Emily Diers (dancer) 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. Emily is thrilled to be a part of Jessica Gaynor Dance for a fourth year. When she's not dancing, Emily enjoys running, baking, and being outside.
Jordan Risdon (dancer) 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.
Julia Sabangan (Rehearsal Director/dancer) was born and raised in New York City. She has studied at the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, and Vassar College, where she earned her BA in Classics. Julia has worked most recently with Tina Croll & Company, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, GREYZONE, Beth Soll, Vencl Dance Group, Jeanette Stoner, MELD Danceworks, Kimberly Portis, Brittany Antle, Katherine Howard, June Finch, Janis Brenner, and Susan Hefner. Julia co-founded VaBang! Dance Company in 2007, a bi-coastal modern dance company born out of New York and San Francisco with her longtime friend Jessie Feller. When Julia is not dancing she enjoys teaching pilates throughout New York City. This is her sixth season with Jessica Gaynor Dance.
Kristi Tornga (dancer) 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 Jessica Gaynor Dance, Mazzini Dance Collective and TAKE Dance Company. Kristi is a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company.
Photo Credits: Renee Bevan