Kinesis Project dance theatre

Melissa Riker is Artistic Director and Choreographer of Kinesis Project, for more details about Melissa, please click here. All KP dances are created in complete collaboration with the performers.

Callie Ritter Callie Rose Ritter is a Performer, Creator, and Teacher. She was raised as a cowgirl on her family’s ranch in Southeast Idaho, graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Modern Dance, and currently resides New York City. She teaches in both Idaho and NYC. Callie is a yoga teacher licensed by The Perri Institute for Mind and Body, and is a whole body alignment practitioner and certified Restorative Exercise SpecialistTM through Katy Bowman’s Restorative Exercise Institute. All things body and movement is her passion and life’s work; she aims to help others with her ever-accumulating knowledge base. Callie's first performance with the Company was in Pressing Empty in 2014.

Michelle Amara Micca is a Queens based movement artist originally from Winchester, CT. She began her dance training under her mother at Valley Ballet and later received a BFA from Elon University. As a choreographer Micca has presented work at the IRT Theatre, Queensboro Dance Festival, Greenspace Blooms, Elon University, Young Choreographers Festival, and many other venues over the past 5 years in NYC. She regularly collaborates with various artists to create for film, theatre, sitespecific works, music concerts, as well as dance performances including Space Guns, one of her three NY film collaborations, which won Best Film in the Sparrow Film Festival 11. Micca is a founding member of Lu, an interdisciplinary artist collective, whom has presented works at the LIC Arts Open, experiMENTAL festival, Red Bull Music Academy's A Class of Their Own, and Spectrum Theater's Ambient Chaos. She has been featured as a local artist in two Queens magazines; the BORO and Idlewild. She currently performs for Shandoah Goldman’s Carte Blanche, and Beth Soll Co. Micca has been with Kinesis since January of 2014.

Lonnie Stanton is a Northern California native, based in NYC. Previous to her formal training, she danced around the outdoors of the rural Sierra Nevadas and her family homestead in Hawaii. Lonnie graduated with honors from the Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Dance. She performed and taught with Prometheus Dance for 5 seasons and has also worked with Boston based: Ballet Rox, Bosoma, Zoe Dance, and Anna Reyes Dance. Lonnie has performed and produced movement for film for Neoscape (commercial), Moe Pope (hip hop artist), Linda Tegg (photography), and Tamara Al- Mashouk (film artist). Stanton is thrilled to be working with Kinesis Project dance theatre. Currently she teaches young dancers at Ballet Academy East and Harlem's Riverbank State Park. Especially rewarding is her work in public schools, bringing dance education into the classroom through Notes in Motion and the New York City Ballet. Lonnie joined Kinesis Project in 2015

Zachary Leigh Denison is originally from northwest Arkansas moved to NYC to study acting at programs such as the American Dramatic Academy of Dramatic Arts the Actors workshop with the late Mike Nichols and countless others credits include Bway tours of "Cats" and Susan Stromans "The Music Man" regionally Westside Story (VMT) NYC Fringe, Improv Everywhere, NYMF, Cherry Lane Theater and the Public, as a dancer he has had the pleasure of working for Sean Curran, Heidi Latsky, Bradley Shelver, Levy Dance, Mario Zambrano, Michou Szabo, Christopher Williams, Jody Oberfelder, Malcom Low, Larry Keigwin, Lar Lubovitch, Gibney Dance, The Steps Ensemble, Tough Cookie Dance, Catapult, Project 44, Aaron McGloin Dance, Brendan Drake, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Broadway Cares and the Metropolitan Opera this is his third year with Kinesis Project

Madeline Hoak (Flashmob Producer) has been dancing with Kinesis Project since January of 2007. She has had the pleasure of performing with the company at the Merce Cunningham Studios, the West End Theater, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She also performs and teaches for the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company. Madeline is also an aerial teacher and performer. She has performed at SLAM, South Street Sea Port, La Mama, and The Flea Theater, and is currently teaching aerial in Brooklyn. You can learn more about Madeline at!

Zoe Bowick Levine (Board Member)recieved a BA in Dance from the University of Arizona in 2002. She has been performing in NYC since 2003 with companies such as Murray spalding Mandalas, Dina Dennis, and Vandance. She is a founding member of Kinesis Project, performing with the company since it began in 2003.

Kinesis Project dance theatre

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