Los Angeles, CA SAS - Fine Arts and English
Why did you join Arts House? I danced competitively in high school and wanted to continue training and performing in college, but pursue other interests academically. Arts House was the happy medium!
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you've ever danced/watched and why? Geyser (Fall 2018) was a CRAZY piece that I never intended to choreograph (my dance was supposed to be to “White Ferrari” by Frank Ocean) and yet...it was a super fun process where most of the choreography happened on the spot in rehearsal, inspired and guided by the dancers in the piece.
What’s your favorite style of dance? Contemporary
sydney essex - chair
New York, NY SEAS - Computer and Information Science
How has arts house affected your Penn experience? Arts House IS My Penn Experience! I like to surround myself with people who make me happy and this group of people makes me feel my happiest!! They are also insanely talented and creative humans - their choreography and dancing makes me smile, and scream, and cry - and I am not shy to brag about them all over campus and beyond.
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you've ever danced/watched and why? During the spring of my junior year, I was in Aubrey Kazimi's pointe piece and we performed to a live saxophone quartet and original composition! The creation process of this piece was extremely unique and so interesting to be apart of. Leading up to the show, we practiced to a lot of different songs learning how to reinterpret our movement quality to match each one. By showtime, it felt so nice to be able to listen and allow our bodies to move in sync to the live instruments.
What’s your signature move? crotch splitting penché
Hingham, MA SEAS - Chemical Biomolecular Engineering
Why did you join Arts House? I came into college with a pure ballet background of 15 years. I knew that I wanted to continue to dance, but I wanted to expand my repertoire by trying new dance styles. I stalked a lot of the Penn dance groups and I thought Arts House was the best company to do just that.
What have you learned from Arts House? I’ve learned to push myself as a dancer both with my technical skills and with my creative abilities. I walked into arts house dead set on never choreographing and I just choreographed my first piece the spring of my junior year. It was a struggle at times and I went through times were I really disliked my piece, but I'm so glad that I did it. It's a rewarding experience that I'll probably never get to do again once I graduate.
erin bailey - business director
West Orange, NJ SAS - Cognitive Science
Why did you join Arts House? I really wanted to find a close knit group of talented dancers on campus. I was a competitive dancer and Arts House provided me the same level of dancing without all the stress of competition. Also, I wanted to be able to improve on my choreography and creativity.
What have you learned from Arts House? I have learned how to express myself more creatively through choreography and I have really developed my own sense of style when it comes to dance. Before arts house, I was limiting myself creatively and I have really come out of my shell.
What’s your signature move? aerial or pirouettes (righty of course)
katie de guzman
Livingston, NJ Nursing
What's your favorite style of dance? My favorite style of dance is a fusion of a lot of things! I like being able to merge hip hop, contemp, jazz, and many other dance forms together because I don't like confining my movements to only one style. Being in Arts House is super cool because you're not limited to one technique and you'll always have people who are willing to try your weird choreo and support you.
Why did you join arts house? I joined Arts House mostly because of the strong standards of technique and high caliber of dancing, stayed because of the people and cool merch
What's your signature move? a wiggle of choice
London, UK SAS - Psychology
What's your favorite arts house memory? The first night my choreography was performed.
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you've ever danced/watched and why? Shelby’s “Car Radio” (Spring 2019) ; the story and choreo meant a lot to her and me because I love her so much and it felt amazing to dance it.
What’s your favorite style of dance? Contemporary
MERRY Gu - artistic director
West Chester, PA SAS - PPE
What’s your favorite thing about Arts House? One of my favorite things is that we're completely student-run. Having danced with ballet schools/companies before coming to Penn, I've found it super refreshing to be a part of a group whose every decision--from the costumes we wear to the dance teachers we hire--is made by and for its own members, without compromising our production quality or technique.
How has Arts House affected your Penn experience? I truly cannot imagine my Penn experience without Arts House. Beyond being a way to maintain/expand my technique, take a break from the stress of school, and participate in semesterly shows, Arts House is where I met my absolute best friends and biggest role models, and is the first place I turn to for love, support, advice, or a good laugh.
What have you learned from Arts House? My involvement in Arts House has taught me more than probably most of my clubs or other commitments combined (for better or for worse!). From soft skills like managing my own time well and venturing way out of my comfort zone, to more tangible ones like leading effective rehearsals and producing a show, I've learned more than I could have ever expected just from being a part of haus.
Pittsburgh, PA SAS - PPE
Why did you join Arts House? I applied to Penn early decision specifically for Arts House! My friend’s sister was in Arts House, and when I looked up their videos I was blown away. It then became my college dream to come to Penn and dance for Haus!
