Black History Month Dance Concert

Director’s Note

Welcome to the 2022 Black History Month Dance Concert! This year’s concert celebrates various art forms of the African Diaspora. You will experience works from our very own faculty and students as well as local artists, Chelsi Yvonne & Take 2, Sean Hunter, and students from The Pointe!, a black owned dance studio in Greensboro, NC. We are so excited to share this evening of music, spoken word, and dance with you. Thank you for your viewing support.
In peace,

Professor Keshia Wall 

Special Thanks

Jermaine Studwell, Kimberly Rippy, Patti Gibbons, Jennifer Guy Metcalf, Lauren Kearns, Greg Thorn, Rick Earl, Hannah Brown, Jeff Clark, Kim Shively, SGA, Michael Smith, Cultural & Special Programs, the Global Education Center, CREDE, and the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL).

Production Team

DirectorKeshia Wall
Scenic DesignerCharles Johnson
Costume CoordinatorJack Smith
Sound DesignerJoe Quinde
Lighting DesignerAlicia Varcoe
Technical DirectorJP Mullican
Stage ManagerGrace Granger
Asst. Stage ManagersAyanna Bearden
Michael Leung
Alexander Schmidt
Sarina Smith
Props CoordinatorNatalie Taylor Hart
Film CrewJermaine Studwell
Global Majority Student Film CrewJordan Young
CiCi Johnson
Nina McDow
Steven Mmari
House ManagersKeri Anderson
Laura McGuire
Jack Morrill
HostsZeth Dixon
Anne Sophie Hill

Pieces

Lift Every Voice & Black History Month Medley

Performed by Chelsi Yvonne & Take 2

Enthroned – Photo by Jen Guy Metcalf

Gota & Kpatsa

Choreographed by Godson Atsu Sokpor

Music: Ghana Dance Ensemble Drummers

Costume Design: Godson Atsu Sokpur

Dancers: Jasmine Powell, Lucy Ham, Parker MacIntyre, Riley Corvin, Eukela Little, Carly Glickman, Emma Briskman, Katie Bauer, Kimmy Sessions, Nicole Patenaude, Molly Elrich, Renell Taylor, Sophie Campbell

Enthroned

Choreographed by Jasmine Powell in collaboration with performers

Music: Forrest Matthews, Bashir Shakur, Eli Wittmann

Costume Design: Jack Smith and Performers

Costume Assistant: Sarah Parks

Jewelry: BeCute Imporium

Hair Stylist: Cassidy M. Perry

Dancers: Haley Asbury, Caroline Bernardon, Eileena Boyce, Lauren Jacobbe, Sarah Parks, Maya Simmons, Allie Strouse

Understudy: Emma Morris

As we strive to highlight the everlasting effects of self-made empowerment, I wanted to support the rise of black entrepreneurs in Burlington by featuring jewelry from BeCute Imporium owned by Nicole Enoch (Elon class of ’04). Mrs. Enoch is doing inspiring work for the  Alamance black community by providing other black entrepreneurs the ability to showcase their merchandise in her storefront property in downtown Burlington. The significance of this dance and its partnership with the community is to pay homage to downtown Burlington’s Black Bottom district, originally located on Worth Street in the 1920s. This was once a self-sustaining black-owned business district booming with empowered citizens of Alamance county before it was displaced twice during its existence. With the rise of black entrepreneurs in NC during 2021, we celebrate the honor of being guided by our black history to embody self-made empowerment.

What Does Black History Mean to You?

