The six exceptional young dancers chosen from a competitive open call to take part in Step Up 19 are:
Aliina Lindroos is a Finnish dance artist living between Ireland and Finland. She gained a BA in Music and Drama from UCD, and a MA in Theatre from NUIM while training with Creative Steps, the youth company of CoisCéim Dance Theatre. Since then Lindroos has worked with international companies such as Raimund Hoghe (Pina Bausch), Protein Dance Company, John Scott, Emma Martin/United Fall and Jeremy Wade among others. Most recently she has performed her own dance work in Berlin, London and Lahti, Finland. She has a long-term multidisciplinary collaboration Landing Collective, who have presented their video-dance-installation work in USA, Germany, Ireland, UK and Greece.
Claudia Gesmundo is a dancer and performer who graduated from the Balletto di Toscana in Italy. She has taken part in the Anticorpi XL Project with Maristella Tanzi and Tiziana Bolfe Briaschi performing in Ammutinamenti Festival and Premio Equilibrio 2015. She has danced in works by Michele Merola, Fabrizio delle Grazie and Yoris Petrillo. She is a dancer in the Altradanza Dance Company, and has performed choreography by Orazio Caiti, Domenico Iannone and Ana Presta. She also dances with the Spanish company La Veronal by Marcos Morau and the Belgian company Insiemi Irreali for Festival Oriente Occidente and Arte Laguna Prize. She performs with Vera Sticchi in her first work as a choreographer, ATMOS, in festivals around Italy and abroad.
Ginevra Cecere is an Italian dancer and performer. She is currently working as a freelance artist and developing her own creative practices. Since 2011 she has been involved in various performance projects, being able to study and learn with many international artists and choreographer such as Ken Ossola, Carl Portal, Tamas Moricz, Vittorio Bertolli, Emanuel Gat, Natalia Vallebona, Fabio Crestale and Inaki Azpillaga. In 2013 she became part of the ARB Dance Company, and in 2015 she started dancing for the Körper company. She is part of the Human Bodies project featuring work by Antonello Tudisco, Marco de Alteriis and Elwira Piorun and Francesco Vecchione. As a solo dancer she has taken part in various international festivals such as: Abril en Danza, Napoli Teatro Festival, Festival Mann and Labeaume en Musiques.
Juliana Tarumoto is from Brazil, where she did a bachelor in Contemporary Dance and Dance teaching at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). During her studies, she did an exchange program at the London Contemporary Dance School, where she worked with Dane Hurst, Sarah Dowling, Geir Hytten, Hannes Langolf, Fernanda Prata and Fionn Cox Davies. In Brazil, she was a dancer with Dança sem Fronteiras directed by Fernanda Amaral. In September 2018, Juliana moved to Ireland in order to get the MA in Contemporary Dance in The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick. Her course director was Jenny Roche. She worked with choreographers and artists from Europe, Australia and USA, such as Liz Roche, Jack Webb, and Paul White among others.
Rosie Mullin is a Belfast based dance artist who started her professional training in Belfast Metropolitan College in 2013. Rosie then relocated to Preston, England to achieve a BA (Honours) Degree in Dance Performance and Teaching. She then joined the advanced training performance programme in Ulster University, where she performed ‘DUST’; a piece choreographed by Eileen McClory, artistic director of Off The Rails Dance. In Rosie’s professional work, she has continued to work with OTR, most recently performing ‘TURF’ in 2018. Rosie has also worked with Pony Dance, performing ‘HOODIES’ in 2018; a duet dance work, choreographed by Emily McDonagh, co-director of Pony Dance, accompanied by live, original music.
Ambre Twardowski is a French dance artist currently based in Madrid, Spain. Ambre is a company dancer at Elephant in The Black Box Comp