Wendy Osserman received a B.A. in Theater from Smith College and a M.A. from N.Y.U. Growing up in NYC, Wendy studied modern dance with Martha Graham, José Limòn, Betty Jones, Valerie Bettis, Daniel Nagrin, and Helen Tamiris. She studied ballet, jazz, Flamenco and African dance. Wendy started her company after performing as a soloist with Valerie Bettis, Kei Takei, Frances Alenikoff, The Hellenic Chorodrama, and in festivals she created on the island of Paros, Greece. Most recent commission was from LUMIATRA for Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy which the Company performed at Baryshnikov Art Center. Wendy received the Lawrence S. Epstein Choreography Award in 1991 and the 2004 Gallatin Arts Festival Award. She taught dance at the New School, Rutgers University, College of Staten Island CUNY, and in numerous public and private schools. Wendy performs and choreographs for The Annual Lennon Tribute produced by Theatre Within. Shw enjoys ongoing collaborative work with Iva Bittova and Sarah Olson.
“Wendy Osserman is an engaging actor and dancer who moves with elfin lightness.”
Jennifer Dunning, THE NEW YORK TIMES
The following dancers have been working on recent WODC projects:
Cori Kresge received her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase. She has studied traditional Indonesian dance in Bali and Java. Cori designs costumes, choreographs, and studies at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She has enjoyed dancing with Wendy Osserman since 2003.
Victoria Lundell has had a diverse dance career as a member of two world renowned companies, Mark Morris Dance Group and The Parsons Dance Company. She can be seen in the dance films, “Falling Down Stairs” with Yo-Yo Ma, and the Danmarks Radio Production of “The Parsons Dance Company.” Vicky also dances in the works of Ruth Davidson-Hahn, Anita Cheng, Aszure Barton, JoAnna Mendl-Shaw, and David Matiano. She joined WODC in 1997, and she would like to thank Wendy for her endless reserve of fresh approaches and for her inclusive atmosphere in the making of dances. Vicky also maintains a private practice in personal fitness training.
Milan Misko is originally from Centerview, Missouri where he trained at the Kansas City Ballet school, and later became an apprentice to the Kansas City Ballet Company. Since receiving his BFA from SUNY Purchase College, Milan has performed with Take Dance Company, Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater, and 360 Dance; Bucknell University commissioned him for choreography work.
Emily Quant responds to the world with her body, ink, paper, color, cloth, leather, words, and sound. A dancer by trade, she received her BFA from SUNY Purchase, and enjoys performing with the Wendy Osserman Dance Company and NOA Dance. She will perform in Beijing in the fall of 2009 with the Jose Limon Dance Company. Further professional credits include Sue Bernhard, the Equus Projects, Dancedrama, Dansfolk, and Peter Kyle. Her choreography has been presented many venues in NYC. She has also curated and published a book of poetry; lost and found.
Stephanie Sauer is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2007 and spent a semester abroad in the Netherlands, studying at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. While at Purchase she performed works by Kevin Wynn, Megan Williams, Stephanie Tooman and Kate Hutter. She has also performed with Sidra Bell Dance NY.
Aya Shibahara was born in Japan and came to New York in 2000. She has performed with various choreographers including Bessie-winning Noemie Lafrance (Sens Production “Descent” 2002, 2003), Earl Mosley (Diversity of Dance), AMDat, and with the magician Marco Tempest. She has shown her own work in New York and Japan. The collaborative work “re”, for which Aya choreographed and performed, was named “Fringest Show” of the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival.
Justin Ternullo received his BFA from the Purchase Conservatory of Dance and has also studied at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Netherlands. He has performed pieces by Lucinda Childs, Kevin Wynn, Paul Taylor, Urban Bush Women, and Doug Varone. Since moving to New York Justin has worked with danscores by Ofelia Loret de Mola, noa Dance by Nelly van Bommel, Teri and Oliver Steele, and has co-founded Design Brooklyn, a media services company that caters to the arts community.