Jessica Taylor's choreography is "reminiscent of Picasso's monumental
dancers from his 'classical' period......emotion-filled duets and routines filled
with vigour and strength......Terrific stuff from this young company.
If the chance comes to see more from them, take it."

- Mark Harding, The Shimmy Skinny, Edinburgh


Board of Directors

Daniel Gesmer
Megan Livesay (Treasurer)
Sara Lohmeyer
Jessica Taylor (Chair)

Advisory Board

Catherine Boren
Noel Hefty
Jane Wasson


XIMENA BORGES | Composer/Musician/Videographer

New York/Venezuelan experimental musician, Xi.me.na Borges is an extremely eclectic songwriter. Called “pop diva of opera” by Parenthesis Magazine,  Xi.me.na migrates confidently between avant-garde opera and electronic pop.  Neufutur Magazine says, “Xi.me.na’s music does come from left field, but it is done in a fashion that is absolutely catchy and hard to forget.” Daughter of one of Venezuela’s most prominent visual artists, Xi.me.na went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2012, she began to break away from the traditional technical approach of operatic singing to explore the range of sounds she could create with her voice. In November 2013 she released “Joyful Noise” with multi-award winning producer and Grammy nominated musician Gonzalo Grau. Xi.me.na simulated all instruments on “Joyful Noise” with the creative use of her vocals.  IX Daily called it “the most innovative Christmas album of the year” and Neufutur Magazine “This is the best holiday-themed album that we have happened upon so far this year”.  Beloved in her native Venezuela, she has performed concerts and festivals with renowned musicians such as Aquiles Baez, Galeica, Los Hermanos Naturales, La Vida Boheme, and has appeared regularly in National TV and radio. In New York she is the Musical Director for Heidi Ladsky Dance and in Berlin she participates in multidisciplinary collaborations, including composing music for theater-dance companies such as DAMAGEDANCE, Buglisi Dance Theater, Kate Lee Theater.

 

NICOLE COREA | Ballet Mistress/Rehearsal Director

Nicole Corea is originally from Palmyra, NY. She received her early training under the direction of Sandy Stramonine and Lynne Kareken until her acceptance to the Juilliard School, where she graduated with a BFA in 2000.  Upon graduation she joined the ranks of Ballet Hispanico of NY (00'-02')  Elisa Monte Dance (02'-04')  In 2007, Nicole joined Ballet Memphis.  While dancing in the company, she created 6 original works on the main company, as well as an original work on the Junior Company for the Orpheum Theater.  She has also presented her work at the Thang Dao Contemporary Dance Festival and the Latin Choreographers Festival in NYC.  Other company credits include Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Nilas Martins Dance, Pier Group, Thomas/Ortiz, Roger C.Jeffrey Subtle Changes, Mark Stuart Dance, Morales Danceas well as numerous independent choreographers throughout NYC and the East Coast.  She is also an RYT certified Vinyasa yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus Yoga and a marriage officiant in the State of NY.   Nicole currently teaches at Asali Yoga in Harlem and is on the teaching staff at Liberated Movement and various ballet schools in NJ and CT.   This is her third season as a member of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company.

 

BRAD MEEHAN | Composer/Musician

Ohio native Brad Meehan relocated to New York City 10 years ago and has been playing and teaching drums live and in the studio throughout the New York City area.  Brad has played with a variety of bands and artist at NYC venues including Irving Plaza, Brooklyn Bowl, Nokia Theatre, Mercury Lounge, Birdland, Arlene's Grocery, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, Sidewalk Cafe, Joe's Pub, 54 Below, Drom, Spike Hill, Bar 4 and many more in and around the city.  He has also recorded with many artists on albums and songs of a wide variety of genres.  

 

PJ RODUTA | Composer/Musician

PJ Roduta is a Pittsburgh-based percussionist who has worked closely with dance since 2005. PJ received a B.A. in music from Bennington College, and studied abroad at the University of Ghana. He has been on staff for Point Park University's Conservatory Of Performing Arts since 2007 as a dance accompanist and has accompanied for Carnegie Mellon University, CLO Academy, Bennington College, American College Dance Festival, Attack Theatre, Dance Alloy, and several yoga studios in the greater-Pittsburgh area. PJ teaches percussion for Point Park University’s International Summer Dance program and teaches private lessons consistently. After playing drums and percussion for Jim Donovan (of Rusted Root) and Bill Burke throughout the northeastern U.S. PJ became The Pillow Project’s resident percussionist and music director for whom he composed, performed, recorded, and self-released the full-length original score for Paper Memory. Later scores include: The Phoenix for H2O Dance Company, Set 16 for Jason McDole’s choreography on the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Closure for Shana Simmons Dance Company, and Sounds of Survival for DCDC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHELLY CLEMENTS | Director of Youth Programs/SPEC Artistic Director

