SYNERGIA DANCE PROJECT
Artistic Director & Choreographer
Nadine has been dancing nearly her entire life, and opened a successful dance studio in 2011 where she met the dancers who would become Synergia Dance Project. Having choreographed hundreds of pieces, in several styles of dance and movement, and with experience directing dance videos and choreographing for music videos, she is excited to bring her passionate artistic vision and creative development skills to Synergia Dance Project.
Dance has been a huge influence and creative outlet in her life. She started practicing ballet, tap, & jazz around age 5. Through the years she’s explored other areas including high kick, lyrical, and hip-hop, but always returns to her ballet roots.
Amanda was 3 years old when she began dancing with the Parks and Recreation department in her hometown. She was exclusively a ballet dancer until graduating high school, when she discovered contemporary and modern dance and fell in love with the freedom of movement and capacity for expression.
Olga N. Bogdanova is a professionally trained dancer and performer who started her ballet training at the age of four with an internationally acclaimed ballet troupe in Russia. She later expanded her dancing skills to include modern, contemporary, jazz, Russian and Irish folk, Latin and European competitive ballroom, and Argentine tango. Olga has toured with professional dance companies all over the world, and is extremely excited to continue her growth as a dancer.
Haley trained in classical ballet and modern dance through Ballet Arts of Minnesota, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Louisiana State University, and Troy Dance Factory. Dance is her first love and she is so excited to learn, grow, and explore new facets of the art form.
Development & Communications Director
Sarah Heikkinen is a Troy, NY-based social media specialist, grant writer, freelance journalist, aspiring critic, and hypocritical vegan. After getting a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Africana & Latino Studies at SUNY Oneonta, Sarah applied to the the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University (spoiler: she got in). After a long year of writing, rewriting, and crying, Sarah received her Master's in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism in June of 2017.
Currently, Sarah works full-time as the Promotions Coordinator at Clean and Healthy New York, an environmental advocacy organization based in Albany, NY. Outside of her work in the nonprofit sector, Sarah works as a contributing writer at The Collaborative, a local arts and culture magazine, where she covers music, small businesses, and anything else that piques her interest.
McKenna Hynes, better known as Kenna, is a director and cinematographer based out of upstate New York. She attended Columbia College Chicago majoring in Cinema Arts + Sciences with a concentration in cinematography. For nearly a decade, she has delved into collaborating with production companies, musicians, dancers, and artists throughout the country, and most recently upstate NY.
Kenna has dabbled and become fluent in most aspects of the filmmaking process. Her wide range of skills has honed in on a style that is well-rounded, motivated, and most importantly, story-driven.
Kenna has spent her career trek working as both a one-woman show and a devoted collaborator, creating close ties with those she works with, treating each project as unique. Her goal as a filmmaker is to seek out their stories, amplify their voice, and give them the validation they deserve using the skills she has obtained as a storyteller.
The very first projects Kenna ever created were dance films, and the rest is history. As the creative director, she is excited to translate her visual expertise from the screen to the stage and collaborate with the talented team that is Synergia.