DIGITAL PROGRAM

Directors & Founders

Kevin Thomas & Marcellus Harper

Staff

Marcellus Harper
Executive Director
Kevin Thomas

Artistic Director

Lenore Pavlakos-Morales

Rehearsal Director

Anne-Carolyn Bird

Development Director

Shalishah Franklin

Director of Marketing & Communications

Wilburn Bonnell

Production Manager

Joey Guthman

Lighting Supervisor

Robert McIntyre

Stage Manager

Andrea “Abeo” Brown

Costume Shop Manager

Anne Thompson

Costume Shop Associate

David Roseberry

Media Director

Justin Johnson

Financial Controller

Leiya Williams

People Strategist

Elena Maverick

Operations Manager

Karen Niceley

Community Engagement Manager

Andy Santucci

Facilities Manager

Dennis Adams

Events & Rentals Manager

Morgan Millon

Student Services Administrator

Sydni Walton

Operations Coordinator

Jasmine McCraven

Senior Marketing Coordinator

Dorian Rhea

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Toni Todd

Development Coordinator

Jennifer Salvador

Executive Assistant

McKenzie Carruthers
Front Desk Associate
Imajin Lias
Front Desk Associate
Kaadia Montgomery
Front Desk Associate
Lyric White
Front Desk Associate

Collage Dance Conservatory Faculty

Kevin Thomas, Lisa Ballo, Noelia Garcia Carmona, DeAngelo Cheatom, Imajin Lias, Elita Loaces, Karen Niceley, Lenore Pavlakos-Morales, Danielle Pierce, Dorian Rhea, Abigail Taber and Reginald Taber (Kindred Spirit)

Conservatory Teaching Assistants

Carrigan Barnes, Lauren Blake, Eva Bowen, Mary Davenport, Vanaya McChriston, Baili Price, Coree Ragland, Jordan Tate, Saviana Wakefield, Romey Walkley, and Caitlyn Williams

COLLAGE DANCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dacquiri Baptiste, Dr. Roy Bors-Koefoed, Marcellus Harper, Darren Isom, Jim Jenkins, Sherita Lee, Michael Lofton, Ashley Prieto, Beverly Robertson, Dr. Jessica Ruffin, Jonathan Scharff, Derwin Sisnett, Cameron Smith, Kevin Thomas, Emily Waters

MAJOR FUNDING FOR COLLAGE DANCE IS PROVIDED BY

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, James R. & Anita Horne Jenkins Family Foundation, SouthArts, Tennessee Arts Commission, Assisi Foundation, Hyde Family Foundation, Bank of America, ArtsMemphis, the Shubert Foundation, Orion Bank, and Buckman Laboratories.

July 8 - 14, 2024

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October 25 - 27, 2024

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PETIT PAS I

Paris Amoateng, Raegan Anderson, Hudson Arrindell, Royalty Banks, Erin Barnes, Emory Blair, Liliana Bors-Koefoed, Charlotte Bremseth, Jamisyn Clay, Evie Conley, Wynter Dunning, Aisley Givens, Karlee Greer, Morgan Guy, Piper Hall, Charlie Heaston, Josie Heaston, Violet Henderson, Reina Hernandez, Karrington Hines, Anya Hopkins, Presley Hunter, Alana Ifedili, Tamar Jallah, Malia Jefferson, Avah Johnson, Kinsley Johnson, Kali Lewis, Isabella Logan, Carlyn Lyons, Kalia Mabone, Trinity Marr, Everett  Maverick, Charleigh McCray, Axelle Me’tais, Cadence Middleton, Aspen Millender, Micah Mitchell, Jamie Moore, Cabella Mosley, Grace Nash, Tehya Norry, Zoe O’Neal, Omolayo Odulana, Kensie Parks, Leah Pena ,Aspen Pollard, Karrington Porter, Tessa Pulliam, Sophia Rampersad, Aetha Replogle, Aurora E Reyes, Camila Robles, Crystal Robles, Athena Schattgen, Josephine Seay, Amelia Simmons, Payton Staples, Laila Thomas, Teigan Thornton, Avery Todd, Vivian Townsend, Nova Tullison, Jordyn Wade, Shine Watkins, Mina Williams, Talia Williams, Addyson Williams, Ada-elle Williams-Batiste, Arianna Willis, Ava Grace Withers, Indi Wood

PETIT PAS II

Rilee Boyd, Zaria Brown, Destiny Byirigiro, Eslyn Clark, Lilliana Conley, Nia Rose Crump, McKenzie Davis, Grace Diavua, Mareme Diouf, Chloë Fleurantin, Abigail Foster, Carlie Gandy, Logan Garrett, River Grant, Peri Hall, Morgan Hall, Zara Henry, Kinsley Hines, Raina James, Mina Johnson, Kinsley Langston, Brooke Lester, Larieshia Maclin, Karsten McKinney, Jovial Pierce, Aviana Price, Lillie Proctor, Harlee Purnell, Genesis Ramos, Kinley Reynolds, Eva James Rice, Khadir Simpson, Marleigh Smith, Chloe Taylor, Rya Thomas, Lauren Thomas, Zoe Thompson, Aubrey Tyler, Leah Walsh, Elle Watkins, Chasity Woods

PETIT PAS III

Arya Bhakta,Carina Biggers, Alayla Bloomfield, Raphael Brunotte, Grace Buckley, Nia Grace Calhoun, Urtessa Campbell-Eccher, Lennox Carter, Ahsha Darden, Emily Fowler, Jaymi Gales, Cali Grice, Samara Hayes, Saniya Hayes, Areah Hinds, Kalani Jefferson, Autumn Kirkland, Evelyn Long, Logan Manning, Riley Meeks, Teagan Milam, Claren Neal, Sophia Peake, Addison Pettes, Jiannah Pierce, Neal Pillow, Katherine-Cobb Schneider, Thomas Simmons, Bailey Solomon, Aiyanna Strong, Bailey Todd, Victoria Vargas, Juliana White, Zoe Woods

