Sophie Sotsky has received choreographic support from the GO! Emerging Artist Commissioning Program at the STREB Lab For Action Mechanics (2019 and 2015), Fresh Tracks at New York Live Arts (2016/2017), Work Up at Gibney Dance (2015), and Salem Arts Works (2015). Sophie has presented work at Dixon Place Theater, The Brick, The Tank, The CURRENT SESSIONS, Movement Research at the Judson Church (2014 and 2016), Danspace Project (Food For Thought), Triskelion Arts, Soundance Studio Theater, The Center for Performance Research (New Voices in Live Performance), AUNTS, The Panoply Performance Laboratory, The Chocolate Factory Theater (THROW) and other venues. In addition to being a choreographer, Sophie also dances for Chafin Seymour | seymour::dancecollective, and is a lighting designer, a dance and yoga instructor, and a Production Manager.
photo by Lindsay Keys
Dorothy Chen received her B.A. from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures | Dance department. She has danced with Los Angeles-based choreographers, such as Vic Marks, Cheng-Chieh Yu, Alexx Shilling, and Sara Silkin. Since moving to New York in 2012, she has danced in the works of Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE and Sunhwa Chung | Ko-Ryo Dance Theater. She is grateful to have performed in venues as the REDCAT, LACMA, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Dorothy has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 7 years - Girls on the Run NYC (2013-2018), Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre (2010-2012) - and looks forward to supporting TYKE DANCE administratively as the Company Manager.
photo by David Starkopf
Kristina Aurelia Harris is a Brooklyn-based dance and teaching artist. Since establishing in New York, Krissy has worked with Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE, Britney Falcon and Falcon Dance, Stephanie Saywell, Dancify THAT!, Amanda Hinchey & Dancers, Sarah Lass, Suzan D. Polat, Sukalyann D. Entourage and Chris Ferris & Dancers. Krissy is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University's Department of Dance (her alma matter) and on faculty at Berest Dance Center (Port Washington, NY). She also creates choreographic work through her platform Krissy and the Works, and as her alter-persona, Tammy. Her work has been performed as part of programming at Movement Research, Gibney Dance Center, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, NACHMO 2016 and the Built On Stilts Festival. Krissy became a TYKE in February 2017, and is stoked about it!
photo by Scott Shaw
Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone is a Brooklyn-based artist and graduate of Hampshire College. Her dance writing can be found in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and The Dance Enthusiast. She has written about music and social activism for Chamber Music Magazine and has reviewed fiction for The Jewish Book Council. She is the director of Undertow Dance and the founder of The Bunker Presents, a roving performance series for under-exposed artists. Currently, Nicole is pursuing her Pilates teaching certification through Core Pilates. She works as a stage hand at Gibney Dance and serves as the Communication Director for Clowns Without Borders, an international non-profit dedicated to offering levity and play as emotional and mental healthcare for children living through crisis. Nicole is particularly interested in climate-change induced migration and environmental justice, and in dismantling capitalism.
photo by Grace Courvoisier
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. Now a NYC based choreographer and dancer, Kailey's work has been performed at various venues in NYC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Atlanta. She has studied with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, Nancy Stark Smith, and Stephan Koplowitz. Kailey is currently a community actionist dancer at Gibney Dance Center, in addition to dancing for Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE, Aaron Mcgloin Dance, mizantymoves, and Designated Movement, among others. She also teaches contemporary forms classes at Gibney Dance Center. Her work has been commissioned by Nacre Dance Company, Ballet Forte, and Triskelion Arts.
photo by Emily Guinan
Thryn Saxon was born and raised in Miami, FL where she attended New World School of the Arts High School. In 2014 Saxon received her BFA in Dance from Florida State University. She spent her first year in New York as an apprentice with the Bill T Jones Arnie/Zane Company and had the honor of performing with them in New York and Baltimore, MD. Saxon has had the privilege of performing works in NYC by John Zullo, Rosie DeAngelo and Julia Ehrstrand. Saxon is also currently performing with SpacesOfFontana and TYKE DANCE and is in her second season as a company member with Kate Weare Company. Saxon also teaches professional contemporary dance classes at Peridance Capezio Center and Gibney Dance Center.
photo by Jim Lafferty
Ashur Rayis creates musical landscapes for collaborative projects, including AORTA films, TYKE DANCE, Elliott Cennetoglu, Maiko Kikuchi, Of Clouds Productions, and others. A founder of Monster Trux dance collective and Eat Drink Tell Your Friends puppetry collective, Ashur engages in a multidisciplinary performance and storytelling practice. He lives in south Brooklyn with three roommates and Gwen the cat.
photo by Fraylie Nord