Winter Follies Showcases – TIX ON SALE NOW!
Vote for your favorite performer, as an impressive list of professional artists of all genres have just 5 minutes to wow YOU, the audience! At the end of the show, you vote for your favorite act!
The winner of Winter Follies receives an evening-length concert produced by Spoke the Hub in the Fall of 2017. It’s one of Spoke’s most popular, and best-attended events of the year! Don’t miss it!
February 2 & 3, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Old First Reformed Church
729 Carroll Street @7th Ave Brooklyn, NY
Advance Tickets: $15 Adults/$10 Students & Seniors
2018 Performers Include:
7th Boro was formed in 2015 by Guitarist Mark Caserta and Singer Joy Jones. They regularly perform at events in Brooklyn and play originals and covers in all kinds of genres from funk to punk.
Aimee Plauche is a dance/physical theater choreographer working in Brooklyn since 2011. Past showcases include Westfest, Triskelion Arts’ Comedy in Dance Festival, the DUMBO Dance Festival, the Director’s Choice Showcase at Spoke the Hub, and Take Root at Greenspace. Aimee was a 2017 participant in MANCC Forward Dialogues at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She eternally hopes to be brave.
Photo: Andy Ribner Photography
Aliza Russell grew up in Missouri where she trained with the Kansas City Ballet and Defy Dance Project. Upon moving to New York, she attended the Martha Graham School, New York University, and the Stella Adler School of Acting. Aliza is currently a member of Michiyaya Dance Company.
Born and raised in Northern California, Bianca Stephanie Mendoza grew up training in classical ballet with principal SF Ballet dancers Carmella and Zoltan Peters. She was a graduate from the California Institute of the Arts which was named the U.S number one art school in 2012, receiving her BFA in dance and choreography. Bianca moved to the San Francisco bay area where she created her very own dance company entitled Binki Danz, which focuses on political, economic, racial, and gender issues that affect us today. Her company has performed several works throughout the Bay Area including Colloquy which was accepted into the D.I.R.T festival in 2015, My Self which was accepted in West Wave dance festival in 2016, and BORDERS which had a solo show at Safe House in 2017. Bianca and her dance company Binki Danz have just recently relocated to New York where she continues to teach, choreograph, and perform. A Latin American feminist, choreographer, dancer, writer and artist Bianca Stephanie Mendoza is first and foremost a believer in God.
With a love for music and movement of all styles, Bobby has recieved diverse training and inspiration from: Desmond Richardson/Dwight Rhoden of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dana Foglia, and Erica Sobol to name a few. Bobby holds a Certificate of completion from Peridance’s Intensive Semester Program in NYC and has also been involved in The Gypsy Project 2017 in Los Angeles. Along with ballet/contemporary influence, styles such as voguing, hip hop, house and jazz are fused together to form one language. All in an effort to bring together the classical and commercial dance communities, and appreciate the art form of dance as a bridge we use to communicate and relate to each other.
Bridget Cronin is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She received her BFA from UMass Amherst and has showcased her choreography at Ailey Citigroup, Gowanus Arts, TaDa! Theater, Triskelion Arts, Sleepy Hollow Fire House, the Liberty Hall Museum, and on the undergraduates at UMass Amherst as a guest artist.
Photo: Theik photography
Originally from Austin, TX, Dana Duren graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA with a B.A. in dance and anthropology. While at Smith, she appeared in works by fellow undergraduate students, MFA candidates, and faculty guest artists (including Pamela Newell, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, and Whitney Wilson).
Now a permanent resident of Northampton, MA, Dana currently freelances as a performer and choreographer, working primarily and Western MA and NYC. Most recently, she collaborated with Jessica Beliles on a new duet which was presented in the Sans Limites Movement Festival in Manhattan. In addition to pursuing her own artistic projects, Dana teaches dance to elementary school students in an after-school program in Springfield, MA.
weekly in NYC.
Photo: Kymberly Francis
Hilary Chaplain tours internationally with A LIFE IN HER DAY, directed by Avner Eisenberg, and in variety shows worldwide with her short comic numbers. Hilary was an original cast member in Bill Irwin’s Largely/New York and appeared on Broadway in the Public Theatre production of The Tempest directed by George C. Wolfe. She played a featured role in Forrest Gump, and a lawyer on Law and Order Criminal Intent. Hilary entertained children in NYC hospitals as “Nurse Nice” of the renowned Big Apple Circus Hospital Clown Program® (since 1987) and is a founding member of the New York Goofs, a clown ensemble created in 1996. She is creating a new show with puppets in 2018 called The Last Rat in Theresienstad.