TARANTELLA I

Skylar Adams, Kayden Anderson, Charlize Baker, Denver Baptiste, Shayla Bonner, Korinne Brooks, Amina Brown, Layla Butts, Kinsley Calhoun, Kassidy Cast, Mariah Chism, Laila Cleveland, Bella Duncan, Mary Edwards, Khloe Ellis, Londyn Funzie, Leah Gatewood, Mary elizabeth Gee, Fallyn Grant-Ivory, Khloe Gray, Kensley Grimes, Anthony Grove, Josilyn Hall, A’nya Harris, Danni Holiday, TRUE Howard, Mila Johnson, Mikya Jones, Athena Kangas, Melina Kuykindall, Nathaly Lainez, Eve Noelle Lockhart, Davina Makuta, Eliana Manuel, Zikora Mason, Makena Mathis, Logan McNeary, Avery Miller, Skylar Morose, Trey Murtaugh, Claire Newell, Olivia Pannell, Chrishuna Parks, Emem Pleasant, Savannah Pourciau, Harmoni Pryor, Rohit Ramakrishna, Olivia Rayford, Makenna Roaten, Tia Sanford, Skylar Shabazz, Vivienne Sheffield, Rhyan Smith, Mariah Stewart, Amarion Stone, Jay Swamy, Kerri Thomas, Madelyn Turner, Eisleigh Wesley, Elizabeth Windsor, Melody Winston, Claire Woods, Jaide Woods, Sanaa Wright, McKenzie Wright

TARANTELLA II

Anayah Bedford, Carrington Biggers, Emeri Brinson, Harper Clark, Audrey Van Drimmelen, Ava Elkins, Sadie Ervin, Samantha Fitzgerald, Addyson Giddings, Journee’ Hardy, Camrin Jeans, Ava Jae Johnson, Jane Joyce, Autumn Locke, Lacey Marshall, Brandee Mason, Abbi Parkes, Brooklyn Patton, Charli Steele, Ella Taylor, Zoe Thomas, Marley Cynclaire Todd, Amani Todd, Morgan Watson, Cathryn Windsor, Naima Yates

ÉLÉVE I

Carrigan Barnes, Juliene Henderson, Ateria Howard, Kensington Ivory, Cree Knapp, Arieauna Mallory,Tamia Richardson, Kennedi Tidwell

ÉLÉVE II

Trinity Baker, Zeniyah Bridgmon, Kylee Gleeton, Victoria Henderson, Na’Imah Ivory, Harmony Johnson, Imara Kersh, Kay Lynch, Layla Malone, Na’ima Martin, Keris Smith, Caydence Turner, Sanaya Williams, Peyton Woodard, Maimouna Zimuto

ÉLÉVE III

Zoey Armstrong, Kaylan Banks, Danielle Chandler, Trinity Davis, Averie Fleming,  Kayla Harper, Zamara Marshall, Mia Matthews, Landon McNeary, Samira Orrin, Jenae Wiggins, Alyssa Williams, Caitlyn Williams

ÉTUDE I

Kyla Batiste, Carmen Biggers, Madison Clark, Bailey Goolsby, Phoebe Holman, Kailey Howard, Delaney Lew, Brynn Lofties, Kyndall Manning

ÉTUDE II

Laila Brown, Danity Collins, Aamira Hines, Vanaya McChriston, Amira Rogers, Basimah Shoulders, Chandler Somerville

ÉTUDE IV

Lauren Blake, Mary Davenport, Ayanna Jones, Kendra Magee,Ty Miller, Zoe Myers, Alana Person, Harper Pledge, Logan Ross, Caleb Thompson, Rian Tyler, Romey Walkley, Violet Wallace, Amos Wilson

PROFESSIONAL DIVISION II

Ruthie Akin, Sophia Davis, Emily Lewis, Addison Nichols, Baili Price, Coree Ragland, Leila Sharif, Hannah Smith, Jordan Tate, Saviana Wakefield, Kai Wall, Stephen Yates

TAP I

Denver Baptiste, Carrington Biggers, Layla Butts,Mariah Chism, Madison Clark, Laila Cleveland, Mary Edwards, Madison Ensley-Ramey, Londyn Funzie, Kamani Gipson, A’nya Harris, Samara Hayes, Saniya Hayes, Na’Imah Ivory, Kalani Jefferson, Mina Johnson, Autumn Locke, Larieshia Maclin, Carlye Marshall, Lacey Marshall, Trey Murtaugh, Erinayo Obadina, Olivia Pannell, Harmoni Pryor, Olivia Rayford, Skylar Shabazz, Thomas Simmons, Bailey Solomon, Charli Steele, Amarion Stone, Jay Swamy, Ella Taylor, Kerri Thomas, Bailey Todd, Audrey Van Drimmelen, Victoria Vargas

TAP II

Addison Archibald, Carrigan Barnes, Samantha Fitzgerald, Bella Harms, Juliene Henderson, Danni Holiday, Ateria Howard, Kensington Ivory, Ava Jae Johnson, Cree Knapp, Kay Lynch, Vanaya McChriston, Evangeline Lily Pourciau, Tanner Randall, Marley Cynclaire Todd, Symone Walker, Morgan Watson

TAP III

Kyla Batiste, Danielle Chandler, Mary Davenport, Sarah Davis, Kayla Harper, Sophia Henderson, Brynn Lofties, Kyndall Manning, Zamara Marshall,Darwin McGriff,  Kingston Spencer, Caydence Turner

TAP IV

Eva Bowen, Sophia Davis, Ayanna Jones, Zoe Myers, Samira Orrin, Caleb Thompson, Violet Wallace, Stephen Yates

JAZZ I

Kassidy Cast, Harper Clark, Bella Duncan, Mary Edwards, Londyn Funzie, Mary Elizabeth Gee, Miracle Gee, Addyson Giddings, Alexandria Hoke, Danni Holiday, Camrin Jeans, Mila Johnson, Evelyn Long, Makena Mathis, Teagan Milam,Trey Murtaugh, Olivia Pannell, Olivia Rayford, Katherine-Cobb Schneider, Skylar Shabazz, Jay Swamy, Kerri Thomas, Samara Walker, Symone Walker, Naima Yates 

JAZZ II

Zoey Armstrong, Carrigan Barnes, Kyla Batiste, Zeniyah Bridgmon, Parker Bynum, Danielle Chandler, Madison Clark, Sarah Davis, Ava Elkins, Fallyn Grant-Ivory, Juliene Henderson, Kensington Ivory, Na’Imah Ivory, Ava Jae Johnson, Harmony Johnson, Taylor Martin, Landon McNeary, Ana Person, Elyse Rodgers, Keris Smith, Zoe Thomas, Amani Todd, Taylor Todd, Caydence Turner

