Photo: Mike Esperanza

Photo: Mike Esperanza



10:00-12:30PM | PURCHASE

In this workshop, we will remain in a constant state of discovery as we investigate our weight and its relationship to dynamic qualities. Through improvisation, we will move from our skin, muscle, and bone - finding variance in how we engage with our kinesphere. We will move in and out of the floor, take risk, and eat up space - finding ownership and confidence in our movement choices. We will end with a dynamic phrase work incorporating what we discovered in our improvisations, and set exercises. 

Danté Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University, which led him to The Ohio State University to receive his MFA in Choreography. As a performer, Danté has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Nicole Stanton, Noa Zuk and at the Dance Exchange. 

After founding Warehouse Dance in 2010, DB|WD has had the opportunity to show work at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Dance Complex (MA), Columbus Dance Theater and Wexner Center for the Arts (OH), Dance Complex (Boston), Dance Gallery Festival (NY & TX), Dixon Place, GAP Green Building, LaMaMa Moves Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts and The Wild Project (all NYC), Sam Houston State University (TX), and YourMove Dance Festival (NJ).

He has had the opportunity to teach a range of classes at Broadway Dance Center, Dancewave, East Village Dance Project, and Gibney Dance Center (all in NYC), and The Ohio State University. He has held collegiate positions as an Adjunct Professor at CUNY Westchester Community College, Lecturer in Dance at Bates College, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. Most recently, he was awarded the Schwartz Center for Performing Artists Fellowship at Emory University.



Friday, May 19th

12:30pm-3:00pm | Purchase

The workshop will figure Yin Yue's signature warmup routine and movement style FoCo Technique. The technique trains dancers to create a grounded, circular, fluid and dynamic performance that is rhythmic and powerful, yet sensual and graceful. The main themes of Yin's work are emotional experience, contrasted movement dynamic and strong physicality in all their complexity. The class will go through warm up, small follow-along sequence and phrase building three segments.

Yin Yue is internationally recognized as a versatile performer and choreographer. Yin is currently a 2016 Artist In Residence at 92Y Dance Center, providing her and her company a rehearsal platform for creating new thought-provoking choreographic works. In the summer, she was awarded First Place in Choreography at the 2016 Shanghai Professional Performance Competition. Yin Yue was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, winner of the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Through these high-profile successes, Yin was commissioned by all three widely-recognized companies to create new works on the respective companies which subsequently premiered and performed on multiple platforms. She was also selected as Emerging Choreographer of 2015 Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at The A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by New York The Joyce Theater Foundation.

Photo by: Michael Angelo

Photo by: Michael Angelo


Friday, May 19th 3:30-6:00pm | PURCHASE

My class draws its inspiration from the various experiences I have had throughout my career, whether in contemporary, modern-jazz or ballet training. We start with a pre warm-up directly inspired from yoga technique with active stretches to loosen the body and create more space within; already connecting the breath with the movement, proposing a more centered and available body for more complex movements.The warm up will be at the barre or in the center, with a mixture of classical technique, as well as a lot of upper body movement, body weight, opposition, breathing and sound.The class then leads up to a piece of set choreography, where the dancers will challenge their technique, their understanding of space (around and within), and their own interpretation.

Manuel Vignoulle, French choreographer based in New York, studied at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and went on to work with different French contemporary companies including Claude Brumachon, Corinne Lanselle and Bernardo Montet.He was a dance artist with both Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland), and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) where he collaborated with inspiring choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadalkis, Hofesh Shechter, Cisco Aznar, Carolyn Carlson, Benjamin Millepied, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Alexander Ekman, Jo Stromgrem and Ohad Naharin to name a few.

Manuel appeared as a guest for La La La Human Steps (Canada), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherland), State Theatre (South Africa) and The Forsythe Company (Germany).He has also been an assistant to modern-jazz choreographer, Redha, on various productions. Such productions include concert dance, television, film, fashion, musical theater, and operas in which he often performed in.
Manuel’s work, performed in France, Switzerland, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and USA, has been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W’Him, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, Periapsis Music & Dance, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Steps Repertoire Ensemble, The Ailey School , Rutgers University, , UT at Austin, Booker T.Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Springboard and Antigel Festival.

He has performed his own work with Manuel Vignoulle - M/motions at Jacob’s Pillow, Fire Island Festival, Bryant Park (New York), Monterrey International Ballet Gala (Mexico), The Dance Gallery, Pushing Progress Showcase Series, WestFest and The Latin Choreographer festival.  To see more of his work:



Saturday, May 20th

10:00am-12:30pm | PURCHASE

My workshop utilizes a mixture of classical elements, contemporary techniques and improvisation with strong focus on floor work. Participants will push their physical boundaries while challenging the inner rhythm & pattern in their body and linking their body to the space and people around them; investigate, analyze, and discovery are part of this physical exploration. Participants will continue and focus on partnering skills.

