Jennifer Muller/The Works

The Artists

The dancers of The Works are renowned both for their technical virtuosity and expressive capability. Jennifer Muller draws out of her company members' energy, athleticism, passion and grace – a process that reveals each performer as a distinct individual without compromising the integrity of a coherent ensemble. To get to know the dancers, scroll over the pictures to read company biographies.

Gen HashimotoGen Hashimoto

Gen Hashimoto (Artistic Council/Dancer), born in Chiba, Japan, started his training in dance and acting at Japan University of Arts. Since moving to New York in 1999, he has danced with Igal Perry, Javier Dzul, Mary Seidman & Dancers, Faine Dance Troupe and Nathan Trice, with whom he performed at Summerstage in Central Park in 2002. He first studied with The Works during its Peridance Summer Intensive, subsequently joining the company in 2003. He has toured internationally with the company to Bangkok, Bolivia, Brazil and Beijing and danced in The Works’ NYC Seasons at The Joyce, Cedar Lake and Jerome Robbins Theaters. As principle dancer, Mr. Hashimoto has originated leading roles in such pieces as Island, Flowers, Metamorphosis, Momentum, Passion Fruit, Aria, Bench, Spam and The White Room. He most recently assisted Muller in the residency/commission projects for the Ailey BFA Program, Rutgers University and headed The Works Workshop in fall 2012.
Seiko FujitaSeiko Fujita

Seiko Fujita (Artistic Council/Dancer) began classical ballet training in Japan when she was three years old. While in Japan, she worked in venues such as Tokyo Disney Land and Ballet Studio DUO. In 1997, she came to New York and studied at The Ailey School. She has danced with Von Ussar Danceworks since 1997 and with Elinor Coleman Dance Ensemble, Footprints Dance Company, Flexicurve and Fred Benjamin Dance Company. Seiko joined The Works in 2006. Seiko has assisted Muller in residency projects at Rutgers University, Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and Steps on Broadway. Most recently, she assisted Ms. Muller in re-staging Bench for Introdans in The Netherlands.
Shiho TanakaShiho Tanaka

Shiho Tanaka(Dancer), originally from Tochigi, Japan, began her dance training when she was seven years old. In New York since 2008, she has danced with Brice Mousset, Nina Buisson, Shandoah Goldman, Sean Roschman and Vangeline Theater. Shiho became an Apprentice in 2012.
Sonja ChungSonja Chung

Sonja Chung (Dancer) is a 2013 graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts. She began dancing at 8 years old, at Uptown Dance Academy learning a diverse range of dance styles from African dance to Pointe. A graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Ms. Chung has performed at the Apollo, Off-Broadway and on Good Morning America. Most recently, she is a member of the Immersive Dance Theater Projects' tour to the 19th Istanbul International Theatre Festival.
Michelle Tara LynchMichelle Tara Lynch

Michelle Tara Lynch (Dancer) hails from Los Alamos, New Mexico. She earned a BA in Environmental Studies and a BFA in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011. In California, Ms. Lynch was a company member with Nebula Dance Lab and performed works by Mira Kingsley, Nancy Colahan, and Jennifer Muller's pivotal Speeds. Since moving to New York, she produced her own choreography in such venues as HATCH and at Columbia University.
Elise KingElise King

Elise King (Apprentice) graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University where she also studied dance at The Alvin Ailey School and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She has performed with a variety of companies and choreographers at such venues as Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival, Streb’s SLAM, Joyce SoHo, West Fest, White Wave International Dance Festival, Symphony Space, 92nd Street Y, and the United Nations. Currently, she also performs with Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company.
Elijah LaurantElijah Laurant

Elijah Laurant (Dancer), attended Zenieth Performing Arts School in Long Beach, CA. In California, he danced with FDA-Funderburk Dance Artists and South Bay Ballet. He also performed with PonyBOx Dance Theater as a company member and Co-Artistic Director. He moved to NYC to attend The Ailey School on a full scholarship in 2015. Elijah has danced with various choreographers including Mathew Rushing, Wendi Baity, Roberto Villanueva, Kim Boragro and RDA Award Winning Choreographer Tiffany Billings. He joined The Works Spring of 2016.
Alexandre BalmainAlexandre Balmain

Alexandre Balmain (Dancer), is originally from France, where he started as a ballroom dancer competing both nationally and internationally. He began his professional training at the Marylin Jacquet’s school in Annecy studying ballet and jazz. In 2010, Alexandre moved to Paris for a 2-year professional training program at the IFPRO Rick Odums and was a member of both the Jazz Dance Ensemble and Modern Dance Ensemble companies. In 2012, Alexandre moved to New York to join the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance as a scholarship student and a member of Graham 2. Alexandre has performed works by Rick Odums, Martha Graham, Kun-Yang Lin, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Robert Cohan, Sasha Spielvogel, Sunhwa Chung, and Rachael Kosh among others. Alexandre is currently dancing for Caliince Dance and Labyrinth Dance Theater. He is thrilled to have joined Jennifer Muller/The Works in August 2015.

Photos by Paula Lobo.