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Koresh Dance Company – Dancers
Melissa Rector – Assistant Artistic Director and Dancer
Originally from West Virginia, Melissa started dancing at a young age with Monica Folio. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 1993. Melissa has been dancing with Koresh Dance Company since its inception in 1991 and is the company’s Assistant Artistic Director. She is also an instructor at the Koresh School of Dance, where she teaches her unique style that blends modern jazz and Luigi technique. Her work has been performed locally at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Annenberg Center, Drexel University, the Grier School and Brandywine Ballet. She frequently travels around the country to perform, teach master classes and set choreography on students. In 2008, Melissa helped to establish the Koresh Youth Ensemble and serves as their artistic director, setting both original choreography and company repertory on the group.
Shannon Bramham – Dancer
Originally from Virginia, Shannon graduated with her BFA in Dance Performance from East Carolina University. She has set her own work at the South Dayton Dance Theatre, Wright State University and We Are Artists. Her work has also been showcased at ACDFA and RDA. Shannon currently teaches adult students at the Koresh School of Dance. She joined Koresh Dance Company in 2008.
Fang-Ju Chou Gant – Dancer
Fang-Ju, born and raised in Taiwan, came to the United States to further her study of dance. She earned an Associate Degree of Dance in Australia from the Queensland University of Technology, Academy of the Arts/Dance, and received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. Fang-Ju is trained in a wide range of dance styles and stagecraft. In addition to performing, she has taught ballet for many years throughout the Philadelphia area. Fang-Ju has been dancing with Koresh since 1998.
Joseph Cotler – Dancer
Joe Cotler grew up in Batavia, NY and trained at his mother Robin Cotler’s dance studio, Images in Dance. He graduated from the University of the Arts in May 2009. While at school, he had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers including Scott Jovovich, Ronen Koresh, and Paul Selwyn-Norton. He currently teaches and choreographs for numerous studios in the area. Joe joined Koresh as an apprentice in 2009 and has been a company dancer since 2010.
Vanessa Guinto – Dancer
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Vanessa trained at Lorri’s Dance Place before moving on to study at Point Park University (Pittsburgh). Under the artistic direction of Susan Stowe, she graduated summa cum laude in December 2014 with a BFA in Dance and concentration in Jazz. While at school, she was privileged to perform in many choreographic works including pieces by Robert Battle, Martha Graham, Jessica Lang, José Limón, and David Parsons. Vanessa received further training at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Movement Invention Project, Ignite, and Springboard Danse Montréal. While in Pittsburgh, she also worked for Greer Reed and her company Reed Dance. Upon graduating, Vanessa moved to NYC, where she was involved in project-based performances at the BAM Fisher Theatre, Actors Fund Arts Center, and The Wild Project. She currently teaches at the Koresh School of Dance and other studios and workshops throughout Canada and the United States. Vanessa is very excited to be joining Koresh Dance Company in its 25th anniversary season.
Micah Geyer – Dancer
Raised in North Carolina, Micah started dancing at a young age with Nina's School of Dance in Durham. He later joined the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler. During his career, he has had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center and the Joyce Theater for Tap City, as well as touring throughout Europe and South America. He received his BFA in Dance Performance and Psychology from East Carolina University and joined Koresh Dance Company in 2007.
Krista Montrone – Dancer
Krista began her training at the age of three in Hudson, NH at Melissa Hoffman Dance Center. After moving to Connecticut in 2000, she continued her training at D'valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre. In 2008 Krista moved to NYC where she was involved in many projects including the opening of Revolution at the Joyce Theatre and various industrial projects ranging from Aflac to Juicy Couture. She has had the privilege of touring throughout the country and internationally, performing and teaching. In addition to her work with Koresh Dance Company, she currently teaches and sets choreography for multiple schools in the Philadelphia area. Krista joined Koresh Dance Company in 2011.
Kevan Sullivan – Dancer
Kevan grew up in Millford, CT and started his dance training at the age of two. He studied at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance while also traveling to NYC to train. In 2009, Kevan received the Director’s Talent Scholarship, which awarded him a full tuition scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Kevan was also selected to study at the School of Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program in the summer of 2010. Kevan has danced for Alchemy Dance Company as well as Tommie Waheed Evan’s “Waheed Works”. Kevan joined Koresh Dance Company in 2013.
Robert Tyler – Dancer
Robert Tyler grew up in Batavia, NY and began dancing at the age of 10. He studied under the instruction of Robin Cotler at her studio, Images in Dance. In 2008 he began studying at the University of the Arts and graduated in May 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance, majoring in ballet. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, he worked with Robin Cotler’s dance company, Images Evolution, and performed at the International Dance Festival in Poland. Robert joined Koresh Dance Company in 2012.
Casey McIntyre – Dancer
Casey has been working professionally since the age of nine, starring in national tours of “The Sound of Music” and “Ragtime”. After returning home from tour, she started her dance training at Juliana’s Academy of Dance. She continued her formal dance training at the Rock School for Dance Education, the Academy of Dance, the Official School of the Joffrey Ballet’s first Trainee program, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on scholarship. Since then, she has worked with Pushing Progress, Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2012-2014, and Lindsay Nelko's “Awakening the Show”. This is Casey's first season with Koresh Dance Company.
Andrea Romesser – Apprentice
Andrea began her dance training at Longwood Performing Arts in Kennett Square, PA under the direction of Jane Roosevelt. In 2010, she joined the Koresh Youth Ensemble working with Roni Koresh, Melissa Rector and Shannon Murphy. After graduating high school Andrea was a resident at La Escuela Profesional de Danza de Mazatlan in Mazatlan, Mexico for one semester training with Omar Carrum and Claudia Lavista. In the fall of 2013 she then traveled to Israel to train with Batsheva Dance Company and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company for one year performing in works by Rami Be'er, Martin Harriauge and Eyal Dadon. Andrea has performed throughout Philadelphia with Alchemy Dance Company, SanBrooka Productions, Melissa Rector, Pink Hair Affair and Annielille Gavino-Kollman. This is Andrea's first year as an apprentice with Koresh.