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Christina Gesualdi is a Philly based dance, choreographer, and movement educator.  She is an artist in residence at Mascher Space Co-op where she makes experiential work that researches a certain softness and imaginative off-ness in the body.  Christina has performed with Nicole Bindler, Meg Foley, Annie Wilson, Melisa Putz, Zornitsa Stoyanova – [Here]begin Dance, and <fidget>.  She is an advocate for DIY, small scale cooperation, collaboration, and community exchange in Philly’s dance community.  She is also a yoga teacher who loves teaching senior citizens, Temple University undergraduates, and experimental movers at The Whole Shebang. She is currently doing a new yoga training at Motherheart Studio in Fishtown.  Finally, “YES to the way dancing bodies can breed pluralism and anti-absolutism.”

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Christina Gesualdi

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David Garrigues is among a small group of Ashtanga yoga teachers who received a teaching certificate directly from the late founding master of Ashtanga yoga Sri K Pattabhi Jois. David met Pattabhi Jois in 1993 and over the next 16 years he traveled to Mysore, India to study with the great yoga master. In 1996 Pattabhi Jois granted David a teaching certificate. David returned to Seattle and opened the first ever Ashtanga yoga studio in Seattle, Ashtanga Yoga School of Seattle, which was open until 2010. In 2011 David moved to Philadelphia and founded the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. A.Y.S Philadelphia operates out of the Mascher Dance Space. The mission of A.Y.S Philadelphia is to help students of yoga flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. David aims to be part of the circle of hatha yoga lovers who are devoted to applying the teachings of Ashtanga yoga in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.

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David GarRiGUES


Loren Groenendaal is dancer, improviser, choreographer, and movement educator. She earned an MFA in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in Dance and Visual Arts from Oberlin College. Loren is also a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartinieff Institute of Movement Studies. Loren is particularly interested in building unique movement vocabularies drawing from her experience with modern, Balinese, social, breakdance and contact improvisation, investigating the community building possibilities of live art, the spectrum between improvisation and composition, and the spectrum between ritual and performance. Her work has been performed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and presented by various organizations including the the Abington Art Center, the CEC including the New Edge Mix, Cultivate, Green Space Blooms, Inhale, Philly Fringe Festival, the North Carolina Dance Alliance, and the StudioSeries at Studio 34. Loren was a founding member of Mascher Space Cooperative from 2005-2007 and happily returned in 2013.

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Loren Groenendaal


Curt Haworth is an expatriate Californian who lived in New York City for twenty years before moving to Philadelphia in 2009. He holds a BA in Creative Writing from UC Santa Cruz and a MFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He has an eclectic movement background ranging from athletics to modern dance and postmodern techniques, to yoga, contact improvisation and ballet. Curt toured internationally with David Dorfman Dance from 1990 to 2002, while creating over 15 original roles. He was a Movement Research Artist in Residence in 2001-2002, he has taught regularly at Movement Research and DNA (formerly Dance Space Center) in NYC and is on faculty at ADF. He was the co-director of PARD in Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to supporting new movement performance and teaching, located at the Mt Vernon Dance Space. He has taught and set work as a guest artist throughout the United States, South America and Europe and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

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Curt Haworth


Lindsey is a mover and shaker who resides in West Philly. They co-captain and choreograph for the Mummer's brigade, the  Vaudevillains and participate in other dance and movement opportunities, such as Night of 1,000 Kate's. Their practice is playful and heavily influenced by Jock Jams and milkshakes. Lindsey also performs under their drag name, Buff Biff. 

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Lindsey Huster


Nick creates and teaches devised theatre. He has worked in executive administration for Arena Stage, trained FBI agents, managed massive outdoor performance events for INVISIBLE RIVER and created sprawling immersive adventures through New Paradise Laboratories and Impossible Theater Company, which he founded. He is a graduate of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training and produced, directed, and performed as an acrobat with Almanac Dance Circus Theatre (www.thealmanac.us). His solo show, Doppelbanger, premiered at Mascher and has since toured to NYC and Cincinnati and his upcoming Re-United States Theatre Project (RUST) was a finalist for the 2019 Creative Capital Award.

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The Naked Stark builds complex dance works that take apart, redefine, and consider everyday experiences of people, ideas, and social phenomenon.  Founder and artistic director, Katherine Kiefer Stark strives to build a physicality unique to each work and tackle philosophical content through embodiment and presentation.  The Naked Stark seeks through its performances, community projects, workshops and classes to move people and cause them to consider and question their assumptions about social norms.

