Dancers and Collaborators
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.
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.
Ali Geroche graduated from Point Park University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, where she was honored to work with choreographers Jason McDole, Daniel Karasik, and Garfield Lemonius. In January of this year, Ali joined The Yard full-time as Development Associate, and she is elated to be performing with DanceTheYard.
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 a dancer / educator / choreographer based in NYC and Martha’s Vineyard. She is the Director of Artist Services/Associate Producer for The Yard (7th Season) and on the board of The Clive Barnes Foundation. Recent performance projects: Kimbra/Keigwin+Company (Park Ave Armory), DanceTheYard (Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Triskelion, MVPAC), Skint/Caitlin Cook Dance (The Yard), Megan Doyle Dance (92Y), Musical Theatre Development Lab, Lori Leshner Dance Project, CoreDance, Justina Grayman (STREB), NYCDA Gala (Joyce Theater), A Jazz Happening (Ted Shawn Theater, Jacob’s Pillow).
Kimberly E. Murry
Kimberly E. Murry is a freelance dancer, choreographer and artist. She is a 2013 graduate of Ohio University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has performed with Sean Curran, Urban Bush Women, Teresa Fellion and Shirley Mordine. Now, Kimberly lives in New York City where she does independent projects and solo work. This will be Kimberly’s fourth season with DanceTheYard!
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.