DANCERS

Name Dance Styles What attracted you to WDF?

Marlena Zahm
Marlena Zahm
Tap, jazz, ballet, capoeira, hip-hop, Bharatanatyam, Kathak, authentic movement, Russian dance, belly dance, and flamenco “I really enjoyed my experience [in the Jewish Nutcracker] learning belly dance, Kathak, and Russian dance. When you’re a really seasoned dancer, there’s something really exciting about learning something new.”

Nick Brentley
Nick Brentley
Ballet, jazz, modern, tap, West African, South African, Afro-Caribbean, hip-hop, samba, and a fusion of different hip-hop styles including house, waaking, waving, popping and locking “[The Jewish Nutcracker] acknowledges the background of each dancer so that everyone looks good on stage…That was attractive to me.”

Aimee Zawitz
Aimee Zawitz
Bhangra, Bollywood, West African and Cuban folkloric “She [Katy] is really awesome and easy to be around, and so I wanted to dance with her. It was just a fun experience.”

Rebecca Siegel
Rebecca Siegel
Modern and flamenco “I met Katy at a flamenco performance I was in…she came up to me afterwards and said, “Have you heard of the Jewish Nutcracker?” So then, I showed up at the audition.”

Marta Serra
Marta Serra
Middle Eastern and Central Asian “I met Katy…and I just fell in love with all her styles, the fusion, all that she’s doing.”

Shelly Manber
Shelly Manber
Ballet, modern, Israeli and other folk dance “[I joined World Dance Fusion because] I just found learning all those different types of dance really interesting.”

Jenevieve Francisco
Jenevieve Francisco
Many styles including Afro-Cuban folkloric, Afro-Haitian, and the styles she has learned with World Dance Fusion “I saw Katy dance for the first time… she did a solo piece. I was totally moved by the piece and what she had to say about it and the other pieces that World Dance Fusion had done. I was like ‘I gotta be a part of that.’”
FarimaFarima Berenji Persian classical dance, as well as Central Asian dance and ancient and sacred dances “Katy…she’s an amazing woman, very knowledgeable of what she’s doing. I love the way she infuses those dances because it’s not just any fusion, it’s very strong, historically based and very correct and I really enjoyed that. That’s what got me into it.”
Cora HubbartCora Hubbart Dance styles: Flamenco, Cuban salsa, African and Brazilian dance “I like that [Katy’s] using all these different world dances, putting them together in a really beautiful way…they feel really good in your body [and] they’ve been really fun to learn.”
hannahHannah Sandu Ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop as well as the styles she’s learned with World Dance Fusion (kathak, capoeira) “I first got introduced to the company by my godmother Laura [Bernasconi] who is very good friends with Katy. I basically just went to one of their rehearsals and I saw the stuff that they did and thought ‘that’s cool, I want to try that’.”
Katiana VilaKatiana Vilá Current focus is on Afro-Cuban, Cuban salsa, and flamenco “I saw the audition for The Jewish Nutcracker, all the different styles and was like ‘Wow, I want to see how they all fit in with each other.’ Katy came in while I was working, we started talking about flamenco and I ended up dancing in her show.”