Who Fooju?


Photo: Joe Desimone http://www.optik-house.com 2017

Adam Robert 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 for Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater and Amy Marshall Dance Company.


Holly Jones is the Director of Artist Services & Associate Producer for The Yard, as well as a freelance dancer, choreographer, and educator based in NYC and on Martha’s Vineyard.  She received her dance training from Marymount Manhattan College (BFA) as well as Jacob’s Pillow, Perry Mansfield, & the Colorado Jazz Dance Company.  Jones has had the privilege of performing works by and with; Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Jessica Lang, Pedro Ruiz, Shen Wei, Alwin Nikolais, CoreDance Contemporary, Carte Blanche Performance, the Lori Leshner Dance Project, Justina Grayman (STREB), the Community Dance Project  NYC, DanceTheYard, & Fooju Dance Collaborative.  Special thanks to family/friends for their continued support!

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.

Photo: Joe Desimone http://www.optik-house.com

Anna Zekan is a dancer, choreographer and writer-wino-weirdo from Newport, OR. She attended Colorado College where she made a lot of silly dances and wrote a lot of nasty poetry. After (somehow) graduating with a B.A. in Dance and Creative Writing, she relocated to NYC to attend The Martha Graham School. She can be seen dancing around the city with Maher Benham’s Coyote Dancers, Fooju Dance Collaborative and Alice Klugherz. Zekan is also a mediocre actor, Courtney Love impersonator and instructor at Pure Barre West Village.
 Alex Cottone grew up in Boca Raton, Florida where he attended Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts where he trained with Jeff Satinoff and Jan Hanniford Goetz. There, Alex had the opportunity to work with Margo Sappington and Troy Powell. He received additional training from Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary. After graduating high school, Alex attended Marymount Manhattan College (New York, NY) and earned a BFA in modern dance. While at Marymount, Alex had the opportunity to work with artists such as Cherice Barton, Emery Lecrone, Lar Lubovitch, and Kate Skarpetowska. Alex was an original member of Billy Bell’s Lunge Dance Collective. In 2014, he participated in Springboard Danse Montreal where he worked with Aszure Barton and Artists as well as MADboots Dance. On the side, Alex has teaching multiple contemporary classes at Broadway Dance Center. This past year, he was given the opportunity to perform at BC Beat with choreographer Reed Luplau and joined Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre. Alex is super excited to be working with Fooju Dance Collaborative!


Larissa Asebedo is originally from the Denver area where she began her training in classical ballet. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY. In her third year Larissa had the privilege of studying abroad at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts in Perth. During her studies she worked with Kyle Abraham, The Merce Cunningham Trust, Xan Burley, and JohnHeginbotham. Post graduation Larissa has worked in freelance professional projects with Lisa Fagan Dance Problems, Kensaku Shinohara, John Zullo, Asako Miyahira, and Fooju Dance Collective. She is currently a Brooklyn-based performer.


Manon Hallay

Born in France, Manon started dancing in the « conservatoire de Tarbes » and went to Bordeaux at 13 to study in a pre-professional course with Christian Conte and Martine Chaumet. Two years later she joined the Royal Ballet School of Antwerpen and had the opportunity to work with choreographer as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Elke Schepers, Alexei Kremnev or Micheal Shannon. She moved out to New-York four years ago to integrate the Alvin Ailey school as a scholarship student. Freelance dancer who worked with Jeffrey Page or Darshan Bhuller (to name a few)  part of the Amanda Selwyn dance Theater since 2014, she is now assistant director of  « les Ballets Nomades » and part of Vision Contemporary ballet. She joined ‘Notes in Motion’ in September as a teaching artist in New-York city public schools.

Torrey McAnena is originally from Pennsylvania, she began her dance training at Metropolitan Ballet Academy and continued at Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A in Dance, concentration in ballet. Torrey has participated in many Merce Cunningham Trust fellowships and is currently a member of HT Chen and Dancers, Amanda Selwyn Dance Company, Lisa Fagan Dance Problems and Fooju Dance Collaborative. Torrey is also a Physique 57 barre instructor.


photos courtesy of Ayala Gazit http://www.ayalagazit.com/

Dolo McComb

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


David Raposo 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.



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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 .


Primo Piano

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.

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One response

  1. Carol Zekan

    Really wish I could be a witness to this event. So proud of you all! Knock ’em out!!


    January 6, 2015 at 3:46 am

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