After many great years creating under the name Roschman Dance- I have decided to begin working under a new artistic umbrella: Niko8.
The name shift aligns with a changing scope and focus of the type of work I hope to both create and commission in the future. Thank you for following Roschman Dance all these wonderful years and I hope you will continue to follow us as we grow into a new organization. We are thrilled to continue dancing- Sean
Carolyn Barry, originally from Chicago, is a passionate dancer, educator, and organizer. She grew up eagerly exploring movement through dance, gymnastics, theater, and circus arts and went on to study Dance at the University of Illinois.
When not dancing herself, Carolyn is teaching it. She has taught gymnastics, dance, and creative movement all over New York City in schools, community centers, and private gyms.
Carolyn has been with Roschman Dance since 2010 and became a co-director in 2015.
Juliet Bernstein is a dance artist and performer originally from Los Angeles, CA. She began her dance training at the age of 3 and continued her formal training at Elements Dance Space, where she expanded her technique in various styles of dance such as ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop, while competing on the competition
team. She also continued her development at San Marino High School where she performed and served as Student Choreographer for the school’s dance company, simultaneously performing in and choreographing for the drama department’s annual musicals. Juliet is a recent graduate from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her BFA in dance with a minor in musical theatre under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. She has been fortunate to work with various notable artists including, Bobbi Jean Smith, Gary Jeter, Juel D. Lane, Roni Koresh, Sidra Bell, Katie Swords-Thurman, and Jesse Zaritt. Her most recent debut into the dance world was a part of the upcoming feature film “Aviva” directed by Boaz Yakin and choreographed by
Bobbi Jean Smith. This is Juliet’s first season with Roschman Dance Company, and sheis eager and excited for the opportunities that still await!
Emily Davis started dancing at the age of four with local Southern California dance studios, studying and competing in multiple dance techniques while growing up, enabling her to continue dance training into college. Emily started at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA, where she earned her IGETC certification, Dance Teaching Certification and performed with the Mt. SAC Repertory Company between 2012 and 2015, working with many influential choreographers such as Will Johnston, Mark Meismer, Lee Martino, Mike Esperanza, Leann Alduenda and many more. In 2013, she was a member of the nationally acclaimed Mt. San Antonio College Dance Team winning two championship titles in Open Dance and Hip-Hop. Through Mt. SAC she was selected to enhance her dance studies on full scholarship at Perry-Mansfield’s acclaimed pre-professional summer dance program in 2014. Emily transferred to the University of California, Irvine in Fall 2015, training with and performing for influential instructors Charlotte Griffin, Lar Lubovitch, Jonathon Alsberry, Loretta Livingston, Chad Michael Hall, Diane Diefenderfer and many others. During her collegiate years, she worked for many choreographers as a professional dancer performing at a variety of venues ranging from Broadway inspired shows in Hollywood, such as “Broadway Under the Stars” and “To Broadway from Hollywood with Love”, to contemporary dance festivals including Mix Match Dance Festival in Santa Monica, Palm Desert Choreography Dance Festival, West Hollywood Dance Festival, and Collision Dance Festival in Santa Barbra to name a few. After graduating from UCI in Summer 2017 with a BFA in Dance Choreography and a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior, Emily completed her Pilates Teaching Certification through Studio Du Corp in Costa Mesa, CA, under the direction of Diane Diefenderfer. Emily moved to Manhattan in January 2018, where she works as a private Pilates instructor and group fitness instructor for Equinox and continues to pursue her professional dance career. Emily hopes to continue performing and choreographing in New York for many years and pursue a career involving her Psychology degree, considering graduate study in the fields of environmental and positive psychology as well as Dance Therapy.
Kate Griffler is a dancer, choreographer, producer and teacher living in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College and went on to become curator of the non-profit international dance festival REVERBdance from 2006-2010 then director from 2010-2017. Kate also was the co-producer and choreographer of "The Awakening of Angel DeLuna" a new musical that was produced in Boulder, Colorado and Off-Broadway at the Signature Center. Kate has performed as a freelance dancer for modern, theater, ballet and contemporary dance companies that have performed in many New York venues and that have toured to Mexico, Japan, and across the United States. Her choreography under the 121 Dance Project has been shown in short films, music videos, museums, and at various theaters in New York City and abroad. Kate is thrilled to be performing her first concert with Roschman Dance.
