HEIDI LATSKY (Artistic Director) Read full biography here.
JEFFREY FREEZE (Associate Director) has been a professional dancer for 30years. His credits include the movie Dirty Dancing and the Broadway production of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He has served as associate director of Heidi Latsky Dance for 12 years. Freeze received his BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently working on his post-baccalaureate pre-med coursework at Hunter College. He routinely teaches dance and Pilates at Steps on Broadway and major universities. He has been a guest artist with Debbie Harry, Penny Arcade, Abdel Salaam, and RuPaul. He is grateful to have had the opportunity to mentor with an amazing artist, gentle soul, and good friend: Ms. Latsky.
BRYNT BEITMAN is from Dallas, TX. Before graduating from The Juilliard School, he was nominated for a Presidential Scholar in the Arts award by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He has danced with TAKE Dance, Nicholas Andre Dance, Bruce Wood Dance Project, New York Baroque Dance Company, and Texas Ballet Theater. His own works have been shown in New York City, Montreal, and Varna, Bulgaria. He is happy to have joined Heidi Latsky Dance in April 2013.
RISHMA DHANRAJ's love for dance and working with individuals with disability led her to Heidi Latsky’s inspiring work of ON DISPLAY. In 2015 she joined HLD performing a Bharatanatyam dance solo in ON DISPLAY. She graduated Hunter College with a B.A. in Dance and performed her choreographic work, “Worlds Apart yet the Same” in the Family Matters Series at Dance Theatre Workshop (now known as New York Live Arts). She danced with Ron Brown, Keely Garfield and Keigwin and Company. In 2016, she graduated with a M.A. in Movement Sciences specializing in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College Columbia University. Her thesis theorizes how dance can improve balance in children with Cerebral Palsy. Rishma strives to bridge the arts and medical fields to include rehabilitative dance specific programs for individuals with disability.
MEREDITH FAGES has performed with Armitage Gone! Dance, Alexandra Beller, Monica Bill Barnes/Waterwell, Wally Cardona, David Hallberg and Francesco Vezzoli, Deborah Hay, Mana Kawamura, Heidi Latsky Dance, Motley Dance, Jimena Paz, Laura Peterson Choreography, Becky Radway, Sarah Skaggs, Steeledance, Palissimo/Pavel Zustiak, Mitzi Adams, Eidolon Ballet, Helen Heineman, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Virginia Ballet Theatre. She has been featured in Ashton, Balanchine, Christensen, and Tudor ballets. On film she has collaborated with directors Xan Burley and Alex Springer, Bat-Sheva Guez, Deborah Lohse, Richard Move, Donnell Oakley, and Mark O'Maley. Meredith has been photographed as a demonstration model for the Joffrey Ballet School's Ballet-Fit (Dena Simone Moss, St Martin's Griffin, 1999) and for the November 2013 issue of Dance Teacher in a profile of Rommett Floor-Barre Technique teacher Jodi Moccia. She has summited Kilimanjaro, appeared in the New York Times Sunday Styles spread, and bakes the occasional wedding cake. She was born in Charleston, SC and graduated from Columbia University with a Pre-Medical Concentration in English. Meredith is the proud mother of Graham Sterling Proskin, born July 2014
TIFFANY GEIGEL is a Puerto Rican, physically disabled, native New Yorker who does not allow her difference to define her nor hinder her in anyway. She started dance training at the age of 3 with Rita Hamilton Dance in Brooklyn NY as well as Dance Universal with Julie Ann Miranda at the age of 7. Her dance training includes: Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Salsa, as well as Bollywood. Tiffany became a dance instructor for children ages 5-18 years old at Dance Universal. She received her Bachelor’s degree in New York. Tiffany is also a freelance stage manager and has stage managed many Off Broadway shows as well as dance performances. In 2009 she appeared on Season 5 of So You Think You Can Dance. She is the Assistant to the director of the Heidi Latsky Dance Company and is also a dance company member of Heidi Latsky Dance. Tiffany Recently became the Managing Director for Marked Dance Project and is also a dance company member. She has also pursued a career in modeling and acting. Her first acting appearance was in the web series "Don't Shoot the Messenger" as well as a documentary series on the TLC cable channel titled "Two In A Million; Tiniest Torso" in 2016. Tiffany is currently working on an upcoming modeling project to be released in late 2017.
