Company Dancers

Kristina Bermudez

Kristina is a modern dancer and art maker in NYC. She studied ballet at Walnut Hill School of the Arts and continued to earn her B.F.A Cum Laude from the Boston Conservatory @ Berklee School of Music, as a Jan Veen Scholar. Kristina has worked with and performed works for Dwight Rhoden, Francesca Harper, Zoe Scofield, Danny Buraceski, and Jodi Melnick. She has also performed repertory by Twyla Tharp. In the most recent past, Kristina has worked on projects with Pushing Progress Contemporary Dance, Bill T. Jones, Philadelphia Opera House, and currently dances with Robin Aren / TRAC. She joined LBDW in 2017.

Bonnie Bushnell, Administrative Assistant 

Originally from Northern California, Bonnie Bushnell graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. in Dance and English and a minor in Writing & Rhetoric. In college, she was able to continue her training in Aix-en-Provence, France as the recipient of the HWS Student International Initiative Fund grant. After graduation, Bonnie moved to New York City and completed the Broadway Dance Center training program and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence. Bonnie has also performed work by Courtney Murray, Georgina Bates, and Katya Danko. She joined LBDW as an apprentice in 2015 and was promoted to a Company Dancer in 2016. 

Ashley Chavonne

Ashley began her training in ballet, jazz, modern and techniques of the African diaspora in Detroit, MI. Continuing her studies at The Ohio State University, she had the pleasure to work with Bebe Miller, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Rennie Harris among other notable choreographers while earning a B.F.A in dance performance and B.A in strategic communication. Professionally, she has worked with Detroit Dance Collective as a featured performer and teaching artist, NYC based company Jazz Ain't Dead as a featured artist, and Jana Hicks, Marijke Eliasberg and The Next Stage Project as a guest artist. Currently a member of the Treehouse Shakers Dance Theater company where she is also a teaching artist and marketing associate, ModArts Dance Collective, and Kinetic Cabaret, she is excited to be working with Lauren Beirne Dance Works.

 

Casey Howes

Casey is a Brooklyn based dancer and choreographer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Casey has been dancing her entire life, catalyzing her training at The Colburn School Under Leslie Carothers and Glenn Edgerton. She has worked professionally with Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Debbie Allen Productions. During her studies, Casey completed works with renowned dancers and choreographers Kimberly Bartosik, Shannon Gillen of Vim Vigor, and Ron Amit of Batsheva (just to name a few). After recently graduating SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance with a BFA in Dance & Choreography in May 2016, she has trained rigorously across Europe and has had the honor of working select projects with Pilobolus, traveling across the country to perform. Casey joined LBDW in February of 2017.

Davida Sam

Davida Sam graduated from University of Central Florida with a BA in Literature. She has been living in New York City for the last three years where she has been working as a freelance artist. She is very excited to be working with Lauren Beirne Dance Works this season. Davida joined LBDW in 2017.

Eiren Shuman

Eiren has been a mover and shaker for over ten years, beginning his formal training in Philadelphia at Temple University, where he received his BFA in 2008. He has also studied dance performance and education at Trinity Laban in the UK and the University of Ghana in West Africa. And most recently completed his MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016. Eiren has had the privilege of performing with and for many amazing artists, such as Kun-Yang Lin and Dancers, Krystal Pite/Kid Pivot, Sean Curran Company, Abby Z and the New Utilities, and Nora Gibson Performance Projects, to name a few. But he has also dedicated his life to Movement Education, teaching and training all ages and demographics from 'mommy and me' classes, to elderly populations, from pre-professional and professional athletes, to after school programs and group fitness classes. Since relocating to New York he has continued his own movement practice and work, creating six new dances for S.S. and Company, a performance and visual arts company he started in 2016. Outside of the dance community Eiren has also enjoyed working as a figure model for many years, creating a personal practice that combines stillness as well as movement. Eiren joined LBDW in 2017.

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