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  • About Lunge Dance Collective

    Lunge Dance Collective is a new dance ensemble created by Billy Bell in

    2010. Billy’s goal is to create not a dance performance, but a dance experience in which the audience can be moved and function as an integral

    part of the art. Lunge Dance Collective focuses on giving exposure and experience to young artists transitioning into the professional field.

    To find out about upcoming performances,

    see videos, and donate to Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective visit:

    www.lungedance.com

    For booking information, General inquiries and Press Opportunities please contact, Ryan Faleska – General Manager ryan@lungedance.com or 646-265-1186

    Special Thanks:

    Gil Stroming at Break The Floor Productions Dreyfoos School of the Arts & Jan Hanniford-Goetz

    Connie, Bill, and Tiffany Bell Dance Spirit Magazine

    Danceplug

  • Lunge Dance Collective. Upon graduation he hopes to move to Los Angeles, to continue to pursue his career in dance. Chelsea Thedinga (Collective Member) grew up training at Inspire Dance Company in Las Vegas, Nevada under Robert Contreras and ballet mistress Tara Foy. Recently, she began dancing for Tayeh another show with the company over the summer in Chicago. More recently, Chelsea danced in the 82nd Academy Awards for Adam Shankman. She has danced with Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Collective since its inception in 2010.

    Ryan Faleska (General Manager) Ryan is thrilled to be working with Lunge Dance Collective. Ryan started his management career with Dodger Stage Holding in 2001 and two years later he joined the staff at Jay Binder Casting. Ryan has held various administrative management positions with Broadway and touring productions, Credits include, Broadway: WICKED, Wonderful Town, 42nd Street, Urinetown the Musical, Lion King, Sweet Charity. Off- Broadway; Altar Boyz, Fame on 42nd Street, BARE. National Tours; WICKED and Altar Boyz. Ryan Co-Directed the NYC debut of Twenty Fingers, Twenty Toes with Jay Binder, and as Performer was seen on the Broadway Stage twice in BC/EFA benefits. Currently employed with WICKED and The Book of Mormon, Ryan continues to enjoy working with Broadway productions. Many thanks to family and friends for continued support, to the dancers of Lunge for constantly inspiring me to think bigger, and finally to Billy, for inviting me to be a part of this incredible journey!

    Aaron Leahy (Lighting Designer) Aaron is excited to continue his career with Lunge Dance Collective. Billy and Aaron have worked together for the past four years in a unique artistic collaboration and he has been LDC's resident lighting designer since their beginnings in May of 2010. His credits include Lighting Designer at Harriet Himmel Theatre, Ashley's Performing Arts Center, and staff Lighting Director for the brand-new multi-million dollar facility, the Borland Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. His Theatre credits include Lighting Designer for Palm Beach Principal Player's production of Bye Bye Birdie, and several Dreyfoos productions including Our Town and West Side Story. He has also designed for world-renowned choreographer Margo Sappington on several occasions. He would like to thank the entire Lunge Dance Collective, his family, friends, and the hard working crew who made it all possible.

    Ariel Martin (Master Electrician) Ariel is delighted to have joined the Lunge Dance Collective Team. She began her technical career at A.W. Dreyfoos Jr., School of the Arts in the Communications Department as Television Lighting Director her sophomore year. Over the course of her final three years, Ariel's artistic talents became more prominent in Theatre and Dance. She first worked with Billy in 2009 when he was a guest choreographer for the Dreyfoos Dance Department Spring Show. Since then, she was worked on many dance productions in a variety of venues. She has been recognized for her dedication and attention to detail by such prestigious names as Margo Sappington. She wants to thank her family and friends for this amazing opportunity and looks forward to continuing with Lunge Dance Collective in the coming years.

  • “Burgeon” (2009) Choreographed by: Billy Bell

    Danced by: Conner Bormann, Ali Castro, Jeremy Coachman, Shelby Colona, Alex Cottone, Christopher D’Ariano, Rachel Donev, Tara

    Langdon, Brooke Naylor, Sammie Otano, Gage Self, Ryan Spencer, Chelsea Thedinga

    Music: Pimmon, Max Richter, Sigur Ros, Balkan Beat Box, Lo Cor

    de la Plana, Yann Tiersen Arranged by: Billy Bell

    “Burgeon” is about a girl who lives in complete structure and wants nothing more than to defer. This is the story of her thoughts, her

    daydream, her world.