JAZZ III

Eva Bowen, Laila Brown, Zarriah Clark, Kayla Harper, Aamira Hines, Brynn Lofties ,Zamara Marshall, Mia Matthews, Vanaya McChriston, Samira Orrin, Ellen Sheppard, Caleb Thompson, Romey Walkley, Olivia Wilson

JAZZ IV

Kaylan Banks, Sophia Davis, Kendra Magee, Zoe Myers, Hannah Smith, Rian Tyler, Kai Wall, Violet Wallace, Caitlyn Williams

WEST AFRICAN

Addison Archibald, Denver Baptiste, Carrigan Barnes, Cheridan Barnes, Zarriah Clark, Kylee Gleeton, Ryli Grigsby, Juliene Henderson, Melina Kuykindall, Addison Leakes, Nala Lucchesi, Olivia Wilson, Cathryn Windsor, Maimouna Zimuto

EARTH

Tappin’ in the Soil - TAP I

Choreography: Danielle Pierce  Music: Kathy Brown, Phebe Edwards, Greg Gould, Anelisa Lamola, GeO Gospel Choir and Revival Collective Dancers: Denver Baptiste, Carrington Biggers, Layla Butts, Mary Edwards, Madison Ensley-Ramey, Londyn Funzie, A’nya Harris, Samara Hayes, Saniya Hayes, Na’Imah Ivory, Kalani Jefferson, Larieshia Maclin, Trey Murtaugh, Olivia Pannell, Skylar Shabazz, Bailey Solomon, Amarion Stone, Jay Swamy, Kerri Thomas, Bailey Todd, Audrey Van Drimmelen

The Redwoods - ÉLÉVE II

Choreography: Karen Niceley Music: Phillip Glass Dancers: Trinity Baker, Zeniyah Bridgmon, Kylee Gleeton, Victoria Henderson, Na’Imah Ivory, Harmony Johnson, Imara Kersh, Kay Lynch, Layla Malone, Na’ima Martin, Keris Smith, Caydence Turner, Sanaya Williams, Peyton Woodard, Maimouna Zimuto

Waltz of the Flower Garden - PETIT PAS III

Choreography: Karen Niceley  Music:  The Manhattan Pops  Dancers: Carina Biggers, Alayla Bloomfield, Grace Buckley, Samara Hayes, Saniya Hayes, Areah Hinds, Kalani Jefferson, Evelyn Long, Logan Manning, Riley Meeks, Claren Neal, Sophia Peake, Addison Pettes, Jiannah Pierce, Neal Pillow, Katherine-Cobb Schneider, Thomas Simmons, Bailey Solomon, Bailey Todd

The Enchanted Forest - TARANTELLA I

​​Choreography: DeAngelo Cheatom Music: Danny Elfman Dancers: Kassidy Cast, Bella Duncan, Leah Gatewood, Mary elizabeth Gee, Fallyn Grant-Ivory, Khloe Gray, Kensley Grimes, Eliana Manuel, Claire Newell, Olivia Pannell, Makenna Roaten, Rhyan Smith, Amarion Stone, Madelyn Turner, Claire Woods, Jaide Woods, McKenzie Wright

Animals & Melodies of Earth - ÉLÉVE III

Choreography: Elita Loaces Music: Earth Melodies  Dancers: Zoey Armstrong, Kaylan Banks, Danielle Chandler, Trinity Davis, Averie Fleming, Kayla Harper, Zamara Marshall, Mia Matthews, Landon McNeary, Samira Orrin, Jenae Wiggins, Alyssa Williams, Caitlyn Williams

Mendiani - West African

Choreography: Kindred Spirit Music: Kindred Spirit Dancers: Addison Archibald, Denver Baptiste, Carrigan Barnes, Cheridan Barnes, Zarriah Clark, Kylee Gleeton, Ryli Grigsby, Juliene Henderson, Melina Kuykindall, Addison Leakes, Nala Lucchesi, Olivia Wilson, Cathryn Windsor, Maimouna Zimuto

WATER

Lifeguards to the Rescue - JAZZ I

Choreography: Karen Niceley Music: The Beach Boys Dancers: Kassidy Cast, Harper Clark, Bella Duncan, Mary Edwards, Londyn Funzie, Mary Elizabeth Gee, Miracle Gee, Addyson Giddings, Alexandria Hoke, Danni Holiday, Camrin Jeans, Mila Johnson, Evelyn Long, Makena Mathis, Teagan Milam, Trey Murtaugh, Olivia Pannell, Olivia Rayford, Katherine-Cobb Schneider, Skylar Shabazz, Jay Swamy, Kerri Thomas, Samara Walker, Symone Walker, Naima Yates

Sunday Rain - PETIT PAS II

​​Choreography: Noelia Garcia Carmona Music: Royal Liverpool Orchestra Dancers: Zaria Brown, McKenzie Davis, Carlie Gandy, Logan Garrett, Zara Henry, Raina James, Harlee Purnell, Genesis Ramos, Lauren Thomas

Water Lilies - TARANTELLA I

Choreography: DeAngelo Cheatom Music: Max Richter  Dancers: Kayden Anderson, Shayla Bonner, Korinne Brooks, Laila Cleveland, Khloe Ellis, Londyn Funzie, Anthony Grove, A’nya Harris, Melina Kuykindall, Nathaly Lainez, Davina Makuta, Logan McNeary, Skylar Morose, Trey Murtaugh, Savannah Pourciau, Rohit Ramakrishna, Tia Sanford, Skylar Shabazz, Jay Swamy, Sanaa Wright

Daughters of the Sea - PETIT PAS II

Choreography: Kevin Thomas Music: Classical Collections Dancers: Destiny Byirigiro, Lilliana Conley, Abigail Foster, River Grant, Morgan Hall, Mina Johnson, Larieshia Maclin, Eva James Rice, Chloe Taylor, Zoe Thompson, Aubrey Tyler, Leah Walsh, Elle Watkins

Can’t Stand The Rain - TAP I

Choreography: Danielle Pierce Music: Anne Peebles Dancers: Mariah Chism, Madison Clark, Laila Cleveland, Kamani Gipson, Mina Johnson, Autumn Locke, Carlye Marshall, Lacey Marshall, Erinayo Obadina, Harmoni Pryor, Olivia Rayford, Thomas Simmons, Charli Steele, Ella Taylor, Victoria Vargas

