Collaborating artists // New York
Suzie Rzecznik is NYC based freelance dance artist. She is a graduate of Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA and holds her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College in New York, NY. She has also studied at the Joffrey Ballet School, Movement Invention Project, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. While training she has performed works by Ohad Saharan, Lar Lubovitch, Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, Cherice Barton, and Mark Morris. Professionally she has worked with Marlena Wolfe, Mike Esperanza’s Bare Dance Company, Tyler Gilstrap's TunanuT Dancers, The Windmill Factory, Elena Vazintarias’s EV/DP, and the Kuperman Brothers. She is the choreographic assistant for Anthony Morigerato and Elena Vazintarias. Suzie is a founding member, rehearsal director, and company manager for NOW Dance Project.
Dancer// Administration// NYC
Sam Assemany, from South Lyon, MI, received her BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University in 2015. As a colligate dancer, Sam was able to perform works by Carolyn Pavlik, Jackie Nowicki, Peter Chu, and Ohad Naharin. She had the opportunity to travel to Montreal, CA, where she worked closely with O Vertigo, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Edgar Zendejas, and Ecole de Danse de Contemporaire. Sam also attended the ODC Next Moves intensive where she worked closely with KT Nelson, Holly Johnston, Kate Weare, Margaret Jenkins, John Heginbotham, and Nicole Klaymoon. Sam moved to New York City, NY in September 2015 to further pursue her dance career. Since residing in NYC, she has worked with, and performed works for, Mike Esperanza, Shawn Bible Dance Co., Of Bones || Hollye Bynum, and Dugal Dance. Sam is currently dancing for Bom Diggs, Eimile Davis, and NOW Dance Project, and is excited to continue growing in her profession!
Originally from Mississippi, Jarred Bosch received his BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. Since graduation, he has performed performed throughout Europe, Canada and the United States, including his work with the Nikolais-Louis Foundation in Beijing, China. Other credits include Broadway premiere gala of On The Town, New York Fringe Festival, and the Yang Li Ping International Dance Festival. While at Marymount, he had the honor of performing the works of Dwight Rhoden, Lar Lubovitch, Azsure Barton and Emery Lecrone. He has spent his summers with Nederlands Dans Theater and Complexions Contemporary Ballet as well as Springboard Danse Montreal and American Ballet Theater. Jarred also currently performs with LaneCoArts, Exit12 Dance Company and Aaron McGloin Dance.
Isabella Diaz was born in Chicago, Illinois. She began exploring movement at a very young age, through gymnastics, in which she pursued for 13 years at a competitive level. Isabella began her dance training her junior year of high school, where she was exposed to ballet and various modern techniques. She went on to study at Western Michigan University and had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Peter Chu and Ohad Naharin. Currently a new Pilobolus members as of 2017. She began working with Jackie Nowicki and NOW DP the winter of 2016 to premiere the company's first evening length show.
Sarah Housepian is original from Southern California, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from California State University of Fullerton in 2011. While on the west coast, she had the opportunity to work with Fuse Modern Dance, BARE Dance Company (CA), Vision's Dance Theater, Colin Conner, Leann Alduenda, Francesca Lee, and Sebastian Arango. Now on the east coast, she has worked with BARE Dance Company (NYC), Yin Yue Dance Company, Erica Essner Performance Co-Op, Indelible Dance, 10 Hairy Legs, NOW Dance Project, Robert Mark Dance, Shawn Bible Dance Co, Bonn DIGGS, Jake Bone, Suki Clements, Mira Cook and Julia Ehrstrand. She has performed domestically, as well as internationally in Bulgaria and Germany. She is thrilled to dance with NOW Dance Project any chance she gets!
Gildas Lemonnier was born and raised in Brittany, France. He began his dance training at the IFPRO in Paris. He moved to New York City to attend the Martha Graham School where he was a member of the Graham 2. Gildas has worked and toured internationally with the Martha Graham Dance Company and was an apprentice for Rioult dance NY. He is currently working with Bare Dance Company, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Project44 and Bennyroycedance. Gildas is very thankful to be creating and dancing with Now Dance Project.
Originally from Clarks Summit, PA. Matthew received his training from the Ballet Theatre of Scranton where he is now a guest artist and performer. In 2015 he graduated Cum Laude from The University of Arizona, where he earned a B.F.A in dance. Matthew has been performing and living in New York City for the past year and has previously danced professionally for Odyssey Dance Theatre, Neville Dance Theatre, Cassie Nordgren, Sarah O'gleby and Tammy Dyke Compton. He has also toured China with Art.If.Act Dance Project in 2012 and in the summer of 2013 he attended the Bolzano Dance Festival in Italy where he was assistant to University of Arizona Artist-In-Residence Sam Watson. This summer he will be choreographing a production of 'Damn Yankees' for the Scranton Shakespeare Festival. Matthew is always excited to be in the studio and performing with his NowSquad!
