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Sans Limites Dance Fall Season 2016 (Showcase Series)
The Hudson Guild Theater
New York, NY
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Sans Limites Dance Fall Season 2016 (Showcase Series)
Sans Limites Dance is presenting the works of Emerging, Mid-Career & Established Choreographers/Companies from November 17th -20th at The Hudson Guild Theatre; a 99-seat, modern proscenium arch theatre located in Chelsea, NYC.  

Inspired by the Duncan quote, "You were once wild here, don't let them tame you", SLD showcases innovative works that aim to push past the definitions that currently define/confine dance. You will see works that break down barriers and redefine dance forms through unique choreographic visions; ranging from highly technical/athletic dance to gesture/performance-art based movement.

PROGRAM A: Thursday, November 17th at 8PM
CHOREOGRAPHY BY:  James LaTeek, Gina Montalto, Tom Tsai & Alexandra Rose.

PROGRAM B: Friday, November 18th at 8PM
CHOREOGRAPHY BY: Wilma Casal, Victor Lozano, Dorothy Nunez, Mary Seidman,
Madeline Shaffer & Rourou Ye

PROGRAM C: Saturday, November 19th at 8PM
CHOREOGRAPHY BY: Kamali Hill, Alice Lambert, Jacqueline Ledesma, Maija Rutkovska
& Kendra Swartz

*NOTE: The work of Diana Pettersen (SLD Artistic Director) & Susanne McHugh (SLD Rehearsal Director) will be performed at every performance by Chloe Benitez, Kallie Leski, Susanne McHugh, Casey Olejar, Matilda Sakamoto, Diana Sorokova and Allison Ward.*


ABOUT James LaTeek
Teekvision is a NYC based dance company that infuses concert and commercial dance.  Founded in 2014, under the direction of James LaTeek, Teekvision brings elevated raw material to the stage. After completing the NYC Dance Arts 2014 Residency, Teekvision has gone to perform in various showcases across Tri-State and DMV area. The start of the company's creativity and aesthetic premiered on May 28th 2016 for the company's first  full length production entitled RAW.  Teekvision continues to build and grown and looks forward to next years production. teekvision@gmail.com

ABOUT Gina Montalto
Gina Montalto began her technical training at New Jersey School of Ballet and American Academy of Ballet. She later moved into modern and contemporary styles while studying at the College of Morris and Rutgers University where she earned her Associates of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts respectively. Gina is a company member with Introspective Movement Project of New Jersey and Impact Movement Collective of NYC. She has also performed in several dance festivals and showcases in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia including Balasole 2013, Brooklyn Dance Festival, Conkrete Jungle, Dance Astoria, Amalgamate Guest Artist Showcase, and the Koresh Come Together Summer Showcase.  In addition to stage presentations, she has performed in Woman Versus  A Dance Film and an immersive dance theater project And It Felt Like a Kiss.  Ginas own works have been shown at Chen Dance Centers NewSteps New Choreographers Series, Donation Dances Holiday Showcase, several events produced by The Creators Collective, Kodafe Dance Festival, and  Lost:Found Dance Festival.  This Fall season, her work will be performed at Movement in Cs Appetizer: An Evening of Sampling, Fertile Ground, Dancers Unlimited Legacy 2 Showcase, and Sans Limites Dance Fall Season 2016.  

ABOUT Tom Tsai
Tom Tsai, originally from Taipei, Taiwan, is a dance artist based out of Los Angeles. Being situated between two distinct histories in both his cultural and dance backgrounds (Taiwanese and American; Breaking and Modern dance), Tom seeks to represent his lineage with integrity, while exploring possibilities to craft an innovative voice. His solo works have been presented throughout California and New York, and internationally in Sweden, Portugal, the Netherlands, and at Sadlers Wells in London. Tom is the recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and winner of the REVERBdance Festival's REVERB Award. He previously competed with Instant Noodles Crew, and has danced with LA-based companies Pennington Dance Group and Laurie Cameron & Company. In 2015 he was guest faculty at Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance.

ABOUT Alexandra Rose
Alexandra Rose is a freelance artist in dance based in Brooklyn, NY. She currently teaches for Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) and is focused on creating choreography in the city. Holding a B.A. in Dance and Economics from Denison University, her experience in the field includes performance, education, dance creation, and administrative work. Alexandra has performed as a member of Fusionworks Modern Dance Company (RI), the State Ballet of Rhode Island, and as a freelance artist with ACW Dances in Arlington, VA. During that time, she has had the opportunity to dance the works of Abigail Wallace, Stafford C. Berry Jr., Sandra Mathern-Smith, Keith Thompson, Amalia Schelhorn, Molly Shanahan, Terry Creach, Mark Harootian, and Deb Meunier. She also recently completed a choreography mentorship with Doug Varone. Her choreography has been presented at Gibney Dance Center, the idance festival 2014 in Hong Kong, by Fusionworks, and at multiple schools in the Northeast United States. She has taught for schools such as Mercersburg Academy, Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, the Festival Ballet Providence School, Fusionworks Academy, Providence Country Day, and Chadwick International in Incheon, South Korea, where she created, launched, and ran the dance program for three years. She has also returned to the Festival Ballet Providence School for several summers as part of their Summer Intensive Faculty. Alexandra has worked administratively for Festival Ballet Providence, as well as for Dance/USA.


