Rebecca Cardwell was born and raised in London, England. In 2008, she received her bachelor of arts with honors in dance and liberal arts from the New School in New York City, where she performed in the works of Martha Graham and Jose Limon, among others. She is a development and fundraising professional for dance and theater and received her masters of fine arts in performing arts management from Brooklyn College/CUNY in 2011. Currently, Becca is an associate at Dunch Arts. Previously, she was a Junior Associate at David Bury & Associates, a management and fundraising consultancy firm for arts and cultural organizations, and a freelance consultant for A.O. Pro(+ductions). Alongside her administrative work, she has performed with Saifan Shmerer | SASSON in an evening-length immersive production, Nothing Lasts Forever, Nothing is Lost Forever. She is thrilled to be working with her good friend Amy to help build, promote, develop and perform with Amy Jacobus Dance Projects.
Sydnie Liggett, originally from the Washington DC Metropolitan area, is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in dance and a minor in communication. In college Sydnie was selected to work with guest choreographers Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin, Nicole Wolcott, Amy Raymond, Shani Collins and mentor Bebe Miller. Her choreography was selected and presented at the 2008 American College Dance Festival Gala Concert at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. After graduation she moved back to her hometown and found Dance Place, a community arts center. Sydnie worked there as an intern before being hired by Carla Perlo as the resident company’s choreographer’s assistant for a collaborative outreach program between the company and local elementary schools. Sydnie has recently relocated to New York City and has had the opportunity to perform the choreography of Kendra Portier of David Dorfman Dance; as well as reuniting with choreographer Shani Collins in an adaptation of Alice Walker’s Overcoming Speechlessness. Sydnie is also an arts administrator and currently works as the School Administrator at Mark Morris Dance Group. For more information, visit www.wix.com/sydnieliggett/web
Alexandra Pinel is a choreographer, dancer and arts administrator from Paris, France. She graduated from George Washington University, in DC, with a BA in Dance and Art History with honors. She dances with Movement of the People Dance Company and has performed at The Flea, FIGMENT on Governor’s Island and the Check Us Out Festival celebrating female choreographers in Central Park. She has also performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Velocity DC Dance Festival, Dorothy Betts Theater in DC and Bushwick Open Studios in pieces by Willy Dorner, Iquail Shaheed, Michael Thomas Leon and Lucianna Achugar. Her choreography has been presented in Washington, DC; Santiago, Chile; and in Dance Films Association screenings in New York City and at the House of Scandinavia. She was a recipient of the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company Award for Innovation in Dance and a Luther Rice Research Fellowship to study dance in Berlin, Germany. Most recently, Alexandra choreographed a music video for Chinese punk band Re-TROS. She works at the Harkness Center For Dance Injuries and teaches modern dance classes at the Living Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. (photo by Géraldine Bruneel)
Jessica Leigh Smith grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Virginia. There she created an Interdisciplinary and Distinguished Major in Arts Administration and Dance, with a minor in Art History. Having recently moved to New York, Jessica is adventuring into the world of dance, building up her movement vocabulary and choreographic repertoire with her company Jane’s Momentum. Currently, Jessica works for ZocDoc, helping patients around the country find doctors and book appointments online. She has participated in American Dance Festival’s Winter Intensive in 2012, performed in a SCAD Film Thesis production of Bluebirds Fly, and choreographed for various UVA Dance Concerts and American College Dance Festivals in Virginia. Jessica was the president of UVA’s Dance Committee for two years and recipient of UVA’s Arts Scholar Award for Dance in 2011. Jessica is thrilled to be teaming up with Amy and dancing with Amy Jacobus Dance Projects.
Anna Adams Stark hails from the Midwest, where she received a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. Since moving to NYC, Anna has performed work by Alexandra Beller, Laura Peterson Choreography, Jennifer Kayle & Company, Ellie Goudie-Averill/Stone Depot Dance Lab and Meg Hebert Dance. In addition to dancing with Amy Jacobus Dance Projects, Anna is working with the A.O. Movement Collective and Tara Willis. Anna also works as an arts administrator and Stage Manager. She has stage-managed for Harlem Stage (E-Moves), Gina Gibney Dance, Janessa Clark/KILTERBOX and Stone Depot Dance Lab. She is the Production Assistant at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) where she runs the Works In Progress program for DNA. She can also be found working in the Box Office at New York Live Arts. Anna is one of the co-producers of RoofTop Dance, a summer performance series in Brooklyn. She is thrilled to be back in the studio with Amy.
Aya Wilson, a native of Normal, Illinois, received her bachelor of fine arts in dance and a minor in Japanese from the University of Iowa. While at the UI, she was privileged to perform the work of José Limón and Louis Falco, as well as Carl Flink, David Dorfman and Bill Young, among other faculty. She has performed nationally and in Mexico and the Dominican Republic with Jennifer Kayle + Company, UI Dancers In Company, and with Charlotte Adams and Jennifer Kayle. Aya has also studied at the Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival and with Doug Varone and Dancers. Since relocating to New York City, she has had the wonderful opportunity to work with Kelley Donovan and Sydnie L. Mosley, and is beginning to build upon her own body of choreographic work. Visit her website for more details.