Emily Diers  is a native to the Chicagoland area, where she began her dance training at Denise Sabala Dance Studio and Giordano Dance Center. After a semester abroad at Studio Harmonique in Paris, Emily graduated summa cum laude from Point Park University with a B.A. in dance. She started her dance career in Chicago with NoMi LaMad Dance, Inc. and has since danced with VONUSSAR Danceworks, Falcon Dance, and Valerie Green/Dance Entropy in New York City. When she's not dancing, Emily enjoys running, baking, and being outside. Emily joined Jessica Gaynor Dance in 2012.


Ariel Lembeck is a dance artist and dance maker based in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented by WaxWorks at Triskelion Arts, STUFFED at JudsonChurch, SWELL 2 at the Jack Crystal Theater, MerdetheShow, and Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. She received her BFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2008 and has since worked with artists Meredith Monk, Stefanie Nelson, Ivy Baldwin, Douglas Dunn, Celia Rowlson-Hall, Eva Dean, Mari Meade Montoya, Steeledance and Elisabeth Motley. Ariel joined Jessica Gaynor Dance in 2016.

Jordan Risdon was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance. In 2008 she moved to NYC and has had the pleasure of working with Steeledance, Donnell Oakley, alex|xan: the Median Movement, Laura Peterson Choreography, Cori Marquis and The Nines, among others. Jordan joined Jessica Gaynor Dance in 2009.

Kristi Tornga grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. She received her early training at the Interlochen Arts Academy before earning her B.F.A. in dance and choreography at the California Institute of the Arts. Since moving to New York in 2010 she has performed for Mazzini Dance Collective, TAKE Dance Company and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Kristi joined Jessica Gaynor Dance in 2012.

Photo Credits: Renee Bevan