Jenn Freeman, Artistic Director of Freemove Dance, is an American choreographer, dance performer, and educator based in New York City. In October 2018, Jenn self- produced and debuted Freemove Dance’s first evening-length work, …it’s time…, at The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Jenn's choreography has been commissioned by Marymount Manhattan College, Wayne State University, BYU, and The University of Texas at Austin where her piece, When, was nominated for a 2018 Austin Critics Table Award and chosen as a finalist to be presented at the Kennedy Center for the ACDA National Festival. Her works have been presented in NYC at The Reverb Dance Festival, The 14th Street Y Cabaret, and The Young Choreographer’s Festival (Guest Artist). In 2017 she was a finalist in both Division I and II at the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival. With over a decade of commercial dance experience, Jenn has worked alongside internationally recognized choreographers in the development of pieces and large scale productions for: Florence and the Machine, Madonna, The X-Factor, Target, The Brit Awards, Cirque du Soleil, The Martha Graham Dance Company (Tayeh Variation), LA Ballet (Beneath One’s Dignity), SYTYCD, Encores! Off-Center at NY City Center (The Wild Party), and Classic Stage Company (Iphigenia in Aulis). She most recently choreographed JJ Lin's performance for the 29th Annual Golden Melody Awards in Taipei. Music Video choreography credits include: Avan Lava’s “Wanna Live”, directed by Alexander Hammer (Beyonce). Professionally, Jenn has danced in works by choreographers: Sonya Tayeh (you'll still call me by name, Lead Dancer),Mia Michaels, Kyle Abraham (Abraham.in.Motion, founding member), Larry Keigwin (Keigwin and Co.), Charlotte Boye-Christensen (NOW-ID), Brook Notary (The Pulse Project), Mark Swanhart, Danielle Flora, and many others. Jenn has appeared in live performances for Target, The MTV Video Music Awards, The Jimmy Fallon Show, Comedy Central’s“The Comedy Awards”, and The Rolling Stone's 50th Anniversary Tour. Jenn is an internationally recognized educator. Her unique teaching style can be experienced across the U.S. at Revive Dance Convention, The Dance Sessions, and Wintermove Dance Intensive. She also frequently appears as a guest/master teacher at STEPS on Broadway and Peridance Capezio Center in NYC. Graduate NYU TISCH.
Maddison Burg is a Los Angeles based dance performer, teacher, and choreographer. She grew up training in LA and was a founding member of Jessie Hartley’s award-winning Westside Dance Project. For three seasons, she was a member of the contemporary dance company Soul Escape, under the direction of Justin Giles. She has performed live and appeared in music videos for various artists including Louis the Child, Elohim, and Mike Posner. Her television credits include Victorious, The Cleaner, and Ubisoft. She is an internationally renowned dance educator and is on faculty with both Revive & Adrenaline Dance Conventions, and is known for creating award-winning work at dance studios throughout the United States and beyond. Maddison is a founding member of Freemove Dance and is pleased to be on this journey with Jenn Freeman and company.
Mia DeWeese is a New York City based dance performer, teacher, and choreographer. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio where she trained at Infusion Dance under the direction of Shane Carpenter. She received her BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan. She was a member of the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Company, and had the opportunity to perform works by Shen Wei, Larry Keigwin, Mark Morris, Robert Battle, Loni Landon, Cherice Barton, Lar Lubovitch, Pedro Ruiz, and more. She has performed with contemporary dance companies BodyStories: Teresa Fellion and 10 Hairy Legs Projects. She was a performer in Sonya Tayeh’s New York Live Arts and Jacob’s Pillow commissioned piece, You’ll Still Call Me By Name. She was ensemble/dance captain in the off-broadway production of The Lucky Ones, and is Sonya Tayeh’s associate choreographer for Moulin Rouge the musical. She has been working with Jenn Freeman for the past 3 years and is proud to be a founding member of Freemove Dance.
Barry Gans is a New York City based dance performer, teacher, and choreographer. He has been dancing since the age of 3 and trained as a student at both Ballet Idaho and Boise State University. He participated and assisted at BSU's Summer DanceFest for eight years and has been a part of multiple dance companies within the Boise and Salt Lake City communities. He was featured as a guest artist in Idaho Dance Theatre's 2015 spring performance, in the piece Elements of Kin, choreographed by Jenn Freeman. For four seasons, Barry was a member of contemporary dance company Project Flux, and in 2017, he had the opportunity to dance in the interactive performance/collaboration with Whyteberg Dance Company. Barry is currently in his third year at The Juilliard School where he has performed works by various choreographers such as JoséLímon, Gentian Doda, and Crystal Pite. Barry has assisted Jenn Freeman is various choreographic endeavors and is very excited to continue his work with Freemove Dance.