Laura Henry is a proud native of the greater Boston area where she began her passion for performing arts at the early age of 3. She received the bulk of her early training Kerry Smith's Academy of Dance Arts, where she was greatly influenced and encouraged as a dancer, actress, artist and person.
Laura received her BFA in Theater Performance from Hofstra University, where she graduated with high honors. She has performed as a soloist both in NYC and internationally with Vissi Dance Theater under the direction of Courtney Ffrench, as well as Ensemble Dance, Danielle Pizzarro and Synapse Theater Ensemble. After being impacted by many artists and causes throughout NYC, Laura founded her own philanthropic movement company Impact Movement Collective in 2014. She looks forward to continuing her artistic journey with Roschman Dance.
Lindsey Lykowski was born and raised in the Chicago-land area training in both classical ballet techniques and modern. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. It was there, she had the privilege of studying with esteemed faculty such as: Sara Hook, Tere O’Conner, and Renee Wadleigh. She was the only undergraduate to ever perform a solo work in a main-stage performance. Lindsey also taught for two years during her college career at Twist and Shout Dance & Cheer in Mahomet, Illinois. She taught pointe and ballet classes at all levels.
In the summer of 2012 she moved to New York City and was selected to participate in the Summer Professional Semester at Broadway Dance Center. After completing the program she interned with Parsons Dance getting to work closely with every member of the company and staff. In February 2013, she was selected as one of the original company members for Sans Limites Dance. Lindsey performed with SLD for four seasons in solo and ensemble pieces and occasionally served as rehearsal director. It was with Sans Limites that she co-choreographed Limites with Diana Pettersen that was selected to be shown at Jennifer Muller's / The Works Hatched and The Queensboro Dance Festival.
In recent history Lindsey has worked with Roschman Dance creating a music video for the Lionel Loueke Trio, Wacko Loco, and most recently with Bugge Ballet performing as part of the snow corps from The Nutcracker. Lindsey is ecstatic to be working with Roschman Dance this season!
Julianne Kannan is from Mechanicsville, VA. She received her BFA in Dance from George Mason University, where she had the privilege to perform works by Ivan Perez, Yin Yue, Alejandro Cerrudo, and Susan Shields. While in the DC area, she performed with Terre Dance Collective and RawArts Dance. Julianne has since relocated to New York City and is so excited to be dancing with Roschman Dance.
Amanda Sommers began dancing at the age of three at Tap To Pointe Dance Center in Malverne, New York under the direction of Ms. Sara DeGenarro. As a student of Ms. DeGenarro, who was a dancer at the New York City Ballet and Royal Danish Ballet, and a teacher of the Balanchine technique, Ms. Sommers was classically trained in Ballet and Pointe. At the school, Ms. Sommers also studied Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. She has taken master classes and been in performances from choreographers such as Jon Ole Olstad, Anthony Ferro, Norbert De La Cruz III and William Whitener, and participated in Summer Intensives at Ajkun Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School and the American Academy of Ballet. Studying under Mrs. Katie Langan, in the Spring of 2018, Ms. Sommers graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with a BFA in Dance with a concentration in Ballet, and was the female recipient of the prestigious Gold Key Award for Academic Excellence in her major. She was also a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa College Leadership Society & Vice President of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society. Ms. Sommers studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Classical Variations and Pas de deux. Some of the professors/instructors/faculty she also danced under were Elena Comendador, Harriet Clark, Juan Carlos Penuela, Pedro Ruiz, Flavio Salazar, Catherine Cabeen, Nancy Lushington, Alberto de Saz, Lone Kjaer Larsen, and Chiara Ajkun. This is Ms. Sommers first season with the Sean Roschman Dance Company. She is very excited and would like to thank her parents for their love and support of her dreams
Maryann Peterson has been with Roschman Dance since the end of 2009. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts Degree specializing in Dance Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she worked with Gregg Lizenbery, Betsy Fisher, Peggy Gaither Adams and special guests such as Bebe Miller, Sarah Gamblin, Lance Westergard and more. After moving to New York, she choreographed/performed in Fertile Ground at Dance Entropy, danced in Kristina Donello's Power 2, stage managed at Theatre for New City, choreographed/performed for a charity show called Laughter is the Best Medicine, worked with Eileen Connelly in her theatre group Wallis Knot, and appeared in numerous productions with Impetuous Theatre Group at Center Stage and various other venues. As well as dancing for Roschman Dance, Maryann is a Freelancing Transcriber with the Dance Notation Bureau, and is going to school for a Nursing Degree.