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2016 Choreographers

Audrey Baran A dancer, maker, and educator, Audrey Baran is the founder and director of Baran Dance, a Charlotte based contemporary dance company. She holds a BA in Dance from UNC Charlotte and is currently an MFA candidate in Dance at Hollins University. She has performed with Moving Poets, Jennifer Archibald, EE Motion, Justin Tornow, Kim Robards Dance, Queen City Jazz Company, and Kinetic Works. Her performance credits include the North Carolina Dance Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Martha Graham's Panorama (re-staged by Kim Jones), and the Charlotte Dance Festival. Baran has received choreography awards from the Movies by Movers Festival and the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards. She is on the faculty of Open Door Studios and Charlotte Ballet Academy and has served as and adjunct lecturer in Dance at UNCC. Audrey Baran is a 500-hr Registered Yoga Teacher and thrives on sharing her love of movement and mindfulness throughout the Queen City and beyond.

Rachel Barker is a choreographer, educator, and performer from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is an Assistant Professor and the Dance Education Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has taught at The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, ACDFA and other festivals, and directed a high school dance program for three years. Rachel has performed the work of Bebe Miller, John Jasperse, Cyrus Khambatta, Keith Johnson, and Donna Uchizono, among others. Her choreography has been presented at various venues, including the Velocity Mainspace Theater (Seattle, WA), The BalletMet Performance Space (Columbus, OH), and Brigham Young University (Provo, UT). Rachel received an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University where she was a three-year Distinguished Fellow, an MA in Teaching from Westminster College, and a BFA in Dance from the University of Utah.

Dani Criss is a native of Durham; a graduate of High Point University in High Point, NC receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance and Dance. She is a community organizer, promoting culture, community unity, and activism. As an artist, her drive is to use her work as a catalyst for social change through modern fused movement that is heavily influenced by the African diaspora.

Trevor Helms is an NC-based dance artist. He studied Dance Performance and Choreography at UNC-Greensboro, and graduated with his BFA in 2015. Before dance, he studied martial arts, engrossing himself in several different forms. Mentors and teachers that have impacted him the most include Janet Lilly, Lauren Kearns, Sara Procopio, Jenn Nugent, Andrea Weber, and B.J. Sullivan. He also attributes some inspiration for his creative process from the Army, where he served from 2009 to 2012 as a combat medic. Since graduating from UNC-Greensboro he has danced at ADF, NCDF, and for several NC-based choreographers such as Amy Beasley, Stephen Loch, and Lauren Kearns. He has also created several dance works shown at UNC-Greensboro, local NC dance venues, and at the American Dance Festival. He is currently working on developing his own dance company, Trevor Helms Dance Company (THDC). He will be relocating to NYC in the Spring of 2017.

Natalie Marrone Founding director of The Dance Cure, Natalie Marrone’s work has been seen in national commercials, live television events, Dance Magazine, The American Dance Festival and presented internationally in Europe and Asia. She has enjoyed serving as rehearsal assistant to Hubbard Street’s founding director, Lou Conte and dancing in works by Ronald K. Brown, Stuart Pimsler, Alan Hineline, Susan Hadley, and Tim Glenn. Most recently, Ms. Marrone’s choreography was featured in a new film entitled Alto starring Annabella Sciorra, Diana DeGarmo, and Natalie Knepp. The film has won awards internationally, including audience choice in NYC Tribecca VisionFest 2015, The Barcelona Film Festival, San Francisco Frameline, and the downtown Los Angeles film festival. Marrone is an avid proponent of vernacular dance forms, has initiated Hip Hop cirriculum at three universities and currently serves on faculty at Duke and Elon Universities.

Ashleigh McCullough has over 22 years of dance experience. Growing up she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical with an emphasis in tap. After high school she continued her studies and dance training earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, with an emphasis in modern/contemporary dance. While in College she toured with Brigham Young University’s Spring Performance Arts Company of the International Folk Dance Ensemble and later performed and choreographed for the student based modern dance company ensemble. In her last performance she was fortunate to have the opportunity to perform in “Panarma” with the Martha Graham Dance Company in their concert. Ashleigh and her husband moved to the Triangle in June 2014 and welcomed their first little one, Jewel, in December 2014, and are expecting their second little one in November 2016.

Jaylun Moore is a native of Fuquay Varina, NC. She is the Co-founder/Director of 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 Michele, alongside artist Alexis Jones as well as choreographing and performing for recording artist, E-fetti. Jaylun is a veratile dancer and choreographer, but finds her home in contemporary. Her goal is to create art that provides a lasting experience on viewers...provoking thought, emotion, and healing. Presently, Jaylun is a student at Wake Technical Community College, with plans to transfer and pursue her career in dance.

Stephanie Blackmon Woodbeck is a dance artist and teacher based in Hillsborough, NC. She earned her BFA in dance from UNC Greensboro and her degree in massage therapy from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City. Stephanie is the co-founder of Tobacco Road Dance Productions, connecting Triangle choreographers with critical experts to produce a yearly dance event. She has the pleasure of dancing with Renay Aumiller Dances in Durham and John Gamble Dance Theatre in Greensboro. Additionally, she has recently performed with Alice Lee Holland, Kathleen Kelley, and Jahna Bobolia in New York; and Erin Drummond, Alternative Motion Project, and Wicked Sister Dance Theater in Minneapolis, MN. Stephanie’s choreography has been presented throughout the country, including Dance New Amsterdam, The Flea, and Brooklyn Arts Xchange in New York, Moving Collective in Louisville, KY, the Minnesota Dance Festival, The Durham Arts Council, and the Greensboro Fringe Festival. She strives to make thoughtful, highly physical, quirky dances and to inspire joy in her students. In addition to dance, Stephanie is interested in dark chocolate, yoga, CrossFit, and getting to the beach as much as possible. She lives in a busy home with her husband, two daughters, and two cats.