Olivia Alvarez Guest Artist
Olivia's dance training began in New Jersey under the direction of Gina Forcella in several dance styles. She graduated cum laude from Muhlenberg College in 2010, with a B.A. in Dance and Psychology, and recently earned a Master's in Dance Education from Rutgers University. She has studied with artists such as Thang Dao, Julie Shulman, Karen Dearborn, Sara Pyun, Samuel Reyes, and Michael Minery, in addition to receiving intensive training at the American Dance Festival and the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. As a proud member of DoubleTake Dance Company since 2011, Olivia has had the opportunity to perform at venues such as Dixon Place, the Secret Theatre, Peridance Capezio Center, Theatre 80 St Marks, and the East River Amphitheater, as part of Summerstage. She also has performed at the Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Zoellner Arts Center, and Paul C. Empie Theatre in work,
choreographed by Al Blackstone, Alyce Finwall, Charles O. Anderson, Zane Booker, Nicholas Leichter, and Shelley Oliver, among others.
He has also danced and coreographed for the Puertorrican version of Dancing with The Stars, Objetivo Fama (Univision), Miss Tourism, Mr. Model and Miss World Pageants (Telemundo). He has also danced and coreographed fashion events for companies such as Loreal, Redken and Wella. His theater works include Larry in a Chorus Line and Chicago. As a professional model he as walked the runways of San Juan's Fashion Week, Puerto Rico Fashion Trends and he held the Mr Puerto Rico Tourism tittle in 2005. As a Director an Owner of Ensayos Dance he taught and trained dancer for over 8 years who have led successful international careers. He graduated Biology and Natural Science major from the University of Puerto Rico.
Emmanuel de Jesús Guest Artist/Makeup
Born and Raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. His most recent work playing the lead role of Bernardo in the West Side Story International Tour in countries like Japan, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Israel, among others. As a dancer he worked with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico, Balleteatro Nacional and Andanza Modern Dance Co. In Ballets such as Raymonda, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Combat, Serenade, Carmina Burana and A midsummer's Night Dream. He has toured and worked throughout America with many International Latin artist like 5 time grammy winner Olga TaÃ±on, Yolandita, Manny Manuel, Myriam Hernandez, Ednita Nazario and Gilberto Santa Rosa. He has also danced and coreographed for the Puertorrican version of Dancing with The Stars, Objetivo Fama (Univision),
Miss Tourism, Mr. Model
and Miss World Pageants
Marty Thomas Vocalist
Marty Thomas is a Grammy Nominated recording artist who has performed on Broadway in XANADU, WICKED and made his debut at age 11 in THE SECRET GARDEN. He was named Mr. Broadway 2008, and was a 1992 Ed McMahon's Junior Vocalist Star Search Champion, beating out a then unknown Britney Spears. He was featured in the film Big Gay Musical, and can currently be seen on the CBS sitcom, TWO BROKE GIRLS. He has also been seen on VH1, MTV, Inside Edition, The Tony Awards, The Early Show, The Today Show, The View, Entertainment Tonight, The Soup, Jay Leno, and Regis and Kelly. He has sung with such acts as Grace Jones, Billy Porter, Debbie Gibson, Jennifer Holliday, Patti Labelle, and many more. His dance single "Resurrect Me (Lift Me Up)" was named Billboard Magazines song of the year in 2001 and is currently on the international instor playlist in Abercrombie & Fitch and Express stores. Marty hosts/produces a show weekly in midtown Manhattan called DIVA featurind some of New Yorks finest female vocalists paying tribute to histories most over the top icons. www.martythomaspresentsdiva.com for more info. Follow @martythomasbway. www.martythomas.com
Travis Morin Vocalist
Travis Morin can be seen performing in NYC and the surrounding area as a member the critically acclaimed Broadway Boys, the Broadway Inspirational Voices gospel choir as well as in many new and developing projects. Travis was part of the Washington D.C. premiere of Altar Boyz and has since performed the role of Luke two more times. Other credits include Rock of Ages, Tommy, The Rocky Horror Show, Bubble Boy: The Musical, and Suessical. Travis is the lead singer of the band Takeover Tomorrow and holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory.
