Born in Europe but raised in the U.S., Ilana Reynolds graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a BA in a self-designed major titled Social Change through the Performing Arts. Ilana has studied dance throughout the Unites States, Europe and South America. Highlights include Bill T Jones Dance Company; Brunel Tanz Cie, Essen, Germany; Ponderosa Movement and Discovery Center, Stolzenhagen, Germany; and Fundacao da Danca, Salvador, Brazil. She has worked with numerous dance companies and choreographers in Miami, FL and abroad. Her longest collaboration has been with Augusto Soledade/Brazzdance from 2004-2012 in Miami, FL. She toured nationally and internationally with the company acting as assistant to the choreographer, teaching repertory and technique based in Afro-fusion and contemporary dance technique. In 2007 Ilana began collaborating extensively with choreographer Letty Bassart. Her collaborations have been presented at the New World Symphony Center and HERE and NOW festival both located in Miami, Florida. In 2008 Ilana was awarded the Artist Access Grant through the City of Miami and the Artist Enhancement Grant through the State of Florida to study with the Brunel Tanz Cie. The following year in 2009 she went to work and perform with the company and has since continued a working relationship. In 2008 and 2009 she toured nationally with choreographer Katherine Kramer in the production of Stop Look Listen, a multilayered work fusing tap and contemporary dance with a 9 piece orchestral band. She has also worked as a dancer with the Florida Grand Opera for two seasons (2010-2012). Ilana has taught Intro to Modern Dance and Beginning Samba to adults at Miami-Dade College and has lead dance workshops at Inkub8, a performance venue in Miami, FL to the professional dance community. She has been a teaching artist for Arts for Learning, Miami, FL, a non-profit organization that promotes learning through the arts. In 2011 Ilana served as the dance director for the performing arts program at the Boys and Girls Club in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She has recently re-located to Berlin in pursuit of connecting to a larger international dance community. In doing so she has studied with Labor Gras in dance improvisation and release technique, Jess Curtis/Gravity in performance practices and has joined a performance ensemble training in Anne Bogart’s View Points for performers and dancers. She continues to develop her own teaching method where the focus is on exploring the fullest potential of one’s physical and expressive body through elements of dance improvisation, somatic work and contemporary dance technique.
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