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Shakedown Dance Collective

New York City, NY      

Born and raised in California, Lohse trained with the Sacramento Ballet, Thor Sutowski and Sonia Arova. Lohse went on to perform with the Sacramento Ballet, San Diego Ballet and in the work of Joe Goode, Kevin Wynn and Jean Isaacs. Upon receiving a B.A. in Dance as well as a B.A. in Theater from the University of California, San Diego Lohse relocated to New York City where she performed with Monica Bill Barnes & Company for the next 8 years in NYC and touring their two women show This Ain’t No Rodeo across the US and to Italy.


In 2007, Lohse created ad hoc Ballet to present and perform her own live performance work. Under ad hoc Ballet, she presented work at The Clark Theater at Lincoln Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Joyce SoHo, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place and Dance New Amsterdam. She was also the recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation and Bossak – Heilbron Foundation and artist residencies from Dance New Amsterdam and yearly invitations to SILO Residency. During this time her work was also brought into the repertory of New Chamber Ballet and Tahoe Youth Ballet. Her choreographic work also led to collaborations with theater directors Nick Philippou and Eric Sanders as well as The Flying Karamazov Brothers.


In 2008, Lohse joined the cast of the Bessie Award winning production Fraulein Maria created by Guggenheim Fellow choreographer Doug Elkins. In addition to touring Fraulein Maria, she continues to work with Elkins creating new work in collaboration with theater directors Anne Kauffman, Michael Preston and Barbara Karger. As a performer, Lohse has also appeared in the work of visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra.


In 2006, Lohse worked with Bessie Award winning choreographer David Neumann on the film I Am Legend and joined SAG-AFTRA. As Lohse’s interests moved into film she began presenting work independent of ad hoc Ballet. In 2010 she received a Professional Certificate in Filmmaking from New York University – School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Awards received for her film studies include The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund and Andreas Zahler Scholarship for Advanced Filmmaking Studies. Her film Hunger was awarded Best Art House Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Best Experimental Film Nomination at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the NYU- SCPS Faculty. Her film collaborations include work with composers David Fulmer, Kevin Keller and death metal band Flourishing.


As an educator, Lohse is regularly invited to lecture and give workshops. She has worked closely with NYC cultural institutions Lincoln Center Institute, Dance New Amsterdam, Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech and Hospital Audiences, Inc. as well as guest artist invitations to universities such as North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin, Madison, DeSales University, Muhlenberg College and Purdue University and joining the faculty at ballet intensives for Brooklyn Ballet, Dancewave, Homer Nutcracker and Tahoe Youth Ballet


In 2013, Lohse co-founded the Shakedown Dance Collective to create a space for amatuer dancers to take class and rehearse for professional performance events in New York City. Shakedown Dance Collective has received residency support from The Joyce Theater and collaborated with Mantra Percussion. The Collective’s work has been accepted into Cinedans 2014 Film Festival and has been performed live at Dixon Place and the Brooklyn Actor’s Fund Theater as well as guerilla style throughout NYC.


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Young and Beautiful

Shakedown Dance Collective’s submission to CineDans One Minute Dance Film Festival.

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Refract III

Lohse’s ongoing collaboration with fashion designer Andrae Gonzalo. Gonzalo and Lohse plan to fold the Shakedown Dance Collective into this durational runway performance for all ages, sizes and genders.

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