Ben Munisteri is a NYC-based choreographer whose dance ensemble performs regularly in New York, at summer festivals, and at dance venues around the country. He has created dances for Pennsylvania Dance Theater, Danceworks Performance Company (Milwaukee), and for many college dance companies and has received commissions and funding from Performance Space 122, Danspace Project, the Joyce Theater Foundation, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. He recently received two consecutive major grants from the Jerome Foundation for the creation of new works.
Michael Foley has been involved in the professional dance world for over 20 years. He started dancing at Bates College under Marcy Plavin where he earned a BA in English and Spanish. Michael has performed, internationally, in the companies of over two-dozen choreographers, including Doug Elkins, Kevin Wynn, Seán Curran and Eun Me Ahn. He has taught workshops and master classes throughout the United States, Europe, Central America, The Caribbean and Mexico, and has taught on the faculties of New World School of the Arts, Bates College, Florida Dance Festival, and Dance Space Center in NYC. He also teaches technique and has set choreography for the Cirque du Soleil organization. Michael has maintained choreographic residencies at the University of Texas, University of Florida, Cornish College of the Arts and Harvard University, among many others. His choreography can be found in the repertories of dance companies throughout the U.S., as well as in Cuba, Mexico and Italy. He formed his own company, “Michael Foley Dance”, in 1994 touring the U.S. and Europe. Michael has a 26-year affiliation with the Bates Dance Festival where he has been a student, emerging choreographer, faculty, and co-director of the Young Dancers Workshop from 1996 – 2007. He holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Washington and is, currently, an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of South Florida. He also directs a yearly study abroad program in Paris. In 2009 Michael was a Fulbright Scholar working with Delfos Danza in Mazatlan, Mexico. (Photo Credit: Kenneth Rothman Zane).