Moonwater Dance Project is a contemporary dance company built on the idea that dance and humanity go hand in hand. It is of the utmost importance that we focus on the ethical treatment of dancers through collaborative creation, showcasing the duality of the strength and softness all individuals have.
Artistic Director and Founder
Company Member and Rehearsal Director
Company Member and PR Director
Dana Alsamsam is a dancer and choreographer from Chicago. She has performed with Ascendence Dance Chicago and Lin Kahn and Dancers where she collaborated with Miriam Engel of Jerusalem's Angela Dance Company. She currently lives in Boston where she performs with Nozama Dance Collective and has trained with Boston Dance Theater and Urbanity Dance. Dana has choreographed and produced an evening-length dance work, 22 A Million, and has presented original choreography in Vernon Hills High School's Orchesis, DePaul Dance Company, Nozama Dance Collective, Boston Dance Theater's Immersion Project, and Onstage Dance Residency Showcase. She is delighted to set new work on Moonwater Dance Project.
Mario Gonzalez is a dancer and choreographer based in Chicago. After receiving his BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance he joined American Repertory Ballet in Princeton NJ. Currently he is dancing with Visceral Dance Chicago. During his career he has had the opportunity to work in creative processes with Danielle Agami, Nicolo Fonte, MadBoots Dance, Kevin O'Day, Erica Sobol, Doug Varone, and Ema Yuasa. He was selected to present his piece "Common Practice" at the Jersey New Moves festival in New Brunswick, NJ and has also developed work as a part of Visceral Dance Within performance. This is his first professional commission.
Noelle Kayser (Atlanta, GA) is a Chicago based dancer, teacher and choreographer. Noelle began her professional career in 2011 as an apprentice with Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. During her apprenticeship, she performed the company's repertoire both nationally and internationally. Noelle returned to Atlanta in 2013 to join glo, a collaborative performance platform, founded by Lauri Stallings. Other Atlanta credits include, the Proia Dance Project, Gather Wild, Scrap Theater Group's one woman play Leda, and Erik Thurmond's Ripple. In addition to her dancing, Noelle has narrated 16 audiobooks for Listen Up Produtions/audible.com and appeared in industrials for Grey Television and Kitchenaid.
Since relocating to Chicago, Noelle has had the opportunity to collaborate with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater's artistic director, Wilfredo Rivera, on the company's longterm project American Catracho. Noelle has also performed in The Cambrians inaugural repertory show Chicago Dances. Noelle is currently in her third season with Visceral Dance Chicago under the direction of Nick Pupillo.
Cinematographer and editor