Sharyn co-founded NACHMO in the fall of 2009, after doing National Novel Writing Month the previous year. She performed with Richmond Ballet before earning a degree in International Studies from Middlebury College. She's recently appeared in the work of choreographers Annalisa Ledson, Jenny Pommiss, and Karesia Batan. She also performed with Tango 5 Sentidos, Sydnie Mosley Dances, and Murray Spalding Mandalas and collaborated with the music collective High Five, improvising a solo piece at ShapeShifter Lab. She's currently working on a project with bassist Steve Whipple. She enjoys teaching dance to kids and teens at the Mark Morris Dance Center and Logrea Dance Academy.
Born in Bosnia, Maja moved to Canada at the age of 7. Her dance training began in Canada and has taken her to perform around North America, performing works by Canadian choreographers/directors Lindsay Shearer-Nelko, Kristen Sawatzky, Donna Fletcher, and a highlight being representing Team Canada at the International Dance Organization (IDO) World Dance Championships in 2008, winning a bronze medal. Since moving to New York in 2014, Maja has performed for NACHMO, Green Space, DanceworksNYC, and several short dance films. She is resident choreographer for immersive theatre company Journey Lab and is featured in the Dance as Art photography series under photographer Kevin Richardson. Maja is passionate about giving voice to all communities to share their stories through dance, and devotes her time to organizations with this aim, including NACHMO and Dance/NYC.
Anna is an MFA Graduate Fellow in Dance at The Ohio State University with research interests in cross-media improvisation, community arts development, and pedagogy informed by exercise science and social justice practices. Her repertory has earned commissions throughout the United States with germane ingredients of intermedia, improvisation, and live music. She is Co-Founder of The Moves Project and is the Artistic Director of her eponymous dance company. In addition to communicating in barefeet, Anna is a Cape Breton Step dancer and a Scottish Highland dancer. annabrownmassey.com
Serena is a recent graduate of Ohio State University in the Department of Dance BFA program, Department of Molecular Genetics BS program, and minor in Chinese. She is a recipient of the Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowship, Arts Undergraduate Research Scholarship, and Columbus Dance Theater Fellowship for her choreography in dance. She recently choreographed and researched a contemporary dance piece that encompassed the cancer community. Her piece "Our Hour" was selected as an alternative to Nationals 2016 at the American College of Dance Association (ACDA) East-Central Conference. Chang's project was awarded 2nd Place at The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum 2016. While performing and choreographing extensively at OSU, Chang has also worked as an undergraduate cancer researcher under Dr. Gustavo Leone since 2012. Her current creative interests consider the fusion of science with dance, choreography, and performance. Serena Chang researched abroad at The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in Pune, India through the Pelotonia Research Abroad Program in the summer of 2016. She is currently located in New York pursuing dance professionally and later hopes to attend medical school.
Emily Craver hails from the great town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Emily graduated magna cum laude from Skidmore College where she studied dance and government. In New York City she has worked with various companies including RG Dance Projects, Trainor Dance, Beth Soll and Company, The Paper Industry, and TrioDance Collective, in addition to being a board member for NACHMO. Emily has shown her own work at Skidmore College, Dancewave’s Works in Progress, Built on Stilts, and WAXworks. She also frolics in the world of theater and music whenever possible. She is so pleased to be the social media representative for NACHMO!
Erica has danced on stage, screen, and museum floor with Meredith Monk, Yina Ng, expandance, VaBang!, Ilana Webber, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Red Dot Dance, ETCH Movement Works, Belinda He and many others. She received her BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch and an MA in Dance and Sacred Texts from NYU Gallatin.
Erica is proud to direct participant communications for NACHMO, where she gets to combine three of her loves: Google spreadsheets, Beyonce gifs, and wordsmithing.
