Roit & Dancers

The Moving Beauty Series proudly presents:

Roit & Dancers

Jen Roit


Roit & Dancers performs in The Series on Saturday, March 14th, 2015.

‘I want the audience to feel vulnerable giving them an opportunity to experience a release of tension that happens when we allow ourselves to open up. The work I create has characters and story-lines allowing audience members to connect with the dancer’s motivation. I aim to democratize dance, utilizing mediums like instagram and to reach a broader audience unfamiliar with dance, as well as booking festivals that focus in other mediums.’ 

‘While many value shock, I strive to create a safe space for the audience to experience the work deeply without it serving as a trigger. However, the movement will be cheesy or stilted without the truth of pure intent behind it. I make a concentrated effort to exist outside of the dance world, attending community-building meetings in Brooklyn and participating in online communities like webcomics. Researching work takes me to more esoteric areas of the internet, for example entire playlists of MTA subway announcements. I share these with my audience and my dancers via social media to inform my work.’

 Jen Roit

Proud of her West Coast origins, Jen graduated from NYU Tisch and began a diverse dance career with Jennifer Archibald/Arch Dance Company, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Mark Dendy, Transcendance Group, and Daniel Holt/DIRT. Offstage, she is the editor for Dance Magazine’s College Guide and project manager for the TERP system for directing human movement. For NACHMO 2014, Jen created the solo “No Longer Lost” which led to a split bill presentation at Spoke the Hub and selection for the Breaking Glass Project, along with presenting work for BalaSole Dance Company, MaD Circle Dance, and Bailout Theater at Judson Church. In 2015, she will be participating in NYU’s Alumni Choreographic Workshop with Stephen Petronio, The Moving Beauty Series, and the 12by12 Initiative.

Jerica Niehoff

Jerica Niehoff began her dance training in Denver, Colorado at various schools   throughout the state. At the age of 12 she moved out east & began taking classes at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam & she spent two summers at Alvin Ailey’s summer intensive. Since moving to New York City, Jerica has performed with various companies and choreographers including; Valerie Salgado, Nick Kepley, Michelle Barber, Sheila Barker, Savion Glover, Handcart Dance Company- Director: Stacie Webster, Beyond Lines- Director: Cara Goodwin, Andrea Torres Dance Company- Director: Andrea Torres, and Dansfolk Dance Company- Director: Jessica Danser. She also has been working for Broadway Dance Center’s Children Teen Program for 8 years. 

Alice Pucheu

Alice, originally from Eunice, Louisiana, found her passion for dance after   graduating high school. She soon relocated to New York City to train in the Certificate Program at The Ailey School. Her love and study of multiple forms of movement has allowed her the opportunity to perform on stage and screen in the U.S. and Europe. This year’s credits include Broadway Dance Lab under the direction of Josh Prince, site- specific performances at Lincoln Center with Mark Dendy Dance and being a company   member of Roschman Dance, KDNY and Anabella Lenzu Dance Drama. She is ecstatic   to add her dear friend, Jen Roit, to the list of choreographers she works with!

 Samantha Carmean

Samantha, New Jersey-bred and based in New York City, is a mover of all   types. As a dancer, personal trainer and yoga instructor she has the honor of moving   people on a daily basis. Sam has been privileged to perform and work alongside many   wonderful dance artists, including Scott Putman, Martha Curtis, Pam England/Ground   Zero Dance, Bill T. Jones (ADF), Mark Morris (ADF), Kimberly Prosa and Leyya Tawil.   Her own work has been presented by Virginia Commonwealth University (where she   received recognition as an Outstanding Choreographer,) the Bates Dance Festival and   the Tank. She holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is thrilled to be   working with her talented friend Jen Roit.

Liza Brink

Liza is a native Midwesterner and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison   with a BS in dance degree. In 2010, she moved to New York and has spent her time exploring her opportunities that have included interning for Sidra Bell, coaching figure skating, performing at the MoMA under the direction of James Franco and Chloe Kernaghan, and working with outstanding figures such as Jennifer Archibald, Stefanie Batten Bland, and Christian von Howard. In addition to dance, she is a Soul Cycle   fanatic, hot yoga enthusiast, and hospitality connoisseur. This is her first project with Jennifer Roit, and she is ecstatic about the opportunity!

Jenny Gram

Jenny, originally from Santa Clara, California, holds a BFA in dance and a BA in English from the University of Iowa. While a student, she performed the work of   Carl Flink, Jennifer Kayle, and Chris Masters, in addition to choreographing her own   work. Since she graduated, Jenny has performed with Jennifer Archibald and Mark Dendy in New York City and Shen Wei Dance Arts at the North Carolina Museum of Art during the American Dance Festival. She is a certified Pilates mat instructor through the Kane School of Pilates, and will continue her Pilates equipment education in 2015. Currently, Jenny dances for The Moving Architects.


Morgan Hawkins

Originally from Charleston, South Carolina Morgan began her dance training at All   That Jazz of Charleston under the direction of Virginia White. Morgan continued at All That Jazz of Charleston for 15 years where she was able to perform with Walt   Disney and Royal Caribbean Cruise line. Morgan then relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to continue her dance training at Spelman College under the direction of T. Lang. While attending Spelman College, Morgan had the pleasure of performing in Sorrento, Italy, The Lincoln Center, and closing for the American College Dance Festival Association.   After graduating from Spelman, Morgan has had the opportunity to work with UniverSoul   Circus as the opening ballerina. Morgan currently teaches a variety of health and fitness classes at Fit + Flow Yoga. The past 2 years have allowed Morgan to work closely Claire   Hung (CEO Kinelogica Method) where she is continuously training and honored to be a   part of an amazing artistic experience.


Samantha Needles

 Samantha graduated from the Broadway Dance Center Training Program this past summer. At the same time she produced and performed her own one woman show with Lucid Body Impact under the direction of Fay Simpson. She is a member of the Vanessa   Long Dance Company and has recently worked as a guest dancer with “JP Dance Group”, “Dancers Who Care” and “Glitz Entertainment”.  Samantha received her acting training at American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Stella Adler. She was a member of the “Theater of The Magical Real”, “Dharma Players” and “True Story Project” theater company. Samantha was born and raised in Portugal where she received an international school education, played semi-professional basketball, studied singing at “InterArts” jazz school for Music, received modeling and acting representation under “Central Models”, performed with the “Lisbon Players” theater company and worked as a certified personal trainer.  In addition to Samantha’s passion for telling stories through theater and movement, she is also an avid meditation practitioner, published writer and works as a wine educator in Manhattan. She is thrilled to be performing with Roit & Dancers.

Ernesto Mancebo

Ernesto began his dance training in 1995 at the Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Summer Bridge program under the guidance of Ella Thompson-Moore. He then went on to train and perform with the Grenadan based group Quake U.S.A. (Choreographer: Dean Maitland). Ernesto graduated   from Long Island University Brooklyn Campus Dance Department in 2005 with a B.F.A. in performance and choreography. Since graduation he has performed with Clare Byrne Dance, Artis Smith & Dancers, NathanTrice/Rituals, danceTactics, Fly-by-Night Dance Theater and continues to pursue performance and choreography opportunities.