Movers & Shapers: Your Move Dance Festival and Heather Warfel Sandler

By October 11, 2016Podcast

Podcast No.33 – Your Move Dance Festival and Heather Warfel Sandler

Release Date: October 11, 2016

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Morgan Hille Rebakis

Morgan Hille Refakis

Morgan Hille Refakis, originally from Indiana. graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Dance and Journalism, where she received a Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Research Scholarship for choreography. After college, Morgan studied choreography with Ballet Prelocaj in France. Representing Northeast Indiana, she performed in Mexico on a Performing Arts Cultural Exchange with Rotary International. Morgan has performed professionally with Liz Lerman, Nancy Nowacek, Dance Exchange, Isabel Lewis, The Dancing Georgina Project, Daniel Flores Dance, Insurgo Stage Project, and Meagan Woods & Co. She has presented work at Movement Research Judson Church, Your Move Dance Festival, Lowe’s Theatre STAGEfest, Museiam Showcase, Amalgamated Artist Series and Erarta Gallery. Morgan is an Area Pilates Manager and Instructor for Equinox Health Clubs and a founding Co-Producer of Your Move Dance Festival.

Meagan Woods

Meagan Woods

Meagan Woods graduated with a BFA in dance from Rutgers University, earning the Margery Turner Award for choreography. She has performed professionally with Liz Lerman, Sarah Skaggs, Orit Ben-Shitrit, SHUA Group and Insurgo Stage Project. Meagan Woods & Company has presented original work at NJPAC, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Grounds for Sculpture, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theater, Scheide Hall, and The Historical Loew’s Theater. She has performed for TEDx, and her worked can be viewed at Meagan is the originator of Dance Within the Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum. She is choreographer for the musical theater program STAGES! at Art House Productions. Meagan choreographs, costume designs, and guest lecturers for Rutgers University and choreographs for St. Peter’s University.




Heather Warfel Sandler

Heather Warfel Sandler graduated cum laude with a BA in Modern Dance from Point Park University, and has continued to study dance/education at the American Dance Festival, VCU, Dance Education Laboratory at 92 St.Y, and studios throughout NYC. Ms.Warfel served as Adjunct Professor of Dance at NJCU, and is also a certified yoga instructor and member of Dance NJ/NDEO.She has shown her choreography throughout the NY/NJ area, including the Outlet Dance Project and Your Move Modern Dance Festival. In her performance career Ms.Warfel has worked professionally as a tap, West African, and modern dancer, most recently with SHUA Group. Locally she co-wrote and performed the lead role in Heavy Craft, Soft Landing at ArtHouseProductions, enjoyed many years as a professional clown, and is proud to be an active member of the Jersey City artist community as both performer and visual artist.  She was a founding member of an inter-disciplinary improvisation company, and continues to perform regularly in dance, theater, and music – most often with her fun-fabulous band The Ukuladies. Because of these varied artistic experiences, Ms.Warfel strongly values creativity, individuality, and open-mindedness as both a dancer and a teacher.  She founded the dance program at County Prep High School in Jersey City 16 years ago. Her students have since won numerous awards, and gone on to study at renowned colleges such as Rutgers/Mason Gross, Virginia Commonwealth University, and NYU.  In addition to directing the dance program at County Prep, Ms. Warfel produces school performances, and moderates the CP Artist Collective, where she demonstrates the importance of creative play in education and personal development.



Luigi Jazz 

Virginia Commonwealth University – Dance

Point Park University – Dance

Judith Leifer-Bentz

Kevin Quigley

Maureen Glennon

JC Fridays

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron