The Company

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Astrid Brucker has performed with the American Liberty Ballet and the Janusphere Company and has continued her studies with some of the most prominent teachers in the New York area, including Eva Evdokimova and Francois Perron. Ms. Brucker’s first choreographed solo piece was performed in Mpls, MN. Her piece UNITY was performed with ODE at Green Space. In addition to ballet, she has studied jazz with Luigi, African Dance with Djoneba Mouflet, and Broadway Dance with Diane Laurensen. Ms. Brucker is a certified Pilates Instructor.

Astrid Brucker

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Carly Cherone attended Gloucester County Institute of Technology in New Jersey for dance and graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance with an emphasis in Jazz Dance in 2018. She performed in works choreographed by Madboots Dance, Taylor Rodman, Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum, Francesca Harper, and William McLaughlin and spent summers performing in musicals with regional theaters such as the Peregrine Theatre Ensemble and Ocean City Theatre Company. Carly loves to collaborate and plans to continue her career as a performer and choreographer with versatility, creativity, and an open mind.

Carly Cherone

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Devyn Ciccio-Rauf, has been dancing with ODE since January of 2019. She is trained in a wide array of dance styles, including Irish Step and capoeira. Outside of ODE, Devyn is a dance teacher at Nadia’s Performing Arts Centre. She teaches ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and her favorite, acro. Devyn is also a member of StubbornMVMT, a Brooklyn-based dance company led by director Rodd Denson. In her free time, Devyn does a variety of freelance work, such as choreographing and Go-Go dancing. Her knack for performing has recently led her to the world of modeling. Devyn has worked with many makeup brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills and Makeup Forever. She also teamed up with the Melange Movement last year for New York Fashion Week. Devyn is always seeking out new opportunities. She is the Assistant Director of ODE.

On leave of absence for Fall 2021 

Devyn Ciccio-Rauf

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Jana is from the Czech Republic. After receiving a Masters in Cinema Studies at Sorbonne University in Paris, she moved to New York City and in 2017  graduated from the International Student Visa Program at Broadway Dance Center and is currently enrolled in a Dance Therapy Degree at Pratt Institute. Jana  has participated in the LEMI collective, danced in a short web series Nora K,  performed for Patrick Coker in Earl Mosley´s Dancing Beyond, and participated in various online projects including Here and Now and ark DeGarmo´s Global Dance Circle. Jana works for POW! – Power of We! that focuses on creative inclusive activities for children of all abilities and backgrounds and is also certified Pilates Mat teacher.

Jana Markova

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Joelle graduated Cum Laude from Barnard College of Columbia University (B.A., Dance), and has been mentored at the Columbia Ballet Collaborative Choreographic Program (Janice Rosario). She has performed work by Davalois Fearon, Caroline Fermin, Jody Oberfelder, and Nathan Hirschaut (Santa Cruz), among others, and was a member of Philip Hamilton’s Sunday Brunch Improv, and Promptus (New York). In 2021, Joelle founded joelle santiago dance new york, a container for her choreographic work. She has co-taught with Caroline Fermin in the Dance Project of Washington Heights/ Wilson College Community Dance Forum, guest-taught at the NYU Tisch Future Dancers and Dancemakers Program, spoken at the Peabody Conservatory at John’s Hopkins University, and through the Student Advisory Council of Lincoln Center has assisted with curation at  Rubenstein Hall.

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Liviya is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She studied ballet at the Minnesota Dance Theatre. and various styles at the Ailey School where was the recipient of the Oprah Winfrey Foundation Scholarship in the summer and then a full-year Toulmin Scholarship . Liviyaa studied Dance and Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU where she graduated with academic honors . She has  performed with Wayne McGregor, Sidra Bell, Christian Von Howard, Earl Mosley, and Vive Khamsingsavath and is currently a guest artist with MeMovement.

Liviya England

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Luca Villa was born and raised in Milan, Italy. He graduated from MTS- Musical! The School Conservatory in Music Theatre (Milan, Italy) and holds a Diploma in Music Theatre issued by London College of Music - University of West London. He's currently a scholarship student in Peridance Dance Center's Certificate Program, NY. Performance credits include Musical Theatre (Pippin, Hair), commercial events, dinner and variety shows, dance concerts (Igal Perry's Nutcracker, Skyline Dance Group, ...) and Dance Theatre work. Creative experience includes direction and choreography for Musical Theatre (Alice in Wonderland, Chicago, A Chorus (On) Line), Dance Theatre (Evelyn Evelyn, Yes); and Company Assistance for AnabellaLenzuDanceDrama. 

Luca Villa

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Mayu Nakaya is a dancer born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She started ballet when she was 3, learned contemporary dance and choreograph at the Tokyo Metropolitan High School of Arts and the Dance Laboratory at University of Tsukuba of Physical Education. She received awards in several competitions in Japan from 2016-2019. After graduation she moved to New York City where she studied at The Ailey School for 2years. Since 2021, she started working with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. During the pandemic, she presented work online through the White Wave company.

Mayu Nakaya

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 Executive Director of Open Dance Ensemble.

Philip Ellis Foster

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Sara Pizzi, from Italy. She started her career as a commercial/hip hop dancer. Now, it has been 4 years since Sara moved to New York with a scholarship from the Academy Peridance Center where she graduates from the Certificate Program this summer 2020. She worked with international choreographers finding her new voice as a contemporary artist, now working as a freelancer in her projects S|R|P|Z  and dancing with several NY artists and dance companies.

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