Photo Mario Alzate, Noir Tribe Media
Photo Mario Alzate, Noir Tribe Media
Vanessa Martínez de Baños Artistic Director/Dancer
Vanessa is a recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer who currently co-directs the company DoubleTake Dance in NYC (www.DoubleTakeDanceCo.com). Featured twice in Dance Informa Magazine DTD has recently received several commissions: Rock that Rolls choreographic commission for Dancing Wheels in Cleveland, OH; HTChen New Steps residency NYC; Next Step commission and performance for JPAC NYC.
Honored with a professional development scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture to study abroad, she later became the resident choreographer for the musical theatre production company Tela-Katola in Spain. Shows: “I Love You, You're Perfect ...Now Change” and “Tick Tick...BOOM!”.
Currently she dances and choreographs for DoubleTake Dance (SummerStage; NY Half Marathon, Ailey Theater; Carnival, Webster Hall; Gerald Lynch Theater, Dixon Place, Teatro la Tea, Teatro Madrid, Sala Triángulo), Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. Other companies: De Funes Dance, BalaSole Dance, Noir Tribe Media, Burnt Sugar, Ikada, J.T Lotus Dance Co. She ́s had the pleasure to work for choreographers such as Germaul Barnes, Ryan Beck, Derek Mitchell, Guillém
Ashley Carter Artistic Director/Dancer
Both internationally as well as in the U.S., Ashley is passionate about her work as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Primarily trained in New York, she has studied and worked in many different styles from ballet to lyrical, modern, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theatre. She has had the opportunity to perform and/or choreograph at venues such as Jacob's Pillow, Teatro Madrid, The Gerald Lynch Theater, The Barrow Street Theater, SummerStage, The Highline Ballroom, Spoke the Hub, Webster Hall and the Ailey Theatre. Ashley is also on faculty at Peridance in New York, various schools in Mexico and Spain; and has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and Ballet Arts in New York City, Lines Dance Center in San Francisco, Tony Williams Dance Center in Boston and Round Rock Repertory in Texas.
She can be seen working alongside artists such as Ricky Martin, NeYo, Lady Sovereign, Nicki Minaj and Mila Kunis, for companies like Pilobolus, Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions, Momentum Dance Company, Fendley's Fingerprints, De Funes Dance, Moochaloo and Balasole, and for brands such as Nike, Nokia, Ursus Vodka, Microsoft, Heineken, Yahoo, and Lush Cosmetics. She has been seen off-Broadway in shows like West Side Story and 3 to 1.
She has toured with the European show "Compradores de Sueños", premiered the Legendary Dance Project at the Museo del Barrio and has completed her fourth season of New York City's Summerstage. Ashley has choreographed and produced several full-length shows for her company DoubleTake Dance and last summer was very proud of DoubleTake's debut in the City Parks Summerstage festival as well as Carnival Choreographer's Ball. Additionally, last season she can be seen dancing on the Rachel Ray show, directing and choreographing a benefit for Japan and the latest commercial for Fuse TV; and travelling to the west coast, Europe and Mexico to teach contemporary workshops. Recent credits include choreographic commissions for the world-renowned Dancing Wheels Company and Montclair Performing Arts program,and was a choreography grant recipient from Eryc Taylor Dance.
In 2008 she was invited to Madrid to teach at the Association of Dance Professionals and choreograph for Spanish recording artist Nuria Elosegui. Recently she performed in Sia's music video, in Central Park Summerstage, in a Boost Mobile commercial,
danced in a feature film with Justin Timberlake,
and is credited with choreographing independent feature film "The Ride of Tom and Valkyrie".
Alonso, Gabrielle Lasner, Alan Onickel, Lynn Schwab (Tap City -Symphony Space) and Tony Waag (Career Transition for Dancers Gala at City Center)
Featured dancer in “Rabi Thakur: A ballet on the Life of Rabindranath Tagore” (NJPAC); Momentum Dance Theater: “The jazz Hip
Hop Nutcracker” (Washington D.C ), “Steel City Rhythm" workshop by RSW & associates; "Where Dreams Become Reality" (NY) and “Compradores de Sueños” (Madrid). Other shows include The Little Opera Theater of NY ́s “Mitridate” ; “Arrival” at Theater 80; “LOVEartJAPAN” Benefit show for Japan.
