SHUAIB DEE ELHASSAN

Photo by Brandon Whitmore

ZEST Collective founding member Shuaib Dee Elhassan is from Manhattan's Lower East Side.  He began his formal dance training at the Ailey under full scholarship.  Elhassan also tried at Earl Mosley's Institue of the Arts and The School at Jacob's Pillow.  He was a member of Life Dance Company, The Von Howard Project, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Dance Iquail.  Shuaib joined Alonzo King LINES Ballet in 2014.


STEPHANIE SALTS 

Photo by David Schinman Stephanie Salts began dancing in her hometown of Beckley, West Virginia.  At fifteen she received a scholarship to attend The Rock School of Dance Education and then continued her training with Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.  Stephanie has danced with Utah Regional Ballet, Robert Dekker's Post:Ballet, The Oakland Ballet and Lustig Dance Theatre. As an emerging choreographer she performed her first evening length work entitled Weee-Oooo, We You for the San Francisco Conservaory of Dance Summer Series and has been invited to return with new work.  Her short film A Day In The Life premiered at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival November 2014. Stephanie joined ZEST Collective Contemporary Performance Art December 2014.

Photo by David Schinman

Stephanie Salts began dancing in her hometown of Beckley, West Virginia.  At fifteen she received a scholarship to attend The Rock School of Dance Education and then continued her training with Summer Lee Rhatigan at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.  Stephanie has danced with Utah Regional Ballet, Robert Dekker's Post:Ballet, The Oakland Ballet and Lustig Dance Theatre.

As an emerging choreographer she performed her first evening length work entitled Weee-Oooo, We You for the San Francisco Conservaory of Dance Summer Series and has been invited to return with new work.  Her short film A Day In The Life premiered at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival November 2014.

Stephanie joined ZEST Collective Contemporary Performance Art December 2014.


MARIUSZ KUJAWSKI 

Originally from Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland, Mariusz Kujawski dances with ZEST Collective and Equus Project.  When his family moved to Iceland he began to participate in Ballroom Dance competitions with Gurney Osk Karlsdottir.  They won the Icelandic National Championships in both the 18 and up division, as well as the adult division in 2009 for Latin American style.  Kujawski graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance.  After graduation he and his wife Emma Fitzsimmons moved to New York City.

Originally from Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland, Mariusz Kujawski dances with ZEST Collective and Equus Project.  When his family moved to Iceland he began to participate in Ballroom Dance competitions with Gurney Osk Karlsdottir.  They won the Icelandic National Championships in both the 18 and up division, as well as the adult division in 2009 for Latin American style.  Kujawski graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance.  After graduation he and his wife Emma Fitzsimmons moved to New York City.

JESSE OBREMSKI 

Photo by George Obremski Jesse Obremski is a New York City native who started his professional dance training at The Ailey School. He has had the privilege to perform with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Apollo Theater and in the 82nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He also trained at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts as a dance major. While at LaGuardia High School, Jesse was in their productions of “A Chorus Line” (Dancer), “Hairspray” (Brad, Dance Captain), and “Guys and Dolls” (Lead Dancer, Dance Captain) and received the Father Fame Award (2012). He has also trained in programs at Springboard Danse Montreal, Earl Mosley's Institute for the Arts, The Broadway Experience, Perry Mansfield, Lar Lubovitch Dance Intensives, and Jacob's Pillow (Contemporary Program).  Jesse is a founding dancer and choreographer of DaretoCreate Dance Collective, directed by Daniel Ching. Jesse is also a founding Dance Artist and choreographer with ZEST Collective Contemporary Performance Art, under the artistic direction of Gentry Isaiah George, and was featured in the company's exclusive with Dance Mogul Magazine in 2014. He joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for their 2014 Joyce season and with Kate Weare Company at BAM Fisher in 2015 under The Juilliard Dance Ensemble. Jesse has also had the opportunity to work closely with and perform new works by Adam Barruch, Sidra Bell, Brian Brooks, Camille A. Brown, Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz (MADboots), Rennie Harris, Loni Landon, Earl Mosley, Igal Perry, Troy Powell, Didy Veldman among many others. In addition, Jesse has had the privilege to perform the repertoire of Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Nacho Duato, Sharon Eyal, Martha Graham, José Limón, and Crystal Pite. Jesse is currently training at The Juilliard School and plans to graduate with a B.F.A in dance in 2016.  Jesse has had his choreography presented in EMIA’s Emerging Choreographers Concert (2011, 2014), in LaGuardia's Junior Projects Concert (2011) as well as various Juilliard Dance Workshops. His choreography was also featured in Juilliard's Choreographic Honors (2013) in which he choreographed, composed and performed. In 2014, Jesse became a choreographer with Zest Collective and has his choreography showcased at various festivals including the Harlem Arts Festival. He has also guest taught at LaGuardia High School, Hawaiian University and at Mid-Pacific High School.  Apart from dance, Jesse has been singing in The Transfiguration Men and Boys Choir since 2002, has began composing scores and accompanying dance classes since 2012. He also was awarded the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout (2010). During his time at Juilliard, Jesse has been an active member in the community as Programming Assistant at The Juilliard School (2013-2014) and currently a Residential Assistant (2014-2015). He also enjoys cooking and photography.  During the summer of 2015, Jesse will be apprenticing with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company as well on faculty/interning at EMIA in Connecticut. 

