Chris Suharlim (teacher, choreographer, performer) is a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who has been dancing to upbeat pop and k-pop songs since 2006. He is a faculty teaching artist at the Dance Complex in Central Square, where his fem style diva-esque Sassy Hip-Hop class received “Boston’s Best” award by Improper Bostonian in 2017. His mission is to provide dance classes that are inclusive (of individuals of all dance levels and socio-economic backgrounds), fun (not about mastering choreography, but about letting loose), and charitable (his class proceeds are non-deductible donations for his public health foundation). His mission and work is recently covered by Emerson College on a body-positive documentary, ‘Overtures’. In addition, performing as Miss Diagnosis, his Sassy Hip-Hop team won the the first place at the Race for the Tiara charity competition, contributed to over $7,000 fundraising for Aids Action.
Rebecca Lang (choreographer, performer) is a Senior at Salem State University studying Social Work and Dance. She previously trained at In Sync Center of the Arts in Quincy, MA. She is currently studying dance under Meghan McLyman and Betsy Miller. As an artist, she approaches her work with an experimental mindset and is always looking for ways to collaborate. Her performance experience includes opening for BoSoma’s The Dinner Table: Vignettes of Betrayal, Salem Dance Ensembles and Repertory Dance Theatre’s semi-annual concerts, American College Dance Associations adjudicated concert and performing as a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company. Rebecca teaches contemporary, ballet, tap, and jazz at In Sync Center of the Arts. For the past four years, Rebecca has choreographed for Salem Dance Ensemble, Repertory Dance Theatre, and Insync Center of the Arts. She would like to combine the aspects of empowerment utilized in Social Work practice with her love of dance teaching, performing, and choreographing. Rebecca combines her two areas of study by fostering expressive atmospheres that respect diversity of experiences and capabilities. She believes that dance should be available to all bodies and communities.
Alexander Davis Dance
Alexander Davis (choreographer, performer) is a Boston based perform, choreographer, fiber artist. He is graduate of Keene State College where he received a BA in English: Writing, and a BA in Theatre and Dance: Choreography and Performance. Alex has worked, performed and presented with organizations across Boston including Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Children's Chorus, World Music/CRASHarts and Improv Asylum/Laugh Boston. Alex is currently a company member with Urbanity Dance, where he is also the director of the their Summer Choreographer Intensive Program. As a choreographer and fiber artist Alex has received grant and residency support from The Studios at Mass MoCA, The Boston Foundation, Urbanity Dance, and The Theatre Offensive. Alex and collaborator Joy Davis (The Davis Sisters) were recently awarded a 2018 Schoenberg (Boston) Fellowship Residency at The Yard to develop and perform a new work in September. Alex is a passionate arts administrator, a published memoirist, a college professor, an exhibited visual artist, a sexual consent educator, and an okay comedian. @AlexanderDavisDance
Performer, Teaching Artist
Toby MacNutt is a queer disabled interdisciplinary artist, author, and teacher living in Burlington, VT (USA). Their artforms and media include ground and aerial dance, textiles, bodypaint, and writing speculative fiction and poetry, and the occasional essay. They teach various of these forms, as well as teaching on gender, sexuality, and disability topics. Toby has danced with Murmurations Dance immersive site work When Women Were Birds, for Lida Winfield and Tiffany Rhynard, and with Heidi Latsky's GIMP, among others, and studied with AXIS and Candoco companies. Their independent work One, Two showed locally and internationally in 2014-15. Enter the Void premiered in 2018: an immersive performance with poetry guidebook, in the deep darkness of space.
Dante Brown (choreographer, performer) began his dance training at Wesleyan University, which led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography. As a performer, Dante has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Kendra Portier, Nicole Stanton, Noa Zuk and at the Dance Exchange. Since its founding in 2010, Warehouse Dance has shown work at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Dance Complex (MA), Columbus Dance Theater and Wexner Center for the Arts (OH), Dance Gallery Festival (NY & TX), Dixon Place, GAP Green Building, LaMaMa Moves Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts and The Wild Project (all NYC), Sam Houston State University (TX), and YourMove Dance Festival (NJ). Dante has had the opportunity to teach a range of classes at Broadway Dance Center, Dancewave, East Village Dance Project, and Gibney Dance Center (all in NYC), and The Ohio State University. He has held collegiate positions as an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Westchester Community College, Lecturer in Dance at Bates College, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. Most recently, he was awarded the Schwartz Center for Performing Artists Fellowship at Emory University. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Amherst College.