How has Arts House affected your Penn experience? Arts House IS my Penn experience. It was my first family at Penn and my other friends know that Arts House will pretty much be all I ever talk about.
What's your favorite thing about Arts House? Our production quality and promotion material.
What have you learned from Arts House? That you always have a family here.
Wyndmoor, PA SAS - English
How has Arts House affected your Penn experience? When I came to Penn, I assumed my creative side would be put on hold while I pursued my studies. Arts House not only helped me preserve this part of myself, but enabled me to grow in ways I could never imagine. I definitely credit Arts House with helping me become a person I am proud to be. Plus, it helped me make my best friends.
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you’ve ever danced/watched and why? Katie DG's piece “I’m Good” (Spring 2019) inspired by Audrey Hepburn, my idol, featuring us wearing clout goggles and long gloves on stage and blowing kisses to the audience. I would do anything to perform this piece again!
What have you learned from Arts House? I’ve learned to never be afraid to try something new!
What’s your favorite thing about Arts House? How supportive and fun everybody is. It makes each rehearsal so great and I constantly look forward to the next Arts House thing
samantha pecan - marketing director
Philadelphia, PA SAS - Economics
Why did you join Arts House? I remember coming to my audition and thinking I didn’t belong there. I was so blown away by the level of technique and skill that every single dancer possessed. The company was also super diverse in skillset, so I knew there was so much room to learn from my peers. But beyond the dance skills, I saw that the current company members weren’t only friends, they were a family.
What have you learned from Arts House? I have learned quite literally everything I know from Arts House. Because of my position as marketing director, in the span of one semester, I learned so much about myself and even discovered a potential career path. I’ve also learned to look at examples from the past and not take them as given, I’m constantly thinking of new ways to improve the company and get better at my job.
How has Arts House affected your Penn experience? Arts House has been the biggest constant in my life at Penn. A week into freshman year, I immediately had friends, upperclassmen to turn to for advice, and an incredible support system. Arts House has given me so many new skills, a creative outlet from the stresses of school, my roommates, and my absolute best friend, and for that I am beyond grateful.
Phoenixville, PA SAS - Physics
What is your favorite thing about Arts House? It is impossible to pick one favorite thing about Arts House, but the diversity of backgrounds from which the dancers come is definitely up there. Because we were all trained differently, everyone in Arts House has their own style of teaching, choreographing, and dancing. The melding of these different styles keeps the company growing and pushing boundaries, which is something I really appreciate about Arts House.
How has Arts House affected your Penn experience? Immediately after joining, Arts House became my home. Because we spend so much time together, the group quickly became my closest friends and gave me a sense of belonging on campus, which really eased the transition to college. It also provides me with an artistic outlet, which is essential for me to have. The personal and artistic support from Arts House has not just affected my Penn experience, but it has made my Penn experience.
Wrentham, MA SAS
Why did you join Arts House? As a ballet addict from the age of four, I always thought I would stick with classical ballet. However, I attended one AHDC workshop in the fall of my freshman year, and I knew I had to branch out. When I attended auditions, I was thrilled to find out that I could maintain my ballet training while also exploring new styles. In fact, our diverse dance backgrounds comprise our greatest strength as a company. AHDC has since embraced me as their “sassy ballerina.” Thanks to this company, I can continue my dance journey while maintaining my academic career at Penn.
What’s your favorite thing about Arts House? Arts House epitomizes the Penn motto of “work hard, play hard.” Laughter fills our many hours of rehearsal. During our dance classes and workshops, we all scream in support of each other. Performing is electrifying and has always been my outlet, but I find that performing alongside talented individuals who believe in you proves even more rewarding. I am grateful for my second family and second home(s) on campus (shoutout Platt/Em Sachs/Delancey). I would encourage anyone who loves dance to consider joining our house. :)
Éloïse L’Her - scheduling director
Abu Dhabi, UAE SAS - Biochemistry
Why did you join Arts House? The professionalism first appealed to me, seeing as I wanted to continue performing and learning but also improve; however, it became more than that when I meant everyone at the workshop and auditions. It became clear that the connection each member had with one another was one I wanted to be a part of.
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you've ever danced/watched and why? Lost Boy (Fall 2017). It was the first video I watched when looking at dance groups at Penn and I knew from that piece that I wanted to join Arts House. The creativity, talent and professionalism left me in awe so I will never get bored of watching it.
How did you know Arts House was right for you? Everyone was so passionate about dance, alongside their enthusiasm for education, which allowed me to truly connect with each member.
