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.
Ainesh Madan is a New York based artist, native of India. He began dancing at the age of 14 at the Shiamak Davar’s Institute for the Performing Arts. At the age 18, Ainesh moved to Singapore to study theatre. He then arrived in the United States to study at Bard College on a full tuition scholarship, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Economics. Ainesh has collaborated on works by David Dorfman and Wally Cardona. He has also performed repertory by Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane, Trisha Brown, and Zvi Goetheiner. Ainesh is a recipient of the 2016 DanceWEB Award.
Alden Henderson became a member of Bryce Dance Company in 2017. Prior to joining Bryce Dance Company, he studied myriad forms of dance at Dance Connection Performing Arts Center in St. Peters, Missouri, where he later became a teacher. Alden also danced with Ballet Memphis as a Junior Company member prior to attending university. At Texas Christian University, he earned BFA's in Ballet and Modern Dance in addition to a General Business Minor. Currently, he dances with VISIONS Contemporary Ballet in New York City.
Photo courtesy of Josh Brewer
Photo courtesy of Josh Brewer
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!
Chelsey Cioli was born and raised in the greater Boston area where she trained in ballet, contemporary, Horton and pointe at New England Civic Ballet. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Contemporary Dance and Kinesiology. While attending IU, she studied with Keigwin & Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance, Hubbard Street and Angie Houser. She has attended training programs with Parson’s Dance, Emotions Physical Theatre and studied abroad in Italy learning from Batsheva and Nederlands Dans Theatre company members. Since graduating in May of 2016, Chelsey has relocated to New York City and has danced professionally for Kelley Donnovan & Dancers, Salvatore LaRussa and Shift Dance. Chelsey has had the opportunity to perform at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, Martha Graham Studio Theater, Dixon Place and has performed international works by Switzerland based ballet company, Uniquart Dance, through Shift Dance at the Actors Fund.
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.
Dot Armstrong, a Minnesota native and recent transplant to New York, graduated in May 2017 from the University of Iowa with dual degrees in Dance Performance (BFA) and English (BA). While at UI, she studied under Melinda Myers, Jennifer Kayle, Charlotte Adams, Armando Duarte, Eloy Barragan, Kristin Marrs, Ellie Goudie-Averill, Mario Zambrano, Shi Pratt, Rennie Harris, Jenna Riegel, and Nicholas Leichter. She has received additional training at the American Dance Festival, Movement Research, the Martha Graham School, and the Joffrey Ballet Chicago. Dot performed in the UI Summer Repertory Company and toured schools, theaters, and museums across the Midwest with UI Dancers in Company for their 2015-2016 season. She is currently working with Kelley Donovan and Dancers.
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.
Melissa became interested in dance at the age of 5 and began taking classes in her home town of Titusville, FL. As she grew older, Melissa focused on traditional Modern Techniques and Classical Ballet as she studied throughout the Central Florida area. Melissa later received her BFA from New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL where she performed works by Robert Battle, Sean Curran, Paul Taylor, and Annabelle Ochoa. In addition, Melissa spent her summers studying at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The American Dance Festival. As a recent graduate, Melissa has relocated to New York and is excited to start her first season with Bryce Dance Company.
Sayoko Kojima, dancer and Pilates instructor, was born and raised in Japan. After moving to New York City, she trained at Peridance Capezio Center then Nadine Boomer Dance Company. She has perform in Bushwick Open Studios choreographed and directed by Thea Little, Gritos y cuentos de la frontera choreographed by Daniel Flores, INSITU Dance Festival choreographed by JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Global Water Dance on Gowanus Canal choreographed by Lynn Neuman, TV commercial for Lavazza coffee directed by Octavio Campos and New Dance Collective choreographed by Laurie DeVito. She is currently a member of Indorican Multicultural Dance and working for a visual artist Thea Little. She holds a B.A. degree in Fashion Design and Arts and enjoys making Hand Made items in her spare time. For more information visit www.sayoko-creation.com
Yurie Nishi, originally from Hyogo, Japan. She started training in classical ballet when she was 5 years old. At the age of 18 she started training in jazz and hip hop. She has been Top 3 at Dancing Koshien as a member of Dragon Tribe. After graduated from Major of Health and Sports Science at Mukogawa Woman’s University, She moved to NYC and joined International Student Program at Peridance Capezio Center where she has been training in various of dance styles. She has participated summer intensive at Conteur in Toronto in 2016 and pro intensive at MET dance in Houston in 2017 with a full scholarship. She has performed works by Julia Ehrstrand, Stephanie Deere, Martina Steflova, Hannah Cohen, Sara Kate, Joe Celej, Kiki Lucas. Yurie has performed in “Kajiki’s Artist Show” at Carnegie Hall.
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.