kendra portier

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a Florida native and graduated with honors from the University of South Florida where she received a BA in Dance Studies, focusing on dance injury and prevention. Megan has had the pleasure of performing with white road Dance Media/Marisa Gruneberg, alex|xan: The Median Movement, Tara Burns Dance, Jeanne Travers, Michael Foley, Doug Varone, and others. At current, she performs with Kendra Portier|BANDportier. Megan is the Artistic Director of MEGAN BASCOM & DANCERS, a New York City based company which has been produced by The Rover SoHo, Dance New Amsterdam (RAW Directions), Triskelion Arts and has been presented at a number of other NYC venues.


Christina Robson is from the small but mighty town of Tewksbury, Massachusetts. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Alpha Chi from Roger Williams University, where she earned a BA in dance. In 2007 Christina studied abroad at the London Contemporary School while she completed a core concentration in visual arts and British studies. Since moving to nyc, Christina has had the joy of performing with fantastic artists such as Deganit Shemy, JinJu Song Begin, Kinodance, Michael and the Go - Getters, and Lonely Goat Dance Company. She recently relocated to Brooklyn and currently dances for The Sean Curran Company (2009), Monica Bill Barnes & Company (2011), and Kendra Portier - Band Portier (2012). She also freelances as a floral designer and loves cheese, as well as the lost art of handwritten mail. She is grateful for the never ending laughs and love from home.


Laurel Snyder, originally from northern Virginia, has been a mover and a shaker her whole life. She moved to NYC in 2006 and has trained at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) and various dance festivals in the USA and Europe. She has been so very lucky to have had the opportunity to collaborate/perform with artists such as Kendra Portier's BandPortier, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Paul Singh, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Faye Driscoll and David Dorfman. Her choreography has been presented by the Tank, H.T. Chen's Newsteps series, Triskelion Arts, White Wave, Greenspace, Center for Performance Research (CPR) and Chez Bushwick. She also sings and plays guitar and if you give her a poem she might turn it into a song and sing to you on your birthday. 


Emma Judkins began her artistic life as the audience of two performing parents in Portland, Maine. She started improvising at age two. As a middle-schooler Emma performed with Kris Storey, Lisa Hicks, and Gwyneth Jones. Emma graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Connecticut College with a BA in Dance and French. During her four years there she had the pleasure of performing in work by Laura Dean, Mark Dendy, David Dorfman, Nicholas Leichter, Jeremy Nelson, and Twyla Tharp. She has also performed at Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out with Kyle Abraham. Emma is overjoyed to be a part of BandPortier. She also works with choreographer Amber Sloan and visual/performance artist Cortney Andrews. Emma makes dances on her own and with friends.


Sydnie Liggett, originally from Northern Virginia, is a magna cum laude graduate of The Ohio State University with a BFA in dance and minor in communication.  Sydnie has been fortunate to work with artists such as Doug Varone, Larry Keigwin, Nicole Wolcott, Shani Nwando Ikerioha Collins, Abigail Yager (of Trisha Brown Dance Company), and Bebe Miller. Since moving to New York in 2010 Sydnie has worked with white road Dance Media and is a member of Jamal Jackson Dance Company. Sydnie fulfills her love of art administration and business as the School Administrator for The Mark Morris Dance Group. Sydnie loves dancing with Kendra Portier and such inspirational movers. 


allison ruszcowski, jenna riegel, chen shoham, taryn vanderhoop, katie balton, mor gur-arie, casey loomis, kristy lewis, amy campbell, alli ruszkowski, sarah zitnay, yarden raz, genna baroni, and michael ingle, kat moran, madelin wilcox


Originally from Columbus, Ohio; Kendra was born and raised commune style. She trained and performed with BalletMet and later received a BFA in dance from the Ohio State University. Since relocating to NYC, she has had the fortune of working with brilliant beings such as Lisa Race/Scott Cohen, Jennifer Nugent, white road Dance Media, 5’4”, Hoi Polloi,  Nicole Wolcott Dance, mvworks, Michael and the Go-Getters, Annie Kloppenberg, and collaborations with Launch Movement Experiment, In 2008, Kendra created and implemented “dancepants”, a donation based community dance program dedicated to experimental pedagogies and joyously challenging movement endeavors. She has been presented nationally: teaching, performing and creating at many colleges, universities, dancespaces, rooftops, and festivals; from Bates Dance Festival to University of Utah and the many locations between. Newly under the moniker BANDportier, Kendra and cohorts continue to invest in their form, communities, and practices. Currently, Kendra is on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam and Mark Morris Dance Group, and performs with Vanessa Justice Dance and David Dorfman Dance.



