Dr. Connie Ledoux Book, Dr. Steven House, Dr. Gabie Smith, Lauren Kearns, Kimberly Rippy, Renay Aumiller, Jen Guy Metcalf, Heidi Jo Schimer, Jack Smith and Emma Spencer.
Arcs and Agreements
Choreographer Notes: Arcs and Agreements plays with reflection, symmetry, continuity, and pairings inspired by Fonville Fountain.
En Todas las Direcciones
Choreographer Notes: While creating this piece, I spent a lot of time reflecting on my summer in Cuba. Throughout the past June and July I was living on my own in Havana while interning with Malpaso Dance Company. It was one of the most challenging things I have done to date, but also one of the most rewarding. The Cuban culture is filled with a passion that I don't always see in my life here and this trip allowed me to take a look at how I want to live my life in the future. As far as the movement, it is inspired by the dancers and choreography of Malpaso but still maintains my natural flow. It has been fun to use the brick arches as a sort of partner when creating the choreography.
Choreographer Notes: Being that this was my first experience with choreographing outside of the studio, I challenged myself to actually choreograph in the landscape rather than choreograph movement that was to be performed on the landscape. Especially when considering the benches at my location, I questioned how I could make the benches an independent entity in the piece so that they were more than a prop that could be sat on.
Music: Flocon De Neige by Worakls
Music: Flocon De Neige by Worakls
Unknown, In Touch
Choreographer Notes: "Unknown, In Touch" explores the process of developing shared understanding and comfort with people and places by engaging experiences of proximity, ranges of perspective and perception, contact and interaction. Unknown, In Touch looks at how despite limited factual information we have about another human we can still find deep connection, and the most mysterious aspects of our lives and universe connect us most intimately with truth.
Choreographer Notes: I am exploring the mysterious and ancient symbolism of the Magnolia tree.
Music: Taiko Drums by Music of Japan.
Sound Editor: Robert Kearns
Music: Taiko Drums by Music of Japan.
Sound Editor: Robert Kearns
hidden out loud
Lauryn Adams is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She is currently a first year at Elon University and pursing a B.F.A in Dance and a B.A in Political Science. Recently, she has choreographed the full length musical of the Lion King, attended a summer intensive with Dance Theatre of Harlem and produced a student run dance showcase with her high school.
Catherine Beal is a native of Clemmons, North Carolina. She is currently a first-year student at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Communications. She has danced in the halftime shows of the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl, and last year she attended the Manhattan Dance Project Summer Workshop. Throughout high school, she taught dance classes at her local studio. paste the bio next to the photo.
Amy Love Beasley is a dance artist, educator, and visual artist. She aims to create openings for connection and empathy through her work and her classes, and she has taught, performed, and presented work across the country. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University and has been on faculty and presented work at UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and UNC School of the Arts’ Summer Dance Intensive. She has had the good fortune of performing for many artists who inspire her including Gerri Houlihan, Lauren Kearns, Niki Juralewicz, BJ Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, and Jan Van Dyke. She has a deep appreciation for her mentors and collaborators and for the expansive process of engaging with dance. www.amylovebeasley.com
Caroline Bernardon is a native of Madison, New Jersey. She is currently a first-year student at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance. She is a certified yoga instructor and has spent her summers dancing at Bates Dance Festival, University of the Arts, and American Dance Festival.
Lindsey Bischel is a native of Buffalo, NY. She is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance with a minor in Psychology. Lindsey has trained extensively in Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Modern, Ballet, Lyrical, and Tap for the past 18 years. Some of her Elon credits include The Wedding Singer 2018 (Tiffany/Ensemble), Spring Dance Concert 2018, 2017, 2016 (Dancer), Fall Dance Concert 2017, 2016 (Dancer), Choreography Salon 2017, 2016 (Choreographer/Dancer), Black History Month Concert 2016 (Dancer). Lindsey would like to thank the performing arts faculty, her colleagues, and her family for their constant love and support.
Caroline Boothe is a native of Chester, New Jersey. She is currently a first-year at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance and a B.S in Accounting. She has done intensives with Joffrey ballet, Fabrice Herault, and Pushing Progress.
Ashlyn DeLoughy is a native of Sandy Hook, CT where she grew up dancing at Dance Dimensions for 16 years. She is currently a first year at Elon University pursing a B.F.A in Dance and a B.A. in Journalism. During her summers, she attends the Generation IV and Dance Masters of America intensives.
