Lauren Camp received her BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase College with an emphasis in Choreography. She is the co-founder and Director of Dance for MADArt Creative, a collaborative modern dance company. Lauren has also choreographed for NYU/Atlantic Theater's Spring Awakening, Scandinavian American Theater Company's Bastards of Strindberg, Lucy Moses' Summer Musical Theater Workshop and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater's Seussical the Musical. She has been Associate Choreographer for Utah Festival Opera's Rex, Oklahoma!, H2$, and Carousel. She currently dances with Yoo and Dancers, The LM Project, and The Dreamland Follies. She teaches dance for the Vanderbilt YMCA, Central Park Dance Academy, Three Act Theatre and drama for the Lucy Moses School.
Hannah Franz is an NYC-based, freelance artist from Long Island, NY. Franz holds a BFA in dance from Adelphi University, where she studied ballet and modern intensively, performing the works of Paul Taylor and Lar Lubovitch. Franz has also performed in several, contemporary and classical works, choreographed by Eddy Ocampo, Lauri Stallings, Shan Dai, Adelheid B. Strelick, Frank Augustyn, and Orion Duckstein. Additionally, Franz spent a semester at the London Contemporary Dance School, focusing on gaga and improvisation. In the spring of 2018, Franz was the arts administration intern for GALLIM dance. Currently, Franz is dancing for Yoo and Dancers, Douglas and Co., and Joyce King/JKing Dance Company.
Sean Hatch is originally from Stafford Springs, CT. He graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He started dancing in February 2007 at Connecticut Concert Ballet under the direction of David Lawrence and Wendy Fish-Lawrence. While at the Hartt School, he performed works by Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Shannon Gillen, Pascal Rioult, and Stephen Pier. Sean was also fortunate to perform as a company member of Full Force Dance Theatre directed by Katie Stevinson-Nollet. In March 2012, Sean performed as a soloist in Dark Meadow Suite at the Joyce Theatre restaged by Peggy Lyman. He is extremely grateful to the people he has worked with who have helped him develop as a dancer as well as a human being.
Elisabeth Jeffrey started her classical training under the tutelage of Carlos Stroia in Minnesota at the age of seven. She went on to train at the Joffrey Ballet School under a full merit scholarship, when she was fourteen. During her years there, she attended schools such as the American Ballet Theater, the Houston Ballet School, the Washington Ballet School, and the Royal Ballet School of Covent Garden. She also performed with Arts Umbrella Dance Company in Vancouver, Canada, and Peter Pucci Plus Dancers at City Center, in NYC. Upon graduation she began her professional career, and is current company member of Thomas Ortiz Dance and Periapsis Music and Dance(PMD). Elisabeth is also the rehearsal director of PMD. She has danced for Benjamin Briones Ballet, Emotions Physical Theatre and AS Arts NYC. Elisabeth is so happy to be a part of Yoo and Dancers.
Marina Vianello, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, began her dance training at City in Motion Dance Theater’s School of Dance. In 2018 she graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Global Systems from George Mason University, where she was awarded an annual Dance Talent Scholarship. Throughout her college career she was cast in pieces by Susan Shields, Christopher d’Amboise, David Grenke, Lar Lubovitch, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Robert Battle. She spent her summers training with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Rioult Dance NY, and DanceWorks Chicago. In the summer of 2018 she attended the b12 dance festival in Berlin, Germany where she performed a piece by Shannon Gillen at the dock11 theatre. She was last seen performing the original choreography of Jerome Robbins in the Lyric Opera of Kansas City’s production of West Side Story in the role of “Velma”.
Rebecca Walden began training in ballet in her hometown of Columbia, South Carolina. She continued her studies in ballet and contemporary dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at Alonzo King's LINES Ballet Training Program. She has performed professionally with Columbia Classical Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theatre. For the past year and a half, she has been performing in New York while pursuing a degree in Anthropology and Human Rights at Columbia University. While in New York, she has had the pleasure to work with Stuart Loungway's Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Benjamin Briones, Laura Shapiro, Sidra Bell, and Bennyroyce Royon. Rebecca is thrilled to be working with Hee Ra Yoo and her fellow dancers.
