A native of Washington D.C., Renée Colbert (Apprentice) received her early dance education through Thomas G. Pullen CPA and Suitland High School’s CVPA. Renée has had the privilege of working closely with and performing works by Jannis Brenner, Doug Elkins, Eric Oberdorff, Helen Simoneau, Mabel Robinson, the Nikolais Company and several others. She holds a BFA in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and works as a freelance artist based out of NY. She is currently an apprentice for Helen Simoneau Danse and will be working with the Metropolitan Opera this coming January 2013.
Ariel Freedman began dancing and choreographing at the age of three in her living room. She earned her BFA at The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the Martha Hill Prize. After graduating, she performed with AszURe & Artists, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, and David Parker and The Bang Group. She danced with the Batsheva Ensemble for two seasons and with the Batsheva Dance Company for three. She teaches Gaga, the movement language of Batsheva choreographer Ohad Naharin, and has performed with Kidd Pivot, Motley Dance, Keigwin + Company, and the Troupe.
Pierre Guillbault (Apprentice) is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. New to New York City he spent the first part of the Summer of 2012 in a Cunningham workshop playing the roles of Merce Cunningham in Place, How To…, and Scramble. Currently employed as a Visitor Host with 911 Memorial he strives to give back in any way he can. Looking to leave this world full of creation and less destruction he is an artist who is working to better himself day by day.
Kate Jewett holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and resides in Brooklyn. She has had the privilege of presenting her work at Fabbrica Europa festival in Florence, Milan, DeSales University, Park Ave Armory, P.S. 218 and the United Nations. She has performed and taught dance all over Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. Kate understudied with Merce Cunningham and is currently Rehearsal Director and dancer with Shen Wei Dance Arts.
Burr Johnson is a dancer and choreographer based in Brooklyn. He holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Burr dances for numerous choreographers including John Jasperse, Helen Simoneau, Christopher Williams, and Shen Wei. He also performed in two reconstructions of Laura Dean’s dances: Tympani (1980/2008) and Infinity (1990/2009). His choreographic work has been presented through Movement Research at Judson Church, Underexposed at Dixon Place, OneArmRed, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Location One Gallery, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, and Danspace Project. In his spare moments away from dance, Burr is either gardening or feeding stray cats in Bushwick.
Juel D. Lane is originally from Atlanta, Ga and received his BFA from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has toured and performed nationally and internationally with such distinguished choreographers and companies as Ronald K. Brown-Evidence Dance Company (2003-2008), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company(2002-2003), Soulowork’s Andrea E. Woods and Dancers(2000-2002), Helen Simoneau Danse, and Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Lane recently choreographed “Moments of Dis” on Atlanta Ballet. This made Lane the first independent Atlanta-based choreographer ever to be commissioned by Atlanta Ballet.
Ashley Lindsey is originally from Raleigh, NC. He graduated from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). He danced with the Limon Dance Company from 2007-2010 touring nationally and internationally. Ashley has also had the pleasure of guesting with companies such as the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, The Wes Veldink Movement, VIA Dance Collaborative and Jessica Gaynor Dance Company. Additional professional achievements include performing at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Festival, the Joyce Theater’s Evening of the Stars, The Bermuda Festival and the feature film “Bolden”, choreographed by 4 time Tony award winner Hinton Battle. As an educator and choreographer Ashley has taught at UNCSA, Duke University, Elon University, Jose Limon Dance Workshop, as well as workshops in Tokyo and Italy. His own work has been seen on stages throughout the US and abroad. http://www.ashleylindseydance.com
Candace Scarborough was born and raised in the Baltimore area. She trained at the Dance Academy of Baltimore and Morton Street Dance Center. She received a B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland, College Park and was a recipient of the Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship. At UMD she had the opportunity to perform in works by various guest artists, faculty and graduate students. Since graduating she has performed with AndaryDance and will be performing with Graham Brown in the spring.
Kristin Taylor a Durham native, holds a BFA from the UNC School of the Arts. She trained at Jacobs Pillow, and on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studios with Hubbard Street II. In New York, she apprenticed with Urban Bush Women, and worked with choreographers Nathan Trice, Bridget Moore, Christal Brown and Sidra Bell. Kristin performed with the Mexico City-based Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza and created and performed works for Yuxtadanza Compania de Danza of Venezuela. She has taught in UNCSA’s preparatory program and as a guest of the Tri-Cities Performing Arts School in Atlanta. Currently, Kristin also works with nosiDANCE Theater, Helen Simoneau, Andrea E. Woods and Chaunesti Webb Lyon.