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.
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
Jin Ju Song-Begin company member
Jin Ju Song-Begin is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher from Seoul, Korea. Her work has been performed in Korea, Japan, and the USA. She has worked with prominent choreographers both in and outside of Korea. She was an original member of Dance Company The Body from 2003-2006 in Seoul. She holds a Masters Degree in Choreography from Kookmin University and an Undergraduate Degree from Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea, where she achieved numerous awards and scholarships. She received two full scholarships to the American Dance Festival (2003 & 2005) where she performed and choreographed. She was invited to showcase her work in the Dance Biennale Tokyo in 2004 and 2006. She was twice commissioned by the Choi Seung Hee Dance Festival in Korea (2006 & 2008). Her work has been shown and Movement Research at Judson Church, Danspace St.Mark’s Church (Food for thought) , at Dixon Place (Body Blend Series) and the Reverb Choreographic Festival in New York as well as performances in Seoul. This year, Ms. Song produced an evening of her work at Center for Performance Research. Her work has involved solos, ensemble works, and experimental works relying on “found movement” and chance operations. She frequently collaborates with composers and live music performances. Jin Ju is currently dancing with Sean Curran dance company, Keith Thompson DanceTactics, Douglas Dunn and Dnacers, Ana Isabel Kelison and Esmé Boyce.
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.
Erin Cairns Cella apprentice
Erin Cairns Cella has most recently performed for Rebecca Davis, Diana Crum, and Tanya Calamoneri/company sogono. Erin has shown work at various venues throughout Philadelphia and New York including Movement Research Open Performance, Rover Soho, Dance New Amsterdam, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and has been presented by Estrogenius/ Women in Motion Festival. She holds an MFA in Dance, Choreography, and Performance from Temple University, has taught as Adjunct Faculty at Temple University, teaches yoga, and also teaches tiny dancers at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.