Ishita Mili is a Bengali American director and choreographer based in NY/NJ. She is earliest captured dancing at the age of 2, twirling with a yellow blanket in her living room. Ishita soon began formal training in bharatanatyam under Smt. Sudha Devulapalli and Indian contemporary fusion under Kolkata-based Sukalyann Bhattacharya. She won various awards throughout her childhood as a bharatanatyam soloist and performed internationally for movies, music videos, and shows through Sukalyann Dance Entourage. After becoming established in Indian dance forms, she broke out of the boundaries of traditional dance and auditioned for UFP Hip Hop Dance Co., performing and choreographing with them from 2014-2018. She was awarded the Folk Arts Apprenticeship grant in 2021 from NJ State Council of the Arts to study Mayurbhanj chhau under Sri Rakesh Sai Babu, world-renowned performer.
After extensively studying a variety of dance styles, Ishita ventured into creating and directing as a holistic multidisciplinary artist. In 2017, Ishita founded IMGE Dance as a performance company based in dance, film, and music that uses mixed cultural roots to share global stories with artists of diverse backgrounds. She has since has worked across commercial, concert, and independent industries to bridge gaps, challenge traditions, and make sense of this hybridized world. IMGE has been highlighted at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (Mumbai), New Victory Theater (NYC), Seattle International Dance Festival, and recently sold out 4 shows of their debut evening length production, “(no)man,” co-produced by The Tank NYC. Ishita was also Co-Choreographer for “HAIR,” directed by Josh Rhodes at Asolo Rep (FL), and is currently an associate choreographer for Broadway Bares.
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Keerati Jinakunwiphat, originally from Chicago, IL, received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase and was a recipient of the Adopt-A-Dancer Scholarship. She has additionally studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and Springboard Danse Montreal. She has worked with and performed works of artists such as Kyle Abraham, Nicole von Arx, Trisha Brown, Jasmine Ellis, Hannah Garner, Shannon Gillen, Andrea Miller, Kevin Wynn, and Doug Varone. Keerati began working with A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham in 2016. She has additionally assisted Kyle Abraham in new commissioned work for New York City Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company. As a freelance choreographer, Keerati has presented her own choreographic works at the American Dance Guild Festival, Battery Dance Festival, Dance Gallery Festival, the Joyce Theater, New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center and more. She has been commissioned to set and create works on the Evanston Dance Ensemble, the Martha Graham School, SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, New England Ballet Theatre, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Bang On A Can, Princeton University, PARA.MAR Dance Theatre, Whim W’him Seattle Contemporary Dance, and the New York Choreographic Institute. She has graced the cover as one of Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’ in 2021. In 2023, Keerati became the first Asian American woman to be commissioned to choreograph for the New York City Ballet.
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Marie Lloyd Paspe is a dance and vocal performer, choreographer, movement director, and movement and pilates educator based in lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY. Of Filipina descent, she was born in Singapore, grew up in Mississauga, Canada, migrated to Bellingham, MA in 2000, and received U.S. Citizenship in June 2019. She graduated summa cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in 2016 and studied abroad in Israel with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Springboard Danse Montreal. Her choreographic interests are rooted in Filipinx-American diasporic identity work and somatic-based healing. She is interested in creating site-specific bodies of live and filmed work within accessible, experiential, and white-dominated spaces.
Performance highlights include performing and touring with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, with special mention in The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Choreography highlights include film premieres in Philippines, Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York City funded by the Queens Arts Council and NYS DanceForce, and live works presented in New York City, Israel, and the tri-state area. Residency highlights include movement direction and lead choreography for Treya Lam’s artist-in-residence at MASS MoCA within sculpture artist Ledelle Moe’s exhibit When, and Artist-in-Residence at TOPAZ Arts.
Rohan Bhargava was born and raised in New Delhi, India where he trained at the Danceworx Academy of Performing Arts before relocating to New York City for his BFA degree in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2012. Featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “Immigrants Who’ve Inspired Us,” Rohan founded Rovaco Dance Company in 2015, with which he has showcased work at reputed venues such as Ailey Citigroup Theater (New York), Gaertner Center for Performing Arts (Texas), DeBaun Performing Arts Center (New Jersey), Truro Center for the Arts (Massachusetts), Brattleboro School of Dance (Vermont), and the Southern Theater (Minnesota).