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Monica Hogan is an NYC-based choreographer, teacher, and dancer. Her company, Monica Hogan Danceworks, has presented choreography on stages internationally including: Ailey Citigroup Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Actors Fund Arts Center, The Secret Theatre, NY Jazz Choreography Project, Queens Council on the Arts, CoolNY Dance Festival (NYC); Xuzhou Concert Hall, Tianjin Concert Hall (China); Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS (NC); and Jazz on Tap (GA), to name a few. Monica teaches advanced/intermediate contemporary and jazz classes throughout the New York area, including Peridance Capezio Center. Monica has performed professionally with companies including Gaspard&Dancers, De Funes Dance Company, BalaSole Dance Company, Phyzix Urban Dance Theatre, and more. On screen, Monica has performed in music videos for artists including Delta Rae and Vienna Teng and in work for AdCouncil and The College Board. In 2011, she was a choreographer and dancer in the opening ceremonies of the Universiade Olympic Games in Shenzhen, China. She serves the greater dance community as Marketing Director for National Choreography Month (NACHMO). Monica graduated with distinction in Dance Choreography and Performance from Duke University, where she was the winner of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of the NACHMO team!
NYC Production Director
Chelsea Koenig began co-producing NACHMO in New York City in 2011. As a choreographer, she is the artistic director of Spark Movement Collective, founded in 2009. Koenig strives to create dance that resonates with the human experience while challenging the limitations of the body in collaboration with dancers, musicians, and visual artists. She annually creates one evening-length work and family friendly performance a year for Spark Movement Collective in addition to other independent projects.
As an educator, Koenig is an innovative, passionate teacher and advocate for dance in education. Koenig developed an outreach program that reaches over 1,000 children annually for the Butler Community Arts School in Indianapolis, designed and managed education programs for New York City Center, and co-created BOLD Arts. Koenig has also taught at the Kampala School for the Deaf in Uganda. Since 2012, she has been teaching Nursery through 2nd Grade dance at The Town School in Manhattan.
Annalisa Ledson is a choreographer, performer and teaching artist based in Brooklyn and the co-producer for NACHMO’s NYC performances. Annalisa is one of the artistic core members of Current Harbor, a performance company creating original work with movement and sound. She has created and performed in new works in NYC including; BAM Fischer Hall, HERE, Dixon Place, The 14th Street Y, The WorkShop Theatre, Joe’s Pub, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Chain Theatre, The Tank, Under St. Marks, Mark Morris, The Actors Fund Arts Center and Triskelion. She has also performed and choreographed at regional venues in Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey. As a theatre choreographer she has worked with extensively with Superhero Club House, THEATRE 4the PEOPLE, and Strange Dog Theater. Annalisa is a recipient of Excellence in Acting & Choreography Awards from Drew University. As a teaching artist, Annalisa works for a number of institutions bringing dance and theater into the public schools of New York City. www.annalisaledson.com
Director, NACHMO Boston
Jessica is a choreographer, dance educator and permaculturalist based in Boston, MA. She is the artistic director of Intimations Dance Company and co-founder of Our Permaculture Trip. She combines the arts and environment in education projects for healing and transformation. She has a B.A. from NYU in Dance as Transformative Pedagogy and studied dance education at the graduate level at UKZN in Durban, South Africa. Her choreography has been presented for the JOMBA! International Dance Festival, the Gallatin Arts Festival, National Choreography Month, ArtBeat, and 24Hour ChoreoFest, among others. Since 2006, she has taught dance for organizations like Flatfoot Dance Development Projects, Newton Community Education, and Moving Target.
Proud of her West Coast origins, Jen graduated from NYU Tisch and began a diverse dance career with Jennifer Archibald/Arch Dance Company, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Mark Dendy, Transcendance Group, and Daniel Holt/DIRT. Offstage, she is the editor for Dance Magazine’s College Guide and project manager for the TERP system for directing human movement. For NACHMO 2014, Jen created the solo “No Longer Lost” which led to a split bill presentation at Spoke the Hub and selection for the Breaking Glass Project, along with presenting work for BalaSole Dance Company, MaD Circle Dance, and Bailout Theater at Judson Church. In 2015, she will be participating in NYU’s Alumni Choreographic Workshop with Stephen Petronio, The Moving Beauty Series, and the 12by12 Initiative.
Victoria Shadle, originally from Central Pennsylvania, graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in International Business. There she performed in works by Robin Becker, Karla Wolfangle, Catherine Turocy, and Rachel List and had several pieces of her choreography selected to be shown at student showcases. As an arts administrator, Victoria has worked at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance/USA, New York City Ballet, and The School of American Ballet. She currently works in Development at Irish Arts Center and is a Point Volunteer with House of the Roses and an Advisory Board Member of National Dance Education Organization.