Yoshito Sakruaba, artistic director/choreographer of Abarukas, hailed from Japan for New York at the age of 19 and began dancing the following year. He received his BA in dance from Manhattanville College as a scholarship student, continued studies at the Martha Graham School where he worked with Robert Battle and Virginie Mercene. In 2012, he founded his company Abarukas, the Company performed at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out Series in 2014 & 2016, Booking Dance Festival at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kaatbaan in Tivoli NY, The Dance Gallery Festival at the Citigroup Alvin Ailey Theater & Sam Houston University in TX, Reverbdance Festival at Baruch College, APAP at Peridance, Pushing Progress Showcase Series,  LaMama Dance Festival, Here Arts Summer Sublet Series, etc. Abarukas performed live for Bric TV in Time Warner Cable, and appeared also in NY1. In 2015, Yoshito Sakuraba won the NW Dance Project's Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition. In 2016, he was commissioned to create a work from Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, followed by a residency at Kaatsbaan.  He's also choreographed for plays and short films. Broadway Dance World described Yoshito's work "a true work of art."



Saturday, May 20th

12:30pm-3:00pm | PURCHASE

In this studio-based class, students will learn movement techniques rooted in Afro-diasporic aesthetic and physical qualities including groundedness, curvilinearity, polyrhythm, syncopation, and polycentrism. Class is movement-centered, but also emphasizes understanding the historical and cultural contexts.

Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century.  Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine.  We have performed our works at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, B.A.A.D! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), VCU-The Grace Street Theater, DraftWork at St. Marks Church, JACK, Movement Research at Judson Church, Colby College, Denmark Arts Center and other venues.




3:30PM-6:00PM | PURCHASE

My workshop focuses on the understanding of movement construction and its connection to musical phrasing. An environment where students are taught to become present in space and capture the essence of human mobility.

Born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Southern California, Mike Esperanza has established himself as a sought after teacher and choreographer throughout the nation. With a BFA in graphic design from California State University, Fullerton, Mike's approach to visual construction has influenced a unique movement orchestration on stage. His works have been commissioned by prestigious college and university dance programs including Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, UNLV, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Utah Valley University and Shenandoah University to name a few. Six choreographic works have made regional gala appearances at the American College Dance Festival with 3 going on to perform at the American College Dance Festival National Gala held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In 2005, Mike was awarded the "Dance: Creation for Performance" grant presented by Dance/USA and the Irvine Foundation. With this distinguished award, BARE Dance Company began. BARE has produced numerous show around Southern California including the Lestor Horton Award nominated "Manhattan" - an alternative take on West Side Story. Mike has also been a finalist at the Palm Desert Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 taking second place in 2009 and winning the paid engagement award in 2010. BARE was recently part of the "Innerstate" roster presented by ODC Theater and funded by the Irvine Foundation. The program allowed the company to perform numerous cities in Southern and Northern California. In 2012, Mike moved East to New York and rebuilt the company. Embraced by the New York dance community, BARE has Presented at Ailey Theater, Peridance Capezio Theater, Symphony Space, Dixon Place and St Marks described as "captivating visuals of impeccable lines and shapes." ~ Jessica Abejar, Broadway World. In 2014, Mike was presented with the CUNY Dance Initiative grant to produce a new work for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Mike Currently teaches at Peridance, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway.



Sunday, May 21st

10:00am-12:30pm | PURCHASE

My workshop will be space and time devoted to movement, writing, and fantasy for folks to engage with their pleasure and imagination. Guided through an improvisational movement score, folks will take the time to be saturated with lush imagery and excerpts from black feminist literature. We daydream and write our own scripture. 

Jasmine Hearn is a choreographer and dancer. A native Houstonian, she graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University with her B.A. in Dance.  Jasmine travels around the country to showcase her choreographic work and to participate in diverse dance projects. Currently, she is a collaborator and performer with Alisha Wormsley, David Dorfman Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Tara Willis. To learn more about her please visit




Sunday, May 21st 12:30pm-3:00pm | PURCHASE

Through a combination of yoga, guided improvisational states, a touch of bodywork and several simple, full-bodied tasks we will build heat in the body and bring awareness to the layers of skin, bone, and muscle. We will fluctuate several times between improvised qualitative studies and technically calculated center floor exercises in hopes to ride a balance of raw spontaneity infused with clarity and precision. Phrase work will be spatially expansive and explore dynamic range. We will attempt to seamlessly blend qualities of boundless risk with polished moments of very specific virtuosity.

Christina Robson originally from Tewksbury, Massachusetts, received her early dance training from Tammy Ivers Aspell and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Roger Williams University in 2009 under the direction of mentor Kelli Wicke Davis. Since relocating to New York City, she has had the opportunity to perform with The Sean Curran Company, David Dorfman Dance, Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Alexandra Beller, Heidi Henderson, Third Rail Projects, and Deganit Shemy. Christina became a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company in 2015.