She has performed as a dancer, model or actress for international brands and commercials with L ́OREAL, Heineken, Ameriprise, NYRoadRunners, Tag Heuer, Yahoo, Ursus Vodka, KDDance, Lush Cosmetics/Gorilla Perfumes, El Pais newspaper, channel Tele5, Fuse TV, X-Box/Kinect (Times Square with NeYo and Lady Sovereign) Fashion Center Arts Festival, One Truth, Dru Cutler and the Rachel Ray Show. Film credits include “The Ryde of Tom & Valkyrie”, & "Friends With Benefits" with Justin Timberlake (IMDB 2011)
Vanessa is passionate about her teaching career. Currently on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center and a Tap City Leader she’s been featured on CNN and NBC. Vanessa has also been a guest teacher in numerous studios around the world (Alonzo Lines in San Francisco; LeHigh Valley Alliance in Pennsylvania; Round Rock Repertory, and Tarrytown Dance in Austin; Scaena, Victor Ullate, El Arte de Bailar, Latelier, Ross in Spain; T- Stage in México...) and she also teaches and judges at conventions around the USA.
Jen Chiang Guest Artist
Jen started her dance training in Thousand Oaks, CA under the direction of Kris Davis-Garcia at The Dance Company in jazz, ballet, tap, and lyrical. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a BS in Business, she danced with Allison DeOliviera’s contemporary company Pack the House Productions, and Saki Suto’s jazz company S4B in San Francisco. Jen now resides in New York and performs with De Funes
Dance Company as well. Jen is grateful and excited for the opportunity to work with DoubleTake dance!
Directed by Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martínez de Baños
Mikki graduated from the Japan Women's College of Physical Education with a B.A. in Dance. She has trained a wide range of dance styles, including; ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and tap. She had worked with Fabien Prioville "KAMIHIKOUKI" performed at the "INTERNATIONALS TANZFESTIVAL 2008 TANZTHEATER 3 WOCHEN MIT PINA BAUSCH" in Germany.
Mikki moved to New York City to study at International Dance School Peridance.
She had performed work by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Tony Waag and the American Tap Dance Foundation, Roberta Mathes, Sekou McMiller, Jennifer Archibald and Rebekka Nodhturft.
Mikki is excited to be part of DoubleTake Dance.
Additionally, she has performed in her own choreography presented at Ailey Citigroup Theater. Olivia holds a PK-12 Teaching Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing, licensing her to teach dance in public and/or private schools across 38 states. She has several years of experience teaching students ranging from the beginner to pre-professional level in a diverse range of genres, and develops classes that offer unique opportunities for artistic, academic, social, and emotional growth for all of her students.
Danita is a dancer and choreographer who began her training with the Capital Ballet in upstate New York. Danita is classically trained in Balanchine technique under the direction of former New York City Ballet soloist David Otto and the Capital Ballet Company. She has done intensive training with Boston Ballet, River North Dance Company, Burklyn Ballet, and Bates Dance Festival. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College’s BFA program and has been performing professionally in New York ever since.
Graduated in Classical Dance by the method Vaganova in the School of Igor Yebra, later continued forming in the School of Ross in Contemporary and jazz. At the same time she has taken classes in Biarritz ( three consecutive years), Germany, New York, London, Italy,… and was part of the European Ballet company of London.
She get a Scholarship to take classes at Peridance Capezio Center in NY by Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martínez de Baños and has worked in the musical of the short film by Pedro Olea.
She has had the honor honored of working with Ariel Rivka Dance, Dance Cat-alyst, Salma Allam Dance Theater, Grace Rising Dance, Kaleidoscope Dance
She has also studied in the School of Dramatic Arts and Dance of Euskadi, Dantzerti. Within ti she met Iratxe Ansa and was selected to work no two of her projects, Methamorfosis Dance Collective in México; collaborating with the CEPRODAC Company of México and Methamorfosis Summer Course in Donostia; with performances at the San Telmo Museum, Guggenheim Bilbao and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.
Theater, Tamara Saari Dance, Jacobs Campbell Dance, Gehring Dancetheatre, Banana Peel Dance, dancesbyremi, Ryan McNally, MAD About Dance , H.T. Chen and Dancers, AERA, Beth Soll & Company, Andrea Gise and Dancers, Laura Ward/ Octavia Cup Dance Theatre, and Nina Buisson Contemporary Move. In addition to performing, choreographing and teaching, Danita is also the founder and President of the Alternative Arts Association, a multimedia arts organization and registered 501(c)3-www.alternativearts.org.
