Member Directory

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Ansley Carr

Ansley Carr (she/her/hers)

Summer 2021 Dance ATL Intern, University of Alabama Dance, Graduate from Powerhouse Dance Company

ansleycarrdancer.myportfolio.com

@ansleycarr

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Ashley Gibson

Ashley Gibson (she/her/hers)

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Kennesaw State University. During her time at KSU, she performed with the KSU Dance Company, working with renowned individuals such as Christine Welker and McCree O’Kelley. She is a current faculty member at both Studio Go and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Ashley is DanceATL’s Writing Committee Chairperson. She is a freelance writer/copy editor in the Atlanta community, contributing to DanceATL’s Promenade, as well as DIYdancer. When she’s not dancing or teaching, she enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors.

Read some of Ashley’s writing

https://danceatl.org/spring-2020-college-feature-revisited/

https://danceatl.org/courtney-lewis-redefines-her-self-perception-welcomes-future-of-atlanta-dance/

https://danceatl.org/graduating-class-of-2020-dances-into-uncertain-future-with-creativity-poise/

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Assane Kouyaté

Assane Kouyaté (he/him/his)

Culture Bearer | Jeli/Griot | Artistic Director | Performing & Teaching Artist | Choreographer | Traditional West African Arts

@kouyatejeli

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Atarius Armstrong

Atarius Armstrong (he/him/his)

Artistic Director – ALA Dance & Software Engineer

atariusarmstrong.com

@atariusarmstrong  @_aladance

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Autumn Eubank

Autumn Eubank (she/her/hers)

Dancer looking for training, mentorship, networking/collaboration, and performance opportunities. Interested in event atmosphere, live performances, and recorded media. Seeking special skills training (aerial arts, pole, acro, etc.).

@autumneubank

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Beth Del Nero

Beth Del Nero (she/her/hers)

Beth is a dancer, aerialist, and dance instructor. She teaches mainly at Challenge Aerial and runs the teen performance company, Earth to Sky. She has taught ballet, jazz, and flexibility throughout Atlanta but mainly at The Atlanta Dance Academy (TADA) as well as via her Wixsite/Zoom. Beth is a former member of the well-known Dames Aflame showgirls and co-runs Two Chandeliers Entertainment professional showgirls. She is also a performer with D’Air Aerial Dance Company and choreographs extensively, both on the floor and in the air.

https://info081311.wixsite.com/flexballet

twochandeliersent.com

challengeaerialatlanta.com

@beththedancer

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Charne Furcron

Dr. Charné Furcron, BC-DMT, LPC, NCC, MAC, BCC, ACS, CPCS (she/her/hers)


For over thirty years, Dr. Furcron has worked in community mental health and addictive disease agencies, detention centers, youth development, expressive art programs, non-profit organizations, various educational settings, and private practice. As a licensed professional counselor and board-certified dance therapist, she has provided group and individual clinical work with the elderly, mentally challenged, and emotionally disturbed children, as well as adults and adolescents seeking help for chemical dependency and various psychiatric disorders. Charné has extensive experience in developing and implementing educational programs that address communication skills, substance abuse, violence prevention, learning styles, coping with change, team building, and conflict resolution. Dr. Furcron has had the opportunity to work with ethnically diverse client populations seeking psychotherapeutic services to address mental illness issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, ADHD), crisis intervention, interpersonal dynamics, parenting, low self-esteem, and stress management.

Dr. Furcron is Director of Education and Program Officer for Moving in the Spirit. She has been actively involved with Moving in the Spirit for over twenty-seven years and currently manages program evaluation to provide evidence that proves the program’s impact on the dancers’ self-concept, youth development goals, and dance technique. Charné holds a BFA in dance from Texas Christian University, MA in dance therapy from Goucher College, MA in counseling from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, and EdD in counseling psychology from Argosy University/ Sarasota. Dr. Furcron is a Board-Certified Dance Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Board-Certified Coach, GA Certified School Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, GA Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor, and Approved Clinical Supervisor.

In addition to her role as Director of Education, she is an Adjunct Professor for Lesley University in the Dance/Movement Therapy program. She maintains a dance/movement therapy and counseling practice. Dr. Furcron has presented her work with dance/movement therapy and positive youth development locally, regionally, and nationally. Her TED-style presentation, Dance: Positively Changing Lives of Urban Youth,
was featured by the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) as the first in a series, “ADTA Talks.” Also, she co-authored articles with Dr. Leon Rodgers, The Dynamic Interface Between Neuromaturation, Risky Behavior, Creative Dance Movement, and Youth Development Programming for the American Journal of Dance Therapy and Multicultural Competence: Exploring the Link between Globalization, Select Demographics, and School Counselors’ Self-Perceptions for the International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling. She is highlighted in the Profiles of Dance/Movement Therapists on the ADTA website, and in “A Short Primer on Innovative Evaluation Reporting,” and the international documentary, The Moving Child.

