Koresh Dance Company
 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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THE COMPANY

Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, the company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country. Koresh has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala. Over the years, Roni has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained. The company also presents work by guest choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili, and Paul Selwyn Norton.

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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 
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The best part of me is that I love what I do. I live it. I sleep with it. It is what I am.
— Roni Koresh

Ronen (Roni) Koresh is a choreographer, teacher, and collaborator whose unique blend of ballet, modern, and jazz leaves audiences dazzled by the raw passion that is infused into his movement. He formed Koresh Dance Company in 1991 and quickly established an international reputation for highly technical and emotionally charged work.

Since forming the company, Roni has created a vast repertoire of over 40 works and tours nationally and internationally to audiences around the world. 

 
Original dance pieces that break through boundaries of traditional choreography and offer audiences an exciting experience.
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STAFF

Executive Director
Alon Koresh

Artistic Director
Ronen Koresh

Assistant Artistic Director
Melissa Rector

School Director
Nir Koresh

School Coordinator
Courtney Fickes

Company Manager
Dara Schmoyer

Touring Coordinator
Shannon Bramham

Marketing & Events Director
Keila Perez-Vega

Development Director
Sharon Place

Outreach Director
Teresa VanDenend Sorge

Lighting Designer
Peter Jakubowski

Lighting Designer
Alyssandra Docherty

Videographer
Sandy Mitchel

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President and Managing Director
Steve Lazin, Bongiovi Media & Tech

Member

Leslie Baker Boris

Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation

Member
Joanna Chan

Member
Niza Davidson

Member
Andrew Frankel

Member
Christopher Glover

Member
Toni Alperin Goldberg

Artistic Director, Koresh Dance Company
Ronen Koresh

Executive Director, Koresh Dance Company
Alon Koresh

 

Dancers

Melissa Rector, Assistant Artistic Director and Dancer

Originally from West Virginia, Melissa started dancing at a young age with Monica Folio. She graduated from the University of the Arts in 1993. Melissa has been dancing with Koresh Dance Company since its inception in 1991 and is the company’s Assistant Artistic Director. She is also an instructor at the Koresh School of Dance, where she teaches her unique style that blends modern jazz and Luigi technique. Her work has been performed locally at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Annenberg Center, Drexel University, the Grier School and Brandywine Ballet. She frequently travels around the country to perform, teach master classes and set choreography on students. In 2008, Melissa helped to establish the Koresh Youth Ensemble and serves as their artistic director, setting both original choreography and company repertory on the group.

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  Fang-Ju Chou Gant,  Dancer  Fang-Ju, born and raised in Taiwan, came to the United States to further her study of dance. She earned an Associate Degree of Dance in Australia from the Queensland University of Technology, Academy of the Arts/Dance, and received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. Fang-Ju is trained in a wide range of dance styles and stagecraft. In addition to performing, she has taught ballet for many years throughout the Philadelphia area. Fang-Ju has been dancing with Koresh since 1998.  Photo by: Gabriel Bienczycki

Fang-Ju Chou Gant, Dancer

Fang-Ju, born and raised in Taiwan, came to the United States to further her study of dance. She earned an Associate Degree of Dance in Australia from the Queensland University of Technology, Academy of the Arts/Dance, and received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts. Fang-Ju is trained in a wide range of dance styles and stagecraft. In addition to performing, she has taught ballet for many years throughout the Philadelphia area. Fang-Ju has been dancing with Koresh since 1998.

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  Joseph Cotler,  Dancer  Joe Cotler grew up in Batavia, NY and trained at his mother Robin Cotler’s dance studio, Images in Dance. He graduated from the University of the Arts in May 2009. While at school, he had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers including Scott Jovovich, Ronen Koresh, and Paul Selwyn-Norton. He currently teaches and choreographs for numerous studios in the area. Joe joined Koresh as an apprentice in 2009 and has been a company dancer since 2010.  Photo by: Frank Bicking

Joseph Cotler, Dancer

Joe Cotler grew up in Batavia, NY and trained at his mother Robin Cotler’s dance studio, Images in Dance. He graduated from the University of the Arts in May 2009. While at school, he had the opportunity to work with numerous choreographers including Scott Jovovich, Ronen Koresh, and Paul Selwyn-Norton. He currently teaches and choreographs for numerous studios in the area. Joe joined Koresh as an apprentice in 2009 and has been a company dancer since 2010.

