Equus Projects Company Dancers
The Equus Projects dancers are unique. All tremendously skilled dance artists, they are committed to expanding the traditional boundaries of dance performance. Every Equus dancer is trained in Natural Horsemanship.
Kat Reese was born and raised in Eatontown New Jersey. She grew up training not only as a dancer, but also as an equestrian. Kat rode horses and competed in dressage shows and championships for ten years before going on to attend Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University as a dance major. From there, she graduated Summa cum Laude with her BFA in 2014. She has since worked with numerous choreographers throughout New York City, including Brit Falcon, Donnell Oakley, Colleen Pictor, and Salvatore LaRussa. Kat is currently dancing for Monteleone Dance, founded by Joe Monteleone, and has served as his rehearsal director since 2015.
Kat is the first Equus Projects dancers who comes into the company as an accomplished equestrian. Her knowledge of horses and horsemanship skills brings depth, subtlety and finesse into both the studio and the equine arena.
Taylor Ennen earned a BFA summa cum laude and an Honors Medallion from Florida State University's School of Dance. She trained further with the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and the Academié American de Danse de Paris. Ennen has worked closely with the organization Movement Exchange as a dance diplomat to Panama, with the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and with Gibney in New York City. She is an active freelance performer and has had the privilege of performing works by Robert Moses, Ohad Naharin, Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Gerri Houlihan, and Gwen Welliver, among others. Taylor dives deeply into the world of horsemanship with Equus and is in her second year with the company.
Clement Mensah is a performer, choreographer and an educator. He is a third culture kid who was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. After living and going to school in the Netherlands, U.S. and the U.K., where he did postgraduate degree at Trinity Laban conservatory. A member of Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance group since 2012, Mr. Mensah is humbled to have performed, taught and traveled with different dance companies to at least forty-nine countries. As founder of Off the Radar Creative Project he aims to use the gift of creativity to bridge different cultures and bring generations together through self-expression and educate the next generations. Clement just joined The Equus Projects and has eagerly entered the interspecies learning opportunity.
A New York City newcomer, recently transplanted from Buffalo, Rachel Keane originally joined The Equus Projects as a guest artist in 2018. Originally from Canton, Ohio, Rachel is a graduate of the State University of New York, Brockport with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance performance and composition. Keane has performed across the country in work created by Paul Matteson, Nancy Hughes, Anne Burnidge, and The Equus Projects. Keane has performed their own site-specific work in the Buffalo Silo City Festival. Their company, rk-co dance has presented works at various traditional theatrical venues in Buffalo.
Ray began his dance training at the age of 16 at the Dian Clough West Dance Studio and the Texas Ballet Theater School in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2015, Ray graduated from the Ailey/Fordham program with a double major in Dance and Psychology. While at the Ailey School, he performed works by Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Darshan Bhuller, Norbert De La Cruz III, and Hope Boykin. After graduation, Ray spent a year at the Martha Graham School on scholarship and performed with Graham Second Company. Ray began apprenticing with The Equus Projects during the summer of 2017, performing The Breaking Ring on two major tours, continuing through June 2019. Ray is fascinated by the horsemanship training and finds kinetic dialogue with horses perfectly suits his desire to connect with both humans and animals.
Currently on temporary leave from The Equus Projects to pursue her teaching, Maddie is a movement artist, educator, and advocate residing in Brooklyn. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance and an MEd in Dance Education, where she received university, state, and professional awards. She has performed works by Doug Elkins, Manuel Vignouelle, and Robert Battle amongst others, and was a core company member of Stephan Koplowitz site-specific work Milltown, part of Bates Dance Festival’s 35th Anniversary Celebration. She is currently on faculty at Bates Dance Festival in the Youth Arts Program, teaches at Dancewave in Brooklyn, in the outreach program at Dance Theatre of Harlem, and has taught various dance and choreography workshops and classes throughout the tri-state area, Vermont, Maine, and D.C. She teaches Yoga and Pilates to adults and children throughout New York, and created Harlem Yoga Studio’s Kids Yoga Teacher Training and Curriculum.
Audrey Rachelle Stanley
Stanley continues with The Equus Projects but is currently in the cast of Sleep No More, often playing Lady Macbeth. Born in Portland, Oregon, Audrey began her formal training in the Vaganova technique and attended the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, graduating as salutatorian in 2009. Audrey went on to dance professionally with Ballet Tucson, Nashville Ballet, Winifred Haun & Dancers, and NewFangled Dance Company. She spent a year at Netherlands Dance Theater and then on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In NYC Audrey has danced with BodyStories:Teresa Fellion Dance. She has guested with Hubbard Street, Chicago. Audrey joined The Equus Projects in January 2015 and continues to work with the company in selected projects.