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Company Members

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

Miss Green has been an active dancer, choreographer and teacher in the NYC dance community for over 20 years.  To date Ms. Green has created 28 dances plus 7 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 in the Park, Triskelion Arts Center, Queens Museum, Flux Factory, Queens Botanical Garden, Socrates Sculpture Park, Voelker Orth Museum, Mannes College, Dance New Amsterdam, St. Sava Cathedral, and Green Space.  Additionally the work has toured to various festivals throughout the United States including the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival.

Valerie 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, Ostuni, Le Regard du Cygne, Paris, The Avignon Fringe Festival, France, TEST! Theater Festival in Zagreb, Croatia, and Toronto, 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 in Argos, Greece, Body Navigation Festival in St. Petersberg, Russia, the Raw Matters Festival in Vienna, 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.

Valerie has received choreography 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, 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, the handicapped, and senior citizens.

She is the founder and Artistic Director of Green Space, which serves the 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.  Valerie 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.

Miss 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.

She has received funding from the SOROS Foundation, CEC ArtsLink, US State Department for work in both Serbia and Bosnia, The Puffin Foundation, Independence Community Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts, Dance Theater Workshop’s Outer/Space Program, The Queens Community Arts Fund, Queens Independent Artist Initiative, TransCanada Corp., Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.

Valerie’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.

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 joined Dance Entropy in the Spring of 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. She is excited to start working with Dance Entropy.
Erin Erin Giordano was raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. She began her dance training at local studios and went on to graduate 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 including Diane McCarthy, Meggie Pinones, Jessica Gaynor, and Jessica Taylor. Under the direction of Jessica Taylor, she has danced for two seasons with DAMAGEDANCE, performing and teaching in the Colorado area as the company transitions to its new home in Denver. Erin recently began working with Valerie Green this spring 2017, and is thrilled to be a part of Dance Entropy.
Frank

Frank Leone was born and raised in Westchester, New York. Frank attended Point Park University where he obtained a BA in dance with a duel concentration in jazz and modern. While at school he had the opportunity to perform works by Bill T. Jones, Ohad Naharin, Randy Duncan, Terrence Marling, Dwight Rhoden and many more. After graduation, Frank joined Norwegian Cruise Line as a production dancer. Following that contract, Frank returned to NY and joined Valerie Green/Dance Entropy Inc., along with shawnbibledanceco., Roschman Dance, and Zullo/RawMovement. Frank recently relocated to Philadelphia and is now a company member with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Since moving to Philadelphia, Frank also had the opportunity to perform a work by Evalina Wallis Cain Carbonell. Frank is thrilled to still be a part  of and dance alongside Valerie Green/Dance Entropy.

Kristin

Kristin Licata received her BFA from 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. She can be seen in the film Jaaneman, and Newspeak's music video "Sweet light crude". Kristin is currently freelancing with Ariel Rivka Dance, Covenant Ballet Theatre, Matthew Westerby Company, as well as a ballet and modern teacher in NYC. Kristin has been working with Dance Entropy since 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. He has studied and worked abroad at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Springboard Danse Montreal, Toscana Dance HUB, and the International Theatre Festival of Kerala. A collaborative musician, Jonathan accompanies at his alma mater, sings with the Cecilia Chorus of New York, serves as a music director at the Medicine Show Theatre, and has composed for Giada Ferrone, Patrick Corbin, and Rashaun Mitchell. He additionally dances for Darrah Carr Dance, ChristinaNoel & The Creature, and mishiDance, and choreographs in bathtubs and swimming pools for This is Not a Theatre Company. His criticism can be found at Eye On Dance, The Dance Enthusiast, and The Journal of Dance Education. A yoga teacher licensed by the Perri Institute for Mind and Body and an artist-in-residence with the Episcopal Service Corps of New York, Jonathan seeks to share interdisciplinary study through physical practice.  Jonathon has been working with Dance Entropy since 2015.

Richard Richard J. Scandola is a native of southern France where he performed withLes Ballets des Alpes Maritimes, Horizons, and Corps Accord. Richard moved to New York City to study in the Cunningham Summer intensiveand 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 co-director for the show “ The Earth and Me”, dancer and puppeteer. 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, Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre/Sean McLeod Dance Experience, Ariel Rivka Dance and Matthew Westerby Company, and has also had the pleasure of dancing with Mark Dendy Dancetheater, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, Riedel Dance Theater, Yuka Kawazu 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. She has been working with Dance Entropy since 2013.

Photos by: Rodney Zagury, Sharon Harsa, Stephen Delas Heras, Anthony Nguyen