MBDance Collaborators


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Current Performers

Photo: BJ Watkins

Maria Bauman created MBDance in 2007. Read her full biography HERE.

Photo: Nick Fancher
Zoe Rabinowitz is a freelance performer, instructor and arts administrator based in New York City. She has performed with Inspirit, Joanna Mendl-Shaw/Equus Projects, Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, Nia Love/Blacksmith’s Daughter and Urban Bush Women; and 651 ARTS and Queens Council on the Arts as an arts administrator. Zoe is a certified yoga instructor and founding member/ Associate Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre (www.ysdt.org).
Photo: Joennis Almeida

Kendra Ross is a dancer, teaching artist, & pilates instructor from Detroit, MI who began her dance career there as an assistant to the Afro-Cuban folklore teacher Danis ‘La Mora’ Perez. After graduating from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program, she continued on to dance with Genesis Dance Company, Andrea Woods/Souloworks, Monstah Black, Oyu Oro, and Ase Dance Theater Collective.  Kendra is currently a member of Urban Bush Women.

Photo: TJ Allan

Maresa D’Amore-Morrison, a Boston native, works as a performer and dance instructor based in New York City.  After having performed and trained with Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble, of which she’s still a member, and Boston Youth Moves, she went on to earn her BFA in Dance and Anthropology from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program.  Maresa currently explores the NYC dance and performance scene while working with comedian Adira Amram and The Experience, Maria Bauman/MBDance, Nora Chipaumire, Paloma McGregor, Undertoe Dance Project (tapper), and previously Urban Bush Women. She is presently a member of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, and is on faculty at the Ailey School.




Chanon Judson

Samantha Speis

Alice Sheppard

Nate Hunter

Rae Charles

Kevin Chau


Ashley Phillips is a singer/songwriter/guitarist steeped in the tradition of Soul music. She describes her sound as APSoul: acoustic guitar led, soulful and spiritual storytelling that is both universal and timeless. As a vocalist, her pure tone dances between light and lyrical, earnest and compelling. Her often percussive and rhythm-driven guitar playing creates a full sound that adds depth and supports the delicacy of her delivery. www.apsoul.com




Keith Witty 

Keith’s been working tirelessly on an upcoming record with the international collaborative trio, THIEFS. He is also composing for & rehearsing with the Keith Witty Quintet-show coming up on January 18th at the Cornelia Street Café! In addition, he’s still performing & recording with Amel Larrieux and continuing his residency with the NYC Opera’s Education department, composing music with 7th graders.


Daniel José Older

Daniel’s short story PHANTOM OVERLOAD appears in his brand new anthology from Crossed Genres Press, a collection of speculative fiction about subverting the system:  http://crossedgenres.com/titles/subversion/ He also has a book coming out next summer!