Thomas Gunderson Bond is a dancer and teaching artist. Born and raised in Michigan, Bond’s background includes modern dance, piano performance, and studio art. Bond completed an MA in performance studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where his work included an ethnographic study of dance sites in Detroit, Michigan and an ontological analysis of the acoustemological potential of dance floors. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University in psychology and dance, where he began developing an artistic practice incorporating visual arts and music. In addition to his work with Neshamah, Bond has worked with Chris Masters Dance, DanceAction, Dance to the People, Estado Flotante, Sarah Berges Dance, MoveWorks, and as a teaching artist for Notes in Motion Outreach Dance Theatre. An important influence in his artistic practice is his work with children as an early education teacher at Maple Street School in Brooklyn. Bond is currently dancing and teaching in New York City.
Amber Bennett earned her BA in dance from Hofstra University in 2016. During her time at Hofstra she had the chance to perform works by Sean Curran, Heather Waldon, Bill Young, and many more! Since completing her degree at Hofstra Univeristy, Amber has been involved with American Ballet Theater's Summer Program.
Bethany Chang, a native of Libertyville, IL, is currently working towards a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Film at Hofstra University. During her time at school, she was a recipient of the Martin & Toni Sosnoff Award (2016), the Stormy Brandenberger Award (2017) and received multiple dance merit awards. She served on the e-boards of the dance program club, Movom, and the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. At Hofstra, under the direction of Rachel List, she had the pleasure of performing works by Ellie Kusner, Rachel List, Robin Becker, Adam Barruch, Karla Wolfangle, Doug Varone, and Igal Perry. Her choreographic work has been showcased in multiple performances at Hofstra. Most recently, her collaborative duet with Gabrielle Burgess, “synapse”, was performed at the 2017 American College Dance Association’s Northeast Conference in Randolph, NJ. Outside of Hofstra, Chang has studied with Doug Varone and Dancers in New York, NY and with artists at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, WA. In Seattle, Chang had the opportunity to collaborate with Pat Graney in the creation process of “Girl Gods”, performing a study of the work-in-progress at Broadway Performance Hall. In her sophomore year, she was accepted to USF’s Dance in Paris summer program, under the direction of Michael Foley and Colleen Thomas-Young. In Paris, Chang had the opportunity to study with artists such as Kevin Quinao, Julien Desplantez, and Catherine Denecy. Upon graduation, she plans on relocating to New York City.
Hannah Cohen received her Masters of Arts degree in Performance Studies at New York University, Tisch School where she focused her studies on the similarities between science and performance. Prior to her tenure at NYU she graduated Summa Cum Laude receiving a bachelor’s degree as a double major one in Dance and the second in Film Studies and Production with a minor in Religious Studies from Hofstra University. She also received an Associate’s Degree in the Honors College, Hofstra University with a minor in Religious Studies. At Hofstra, she worked with Maxine Steinman, Rachel List, and Darrah Car. She also served as a choreographer’s assistant for Robin Becker and Bebe Miller/Nancy Duncan.
Currently, Cohen is an Arts Administration Intern for Robin Becker Dance Company and teaches at Union Street Dance in Brooklyn as well as Studio France in Montague, MI. She is also the co-founder of a New York City artists networking group called Je Suis which has over 1,100 members.
Hannah Cohen is the Founder and Artistic Director of Neshamah. Cohen's work has been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Michigan, and Florence, Italy.Cohen's work has been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Michigan, and Florence, Italy.
Mariah Davis grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho and began her dance training at a small dance studio in the valley. She then progressed with her dance education at Cornish College of the Arts as an undergraduate in the dance program; receiving her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree. Throughout her years of dancing she has had the honor of working with or training under Ballet Idaho, Eugene Ballet, Sidra Bell and Joffrey Ballet School in New York. She has also performed the works of Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, Trey McIntyre, Jose Limon, Stephanie Liapis, Joshua Crouch, Patricia Hon, Deb Wolf, and Wade Madsen. Mariah has since relocated to New York as a freelancer in dance, music, writing, and performance art.
Jes Wittig was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and just completed her undergraduate studies in Dance, Drama, and Religious Studies at Hofstra University. Jes has trained with choreographers including Lar Lubovitch and Robert Royce, and has had the pleasure of performing works by Adam Barruch, Alexandra Beller, Robin Becker, Africa Guzman, Bill Young, Seán Curran, Shelley Ziebel, Karla Wolfangle, Heather Waldon, and more. Jes recently completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher certification at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and is studying the Alexander Technique.
Jes draws upon her experience in somatic and yogic practices to add dimension to her dancing, as well as her exploration of Neofuturist theatre to create work for her company, WitWorks.