Choreographed by Keshia Wall in collaboration with Regina Tate

Dancers: Rachel Rorie, Rain Webb, Kennedy O’Neal, Logan Gunthrop, Dasia Amos, Chanel Turnbell

Tapestry

Spoken Word: Sean Hunter

Yankadi, Makru, Sorsonet, & Dundunba

Choreographed by Keshia Wall

Music: Atiba Rorie, Forrest Matthews, Bashir Shakur, Eli Whittmann

Costume Design: Jack Smith and Performers

Lighting Design: Alicia Varcoe

Dancers: Maggie Adams, Sophie David, Derick Donato, Colin Flanagan, Lila Hoffman-Byer, Erick Houck, Mia Johnson, Makayla Kanerviko, Gabriel Logan, Parker MacIntyre, Khairi Morrow, Tyler Okunski, Cassidy M. Perry, Isabella Piccirilli, Kayla Spalding, Lauren Weinberg, Jessica Werfel, Erin Woods.

Another Love Song, Big Ole Freak, Before I Let Go

Choreographed by Dom Alexis

Music: Chelsi Yvonne & Take 2

Costume Design: Jack Smith

Lighting Design: Alicia Varcoe

Dancers: Maggie Adams, Caroline Bernandon, Caroline Booth, Madison Boyer, Phoebe Crumbine, Maggie Davenport, Hannah Giessler, Lia Kelly, Katie Lorber, Isabella Mao, Parker MacIntyre, Gaby Minionis, Khairi Morrow, Cassidy M. Perry, Sarah Rothacker, Summer Severin, Madeline Trigilio, Jessica Werfel, Erin Woods

Yankadi – Photo by Jen Guy Metcalf

Bios

Jasmine Powell

Jasmine Powell

Joe Quinde

Joe Quinde

JP Mullican

JP Mullican

Jack A. Smith

Jack A. Smith

Alicia Varcoe

Alicia Varcoe

Natalie Taylor Hart

Natalie Taylor Hart

David McGraw

David McGraw

Atiba Rorie

Atiba Rorie

Keshia Wall

Keshia Wall

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams

Haley Asbury

Haley Asbury

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon

Eileena Boyce

Eileena Boyce

Madi Boyer

Madi Boyer

Phoebe Crumbine

Phoebe Crumbine

Dion Cummings

Dion Cummings

Maggie Davenport

Maggie Davenport

Sophie David

Sophie David

Zeth Dixon

Zeth Dixon

Derick Donato

Derick Donato

Collin Flanagan

Collin Flanagan

Hannah Giessler

Hannah Giessler

Grace Granger

Grace Granger

Erik Houck

Erik Houck

Anne-Sophie Hill

Anne-Sophie Hill

Lauren Jacobbe

Lauren Jacobbe

Makayla Kanerviko

Makayla Kanerviko

Lia Kelly

Lia Kelly

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber

Isabelle Mao

Isabelle Mao

Parker MacIntyre

Parker MacIntyre

Laura McGuire

Laura McGuire

Emma Morris

Emma Morris

Gaby Minionis

Gaby Minionis

Jack Morrill

Jack Morrill

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

Sarah Parks

Sarah Parks

Izzi Piccirilli

Izzi Piccirilli

Sarah Rothacker

Sarah Rothacker

Summer Severin

Summer Severin

Kimmy Sessions

Kimmy Sessions

Maya Simmons

Maya Simmons

Alexandra Strouse

Alexandra Strouse

Kayla Spalding

Kayla Spalding

Renell Taylor

Renell Taylor

Madi Trigilio

Madi Trigilio

Jessica Werfel

Jessica Werfel

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

Erin Woods

Erin Woods

Jordan Young

Jordan Young

Jasmine Powell

Jasmine Powell, a Durham based dance artist from Hillsborough, NC, attended Oberlin College and Hollins University, MFA. Currently performing with KT Collective, Jasmine has also performed with Philadanco, Dianne McIntyre, Ronald K. Brown, Okwui Okpokwasili and Justin Tornow, to now serves as Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Elon University. Continuing her own artistry featuring Approximation of a Woman, her body of work travel into performance theaters, local/ international dance and film festivals, and music videos. Jasmine smiles at the opportunity to share her work rooted in conceptual storytelling and is always relating to others through a creative expressionist lens.