Shelly Chapple Clements is from rural Western Pennsylvania and received a scholarship to Pittsburgh Ballet Theater at the age of 9.  During the summers she trained at Eglevsky Ballet and The American Dance Machine in New York.   By the time she was 14, she was living in Champagne­Urbana, IL at the National Academy of Arts directed by The Royal Ballet’s Petrus Bosman. At 16 she moved back to Pittsburgh to attend the renowned and exemplary Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts where she was one of 32 members of the 2nd graduating class.  After graduating salutatorian from CAPA, Ms. Clements moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and began her professional career as a performer and master instructor.  She taught in such notable schools as Contra Costa Ballet, Shan Yee Poon Ballet, Rhythm and Motion, and San Francisco Dance Center, now Alonzo King LINES Dance Center.  Ms. Clements trained at ODC San Francisco with Brenda Way and Lines Contemporary Ballet with Alonzo King and Arturo Fernandez and performed with ODC, Capacitor, Joan Lazarus, Patricia Jiron, and more.  Since 1990, Ms. Clements has been an integral part of John Butterfield’s New Urban Dance Company as a featured dancer, choreographer, ballet mistress, and assistant director.  She is a graduate and was an adjunct dance faculty member of Colorado Mesa University holding Bachelor degrees in Hispanic Literature, Interpretation and Translation, and Dance/Theater. Ms. Clements has become a renowned dance instructor across the Front Rangeand the Western slope of Colorado since she relocated in 2001.  She is, as well, a Spanish teacher for Jefferson County and Adams 12 Five Star school districts.

 

DANE MARKLE-KLAPP | Composer/Musician

Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Dane has been playing and creating music since he was 13, mostly playing the electric bass with a little guitar and percussion thrown in.  He attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles, California for acting.  While in Hollywood, Dane was an extra on the set of Freedom Writers, where he got to run down a hallway with Hillary Swank.  He has performed with several underground rock bands including J@nk and Kilosama, and has performed his original work at The Rover Soho, Dance New Amsterdam, the Amalgamate Artist Series, Tea Dances and Manhattan Movement and Arts Center.  Dane has many talents in addition to his music and acting including singing, writing, and causing trouble.  Dane is very honored to be included in DAMAGEDANCE projects and can't wait to see the company get bigger and better.

 

MATTHEW POLIS | Photographer/Sound Designer

Matthew is a father of two toddler girls.  He is a sound designer, photographer, teacher, and home cook.  He enjoys Wii Fit and listening to podcasts while showering. www.matthewpolis.com  www.SoundSpaceStudio.com

 

ELLIOT ROTH | Composer/Musician

Known for his seemingly limitless piano prowess and 'silky smooth voice that seems as if it is caressing the air' (New York Times), Elliot has been hailed as one of the city's most dynamic musical talents.  A reverent interpreter of the Great American Songbook in both his nuanced singing and piano playing, he is just as comfortable letting loose in arena style rock/pop as well as his original R&B tinged music as part of the up and coming soul duo JennΑndElliot. He is equal parts vocalist, pianist, instructor, writer and personality; sliding smoothly through musical worlds and constantly gaining the praise and attention of everyone from jazz critics to renowned Broadway veterans.  A masters graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music jazz arts program, off-broadway credits include Our Sinatra at the world famous Oak Room, Mid Twenties at Manhattan Theater Source, and his sold out performance as 'Jesus' in the concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Living Room.  Elliot is also a seasoned voice instructor and coach; he has aided students in contemporary/studio singing elements such as 'riffing', blues singing, jazz scatting and many stylistic elements that have formally been ignored, discouraged or incorrectly examined in a private vocal setting. Elliot's students have appeared on XFactor, in National Broadway Tours (Cats, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rent, Hair) and countless recording projects across the country and around the world.

 

KEELY MISENHIMER | Marketing Coordinator & Operations Assistant

Keely Misenhimer grew up in Yuma, Arizona and later attended Chapman University where she graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in Dance and B.F.A. in Graphic Design. She went on to dance professionally with Missiouri Contemporary Ballet for three seasons and now lives in Denver, Colorado. She is excited for this new opportunity to work with DAMAGEDANCE!