EDD Company Members


Manuela’s Bio

MANUELA SANCHEZ (Manni) is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. She trained at Talent Unlimited High School, Ballet Hispánico and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She holds a BFA from Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus with a minor in Psychology, and later on received her 500-hr RYT Yoga certification and Fully Comprehensive Pilates Certification.  In addition to working with Eva Dean Dance since 2012, Manni has worked with several choreographers and companies including Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Amalgamate Dance Company, Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT, nathantriceRITUALS, Maverick Dance, MoveWorks, Bill T Jones, and works as a dancer and faculty member of Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance. She relocated to Miami, FL in 2013 to serve as a company member and rehearsal director of Augusto Soledade Brazzdance for five years and continues to work with them on a project basis. As a national ambassador for Club Pilates, Ms. Sanchez has been interviewed on shows “Good Morning America” and “Coffee with America”, and has published articles on Self Magazine, MinBodyGreen, and Thrillist. She currently continues to freelance as a dance artist, teaches fitness throughout NYC, and is a signed model with MMG Talent Agency and Naturally Fit Agency. She is grateful to be alive and pursue what she loves.


Aria’s Bio & Website

ARIA ROACH is a dance artist, educator, and administrator based in Brooklyn. She has had the pleasure of performing as a company dancer with Eva Dean Dance and The Moving Architects, as well as with Yehuda Hyman’s Mystical Feet Company where she most recently originated her roles in Secret of the Possible, a contemporary dance/theater adaptation of mystical Jewish tales. Her creative work also includes performances with Zoe Walders, DanceTheYard, and Wild She Dances; appearances in filmmaker James Fotopoulos’s La Belle et la  Bête, Dandelot’s Tutu music video, and Target’s All in Motion ad campaign; and collaborations with photo/video artists Barbara Shore and gwen charles. Aria has worked administratively as the General Manager of Caleb Teicher & Company, and Company Manager for Joyce Theater Productions’ nationally-touring Lindy Hop show SW!NG OUT. She teaches Modern, Ballet, and Improvisation for youth at Mark Morris Dance Group, and in NYC public schools with National Dance Institute (NDI). Aria holds a BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts) and Honors College (summa cum laude). She is currently training in trapeze and has a regular Ashtanga yoga practice. 

IG: @aria.roach // Website: https://ariaroach.com/


Katie’s Bio

KATIE MONCEBAIZ is thrilled to return to the stage with Eva Dean Dance! Ms. Moncebaiz has worked with EDD since 2012, first as a guest artist and later as a company member and rehearsal director. In addition to performing throughout NYC with EDD, Katie has danced with the company in The Fringe Festivals in Amsterdam, Prague, and Germany.  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. She still teaches online, (details can be found on her Instagram page). Katie was also in the inaugural cohort of the Lincoln Center Scholar Master’s in Education in the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College. She graduated Cum Laude in 2016.  She is a tenured dance teacher with the NYC Department of Education and is the proud new mom of a beautiful baby.