ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Jordan Ryder is a NYC-based choreographer and dancer. She attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated with a BFA in Dance and a double minor in Sociology and Entertainment Business. Jordan formed her collective, RyderDance, in 2018 where her work has since been presented at 15+ venues across the tri-state area, Chicago, Atlanta, and has reached a global audience virtually. Choreographic commissions include Eryc Taylor Dance Company, NYU Tisch Dance, Rogue Wave Dance | Fall for Fall Dance Festival, Melange Dance Company, and One Day Dance. As a dancer, Jordan has danced in original works by Crystal Pite, Yoshito Sakuraba | Abarukas Dance, Guanglei Hui | Cross Move Dance Lab, Pamela Pietro, James Martin, and has performed repertory by Paul Taylor. Additional campaigns and performances include Marc Jacob's Fall Collection 2021, John Ashford Shoes, and Sotheby's Auction House. As an educator, Jordan teaches at Peridance Center as well as hosts her own classes through RyderDance.
Philip Strom (he/him) received his BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he danced in work by Crystal Pite, Sonya Tayeh, Ronald K. Brown, and Paul Taylor. Since graduating he has performed with Andrea Ward, Bennyroyce Dance, Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, Gabrielle Johnson + Artists, inDance (Hari Krishnan), & RyderDance. He danced in Spingboard Danse Montreal’s 2018 project, performing in works by Maxine Doyle of Punchdrunk, and Emese Nagy of MA•ZE. Philip is an Artistic Associate of Bennyroyce Royon, having staged his work at Rutgers University and assisted him at The Juilliard School, Ballet Hispánico, Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Center, and Gibney Dance.
Miriam Rose (she/her) graduated with a BFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2018 under the direction of Sean Curran. While at NYU she had the opportunity to perform works by Madboots, Pamala Pietro and Jeremy Nelson as well as study abroad in Berlin. Miriam has performed in NYC in projects with Bitedown Collective, Carly Lepore (Tinted Windows), and Polly Jacobs and has been a member of RyderDance since 2020!
Emily Cattan was born and raised in Mexico City and has been training in all styles of dance since she was 5. After graduating high school, she moved to Israel for a year and was part of the International Dance Journey with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. In 2020, Emily moved to NYC and joined the Certificate Program at Peridance Center and graduated in 2022. She currently works as an apprentice with Peridance Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Igal Perry, and is performing with other freelance companies such as Beth Graczyk Productions and RyderDance. She enjoys both commercial and concert dance and has performed works by Rami Beer, Gregory Lau, Tushrick Fredricks, Doug Varon, Lauren Cox,Preston Mui, Mizuho Kappa, Caileb Teicher and more.
Liana Zhen-ai is an interdisciplinary artist and dancer from Los Angeles, CA. She received her BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, and subsequently danced for Hivewild, Holly Blakey for Puma’s New York Fashion Week Show, and Andrea Miller for Beautiful Destinations Panama. Liana has been commissioned to create work for Opera Notre Dame and The Angel’s Share at Green-Wood Cemetery in collaboration with The New York Philharmonic, and is a founding member of PROMPTUS Collective. Liana completed her Master’s in Contemporary Dance Performance at London Contemporary Dance School, University of Kent researching the changing landscape of narrative in the Anthropocene.
At 3-years-old, Stone made his first ever gift request: a Jammin' Draw. As he sat there creating music with crayons, he unknowingly set a personal precedent. Skip 13 years of motley percussion and Stone finds himself connecting an e-kit to his own live visualizer, instead painting pictures with drumsticks. 4 years later, enthralled by the movement of Ryderdance and the promise of a brief escape from his corporate software life, he is looking to once again blend visual and auditory forms to create something new. He has no idea what he's doing, but he's trying his best.
Devon Travis is a native of Dallas, TX, where she graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Devon moved to NYC in 2015 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has performed works by Crystal Pite, Sidra Bell, Sonya Tayeh, MADBOOTS Dance among others and has worked in Italy under Giada Ferrone’s WADE Dance. Devon has collaborated with other companies in NYC such as VALLETO, BiteDown Collective, and Javier Padilla, and has been a member of RyderDance since 2018. Big love.
Chelen Middlebrook is a NYC based movement artist and choreographer from Northern Virginia. She relocated to NYC in 2017 and graduated from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in 2022. They have performed works by Stanton Welch, Trisha Brown, Crystal Pite, George Balanchine, and Ohad Naharin among many others. They have recently worked with Kayla Farrish's Decent Structures Arts and Shamel Pitts' TRIBE under the direction of Marcella Lewis.
Julia Gold was born and raised in Westchester County, New York where she trained at Westchester Dance Academy under Kelly Burke and Chris Hale. She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA in Dance with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. Julia has performed works by Paul Taylor, MADBOOTS DANCE (Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz), Sean Curran, Daniel Gwirtzman, DoubleTake Dance, and RyderDance.