Oracles are the perfect entertainment for receptions, cocktail hours and after parties. We have four acts to choose from and also provide custom acts in the theme of your event.
Guests ask the Oracles a question and we give a written response as well as a short dance performance of the answer. The guests keep the written response as a keepsake of their experience, as well as the memory of the personalized dance performance of their answer.
Jessica Harris is an Oracle, Movement Pattern Analyst, dancer, choreographer and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Harris founded Oracle Acts in 2015 and has been sharing wisdom at parties, events and for the public. As a Movement Pattern Analyst, Ms. Harris decodes movement to see how individuals and teams make decisions. Her company, Decision Harmony, works with professional teams and individuals to optimize their decision-making process. As a dancer, Ms. Harris is a founding member of Shen Wei Dance Arts and has danced with the company for more than ten years. Performances with the company include the Lincoln Center Festival, Kennedy Center, Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, La Fenice in Venice, Het Musiztheater in Amsterdam, Hong Kong Grand Theater, Sadler’s Wells and more. Ms. Harris joined Shen Wei in choreographing material for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As an educator, Ms. Harris has taught numerous dance and performance workshops throughout the US and Europe, and served a one-year teaching appointment in the Dance Department at Pomona College where she introduced a course in Site Specific Performance. She also developed a curriculum to teach cognitive skills to young children using movement.
Lilly Balch is a professional dance artist based in New York City. She is originally from Vero Beach, Florida and received her BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory. Alongside touring with Shen Wei Dance Arts, Lilly does various project work throughout the city and is a certified yoga instructor. She has a constant desire to expand her body, mind, and spirit awareness through a combination of art and somatics.
Since 2005, Kate has been a member of Shen Wei Dance Arts as a dancer, teacher, rehearsal director and teaching artist. She has conducted master classes at various venues and has performed all over Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S. Her own works have been performed at DeSales University, the United Nations, Park Avenue Armory, Milan, the Fabbrica Europa and Performatica festivals. Named Director of Education and Outreach for Shen Wei Dance Arts in 2008, she has created a dance-in-education program for New York City Schools. Kate has been Rehearsal Director for Shen Wei Dance Arts since January 2009.
Chelsea Retzloff, originally from Eureka, CA, holds degrees in dance and chemistry from UC Santa Barbara, where she graduated with distinction in chemistry, and received the Daniel G. Aldrich Outstanding Senior Award for the Class of 2007. Retzloff joined Shen Wei Dance Arts as a dancer in 2011 and has toured with the Company throughout the world. In addition to being the Company Manager and assisting with Company rehearsals, Chelsea leads the Company’s award winning arts-in-education programming at New York City’s PS 5 and IS 311. In addition to her work with Shen Wei Dance Arts, she tutors math and chemistry for public and private school students throughout NYC. She has worked with Santa Barbara Dance Theater, David Dorfman Dance, MacArthur Dance Project, Christopher Williams and Glitter Kitty Productions. Chelsea is a founding member of the Round Table, a collaborative group of women artists based in NYC.
Andrea Haenggi is an artist, choreographer, dancer, improviser, educator and a Certified Movement Analyst based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been sharing wisdom as an Oracle with Ms. Harris since its inception in 2015. Haenggi believes that everyone has the right to have a place, to be opportunist, to act with no fear and by giving each other space and caring. She insists that gestures and movement are powerful tools of thought. Her live-performance practice looks into multispecies coexistence. She questions power, exchange, value, feminism and ecology in the digital age. Her artistic works have been presented in venues such as Queens Museum, Dance Theater Workshop, MASS MoCA in North Adams; and abroad at Tanzhaus Zurich, New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and SPAN in Lagos, Nigeria. Haenggi has received the Swiss Canton Solothurn Dance Price and taught movement workshops in the USA, China, Nigeria, and Switzerland. She is on the faculty at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and is the Catalyst of the Pop Up Gesture Store, a live-performance store project.
Marquina has been dancing since her grade school days in her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her background includes many forms of dance including jazz, modern, ballet, swing, liquid, and competitive air guitar. She believes in the expressive nature of dance as a way to understand yourself and how you fit into your community. Marquina and Jessica have been working together since 2015. It has been wonderful to bring joy to so many through dance with Oracle Acts.