Maria Gardner, grew up in Warren, OH and graduated from Point Park University, where she earned a B.A. in dance in 2015. There, she performed works created by Dwight Rhoden, Terence Marling, Brian Enos, and danced for contemporary dance company, FireWALL Dance Theater. Maria also augmented her training by participating in Movement Invention Project, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Gallim Dance. Since graduation, Maria attended two consecutive summers at Springboard Danse Montréal, where she performed works by Aszure Barton & Artists, Le Carré des Lombes and Shumpei Nemoto. Upon moving to New York City, she has had the pleasure of working with LoudHoundMovement, Cameron McKinney / Kizuna Dance, and FLUSSO Dance Project. Maria currently dances with Shawnbibledanceco., Inclined Dance Project, Smashworks Dance Collective, and BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance.
A native New Yorker, Amanda Krische began her classical training at Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. for Music & Art and the Performing Arts, where she graduated as a YoungArts finalist in modern dance. She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, where she received her BFA summa cum laude as the recipient of the prestigious Bert Terborgh award. While training, Amanda performed the works of Doug Varone, Martha Graham, Gregory Dolbashian, Zvi Gotheiner, and Bill T. Jones.
Kimberly E. Murry
Kimberly E. Murry, is a 2013 graduate of Ohio University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. Originally from California and currently based in Queens, Kimberly is an active choreographer performing throughout New York City. Since taking her first dance class at 16 years old, Kimberly has worked with Sean Curran, Urban Bush Women, Shirley Mordine, Travis Gatling, Zelma Badu-Younge and Nathan Andary of Ohio University. In 2015, she was accepted as the first Artist Services intern at The Yard, a dance residency program based on Martha’s Vineyard. Since then, Kimberly continues to have an active role with The Yard and has performed at various venues with the organization’s company DanceTheYard, including the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow.
Kelsey Rondeau, Apprentice, grew up in Redding, CA, where he discovered Dance at 13 through his interest in Musical Theater. He then continued his dance education at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a BFA in Dance in August of 2014. During his time at UT, he performed for three seasons with Dance Repertory Theater, in works by choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Robert Battle, Merce Cunningham, and in new works by Andy Noble, Charles O. Anderson and Lucy Kerr. Following graduation, he moved to Berlin, Germany, where he participated in the Dance Intenstive at Tanzfabrik. Kelsey moved to New York in March of 2016, where he worked as a Center Fellow at Gibney Dance.
Svea Schneider, born in Germany, is a NYC based dancer, performing artist, choreographer and dance educator. She attended the Iwanson School for Contemporary Dance in Germany and moved to NYC to extensively train in urban dance (Break, Hip Hop, House), contemporary dance, floorwork, contact improvisation and Forsythe technique. Svea has taught and performed throughout the US, Canada, Germany, UK, Dubai, India and Peru. She has danced with PILOBOLUS (PCS), Vissi Dance Theatre and Decadancetheatre, and has performed at such renowned stages as the South Bank Center, Liverpool Playhouse, B Supreme Festival, Bumbershoot and Jacobs Pillow. Svea has also worked for off Broadway, film, TV and commercials, working with companies and artists such as Chris Cornell, Timbaland, Lil’ John, MTV, BET, ABC Networks and Eska Music Video Awards. In Lima, Peru, Svea was commissioned to create work for the Ballet de San Marcos, gave lectures and taught masterclasses for collectives, dance schools and universities as well as performing her solo work at various festivals. Svea holds a BA (magna cum laude) in dance anthropology and choreography from NYU.
Elizabeth Shew, is a Portland, OR native and a New York-based dancer, writer and creator. She is a graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University program, and she holds BFAs in Dance and English/Creative Writing. Prior to joining BodyStories, Shew participated in the inaugural session of Axis Connect, a networking intensive directed by Cherice and Charissa Barton. There, she worked with Aszure Barton, Alexandra Damiani, Alexandra Wells, Stephanie Klemons and filmmaker Sarah Elgart. Shew also performed alongside the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in their annual piece Memoria. Recently, she danced for Cindy Salgado in the film Had She Never Asked Me, directed by Charissa Barton and featuring poetry by Daniel J. Watts. She has danced for choreographers Jae Man Joo, Brice Mousset, Christopher Huggins, Taryn Kaschock Russell and Hope Boykin, among others.
Jessica Stroh, is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. Beginning her dance training in her hometown of Ocala, Florida, Jessica trained with Marion Ballet Theatre under the direction of Nicole Benson. Attaining a BFA in Dance Performance and Psychology in 2015 from The University of South Florida, Jessica had the honor of performing faculty and guest works including, Ohad Nahrin, Alonzo King, Maurice Causey, Jennifer Archibald, Robert Moses, and Sarah Gamblin. In school, Jessica received numerous awards for her performance and choreography such as, the Victoria Catherine Seldon Dance Scholarship, BRAVO! Scholarship in Dance, and 1st place at USF’s campus-wide Creative Works Showcase. Jessica also trained under summer scholarships with BODYTRAFFIC (Los Angeles), Repertory Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City), Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet (San Francisco), and USF’s Dance in Paris Program (Paris, France). Jessica has choreographed and performed her own works at Gibney Dance Center (NYC), The Tank (NYC), and in venues in North Carolina, Florida, and Paris, France. In NYC, Jessica has worked with Colleen Thomas Dance, Bryce DanceCompany, Jacqueline Dugal, and Alexeya EM.
NYC based dance artist Ashley Zimmerman was raised in Berwyn, PA. She received a BA in Dance from Point Park University under the direction of Ruben Graciani. While at university she had the pleasure of working with choreographers Luke Murphy, Randy Duncan, and Doug Bentz, as well as performing works such as José Limón’s A Choreographic Offering (Excerpts), David Parson’s Wolfgang, and Ronen Koresh’s Standing in Tears. Since moving to New York Ashley has participated in several dance related projects, and has performed works for choreographers Megan Bascom, Shawn T. Bible, Álvaro González, Samsam Young, Pilar Castro Kiltz, Brian Pelletier, Nicole Jones, Christina D’Arrgio, and Holly Heidt. In addition to dancing with BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, Ashley is a member of CoreDance (Rebecca McCormac, A.D.) and Caitlin Cullen Dance (Caitlin Cullen, A.D.).