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MUGE BAYRAMOGLU (DANCER)

Muge Bayramoglu was born in Istanbul, Turkey and started her dance training at the age of four. She had her first performance in 2003 with National Youth Ballet of Istanbul. After graduating from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory, Muge preceded her dance training in Bulgaria, by completing a summer intensive in International Ballet Academy of Varna in 2008. She began her professional dance career with Istanbul National Ballet Company in 2008 and was selected as a principal dancer a year later. Muge had an opportunity to work with choreographers such as A. Marie Holmes, Patrick De Bana, Robert Denvers, Manuel Legris, Charlotte Chapellier, Young Soon Hue Simon and Julian Moos. In 2016, after completing a summer intensive in Martha Graham Dance Company, Muge decided to move to New York where she would have a lot more opportunities as a dancer. She is currently working in Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

KATHERINE CURRIER (DANCER)

Katie grew up in Norwich, Vermont where she started her dance training at a local studio under the direction of Doreen Keith. She spent her summers studying at Ballet Austin, ABT Austin, and Kaatsbaan. Katie attended Butler University's Jordan School of the Arts where she continued her training and received her BS in Dance Arts Administration. White at Butler, she learned and performed works by choreographers such as George Balanchine and Paul Taylor, in addition to working with artists including Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Violette Verdy, and Christopher Roman. In fall 2014, she had the pleasure of dancing in Aspen Santa Fe Ballet's Nutcracker as a guest dancer, under the direction of Tom Mossbrucker. She has been working administratively for the ABT JKO School in New York since January. She is excited and honored to be joining PCDC this season.

CRAIG DIONNE (DANCER)

Craig Dionne was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts and began his dance training at a local studio at the age of eight. When he was fifteen years old, he trained at the Boston Ballet School under the direction of Parren Ballard before resuming his training with Roseann Ridings and Donna Coco. Craig traveled as an assistant during the 2012-2013 season with New York City Dance Alliance and during that time was privileged to have Joe Lanteri, Scott Jovovich, Cindy Salgado, Suzi Taylor, and Joey Dowling as mentors. Craig's most inspiring experience was spending this past summer training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has been a guest artist performing at Tufts University and Boston University both in Massachusetts. Most recently Craig has had the honor of performing a piece for Destiny Rising at the Joyce Theater in NYC. Craig is very excited to be a part of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

COLIN HEININGER (DANCER)

Originally from Hollidaysburg, PA, Colin Heininger graduated in 2016 as an Honors Scholar with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Musical Theater from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he was named the Valedictorian of the School of Dance. There, he had the privilege of performing works by Sharon Eyal, Netta Yerushalmy, Andrea Miller, Helen Simoneau, Beth Gill, Sidra Bell, and Douglas Becker among others. In addition, Colin attended the Jacob's Pillow Contemporary program in 2014 as well as Springboard Danse Montreal in 2016, where he was first connected to Igal Perry and Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Colin is very excited to be joining PCDC for his first season.

YOOSIK KIM (DANCER)

Yoosik is from Seoul, South Korea. He holds a BA in Dance from Seo-Kyeong University. He was the finalist at the 4th Seoul International Dance Competition. In Seoul, as a performer, he has danced with Pilla Moving Company, Dance Theater-ON and SEO ballet Theater. In New York, He has danced with AKADA, Goyou Ballet Company, Dzul Dance, and Nai Ni Chen Dance Company. This is his first season with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

GILDAS LEMONNIER (DANCER)

GILDAS LEMONNIER was born and raised in France and began his dance training at the IFPRO in Paris. He moved to New York City to attend the Martha Graham School where he was a member of the Graham 2. Gildas has worked and toured internationally with the Martha Graham Dance Company and was an apprentice for Rioult dance NY. He is currently working with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Bare Dance Company, Now Dance Project, Shawnbibledanceco and Calen J. Kurka.

MIDORI NONAKA (DANCER)

Midori is originally from Fukuoka, Japan. She trained and performed with Ikuko Watanabe Ballet Studio. At the age of 19, she moved to New York City and trained with Peridance Capezio Center, Valentina Kozlova Dance Conservatory, Jennifer Muller/The Works on scholarship, and as a dancer and an assistant of Nina Buisson. Over the past years Midori has participated in Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH:9 where she performed works choreographed by Lesley Telford and Eric Handman. Midori has also had the opportunity to dance for Audio-technica Commercial (Day O productions, LA). She is currently honored to be a part of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

GRETA ZUCCARELLO (DANCER)

Originally from Italy, Greta began her dance studies in Treviso. She has won numerous awards for her dancing at competitions around the world. At the age of 14, she won a scholarship to move to Florence and start a 2-year Certificate Program. In 2014, Greta participated in the San Francisco Ballet summer program, where she had the chance to work with choreographers such as Johan Inger. In September 2014, she started the 2-year Certificate Program at Peridance Capezio Center, NYC, where she worked with esteemed choreographers and master teachers such as Igal Perry, Milton Myers, and Manuel Vignoulle. In September 2015, she joined Peridance Contemporary Dance Company as an Apprentice, and had the privilege of performing pieces such as Into the Light choreographed by Jae Man Joo. Greta joins the company this year as a company dancer.