Tears of Cora - ÉLÉVE (MODERN)

Choreography: DeAngelo Cheatom Music: Earnest Pugh Dancers: Zoey Armstrong, Trinity Baker, Kaylan Banks, Zeniyah Bridgmon, Danielle Chandler, Trinity Davis, Averie Fleming, Kylee Gleeton, Kayla Harper, Victoria Henderson, Na’Imah Ivory, Harmony Johnson, Imara Kersh, Kay Lynch, Layla Malone, Zamara Marshall, Na’ima Martin, Mia Matthews, Landon McNeary, Samira Orrin, Keris Smith, Caydence Turner, Jenae Wiggins, Sanaya Williams, Alyssa Williams, Caitlyn Williams, Peyton Woodard, Maimouna Zimuto

AIR

Shining Stars - PETIT PAS II

Choreography: Noelia Garcia Carmona Music: Royal Liverpool Orchestra Dancers: Rilee Boyd, Eslyn Clark, Nia Rose Crump, Grace Diavua, Mareme Diouf, Chloë Fleurantin, Peri Hall, Kinsley Hines, Kinsley Langston, Brooke Lester, Karsten McKinney, Jovial Pierce, Aviana Price, Lillie Proctor, Kinley Reynolds, Khadir Simpson, Marleigh Smith, Rya Thomas, Chasity Woods

Passionate Paroxysm (Dancing Winds) - TARANTELLA II

​​Choreography: Luisa Cardoso and Kevin Thomas Music: René Aubry Dancers: Carrington Biggers, Emeri Brinson, Harper Clark, Sadie Ervin, Addyson Giddings, Journee’ Hardy, Camrin Jeans, Jane Joyce, Lacey Marshall, Ella Taylor, Zoe Thomas, Marley Cynclaire Todd, Audrey Van Drimmelen, Morgan Watson, Cathryn Windsor, Naima Yates

Swans in the Sky - TARANTELLA I

​​Choreography: Noelia Garcia Carmona Music: Prague Cello Quartet Dancers: Charlize Baker, Denver Baptiste, Layla Butts, Kinsley Calhoun, Mary Edwards, TRUE Howard, Mila Johnson, Mikya Jones, Athena Kangas, Zikora Mason, Emem Pleasant, Harmoni Pryor, Olivia Rayford, Melody Winston

Les Sylphides - ÉTUDE II

Choreography: Kevin Thomas and Fábio Mariano Music: Ludwig van Beethoven Dancers: Laila Brown, Danity Collins, Aamira Hines, Vanaya McChriston, Amira Rogers, Basimah Shoulders, Chandler Somerville

Welcome to Collage Airlines! - JAZZ II

Choreography: DeAngelo Cheatom Music: Whitney Houston  Dancers: Zoey Armstrong, Carrigan Barnes, Kyla Batiste, Zeniyah Bridgmon, Parker Bynum, Danielle Chandler, Madison Clark, Sarah Davis, Ava Elkins, Fallyn Grant-Ivory, Juliene Henderson, Kensington Ivory, Na’Imah Ivory, Ava Jae Johnson, Harmony Johnson, Taylor Martin, Landon McNeary, Ana Person, Elyse Rodgers, Keris Smith, Zoe Thomas, Amani Todd, Taylor Todd, Caydence Turner

It's Like… - TAP IV

​​Choreography: Dorian Rhea Music: Solange Dancers: Eva Bowen, Sophia Davis, Ayanna Jones, Zoe Myers, Samira Orrin, Caleb Thompson, Violet Wallace, Stephen Yates

INTERMISSION

(20 minutes)

 

FIRE

Spanish Flames - TARANTELLA II

Choreography: Noelia Garcia Carmona Music: Manuel de Falla Dancers: Anayah Bedford, Ava Elkins, Samantha Fitzgerald, Ava Jae Johnson, Autumn Locke, Brandee Mason, Abbi Parkes, Brooklyn Patton, Charli Steele, Amani Todd

Steam Heat - JAZZ IV

​​Choreography: Karen Niceley Music: Pointer Sisters Dancers: Kaylan Banks, Sophia Davis, Kendra Magee, Zoe Myers, Hannah Smith, Rian Tyler, Kai Wall, Violet Wallace, Caitlyn Williams

The Light - ÉLÉVE I

​​Choreography: Noelia Garcia Carmona Music: Max Richter Dancers: Carrigan Barnes, Juliene Henderson, Ateria Howard, Kensington Ivory, Cree Knapp, Arieauna Mallory, Tamia Richardson

Fire to the Rain - TAP III

​​Choreography: Danielle Pierce Music: Adele Dancers: Kyla Batiste, Danielle Chandler, Mary Davenport, Sarah Davis, Kayla Harper, Sophia Henderson, Brynn Lofties, Kyndall Manning, Zamara Marshall, Darwin McGriff, Kingston Spencer, Caydence Turner

Sizzle - TAP II

Choreography: Dorian Rhea Music: Alex Moiss Dancers: Addison Archibald, Carrigan Barnes, Samantha Fitzgerald, Bella Harms, Juliene Henderson, Danni Holiday, Ateria Howard, Kensington Ivory, Ava Jae Johnson, Cree Knapp, Kay Lynch, Vanaya McChriston, Evangeline Lily Pourciau, Tanner Randall, Marley Cynclaire Todd, Symone Walker, Morgan Watson

Espagne - PROFESSIONAL DIVISION

​​Choreography: Noelia Garcia Carmona, Lenore Pavlakos-Morales, Yosek Prieto and Kevin Thomas Music: Minkus/Tchaikovsky  Dancers: Ruthie Akin, Sophia Davis, Emily Lewis, Addison Nichols, Baili Price,  Coree Ragland, Leila Sharif, Hannah Smith, Jordan Tate, Saviana Wakefield, Kai Wall, Stephen Yates

FIFTH ELEMENT

The Dawning - TARANTELLA I

​​Choreography: Abigail Taber Music: Alec Koff Dancers: Skylar Adams, Amina Brown, Mariah Chism, Josilyn Hall, Danni Holiday, Eve Noelle Lockhart, Makena Mathis, Avery Miller, Chrishuna Parks, Vivienne Sheffield, Mariah Stewart, Kerri Thomas, Eisleigh Wesley, Elizabeth Windsor