Matt Luck is a Los Angeles based dance performer, teacher, and choreographer. He originally hails from Dayton, Ohio where he began his performing and choreographic careers. He made the decision to relocate to LA to pursue a career in dance and film. Matt has appeared in various television series, feature films, and award shows including; The Academy Awards, the American Music Awards, and Glee. Matt has performed live with musicians, RY X and Richard Walters. In addition to commercial endeavors, he has performed the works of Micaela Taylor, Gracie Whyte, Laura Berg, Jenn Freeman, and Lauren Adams. Matt is currently dancing for The TL Collective, Freemove Dance, and LA’s modern duo, Whyteberg. He has choreographed stage performances and music videos for Figs Vision and The Put Off, and has set work on Houston’s MET too Youth Company. He has taught classes throughout Europe in London, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, and Italy. Matt is a founding member of Freemove Dance and is constantly searching for new elements of dance and is thankful for the opportunities he has been given thus far.
Christopher Ralph is a New York based dance performer, teacher, and choreographer. was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y. where he began his dance training at Holy Trinity High School, under the direction of Cathy Murphy and James Whore. He also trained at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway with teachers such as Dorrit Koppel, Frank Hatchett, and Shelia Barker. In 2005, he attended SUNY Purchase college to complete his B.F.A in dance. Chris is a founding member, as well as the associate artistic director and rehearsal director of The Dash Ensemble under the direction of Gregory Dolbashian. He spent 2 seasons touring nationally and internationally with Aszure Barton and Artists. He has also been a member of companies under the direction of Loni Landon, Janis Brenner, Doug Varone, Rebecca Lazier, Patrick Corbin, and Sonya Tayeh, and has performed at The Metropolitan Opera. He has worked on a video project with the recording artist FKA Twigs. He currently teaches contemporary and heels classes at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City and contemporary at Princeton University. He is a founding member of Freemove Dance.
Chelsea Thedinga is a New York City based dance performer, teacher, and choreographer. She trained in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts and Inspire Dance Company under the artistic direction of Robert Contreras. Some of her film and television credits include the MTV Video Music Awards, La La Land, Glee, The Academy Awards, The Ellen Show, Dancing With the Stars, The Emmy Awards, American Music Awards, and America’s Got Talent. She has completed 4 national tours with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound, she has performed with Stacey Tookey’s company Still Motion in New York, Los Angeles, and Jacob’s Pillow. She was a featured performer in Al Blackstone’s Freddie Falls in Love, and she was a lead performer for Sonya Tayeh’s original work You’ll Still Call Me by Name that has presented at both New York Live Arts and Jacob’s Pillow. Chelsea is thrilled to be a founding member of FreeMove dance and looks forward to her time creating and growing as an artist with the company.
Madeline Wright, from Toronto, Canada - is a dance graduate of Point Park University, where she completed her BFA degree with high honours and gained a thorough foundation and appreciation for modern technique and functional somatic work. She has attended professional programs such as Springboard Danse Montreal (working with Alexandra Wells, Ami Schulman, Peter Chu, Bobbi Jene Smith and Spenser Theberge), Movement Invention Project, Ignite by Toes for Dance, AXIS Connect, and two sessions of Sidra Bell's SBDNY Module. Madeline’s professional and performance experience consists of commercial, concert and multi-disciplinary venues - collaborating and performing the works and projects of Cindy Salgado, Terrence Marling, Gregory Dolbashian, Sonya Tayeh and TOES for Dance (Kristen Carcone). Over the past few years she has been working in Toronto as well as New York City, where she collaborated with and performed in Sonya Tayeh's premiere production of you’ll still call me by name at New York Live Arts in December 2016. She had the privilege of performing the work again last August 2018 for its commission at Jacob’s Pillow in Doris Duke Theatre. Madeline is both honoured and full of gratitude to be taking the stage with the Freemove team this fall.
Jordyn Santiago is a dancer, teacher and choreographer currently based out of Brooklyn, New York City. Originally from North Carolina, Jordyn grew up training at The Dance Theatre of Jacksonville, under the direction of Debra Baile and Melissa Jackson. She has traveled and trained across the United States and abroad in Israel. Jordyn has worked with artists such as Jiri Pokorny, Tilman O’Donnell, Medhi Walerski, Bryan Arias and Emily Greenwell. She is currently dancing for NYC based companies: Tedted Dance Company directed by Teddy Tedholm, Isodoc Dance directed by Jeff Docimo, Mary Grace McNally + Artists, and The Grit directed by Jon Rua. Jordyn is also a dancer and company member of LA based company: LOBOS Art Collective under the direction of Erica Sobol. Within the past year, Jordyn assisted Teddy Tedholm set new work at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia for Tedted Dance Company. Jordyn is excited to have the opportunity to learn and explore with Jenn Freeman and her company Freemove Dance.
Rachel Locker is a New York based dance performer and mover. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with her B.F.A. in Modern Dance under the direction of Katie Langan. Rachel was a member of the Marymount Dance Company where she had the opportunity to perform works by Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Jo Strømgren, Alexandra Damiani, Adam Barruch, and more. Rachel performed at the Park Avenue Armory Gala with artist Kimbra, and has performed at the Joyce Theater as part of the Martha Graham University Partnership Program. She was also involved with the outreach program at Marymount, which focused on advocating for the arts to elementary schools in the Upper East Side. Rachel is very grateful to be apart of Freemove Dance, and is excited to work with all of the amazing artists!