Shelby Durham, of Wilmington, NC, has been dancing since she was two years old. She’s currently a junior BFA Dance Performance and Choreography and BA in Arts Administration major with a minor in Business Administration. Shelby has trained with Joffrey Ballet, American Dance Festival, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She has studied choreography by Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe, Alejandro Cerrudo, Summation Dance, Ohad Naharin, Peter Chu and Crystal Pite. This year, Shelby had her choreography selected to presented in the Fall Dance Concert. She is excited to study with the Accademia Europea di Firenze in the spring.
Katie Fulks is a first year Elon student and a native of Huntington, WV. She is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Arts Administration. Previously, she studied at the Art Center School of Dance in Huntington and the WV Governor’s School for the Arts.
Isabella Hindley is a native of Great Britain but currently resides in Vienna, VA. She is a first year undergraduate student at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Economics. She studied at Cuppett Performing Arts Center as part of their pre-professional company. She has attended summer intensives at the Rockettes and the Cecchetti International Summer School.
Mackenzie Holub is a native of Springfield, Virginia. She is currently a first-year at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance. She has attended summer intensives at The Rock School for Dance Education and The Washington Ballet.
Allison Ivan is a Senior BFA Dance Performance/Choreography and B.S. Accounting double major from Warren, NJ. Her credits include Dance in the Landscape (2015, 2016, 2018), the Fall Dance Concert (2015-2018), Introspections (2016), Decennium: The Spring Dance Concert (2017), Pulse: The Spring Dance Concert (2018), and Of Those Who Live and Reconstructing Jazz (2018). Allison is very grateful for all of the opportunities she has been given, such as touring with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 2009 and having the opportunity to do research through the Elon College Fellows Program.
Lauren W. Kearns, M.F.A., E-RYT 500, PMA is a Professor of Dance, the Chair of the Elon University Department of Performing Arts, and the founding coordinator of the BFA and BS dance programs at Elon. She is a published scholar and has presented at national and international dance conferences since 2000. Kearns is the author of “Somatics in Action: A Mindful and Physical Conditioning Tool for Movers”, published by Handspring Publishing. Kearns has received over forty-five grants, fellowships, and awards to support her artistic and scholarly projects. In addition to her academic career, Kearns is an international choreographer/performer having composed over fifty-five professionally produced concert pieces and is the artistic director and co-founder of The Kearns Dance Project, a professional dance company based in North Carolina. www.thekearnsdanceproject.org www.elon.edu/perarts
Elena Kim was born in Russia. In 2015 she graduated from the College of Musical and Theatrical Arts in Moscow. During her studies in Russia she performed in several famous venues including the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky theaters and at the Kremlin as well as participating in various international festivals and competitions where she received three major awards. Elena started her bachelor’s degree at European academy of Florence (Italy) in 2016. During her stay she has performed on famous Florentine stages like the Teatro Verdi, the Museo Nazionale del Bargello and in Palazzo Vecchio. She has worked with companies like “KinesiS Contemporary Dance Company” and “FloDance Corps”. In 2018 she transferred to Elon university as an exchange student and will be graduating in December.
Brennan Kolbo, a senior from Crete, Nebraska, is majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography at Elon University. She has danced in numerous classical ballets and contemporary dance works throughout her years of training. She has worked with River North Dance Chicago and Thodos Dance Chicago, presented work in TEDx Youth Lincoln, performed as a guest in Omaha Under the Radar, and most recently traveled to Havana, Cuba to intern and train with Malpaso Dance Company. Brennan has been blessed to dance in faculty, student, and guest artists’ pieces every year while at Elon and is excited for one more run.
Rachel Linsky is a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Business. While in college Rachel has done intensives with Keigwin + Company, Limón, and Pantos Project Dance. Rachel has interned with Urbanity Dance and Pantos Project Dance in Boston. This past summer Rachel began teaching with Urbanity Dance and The Dance Academy of Siagel Productions. Last year her work was presented at the North Carolina Dance Education Organization Conference. This year Rachel is excited to be choreographing the January Term Production, Trojan Barbie.
Marissa Mahoney is from Colts Neck, New Jersey. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a minor in Creative Writing. She has attended summer intensives at Broadway Dance Center, Urbanity Dance, Rutgers Mason Gross, Georgian Court College and more. Marissa is incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to learn and train at Elon. She would like to thank her family for supporting her and being her biggest cheerleaders.