Altior Spiritus - ÉTUDE I

​​Choreography: Lisa Ballo Music: Philip Glass Dancers: Kyla Batiste, Carmen Biggers, Madison Clark, Bailey Goolsby, Phoebe Holman, Kailey Howard, Delaney Lew, Brynn Lofties, Kyndall Manning

5th Element Evolution - ÉTUDE IV

Choreography: Elita Loaces Music: Eternal Eclipse Dancers: Lauren Blake, Mary Davenport, Ayanna Jones, Kendra Magee, Ty Miller, Zoe Myers, Alana Person, Harper Pledge, Logan Ross, Caleb Thompson, Rian Tyler, Romey Walkley, Violet Wallace, Amos Wilson

Quintessence - PETIT PAS III

​​Choreography: Abigail Taber Music: Joel Sunny Dancers: Arya Bhakta, Raphael Brunotte, Nia Grace Calhoun, Urtessa Campbell-Eccher, Lennox Carter, Ahsha Darden, Emily Fowler, Jaymi Gales, Cali Grice, Autumn Kirkland, Teagan Milam, Aiyanna Strong, Victoria Vargas, Juliana White, Zoe Woods

HIGH V - JAZZ III

Choreography: Dorian Rhea Music: Hucci and Graves Dancers: Eva Bowen, Laila Brown, Zarriah Clark, Kayla Harper, Aamira Hines, Brynn Lofties, Zamara Marshall, Mia Matthews, Vanaya McChriston, Samira Orrin, Ellen Sheppard, Caleb Thompson, Romey Walkley, Olivia Wilson

AWARDS PRESENTATION

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ABOUT COLLAGE DANCE

Collage Dance, recently named a “Southern Cultural Treasure” by South Arts and the Ford Foundation, listed among the 50 largest ballet companies in the nation by Dance Data Project and is one of the largest Black-led performing arts organizations in the South.

Its institutional arm, the Collage Dance Conservatory, trains more kids of color in a classical art form than any other non-profit in the region. The Conservatory’s mission is to educate students about the craft of classical ballet, inspire students to develop an affinity towards art and culture, encourage students to express themselves with confidence and instill discipline as an effective tool for students to use in all facets of their daily lives.

THE CONSERVATORY LEADERSHIP

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Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer

Founding Executive Director

student services administrator

THE FACULTY / CHOREOGRAPHERS

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THE COLLABORATORS

JOEY GUTHMAN (LIGHTING DESIGNER) is a lighting designer for theatre, dance, and live entertainment whose work has been seen in his native Los Angeles and around the world. Dance: Benjamin Millepied’s Bach Studies, numerous contemporary pieces for MashUp Dance where he is the resident lighting designer. Theatre: Pasadena Playhouse, Getty Villa, Rogue Artists Ensemble, Starkid!, Tin Can Brothers, El Portal Theatre, Bootleg Theater, Garry Marshall Theatre, Coin and Ghost, Cal Rep, Occidental College, University of LaVerne, Pomona College and many more. Joey tours nationally with Kronos Quartet and Collage Dance Collective. BFA from Emerson College. JGuthmanDesign.com

ANDREA “ABEO” BROWN (COSTUME DESIGN) is a costume designer for theatre, film and dance. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising from Memphis State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Costume Design from Wayne State University. Ms. Brown has been an Assistant Professor of Costume Design/ Technology at Louisiana State University and Howard University in Washington, D.C. She has worked as a Clinical Professor at West Virginia University and an Instructor of Costumes and Costume Shop Supervisor at Bowling Green State University. Abeo Brown has been nominated for the Ostrander Award Best Costumes for “Once on This Island” and “Jelly’s Last Jam” at Hattiloo Theatre in Memphis, Tn. In Chicago, at the Creative Arts Theatre, she received Best Costume nominations for “Hoodoo Love,” “Lines in the Dust:” and won for “Migration.” Selected costume pieces from her designs were chosen for display at the Chicago Cultural Museum. She also received the KCACTF Best Costume Design for “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.” She has worked on the film sets of “Oblivion” “Maze Runner” and “Whiskey Run.” She costume-designed Katori Hall’s first Indie Film, “ Arkabutler.”

We are committed to making ballet training accessible for all youth. With your support we can do so much more!

ANNUAL FUND DONORS

November 2022 - March 2024

LEGACY CIRCLE | $50K+

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ArtsMemphis, The Estate of Donna Fisher, Hyde Family Foundation, James R. and Anita Horne Jenkins,  Memphis City Council, Pyramid Peak Foundation, SouthArts, Tennessee Arts Commission

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE | $25K+

The Assisi Foundation of Memphis, International Association of Blacks in Dance

PIONEER’S CIRCLE | $10K+

Anonymous, AutoZone, City of Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Roy and Lydia Bors-Koefoed, First Horizon, Todd and Kandice Henderson, James R. and Leslie Jenkins, Bank of America, Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, Buckman Laboratories International, Inc., Memphis City Council, Orion Bank, The Shubert Foundation, William Townsend

TRAILBLAZER’S CIRCLE | $5K+

Robert Arnold, Kenneth and Gloria Boyland, Kelly and Kathleen Fish, Sarah Jemison, Jonathan and Suzanne Scharff, William Townsend, LPI Memphis, INC, Merck Foundation, Miller Dental Health, SouthArts, TAS Memphis Impact

AMBASSADOR’S CIRCLE | $1K+

Molly and Nat Akin, Melissa Azzi, Calvin and Tyria Biggers, Ann Clements, Melissa Clinton, Martha Dantzic, Elaine Drew, Kim and Gaskill, Norris Gray, John and Lynne Hostetler, Mary Jenkins, Latarshia and Darin Johnson, Justin Johnson, Alicia Thompson, Michael Kennedy, Deena and Brevin Knight, Sherita Lee, Michael Lofton, Jimmy and Jan McElroy, Dr. Rodric Miller, Rhonda Neal, Yolanda Neely, Christopher Niceley, Anthony and Angela Nichols, Cardell and Nefertiti Orrin, Crystal Pourciau, Ashley Prieto, Domini Rasini, Sandra Reed, Terrell Richards, Tracey Robinson, Cathy Ross, Bathsheba Sams, Vanita “Saleema” Snow, Dr. Arie and Anneliese Szatkowski, Traci Takahara Slacum, Antonio Tillis, Tiffany Vertison-Cole, Dr. Amy Walsh, Emily Waters, First Choice Sales and Marketing Group, Joe’s Wines & Liquors, Memphis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc., Pellet Foundation, Pinnacle Financial Partners, The River City (TN) Chapter of The Links, Inc., Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits, TRUST Marketing, UTHSC School of Medicine, Victory Bicycle

