Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie has trained in ballet and modern dance but found her artistic home in breaking, hip hop and house. She began breaking in 2002 under Richard Santiago (aka Break Easy) and soon after was introduced to house music. She has been greatly influenced by the New York club scene ever since. Ephrat has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Peru, South Africa and Israel. She has appeared on NBC, MTV, Comedy Central and at City Center, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. Ephrat worked on the creation process of the show Magnifico, directed by Andres Heller and choreographed by Pilobolus. She is a regular guest artist with Rennie Harris Puremovement and has worked with Ann Marie DeAngelo, Doug Elkins, Bill Irwin, Cori Olinghouse and Buddha Stretch, among others. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance, her work has been presented at New York Live Arts, Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea, the Motherlode Theater and the Bendheim Performing Arts Center. Her first evening-length work, A SIngle Ride, received two Bessie nominations in 2012 for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding Composition/Sound Design. Ephrat dances with her crew MAWU, an all-female house dance collective. She has a B.A. in Italian Language (summa cum laude) from Barnard College. Ephrat is a NYFA artist and has received various grants and awards including a Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon Place, a Swing Space Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and a Travel and Study grant from the Jerome Foundation. She was a 2012-2013 Fresh Tracks Residency choreographer at New York Live Arts and is currently an artist-in-resident with the LMCC's Workspace Program.