MAX STONE (SBNYC Artistic Director) holds an MFA and served as Senior Lecturer on the dance faculty at Southern Methodist University. He was with the original Broadway cast of the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch musical/play, They're Playing Our Song. He has guest taught at the Juilliard Conservatory, Complexions Summer/Winter Intensives, Bates and Joffrey Summer Dance Intensives, and conducted choreography seminars for Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère. During their NY City Center season in 2010, Max was invited to give company classes for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. He was Artistic Director of The New York Dance Exchange, an international intensive workshop series, and he continues to work throughout Europe and Japan. Currently, Max is on faculty at STEPS on Broadway, Dance New Amsterdam (DNA), and Peridance Capezio Center. Max’s choreography is currently featured in the hit new film, “Frances Ha”. Follow him on Twitter: @Maxdstone
TRAVIS WALDSCHMIDT (Co-Artistic Director/Dancer) has choreographed, taught and performed nationally and internationally. Travis has danced with Lane + Co dance company, and has also been a member of Shen Wei Dance Arts. Travis co-choreographed with Max Stone on the NYTimes Critic pick Frances Ha starring Greta Gerwig. Broadway credits include: Wicked and Matilda. National tours of 9 to 5: The Musical, Disney’s High School Musical, and the world tour of West Side Story. He has also been seen as (Enoch Snow Jr.) in Carousel at the Goodspeed Opera House. Travis holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University. Follow him on Twitter: @Twaldsch
COURTNEY DRASNER grew up in Minnesota and later received a BFA in dance from NYU. Since graduating, she has been fortunate enough to work with Gina Gibney, Kendra Portier/BAND Portier, alex|xan: the Median Movement, Donnell Oakley, Jordana Che Toback, Jana Hicks, Erica Essner, and Janessa Clark, among others. She is thrilled to be a Sexy Beast!
DAVID SCARANTINO hails from Syracuse, New York. His introduction to dance began with his experiences in musical theater productions which led to his formal training while attending SUNY Purchase. He was a member of Brian Brooks Moving Company for almost two years and performed in pieces choreographed by Bradley Shelver, Lane Gifford, Adam Barruch, Paul Taylor, Lucca Veggeti, Diane McIntyre, Shannon Gillen, Jin Su Song-Begin, Nelly VonBommel, Pam Tanowitz, Roz Newman and many others. He is honored to be called a Sexy Beast!
JULIA EHRSTRAND graduated with a Bachelors Degree in dance/teaching from DOCH/University of Circus and Dance(Stockholm), She has also studied at Institut del Teatro(Barcelona) and graduated from the ISVP program at DNA 2009. Julia has taught and choreographed throughout New York, Sweden and Norway. Since coming to New York in 2007, she has danced for TNSP, Jana Hicks/Marijke Eliasberg, Max Stone, Abe Abraham, Carrasco Dance Company, Destiny Bergwall, Collective Noir among others. In the summer of 2013 Julia will assist Max Stone in forming the Sexy Beast International program.