News! ---> Kickbal is the recipient of the ODC Theater Fleishhacker Opportunity Fund and will be producing a show at ODC Theater in April 2020!

Upcoming ---> Kickbal at Fresh Festival, January 2020



Kickbal fam

Emma Lanier and Ky Frances

Emma Lanier smiling and Ky Frances holding a puppy

Emma Lanier and Ky Frances are Co-Artistic directors of Kickbal. They started making work together in 2014, and serve as a resource for each other when working apart. Separately, they have lived and danced in Spain, Chile, Mexico, and in the USA. They have presented their work nationally at Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, MO, David Zwirner Gallery in New York, NY, and locally at BAMPFA, Dance Lovers 8, ODC Pilot71, LevySalon, Works in the Works, Studio 210, 63 Bluxome Street, Spruce Street Co-op, and SPF12. They are current choreographers in residence at RoundAntennae under the mentorship of KT Nelson. Emma dances with Rachael Cleveland’s ReadyMaids in Oakland and Ky with Molly Rose-Williams and co.

Jeremy Bannon-Neches

Jeremy Bannon-Neches smiling out in nature.

Jeremy Bannon-Neches was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Augusta, GA, where he received his initial training at the Augusta Ballet School. In 2005, he graduated with honors from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he performed leading roles in The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, and Lynn Tailor Corbett's Lost and Found. Jeremy then danced with Nevada BalletTheater, performing principal roles in George Balanchine's Rubies and Serenade, Mathew Neenan's At the Border, along with works by Twyla Tharp, Val Caniparoli, James Canfield, and Thaddeus Davis. Since moving to San Francisco in 2012, he has worked with Robert Moses Kin, Post:Ballet, Zhukov Dance, DawsonDanceSF, HopeMohr Dance, and joined ODC/Dance in 2015.

Julie Crothers

Julie Crothers holding up the peace sign.

Julie Crothers is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and educator based in Oakland, CA. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Julie studied dance and arts administration at Elon University in NC. Professionally, she has danced with AXIS Dance Company, Sarah Bush Dance Project, and Renay Aumiller Dances. In 2018, Julie was selected as Emerging Artist in Residence at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Summer Artist in Residence at Deborah Slater Dance Theatre's Studio 210, Feedback Artist in Joe Goode Performance Group's Feedback Program, and as a choreographer in AXIS Dance Company’s Choreo-Lab.

Chelsea Reichert

Chelsea Reichert waving on a subway train.

Chelsea Reichert is a freelance dancer based in San Francisco, California. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in dance, and also studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan. Most recently Chelsea has created and performed with tinypistol/Maurya Kerr, Courtney Mazeika, Sharp&Fine, Christine Cali, and Emily Hansel.

Cauveri Madabushi Suresh

Cauveri Madabushi Suresh smiling in a grocery store aisle.

Cauveri Madabushi Suresh graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Dance. She has had the fortune to learn from Jodi Melnick, Doug Varone, David Parker, Katie Faulkner, and Alex Springer among many others, and has performed in original works by Joanna Kotze, Jodi Melnick, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Christina Robson. She collaborates frequently with Leah Samuels as part of the project Samuels/Suresh and with Kylie Woodward-Sollesnes as part of Apartment A Dances, and currently dances for Lauren Simpson Dance and Kickbal.

Melissa Weikart

Melissa Weikart smiling.

Melissa Weikart is a vocalist, pianist, and composer based in Boston, MA. After graduating from Tufts University in 2016 (B.A. Music and Spanish), she earned her Master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory. Melissa co-founded Students Advocating for Gender Equality at NEC, and was awarded an Entrepreneurial Musicianship grant to recompose the album Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys for an all-female rock band. In December 2017, she released her debut EP “Coffee,” and she is currently working on a full-length album.



Kickbal is fiscally sponsored by Dancers Group. Make a tax-deductible contribution here. Contact: emmahalladey@gmail.com

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End of a spin. Looking upwards together.