Austin, TX SAS - BBB
What’s your favorite Arts House memory? My favorite Arts House memory is the night I got in. I went to bed convinced I was going to wake up to a rejection email, but instead I woke up to an enthusiastic welcome to the haus!
How has Arts House affected your Penn experience? I've done so many things I never thought I'd do through Arts House, from carrying a giant stuffed banana around campus to performing at Carnegie Hall. Arts House is also a really valuable creative escape from the stress of academics at Penn.
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you’ve ever danced/watched and why? Company piece my first show will always hold a really special place in my heart as the first time I performed as an Arts House member. All the hard work and sleep deprivation from tech week just fell into place when the lights came on.
zoe roman - costume director
Rockville Centre, NY SAS - Communications
What’s your favorite thing about Arts House? It has an environment that challenges every member to grow and improve, but is also stress-free and inspiring. Each show is so rewarding!
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you’ve ever danced/watched and why? My favorite Arts House piece was “Rock Your Body” (Fall 2018) because it was my first time performing with the whole company. It was so much fun to have rehearsals with the company each week because it gave me the opportunity to get really close with everyone. And company pieces always create such a great energy on stage!
How has Arts House affected your Penn experience? Arts House has given me such a special group of friends who motivate and support me in every aspect of life at Penn. I look forward to dancing with them every week!
Wichita, KS SAS
Why did you join Arts House? My junior year of high school, my sister, who was a student at Penn at the time, took me to an artshouse show. I absolutely loved the show and was so impressed by the dancers, so from that point forward, I knew that if I got into Penn, I wanted to be in artshouse. I grew up dancing seriously at a studio for 15 years, and arts house is the perfect place to continue my dance training and pursue my love of dance in college.
What’s your favorite thing about Arts House? My favorite thing about arts house is the dynamic of the members. From the second I made it into a group, I felt I was a part of a family. Everyone was so excited to welcome us newbies, and really care about us and want to be our friends. It is such a special group to be a part of.
How did you know Arts House was right for you? Everyone was so positive and kind during auditions, while at the same time also being so amazing at dance. It was the perfect combination of amazing group dynamic and amazing dancing.
What are you excited about with Arts House? I am excited to grow as a dancer and choreographer. I can’t wait to tryout so many different styles of dance and work on finding my own style while doing that.
Palo Alto, CA SAS - Cognitive Science
Why did you join Arts House? The moment I stepped into arts house auditions, I could feel the positive and passionate energy in the room. I knew I could grow and have fun with such a talented and supportive group!
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you’ve ever danced/watched and why? Before I came to Penn I remember watching Sweet Dreams (Fall 2017) on YouTube and being very excited about auditioning for Arts House.
What’s your favorite style of dance? I like jazz and contemporary.
Woodbury, MN Nursing
Why did you join Arts House? Dance has been a huge part of my life since I was three years old and I couldn't imagine going through college without it. I found Arts House on instagram and loved the combination of strong technique and creativity that I saw in the pictures and videos. After meeting all the members at auditions and seeing how close-knit the group is, I knew Arts House was something I wanted to be a part of.
What’s your favorite thing about Arts House? I love how supportive and loving everyone is. Arts House and everyone in it has really helped make Penn feel like home to me! It is also so inspiring to learn from and dance with a group with such diverse dance backgrounds and styles.
What are you excited about with Arts House? I am so excited to perform onstage with the entire company!
East Greenwich, RI SEAS - Computer Engineering
Why did you join Arts House? I joined Arts House because I love to dance and I wanted to continue that part of my life here at Penn. I stalked all of the dance groups at Penn before I even applied and I knew Arts House was definitely the one I wanted to join!! I loved the blend of technique, creativity, performance, and diversity that each piece had.
What’s your favorite thing about Arts House? My favorite thing about Arts House is the people! Everyone is super supportive and genuinely loves and cares about everyone else. Arts House is truly a family and I am so honored and excited to be a part of it!
What's your favorite style of dance? Contemporary
Rochester, MI Nursing
Why did you join Arts House? I knew I wanted to join a dance group at Penn so I stalked each one and I loved arts house’s YouTube videos! After I met everyone, I was even more sure because I saw what a tight knit and amazing group they are.
What’s your favorite thing about Arts House? My favorite thing about arts house is definitely the people and how much fun we have at rehearsals. It’s so cool to be able to just dance for fun with such fun people!
What is your favorite Arts House piece that you’ve ever danced/watched and why? Sweet Dreams (Fall 2017) because it is the first one I watched and it is what made me audition!!
What are you excited about with Arts House? I am super excited for the first show because I can’t wait to see how all of the dances and videos come together and to perform with arts house for the first time!