TINA FINKELMAN BERKETT
Artistic Director and CO-Founder
Tina is an influential dance leader and community builder, producing original, compelling repertoire and sharing a new vision of dance across the U.S. and around the world. Tina grew up in New York City, attending Stuyvesant High School of Math and Science and graduating summa cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, with a double major in Mathematics and Economics. Her love of dance was ignited by her teacher and mentor, Michele Cuccaro Cain.
Tina’s professional dance career began at Aszure Barton & Artists, a distinguished contemporary dance company, where she quickly became a featured dancer and then Barton’s assistant, teaching both in the U.S. and abroad. A true highlight of Tina's career was being a founding member of Mikhail Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance and touring internationally alongside Mr. Baryshnikov himself. Tina began her interest in arts administration when she served as the company's dancer liaison.
In 2007, Tina relocated to Los Angeles and launched BODYTRAFFIC with Lillian Barbeito. Now serving as the company's sole Artistic Director, Tina is focusing on re-envisioning and revitalizing BODYTRAFFIC. With her deep commitment to taking the company to new heights, she is curating and discovering exciting choreographers and programming challenging programs that audiences enjoy, seeing incredible dancers doing their best work. "BODYTRAFFIC is a home for dancers, choreographers, and dance lovers of all ages. We’re excited about the future and touring again!”
Associate Artistic Director
Guzmán started dancing at age 15 at Scaena, the International School of Dance of Carmen Roche in Madrid, on a scholarship sponsored by the Ministerio de Cultura de Madrid. After two years in school and graduating from the Royal Conservatory of Dance of Madrid, Guzmán joined Ballet Joven de Carmen Roche, where he performed a wide variety of classical and contemporary roles for two years. In 1998 he was offered a scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet in New York. After his time at SAB, Edward Villella invited him to dance with Miami City Ballet. From 2002 to 2007, Guzmán danced with Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo and Companhia Nacional de Bailado in Lisbon. In 2007, with André Mesquita and Teresa Alves da Silva, Guzmán co-founded Tok’Art, a cultural platform creating dance and film works. He has performed extensively as a guest dancer and collaborated on film projects throughout Europe.
Guzmán stayed committed to developing and honing his skills as a filmmaker and editor, leading him to create a film production company in Spain in 2021. Since then, he has produced, filmed, and edited several feature films and shorts that have gained attention and won several awards around the world.
Guzmán joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2012 as a dancer and became Associate Artistic Director in 2020. As BODYTRAFFIC’s resident filmmaker, Guzmán has been able to merge his passion for dance and film, creating and collaborating with vibrant communities of artists from all over the globe. Making films that share the influential force of dance with the world is one of his greatest honors.