Annie Sailer Dance Company Members
Welcome Raven, Kirsten, Taina, and Rochelle!!
Susan has been working with ASDC since 2003. She explores improvisation techniques in a myriad of art forms and the practices of daily life. Her career includes performing with Sara Rudner, presenting her own dance scores at various NYC locations Susan has also performed as half of the musical duo Smokey Blue & Cosmic Sky. She has previously lived in Chicago, attended Bennington College, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Heather is a dancer, actor, educator, and aerialist. She has been dancing with ASDC since 2010. Heather graduated from NYU’s Tish School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theatre Company School. You can check out more of Heather’s work at her website: heathermeagher.wix.com/welcome.
Rod is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. There, he danced with Hawaii Ballet Theatre for Youth. Moving east he studied at the Erick Hawkins School of Dance. Rod performed with Erick Hawkins Dance Company from 1996 – 2000. He also danced with the Wellspring Project, the Blue wing Dance Company, Gloria Mclain’s LIFEdance, and since 1999, with Cherniak Dance. Rod works at Reminiscence, a vintage Clothing and Novelty Store as a window designer and visual merchandiser. He joined Annie Sailer Dance Company in 2008.
Ty trained as a singer, dancer, and visual artist at the University of Wyoming before becoming a Board Certified Dance / Movement Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Antioch University, New England). He currently lives and works in New York City. Ty has been a member of Annie Sailer Dance Company since 2010.
Raven is a Connecticut resident and recent graduate finding her way as a dancer and environmentalist. Her passion lies in improvisation, and she enjoys experimenting with and observing the intersects between movement, society, and the natural world. Raven started dancing with L’Ana Burton and Creative Dance Continuum at age 5. Since graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies and Dance from Goucher College, Raven has worked with Elm City Dance Collective as a rehearsal assistant and performed in NYC with NACHMOX. She joined Annie Sailer Dance Company in 2017.
Kirsten Leach is an abstract painter and modern dancer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Boston, MA she trained under the Royal Academy of Dance methodology before attending Boston Ballet School on partial scholarship. After spending a year at Ballet West under the direction of Calvin Kitten, Leach relocated back to Massachusetts. She then received her B.A. in English and French from Mount Holyoke College, while also studying modern dance with Paul Matteson and Jen Nugent. She is currently developing her own choreography and paints out of her studio in Bushwick. This will be her first season with Annie Sailer Dance Company.
Taina Bey is a recent graduate of Smith College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance with a Minor in Africana Studies. She currently works as a dance instructor, teaching both children and adults. She has performed her own work in Berlin, Germany, and in residency with Pilobolus Dance Theater. Taina was raised in South Orange, New Jersey and began dancing at a young age. This is Taina's first season dancing with ASDC; she's excited to work with the company!
Rochelle is a dancer originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master's in Social Work. Rochelle has received dance training in modern, tap, hip hop, and contact improvisation. She currently works at New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY. This is Rochelle's first season with ASDC.