Charné serves as the Multicultural Diversity Chair for the board of directors of ADTA. In 2019, the MDC received the Innovation Award under her leadership, and she received the Exceptional Service Award in 2020. She is also one of the thirteen founding members of the Southern Chapter of the ADTA and past vice-president and treasurer. In addition, Charne serves in the NDEO Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) committee. She and her NDEO colleagues were awarded the Executive Directors Award for their planning, presentation, and facilitation of the IDEA 101 conference sessions at the NDEO 2020 conference.

www.movinginthespirit.org 

www.diversityinmotionresearchcollective.com

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Caitlin M. Spencer

Caitlin M. Spencer (She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs)

teacher, independent choreographer

Charlotte Williamson

Charlotte Williamson (She/Her/Hers)

Founder/Artistic Director at SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company

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Chip Epsten

Chip Epsten (he/him/his)

Composer, violinist

http://www.reverbnation.com/chipepsten

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Corian Ellisor

Corian Ellisor (he/him/his)

Professionally, Corian has worked with a variety of dance communities locally and abroad: New York, Atlanta, Houston, Florida, Massachusetts, Arkansas, North Carolina, Guatemala and Sweden. Corian is not just a dancer; he is a performance artist. In addition to performing, he is also a teacher, choreographer and drag artist. He thrives on human interaction and forging relationships through art. Corian has choreographed and produced several performance based works including the evening length shows: “The Atlanta Queer Dance Festival,” “WikiDance,” “Be(a)stie,” “Coming Out Party,” “It Takes a Village,” “See You Soon,” “Identified,” “BAES,” “Veracity,” “My People,” and “On My Mind.” His choreography has been presented twice at the American College Dance Festival and awarded a coveted spot in the Gala performance. Corian has been awarded the choreography award at the University of Houston in 2007, The Walthall Fellowship through Wonderroot in 2012, “Top 20 people to watch in 2013,” by Creative loafing, The Atlanta Beltline Grant in 2014 , an artist in residency award with the Lucky Penny in 2015-2018, best original choreography at the Houston Fringe Festival in 2019 and a pandemic response grant from The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in 2020. Corian completed his MFA in dance from George Washington University in 2017. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at Oxford College of Emory and co-director of the Prime Mover student dance company at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

Making Magic Through Queer Performance – Corian Ellisor’s ‘Charmed Ones’

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Cynthia Bond Perry

Cynthia Perry (she/her/hers)

Dance teacher and writer

D. Patton White

D. Patton White (he/him/his)

D. Patton White has been creating site-specific dance in the Atlanta metropolitan area since 1991. As Artistic Director of Beacon Dance since 1990, he has sought new and innovative ways to bring art to the public. He has created site works in East Atlanta, throughout DeKalb County in parks and nature centers, at the High Museum of Art and the Woodruff Arts Center, in nightclubs, in the former Sears building on Ponce de Leon, in Freedom Park, at the Contemporary Arts Center, at the B Complex in southwest Atlanta, on the Emory University Campus, and most recently on the Atlanta Beltline. He is passionate about public art, and its potential for transforming individuals and communities. White teaches part time at Emory University and is a free-lance performing artist and choreographer. He has been a member of Alternate ROOTS since 1997, serving in various leadership positions on the ROOTS Executive Committee, and he has served on the Board of Directors of The Decatur Arts Alliance, the First Existentialist Congregation of Atlanta and the Briar Hills Condominium Association.

 

www.beacondance.org

@dpattonwhite

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Dory Berry

Dory Berry (she/her/hers)

Agnes Scott College

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Douglas Scott

Douglas Scott (he/him/his)

Artistic/Executive Director of Full Radius Dance; Director of the Modern Atlanta Dance (MAD) Festival

www.fullradiusdance.org

@fullradiusdance

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Elizabeth Windham

Elizabeth Windham (she/her/hers)

Ecstatic Dancer. Level II Reiki Healer. Kundalini Yogi. Founder of “The Ecstatic Priestess”. My mission is to express myself as authentically as I can in order to inspire others to unlock their authentic expression within safe sacred spaces and ceremony. If we can ripple true authentic expression throughout the globe and activate the healing that is within each of us, we can help create a more loving, compassionate, colorful, and joyful world.

@the_ecstaticpriestess

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Ellie Tsuchiya

Ellie Tsuchiya (she/her/hers)

Community-focused and passionate about finding ways that art, people, and place can be activated to create sustainable change.

