Windward Dance Company is an advanced rep performance group selected by audition. Through a series of short-term residencies with some of the most accomplished artists in the business today, students maintain a strong technical foundation and create and perform commissioned choreographic works.
JOSEPH DAVIS was born and raised in the beautiful hills of upstate New York, and can be easily identified from a distance by his cacophonous laughter. He began his studies at The Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York, and continued to The Juilliard School under direction of Lawrence Rhodes on tuition scholarships from The NYCDAFoundation and Cornell University.
During the years of his training he performed works by Jíri Kylián, Crystal Pite, Nacho Duato, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Kyle Abraham, Shannon Gillen, Twyla Tharp, and Camille A. Brown. He has had the privilege of traveling to Algeria twice as a cultural ambassador for the arts representing The United States in the International Modern Dance Festival.
Joseph has performed with Brian Brooks Moving Company at New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, and in Kate Weare's residency at BAM Fisher Hall. He has taught internationally in the cities of Jakarta and Hong Kong, and has taught master classes at universities such as Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, Santa Monica College and UCLA.
Joseph is now a member of the LA based contemporary dance company, BODYTRAFFIC, performing pieces by renowned choreographers Hofesh Shechter, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Barak Marshall, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Matthew Neenan, Sidra Bell and Richard Seigal.
LAURA GORENSTEIN MILLER is a choreographer. “A bright, distinguished voice in dance" according to the LA Times, Miller has premiered work at venues around the world, including at The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, The Royal Opera House, UCLA’s Royce Hall, The Getty Center and The Broad Stage. Her choreography has been set on the American Ballet Theatre, The Milwaukee Ballet and Bodytraffic, among others. Miller has choreographed numerous animated films including the Oscar-nominated Puss In Boots, Madagascar 3, The Addams Family, and Rise of the Guardians.
Miller has also choreographed augmented and virtual reality projects for New Frontiers at the Sundance Film Festival, Microsoft, and the Future of Storytelling. She is the founder of Helios Dance Theater, a graduate of CalArts, and studied at the Laban Center in London.
As a performer, James has worked with many companies and choreographers such as BJM Danse, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance Group, Bodytraffic, Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, Mia Michaels, Gustavo Ramirez, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Frank Chauves, Danny Ezralow, Mauro Bigonzetti, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, and Cayetano Soto.