JOHN EIRICH (Performer) was raised in Orlando, FL, where he studied ballet and jazz at Southern Ballet Theatre. He earned his BFA in dance from New World School of the Arts in 2005, was a student at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program and performed with Miami Contemporary Dance Company, the Florida Grand Opera and Amy Marshall Dance Company. John was a member of Taylor 2 from 2006-2010, has been a member of TAKE Dance since 2007, and joined Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre in 2010. He has also performed in The Magic Flute at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis directed by Isaac Mizrahi (2014), Missa Brevis with Limón Dance Company and L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato and The Hard Nut with the Mark Morris Dance Group. John has danced for Dance Heginbotham since 2011.
KRISTEN FOOTE (Performer) is originally from Toronto, Canada, and joined the Limon Dance Company in 2000. She has since performed as a soloist in roles by José Limón, Isadora Duncan, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow, Jiří Kylián, Donald McKayle, Murray Louis, Lar Lubovich, Susanne Linke, and Adam Hougland. Her training began in Toronto where she studied in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz before joining the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, where she toured with the International Pre-Professional Company and began her training of the Limón technique. She has been hailed by the New York Times as “marvelously versatile” and has been recognized by Dance Magazine in their “Top 25 To Watch” in 2005, as one of the “Most Amazing Performers” of 2010, and a featured dancer in their September 2011 edition. In addition, she has also been a guest artist with the Yard, Thang Dao Dance Theater, Riedel Dance Theater and with Catherine Gallant and Dancers. She has also performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, was a Radio City Rockette and is a member of AUSTERLAND and Pajarillo Pinta’o. Ms. Foote also teaches Limon Master classes, workshops and re-stages Limón repertory across the U.S. and Canada. Ms. Foote is proudly supported by The Bay & Paul Foundations and the Enoch Foundation.
LINDSEY JONES (Performer) started dancing at COCA in St. Louis, MO. She attended London Contemporary Dance School and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase. Jones originated the role of 'Cat' in Isaac Mizrahi’s Peter & the Wolf and was featured in his production of The Magic Flute at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She has appeared with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Bill Young, Caleb Teicher & Company, GREYZONE, Sally Silvers & Dancers, Jonathan Allen, Ian Spencer Bell, June Finch, Adriane Lee, Merce Cunningham Trust, and musical artists Alarm Will Sound, Blood Orange, Brooklyn Rider, kuxxan SUUM, Loving You, and Stone Cold Fox. Jones has been performing with Dance Heginbotham since 2012.
COURTNEY LOPES (Performer) is originally from Bermuda, attended The University of North Carolina School of the Arts for her high school education focusing on Contemporary Dance, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012. Courtney had the opportunity to study abroad in Taiwan at the Taipei National University of the Arts, and has studied with the American Dance Festival, José Limón Dance Company, and Doug Varone and Dancers. Courtney has performed works by choreographers such as Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, Jessica Lang, and Huang Yi of Cloud Gate Dance Company. Courtney is delighted to currently be working with Dance Heginbotham, MeenMoves, Sue Bernhard Danceworks, Kathryn Alter & Dancers, and Megan Williams Dance.
AMBER STAR MERKENS (Performer) is originally from Newport, OR, where she began her dance training with Nancy Mittleman. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, and performed works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, José Limón, Jiří Kylián, Lar Lubovitch, and David Parsons, among others. Amber went on to dance with the José Limón Dance Company for two years before joining the Mark Morris Dance Group in 2001. For over a decade, Amber enjoyed dancing Mark's work; she was featured in numerous pieces and inherited Mark's own roles in Dido and Aeneas, Ten Suggestions, and Rondo. Amber is a recipient of the Princess Grace Award, she is mother to two beautiful children, and is also a doula and a photographer. She is absolutely thrilled to collaborate and perform with Dance Heginbotham.
MAILE OKAMURA (Costume Designer)has designed and constructed dance and opera costumes for Dance Heginbotham, Mark Morris Dance Group, Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Tanglewood Music Festival, American Classical Orchestra, and Bard College.
