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Mathew James earned his MFA in Performance & Choreography at Tisch School of the Arts, and his Yoga teaching certification at The Perri Institute of Mind and Body. Mathew has performed works by Bill T. Jones, Shannon Gillen, Felipe Barrueto of Joe Good Performance Group, former NYC Ballet Soloist Nolan T'sani, Kevin Williamson, and Lauren Adams. He has also performed professionally with Red Bucket Dance Theatre, NickersonRossi Dance, Los Angeles Movement Arts, and has worked in the commercial industry as a dancer and movement director with brands such as Diesel Jeans and Disney Channel. Mathew is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for U R B A N / T R I B E and has presented work with U R B A N / T R I B E at Stub Theater in Los Angeles, The Jack Crystal Theater, Access Theater SoHo, The Dance Theater Lab in Purchase, NY, and Salvatore Capezio Theater.

Teaching Assistant Justine Lee graduated from NYU with a B.S. in Media, Culture, and Communication while completing the Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center. She continues to perform regularly in New York City for Natalie Johnson Dance and De Funes Dance, most recently also performing works by Milton Myers at the Salvatore Capezio Theater, Crystal Pite at New York City Center, and Robert Battle at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Since completing the Certificate Program at Peridance, she has joined the Peridance staff as the Assistant Children's School Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator.


Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer has been a creative force in New York City's vibrant jazz scene for almost a decade. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "innovative, provocative and alluring," Tammy has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Jazz Standard in NYC, Rejoice Festival in London, MISA Festival in China, San Sebastian Jazz Festival in Spain, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC, Chicago Cultural Center, among other premier stages. Tammy is a NCVS trained Vocologist and member of the Pan American Vocology Association.


Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer and teacher with over 25 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy and the USA. As Artistic Director of Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama, Anabella draws on her diverse background to create thought-provoking and socially conscious dance-theatre pieces. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Anabella studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folkdances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world, for opera, TV programs, theatre productions, and by many dance companies. Anabella has written for various dance and arts magazines, and published her first book in 2013, Unveiling Motion and Emotion.

PLUNGE Coordinators:

Isabel Eisen
Erika Lee

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