A Multi-Media Production and
Talent Management Group
Director of Business Development,
Collaborative & Creative Strategies
The name Trān-sēnd'Dæns was conceived during a very auspicious night
on April 13, 2019 at one of the Co-Founder’s apartment. The main
objective was for Abdiel Jacobsen and Brian Rubiano to inspire
Kristine Bendul in completing her vision board. Throughout the
process, an idea was presented to come up with a name for Kristine
and Abdiel’s dance partnership. Since one of their mission is to
transcend the world of dance, merging the words Transcend and Dance
However, the 3 founders wanted to be more thoughtful and provide a
level of intellect to the words. They researched its origin and
orthoepy which then gave birth to Trān-sēnd'Dæns. The name reflects
the idea of honoring the past while ushering it to the future as
implied to the company’s Mission and Vision. They were so elated
by coming up with Trān-sēnd'Dæns as a name that using it for Abdiel
and Kristine’s dance partnership will not be enough. Hence, the
decision of establishing a Multi-Media Production and Talent
Management company came into being in order to provide it a better
platform. To further elevate it to its rightful place, they added
the tagline Follow…Lead…Love.
On July 09, 2019, Trān-sēnd'Dæns officially became a company…
Kristine Bendul is a performer, choreographer and master instructor based in New York City. As a performer Kristine has appeared in seven Broadway shows; Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella where she was the assistant choreographer and partnering consultant, two of Twyla Tharp’s shows Come Fly Away and Movin’ Out (She was nominated for a Helen Hayes award as Outstanding Supporting Performer for her role in the 1st National Tour of Movin’ Out), Man Of La Mancha, Swing, On TheTown and The King And I. Her five Broadway productions in the prestigious City Center Encores series are Do I Hear A Waltz, On The Town, No Strings, Golden Boy and One Touch Of Venus. She has danced the Cyd Charisse role in two separate productions of Singin’ In the Rain, performed live at Lincoln Center in their televised production of Camelot and you may even recognize her from season 1 of NBC’s Smash and Baz Luhrman’s The Get Down. Other favorite TV credits of hers include being a guest performer on the David Letterman show and appearing on the both the Tony’s and the Academy Awards.
Before Broadway, Kristine’s background in ballet began with Irine Fokine and then involved studying at the School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet and New Jersey Ballet where she rose to a demi soloist with the company and was selected to tour internationally along side The New York City Ballet to Taiwan and Russia with Kozlov and Friends and Stars of the American Ballet respectively. Because of her technical background, she was reconnected to the dance concert world during her time on Broadway appearing as a principal dancer for Ron De Jesus Dance and MStuart Dance Theater. She has also performed with American Dance Machine in Susan Stroman’s “Simply Irresistible” from Contact and has been asked to continue as one of her dancers whenever the piece is requested.
Kristine is highly sought out for her partnering skills. Her technical background enabled her to dance a broad spectrum of styles and she became superbly adept in the world of partnering. She was the adage lead with AntiGravity and on Cunard cruiseline for Jean Ann Ryan Productions. Kristine was trained in different styles of swing and latin as an original Broadway cast member of Swing. There she met Arte Phillips who introduced her to the world of hustle. She holds three 1st place titles in the ProCabaret division with Disco America, the International Hustle and Salsa Congress, Liberty Swing and another 1st place in Jeff Selby’s Hustle Your Game.
As a choreographer, Kristine has done immersive theater, musical showcases, a music video and works for Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS’ highly profiled annual events Gypsy of the Year, Easter Bonnet and Broadway Bares Fire Island. In 2018 she was asked to create a world premiere piece for Bebe Newirth’s Dancers’ Resource annual benefit Dancers For Good. Kristine has also choreographed for Camp Broadway, Broadway Barkada’s annual dance concert Lumipad and Jennifer Jancuska’s BC Beat. Her film credit was choreographing the ballet short Fourth Position which received honorable mention in several film festivals.
As an instructor, Kristine’s teaching resume is equally as diverse. Kristine has taught master workshops for the University of Michigan, Elon, Santa Clara and Oklahoma Universities. Additionally she was a master dance teacher for both Iolani and Punahou private school of which former president Barack Obama is an alum. She has taught master partnering class at Broadway Dance Center, musical theater at American Ballet Theater’s summer program not to mention her instruction at numerous other schools and workshops including Camp Broadway, Broadway Bound Kids’ Workshop, Broadway Workshop and Manhattan Dance Project.
