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Company Members

Artistic Director Valerie Green became interested in dance growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1995 she formed Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, creating a permanent company home in 2005, called Green Space.

Green has been an active dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the NYC dance community since 1995.   To date, Green has created 28 dances plus seven evening-length works. Her choreography has been presented at festivals and venues throughout New York City including La Mama Moves Festival, Performance Mix and Dance Now @ Joyce Soho, Movement Research at Judson Church, St. Mark's Church, Chashama, Mulberry St. Theater, Dance Now @ Dance Theater Workshop, CPR, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, University Settlement, the 92nd St. Y, Hunter College, Context, The Flea, Cunningham Studio, Dixon Place, Hudson Guild Theater, LaGuardia Performing Art Center, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Theater for the Riverside Church, Queens Theater, Triskelion Arts Center, Queens Museum, Flux Factory, Queens Botanical Garden, Socrates Sculpture Park, Dorsky Gallery, Voelker Orth Museum, Mannes College, Dance New Amsterdam, St. Sava Cathedral, Museum of the City of New York, the NYC Department of Transportation's Car Free Earth Day and Green Space. Additionally the work has toured to various festivals throughout the United States including the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival.

Green has worked extensively on the international circuit. Among the festivals where she taught and performed are: Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts, India; Italy’s Meeting Anti-Razista, Trulo Arts Center, Italyi; Le Regard du Cygne, The Avignon Fringe Festival, France; TEST! Theater Festival, Croatia and Canada’s Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists. Her company, Dance Entropy, toured her evening-length show, Homeland-Inner Side throughout Serbia in 2001, which led to numerous teaching residencies with various cultural institutions in Belgrade. She has also performed at The National Theater in Mostar, Bosnia; The National Theater of Belgrade, Serbia; the World Dance Congress, Greece; Body Navigation Festival, Russia; the Raw Matters Festival, Austria; Studio Igen, Solvenia; and the Body Arts Studio of Guatemala City. The one woman show Succession toured to Baku, Azerbaijan; Tblisi, Georgia and Yerevan, Armenia organized by the South Caucasus Festival of Dance and Contemporary Art. In addition to performances at Green Space, Queens; Cincinnati Fringe Festival; the New York International Fringe Festival and AS220 in Rhode Island.

Green has received choreographic commissions from Texas State University, BITEF Theater in Belgrade, Serbia, Theater Alternativa in Tirana, Albania, and LaGuardia Community College. She has been a guest artist at the University of Las Vegas, Texas State University, LaGuardia Community College, University of Nanterre, France, Florida Gulf Coast University, The Belgrade Dance Institute, and at the Faculty of Drama & Art in Belgrade, Serbia and Sarajevo, Bosnia.  As a teacher she has worked with all populations including children, young adults, aspiring and professional dancers, actors, teachers, physically disabled, trauma survivors, and senior citizens.

She is the founder and Artistic Director of Green Space, which serves the New York City dance community by providing an affordable and welcoming environment for rehearsals, classes, and performances.  Green Space is a rehearsal venue for over 150 different choreographers who rent there annually, while additionally presenting the work of over a hundred different choreographers each year.  Green created three diverse performance series including Fertile Ground, Take Root, and the Green Space Blooms festival, all designed to nurture choreographers in various stages of their artistic process.

Green is an active moderator and panelist throughout the city. Currently she moderates the monthly Fertile Ground Series at Green Space, and has been a guest moderator for Dance Conversations at the Flea, and for Project Leap Peer Circles in Queens.

Green’s choreographic work and teaching style is influenced by her formative years working with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, her certification in Body/Mind Fitness and her undergraduate work at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Green was recently featured on Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast.

Dancer Biographies

Emily

Emily Aiken holds a MFA in Choreography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she also received her BFA in Dance. Intrigued by the intricate relationship of the body and mind, Emily studies Kinetic Awareness® and psychophysical concepts in movement, choreography, performance art, writing, and film. To further combine her interests toward an eventual practice in Expressive Arts Therapy, Emily is working toward her online Mental Clinical Health Counseling degree through NC State. Emily formerly studied movement in Durham NC, where she was a company dancer for Justin Tornow and Company. Emily has traveled nationally and internationally, performing and teaching in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., New York, Switzerland, Belgium, France, and Italy. Emily recently relocated to New York and travels to perform with Collapss (COLLective for hAPpy SoundS) of Greensboro, NC. Emily currently trains at Luigi's Jazz Centre NYC, Steps on Broadway, and with the Cunningham Trust at City Center. Emily began working with Dance Entropy in 2017.

Caitlyn

Caitlyn Casson, originally from Philadelphia, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Florida, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor is Psychology. She has performed repertoire by distinguished artists Bill T. Jones, Doug Varone and Talley Beatty. Casson's desire for internationally diverse, artistic endeavors has taken her across the globe to perform and teach. Since 2013, she has been working as an international dance trainer with MindLeaps to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda. Caitlyn has performed nationally with Eleone Dance Theatre, Balasole Dance Company, DamageDance and currently, Ariel Rivka Dance, and Matthew Westerby Company. Caitlyn began working with Dance Entropy in 2017.