“I see my work as a way to investigate and deconstruct social norms and simultaneously as a place in which I am contributing to the construction of our social fabric.  Over the past five years my work has centered around investigating two major themes, war and the construction of identity, through a lens of everyday experience, making my work deeply personal.” – Katherine Kiefer Stark

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Philadelphia native Kalila Kingsford Smith is an independent choreographer, performer, dance writer and dance educator. Informed by her training in modern and contemporary dance, her work flows between tension and release, momentum and suspension, storytelling and abstraction. She is interested in creating interactive environments in which the dance crosses perceived boundaries between audience and performer. Her work has been presented in throughout Philadelphia, including at Studio Works, the Come Together Festival, the FringeArts Festival, SoLow Fest, Making the Rounds, InHale Performance Series and an Evening of Duets. As a dance educator, she teaches courses in modern dance technique, improvisation, choreography, and dance history and theory. Kalila is a dance writer and editor with Philadelphia’s online journal, thINKingDANCE.net. She received her MA in Dance from Temple University, a BFA in Dance and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan. 


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The Old City Sweethearts are Philadelphia’s premiere vintage dance troupe, dedicated to reviving the art of the chorus girl through original choreographies and tribute pieces. The company seeks to share the joy of vintage dance and vaudeville with contemporary arts audiences through the development of original pieces and media that reflect the rich cultural heritage of jazz and related art forms.

The Sweethearts were formed in 2014 under the guise of some like-minded friends getting together to share their love of vintage style and dance. Since then, Philly’s finest flappers have grown into a professional company of diverse women who have performed at the Kimmel Center, the Philadelphia Free Library, the Franklin Institute, the Barnes Foundation, and more. 


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Paige Phillips' artwork is situated on the border between the performing and visual arts, engaging most frequently with dance, movement scores, installation, and video. Her content is concerned with endurance challenges, and recontextualizing rituals from pop-culture and religion to better understand identity politics and community formation. Venues where she has exhibited include: National Museum of Singapore, Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Park Gallery (Kathmandu, Nepal), Microscope Gallery (NYC), Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus), On the Boards (Seattle), and Pyramid Atlantic (Washington D.C.). She has performed for choreographers and visual artists throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia such as Cyrus Khmabatta, Josiah McElheny, Yael Bartana, Owen David, and Cai Guo-Qiang. She holds an MFA from The Ohio State University with an specialization in Folklore, a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, and diploma from Interlochen Arts Academy. Phillips also enjoys teaching, and is currently the Program and Communications Manager at the Performance Garage.


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Dawn Pratson is an interdisciplinary artist - dancer, choreographer, musician - and educator with a background in creative arts in therapy. She is interested in finding new ways to integrate dance and music. Her training started out in music (flute, piano, voice) and expanded to dance and movement arts during college and young adulthood (Humphrey-Limon, Graham, Kung-Fu, Laban Movement Analysis, Dance-Theater and Somatics). After earning a masters degree in creative arts in therapy she worked as a dance/movement and arts therapist while studying and performing dance in and around Boston MA and the North Shore. During that time she founded and directed a women’ a cappella group, ‘LEVEN, for 12 years.


Dawn became involved in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, an approach to music education through body movement after being hired to teach a comprehensive graduate course in movement at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Since then her focus has been on music education (she was the founding music specialist at the Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School here in Philadelphia) and on finding innovative choreographic and performance opportunities to bring together music and dance.

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Kate Seethaler is an improviser, choreographer, dance educator, performer, and brand-newly relocated Philadelphian. Her artistic work moves from questions about the audience/performer relationship, the line (if one exists) between serious and silly, and utilizing improvisation to access other realms. Kate has had the recent pleasures of working with choreographers Barbie Diewald, Deborah Goffe/Scapegoat Garden, Katie Martin, Stephanie Turner, and Whitney Wilson. She was the Spring 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought (Northampton, MA), during which time she created a new evening-length work–Homing–with four collaborating dancers. Kate has served on the faculties of Springfield College, School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, Aldrich Pilates, The Taft School, and at Smith College as a Gretchen Moran Teaching Fellow. She earned her MFA in Dance/Choreography and Performance from Smith College in 2016, and her BA from Springfield College in 2008. Kate can’t wait to meet and dance with the folks of Philly!

