Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie has trained extensively 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 US and Europe, as well as in Peru, South Africa and Israel. She has appeared on NBC, MTV, Comedy Central and at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and DTW. Ephrat is a regular guest artist with Rennie Harris Puremovement and has worked with Bill Irwin, Buddha Stretch and Cori Olinghouse among others. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea, the Motherlode Theater and the Bendheim Performing Arts Center. Ephrat dances with her crew MAWU and recently finished working on the creation process of the show Magnifico, directed by Andres Heller and choreographed by Pilobolus. Ephrat is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School. She has a B.A. in Italian Language (summa cum laude) from Barnard College. Ephrat is a NYFA artist and is the recent Swing Space grant recipient from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance, her new work, A SINGLE RIDE, will premiere in September, commissioned by Dixon Place. In January, Ephrat will be traveling to Brazil with a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant to study how Brazilian cultural and folkloric dances have influenced breaking in Brazil.