Courtney Liu (Company Manager) is a founding artist of Monica Hogan Danceworks. A versatile professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher grounded in proficient ballet technique, she completed her training at the Cincinnati Ballet and San Francisco Ballet on merit scholarships and attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Courtney has worked with acclaimed choreographers including John Neumeier, Victor Plotnikov, Stephen Mills, and Victoria Morgan. She has performed work by Val Caniparoli, Septime Webre, Lew Christensen, George Balanchine, and Petipa. Courtney is an experienced ballet teacher who has taught nationally and internationally for the past eight years. Her choreographic works are unique fusions of classical and contemporary dance that are accessible to all audiences. Courtney was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to choreograph, teach, and perform in China. She also received the Service Opportunities in Leadership (SOL) Grant to develop and implement a dance intervention for children exposed to domestic violence. Courtney is a Benenson Awards in the Arts Scholar and an RYT-200 certified yoga instructor. She graduated with distinction from Duke University with degrees in Psychology and Business.
Evelyn Joy Fontana graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University. During her years attending the American College Dance Festival, she performed as a soloist in both faculty and student works, presented her own choreography, and performed in the prestigious Gala. Evelyn’s choreography has been selected to perform at conferences all across the country. In the past few years, she has gained experience from interning with Hope Stone Inc, attending the American Dance Festival and Antioch’s Dance Therapy Intensive, dancing with Frame Dance Company, and producing her own modern dance concert. She has been teaching with Crowd Pleasers Dance Company for 5 years now, as well as directing the competition company at Pure Energy Dance Productions for 2 years. Recently relocating to New York, Evelyn has been blessed with the opportunity to perform with Jee Eun Ahn at the Wave Rising Series, Mark Dendy at Middle Church, and Rod Rodgers Dance Company (RRDC) at multiple venues each month.
Emily Hogan is an avid dancer and choreographer from Atlanta, Georgia. She is a junior undergraduate at Princeton University, where she is pursuing degrees in International Relations, Political Economy, and Dance. Through Princeton’s Dance Program, she has had the opportunity to perform repertory by Bill T. Jones (staged by Stuart Singer), Zvi Gotheiner, Merce Cunningham (staged by Silas Riener), Brian Brooks, Jessica Lang, and Pam Tanowitz. She serves as the artistic director of BodyHype Dance Company, and she has choreographed musicals including Aida, Children of Eden, Drowsy Chaperone, Sweeney Todd, and Sweet Charity. She looks forward to directing her own dance thesis production in the coming year.
Louisa Pancoast received her formal dance training in her home state of New Hampshire. Since moving to New York, she has danced for Joyce King as a member of JKing Dance Company, performing at such venues as Alvin Ailey CitiGroup Theater, Salvatore Capezio Theater, and Skirball Theater. Louisa is currently a student in the Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program, training under Igal Perry, Milton Myers, Cheryl Copeland, and Peridance’s renowned ballet, modern, and contemporary faculty. Louisa also dances for De Funes Dance and is pursuing degrees in literature and art history from New York University. She is truly honored to be dancing alongside such an inspiring group of artists.
Jillian Egan: A native New Yorker, Jillian Egan has been immersed in the metropolitan since her youth. Her primary training comes from such prestigious venues as The Ailey Extension, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center, where she focused predominantly in contemporary dance. Her secondary training includes intensives with Mark Morris Dance Group, The Next Stage Project, Synthesis Dance Project and extensive work with choreographer, Kristen Sudeikis. An artist in numerous capacities, Jillian also retains her BFA in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts and is a newly 200 Hour Certified Yoga instructor. Jillian is honored to dance Monica’s beautiful choreography and her stories, particularly with such a talented group of dancers!
Xavier Townsend: Growing up in Media, Pennsylvania, Xavier started training at 8 and made it his focus at 16. Focusing on Ballet & Contemporary, Xavier trained with Rebecca Davis, Philadelphia Ballet School and Broadway Bound Dance Academy. He trained at Point Park for 2 years before furthering his studies at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City. Xavier has worked with Raphael Xavier, Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Jesse Zarrit and various others.
Eimile Davis first began studying dance in the outskirts of Richmond, VA, later leading her to pursue and receive her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. While in college, Eimile had the opportunity to work with artists such as Doug Varone, John Magnus, John Dixon, Galina Panova, and Jennifer Archibald, and with companies such as David Dorfman Dance and River North Dance Chicago. Eimile's additional training includes institutions such as ABT, Richmond Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. In 2011, Eimile co-directed a collaborative initiative in Richmond, VA, creating and producing intensive workshops and evening length shows including “Unwritten” performed at Richmond’s Dogtown Dance Theater. In 2013, Eimile’s choreography was chosen as a finalist in Inaside Dance Chicago’s CSE, where she and her dancers traveled and performed her work “Martyr”. Eimile currently dances with Cat Cogliandro (CATastrophe! Dance Co), Michael Susten and Company, and De Funes Dance Company, and works with Joffrey Ballet School as an employee of their residence life. She is so excited to be dancing with Monica Hogan Danceworks!
