Megan Curet

Artistic Director, Choreographer and Founder

Megan Curet

dancer and choreographer, a New York native born in the Bronx with Puerto Rican heritage. Megan began training at an early age in both dance and drama at The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club of the Bronx. Whilst growing up Megan continued to train in a variety of techniques and styles including Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa, Tap, Contemporary and Modern dance. In 2010 Megan completed her Bachelor's degree in Theater and Dance at Queens College, City University of New York.

After graduation, Megan was accepted into the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance on a full scholarship, developing classical technique and continuing her intensive training through the Independent and Professional Training program for three years 2011-2015.

During her time at the Graham school Megan performed and worked with various NYC based choreographers including Ayesha (Bollywood Funk), Cynthia Stanley (Bardos Ballet Theater), Yin Mei Critchell, Heidi Dance, and Stanley Love (Stanley Love Performance Group).

In 2015 travelled to London after receiving The Vice Chancelor scholarship to complete a Masters degree in Dance Studies at Roehampton University, London. Whilst in the UK Megan continued to perform and focused her academic research on the Afro influence on Hispanic dance culture and current Israeli politics and dance cultures.

Since returning from London in September 2015, Megan focuses on the Curet Performance Project, creating new works and leading the company as Artistic Director.

As an independent dancer Curet has performed nationally and internationally at PS1 MoMa, Performance Space 122, The Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, The Martha Graham Studio Theater, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, Brooklyn Dance Festival, Berlin fashion week and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Megan is also interested in collaborative projects and been involved in many independent Performance projects including work with architectures, costume designers, musicians and a video-dance project in Paris entitled Voiceless in Spaces. An educator, Megan has taught classes and workshops in Berlin, Tel Aviv, New York, London, Bristol and Armenia under UNESCO’s Center of International Dance. As part of her ongoing practice and socio-cultural dance research, Curet presented her research at the University of Utrecht in 2015 at The Young What Matters conference.

In 2016 Curet took on residencies in dance education throughout the boroughs of NYC as a teaching artist for SEA (Society of Educational Arts).  Taught styles included Jazz, Contemporary and Latin dances. And on summer teens intensive faculty for the Martha Graham School of Contemporary dance as composition teacher.

Through her work as a dancer and choreographer Megan has taken her practice through many facets, exploring the various angles of dance and continually strives to evolve, grow, share and learn through dance. 

 

 

Administration

Imogen Pickles

Imogen graduated from King’s College London with a B.A Hons in English Language and Literature. After graduation, Imogen worked for Phoenix Dance Theatre, for two years as the company Programmes Coordinator, looking after tour administration and managing events. Since arriving in New York in September, Imogen has taken on a number of projects working with Gallim Dance, Pentacle, and Bryn Cohn + Artists to promote, support and the Performing Arts. 

 

 

Dancers

 

Doron Perk

Born in 1990, Doron studied at the Music and Dance Academy in Jerusalem and the conservatorium of the academy. Between 2008 and 2010, Doron danced for the Croatian National Theater Ballet and later on between 2010 and 2013 in Compañía Nacional de Danza. He is a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship for 5 consecutive years (2003-2008) and was awarded a full scholarship for the Conservatoire de Paris along with Pas de Deux Master Class and Mia Arbatova Association (2006). Doron was an apprentice at the Batsheva Ensemble in 2008 and danced in the Batsheva Ensremble between 2013 and 2015. Gaga Teacher since January 2015. Currently living in New York City, dancer at Zvidance since March 2016 and joined Curet Preformance Project in August 2016

 

 

 

Ardella Bang

A Singaporean native, Ardella is a passionate dance artist currently based in NYC. A recent graduate from SUNY Purchase College of the Arts on Dean's List, Ardella has had the opportunity perform works choreographed by international artists including John Mead (US), Wallie Wolfgruber (US), Jeffrey Tan (SIN), James Cousins (UK), Nai-Ni Chen (Taiwan), Francesca Harper (US) and Shannon Gillen (U.S).
Ardella is fascinated with the creative mind and driven by the passion to move. As an independent artist, Ardella has collaborated with 3D Designers, Theater practitioners, Design and Media artists and musicians to create work.
As a certified comprehensive Pilates and NASM trainer, Ardella hopes to impart the joy and freedom of movement to people from all walks of life

Ashley D'Amboise

Dancing since the age of 2, and competing at Dance Masters of America from the ages of 8 to 17. She is trained in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip-hop, Tap, and Acrobatics at Michael’s Academy of Performing Arts, in South Florida. She received her classical Ballet and Pointe training from Magda Aunon at the Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique. Ashley earned her BFA in Dance from Florida State University’s College of Fine Arts, in 2013 where she trained under the direction of Gerri Houlihan, Shelia Humphreys, Dan Wagoner, Rick McCullough, Anjali Austin, Tim Glenn, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Lynda Davis, Rodger Bellman, Alex Ketley, Suzanne Farrell, Anthony Morgan and Tyrone Brooks. 

While studying, she was also a member of The Tallahassee Ballet Company with Rick McCullough as Artistic Director. Outside trainings include a summer intensive with Peridance Dance (2007), a summer intensive with the Dance Theatre of Harlem (2012), and a semester of “abroad” in New York, from the Florida State Dance Department’s “FSU in NYC” Program. During the FSU in NYC program, Ashley interned for Jennifer Muller/The Works (2012), and trained with Sally Sommer for Art Resources, and Tom Person and Zach Morris of Third Rail Projects for Site-Specific Choreography and Performance. Ashley moved to NYC in 2013 and interned for Jawole Zollar’s Urban Bush Woman dance company for a semester. 

Since then, she has danced with Ryan McNally in his premiere of “Signatures” at Jennifer Muller’s HATCH Presenting Series and Green Space’s Fertile Ground. She has also been featured in three episodes of Rami Shafi’s Pedestrian Wanderlust Project, and is a 200 RYT Yoga Alliance Certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor. Ashley is thrilled to join CPP as a company dancer in season five!

 

Alex Clayton

Alex Clayton comes graduated Dupont Manual High School from the Visual Arts Magnet. He then went to Stephens College where he studied under Deborah Carr, Carol Estey and Elizabeth Hartwell. After graduating in 2013 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Minor in Visual Arts, he moved to New York City to study at the Ailey School. There, he worked with Matthew Rushing, Marcus Willis and Carol Adams. He joined Graham 2 in 2014. While his time in Graham II, he worked with french choreographer Blanca Li, and performed many leading roles in Martha Graham's original works: the yellow man in Diversion of Angels, the shaman in Night Chant, and the preacher in Appalachian Springs. After leaving, he received scholarship to the Paul Taylor School, which lead to becoming the rehearsal assistant for Lila York as she set a new piece on the main company. He has also worked with world-renown french choreographer Jerome Bel. He joined iKADA Contemporary Dance Company in Spring 2016, and he is currently working with Yoshito Sakuraba from Abarukas. He joined Curet Performance Project in December of 2015 as an apprentice. He is very pleased to be returning this season!