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The Company


Philip Ellis Foster was introduced to dance through Authentic Movement and then discovered Contact Improvisation and The Underscore. Philip developed an interest in performing and has taken many workshops in dance and choreography, participated in several performances, and created choreography for himself and others. Philip also paints, plays and composes music, and writes haiku poems. He is the founder and Director of Open Dance Ensemble.

Philip Ellis Foster, Director


Caroline Alter (she/they) is a movement artist based in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in Dance and co-founder of the school’s contemporary dance club. Caroline has attended intensives such as Bates Dance Festival, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, LINK, David Dorfman Dance, b12 festival and DELVE. They are a curious mover who loves to be in spaces where passion for dance is infectious. She has been a frequent improvisational performer at The Space Upstairs and member of improv-based company,The Pillow Projects, in Pittsburgh, PA. Since moving to NYC in 2022, Caroline has performed at Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Mignolo Arts, Koresh Dance and 14th St Y.

Caroline Alter, 
Dance Maker

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Nadia is a classically-educated ballet, contemporary, and modern dancer freelancing and working as a ballet company artist with CityDance NY under Michael Buoni, trained at José Limón Dance Company (2022-23) on partial scholarship, and 2 years (2020-22) as a trainee at Sacramento Ballet. Extensive performance experience in ballets like Giselle, including performing alongside Sacramento Ballet’s main company in Nutcracker, 2021.  Trained in Limón dance under Dante Puleio, Kathryn Alter, and Logan Frances Kruger.  Trained in contemporary and improvisation under Colby Damon.  Trained in ballet under Anthony Krutzkamp, Jill Marlow Krutzkamp, Allyson Deane, and Theodore Constant.  Attended the GagaLab in Israel working with Ohad Naharin and several Batsheva Company members as well as the 2023 Countertechnique Winter and Summer Workshop led by Anouk van Dijk.  Regularly takes Gaga and Countertechnique classes at Gibney, attends ballet classes with Nina Goldman, Nancy Bielski, and Francois Perron.

Nadia Benes, 
Dance Maker


Julia is a German dancer based in NYC. She trained in Musical Theater back in Germany and completed a Certificatein Ballet-Contemporary at Peridance. Her personal focus is on Physical Theater and Improvisational work. She loves connecting with different artists and am excited to learn and grow throughout her professional journey.

Julia Hunkert, 
Dance Maker


Olivia is a freelance dancer based in New York and Seattle, working in contemporary, ballet, and modern styles. Born and raised in Seattle, she attended the Cornish Preparatory Dance School, privately trained with Stephanie Saland, and later danced in a small program led by Deborah Hadley in ballet until she left the Seattle area to attend NYU Tisch Dance. She graduated in 2022 with a B.F.A. in contemporary dance and went on to get a training certificate with the Limón Trainee program the following year.!

Olivia Kleven, 
Dance Maker

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Erin is a New England-based dancer and arts educator. She holds a BA in

Theatre and Dance from Eastern Connecticut State University, where she also studied creative writing and costume design. Since graduating in 2022, Erin currently works as a teaching artist with the Justice Dance Performance Project in Hartford CT, teaching creative movement classes in public elementary schools. She is a full time member of Sonia Plumb Dance Company, and is on staff at several dance studios in Connecticut

and New York.

Erin Raymond,

Dance Maker

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Lily Selthofner is a Senior at Columbia University in NYC studying Dance and Anthropology. As an interdisciplinary artist, Lily works primarily within dance, film, visual arts, and text. At Columbia, Lily has worked and studied with Colleen Thomas-Young, Gabri Christa, Caroline Fermin, Wesley Ensminger, Jenna Riegel, MX Oops, and Ashley Tuttle. In the Spring of 2023, Lily also founded Essence, an improvisational artistic research workshop. She was selected to attend the Barnard Dance in Paris program in Summer 2022 and has also attended summer intensives at Milwaukee Ballet and Boston Ballet. She has studied and created works in Venice, Italy as a selected participant in the Columbia Summer in Venice program in 2023, and she was also selected to attend workshops with Oona Doherty and Wayne McGregor during the Venice Biennale Danza 2023. Lily is a 2023-24 Student Artist in Residence with the Movement Lab at Barnard College, where she creates art at the intersection of movement and technology. Lily also works as a language tutor, freelance dancer, choreographer, videographer, editor, and visual artist -- her personal works are available to view at

Lily Selthofner,
Dance Maker and Assistant to Director

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John Trunfio,
Dance Maker

John graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in May of 2020 with a BFA in Dance and minors in East Asian Civilization and History. In June of 2022, he graduated from Drexel University with a MS in Arts Administration and Museum leadership. In addition, he is a certified aerial hoop/ lyra instructor. At NYU, he performed works by Wayne McGregor, Sidra
Bell, Jim Martin, Ryan Mason, and Emilie Camacho. After graduating, John worked on projects with the Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation, Yu.S.Artistry, Elizabeth Burr Dance, Vive Khamsingsavath, TheatreZone, and was also a junior artist with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre. John was a former company dancer with the Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company. Recently, he completed JV2 in England where he refined his
physical theatre skills. John is currently a company dancer with Hanna Q Dance Company. Besides for performing, John is also a choreographer who creates dances that are influenced by the intersectionality of physical theatre, floorwork, and circus arts. His works have been shown at NYU, TADA Youth Theatre, Fertile Grounds Film Series, Open Dance Space Virtual Gallery,

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