About the Artists

Kimberly Prosa, Artistic Director & Choreographer

 

Kimberly Prosa is a New York City based professional dancer,teaching artist and choreographer appearing in both stage and film productions. She began her training in Southern Oregon studying classical ballet under Joan Sanders-Siedel of Nederlands Dans Theatre, American Festival Ballet and North Carolina School of the Arts. She continued her training in classical ballet and contemporary dance at American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey School, The Paul Taylor School, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and with alumni of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Mark Morris, Jose Limon, Paul Taylor and the Martha Graham Dance Company. She has studied theatre arts under Anthony Abeson and Brue Ornstein and is a member of the SAG/AFTRA.

 

Kimberly received her B.F.A in dance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, holds an M.S. in human services with a specialization in non-profit management and an M.S. in global affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding from New York University completing her graduate work on Community Peacebuilding through Dance. She has presented her work in dance and social justice as part of Dance Education Laboratory (DEL)’s Dance for Social Change Summer Intensive and Dance Research Forum Ireland’s “Power, Politics and the Dancing Body” 2018 conference.

 

As a dancer, Kimberly has performed works by Dance Theatre of Oregon, the Eugene Ballet Company, Purchase Dance Corps, Stephanie Tooman, Bettijane Sills, Angela Harriel, Pascal Rioult, Kyra Johannesen, and was a company member with the Bessie award winning HT Chen and Dancers from 2006-2012 originating roles in several works. Kimberly has appeared in off broadway productions, music videos, art films, independent films, and as a double for the principal character in Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 Academy Award winning film, Black Swan.

 

As a teaching artist & choreographer, Kimberly has taught ballet, pointe and modern dance at several schools, studios and universities throughout New York and Oregon in addition to serving as a guest teaching artist and artist in residence restaging works, and creating choreography throughout New York City, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Birmingham, southern Oregon and Ghana, West Africa.  Kimberly is currently on faculty at Ballet Hispanico, Chen Dance Center and leads the after school dance programming at P.S. 42.

 

Kimberly is a 2018 recipient of the Leimay Fellowship for Choreographic Practice.

Mackenzie Hagan, Dancer 

 

Mackenzie Hagan decided to move to the city a decade ago, and has been blessed
with opportunities to grow and deepen her love of the arts. She knew NYC was where she wanted to be after graduating from University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in contemporary dance and choreography. In those years she danced for several companies and choreographers including H. T. Chen and Dancers, Fly-by-night Dance Theater, Brice Mousset, Belinda McGuire, and Ruth Barnes. She also
shared in the successes of her twin sister's dance company 87 Dance Productions as a performer and choreographer. Feeding her need to experience and learn other exciting ways to express her creativity and physicality, Mackenzie is also an aerial artist. She has been lucky to train with many wonderful coaches most notably: Ivo gueorguiev, Bobby Hedglin-Taylor, Laura Witwer, Kristin Olness and Benn Mendoza.

 

Over the last couple years while on a brief hiatus from dance, Mackenzie added singing to her arts repertoire. A musician since childhood, Mackenzie has enjoyed the challenge of learning a new skill, has performed on stage, and looks forward to new opportunities to perform songs from the jazz and R&B greats. Now back for the first time since her absence, Mackenzie is thrilled to explore and create with Kim Prosa again and excited to grace the stage again with this new work.

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Sasha Rydlizky, Dancer 

 

Sasha Rydlizky grew up in Ellsworth, Maine. She graduated summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance and minor in Arts Administration, with additional training abroad at the Taipei National University of the Arts. She has had the pleasure of performing works by Christina Robson, Lucinda Childs, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Taryn Russel, and Kevin Wynn. She is also a certified yoga teacher and teaches yoga and dance throughout Brooklyn.

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Jen Silver, Dancer 

 

Jen Silver, born and raised in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, received her Master's Degree in Dance Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Prior to this, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Professionally, Jen has danced with Spark Movement Collective, Marked Dance Project, eSKay Arts Collective, Kaley Pruitt Dance, and Erin Pryor Dance Theatre. Jen enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages! She is an ABT® Certified Teacher (Pre-Primary-Level 3) and currently teaches ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, and jazz at studios in the NJ/NYC area. Jen is excited to begin her third season with Humanistics Dance Company!

Maki Shinagawa, Dancer 

Maki Shinagawa started her ballet training under Aiko Ohtaki at the Ballet Arts of Carnegie Hall in Japan, and has performed in Japan and throughout the US. Since arriving in NYC in 2004. She has been a member/ rehearsal assistant of Nina Buisson Contemporary Move, a company member with H.T. Chen & Dancers and a former principal dancer and soloist with the Vangeline Theater. 

 

Maki has been featured in the short film “Scriptura Vitae” for BBC, performed at the Cultural Center at the Chicago Butoh Festival. She has been with Humanistics Dance Company since 2015.

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Melissa Monconduit, Dancer

Melissa Monconduit was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to Dallas, Texas and began her formal dance training at Contemporary Ballet of Dallas. In 2009, she graduated from Bishop Lynch High School. After graduating, she attended Fordham University and continued her dance training as a student at the Alvin Ailey School. She graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science. Melissa has danced with modern dance companies in New York, including, Vissi Dance Theater, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Laurie M. Taylor/ Soul Movement, and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater. She has danced in the short film, Kingdom, and was the choreographer and lead dancer in the play, HAIRitage. Melissa danced and modeled in Desigual’s fashion show for New York Fashion Week. Recently, Melissa played the role of Nikki in the play, “Hands Up” and performed in “Bring It On”, the musical.

Dani Atkinson, Dancer 

Dani moved to New York in 2012 following her graduation, beginning a new chapter in a whole new landscape. She initially came to study a 9 month Professional Studies Program with the Limon Foundation and has been in NY ever since. Since moving to New York, Dani has worked with many companies including Humanistics Dance, Nazmo Dance Collective, Dance Visions NY and the Wolfe Pack. Exploring and expanding her artistry with each experience. This is Dani's fourth year with the company and she is excited and honored to be dancing in this new work by Humanistics Dance.