NICOLE PEARCE (Lighting Design) Previously with John Heginbotham: 10 works (Dance Heginbotham & Atlanta Ballet). Selected dance with Mark Morris, Jessica Lang, Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Sonya Tayeh, Brian Brooks, Andrea Miller, Alexander Ekman, Kyle Abraham, & Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, and companies including The Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Finnish National Opera, Gallim Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jessica Lang Dance, Hubbard Street, Mark Morris Dance Group, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Nederlands Dance Theater, and American Ballet Theater. Selected New York theater credits includes work with directors: Edward Albee, Leigh Silverman, Trip Cullman, Pam MacKinnon, Jade King Carroll & Ed Sylvanus Iskandar. With companies including The Cherry Lane, The Play Company & Labryinth Theater Company. www.nicolepearcedesign.com
DANIEL PETTROW (Performer) is an actor and director based in New York. He is an associate actor with The Wooster Group (since 2006). He has performed in Hamlet, Vieux Carre, and Who's Your Dada?!. He is also a teaching artist at The Wooster Group’s Summer Institute. Daniel is a frequent collaborator with multi-disciplinary theater company Bluemouth Inc. performing in Dance Marathon, How Soon is Now?, and Death by Water. He works closely with French Director Arthur Nauzyciel, having performed the lead roles in Jean Genet’s Splendid's, Bernard Marie Koltes’ Black Battles with Dogs and Roberto Zucco, and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. Daniel has performed in over 60 plays at International and Regional theaters. He recently worked with renowned Italian director Romeo Castellucci, performing in Julius Caesar: Spared Parts for FIAF's Crossing the Line Festival. He directs NY-based sketch group SBJM. Daniel is the communications coordinator and drama teacher for Heifetz International Music Institute. He also is a guest teacher at NYU and other leading dance and theater companies. Daniel has collaborated with John Heginbotham as the drama director for YoungArts Miami (2015) and YoungArts LA (2016 & 2017). Daniel performs the role of “The Wolf” in Isaac Mizrahi’s production of Peter & the Wolf at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum. TV: Red Band Society, Good Eats, and Don’t Know Jack. FILM: In Stereo, Sweet Parents, The Cult of Sincerity, The Last Adam, FightF*ckPray, Psychopathia Sexualis, Kathy T, and My Uncle Sidney.
SPENCER RAMIREZ (Performer) began his training in the DC-Metropolitan area at the Metropolitan Fine Arts Center, Maryland Youth Ballet, and Houston Ballet, before eventually moving to NYC to study at The Juilliard School. He started his professional career with the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn where he traveled around the world both performing and teaching from 2010-2013. He's also performed as a guest artist with Malashock Dance and BODYTraffic in Los Angeles and with Dance Heginbotham in New York City. He is now pursuing a career in musical theater and has performed regionally in MAME (Riverside Theater), Newies (Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Shrek (TCA), and Mamma Mia (TCA).
WEAVER RHODES (Performer) was born and raised in Texas, where he received his training from the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. He then went on to receive his BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012. He’s performed with various companies, including Mark Morris Dance Group, Northwest Dance Project, Mettin Movement Collective, Kevin Wynn Collection, and the Metropolitan Classical Ballet in Arlington, TX. Weaver has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Kathryn Alter, Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Kate Skarpetowska, Patrick Corbin, Isaac Mizrahi, Pam Tanowitz, and Greg Dolbashian. He's delighted to have been working for Dance Heginbotham since 2013.
SARAH STANLEY (Performer) is from Houston, TX where she trained at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. She graduated cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase where she performed works by Nelly van Bommel, Wally Wolfgruber and Johannes Wieland among others. While at Purchase she had the opportunity to study at Taipei National University of the Arts in 2009. Sarah is currently based in New York where she has worked with NØA Dance, Brice Mousset, LaneCoArts, KDNY, Gallim Dance, Punchdrunk's Sleep No More and Dance Heginbotham.
MACY SULLIVAN (Performer) Originally from Camas, WA, Macy Sullivan is a New York City-based dancer, collaborator, and teaching artist. She dances for Dance Heginbotham, Caleb Teicher & Company, and The Chase Brock Experience, and has also recently enjoyed projects with the Merce Cunningham Trust and Pat Catterson. Since its premiere in 2013, she has performed annually in Peter & the Wolf at Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum with Isaac Mizrahi (choreographed by John Heginbotham). She originated the role of Marie in Chase Brock's The Nutcracker and was a featured tap dancer in Tyne Rafaeli's The Poor of New York (Off-Off-Broadway). Her own work has been performed at The Juilliard School’s Center for Innovation in the Arts, Judson Memorial Church, The 92nd Street Y, and The Tank. As a teaching artist, she frequently works with Juilliard Global Ventures, Dance for PD®, and Together in Dance. She has worked as a rehearsal director for Dance Heginbotham and Caleb Teicher & Company and has staged work for Chase Brock. Sullivan holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School (Martha Hill Prize, John Erskine Prize, Choreographic Honors).