Banu Ogan (Rehearsal Director) grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where she studied ballet with Lila Rosen Huse and won a National Society of Arts and Letters Career Award in Dance. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she moved to New York City to train at the Merce Cunningham Studios. From 1993 to 2000, Banu danced with The Merce Cunningham Dance Company, where she originated roles in ten new works and danced at theaters worldwide, including The Palais Garnier, l'Opéra National de Paris and Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Since leaving the Cunningham company, she has performed with Boris Charmatz, Pam Tanowitz, Jonah Bokaer, Christopher Williams, Ashley Chen, Foofwa d'Imobilité, and Carrie Hanson/The Seldoms. Banu was a faculty member at the Cunningham Studio from 1997-2014, and was awarded a Merce Cunningham Fellowship for 2014. She has taught technique class and repertory workshops across the United States and Europe, and also in Canada, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Israel and Turkey, including guest classes for Matthew Bourne’s casts of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty and for the Batsheva Dance Company. She spent 2004-05 as a full-time faculty lecturer at Columbia College, Chicago, has taught at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer program, and has been guest faculty at Yale University, The University of Michigan, and La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. She has staged Cunningham's dances for several professional companies and student groups, including Düsseldorf’s Ballett am Rhein, Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon, the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, New World School for the Arts, Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College, and The Juilliard School. Banu served on the faculty of The Juilliard School from 2005-2014, and of Marymount Manhattan College from 2008-2014. She is honored to join L.A. Dance Project as rehearsal director.