Eva Cahnman (dancer) had the privilege of training in modern, jazz and choreography at Giordano Dance Chicago and New Trier High School. She received her B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, where she founded a contemporary student dance company that is now in its seventh year. While there, Eva had the opportunity to choreograph many pieces for student-directed showcases. After graduating and moving to Madison, Eva was so excited to continue her training with Liz, and is honored to be performing in her second Sexe Dance Company piece!
Elisa Hildner (dancer), originally from Naperville, IL is a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a B.S. in dance and a certificate in Pilates. She is currently dancing for multiple companies: Li Chiao-Ping Dance, Liz Sexe Dance, and Jin-Wen Yu Dance. While in undergrad, the dance department awarded her the Helen Pfuderer Smith Scholarship and the Lydia Z. Shafer Memorial Scholarship for continued dance education, as well as the Barbra Walls Scholarship which supported Elisa in attending the Bates Dance Festival and Hubbard Street’s summer intensive. She was awarded the Buff Brennan Senior Honors Award which she used to present choreography research in the form of an evening length performance entitled she/her/hers. Upon graduation, Elisa was awarded the Anna R. Nassif Dance Award for her choreographic works created as a student. Elisa currently is a Pilates instructor whose goal is for each of her clients to find their own body discoveries and develop their own physical autonomy. She strongly believes in the health benefits of Pilates and dance practices and is an advocate for inclusion and movement for all.
Abbey (dancer) is a dancer, visual artist, and seeker of all things creative. She has a degree in graphic design and enjoys visual storytelling with her work. She has been dancing in one form or another since the age of 3. She has become interested in dancing as a way to express herself and ideas that are difficult to put into language. She has found free form movement, out in nature, to be her go to form of release, rejuvenation, and connection to self. She is beyond thrilled for the opportunity to dance and create meaningful work with the Liz Sexe Dance Company.
Lily (dancer) was born and raised in New York City, and grew up doing modern, jazz, and creative movement. She was a member of the Loco Motion Children’s Dance Theatre, and trained at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey, Mark Morris, and Steps on Broadway. She has learned from members of Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor’s companies, and performed with the Newcomb Dance Company at Tulane University during her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Public Health. She went to ACDA with the Newcomb Dance Company in 2016 and 2018. Lily started a site specific children’s after school dance program in 2014, based out of the elementary school P.S.3 in Greenwich Village. The program takes children to different places throughout the city, and teaches them to creatively incorporate visual or historical aspects of the site into their choreography. The program is called Dance Adventure, and it has evolved into a summer camp program for the past four years as well. Lily continues to work for the program over the summer, and has a passion for sharing creative movement with children.
Luella Shapiro (dancer) graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts (Dance) from Beloit College in 2006. Since then she has performed with Kanopy Dance, Agnieszka Laska Dancers, Frente de la Danza Independiente, and Li Chiao Ping Dance. She also performs and teaches on silks, trapeze and corde lisse through Swing State Aerial at the Madison Circus Space. When she's not dancing her heart out, you can find her adventuring with her three amazing kids.