Belle Alvarez is an artist, educator, and community organizer working with dance, movement, and storytelling for the purpose of community building and fostering creative dialogue that is rooted in kinesthetic empowerment. Using interdisciplinary collaboration to inform her facilitation and community engagement practice, Belle aims to offer a joyful, healing, nourishing experience that catalyzes reflection, unity, and social change. Currently, Belle is a Local Organizer with Carnival De Resistance, an Ensemble Member with Just Act, and a project based collaborator/performer. Belle is a Teaching Artist and Guest Instructor working with youth and adults throughout PA, NJ, and DE. In 2017, Belle was awarded a BrideNext residency at the Painted Bride Art Center in 2017 where she developed work on advocacy and selfhood for American Immigrants. In 2015, Belle was a featured artist in Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre's HATCH residency. Belle earned her BFA in Dance from Temple University.
Sean Thomas Boyt is a dancer and dance-maker based out of Philadelphia. He currently dances for The Naked Stark, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, Vervet Dance, and Anne-Marie Mulgrew & Dancers Company; collaborates with percussionist Dr. Andy Thierauf as stb x at (awarded artist in residence at Soundspace 1525); and works on projects with Dana Powers-Klooster, Lauren Linder, Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Ballet 180, Antonia & Artists, SKI BALL, Meredith Stapleton, and Kat J. Sullivan. His work consists of a shifting combination of classical composition structures, nontraditional material generation, and theatrically-inclined performances. Sean enjoys collaboration with other artists and working with video, improvisation, and text. By using performance as a vehicle for art-making, Sean is interested in finding new ways to ask questions and upcycling old methods to create different perspectives within dance as a medium. As a choreographer, he operates under the phrase, "Dance like no one likes you." Sean's work has been presented across the US at various mixed bills, concerts, universities, and tours. For more, visit STBDancing.com
Katherine Kiefer Stark is a Philadelphia-based dance artist, educator, and the artistic director and founder of The Naked Stark. With The Naked Stark she builds complex dance works that take apart, redefine, and consider everyday experiences of people, ideas and social phenomenon. Katherine’s movement philosophy is founded on release-based movement techniques, which appreciate and make space for the uniqueness of each mover’s body, emphasize understanding initiations and pathways and are practiced through discovering how one’s own body moves within the movement.
Her work has been presented in Philadelphia and along the East Coast. Recently, DC’s Capital Fringe presented her full-length work The Importance of Normal which premiered in Philadelphia in the 2013 First Person Arts Festival RAW. In 2012, she received a Rocky Award, a peer-to-peer award for outstanding achievement in the greater Philadelphia dance community, for her work Looking for Judy. The Naked Stark has been supported by grants from the Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the University City District.
As a free-lance dancer, Stark has worked with a variety of choreographers including Luis Lara Malvacias, Eleanor Goudie-Averill/Stone Depot Dance Lab, Colleen Hooper, Jodi Obeid and Guillermo Ortega Tanus as well as collaborating with Loren Groenendaal and Marion Ramirez. Currently she dances with The Embodiment Project and Vervet Dance.
Katherine received her MFA in choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and her BA in dance from Connecticut College. She has been a guest teacher at Muhlenberg College, University of Texas, El Paso, and Enloe High School. She is currently adjunct faculty at Stockton University, in the adjunct rotation at Bryn Mawr College, and teaching a professional drop-in-class at Mascher Space Cooperative where she is an Artist-in-Residence.
Ajibola Rivers is a Nigerian-American cellist from Lafayette Hill, PA. He received his cello performance degree from the Boyer College of Music and Dance in 2016. While much of his training is traditional, in high school he taught himself how to swing, improvise, and play by ear, equipping himself to learn music from many genres in communities across the United States and around the world. He is also a self-taught writer, applying instincts developed from his music experience to composing, arranging, and songwriting, and prose. What defines Ajibola the most is his sense of purpose and his determination to fulfill that purpose. In his own words: “As a creative artist, I have a social responsibility to explore, invent, and discover ways to unite worlds through my every medium.” He lives up this expectation everyday by sharing and teaching his love of art and culture with artists and audiences from all walks of life.