Originally from Edmonton, Canada, moved to New York City in 2015 to study at the Joffrey Ballet School as a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee. Upon completion of her training there, she
started as a student in the International Training Program at the Peridance Capezio Center. During her time in NYC she has had the pleasure of performing at a number of different showcases and festivals, including the Biomorphic Dance Festival, the Spotlight Showcase, Spoke the Hub’s Winter Follies Showcase, the Peridance Faculty Showcase, the Leg Up On Life Showcase benefitting The Trevor Project, Rush Through – Stillness Within Chaos at Anita’s Way, Spark Dance Forum’s Triple Bill and 8 in Show at Dixon Place. Some other favorite past performances include performing in the Grey Cup Halftime Show, the Columbus Day Parade opening number, and as a backup dancer for Saving Forever in the US Open opening performances.
Parker has had the pleasure of being an apprentice with Move DiPR under the direction of Dionna PridGeon for two seasons. She is currently working with Winnie Berger in Mook Dance Company, Ashley Carter and Vanessa Martinez de Banos in Doubletake Dance, Kelley Donovan in Kelley Donovan and Dancers and looks forward to future performances with all of the talented dancers and choreographers involved in these companies.
Melody Domfort is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Melody graduated with honors from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in Dance. While at UArts she performed works by Ronen Koresh, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Kim Bears-Bailey, Molly Misgalla and guest artists such as, Al Blackstone and Adrienne Abdus-Salaam. Melody was awarded a scholarship at the :pushing progress a company/a workshop intensive where she has worked with many artists such as, Calen Kurka, Chris Hale, Bryn Cohn, Mike Esperanza, Lauren Adams and Sidra Bell. Melody is currently a company member of the LMproject and MADArt Creative. She is currently a dance teacher and choreographer at multiple competitive studios on Long Island and a Fitness instructor in NYC. Melody is very excited to be a part of DoubleTake Dance and grateful for the opportunity to work with the company.
Maggie holds a BFA from George Mason University School of Dance, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 2017. A lifelong dancer, Maggie has been privileged to study myriad styles and to perform works choreographed by artists such as Donald Byrd, Alejandro Cerrudo, Christopher d'Amboise, and Susan Shields. Recently Maggie danced in the premier show of LUNA, a company based in Lancaster, PA.
Maggie is a teacher as well as a performer, and tries to imbue her classes with the same sense of energy and community that is found on the stage. She is thrilled to join DoubleTake Dance and see what the future holds.
① How/when did you decide you wanted to dance for DoubleTake Dance?
When I first went to see a DTD performance in summer of 2014, I was like “I want that”.
② How did you feel when you were asked to join the company?
I was so happy!! I felt happier than I'd ever had before.
③ Do you find being in the company challenging?
In what way?
The standard/expectation is always set very high, and keeps getting higher and higher. It's definitely challenging to respond to what the directors want but the outcome is worth it.
④ What's your favorite piece?
⑤ You started as an ensemble member and are now both a soloist and a key member in the company. How do you feel about that? Is this a demanding job with a lot of responsibilities? Stressful?
I came to NY to be a professional dancer and I was taking nearly 60 classes a month for 2 years, especially Ashley's and Vanessa's classes, in my pursuit to be a better dancer. So I feel happy that lots of hard work and all my efforts did paid off. But it also make me think that I have to be better, I don't want anyone to think that I am getting roles because of the length of time I've been in the company. There are so many great dancers out there in the world!
⑥ If you could tour with DTD anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
But if I have to choose only one, it would be my home country Japan.
I want to go there and show them who I am, what I am doing and what I've become.
⑦ DTD has pushed you to train in many different genres and disciplines that were new to you, was that hard?
Of course it’s hard because it’s NEW. But trying new things is always fun to do, isn’t it?
⑧You met Ashley and Vanessa when you became a regular student in Ashley Carter's class. What is it about that class that makes you want to take it regularly for years?
I'm kind of a sore loser... I was a hot mess in the first class, I had no idea what I was doing and couldn’t remember anything but the class kept going... at the end of the class I could barely do the whole combination. I was disappointed in myself that I couldn’t do everything, so I went back to the class next day and again and again.... Ashley’s classes definitely made me better, as did Vanessa’s classes, not only learning how to move but also other things like musicality and cleaner technique.
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