Linda Kuo (Co-Founder / Director / Choreographer) has a dance background in a wide range of dance styles, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, House, Voguing, Waacking, West African, Salsa, Hustle, and the Hula. She studied as an intern for a year at Broadway Dance Center when she first moved to NYC from Hawaii in 2005, prior to performing on stages through Asia, Hawaii and NYC. Currently, Linda is mentored by House dance pioneer, Sekou Heru. Her style fuses street dance styles with jazz and modern technique and movement, as well as incorporating technique from other dance styles.
As a dancer and choreographer, her work has been featured at Shanghai World Expo Dance 2XS Urbanite Beijing (guest performer), Peter Pan (Asia Tour), Off-Broadway show / tour “Katrina: A Whole Lotta Water” (soloist), America’s Best Dance Crew (MTV On-Demand), The Contemporary Museum (Hawaii), Academy of Art (Hawaii), Hawaii Theatre, Citigroup Ailey Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Center, New York City Center and Studios. Linda was also a guest choreographer for the Chinese national TV talent show, Me & City Children’s Talent Contest. As a teacher, Linda has taught Hip Hop, House, and Contemporary at studios in NYC, Connecticut, Boston, Hawaii, Shanghai, and Taiwan. In 2014, she was a featured dance teacher for a US Embassy outreach program in Shanghai.
Gabriela Messina (Dancer) started dancing when she was in junior high school, since then she told herself she wanted to be a dancer. She later graduated from SUNY Brockport with a dance degree and travel to London to continue studying. Coming back to New York City she auditioned for a few companies and began performing. She performed African modern dances, hip-hop, contemporary fusions, Latin dance and more. Today she is still dancing and training to further her dreams.
Hara Zi (Choreographer / Dancer) is a dancer, actress, yoga teacher, and strong chess player born in sunny Athens, Greece and currently based in New York City. She began studying Chemical Engineering but soon was captivated by dance. She graduated from the Professional Dance School “Anna Petrova” in Athens.
In 2010 she was awarded the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation Scholarship and came to New York to pursue her studies at the José Limón Institute. In 2011 she continued her dance training and movement research in New York as a scholar of Attica Tradition Educational Foundation. Some of her favorite credits include Encuentro 2014 at Los Angeles Theater Center, BAM Fischer, TED Platform in Connecticut and TEDx Athens, Dancespace Project at St Mark’s Church. She is a proud member of Dancers Unlimited since 2015 and also performs with ASTC: Alternative Synergy The Company, Rod Rodgers Dance Company and INTAR Theater’s Unit 52 Ensemble. She fell in love with ballet and contemporary dance, but after she moved to New York started exploring and training in different dance styles, improvising and creating movement, thinking of the body as an organic instrument with no limits, just expansions.
Nathaniel Whittaker (Dancer / Improv Trainer) joined Dancers Unlimited Hawaii in 2010 as one of the original founding members. He recently moved to New York and is excited to join the New York Chapter of Dancers Unlimited for its 2017 Season. Although Nathaniel has studied various dance styles including Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, African, Salsa, House, Voguing/Waacking, Hula, and Butoh, he considers himself primarily to be an improv dancer and enjoys the freedom of allowing the body to explore new movement. Along with various Solo performances and other art projects, Nathaniel has performed with Convergence Dance Theater, Cherry Blossom Cabaret, Giinko Marischino, Taimane Gardner, and is most notably known for being one of the principal dancers for Iona Contemporary Dance Theatre. Nathaniel is currently living, working, and dancing in New York and can’t wait to see what his future has in store.
Her dance often demonstrates the opposing qualities of being both aggressive and tender. Sammi specializes in Hiphop, but she also studied other forms of dance including Wackking, reggae and house.
She is a hybrid in terms of schools of thought that surely have shaped her dance style. After 3 years of learning dance in Merry Monarc street dance school in Taipei, she had an opportunity to express her true self on the stage in an innovative performance. The experience made her feel like she was an artist who was able to tell her stories through compelling movements. Since then, Sammi has enjoyed working with dancers from all dance styles, and exploring the raw and creative scenes of NYC street style dances and battles.
Keala Fung (Guest Dancer) is originally from Los Angeles California, but found her heart and soul in Hawaii, where she has currently lived for 11 years. She has a lifetime of training in many different styles of dance including ballet, contemporary ballet, and jazz. She has a BA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine, and has since branched out to many other disciplines of dance such as latin partner dances, and aerial dance. She is also a certified Pilates instructor, and a certified Barre fitness instructor.
Not too long after moving to Hawaii, Keala joined Hawaii’s premiere burlesque and cabaret theater troupe Cherry Blossom Cabaret, and started her burlesque journey. She is now headmistress of BurlyQ U: Cherry Blossom Cabaret’s School if Burlesque. Prior to joining CBC, she has danced, toured, and performed with various Tango, Salsa, and Contemprary dance companies in Los Angeles, California.
Around the same time Keala started her burlesque journey, she also joined Dancers Unlimited, a new dance company in Hawaii. She has been a proud member of DU since almost it’s very beginning, and is so honored and humbled to be a part of its growth. In 2013 she toured in Shanghai with DU. Currently in 2017, she is incredibly honored to be dancing with DU once again, only here in NYC.
Jitka Vesela (Guest Dancer) is a Dancer, model, teacher and choreographer with lyrical jazz, contemporary and street dance specialization. She has a Master of Art in choreography from the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts, located in Prague, Czech Republic. She has also had training in classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, house, dance hall etc. She has extensive experience in dance performances and shows in the U.S. and overseas (Czech Republic, India, Poland, Austria, Slovak Republic), on behalf of clients such as Schwarzkopf, L’oreal, and Davines. She performed during NYC Fashion Week, and Czechoslovakia’s Got Talent. She has participated in the following: televised performances (2 seasons of Czech TV series It Was Our Hit. 1 season Your Face Sound Familiar, etc ); music videos (Charlene Kaye, Victoria Jones, Jaclyn Rose, Harley); commercials (MSG, Amazon, Subway, Hanes, American Apparel, T-Mobile, Heineken, Bud Light); movies (“Frances Ha”); theatre (India and Czech Republic); and as back up dancer for singers (USA, Europe, Asia). Since 2009, She has been a judge in Europe’s annually-televised dance contest called Best Dance Group, and NYC Dance Panorama. She has modeled and choreographed extensively, to include collaborating with Czech fashion designer Anna Mareskova, and Japanese fashion designer Mimi. She participated in an underwater photo shoot for Walt Disney’s Deep Blue book cover. Lastly, She has also taught dance and conducted workshops. www.jitkavesela.me
Amanda Spilinga (Guest Choreographer / Dancer) – Bio Coming Soon