Originally from New Jersey, Debra trained at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio under the direction of Susan Jaffe and Risa Kaplowitz. She continued her dance training at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Dance and graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance in 2012. While at Purchase, she performed works by prominent choreographers including Stephen Petronio, George Balanchine, and Susan Jaffe. Debra is also an American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher for Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum and teaches at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio’s Summer Intensives. Debra has recently moved to Brooklyn to pursue her professional dance career and is very excited to be working with mishiDance!
Sarah Chin, from Baltimore, MD, began her formal training at Peabody Preparatory, a part of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. She continued her pre-professional training at the Baltimore School for the Arts and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2013 Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. While training at Marymount, she gained experience as a choreographer for the student choreography showcases. Several of these works were chosen to be presented at MMC Honors Day as well as the Dancewave Kids Cafe Festival in Brooklyn. Sarah is very happy and excited to be performing with mishiDance!
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Katie received her pre-professional training at Pennsylvania Regional Ballet under the direction of Sandra Carlino. While training at PRB, Katie had the honor of participating in various master classes by Luis Fuente, Jeffrey Gribler, Kirsten Kaschock, and Kristen Weiser. Katie continued her training at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in May of 2012. During her time at Purchase, Katie performed works by renowned choreographers including Jessica Lang, Merce Cunningham, George Balanchine and Victoria Silva. Katie has also attended intensives at School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Craft of Choreography conference and Pennsylvania Regional Ballet.
Angela Gorman, an Ossining New York native, now resides with two of her dancing friends in a charming apartment tucked away in the heart of Brooklyn. She graduated from the College at Brockport in 2011 with a BA in dance and a minor in Psychology. Work with Rebecca Sproul, now Gushue Moving Arts, has fueled her creative growth since 2007. Since relocating to NYC, Angela has kept busy performing around the NY area and along the East Coast with various artists: In-Sight Dance Company, Naganuma 2, a music video with Nikki Jonet, to name a few. Current work with mishiDance and Vanessa VanWormer, as well as guest appearances for the Westchester Ballet Company, keeps her grounded in the ballet upbringing that continually influences her movement. Her recent collaboration with Remote Dance Project, a multi-city dance collective, has also inspired her to begin creating her own work. When she isn’t dancing for these choreographers, Angela shares her love of dance with younger generations at Logrea Dance Academy and teaches Zumba in the NYC area.
Jonathan Matthews, a Memphis native, was initially a tap and jazz dancer for most of his life before focusing on ballet with Alexei Moskalenko, all the while conducting brief yet profound love affairs with Irish step dancing and musical theatre on the side. He completed his BFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he developed his own choreographic voice in addition to performing new works by Deborah Jowitt, Pamela Pietro, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Allyson Green, and Kendra Portier. He has taken his studies abroad to the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and Toscana Dance Hub in Florence. A collaborative musician, Jonathan is continuing his education at NYU Steinhardt as he continues to write scores for his colleagues. You can read his criticism on dance, theatre, and opera online at Eye on Dance and the Arts. A yoga teacher licensed through the Perri Institute for Mind and Body, Jonathan is passionate about seeking, maintaining, integrating, and sharing a wide range of interdisciplinary studies through physical practice.
Originally from Poughquag, New York, Amanda has studied ballet, jazz, theatre, modern, tap, hip hop, and various other genres of dance. She received her early dance training at Pinewood School of Dance under the direction of Gina Chiavelli and Grace Mihalchik and went on to study at The School at Steps. Amanda graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and a minor in Public Relations, from Hofstra University where she also gained experience as a student choreographer. She has participated in training programs with American Academy of Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Rioult, and Broadway Dance Center. Amanda has been a dancer on Royal Caribbean cruise ships, as well as with Robin Becker Dance, The New York Baroque Dance Company, Amalgamate Dance Company’s Guest Artist Showcase, and CoreDance Contemporary. She has also taught dance to children and college students. Amanda is thrilled to be a part of mishiDance and is thankful for all of the opportunities to perform with the company.
Phoebe Rose Sandford
Phoebe Rose Sandford is a modern dancer, choreographer, and singer with a background in classical ballet. As a young ballet dancer she trained with Risa Kaplowitz and Susan Jaffe at Princeton Dance and Theater Studio. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she choreographed several pieces and danced in works by notable choreographers such as Trisha Brown, Benoit-Swan Pouffer, Deborah Jowitt, and Gus Solomons Jr. Phoebe was a founding member of RedCurrant Collective, and in addition to dancing and choreographing for her collective, she has performed with Anne Zuerner, The Charles Weidman Foundation, and AMS Project. Theatre credits include Where Have All the Glaciers Gone? with Erin Mee, Versailles 2015 with This Is Not a Theatre Company, Far Away at the Schapiro Theater, and The Bride Project (reading) with Lonesome George. Phoebe has presented her own work at La MaMa, Dixon Place, Gibney Dance Center, and Cameo Gallery and was the choreographer and co-director for A Presentation by the People of Lake Victory for Our Leader at The Gym at Judson. She is the director of Copy That Dance, a modern dance company formed in 2016. Phoebe is also a certified yoga teacher and mediocre ukulele player.