FRIEND’S CIRCLE | $500+

Manker Anderson, Markova and Chris Anderson, Michelle Armstrong, Terry L. Berry, Warda Davis, Mairead Deehan, Dwight and Brooke Dishmon, Erica Evans, Mary Freeman, Bryan Zerwig Ford, Amber Hamilton, Sharon Devine Harris, Laurita Jackson, Mary Jackson, Mary Jenkins, Eden Johnson, William Payson and Melisa Luck, Yvonne Madlock, Elena Maverick, Estella Mayhue-Greer, Rodney and Michaela Myers, Tiffany Owens, Dana Peterson, Carolyn Petties, Patrice Reed, Robin Salant, Dr. Tyrone Spady, Ben Staub, Tony Todd, Philip and Kelsea Walkley, Jeffery Warren, Drs. Trenton and Vashti Watson, Cassandra Webster, Stacy Welsh, Jason and Molly Wexler, Monica Wharton, Camilla Wilson, Carmen Zamora, Melva Zanella, Wiseacre Brewing Co

PATRON’S CIRCLE | $250+

Vera Ballard, Anne-Carolyn Bird, LaSandra Blount, Matt and Ellen Brint, Pat Brown and Tom Clifton, Demarious Danovi, Tanya Dawson, John Devereaux, Sydney Diavua, Juan J. Fuentes, Tamiko and Vaudrey Funderburke, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Claire Greer, Rosie Hayes, Annette and David Hawkins, Jason and Natasha Johnson, Brandye Lee, Kevin and Peggy Lewis, Theodore and Betty Mack, Nika Jackson Martin, Jennifer McGarth, Susie M. Melton, Vanessa Murtaugh, Margaret Pellett, Dr. Rosie Richmond, Raymond Santucci, Elizabeth Schaeffer, Matthew and Nicole Seltzer, Rande Smith, Elestine Smittick, Jeannette Spencer, Tish Towns, James Washington, James and Alison Wetter, Dalilah Works, Chief’s Society, Corps de Ballet International Inc., Harlequin Floors (American Corporation), HOTWORX Edge District, Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Southern College of Optometry

SUSTAINERS | $100+

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Kevin Thomas

Founding Artistic Director And Choreographer

Kevin Thomas began his dance training with Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec in Montreal, Canada, and has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) in New York City.  He joined DTH in 1995 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1999. With DTH, Mr. Thomas’ credits include leading roles in The Prodigal Son, Dialogues, The Four Temperaments, Othello, Adrian (Angel on Earth), A Song for Dead Warriors, Troy Games, Equuis and Dougla.  He has performed leading roles in numerous ballets including, The Nutcracker, Tarantella, Agon, Who Cares, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote, Consort Lessons, and Aureole. Mr. Thomas has made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet in London, Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York and Fleming Flindt and Peter Schaufuss in Denmark. He has also appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Thomas has choreographed for Nashville Ballet, Opera Memphis, Hattiloo Repertory Theatre, New Ballet Ensemble, Orpheum Theatre, Flint Institute of Music, University of Utah, University of Memphis, and Collage Dance Collective. Mr. Thomas is a National Visiting Fellow at the School of American Ballet.

He has performed leading roles in numerous ballets including, The Nutcracker, Tarantella, Agon, Who Cares, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Don Quixote, Consort Lessons, and Aureole. Mr. Thomas has made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet in London, Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York and Fleming Flindt and Peter Schaufuss in Denmark. He has also appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera.

In 2006, Mr. Thomas co-founded Collage Dance Collective, a Memphis-based contemporary ballet company recently named a “Southern Cultural Treasure” by South Arts and Ford Foundation. In addition to serving as its artistic director and an integral choreographic voice, Mr. Thomas is also a highly sought-after guest choreographer creating works for Nashville Ballet, Opera Memphis, Hattiloo Repertory Theatre, Flint Institute of Music, University of Utah, and The University of Memphis to name a few. From 2017 – 2018, Mr. Thomas also served as a National Visiting Fellow at the School of American Ballet.

MARCELLUS HARPER

Founding Executive Director

Marcellus Harper has an expansive background in project management and event production. He has worked as a Program Analyst for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA). He was among the first seven employees of the TSA Taskforce mandated by Congress to create and develop the agency and federalize our nation’s transportation security infrastructures. Prior to his work with the TSA, Mr. Harper worked as a Project Coordinator for Marriott International’s corporate marketing department, where he was directly responsible for the development and implementation of several industry events for the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Mr. Harper has worked for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Harvard University coordinating special projects to assist research and treatment work for HIV/AIDs patients in Africa. Mr. Harper was a Meyerhoff Scholar at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) where he studied biology and theatre and was a double national medalist in the NAACP’s ACT-SO Program in biology and oratory. Marcellus is the 2011 recipient of the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals’ Change Artist Award in recognition of his achievements towards “positive community influence and unwavering commitment to the arts”. Marcellus holds a Bachelor’s degree in non-profit administration and performing arts and serves on the boards of Tennessee Association of Dance and the Historic Broad Avenue Arts Alliance.

MORGAN MILLON

Student Services Administrator

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Morgan embarked on her journey in education following her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Teaching and Learning Studies. Morgan relocated to Memphis, Tennessee after college, and  served as an academic and behavior interventionist at City Year Memphis for two years. Following this experience, she transitioned into a role as an elementary literacy teacher within the Memphis Shelby County Schools, where she spent four years empowering students to become lifelong readers and learners. During this time, Morgan earned a Master’s degree in Education through the Memphis Teacher Residency and Union University as well as a Reading Specialist Certification through Christian Brothers University.

Inspired by her love for education and interest in the arts, Morgan recently transitioned from K-12 education to dance education as a Student Services Administrator at Collage dance. In this role, she combines her background in education with her enthusiasm for dance to support students’ Conservatory experiences.