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Erin Weller Dalton

Erin Weller Dalton (she/her/hers)

Affiliations: Moving in the Spirit, Crossover Movement Arts, Out of Hand Theatre, The Lucky Penny, DanceATL Board Member

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Frank W Malloy III

Frank W Malloy III (he/him/his)

Executive Director of Harambe Dance Company 

harambeedancecompany.com

@harambeedanceco

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Frankie Mulinix

Frankie Mulinix (she/her/hers)

A burlesque and butoh-based performance artist, emcee, producer, dramaturge, choreographer, director, intimacy choreographer, and teacher. Her theatre company, Burning Bones Physical Theatre, creates original and bold wrk that seeks to expand the possibilities of live performance in daring and imaginative ways. As Vibrance: Centre for Voice and Movement, Frankie works with actors and non-actors to develop skills in presence, voice, movement, and performance so they can bring their gifts in presence and performance to the world.

https://frankiemulinix.com/

@vibrancecentre  @burningbonesphysicaltheatre

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Gabrielle Stearns

Gabrielle Stearns (she/her/hers)

Dance major at Emory University, Summer 2021 DanceATL intern

@gabrielle.stearns

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George Staib

George Staib (he/him/his)

Artistic Director: staibdance / Professor of Practice: Emory University

http://www.staibdance.com

@gstaib  @staibdance

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Gregory Catellier

Gregory Catellier (he/him/his)

Gregory Catellier is a dancer, choreographer, lighting designer, and teacher. After dancing for various choreographers and companies in Phoenix and New York, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree from The Ohio State University where he concentrated on dance lighting design and production. Catellier is active in the Atlanta dance scene as both a choreographer for his company, Catellier Dance Projects!, and as a lighting designer. Catellier Dance Projects! has created several collaborative evening-length works that explore broad themes to reveal the personal and political. His choreography has been selected for American College Dance Festival gala concert, the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, the Florida Dance Festival, and the Bates Dance Festival. The award-winning dance films he has created with Seattle based media artist Jeff Curtis have been screened internationally. Catellier is the resident dance lighting designer for Emory University and previously for the Bates Dance Festival (2009-2018). He regularly designs lighting for companies and festivals in Atlanta. At Emory, he teaches modern dance technique, choreography, lighting design for dance, principles of design, improvisation and contact improvisation.

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Greta Watkins

Greta Watkins (she/her/hers)

Founder and owner of ARC Conditioning & Training (Classes and coaching designed for artistic, recreational and/or competitive athletes). Health educator, dance educator, and cross-conditioning coach. Progressing Ballet Technique Level 3 Certified Teacher. American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist. Experienced in teaching ballet technique and inspirational dance and dance choreography.

@gretaearglewatkinsarc

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Hannah Myers

Hannah Myers (she/her/hers)

Hannah Myers is a choreographer, teacher, video artist and classically trained dancer from Pullman, WA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in 2015 where she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance & Pedagogy. Upon graduation Myers was commissioned by Sarah Nulsen, former dancer with Ballet Hartford, to create the short dance film, That’s Not What I Said, which received recognition from NACHMO Film Festival in New York City. The following year, Myers presented her solo work La Chica De Rojo at the 74th Annual International Choreographer’s Showcase at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland to favorable reviews. In August 2018, Myers returned to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh to perform a new solo work titled She Hits A Wall, a collaborative endeavor with Seattle based composer Douglas Taige McMahon. This work made its original debut at the the Martha Graham Studio Theater in New York City in May 2018 as part of NEXT@Graham, a choreography showcase curated by Tadej Brdnik, former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company. In September 2018 Myers began producing her own shows and toured three cities with collaborative performances of BREAKOUT: A Series of Dances. This performance combined live music, video, interactive props and company dancers of The Hartford Dance Collective. The following year Myers produced and received local recognition for three additional performances in Washington and Idaho featuring: dance, music, video, drag, costume design, poetry, painting, sculpture, photography, interactive art installations and live theater. Myers also served as Co-Artistic Director of Graham Ballet Theater for four years during her post graduation years in Washington. Myers is now based in Atlanta, GA.

https://vimeo.com/hannahmyerschoreography

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Jacquelyn Pritz

Jacquelyn Pritz (she/her/hers)

Operations Manager, DanceATL 
Arts Admin Associate, Emory University Center for Creativity and Arts
Program Coordinator, Arts and Social Justice Fellows Program
Instructor, Druid Hills Dance Center

Jacquelyn (Jacque) Pritz is a Filipino-American dance artist and choreographer. She graduated from the University of Florida with her BFA in Dance and BSBA in Marketing and moved to Atlanta in 2018. Her choreography largely researches the portrayal of women in marketing and advertising in American history and includes elements of humor and mixed movement vocabulary. Her choreography has been presented at Breaking New Ground: New Dance at the Decatur Arts Festival, 3 Contemporary Dance Projects, Core Dance’s Field Work, Dance Canvas’ Palette Project, FEMMEFest, CO:VID 48 Hour Video Experiment, Fall for Fall, and various other festivals. Since moving to Atlanta, Jacque has danced for Beacon Dance Company, ALA Dance, Bau Tanzt Here, Catherine Messina, and Leo Briggs.

