photo by Emily Guinan
2014 Diamond Research Scholars grant recipient, Kailey McCrudden received a BFA in Dance from Temple University in May 2015, summa cum laude, performing in works by Andrea Miller and Larry Keigwin, and studying under Kun Yang-Lin, Jillian Harris and Merian Soto while there. Kailey is currently a community actionist dancer at Gibney Dance Center, in addition to dancing for Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE and Erick Montes/Danceable Projects. Her work has been commissioned by Nacre Dance Company and Ballet Forte.
photo by Grace Courvoisier
Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone is a Brooklyn-based artist and graduate of Hampshire College. Her writing can be found in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine and The Dance Enthusiast. Her work for Undertow Dance has been presented throughout NYC and she recently performed iterations of "scarcity complex," her collaboration with zaybra, at CPR and MR @ Judson Church. Nicole is co-producing an experimental opera alongside other members of The Syndicate of Initiative, a multidisciplinary, multigenerational collective. Most importantly, Nicole is interested in smashing capitalism.
photo by Fraylie Nord
photo by Maria Baranova
Ashur Rayis is a musician-storyteller who creates sonic landscapes for collaborative projects. A graduate of Hampshire College by way of Atlanta, Georgia, he is a founding member of Monster Trux movement collective and Eat Drink Tell Your Friends puppetry collective. In 2019 he joined the staff of Baryshnikov Arts Center as audio/video supervisor. He lives in south Brooklyn with two room mates and a cat named Gwen.
Sophie Sotsky is a New York City-based choreographer and performer. Sophie is a two-time recipient of the GO! Emerging Artist Commission at the Elizabeth STREB Lab for Action Mechanics in Brooklyn, New York (2019 and 2016). Sophie was a 2016/2017 Fresh Tracks artist at New York Live Arts, and a 2015 Work Up artist at Gibney Dance Center. Her choreography has been supported by two Subsidized Residencies at Mount Tremper Arts (2018 and 2019) and by an Independent Artist Residency at Salem Art Works (2015).