Dancers

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Alexander Olivieri

Alexander Olivieri grew up in Newark, Delaware and graduated from Boston College with degrees in Philosophy and Theatre Arts. After college, he continued his training at the 2-year Pushing Progress Professional Training Program under the direction of Chris Hale and CalenKurka. Since living in NYC, he has had the pleasure of working with Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs, Chris Masters, Lane Gifford, Megan Williams, Bryn Cohn, and Shawn Bible. He currently dances with Abarukas Dance Company, BARE Dance Company, and Robert Mark Dance! He is thrilled to be dancing with BSP
 

photo by Lloyd Stevie
Christopher Ralph

Christopher Ralph was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. He began his dance training at Holy Trinity High School, where he was accepted into the theater/dance program lead by Cathy Murphy and James Whore. While training at school he simultaneously attended classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway with teachers such as Peter Schabel, Dorrit Koppel, Frank Hatchett and Chio Yamada. In 2005, Christopher attended SUNY Purchase College to complete his B.F.A in Dance. He has performed works by Lauri Stallings, Nick Ross, Yung-li Chen and Doug Varone, and currently works with the DASH ensemble, CorbinDances, Aszure Barton and Artists, and BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT. Christopher has performed in many spaces in NY including Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Reverb Festival, DRA events, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce Theater and Joyce SoHo. He has toured in many countries throughout his career including Greece, Indonesia, London, Spain, Japan, and China. Known for his fast paced clear movement quality, Christopher has also been commissioned as an emerging choreographer by Dance Iquail and recently by Dixon Place
 


Kendra Isobel Samson

Kendra Isobel Samson received her formal training at the Philippine High School for the Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines Dance School as a national government scholar. She moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School on a full scholarship and obtained her BFA in Dance in 2009. Her recent performances include working with Pascal Rekoert, Sydney Schiff and Janis Brenner. She is happy to be dancing with BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT! Kendra also founded and runs Project Philippines, a yearly arts outreach program that brings accessible performing arts workshops to communities in the Philippines
http://kendrasamson.com   http://projectphilippines.org
 


Kristi Ann Schopfer

Kristi Ann Schopfer may not have one town to claim as ‘native’, but she’s happily found a home in Bushwick, Brooklyn with two fellow dancing graduates of the College at Brockport, where she received a BFA in Dance and a minor in Studio Art. This is also where she met Rebecca Sproul, now Gushue Moving Arts, with whom she has danced consistently since 2007. After a choreographic project with Janis Brenner in 2010, Kristi Ann was introduced to the dynamic duo that is Kyla and Aaron of BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT. She joined the B/S P family in 2012, as both dance artist and managing assistant. In her “spare time”, she’s found herself working with various choreographers in unique and investigative interdisciplinary projects. She is currently a player in the developing new work ‘Hive’ with Sam Householder. Kristi Ann is also a NASM CPT and Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and was featured in Men’s Fitness 2012 as one of the ‘7 Best Female Trainers That Can Kick Your Butt’
 


Lindsay Harwell

Lindsay Harwell, originally from Dallas, TX, graduated from Booker T Washington in 2009 and The Juilliard School in 2013. While at Juilliard, he performed pieces by William Forsythe, OhadNaharin, BronislavaNijinska, Andrea Miller, Pam Tanowitz, Loni Landon, and Zack Winokur. Since graduating he has performed with many New York based companies and choreographers such as Brian Brooks, Gallim Dance, Norbert De La Cruz, Una Projects, Barkin/Selissen Dance Project and ISODOC Dance Group. Lindsay also co-founded HEWMAN ,a collaborative art collective who’s mission is to bring dance and performance to unconventional venues throughout NYC, in January 2014
 


Marie Douesnard Strevens

Marie Douesnard Strevens was born in France, where she began her ballet training at the age of 8. She graduated from the Conservatory of Nantes in ballet and contemporary dance, then moved to Paris where she continued her dance studies in the professional training program at ‘la Menagerie de Verre.’‎ Marie has been in New York since 2007, where she has had the pleasure of working with choreographers Julian Barnett, Yung Li Chen, Koran Basaran, Jessica Morgan, Seth Miner, Ofelia Loreto de Mola, and Isabel Gotzkowsky / IGaF. Marie met Kyla and Aaron dancing for Isabel, and has been a member of the BARKIN/SELISSEN PROJECT family since 2012. Marie is also very happy sharing her extensive knowledge of the human body and movement by teaching dance and Pilates at various facilities throughout Manhattan
 

photo by Samantha L. Seigal
Ross Katen

Ross Katen, originally from Oregon, trained at Westside Dance Academy, The Portland Ballet, and Arts & Communication Magnet Academy. Additionally Ross has studied at The Juilliard School, Nashville Ballet, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. Ross graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2013 with a BFA in Dance. After graduating Ross joined the Limón Dance Company performing works by José Limón, Carla Maxwell, Seán Curran, and Rodrigo Pederneiras. He is also a founding member of Chihiro Shimizu and Artists and Chuck Wilt’s Una Projects. Other credits include work by Chris Masters, Alex Ketley, Mark Morris, Donald McKayle, John Magnus, Iain Rowe, Chase Brock, Chihiro Shimizu and Chuck Wilt