A native of Washington D.C., Renée Colbert 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 has also performed with the Metropilitan Opera. She holds a BFA in contemporary dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) 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.
Hannah Darrah is originally from Durham, NC and attended high school at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed in works by various choreographers including Rosie Herrera, Burr Johnson, Mark Dendy, Brittany Bailey, and Steve Paxton. She was a YoungArts 2009 finalist and was invited to perform under the direction of Bill T. Jones at the YoungArts 2014 Alumni Gala. Hannah is also a visual artist, primarily in the mediums of sculpture and clay animation.
Seve Douglas Foster hails from Elm City, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts from both the high school and the college programs. While attending UNCSA, Seve performed works by Merce Cunningham, Jose Limon, Twyla Tharp, Agnes De Mille, Juel Lane and Brenda Daniels. He also taught in the Preparatory Program. Upon graduation, Seve joined the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet as a company member and dance instructor. He is now a resident of New York City, where he works at the internationally known gelateria, Amorino. Seve is honored to be a new member of the company.
Ariel Freedman 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 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 Ohad Naharin, and has performed with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot, Motley Dance, Keigwin + Company, the Troupe, Idan Sharabi and Dancers, Talia Beck, and Roy Assaf.
Pierre Guilbault is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. He has a background in ballet, contemporary dance, film and theater. Living in Jersey City, Pierre works in New York City with choreographers Mari Meade, Mary Seidman, Pam Tanowitz, Rebecca Lazier, Natalie Cañizares, Emery LeCrone, Ellen Cornfield, and Pat Catterson in addition to his work with Helen Simoneau Danse.
Burr Johnson is a dancer and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. 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). In 2013, he premiered Peter Sellars’ “The Indian Queen”. His choreographic work has been presented through Movement Research at Judson Church, Underexposed at Dixon Place, OneArmRed, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Abron’s Art Center, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Danspace Project, and New York Live Arts.
Juel D. Lane is originally from Atlanta, GA and received his BFA from UNCSA. He has toured and performed nationally and internationally with such distinguished choreographers and companies as Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company (2003-2008), Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (2002-2003), Soulowork’s Andrea E. Woods and Dancers(2000-2002). Currently Lane dances with Helen Simoneau Danse, and Camille A. Brown & Dancers. In 2012, he choreographed “Moments of Dis” on Atlanta Ballet. This made Lane the first independent Atlanta-based choreographer ever to be commissioned by Atlanta Ballet. Lane was recently named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2013.
Candace Scarborough was born and raised in the Baltimore area, where 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 Keith Thompson, Tere O’Connor, Erika Thimey and PearsonWidrig DanceTheater, as well as various faculty and graduate student work. She currently dances for Helen Simoneau Danse, and has performed with AndaryDance, Graham Brown, and Denise Leitner.
Kristin Taylor, a Durham native, holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina 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 theTri-Cities Performing Arts School in Atlanta. Ms. Taylor received the Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant in 2011 to produce her first concert for KT COLLECTIVE. Currently Kristin works with nosiDANCE Theater, Helen Simoneau and is the Dance Educator for Riverside High School in Durham, NC.
Adriana Urueña (Apprentice) was born in Mountain View California and raised in Caracas,Venezuela. She is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she has had the opportunity to perform the works of Shen Wei Dance Arts, Merce Cunningham, Grady Bowman, Daniel Gwirtzman, Patricia Casey and Twyla Tharp. She has also studied under Brenda Daniels, Sean Sullivan, Abby Yager, Dianne Markham, Helen Simoneau, Juel D. Lane and ballet masters Susan Jaffe, Jared Reddick, Susan McCullough, Dayna Fox, and other guests. Adriana is looking forward to graduate this spring 2014.