Dancers | Collaborators
Larry Discenza | Singer
Larry has been working in the health and fitness industry for 12 years. After a long break from music, he decided to explore the arts again. He enlisted the help of our other musician/singing coach Sofia Juan. They have been working together in DanceAction and collaborating separately for over three years now. Larry performed in “Game Night” in Brooklyn, NY, and in Mexico City during Mexico’s first ever International Contemporary Dance Festival (FIDCDMX). Larry has thoroughly enjoyed working back into the performing arts. He is the founder of Inspired Training, a private and group training business in Manhattan. Inspired Training has been a crucial sponsor of DanceAction over the last few years, and is beginning to integrate dance movement and training principles into the core of its business.
Sofia Juan | Singer
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sofia is a singer-songwriter, actress, and performer. With an eclectic background in Latin music, Jazz, Tango, and Musical Theater, Sofia has been singing all her life. She has recorded, performed, and collaborated on a number of projects with different groups and renowned musicians. Her unique and versatile voice afforded her the opportunity of touring through Europe and the Americas. In 2009 she founded Amapola Dry, an electro-tango down-tempo project, with multi-awarded producer Martin Fuks. As teaching artist, Sofia has worked for different organizations in New York City such as Casita Maria. She is currently running her own Arts Education organization called A Capella Music School, as well as Broadway Bees, a Summer Performing Arts Program for children.
Sofia studied music as a voice major at EMBA – Escuela de Música de Buenos Aires. She also graduated from AMDA NY conservatory program with a degree in Musical Theater.
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Composers | Musicians
Eran Fink was born in Petach Tiqwa, Israel. He started his musical education at the age of 10, taking drum lessons at his hometown's conservatory. Shortly after, at age 14 he was accepted to Israel's most renowned jazz program at the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts. On his senior year, Fink was selected to be the drummer of the school's Big Band to perform at the International Association for Jazz Education Convention, held in New York City. He continued his studies at Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music as part of a joint program with Berklee College of Music. In the summer of 2008, Fink was selected to perform at the Red Sea Jazz Festival, representing the Rimon-Berklee joint program. In 2009, while in Rimon, he has won first place in the school's Jazz Musician of the Year contest and represented the school in the International Association for Schools of Jazz Convention, led by saxophonist Dave Liebman, in Luczern, Switzerland. In 2009 he was awarded with a scholarship to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. At Berklee, he had the honor of studying with such greats as Ralph Peterson Jr., Yoron Israel, Terry Lyne Carrington, and Hal Crook. His jazz composition, “Blues for Gil”, was featured in a compilation album of the student run Jazz Revelation records. He completed his BFA in music performance in 2011, graduating with the highest honor. Upon graduation he moved to New York City to continue pursuing his musical career. In New York he has been active in the local music scene, performing in clubs such as Smalls Jazz Club, Brooklyn Bowl, and Cornelia Street Café. Fink is currently involved in multiple professional musical projects that are scheduled to perform both in New York and abroad.
I dedicated my career to expand and push the limits, between disciplines, between genres, between languages, inducing to the cross-pollination of experiences and techniques, people and concepts. I was part of the “mestizaje” movement that started in Barcelona in the 1990’s, a local reflection of a global movement towards the blending of traditional art forms (or music genres, in our case), with the new tendencies coming from a global emerging language, led in the music realm by the expansion of the so called “electronic music”. At that point people from all over the world came to the city, releasing a powerful stream of creativity that expanded beyond the boundaries of Europe, and granted me the opportunity to create for, or along with, highly renowned personalities, such as David Byrne or Oscar winner director Gabriele Salvatores. I’ve also ventured into more experimental territories, while creating music and sound for contemporary dance companies, composing and producing music for film, and also creating electronic art pieces. www.martinfuks.com
Juan Sebastian Vassallo was born in Villa Mercedes, San Luis, Argentina. He studied music at the Conservatory of Music "Felix T. Garzón" (Córdoba, Argentina), where he graduated in 2007 with the title of Professor of Piano at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina), graduating in 2008 with the title of Professor in Music Composition, and in 2009 made a Graduate Program in Cultural Management at the Faculty of Economics at the National University of Cordoba.
Founder and director of the company JSV MUSIC (www.jsvmusic.com), specializing in the production of music using virtual instruments, and contemporary resources from computer science, applied to musical creation.
He works as a pianist actively participating in solo concerts and chamber groups. He has performed as a soloist or chamber musician in halls in United States, Spain, Chile and Argentina.