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  Micah Geyer,  Dancer  Raised in North Carolina, Micah started dancing at a young age with Nina's School of Dance in Durham. He later joined the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler. During his career, he has had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center and the Joyce Theater for Tap City, as well as touring throughout Europe and South America. He received his BFA in Dance Performance and Psychology from East Carolina University and joined Koresh Dance Company in 2007.  Photo by: Frank Bicking

Micah Geyer, Dancer

Raised in North Carolina, Micah started dancing at a young age with Nina's School of Dance in Durham. He later joined the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble under the direction of Gene Medler. During his career, he has had the privilege of performing at the Kennedy Center and the Joyce Theater for Tap City, as well as touring throughout Europe and South America. He received his BFA in Dance Performance and Psychology from East Carolina University and joined Koresh Dance Company in 2007.

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  Kevan Sullivan , Dancer  Kevan grew up in Millford, CT and started his dance training at the age of two. He studied at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance while also traveling to NYC to train. In 2009, Kevan received the Director’s Talent Scholarship, which awarded him a full tuition scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Kevan was also selected to study at the School of Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program in the summer of 2010. Kevan has danced for Alchemy Dance Company as well as Tommie Waheed Evan’s “Waheed Works”. Kevan joined Koresh Dance Company in 2013.  Photo by: Frank Bicking

Kevan Sullivan, Dancer

Kevan grew up in Millford, CT and started his dance training at the age of two. He studied at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance while also traveling to NYC to train. In 2009, Kevan received the Director’s Talent Scholarship, which awarded him a full tuition scholarship to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Kevan was also selected to study at the School of Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Traditions Program in the summer of 2010. Kevan has danced for Alchemy Dance Company as well as Tommie Waheed Evan’s “Waheed Works”. Kevan joined Koresh Dance Company in 2013.

Photo by: Frank Bicking

  Robert Tyler , Dancer  Robert Tyler grew up in Batavia, NY and began dancing at the age of 10. He studied under the instruction of Robin Cotler at her studio, Images in Dance. In 2008 he began studying at the University of the Arts and graduated in May 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance, majoring in ballet. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, he worked with Robin Cotler’s dance company, Images Evolution, and performed at the International Dance Festival in Poland. Robert joined Koresh Dance Company in 2012.  Photo by: Frank Bicking

Robert Tyler, Dancer

Robert Tyler grew up in Batavia, NY and began dancing at the age of 10. He studied under the instruction of Robin Cotler at her studio, Images in Dance. In 2008 he began studying at the University of the Arts and graduated in May 2012 with a BFA in Dance Performance, majoring in ballet. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, he worked with Robin Cotler’s dance company, Images Evolution, and performed at the International Dance Festival in Poland. Robert joined Koresh Dance Company in 2012.

Photo by: Frank Bicking

  Sarah Shaulis , Dancer  Sarah Shaulis sought out dance at a very young age at Oxford Center for Dance under the direction of Dina Gazzerro-Kinney, in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Her achievements consist of performing as a child actress at several professional theaters including Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA and Hershey Park's Music Box Theater.  In 2012, she began her pre-professional training with the Koresh Youth Ensemble, working with Roni Koresh and Melissa Rector. After graduating high school, Sarah moved to the city and is now continuing her training with Roni Koresh and Koresh Dance Company.   Photo by: Frank Bicking

Sarah Shaulis, Dancer

Sarah Shaulis sought out dance at a very young age at Oxford Center for Dance under the direction of Dina Gazzerro-Kinney, in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Her achievements consist of performing as a child actress at several professional theaters including Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, PA and Hershey Park's Music Box Theater.  In 2012, she began her pre-professional training with the Koresh Youth Ensemble, working with Roni Koresh and Melissa Rector. After graduating high school, Sarah moved to the city and is now continuing her training with Roni Koresh and Koresh Dance Company. 