LISA ALFERI BALLO

Ballet

Lisa Alferi Ballo is a classical ballet dance teacher, who trained on scholarship with the Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the Cleveland Ballet schools.  Her career as a  professional dancer began with Cleveland Ballet, under Dennis Nahat, where she rose to principal dancer during her 10 year stay.  A few of her favorite roles were: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake; Swanilda in Coppelia; the lead in Balanchine’s Square Dance and Terpsichore in Apollo. For one year she also danced with Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, under Paul Mejia, performing in many of Balachine’s ballets. Then, while semi-retired, she danced with both the Sandra Organ Company and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston, Texas.  She first began teaching for Gilbert Rome and Margo Marshall in Houston, and later Vitoria Vittum, High School of Performing and Visual Arts, and at the School of Houston Ballet. Mrs. Ballo now lives in Memphis, Tennessee where she is teaching company class for both Ballet New Ensemble and College Dance Collective.

Luisa Cardoso

Salvador, Brazil

Luisa began her training at Ebateca Escola de Ballet, directed by Juliana De-Vecchi. In 2014 she moved to Miami, FL after receiving a scholarship to attend the Miami City Ballet School pre-professional program, directed by Darleen Callaghan. While a student with the Miami City Ballet School, she had the opportunity to perform works by George Balanchine such as Western Symphony, Stars and Stripes, and Theme and Variations. Luisa has also worked with choreographers Maribel Modromo, Olivier Pardina, Maria Torija, Geta Constantinescu, Ebtiz and Lourdes Lopez. In 2016 she graduated from Miami City Ballet School and moved to Memphis, TN to join Collage Dance Collective. This is Luisa’s eighth season with the company.

Noelia Garcia Carmona

Flamenco / Ballet

Noelia Garcia Carmona is a native of Barcelona, Spain. She started dancing at a young age and followed her passion and dream of becoming a dance professional and traveling the world. She graduated from the Institut del Teatre I Dansa in Barcelona in 1993 specializing in Spanish dance and flamenco. Upon graduation, she co-founded the flamenco and contemporary dance company Increpacion Danza, where she was a performer and choreographer for 10 years, touring all over Europe, China and The Philippines.

In 2002, she was selected as a dance performer by Cirque du Soleil, for their show Zumanity. Noelia moved to the USA in 2003 and has since lived in Memphis, TN. From 2003 to 2021, she worked at New Ballet Ensemble & School holding different roles and positions including dance educator, performer, choreographer, program director, and Associate Artistic Director leading a team of teaching artists and creating programming for events and concerts. In 2014, she was Rehearsal Director and performer for the piece Harlem, presented by the New Ballet Ensemble at the Kennedy Center accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.

In 2017, Noelia graduated from the CAELI (Community Arts Education Leadership Institute) led by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. In her role as a choreographer, she has created numerous dance works with students and professional dancers that have been presented in venues throughout Memphis. Some of her original choreography includes “Dos,” “Tiempos,” “El Rey de Harlem,” “Fuego” and “Voices.” She creates dances that are relevant, passionate and inclusive of other dance genres outside of Spanish Dance and Flamenco. Noelia teaches ballet, Flamenco and Spanish dance to youth and adults.

DeAngelo Cheatom

Jazz, Ballet & Modern

DeAngelo Cheatom, a Detroit native, has been dancing since the age of three. He has trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop and African Dance at Detroit Windsor Dance Academy, The Detroit School of Arts, The Link School of Arts and The University of the Arts. As a professional, DeAngelo has performed all over the world in concert dance beginning with Eleone Dance Theater (Philadelphia, PA) for three performance seasons. Most recently, DeAngelo performed as a freelance artist with production companies including Norwegian Cruise Lines, P&O Australia and Dublin World Wide (Spirit Productions). Throughout his career he’s had opportunities to work with and learn from world-renowned choreographers. Recently relocating to Memphis to teach with the Collage Dance Conservatory, DeAngelo’s love for the art of dance and the stage has presented opportunities beyond his wildest imagination. As a teacher and choreographer, focused primarily in Jazz, DeAngelo utilizes more than a decade of professional dance experience to teach and guide the next generation of artists.

IMAJIN LIAS

Ballet

Imajin Lias was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee where she began dancing at the age of three and exploring various genres of dance. In her freshman year of high school, she joined Collage Dance Collective where she studied Classical Ballet, Modern and Jazz, under the direction of Kevin Thomas. After graduating in 2017, she continued her studies at The Alonzo King Lines Ballet Training Program in San Francisco, California. After completing the Lines Ballet Training Program, Imajin went on to attend the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble as a dancer in the second company. Imajin has worked with choreographers such as Gregory Dawson, Maurya Kurr, Arturo Fernandez, MenCa, and more and has had extensive training at the Joffrey Ballet School and Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre.

Elita Loaces

Ballet

Elita Loaces is a professional dancer and teacher experienced in ballet, salsa, tango, contemporary and hip hop. Hailing from Cuba, Ms. Elita began her training at age 9 at Ciego of Avila and later at National Ballet School in La Habana Cuba. Prior to joining the Conservatory in 2022 as a ballet teacher in the upper school, Ms. Elita performed professionally as a dancer on Cuban Televisión and in Chanchung City, China.

Fábio Mariano

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Fábio Mariano started dancing when he was 14 years old. He trained at Maria Olenewa Dance School and performed in big productions of ballet and opera at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, such as The Nutcracker, The Rite of Spring, Aida and Marguerite & Armand. Taught by renowned Brazilian and Russian teachers from Kirov Ballet, he graduated in 2014. In Brazil, he performed classical and contemporary works by different choreographers with Caetano Cia. De Dança, directed by Thiago Caetano and Companhia Jovem de Ballet do Rio de Janeiro, directed by Dalal Achcar and Marisa Estrella. Fábio joined Corpo de Baile Campos dos Goytacazes in 2014, where he performed classical and contemporary works. He also choreographed a contemporary ballet for the company. In 2016, he moved to the U.S. to join Atlantic City Ballet (NJ) and performed soloist and leading roles in full length productions of The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Dracula and Carmen. Aside from dancing, Mr. Mariano has been a ballet teacher for more than 10 years. In 2020, he co-founded the online platform Blacks in Ballet alongside Ingrid Silva and Ruan Galdino to highlight ballet dancers of color. Fábio Mariano has been an artist with Collage Dance since 2017 and is in his seventh season.

Karen Niceley

Ballet & Jazz

Karen Niceley attended the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet and later received her BFA in Dance Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Karen’s professional credits include work with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Michael Mao Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera, Cirque Du Soleil, Keith Lee’s Dance Theatre of Lynchburg and the Broadway National Tour of The Color Purple.

