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.

Ashley Menestrina

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. Following graduation, she immediately moved to New York City to pursue a professional career in dance. She is currently dancing for Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance, and Amirov Dance Theater. She has performed works by Mike Esperanza, Dante Brown, Julia Ehrstrand, Alex Amirov, Maleek Washington, and Brice Mousset. Currently, she is performing her own choreography on stages throughout New York City. Her self-choreographed solo, Always a Creature, has been seen at WAXworks, the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, the CURRENT SESSIONS’, Peridance’s Salvatore Capezio Theater, Center for Performance Research, 14th Street Y and the Hudson Guild Theater. Her most recent stage creation was seen at The Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY as part of a collaboration with Dale Ratcliff.

Elyssa Berg

Elyssa Berg began her dance training at Impulse Dance Center in Natick, Massachusetts. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. In 2016, she studied abroad with the University of South Florida’s Dance in Paris Semester Program, under the direction of Michael Foley. During her time at VCU, Elyssa performed in works by Scott Putman, Melanie Richards, Judy Steel, as well as guest artists; Doug Varone, Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, and Dawn Bazemore. In 2015, she performed in the official music video for Victor by Prinze George, a finalist in the LA Music Video Festival. Outside of VCU, she has studied at Bates Dance Festival’s Young Dancers Program as well as their Professional Training Program. She has recently been commissioned by Monkeyhouse Dance Company to create work and is currently dancing with Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance.

Lauren Horn

Lauren Horn is a movement and text based dancer and choreographer from Windsor CT. She recently graduated from Amherst College with degrees in Theater and Dance and Psychology. While in college she had the privilege to study and perform in the repertory projects of Wonderland by Gallim Dance, Full and Empty by Delfos Danza Contemporanea, Story/Time by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and The Hendrix Project by Bebe Miller Company. She has also performed in pieces by Deborah Goffe, Jennifer Nugent, Arien Wilkerson, Paul Matteson, Wendy Woodson and Katie Martin. Lastly, Lauren the mover, grover, thinker and talker is excited to be dancing with Warehouse Dance.

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