Photo by George Obremski

Jesse Obremski is a New York City native who started his professional dance training at The Ailey School. He has had the privilege to perform with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Apollo Theater and in the 82nd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He also trained at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts as a dance major. While at LaGuardia High School, Jesse was in their productions of “A Chorus Line” (Dancer), “Hairspray” (Brad, Dance Captain), and “Guys and Dolls” (Lead Dancer, Dance Captain) and received the Father Fame Award (2012). He has also trained in programs at Springboard Danse Montreal, Earl Mosley's Institute for the Arts, The Broadway Experience, Perry Mansfield, Lar Lubovitch Dance Intensives, and Jacob's Pillow (Contemporary Program). 

Jesse is a founding dancer and choreographer of DaretoCreate Dance Collective, directed by Daniel Ching. Jesse is also a founding Dance Artist and choreographer with ZEST Collective Contemporary Performance Art, under the artistic direction of Gentry Isaiah George, and was featured in the company's exclusive with Dance Mogul Magazine in 2014. He joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company for their 2014 Joyce season and with Kate Weare Company at BAM Fisher in 2015 under The Juilliard Dance Ensemble. Jesse has also had the opportunity to work closely with and perform new works by Adam Barruch, Sidra Bell, Brian Brooks, Camille A. Brown, Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz (MADboots), Rennie Harris, Loni Landon, Earl Mosley, Igal Perry, Troy Powell, Didy Veldman among many others. In addition, Jesse has had the privilege to perform the repertoire of Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Nacho Duato, Sharon Eyal, Martha Graham, José Limón, and Crystal Pite. Jesse is currently training at The Juilliard School and plans to graduate with a B.F.A in dance in 2016. 

Jesse has had his choreography presented in EMIA’s Emerging Choreographers Concert (2011, 2014), in LaGuardia's Junior Projects Concert (2011) as well as various Juilliard Dance Workshops. His choreography was also featured in Juilliard's Choreographic Honors (2013) in which he choreographed, composed and performed. In 2014, Jesse became a choreographer with Zest Collective and has his choreography showcased at various festivals including the Harlem Arts Festival. He has also guest taught at LaGuardia High School, Hawaiian University and at Mid-Pacific High School. 

Apart from dance, Jesse has been singing in The Transfiguration Men and Boys Choir since 2002, has began composing scores and accompanying dance classes since 2012. He also was awarded the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout (2010). During his time at Juilliard, Jesse has been an active member in the community as Programming Assistant at The Juilliard School (2013-2014) and currently a Residential Assistant (2014-2015). He also enjoys cooking and photography. 

During the summer of 2015, Jesse will be apprenticing with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company as well on faculty/interning at EMIA in Connecticut. 

JULIA HEADLEY 

Photo by Norbert De La Cruz III Julia Headley, the youngest of four girls in an artistic family, was born and raised on the island of Barbados, where she began her dance training at Louise Woodvine Dance Academy.  Currently dancing with Kevin O’day Ballett National Theater Mannheim and a recent graduate of the Juilliard School, Julia has had the opportunity to perform works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Jose Limon, Darrell Moultrie, Paul Taylor, Robert Glumbek, and Dominique Dumais.  She has discovered a passion for choreography; having created numerous works during her time at Juilliard and seeks to continue creating works in her future.  A firm believer in the ‘Artist as Citizen’, Julia has participated in a number of outreach and community service projects and believes it is the responsibility of an artist to give back to the community he/she lives in, through performance, educational outreach and community service.  Art, she believes, has the power to heal, to encourage and to inspire. With her passion for the arts bubbling up inside her, she is excited for the future that awaits her.

Photo by Norbert De La Cruz III

Julia Headley, the youngest of four girls in an artistic family, was born and raised on the island of Barbados, where she began her dance training at Louise Woodvine Dance Academy. 

Currently dancing with Kevin O’day Ballett National Theater Mannheim and a recent graduate of the Juilliard School, Julia has had the opportunity to perform works by George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Jose Limon, Darrell Moultrie, Paul Taylor, Robert Glumbek, and Dominique Dumais.  She has discovered a passion for choreography; having created numerous works during her time at Juilliard and seeks to continue creating works in her future. 

A firm believer in the ‘Artist as Citizen’, Julia has participated in a number of outreach and community service projects and believes it is the responsibility of an artist to give back to the community he/she lives in, through performance, educational outreach and community service.  Art, she believes, has the power to heal, to encourage and to inspire. With her passion for the arts bubbling up inside her, she is excited for the future that awaits her.


EMMA FITZSIMMONS

Emma Fitzsimmons is from St. Paul, MN and graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  She is part of ZEST Collective and Soluq Dance Theater.  Emma choreographs dance works and also choreographs with her partner Mariusz Kujawski.

Emma Fitzsimmons is from St. Paul, MN and graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  She is part of ZEST Collective and Soluq Dance Theater.  Emma choreographs dance works and also choreographs with her partner Mariusz Kujawski.


MATILDA SAKMOTO

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