Heidi Latsky’s 38-year dance career began in Montreal, Canada, continued with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and evolved further in 2001 when she founded her company, Heidi Latsky Dance (HLD). As New York’s largest physically-integrated dance company, HLD’s mission is to disrupt space, dismantle normal, and redefine beauty and virtuosity through innovative performance and discourse. Regarded by the New York Times as “a choreographer and dancer of uncommon intelligence and fluidity”, Latsky’s work has been featured at venues such as the American Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, High Line, National Portrait Gallery, The Whitney Museum, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Her work GIMP was nominated for an Emmy, and her artistic portfolio has been supported by Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts, among others. Most recently, Latsky received the Martha Hill Dance Fund Mid-Career Award.
Maya Man (she/her) is an artist, programmer, and dancer. Her work considers the computer screen a space for intimacy and performance, focusing on the phenomenon of translating our offline selves into on-screen content. She spends most of her time creating work for the world wide web, dancing in studios and public spaces, and maintaining her love/hate relationship with the Internet (mostly love though). She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Computer Science and Media Studies from Pomona College. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Media Arts UCLA in Los Angeles.
Sabrina Bennett is a 35 year old artist born from Jamaican Immigrants. As an L1 incomplete paraplegic, Sabrina has turned trauma into triumph. She is a peer mentor for other individuals with spinal cord injuries, an adaptive Zumba instructor for senior citizens, and a model - spreading awareness about the importance of adaptive clothing. Dancing since a young age, Sabrina has performed ballroom dancing with Roll Call, and contemporary dance with ZCO Dance Company and Heidi Latsky Dance. During her time with HLD, Sabrina has been challenged to use raw emotion and translate it into movement, which has been a powerful experience.
Desmond Cadogan initially started his dance training at Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal and continued at the Dance Theater of Harlem School and Joffrey Ballet School. His time at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School left Cadogan terribly injured making it difficult for him to start a performing career early in life. After modeling for many years, Desmond took classes from Heidi Latsky in Canada. When he observed an HLD rehearsal, it was love at first sight. After years of modeling for artists like Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Rainer Fetting, with whom Desmond sat for many paintings and sculptures, "ON DISPLAY" felt like a perfect fit. It has been a dream come true and tremendous honor for him to dance with HLD for the last four years.
Meredith Fages joined HLD in 2007 and has also performed with Motley Dance, Steeledance, Jimena Paz, Laura Peterson, Todd Rosenlieb Dance, and Virginia Ballet Theatre, featured in Ashton, Balanchine, Christensen, Tudor ballets. Described by Deborah Jowitt as a “remarkable dancer...adept in some society of the future, [a] primal, near-aquatic creature slipping around in a watery world...”, she graduated from Columbia University with a Pre-Medical Concentration in English. Her writing has appeared in Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher.
Jillian Hollis, originally from Syracuse, NY, is a Point Park University graduate who joined HLD in 2002 and is now the company's Rehearsal Director. Her dancing has been described as “blithely irrepressible” by The NY Times. In addition to Jillian’s work with Heidi Latsky Dance, she collaborates with other artists, is a burlesque performer, and was Miss Coney Island 2018.
Donald Lee is a disabled artist based in New York City and an HLD company member. In his transgressive artistic practice, he prides amateurism as an approach to create varied work that challenges and delights all audiences, provoking questions about conventions in aesthetics structures. He is process-oriented and advocates for disability artistry and inclusivity in the arts for which he has been quoted by ARTNews, Fjord Review, and The New York Times. He has performed with HLD at the United Nations, Whitney Museum, National Portrait Gallery, and at City Winery as part of Perry Farrell’s Kind Heaven Orchestra Tour.
Claude Andrée Louissaint has an M.A. from NYU in Performing Arts Administration, and has worked at Danspace Project, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and American Symphony Orchestra. Claude has been working with Heidi and her company since 2001.
Sora Sol is the Co-Founder, Entertainment Director, and Head Diva of CirqOvation. In 2013, she founded CirqOvation with her husband, Josh, and started gathering a team of incredibly talented, kind, quirky humans who now make up their performing family. Sora is proudly Japanese-American, Queer, Disabled/disfigured. In addition to being a circus artist and producer, she is a writer who is passionate about envisioning empathic paths towards equity. Sora began working with Heidi on a film featuring herself during the pandemic. The film premiered at the Astoria Performing Arts Center in Long Island City July 2021.