Yael Shtainer (artistic director) was born and raised in Israel. Upon graduating from the Kibbutz dance academy in Israel in 1990, she won first prize in the "Gvanim Bemahol" competition for student choreographers in Tel-Aviv. Since moving to New York City in 1991 she has performed with various choreographers and showed her own work at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop and Contex. She founded Antelope Dance Project in 2007. Yael is a Core energetics therapist and a Reiki Master and enjoys exploring the connection between art and healing.
“As I walk this path of the unknown I am trusting each glimpse of inspiration to lead me in the direction I need to go.”
Sarah Andrew grew up in Humble, TX, then moved to College Station, TX where she earned a B.S. degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University in 2004. Sarah moved to New York City in 2004 and took up residence in Brooklyn. Sarah is currently enrolled in a masters program with the Silberman School of Social work at Hunter College. She joined the Antelope Dance Project in the Fall of 2009.
“While dancing helps me to examine my relationships to others, ultimately, music acts as a stimulator for me to create movement that portrays to the outside world the relationship I have with myself.”
Kate Collins grew up with her six younger siblings in Massachusetts. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wellesley College in Wellesely, MA and a masters degree in social work from New York University. Presently she is a doctoral student in neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also maintains a small psychotherapy practice. She lives in Manhattan with her partner James and has danced with Yael since 2007.
“I dance as a means to dilute the separation of mind and body, of nature and nurture, imposed by the harried pace of a society that too often equates the value of a person with the value of their possessions, a society that has so little room for emotion. I dance to practice vulnerability and I am inspired and comforted by Yael and my fellow dancers.”
Cara West grew up in Nevada. She moved to NYC in the summer of 2004. Cara began dancing later in life and her primary form of training is bellydance. She is also deeply influenced by her yoga practice. This is Cara’s first season with the Antelope Dance Project.
“We always talk about what we don’t know and never talk about what we know. I feel called to dance because the physical expresses so well what words do not.”
Stacey Shapiro has danced in tap and jazz recitals since she was a small child. After graduating with a major in Chinese and minor in Modern Dance from Washington University in St. Louis, she took several trips to work and study in China. Here in New York, she has danced with Dance Theater Etcetera, the Cocoon Project and the IMP series of improvisations. This is her third year with Antelope Dance Project.
“I am drawn to movement that expresses a natural ease and authenticity in the body. My material investigates the need for intimacy, depth and emotional contact in our lives.”