Originally from southern California, Lea found her way to NYC nine years ago after college in Chicago and a brief adventure in Nashville for a year long stint in the music business which included an appearance in the Billy Ray Cyrus music video “Under the Hood”.  Continuously fascinated by the genre of dance on film, she has choreographed videos for electronic music artist Nadia Ali and indie rock band Apollo Run, as well as co-creating a dancefilm “Chloes” that was selected for the Dance on Camera Film Festival in 2010. In the past, she’s had the good fortune of making work with co-adventurists Heather McArdle, Stephanie Miracle and Ryan Ross.  Ryan and Lea collaborate under the name move/store and made an evening length piece of movable dance theater for the 2008 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She’s also performed in the work of Faye Driscoll, Christine Suarez and Laura Peterson. In addition to working with Motley Dance, she is currently working on projects with Alexandra Beller/Dances and Jillian Peña. She is also in the midst of a self designed Master’s Degree program at SUNY Empire State that investigates the intersection of somatic movement therapy, trauma studies and cultural theory.


Is a Chilean Dance artist based in Brooklyn. He holds a Bachelor degree in Dance with a concentration in Performance and Pedagogy (based in Laban/Leeder Technique) from the Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano (Chile). As a dancer, he has a background in Modern, Contemporary, Contact improvisation, and Floor work. While in Chile, he served as a choreographer of small and medium works and performed for dance artists such as, Patricio Bunster, Sergio Valenzuela, Isabel Croxatto, Christophe Haleb, among others. He has produced and performed at Triple-Pack Productions. He was teacher for Creative Movement at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and at NIMIKU Art Space for contemporary dance. He was performer at Danza en Cruz Company and at different festivals in Chile, Mexico and Bolivia. In his arrival to NYC, he was student at Dance New Amsterdam, performed for Indie Ballet Collaborative, Proyect.eli Imagery, Martita Abril, Mei Yamanaka, Not For ReTale, and was administrative intern for Stephen Petronio Company. He currently performs for Antonio Ramos, Catherine Gallant, Elisabeth Motley and experiments in NYC as a dance artist through his own dance signature “EstadoFlotante”. His work has been performed at Dance New Amsterdam, Danny Studios, Bridge for Dance, Sample Festival, Green Space Studio, Launch Pad, The Brick Theatre, House Fest, Alvin Ailey City Group Theatre and BAAD! Bronx.


Received a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a minor from the Stern School of Business. She is honored to have worked with dance-makers such as Meredith Monk, Stefanie Nelson, Ivy Baldwin, Douglas Dunn, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Eva Dean, among others. Her dancing has taken her to Northern Israel where she trained with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and performed the works of Rami Be’er, and to Tel Aviv to collaborate in a study of choreographer, Yasmeen Godder’s work, Storm End Come, under the direction of Anat Vaadia. Ariel recently performed her first solo work titled, Ergon Nomoi, at The Judson Church through the independently curated program, STUFFED. In addition to collaborating with Motley Dance, Ariel is also working with Jessica Gaynor Dance and indulging in her own, ongoing improvisational movement series, shared on consecutive or sporadic Mondays. Check out #mondaymoves. Ariel is passionate about finding the honesty and humor in performance and enjoys being part of the quest to share that with a larger community.

Victoria Masters /

photographer + visual artist

Victoria Masters graduated in 2004 with a BFA in Graphic Design from New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University in Boston. She moved to Brooklyn in 2006, after taking a year off to explore and photograph International lands where she developed her passion for photojournalism and capturing emotion through visual mediums. She decided to pursue this passion as a career and enrolled in the International Center of Photography in NYC where she studied for two years. Since then, she has pursued art direction full time as the Art Director at The Sak Brand Group, where she oversees visual creative direction and conceptualization of lifestyle shoots, web photography and national ad campaigns. Currently she also finds herself embarking a career path focused on her other passion, music, as photo director of popular music blog Stadiums and Shrines. In this capacity she attends and photographs high profile shows in Brooklyn and NYC, produces press shots and creates music videos for emerging indie bands. She is also a regular contributor to and attends New York Fashion Week as a backstage photographer.


Originally from Seattle, Hensler is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he was awarded a full- scholarship on merit. As a trumpeter, Hensler plays with The Westerlies, a new music brass quartet he co-founded in 2011. He has toured/recorded with Vieux Farka Toure and Julia Easterlin as part of their critically acclaimed ‘Touristes’ project, with performances at Celebrate BK, POP Montreal, and MASS MOCA. Hensler’s trumpeting can be heard in albums by Daniel Rossen, Sylvan Esso, My Brightest Diamond, Relatives, and Alexander Turnquist. As a composer, Hensler has scored the feature length documentary Crossing Over, which premiered on Univision and Pivot. He wrote music for the acclaimed Camino project by photographer/writer Michael George, which was published by National Geographic. Other films containing Hensler’s music have been released by The New Yorker, local PBS stations, and a number of independent film festivals. Hensler has worked on recordings for Touristes, Half Waif, Really Big Pinecone, FEATHERS+EYES, Hannah Epperson, Michael Adam Larson, and develops his solo project called twig twig.



