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George Hirsch graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, receiving an Honors Degree in Dance. He has since had the privilege of dancing for Liz Lerman, Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange,  Artichoke Dance Company, dance-Tactics, David Capps/Dances, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance, Regina Nejman and Company, and GoCo in addition to Eva Dean Dance. He has taught workshops at Hunter College, Wesleyan, and University of Nevada - Las Vegas. When not dancing you can find George teaching Yoga at various Studios around NYC. 

Kirana Peters was born in Saint Paul, MN where her training began in ballet at Minnesota Dance Theater. She pursued a BFA in Dance and a BS in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. It was there she had the privilege of dancing works by Shapiro and Smith Dance Company. Kirana made the move to NYC to study at the Alvin Ailey School's Independent Study Program, and shortly after she jointed JT Lotus Dance Company. Kirana is excited to be working with Eva Dean and her dancers. 

Lucia Rodriguez was born in Miami, Florida. In Miami, she performed with Laissez-Faire Dance Company, where she specialized in Haitian dance, immersing herselfin Miami's rich Haitian culture. Rodriguez is also a recent graduate of Florida State University, where she studied under Jawole Zollar, Dan Wagner, Gerri Houlihan, and Suzanne Farrell. Upon graduation she has performed with companies such as Urban Bush Women, Eva Dean Dance, and artists' Paloma McGregor, Davolais Fearon, and debuted her company, LVCID, at the Queensboro Dance Festival, as well as Dumbo arts festival. 

Jeremiah Stanfield was born in Memphis Tennessee, and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Jeremiah’s Grandmother, who owned a studio, and his Step-Mother introduced him to dance at a young age; at thirteen he gave it a try. Shortly after he was accepted into the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville. Jeremiah was awarded the Apprentice Scholarship at Stephens College. He trained in all aspects of dance, acting, and singing, and received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Dance Performance in 2011. He now lives in New York City freelancing in all aspects of art. He dedicates his career in the honor of his Mother Joice Margret White (1970-2007). 

2017 Guest Artists

Deborah Jackson started her career in New York City as a touring dancer. She spent three years with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; followed by three years with Jane Comfort & Company and two years with Rosanna Gamson Worldwide now based in Los Angeles. Touring with these artists and dancers inspired her to use her dance company experiences as a springboard to explore and stage her own full-length evening works. Her first project, The World is Round was part of a shared evening and was performed at Merce Cunningham Studios in 2001. It was later developed into the full-length evening work Moments in the Lives of People which was performed at Cunningham in 2002. She commissioned film and Broadway composer Quentin Chiappetta to write an original score for piano, cello and clarinet for Dick van Dark and his lessons in LMve which was performed at The Kitchen in 2004 with the musicians staged into the piece. The Ailey Citigroup Theater invited Deborah to return in September of 2010 to perform The Sleeping Giant. A 90-minute work for four dancers, two women and two men, with the score laced to a film by Roger Hanna which was filled with global images of wealth and poverty. She staged the dances using the ballet theatrical form around themes about the financial markets and foreign policy. The score with sound design by Quentin Chiappetta, spanned 900 years of musical history with early music woven next to the most contemporary global sound. In addition to her dancing, Deborah is a Certified Personal Trainer with a focus on Fitness Design.

Kerry McManus is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance. She has worked with artists such as Robert Battle, Jae Man Joo, Elena Commendador, and Anne Kelly as well as choreographing and performing solo works and collaborative experimental projects. This is her first performance with Eva Dean. 

Maria Naidu was trained at the Ballet Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden and later at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in NYC, she debuted as a dancer in 1987 and as a choreographer in 1989. She became a member of the New York-based, international touring dancecompany Jennifer Muller/THE WORKS in 1991 and subsequentially took a break from her own choreographic work. After 13 years in NYC and eight of them as a member of THE WORKS, she returned to Europe and her own artistic creations. Since the move, she has presented a variety of her own works, choreographed for the opera and theater (Norrlandsoperan , Vadstena Academy, Raseborg Opera Society, Malmö Opera, Malmö Municipal Theatre, Teater 23, Theater Academy Malmö, Helsingborg Municipal Theatre), starred in a myriad of performing arts productions and worked as rehearsal-director at NorrDans (SE) and later at Carte Blanche in Norway. Her work has been presented in 14 countries on 4 continents.

Aria Roach was raised in Vermont and graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with her BFA in Dance and Choreography. As an undergraduate, Aria spent a semester at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and received a 2015 VCUarts Dean’s International Study Grant to travel to Vienna, Austria. Following graduation, she joined The Yard as Artist Services Intern. Aria has performed works by Deganit Shemy, Martha Curtis, Autumn Waddell, Alison Manning, and Jesse Keller, and has presented her choreography at VCU Dance, Iona College, and The Yard. She is thrilled to perform as Guest Artist with Eva Dean Dance.

Larry Rosales is an interdisciplinary artist from Columbus, Ga. He is grateful to be working in collaboration with Eva Dean Dance and you can find more of his musings on instagram. @larryxdarnell 

Richard Scandola joined the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble in 2012. He is a native of southern France where he performed with Les Ballets des Alpes Maritimes, Horizons, and Corps Accord.  Richard moved to New York City to study in the Cunningham Summer intensive and in Limón Institute PSP program, where he discovered a special affinity with this technique and met Jim May who became his mentor. He soon became one of the dancer of the Sokolow Ensemble. He has since worked with Barkin/Selissen Project, Brice Mousset OUI Danse, HT Chen Dance and Dancers, Valerie Green Dance Entropy, Shadow Box Theatre as co-director for the show “ The Earth and Me”, dancer and puppeteer. Richard kindles his passions for photography and spiritual healing by offering treatment and inspiration to others. He’s currently working on different dance projects and creating his unique performance style.

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