Joe Quinde

Joe Quinde is an American musician, producer, and engineer best known for his work, shaping the sounds for what is known as the “golden era” of hip-hop and RnB / soul. Working with many industry artists, including Jay-Z, N.O.R.E., Cam’Ron, Chubb Rock, Guru, Camp Lo and Nice n’ Smooth  [2], his unique and exacting approach to mixing resulted in a 1998 Grammy [best rap album] win for Jay-Z’s “Hard Knock Life, Vol. 2”. He also received critical acclaim for his approach to Camp Lo’s hip-hop classic, “Luchini AKA This is It”. Over the course of Quinde’s career, he appeared as a musician on many records including Angie Stone’s “Black Diamond”, Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal”and Vanilla Ice’s “People's Choice” [5]. He has also worked as a FOH and MON engineer for many live shows including tours with Roberta Flack and concerts at select Greensboro venues like Cone Denim Ent. Center, Carolina Theatre [Greensboro, NC] and Arizona Pete’s, as well as John Coltrane Jazz & Blues Festival. Currently, Quinde is mixing records in genres such as afrobeat, hip-hop, RnB, reggae, rock, and jazz, andperforming with North Carolina artists.

JP Mullican

JP has served as the Performing Arts Technical Director since Fall 2017. Prior to Elon, he worked as a lead craftsperson and project manager on productions such as Paw Patrol Live. Outside of Elon, he continues work as a freelance technical designer on productions such as the Frozen Australian Tour, The Beauty and the Beast in Shanghai, and The Phantom of the Opera World Tour. In his free time, JP builds custom furniture and runs an ever-increasing number of virtual Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. He couldn’t do any of this without the constant support of his amazing partner.

Jack A. Smith

Jack is an Associate Professor of Performing Arts. He has worked at many regional theaters from The Orlando Shakespeare Theater to The Actor’s Theater of Louisville. He spends most of his summers either working at a small theater in Missouri (City of Maples Rep) or traveling the world looking at textiles, antique garments, or cultural wonders. His passions include antique textiles (specifically American Women’s Costume from the 19th century and the politics of 18th-century French fashions) and his dog, Neha!

Alicia Varcoe

Alicia Varcoe is a multi-hyphenate artist and administrator, and a proud graduate of Elon University (TDT & Music). She is thrilled to return after guest designing in the 2019 Fall Dance Concert. Favorite lighting designs include Pride and Prejudice (Warehouse Theatre), The Old Man and the Old Moon (Theatre in the Park), Constellations (Mill Mountain Theatre), Fugitive Songs (Elon) and Next To Normal (Elon). Upcoming: World Premiere of The Lotus Paradox by Dorothy Fortenberry at the Warehouse Theatre. By day, Alicia serves as a frontline fundraiser for the Duke University Parents Program.

Natalie Taylor Hart

Natalie Taylor Hart is a Scenic Designer and the Associate Chair of Performing Arts at Elon University. Selected Scenic Designs: New York: Tech Support (59E59TH, Off-Broadway); Tartuffe (Queens Theatre, Off-Off-Broadway); Slave Shack (Algonquin Theatre); Associate Designer for The Wiz (The Netherlands). Regional: Life in the Fat Lane (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Having Our Say, Our Town {Scenic Consultant}, Fences {Finalist in World Stage Design 2017 Taipei}, White Lightning (Triad Stage). Exhibitions: USITT Design Expo, Prague Quadrennial, World Stage Design Finalist 2017, Lincoln Center Portfolio Review. MFA, Ohio University. Proud member of IATSE USA Local 829. natalietaylorhart.com

David McGraw

Prof. McGraw serves as the Program Coordinator for Elon University’s Arts Administration major and has overseen over 250 dance and theatre productions. He recently worked with the South African State Theatre on a Fulbright Specialist Grant to coordinate an international tour (pre-pandemic).  Field research: US Stage Manager Survey (2006-2021, www.smsurvey.info), South African Creative Industries Technical Staff Survey with Ronel Jordaan (2019, www.sacits.com), SM2030 Project (2020-2021, www.smsurvey.info), and Return to the Stage with Meg Friedman (2020-2021, www.returntothestage.com).

