Monica Hogan Danceworks is a project-based company, working with artists from a variety of styles and backgrounds.
Meet some of the talented artists that have been featured in current and past MHDW creative projects.
Ellen Brown is a professional artist, preparing to make her New York theatrical debut in Freefall Frostbite. Ellen is a trained dancer with over 15 years experience in ballet, tap, jazz, Scottish highland and contemporary dance and holds a bachelor's degree in dance and psychology from Duke University. She is currently a company member of SHIFT Dance and individually has performed at the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and DUMBO Dance Festival. She has performed works by various artists including Jennifer Archibald, Ming-Lung Yang, and Merce Cunningham.
Emily Hogan is an avid dancer and choreographer from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Princeton University, where she is received degrees in International Relations, Political Economy, and Dance. Through Princeton’s Dance Program, she 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 served 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.
Sarah Lapinsky is a dancer and choreographer currently based in NYC. Originally from Stowe, VT, she recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of dance with her BFA in performance with a composition concentration and a minor in Arts Management. While at school, she was selected to perform works by Doug Varone, José Limón, Nejla Yasemin Yatkin, Sue Bernhard, Barak Marshall, and Dylan Crossman. Additionally, she was able to create many dance works while also choreographing for the Conservatory of Theatre Arts in their productions of The Antigone Project, The Bacchae of Euripides, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her latest film work, "Plastic Plates Don't Break" has been shown at the 92Y Mobile Dance Film Festival and at DANCE SHORTS. Sarah is very excited to to be a dance artist with Monica Hogan Danceworks and perform with a wonderful group of artists!
Louisa Pancoast received her formal dance training in her home state of New Hampshire and is a graduate of the Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center, New York, NY. After completing the program, Louisa was part of the inaugural group at the Barton Movement's Axis Connect. She has performed professionally with such choreographers as Diego Funes, Pat Catterson, Pramila Vasudevan, Emily Bufferd, Jacqueline Dugal, Monica Hogan, Yuki Hasagawa, and Joyce King. Currently, she is collaborating on projects with Yvonne Rainer for the Museum of Modern Art's Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done exhibition, Michelle Thompson Ulerich, and The Rock Dance Collective. In addition to performing, Louisa holds her B.A. in English Literature and Art History from New York University and is a certified Barre3 instructor and Row House coach.
Born in Izmir, Turkey, Arzu Salman grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina where she received her primary dance training from Piedmont School of Music and Dance. She continued her education at The Ailey School and Fordham University where she has received her BFA in Dance with a minor in Communications in 2018. While dancing at The Ailey School, she performed works such as Alvin Ailey’s Revelations and Night Creature, Jose Limon’s PSALM, and ManMan by Clifton Brown. She participated in Robert Battle’s New Directions Choreography lab where she performed works from Brice Mousset, Ephrat Asherie, Netta Yerushalmy, and Juel D. Lane. She attended summer intensives such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Juilliard School, and The San Francisco Conservatory. She has been featured in music videos for Melody English as well as Sam Schall, and is a member of Queens Ballet Center Company. She looks forward to performing with Monica Hogan Danceworks this season.
Audrey Wells is a New York City based dancer from Portland, Oregon. She graduated in Spring 2018 from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in dance. Most recently, Audrey played the role of Anybodys in West Side Story at Leonia Summerstage. 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.
Chisato Yanagisawa is originally from Japan, where she began her training in classical ballet at the age of five. When she was 17, she performed as a soloist in "Sleeping Beauty" at the Yokohama Port 150th Anniversary in Yokohama, Japan. She moved to New York to continue her studies at SUNY Purchase College, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance. While there, she performed works by Bill T. Jones, Attila Joey Csiki, Gabrielle Lamb, Rosalind Newman, Merce Cunningham, and more. Professionally, she has been working with multiple choreographers and some Japanese artists based in New York City. Chisato is also a company member of NSquared Dance directed by Nick Neagle and has performed nationally with them.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!