ALEXANDRE BARRANCO (APPRENTICE)

Alexandre Barranco was born in Brazil. In 2001, at the age of 11, he began his dance studies at ABAMBA (Benefactors and Friends of Dancers and Actors Boys Association). In 2008, he had his first professional experience in the "Ballet of the City of Taubaté," mainly working with contemporary dance. In 2010, he worked with the "Young Dance Company of São José dos Campos". He has performed within Brazil and abroad dancing classical ballet and contemporary dance and has been awarded with many national and international prizes in competitions. In 2016, Alexandre started graduated in New York at Peridance Capezio Center in their certificate program with a full scholarship while simultaneously apprenticing with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.

SAIOA LOPEZ BRIONES (APPRENTICE)

Saioa started studying ballet in her hometown in Spain. At 17 she moved to Madrid where she graduated in Ballet. She was a member of Ballet Carmen Roche, one of Spain's most prestigious ballet companies. During this time, she was also a ballet teacher in SCAENA Conservatory. Saioa had a scholarship in Madrid Dance Center Project Company and she had the opportunity to work with different choreographers like Ivan Barreto, Fernando Lázaro, Tino Sánchez, and Claudia Vogelsanger. She has performed with OUI Danse/Brice Mousset, Periapsis Music and Dance, Oliva Contemporary Dance Project, and was a guest artist for DeMa Dance Company, Alessandra Giamballi's project, and Dzul Dance Company/Javier Dzul. She dances for Azul Dance Company/Yuki Hasegawa and she is a member of BASO (Baila Society Sophistication in Salsa). Saioa has a full scholarship in Peridance Capezio Center for her formation. For her the dance is: "Move with the rhythm of the heart and soul."

ZACHARY KUKLA (APPRENTICE)

Zachary Kukla was born in Laporte Indiana. He received his BFA from Butler University's Jordan School of the Arts in 2014. Upon graduation he was a guest artist with Dance Kaleidoscope, under the direction of David Hochoy. After moving to New York he became a member of ballet Hispanico Dos. In 2015 he began Dancing for Igal Perry at Peridance Contemporary Dance Comapany. Throughout his career, he has been able to perform works by choreographers such as Jae Man Joo, Gustavo Sansano Ramirez, William Whitener, Pedro Ruiz, Susan McGuire, and Alejandro Cervera.

HANNAH NEWMAN (APPRENTICE)

Hannah was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She graduated from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in May 2016 with a double major in Dance and English. During her time at The Ailey School, she had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Matthew Rushing, Jae Man Joo, Francesca Harper, Christopher Huggins, Taryn Kaschock Russell, and Hope Boykin. She has performed professionally with Gibney Dance, Arch Contemporary Ballet, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. For the past two years, she has also taught and performed dance in prisons during her time working with Shining Light Ministries, an organization that takes artists into secure facilities to bring hope to the inmates through the arts. She is thrilled and honored to be joining Peridance Contemporary Dance Company as an apprentice this season.

SASHA OKTAN-NEWMAN (APPRENTICE)

Sasha began dancing at the young age of two at Canadian Children's Dance Theatre. After recognizing her passion for ballet Sasha auditioned successfully for Canada's National Ballet School. In 2010 Sasha joined The School of Cadence Ballet's professional training program and Cadence Youth Ballet where she had the opportunity to perform lead roles in the schools productions such as Swan Lake as well as being selected to perform with the professional company at the international festival: Dance: Made in/Fait au Canada. During her time at Cadence Sasha also competed at the Youth American Grand Prix international ballet competition receiving top placements in both Classical and Contemporary. In the summer of her grade eleven year Sasha attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy's summer intensive where she was invited to be the second Canadian in history to attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow for her graduating year. Upon graduation Sasha chose to fulfill a lifelong dream continue her training in New York City at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy where she was offered a position in their studio company for the past two years. Sasha has been accepted and attended various summer intensives throughout her adolescence, including The School of American Ballet, ABT, Princess Grace Academy, Royal Ballet School, Danish Ballet Masters, as well as many others. In August of 2016, following an strong interest in contemporary dance, Sasha attended Blueprint, a two week summer intensive where she worked alongside many renowned NYC choreographers. Sasha successfully auditioned for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company In August 2016. She is excited as this is her first season as an apprentice with the company.

ERIKO SUGIMURA (APPRENTICE)

Eriko Sugimura was born in Japan and moved to Hong Kong at the age of 4. She began her dance training at a local studio under the direction of Akiko Takahashi(RCBA) and learned Contemporary/Modern styles by Tomoko Imanaka. She trained in Japan, Hong Kong, Russia (Vaganova Ballet Academy), and officially entered the State Ballet School of Berlin in Germany at the age of 15. Eriko studied at Ritsumeikan University, department of Literature in 2012-2015. At the age of 19, Eriko moved to New York City and trained at the Peridance Capezio Center. She has worked and performed with Jennifer Muller, Ballet Inc, Vivake Khamsingsavath, Jana Hicks, Marijke Eliasberg, Swiss Composer Sandra Avilova, Songwriter Shenna, Erasing Borders 2016(Padam), and The Landing. She has appeared in several music videos such as Grammy Award Winner Nile Rodgers. Eriko has had the opportunity to work as a dancer/model for Fuji Film Xseries, Omar.Z photography, Fashion Project The ColoNY, Runway Designer Adrian Alicea for the NYFW and was featured on the cover of Street Dreams Magazine Issue 009. She is very excited be part of PCDC this season.



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