Atiba Rorie

Atiba Rorie has been playing percussion instruments since he was a young child. He currently holds a BA in Music from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has also studied with Babatunde Olatunji, Fahali Igbo, Bradley Simmons, Chief Bey, and The National Dance Ensemble of Ghana in a one month intensive in Accra, Ghana, and a one-month intensive study in Guinea, West Africa. He has taught at Winston Salem State University and Guilford College. He currently is the Dance music coordinator at UNC Greensboro. He is the founder of the dynamic band Africa Unplugged. Rorie is also a musician within various professional ensembles; with these ensembles, he has performed at many venues including Dance Africa in New York, Tedx Greensboro, National Black Arts Festival, Black Dance USA, and two Presidential Inauguration Celebrations. In 2005 Rorie was invited to participate in a Drums of Passion Tribute to Babatunde Olatunji at the Percussive Arts Society InternationalConference. Rorie has been a guest artist at CaldCluegh Community Center, Duke University, High Point University, Agnes Scott College, Williams College, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Black College Dance Exchange, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Radford University.

Keshia Wall

Nekeshia Wall, of Greensboro, NC earned a BA from UNC Greensboro in Dance and African American Studies and an MFA in Dance at Hollins University in collaboration with Kunstlerhavs Mousontvrm and The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts; with support from The Dresden Frankfort Dance Company. She is also the founder of Matriarch Dance Co. LLC.Wall is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University and specializes in Traditional West African and Contemporary Dance. Her current research focus seeks to explore how binary dancing forms such as West African Dance, can be engaged as valued and valid epistemological and ontological domains in scholarship.

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams is a sophomore BFA Dance Performance and Choreography major from Mount Airy, Maryland who has been dancing since she was 3. Prior to Elon, Maggie spent six years as a part of the Mid Maryland Performing Arts Center’s pre-professional company, FX. Through FX she has trained in a variety of styles including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop and Modern. Dance has given Maggie many traveling opportunities which include dancing at the In Motion dance studio in Bermuda, Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts, the Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, the Hippodrome in Baltimore, and in Ireland and Scotland with Dance Unbound. In 2019 she was a full scholarship attendee at Slippery Rock University’s Summer Dance Intensive, FORGE. For the Summer of 2022 Maggie was awarded a scholarship for the GUS Giordano College/Professional Summer Intensive. Maggie hopes to continue dancing long into her future and is excited for her next two years at Elon!

Haley Asbury

Haley Asbury is from Morris County, New Jersey. She is a sophomore at Elon pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography, B.A. in Arts Administration, and minors in Business Administration and Communications. Haley’s choreography has been featured at the 92Y in New York City where she received her first choreography award. This year Haley will be performing choreography from various faculty and guest artists in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month, and Spring Dance Concert. She looks forward to continuing her training at Elon, and hopes to study abroad in Florence, Italy next year.

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe is a native of Chester, New Jersey. She is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance and a B.S in Accounting. She has performed in Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month, and student choreographed research projects/pieces. She has presented choreography in Fall Dance Concert and will be choreographing for this year's Fall Dance Concert.

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon is a native of Madison, New Jersey and is currently living in Naples, Florida. She is a Senior Dance Performance & Choreography Major with minors in Exercise Science and Biology. In addition to pursuing a career in dance, and as a certified yoga instructor, she will be attending graduate school in the fall for her Masters of Science in Nutrition. Caroline is so thankful for her four years at Elon and is looking forward to her last main stage performance!

