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the dancers

Lucie Baker
LUCIE BAKER hails from Seattle, Washington and moved to New York to study at The Juilliard School. Since graduating in 2008 she has worked with Jane Comfort and Company, Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Adam Barruch Dance, Bennyroyce Dance Productions, Yara Travieso and ARC Dance. Her choreography has been performed domestically in New York, Seattle and New Orleans and internationally in Spain, Peru and Germany. Lucie is also committed to arts outreach as a teacher with Artists Striving To End Poverty (A.S.T.E.P.)
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Courtney Drasner
COURTNEY DRASNER grew up in Minnesota, and later graduated with a BFA in dance from NYU. Since moving to New York she has performed works by Jana Hicks, Kilterbox, Nicole Berger, Jordana Che Tobak, Refractions Dance Collective, and M. Lindsay Smith. She has been a member of Gina Gibney Dance since June of 2004.

Sarah Housepian
Born and raised in Southern California, Sarah began dancing at the age of three. She received her B.A. in dance at California State University, Fullerton. She has had the opportunity to work with guest artists such as Collin Conner, Mike Esperanza, Gladys Kares, Robin Johnson, and Sarah Swenson. She also has trained under the Robert Moses Kin Company and the Limon Dance Company. After graduating, she has danced for Mike Esperanza's BARE Dance Company, Vision's Dance Theatre, and Josh Romero's Fuse Modern Dance Company. Sarah is very excited to be now dancing in New York City and so thrilled to be apart of Erica Essner CO-OP.

Julia Jurgilewicz
Julia Jurgilewicz grew up in Massachusetts studying ballet, modern, jazz, and tap at the Gold School. She graduated with a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she had the pleasure of performing works by Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Sidra Bell, Gus Solomons Jr., Pamela Pietro, and Charles Weidman. Post graduation, Julia had the incredible experience of dancing in two seasons at the Metropolitan Opera in the productions of Don Giovanni, Aida, and Parsifal. In addition to her time at the opera, Julia has danced with the companies LEVY Dance, The Anata Project, and SEED Dance and performed in works by choreographers Mark Dendy and Johannes Wieland. Currently, Julia dances with Erica Essner Performance Co-op, Suzanne Beahrs Dance, Bodystories/Teresa Fellion Dance, and RedCurrant Collective and is the administrative consultant for the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation.

Katie Stehura
Katie Stehura is originally from Columbus, Ohio and began her dance training with Tony Calucci as a member of the Collaborative Dance Project. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University, and for two summers she received funding for dance research in Vienna. Katie’s choreography has since been presented in Ohio, Florida, New Jersey, and New York, and she is now teaching, dancing, and making work in NYC. Katie is currently working with ARTS By The People as a teaching artist, leading dance workshops and residencies, as well as a choreographer, having most recently choreographed and directed an evening length, multimedia production featuring dance, live music, spoken word, and visual art. Since relocating, she has also had the pleasure of performing at The Metropolitan Opera and working with artists Hofesh Shechter, Lisa Race, Larry Keigwin, Kendra Portier, Jenna Riegel, Tara Burns, and Nicole Smith among others

Hannah Seidel
Hannah Seidel studied dance at Interlochen Arts Academy in her home state of Michigan. She received her BA from Pomona College, and has since danced on the East Coast with Gina Gibney Dance, the Erica Essner Performance Co-Op, Pi Dance Theatre, Chris Ferris, Nee Danse Company, From the Horse’s Mouth, and both the Notes In Motion Company and Education Ensemble. She has taught and created dances on both coasts and has spent five summers on the modern dance faculty at Interlochen. | TOP |

the composers

Erica Essner Performance Co-Op colloborates with many new composers and has a long-history of working with original music for dance.

Erik Walkers
The Co-Op's award winning composer Erik Ian Walker graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He studied principally with renowned composer John Adams. Walker has worked as a principal music and sound design contributor for the Joe Goode Performance Group and the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. His sound scores for the George Coates Performance Works' production of Right Mind won a critic's poll award for sound design. Other works by Walker include projects for KQED (PBS) and pieces for MTV's Liquid Television. | MORE |

Miguel Frasconi
Miguel Frasconi is a composer of new exploratory world music who has worked with John Cage, Brian Eno, Trichy Sankaran, and Jon Hassell. He has created over three dozen dance scores and received a 1997 Isadora Duncan Dance Award for his work with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. Frasconi has also worked with choreographers Charles Moulton, Margaret Jenkins, Remy Charlip, Blondel Cummings, Homer Avila, and recently collaborated with modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin on a new piece marking her 80th year. In 1998 he collaborated with the Balinese composer I Dewa Berata on the music for a new large-scale shadowplay. That same year he traveled to Dharamsala, India, where he performed with the Tibetan songwriter Techung in a concert for the Dalai Lama. Frasconi's early work includes nine years as a founding member of THE GLASS ORCHESTRA, the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble featuring all glass instruments. | MORE |
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