ARTISTS

DANTE BROWN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Dante 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, Dante has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Nicole Stanton, Noa Zuk and at the Dance Exchange. 

Since its founding in 2010, Warehouse Dance has shown work at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Dance Complaexl (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).

Dante 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.

Dante Brown Warehouse Dance

DANTE BROWN: ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Dante 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, Dante has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Christal Brown, David Dorfman, Nicole Stanton, Noa Zuk and at the Dance Exchange. 

Since its founding in 2010, Warehouse Dance has shown work at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Boston Contemporary Dance Festival and Dance Complaexl (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).

Dante 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.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The artists of Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance are warm-hearted, versatile movers with rigorous training and lush, full-bodied physicality. These individuals come from vastly different experiences. The work we create together is designed to encourage questions from our artists and audiences alike. Questions that relate not only to the work but to how we view ourselves day-to-day. Our collaborative is united by a collective interest in highly physical movement, an intellectual commitment to exploring social justice and the absurdity of our culture, and the belief that dance is the closest thing we have to magic.

Michael Abbatiello

Associate Director

Just when you start thinking no one could not possibly spiral any more, in walks Michael to prove you wrong. His magic is to appear simultaneously grounded and boundless.

Michael Abbatiello studied at Ohio State University where he had the opportunity to work with Bebe Miller, Olivier Tarpaga and Dante Brown. After graduating with a BFA focused in Media and Performance with Choreography, Michael moved to New York where he has worked with Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, The People Movers, Project 44, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Aaron McGloin Dance, and Maya Orchin Dance. Michael currently choreographs under the moniker lostinflow and teaches at Mark Morris Dance Center and Gibney Dance Center. He is a photographer, videographer,and editor, and lighting designer, and an invaluable partner in producing our work, classes and workshops.

Isabella Diaz

Isabella is a firecracker. She simultaneously eats up the floor with movement, redefines space with precision, and lights up the room with her smile. Her magic is simple: she can do anything.

Isabella Diaz, native of Chicago, IL, began exploring movement at a very young age with gymnastics and tap training. She studied at Western Michigan University where she had the opportunity to perform works by Peter Chu, Ohad Naharin and David Curwen. She moved to New York to pursue performing in dance theatre and concert works and has worked with choreographers Isabel Lewis and Manuel Vignoulle. Isabella also choreographs and premiered her second work in NYC in fall 2016.

Matthew Livingston

Matthew has the uncanny ability to highlight his strongest attributes in any movement phrase. He boasts long lines and a seemingly endless attitude turn – but his real magic is that he shines with honesty and sincerity.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Matthew grew up in a household surrounded by art and music. From an early age, he felt a strong pull toward dance and the creation of movement. At just seve years old, Matthew was recognized by the Walter K. Hoerning Foundation. Through the Foundation, all of Matthew’s early artistic endeavors were fully funded, opening doors that would have otherwise been closed. By 11, Matthew enrolled in the dance department at the Ronald Edmonds Learning Center, under the direction of Ruth Sistaire, as well as Creative Outlet Dance Theater of Brooklyn, under the tutelage of Jamel Gaines. In 2014, Matthew graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where he trained extensively in Ballet, Graham, and Horton techniques as well as working with choreographers including Bryan Arias, Jamal Callendar, Nigel Campbell, Jamel Gaines, Elisa King, Jennifer Muller, and Pedro Ruiz, among many others. Upon graduation, Matthew attended the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK. Matthew has performed with artists such as Lady Leshurr, FKA twigs, and in various venues both nationally and internationally.

Cameron McKinney

Cameron’s magic is the execution of movement – as if he’s putting on a perfectly fitted glove. He tricks you into believing he’s made everything he does.

Cameron McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and author from Memphis, TN. He currently performs with Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, Andre Zachary / Renegade Performance Group, Christal Brown / INSPIRIT and Chafin Seymour / Seymour::dance collective. He has also performed with The Median Movement, Sans Limites Dance and Juan Michael Porter II. Cameron is the Artistic Director of Kizuna 絆 Dance, a dance collaborative featuring the self-created Loft Technique, a unique blend of house dance, capoeira, contemporary floorwork and various street dance styles. Cameron teaches regular classes in New York City and has also taught and presented work nationally and internationally.

Learn more about Cameron and his work at cameronmckinneydance.com.

Ashley Menestrina

If Nickelodeon’s Alex Mack were a contemporary dancer, she’d move like Ashley. Part legs, part creature, part radioactive liquid, Ashley’s magic is to melt and re-form in constantly compelling patterns.

Ashley Menestrina grew up studying all styles of dance in Knoxville, TN. In 2010, she was accepted into the conservatory of performing arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. She completed the program in just three years and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in jazz. Since moving to New York City, Ashley has performed works by Mike Esperanza, Dante Brown, Julia Ehrstrand, Alex Amirov, Of Bones Dance and Brice Mousset. She is currently dancing with BARE Dance Company, Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance and Alex Amirov and performing her own choreography on stages throughout New York City.

Learn more about Ashley.

Graziella Murdocca

Graziella is a chameleon who blends well into groups and imbues each movement with subtle power. Her magic is in her ability to completely transform movement through thoughtful repetition.

Graziella Murdocca was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where she began her dance training at the Vicky Simegiator Performing Arts Center. She entered the Hunter College Dance Program in Spring 2010, under the direction of Jana Feinman. She studied under Maura Donohue, David Capps, Vicky Shick, Alberto Del Saz, Wendell Cooper and Julian Barnett and was cast in works by Julian Barnett and Doug Varone. Graziella graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Dance. She went on to work with Nicholas Andre Dance and Amaris Dance and currently dances for The Next Stage Project, BARE Dance Company, shawnbibledanceco and In Mixed Company, in addition to Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance.

Ellen Sickenberger

Ellen makes the quirkiest choices in everything that she absorbs, resulting in movement entirely her own. There’s magic in her impeccable focus: Ellen’s way of defining detail is beyond.

Native to Northern Virginia, Ellen began taking dance classes at two and later earned her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University, where she trained with John Magnus, David Dorfman, Jennifer Archibald, David Parsons, Koresh Dance Company and River North Dance Chicago. Since her move to Brooklyn, Ellen has worked with many companies and artists including Freddie Moore, Janice Rosario, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Yoshito Sakuraba (Abarukas) and Nadine Bommer. She currently performs with Smashworks Dance Collective as well as Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance. Ellen loves choreographing and teaching in addition to performing and has taught workshops and classes in cities all along the East Coast. She has presented work at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Dixon Place, Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center and in showcases throughout NYC, including TRANSLATE (The Voices of Dance) this year’s DUMBO Dance Festival.

Colton Wall

Colton can make anyone smile. A former gymnast & hilarious jokester, Colton’s magic is the way he connects with people through humor and empathy – both in process and performance.

Colton Wall started his movement career in his home state of Florida, training in gymnastics and martial arts. Colton began studying dance at Santa Fe College and received his BFA in Dance from Florida State University. In May 2016, Colton joined the cast of Diavolo: Architecture in Motion to perform their work L’espace Du Temps. He is a USAG certified gymnastics instructor and is thrilled to be a part of Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance.

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