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.
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.).
BodyStories company member Erin Landers is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer, and co-director of the Hudson Valley based repertory company A-Y/dancers. The daughter of two musicians, her artistic development was heavily influenced by melodies and rhythms from around the world. Her approach to movement is drawn from a rich background in modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, and various folk and social dance forms including Zimbabwean, Balkan, and Irish. At a young age, Erin Landers began dancing with dNaga Dance Company under artistic director Claudine Naganuma, and took on a role of rehearsal director for the company’s 2016 appearance at the World Parkinson’s Congress. She attended the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts where she was recognized for excellence in dance performance and choreography. Erin Landers holds a BFA in Dance with a Concentration in Composition from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY, and has performed in works by Tom Weinberger, Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Kimberly Bartosik, and Lou Mandolini among others. Her work has been presented at venues such as the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College, and most recently at the Trust Performing Arts Center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as part of the Durang Dance Collective. Erin is thrilled to be joining BodyStories for their 2018 season.
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.
Kate Bishop is an artist and movement specialist living and working in NYC. She holds a BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL) and a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University (New York, NY). Kate performs works alongside Erica Saucedo as the company vís-á-vís. She is thrilled to perform with BodyStories
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.
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.
Tamara Leigh is excited to be joining BodyStories as an apprentice. She received her BFA in dance at Point Park University where she was able to perform pieces by Stefanie Batten-Bland, David Norsworthy, Gregory Dolbashion, and other artists. Tamara recently moved to New York and has had the pleasure of dancing with BodyStories, Bitedown Dance, Nimbus2, along with several other project-based companies. She is truly enjoying Teresa’s process and being in the studio with such creative dancers.
Serena Chang, born and raised in Ohio, earned her BFA in Dance, BS in Molecular Genetics, and minor in Chinese from The Ohio State University. She was recently working with Stephan Koplowitz as a core company member at Bates Dance Festival 2017 and is currently dancing with The Spark Movement Collective and other free lance artists in New York. Serena is very excited to join BodyStories and to work alongside amazing artsits!
XENIA MANSOUR began her formal training at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois, under the direction of Stephanie Clemens. There, Mansour performed a variety of classical ballets, historical modern, and contemporary works including those of Randy Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Sarah Cullen Fuller, and Ron De Jesús with the resident company, MOMENTA. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. While there she had the opportunity to perform works by Giada Ferrone, James Martin, and Netta Yerushalmy, as well as José Limón’s Mazurkas at The Joyce Theater in New York City. Mansour has also had additional training at LINES Ballet, The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH: 11, and the Merce Cunningham Trust where she has performed works by Gregory Dawson, Alex Ketley, Ohad Naharin, Anton Rudakov, Luca Signoretti, and Merce Cunningham. Mansour resides in New York City as a member of BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance and Katherine Maxwell’s Hivewild. She has also worked with Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Angie Moon Dance Theatre, Giada Ferrone’s The Nutcracker NYC, Javier Padilla & The Movement Playground, and Gwendolyn & Guests’ site specific and immersive show, Nourishment.
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.