Eileena Boyce

Eileena Boyce is a junior working to obtain a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography as well as a BA in Strategic Communications. She is a native North Carolinian from Durham. During her time at Elon, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019), Rites of Seasons: Spring Dance Concert (2020), Black History Month Concert (2021, 2022), Fall Dance (2021), and now two pieces in this performance. She has also had the privilege of being apart of two dance films under Keisha Wall called “I Want to Undie You” and “Reclaiming Power: The Black Maternal Crisis”. During summer of 2021, Eileena was able to perform with Shaleigh DanceWorks for the American Dance Festival’s reopening performance. Eileena is so excited to be back performing safely in-person and is excited for all the amazing experiences to come! She hopes you enjoy the performance!

Madi Boyer

Madi Boyer is a second-year from Jackson, New Jersey. She began dancing at the age of 4 and danced competitively since she was 8. She studied several dance styles at Freehold Academy of Performing Arts. She is now pursuing a double major with a B.S in Dance Science and a B.S in Exercise Science at Elon University. She has had the pleasure of performing in Dancing In The Landscape and Black History Month Dance Concert. Spring Dance Concert will be her first in person performance and she couldn't be more excited.

Phoebe Crumbine

Phoebe Crumbine is from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is currently in her junior year at Elon University, pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and a BA in Psychology. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month Concert, and Spring Dance Concert, as well as numerous student productions. She will be presenting her first choreographed piece in this year's production of the Fall Dance Concert. She feels grateful to be surrounded by her peers and faculty while entering this performance season.

Dion Cummings

Dion Cummings is an Elon native and a current Elon graduate student within the Interactive Media program. Passionate about digital storytelling and black representation in creative spaces, Dion aims to own his own film studio and direct his own movies in the future.

Maggie Davenport

Maggie Davenport is from Wake Forest, North Carolina and is currently a Junior at Elon University. She is pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.S in Dance Science, as well as minoring in Business Administration. She has had the opportunity to partake in Redemption for Our Skin: Black History Month Concert (2021) and Black History Month Concert (2022). This is her first live performance at Elon, and she is so excited! Maggie would like to thank everyone for the support as she returns to the stage and she is so grateful for the opportunity to perform live again!

Sophie David

Sophie David is from Franklin, Massachusettes and has been dancing for 16 years. Some of the shows she has performed in includes Swan Lake, Into the Woods, Dancing in the Landscape, Coppelia, and The Nutcracker. Sophie is so excited to perform in Casey Avaunt's Fall Dance Concert piece and is beyond excited to return to a stage after so long away from the theater.

Zeth Dixon

Zeth Dixon is a second year Music Theatre Major at Elon University. Previous credits at Elon include 42nd Street (Pat Denning/Ensemble), The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Gregory, Keith, Daddy, Lucas U/S), and #Silenced (Actor #4). He is happy and proud to share his artistic endeavors and wants to thank all those who have supported him thus far in his life and career.

Derick Donato

Derick is a First-Year Music Theatre Major from Binghamton, NY, and is super stoked to be performing in his first Grand Night! Derick was last seen in the Spring Dance Concert here at Elon and is super excited to be the Male Swing in Elon Renegade's production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Derick would like to thank Deb and Chris, his amazing family, and his friends for everything they do for him and their constant support!

Collin Flanagan

Collin Flanagan is a first-year Music Theatre major and is beyond delighted for his first ever performance at Elon! Some of his recent credits include Jack Kelly in Newsies, Tulsa in Gypsy, Pippin in Pippin, and Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone. He wants to thank the faculty at Elon for such amazing training so far, and his fellow classmates for being so supportive and inspiring. Additional thanks to his family for always aiding him in pursuit of his passions.

Hannah Giessler

Hannah Giessler, from Virginia, is a junior pursuing a double major with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Psychology. She has had the opportunity of being in Dancing in the Landscape, Spring Dance Concert, Black History Month Concert, Fall Dance Concert and many other student pieces. This is her first live performance in McCrary, and she couldn’t be more excited! Hannah would like to thank you for all of the support in this return to live theater and is grateful to be able to share it with you!!

