MOSES PENDLETON (Artistic Director) has been one of America’s most innovative and widely performed choreographers and directors for over 40 years. A co-founder of the ground-breaking Pilobolus Dance Theater in 1971, he formed his own company, MOMIX, in 1980. Mr. Pendleton has also worked extensively in film, TV, and opera and as a choreographer for ballet companies and special events. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Northern Vermont, Mr. Pendleton's earliest experiences as a showman came from exhibiting his family’s dairy cows at the Caledonian County Fair. He received his BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1971. Pilobolus began touring immediately and the group shot to fame in the1970’s, performing on Broadway under the sponsorship of Pierre Cardin, touring internationally, and appearing in PBS’s Dance in America and Great Performances series. By the end of the decade, Mr. Pendleton had begun to work outside of Pilobolus, performing in and serving as principal choreographer for the Paris Opera’s Integrale Erik Satie in 1979 and choreographing the Closing Ceremonies of the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid in 1980.
In 1981 he created MOMIX, which rapidly established an international reputation for highly inventive and often illusionistic choreography. The troupe has been touring steadily and is currently performing several programs internationally. The company has made numerous special programs for Italian and French television and received the Gold Medal of the Verona Festival in 1994. Mr. Pendleton is an avid photographer with works presented in Rome, Milan, Florence, and Aspen. Images of his sunflower plantings at his home in northwestern Connecticut have been featured in numerous books and articles on gardening. He is the subject of the book Salto di Gravita by Lisavetta Scarbi, published in Italy in 1999. Mr. Pendleton was a recipient of the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Governor’s Award in 1998. He received the Positano Choreographic Award in 1999 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1977. He is a recipient of a 2002 American Choreography Award for his contributions to choreography for film and television. In May 2010, Mr. Pendleton received an honorary doctorate of fine arts (HDFA) and delivered the keynote address to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Most recently, Mr. Pendleton choreographed the Doves of Peace, featuring Diana Vishneva, for the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
CYNTHIA QUINN (Associate Director) grew up in Southern California. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Riverside and continued there as an Associate in Dance for five years. In 1988 she received the University’s Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Young Graduate Award.” As a member of Pilobolus, she performed on Broadway and throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Israel and Japan. She collaborated on the choreography of Day Two, Elegy for the Moment, Mirage, What Grows in Huygens Window and Stabat Mater. Ms. Quinn began performing with MOMIX in 1983 and has since toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America and Japan. Ms. Quinn is a board member of the Nutmeg Conservatory in Torrington, Connecticut and is on the advisory board of the Susan B. Anthony Project, also in Torrington, CT. Ms. Quinn was featured with Ru Paul and k.d. Lang for M.A.C. Cosmetics’ “Fashion Cares” benefits in Toronto and Vancouver. Ms. Quinn is co-choreographer of “White Widow” which is featured prominently in the Robert Altman film, “The Company.” Recently, Ms. Quinn assisted Mr. Pendleton choreographing the "Doves of Peace", featuring Diana Vishneva, for the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. However, her most rewarding and challenging role is as a mother to her daughter, Quinn Elisabeth.
JENNIFER CHICHEPORTICHE (Dancer) was born in Bordeaux, France. She trained at the Academie Besso Ballet de Toulouse and completed her studies in Paris with Dominique Khalfouni. At the age of 19, she joined the Jeune Ballet International de Rosella Hightower in Cannes, where she performed works from Prejlocaj, Balanchine, Renatto Zanella, Jhon Butler, before becoming a member of Balletto Teatro Di Torino. While in the Italian company, she toured Europe and performed at the International Ballet Festival de Miami. In 2004, she moved to Scotland to dance with The Ensemblegroup. Jennifer continued her career in the UK with Opera North, doing the national tour of "One Touch of Venus." While in Europe, she worked with internationally renowned choreographers such as Luca Vegetti, Carol Armitage, William Tuckett and Christopher Hampson. After coming to NYC, she performed with Chamber Dance Project, International Ballet Theater, Lydia Johnson, New Generation Dance and Adam Miller Dance Company. She was part of Botanica’s original cast and is glad to be once again involved in the creation process of MOMIX’s newest show. Jennifer joined MOMIX in 2007.
CATHERINE JAEGER (Dancer) a native of Poughquag, NY, began her dance training at The Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance where she received the Patricia Schuster Award for Dance Excellence. In May 2012 Catherine graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Contemporary Dance Performance from The Boston Conservatory. As well as performing works by Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Thang Dao, Danielle Agami, Trisha Brown and Ohad Naharin, she danced for BalletRox under the direction of Tony Williams. After graduating Catherine worked with Nimbus Dance Works under the direction of Samuel Pott, and toured with Ballet Hispanico under the direction of Eduardo Vilaro. She joined MOMIX in 2012.
