Keith A. Thompson, Artistic Director

Keith A. Thompson, Choreographer, teacher, dancer, completed his MFA Research Fellowship in Dance from Bennington College in 2003, danced internationally for the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1992-2001, served as Trisha’s Rehearsal Assistant from 1998-2001, has performed with the Bebe Miller Company and currently performs and is rehearsal director with Liz Lerman; he has taught master classes and workshops in Contemporary Technique, choreography and partnering globally including serving as a master company teacher for Sasha Waltz & Dancers (Berlin), he has taught at TsEKh Summer Dance School Moscow Russia, the International Dance Festival (Kyoto, Sapporo, Tokyo Japan), Tanzwerkstatt Europa Festival (Munich), Berlin, Paris, Montpelier France and the Korea Dance Festival (Seoul, Korea); Keith has been faculty at the Florida Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, has served on several university faculties, and is current faculty at Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department at Rutgers University, he has served on artistic panels such as DTW’s Fresh Tracks and adjudicator for American College Dance Festival Association, since ’06; he’s had his own company, ‘danceTactics performance group’, his choreography has been featured at Harvard University, University of Maryland College Park, the American Dance Festival Faculty Concert, Montpelier International Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop Guest Artist Series 2006 (New York, NY); Dance Boom Festival at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, Dixon Place NYC, Dance New Amsterdam NYC, American Dance Guild Festival, the 15th Anniversary Dancenow New York Festival, the 2011 Annual Aging in America Conference in San Francisco, the 2012 2nd Annual Feature Length Independent Choreography Festival in Brooklyn NY and Jersey Moves Festival of Dance 2013 at Victoria Theater/New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The company is currently an artist member on Pentacle’s Gallery Roster.


Sara Roer, company member, Rehearsal Director

Sara Roer got an early start dancing in North Carolina as the southern drawling star of a many a home video. She became the youngest member of the Wilmington Independent Choreographers and a competitive gymnast before defecting to the North to earn her B.F.A., suma cum laude, at George Mason University. After a colorful college run that took her to China and back, Sara headed North again for a new home on the busiest island in the world. While becoming a New Yorker, she has had the pleasure of working as the rehearsal director/dancer for danceTactics by Keith Thompson and as a founding dancer with b3w (Emily Berry). She has also worked on projects with Susan Vencl, Heather McArdle, Karen Malpede and many others. She has presented her own work at various venues throughout NYC and NC. Sara is Operations Manager at Brooklyn Arts Exchange and is a certified traditional Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner offering sessions privately and at Brooklyn Strength.


Aidan Feldman company member

Aidan Feldman has been living in NYC for nearly two years, working as a computer programmer at Jux.com by day, dancer by night. In addition to danceTactics, Aidan works with Artichoke Dance Company, Austin Selden/Sarah Konner Dance Collaboration, Chavasse Dance & Performance, and A Corps Perdu. He gives talks and organizes meetups around NYC about to learning to code, as well as being an Adjunct Instructor at NYU. When not dancing or programming, Aidan can be found flying around the streets of New York on his bicycle.


Jin Ju Song-Begin company member

Jin Ju Song-Begin is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher from Seoul, Korea. Her work has been performed in Korea, Japan, and the USA. She has worked with prominent choreographers both in and outside of Korea. She was an original member of Dance Company The Body from 2003-2006 in Seoul. She holds a Masters Degree in Choreography from Kookmin University and an Undergraduate Degree from Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea, where she achieved numerous awards and scholarships. She received two full scholarships to the American Dance Festival (2003 & 2005) where she performed and choreographed. She was invited to showcase her work in the Dance Biennale Tokyo in 2004 and 2006. She was twice commissioned by the Choi Seung Hee Dance Festival in Korea (2006 & 2008). Her work has been shown and Movement Research at Judson Church, Danspace St.Mark’s Church (Food for thought) , at Dixon Place (Body Blend Series) and the Reverb Choreographic Festival in New York as well as performances in Seoul. This year, Ms. Song produced an evening of her work at Center for Performance Research. Her work has involved solos, ensemble works, and experimental works relying on “found movement” and chance operations. She frequently collaborates with composers and live music performances. Jin Ju is currently dancing with Sean Curran dance company, Keith Thompson DanceTactics, Douglas Dunn and Dnacers, Ana Isabel Kelison and Esmé Boyce.


Emily Berry company member

Emily Berry is the Artistic Director of B3W, which has performed in the US, England and Mexico. B3W received the Mondo Cane commission form Dixon Place, where they premiered their evening length work, Confined, in September, 2010. Maura Donahue wrote in Culturebot of Confined, “the dancers Sara Roer, Nicole McClam, Yuko Mitsuishi, Milvia Pacheco, 
and Berry each offered powerful physical portrayals of disconnection and oppression”. B3W has also performed at various venues in NYC, including DNA, Manhattan Arts Center, BAAD, and Dixon Place among others. Emily has performed with danceTactics/Keith Thompson, Boris Willis Moves, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh & Company, Restless Native, Lesole’s Dance Project, and Ashe Moyubba Afro-Cuban Folkloric Dance Ensemble. Emily is a Certified Movement Analyst. She also has a MFA in dance from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Dance Arts from the University of Michigan. She has taught at Oakland University, George Mason University, Coppin State University, Montgomery College, and the Community College of Baltimore County. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Queensborough Community College.


George Hirsch company member

George Hirsch graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, receiving an Honors Degree in Dance. He has since had the privilege of dancing for Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, Artichoke Dance Company, David Capps/Dances, Eva Dean Dance, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance, Regina Nejman and Company, and GoCo, in addition to working with Keith Thompson’s/danceTactics.


Erin Cairns Cella apprentice

Erin Cairns Cella has most recently performed for Rebecca Davis, Diana Crum, and Tanya Calamoneri/company sogono. Erin has shown work at various venues throughout Philadelphia and New York including Movement Research Open Performance, Rover Soho, Dance New Amsterdam, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and has been presented by Estrogenius/ Women in Motion Festival. She holds an MFA in Dance, Choreography, and Performance from Temple University, has taught as Adjunct Faculty at Temple University, teaches yoga, and also teaches tiny dancers at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

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Kevin Fay apprentice

Kevin Fay began dancing at The Joy of Motion Dance Center in Bethesda, Maryland. After moving to Chicago to attend Northwestern University, Kevin continued training at both Northwestern and The Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance, where he worked closely with Laura Wade and performed with Larry Long & Dolores Lipinski’s Civic Ballet of Chicago. Over summers, Kevin trained at The Ailey School, American Ballet Theater School, The Taylor School, and Hubbard Street Dance Center, where he spent a year on scholarship after his college graduation. Since leaving Chicago, Kevin has danced with Dayton Ballet, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company, and Daniele Desnoyers at springboard danse montreal. Now, as a freelance artist in New York City, he has danced with Douglas Dunn & Dancers, Heidi Latsky Dance, Michael Mao Dance, Bard Opera SummerScape, visual artist Noritoshi Hirakawa, and Jin Ju Song- Begin’s Da-On Dance. He is thrilled to join Keith and the rest of danceTactics this season.