He has also received many grants and awards for his works. "Evolutions", his work for symphony orchestra, received the Special Prix du Jury Conseil du Pas de Calais, in the 1st Franco-Argentine Musical Composition Contest, organized by Opal Sinfonietta Orchestra, City of Boulogne Sur Mer (France). He has been granted by the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme for Featured Artists worldwide, and by the Foundation IBERMÚSICAS, to make artistic residences in USA.
He is currently Assistant Professor at Teacher Training Institute in the city of Villa Mercedes, San Luis, and works as a composer, producer and keyboardist for popular bands of various genres and styles, including Orbes (Lyric Pop), Los Inmortales (Tango Quartet), and TRIVIUM (jazz trio).
Juan Pablo Rosado was born in the city of Salta, Argentina, where he currently lives. He works as a composer and music teacher. He is interested in artistic integration, participating in many opportunities in projects of collective creation. His music proposal rounds the idea of the active participation of the performer within the creative process, thus determining the sonorous and aesthetic outcome. He has premiered pieces for solo instrument, string quartet, chamber groups, vocal ensembles, symphony orchestra, acousmatic music, music for contemporary dance, music for theater and other artistic interventions.
DanceAction Past Collaborators
Paige Louise Stella | Dancer
Paige is a dancer and movement educator. Originally from Massachusetts, she received her BFA in Dance from Adelphi University, and immediately after she moved to NYC and joined DanceAction in the summer of 2013. Stella has performed with Dance Visions NY, Impetus Dance Collaborative, and wash. During the five years she has been with DanceAction, she collaborated in the choreography of six dance projects, and participated in several performance events, including the International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City (FIDCDMX) in 2016, and the Contemporary Dance Festival & Campus Ticino in Danza in 2018. Stella also taught Pilates and developmental gymnastics in NYC. Stella recently relocated to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where she works as a dance educator. She would like to thank the cast and the many collaborators that she has had the pleasure of working with throughout her time with DanceAction, and a very special thank you to Carmen for her constant encouragement, trust, and endless creativity.
Aleixa Maria Freire | Dancer
Aleixa is a freelance dance artist based in New York. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. While at Uarts Aleixa had the pleasure of studying with artists such as Meredith Glisson, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Curt Haworth, Jesse Zaritt, Katie Swords-Thurman, Niall Jones, and Lauren Bakst amongst others. She has performed in works by Sharon Eval, Andrea Miller/Gallim Dance, Netta Yerushalmy, Helen Simeneau, Sidra Bell, Mark Haim, Katie Swords-Thurman, and Jesse Zaritt. In addition to her undergraduate career, Aleixa has studied at a myriad of international institutes such as the P.A.R.T.S. School, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Ailey School, The Joffery School, and the American Dance Festival. Most recently Aleixa performed in a new work by Emanuel Gat in the 37-Montpellier Danse Festival in Montpillier, France. She worked with Carmen Caceres DanceAction, as well as the projects of Inger Cooper, Molly Kennedy, and Caylee Shmizu. Since 2014 she has been creating and performing her own work which has been shown in Philadelphia and New York.
Rebecca Burcher | Dancer
Rebecca was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Slippery Rock University (SRU) in Western Pennsylvania. She graduate in 2014 summa cum lade with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Community Programs for Americans with Disabilities with a specialization in Adapted Physical Activity. She has combined the two degrees and worked as a teaching artist for outreach programming for Attack Theatre, Dancing Wheels Company and School. Rebecca has performed with Marcia Custer, Kathy Diehl, Amanda Tarr Dance Company, The Movement Project, MegLouise Dance. Her work has been selected for presentation at SPACES Art Gallery, Cleveland Dance Fest, dotdotdot, and been commissioned by The Movement Project. Rebecca has taught various masterclasses including classes as a guest artist at Slippery Rock University, Cleveland Dance Fest, and The Movement Project’s 2016 Winter Intensive. Recently she has performed a slew of improvised solos including two separate collaborations with Cleveland musicians Isaac Bleich and Stephan Haluska. Rebecca joined DanceAction for the project BMH, presented at Center for Performance Research on January 2018.
Susan Steinman | Dancer
Susan is an East Harlem based dancer and computer programmer. She has had the honor of performing regionally and internationally with such artists as Jen Harmon, the Limon Institute, the Center for Contemporary Opera, Racoco Productions, Eva Dean Dance, and Illuminations Dance Company. She joined DanceAction for the project BMH, presented at Center for Performance Research on January 2018. Susan's choreography has been performed at Jennifer Muller/The Works (NY, NY), Paradise Factory (NY, NY), Iona College (New Rochelle, NY), Educational Center for the Arts (New Haven, CT), Greenspace (LIC, NY) and Temescal Arts Center (Berkeley, CA). She has taught workshops for dancers and non-dancers at Harvard, Yale, Sacred Heart University, and the Coleman School of Dance. Susan sings with the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, tutors bar/bat mitzvah students, rides a bike, and likes snacks.
