Kate Jewett, Rehearsal Director
Kate joined Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2005. As a company member, teacher, rehearsal director and teaching artist, she has conducted master classes at various venues and has performed all over Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. Her own works have been performed at DeSales University, the United Nations, Park Avenue Armory, Milan, the Fabbrica Europa and Performatica festivals. Named Director of Education and Outreach for Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2008, she has created a dance-in-education program for New York City Schools. Kate has been Rehearsal Director for Shen Wei Dance Arts since January 2009.
Jordan Isadore, Dancer
Jordan Isadore is dancer/choreographer originally from Northern California. He received his BFA in Dance from California State University Long Beach in 2009. Post graduation, Isadore worked with Los Angeles company BodyTraffic, performing works by Barak Marshall and Alex Ketley. In 2011, he relocated to New York and has worked with Christopher Williams, Gallim Dance, Skybetter & Associates, Jennifer Edwards, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. In addition to working with these choreographers, Isadore is one of the creators and editors of the blog, SARADUJOUR.COM, where he and San Francisco based artist Nicole Bridgens remix contemporary dance, pop culture, and dance history through a satirical lens.
Cynthia Koppe, Dancer
Cynthia was born in Singapore and graduated from Cornell University with a double major in Dance and Sociology. In addition to working with Shen Wei, she currently works with Liz Santoro and teaches pilates, yoga, and bodywork. She would like to thank all of her many teachers as well as her students, from whom she has learned so much. She has danced with SWDA since 2009.
Chelsea Retzloff, Dancer
Chelsea Retzloff graduated as the Daniel G Aldrich Outstanding Senior for the class of 2007 at UC Santa Barbara with a BFA in Dance and distinction in Chemistry. She moved to New York in 2008 after dancing with Santa Barbara Dance Theater. Since relocating, Chelsea has worked with David Dorfman Dance, MacArthur Dance Project, Christopher Williams Dance, Infinite Light, and Glitter Kitty Productions. She began working with SWDA in early 2011. Chelsea is originally from Eureka, CA.
Alex Speedie, Dancer
Alex Speedie is a native of Austin, CO, and received his BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. He has danced for Mark Dendy and Oliver Steele and has performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Merce Cunningham, and Larry Keigwin. He studies capoeira and enjoys participating in downhill racing sports. Alex began working with Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2011.
Burr Johnson, Dancer
Burr Johnson is a dancer/choreographer based in Brooklyn. He holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and works with choreographers John Jasperse, Helen Simoneau, Christopher Williams, and Shen Wei. He has also performed in two reconstructions of Laura Dean's dances: Tympani (1980/2008) and Infinity (1889/2009). In 2013, he premiered Christopher Williams' choreography in Peter Sellars' The Indian Queen. He has also worked for Walter Dundervill, Ryan McNamara, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, and Yozmit. His choreographic work has been presented through Movement Research at Judson Church, Underexposed at Dixon Place, OneArmRed, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Emergency Glitter at Abrons Art Center, José Bienvenu Gallery, Danspace Project, and New York Live Arts. In moments away from dance, Burr enjoys gardening and cats.
Janice Lancaster Larsen, Dancer
Janice Lancaster Larsen first started working with Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2005. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of NC School of the Arts, MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival, Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga certification through Judith Hanson Lasater, and Hatha Yoga certification from the Asheville Yoga Center. As a choreographer, Janice has received commissions at the Bard Music Festival (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), Robert Wilson's 19th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit (Southampton, NY), the Bessie Schönberg Choreographers Residency on the Yard (Chilmark, MA), the Hubbard Street 2 Dance Company (Chicago, IL), the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center (Asheville, NC), and many through co-founding VIA Dance Collaborative (New York, NY). She has taught and staged work at Universidad de las Américas (Puebla, Mexico), City Dance Center (Bethesda, MD), Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI), University of NC School of the Arts (Winston-Salem, NC), and SUNY (Fredonia). www.janicelancaster.com
Russell Stuart Lilie, Dancer
Russell Stuart Lilie attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He has worked with Stephen Koplowitz, Gus Solomons Jr., Lucinda Childs, studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), and has presented his own work at Dancespace Project and La MaMa. He is a recent graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. He began working with SWDA in 2011.
Jennifer Rose, Dancer
Jennifer Rose received her BFA in dance from Temple University in 2006. She also attended The Ailey School, American Dance Festival, and worked with Philadanco II. She has danced professionally with Kun-Yan Lin/Dancers, Keith Thompson's Dancetactics, Stephanie Batten Bland, Bill Young, Erick Montes, and Manuel Vignoulle. She is pleased to dance with Shen Wei Dance Arts.
Austin Selden, Dancer
Austin Selden received his BFA from the University of Michigan. He has recently performed with Artichoke Dance Company, ChavasseDance&Performance, and Megan Kendzior. He currently creates/presents dances and video works with his collaborator, Sarah Konner. He has danced with SWDA since 2011.
Michael Wright, Dancer
Michael Wright holds a BFA in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. After SMU he danced at Tokyo Disney Land; then with The New York Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Satellite Collective, Steeledance, The Chase Brock Experience, and Shen Wei Dance Arts. Professionally, work performed includes Mark Morris, Shen Wei, Manuel Vignoulle, Teri and Oliver Steele and others. A certified Pilates instructor, he also teaches dance, recently at Peridance, Dance New Amsterdam, and the University of Stockholm.
Ricardo Zayas, Dancer
Ricardo Zayas studied on scholarship at the schools of the Dance Theater of Harlem and the San Francisco Ballet. In 2005, he graduated with honors from Fordham University and was invited to join Ailey II in his senior year. Ricardo has also danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Post:Ballet and Alonzo King/LINES Ballet. In 2009, Dance Magazine named him "25 to Watch.” He began dancing with Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2006.