JERRON HERMAN joined HLD in the summer of 2011 never having danced before. Primarily a writer, Jerron now tells story through his body. He is the Company Associate to broaden exposure to disability & dance and the newest (and youngest) member of the Bessie's Selection Committee for excellence in dance. Extending his talents to education, Jerron is the resident dance teaching artist with HLD. A Bay Area native, Jerron holds a B.A from The King's College and has written and produced a full-length musical and a one-man show. He was the subject of two specials, ON THE SCENE with John Bathke and Open Studio with Jared Bowen on PBS. He has served as a panelist for Dance/NYC, La Mama ETC, and a Queensborough Community College Symposium. For his performance in the world premiere of TRIPTYCH, The New York Times called him, "the inexhaustible Mr. Herman..."
JILLIAN HOLLIS met Heidi Latsky at Point Park University, where she graduated with a BA in Dance. She received her early training from the Center of Ballet and Dance Arts in Syracuse. Since moving to New York, she has worked with Rocha Dance Theater, TAKE Dance, Carrie Ahern Dance, Joseph Mills, Heather Harrington, The Good to Go Girls, and Lady Rizo. She performs in the burlesque scene under her alter ego, Gigi Bonbon, is rehearsal director for Jenny Rocha & Her Painted Ladies, and has been described as “blithely irrepressible” in the New York Times. She has been a member of Heidi Latsky Dance since 2002.
SAKI MASUDA's Credits include ”the King and I”(Maltz Jupiter Theatre), ”Cats” as Victoria(Palace Theatre), ”Sayonara” (staged reading, PanAsian Rep Theatre), "Bride of Frankenstein" (Venus Theater Festival), Heidi Latsky Dance, General Mischief Dance Theatre, Catskill Ballet Theatre, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Staten Island Ballet, Steps Repertory Ensemble, Ballet Hispanico Ensemble, Xodus Dance Collective, Benjamin Briones Ballet, Cyrus Art Production, Assisting choreographer for Debbie Roshe and among others. Saki was born and raised in Japan, and currently lives in NYC to pursue her dream. She has been dancing with HLD since 2012.
JOHN MCGINTY was recently seen as Brian in the critically acclaimed web series High Maintenance. He played the role of Billy in Tribes at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. Regional credits include Pippin (Center Theatre Group/Deaf West); Fêtes de la Nuit (New Ohio Theatre); and Handicapped People in Their Formal Attire (Premiere Stages). National tour credits include Robin Hood: Thief of Hearts (Cleveland Signstage Theater Company). Film credits include Closed Captions and Conned. Television credits include I Killed My BFF and FBI: Criminal Pursuit. He is currently the executive director at Senses Askew Company in New York City. He is excited to be with Heidi Latsky Dance.
ROBERT SIMPSON studied modern dance with Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Willa Kahn, and Irene Feigenheimer and ballet with Alfredo Corvino, Michael Vernon, and Pamela Pribisco. In New York City he has performed his own work as well as in works by Barbara Roan and Claudia Gitelman and, since 2010, with Heidi Latsky. As a result of a cerebral vascular accident in 1998, Simpson lost the use of his left side. In 2005 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
ALEXANDRIA WAILES has appeared as an actor on Broadway in Spring Awakening, Big River and in numerous NY/regional theater productions, including Mother Courage, A Kind of Alaska, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Fêtes de la Nuit, Pippin, The Wild Boys, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, and Big River. Television credits include Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Nurse Jackie. Film credits include The Hyperglot, Theatre of War, Always Chasing Love, Freedom Is Not Free, An Experience, and The Tuba Thieves. She has appeared in the Web series 258 News, Weiner & Weiner, and High Maintenance. Wailes was associate choreographer for Deaf West Theatre/Forest of Arden’s revival of Spring Awakening in fall 2014 and again at the Wallis in Los Angeles in late spring 2015. She has been a member of Heidi Latsky Dance since January 2013.