Grace Granger

Grace Granger is a junior theatre design and technology major and is very excited to stage-manage the Black History Month Concert with so many wonderful people. Previously she stage-managed Elon's Black History Month Concert and assistant stage managed Damn Yankees, Elephant Man, Arcadia, and Once on This Island. She was also deck chief for We Will Rock You and worked as a summer intern at Theatre Arlington. She would like to thank everyone in the cast and crew for this experience and for all of Kesha's hard work.

Erik Houck

Erik is super excited to be performing here at Elon alongside his peers! Previous roles Erik has played include Tom of Warwick in the Broadway tour of Camelot and Roger in ITS’s Rent.

Anne-Sophie Hill

Anne-Sophie is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Elon University this year. She has performed in various regional performances such as Chicago, Bring it On, Legally Blonde, as well as Elon’s The Moment and The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin. She is beyond excited to continue her journey at Elon!

Lauren Jacobbe

Lauren Jacobbe is a Junior studying Dance Performance and Choreography and Human Service Studies from Western Massachusetts. She has previously performed and assisted in Elon University's Productions of Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month, Spring Dance Concert, as well as student run choreography. She has worked closely with Berkshire Dance Theatre from Massachusetts, as well with Dysfunk Crew opening up for dance companies and performing at Jacob's Pillow "On the Road" events in the summer of 2021.

Makayla Kanerviko

Makayla Kanerviko is a native of Syracuse, New York. She is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.S.B.A in Entrepreneurship. During her time at Elon, she has performed in the Fall Dance Concert, Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month Dance Concert, and various other student works. She is excited to perform in the Spring Dance Concert and looks forward to the rest of her time at Elon!

Lia Kelly

Lia Kelly is a Junior Dance Performance & Choreography and Communications Design major from Buffalo, New York. She has performed in and been a part of Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, and various student works. She is so grateful to be a part of the dance program and looks forward to the rest of her time at Elon.

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber, is a senior from Westchester, NY, pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography/B.S. in Dance Science. Previously, Katie attended Seven Star School of Performing Arts for 13 years and trained at the NYU Tisch School for the Arts in the summer of 2019. Katie was selected to the United States Tap Team five times competing in the World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa, Germany, both a soloist and group dancer. Previous Elon Performances: Fall Dance Concert (2019), the Black History Month Dance Concert: Communion (2020), Rites of Seasons (2020), and Spring Dance Concert (2021).

Isabelle Mao

Isabelle Mao is a native from Chicago, Illinois. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and minoring in Exercise Science. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape and Spring Dance Concert. Isabelle is excited to continue her training and to grow as a dancer and performer at Elon this coming year!

Parker MacIntyre

Parker, a Dance Performance & Choreography and Dance Science double major is thrilled to be performing in his second Spring Dance Concert. He recently performed in his third Black History Month Dance Concert, directed by Professor Keshia Wall, as well as this year's Fall Dance Concert in ERROR 404 by Caroline Irmscher, and FORBES20TOUR: PIECING ME TOGETHER by Brianna Forbes. Parker would like to thank his Mum, Dad, and brother for their constant support, as well as his fellow Elon Dance classmates!

Laura McGuire

Laura McGuire is a Junior Arts Administration major from Raleigh, North Carolina. She is excited to be House Manager for this production, a role she has been in since Fall 2021. Previously, she has been the Assistant Stage Manager for The Elephant Man at Elon University and was an Assistant Director at her high school. Instagram: @lauraamcguire

Emma Morris

Emma Morris is a first year at Elon pursuing a double major in Dance Performance & Choreography and Dance Science. She is from Lexington, Kentucky and is thrilled to continue on her path of becoming a professional dancer here at Elon. This year she will be performing in Dancing in the Landscape and Bridging: Spring Dance Concert as well as operating the sound board for The Cherry Orchard.

