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Statement of Artistic Vision

Under the direction of Artistic Director Keith A. Thompson, danceTactics performance group directs its interest towards dance’s capacity to communicate on its own. The company thrives by seeking out challenges of discovery that takes place within the moment, compositionally and conceptually. Complex articulation of multiple pathways through and between spaces are a main focus. Thompson in collaboration with his dancers intensely value researching the fusion of theater and contemporary dance. With a passionate investigation in dance and physical theater we look to create a connection somewhere between abstraction and narrative for the viewer. Thompson and his dancers have engaged students across the country to think outside the box through the sharing of repertoire. danceTactics holds residency, workshop, and collaborative experiences in high regard, and continues to seek out diverse educational environments in which to foster collaborations. danceTactics fosters strong artistic relationships among artists in different mediums from across cultural and geographic divides. danceTactics is constantly exploring challenging new ways of working to create textured and inventive choreographic experience.


BIOS

Keith A. Thompson  

Artistic Director

Keith A. Thompson, Choreographer, teacher, dancer, completed his MFA Research Fellowship in Dance from Bennington College in 2003, danced internationally for the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1992-2001, served as Trisha’s Rehearsal Assistant from 1998-2001, has performed with the Bebe Miller Company and currently performs and is rehearsal director with Liz Lerman; he has taught master classes and workshops in Contemporary Technique, choreography and partnering globally including serving as a master company teacher for Sasha Waltz & Dancers (Berlin), he has taught at TsEKh Summer Dance School Moscow Russia, the International Dance Festival (Kyoto, Sapporo, Tokyo Japan), Tanzwerkstatt Europa Festival (Munich), Berlin, Paris, Montpelier France and the Korea Dance Festival (Seoul, Korea); Keith has been faculty at the Florida Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, has served on several university faculties, and is current faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department at Rutgers University, he has served on artistic panels such as DTW’s Fresh Tracks and adjudicator for American College Dance Festival Association, since ’06; he’s had his own company, ‘danceTactics performance group’, his choreography has been featured at Harvard University, University of Maryland College Park, the American Dance Festival Faculty Concert, Montpelier International Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop Guest Artist Series 2006 (New York, NY); Dance Boom Festival at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, Dixon Place NYC, Dance New Amsterdam NYC, American Dance Guild Festival, the 15th Anniversary Dancenow New York Festival, the 2011 Annual Aging in America Conference in San Francisco, the 2012 2nd Annual Feature Length Independent Choreography Festival in Brooklyn NY and Jersey Moves Festival of Dance 2013 at Victoria Theater/New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The company is currently an artist member on Pentacle’s Gallery Roster.


Brendan McCall

Company Manager

Brendan McCall is a multifaceted performing artist, teacher, writer, and arts manager.  Originally from California, he lived in New York City for 18 years before becoming an expatriate in 2008.  He has performed with such artists as Alexandra Beller, Maureen Fleming, David Gordon, Sin Cha Hong, Paul Langland, Mary Overlie, Stephen Petronio, and has presented his own work in over 35 countries on 5 continents since 1993.  He first met Keith Thompson in 2000, studied alongside him at Bennington College´s MFA Dance program, and has performed with him in Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York, including collaborating with him on Human Behaviors at Danspace Project at St. Mark´s Church.  He has taught for over 20 years at institutions including the Yale School of Drama, the New School for Drama, New York University, Danshögskolan (Sweden), Bilkent University (Turkey), and The International Theater Academy Norway, where he served as Rektor from 2008-10.  He served as Manager of the Cummins Theatre (Australia) from 2012-14, and currently offers arts management consultation for a number of independent Norwegian performing arts groups.  Based in Oslo with his family, he divides his time between Scandinavia and the United States.  BFA with Honors, New York University; MFA, Bennington College; MPhil, University of Oslo.


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Sara Roer

company member & Rehearsal Director

Sara Roer got an early start dancing in North Carolina as the southern drawling star of a many a home video. She became the youngest member of the Wilmington Independent Choreographers and a competitive gymnast before defecting to the North to earn her B.F.A., suma cum laude, at George Mason University. After a colorful college run that took her to China and back, Sara headed North again for a new home on the busiest island in the world. While becoming a New Yorker, she has had the pleasure of working as the rehearsal director/dancer for danceTactics by Keith Thompson and as a founding dancer with b3w (Emily Berry). She has also worked on projects with Susan Vencl, Heather McArdle, Karen Malpede and many others. She has presented her own work at various venues throughout NYC and NC. Sara is Operations Manager at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and is a certified traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner offering sessions privately and at Brooklyn Strength.


