Laura Henry Artistic Director
Laura Henry is a multi-passionate NYC/Boston-based dance artist, actress, movement coach, educator, and therapist. She began her love of the arts as a child in Boston at Kerry Smith's Academy of Dance Arts, Massachusetts Drama Guild, and Norwood Theatre. After graduating from Hofstra University, Laura spent 10 years performing throughout New York as a dancer and actress before touring in Europe and Asia as a soloist with Vissi Dance Theater, under the direction of her mentor Courtney Ffrench, who was a major influence on her development as a dancer, choreographer and artist.
"My aim as an artist is to foster growth and human connection by developing works that are grounded in investigation, discovery, and boundless truthful expression."
Laura has performed in company seasons with Roschman Dance, Vissi Dance Theater, Ensemble Dance, Synapse Theater Ensemble, and various other artists throughout NYC. A passionate advocate for artists, Laura has curated various opportunities for artists of all backgrounds to explore their craft, including "The Open Floor," as well as Impact Movement Collective's signature artist opportunity, "Common Ground." She also produced a benefit concert in 2015, which provided scholarships to 16 girls in Sierra Leone.
Aoi Ohno started dancing when she was 3 years old in Kanazawa Japan. She graduated Tokyo Visual Arts vocational school, after which she joined dance company RAKUDO. She moved to NYC and trained in modern dance at The Ailey school. During her time there, she worked with Ray Mercer, Nai-Ni Chen and Darrel Moultrie, and performed at New York City Center with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She currently dances with Albano Ballet, Ballet inc and Impact Movement Collective.
Luke Muscat is thrilled to be dancing with the Impact Movement Collective! Muscat received his early training at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and later as a scholarship student at The Ailey School. His performance highlights include performing with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in “Memoria” at New York City Center Theater, Matthew Rushing’s “In the Void”, the “St. Vincent Project” with the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Andre Agassi’s 2016 US Open “Mullet Mob”, and Citie Ballet’s “Murder at the Strand.” Furthermore, Muscat is on faculty at The Mark Morris Dance Center, The Ailey School Junior Division, and the School at Steps on Broadway. He brings the joy of dance into public school classrooms as a teaching Artist with the New York City Ballet Education Department, Alvin Ailey Arts and Education, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Lastly, Luke is the lower school dance teacher at The Hewitt School, a Manhattan independent school for girls.
Gina Montalto is a freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher in New York City with New Jersey
roots. She began her technical training with classical dance forms – ballet at New Jersey School of Ballet
and theater jazz with the Livingston High School Theater Program. She later moved into modern and
contemporary styles while studying at the College of Morris and Rutgers University where she earned
her Associates of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts respectively. Gina has performed in several dance
festivals and showcases in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia including The Brooklyn Dance
Festival, Dance Astoria, Amalgamate Guest Artist Showcase and the Koresh Come Together Festival and
in a dance short film “Woman Versus”. She is currently the Musical Choreographer at her alma mater in
Livingston and has taught dance and choreographed pieces for numerous New Jersey based dance
studios. Her own works have been performed at Chen Dance Center’s NewSteps New Choreographers
Series, lost:Found , and Kodafe in New York City.
Leisa DeCarlo is a NYC-based dancer and arts administrator with a dual BFA in Dance and BA in Journalism from Ohio State University. Leisa has worked with pillars in the field such as Lorry May, Vera J. Blaine, Noa Zuk, Ohad Fishof, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Bebe Miller, Julia Ehrstrand, Susan Van Pelt Petry, Dave Covey, Susan Hadley, Meghan Durham Wall, Ronald K. Alexander, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Olivier Tarpaga, and Victoria Shadle, as well as performed works by Ulysses Dove, Yvonne Rainer, Anna Sokolow, and Terence Greene. As an artist, Leisa has had the immense opportunity to train and perform with Verb Ballets, Buglisi Dance Theatre at Lincoln Center, Impact Movement Collective, New Vision Dance Co. as a featured guest artist, Columbus Moving Company, Cleveland Dance Academy, Kelley Donovan & Dancers, and acclaimed choreographer Zvi Gotheiner as a ZviDance company apprentice. In 2014, Leisa performed in China as a cultural ambassador, where she led movement workshops at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, Shanghai University, and Beijing Dance Academy, and conducted international research later exhibited at the Denman Research Forum.
Emily Schrepferman is an NYC-based dancer with a B.F.A. in Dance from Ohio State University. An Ohio native, Emily has trained and performed under the guidance of Eddie Taketa, Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Tony Calucci, Susan Van Pelt Petry, Abby Zbikowski, and Ann Sofie Clemmenson. Her appetite for dance has lead her to numerous intensives including Dance Italia, and Doug Varone Winter Intensive. Currently, Emily dances with Impact Movement Collective where she has performed at Sans Limites Movement Festival, Common Ground, Newburgh Illuminated Festival, and Manhattan Movement Arts Center. Her desire to explore the many facets of the art form has steered her to costume design and improvisation as well as performance. Emily is always looking for more work and further growth both as a dancer and as an individual.