About

Company Members

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Arch Dance Company Members

Yvonne Hernandez

Rehearsal Director / Dancer


Yvonne Hernandez is a dance artist, teacher, choreographer, and current company member of Jennifer Archibald’s Arch Dance Company as well as Raja Feather Kelly’s The Feath3r Theory.  She began performing with Arch Dance Company as company member in 2010 at various venues and festivals. In this time, she has also had the honor to assist Jennifer Archibald, company founder/Director, as Rehearsal Director. After graduating from of the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Yvonne began her performing career in San Diego, CA. serving as Eveoke Dance Theatre’s Concert Company Dancer, Resident Choreographer, Apprentice Company Co­Director, Youth Performing Group Director and Senior Teaching Artist for Onsite and Off­site Residencies. While in San Diego Yvonne had opportunities to set numerous works for the The San Diego Symphony, Cal State San Marcos, the Conservatory at Canyon Crest Academy, and work collaboratively with local companies. Since 2007 she has also been on faculty at the nationally recognized contemporary Bates Dance Festival Youth Arts Program.


Kristina Zaidner

Dancer


Kristina Zaidner is a graduate of New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fl. She moved to New York in 2010 and is currently a fourth year student in the Alvin Ailey / Fordham University BFA program where she has performed works by Martha Graham, Malcolm Low, Karen Arcenaux, and Thang Dao. Kristina has been performing with Arch Dance Co. for  four years.


Mei Yamanaka

Dancer


Mei Yamanaka is a dancer and choreographer from Tokyo, Japan. In 2008, after completing her high school education, Mei came to New York to study modern and contemporary dance.  She has been working for Jennifer Archibald, Saul Ulerio, Jenni Hong, White Wave Dance Company and many others. Her choreographic work has been presented at Fresh Tracks, New Steps, Cool NY and more in NYC.  Mei was elected for a residency artist of Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts) Fresh Tracks in 2010-2011.


Misuzu Hara

Dancer


Misuzu Hara is from Japan.  She started learning classical ballet from the age of three and modern jazz dance from 15 years old.  She pursued her study in dance at Showa Academy of Music College in Japan where she majored in classical ballet.  Upon graduation from the College, she had taught ballet technique to youth at the same time she had been active as a dancer and performed in many projects in Japan.  In 2009 she moved to New York where she has been working with Jennifer Archibald and White Wave Dance Company. She has also worked Nathan Trice, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Oliver Steele, Max Stone, and among others, in United States.


Shayne Staley

Dancer


Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Shayne Staley attended Southern Methodist University and graduated in 2002 with a degree in Dance Performance. Soon after, she moved to NYC where she has danced with Extended Dance Theater, The STEPS Ensemble, Mark Dendy, and Jette Performance Company. Shayne began working with Arch Dance Company in 2004, and is lucky and proud to have continued being a part of the company. With Arch Dance, she has found a place to grow, develop, and execute her work as a dancer, and also, a tight knit group of diverse friends. Along with her work with Arch Dance, Shayne currently teaches yoga and fitness classes and personal trains throughout NYC.