Nicole Ashley Morris
Nicole Ashley Morris started her dance training in Sarasota, FL at the ripe age of three. Nicole studied under the direction of Mark and Ginny Hendry at Flex Dance Studios and attended the Sarasota Ballet Academy. Nicole intensely studied for years to come in Florida, Texas, and California. She attended numerous summer dance series where she had the opportunity to train with choreographers like Cheryl Copeland, Shelly Hutchinson, Jonathan Campbell, Sidra Bell, Alex Ketley, Bobbi Jene Smith, and many more. Nicole graduated from Florida State University in 2014 Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance. She now resides in New York City where she is a member of two dance companies, the Kristin Sudeikis Dance Collective and NOW Dance Project. Nicole also does industrial work, her latest with Nike Soho in NYC and the athletic clothing brand Six02's grand opening in Times Square. She continues to take class in NYC and picks up other freelance dance and modeling projects.
Alexander Olivieri joined NOW Dance Project in 2016. He grew up in Newark, Delaware and graduated from Boston College in 2012, where he began his dance training. He eventually relocated to NYC to further his training at the Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program under his mentors Chris Hale and Calen Kurka. Since working in the city, he has had the pleasure of dancing for choreographers like Yoshito Sakuraba, Mike Esperanza, Chris Masters, Shawn T Bible, Bryn Cohn, Robert Mark Burke, Barkin/Selissen Project, Rachel Hettinger, Erin Dillon, and LaneCoarts. Alexander is also a company member of Randy James' all-male repertory company, 10 Hairy Legs. He is proud to be dancing for Jackie and making dance with these incredible artists.
Mikelle Rindflish is a native of Dallas, TX where she trained at Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She then graduated in May of 2012 Summa Cum Laude from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance. There Mikelle had the opportunity to perform works by Ohad Naharin, Martha Graham, Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, and Jessica Lang. Currently, Mikelle is a freelance artist based in NYC performing with multiple choreographers in an array of projects including NOW Dance Project by Jackie Nowicki and White Wave Dance Company. She has also worked with Marlena Wolfe and Erica Essner Co-Op. In the past couple of years she has taught in NYC and abroad in South Korea. Alongside dance, Mikelle is currently exploring dance on film, photography projects, music videos, and acting in NYC.
Britney Tokumoto is from Honolulu, Hawaii and began her dance training at Mid-Pacific School of the Arts. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Britney has danced for the Steps Repertory Ensemble and currently dances for Bare Dance Company, Schoen Movement Company, Denisa Musilova, and NOW dance projects.
Sarah Dodd hails from Syracuse, NY and recently graduated from the University at Buffalo where she earned a BFA in Dance. In her training, Sarah has attended Bates Dance Festival and performed works by Hilary Easton, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Robert Battle, Jennifer Archibald, and Koresh Dance Company. Sarah also presented choreography at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference and represented the school at the ACDA Northeastern Conference. Since her move to the city, Sarah has performed and continued to work with Smashworks Dance Collective and Now Dance Project. www.sarahcathdodd.com
Spencer Grossman of East Brunswick, New Jersey is a fourth year undergraduate pursuing a BFA at Mason Gross school of the Arts, Rutgers University. While in school, Spencer has had the privilege of performing works by: Keith Thompson, Randy James, Camille A. Brown, Ellen Cornfield, Bill T. Jones, and The Martha Graham Dance Company. Spencer is currently an apprentice with Keith Thompson’s danceTactics, and has previously worked as a guest artist for Lauren Beirne Dance Works during their 2016 season. Grossman joined NOW dance project as an apprentice in May of 2017 and is excited for what the future holds!Spencer Grossman of East Brunswick, New Jersey is a fourth year undergraduate pursuing a BFA at Mason Gross school of the Arts, Rutgers Universety. While in school, Spencer has had the privilege of performing works by: Keith Thompson, Randy James, Camille A. Brown, Ellen Cornfield, Bill T. Jones, and The Martha Graham Dance Company. Spencer is currently an apprentice with Keith Thompson’s danceTactics, and has previously worked as a guest artist for Lauren Beirne Dance Works during their 2016 season. Grossman joined NOW dance project as an apprentice in May of 2017 and is excited for what the future holds!
Photography // Marketing
Graphic designer, choreographer and photographer, Mike Esperanza has been creating award-winning visuals for over 20 years, working with brands such as – The Irvine Company, Fashion Island, Santana Row, Columbia Tristar and Colgate to name a few. Mike believes in creating individuality. Producing images that elevate your personality and make a lasting impression.
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Costume Designer // Stylist
Sebastian Arango is a New York based Fashion Designer & Stylist. Originally from Los Angeles, California. He grew up in a family of artists who encouraged his passions for the world of the arts. Since moving to New York in 2013 Sebastian he has dove into the world of fashion and styling. He thrives on creating and creativity. He is influenced by architecture, origami, & art. He is fascinated by "outside the box" thinking and creates his pieces by deconstructing garments and repurposing them. He has created work for companies such as: Bryn Cohn + Artist, BARE Dance Company, NOW Dance Project and Kalen Kurka.