Gretchen Hoffman is originally from Newtown, Connecticut, where she began her dance training at Dance Etc. School of the Performing Arts. Gretchen graduated from Princeton University, where she studied Molecular Biology and Dance. During her time at Princeton, Gretchen had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Susan Marshall and Tina Fehlandt and performing works by Merce Cunningham (set by Silas Reiner), Bill T Jones (set by Leah Cox and Stuart Singer), Adam Barruch, Jill Johnson, Zvi Gotheiner, and Rebecca Lazier. She was also an active member of BodyHype Dance Company in college, choreographing numerous pieces and serving as Artistic Director for two years. Gretchen currently dances with Yael Nachajon Dance Company and has performed with Holly Heidt and dancers, and she is beyond excited to be dancing with Monica Hogan Danceworks!
Former MHDW Artists
Christen Quattlebaum began formal dance training in her home state of North Carolina, where she also received a BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. Christen has had the honor of working with artists in residency such as Mark Haim, Jennifer Archibald, and David Dorfman, as well as companies such as River North Dance Chicago and David Dorfman Dance. She has had the opportunity to work exclusively with artists such as Justin Mann in his evening length work, Breaking Silence, and is currently a member of Dirty Soles Dance and works with Cat Cogliandro on several projects, including music videos and live performances. Christen performed a self-choreographed solo as a member of BalaSole Dance Company in the winter concert Idioms. Her choreography has also been presented in Jersey City, at the American College Dance Festival, and in the J. Chen Translate series at the Dixon Place. Christen is excited to be dancing for Monica Hogan Danceworks!
Chloe Cheney-Rice began her dance training at Pasadena Dance Theatre, studying primarily classical and contemporary ballet techniques, as well as jazz, hip-hop, and modern dance. She attended Pasadena Dance Theatre and Alonzo King LINES Ballet summer intensives while in high school. Chloe continued dancing at Princeton University where she received her degrees in Sociology, African American Studies, and Dance. At Princeton she performed works by Bill T. Jones (set by Stuart Singer), George Balanchine (set by Heather Watts), and Jessica Lang (set by Kani Segawa and staged by Clifton Brown). She danced in Princeton’s BodyHype Dance Company and served as Artistic Director of Princeton University Ballet.
Ellen Sickenberger: Native to Northern Virginia, Ellen began taking dance classes at the age of 2. She later earned her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. With an equal love for choreographing, teaching, and performing, Ellen has pursued all areas of the field with companies around the country. She has worked/studied with John Magnus, David Parsons, Jennifer Archibald, David Dorfman, and Freddie Moore. She has performed and presented work in venues including Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts Center, Gowanus Arts Center, and the Ailey Citigroup Theatre. She is honored to present work in the upcoming Green Space Blooms Festival 2015. Since moving to New York, Ellen has had the pleasure of working with many artists/companies, and currently performs with Dirty Soles Dance, Janice Rosario Dance, and Monica Hogan Danceworks. In addition, Ellen holds the position of assistant choreographer in Romulus - a multi-media performance group in NYC. Ellen resides in Brooklyn and continues to create and perform work as a freelance choreographer and dancer.
Allison Wardwell: A classically trained ballet dancer and born-and-raised Texan, Allison moved to New York City in 2010 to pursue her dancing career. Since moving, Allison has been involved with many contemporary companies (including Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company, Community Dance Project, and AERA Dance) and has performed aerial, dance, and contortion for nightlight venues and special events around the city. Her performance credits span much of the entertainment industry as she has worked in television and fashion in addition to her Off-Broadway, nightlife, and concert dance experiences. When not training or performing, Allison enjoys her role as Head of Flexibility and Conditioning at Body & Pole, an aerial dance and fitness studio in Chelsea, Manhattan. She also gets the opportunity to teach teachers across the globe as a Co-Author and Master Trainer of elevatED, a teacher training program for pole fitness and flexibility training. Allison holds a B.F.A. in Dance from The University of Texas, and most recently received her M.A. in Dance Education from NYU in 2012. Dance is what moves Allison, which is why she is so happy to be a part of this group. Allison is thrilled to work with Monica Hogan Danceworks!