JinJu Song-Begin (Performer) is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher from Seoul, Korea. Her work has been performed in Korea, Japan, and the USA. She has worked with prominent choreographers both in and outside of Korea. She was an original member of Dance Company The Body from 2003-2006 in Seoul. She holds a Masters Degree in Choreography from Kookmin University and an Undergraduate Degree from Chung Ang University in Seoul, Korea, where she achieved numerous awards and scholarships. She received two full scholarships to the American Dance Festival (2003 & 2005) where she performed and choreographed. She was invited to showcase her work in the Dance Biennale Tokyo in 2004 and 2006. She was twice commissioned by the Choi Seung Hee Dance Festival in Korea (2006 & 2008). Recent performances of her work include performances at Dixon Place (Body Blend Series) and the Reverb Choreographic Festival in New York as well as performances in Seoul. Her work has involved solos, ensemble works, and experimental works relying on "found movement" and "chance operations". She frequently collaborates with composers and live music performances. She is dancing with Douglas Dunn and joined Sean Curran Dance Company this year.
Mei Yamanaka (Performer) is a dancer and choreographer from Tokyo, Japan. In 2008, She came to New York to dance. She has been working with Tiffany Mills Company, Jennifer Archibald, Jenni Hong Dance and Emily Berry. She also has worked with Mana Kawamura, Saul Urelio, Palissimo, Small Apple Co., Mark Dendy, Oui Danse, Malcolm Jason Low, White Wave Dance Company and more. Her choreographic work had been presented at Fresh Tracks, Movement Research at Judson Church, Performance Mix Festival, New Steps, Cool NY, Dumbo Dance Festival, Under Expose, COLLABOFEST, GAP Presents | Shared Space, The New Work, Take Root Series, and more in NYC. She was elected as an artist-in-residence at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts) Fresh Tracks in 2010-2011 and also at Chez Bushwick in 2014. www.meiyamanaka.com