COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM IS ELEANORE PIENTA, SUNITA MANI, AND TALLIE MEDEL.
Eleanore, Sunita and Tallie all met at Emerson College in Boston, Massacusetts.
TALLIE MARA MEDEL is an actor and comedian. She has been in music videos for Passion Pit and War on Drugs. She stars in independent feature The Unspeakable Act which played at Karlovy Vary, Viennale, Edinburgh International Film Festival, BAMcinema Fest, Indie Night at Lincoln Center, a run at Anthology Film Archives, and took home the award for best film in the Independent Vision competition at the Sarasota Film Festival. Amy Taubin loves it a lot. Soon there will be other features from Caleb Johnson and Nathan Silver. She’s from Ketchikan, Alaska, a horrifyingly beautiful town that’s like Twin Peaks but with way hotter residents.
CCDT is her dream come true.
SUNITA MANI is a writer/comedian/dancer. It has taken her a long time to say she is a comedian. She is. Back at Emerson College, she was in some comedy troupes: sketch and improv with Swolen Monkey Showcase and Zebro: a Laugh Show a weekly comedy variety showcase at Improv Boston. With her brothers and sisters of comedy, she moved to NYC and started a monthly production at Under St. Marks Theatre with Cognac a live radio comedy show (2010). She is now enrolled in UCB’s Improv program. You can see her improvising and hosting a monthly variety show with her indy team Chester.
Sunita is so lucky and she has really incredible friends like DANIELS that feature her in commercials, music videos, or comedy shorts and Tim Whitney and Alex Fischer who pimp her out for writing funnies or acting in shorts.
Currently, her dedications are with COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM as they work on booking live performances and developing their dreams, coinciding with her own American Dream as a young South Indian woman.
ELEANORE PIENTA is a visual artist from Valatie, New York. She studied Photography and Video at Hunter College where she earned her BFA. Her photographs and videos explore characters, flipping into and out of reality. When she was in preschool, she made a fingerpainting with primary colors of what she wanted to be when she grew up: a moviestar. She used dots of blue, red, and yellow to mimic the spotlights shining on her stick figure body. She is still proud of the depiction of lights, and is still finding her way to the brightly lit stage.
She met her comrades Sunita and Tallie at Emerson College, where she studied poetry briefly and performed in COGNAC, a sketch comedy collective. Through Tallie, she met Caity, a dancing inspiration. Soon all four formed a fast and furious bond. Together they became Cocoon Central Dance Team, who she is always proud to share the stage.