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2015 Choreographers

Anjanée N. Bell is the founder and artistic director of Bellan Contemporary Dance Theatre. As an artist, choreographer, educator and visionary, Bell creates soulful, innovative and thought-provoking performances fueled by passion, designed to bring audiences along for an intellectually and emotionally alive experience.

Her signature production, Birth of Existence Project asserts the value of the arts in our culture, creates a multi-faceted artistic experience for the community, and enables artists and performers from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to produce dynamic collaborations through a unique intergenerational performance model.

Through all of her creative discoveries, Anjaneé’s most rewarding journey as a mother is her greatest joy and most significant contribution to date. Motherhood gives her craft and all else meaning, depth and purpose. Anjanée N. Bell is driven by creation and what it means to give, restore and sustain life and that which is the greatest gift—love.   

 

Shaleigh Comerford received a Masters in Visual & Performing Arts from Hollins University.  She trained on scholarship with Roanoke Ballet Theatre, the ADF, and continued training in NYC and at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium. Comerford was also personally invited to train in the Gaga movement language with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2005, she founded Shaleigh Dance Works, a dance-theatre company dedicated to creating socially conscious works. Comerford’s choreography has been described as a “stark and inventive” physical language. The company made a successful NY debut receiving a standing ovation at Judson Memorial in May 2007.  She was featured as an emerging NY choreographer at Chen Dance Center’s 2007-2008 Creative Residency.  Most recently, the company was selected for NCDF’s 2013-2014 season tour offering performances and master classes throughout the state and was selected for the 2015 ADF Performance Season for the Here and Now: NC Dances.  Comerford’s choreography and commissions have been presented throughout the United States and abroad.

 

Jaylun Moore is a native Fuquay Varina, NC. She is the co-founder/Director of the 5:15 Dance Ministry, as well as Assistant Director and Instructor at L.A. Dance Studio in Morrisville, NC. Jaylun has performed and choreographed throughout North Carolina including opening for Chrisette Michelle, along side artist Alexis Jones, as well as choreographing and performing for national recording artist, IAmJamar and Efetti. Jaylun is a versatile dancer and choreographer, but finds her home in contemporary. Presently Jaylun is a student at Wake Tech Community College, with plans to transfer and pursue her career in dance.

 

Kristin Taylor is a native of Durham, NC. She is a BFA graduate of the UNC School of the Arts. Ms. Taylor has trained at Jacobs Pillow, and on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studios in Chicago. In New York, she apprenticed with Urban Bush Women, and worked with choreographers Nathan Trice, Bridget Moore, Christal Brown and Sidra Bell. Kristin has performed with Andrea Woods, Mexico City-based Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, Juel Lane, Gaspard Louis, and nosi DANCE theatre.  Additionally, Kristin created and performed works for Yuxtadanza Compania de Danza of Venezuela and performed 5 seasons with Helen Simoneau Danse. Ms. Taylor is a proud recipient of the 2012 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant to produce a concert of her latest works with her company KT COLLECTIVE. Currently, she is teaching at Riverside High School and the Ballet School of Chapel Hill as well as pursuing her teaching license at North Carolina Central University.

 

Alexandra Joye Warren is the founding Artistic Director of JOYEMOVEMENT, dance company. A native of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, she received her BA from Spelman College and MFA in Dance Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Alexandra performed, choreographed and taught in New York from 2006-2013 performing with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT and served as Artistic Director for the 2012-2013 season. Alexandra has been fortunate to work on projects with Urban Bush Women, Bill T. Jones in FELA!, Paloma and Patricia McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse, Maxine Montilus, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Maverick Dance Experience, and Van Dyke Dance Group. Now based in Greensboro, NC, JOYEMOVEMENT, was launched in 2014.

 

Arlynn Zachary, is a graduate from Goucher College with a degree in choreography, Magna Cum Laude, and has an Associate of Arts degree from Central Piedmont Community College. She has danced professionally in the Charlotte area with The Wake Project, worked for Echo Contemporary Dance Company as their Assistant Rehearsal Director, Stage Manager, and Lighting Designer, taught modern dance for JCSU’s Outreach Program, performed for Kim Jones in the re-staging of Martha Graham's Panorama, performed with Tap Root Ensemble’s production “Ophelos”, and has worked with the Charlotte Dance Festival as both Board Secretary and Board Chair. Currently she is the Director of Dance for the Charlotte New Music Festival; Stage Manager for Moving Poets Charlotte; teaches modern and hip-hop in the Charlotte area, is a 2015 Regional Artist Project Grant recipient from the Arts and Science Council, and is the Founder and Artistic Director of THE MARK dance company.