D A N C E R S
Emily Aiken holds an 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.
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.
Daan Bootsma began dancing at the age of 8 in Alkmaar, The Netherlands, at Grapelli Dance Studios. He started out doing street dance and jazz classes then later attended Lucia Marthas Institute for Performing Arts in Amsterdam, where he studied musical theatre, show-dance, hiphop, modern, acting and singing. During his studies in Amsterdam, he danced with Samadhi Dance Company, performing in shows for national TV and concert halls. After working with Hollands Showballet for a year, Daan moved to New York City to study at the Ailey School, as a scholarship student. In the same year he joined New York Dance Project where he danced for a season. Over the summer he attended Springboard Danse Montreal, where he performed works by Maxine Doyle and Michael Getman. This season he started working with Overground Physical Theater. He has performed works by Darshan Singh Bhuller, Anthony Burrell, Laurent Flament, Bob Fosse (staged by Valarie Pettiford), Tyler Gilstrap, Gabrielle Lamb, Tara Masimer and Ray Mercer. And now he is excited to be working with Valerie Green/Dance Entropy.
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.
Richard J. Scandola
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.
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.
Hana Ginsburg Tirosh
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, 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.
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, and is also a teaching artist at Edward R. Murrow HS and St. Edmund's Preparatory HS in Brooklyn, while acting as Covenant Ballet's Junior Company advisor and resident choreographer. Kristin began working with Dance Entropy in 2008.
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.