XAN BURLEY, a native of Youngstown, OH and a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English, is an active performer, creator, teacher, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn. She has had the great pleasure of working with artists and companies such as Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon Dance, Amy Chavasse, Shannon Gillen + Guests, Shannon Hummel Cora Dance, Leyya Tawil Dance Elixir, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, among others. She joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012 and enjoys continued work with Donnell Oakley Makes Dances and Tami Stronach Dance. In addition to her work as co-producer of WAXworks, Xan has held teaching positions at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Cora School for Dance, PAVE Academy Charter School, and Poly Prep Performing Arts Camp. She is currently on faculty at the 92Y as the teen modern instructor and frequently teaches technique for professionals at Gibney Dance Center and Mark Morris Dance Center.
Xan makes work with her partner, Alex Springer, under the guise of the Median Movement. Their choreography and film work has been presented by Triskelion Arts, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, DanceNOW[NYC] Joe's Pub Festival, the Tank, the Flea, and Cultivate NH, among others. They are currently artists-in-residence at University Settlement and will premier their newest evening length work, JACK Rally, October 23 - 25.
ELLYN SJOQUIST, a native of southern Illinois, inexplicably found herself at The University of Akron in northeast Ohio, where she earned a BFA in Dance with a concentration in news and media production. Currently based in Queens, Ellyn has enjoyed dancing with and for an assortment of delightful NYC-based folks including Alexandra Beller/Dances, The Median Movement, Kensaku Shinohara, Megan Mizanty Moves, Daniel Flores and more. In 2017, she earned her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration, and since then, she nerds out about anatomy and efficient biomechanics on the regular. She also works as a freelance proofreader for whomever will tolerate her grammatical preferences as well as managing development and bookkeeping for several not for profit organizations.
JOAN BRADFORD, born, raised, and still residing in the Bronx, NY is a recent graduate of Long Island University where she earned her BFA in Dance and minor in Theatre Magna Cum Laude. Post graduation, Joan has performed and shown work in an array of venues through out NYC and most recently, completed a choreographic residency with Lost Dog Dance Theatre in Lewes, England. As a teaching artist, Joan is currently on faculty with Fancy Feet Performing Arts Day Camp, The Bronx House, and The Coalition of Hispanic Family Services teaching both dance and theatre.
KIM SAUERS recently moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduating from Skidmore College with a B.S. in Dance and a minor in Arts Administration. Currently, Kim acts as WAXworks’ Marketing Associate, holds a nanny position, and dog-sits to support her fervor for class-taking and art-making. As a budding dance artist and social justice warrior she believes in the powerful influence of performance and looks forward to many collaborations to come. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo!
ANDREW RIBNER, hailing from San Diego, CA, loves everything about dance but doing it. He found a passion for stage—and especially dance—photography during his time at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Based in Brooklyn, Andrew does freelance photography for dancers, companies, and showcases around the New York City area. When he's not behind the camera, Andrew is pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology at NYU where he studies how young children learn math and numbers.
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