SLATE is proud currently be working with the following creators and performers for 2018.
ANNELIESE CHAREK // Artistic Director , Choreographer , Performer
From Los Angeles, Anneliese is an artist focusing on the mediums of dance, film and video, often combining elements of each in her work. She began her dance training at a young age at the Performing Arts Center in L.A., with a focus in Ballet. She continued her studies in contemporary dance, receiving a BFA from California Institute of the Arts. There she was trained by numerous dancers and choreographers including; Tina Yuan (of Alvin Ailey), Glen Eddy (Nederlands Dans Theater), Colin Connor (Limon), Lyndon Branaugh (Martha Graham Company) to name a few.
During her dance training she participated and performed in various workshops and festivals around the world; American Dance Festival, ImpulsTanz Vienna, Thodos Dance Chicago, Holly Johnson’s Legdes and Bones Intensive (Los Angeles), International Contemporary Dance Workshop Prague.
Upon graduating from CalArts she joined the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, performing locally and abroad with them for two years. While in the company she began an MFA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the field of video installation. After moving abroad to Europe in 2009, she furthered her studies the Prague Film School, receiving a certificate in film directing.
She has lived and worked in Shanghai since 2012. In 2013 she co-founded the community art space Basement 6 Collective, and In 2014 she founded SLATE contemporary dance company, with the hopes of contributing the contemporary dance scene in Shanghai. She is currently studying for her Master's at Shanghai Theater Academy.
Alex is committed to using performing arts to facilitate intercultural communications by any means. He trained in the UK and Shanghai, and the international mime schools of Decroux and Lecoq in Paris, and as a performer he works in contemporary mime, as well as an actor of modern and classical spoken word theatre, a contemporary dancer, a clown and performance artist. He works as a director and movement director, producer, workshop facilitator and consultant, and holds a BA from the University of Cambridge and a MA from Shanghai Theatre Academy. He has been working with SLATE since 2017, but also performs freelance and for his own UK-based theatre company. Most recently he has worked with such choreographers as Anneliese Charek, Pao Su, Mistaya Hemingway, and Sun Wenting.
Sam graduated from the Ballet School of the Finnish National Opera in 2007 and after that worked for the Finnish National Ballet until 2010.
He has performed in various classical ballets and works by contemporary choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Kenneth Kvarnström, Christian Spuck, William Forthsythe, Johan Inger, Jorma Uotinen and Jarkko Mandelin. Sam has won three Finnish championships in street dance, placed second in the 2007 Nordic Ballet Contest in Sweden and in 2010 he won the men’s performing arts solo series in show dance. In 2010 he won the first So You Think You Can Dance contest in Finland (TV show), earning the title ‘Finland’s most popular dancer’.
Sam danced with Susanna Leinonen Company, touring to China, Spain, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sweden and Finland. He also worked in Denmark with Lotte Sigh and went to Israel to learn Gaga (Ohad Naharine’s Movement language). Sam joined Phoenix Dance Theatre in August 2013 (Leeds UK). He danced works by contemporary choreographers such as Richard Alston, Caroline Finn, Itzik Galili, Didy Veldman, Christopher Bruce CBE, Darshan Singh Bhuller and Sharon Watson.
He has taught company class for Phoenix and has given workshops all over UK. Sam is a certified hot yoga teacher who is currently teaching at Y+ in Shanghai.
Sam has choreographed for Finnish National Ballet, the Dance With Dancers event and AGG group (Aesthetic Group Gymnastics) Sport Club Vantaa and won the Finnish National Championship in 2013 and OVO Junior Team (Bronze in world Championship) (Finland).
Nadia and Maria Gudenko are versatile dancers and creators who have been performing extensively in China since 2007. Graduates from the Studio of Modern Choreography (MIG) in Russia, the pair have worked consistently in a wide change of dance styles. These two compelling performers are know for their ability to adapt to a wide range of classical and contemporary dance styles, as well as their acting skills. Together they have created original pieces of choreography for numerous projects.
