PhaeMonae Brooks (all weeks but Oct 15th) is a movement engineer originating from DC. Currently living in Atlanta, GA for the last 4 years creating and working in all forms of art making. PhaeMonae also enjoys the art forms of hair, make-up, styling, and design. PhaeMonae is currently practicing the merge of dance and vocal in live performance!
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Priscilla Smith (Oct 15th), an Atlanta-based artist, creates and performs works from theater and film to jazz to poetry to performance art. Her most recent performances were in Alan Ball's feature film "Uncle Frank," set for a spring 2020 release, in the Medallion Pictures 48-Hour Film Project "Refuge", and in a 24-hour reading of The Mueller Report. She was playwright and assistant composer for Core Dance's performance for "Heart of the Matter." Her creation The Real Donna J. Trump can be witnessed at protests, in courts, on her website, on Youtube, on Instagram, and on Twitter.
Gianna Mercandetti (Oct 8, 15, 22) is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and arts administrator living and working in Atlanta. She holds an MFA in Performance and Choreography, and a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. Mercandetti is currently a company dancer with Staibdance, collaborator with The Mediums Collective, and freelance choreographer--currently she is working on a solo piece premiering in California this summer. She is the Resources Manager at Core Dance, and in spring 2019, she was a guest instructor at Emory University, teaching advanced Modern in the Dance Program. Mercandetti’s movement research focuses on the nexus points of place/space/architecture, and body/memory. She is very excited to co-facilitate Fieldwork this fall. Check out Gianna's Instagram!
Ben Stevenson (Oct 29, Nov 5, 12) is a movement artist from rural Alabama and an alumnus of Emory University. Benjamin enjoys using text as an impetus for their personal movement practice. Moreover, navigating the complexities of their identity as a non-binary person of color is an important component in their artistry. This self-navigation process is something they encourage their audience to do when experiencing their work. Currently, Benjamin resides in Atlanta where they work with Staibdance, Core Dance, and Okwae Miller & Artists and creates their own original work. Check out Ben's website!
Scott Wheet (Nov 19, 26, Dec 3) born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, began dancing at age 17. In 2015, Scott graduated summa cum laude from Troy University with a BFA in Dance. On the journey from academia until now, Scott has received mentorship from Kristin O'Neal, Dominique Angel, Kyle Abraham, Tracy Gilland, Claudia LaVista, Pamela Pietro, Jen Nugent, Robbie Cook, as well as many others. Since graduating and moving to Atlanta, Scott has performed with T. Lang Dance, Staibdance, Fly on a Wall and is currently with Core Dance as a full time dance artist. In addition to being a board representative, this fall will be his 4th season with the company. Check out Scott's Youtube!
Nikki Morath (Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb.11), is a native of South Carolina, received her BFA in dance from Point Park University. Nikki has performed with the Point Park Conservatory Dance Company (Pittsburgh, PA), ClancyWorks (Washington, D.C), and Crawford Jazz Project (Orlando, FL). She possesses a strong desire to expand and share her knowledge of the arts, and is equally excited by the opportunity to give back to the community and to other artists who are looking to progress their craft! Check out her YouTube!
Neil Ellis Orts ( Sept. 14, Nov 16) is a writer and performer in Houston. Visit him online at his website, neilellisorts.com
Adam Castaneda (Sept. 14, Oct. 26, Nov. 16, Jan. 18, Feb. 22, Mar. 7, Apr. 11) is a dancer and arts administrator living in Houston, Texas. He is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Pilot Dance Project, a non-profit arts organization with the mission of transforming and empowering communities through innovative dance, theater, and visual art. His programming receives funding from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Morales Foundation, HoustonFirst, the Midtown Management District, and Dance Source Houston. As a company member of the Pilot Dance Project, he has performed in evening-length work by Ashley Horn, jhon r. stronks, Jennifer Mabus, Jaime Frugé-Walne, Heather VonReichbauer, Lori Yuill, and Brother(hood) Dance (Brooklyn, New York). In 2018, he graduated with the second class of Houston's Artist Inc., and was one of 15 dance presenters selected from a national pool of applicants to participate in the Jacob's Pillow National Dance Presenters Forum. He was recently chosen as one of Dance Source Houston's 2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence, which culminated in a finished piece of choreography at the 2019 Barnstorm Dance Fest. He was also awarded a Let Creativity Happen! Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to present an evening of dance and literary works in partnership with Writespace. When not dancing with his own company, he often appears onstage with Suchu Dance/Jennifer Wood. Photo by Pin Lim
Lori Yuill (Dec. 7) is a choreographer, educator, and an arts administrator. She holds a master’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She was a 2014-2015 Artist in Residence at Dance Source Houston and received an Artist Project Grant from Houston Art Alliance to make “The Story of a Space”, a site specific piece set in Tranquility Park. Her collaboration “You’re not here” with Anneke Hansen was named Best in Show at the 2016 Houston Fringe Festival. Lori currently teaches Dance Composition and Dance Appreciation at Houston Community College Additionally she is a facilitator for Artist Inc., a program that helps artists develop their business practices. Lori is thrilled to return this fall as a Fieldwork facilitator. When she's not in a dance studio you can find her at a living room dance party with her two kids.
Felicia Thomas (Jan. 18, Mar. 7, Apr. 11) is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance instructor from Houston. After obtaining her B.A. in Dance and English from Sam Houston State University, she danced for Second Generation, Urban Souls Dance Company, Kucheza Ngoma Dance Company, & LD Dance Company. After company work, Felicia Co-Founded the dance collaboration Pretty Cultured and was a 2016 DSH Artist in Residence. Both solo and with Pretty Cultured, she has presented choreography in “Barnstorm”, “Anything Goes”, “Houston Fringe Festival”, “Know Your Roots Festival”, “Dancing the African Diaspora”, and is now focused on integrating ease, therapy, family, and nature into her work.
You can check out her Youtube here or her bio on Raw here!