Sophia Rabinovitz is the Founder and Artistic Director of Artivism Dance Theatre and the owner of Artivism Studio. She believes in the power of movement to create positive change both internally and externally and her work has brought her around the world training, creating, and collaborating. She holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology from Temple University along with her Masters in Dance Cultures from the University of Surrey. Coinciding with her love of dance and activism is her love of holistic wellness practices. Sophia is a Personal Trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine, a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, and is in the process of becoming certified with the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Over the last ten years she has performed and taught in Philadelphia, New York, Italy, the United Kingdom, Senegal, Nigeria, and now New Orleans. Her experience in such a wide variety of arts communities and education systems has informed her approach to creating art, fostering community, and teaching young people. In the field of education, Sophia works as a Teaching Artist with Young Audiences of Louisiana’s chapter of the Wolftrap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and with the New Orleans Youth Alliance Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality as a Trainer and External Assessor. She strives to make Artivism a safe space where people of all walks of life can connect to the artistry that is dance.
Madyson Barbain began training at Art in Motion Dance Academy in 1998. She graduated from two high schools Warren Easton and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts with honors in academics and dance. Madyson is currently a student at Tulane University majoring in Dance and Health and Wellness with a minor in Business. She is on the Tulane Shockwave dance team and is a dance instructor at Girl Twirl and Art in Motion Dance Academy specializing in choreography and technique. She has danced at Joffery Ballet and with the KM Dance Project and is excited to begin her third season with Artivism Dance Theatre. Dance is her heart and passion and Madyson plans to open her own dance school in the future.
Sarah Noelle Prescott
Sarah Noelle Prescott is a New Orleans based choreographer, performer, and teacher. Prescott achieved a BFA in dance performance and choreography from Belhaven University in 2017 where she graduated with honors and received the Bezalel Award for outstanding artistic achievement. Prescott has performed in numerous works, working under choreographers such as Sung Yong Kim of Daegu City Dance Company, Cynthia Newland of Feet Speak, Elizabeth Dishman of Dishman and Co. Choreography, and Teresa Fellion of BodyStories. Prescott has choreographed works featured at the American College Dance Association Regional Gala Concert, the Mississippi Museum of Art, The Mississippi Lights Festival, Huston Fringe Festival, and the New Orleans Infringe Festival. Prescott choreographed and performed nationally and internationally with Kinetic Etchings Dance Project, and has worked with a variety of companies throughout New Orleans. Prescott is excited to be joining Artivism Dance Theatre for another season of art and activism.
Jordan 'Swish' Smith
Jordan ‘Swish’ Smith, New Orleans Native, took a particular interest in underground music and underground dance at a very young age. Through his time at Archbishop Shaw High School, he began his search for dance styles in grooves similar to the music he loved. Jordan has experimented with many forms of freestyle dance and maintained his reputation as a Breaker and DJ through the Hip Hop culture ingrained in the Gulf Coast. In practice settings, he has trained alongside many legendary underground dancers, gymnasts, and professional stunt men. Jordan has performed professionally in nightclubs, Mardi Gras Parades, Music Videos, BUKU Breakers (2012), and many freestyle competitions. Behind his extremely active lifestyle, he is eager to do his part to share his knowledge with whatever skill at hand.
Julia "Lemon" Lemann
Julia Lemann (or “Lemon”), is a New Orleans born dancer, choreographer, educator, and visual artist. She has trained all over the city in styles from gymnastics, to ballet and modern, to musical theatre and jazz, to hip hop and underground styles. After high school, Julia was introduced to the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira while teaching dance at a summer camp, and has been hooked ever since. This dance-fight and its rich history has informed her style in many ways, and often shows up in her choreography and teaching. Julia recently completed an undergraduate degree at Boston University, where she had the pleasure of being a member, and eventually creative director, of the award-winning Fusion Dance Troupe. In her free time, Julia enjoys baking, roller skating, gardening, and hanging out with cats (people are cool, too).
Regan Phelps is a New Orleans native and local dancer, actor and puppeteer. She is currently enrolled at Loyola University of New Orleans as a Crimonology Major and both a theatre arts and forensic science minor, though she has trained with New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (Dance Department graduate), Dancing Grounds, Artivism Dance Theatre, NOBA and more. In her professional career, she has performed for companies like Disney Cruise Line, Warner Bros. as well as artists like Ani DiFranco, Tank and the Bangas and Big Freedia. Regan has both on stage and film experience and is always working to grow her experience. She is thrilled to continue her career with another season with Artivism.
Marc 'Kyro' Evans
Born and raised in New Orleans, Kyro discovered a love for dancing in his early teenage years that was inspired by the era of Dougie and Jerk. Having yet to meet any friends or discover any form of community which shared his passions led to him practicing in solitude for many years, allowing him to become well versed in the art of freestyle. After finishing his first year of college, majoring in psychology, Kyro decides his path is with dancing. Soon after he was taken in by Bboy K-Mel and his crew of breakdancers he found street performing in Jackson Square. Due to the pandemic this moment in time was short-lived but worthwhile. Kyro now finds himself a part of Artivism Dance, where he shares his passion with new found friends and journeys to becoming his greatest self.
Ashly 'Sheik' Nguyen
New Orleans local Ashly 'Sheik' Nguyen Ashly graduated from XULA with a bachelor’s in Chemistry and is currently a Chemical Lab Analyst at Eurofins and the Youth Program Director at the non-profit VIET. She is a freestyle Waacker and invited to battle in the top 16 Dance Your Style Redbull New Orleans regional; making it to the top four. Since 2015, Ashly has showcased her unique freestyling at Buku Fest as a BukuBreaker and currently holds the title for Houston’s All-style Champion: Queen of the South.
Since her early teenage years, Ashly has been dedicated to the idea of bringing people together and sharing dance freely in a safe environment. She seeks to deepen her vocabulary for movement and loves discovering new connections to music from the liberating styles of underground dance. A true objective of hers is sharing the self-empowerment that waacking has to offer to all. Ashly continues to grow discipline and gain knowledge as a proud member of Artivism Dance Theatre.
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