Xiao Yu has a BFA and MFA from the Chinese Culture University in Dance (Modern and Ballet). A native of Taiwan, she studied abroad at the Bolshoi Academy and Julliard. Professionally she has performed with the Taiwan Sun-Shier Dance Theater and Jade and Artist Dance Troupe, both as a soloist. In Shanghai, she was a touring member of Jin Xing Dance Theater.
Aviv is a freelance dancer, experimenting new dimensions of movement and communications between different people. she absorbs inspiration from the details of the world surrounding her, molding it into her creations and into a new life perspective. Born in L.A and lived most of her adult life in Isreal.
From 2014-2017 she was a full time dancer at the Mayumana Dance Company. Participating tours and concerts all over Europe and Isreal. During those years she Organized and instructed private and public events of rhythmic body-percussion and dance workshops.
Between 2010-2012 she participate on an excellence program at the Batsheva Dance Company of Tel Aviv-Yafo, on the same years she also took part in the dance program of Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem. On 2017 Aviv got her bachelor degree of art, dance education at the Jerusalem academy of music and dance. On 2018-2019 Aviv moved to Shanghai and opened "AVIV dance studio", a center for both creative art and an educational center aiming to develop new range of skills among children and adults.
PIAN PIAN LI (GUEST DANCER)
Pianpian Li is a dance theatre artist, choreographer and dancer, currently based in Shanghai. She studied for her bachelor's degree in contemporary dance at Northern school of contemporary dance, Leeds (U.K.), worked with Andile Sotiya, Hagit Yakira, Seke Chimutengwende, Jo Fong and other artists during the years. In 2016 Pianpian joined 175 dance company as a choreographer and dancer. Creations included immersive experience the forest, solo see the floating words, FRENZY and water, duet Happy ending...ish.
FORMER DANCERS //
SLATE has consistently worked with both local and foreign dancers in Shanghai, and would like to acknowledge it's past collaborators...
I began my training with the pre-professional programme at Northern Ballet Theatre and later as a Senior Associate of the The Royal Ballet. At 16 I won a scholarship to train for three years at the upper school of Elmhurst Ballet School, (in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet). After a short performance career and injury, I expanded from dance and completed a BA (Hons) Degree in History, diversifying my experience. This led me to work with various charities, schools and dance centres in projects relating to training, performance and peer teaching programmes. Through this I have developed passion for dance in a in a wide range of settings. I am now in my second year as a full time member of Shanghai City Ballet school where I enjoy teaching a large variety of age groups and dance styles. I continue to perform and love working on creative projects with SLATE.
Born and raised in Chicago, USA, Tony began dancing professionally at 10 years old. At a young age, he performed and toured with the Joffrey Ballet as a pat of the world premiere of “I/DNA” created by Gerald Arpino, founder and artistic director of The Joffrey. After this tour, Tony danced in multiple performances with the Chicago Opera Theatre including “Nixon in China” and “La Resurrezione”. After winning awards at numerous dance competitions across the United States, Tony continued his education at Interlochen Arts Academy, one of the tip fine arts high schools in the world. There he performed lead roles in ballets including “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Les Patineures,” and “Gaite Parisienne.” After graduating in 2011, Tony moved to Nashville, Tennessee and danced with the Nashville Ballet for three years. In 2014 he left the ballet company to become one of the founding company members of Nashville’s first major contemporary dance company, New Dialect.
KARA MADDEN : 2016 - 2017
Kara began her training at age five at the School of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. She was a Junior and Senior Trainee with GRBC under the direction of Gordon Peirce Schmidt, performing in many professional productions including The Nutcracker, Cinderella, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Can-Can. She also toured Italy and Croatia with students and professional dancers from GRBC. Her teachers included world-renowned dancers Gaiane and Akop Akopian.
