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.
Gen HashimotoCaroline Kehoe

Caroline Kehoe (Dancer), received her early dance training in Princeton, NJ from American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School under the direction of Maria Youskevitch and Graham Lustig, and intensive training from Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, NYU, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She graduated from Ailey/Fordham in 2010 with a BFA in dance, where she performed works by Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Larry Keigwin, Paul Taylor, Ronald K. Brown, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Pedro Ruiz, and Jennifer Muller. She performed in Memoria with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at NY City Center in 2009-10 and for their 50th Anniversary season in 2008-09. Caroline's additional performing credits include American Repertory Ballet and Flexicurve, and her broadcast and print credits include the PBS series "IN THE LIFE/Voices of Pride: Pas de Deux”, a photo series called “Beautiful Dancers on the Town”, and the photography book, Dance Magic, both of which were shot by dance photographer Richard Calmes.
Michael TomlinsonMichael Tomlinson

Michael Tomlinson (Dancer) was born and raised in Olathe, Kansas. He received a BFA in dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance. Michael has worked with numerous choreographers including Gary Abbot, Kevin Iega Jeff, Joshua Beamish, Mary Pat Henry, Paula Weber, and Deanna Hiett. He has danced with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company and OwenCox Dance Group, both located in Kansas City. He has performed with MOVE in Vancouver, British Columbia, touring with the company to Thailand where he performed for the royal family.
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.
Wanhang ChenWanhang Chen

Wanhang Chen (Dancer) is a dancer, actor and producer, originally from China. He began his dance training at the age of nine, at the Beijing Dance Academy. He later studied drama at the Central Academy of Drama (Beijing), under Hao Rong's direction. Since moving to the United States, Chen received his MFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts in 2012, and his MFA in Dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 2014. As of 2015, Chen joined The Works as a dancer, while he continues to pursue his other artistic endeavors on the side, hoping to merge Chinese and American arts. As a producer, he took part in “Amelia,” a Chinese theater production. As a performer, he has appeared in "Everywhere and Forever Mahler's Song of the Earth," a documentary on Chinese poetry, directed by Jason Starr.
Brittney BembryBrittney Bembry

Brittney Bembry (Apprentice), a native of Newark, New Jersey, began her dance career at the Garden State Balley at the age of four. Ms. Benbry received her BFA in Dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has worked with such choreographers as Jennifer Muller, Randy James, Carolyn Dorfman, Joshua Bisset and Laura Quattrocchi.
Michelle Tara LynchMichelle Tara Lynch

Michelle Tara Lynch (Apprentice) 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.

Photos by Paula Lobo.