Mia Cushnie (Apprentice) was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She began her training at Palm Beach Ballet Center under the direction of Joan Miller and later transferred to the Academy of Ballet Florida. At the age of 12, Mia attended the performing arts Middle and High School where she continued her classical training and was able to work with choreographers such as Margo Sappington, Kathy Posin and Troy Powell. Mia has obtained her BFA at the University of North Carolina school of the arts where she has had the honor of working with Eric Oberdorff, Juel Lane, Brenda Daniels, Larry Keigwin, and Bill T Jones. Ms. Cushnie has also attended the Alvin Ailey Workshop in New York City.
Hannah Darrah is originally from Durham, NC and studied modern dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has worked with prestigious choreographers including Helen Simoneau, Bill T. Jones, Rosie Herrera, Mark Dendy, and Steve Paxton. She has performed at museums including the MoMA and the New Museum. She was a YoungArts 2009 finalist, a Presidential Scholar Nominee, and a 2014 YoungArts Alumni Gala Performer. Hannah is also a clay animator/stop-motion filmmaker and has created music videos for Brooklyn based bands including Landlady and Merrily and the Poison Orchard. Hannah is currently working on combining her skills in dance and stop-motion film to choreograph and produce her first clay dance film, “Trip the Light Fantastic,” which is made possible by an Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artists Grant. This is Hannah’s second season with Helen Simoneau Danse
Kayla Farrish was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina into a dance loving family. Local dance studios and school programs inspired her to begin choreographing early in her training, allowing her to find a creative voice at a young age. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2013 summa cum laude. She was also granted the Gertrude Shurr Award for excellence in modern dance and passionate dancing. During her time there she had the opportunity to perform works by Martha Graham, Larry Keigwin, Amy Ernst, Douglas Nielsen, Sam Watson, and others. Since moving to New York, she has had the opportunity to work with wonderful choreographers including Bryn Cohn and Artists, Aszure Barton and Artists, Elena Vazintaris, Lane Gifford of LaneCo Arts, Jessica Taylor of Damagedance, Steve Vaughn of 13 Main Movement, Emily Schoen, Matthew Westerby Dance Company, Gallim Dance, BODYART, Ashley Lindsay, Bare Dance Company, CEMA Dance, Bennyroyce Dance and Artists, and Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance. This is Kayla’s first season with Helen Simoneau Danse.
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 Barton’s 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 has taught Gaga, the movement language of Ohad Naharin, and Naharin’s repertory since 2007, and has performed with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot, Motley Dance, Keigwin + Company, Zack Winokur and Michelle Mola/ The Troupe, Liz Magic Laser, Noa Zuk, Idan Sharabi and Dancers, Talia Beck, zoe | juniper and Roy Assaf Dance. This is Ariel’s third season with Helen Simoneau Danse.
Burr Johson is a dancer/choreographer based in Brooklyn. He holds a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and works with choreographers John Jasperse, Helen Simoneau, Christopher Williams, and Shen Wei. At the American Dance Festival he performed in two reconstructions of Laura Dean’s dances: Tympani (1980/2008) and Infinity(1990/2009). In 2013, he premiered Christopher Williams’ choreography in Peter Sellars’ opera The Indian Queen. He has also worked for Walter Dundervill, Ryan McNamara, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, and Yozmit. Burr’s choreographic work has been presented through Movement Research at Judson Church, Underexposed at Dixon Place, OneArmRed, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Emergency Glitter at Abrons Art Center, Josée Bienvenu Gallery, Danspace Project, and New York Live Arts. He has guest-taught at Henrico Center for the Arts, Philadelphia University of the Arts’ pre-college program, the University of Utah, Salem College, and UNC Greensboro. This is Burr’s fifth season with Helen Simoneau Danse.
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. Since graduating from University of Maryland she has performed with AndaryDance, Graham Brown, Denise Leitner, PearsonWidrig DanceTheater and Helen Simoneau Danse. This is Candace’s third season with Helen Simoneau Danse.
Kristin Taylor is a native of Durham, NC and 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. She has performed with Andrea Woods, Mexico City-based Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, Nathan Trice, Bridget Moore, Christal Brown, Sidra Bell, Helen Simoneau, Allison R. Daniels and Gaspard Louis. She has taught in UNCSA’s preparatory program, as a guest teacher for Enloe High School (Raleigh, NC), Durham School of the Arts and Tri-Cities Performing Arts School. 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, Encore Academy of Dance and the Ballet School of Chapel Hill as well as pursuing her teaching license at North Carolina Central University. This is Kristin’s fifth season with Helen Simoneau Danse.
A native of New Hampshire, Meg Weeks is a dancer, choreographer, and writer based in New York City. She holds a BA in history from Brown University and has performed with Shen Wei Dance Arts, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Summation Dance, and understudied with Beth Gill. She has presented her choreography at Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, and SHOW ROOM Gowanus in New York City and most recently, as a guest artist at Brown University in Providence, RI. She writes about contemporary performance for Culturebot and Critical Correspondence. This is Meg’s second season with Helen Simoneau Danse.
Originally from Oklahoma City, Miles Yeung began his dance training at the age of 10, relocating to Philadelphia in 2010 to attend the University of the Arts on a Presidential Talent Scholarship. He completed his BFA with honors in Modern Performance in 2014, receiving the Excellence in Modern Performance award as chosen by the faculty.During his college career, Miles spent six months in Venice, Italy as a member of the Arsenale della Danza in conjunction with the Biennale di Venezia, studying and performing works from teachers around the world. Under the direction of Ismael Ivo, Miles joined the Arsenale’s international tour of their original work, “Biblioteca del Corpo.” Miles’ performance credits include a variety of works, including Brian Sanders’ JUNK (Philadelphia FringeArts Festival and national tours), Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion (“Moments Defined”, Los Angeles), and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (New York). Additionally, he has had the privilege of assisting Douglas Becker in the Forsythe technique at University of North Carolina School of the Arts; the Konservatorium Wien in Vienna, Austria; the Centre National de la Danse in Paris, France; and at the University of the Arts. This is Miles’ first season with Helen Simoneau Danse.
Photo 1 by Cathy Kitchens
Photos 5, 6, 7 by Hope Davis
Photos 4, 8 by Drew Davis
Photos 2, 3, 9 by Stephanie Crousillat