Meet Bryce Dance Company
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.
Photo courtesy of Michael Worthington
Photo courtesy of Michael Worthington
Rehearsal Director, Dancer
Originally from Shelby, Ohio, Alexandria began dancing at the age of four. She has trained at many schools, including The Ailey School, Dance Theater of Harlem, and American Ballet Theater. She is a cum laude College Honors Program graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, holding a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a ballet concentration. While at MMC, she performed works by Paul Taylor, Murray Louis, Al Blackstone, and Tito del Saz, among others. Since graduation, Alexandria has been freelancing for various companies in NYC including VISIONS Contemporary Ballet and Awaken Dance Theater.
Audrey is a New York City based dancer from Portland, Oregon. She graduated in Spring 2018 from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in dance. As a freelance artist, Audrey dances with Bryce Dance Company, as well as Monica Hogan Danceworks. Most recently, Audrey played the role of Anybodys in West Side Story at Leonia Summerstage and appeared in Jean Rohe’s “Ashes to Ashes” music video created by Wilder Project, a dance film company. While at Marymount, she performed in works by Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Ron K. Brown, Elisabeth Motley, Tito Del Saz, and Katie Langan, among others. She was also a member of the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Company. She spent summers at various programs including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, San Francisco Conservatory, NW Dance Project, and Parsons Dance.
Debbie Mausner graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College in 2016. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she began her dance training at LaGuardia High School and The Ailey School. At Barnard she performed in works by Pam Tanowitz, Mark Morris, Caitlin Trainor, Trisha Brown, Lucinda Childs, and Joanna Kotze. Since graduating, she has worked with TrainorDance, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup, and visual artist Eric Gottshall. Debbie founded a collaborative company, Debbie Mausner Dance Collective, in 2017. Her work has been showcased through NACHMO, Dance Complex, HATCH, The Creator’s Collective, WAXworks, Fertile Ground, and Brooklyn Ballet. In addition, Debbie has taught dance to children at Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and with Kinderdance. She currently teaches creative movement and directs the youngest student company at Dancewave.
Dominique Lockett is a 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.
Elizabeth Burr grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance from Indiana University. She has performed works by Jaclyn Walsh, Beth Gill, Jillian Peña, Angie Hauser, David Parsons, Shawn Rawls, Jacqulyn Buglisi, and Paul Taylor and has had the privilege of studying with companies such as Hubbard Street 2, Keigwin & Company, Girodano Dance, and Abraham.in.Motion. Upon graduating, Elizabeth was invited to be an Emerging Choreographer at the New Dance Fest with Eisenhower Dance in 2017. She spent a year dancing in the Washington, DC area with Company Danzante and S.J. Ewing & Dancers. She is currently living in New York City working as a freelance dancer and dancing with Bryce Dance Company.
Emily Kessler is a Brooklyn, NY based performer and choreographer. She graduated from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, earning a BFA in Performance and Composition and a minor in Art History. Emily also studied abroad at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, where she apprenticed with local dance companies RAWmoves and Frontier Danceland. While at school, she had opportunities to work with Stuart Singer, John Heginbotham, Nejla Yatkins, Tom Weinberger, and Sarah Mettin. Since graduating, Emily has had the pleasure of performing work by Elena Bajo, Doug Varone, Jee Eun Ahn, and Matthew Westerby Company, among others. She is currently a Guest Artist with A-Y/Dancers, and presents her own work in and around New York.
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.
Ryah Paloma is a dancer from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Paloma originally started out as an actress performing in numerous shows, one of which she danced in. That was the catalyst for Paloma's transition to dance training. Paloma graduated in 2018 with a BFA in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) under the direction of Susan Jaffe. She had the opportunity to perform works by BJ Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, Kelly Maxner, Brenda Daniels, Cat Miller, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Robyn Mineko Williams, Larry Keigwin, and Shen Wei. Since graduating, Paloma served as an intern with Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Paloma furthers her dance training by attending summer intensives at Earl Mosley's Institute for the Arts, Boston Conservatory and Paul Taylor.
Tierney Sorensen is a dance artist born and raised in New Jersey. She began her training at Jamie’s Dance Odyssey under the direction of Jamie Down. She also received private ballet training from Barbara Sandonato and Gabriella Yudenich among others. Sorensen trained with The Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia and was a member of the Koresh Youth Ensemble, directed by Melissa Rector. She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Susan Jaffe and Brenda Daniels, where she received her BFA in Contemporary Dance in May of 2018. Sorensen was also selected to attend the Kyoto International Dance Workshop Festival in Kyoto, Japan where she took classes with artists from all over the world. Tierney recently worked as a Keenan Fellow with Lincoln Center Education where she learned skills to be a teaching artist and presented her first evening length choreography.