The Company

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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, Executive Director and Choreographer

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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. She is Dance Captain of and Choreographer for the Open Dance Ensemble.

 Sara Pizzi, Dance Captain

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Dimara has performed the works of Martha Graham and Paul Taylor during her time at UNC Charlotte, where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance., and then completed an independent semester with and internship at The Martha Graham School. She has since performed in at Lincoln Center, The Joyce, Gibney, Melrose Ballroom, and the Knight Theater. Dimara has worked with various companies advocating for mental health and human rights. Most recently she has been curating and creating her own work.

Dimara Coulouras, Dancer

Darine Eid, Dancer

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Sofía Fernández is from Spain. She started her dance training at the age of 8 in her hometown Ourense, Galicia and then moved to Madrid to pursue the study of classical, modern and contemporary dance. Sofia has also trained in Barcelona and Rome. In 2020 she came to NYC with a scholarship from the José Limón Dance Foundation.

Sofia Fernandez, Dancer

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Jana Markova, Dancer

​​​​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.

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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, Dancer

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Anna Paterson is a Brooklyn based Performer, Choreographer, and Educator. Paterson graduated from Hofstra University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education. During their time at Hofstra, Paterson choreographed 12 pieces that were performed in a variety of venues in and around the University. In 2019, Paterson began an internship with Robin Becker Dance that became an Administrative Assistant position with the company. Paterson is the Head of Dance at Rutgers Preparatory School in New Jersey and continues their choreographic and performance pursuits as Artistic Director of Anna Paterson Dance which premiered “French Me” at the Fertile Ground Arts Festival in Long Island City in 2021. Other recent credits include a dance film, and  live performance at the Coney Island Art Dance Festival.

Anna Paterson, Dancer

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Claire is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist. She completed her dance education at Barnard College under the tutelage of Ashley Tuttle, Robert LaFosse, and Allegra Kent. Claire is currently on faculty at the School at the Mark Morris Dance Group, and choreographs for schools and theaters throughout the tristate area. Recent choreographic credits include Urinetown (Wingspan Arts), The Addams Family (Locust Valley High School), Mamma Mia! (AfterWork Theater), and Speechless (National Queer Theater).

Claire Wampler, Dancer

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Darina Eid began her training at the age of five in Cochabamba, Bolivia with jazz, commercial dance and a variety of Latin and urban styles. In 2015, Eid moved to New York City to study dance at Marymount Manhattan College from which she graduated in 2015. She has participated in international festivals, such as Florence Dance Festival and Agropoli Summer Dance, and appeared in MTV’s TRL. Recently she was a production cast member on board the Regent Seven Seas' cruise ship Splendor. Eid also studies acting at HB Studios.