Jessica Warchal-King, dancer and curator-inhale performance series
Jessica C. Warchal-King joined KYL/D in 2010 and is also a member of Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet. She has performed for many independent choreographers and organizations and has had her choreography presented throughout the Mid-atlantic United States. Jessica is Co-founder and Curator of KYL/D's InHale Performance Series, KYL/D's community liaison, and director of The Embodiment Project. She earned her MFA in Dance from Temple University and her BA in Dance and Anthropology from Muhlenberg College. Jessica is a trained instructor in Dance for PD (Parkinson's Disease), a Power Pilates Mat I & II Certified Instructor, and contributor for DanceAdvantage.net. Additionally, Jessica enjoys the quiet energy of the morning, singing cardinals, dragonflies, and the shifting temper of the ocean.
From Xi'an, China, Liu Mo trained at the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy from middle school through college. Upon the completion of his training, he received a degree in Classical Chinese dance with a focus in performance and education. During this time, he received 3rd place for his solo at the Taoli Bei dance competition and had the opportunity to work with many choreographers, such as Shen Wei for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Following the completion of his degree, Liu Mo served as an instructor in the foundations of Classical Chinese dance at the Beijing Dance Academy until 2011. Since then, he has been performing as a company member for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in Philadelphia, PA. Liu Mo has also choreographed commissioned works for Ballet 180 and Hua Hua Zhang.
Evalina Carbonell, known affectionately as "Wally," is a Philadelphia-based dance artist. She received her early training at the National Ballet School in Maryland. She went on to earn her BFA in Dance from Florida State University, studying with such luminaries as Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Suzanne Farrell. Upon graduation, Evalina joined the Roxey Ballet Company, dancing as a principal artist from 2005-2011. As a free-lance artist, she has worked and choreographed extensively, and continues to be an active performer as a guest artist nationally and locally. Evalina teaches dance, Gyrotonic, and Gyrokinesis, in addition to creating her own work. A passionate performer, creator, and teacher, Evalina joined Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers in 2012.
Weiwei Ma is a Chinese dancer, teacher, and choreographer who started professional Chinese dance training at age eleven. She studied choreography at The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Academy of Arts where she graduated with a BFA degree. Before coming to Philadelphia, Weiwei taught Chinese classical dance and choreography at Beijing Contemporary Music Academy. Weiwei recently graduated with her MFA degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. One of her works was selected in 2015 for performnaces at Boyer College, which she represented at the 2016 ACDFA conference in Brockport, NY. Weiwei's choreography embraces both "Chineseness" and "Americanness", as she tries to find a way to balance technique and artistry through her personal experiences. Weiwei has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2013.
Annielille is a native of the Phillippines. She has danced with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Denver, CO), and Dallas Black Dance Theater (Dallas, TX). She has worked with Katherine Dunham, Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare, Diane McIntyre, Alonzo King, Ronald K. Brown, Chuck Davis and many others. As a choreographer, Annielille's works have been commissioned by Dance Place (DC), Dance Canvas (Atlanta), Richmond Dance Festival (VA), Dumbo Dance Festival (NY), Appomattox Governor's School for the Arts (VA) and Velocity Dance Festival (DC). Annielille is also a proud mother of 8 year-old, Malaya Cassandra Kollman.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Nikolai is a graduate of the BFA in Dance and Choreography Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Some performance highlights include the works of Banning Bouldin, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, Kate Weare, Adam Barruch, Christian Von Howard and Martha Curtis. Nikolai has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Sidra Bell, Alexandra Wells, Adam Barruch, Ernesta Corvino, Antonio Brown, and Shannon Gillen through distinguished dance programs including the American Dance Festival, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School, the Movement Invention Project in NYC, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Nikolai's choreography has been performed in Richmond, VA; Steamboat Springs, CO; Norfolk, VA; and Philadelphia, PA.
Grace Stern grew up in Nebraska and began her training at the Omaha Academy of Ballet. In 2012 she received a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Along with school, her education included American Theater Ballet, Hubbard Street, Summer Stages, and Ballet Magnificat intensives. She has had the privilege of working with and performing works by Janis Brenner, Doug Elkins, Maurya Kerr, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Helen Simoneau, Myra Brazell as well as others. Grace is currently dancing for Olive Prince Dance, DanceFusion and has been a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers since 2015.
Frank Leone was born and raised in Westchester, New York. He attended Point Park University where he obtained a BA in dance with a duel concentration in jazz and modern. While at school he had the opportunity to perform works by Bill T. Jones, Ohad Naharin, Randy Duncan, Terrence Marling, Dwight Rhoden and many more. Other educational programs include San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Parsons Dance. After graduating in 2014, Frank joined Norwegian Cruise Line as a production dancer/aerialist. Following that year, Frank moved back to New York and was given the opportunity to work with shawnbibledanceco., Valerie Green/ Dance Entropy, Roschman Dance, and Zullo/RawMovement. Frank now resides in Philadelphia and is thrilled for his first season with KYL/D!
Keila Perez-Vega is a 2015 BFA University of the Arts graduate. She has trained and performed works by artists: Sidra Bell, Mark Caserta, Christine Cox, Gary Jeter, Roni Koresh, Dara Stevens-Meredith, Matthew Neenan, Dwight Rhoden, Katie Swords, Tommie Waheed Evans, Shawn-Lamere Williams and Jesse Zaritt. In 2012, Keila became a principal dancer at Eleone Dance Theatre where she remained for 3 years.