Gaby Minionis

Gaby Minionis is a native of Fairfax, Virginia and a sophomore at Elon University working towards her B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, and B.A in Arts Administration. She has trained in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop. For seven years she performed The Nutcracker with the Burke Civic Ballet, and has competed nationally over the years winning numerous titles and scholarships. Her favorite is DMI, where she trained with Kathryn McCormick. Her summer intensive with DMI was the turning point when she knew that she wanted to pursue dance in college and professionally.

Jack Morrill

Jack Morrill is a junior BFA Acting Major/BA Arts Admin Major from San Diego, California. Elon credits include Mr. Bergman in Beast Mode Champion, Polonius U/S in Hamlet, Ross/Lenox U/S in Macbeth, Timmy U/S in Clown Bar, and Beethoven U/S in Dog Sees God. Instagram: @jack.morr

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and Minors in Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, and Exercise Science. She trained with Phusion Dance Company for 11 years as a pre-professional artist and has attended summer intensives, including Dance Theater of Harlem and Atlanta Dance Experience. At Elon, she has performed in a number of dance concerts. She was also able to dance abroad over Winter Term during which she studied West African dance and culture in Ghana.

Sarah Parks

Sarah Parks is a native of McLean, Virginia. She is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography. She is delighted to be making her debut at Elon University in the Black History Month Concert and is thankful for the support of her family and friends.

Izzi Piccirilli

Isabella is a sophomore Dance Performance/Choreography and Political Science double major. She is also a contracted cadet in the ROTC program here at Elon, where she will commission as an officer in the U.S. Army after graduation. Last year she performed in the Fall Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert. In the fall, she was in the trio choreographed by Leah Wilks, and in the spring was in Casey Avaunt's Summer piece. She is very excited to perform again this year and cannot wait for what the program has in store for her in the future.

Sarah Rothacker

Sarah Rothacker is a first year Dance Performance and Choreography, and Dance Science major from Dublin, Ohio. She has previously trained at Columbus DanceArts Academy and has had the opportunity to perform in Dancing In The Landscape, and Black History Month Dance Concert in her time at Elon thus far. She is so excited to see where her journey takes her and is so grateful for the opportunity to perform in this year’s Spring Dance Concert!

Summer Severin

Summer is a freshman in the MT program and is so excited to be performing in her first main stage production! She would like to thank her family for their constant support in making her dreams come true. She sends all her love to the cast and crew. She hopes you enjoy the show!!

Kimmy Sessions

Kimmy Sessions is thrilled to be a part the Spring Dance Concert. She is a junior from South Florida majoring in Arts Administration, minoring in dance, theatre arts and business. Previous Elon credits include Fall Dance Concert and 42nd Street (Swing). During her time here, she has had the opportunity to study dance abroad in Florence and Ghana. Thank you to the creative team for this opportunity. Enjoy the show!

Maya Simmons

From Atlanta, Georgia. Danced at The Studio Atlanta Dance for 4 years before attending the magnet program Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School. Attended summer programs at The Georgia Ballet, Dance Canvas, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Complexions. Proud to have performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month Dance Concert: Redemption For Our Skin, Fall Dance Concert 2021, Black History Month Dance Concert 2022, and now Bridging: The Spring Dance Concert here at Elon!

