The Collaborative

13063331_1038425769550040_2620974739460287602_oAdam Dickerson

Back in 2014 I tried to say, “feng shui,” and I said “fooju.” Now I blame my clumsy English for my delectably clumsy choreography. After graduating from Colorado College in 2013 as an Art Studio major, I moved 2 NYC 2 dance with Graham 2. In addition to directing, founding, and wizarding Fooju Dance Collaborative, I also dance with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater and Amy Marshall Dance Company.

Now sit back, relax, allow me to dance in your kitchen.


photos courtesy of Ayala Gazit

Dolo McComb

Can’t shake her. But try a shimmy? Couldn’t Fooju without her.

12957614_10206226752568118_3172470532178581419_oDavid Raposo

David takes his time. Goes sailing with mice and has at one time or another made fun of pop culture movies and books that’s been made into both movies and books alternatively. He’s best at impersonating dogs and is often mistaken for the illegitimate love child of Sandra Bullock and Christian Bale.

IMG_0600 (1)Ana Freeman

Ana Freeman is Fooju’s resident ragdoll and transitional object. She is also a writer, performer, and theory nerd. Her concerns include the interplay of performance and reality, along with the maximum length of time one can live in New York before it is no longer acceptable to say “I’m new to the city.” When not a human among dancers at Fooju, she can be found at Odyssey Works and The Shelter .

IPM Headshot3Isobel McBride

Isobel McBride is an artist, wildwoman, and soulbabe. Most recently, Isobel has performed with Fooju Dance Collaborative in their Kitschy Kitchen Series in various kitchens all around Brooklyn and Manhattan. She graduated from Colorado College in May 2015, where she studied acting, dance, and interdisciplinary performance. During her undergraduate years, Isobel appeared as Lady MacDuff in Colorado College Theater Department’s production of Macbeth, and as Zelda Kahn in Theater Workshop of Colorado College’s production of The How and The Why. She twice represented Colorado College at the American College Dance Festival regional conference. Isobel is an ardent mover, and is constantly seeking new ways of understanding how her body relates to space. She is also an avid practitioner of meditation and gyrokinesis, as well as a passionate poet and francophile.

Primo PianoVera Paganin

VERA PAGANIN began her professional dance training in Milan (Italy) at Centro Studi Coreografici where she studied Vaganova technique and modern dance including Jazz Mattox and Graham, she graduated in 2012. Ms Paganin moved to New York in 2013 to study at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance with a Merit Scholarship from Miki Orihara. She joined Graham 2 Company in 2013 and completed the Teaching Training Program in 2015. Ms Paganin collaborated with several choreographers such as Lone Kjaer Larsen, Jacqulyn Buglisi and Rachel Kosch. She is currently part of Alison Cook Beatty Dance Company and teaching Graham Technique in New York and New Jersey. She is part of Fooju Dance Collaborative since the beginning.

12227615_10206674364550376_3714444939964466383_nAshley McQueen

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Ashley McQueen graduated with her BFA in Dance from Webster University in 2013. She danced with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company (St. Louis) while independently choreographing/directing two evening-length concerts for ANNONYArts. Since moving to New York City, Ashley has performed with ShawnBibleDanceCo, Sans Limites Dance, BOM Diggs, Fooju Dance Collaborative and Eunoia Dance Ex. She currently teaches at Pure Barre West Village while directing Smashworks Dance Collective and pursuing her MFA in Dance from Hollins University under a Fellowship Scholarship. Ashley presented work in the Tiny Dance Festival, Marie-Christine Giordano Salon Series, Sans Limites Dance Winter Concert, Take Root at Green Space, HeForShe Arts Week, Amalgamate Artist Series, and Astoria Dance Festival. Ashley is thrilled to be part of the Fooju adventure!
 DSC_2594_WEBSarah Starkweather
Sarah Starkweather is a Native Texan, Former Competitive Dancer,
Humanitarian and ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor. Sarah currently performs with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre and Jennifer Archibald’s Arch Dance Company, as well as Fooju Dance Collaborative and Smashworks Dance Collective. Sarah teaches barre classes at Pop Physique Nomad in addition to hybrid functional movement/dance cardio classes at The Movement Flatiron. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio and has since been perpetually inspired by human cognition and performance.


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