This Body was founded when a group of friends realized the difficulty of making art as individuals in New York City. Hoping to end the constant competition for a small slice of resources, the founders decided to band together to help one another, divvying up tasks, and creating a larger community. This Body is changing the concept around creating art, by sharing resources and lifting each other up, literally and figuratively.
This Body hosts a range of events including: community potlucks, workshops, performances, classes in dance, acrobatics and aerial, and Thai massage sessions.
All of This Body's events are open to people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, body types, levels, and abilities.
Sara Roergot an early start dancing in North Carolina as the southern drawling star of a many a home video. She became the youngest member of the Wilmington Independent Choreographers and a competitive gymnast before defecting to the North to earn her B.F.A., suma cum laude, at George Mason University. After a colorful college run that took her to China and back, Sara headed North again for a new home on the busiest island in the world. While becoming a New Yorker, she has had the pleasure of working as a founding dancer with b3w (Emily Berry) and the rehearsal director/dancer for danceTactics by Keith Thompson. She has also worked on projects with Susan Vencl, Heather McArdle, Karen Malpede and many others. She has presented her own work at various venues throughout NYC and NC. Sara is certified in both Thai Massage and Sen Theory (advanced practice) through Two Souls Thai Massage and is a registered member of the Thai Healing Alliance International. She has assisted Al Turner II in classes at Two Souls and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and substituted at Dance New Amsterdam. Sara’s background as a professional modern dancer has exposed her to a variety of other somatic practices such as Release Technique, Alexander Technique, Klein Technique, Yoga, Pilates, various breathing exercises, and the Laban Institute's Certified Movement Analysis. Combined with the rigorous study of Thai, these additional modalities have strengthened her ability to facilitate healthier movement in the body and re-balance problem areas. In her sessions, Sara balances relaxation with education, as she gently coaches clients to focus on specific holding patterns, using their breath to aid her work in allowing the body to rest more deeply.
Nadia Hannan (she/her) is a dancer, choreographer, writer, arts administrator, and arts educator from New York City. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a BA in Performance Studies and is currently pursuing an MFA in Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. Nadia's work at this time is focused on exploring the intersection of abstract movement and personal narrative. Nadia currently works with the American Dance Legacy Initiative, the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance, and as an intern for Movement Research. Nadia has also recently started exploring her passion for tumbling and aerial silks.
Diane Tomasi (she/her) performs on the ground and in the air, as a dancer and aerialist. She began as a gymnast at the young age of 2, and later began to dance and she then was introduced to aerial through an inclusive, abled/disabled body workshop with Blue-Eyed Soul Dance Company in UK. Diane has performed at Galapagos, Slipper Room, Jacob’s Pillow, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, The Muse Brooklyn among other places and with Phaedra’s Cabaret, Ko-Ryo Dance Theater as well as her own solo work. Diane began teaching in 2001, and has taught classes and workshops in and around the US, including New York, Alaska, Massachusetts as well as the UK. Diane is currently a freelancer and teaches tumbling, acrobatics, aerial, dance classes and combination classes from ages 5 to adult throughout NYC. Diane’s classes are upbeat, judgement-free and social for all genders, sexualities, body types and levels. www.dianetomasi.com
A native of Florence, Italy, Alessia Palanti is a queer, feminist choreographer, performer, writer, and teacher. She holds a BA in Dance from Beloit College where she graduated with an award for Highest Achievement in Dance Choreography (2003-2007). Her earliest work was selected to be presented at the American College Dance Festival two consecutive years (2006, 2007). Recent work with This Body has been showcased in New York City at Dixon Place (2019), Gibney Dance Center (2018, 2019), Triskelion Arts (2018), and BAX’s “The Struggle in Us” (2017). She was invited to do a performance residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China, in July 2020—alas, pandemic-delayed. In addition to performance, she teaches writing and co-directs courses focused in film and the performing arts at Columbia University, where she received her PhD. She wrote her dissertation on contemporary films by Italian female filmmakers.
Research, teaching, activism, existing in the world as a multi-cultural queer woman: all these facets of Alessia’s life drive her choreography. Therefore, her work does not sit comfortably within a single genre. Each piece balances on the edge between familiar and unfamiliar: What can a gesture communicate when it is displaced from its original context? How does stillness help us understand movement?