GREGORY YOUDAN, JR. joined Heidi Latsky Dance in2010. Most recently, he has performed with David Parker and The Bang Group, Sokolow Theatre/DanceEnsemble, Flexicurve, and the New York Baroque Dance Company. Past credits include Lifedance/Gloria McLean, H.T. Chen & Dancers, Catherine Gallant/DANCE, and Kelley Donovan and Dancers, among others. He was a featured dancer in Thaddeus Strassberger’s Le roi malgré lui and the Göttingen Händel Festspiele’s production of Teseo. Additionally, he was an original touring cast member for Cirque Legacy’s City Life. Youdan has appeared in the music videos of Black Taxi, Greg Lato, Ben Lerman, and Mandy Moore. He holds a BA in Dance from Hofstra University.
JENNIFER BRICKER always had a passion for tumbling and gymnastics, despite being born without legs, and has competed against able-bodied athletes. She moved from her small town in southern Illinois to work for Walt Disney World, where her life took an unexpected twist and she started performing as an acrobat/aerialist. She currently pursues a career in television and film, speaking, and fitness in Los Angeles.
IDIL BRAY began her dance training at the age of 4 at Ballet Arts, the professional school of Ballet Tucson, and at age 12 she became a resident artist at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She is currently a student at the Ailey School.
STEPHANIE BUSIA holds a BA in both Dance and Psychology from Beloit College in Wisconsin, with departmental honors in Dance. There, she choreographed and danced in the Senior Showings, and in 2009, her choreography was performed at the American College Dance Festival.
LAWRENCE CARTER-LONG is the Executive Director of the Disabilities Network of NYC, the founder and curator of the disTHIS! Film Series, and a commentator for television and radio. A popular public speaker on a wide array of topics, he was presented with the Paul G. Hearne Award to recognize emerging leaders within the national cross-disability civil rights movement.
NATE CRAWFORD competed in gymnastics for the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating with a Bachelors of Business Administration. After giving up a traditional role in business management, he now performs around the globe, including a world tour with Britney Spears.
LANDES DIXON is from Jacksonville, Florida and received his B.F.A at Southern Methodist University. Dixon has studied at array of institutions such as Bates Dance Festival, The Martha Graham Dance School and Atlanta Ballet. Landes' company performance history includes, Bruce Wood Dance Project, Steps Repertory Ensemble, Trainor Dance, Heidi Latsky Dance, and BalletNext.
KEVIN FAY began dancing at The Joy of Motion Dance Center in Bethesda, Maryland. During summers while attending Northwestern University, he trained with, among others, The Ailey School, and these days he’s in New York working with companies like Douglas Dunn & Dancers.f
LEZLIE FRYE is an activist, performance artist, poet and scholar. Her academic work explores intersections of dis/ability, race, gender, sexuality and nation, with particular interest in art and aesthetics, citizenship and the politics of life and death.
GEORGE GALLEGO is the Founder and CEO of Wheels of Progress, an organization focused on creating affordable and accessible supportive housing for persons with disabilities. In recent years, he has been a world-class athlete competing in triathlons around the world and a member of S.A.G.
LAWRENCE GOLDHUBER began working with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 1985 (continuing) and has created work with DV8, Meredith Monk, and Jan Fabre. He has presented seasons at Danspace, PS122, Abrons, and Dance Theater Workshop (DTW). Goldhuber received a 1995 Bessie Award for sustained achievement and served as the co-host for the 2002 Awards. He is the recipient of a 2002 Fellowship in Choreography from the New York Foundation for the Arts and has received funding from the Jerome, Harkness, and Joyce Theater Foundations and the American Music Center, among others. Commissions include DTW, Joyce Theater, PICA, Danspace, PS122,Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and Jacob’s Pillow. Goldhuber & Latsky performed internationally, receiving commissions from the American Dance Festival, Whitney Museum, Cannes, and Celebrate Brooklyn!
AMBAR GONZALEZ is a Dominican-born New Yorker who graduated from Hunter College’s BA programs in Dance & Theatre. She is also a veteran and former United States Army Reservist, and while serving in Iraq she took on the additional duty of a recreational Latin dance instructor to soldiers and civilians.
DAVID HARRELL is an actor, dancer, writer, speaker and disability advocate. He holds a BFA. in Theatre Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and a MFA. in Theatre Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He moved to New York in 2008 to continue his acting and advocacy work.
TERRENCE HEWITT has performed in "Moving Portraits" with the AIDS service center, as well as in work by Dance New Amsterdam. He has also had stage and film roles.
