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Dava Huesca ’19 Named Artist in Residence

The first Springboard-curated recipient of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation AIR Founder’s Residency.

Springboard Danse Montréal and Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation have partnered to provide nominated Springboard artists with residency opportunities at Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY. Springboard will be curating one artist per cycle for the 2021 season.

Dava Huesca ’19 (dance) is the first recipient of this new partnership, which opens a channel to connect former Springboard artists to career-development opportunities.

Shortly after her college graduation Huesca joined VIM VIGOR Dance company. Her performance experience also includes Stacey Pearl Dance project, Rena Butler, Hannah Gardner, Sidra Bell, Maxine Doyle, Manuel Vigoulle, and Martha Graham Dance Company, etc.

Huesca attended Springboard Danse Montréal for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019 where she worked with MAZE dance company, Johannes Weiland, Vanessa Goodman, and VIM VIGOR dance company.

From New York City, Huesca attended Fiorello LaGuardia Arts High School, where she graduated second in the dance department and was given the Desire Keras Dancer from the Heart award. She graduated from Purchase with magna cum laude distinction.

Huesca is the curator for the New York Times and Dance Spirit magazine cited Instagram @Issadancelook. Additionally, she is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts collective LLAB RATS. Through LLAB RATS, she has performed and set work for Battery Dance Festival, Ciclo Dos, Purchase Dance company, Arts on site, The Craft NYC and others.

Huesca has led LLAB RATS experience floorwork based classes at Purchase and Gibney dance, as well as organized art-filled peaceful protests in New York City in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Huesca continues to educate, teaching modern, floor work, jazz funk, contemporary and gymnastics throughout the New York tri-state area. She hopes to spread her voice internationally through education and choreography.


Photo by Matthew W. Quigley