In 2010, Kara graduated Summa Cum Laude from Aquinas College with a double major in English and Biology. During college, Kara continued training at GRBC and participated in the summer intensive programs at STEPS on Broadway, Merce Cunningham, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Kara also performed with the Chicago Civic Ballet, directed by Larry Long, in its production of The Nutcracker, and is a founding member of the Grand Rapids Dance Project.
Kara danced for five seasons as a company member at Cleveland’s Verb Ballets Contemporary Dance Company. At Verb, she performed many outstanding and dynamic pieces, including Martha Graham’s Appalachian Spring, Heinz Poll’s Eight by Benny Goodman, Antonio Brown’s Continuum, Tommy Waheed-Evens’ Ambiguous Drives, Shapiro and Smith’s To Have and to Hold, Ian Horvath’s Laura’s Women, and the title role in Richard Dickenson’s Carmen, among many others.
Kara has taught all levels of ballet and contemporary for more than 10 years, and has sent students to the Youth American Grand Prix with her choreography and coaching.
Kara recently moved to Shanghai, China, where she has been teaching at several studios and participating in workshops with internationally known choreographers. She also teaches at a preschool, where she loves to inspire children to dance. When she is not teaching or dancing, Kara enjoys hot yoga, DIY crafting, and having long conversations with her cats, Ginger and Wasabi.
JULIE S. : 2016 - 2017
WU YAQI : 2016 - 2017
Tracy (Wu Yaqi) is a contemporary dancer and is studying MFA in choreography at Minzu University of China since 2014. She was granted BFA degree in dance education at Minzu University of China. She has performed in 2015 Beijing Dance Festival, 2015 Guangzhou Dance Festival, 2016 Nan Luo Gu Xiang Theater Festival, 2016 D-stage Festival in Shanghai and improvised at Music Republic Festival from Shanghai West Bund Art Center in 2016.
Besides contemporary dance, Tracy also dedicates in a variety of dance and performing arts genres. She specializes in ethnical dances of Tibetan, Mongolian, Uyghur, Korean, Han, Dai, Yi, Miao, and Wa. Moreover, she has performed in operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Punchinello, in National Center For The Performing Arts, English Broadway musical Robin Hood with Beijing Playhouse and experimental drama with Italian Youth Association.
RACHAEL ELLIOT : 2015 - 2016
I grew up dancing in rural Massachusetts at Betty Gundersen Studio of Dance and Ballet Arts Worcester (formerly the Performing Arts School of Worcester). I received my high school diploma from University of North Carolina School of the Arts (with a ballet emphasis) and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance from the Alonzo King's LINES Ballet/Dominican University BFA Program in 2011.
In 2011, I Joined Stephen Shropshire's company, Noord Nederlands Dans after receiving a fellowship through the Princess Grace Foundation. I have also danced professionally with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Beijing Dance/LDTX, Vail Contemporary Dance Project, Blue Scorpion Dance Theater, Gretchen Garnett and Dancers, Daiane Lopes da Silva and Joe Landini. In 2012, I began creating work in San Francisco, CA. I was asked to be a Resident Artist with SAFE House for the Performing Arts and choreographed a duet with Corina Kinnear which premiered in 2013 at The Garage (SF). I also co-founded Vail Contemporary Dance Project with Kinnear and premiered a new work that was featured at an outdoor performance in conjunction with the Vail International Dance Festival in Vail, CO.
I returned to China in August 2014 and have continued to be amazed by the potential of Shanghai. After studying Cultural Anthropology and multiculturalism through the performing arts in Beijing in 2010, I have developed a lifelong interest in engaging with Chinese lifestyle and cultural paradigms. Joining the dancers of SLATE has been such a privilege and I am excited to continue sharing our art with the communities here.
