Dancers' Biographies

2018-2019 Company Members

ARIA ROACHwas 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.

KATIE MONCEBAIZ is thrilled to return to the stage dancing with Eva Dean Dance! Ms. Moncebaiz has previously performed with EDD in The Fringe Festivals in Amsterdam, Prague, and Germany. She has also performed with EDD in Fringe Jr NYC and EDD’s site specific Peter Pan performance in Prospect Park. Since 2006, Katie has taught various dance and fitness classes to students of all ages throughout New England, and has performed with many local dance companies in Connecticut, Boston, and NYC. While living in Boston, Katie was voted one of Boston's Best Zumba Instructors. In addition to a love of dance and fitness, Katie is extremely passionate about arts education. Katie was in the inaugural cohort of the Lincoln Center Scholar Master's in Education candidate in the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education program at Hunter College. She graduated in 2016, Cum Laude. She currently teaches dance at a public elementary school in Brooklyn, NY.

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. 

MANUELA SANCHEZ is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. She attended Talent Unlimited High School, Ballet Hispánico and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance during her training years. She also holds a BFA degree from Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Sanchez has worked with several choreographers and companies including Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Amalgamate Dance Company, Eva Dean Dance, Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT, nathantriceRITUALS, Maverick Dance, MoveWorks and more. Most recently she worked with Augusto Soledade Brazzdance in Miami, FL as rehearsal director and company member from 2013-2017. She is currently an artist with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, Inc. and a certified Pilates and Yoga instructor. Manuela continues to work as a freelance dance artist and fitness instructor throughout NYC, spreading her passion for movement with all people.


2018-2019 Guest Artists

FRANCES BARKER is a native of Lafayette, LA and graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.F.A. in Performing Arts with a concentration in Dance and Choreographic Design. She was also a recipient of the UL Lafayette College of the Arts Dean’s Scholarship and has also received scholarships to attend the American Dance Festival and Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute. After graduation Ms. Barker began working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and instructor with various artists around the state of Louisiana such as Image Animee’, Movement Lab Dance Group and Clare Cook Dance Theater. As a dance educator she has served on the faculty of private dance studios and Ovey Comeaux High School in Lafayette, LA. Upon moving to New York City, she has worked with companies such as Vanessa Long Dance Company, Time Lapse Dance and Harambee Dance Company. Frances is excited to be performing with Eva Dean Dance for Liquid Silver: Sanctuary in Prospect Park.

KAREEM WOODS is a freelance graphic designer and contemporary hip hop dancer who specializes in improvisational work. In addition to being an Eva Dean Dance 2018 Guest Artist, Kareem is currently dancing with a company (Dancers Unlimited) and is actively seeking out more dance opportunities. To see more of his work or to reach out, Kareem can be contacted via Instagram (@andrekwoods).

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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