Sosa Dance Company
The Moving Beauty Series proudly presents:
Sosa Dance Company
Artistic Director. Choreographer.
Sosa Dance Company performs Thursday, March 12th, 2015 in The Series.
Sosa Dance Company is a very new contemporary dance company created by Ana Sosa after receiving the Eryc Taylor dance grant. The company aims to bring attention and awareness to mental illnesses by creating pieces that surround topics such as depression, mania, anxiety, anger, and despair. Ana Sosa, through the act of creation hopes to give a voice to the people who have been singled out from society by labels that can be easily misinterpreted and misrepresented. As someone who has personally struggled with Bipolar Disorder, Sosa hopes to inspire others to write, dance, sing, and express themselves through any means so they can too benefit from the creativity that comes from being different and from the wonderful outlet that is art. The company focuses on strengthening and developing the intention behind every movement that is choreographed, so that through mutual understanding and communication, the dancers can incorporate their own meaning to the choreography and performance.
Ana Sosa started dancing Ballet when she was four in her home country, Mexico. When she was eight years old she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada where she found her love of contemporary in the studios Harbour Dance Center and Dance Co Academy. At eighteen she moved to New York to study Business Management after receiving the President’s Scholarship at Pace University. Right after Ana Sosa graduated she received the Eryc Taylor Dance grant which was the catalyst of her dance career. She has since performed at the Jennifer Muller’s Hatch Presenting Series, Wholelottaproductions’ The Pearl, and she will be performing this month at the Chen Dance Center’s New Steps Series & the Spoke the Hub 14th Annual Winter Follies. She is very excited to be a participant in The Moving Beauty Series! It is a wonderful opportunity for emerging choreographers, and for talented dancers to showcase their efforts. Most recently, Ana Sosa received a residency at NYC Dance Arts.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Larah is now a dancer and tap teacher in New York City. She is entering her senior year of Pace University’s BFA Commercial Dance Program under the direction of Rhonda Miller, and studying under teachers such as Joey Dowling, Jessica Hendricks and Scott Jovovich. Larah has assisted choreographers such as Rhonda Miller at dance conventions and has work-shopped with Michael Rooney and Jackie Sleight. She has performed on camera for the New York Film Academy and New York City Salon. Larah is a co- founder/choreographer of the choreographic dance show EMERGENCE, an opportunity for Pace University students to perform and choreograph. You may have seen Larah perform at half time during many San Antonio Spurs and Silver Star games. Entering her last year of college, Larah hopes to be able to share her knowledge of the industry with young students.
Courtney grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio training with Planet Dance under the direction of Missy Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard. She spent over 7 years performing with Exhale Dance Tribe, a professional dance company based out of Cincinnati. After high school, she moved to New York City to go after her dream of performing. She is currently a senior at Pace University, double majoring in Commercial Dance and Communications. In the past four years, she has studied with the direction of Rhonda Miller, Jess Hendricks, Mandy Moore, Brian Friedman, Dee Caspary, Cherice Barton, Scott Jovovich, and many more. Courtney has performed in various venues including the Martha Graham Westbeth studios, Arnoff Center, Schimmel Center, and more. She currently is assisting Jess Hendricks with various events in New York and is a member of the Sosa Dance Company.
Cesar of Mexico City, Mexico first began formal dance training in jazz and contemporary at the age of 15. At age 18, he moved to New York City to begin studying at Peridance Capezio Center as a Certificate Program student in the contemporary and ballet training program. Cesar has studied with and performed works by choreographers such as Michele Oliva, Emily Bufferd, David Parsons, Derek Mitchell, and Igal Perry. He has performed as a backup dancer in tv/film in shows such as “La Academia” and acting roles on shows such as “Capadocia” aired on HBO Latino America and on various television commercials aired throughout Mexico. He is currently touring as an assistant with the Artists Simply Human convention assisting artists such as Tokyo, Dee Caspary, Tovaris Wilson and more. He has performed with companies such as Michael Susten and Company and Zest Collective/Gentry George. He is so excited to be working with Ana Sosa Dances again!
Victoria is a professional dancer based in New York City. Upon graduating with Hofstra University with a BA in Dance, she was accepted into the Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center. She has worked with choreographers including, Richard Hinds, Cat Cogliandro, Derek Mitchell, Ryan Daniel Beck, Karla Wolfangle and Mike Esperanza. She has also performed with Robin Becker Dance Company and is an active dancer in Kake Dance Company and ‘Catastrophe!’.
Victoria has performed in such shows as, NU Dance Festival, TRANLSLATE, Good Afternoon America (featuring Liza Minnelli), Raw Dance Festival, Jared Grimes Feel, NYC Dance Parade, a featured section in ABC’s Columbus Day Parade. She was also a guest performer at the Young Choreographer’s Festival and the Pulse on Tour Showcase. Throughout her career, she has performed at some iconic venues, including the Riverside Church, Symphony Space, the 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, BB King’s, The Cutting Room NYC, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater and Peridance Capezio Center. Victoria is thrilled for this new adventure with Sosa Dance Company.
Ana is a New York City based professional dancer. Before her big move Ana began dancing at the young age of 4 in her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana. Since then she has been able to work with and train under many renowned choreographers such as Cat Cogliandro, Mike Esperanza, Justin Conte, Kourtni Lind, Jenn Freeman, among many others. She has also preformed at well-known venues including Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, and Peridance Capezio Center. Ana is beyond thrilled to be part of Sosa Dance Company and cannot wait to start on this new adventure!
Teddy has taught at Millennium Dance Complex and EDGE Performing Arts Center (LA) and Broadway Dance Center (NYC). In Los Angeles, he performs with Erica Sobol’s CollidEdance company. In 2013, Teddy graduated with honors from the University of the Arts, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. While in Philadelphia he produced much of his own work, including eleven:eleven, a full-length show that received great reviews. While at UArts he earned the university’s Stella Moore Prize for four years. After graduation, Teddy was nominated for a World Dance Award in the category of Best Choreography Concert/Live Performance. Most recently, he was chosen as a finalist in the 2014 Capezio A.C.E. Awards. Teddy currently resides in New York City, where he continues to develop and present new work.
Rebecca grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan where she trained at Adagio Dance Company. She was a company member of the Michigan Ballet Theatre directed by Cornelia Sampson. At the Detroit Opera House, Rebecca has played principle roles in The Nutcracker for 4 years. She has also starred in Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia. In 2014, Rebecca was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine as a “Mover and Shaker”. Traveling all over the country, she has had the privilege to work as an assistant for Bobby Newberry. Over the past few years she has done live performances for 3oh!3 and Nickelback. This past September, Rebecca has moved to New York at the age of 19 to further her career as a professional working dancer. She is eager to discover where this journey is going to take her!
Born and raised in the deep woods of Sweden, Sara started dancing Swedish folk dance at the age of 6. What was a hobby, grew and became a dream to dance in NYC. At 16, Sara left home and moved to Stockholm to continue her training at the Dance programe of Fryshusets Gymnasium (High School), after which she attended the day program at Base23 in Stockholm. Currently she is an ISVP student at Broadway Dance Center. Sara is also a social swing dancing enthusiast.