JORDAN HOLLAND hails from Detroit, Michigan, and is proud to be working and dancing in NYC. Since moving, he has been working actively with Heidi Latsky Dance, ChrisMastersDance and Bryan Strimpel. Performance credits include Judson Church, The Irondale Center, 100 Grand, Roulette, The Red Hook Arts Festival and most recently "Carmina Burana" with The Stonewall Chorale. A recent graduate of Wayne State University, Jordan was given the opportunity to work with Jeff Michael Rebudal, Biba Bell, Larry Keigwin, Ron de Jesus and Julie Bour among many other prominent choreographers and dance artists.
ELFIE KNECHT is a dis-ability rights activist and adaptive sports enthusiast who plays the accordion and classical piano. As a certified peer visitor for the Amputee Coalition of America, Elfie shares with - and listens to - hundreds of new and kindred amputees.
DAVID LINTON is a Professor of Communication Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where he teaches course in media studies, theory and communication history. While active in academic politics, he is also an avid skater (both roller and ice) and did the skateography for a production of “Alice in Wonderland.”
SIMI LINTON is the co director/co-producer of Invitation to Dance, a film about dance and disability. She is the author of Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity, and a memoir, My Body Politic.
CATHERINE LONG is a Performance Artist whose work aims to give insight into how perceptions of ourselves are shaped by our perceptions of others. An international performer, she has a BA (Hons) in Arts Therapies.
CLAUDE LOUISSAINT has worked with HLD since 2002 and is thrilled to be working in this capacity. CL is also thrilled and proud to be the mom of Asta and Elianna.
TOBY MACNUTT is a quadrupedal queer crip, anthropological scholar, activist, and dancer whose academic focus has been on community creation, identity development, and communication. Past experience includes speaking, writing, and leading workshops for a variety of groups in educational, professional, and conference settings.
AKEMI NISHIDA is an activist, educator, student, and cultural worker for social justice. She came the U.S. in 2002 from Japan and her work soon began to focus on disability and diversity, and privilege and alliance.
EVE PACKER is a Bronx-born poet/performer who performs solo, with music, in dance and theater. She has published books of her poetry and recorded CDs of her performances.
SULEIMAN RIFAI arrived from Tanzania in 1979 for vision rehabilitation and had the opportunity to train at the Alvin Ailey New Visions Dance Project where he mainstreamed into their professional dance program with sighted dancers. He is currently a full-time psychotherapist, runs marathons, and in 2010 was the first blind person to complete the Empire State Building Run-Up.
JENNY ROCHA is a dancer/performer, choreographer, costume designer and teacher. Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, Joyce Soho, Lamama ETC, and more, and she is currently a teaching artist in New York City.
EVAN RUGGIERO began dancing at age 5 and by age 10 was accepted into the New Jersey Tap Ensemble (Deborah Mitchell, dir.). He performed at Lincoln Center, the Shomberg Museum of Harlem, and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, among others. During his sophomore year at Montclair State, while pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre, Ruggiero was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, of the right leg. After nine surgeries in six months, his leg had to be amputated to stop the cancer, and he underwent chemotherapy for 16 months. Ruggiero held close to the dream of dancing, inspired by Clayton “Peg Leg” Bates, a legendary African American entertainer who taught himself to tap dance after losing a leg in a cotton gin accident at age 12. Within 18 months of the amputation, and only two days after receiving his “peg-leg,” Ruggiero was tapping again.
STEVE SCHEPIS appeared on Broadway in Priscilla: Queen of the Desert and Finian's Rainbow. Other NY theatre credits include Anyone Can Whistle and On The Town, both at City Center's Encores. He toured Europe with the 50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story. Regional credits include Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun at Goodspeed Opera House, Benjamin in Seven Brides at Sacramento Music Circus, and Oklahoma at Papermill Playhouse. You can see Steve dancing in Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Tour promo video.
THOMAS VALLETTE was paralyzed for a year after a debilitating car accident. When he regained mobility, he started his acting career and eventually moved to Florida to act and direct. He lost his hearing through an illness and now teaches sign language.
CHRISTINA BRIGGS WINSLOW was born in Virginia, where she danced with the Richmond Ballet and earned a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. A puppeteer, choreographer, and Pilates instructor, she is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University.