Meredith Fages has performed with Armitage Gone! Dance, Alexandra Beller/Dances, Monica Bill Barnes/Waterwell, Wally Cardona, Deborah Hay, Mana Kawamura, Heidi Latsky Dance, Motley Dance, Jimena Paz, Laura Peterson Choreography, Becky Radway Dance Projects, Sarah Skaggs, Steeledance, Palissimo/Pavel Zustiak, Mitzi Adams, Eidolon Ballet, Helen Heineman, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Virginia Ballet Theatre. She’s  been featured in the ballets of Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Lew Christensen, and Antony Tudor. She has served as rehearsal assistant for Heidi Latsky, Laura Peterson, Oliver Steele, and Ginger Thatcher, and was a member of the ballet faculty for the 2009 Peridance Summer Teen Intensive. On film she’s collaborated with directors Bat-Sheva Guez, Deborah Lohse, Donnell Oakley, and Mark O’Maley, and appeared in a documentary by Richard Move on Heidi Latsky Dance. Meredith was photographed as a demonstration model for the Joffrey Ballet School’s Ballet-Fit by Dena Simone Moss (St. Martin’s Griffin, 1999) and for the November 2013 issue of Dance Teacher in a profile of Rommett Floor-Barre Technique teacher Jodi Moccia. Meredith’s summited Kilimanjaro, appeared in the New York Times Sunday Styles spread, and bakes the occasional wedding cake. She was born in Charleston, SC and graduated from Columbia University with a Pre-Medical Concentration in English.


Josselyn Levinson, a Los Angeles native who graduated from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Upon graduating with a BA in Dance from the University of Washington Seattle in 2004, she danced with the Wendy Osserman Dance Company, Peter Kyle Dance, Sera-Kim Huenergard/skuedworks, Erica Essner Performance Co-op and Leanne Schmidt and Company. Josselyn holds an MFA in dance from the University of Colorado Boulder with an emphasis in the Alexander Technique and was the recipient of the Charlotte York Irey Scholarship recognizing excellence in academic and artistic work. Her choreographic work has been shown in various venues in Seattle, Denver, Boulder and New York including Triskelion Arts, Teatro La Tea and Jennifer Muller Studio/Hatch and has guest taught at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Oregon, Eugene. Josselyn continues to teach, choreography and currently dances with Gabriel Masson Dance.


Sharon Milanese is originally from New Jersey where she began dancing at the age of 3.  She received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas.  Sharon has studied at the  Royal Academy of Dancing, Boston Ballet, Ballet School New York, the Paul Taylor School, and ODC/San Francisco. Her professional credits include working with Lucinda Childs, Patrick Corbin’s CorbinDances, Jodie Gates, the Liz Gerring Dance Company, Heidi Latsky Dance, Ramon Oller and the Peridance Ensemble, New York Theatre Ballet, Cortez and Company Contemporary Ballet, and Verb Ballets.  Sharon is currently performing with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, touring Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach.


Jane Sato hails from San Francisco where she rode cable cars to school. She studied ballet at San Francisco Ballet and then got her BFA in Dance at The Juilliard School. She has danced for the Met Opera, ODC/SF, Buglisi Dance Theater, Egan Dance, Battery Dance Company, Thang Dao Dance and as a student with San Francisco Ballet and a guest with Jeune Ballet de France. She likes to knit, paint, make jewelry, strum her ukelele, and teaches vinyasa yoga as well as reviewing dance for She currently dances and tours all over the world with Rioult, making this year number eight. She is thrilled to be collaborating with Motley Dance!


Colonna Sonora is a music ensemble, made up of Brady Bagger, James Sparber, and Jeff Mensch, that specializes in composing and performing live scores for dance and theatre. They have received NYITA nominations for their work on Toy Box Theatre Company’s Tis Pity She’s A Whore (2009) and Woyzeck (2010). Other recent works include Motley Dance’s performances at Dance New Amsterdam and RoofTop Dance, and Toy Box’s A Short Fall. Prior to that, they worked on Doorknob Company’s 2010 production of We Are Here After at Joyce Soho. For more info go to


John Beasant III, Amy Blumberg, Elisa Davis, Ariel Freedman, Amanda Hunt, Marie Lambin, John Mosloskie, Anna Schon