Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies

February 3 & 4, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll Street @7th Ave Brooklyn, NY


COME PERFORM 5 MINUTES OF WHATEVER IT IS YOU DO BEST at Spoke the Hub’s 17th Annual “Winter Follies!” You might show a spanking new work, or something old and beloved from your vast performance archives. Maybe even something improvisational? It could be wildly experimental or a work that comes out of a well-honed tradition. Could be a solo or group work. Whatever you present, think minimal (read “zero”) set-up and strike time. Everything is fair game…so be brave.

2016 Performers Include:

5th Digit Dance was founded quite recently (December 2015) and has had an exciting first few months – being invited into two festivals in NYC and being given the chance to create a piece for Anita’s Way in Times Square for April 2016! Though its movers come from very different walks of life (New Jersey, Virginia, Wisconsin and Texas to be specific) they have found a way to daringly move together and say “yes,” to any idea – no matter how crazy.

Aimee Plauche is a dance/physical theater art-maker and director living and working in Brooklyn, New York since 2010. Her newest work, About an Octopus, will premiere in April 2016. aimeeplauche.wix.com/contact

Alexandra is a choreographer from Paris, France who works for Half Straddle, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, New York Public Radio and choreographer luciana achugar. She has recently performed in her work at JACK, The Chocolate Factory, Fusebox Festival and New York Live Arts.

Charlotte Blakeis a dancer turned Pilates Teacher turned Dancer + Pilates Teacher, loves combining the creative worlds of dance and running her own business. Charlotte has a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and has performed in NYC for 10 years. Choreographing alongside Brittany Crosby has been a gorgeous, thrilling ride.

Brittany Crosby founded The Co Pilates here in NYC. Her dance background ranges from performing at the Baltic Ballet Festival in Latvia to a contract on Carnival Cruise Lines. Brittany is ecstatic for this opportunity to test her creativity in movement while fueling the evolution of her friendship with Charlotte.

Started in 2011, Blowout Theatre Company has produced one act festivals, full length plays, storytelling events, and taught workshops. Recently, we were awarded 1st place in the Brick’s Winter 10 Minute Festival and chosen as a Director’s Choice at Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies! At IRT Theater this fall we’ll produce our largest piece since the company’s inception three years ago “In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm” by Jona Tarlin. We are staging NEW works. We are providing artists NEW opportunities. And we are continually adding NEW members to our growing community of doers, creators, and appreciators. More information at blowouttheatre.com.

Bridget Cronin grew up in Liverpool, NY where she received her training from Dance Arts Studio and Center of Movement Studies. She received a B.F.A. from University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she performed works by Merce Cunningham, Janis Brenner, Camille A. Brown, Monica Bill Barnes, and Ohad Naharin. She has presented her choreography at Gowanus Arts, Ailey Citigroup, Triskelion Arts, and in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Originally from Italy, Caterina Rago, obtained her BFA from l’Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome and completed the Professional Training Program at Martha Graham Center. Principal Dancer of the Off-Broadway Show “Spider Dance” and has danced with the Martha Graham and the Caterina Rago Dance Companies. Her work has been prominently featured in several NYC dance festivals and venues. Rago teaches Graham Technique at Dance Theatre of Harlem and is a guests teaches at other dance centers in Italy and NYC. She is currently working with her company on “LABIR INTO” new choreographic production.

City Stompers hosts a rollicking live trad music party on the last Wednesday of every month at Jimmy’s 43. We work with local musicians to bring square dances and flatfooting workshops to communities throughout the city, presenting improvisational footwork and American stringband music. Open classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays. nycitystompers.com


We are collaborators and friends based in Brooklyn. Emelie came from Sweden and Adi came from Israel. Together they performed in venues such as IMAR Art Residency in Connecticut, Bushwick Open Studios, Glasshouse, The Cave/Leimay and have been part of a video installation in Old Stone Museum in Park Slope. They also worked together in projects by the artists Thea Little, Sue Jeong Ka and Holly Mitchell. We are now in the process of making our new independent works and share them around the city.

Erel + the dronettes
Our ensemble is made up of different artists, each one contributing his or her unique talent.  Our backgrounds are a tapestry of the arts: dance, music, performing arts, film and theatre — coming together to create this whimsical piece.

As a company, we believe that movement is the closest link to humanity and the characteristics in which it is encompassed. The work is drawn to vulnerability and risk, mending subtly with expansion, athleticism with artistry, and humanity with ingenuity. The breadth of the work is within the through-line where movement becomes meaning, and that meaning becomes an honest and distinctive statement.

Oscar Sifuentes is an 18 year old Hip Hop dancer/choreographer that was born in Texas. Started off with ballroom dancing in grade school, this pushed his desire to learn and enroll in the Brooklyn Dance Center. There he found his passion for Hip Hop, he continues to take classes and train at Broadway Dance Center in order to improve and share his skills with his dance group Feel The Movement.

Gabriella Carmichael is a brooklyn-based movement artist originally from the happy valley of Western Massachusetts. She graduated with a dual degree in social anthropology and dance from the University of Massachusetts, where she had the pleasure of working with brilliant beings such as Sidra Bill, Gallim Dance, Chris Aiken, Monica Bill Barnes, Jen Nugent and Nick Galatis. Her work has been performed at Greenspace, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Gowanis Arts. She is also a certified yoga teacher and social justice activist.