It is such a gift for Kristine to be able to gift others with the knowledge, skills and passion she has acquired over her the course of her career. She hopes to continue to inspire those around her and that includes herself. The quest for self improvement is never-ending.
Abdiel Cedric Jacobsen
Abdiel Jacobsen, born in Côte d’Ivoire, is former Principal Dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company where he was a member from 2011 to 2018. He has performed many lead roles in Graham's ionic repertoire as well as new original works by various prolific contemporary choreographers including Nacho Duato, Robert Wilson, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sonya Tayeh, Luca Veggetti, Andonis Foniadakis, Michelle Dorrance, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Richard Move, Lucinda Childs, and more. Abdiel has been a guest artist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theater, Cecilia Marta Dance Company and Movement Migration. He was also a featured guest artist for Diana Vishneva's "Dialogues" partnering prima ballerina, Diana Vishneva. Beyond dance theatre Abdiel has been featured in original musical theatre and opera productions including "Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise" directed by Chen Shi-Zheng with choreography by Akram Khan for The Shed NYC, "Hatuey: Memory of Fire" directed by Mary Birnbaum with choreography by Maija Garcia, and "The Tempest Songbook" with the Gotham Chamber Opera directed and choreographed by Luca Veggetti.
Abdiel received a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, PA where he gained the foundation for his dance training. He is also a Certified Professional Smooth Ballroom and Rhythm dance instructor by Arthur Murray Dance International where he began his ballroom dance training acquiring over 10 years of teaching experience. His Professional Competitive Ballroom dance awards includes Same-Sex Smooth Pro Ballroom National 1st place Champion and Dancesport Pro National Open American Smooth Ballroom 3rd place Champion and also won 1st place for the World Latin Dance Cup Salsa on 1 division.
Beyond performance and competition, Abdiel thoroughly enjoys teaching and is honored to have been the rehearsal assistant and guest artist at The Juilliard School this year as part of the first ever setting of Martha Graham's "Rite of Spring" in its entirety on a college/university. Jacobsen is currently a Fulbright Specialist with the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Global Learning, with a 3-year tenure. His passion and desire for cultural exchange has allowed him to teach and choreograph not just all over the U.S.A. but also internationally including Haiti, China, Canada, South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire.
Abdiel is an avid Hustle dancer and is dedicated and committed to the cultural preservation of the roots of the Latin Hustle partner dance style while expanding its expression creatively and pushing its boundaries. He is delighted to be teaching Hustle at Gibney Dance Center in NYC every Wednesday at 8pm as an ongoing class. His greatest passion is uniting all people through social dancing as a sharing and healing of our humanity.
Brian Rubiano was born in the Philippines and moved to Hawaii when he was a kid. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, he joined the United States Air Force as part of the Health Services Administration Command. Part of his Air Force Career was the opportunity to tour worldwide as a vocalist under the auspices of the Air Force’s Premiere Entertainment Group “Tops in Blue.” He was one of the Ambassadors on Stage traveling all over the United States, Europe, Middle East and parts of Asia-Pacific for almost 1 year. After his world tour, he attended Graduate Degree Program at Central Michigan University College of Extended Learning for Master of Science in Health Services Administration. He stayed in the Washington DC area after honorably separating from US Air Force and worked Full Time as an Occupational Therapist while doing gigs as a performer/actor for various theaters, entertainment companies, films and televisions.
On 2007, Brian moved to New York City to further pursue his acting career which eventually earned him the eligibility to become a member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). On February of 2015, he was offered the position to become the Director of Rehabilitation in Skilled Nursing Facility in Brooklyn, NY and did it up until January of 2018. On Feb of 2018, his Rehab company created a position for him as a Traveling Supervisor and Clinical Specialist. Throughout his healthcare career, he remains passionate in incorporating creative strategy, humanizing approach to management, collaboration and continues to be an advocate on the optimal therapeutic effect of fusing arts and healthcare. This has become one of his life’s mission to date.
With Brian’s military career combined with his knowledge on performing arts and healthcare plus his world travel and management experience, it is obvious that the next step for him is to establish a company that provides a platform for unconventional, non-traditional and creative projects across the board. He wants to be of service to the greater good of humanity through collaboration with various organizations, groups and individuals in multiple fields and industries. One of his philosophy is to always “Aim to become a better version of one’s self for it deserve nothing less.”