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.


Artistic Director

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Heather Robles is founder and Artistic Director of Alma Dance. She is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer, working 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 Managing Director of the NY Dance and Performance Awards, The Bessies. Heather is also a dance educator, teaching artist, producer, founder of the blog Community of Motion, advocate for mental health in the dance field, and 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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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.
Born and raised in Tel-Aviv, Israel, Lir Katz is a Brooklyn-based contemporary dancer, actress, and movement director. Selected to participate in Batsheva's Excellence Program, Lir performed works by Ohad Naharin and Barak Marshall, among others. Lir graduated from the International Certification Program at Peridance Capezio Center (New York City) and is currently working as a company member for Hivewild, Heidco, Lucy Kerr Arts and rehearsal director for Soluq Dance Theater. she is the Artistic Consultant for Dance In Bushwick production, Beyond dancing, Lir is a working actress with notable roles in an Israeli feature film and an award-winning drama series.

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Saturday, Jan 18th 7:00pm

100 Grand St, 2fl, NY

$25 reserved seating via Eventbrite, or rsvp to and contribute what you wish at the door. Seating limited.

Performers: Lauren Jaeger, Suzzanne Ponomarenko, Heather Robles, Chante Seide

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 Suzzanne Ponomarenko




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