In her free time, Jacque also trains in Judo, Krav Maga, and Muay Thai and enjoys snuggling with her bearded dragon, Remi.

jaxdance.org   emoryasj.org

Individuals Making Waves in the Community: Volume One

Spring for Spring Spotlights Emerging Choreographers and Dancers

@jaxdance

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Jada Gaither

Jada Gaither (she/her/hers)

 

MoveWithAPurpose Dance Founder, Creator and Owner of 3rd Sundae Dancewear

3rdsundae.com

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Janie Young

Janie Young (she/her/hers)

Janie Young is a Decatur native and a veteran actor, director, teacher, writer, and MAT award-winning choreographer in the Atlanta area. She holds a BA in Theatre & Performance Studies from KSU and is fascinated by storytelling in all forms, with a special interest the intersection of movement and narrative. Choreography: Spring Awakening, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (OSA), Kiss Me Kate!, My Way (Highlands Playhouse), Big Fish, Godspell, The Robber Bridegroom, (Act 3), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Decatur First Drama).

janie-young.com

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Jenn Klammer

Jenn Klammer (she/her/hers)

Educator. Mover

@jennklam

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Jennilee Garcia

Jennilee Garcia (she/her/hers)

Dance Foundry owner

www.dancefoundry.com

@dancefoundry

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Jillian Mitchell

Jillian Mitchell (she/her/hers)

Jillian Mitchell is the founder of Kit Modus, ballet director and program developer at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and Co-Chair on DanceATL’s board of directors.

www.kitmodus.com

@onejilliandollars   @kitmodus

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Joana Cruz

Joana Cruz (she/her/hers)

I am an Atlanta-based dancer and choreographer. I’ve danced with the Atlanta Filipino Student Association, Movement as One Dance Company, Homegrown Dance Crew, and Groove2Musik Company’19.

@joanaandjam

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Julie Galle Baggenstoss

Julie Galle Baggenstoss (she/her/hers)

Berdolé Flamenco Management and Production, A Través 501c3, Emory University, Fulton County Teaching Museum

https://www.dancenayana.com/

http://www.berdole.com

@juliemoondances

 

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Julie Gomez

Julie Gomez (she/her/hers)

linkedin.com/in/julie-gomez-39a2a48

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Julianna Feracota

Julianna Feracota (she/her/hers)

Julianna is a professional dancer who grew up in River Forest, Illinois. She began her training at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois and continued her education at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. She graduated in December 2018 with a BFA in Dance and BBA in Accounting. Julianna is currently a performing artist with Full Radius Dance and pursues freelance work, as well. ​Julianna has been honored to perform works by renowned choreographers like Monica Bill Barnes, Rennie Harris, Martha Graham, and Alice Sheppard to name a few. She has traveled to New York City to perform at the Joyce Theater and Ailey Citigroup Theater. Most recently, she attended a summer workshop at Orsolina28 in Moncalvo, Italy. While there, she learned William Forsythe and Crystal Pite repertory and choreographic methods. Aside from dance, Julianna is also a bookkeeper and marketing consultant for small businesses through her company, Balance Point, LLC. She enjoys kickboxing and learning to dance on her rollerblades in her free time. Learn more about Julianna by visiting her website: juliannadances.org

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Julio Medina

Julio Medina (he/him/his)

Assistant Professor, Emory Dance and Movement Studies Program

https://www.juliomedinadance.com/

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Kara Jacobson

Kara Jacobson (she/her/hers)

Kara, an Atlanta native, founded TADA in 2016, and she has more than 30 years of dance training and education experience. Her training and performance experiences include: Harkness House in New York City, The Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, The Georgia Ballet, and Southern Ballet. Kara is trained in classical ballet, jazz and modern dance. Ms. Jacobson is also a graduate of the nationally recognized Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts (CCCEPA). Currently, Kara is a volunteer coach for the USA Special Olympics gymnastics team. In addition to launching TADA Kara is an active faculty member at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

https://www.tadaatlanta.com/

@tada_atl 

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Kathleen Wessel

Kathleen Wessel (she/her/hers)

Co-director of HEREafter, a long-running, episodic immersive theater show produced by Combo Platter Productions, LLC. Director of Spelman Dance Theatre and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Dance Performance and Choreography at Spelman College.