Erin

Erin Giordano was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Nutrition and Healthy Living. She danced for two seasons in the Phoenix-based contemporary jazz company, MarioCo.Dance, and had the opportunity to further expand her artistry with summer training at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, The Alvin Ailey School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Parsons Dance, Giordano Dance, and Houston METdance, on scholarship. Now based in New York, Erin has had the opportunity to perform at notable venues and work with choreographers Diane McCarthy, Jessica Gaynor, and Jessica Taylor. She is in her third season working with Jessica Taylor's company, DAMAGEDANCE, now based in Denver, CO. Erin began dancing with Dance Entropy in Spring 2017. 

Kristin

Kristin Licata received her BFA from the Fordham/ Ailey program. After graduation, she performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, Vabang! Dance Company, Vox Luminere and Wong Dance. She then went on to working on projects with Danse en L'air, Felice Lesser Dance Theater, Nutcracker/NYC, Regina Nejman and Company, and Tamara Saari Dance. You can be see her in the film Jaaneman. Kristin is currently freelancing with Ariel Rivka Dance, Covenant Ballet Theatre, and Matthew Westerby Company.  As a dance educator, she teaches ballet and modern in NYC, as well as a teaching artist at Edward R. Murrow HS and St. Edmund's Preparatory HS in Brooklyn, and Covenant Ballet's Junior Company advisor and resident choreographer. Kristin began working with Dance Entropy in 2008.

Jonathan

Jonathan Matthews is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with Phyllis Lamhut, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Stephen Petronio, and contributed to original works by Pamela Pietro, Kendra Portier, and Deborah Jowitt. His studies have taken him abroad to Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Springboard Danse Montreal, Toscana Dance HUB, and the International Theatre Festival of Kerala. A collaborative musician, Jonathan accompanies at Tisch Dance and mentors students of the department’s pedagogy program on musical collaboration. He has composed for Giada Ferrone, Patrick Corbin, and Rashaun Mitchell, music directs for Medicine Show Theatre and Queens Shakespeare, Inc., and sings with the Cecilia Chorus of New York and Zappa: Ana Choired Taste. He additionally performs with Darrah Carr Dance, ChristinaNoel & The Creature, The Little Streams, mishiDance, and This is Not a Theatre Company, for which he is also the company's choreographer. Jonathan is co-founder and co-artistic director of BREAKTIME, a recent artist in residence at Chez Bushwick. His writing can be found at Eye On Dance, The Dance Enthusiast, The Journal of Dance Education, Time Out NY, and Dance Magazine. An avid teacher of wee ones, licensed to teach yoga by the Perri Institute for Mind and Body, Jonathan seeks to share multidisciplinary study through physical practice. Jonathan began working with Dance Entropy in 2015.

Richard

Richard J. Scandola is a native of southern France where he performed with Les Ballets des Alpes Maritimes, Horizons, and Corps Accord. Richard moved to New York City to study in the Cunningham Summer intensive and in Limón Institute PSP program, where he discovered a special affinity with this technique and met Jim May who became his mentor. He soon became one of the dancers of the Sokolow Ensemble in 2012. He has since worked with Barkin/Selissen Project, Brice Mousset OUI Danse, HT Chen Dance and Dancers, Overground Physical Theater, Shadow Box Theatre as a dancer and puppeteer, and co-director for the show The Earth and Me. Richard kindles his passions for photography and spiritual healing by offering treatment and inspiration to others. He's currently working on different dance projects and creating his unique performance style. Richard began working with Dance Entropy in 2017.

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Hana Ginsburg Tirosh has a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Purchase College, SUNY. She is currently a member of Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, Ariel Rivka Dance, Matthew Westerby Company and Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre, and has also danced with Mark Dendy Dancetheater, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Riedel Dance Theater, Danse En L'air, Tamara Saari Dance, York DanceWorks, Lane & Co and KDNY among others. She was a founding member of 360° Dance Company where she performed from 2006-2014, and has attended The Yard on Martha's Vineyard for both the Patricia N. Nanon and Bessie Schonberg Residencies, serving as Dance Assistant to Patricia N. Nanon for the final two years of her life. Hana is the New York City Director for the New York Institute of Dance and Education, and on faculty at Fierce Dance Company. Her most perfect creation is her son, Orin Isaac Tirosh. Hana began working with Dance Entropy in 2013.

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Nicole Kadar , graduated magna cum-laude with a BS in Dance while also studying Early Childhood Education and Business at Skidmore College. Nicole has worked with choreographers Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Nicole Corea, Teresa Fellion, Ruben Graciani, Erica Pujic, Jenny Rocha, Tamara Saari, Melissa Riker, and Matthew Westerby as well as directors Samantha Shay of Hopelandic Theatre Co. and Greg Taubman of Extant Arts Co. In addition to performing, Nicole has a passion for teaching. She has been on faculty at Saratoga City Ballet, the National Museum of Dance's School of the Arts, The Ailey School and Ailey's Arts In Education and Community Programs. Under the direction of Kathleen Isaac, Nicole recently completed her M.A. in Dance Education as a scholarship student at the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College. Nicole also enjoys creating her own work, which has performed at Triskelion Art's, the Ailey Studios, the Kaye Theater, and Jennifer Muller's Hatch Series.

Photos by: Stephen Delas Heras, Whitney Browne