YUN CHENG : 2014 - 2015
Yun has more than 16 years of professional experiences in dance, choreographing and education of dance in Canada and China. Yun received her B. F. A. Degree from the top dance institution in China – Beijing Dance Academy, majoring in Dance Instruction. She later received her Postgraduate Certificate in Arts Management from Beijing University. After immigrated to Canada in 2006, she has built a solid understanding of the teaching method in Western culture. Versatile in both Western and Chinese dance styles; she has choreographed numerous national level programs in China, Canada. As a dancer she has toured in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Beijing, and Shanghai. She also hopes to enrich cultural life for the local community by providing different kinds of dance programs and performance opportunities. She is a certified fitness instructor, personal trainer, Yoga instructor and Zumba instructor. Yun and her husband with their two children enjoy family time together at their free time.
NAN NAN LOU (GUEST DANCER) : 2014
Nannan was born in Shanghai. She started to learn Chinese folk dance when she was very young. Instead of going to dance academy, she studied sociology in Fudan University.
After graduated in 2005, she met with artists from different areas and together established “Zuhe Niao”--a physical theatre collective. Their main work “Tongue’s Memory of Home” was the winner of ZKB Award in Zurcher Theater Spektakel in 2006.
From 2007, Nannan became a freelance dancer and choreographer, created her own works and also collaborated with different choreographers. She works a lot with artists in different areas.
In 2011, she was invited by Theater Instituut Nederland (TIN) to join the residency project for 5 weeks in Amsterdam. That helped her to develop and present new choreography, and also communicate with local artists.
From 2011, Nannan co-founded BM Space--a performing art platform with sound artist Yin Yi in Shanghai. They organised many events in dance and music area.
Now, she began to rethink about dance after she had her first kid.
CORRINE ENGLANDER : 2013 - 2014
I was born and raised in San Francisco where I learned to roller skate, ride my bike and tap dance. This eclectic city constructed my first sensations of dance, music and creativity. My childhood inspired me to continue my higher education as a double major in Dance and French at the University of San Francisco. During my studies I continued to teach dance, perform and choreograph in the Bay Area. Besides being a dancer, I am also a language fanatic.
After college I decided to venture to France to learn another language and explore dance opportunities abroad. In the French Alpes, my senses were enhanced by climbing mountains, snowboarding, and dancing with artists between France and San Francisco (Cie Comme Tes Pieds, Rabbit Research Art Collective, Dplace, Centre National de la Danse Lyon, Yuval Pic, Maguy Marin, Joe Goode Performance Group, Rennie Harris, Chimene Pollard, ODC). After 10 years in France, my next leap was to Shanghai, where I taught English and was the coordinator of the Theatre and Dance department at theLycee Francais de Shanghai. In 2013 I decided that it was time for life to take another curve ball, and I co-founded a successful dance and wellness studio in Shanghai- Dance Studio 5- where I currently teach and continue to grow.
Today my mission is to give 100% of my body and soul to dance and Yoga and to share with others the benefits of body awareness on a physical and mindful level. I am honored to be part of the SLATE Contemporary Dance Company and excited to explore the modern dance terrain in Asia.
RAMSEY DEWEY : 2013 - 2014
After a near death experience put me in the hospital for 3 months, I decided that life was too short to not to dance. I fell in love with the dynamic expressiveness of modern dance the first time I saw a performance at the age of 18. It was then I realized that dance can carry an important message as art, not just entertainment.
I earned degrees in Modern Dance and Spanish from Brigham Young University in 2004. I performed and choreographed with several modern and ballet companies, including Brigham Young University's Dancensemble (Contemporary performance group), Mountain West Ballet (Salt lake City, UT, USA), Rocky Mountain Ballet (Orem, UT, USA). I have tested to the gold medal standard in American social dance (Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha cha, Rhumba, Mambo, West coast swing, Triple swing) and the bronze medal standard in International ballroom (Waltz, Quickstep, Tango). Also studied character ballet, jazz, and folk dance. I have been living in Shanghai with my family since 2009. Outside of dancing, I work as a coach in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and as a personal trainer.