Emilia Muniz is a native of Tunbridge Wells, England. She is currently a first-year student at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance with a major in Spanish. She studied ballet at the Cheng Ballet Academy in Singapore and was a choreographer for three years within the dance department at the Singapore American School. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Gianna Newborg was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She is currently a first year at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and hopes to add a B.A. in Arts Administration.
Brittany Pappaconstantinou, Senior BFA Dance Performance and Choreography major from Raleigh, NC. Along with the BFA, Brittany is also working on completing the prerequisite courses for Physical Therapy school. During her time at Elon, Brittany has performed and choreographed for Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, and Black History Month Concert. This past summer she spent training with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as well as interning with Neurosport Performing Arts medicine. This year, Brittany was awarded Most Outstanding senior BFA Dance Performance and Choreography major. She is excited for her final year with the Elon Dance Program.
Cassidy Perry is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is currently a first year at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.S.B.A in Entrepreneurship. She trained with Phusion Dance Company and has attended summer intensives at the Dance Theater of Harlem and Atlanta Dance Experience.
Since 2007 Ms. Ramsey has organized and directed several full-length performance projects that invite the participation of multiple choreographers and artists of various disciplines. In addition to her role as artistic director and event producer, Ms. Ramsey has shown work, performed or taught in North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, Arizona, Austria, the U.K. and India. Her experience as an educator ranges from municipal community programming to teaching dance and yoga courses at Elon University, Wake Forest University, Winthrop University, and Salem College. Ms. Ramsey has traveled globally to conduct self-designed ethnographic studies and she has been published in the international academic periodical, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices (2011). Grounded in the perspective that dance-making lives in the primal, physical, emotional and spiritual consciousness of all humans, many of Ms. Ramsey’s productions and projects center on collaboration, community participation and making dance available as a creative practice for all people.
Molly Reape, from Boston Massachusetts, is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A in Strategic Communications. She has interned with Boston Community Dance Project and has had the opportunity to perform at Duke Medical University’s Surgical Mortality and Morbidity Conference and performed with Helado Negro, opening for Sylvan Esso.
Arianna Shahin is a sophomore BFA Dance Performance & Choreography and Accounting double major at Elon University. She is from Ambler, Pennsylvania where she trained in an array of dance genres. Arianna has studied at prestigious summer intensives including American Dance Festival, Paul Taylor American Dance, NYU Tisch and The Joffrey Ballet School. At Elon, Arianna has performed and worked with faculty including Renay Aumiller, Matt Pardo, Sara Tourek and Amy Beasley. She has performed in student choreography and presented work in Red Circle showcase. Arianna intends to critique social injustices and raise issues to awareness through performance and choreography.
Alexandra Strouse is excited to begin her first year in the B.F.A. in Dance program at Elon University. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Alexandra studied dance with the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, the Inertia Dance Company, and The Moving Company. Her training has also included summer intensives with The Ailey School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Alexandra was recently awarded the 2018 Maryland All-State Dance Award and the 2018 Carver Unsung Hero Dance Award.
Sara Ruth Tourek has worked as a professional dancer, choreographer, and educator throughout the United States. She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University, where for the past ten years she has choreographed numerous works for the dance department. Sara has also choreographed several shows at Greensboro’s Triad Stage including, South Pacific and Pump Boys and Dinettes.Sara has also been invited to present work as the featured local artist on the North Carolina Dance Festival Tour as well as the Greensboro Fringe Festival. She was the featured guest choreographer and teacher at Texas Tech and Northwest Florida State. Sara holds a Master or Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Technique from Ohio University. Sara has also served as the Lead Dance Instructor at Governor’s School West for the last ten years.
Lauren Weinberg is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She is currently a first year student at Elon University pursuing at B.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Dance Science. She studied at San Antonio Dance Academy for ten years. She has attended summer intensives with Point Park University, American Ballet Theater, and the Joffrey Ballet.
Tatum Wentworth is a native of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. She is currently a first-year student of Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance and a B.A in Arts Administration. She trained at her local studio, The Talent Factory and participated in multiple dance intensives such as New York City Dance Alliance Summer Intensive, New York City Dance Alliance Winter Intensive at the Juilliard School, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive, and Camp Protege.
Erin Woods is a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey. She is currently a freshman at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Dance Science. She studied as a conservatory student at Steps on Broadway for a year after graduating high school. Last year, she attended a summer intensive at the School of Pennsylvania Ballet.