A New Dance Narrative Experience Created by Cassie Nordgren, Ali Marconi, & Roddy Kennedy
Produced by Inwood Art Works.


Alexa premiered on Friday, June 29th 2018 at 9PM at the Inwood Art Works Culture Hub.


Photos by @maljpetphoto

Meet the Cast of Alexa

(Click on dancer's name to read bio.)

Aaron Simms, Inwood Art Works, ThruLines

Written by:
Cassie Nordgren, Roddy Kennedy, & Ali Marconi

Directed & Choreographed by:
Cassie Nordgren, Roddy Kennedy, & Ali Marconi

Light & Sound Design by:
Ken Coughlin

Music Editing:
Cassie Nordgren

Assistant to the Choreographers:
Natasha McCandless

The choreography in Alexa was created in collaboration with the cast and includes improvised phrases from:
Evan Kazprzak, Jacob Melvin, and Nic Ranauro.

About the Creative Team

Cassie Nordgren was the 2017 recipient of the Danza Debuts commission from the United Palace of Cultural Arts. She is a two-time finalist for the Capezio A.C.E. Awards for Choreographic Excellence and was the SDCF Observer for Josh Bergasse for the 2014 Broadway Revival of On The Town. Her choreography can be seen in two feature films: Waiting in the Wings, the Musical (featuring Lee Meriwether & Shirley Jones) and its sequel, Still Waiting in the Wings (featuring Bruce Vilanch, Seth Rudetsky, & Chita Rivera). A California native, Cassie has remained bi-coastal and from 2011-2016 she was the director/choreographer for the Miss California Pageant. Other favorite credits include BC Beat, the Neighborhood Playhouse, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, Cabrillo Stage, and the NY Theatre Barn. Cassie is currently the Artistic Director and Curator of the Danza Highbridge Festival, an annual event where members of the Washington Heights community are treated to a professional dance performance in a drained Olympic size wading pool. As a lifelong advocate for arts accessibility with a true passion for storytelling, Cassie started ThruLines, a dance initiative dedicated to reaching those who may not have regular access to theatrical experiences. Through her work in Washington Heights, she continues to explore how narrative dance and movement can be used as a tool to unify isolated audiences. Most notably, ThruLines premiered Cassie’s original dance narrative, The Last Bite, which she conceived, choreographed, directed, and produced at the 3,400-seat United Palace Theatre (NYC). Instagram: @cassie_nordgren_choreo


Roddy Kennedy is a New York City based performer currently performing on Broadway in Hamilton (Swing, Asst. Dance Captain). International Tours: Grease (Sonny), Fame (Dance Captain). National Tours: In the Heights (Graffiti Pete), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Directed and Choreographed by Andy Blankenbueler), Pajama Game (Steam Heat). Regional: Zelda: An American Love Story. Film: Waiting in the Wings (Co-Choreographer).


Alessandra Marconi is a Harlem based artist that creates, performs and teaches. Her experience ranges from local communities to international stages. Marconi is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts with minors in Journalism and French. In the Spring of 2015 she lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while performing the role of “Ali” in iLuminate: Artist of Light at the Genting Highlands Resort. Since then Alessandra has been back in the States and blessed to have new writing and performing opportunities. She premiered Crystal Pite’s Polaris at New York City Center in Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. In between projects she has continued to spend hours in-studio with Andy Blankenbuehler in preparation for his upcoming works Bandstand, CATS, Only Gold and a member of The Bring About, a collaborative team that brings movement to new musical theater and plays (Jennifer Jancuska). In 2016 Ali created HUSTLE SOCIAL, providing classes and social dance parties in unique public spaces. These events celebrate NYC’s native partner dance and encourage intergenerational collaboration. Follow to see where Ali goes @ali_marco @hustlesocial


Alexa was made possible by the following sponsors:


Meg Lewis
Kaye Brundidge
Teresa Pezzi
Hazel Lewis
Phillip Vanderveer
Nick Nordgren
David Shifren
Jon Nordgren
Hatim Elmashni

Rosaleen Ortiz
Soledad Kennedy
Sarah Wagner
Christopher Noffke
Brian Cluff
Andrea Nastelli
Billy Griffin
Beau Speer
Lily Young


Special thanks to:

Aaron Simms/ Inwood Art Works
Ken Coughlin
Brianna Mercado
Heather Godfrey - The Dance Project of Washington Heights
Navarra Novy - Uptown Movement Exchange
United Palace of Cultural Arts
The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
Jeffrey Denman
Stephanie Brooks
SarahGrace Mariani
Sam Cieri
Joe Nero
Mallory Pettee
Neville Braithwaite

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