Artistic Directors

Born and raised in Moraga, California,  Holly Sass (they/them)  began their dance training at California Academy of Performing Arts. They received a BFA in dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where they performed works by Crystal Pite, Kendra Portier, Chuck Wilt, and Ashley Robicheaux, pursuing additional training at Prague Academy of Dance, Impulstanz, Lines Ballet School, and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. As a freelance artist, they have worked with Brendan Duggan, PALISSIMO, 2nd Best Dance Company, Gallim Dance, 10 Hairy Legs, Ashley Robicheaux, Lone King Projects, and the Merce Cunningham Trust. They have choreographed and performed for live music performances with artists BECCS and The New Tarot at notable venues such as National Sawdust and The Bowery Ballroom. They have movement directed music videos for Norah Jones' Puss N Boots, Iris Lune, and Charlotte Jacobs. Holly is a massage therapist and biodynamic craniosacral therapist based in Brooklyn. They are a freelance film editor and avid bike rider.

Photos from Starrover's music video "And then I remembered"

Jonathan Matthews (he/him), a Memphis native of Puerto Rican and Irish lineage, received a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts in 2014, and completed a minor in music from NYU Steinhardt in the subsequent year. 

 

At Tisch, he studied with Phyllis Lamhut, Gus Solomons, Jr., and Stephen Petronio, and contributed to the processes of original works by Pamela Pietro, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Kendra Portier, and Deborah Jowitt. 

 

His work and studies have taken him abroad to Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Toscana Dance HUB, Springboard Danse Montréal, and the International Theatre Festival of Kerala. When not Breaking Time with Holly, he additionally performs with such disparate troupes as mishiDance, Darrah Carr Dance, Valerie Green / Dance Entropy, and This is Not a Theatre Company, for which he also serves as company choreographer. 

 

A collaborative musician, Jonathan enjoys learning many instruments, accompanies technique classes for Tisch Dance and Ballez, has composed original scores for Giada Ferrone, Rashaun Mitchell, Gaspard Louis, and Patrick Corbin, has music directed for the Medicine Show Theatre and Queens Shakespeare, Inc., and sings tenor with the Cecelia Chorus of New York, on whose Board he serves as Co-Chair of Development.

 

In 2018, Jonathan became Director of the Tisch Dance Alumni Choreographic Mentorship, which offers feedback and resources to Tisch Dance grads of all generations. He additionally sits on the Green Space Artist Advisory Board.

 

His writing has been published by Eye on the Arts, The Dance Enthusiast, The Journal of Dance Education, Dance Magazine, and Time Out NY; he also uses his writing to offer grant-writing services to artists of all mediums.

 

An avid teacher of children and layfolk, trained in yoga pedagogy by the Perri Institute for Mind and Body, Jonathan seeks to indiscriminately share multidisciplinary study through physical practice.

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