Residencies: Performance



The Monira Foundation’s Performance Residency, presented in partnership with Karole Armitage and Armitage! Gone Dance, awards space and time to a Performing Arts organization in the New Jersey Area. Organizations are invited for one month periods throughout the year to utilize the dance studio in service of their missions. This residency is meant to be the gift of time and space for the Jersey Community. We welcome organizations that support movement based artistic expressions and open up the space to be programmed as the awarded organization feels will best serve their needs and community.

This program is designed specifically to support the community of New Jersey.

The Monira Foundation looks to provide a stimulating, rigorous, and contemplative environment in which talented and committed artists and arts organizations who will benefit from a large workspace and the support of a vital creative surrounding community.


Program Overview and Facilities:

The Dance Studio is approximately 55 feet x 35 feet. Note that there are two pillars in the studio as well as a mirrored wall, and permanent and portable barres. The dance floor has a special slip-resistant surface and sprung wooden floor with a marley on top of it. There is a sound system onsite.


Special Notes:

This is by invitation only right now, but will be moving to a nomination process in the summer of 2022. If you have questions please email Anne Muntges


Current Resident Organization:

For November 2021, we are pleased to welcome SMUSH Gallery. SMUSH Gallery is a space for creative and community work in the Journal Square neighborhood of Jersey City. Since 2018, they have hosted vibrant, thought-provoking visual and performing art events alongside artist workshops, residencies, civic activations, and community conversations.

Current Residents

Katelyn Halpern
Katelyn Halpern is a multidisciplinary artist from Austin, Texas living in Jersey City. Her eclectic body of work ranges from life-sized installations to cut-and-tape zines to concert dance, and is frequently constructed around the idea clusters of interiority/intimacy/reflection, strangeness/humor/freedom, and the lived experience of moving through the world in a feminine body. Since 2018, she has served as an artistic director at SMUSH Gallery. | @katelynhalperndotcom

photo credit Kate Shumak

Olga Rabetskaya

Olga Rabetskaya is an artist from Belarus, based in the USA. She is a director, photographer and choreographer whose work spans across film, choreography and photography. Olga’s artistic research focuses on how to share our emotional experience, memories and body intelligence through movement. Artist in the Residence YCM Moscow, SVA, Gallim, Kunstraum gallery. Olga is currently a Curatorial Fellow in Dance at SMUSH Gallery.
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photo credit Aeric Meredith-Goujon

Sarah Rose
Sarah Rose earned her BA in Classics from Princeton University and her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Florida State University. She is based in NYC. She experiments, explores and shares through the modes of movement and performance. She also makes interdisciplinary performance works in collaboration with Ross Daniel (DanielRose Projects). Sarah is currently a Curatorial Fellow in Dance at SMUSH Gallery
Meagan Woods
Meagan is an interdisciplinary artist who works in dance, theatre, and costume designer. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University and a BFA in Dance from Rutgers University, where she earned the Margery Turner Award for choreography. Her research investigates movement stories across social, environmental, and creative practices. Meagan recently shared a TEDx talk that uses sewing as a metaphor to examine how “backwards” action might be a daring and progressive approach to cultivate meaningful, sustainable change. More at:
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Katerina Belmatch
I am Katerina (she/they) I am a dance and visual artist based in NYC. I’m inspired by improvisation, voice, site-specific, and task- based movement. I use physical and virtual spaces to express myself. Lastly, I believe in accessible art and safe dance environments.
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Liana Kleinman is an interdisciplinary artist and dancer from Los Angeles, CA whose work uses gesture and improvisation to explore intimacy and ecology. She has worked with Soluq Dance Theater, The Banff Centre, and EDGE Dance Company, and is currently pursuing her MA at London Contemporary Dance School.

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Candice Schnurr (BFA-SUNY Purchase, MFA-MSU) danced professionally with various choreographers in New York from 2003-2017. She trained extensively in the Gaga Movement Language, taught Gaga at several institutions, and now makes her own work influenced by this research.

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Heather WarfelSandler is a dancer, educator, artist, and arts advocate in Jersey City. She is director of the award-winning dance program at County Prep High School, and makes art that mostly involves bodies and cloth. She serves as Chair of the JCAC. In life and work, Heather celebrates inclusion, improvisation, play, and creative process.

Maranda Barry

Maranda Barry is a Brooklyn-based artist from California. She earned a B.A. in Embodied Cognition and Dance from Vassar College in 2016. Her current work centers on the can of worms known as perception. Her process is collaborative, immersive — often with creative constraints, text, film and unconventional spaces. She’s honored to pursue the deep challenge of making dances!

