Season 3 Choreographers
Angie Moon Conte
Angie Moon Conte is an artist living in New York City. She received her MFA in Dance & New Media from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and her undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University. Her work has been described as being “…filled with such exactingly constructed images, oscillating with moments of daredevil athleticism.” by the Stewardship Report. Her work often is inspired by dreams, surrealism, and she is constantly trying to find unlikely bonds between different mediums.
Through the years she has presented work both Nationally and Internationally in a range of venues including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Dixon Place, Danspace at St Marks Church, The Jack Crystal Theater, University Settlement, The Actors Fund Studios, GK Arts Center, Triskelion, Green Street Studios, The Dance Complex, the Paramount Theater, and many more. She has also
experimented with site specific work, in art galleries, abandoned pubs in the UK, farmers markets, rooftops, and hotels.
As a choreographer she has had the honor of being mentored by legends such as Kelli Wicke Davis, Phyllis Lamhut, Cari Ann Shim Sham*, and was a founding member for the NADINE Project, lead by Janet Mansfield Soares and Libby Nye. As a dancer she has performed work by Kate Weare, Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Janice Lancaster, Carl Flink, Jenny Rocha, Tiffany Mills, Vita Osojnik. She also performed at City Center with Kidd Pivot for the US premiere of “Polaris” choreographed by Crystal Pite.
Angie is a celebrated teacher and mentor of many. She travels the country teaching and setting choreography on a variety of students from recreational to pre professional programs. Her choreography and students often receive top honors in regional and national conventions, and many have gone on to have their own professional careers.
Her art spans many genres, and she also works in film, production design, and metal smithing. Her work has been screened overseas, along with the New York Indie Film Festival, Movies By Movers Film Festival, the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Tisch Dance & New Media Festival. She is a published illustrator, has presented at NY Jewelry week, and has worked on the design team for indie films, and brands such as Draft Kings, Aperol, Billboard, and Off White
Cecly Placenti, originally from Belleville, NJ, received her MA in Dance Education from New York University and her BFA in Dance from Montclair State University. She has had the good fortune to perform with freelance choreographers Julie Batson Carter and Sean Scantlebury and companies including Chris Ferris and Dancers, Lauren Beirne Dance Works, Catherine Gallant Dances, The Next Stage Project, and ESS/Danceworks. As a writer, Cecly has been published in Critical Dance and is currently on staff at The Dance Enthusiast where she writes previews, interviews, and reviews covering a wide variety of movement artists and initiatives. Cecly was a guest choreographer and teacher at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts as well as Raritan Valley Community College and is currently a full-time dance teacher at The School at Columbia University.
Charly Santagado is a dancer, choreographer, director, writer, and curator dedicated to forging interdisciplinary connections across diverse artistic mediums and practices. Originally from Orlando, Florida, and currently based in the New Jersey / New York area, she graduated with highest honors from Rutgers University in 2017 with a major in philosophy and minors in dance, music, and creative writing. The following summer, she founded a 501-c3 nonprofit contemporary dance company with her sister Eriel called mignolo dance (mignolo.dance). She has completed Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company's 5-month International Training Program, Sidra Bell's MODULE, RUBBERBANDance Group's Winter Intensive, Axis Connect Summer Intensive, the Hofesh Shechter Company Intensive, SHARE Intensive Paris, and HAVEN Choreography Mentorship, among other training programs.
Charly has danced with VALLETO Dance, ReFrame
Dance Theatre, TK Dance Lab, Bailey Benoot, Monteleone Dance Collective, Katelyn Halpern and Dancers, Haven Movement Company, Olivia Dwyer Dance Projects, Maiya Redding, Daniel Rose Projects, and Arts By The People. She also regularly performs in her own work, which has been presented at numerous venues around the tristate area including Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, GK Arts Center, CityCenter Studios, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Paul Taylor Studios, Peridance, Triskelion Arts, Suzanne Roberts Theater, and Baruch Performing Arts Center. In 2019, she was selected for coLAB Arts’ new choreography commission, the Dance Canvas Choreographic Initiative, and an Urbanity Dance NEXT Residency. Her work has been produced by HERE Arts Center, Inclined Dance Project, Jersey City Theater Center, Gardenship Art, The Berrie Center, Dixon Place, and the Metuchen Arts Council. She has won screendance awards at several international film festivals as well as Ramapo College’s Leaning Into The Unknown Competition, Spoke The Hub’s Winter Follies (Director’s Choice), Palm Springs International Dance Festival’s film competition, and KoDaFe in NYC 2021. Most recently, she was commissioned for Norte Maar’s CounterPointe9 and was selected for Kulturfactory’s artist residency program in Domicella, Italy. Charly is also a dance critic and journalist writing for Dance Informa.