http://www.kathleenwessel.com

@kbwesse  @hereafteratl  @spelman_dt

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Kathryn Gutierrez

Kathryn Gutierrez (she/her/hers)

Kathryn Gutierrez is from Tampa, FL, where she received her formal training from the Patel Conservatory Youth Ballet and Next Generation Ballet under the direction of Peter Stark, Philip Neal, and Kelly King. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her BFA in Dance in from the University of Florida. Throughout her undergraduate career, Kathryn performed works by JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Daniel Gwirtzman, Elizabeth Johnson, Isa Garcia-Rose, DZ Maciel, and Dante Puleio. Additionally, she had the privilege of attending Hubbard Street Dance’s Pre-Professional Intensive where she learned works choreographed by Crystal Pite and Ohad Naharin, and performed excerpts of works choreographed by Alejandro Cerrudo and Peter Chu.  Kathryn also attended USF’s Dance In Paris Program where she performed with DaPaPo, a Dance for Parkinson’s company. In the Fall of 2019, Kathryn performed Persistence of Time, choreographed by Dante Puleio at the Dumbo Dance Festival. She also had the privilege of being the rehearsal assistant to Dante Puleio, where she was able to help set A Choreographic Offering, choreographed by José Limón. She currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she is a company member with ALA Dance as well as teaching and choreographing. Since moving to Atlanta, Kathryn has had the pleasure of performing at both the Fall For Fall and Spring For Spring Dance Festivals as well as choreograph work for DanceATL’s AM Collaborative.

@kathryn_gutierrez

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Katie Silver

Katie Silver (she/her/hers)

Dance enthusiast with a background in dance, mostly ballet based

Katie Terry

Katie Terry (she/her/hers)

K-12 and studio dance educator — modern, creative movement, ballet, jazz, contemporary.

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Katie Watkins

Katie Watkins (she/her/hers)

Performer | Writer | Choreographer | Dance Educator | Photographer

Editor of “The Elixir” Literary & Arts Magazine, Summer 2021 Dance ATL Intern, Brenau University B.A. Dance & B.A English

Read some of Katie’s work:

https://danceatl.org/angelina-pellini-departs-from-atlanta-with-diverse-experience/

The Elixir 2020-2021

@katie_robyn_

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Kerry Lyn Ayre

Kerry Lyn Ayre (she/her/hers)

Australian Choreographer/Director for Xsystem International, Singapore & Aceolution Pty Ltd, Australia.

https://www.xsystem.com.sg

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Kristin O'Neal

Kristin O’Neal (she/her/hers)

National Water Dance, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, Independent Choreographer

@koneal26

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Lauren Elliott

Lauren Elliott (she/her/hers)

Assistant Director, Gift Planning, Georgia State University

Leslie Gourley

Leslie P. Gourley (she/her/hers)

Leslie Gourley is the owner and director of Decatur School of Ballet and the artistic director of Decatur City Dance. A lifelong performer, teacher and choreographer, Leslie has worked in the Atlanta area for over 35 years. Leslie holds a BFA in Ballet Performance from Texas Christian University and danced for many years with Beacon Dance Company and Decatur City Dance, working with choreographers such as Meli Kaye, Patton White, Martha Goodman, Toya Willingham and Peter Powlus.

decaturballet.com

decaturcitydance.org

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Leah Behm

Leah Behm (she/her/hers)

@leahbehm2899

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Lindy 'Oji' Dannelley

Lindy “Oji” Dannelley (she/her/hers)

Lindy “Oji” Dannelley, a native-born Atlantan, had a passion for theater and dance at an early age. Founding Artistic Director of Koalaty Presentations (now Process Theater Company), she joined Full Radius Dance in 2011. Here she combined her theatrical experience with her Montessori teacher training to enrich educational programs for children and adults. An avid scifi cosplayer and one of the original members of DragonCon, she also enjoys travel and adaptive camping. She is a freelance writer and speaker for various online sites that focus on arts and disability and has a growing following on Instagram. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a BA in theater and English and is an ordained minister.

https://www.youtube.com/user/paidiraiompair/videos

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Loren McFalls

Loren McFalls (she/her/hers)

Loren (she/her @lorencatherine_) is a dancer and choreographer for both stage and film. She’s been dancing since she was 2 and a half when she got kicked out of preschool for climbing a bookshelf. Enrolling in ballet was a requirement for going back to the school program and probably the best thing that ever happened to her. Loren attended Drexel University on a dance performance scholarship where she was thrown into the Philadelphia artists’ community. After college she started a femme. artists’ collective in Philly to showcase awesome female-identifying folks. She produced and performed in dance performances for Philadelphia Fringe Festival as well as music showcases at her neighborhood watering hole and a recurring outdoor summer festival. She’s taught ballet classes since she was in high school and has choreographed for several music videos and short films. Recently moved back to ATL from LA, she’s ready to get immersed in a cool new community of awesome movers.