    “Used Fade” (2010) Concept by: Billy Bell

    Danced by: Billy Bell, Shelby Colona, Chelsea Thedinga

    Music: Pimmon "Used Fade" is a structured improvisation based on the idea of using as much material that each dancer has previously done or has seen in

    the past.

    “You’ll Never Be Alone” (New York Premier)

    Choreographed by: Billy Bell in collaboration with Channing Cooke

    Danced by: Conner Bormann, Billy Bell, Ali Castro, Shelby Colona,

    Tara Langdon, Sydney Lotuaco, Ryan Spencer, Chelsea Thedinga

    Music: The Books

    “You’ll Never Be Alone” is a look into awkwardness, how we associate it with a negative connotation, and how it defines our

    character.

    student at NYU as a dance major. Rachel has been with Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Collective since its inception in 2010.

    Tara Langdon (Collective Member) Born and raised in Palm Beach, Florida, Tara trained at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and has had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Joan Miller, Jan Hanniford-Goetz, Stacey Downs, Troy Powell (Ailey), and Margo Sappington. She has also attended The Rock School and ABT in Austin and NYC. Tara placed in the YAGP 2009 Semi Finals in Contemporary in Orlando as in the 2008 Group Contemporary division. Currently she attends The Juilliard School in the class of 2015. She has danced with Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Collective since its inception in 2010.

    Sydney Lotuaco (Collective Member) was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. She has been studying dance for 16 years. She began her training at Denise Wall’s Dance Energy under the direction of Denise Wall and Vicky Cooke. During her training she has worked directly with choreographers such as Travis Wall, Jason Parsons, Tara Foy, and Chloe Arnold. She currently attends Marymount Manhattan College as a BFA dance major. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work with Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective.

    Brooke Naylor (Collective Member) currently lives in New York, NY. She has trained from a young age in classical ballet, as well as contemporary and jazz. She attended Dreyfoos School of the Arts as a dance major and continued her studies after school daily at Atlantic Art Academy. She currently attends the Fordham/Ailey program in order to attain a BFA in dance. She has danced with Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Collective since its inception in 2010.

    Sammie Otano (Collective Member) was born in Loxahatchee, Florida and has studied dance locally for the past ten years. She has trained with Jan Hanniford- Goetz and Jeff Satinoff at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and had the opportunity to work with choreographers Margo Sappington and Kathy Posin. She currently attends Marymount Manhattan College to continue her training.

    Gage Self (Collective Member) Gage first joined Lunge Dance Collective in April 2011 with “Origins” in Florida. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Gage began dancing at the age of 4. He graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts this past spring. He was recently seen performing in Houston with Hope Stone Dance Company. This fall Gage will begin classes in pursuit of his BFA at The Ailey School. Ryan Mark Spencer (Collective Member) Born and raised in Minnesota, Ryan has been dancing since the age of three. Training with numerous studios around Minnesota, but recently has become independent and starting traveling around the US for multiple dance opportunities. Ryan has set pieces for competition stages, and teaches classes at studios as well. He works closely with founder/choreographer of collidEdance company, Erica Sobol, and has done works for Nickelodeon, the Carlson Company, and America’s Got Talent. Now, at 16, he attends Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and is part of

  • “Prowl” (2011) Choreographed by: Billy Bell

    Danced by: Conner Bormann, Ali Castro, Jeremy Coachman, Shelby Colona, Alex Cottone, Rachel Donev, Tara Langdon, Brooke Naylor,

    Sammie Otano, Gage Self, Ryan Spencer, Chelsea Thedinga

    Music: Aphex Twin, Pimmon, Sleigh Bells, Tim Hecker, ediT, Atlanta Symphony, Eskmo, Gaby Kerpel, Boston Symphony

    Orchestra Arranged by: Billy Bell

    “Prowl” examines the instinctual human quality of desire for

    affection

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    "Dokus" (2010)

    Choreography: Billy Bell in collaboration with the dancers

    Danced by: Conner Bormann, Jeremy Coachman, Shelby Colona, Alex Cottone, Rachel Donev, Sammie Otano, Gage Self, Ryan

    Spencer, Chelsea Thedinga

    Music: Bhavani Lorraine Nelson, Apparat Arranged By: Billy Bell

    "Dokus" is a physicalized step by step process of solving a sudoku.

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