Lorena Jaramillo (apprentice) was born and raised in Mexico City where she began her studies in classical and contemporary dance. In 2015 she relocated to New York City to study at Marymount Manhattan College where she earned a BA in Dance with a concentration in Dance Studies and a Minor in Arts for Communities. In the past she has worked with JUNTOS Collective, Semillas Collective and CoopDanza, non-profit organizations through which she has been able to connect with Latinx communities though dance performance and teaching. In addition to NK&D, Lorena currently dances with Sydnie L Mosely Dances and Variety Pack Collective.
Kathryn McKenzie (dancer) grew up in Newburgh, NY and has been dancing since before she can remember. She attended Marymount Manhattan College as a dance major after graduating from high school and transferred to Hunter College in fall 2015. As a member of the Hunter College Dance Company, Kathryn performed choreographies by Merce Cunningham, Doug Varone, and Vicky Shick along with numerous student works. Kathryn also discovered a passion for choreographing and lighting design while there, choreographing for 3 Hunter College Dance Department Showcases and designing lights for 3 evening length shows. This past July, she graduated cum-laude from Hunter with a B.A. in Dance. Outside of Hunter, Kathryn has been a part of the pre-production cast of "Really Rosie" for New York City Center's Summer Encores series and choreographed a music video for the band The Next Great American Novelist. When she's not dancing, Kathryn can be found in the air working and training at a partner acrobatics studio in Queens or rock climbing.
Caitlin Potosnak (dancer, assistant rehearsal director) graduated from Radford University with a B.F.A. in Dance and with a minor in Exercise Science. At Radford she was an apprentice dancer with d a n a h b e l l a danceworks and worked with many choreographers including Keith Lee and Christopher K. Morgan. Caitlin’s choreography has been recognized at the Virginia/North Carolina Regional Choreography Competition held by the National Society of Arts and Letters Organization and went on to compete nationally in Birmingham, AL. While in West Virginia she was a member of the West Virginia Dance Company for two years. In addition to dancing professionally in WV, she received a professional development grant from the West Virginia division of Culture and History: National Endowment for the Arts, in which she was able to further her studies in dance with companies such as Doug Varone and Dancers, Limon Dance Company, Amy Marshall Dance Company, and the Radio City Rockettes. She has had the privilege of performing with the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company during their 25th Anniversary Celebration. Upon relocating to NYC she’s performed for DoubleTake dance company, Bob Boross, Shift Create Dance, Shelly Hutchinson, Ariel Rivka Dance, and Dance Cat-Alyst. Caitlin is a certified pilates instructor and teaches in Manhattan.
Glenna Yu (dancer) - is a Brooklyn based movement artist. She currently dances with H.T. Chen and Dancers and has previously worked with choreographers Raven White, Rebecca Lazier, Stefano Nappi and Isaac Iskra. She's done various collaborations, including a performance with experimental pop musician gocco; a devised dance theatre piece called SCUM that used burlesque and vaudeville to explore feminism, gender and performativity; and a light/costume show with visual artist Louisa Willis. Her own work has been shown at the Craft and in the Mothers Myths Monsters series at TheatreLab
Coriselle Martinez (dancer) hails from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, where she began her training at Mauro Youth Ballet Company. She continued her dance studies at School for the Performing Arts and the Ailey School, where she completed her certificate in the Independent Study Program. Coriselle is actively pursuing her BFA in Dance at the Ailey/Fordham Program, with a minor in Theater concentration in Stage management. Coriselle has traveled to places like Guatemala, Orlando, New York, and Puerto Rico helping others to connect to dance as a source of joy. She has given Horton and modern dance workshops, and driven communities to connect to dance. Her high energy and leadership is taking her places, where dance is a community that shares love and support.
Therese Ronco is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. She is a current member of Kinesis Project dance theater and a constant freelancer for artists such as Cassandra Cotta, MICCA and Jeff Shortt. She has previously performed with 5th Digit Dance and JKing Dance. Therese is thrilled to be performing with NK&D. She is originally from Massachusetts where she found her passion for the art form learning from Frances Kotelly and Richard Colton. Therese graduated with a BA in dance from Goucher College where she had the privilege of performing works choreographed by renowned choreographers such as Doug Elkins, Doris Humphrey, Jon Lehrer, Andrea Miller, Pascal Rioult, and Gwen Welliver.
Yao Xu moved from China to New York City three years ago. Previously, She received her BA and MA in Contemporary Dance from Beijing Normal University. She is now working on obtaining her second master’s degree in Dance EducaGon from Hunter College’s Arnhold Graduate Dance EducaGon Program. Since moved to NYC, Yao Xu has performed in Lincoln Center EducaGon Keynan Fellows’s dance Skin Deep and Pedro Ruiz’s Mee*ng Along the Edges. Yao Xu’s choreography works have also been featured in numbers of events and projects, including the New York State Dance EducaGon AssociaGon Conference in 2017 and Ballet. Inc’s The Series Vol.II at Queens Theatre. She is now earning her doctorate at Temple University.