Genesis Contemporary Ballet Theater is an emerging project based contemporary ballet company with a mission to serve as a voice for the upcoming generation of dance artists and choreographers. Under the artistic direction of Denzel Taylor and Aliyha Crawford, Genesis will evoke a new wave of artistic expression through movement.

hazel & company, founded by artistic director Hazel Lever and executive director Florence Kuhl, is a NYC-based movement company that has shown work at WOW Café Theater, Queens Council for the Arts, Green Space, and the Sgouros Theatre of the Players Theatre. www.hazellever.com

International Affair is a group of dancers coming from all over the world: Italy, Switzerland, Colombia and Russia. What connects us together is the soul of the music and the love of the dance, especially street style dance.

Jade Daugherty is a performance artist originally from Chicago, IL. She earned BAs in Creative Writing and Dance from Beloit College. Since moving to New York Jade has presented works at Triskelion Arts, graduated from Upright Citizen’s Brigade improv curriculum and currently performs with cakeface. She loves hot dogs and dichotomies.

Dancer, choreographer, and educator Jacqueline Dugal recently relocated from South Florida to New York. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida. Jacqui is currently dancing with Von Howard Project, Michiyaya Dance, and SummerRISE Dance, while continuing to create new work of her own.

Jacqueline Lynch is a middle aged actress.  In outright denial of getting older, Jacqueline has begun to create work that incorporates her first love, dance, into her characters.  So far it is making the aging process more fun.  Please visit: www.jacquelinelynch.net

Scouts was created in 2013 by Jeanna Phillips and Alex Thrailkill to play a show at a now-defunct coffee shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn. They brought the band together to give life to songs that, at that point, existed only as vocal loops recorded into Garage Band over the sound of Jeanna’s cooking. Over time the group expanded into a music collective– creating foley for theatrical sound design, writing and performing music for genre-bending plays, and scoring web series and films. Currently, Scouts are working on recording and releasing their untitled debut album, continuing to develop “what’s this called, this spirit?”, and creating a new narrative work tentatively titled “Range of Light”.

Jessica “JFigs” Figueroa is a contemporary/hip-hop choreographer in New York City. With a B. A. in Dance from Hunter College, Jessica has appeared in music videos with artist Nikki Tino, has choreographed for the Sybarite Showcase and is currently a member of Paradox Institute dance crew. Jessica’s personal style is a combination of hard hitting hip hop moves with a theatrical element of fun and femininity. 

JKing Dance Company, (JKDC), based in ParkSlope-Brooklyn, creates an interplay between personal and social events, with the emotional physicality of dance, drama, and the use of props. Recently JKDC made their debut in HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival- Yerevan Armenia, and Massachusetts Dance Festival. www.JoyceKingDance.com

Johnnie Cruise Mercer is BFA graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Dance and Choreography. Mr. Mercer has worked with a number of artist including Andre Zachery, Edisa Weeks, Kate Weare, Christian von Howard, and Charles O. Anderson. He is the artistic director of the emerging collective Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDproject.

Marisa Catena and Michelle Maso began their dancing journey in 2001 at Rutgers University.  They first collaborated as Co-President’s of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company. Tonight marks Marisa and Michelle’s first choreographic collaboration.  Moving, creating and performing together has allowed them to foster their creativity and love of dance.

Michiyaya Dance is a contemporary dance theater company co-founded by Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery in summer 2015. Both artists are excited for their premiere work Project V in March 2016. Michiyaya Dance merges the worlds of dance and visual art to create a new dialogue in performance work.

Under the direction of Holly Maddock, Praevado Dance Collective came together to share their passion for performance art. Using movement for our own personal escape, each piece is a break from reality. Everyday we escape though dance and we invite our audience to escape with us.

Sarah founded her company, Sarah Richman Dance in the fall of 2015. She is currently working closely with five dancers, creating and showcasing works with the desire to premiere a full-length show. She premiered her first duet work, “Is It Care or Interest?” at the HATCH Presenting Series in November 2015. The company aims to explores the representation of emotion and bodies more vividly with the use of sense, the use of space and the use of mental and physical conversation. 

Sean Thomas Boyt is a dancer and choreographer based in Philadelphia.  His work consists of a shifting combination of classical composition structures, nontraditional material generation, and theatrically-inclined performances. By using performance as a vehicle for art-making, he operates under the phrase, “Dance like no one likes you.”

Steppin’ Out studios are located in LaVale Maryland, we offer many dance disciplines for young ages to adults. Our company is made up of a variety of dancers and Instructors who travel and provide there artistic talents for benefits, performances and community outreach projects. There backgrounds include dance, musical theatre, & music/performing arts. The studio combined emphasizes proper technique while encouraging creative expression.

Sun-ae Hwang is a choreographer, director and creator of the “SUNPROJECT”. In 2006, Sun-ae Hwang moved to N.Y to continue her training. Since, she has developed her own dance style within artistic vision. Pieces have been premiered and presented throughout the city. And also her new dance musical “THE SWANS” received two awards from MITF 2014. She is currently teaching ‘Body Conditioning’, developing expression through movement and dance at Ballet Arts in New York City.

The Vanessa Long Dance Company combines theatre and dance to create pieces focused on social and political issues we face in everyday life.

Vector Dance Company [Choreographer/AD Martha Lavery] has been creating energetic, silly work since 2014.


Ydhelca Pérez received her Bachelors in modern dance from The Hunter College Dance Program.

Ydhelca looks to share her heritage with the world by teaching Salsa, Bachata and Latin rhythms and presenting pieces where the richness of her culture can be exposed to all audiences.  Ydhelca thanks SevenBell Fitness and The Fifth Line for their great support in this endeavor.