Meet Bryce Dance Company
Photo courtesy of Michael Worthington
Heather Bryce is the artistic director and founder of Bryce Dance Company. Heather started the company in 2006 in Boston, MA. Heather is a two time recipient of The Emerging Artist Award (Green Street Studios, Cambridge, MA), a recipient of the Creation Grant through the VT Arts Council, the Vermont Artists Space Grant through the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, an Alumni Arts Award through Goddard College, and a Ben & Jerry's Foundation Community Action Grant. Heather's work has been presented at various venues across New England, the tri-state area, and beyond. In addition to running the company, Heather currently works as a Teaching Artist and administrator for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education, The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, and The Center for Arts Education. She holds her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.
Anne Luben has performed works by notable choreographers such as Donald McKayle, Bill T. Jones, Jiri Kylian, Idan Cohen, Alex Ketley, and Summer Lee Rhatigan, among others. She graduated with honors from University of California, Irvine, where she earned her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and her B.A. in Literary Journalism. During her time at UCI, she was honored to be a member of Donald McKayle's Etude Ensemble. A native of Long Beach, CA, Anne began dancing at the age of three. She completed her early training at Long Beach Ballet Arts Center, later moving to the Maple Conservatory of Dance in Irvine, California. She spent several summers studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, as well as at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in North Carolina. Anne was previously on faculty at DanceLova Dance Academy and Newport Dance Theater. She is so excited to join Bryce Dance!
Born and raised in Boston, Dana began her dance training at the age of 6. She trained in various dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. She attended the Hartt School Conservatory under the direction of Steven Pier. Dana graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor in Fine Art, and began to pursue her love for performance teaching choreography fitness and travel. She explored dance from California to Brazil to Europe. Finally, found her new home in New York City, and has remained here for the past two years, instructing dance and performing with Descavich Choreography and Kelley Donovan and Dancers.
Dominique Lockett is a recent graduate from American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), in New York. He has trained in various dance styles including in Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap. Dominique has been dancing since he was in the third grade when he found his love for dancing with the Colours Performance Arts Program. He has also danced with Rampage from Howard University in Washington, DC, Arts Collective Dance Company at Howard Community College in MD and EnKore Dance Company in Laurel, MD.
Katie Wilson is an NYC-based dancer, administrator, and Pilates instructor. She loves how all movement technique overlaps and enjoys investigating those places. She takes to heart the creed of jazz maestro Luigi: “Never Stop Moving.” A Skidmore College graduate with degrees in dance and English, Katie completed the José Limón Dance Foundation’s Professional Studies Program and works in the Foundation’s office. Katie has performed works by Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, and José Limón, as well as contemporary choreographers Kathryn Alter, Robert Battle, Brian Brooks, Alex Ketley, and Ohad Naharin. Most recently, Katie danced with Born Dancing Inc., a company which focuses on the education and inclusion of students with disabilities. Katie also performs with Dancing Legacy, the performing arm of the American Dance Legacy Initiative. In addition to her 20 year dance habit, Katie is hopelessly addicted to both books and cookies.
Kelsey Gangnath was born and raised in Trumbull Connecticut where she began her training at the age of six. She continued her extensive training with the Regional Center For The Arts during high school and the Performing Arts Center of Connecticut. Where she became proficient in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary and character and folk dance. Kelsey receive her B.F.A at Adelphi University in 2014 under direction of Frank Augustyn, Catherine Denisot-Lawrence, and Orion Duckstein. During this time Kelsey studied and performed works by companies such as Taylor 2, Netherlands dans theatre and Martha Graham. Most recently Kelsey received her Master of Science from Sarah Lawrence College in Dance/Movement therapy. She looks forward to her apprenticeship with Bryce Dance Company during their 2016-2017 season.
Yurie Nishi is originally from Japan. She has trained in ballet since she was 5 years old, and Jazz and Hip Hop since she was 18 years old. She graduate from Major of Health&Sports at Mukogawa Women's University in 2015. Since coming to NYC in 2015, she has been studying at Peridance Capezio Center. In 2016, She attended and received a scholarship at Houston MET dance summer intensive and Conteur summer intensive in Toronto. In addition to joining Bryce Dance Company, she is currently apprenticing with Neshamha, and working with Kelley Donovan.
Maria Kofman is a recent graduate of the Cooper Union with a Bachelor of Fine Art. She works with performance, garment construction, text and video installation. She has shown work at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the 41 Cooper Square Gallery in New York City and appeared in performances at the Dixon Place Theater, 41 Cooper Square Gallery and 7 East 7th Street in NYC.
Technical Director/Lighting Designer
Matthew Breton is a a freelance lighting designer, scenic designer, and stage technician. Most of Matt's work is in theater and dance, including work with the ART, the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, the Roxbury Center for Arts at Hibernian Hall, the Dance Complex, and many more. Matt has been working with Bryce Dance Company since the company began in 2006.
New Hampshire based guitarist, composer, producer, sound designer, and educator Jason Beaudreau (composer/musician) has been a full-time professional musician since 1990. His compositions have been sought out by choreographers, videographers, and jazz musicians. Jason is proud to be a D'addario sponsored artist. Education: B.S. Jazz Studies, 1995, Magna Cum Laude, SUNY New Paltz. B.S. Music Composition, 1995, Magna Cum Laude, SUNY New Paltz. MFA Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College, 2013.