ABOUT Wilma Casal
Wilma Casal is a dancer and choreographer from Berlin. She danced - and toured internationally -with Dokumentartheater Berlin, Artnouveau 21 Dancers, Akasha Crew, Bolschoi Compania Eschschloraque, German Television Ballet, Brouqade Records Showcases and Mosso Art Company. As a graduate of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance New York and Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin, Ms Casal is also a certified Gyrotonic Instructor, Personal Trainer with a medical exercise background, and Teacher for Ballet and Graham Technique. Being based in New York, she feels very fortunate to be able to work with an array of gifted dancers and artists.

ABOUT Victor Lozano
Victor Lozano is a Brooklyn-based dancer/choreographer who currently performs with the Brian Brooks Moving Company and Pam Tanowitz Dance. Victor is a graduate of The Juilliard School (2016) and a fellow of the Juilliard Career Advancement Award. Victor has presented his own work in Miami, Houston, and NYC. Just recently, he showed his piece Quadrumvirate (2014) at the 2016 DUMBO Dance Festival and The Dance Gallery Festival.

ABOUT Dorothy Nunez
Dorothy Nunez grew up in New Orleans, LA.  She recently received her BFA in Dance at The University of the Arts.  She began her dance training at the age of 14 by attending New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Modern Conceptions of Dance where she studied ballet, Graham, Limon, Cunningham, Jazz and contemporary.  In 2012, Dorothy moved to Philadelphia, PA to pursue her dance education at The University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfeild.  She has perfromed in works by: Jesse Zaritt, Netta Yerushalmy, Katie Swords-Thurman, Sidra Bell, Douglas Becker and Teddy Tedholm.

ABOUT Madeline Schaffer
Madeline Shaffer is a NYC based dancer and choreographer. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor of arts in Dance and has been in the city performing and creating work since graduation. She enjoys expressing through movement and finds the power of communication through choreography to be strong and important. She has done extensive choreography for musical theater productions including her most recent show: Brigadoon. She is extremely grateful to her dancers and feels very privileged to be able to share space with them and learn from them throughout this project.

ABOUT Mary Seidman
Mary Seidman and Dancers has toured the United States and performed at numerous New York venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), St. Marks Danspace Project, La MaMa E.T.C., Symphony Space, The River to River Festival. The company has been commissioned by several art and science museums,  most recently, World Science Festival 2011, as well as The American Museum of Natural History, The Guggenheim Museum, The Newark Museum, The Liberty Science Center, The Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, The Childrens Museum of Manhattan, The Staten Island Childrens Museum, among others. Besides her role as artistic director of the company, Ms. Seidman recently earned an MFA in Dance through Hollins University, is on the faculty of the Mark Morris Dance Center, and is a guest artist at several colleges and universities. Her work, The Messier Project, premiered at Symphony Space on May 3, 2011 as part of the CW Post Campus/Long Island University Dance Departments Student Showcase, and the Ellen Stewart Theatre at the La MaMa Moves! Festival on May 28, 29, 2011, and the World Science Festival, June 5, 2011. "Who's the Alpha?" is an excerpt from an evening length work, WeDOGS, which premiered at the Ailey Theater in 2008.

ABOUT Rourou Ye
Rourou Ye is a Chinese dancer and choreographer. She finished her BFA in dance at Shanghai Theater Academy in 2012. She is now studying for her MFA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College in New York City. From 2012-2016, she worked in the Musical Theater Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music as a musical theater choreographer/dance professor. Her artistic interests tend to explore and interpret human life through physical bodies. She says, My dances are all about my fantasies  broken fantasies. Her projects are about her life. She talks about her fantasies, loves, fears, desires, frustrations and much more. She questions herself all of the time and displays her attitude towards her questions whenever she creates a new work.  Instead of making her pieces based on complex movements, she has a strong preference for creating dances that are emotional and theatrical. She always thinks about why she has certain feelings and where they originated. Her feelings become her dances.