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Kyle Marshall is a choreographer, performer, teacher and artistic director of Kyle Marshall Choreography (KMC). Kyle has received choreographic and dance film commissions from the Baryshnikov Arts Center, “Dance on the Lawn”, Montclair’s Dance Festival, Harlem Stage and THE SHED. Kyle is a recipient of a 2020 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award and 2018 NYJuried “Bessie” Award.  Kyle graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance and resides in Jersey City.

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Jihyun Kim, born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, moved to the USA and earned her MFA in Dance from Tisch, NYU. She has performed with a diverse group of companies and choreographers including Crystal Pite, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Stefanie Batten Bland, Rohan Bhargava, and many others. Jihyun is currently focusing on working with a creative group, 301 PROJECT as a co-founder, choreographer and performer as well as performing as a company member of NW Dance Project.

Elina Golde
Elina Golde is a bicoastal actress and an award-winning ballerina.
Elina is the first ballet dancer from Finland to have danced with the iconic American Ballet Theatre. She was the recipient of the “Igor Youskevitch Award” in New York and the “Pro Dance Award” in Helsinki, Finland. Born during the Soviet Union in the small town in the North of Russia. Soon after Elina immigrated with her family to Finland where she began her ballet training. As a young promising dancer Elina received a scholarship in Helsinki and completed her training in Paris, Cannes, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Elina started her professional career in her teens with the Finnish National Ballet and was shortly after invited to join the renowned American Ballet Theatre in New York.

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James Monroe Števko
James is a NYC-based dancer and actor. He started dancing at 18 after entering college as a trumpet player. He last made his principal acting debut in the award-winning production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, directed by Tony, Golden Globe and Academy Award winning director, Joel Grey. Previously, he has also danced with: The Metropolitan Opera, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Milwaukee Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, and in regional musical theater houses. He has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, DanceInforma, and the New York Times Bestseller, I Will Teach You to be Rich. Insta: @jmstevko

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Mary Rogers is a dance artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She has studied at Amsterdam University of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Mary finds much of her choreographic inspiration and ideas through durational improvisation/play and is interested in collaborative processes with artists of all mediums.


spacejunk dance

spacejunk dance is a Jersey City, NJ based performance project founded in 2016 by Ashley Yehoda and Lillian Joergensen. spacejunk’s style is drawn from capoeira, improvisation, 1970s punk performance, and a love for presenting the performing body as an unvarnished human machine. Since the project’s founding, spacejunk dance has had the privilege of performing throughout the U.S- most notably at the Milwaukee Fringe Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, the New Masculinities Festival, Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers InHale/ExHale Series, Iron Factory SHARE, SMUSH Gallery, Peridance Capezio Center, New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival at University Settlement, and the Bethlehem Steel Stacks.

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Erin Carlisle Norton

The Moving Architects is a nonprofit all-female dance company based in NJ/NYC led by Erin Carlisle Norton. TMA has toured internationally including throughout Central Asia with the US Department of State, and performs extensively, including most recently at 21C Museum Hotel (KY), SpringBreak Art Fair, Ramapo College Berrie Center, SOPAC, and upcoming at Green Space.  TMA produces the dance interview podcast Movers & Shapers: A Dance Podcast and leads the pay-what-you-can movement program Community Movement Project.  Norton received a 2014 and 2020 Fellowship in Choreography from the NJ State Council on the Arts.

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Maxine Ann creates pathways intersecting her artistic interests – movement, writing, film, and live performance. Her work is influenced by re-awakening her Filipino ancestral roots through storytelling and bridging connections, advocating for representation, and nurturing her relationship with her 3-year-old daughter. Originally from the Bay Area and now based in Jersey City, Maxine has worked with several NYC choreographers as a dancer, assistant, and event producer. She has a BA in Theatre Arts/Dance and BA in Communication/Journalism from Santa Clara University.

Maya Lee-Parritz is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City.  She has shown her choreographic work at the Center for Performance Research, the Brooklyn Ballet, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and Triskelion Arts. Maya was  one of the emerging artists commissioned to create a new work by The Shed for their inaugural Open Call program.  (no headshot provided)

Headshot_Jihyun Kim

Jihyun Kim, born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, moved to the USA and earned her MFA in Dance from Tisch, NYU. She has performed with a diverse group of companies and choreographers including Crystal Pite, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Stefanie Batten Bland, Rohan Bhargava, and many others. Jihyun is currently focusing on working with a creative group, 301 PROJECT as a co-founder, choreographer and performer as well as performing as a company member of NW Dance Project.