Aidan Feldman 

company member

Aidan Feldman is a computer programmer by day, dancer by night. He has been working with danceTactics since 2012, as well as Chavasse Dance & Performance, Artichoke Dance, and the Barkin/Selissen Project. He gives talks and organizes meetups around NYC about learning to code, and teaches programming at NYU and CUNY.

When not dancing or programming, Aidan can be found flying around the streets of New York on his bicycle


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Shawn Brush

company member

Shawn Brush, from Woodbridge, NJ, is a NY based dancer and choreographer. He currently dances for DanceTactics and Artichoke Dance Company, and has previously danced for Laura Peterson Choreography, The New Collectives, Maya Orchin, Meagan Woods company, Hillary Pearson, and apprenticed with 10 Hairy Legs. Shawn's own choreography has been presented at Judson Memorial Church, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place and Raritan Valley Community College. Shawn is also a teaching artist: he has taught at Raritan Valley Community College and several public schools across New Jersey. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2015. 


Emily Berry 

company member

Emily Berry is the Artistic Director of B3W Performance Group, which has performed in the US, England, Greece, and Mexico.  B3W has performed throughout New York City, including Henry Street Settlement, DNA, The 92nd Street Y, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, Dixon Place, and the Irondale Center among others.  B3W has received the Mondo Cane Commission from Dixon Place for their evening length work, Confined in 2010. Berry’s work has also been commissioned by Ann Arbor Dance Works. Eva Yaa Asantewaa (Infinite Body) describes Berry’s work as “Memorable, intelligent, strong”.  “Violent but engaging” are the words attached to Berry’s work by Clare Croft in the Washington Post.  Maura Donahue (Culturbot) writes about Confined as, “Clear expression of idea in movement”. Emily is currently performing with danceTactics Performance Group/Keith A. Thompson, and Darla Stanley.  She has performed with Boris Willis Moves, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company, Restless Native Dance/Tamieca McCloud, Lesole’s Dance Project, and Ashe Moyubba/Alafia Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance Ensemble. Emily is a Certified Movement Analyst.  She also has a MFA in dance from George Mason University.  She is currently an assistant professor of dance and the director of the dance program at Queensborough Community College.    


George Hirsch 

company member

George Hirsch graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, receiving an Honors Degree in Dance. He has since had the privilege of dancing for Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, Artichoke Dance Company, David Capps/Dances, Eva Dean Dance, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance, Regina Nejman and Company, and GoCo, in addition to working with Keith Thompson’s/danceTactics.


Darla Stanley 

company member

Darla Stanley is a dance maker, performer, and teacher. Her work has been supported by the PEW Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and Dakshina/ Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. She performed with Philadelphia companies (ZeroMoving, Karen Bamonte Dance Works, Leah Stein, Melanie Stewart, Subcircle) from 1989 to 2005, and has also been featured in the work of Chris Burnside, and in London choreographer, Siobhan Davies’ Philadelphia Bank Project. Darla currently dances with David Appel, Emily Berry/B3W Performance Group, Aviva Geismar/Drastic Action, Jenni Hong, and Keith Thompson/danceTactics in NY. She has taught dance at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and at Temple, Drexel, and Wesleyan universities.


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Makeda RONey 

Social Media Guru + Website Designer

Makeda Roney is a professional Dancer and freelance online media manager + website designer. Born and raised in Harlem, New York, Makeda Nwabundozi Margurose Roney began her training with a scholarship at The Dance Theatre of Harlem School under the direction of Arthur Mitchell for many years and continued her dance training under scholarship at many different programs including Walnut Hill School of the arts,  The school of steps, The Ailey School, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Lines Ballet Summer Intensive.  In 2012, Makeda worked as a trainee with Dance Theatre of Harlem for two full seasons and had the opportunity to work and perform with BalletNext under the direction of Michele Wiles. Makeda’s just completed 2017-2018 season with Nimbus Dance Works and is currently freelancing in NYC, with the current opportunities of working and under Liz Lerman, Jennifer Nugent and Diverse Dance Collective NYC.Makeda had the opportunity to go to Tanzania, Africa as the assistant choreographer to Nia Love, sponsored by the New York Live Arts 2013 Suit Case Fund as well as work as a teaching assistant to Nia Love at American Dance Festival Summer (2016 & 2017) and Winter Intensives (2014). She studies under and is mentored by many pioneer dance artists such as Nia Love, Marjorie Liebert and Misty Copeland.

danceTactics has TWO fiscal sponsors so that donors have their choice of donating through,”danceTactics Performance Group is fiscally sponsored by Unique Projects, Inc., a New York State not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization administrated by Pentacle/DanceWorks, Inc. and Dance New Jersey also serves as fiscal agent for danceTactics performance group.