Courtney Drasner grew up in Minnesota and later graduated with a BFA in dance from NYU.  Since graduating, she has been fortunate enough to work with Max Stone, Gina Gibney, Erica Essner, Donnell Oakley, alex|xan: the Median Movement, and Jordana Che Toback, among others.  She is thrilled to be a part of Kendra's world.

Courtney is friggin’ awesome.*

*Added by Kendra


Anna Adams Stark has performed works by Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Alexandra Beller, Laura Peterson Choreography, Alex Springer & Xan Burley/the median movement, Jennifer Kayle & Company, Ellie Goudie-Averill/Stone Depot Dance Lab and Meg Hebert Dance.  Currently Anna is working with Sarah A.O. Rosner/A.O. Movement Collective, Megan Sprenger/mvworks, Tara Aisha Willis, and Kendra Portier/BANDPortier.  Anna occasionally makes her own dances, which have been shown at THROW,  AUNTS, Dance New Amsterdam, the Tank, and Triskelion Arts.  Anna received her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Iowa.


Aya Wilson, originally of Normal, Illinois, received her BFA in dance and a minor in Japanese from the University of Iowa. She has performed nationally and internationally with the UI Dancers In Company and Charlotte Adams and Jennifer Kayle.  In NYC, Aya has danced with Tara Aisha Willis and Amy Jacobus Dance Projects.  Currently, she is dancing with Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edIt) Arts, Sarah Council Dance Projects, and Kensaku Shinohara, and is beginning to present her own choreographic work.  She is thrilled to be dancing for Kendra and with these beautiful beings.


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Edward Rice, originally from the suburbs of Chicago holds a B.S. and an M.F.A in Dance Performance from Illinois State University and the University of Iowa, respectively.  He has performed with Jennifer Kayle + Company, The Brian Brooks Moving Company, Stone Depot Dance Lab, Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects, Amber Sloan, Elizabeth Dishman, Laura Peterson Choreography, Benn Rasmussen's Ardent August, Christopher Williams (Wolf-in-Skins), Heidi Henderson's Elephant Jane and Alexandra Beller/Dances. In the summer of 2012 he started performing in Punchdrunk's Sleep No More.  He has recently started working with Third Rail Projects on their work Then She Fell.  He has taught Technique and Improvisation throughout the Mid-West, as well as Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), the New School, The International Dance Festival in Bytom, Poland and The Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia. His choreography has received honors at American College Dance Festival Association Conferences and has been performed throughout the Mid-West. In New York, his work has been presented at Dixon Place and as part of Synethesia by Electric Pear Productions.  In his other life he is a Producer of RoofTop Dance and the Company Manager for Alexandra Beller/Dances. This is his first project with BANDportier.


Danté Brown began his dance training at Wesleyan University, where Katja Kolcio, Pedro Alejandro, Nicole Stanton, and Susan Lourie whetted his creative appetite. From that point, his interest in performance and choreography led him to The Ohio State University to pursue his MFA in Choreography and Performance. Dante has worked with artists such as Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Adam Barruch, Christal Brown, Leslie Guyton, Kendra Portier, Lily Skove, Olivier Tarpaga, Nicole, Wolcott, and Noa Zuk, among others. He has had the opportunity to teach at, Dancewave, Dance New Amsterdam, East Village Dance Project, Kenyon College, Middlebury College, Oberlin College, and The Ohio State University, among others. In addition, after founding Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance in 2010, Dante has had the opportunity to show work at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus Dance Theater, Dixon Place, Movement Research,The Wild Project, and YourMove Dance Festival.

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