Xiang Xu is an international choreographer, dancer and instructor based in New York City. Xiang grew up in China and earned his B.A. at Beijing Dance Academy. He won awards including the Gold Lion prize in choreography at the Singapore World Music Dance and Instrument Competition. He holds an M.F.A. in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has served as adjunct faculty and guest artist at Syracuse University and Santa Monica College.
In 2015 he established the Xiang Xu Dance Theater. Xiang choreographed and performed in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. In 2017, he was selected for the Cunningham Repertory Workshop. His paper “Exploration of the Historical and Cultural Aspects of Yuanchangbu” was published by the Asian Journal of Humanity, Art and Literature, and his book Exploration of the Foot-Binding in Chinese Classical Dance is published in Chinese and English.
Laura de Bruijn
Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Lara began her work in dance at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Since moving to New York and finishing her Master of Fine Arts in Design from Tisch School of the Arts, Lara has worked with such directors and choreographers as Lucinda Childs, Rhoda Levine, Brook Notary, Jim Sutton, Sara Rudner, and Carol Fonda. Her designs for theatre, dance and opera include Queen Esther (Classical Presentations), Radial Courses (Sarah Lawrence College), Dreamgirls (CNR Drama), Copenhagen, SantaLand Diaries & the American Premiere of Breath of Life (Peterborough Players), Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You in the Closet and I'm.
Feeling So Sad (Angels and Heroes), The Goat (Neptune Theatre), GRID (SADC), How it Happens & The Grandmothers and Frogs (FPW), The Tailor of Gloucester (Manhattan School of Music), Ndebele Fu Recent designs include: The Who’s Tommy, Cabaret, Mud, River, Stone, and Lady Windermere’s Fan (New York University), as well as frequent collaborations with the NYU Department of Dance. Other notable work includes Mirage (Deganit Shemy/Sarah Lawrence College), readings of Notes to MariAnne and Fault Lines (New York Stage and Film), Stain (Theatre Row), Life Laid Out and Better Living (T. Schreiber Studios), Gypsy, Kiss Me Kate and City of Angels (William and Mary Theatre). Nick was born in South Korea, raised in Virginia and is based in New York City, and has recently completed his MFA in Design from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.neral & Sorrows and Rejoicings (NYU Grad Acting), Low in the Dark (Texas State University).
Nadege Noel was born and raised in Haiti. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Management from The City College of the City University of New York and a Masters Degree in Performing Arts Management from New York University. Nadege has a dance background in ballet and has been dancing Argentine Tango for the last twelve years. She was part of the Anthropology of Tango Show. She was the General Manager of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Nadege is now working at the Harlem School of the Arts as the Education Outreach Director.
Drummer Daniel Platzman, a native of Atlanta, has played trumpet in a concert band, violin in a pit band, viola in an orchestra, bass in a Manhattan club, and lead roles in several school musicals. He has also toured as a guitarist/vocalist in a rock band, and participated in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. He is currently the drummer for the Las Vegas-based rock band Imagine Dragons, with whom he shared the 2014 Grammy award for Best Rock Performance.
He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Film Scoring from the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Hal Crook, Sheldon Mirowitz and Ian Froman (among others), played in the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra (led by Greg Hopkins), the Urban Outreach Jazz Orchestra (led by Lin Biviano) and the Berklee Rainbow Big Band (led by Phil Wilson), and received the Vic Firth Award for Outstanding Musicianship as well as the Michael Rendish Award in Film Scoring.
Piotr composes music for film, theater and other media. He has a Master degree in music composition from Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia.
Jonathan Manness, published composer, has written music for film, multimedia, and concert setting. Film and commercial credits include working with such filmmakers as Tim Leaton, Andy Fortenbacher, Ruth Du, Nick Douillard, Mauro Mueller, and Jessie Levandov. Performance venues of Manness’s music include the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Hersheypark, Chris’ Jazz Café, the Collective, New York University, and West Chester University. In April 2007, he was selected to have his first brass quintet work, Punxsutawney Fails to See His Shadow!, read by the American Brass Quintet. Manness graduated from New York University where he received his M.M. in Composition with a Concentration in Scoring for Film and Multimedia and studied with Deniz Hughes. He received his B.M. in Music Theory and Composition (summa cum laude) from West Chester University in West Chester, PA where he studied with Robert Maggio and Peter Paulsen. Manness has also worked with award-winning composer Richard Einhorn (Voices of Light).