian classical-contemporary dancer, choreographer, and teacher. Her nuanced, expressive storytelling explores the points where ancient and modern meet, in terms of themes, technique, and presentation. Classically trained as a Bharathanatyam dancer, Shachi enjoys utilizing rhythmic complexity throughout her narrative arcs. She seeks to push the boundaries of what Indian classical dance can be and how it can be used by introducing contemporary methods of choreography, staging, and movement. 

Prior to forming Noor Dance Academy, Shachi studied under Gurus Ranjani Saigal (Eastern Rhythms School of Dance), Kausalya Srinivasan (Sunartaka School of Bharatanatyam), and Sunanda Narayanan (Thillai Fine Arts Academy). She spent five years with Ajna Dance Company, serving as Assistant Director for 2016 and 2017. She has performed at numerous venerable venues including the United Nations, Ellis Island, the South Asian Performing Arts Festival, Dixon Place, the Rubin Museum, MADC Collective Thread, the American India Foundation, and more. 

Shachi has a vast experience of teaching dance to students of all ages, backgrounds, and dance ability. She is an expert at working with young children and drawing out skill from those with little dance experience. She is a firm believer that anyone can learn to dance!  
 

Shachi Phene / Noor Dance Academy

The Koin & Co Junior Company is comprised of select dancers ages 16+ from the Junior Training Program. They are dancers that not only exhibit exquisite technical efficiency but have a maturity to their performance and high professionalism, that set them a part from other young dancers. The Junior Company members are not only a handful of the most diverse dancers, but are some of the truly nicest kids in town! Aside from their weekly training, these dancers receive extra one-on-one classes with guest/master teachers, practice submissions, close reel & resume help and have various opportunities to create a network of connections within the industry. The directors are extremely tough on the JC, as they want to instill the upmost professionalism and give them as many learning lessons as possible. Ali's philosophy for the Junior Company is "she should be the hardest teacher in your training, so you're set up for a future filled with nothing but positive success." Last season, the JC was invited to perform as a guest company for Artistic Dance Exchange's Gala, honored to be recognized as a "Stand-Out" at Artists Simply Human and performed at Peridance Capezio Center's Spring Showcase. This season the Junior Company will return to ADE as a guest performance, as well as Peridance's Spring Semester, the Spring Jazz Festival and will be a guest performance at Broadway Dance Center's showcase. Aside from training & performing, Koin & Co provides the JC with many real-life auditions & submission opportunities, giving the dancers the experience to actually work in the industry which leads to some of their first paid work. The goal is for the dancers to train and graduate from Koin & Co with actual experience under their belts, as to be prepared for absolutely anything the future can throw at them. 

Ali Koinoglou / Koin And Co. Dancers

Jiemin is a dancer, choreographer, and graphic designer/illustrator. He completed his MA in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School in 2018, where he toured the works by Athina Vahla, Ben Wright, Tamsin Fitzgerald, Philippe Blanchard with EDGE dance company around Europe and the UK. He discovered his passion for dance in college and graduated summa cum laude from Macaulay Honors College at Queens College with a double major in dance and graphic design in 2016. He received Farah Marcelus Choreography Award upon graduation. There, he had the pleasure of performing works by Yin Mei Critchell, Nia Love, Joseph Mills, and Edisa Weeks. He was granted scholarships to study at The School at Jacob’s Pillow (Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, 2016), Bates Dance Festival 2016 and American Dance Festival 2015. He has performed Merce Cunningham repertoire set by Andrea Weber and worked with dance artists such as Earl Mosley, Brian Harlan Brooks, Lucy Kerr. He has showcased his dance works at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (commissioned by Mare Nostrum Element 2017), Bates Dance Festival, American College Dance Association Conference 2016. As a visual designer, he has collaborated and performed with LaneCoArts at 92nd Street Y, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Boston Center for the Arts in 2016-17. 