Post graduation, Keila settled in Philadelphia, worked as a freelance artist and was a part of Dance Iquail in it's 2015 season. Thereafter, Keila has worked with numerous local artists in dance and photography including: Annielille Gavino-Kollman/Malayaworks (Philadelphia, PA) and 10HL Projects (New York City, NY) among others. Keila is now excited be a part of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers as of August 2016.
Francis Markocki- Apprentice
A Philadelphia native, Francis Markocki began his training at the age of fifteen. Since then, he has performed at events such as the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Disney World Parade, and multiple Temple University concerts, among other performances. Francis is currently pursuing his BFA in Dance from Temple University. He is a certified M’singha Wuti instructor in the Umfundalai Dance Technique, for which he studied under its founder Dr. Kariamu Welsh. Francis is currently dancing and training with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, which he joined in the summer of 2016. He is a dance teacher as well as an aspiring choreographer and holds interests in arts administration and dance production.
Dance Artist ALUMNI
Helen Hale is a native of Atlanta, GA. She is a performer, choreographer, and the director of Helen Hale Dance. Helen's work has been presented by The High Museum of Art Atlanta, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Galleries at Moore, The Hambidge Center, Dance Truck, Dashboard Co-op, The Lucky Penny, Spark and Echo Arts, Temple University, and WonderRoot Community Arts Center, among others. Helen received a BFA from Temple University in 2009. Performance credits include Staibdance, Tahni Holt, Dishman + Co., Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, Meg Foley/Moving Parts, PushPush Theater, Duende Dance Theater, Troupe Hellas, and Ground Delivery Dance Theater. Helen is a member of the Just Act Ensemble, and can be found loitering near flowers, chipping away at her ongoing scholarly research projects, working as a personal assistant, and longing for the sea.
Brian Cordova Native of Brentwood, New York where he began his formal training in dance in 2010. Brian is currently attending Temple University and is diligently working on his BFA in Dance. He has had the opportunity to perform with Kariamu Welsh, Meredith Rainey, Charles Anderson, Andrea Miller, and was a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2012-2016.
Rachael Hart received her BFA in dance from Temple University where she studied with Kun-Yang Lin. As a dance major, Rachael has performed works by Kun-Yang Lin, Dr. Laura Katz-Rizzo, Dr. Joellen Meglin and guest artists Tiffany Mills, Benjamin Levy and Kyle Abraham. Previously, she received training from Berks Ballet Theatre, The Rock School, and The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. Rachael currently teaches dance at Kimberton Dance Academy and Steele pilates City Fitness. Rachael Hart was a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2012-2015.
Brandi Ou hails from Petersburg, Indiana, where she grew up in a household of artists and musicians. Brandi received her B.A. in Dance Performance in 2005 from Indiana University. She has since continued her training in and around Bloomington, IN and Philadelphia, PA throughout the years. In addition to her background in modern dance, she has competed professionally in Ballroom and Latin dance from 2002-2008. Brandi has also taught as adjunct faculty at Indiana University and University of Pennsylvania. Now living in the City of Brotherly Love, she co-owns Ballroom Philadelphia, and continues to teach ballroom dance all around the city. Since arriving, Brandi has started many new projects, both choreographing and working with local choreographers. Brandi was a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2013-2014.
Vuthy Ou began his dance training as a Ballroom and Latin dancer in 2002. He has taught at Indiana University and private studios in addition to competing professionally in the International Latin category. In 2009, Vuthy began studying contemporary dance and was a member of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers from 2011-2013.
Shaness Kemp was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. Shaness holds MFA and BFA degrees from Temple University where she was a Teaching Assistant for two and a half years. She has taught at various institutions within Philadelphia, including The Studio of Dance Arts, Freedom Theatre and Temple University, and has also been invited as a guest artist and instructor at a number of prestigious programs including The Katherine Dunham Seminar, The American College Dance Festival Association, The National High School Dance Festival and West Chester University. Shaness has trained under the tutelage and performed the works of many noted teachers and choreographers including Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Kun-Yang Lin, Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Pat Thomas, Milton Myers, Delores Brown, Kim Bears-Bailey and Rennie Harris, among others. She has also trained at the American Dance Festival and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive Programs and her work has been presented at a number of venues within the Philadelphia area including the Painted Bride as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, and other venues in St. Louis, MO, Charlotte, North Carolina and Nassau, Bahamas. Shaness was a member of Philadanco's training program, and an apprentice for Rennier Harris Puremovement. Shaness is currently a member of Kariamu and Company Traditions.
Eiren Shuman received his BFA in dance from Temple University where he studied with Kun-Yang Lin. Post-graduation he has had the opportunity to continue his training, dancing for and with many talents of Philadelphia's acclaimed dance community. Eiren spent a year training at Trinity Laban in London and returned to Philadelphia in 2010 to continue his training and performance experience with the notable Nora Gibson Performance Projects, Meredith Rainey and Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers. Eiren enjoys teaching movement for children of all ages as well as adults, pre-professional and professional dancers. Outside of the dancing community, Eiren enjoys working as a figure model for many of the art institutes in and around Philadelphia, creating a practice in stillness as well as movement. Eiren is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.