Rovaco Dance Company has won “Outstanding Choreography” at Tamasha NYC, and the company has been commissioned by Mare Nostrum Elements, Rhythmically Speaking Dance, the Dance Gallery Festival, and the Alsop Entrepreneurship Award, which paired the company with composition students at Mannes School of Music. Additionally, Rohan has been a resident artist for the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, Dancewave, Sam Houston State University, and the CUNY Dance Initiative at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. He currently works for Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, Kizuna Dance, Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theater, and Peter and Co.
Shoey Sun was born in China and started piano lessons at the age of 4. She moved to Houston, TX when she was 8, where her parents encouraged her take dance lessons with renowned Chinese dancer/actress, Zhou Jie at J&L Dance School. Falling in love with dance, she continued her studies at Princeton Ballet School and Pennsylvania School of Performing Arts when her family moved to the East Coast.
Going against the grain, Shoey decided to pursue a major in Political Science with a minor in Chinese Language at New York University. During her time at NYU, she co-founded EPIC Motion Dance, an extracurricular hip hop dance team that has evolved to an artist-run entity now celebrating its 10th year, and has been a nurturing home to over 150 dancers. After graduation, Shoey pursued her dance/choreography career full-time. She is featured in shows for Icona Pop, Pharrell, McQ by Alexander McQueen, APAP Dance Festival, and has studied and worked with choreographers Rhapsody James, Fatima Robinson, Brice Mousset, Dana Foglia, Nadine Bommer, and others.
In 2015, she co-founded | vessels |–a project based movement-theatre company–with long-time collaborator Kris Seto. Their work has been featured in Mare Nostrum Element’s Emerging Choreographers Series, White Wave Dance Festival, Idaco NYC dance festival, New York Fashion Week, and INSITU Dance Festival. | vessels | is a recipient of the 2018 CUNY Dance Initiative grant. Shoey is a dance lecturer at LaGuardia Community College.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Takehiro “Take” Ueyama moved to the United States in 1991 to study dance at the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company, touring the world with them for eight years.
In 2003, Ueyama debuted his first choreographic work, Tsubasa, performed with fellow Taylor dancers at the McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz, NY, and in 2005 founded TAKE Dance. He has performed repeatedly as a guest artist with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. His television and film credits include PBS’s Dance in America series (with the Taylor Company), Acts of Ardor, and Dancemaker, a film by dancer/choreographer Matthew Diamond.
Having been a baseball player in Japan before fully committing to dance, Ueyama’s work blends both eastern and western sensibilities. Containing both powerful athleticism, as well as traces of his Japanese heritage by employing delicate gestures, his repertoire has been inspired by the beauty in nature, the duality of darkness and light in the universal human condition, and the humanity and compassion in day-to-day living. These elements, combined with his various partnerships and collaborations with artists of other genres, lend diversity to movement, music, and subject matter. Described as both sensitive and exciting, Ueyama’s choreography ensures a place for the heart on any stage it appears, a feast for the eyes, mind and soul; it is uniquely, “TAKE.”
Daisuke Omiya, New York based Dancer, has been performing, teaching, and choreographing for over 7 years. Born in Gifu, Japan, Daisuke started tap dancing when he was 16 years old. After graduating from high school, he moved to New York City to become a professional tap dancer.
He studied with master teachers, including Savion Glover, Derick K Grant, Barbara Duffy, Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry - Edwards, Omar Edwards, Chole Arnold, and Kazunori Kumagai, and immersed himself among tap jams which helped him to polish his craft.
His extraordinary tap skills were soon recognized and he was recruited to work with Derick K Grant as part of the member “ZEN” from March 2007 to September 2008, and continued to work with Grant in many performances. He has spent much of his time pursuing his tap career. He started studying contemporary dance and modern dance in 2009. He trained with Max Stone, Nathan Trice, and Karen Gayle. In 2011, he joined Maija Garcia’s company, Organic Magnetics, and performed at The Kitchen. Daisuke has been part of the creation and performance of works by Maija Garcia, Nathan Trice, Bran Arias, and many others. In 2016, Daisuke began performing with the New National Theatre Tokyo.