Prior to relocating to Memphis in spring 2021, Karen taught dance, Vinyasa yoga and creative movement in more than 100 schools throughout the five boroughs of NYC. As a result of decades long work with The Leadership Program, Karen is recognized for her ability to utilize social emotional learning, anti-bullying best practices and restorative justice models to implement transformative youth development programs that combine academics and dance technique.

As the Community Engagement Manager for Collage Dance, Karen works to broaden the organization’s in-school dance education program, Turning Pointe, by fostering relationships with Memphis area schools. She also works to cultivate a vibrant adult dance community through program development at the new Collage Dance Center and dance exposure opportunities in Memphis and beyond.

Karen is also co-founder of Gritty Cherries, Inc., a non-profit art production company that serves as a springboard for emerging artists of all types, providing venues and producing special events for charitable organizations with a variety of artists who collaborate together under one roof and a specific theme while bringing high quality training in the arts to underprivileged youth through their arts education program Gritty Cherries Arts Education.

Lenore Pavlakos Morales

Collage Dance Rehearsal Director

Lenore Pavlakos Morales is a native of Brooklyn, NY and graduate of The Juilliard School where she received her BFA Degree in dance. Her professional career includes Eglevsky Ballet, Maryland Ballet & Eugene Ballet before joining Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) under the direction of Arthur Mitchell.  She quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to Soloist and later Principal dancer. In her 11-year tenure with DTH she worked with master’s such as Fredrick Franklin, John Taras, Suzanne Farrell, Jacques D’Ambroise, Geoffrey Holder.  Featured roles include: Waltz Girl in Balanchine’s Serenade, Medea in Michael Smuin’s Medea, Desdemona in Jose Limon’s Moors Pavane, Princess of Unreal Beauty in John Taras’s Firebird and Myrta in Fredrick Franklin’s staging of Creole Giselle. In addition to performing, she served as assistant rehearsal director to the company and Master Teacher for their “Dancing through Barriers”, outreach program both in the US and abroad. Lenore performed as guest artist to various companies in the US. Ms. Morales was a featured model for Capezio ads and has been seen in Oprah, Mademoiselle, Pointe, and Dance Magazine as well as Italy’s Io Donna.  

Following her performing career Ms. Morales served as Director to The Harkness Youth Ballet @ 92nd Street Y and later Ballet Mistress to Staten Island Ballet. Recently, she was delighted to serve as guest Rehearsal Director to Dance Theatre of Harlem, NYC during their 2021-2022 season. In 2022, Lenore joined Collage Dance Collective as Rehearsal Director during its 13th Performance Season. Additional teaching includes ballet faculty at Rutgers – Mason Gross School of the Arts,West Virginia Dance Festival, Scarsdale Ballet Studio, American Ballet Theatre JKO School, Academy of Dance Arts, Marymount Manhattan College, New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, Tremaine Dance Convention. She is a certified teacher of Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® technique.

Danielle Pierce

Creative Movement & Tap

Danielle Pierce was trained in jazz, tap, lyrical and ballet at All American Kids dance studio. She competed, attended dance workshops, and performed at events around the Mid-South. After she graduated from White Station High School in 2004 Danielle was a member of the Arkansas State University (A-Team) Dance Team from 2005-07. She continued her dance training at The University of Memphis, studying various dance styles. In 2008, she graduated from The U of M with her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Spanish, and minor in Dance. 

Danielle has taught and choreographed for Christie McNeill Studio of Dance, Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company, and other studios around the Mid-South. Since 2010, Danielle was a member of the RedHots team with the Memphis RedBirds until 2015. 

She teaches tap, ballet, company jazz, adult jazz and tap at The Dance Academy of Bartlett, where she has been teaching since 2012. Danielle also teaches Beginner/Intermediate Tap in Cordova at Studio Gray. In 2016, she started teaching Tap and Creative Movement at Collage Dance Collective. This will be her third year performing with the only professional tap company in Memphis, The Hot Foot Honeys. 

Danielle is a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters. She received Most Innovative Tap Instructor of the Year from Destined 2 Dance awards.  She continues to do what she loves with the support of her lovely mother, Judy Pierce, and her awesome brother, Dexter Pierce, Jr. 

Dorian Rhea

Jazz & Tap

A south side, Chicago bred artist, Dorian Rhea has been an active participant in community based arts and education for the past seven years. He has performed and choreographed pieces for recording artists like Silentò & Chance The Rapper, while using his art as a tool for activism and reformation by working alongside the Obamas on the ‘Healthier America’ initiative. His works have been featured at venues such as The Chicago Theater & The Museum of Contemporary Art.

He has held residencies at The Joffrey Ballet Chicago as well as The American Rhythm Center, and facilitated world-class workshops at Roosevelt University, Chicago State University, and Wilbur Wright College. From working with charitable arts programs in public schools across the city, to providing free performance training under the non-profit ‘Happiness Club’, Dorian continues to encourage, build, and support reputable opportunities and networks that give back to the communities who invest so much into the future.

Abigail Taber

Ballet

Abigail Taber, a native of Memphis, TN, began her classical training at River City Ballet Company under the directorship of the late Carlton Lee Johnson.  During her training she danced in various productions such as, The Wizard of Oz, as Dorothy, and A Christmas Fantasy, where she danced the lead as Abby.  Abigail is a former Nubian Theater Company member, led by John L. Sullivan, where she has performed in various works such as Umoja Kamaru, Uniquely Us, and The People Could Fly.  Abigail has also performed in “Black, White, and Red All Over”, “The Blues and Sunday Morning”, both works of Dr. Erma L. Clanton, Opera Memphis’ “Treemonisha”, Harrell Theatre’s “Aida”, and “Rent, a Tribute to Jonathan Larson”.  Abigail danced as captain of the Marching Crimson Piperettes of Tuskegee University where she received her B.S. in Biology.  She has also served as co-choreographer of the Spiritual Lights Praise Ensemble at New Sardis Baptist Church and has danced with Bridging Souls Productions and the Collage Dance Corps.

KINDRED SPIRIT

West African

Kindred Spirit, under the direction of Reggie Taber, is a traditional West African drum and dance inspired company, operating with a heightened interest in examining the psyche, body, and spirit through an African centered worldview. Kindred Spirit strives to cultivate respect for traditional forms, foster cultural exchange, effect social justice, engage in community building, and promote healing through the medium of drum and dance.