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Vashti​Dance Theater

VashtiDance Theater exists to uplift, empower, inspire, and educate our community through dance and music performances, workshops, and events that blend the aesthetics of the vernacular, traditional, and classical to create a contemporary perspective featuring live music and thought provoking choreography based on historical and socially relevant themes that are genuine and authentic.

Our Team

Misaki Hayama


Misaki Hayama was born and raised Tokyo in Japan. She graduated Saitama Prefecture's High School of Arts and attended Japan University College of Art Dancing Course. During her school career, she learned Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Traditional Japanese Dance. She won many dance competitions of modern dnaceincluding ninth place at the Kanagawa Prefecture Dance Arts Festival and went to the Philippines to join the Citizen Anniversary Competition then got first place in Hip-Hop. 

She has worked as a dancer in “the Lion King” and “A Chorus Line” in Japan. In

2015, she moved to New York and started training at Alvin Ailey School as a full scholarship student. She performed at Apollo Theatre also worked with Obediah Wright in musical “Night Songs” at New York Theater of Actors, She also worked with George William Faison in Gospel Festival as a guest dancer at Prudential Center. Recently she works with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater, Kalamandir Dance Company, AATMA Performing Arts, Matthew Westerbery Dance Company and VashtiDance Theater.

Jessical Michal 


Jessica Michal is a professional dance artist based in the New York/New Jersey area. She earned her BFA in Dance Performance from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts in May 2021. Jess has worked intimately with artists such as Pam Tanowitz, Abby Zbikowski, Jordan Demetrius, Lloyd Chien-Ying Wang, Ani Javian, John Evans, and Stephen O'Connell among others. Her current artistic processes and interdisciplinary work that has led her to fulfill roles as director, producer, choreographer, and performer in dance films, art festivals, immersive performances and more. Jess is thrilled to be performing this year in her inagural season with VashtiDance Theater!

Keivontae Newbell


Keivonte is from Nashville,TN & has been dancing for over 20years. He attended a performing arts middle school & high school. He went on to study at Western Kentucky University for performing arts administration  & has trained in various styles from ballet, modern ,jazz, musical theater, tap & African. He is now currently dancing with VashtiDance Theater & Muniz & Makers dance company based in New York & Bugge' dance company based in New Jersey. He continues to inspire children by not only dancing himself but also teaching the youth as a dance teacher for Harriman After School Program. Dance is something people must feel not just see as wonderful movement.

Maggie Goder


Maggie Golder is a dancer/choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has performed in repertory by Pilobolus, Bebe Miller, Bill T. Jones, Vivake Kamsingsavath, Barbie Diewald,and Max Stone. Maggie has presented work at Ballet Inc. Emerging Choreographer Festival (2016), WAXworks(2018), SMUSH Moves (2019), 7MPR (2019), Peridance APEX (2019) and The Craft (2019). Through grounded rhythmic movement, Maggie expresses the physical and emotional effects of human interaction and communicates our constant need for inspection and wonderment. Her work is further influenced by her practice as a musician and psychologist. She is excited to have begun dancing with VashtiDance Theater in 2021.

RaiNique Butler


Rai’Nique Butler is from the Washington, DC area. Her dance training began at Northwood High School where she was a student. She then attended Manhattanville College to study Business Management and Dance, earning her degree in both majors. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Butler performed at Shein Wei Dance Arts in “Floored” by shawnbibledanceco. with the Manhattanville dance & theater department. During this time she also interned at The Dance Films Association working with Anna Coleman and Marta Renzi. Ms. Butler has danced for a variety of choreographers such as Mike Esperanza, Deborah Tacon, Shannon Gillen, Julia Ehrstrand, Shawn T Bible, Hannah Fox, Andrei Kisselev, and Leah Ives. After graduating, she moved to Harlem, New York, to pursue her career in dance.

Tsubasa Nishioka


Tsubasa  was born in Japan. He started his dance training with ballet, and later, he added modern and contemporary. He was awarded 1st place in the Chiba Select Young Dancer’s Performance, 3rd place in the Saitama Dance Competition, 3rd place in the Dance Competition in Sendai and 2nd place in the NBA National Ballet Competition. In 2017 he was accepted to The Ailey School and got scholarship in 2018. He has performed at “Ailey Sprit Gala” with Alvin Ailey’s “Battlefield” at Lincoln Center. He has worked with Fumihito Shimizu, NBA Dance Company, Omar Roman de Jesus, Darshan Bhuller and Marcus Jarrell Wills. Now he is member of i KADA contemporary Dance Company, VashtiDance Theater and Yu.S.Artistry.

Andriana Matviyishyn


Andriana was born in Ukraine and raised in New York City. She started her dance career as a ballroom dancer at eight years old and went on to study modern dance through her undergraduate career at Barnard College at Columbia. Since graduating from Barnard in 2016, Andriana has served as the Development Director for Trainor Dance, the Festival Coordinator for the 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival, and currently as the Associate Director for Welcome to Campfire.