Inclined Dance Project, founded in 2009 by Kristen Klein, creates dance works of contemporary athleticism inspired by ever diverse human experiences. The company has performed throughout New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, & New Jersey and has been featured in Critical Dance Magazine, offoffoff, Dance Spirit Magazine, and on Dancemedia.com. Visit www.inclineddanceproject.com
Photo: Andrew Mauney
Jessica asked her parents for ballet classes when she was five. She still wonders why. Amid the muddy/murky waters of freelancing in New York, she is grateful for her family in Singapore, friends near and far, and her BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
Photo: Marco Farroni
Based out of New York City, Jessica Lewis Arts is a modern dance company focusing on interdisciplinary works. The company is a collaborative project, which is lead by Artistic Director and Founder Jessica Lewis. The company collaborates with artists of various backgrounds both in dance and in other artistic fields. Jessica Lewis Arts is a 5013 non-profit, with the mission of creating new works, and educating students of all ages.
Photo: Tom Haynes
Jessica Stroh is a dancer, creator, and educator with a BFA from the University of South Florida. Jessica has presented work in Paris, Florida, North Carolina, and NYC. Currently, Jessica is collaborating with: Dugal Dance Projects in Asheville, Laura Mobley in Austin, and is a company member of NYC’s BodyStories:TFD.
Jenny Gram holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in English from the University of Iowa. She has performed with Jennifer Archibald, Armada Dance Company, Grace Courvoisier, Mark Dendy, Racoco Productions, and The Moving Architects in NYC and Shen Wei Dance Arts at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Photo: Scott Shaw
Kelsey Rondeau has performed on stages ranging from California, to Texas, to Germany, and NYC. After receiving their BFA in Dance from UT Austin, they moved to Berlin, and studied contemporary dance at Tanzfabrik. They moved to NYC in March 2016. This is their first dance work.
Love Muwwakkil received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After two seasons with Urban Bush Women, Love went on to perform in HairSpray on the largest cruise ship in the world, as well as performing in several off-Broadway productions and as a member of contemporary pole dance company The Pulse Project. Currently she is a freelance performer, teacher and choreographer and is excited to start presenting her own work.
Photo: Kelly McLaughlin
Natalia Roberts is an emerging artist, dancer and choreographer. A unique mover, Natalia is a blend of masculine strength, feminine sensuality and story-telling. Inspired by her studies in architecture and theater, her work often derives from specific events, places or histories. When Natalia is not working on her own choreography she is dancing with the Caterina Rago Dance Company and Nazmo Collective, doing personal training or teaching at 305 Fitness.
Photo: Shadi Garmen
Rajesh (Bobby) Chavali, Artistic Director and Choreographer for NatyaTarang Kichiupudi Kalakshetram has founded the Dance Company in 2012. He had academic diploma in Kuchipudi tradition and currently pursuing graduate degree in the same. Raj performed at several national and international dance festivals and conventions, currently training several students in the art form in SF bay area. His unique style of choreography focuses on stylized rhythmic movements and graceful expression of the theme in the dance. Make up and Photo Courtesy: Krishna Bhagavathula
Nicole Assanti is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Florida. In 2015, she was the Choreographer-in-Residence at the Harn Museum of Art. Her choreographic work has been shown in venues such as Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research, and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
A Russian native, Roza is a Brooklyn based dance artist. She received her BFA’17 in Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Roza has collaborated with a variety of community organizations and local bands creating multi-disciplinary performances alongside working with the Mari Meade Dance Collective.
Diana of Sans Limites Dance is an NYC-based choreographer and dance producer of Puerto Rican, Ecuadorian and Irish descent. Her choreographic investigations are rooted in Ballet, Modern/Contemporary, Ballroom/Social dance forms, Flamenco and Improvisation. Since February 2015, Diana has publicly shared her improvisational movement practice on the INSTAGRAM feed of @SansLimitesDance — through the hashtag #LifeTimeImprovChallenge. She is now surpassing her 500th extemporized stud
Sandra “Sunny“ Kluge was hailed by Travis Knights as “one of the finest tap dancers of her generation.” She first started tap dancing at the age of 10 under the direction of her Mom. Sandra considers herself a musician, and the tap shoes are her instrument. Her style is deeply rooted in the aesthetic of jazz music, however, her art is not tied to a specific genre. It is merely a tool to create the most genuine and sophisticated expression possible. A catalyst to explore art as an extension of the human experience. In her present works, she explores tap dance as a comping instrument.
Amanda Klajbor and Sarazina Stein are New York City based movers that work collaboratively on projects throughout the city. They are examining how we, as women, exist in a world with the dichotomy such as vulnerable and strong and how we embody these concepts. This is a work in progress as we continue to explore.
The Vanessa Long Dance Company strives to investigate new forms of theatrical experience aimed to provoke feeling, stimulate senses, and activate the mind.