Alexis Cash is an actress, poet, and tarot reader. Most notably in that order and with a fascinating ebb and flow. Happy 2nd season of TedTed! Oh...no, tarot readings don’t tell you your future. No, poetry is quite alive. No, an actor is not aspiring until they get a job you deem valuable. No, masculine nouns are not synonymous with all, like whiteness is not synonymous to normal and the general public. Yes, pay your artists and spiritual practitioners. Yes, you do look like an asshole if your waiter(ress) comes up to your table and you continue your conversation and even speak over them when they say hello. I said what I said. For this and more PSA’s check out my Instagram: @alexisccash
Lauren Crosslin was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee where she grew up dancing and building a foundation of jazz, ballet, and modern technique. Most recently, she graduated from Nashville School of the Arts where she trained for four years under Stacie Flood-Popp. Following graduation, she relocated to New York City to further her career as an artist. Lauren has worked with well known choreographers Erica Sobol, Teddy Tedholm, Andre Fuentes, Morgan Burke, Justin Conte, and Lukas van der Fecht. Additionally, Lauren has choreographed her own work. She choreographed and produced her own full length show, “behind the gesture,” as a senior in high school. She was then asked to present excerpts of this work at Big River Dance Festival and RAD Fest Dance Festival. Since moving to New York, she has had the opportunity to apprentice under Teddy Tedholm, and now dance with his company tedted Performance Group. She is excited to continue developing as an artist in the city where she hopes to continue growing as a dancer and choreographer. Lauren is very grateful for every single opportunity that has come her way thus far, and can’t wait to see what comes next.
Cameron Dunham is a dancer/choreographer originally from Houston Tx. Prior to moving to New York Cameron trained under the direction of Erica Sobol where he learned from artists from as Batsheva, Netherlands Dans Theater, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, William Forsythe Company, the YC, and more. As a young artist Cameron looks to share a soft vulnerability within space ultimately in hopes of fulfilling a passion to learn, build community and expand creative environments. He hopes to continuously unfold what our bodies and minds are really capable of.
DESTINI ROGERS is an award-winning New York-based dancer, choreographer, and master teacher with roots in the American heartland. Multitalented and versatile, she grew up in Oklahoma City, where she was exposed to a broad spectrum of dance forms — everything from ballet, contemporary and tap to African, hip-hop, flamenco, and Native American Fancy Shawl dancing. She was accepted into the Classen School of Performing Arts, where she was a dance major and began choreographing at age 14. During high school, she also studied theatre and stage production and was honored with the Alvin Ailey Choreography Award. Later, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, she honed her skills in dance composition and performance, focusing on ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theater.
Quickly establishing herself as a formidable performer, she was a Top Eight finalist on the inaugural season of “So You Think You Can Dance”. From there, she went on to appear in numerous television commercials, live shows, national and international performances, and video productions. Her many credits include principal dancing roles in commercials for Reebok, music videos for Alicia Keys, and touring with Kanye West, Beyonce, Rhianna, and RAIN.
For more than 15 years, Destini’s choreography has been her greatest source of pride. Her work has consistently earned her students high honors in competitions, and many have gone on to dance at renowned institutions including Juilliard, The University of the Arts, The Ailey School, Pace University, the Joffrey Ballet, Marymount Manhattan College, and New York University.
Destini continues to be in great demand as both a master teacher and choreographer at conventions throughout the United States. She is constantly discovering new aspects of her creativity, exploring different art forms; music, film, acting, and hypnotherapy, all of which enhance the movement she creates today. As a licensed CognitiveOS Hypnotherapist, she currently works with artists who want to find their calling and gain the confidence to accomplish their artistic goals. Her spiritual knowledge combined with her experience in the industry allows her to be a remarkable teacher and a true inspiration.
Christian "Niki" Saludez
Born and raised in a small city in Virginia, Christian “Niki” Saludez now dances, creates, contributes, and resides in New York City. Trained in the foundations of hip hop and street styles, Niki loves movement and holds this perspective in his studies and craft in other genres of dance. He has worked with choreographers such as Neil Schwartz, Emily Greenwell, Ryan Miller, Luam Keflezgy, and Theresa Stone and performed with artists such as Don Diablo, Todrick Hall, Spencer Ludwig, and Frankie Zulferino. Growing up playing the violin, Niki has always been immersed in the arts. He sees everything through a creative, introspective lens and draws inspiration from all areas of life, especially human experience and music, and uses those to tell stories through his unique movement quality and truthful intention. He also loves video games and likes to collect plants, candles, and tea.
Originally from North Carolina, Jordyn Santiago is a dancer, teacher and choreographer currently based in New York City. Jordyn grew up training at The Dance Theatre of Jacksonville, under the direction of Debra Baile and Melissa Jackson. She has traveled and trained across the United States and abroad in Israel. Jordyn has studied with artists such as Jiri Pokorny, Tilman O’Donnell, Medhi Walerski, Adi Salant and Jermaine Spivey. She is currently dancing for NYC based companies: Tedted Performance Company directed by Teddy Tedholm, Isodoc Dance directed by Jeffrey Docimo, Mary Grace McNally + Artists, and Freemove Dance directed by Jenn Freeman. Recently, Jordyn has toured as a backup dancer with Los Angeles based band ‘Half Alive’ and has created new works with Bryan Arias, along side of the Arias Company. She just finished dancing with choreographers Dana Wilson, Ebony Williams and Christopher Scott for the new film production of ‘In The Heights’.
Jordyn is hopeful, and ready to push past the boundaries that have been created in the world through the use of her art.
Kalin Green (apprentice)
Kalin Green began his training as a kid in Phoenix, Az. There he attended Scottsdale Community College and moved on to dance for Salt 2 Contemporary Dance Company. He has had the honor of working with artists such as Joy Davis, Chad Micheal Hall, and Russell Lepley. Kalin has presented his choreography at the Kennedy Center and most recently Breaking Ground Dance festival. This is his first season as an apprentice for TedTed Performance Group.
Ching Ching Wong (Company Manager)
Born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Los Angeles, and based in Philadelphia, Ching Ching Wong began her dance training at age three at Allegria Dance Theater under the direction of Dr. Alia Harlan Kaneaiakala. After graduating with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine, she began her professional career with Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Oregon where she was with the company for seven seasons originated roles in creations by Ihsan Rustem, Patrick Delcroix, Lucas Crandall, Felix Landerer, Jiri Pokorny, Didy Veldman, Wen Wei Wang, Sarah Slipper, Alex Soares, Pedro Dias, Yin Yue, Greg Dolbashian, and Loni Landon amongst others.
Ching Ching has most recently been recognized by Dance Magazine as 25 to Watch and was awarded The Princess Grace Award in Dance. She is founder of international touring dance workshop, The Experience and Project Salamat, a global dance-based outreach program, and her own company Carrots Carrying Water. She is also assistant to Swiss choreographer Ihsan Rustem, re-staging his work throughout the US and Europe.
As a freelance dancer, Ching Ching has worked with SALT Contemporary Dance, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Katie Scherman, LED, CARLON, Safety Third Productions, Movement Talent Agency, and violinist-looper Joe Kye.
She is honored to join the tedted Performance Group family as their company manager.