Photo by: Frank Bicking

 
With engaging performances and technically superb dancers, Koresh Dance Company has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala.
The dance shifts between group dances, in which the company embodies primitive tribal rituals tinged by fear, and intimate duets, in which the dancers explore wordless longing and sexual desire.
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press

For Booking information please contact Dara Schmoyer, Booking and Touring Manager
610.470.6334 | dara@koreshdance.org

 
 
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COME TOGETHER DANCE FESTIVAL

A rousing success.”
—The Dance Journal

A great opportunity. I was inspired by other artists’ work.”
—Raphael Xavier, Festival choreographer

We asked our region’s arts groups to help people experience art in new ways. The performing arts community has once again delivered.”
—Bill Mills, PNC regional president, Come Together 2014 sponsor

Come Together Dance Festival takes the art to a whole new level.”
—Philadelphia Weekly

Awesome Philly dance and some serious Philly flava.”
—The Dance Journal

Making our town a mecca of significant DIY artistic accomplishment.”
thINKingDANCE

 

 
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ACCLAIMED ARTISTRY

It’s all dance, and it’s all art.”
—Dance Magazine

You know you’re seeing art when it has that kind of staying power.” 
—Broad Street Review

Those of us who critique the arts go wild with delight when an artist we’ve been watching for many years creates a work that transcends all he has done before.”
—Philadelphia Inquirer

The expression and performances proved fresh, urgent, and deeply persuasive.”
—LA Times


 
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koresh choreography

Earthy, folk-dancey, emotionally direct, physically intense, and ostentatiously eccentric
—The New Yorker

The finale was typically turbocharged—because when the dust settles after a Koresh concert, you must leave bedazzled.”
—Philadelphia Inquirer

A wealth of forceful invention
—Art Burst Miami

The Company's vast repertoire of work ranges from intimate to high-voltage
—Northwestern Press

Athletic, exuberant, disciplined. Koresh has always been committed to dance that is accessible.”
—Cincinnati Enquirer

Roni finds beauty in seeing the humanness in each dancer and letting the audience see who they are.”
—St. Louis Jewish Light


 
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the experience

Exalted, the audience rises to their feet, giving the company a thunderous ear-shattering standing ovation.
—Dance Insider

the most exciting dance experience I’ve ever seen in Philadelphia—and my life. … this, with its outstanding lighting and technically-honed music, was an experience I wholeheartedly advocate for anyone even slightly interested in dance.
—Philadelphia Weekly

the audience is captivated
—Broad Street Review

immediately … visually stunning but also sticks with you long after leaving the theatre
– The Pointe

The entire evening’s performance was dancing at its most profound. I can’t remember the last time a dance company drew tears from me; this one did, several times.”
– Reading Eagle


 
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our dancers

Technical knockouts! The Koresh Dance Company’s dancers displayed dazzling skill” and “instantly made clear their technical prowess in ... dance that engulfed the stage like brush fire.
—Philadelphia Weekly

The dancers of Koresh are technically superb, but even better, they are allowed to be individuals.”
—Dance Magazine

excellent jet-propelled dancers
—Broad Street Review

the compressed push of muscle with the feeling of coiled springs just below the skin … an army of synchronized powerhouses
—thINKingDANCE

such verve and professionalism
—Broad Street Review

Renowned for their precision and their ability to do practically anything.”
—Reading Eagle

The dancers of Koresh are technically superb, but even better, they are allowed to be individuals.
— Dance Magazine
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BOOKING INFO

For more information please contact Alon Koresh
215-751-0959 | alon@koreshdance.org

 

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