www.lorenmcfalls.com

@lorencatherine_

 

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Melinda C. Jacques

Melinda C. Jacques (she/her/hers)

Associate Director of Profectus. Freelance teacher, choreographer, and dancer.

profectusdance.org

New Company Profectus Dance Takes Root in Atlanta

@the_melinda_agenda  @profectusdance

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Melissa Pearson

Melissa Pearson (she/her/hers)

@mydancenutrition  @melissapearson

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Meredith Olivia

Meredith Olivia (she/her/hers)

Hi all! I am a graduate of the University of Alabama where I received a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography. I am a native Atlien and have had the pleasure of working with The Georgia Ballet and have performed professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet and Komansé Dance Theater. I am also the founder and artistic director of Modco Dance Company. When I’m not dancing, I can usually be found tending to my garden or snuggling with my cats.

https://modcodance.wixsite.com/amoderndancecompany

@mereditholivia_  @modco_dance

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Merryn McKeough

Merryn McKeough (she/her/hers)

Dance and Movement Studies Major at Emory University | Atlanta/Chicago

linkedin.com/in/merrynmckeough

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Michael Boatright

Michael Boatright (he/him/his)

Professional Photographer

https://www.michaelboatright.com

@michaelboatrightphotography

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Monica Thysell

Monica Thysell (she/her/hers)

Monica Hogan Thysell is a professional choreographer, teacher, and dancer. As the artistic director of her company, Monica Hogan Danceworks, she has presented choreography on stages internationally including: Ailey Citigroup Theater, DUMBO Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Gelsey Kirkland ArtsCenter, NY Jazz Choreography Project, Queens Council on the Arts, CoolNY Dance Festival (NYC); Xuzhou Concert Hall, Tianjin Concert Hall (China); Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS (NC); and Jazz on Tap (GA), to name a few. She and her company have held numerous artist-in-residence masterclasses and discussion panels for the Duke University Dance Program. Monica has performed professionally with companies including Gaspard&Dancers, De Funes Dance Company, BalaSole Dance Company, Phyzix Urban Dance Theatre, and more. On screen, Monica has performed in music videos for artists including Delta Rae and Vienna Teng and in work for AdCouncil and The College Board. In 2011, she was a choreographer and dancer in the opening ceremonies of the Universiade olympic games in Shenzhen, China. She serves the greater dance community as a Board member for NACHMO. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she trained at numerous studios including the Georgia Ballet and Atlanta Ballet. Monica graduated with distinction in Dance Choreography and Performance from Duke University, where she was the winner of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts. While there, Monica had the opportunity to learn from workshops with artists/companies including Alonzo King’s LINES, Nederlands Dans Theater, Alvin Ailey, Chunky Move, Mark Dendy, David Dorfman, Donald Byrd, Shen Wei, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and more. Her performance repertory there included Twyla Tharp’s Eight Jelly Rolls and Torelli, along with countless works by acclaimed dance faculty.

www.mhdanceworks.com

@monicathysell  @mhdanceworks

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Nadya Zeitlin

Nadya Zeitlin (she/her/hers)

Dance Designer, Artistic Director of Bautanzt Here.

www.nadyazeitlin.com

www.bautanzt.art

@xaotic_dancer  @bautanzt_here

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Nate Snyder

Nate Snyder (he/him/his)

Resources Manager – Core Dance

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Nayana Shorts

Nayana Shorts (she/her/hers)

Born and raised in Queens, New York to parents of Guyanese descent, Nayana Shorts has been stomping her feet and shaking her hips since she was 10 years old. From ballet to Bolly, Nayana has trained in and played with many different styles of dance. When you see her choreography, you’ll most likely see the Chutney style of dance on vibrant display. Her passion is to break down the stereotype that professional dance is limited to ballet/contemporary/modern, to bring a new idea into someone’s head when they hear the word “dance” and to share her Caribbean background with the world.

https://www.dancenayana.com/

@dancenayana

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Onur Topal-Sumer

Onur Topal-Sumer (she/her/hers)

