About Us

(Dancers listed in order of seniority)

Matthew S. Berenbaum, Founding Artistic and Executive Director

Matthew S. Berenbaum began his dance training at the age of ten. He is a graduate of the School of the Staten Island Ballet, the Dance Department of LaGuardia High School, and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. At Gallatin, he wrote a paper on the physics of ballet which he hopes to expand on and publish in the future. He appears regularly with Dances Patrelle in demi-soloist roles.

He was first inspired to become a choreographer by a Pink Floyd song on the Staten Island Ferry early one morning during his high school years, and continued to conceive and develop choreographic ideas while in college. Shortly after graduation, he began renting rehearsal space and gathered a few friends together with the simple aim of bringing some of his ideas to life. These few friends soon became the founding members, and that rehearsal space soon became the birthplace, of Homo Veritas Dance Theatre.

 

Laura DeLaurentis, Associate Artistic Director and Founding Member

Laura started her dance training at the age of 8 at the Stamford Academy of Ballet. She took a brief hiatus from dancing, but returned at the age of 15 and went on to achieve a professional ballroom title in International Latin and Standard at the age of 17. She competed nationally at the high rank of S class dancer and was awarded 2nd place as a 10-dance Champion. Soon afterwards, she was offered the Trustee’s Scholarship for rare talent in artistry to attend Dean College’s Dance program and completed a full certification as a personal trainer. During her college years, Laura also studied with the Casa Patas Flamenco Conservatory and performed with them in Madrid, Spain. She graduated Dean in 2011 with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Psychology. She has studied and performed with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Armitage Gone!, Cedar Lake, Emery LeCrone, Helen Pickett, New Chamber Ballet, Dawson Dances, Stefanie Nelson Dance Group and ExortoDanza at the Castello Aragonese in Italy. Her performances include works by Miro Magloire, Alexandre Proia, Stuart Loungway, Jennifer Muller, Jillian Davis, Benjamin Briones, Liza Barskaya, Matthew S. Berenbaum, Stefanie Nelson and Piero LeCesse. During her time in New York she has been a company member with Benjamin Briones Ballet, Jillian Davis Dance Project and Homo Veritas Dance Theatre. Laura is also freelancing with multiple artists dancing on film, in live collaborations and has had the privilege for dance to take her all over the world to perform. Laura has been with Homo Veritas Dance Theatre from the beginning and she is very excited to see what the future holds in store. 

Mathew Ortiz, Founding Member

Mathew Ortiz started his training in singing, acting, and dancing at Rosie's Theater in New York City in the 6th grade, and later continued his studies at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, Ballet Academy East, and by participating in summer intensives at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Miami City Ballet. Mathew is trained in classical and contemporary ballet, the Graham and Horton techniques of modern, jazz, and tap. Mathew has appeared with Dances Patrelle, Catskills Ballet Theater, and Brass City Ballet, and is proud to be appearing once again with Homo Veritas Dance Theatre.

 

Lindsey Osteen

Lindsey Osteen started dancing at the age of ten at Ballet Arte in San Diego, California, under the direction of Sara Viale and Erlends Zieminch. During this time she attended summer intensives with ABT and Kaatsbaan, where she studied under Martine Van Hamel. She continued her dance and academic education at Duke University, where she took class with and performed original choreography by Julie and Tyler Walters. Upon graduating, she moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing without sacrificing her love for dance and the arts.

Barbara Samille de Lima Lins

Barbara Samille de Lima Lins began her dance training at the Ballet Eliana Cavalcanti in her native Brazil in 1998. She first came to the United States in 2013 to continue her studies at Ballet Chicago before moving to New York to study at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Peridance Capezio Center. Over the course of her career, she has danced principal roles in such famous ballets as Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, and Concerto Barocco.

Analia Farfan

Analia Farfan was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she started studying ballet at 8 years old with Ballet Russe de Montecarlo's ballerina Josefina Serrano, and later with Olga Ferri and Roberto Dimitrievich, performing with Liliana Belfiore and world renowned Tango star Osvaldo Sotto before graduating with Honors from the Maria Ruanova School of Dance in Buenos Aires. In 2003, she moved to France,  where she studied ballet with Atilio Labis in Paris  before receiving an scholarship to the Princess Grace Classical Academy of Dance, from Mrs Marika Besobrasova. In 2005, Ms Farfan moved to the United States, where she studied on scholarship at the Martha Graham School in New York and performed as a Guest Artist in "the Nutcracker" with the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Since 2006,  she has performed with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, American Youth Ballet, Tennessee Ballet Theatre, Richard Marsden's RMBallet, the Tbilisi Z . Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Professional Theatre, and Ray Ballet, as well as with Hector Zaraspe, and Ivan Marko. In 2016 she was named president of Argentina of the United Nations of the World Organization. She is also currently a guest artist for an opera and ballet company directed by Mr. Michael Fennelly, with whom she recently performed at the United Nations Broadcast by the UN channel.

Kara Cooper

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland; Kara received her early training from the Gniazdowska Studio of Ballet. She then went on to major in dance performance at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music for their BFA program under the direction of Shellie Cash and Yi-Qi Chen. Upon moving to New York City, Kara also furthered her dance education as a trainee at the Martha Graham School of Dance and went on to perform professionally with companies such as Ballet Deviare, The MorganScott Ballet, Covenant Ballet Theater, Ballet for Young Audiences, Ballet Inc, American Swiss Ballet, and Arch Contemporary Ballet. Aside from performing, Ms. Cooper enjoys teaching young ballet students in NYC, and she also instructs ballet as fitness to adults. This is Kara's first season with Homo Veritas Dance Theater, and she is delighted to work and perform with such wonderful artists.

Alejandro Aristizábal

Alejandro Aristizábal discovered dancing while studying Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. He began his semi-formal training with the University’s Contemporary Dance Group at the age of 18. He represented the University in various national and international student showcases. He began studying ballet in private studios in Bogotá at age 20, and he moved to NYC to continue his formal training as a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee at Joffrey Ballet School in 2016. He is an avid learner as well as a passionate dancer and aspiring choreographer.

Chris Loeschner

Chris began his ballet training with the Ovations Dance Repertory Company in 1999 on Long Island, where he studied under the direction of Orlando Pena. Chris performed in multiple productions of the company’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” in such roles as Snow King and Male Dew. He went on to receive undergraduate dance training from Adelphi University and SUNY Fredonia, but ultimately graduated with a degree in Music Education. He has also participated in summer programs at Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet, and Alvin Ailey. Chris has performed as a guest artist with New York Dance Theater and Eglevsky Ballet. Chris is excited for his first season with Homo Veritas Dance Theatre.

Dafni Mari

Born and raised in Greece, Dafni Mari began her studies at the professional dance school of Despina Gregoriadou and the School of 

Pharmacy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. After graduating from both schools, she was accepted to Trinity Laban 

Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where she gained her Master's of Dance Science. While in London, she was an associate member of Ballet Black Neoclassical Company and also participated in many dance and artistic projects. Searching for new opportunities, she moved to New York City and has danced with Ajkun Ballet Theatre, Yuka Kawazu's Danse en l'air, Benjamin Briones Ballet, Eryc Taylor Dance, Ballet for Young Audiences and String Dance+Media. She also guests around the US with various dance companies. Dafni also works as a dance scientist and instructor as well as fine fragrance lab technician. She is thrilled to be dancing with Homo Veritas Dance Theatre!

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