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Kate seethaler


Margot Electra Steinberg is a dancer, improviser, choreographer, and children’s dance teacher. She earned a BA in Dance at Muhlenberg College with concentrations in choreography and teaching. 

Margot has performed in restaged works of Donald McKayle, Sharon Vazanna, and Noa Eshkol. She has also performed works by Randall Anthony-Smith, The Naked Stark, Meredith Stapleton, Lauren Linder, Lyons & Tigers, Leah Stein, Vervet Dance, The Mira Show, Paige Phillips, Nicole Bindler, and Sean Thomas Boyt. She has choreographed in collaboration with Celine McBride and Sarah Marks Mininsohn. 

Margot currently teaches dance to children at PlayArts, Tiny Tutus Dance Studio, Philly InMovement, and through the Koresh Kids Dance Outreach Program. She has previously taught for the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center, Lume Creative Learning Studio, Buckingham Dance Studio, Napoli School of Music and Dance, and in senior living facilities in the greater Philadelphia area through Dancin’ Chairs LLC.

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Margot Steinberg

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Tanquil Marquez, Jose Aviles, Yajaira Paredes ar ethe artistic, Producing staff of Teatro del Sol Filadelfia's Premiere Bilingual Theatre Company whose mission is to preserve the Latin tradition of telling stories by producing and presenting new, contemporary, and classical Latin theatrical works for Philadelphia’s diverse communities. Upcoming work is a workshop reading of local playwright Iraisa Ann Reilly's Good Cuban Girls during Philly Theatre Week and our Spring production of La Gringa by Carmen Rivera!  

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Zornitsa Stoyanova (USA/BUL) is an award-winning (Rocky Award 2017 for Explicit Female) performance artist, curator, writer, lighting and video designer based in Philadelphia, PA. A native of Bulgaria, she produces and presents both her own and other’s work under the name Here[begin] Dance.

In performance, she questions the ideas of the constructed structures of the theater and pushes the boundaries of social propriety though audience interaction. Mylar reflective material and custom lighting are integral part of her most recent stage, video, and photography work. Her most influential teachers include Deborah Hay, Meg Stuart, Miguel Gutierrez, Michelle Boule, Ishmael Houston Jones, Susan Rethorst, Fay Driscoll, Luciana Achugar, Danny Lepkoff. She has performed for Eiko & Koma, Boris Charmatz, Cie. Willy Dorner, Lionel Popkin, Group Motion and others.

Zornitsa is also a supporter for a sustainable dance community and is deeply invested in helping further conversation and collaboration. She has hosted and organized multiple classes for the community both locally and internationally. She runs a free community dance workshop called Get What You Need, teaches improvisation technique for performance, dance on camera and has done so in Philadelphia, France, Hungary and her native Bulgaria. Zornitsa also writes for thINKingDANCE.net.  


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Zornitsa Stoyanova




Fatima Adamu, Lela Aisha Jones, Lora Allen, Almanac Dance Circus Theater, Althea Baird, Nicole Bindler, Antonia Brown, Dawn Ann Bryant, Michele Byrd-McPhee, Christ Center for Dance, Liza Clark, Miryam Coppersmith, Haley Dulman, Thomas Dura, Tevyn East, Meg Foley, Erin Foreman–Murray, Marcel Foster, Linda Frank, Flandrew Freisenberg, Jenna Frome, Nora Gibson, Bernard Glincosky, Ellie Goudie-Averil, Green Chair Dance Group, Caitlin Hellerer, Emily Herchenroether, Sutie Madison, Makoto Hirano, Tania Isaac, Nick Jonczak, Erin Lee, Tori Lawrence, Emma Morehouse, MJ Kaufmann, Adam Kerbel, Joy Mariama Smith, Carolyn Merrit, Other Case Notes, Rebecca Patek, David Pica, PIMA Group, perpetual mvmt<>snd, Pink Hair Affair, Martina Plag, ​Jumatatu Poe, Lesya Popil, Alissa Robin Smith, Lisa Rothstein, Jim Salermo, Jenny Sawyer, Erin Shanti-Desmond, Lee Shapley, Kate Speer, Subcircle, Barbara Tait, Sam Tower, Becca Weber, Amelia Wiatr-Lewis, Annie Wilson, Rebecca Wright, Sara Yassky, UC Yoshi, Christina Zani, Ilse Zoerb