Onur Topal Sumer (she/her) is a choreographer, performer, educator, producer, curator, administrator and a dreamer…born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She has a B.F.A. in dance from Istanbul Yildiz Technical University and a M.F.A. in dance & digital technology from University of California, Irvine. She has professionally performed over a decade as a company dancer and an independent artist and staged her original dance works, her dance films and her multimedia installations at many acclaimed festivals and events across Europe, USA & Asia. As a teaching artist, Onur taught dance, performance and dance & media all around Turkey, Germany, Holland, Italy, University of California, Irvine, Tucson, Az and in Atlanta. Along with Onur’s international curatorial projects; in Atlanta, she has curated dance film screenings and taught as a visiting artist at Emory University, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia State University, Cinematic Lounge Series at Pera Dance, VideoDanza Uruguay, Argentina and Int. Video Dance Fest of Burgundy, France and Fiver International Screendance-Spain. Onur has extensive experience and passion for working with dance and technology, producing, executing events, festivals, panels and leading administrative work. Some of the artistic supports Onur have received are; Idea Capital Grant, Gabriela Tudor Dance Manager Fellowship, Walthall Artist Fellowship, Art On the Beltline and Flux Project Grants. She served as a board member and Performing Arts Committee co-chair of Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery Non-Profit Organization and coordinated DanceATL. Since 2007 Onur has been the director & curator of Dance Camera Istanbul, International Dance Film & Media Festival.Recently she started producing Dance Camera PandeMania. It is very important for Onur to support her community, defend equal human, animal & environmental rights, keeping her creative urge alive and finding like-minded collaborators around the world.

onurtopalsumer.weebly.com

@onur.topalsumer

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Patsy Collins

Patsy Collins (she/her/hers)

Dancer, Choreographer, Marketing Specialist

Patsy Collins, a native Chicagoan, began her professional training at Emory University where she received a B.A. in Dance & Movement Studies and Business. While there she was a STIPE Fellow, performed with the Emory Dance Company and received the Alan Rackoff Prize for her movement research. She currently resides in Atlanta and is a company member with staibdance, Komansé Dance Theater and ALA Dance. Additionally, she was a Palette Project Choreographer with Dance Canvas, and has created works supported by grants from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fourth Ward Neighbors Association. She is presenting work at the Skyline Series and Spring for Spring Festival in the coming months. Patsy is also the Marketing Coordinator for DanceATL and teaches at several local studios.

pcprepservices.com

@patsy_collins

 

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Perlizbeth De Leon

Perlizbeth De Leon (she/her/hers)

Uprising Dance Company Director

patreon.com/Perlizbeth

@plizbethh

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Peter Trojic

Peter Trojic (he/him/his)

Company Dancer Full Radius Dance

@ptrojic

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Porter Grubbs

Porter Grubbs (they/them/theirs)

Artistic Director of The Mediums Collective

Porter Grubbs is a dance and movement artist, a choreographer, a writer, and a teacher. They work across visual and auditory disciplines to realize their personal visions and the visions of their collaborators. Porter’s creative process is always an act of translation. Whether they’re interpreting prompts and phrases from a director or interpreting associations from their personal experiences, Porter’s art is their tribute to the wisdom of the ancestors, mentors, and spaces that have informed them throughout their life. Every act of creation is an act of collaboration with seen and unseen forces, so they engage their research with respect, curiosity, and play.

Porter is especially interested in the interplay between structure and spontaneity and the entanglement of fantasy within reality. They believe that, with enough actionable momentum, individuals and collectives can manifest the dreams that form their inner worlds. Dance & theatre provides the ultimate playground for them to put this belief to the test again and again.

https://www.themediumscollective.com

@shutterbugporter 

@themediumscollective

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Rebekah Diaddigo

Rebekah Diaddigo (she/her/hers)

Founder/Director of Bluebird Uncaged, freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer.

bluebirduncaged.com

@rebekahdiaddigo @bluebirduncaged

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René Nesbit

René Nesbit (she/her/hers)

Founder/Artist @ Can I Color Now Studios

canicolornowstudios.com

@canicolornowstudios  @cherish.dance

Robin Wharton

Robin Wharton (she/her/hers)

Robin is a writer who lives and works in Atlanta. A former dancer, she studied at the School of American Ballet and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, and she was a member of Tulane University’s Newcomb Dance Company. She holds a law degree and a PhD, both from the University of Georgia.

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Rose Sebaugh

Rose Sebaugh (she/her/hers)

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is -lPLcR_ipMUQGd1s4U1xfBxdwHZbHvp7ynaP-4xjcWmSPWf5oE0CcYS0Vf4WNkRsSKkdA1rwsKN387rPV_dhIhNHMzSBxreClwOka4C8u60InLTZV7k5-YhYpKkJPHmFhGmfwiZaRose is a student at the University of Georgia double majoring in Dance and Dietetics. She has choreographed and performed in the Young Choreographers Series, Spring Dance Concert, Spotlight on the Arts, in the Athens community, and at the ACDA regional conference during her time at UGA. Rose has also worked as an RA and intern with Joffrey South and Joffrey Colorado Springs in 2019 and 2020, and she is excited to use her diverse experiences to fuel her new position as an intern with DanceATL.

