Dancer Bios

Brynne Billingsley received her BFA in Dance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she moved to New York City in 2003 and began collaborating with other artists making dance, photography, and other interesting things in and around the city. Brynne currently teaches pilates and continues to pursue her interests in learning, teaching, and making dance.
 
Luke Gutgsell grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where he cut his teeth on horsemanship and gymnastics. In 2004, he graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Luke also attended the Naropa Institute. Since his arrival in New York, he has performed with the Bill T. Jones Company and Shen Wei Dance Arts in such venues as New York's City Center and the Sydney Opera House. Luke also trained on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham School. In addition to Misnomer Dance Theater, Luke is dancing with the Equus Project, Risa Jaraslow's High Tide Dance, Tiffany Mills Company and Malene Schjoenning.
 
Jennifer C. Harmer is a founding member of Misnomer Dance Theater. She has performed in works by Paul Taylor, Tere O' Connor, Nicholas Leichter, and Chris Yon. Since graduating from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, she has worked with Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig & Co., Mark Dendy, Tina Croll, Axis of Eve, Dance Anonymous, the Kinesis Project, and has filmed a ballet video for Finis Jhung. She was a senior company member with Murray Spalding Movement Arts for four years. In addition to her work with Misnomer, she currently performs as the Baronass von Harmer with Lady Rizo & The Assets, and is inspired by her work with the photographer Spencer Tunick. Her choreography has been shown at Vital Theatre, Lot 61, the Fringe Festival, Battery Park, in New York public schools, and as a mobile installation piece on the streets of New York. Jennifer is a certified Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis instructor, as well as a Bagua practitioner and enthusiast.
 
Coco Karol grew up in Boston where she trained and danced with her friend and mentor Marcus Schulkind as well as The Boston Ballet. She received her BFA from NYU Tisch School of Arts and has performed with Steven Petronio, Jose Navas, and Cherylyn Lavagnino. Coco is thrilled to be working with Misnomer Dance Theater and has her supportive parents, friends, and sisters to thank for giving her courage and love.
 
Dorian Nuskind-Oder grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. At age three, she wanted to sew stuffed animals for a living, but eventually gave up that dream in order to pursue the more practical goal of becoming a dancer. She moved to New York in 2001 and earned a BFA in Dance from NYU-Tisch in 2004. In recent years Dorian has had the pleasure of dancing in the work of Chris Elam/Misnomer Dance Theater as well as Alison Clancy, MaryAlicesDances, Alan Good, Larry Keigwin, Jim Martin, Kay Cummings, and Deborah Jowitt. She has traveled the country as a giant dancing dinosaur with Hudson Vagabond Puppets. Dorian also creates her own choreography and videos. Her favorite bird is the Great Blue Heron.