ANDREA GUAJARDO (Dancer) was born and raised in rural South Texas where she began her dance training at Dancentre of Edinburg. At 17 she moved to New York when she accepted a scholarship to study at The Ailey School, and in 2013 she graduated from The Ailey School and Fordham University with a BFA in dance. Andrea has participated in professional intensive workshops including Monterrey, Mexico’s Escuela Superior de Danza, Ballet Austin, American Ballet Theater, and Dance New York International à Paris. She has worked with and performed works by Manuel Vignoulle, Alexandre Prioa, Scott Rink, Troy Powell, Bradley Shelver, Carlos Dos Santos, Elisa Monte, Nathan Trice, Kazuko Hirabayashi, and Stephen Mills. Andrea’s professional work began performing with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theater in 2011. She apprenticed with MOMIX in 2013 and joined the company in 2014.
JERRICA BLANKENSHIP (Dancer) is originally from Morgantown, West Virginia. She graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pa with a BFA in jazz dance performance in 2012. Growing up, Jerrica was a National Training Scholar with the American Ballet Theater, where she was trained and mentored. She has apprenticed with River North Chicago Dance Company and interned with Philadelphia's Ballet X. She started touring as a company member of Brian Sanders' JUNK her junior year of college and continues to work with him. While in college, Jerrica was awarded the Elizabeth A. Pulaski Memorial Scholarship and Stella Moore Award of Excellence, chosen by her professors. This past year she toured with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a dancer in the ensemble. Jerrica joined MOMIX in 2013.
GRACI MEIER (Dancer) is originally from Boise, Idaho where she began her dance training at Ballet Idaho and Balance Dance Company. She then attended The Boston Conservatory where she received her BFA and had the opportunity to perform works by Jose Limon, Anthony Tudor, and David Lichine. Professionally Graci has had the privilege to dance with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company performing the works of Alwin Nikolais, and helping to keep the Nikolais legacy alive. She has also performed with DoubleTake Dance, Rocha Dance Theater, and Drop Dance Collective. Graci joined MOMIX in 2010.
VINCENT HARRIS (Dancer) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of 8 he was a professional hip hop dancer, dancing back up for recording artist Immature and was named New York’s Youngest Choreographer by Fox 5 news. He began his ballet training at the Dance Theater of Harlem and later received a full scholarship to Studio Maestro to continue his training under the direction of Francois Perron and Nadege Hottier. Vincent graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High school of the Performing Arts as a dance major with honors. He has worked with artists such as Amerie, Ashanti, Lil’ Mama, Talia Coles, and Tyme Johnson. He has played a major role in the choreography for the film “A Dance for Grace”. Vincent joined Momix Dance Theater in 2010.
EDDY FERNANDEZ (Dancer) is native of West Palm Beach, FL. He began dancing as part of the performing organization called "The Young Americans". Eddy then continued his studies at Chapman University in Orange County, CA where he received his B.A. in Dance in 2009. Eddy wants to thank his wonderful family for supporting him in all his adventures. Eddy joined MOMIX in 2010.
AARON CANFIELD (Dancer) is originally from Baltimore, MD. Aaron received his training from Southwest Virginia Ballet with Pedro Szalay, Post School of Ballet with Terri Post, New Castle School of Dance with Sandra Smeltzer, Elie Lazar, Todd Allen and was a Trainee with the Richmond Ballet for 2 years. He has had the pleasure to be a guest artist with the Lexington Ballet, Una Dance Theatre, Community Dance Connection Theatre, Rockingham Ballet Theatre and Southwest Virginia Ballet. In addition to his dance training, Aaron has a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and was a national medalist for four consecutive years. Aaron joined MOMIX in 2010.
CHANGYONG SUNG (Dancer) was born and raised in South Korea. He began his training at Dukwon Arts High School. Upon graduation, he attended the Korea National University of Arts, where he won numerous dance competitions including the Dong-a dance competition (2002), and Seoul International Dance Competition (2009). In 2008, Changyong joined Alvin Ailey's 2nd company as a dancer and choreographer. In 2011, he performed with Korea National Contemporary Dance. Changyong Sung joined MOMIX in 2013.
GREG DEARMOND (Dancer) grew up in Southern California and trained at the Saddleback Dance Center, Golden State Ballet and Ballet Pacifica. He graduated cum laude from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in structures. He was honored as a William J. Gillespie Scholar and as a Gregory Osborne Memorial Scholar. After graduating Gregory joined the North Carolina Dance Theatre in 2010 and later participated in the National Choreographers Initiative. Gregory would like to thank everyone who has helped to make his career in dance possible. Gregory joined MOMIX in 2014.