A native of Helena, Tanya is the Founder and Artistic Director of Cohesion Dance Project (CDP), in Helena MT. She established CDP in 2012 with a welcoming spirit and a desire to provide access for all to experience the joys of dance and a broader spectrum of performance opportunities. Tanya received her Master’s of Physical Therapy degree in 2000 and danced professionally, with various companies including Ricochet Modern Dance Theater, in Richland, WA and Keshet Dance Company in Albuquerque, NM where she also worked as the Outreach Coordinator and Rehearsal Assistant. While at Keshet, Tanya worked with a range of dancers from beginners to professionals in class and choreography and led their unique adaptive dance program for people with disabilities. She danced several lead roles in Shira Greenberg’s Nutcracker on the Rocks™, and experienced first-hand the powerful effect that mentorship and collaboration can have on every individual involved in a production. Tanya currently teaches modern dance at Creative Arts Center in Helena, as well as modern and modified technique classes through CDP. She worked as a pediatric physical therapist for 14 years, but currently focuses her time developing and expanding dance opportunities through Cohesion Dance Project.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Brooks moved to Montana in 2001 and his lived in Helena with his family since 2008. Brooks is a strategy consultant who focuses on helping companies with their strategic planning, executive development, and systematically aligning their vision, actions, and results. Brooks found his passion for non-profits when he served as an Americorps member in the University of Montana’s Office for Civic Engagement. He has been a percussionist for over 20 years; however, he has limited his dancing to only two classes….so far.
Education & Facilities Coordinator
Maleen is a Montana native, born in Missoula and raised all over the country. She was happy to relocate back to Helena over 10 years ago to raise her 3 girls. Maleen has been part of Cohesion in various ways since it’s inception as a board member, class attendee and NOTR cast member. She is thrilled, not only to dance with the incredible Cohesion community, but also to work along side her dancing mentors.
Julynn was born and raised in Colorado where her early training with Between the Bones and Kim Robards Dance Company exposed her to modern, ballet, jazz, improvisation, and Feldenkrais method. She holds a BA in Dance and Anthropology from Bard College at Simon's Rock, and coursework in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago provided her an opportunities to perform and collaborate around Chicago, IL. She was brought to Helena, MT through a position with AmeriCorps and was thrilled to find such a generous, dancing community at Cohesion.
BJ was born and raised in Helena, MT., and has been dancing since the age of 6. She began dancing with Cohesion in 2017 and joined their intern program in 2019. She's obsessed with the moon and her favorite flavor of anything is coconut.
Lainey is from Boston where she lived until 33 (and still often misses the anonymity of the city and ability to listen to live jazz!). She then moved to Newport, RI to work on boats and lived on the water there for 8 years. Lainey has now been in Montana for 25 years. She got a late start but tries to take advantage of the beauty and landscape by hiking and backpacking whenever possible. Thanks to NOTR, Lainey was able to start dancing at age 60! She dearly loves her Cohesion family and looks forward to staying involved for many years to come.
Amber is a Helena native and mother of two. She has been involved extensively with Cohesion as a volunteer, student, NOTR cast member, mentor, and instructor with Cohesion's Adaptive Dance Outreach program.