Ana Romero | Dancer
Ana is a movement artist and designer. She started her dance studies at Academia de Arte y Ballet in Cuernavaca, México. She discovered contemporary dance at Centro Morelense de las Artes. In 2005, Ana obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of San Diego. While working in the graphic design industry, Ana has made dance and movement a very important part of her life. She had the opportunity to be part of the FmXLab, a side project of Fóramen M. Ballet, a modern dance company from Mexico City. She performed in different venues in her country like Centro Nacional de las Artes, El Jardín Borda, El Auditorio de la Ciudad de Tepoztlán and El Auditorio de la Ciudad de Cuautla. Ana was part of the first International Festival of Dance in Morelos, her home town. After a year, Ana moved to Washington DC where she danced for local choreographers like Daniel Burkholder, Deborah Riley, and Helanius Wilkins. She moved to New York in 2010 to continue her dance career at Dance New Amsterdam where she has had the opportunity to dance with choreographers like Alexandra Beller, Diane McCarthy, Sasha Soreff, and Oliver Stele. Ana has performed in different venues like the Dance New Amsterdam Theatre, Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts Theater, Greene Space, and the streets and plazas of New York. Ana joined DanceAction in the Summer of 2011 and has been privileged to be part of very playful and meaningful choreographic processes. Ana is also certified through the Mind Body Dancer® 200 Yoga Teacher Training with TaraMarie Perri.
Samsam Yung | Dancer
Samsam's mentors past and present include Diane McCarthy, Oliver Steele, Guido Tuveri, Jennifer Nugent, Tiffany Mills and Korhan Basaran. After a 10 years hiatus, Samsam came back to the dance world. In 2012, she performed for Stephanie Landouer and for the Nimbus Dance Works. In 2013, she was in Pavel Zustiak’s ensemble in “The Painted Bird” and Jacklyn Buglisi’s “Table of Silence”. While actively dancing and learning from other artists, Samsam has also been working on her own work. Her first piece “R…e…” was shown at DNA in Jan 2013. Her second piece “Neither Nor Both” was shown at the Brooklyn Music School in June 2013. Samsam is grateful and excited to be part of Carmen Caceres’ DanceAction. Carmen has assembled a diverse and supportive group of artists and provided structure within which we can enjoy creating together.
Anthony Rosado | Dancer
Anthony is a mover whose foundation in the arts branches from Trinity College's Theatre & Dance department, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, in cultivated works with Lindsay Dietz Marchant, Deborah Goffe of Scapegoat Garden, and Anabella Lenzu Dance Drama. He is currently working with Carmen Caceres, culminating a work structured around her stylistic approach called DanceAction. He will soon begin working with Christina Jasen of Sawtooth Dancers on a piece inspired by Dante’s Inferno. Ankoku Butoh and Robert Schwartz's therapeutic methodology Parts Work rest at the base of his creative process. As a creator he recognizes and utilizes the socialized body. Identities are key here. He is currently exploring dance film as a practice and presented art form. He intends on performing solos and presenting works-in-progress for his production this fall titled literal wash.
Roma Koolen | Dancer
Graduated from the Modern Theatre Dance department in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In fall 2012 she studied for a semester at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College NY and met the NYC dance scene. In Amsterdam she started her own collective HET WAT (THE WHAT) with people from different artistic disciplines, making multi collaborative performances in which light, sound, video and dance come together as one. In her visits to the city after graduation she joined the Dance Action workshop and got excited about this specific way of creating movement. After joining a couple of rehearsals for Measure she felt very lucky to be given the chance to be also a part of the performance. Find out more about HET WAT at
Cuong Huy Nguyen | Dancer
Originally from Viet Nam, Cuong is an interdisciplinary artist with specialties in dance, music, and visual arts. He graduated from Goucher College in 2014, with a BA in Individualized Interdisciplinary Major, combining his passions in dance, music, and film. Cuong is working on his MFA in Digital Arts, also at Goucher College. Cuong has performed works by distinguished dance artists, including Darrell Grand Moultrie, Meredith Rainey, Dianne Coburn Bruning, Trebien Pollard, Doug Elkins, Nicholas Leichter, and many more. His works in dance, music, and visual arts have been accepted into various festivals, including ARTSCAPE, Triskelion Collab Fest, American College Dance Conference, and AKIMBO. Cuong’s works in film were featured consecutively in the Baltimore Best Student Films Festival in 2013 and 2014. Cuong was also commissioned by several dance artist and companies, including Linda Garofalo, Deep Vision Dance Company, The Collective Dance Company, as well as his Alma Mater to compose music for different dance works.