Angelina Benitez (choreographer, performer) recently graduated from Salem State University with a B.A in Modern/Contemporary Dance and Spanish World, Language, and Culture. At Salem State University she studied under Meghan McLyman, Betsy Miller, and James Morrow. Her performance experience includes ensemble work opening for BoSoma’s The Dinner Table: Vignettes of Betrayal, performing in Salem State University’s Dance Ensemble’s concerts, and Repertory Dance Theatre’s semi-annual concerts. When she isn’t performing or choreographing, she enjoys teaching. She has taught summer dance camps at a local YMCA, assisted at Enchanted Dance Academy, and taught as a guest artist at InSync Center of the Arts. Though she enjoys these aspects of dance she most looks forward to pursuing a career in Dance Administration.
LaWhore Vagistan ( ) is everyone’s favorite desi drag auntie. She has performed at the Austin International Drag Festival, Queens Musuem, Jack Theater, and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. Her films have been screened at the Mississauga South Asian Film Festival, Austin OUTsider multi-arts festival, Hyderabad Queer Film Festival, and San Francisco 3rd i film festival. LaWhore is the alter ego of Kareem Khubchandani, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University.
Born in Puerto Rico and growing up in Southeastern MA, Gabriel has always been on the go. Dancing since 2005, Gabriel now co-leads QWAM; an all male hip hop dance crew that champions for self confidence. By day, he works in Human Resources for a craft beer company!
Jo Troll (teacher, choreographer, performer, consultant)is a trans choreographer and art-maker with a Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. They have recently presented work as part of a residency at OnStage Dance Company and the Dance Complex's aMaSSiT mentoring and choreography lab. Over the years, they have created work for amateur queer dance performance and as one of the first DUCKiE upstarts at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London. Originally an Irish dancer, Jo explores the intersection between different forms of percussive and contemporary dance. They engage with challenging questions of tradition and identity in dance spaces in order to find an unapologetically queer, honest, and accessible means to present their work.
Performer, Teaching Artist
April Sellers Dance Collective
April Sellers (teacher, choreographer, performer) is an independent choreographer, dancer and performance curator who for 18 years has created over 60 original works. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the April Sellers Dance Collective which is renowned for its complex expressions of gender and identity in highly crafted performances. Her most recent and transgressive performance, Animal Corridor prompted the award “Artist of the Year” by City Pages in 2017. Other awards include the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants (2015, 2002), the McKnight Fellowship for Choreography (2011) and the Sage Award (2006). Over the past decade, Sellers has been invited to participate in a number of residencies like the Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Santa Cruz, California) and the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography (Tallahassee, Florida). Sellers holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
Pampi is founder of In Divine Company, an activist multimedia contemporary temple dance theater collective. A 20+ year newcomer-settler-resident of Massachuset and Wompanoag land, Pampi is a darker-skinned nonbinary second-genx casteD-Bengali culture worker who flourishes the intersection of healing and education and develops community-centered art that releases creative potential and drives collective change-making. Please get in touch with them to learn more about AbunDANCE, a meditative movement and song initiative for wellness in community! Instagram @ thirdeyefell #ne0natak #fauxKathak #t3mpl3dance #meditativedancesong
Nick M. Daniels
Considered a pioneer in the Pittsburgh dance scene, Nick M. Daniels is the founding Artistic Director of the D.A.N.A. Movement Ensemble (Dancers Against Normal Actions) which he started in 1991. With over 30 years of dance and choreography experience, he considers himself a reemerging choreographer after taking a 20+year hiatus. Since returning in 2016 his choreographic style has developed into contemporary modern, based on pure raw emotion and musicality.