ABOUT Kamali Hill
Emerging Artist Kamali Hill, is inspired to create works that speak primarily on the manifestation of Black history and culture.  She is dedicated to developing visceral works that stimulate basic human emotions to imbue thought provoking conversations that cross social and political views.  Hill earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University while training professionally with Dissonance Dance Theater in Washington, DC.  In 2014, Hill relocated from the Nations Capital to Atlanta, GA to cultivate her passion for choreography.  She has also had the opportunity to create for and collaborate both on the stage and in front of the camera with Dance Canvas, MAD Festival, MultiPurpose Dance Showcase, Fuerta Dance Company, the Young Choreographers Showcase, Fieldworks at Core, Alan Kimara Dixon, Corian Ellisor and Dancers, T. Lang Dance and Otis Sallid.  Her most recent accomplishment was being commissioned to create a new work for Dissonance Dance Theater; Visceral Void , a post-modern abstract of self-reflection which is set to premiere in January 2017.  Kamali is extremely grateful for the opportunities God has given her and more excited about the journey ahead.

ABOUT Maija Rutkovska
Maija received a BFA in Dance from the Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy in her native country of Latvia. Maija had also spent a semester in Denmark at the Viborg Sports and Gymnastics school and Lithuania at Klaipeda University as a scholarship student. After moving to Paris, Maija studied the Martha Graham technique, taught by Maggie Boogaart. Maija also studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary dance and was the first Latvian to graduate from the Professional Training program and Teacher Training program in New York. Maija has performed with Elina Breice co Ritms(Latvia), was a dancer with the Maggie Boogaart CO(France), as well as Jean-Paul Goude productions (France). She has also danced in the  Maher Benham CO Coyote Dancers, and was a member of AZOTH Dance Theater founded by Jonathan Breton (France/USA) , Dance Group Rituals formed by living dance legend Vija Vetra(USA/Latvia). Maija is developing her dance company, Fantastic F.O.R. Dance Theater. The company is performing at National Restaurant in Brooklyn, New York-based dance festivals and recently touring in Latvia.

ABOUT Alice Lambert
Originally from Lyon, France, Alice Lambert is currently pursuing her B.A Degree at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. It is through this interdisciplinary program that she is looking at how, through our art and specifically our bodies, we can physically, mentally and emotionally experience and shape the world. She is interested in the ephemeral and visceral nature of dance, and how it can transcend language to inspire, heal, and change our communities. This piece, which was first performed for the 2016 Gallatin Arts Festival, has been a way for her to explore this; To depict the constant ways- this ongoing momentum- in which we affect each other, whether it is conscious or not.
Alice has performed and presented work at the Maison de la Danse and the Atrium theaters in Lyon, France. Since her arrival in New York City in August 2014, she has continued to dance and choreograph within NYU, understudied for Crystal Pite's Polaris premiere during the 2015 White Light Festival at New York City Center, and performed in Jinah Parkers SHE at New York Live Arts in 2016. She will also be showing a collaborative work at Movement Research this November. She is extremely grateful for this opportunity, and for the two talented and generous dancers who have allowed this piece to become what it is today. They, through their dancing but also their presence, are a constant reminder and illustration of what this piece is all about.

ABOUT Jacqueline Ledesma
Jacqueline Ledesma is a NYC based dancer/choreographer. She graduated in May 2016 from NYU Gallatin with a concentration in Revisioning the Classics for 21st Century Audiences. Now, she is a current graduate student at NYU Steinhardt in Dance Education. Most recently, she has received the NYSDEA 2016 Graduate Scholarship Award for outstanding leadership in dance and education in New York State. Jacqueline has had the opportunity of showing her work with Gallatins Dancers/Choreographers Alliance and the Gallatin Arts Festival for the past three years. She is grateful to have been able to perform at DUMBO Dance Festival, Lincoln Center, The Highline, NYU Skirball, Frederick Loewe Theater, Jerry H. Labowitz Theater, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, and Off-Broadway Theaters with and among inspiring artists. She is thrilled to be showing her new work in Sans Limites Fall Season and extends great thanks to Diana Pettersen, her dancers/collaborators, and her friends and family for the continuous support!

ABOUT Kendra Swartz
Kendra has been dancing since the age of three at The School of Music and Dance in Hanover, PA. Over the years she has been fully trained at The Joffrey Ballet School and Broadway Dance Center in New York City as well as Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Pennsylvania.  This past summer she also completed American Ballet Theaters Teacher Training Program. Kendra has been involved in many choreography showcases around New York and loves having the chance to show her pieces to an audience. She is a choreographer and instructor for a competition team in central Pennsylvania and has won numerous awards for her superior and unforgettable choreography. Search KS choreography on facebook to keep up with recent works.


The Hudson Guild Theater (View)
441 W 26th St. (9th/10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10001
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Other > Festivals
Other > Spiritual

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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