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Jordan Ryder is a NYC-based Dance Artist. She attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in Dance and a double minor in Sociology and Business. While at NYU, Jordan performed works by Crystal Pite, Paul Taylor, Pamela Pietro, and James Martin, among others. She also reinforced her dance training with several programs abroad in Israel, Ireland and Germany.
Jordan continued her choreographic endeavors after graduation by forming her company, RyderDance. She has since shown work at 10+ venues in the tri-state area including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Loew's Jersey Theatre, and the Martha Graham Studio Theater, to name a few. She was a recipient of the 2018 Eryc Taylor Dance New Choreographer Grant and the 2021 BACF grant. In addition to
RyderDance, Jordan has set original works on the Eryc Taylor Dance Company, NYU Tisch Dance, Melange Dance Company, and One Day Dance. Her piece on the Eryc Taylor Dance Company was featured on PBS. As an educator, Jordan hosts classes with her company and guest teaches at Peridance Center.
As a freelance dancer, Jordan has worked with Yoshito Sakuraba | Abarukas Dance, Guanglei Hui | Cross Move Dance Lab, Eryc Taylor Dance Company, and others. Additional campaigns and performances include Marc Jacob's Fall Collection 2021, John Ashford Shoes, and Sotheby's Auction House. WWW.RYDERDANCE.COM
Kristen Klein is a Brooklyn based choreographer, dancer, pointe shoe fitter, and dance educator. She hails from Connecticut and holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in Boston, MA. Kristen has freelance performed with Harvard University, Six Degrees Dance Company, Tribe of Human, C.Eule Dance, Leyya Mona Tawil/Dance Elixir, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, The Paper Dances, and Stephan Koplowitz Projects, among others. She is the founder of Inclined Dance Project, a collaborative all-female identifying contemporary dance company.
Inclined Dance Project aims to present works that challenge the stereotypical roles of a female dancer while allowing dialogue, deconstruction, and personal contribution from the performers to
influence choreographic choices. Her works have been performed throughout New York, California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and in Japan at such venues and festivals as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, BAM Fischer, RAW Artists San Francisco & Brooklyn editions, The BARNES Foundation, the Ailey
Citigroup Theater, Boston University, the RI Womens Choreography Project, The Dance Complex, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, The Actors Fund Arts Center, Greenspace, Baruch College, and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, among many others. In addition to choreographing with her company she has set work on Nimbus Dance Works, Nimbus2, and Dancewave, where she is also a teaching artist. Kristen is also the custom pointe shoe fitter for Freed of London and has worked with ballerinas from the nation’s top ballet companies including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, LA Ballet, Carolina Ballet, and Boston Ballet to name a few.
Lavy, a gender queer, New York City based choreographic artist (MARYMOUNT MANHATTAN COLLEGE, BFA) founded VERBAL ANIMAL in 2021. Excavating areas of identity and queerness, their work creates fantastical realms of dance theater that unveil radical human expression. The company has presented work at Arts On Site, The Craft NYC, and Triskelion Arts. As a creator, Lavy has received space residencies from MOtiVE Brooklyn and The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, as well as, being one of seven residents to be selected for the 2022 international choreographic residency at Art Omi. Additionally, Lavy has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Andrea Miller, Jenn Freeman, and Belinda McQuire.
A San Francisco Bay Area Native, Meagan Ahern began her dance training at Menlo Park Academy of Dance. She then graduated with a BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance as a Composition Concentration in May 2019. She is also a graduate in the Licentiate Royal Academy of Dance in London, trained as a certified ballet teacher under the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus. Founding MEAGmove in 2019, Meagan has presented work in NYC at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the KnJ Theater at Peridance, Triskelion Arts, Abrons Art Center, and virtually. She also performed her work in Orlando, FL at the 2021 CDCFest. Meagan is excited to explore her work through film with One Day Dance Season 3.