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Emma Lanier and Ky Frances
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.
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 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 holds a B.A. in dance from Barnard College. She splits her time between New York and the Bay Area, where she has danced with Jodi Melnick, Lauren Simpson Dance, and Kickbal.
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.
Gizeh Muniz is a Mexican artist and educator and believes that creation through the body is the best path to generate consciousness and empathy in the world. She has performed with Sara Shelton Mann, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Lizz Roman & Dancers Company in San Francisco, CA; Silla Danza and Teatro de León in Baja California; Ocho Proyecto Gato in Mexico City.
Audrey Johnson currently dances with GERALDCASELDANCE. Her work sources black feminist metaphysics, afrofuturism, time travel, geology, and joy as embodied resilience practices and survival strategies. Audrey is a co-founder of Collective Sweat Detroit and holds a BFA in Dance from Wayne State University.
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