Alma Dance Company shares women's stories and voices through dance, discussion and workshops, connecting with communities globally to spark change and engage in building a more equitable world.
Heather Robles is the founder and Artistic Director of Alma Dance Company. She is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer and has worked with many artists including Yvonne Rainer, Sidra Bell, Pavel Zuštiak, Nathan Trice, DANCENOISE, André M. Zachery, Buglisi Dance Theater, Fredrick Earl Mosley, and Suzzanne Ponomarenko Dance. She is the Executive Director of the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies. Heather is also a dance educator, teaching artist, producer, advocate for mental health in the dance field, and a certified birth doula at Our Birth Doula.
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Chante Seide is a New Jersey native who started as a gymnast at Diamond Gymnastics and gained theatrical training with director Sandra Vandyke. She began her formal dance training at the Sharron Miller Academy of Performing Arts and has a BFA in Dance at Montclair State University. At Montclair, she performed in work from artist such as Sara Hook, Mark Morris, Alwin Nikolais, and Fredrick Earl Mosley. She has studied abroad in Sweden at the Doch school of Dance and Circus. In 2018, Chante studied at the Gaga intensive at Jacobs Pillow under the direction of Bret Easterling and Ohad Naharin. Chante currently teaches at Sharron Miller academy of Performing arts in Montclair New Jersey. Along with dancing for Alma Dance, Chante is also dancing in her first project with Amirov Dance Theater.
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Chie Mukai was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She started off strong classical ballet training at her local ballet studio, and then decided to take a leap and attend at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston to pursue deeper dance education. She earned her BFA in dance at the Boston Conservatory with her full scholarship. Chie started working as a freelance dancer with Inclined Dance Project, Alison Cook Beatty Dance, C. Eule Dance and many other choreographers and projects. Aside from her dance career, Chie is a certified trainer for GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® to help everyone in a healthy way to create a harmonized mind and body.
Lauren Jaeger is a magna cum laude graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. Lauren has toured both nationally and internationally as a member of MOMIX, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Michael Mao Dance, Suzzanne Ponomarenko Dance, and Catapult. Lauren is a Rehearsal Director for Buglisi’s Table of Silence Project, which is performed each year on September 11th at Lincoln Center. She has also performed with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, ACB Dance, Ballet Ambassadors, and as a guest artist and master teacher for the Fini Dance Festival in Southern Italy. In addition to her performance work, Lauren teaches for several schools including The Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Capezio Center, and the Greenwich Dance Studio. Most recently, with Suzzanne Ponomarenko
Dance, she taught and performed as a volunteer at a women's and children's shelter in Xela, Guatemala. Lauren has been performing the choreography of Heather Robles for several years.
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Gabrielle Narcisse is a 19-year-old multimedia artist from Montclair, NJ currently living in NYC. Gabrielle studied dance at Sharon Miller’s Academy of the performing arts for 15 years and danced in the studio’s performance company throughout high school. Gabrielle now attends NYU Gallatin School of individualized study and is studying various art forms as a form of identity expression and resistance. Her mediums are dance, painting/drawing, film, photo, and writing.
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Rosa Allergra Wolff is a student at the George Mason School of Dance where she is a member of the Arts Advocacy Organization and the Diversity and Inclusion Council. She started her training with the Lydia Johnson Dance School and Sharron Miller’s Academy For The Performing Arts where she was a member of the Performance Workshop Ensemble. Rosa has had the opportunity to perform in works created by artists such as Christopher Huggins, Levi Marsman, Christian Von Howard, and Erin Cervelli. She has trained at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Program, the Gibney Company Intensive, Gallim Company: Dancing With The Camera, and the Gaga Intensive in New York. Heather Robles has been Rosa's mentor and teacher since she was 12 years-old. Rosa is excited to be working with her.
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Edith Boucher-Hazelton is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer from Montreal, now based in New York City. A New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music graduate, she studied with some of the most renowned vocalists in today’s jazz scene, including Catherine Russell, Cyrille Aimée, Theo Bleckmann, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Through her work in the swing dance community as a singer, dancer, and lindy hop instructor, as well as through cutting-edge multimedia immersive experiences, her versatile work stands at the intersection of music and the other arts.
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