@rose.sebaugh

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Rose Shields

Rose Shields (she/her/hers)

Rose Shields is a freelance performing artist with skills in contemporary dance, aerial silks, aerial hoop/lyra, acrobatics, ballet, choreography, and improvisation. She has a BFA in Dance from UNCSA. She was a performing artist with Core Dance and has worked for ELEMENT Acrobats, Liquid Sky, Excel Talent Agency, Bubba Carr, T. Lang, and Woodruff Arts outreach program. Rose loves circus arts and dance in all their forms and enjoys the endless possibilities that come from an open mind and a passion to create.

@rosesilverstar

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Samantha Spriggs

Samantha Spriggs (she/her/hers)

Samantha Spriggs is an Atlanta based independent dance artist. Her choreographic work has been presented in Chicago, New York, Dallas, and Atlanta, and has been adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival. She has presented research at the Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research and Dance conference, and done technical theater and sound design work for dance and theater companies. She grew up in Atlanta, training in Ballet and Modern Dance under Kelly Oakes-Dent and Amy Gately. Spriggs then relocated to Chicago where she studied dance and dancemaking at Columbia College Chicago and danced professionally with Synapse Arts, Laboratory Dancers, We Stand Sideways Dance, and several independent artists. During her time in Chicago, Spriggs taught Contemporary Dance and Creative Movement at Lou Conte Dance Studio-home to Hubbard Street Dance Company, Old Town School of Folk Music, through the Chicago Parks District and for several dance companies. She also served as movement director for several theatrical productions. Sammy came home to Atlanta in 2017, after a year in New York City, to raise her daughter in her beloved home town. Her choreography and teaching work emphasizes the intersections between performing arts and social justice. She believes that dance and arts education cultivates strength, confidence, empathy and provides the tools necessary to be a good human. Sammy is on faculty at Dance Foundry in Scottdale, GA, where she teaches Modern Technique and Creative Movement to some very talented young movers. Sammy’s Sunday Morning Release Technique class series for adults/professionals was featured in DanceATL’s inaugural issue of Promenade.

www.samanthaspriggsdance.org

@samanthaspringgsdance

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Sarah Hillmer

Sarah Hillmer (she/her/hers)

https://www.immerseatl.com/

Review: ImmerseATL Explores Themes of the Pandemic with “Continuous Replay”

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Sarah Stokes

Sarah Stokes (she/her/hers)

Choreographer | Performer | Instructor

Artistic Director of Atlanta Dance Collective

atlantadancecollective.org

@sastokesss @atldancecollective

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Scott Wheet

Scott Wheet (he/him/his)

Independent movement artist / teacher, Production Manager for Core Dance

@scott_wheet

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Sharon C Carelock

Sharon C Carelock (she/her/hers)

Performer/Choreographer/Director

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Sue Schroeder

Sue Schroeder (she/her/hers)

In over 40 years of work in the arts, Sue Schroeder has created more than 110 original dance works for theaters, museums, green spaces, architectural works, and water environments. Her work has appeared throughout the United States, as well as Mexico, Israel, France, Germany, Poland, Georgia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Iceland, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Guatemala, and Hungary. Schroeder’s multidisciplinary vision has led to collaborations with major voices in dance, music, spoken word, visual arts and design. Additionally, Schroeder is recognized as an Arts Activist and Mentor and the Founding Artistic Director of Core Dance. As a contemporary Dance Maker, Schroeder focuses on the creative process, movement research & exploration, using dance-making as a catalyst for social change.

@schroeder.sue

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Tamara Irving

Tamara Irving (she/her/hers)

TMI Design & Consulting LLC – Dance Educational Consulting Business

tamarairving.com

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Todd Burnsed

Todd Burnsed (he/him/his)

https://selbyartistsmgmt.com/ 

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Tsiambwom Mbeh Akuchu

Tsiambwom Mbeh Akuchu (he/him/his)

Tsiambwom “T” Akuchu is a hip-hop/theatre artist and activist.

www.akuchu.com

@tsebwom

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Yenwen Kuo

Yenwen Kuo (she/her/hers)

Yenwen Kuo, MSc

Founder and CEO of Dance Science Wellness, LLC. IADMS Promotions Committee Member, The Bridge Dance Project Atlanta Chapter Member, STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor, Dance Instructor, Freelance Dancer, and Choreographer.

http://www.dancesciencewellness.com

@Dance.Science.Wellness

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Zerina Serulle

Zerina Serulle (she/her/hers)

My TWO LOVES = DANCE & Real Estate!

www.reZidenceRealty.com

@z_rule  @rezidencerealty

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