Benjamin Cheney is a 28 year old performer and designer from Northern Michigan. His practice centers on creative play and meditation, with a focus on somatic and improvisational movement. He uses the tools of Body Mind Centering (BMC) and the Tamalpa Life Art Process (TLAP) as lenses and languages to engage in his explorations and facilitations. He imagines performance as a gift exchange between audience and performer. He is excited to continue to take part in this exchange with The Yard, whom he worked with as a production associate last year, and the people of Martha's Vineyard.
Leah Crosby graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Performance and Choreography from Ohio University's Honors Tutorial College. Crosby has performed with Mickie Geller, Gladys Bailin, Bread&Puppet Theater, Yoshiko Chuma, The Median Movement, Urban Bush Women, Doug Neilsen, Stefanie Batten Bland, and others. She is one half of the creative collaborative LanDforms, which has presented work at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, The Yard's Patricia Nannon Theater, Pathways Arts, and the Built on Stilts dance festival. Her work has also been performed at Wilson College, Alfred University, Ohio University, the Create__SPACE, and ACDFA East Central.
Phil daRosa (aka PhillyD) is a singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and studio engineer/owner based on Martha's Vineyard island in Massachusetts. Phil's been recording and writing for over 17 years, and has shared the stage with many amazing artists, including; G.Love, Carly Simon, Chad Stokes, Martin Sexton, Rhymefest, John Forte, Johnny Hoy, Ben Taylor, Ryan Montbleau and many more. Currently, this island native is working on his 3rd studio album, planning for release in Spring 2017, and plans to tour New England over the winter to spread the sounds. Phil LOVES working with The Yard and can't wait to collaborate on many future projects.
Danielle Doell is a dancer, dance-maker, and educator. She graduated from Ohio University in 2014 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Afterwards, Danielle had the pleasure of dancing for many different friends and collaborators in New York City, Switzerland, Ireland, and, now, Martha's Vineyard. Most recently, Danielle is the co-collaborator of LanDforms, a creative partnership with Leah Crosby. They have performed and created work at The Farm Institute, Built On Stilts, Pathways Project Institute, The Yard, and Triskelion Arts. Danielle is delighted be a part of DanceTheYard and to work with this amazing group of friends and artists.
Brittany Engel-Adams performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater during their New York City Seasons, and later toured nationally and internationally with Ailey II. She performed across disciplines for projects like Sleep No More, “Ward Of The Feral Horses” video dance, Danaka Dance, Naomi Goldberg Hass/Dances for a variable population. She is featured in the film Chiraq directed by Spike Lee, and is co-star in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Currently, she dances for Netta Yerushalmy and Company Stephanie Batten Bland. Engel-Adams is on faculty at Brooklyn Ballet, Cynthia King dance, Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet school and is a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University.
Chloe Jones joined The Yard in May of 2015 and currently serves as Development Coordinator, as well as dances with DanceTheYard. An avid writer, Chloe has been published by H.O.W. Journal, the MVTimes, Loam Magazine, Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts, and VICE Media’s The Creators Project. She holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University where she was a double major in dance and Hispanic literatures & cultures.
Holly Jones is the Director of Artist Services for The Yard, as well as a freelance dancer, choreographer, & educator based in NYC and on Martha’s Vineyard. She received her dance training from Marymount Manhattan College (BFA) as well as Jacob’s Pillow, Perry Mansfield, & the Colorado Jazz Dance Company. Jones has had the privilege of performing works by and with; Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Jessica Lang, Pedro Ruiz, Shen Wei, Alwin Nikolais, CoreDance Contemporary, Carte Blanche Performance, the Lori Leshner Dance Project, Justina Grayman (STREB), the NY Community Dance Project & DanceTheYard. Special thanks to family/friends for their continued support!
Sammy Roth, originally from Louisville, Kentucky, received her BFA in Dance from Ohio University in 2011. Now in NYC, she has a dual career in performance and arts administration. In addition to DanceTheYard, Sammy is a performer and company manager for Nadine Bommer Dance Company, whose work has taken her to the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv and cultural festivals throughout Europe. Previously she performed with white road Dance Media, Brynne Billingsley & Artists, MADArt Creative, and Megan Bascom & Dancers. As an administrator, Sammy acts as Administrative Associate at Jody Sperling/Time Lapse Dance and Owner/Operator of Rizza & Co, an Etsy shop featuring her husband’s artwork. In her spare time, Sammy actively pursues her own cultural studies research on social dance and mass media.
Alison Weaver is the author of the memoir, Gone To The Crazies, published by Harper Collins in 2006. Her short fiction has been published in Opium Magazine, Small Spiral Notebook, Red China, The Fifth Street Review and Ins and Outs Magazine. She is the founder and editor of the literary and art journal, H.O.W., the proceeds of which go to support needy children throughout the world. She currently teaches weekend workshops at The New School University, and lives in New York City with her three daughters.