Jennifer Muller/The Works
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 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 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. Michael 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 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 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 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. Brittney 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. Elise 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.