Alexandra Strouse

Alexandra Love Strouse is a senior at Elon University, pursuing her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and B.A. in Strategic Communications. Alexandra has performed as an Apprentice with JOYEMOVEMENT, dance company in Greensboro, North Carolina, under the direction of Alexandra Joye Warren. At Elon, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month Concert, College Fellows Concert, Red Circle Showcase, and Spring Dance Concert. At Elon, Alexandra has presented her choreography in Dancing in the Landscape and Red Circle Showcase. Alexandra was recently awarded the Elon Outstanding Senior Dance Performance and Choreography Award. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Alexandra studied dance with the George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, the Inertia Dance Company, and The Moving Company Dance Center. Alexandra was awarded the Maryland All-State Dance Award and the Carver Unsung Hero Dance Award. Her training has also included summer intensive programs with The Ailey School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. The past two summers, Alexandra has worked as the Ailey Extension Workshop Coordinator and Intern with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. This summer, she also worked as the Marketing/Public Relations Intern with the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Kayla Spalding

Kayla Spalding is a third-year student at Elon University this fall. She is working to complete her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and her B.A. in History. During her time at Elon University thus far, she has performed in Dancing In The Landscape (2019, 2o21), Rites of Season Spring Dance Concert (2020), Fall Dance Concert (2020, 2021), Redemption For Our Skin Black History Month Concert (2021), and Spring Dance Concert (2021). Black History Month Dance Concert (2022), Bridging: The Spring Dance Concert (2022). Kayla is so grateful for her experiences with the Elon dance program and looks forward to future performances!

Renell Taylor

Renell Taylor (Performer) is delighted to be making an appearance in The Moment. Recent/Favorite credits include Lucky in Dames at Sea at the National WWII Museum, Specs in Newsies with Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, and Ensemble in Catch Me if You Can at Tent Theatre. He is a sophomore at Elon University where he is double majoring with a minor to receive a BFA in Musical Theatre, a BA in Arts Administration, as well as a minor in business administration. Renell would like to give special thanks to his family and friends as well as all of the amazing educators he has had the pleasure to learn from.

Madi Trigilio

Madi Trigilio is a sophomore at Elon University from Georgetown, Massachusetts. She is pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month Dance Concert, and is excited to perform Spring Dance Concert!

Jessica Werfel

Jessica Werfel is a native of Chantilly, Virginia. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration. She trained at the Russell School of Ballet and was a member of the Fairfax Ballet Company and Kista Tucker Insights Modern Dance Company. She has also attended summer intensive programs with Paul Taylor American Modern Dance, Point Park University, the Nutmeg Conservatory, and Ballet Austin. Jessica is excited for all of the performance opportunities at Elon this year!

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg is a native of San Antonio, Texas and currently, a senior at Elon University. She is pursuing a double major with a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.S in Dance Science, along with a minor in Exercise Science. She studied at San Antonio Dance Academy for ten years along with San Antonio Metropolitan Dance Company for four years. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, and Point Park University. During her undergraduate career, Lauren has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, Black History Dance Concert, Student Fellowship Productions and various student works. She has also choreographed in the Red Circle Showcase and her first mainstage choreography piece, Just A Number, was performed in this year’s Fall Dance Concert. Just A Number¸ was selected through an adjudicating process, to be performed and compete in the Richmond Dance Festival in May. Lauren is also a Club Pilates Apprentice and will be fully certified in Pilate’s mat and equipment by graduation!

Erin Woods

Erin Woods is a native of Ridgewood, New Jersey. She is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.S. in Dance Science. Previously, Erin trained with the Steps on Broadway Conservatory program and Ridgewood Performing Arts Center, and has attended summer intensives with the Pennsylvania Ballet. She completed an internship with Hackensack Meridian Health in the inpatient Physical Therapy unit. Erin has performed in Elon’s Fall Dance Concert (2019 & 2020), the Elon College Fellows Showcase (2019), Dancing in the Landscape (2018), and is excited to perform in this year’s Spring Dance Concert!

Jordan Young

Jordan Young is a junior Cinema and Television Arts major at Elon University. She is currently a show producer for sketch comedy show Elon Tonight and was a member of the Juliet cohort of Elondocs. Some previous projects she worked on have been the short film The Right Black, produced by an iMedia alum, her documentary on representation of HBCUs in media, and Dancing in the Landscape. Jordan is passionate about inclusion and representation in media and is incredibly grateful to be a part of this project, The Moment.