COMPANY BIOS
COMPANY BIOS

BILLY ROBINSON (Performer) holds a BFA in modern dance performance from The University of the Arts. Upon graduating William was awarded the prestigious President’s Award, along with the 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Modern Dance award. Outside of working with Brian Sanders, William is a member of “Cardell Dance Theatre” and "Idiosyncrazy Productions".

 

THEODORE FATCHER (Performer) Teddy was born and raised in Massapequa, Long Island, NY. He started his dance career as a Junior at Long Island High School for the Arts. After graduating with honors, he continued his studies in Philadelphia at The University of the Arts. While at school he started working as a freshman in Brian Sanders' JUNK. Since then Teddy has been featured in works such as Dancing Dead for the Philadelphia Fringe festival and the first annual SNOWBALL. Teddy has great aspirations to continue creating new work with JUNK.


Tommy SchimmelTOMMY SCHIMMEL (Performer) from River Forest, IL, began his dance training at the Academy of Movement and Music, under the direction of Stephanie Clemens, at the age of 10. He is currently a sophomore dance major at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Tommy has danced with the MOMENTA dance company for the past 9 years, and has attended summer dance programs at Point Park University, The Joffrey Ballet, and toured Austria with the Tanzsommer Festival. He has performed historic modern works by Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Isadora Duncan, and William Forsythe, as well as roles in classical ballets such as Coppelia, Polovtsian Dances, Sleeping Beauty, and La Ventana. Contemporary choreographers Tommy has worked with include Ron DeJesus, Randy Duncan, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Autumn Eckmann, and Anita Fillmore. Tommy is thrilled to be dancing with JUNK.

 

Laura Jenkins LAURA JENKINS (Performer) grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY where she began studying Russian Ballet at age eleven. Becoming a very serious student, she decided to continue her education in dance at University of The Arts in Philadelphia. During her college career at UArts she began working with Brian Sanders in various ensemble pieces and MOMIX's "Sputnik" along with other well-known local choreographers. Graduating in 2007 with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance, she went on to start her own dance company PINK HAIR AFFAIR where she has choreographed and performed in Philadelphia Fringe Festival's 2007-2011, various music videos, showcases, and events such as RedBull Art of Can. Laura also had the opportunity to perform in Mexico, Dominican Republic and Aruba with the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. In 2009 she was chosen to perform on a Goodwill Tour to Kuwait & Iraq, and finished her fourth season with the Philadelphia Eagles as Captain. Jenkins continues to perform and choreograph with her company as well as freelance for other Philadelphia artists, all while running her own Massage Therapy practice, and is excited to be apart of and performing with Brian Sanders' JUNK!

 

Connor Senning CONNOR SENNING (Performer) has been a part of JUNK for five years. He graduated on a full Presidential Talent Scholarship with a BFA in Modern Dance from University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. There, he was awarded the prestigious award of Excellence in Modern Performance. He holds a degree in Modern Dance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts (2009). Along with an interest in creating his own work, his most recent works has been with choreographers such as Iris Bouche, Jesse Zaritt, Netta Yerushalmy, Douglas Becker, Larry Keigwan, and Lar Lubovitch. He would like to thank his loving family for always standing behind him in every part of his journey.

 

Ann-Marie Gover ANN-MARIE GOVER (Performer) was born and raised in Columbia, MD. She is a 2013 honors graduate from the University of the Arts where she also received the Stella Moore Prize for Four Years of Achievement. While in school she had the opportunity to study with and perform works under the direction of Curt Haworth, Meredith Glisson, Jillian Peña, Dawn Springer, Helen Simoneau, Netta Yerushalmy, Jesse Zaritt, Manfred Fishbeck, Douglas Becker, and Iris Bouche. Between her last two semesters, Gover traveled with a select few to the Konservatorium Wien in Vienna, and Centre National de la Danse in Paris to further her studies with Forsythe technique. This past summer she teamed up with Katrina Atkin and Alessandra Delle Grotti to put on a performance in collaboration with Amanda Kmett’Pendry and Marc Crousillat for the FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia. Ann-Marie is currently living in Philadelphia, working at Dance USA Philadelphia, dancing with JUNK, and continuing to collaborate with her fellow graduates. She would like to thank her parents, grandparents, and six younger siblings for their love and support.

 

Dexter Carter DEXTER CARTER (Performer) is a native of Anaheim, California who began dance training at Cypress College under the direction of Erin Landry and Maha Afra. He has trained in multiple techniques and has had the privilege to train with Anaheim ballet, WW Dance Company, Molly Misgalla, Arthur Ross, Douglas Becker, Milton Myers, Kim Bears-Bailey and Brian Sanders. Dexter's teaching experience includes Wonderful World of Dance in Anaheim, California, Dellos Performing Arts Center in Walnut, California, Core Academy of Dance in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and the district wide dance invitational (AUHSD) at Cypress College. He is currently a senior Modern Major at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and has been a member of PHILADANCO's apprentice company Danco II, directed by Donald Lunsford III. Dexter has been awarded the Patrons of the Arts Scholarship for Outstanding Theater and Dance Performer as well as The Connie Stambaugh Lowery Memorial Scholarship. Dexter made his JUNK debut in December 2013.

 

Chelsea Lee Palombaro CHELSEA LEE PALOMBARO (Performer) was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. She began dancing at her Aunt’s studio when she was three years old along with her sister and two brothers. Growing up, Chelsea attended major conventions like New York City Dance Alliance and JUMP, and received regional scholarships at JUMP in 2006-2007. Apart from dance, Chelsea has a passion for English and creative writing, and has always enjoyed drawing and painting. She receives her inspiration from day to day life, and feels that every moment is an opportunity to experience art and beauty. In 2009 she was accepted into The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance Performance in May 2013. She has choreographed pieces at UArts such as We Are Made to be Happy, and danced in the ensembles of Douglas Becker, Iris Bouche, Sidra Bell, and Jesse Zaritt. In the Fall 2013, Chelsea was given a residency at Chez Bushwick, alongside four UArts alumni and performed a solo entitled Fall [ing] 2013 at the Center of Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. In the future, she hopes to continue dancing in a collaborative environment, and dreams of dance allowing her to tour the world and spread the beauty of the arts.