Jiemin Yang 

Jenna Del Monte is a choreographer, performance artist and educator originally from Buffalo, NY. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance (Performance and Choreography) from Florida State University School of Dance where she was awarded the College Teaching Fellowship and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from State University of New York at Potsdam.

Jenna has performed professionally with notable choreographers: Jawole Zollar, Tim Glenn, Dan Wagoner, Michael Foley, Taye Diggs, Lynda Davis, Gerri Houlihan, Anthony Morgan and was a company member with Geomantics Dance Theater, Melanie Aceto Contemporary Dance, Habit Dance Project, Buffalo Contemporary Dance Company, Biggs and CO, and Dance Repertory Theatre. 
She has been selected to present her work both nationally and internationally noting, the Amalgamate Artist Series, DUMBO Dance Festival, Edinburgh Festival, White WAVE Festival, HATCH presenting series, Ready or Not, Pushing Progress, Sarasota Dance Festival, and more. 
Jenna is currently on faculty at the University at Buffalo as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dance. She also serves as the Managing Director and Contributing Choreographer for the Zodiaque Dance Company.  
 

Jenna Del Monte

Azul Dance Theatre: Founded and lead by the Artistic Director Yuki Hasegawa, a contemporary dance troupe, Azul Dance Theatre has maintained a presence in New York since 2004. Azul’s most recent full-evening dance work, Vision, was presented at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, supported by CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Program 2016. Azul’s work was featured on Channel Thirteen, NYC Arts Program, and Ms. Hasegawa’s work was selected as the Best Choreography at NYC 10 Dance Initiative. Other company credits include, presenting the excerpted works at the NYC venues such as Ailey Citigroup Theater, 92nd Street Y, Salvatore Capezio Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, El Museo del Barrio, Dixon Place, and Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center. 
Oberon’s Grove stated “Yuki Hasegawa", has a clear vision of presenting works influenced by Japanese culture but which can also be vividly contemporary in feel.” Azul is a recipient of NYC/Dance Response Fund, Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant, and Mertz Gilmore Late-stage Stipend (facilitated by Green Space.)  
Azul Dance Theatre/ Yuki Hasegawa is a fiscal sponsored artist through New York Live Arts. Ms. Hasegawa and company members conducted Contemporary Dance Workshop at Manhattan Borough of Community College, Gibney Dance Center, and Peridance Center. 

Yuki Hasegawa / Azul Dance Theatre

Soul Dance Co: Cory Villegas a native Bronxite and has been training in salsa On2 since she was five years old. Her training began at Starlite Dance Studio of the Bronx & in her teen years at Dancers DreamZzz School of dance also located in the Bronx. She began training in techniques such as Bollywood, Dunham, Graham, Limon Horton and Ballet with Penelope Kalloo as her teacher who was former Forces of Nature company member. She then continued her training at The Ailey School, Lehman and Hunter College. Cory is interested in the intertwining, of Afro-Latin forms with traditional styles and technique and its marriage with music and poetry. Her work has been viewed in the 2016 Bronx Arts Festival, The LGBTQ Fuerza Festival in 2017 as well as Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse Theater in 2018. She is currently a part of the Forza Maliza Dance Company and recently performed with reggaetón sensation Don Omar. In the Spring of 2019, she will obtain her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Dance Education from Hunter College.  

Cory "Nova" Villegas / Soul Dance Company

Alison Machabee: This piece was created by transcribing language from written statements by both the dancers, who wrote about how they viewed themselves, and the dancers’ loved ones, who wrote about how they viewed the dancers, into movement. As women held to impossibly high standards, the difference between these two perspectives was striking. This gap was the locale of movement exploration, and each dancer’s collection of contrasting words created an internal score that prompted movement creation that reflected each dancer’s distinct inner world. I believe that this deeply personal approach to movement creation was transformative – even more so than the traditional dance performance experience – for the dancers, the audience, and me.

Alison Machabee
IKADA CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY
Photos by Whitney Browne | Website by Erika Choe
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