Dancing in the Landscape

Dancing in the Landscape poster, Film Premiere Date: Oct. 23 at 7 pm

Director’s Note

In years past, Dancing in the Landscape was performed in various locations around our beautiful campus, allowing audience members to travel to each site to view these works. This year, we have re- conceptualized the format of this production in light of Covid-19 and have captured the pieces on film. At first, the challenges we faced as a team seemed daunting. Not only did we have to re-envision our choreography for film, but we had to grapple with dancers going into quarantine in addition to conducting socially distanced rehearsals (no small feat for an arts medium based on physical connection). At the same time, these challenges opened many new doors for us. We had the good fortune to work with Professor J McMerty in the School of Communications, who helped us to create works beyond what we previously imagined. As a result, we have been able to stay true to the mission of Dancing in the Landscape, which is to create innovative pieces in non-traditional spaces. These limitations provided the choreographers and performers with the opportunity to develop a sense of flexibility and inventive strategizing, which will undoubtedly serve all of us in our future endeavors. As a result, the pieces in this production showcase original, creative, and powerful works of art. This year’s production features pieces from four talented student choreographers: Arianna Shahin, Mackenzie Holub, Hannah West, and Sarah DeSordi. Each of their chorographic works demonstrates unique, thoughtful engagements with nature and the architecture around campus. From these pieces, there emerges a sense of joy, collaboration, hopefulness, and resiliency. The show also highlights the brilliant works of Professors Jiwon Ha, Alexandra Joye Warren, and Amy Beasley. Thank you so much for tuning in. We hope you enjoy this performance.

Sincerely,
Casey Avaunt

Special Thanks

Lauren Kearns, Jen Guy Metcalf, Renay Aumiller, David McGraw, Will Roberson, J. McMerty, Tony Spielberg, Kimberly Rippy, Lauren Jacobbe

Pieces

Root Systems

Choreographer: Amy Beasley in collaboration with the dancers

Music Credit: “KS” by Michael Wall

Amy Beasley

Amy Beasley

Lauren McCarthy

Lauren McCarthy

Gaby Minionis

Gaby Minionis

Isabelle Mao

Isabelle Mao

Hannah Kieserman

Hannah Kieserman

Olivia Lanter

Olivia Lanter

Amy Beasley

Amy Love Beasley is a dance artist, educator, and visual artist. She aims to create openings for connection and empathy through her process and work, and she has performed and presented her work across the country. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University and has been on faculty at UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and UNC School of the Arts’ Summer Intensive. Her work has been performed at Elon University, the Greensboro Fringe Festival, UNC Greensboro, FSC-Jacksonville, Wake Forest University, the North Carolina Dance Festival, UNC School of the Arts, Art-o-Matic in Washington, DC and through Waxworks and at the Center for Performance Research, in Brooklyn, NY. She has had the good fortune of performing for many inspiring artists, including Gerri Houlihan, John Gamble, Niki Juralewicz, Lauren Kearns, BJ Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, and Jan Van Dyke. She has a deep appreciation for the expansive process of engaging with dance, her community of students, teachers, and artists, and being the mother of her favorite small but mighty dancer, Josie.

Lauren McCarthy

Lauryn McCarthy is originally from Portland, Oregon. She is currently a first-year at Elon University, pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has trained under the Jefferson Dancers, a pre-professional company. Through the Jefferson Dancers Lauryn got to perform over 50 times a year including traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the National High School Dance Festival and the South of France to take class as well as perform.

Gaby Minionis

Gaby Minionis is a native of Fairfax, Virginia and a first-year student at Elon University working towards her B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. Trained in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop, she began training at the age of 2. For seven years she performed The Nutcracker with the Burke Civic Ballet. Competing nationally over the years, Gaby has won 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.

Isabelle Mao

Isabelle Mao is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She is currently a freshmen at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.S. in Exercise Science. She has attended summer dance intensives at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and Houston Ballet.

Hannah Kieserman

Hannah Kieserman is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is currently a freshman at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography. She trained at the Institute of Dance Artistry located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania for the past 15 years and has completed a pre-college summer program at the University of the Arts earning 3 credits.

Olivia Lanter

Olivia Lanter is a first-year student from St. Louis, Missouri. She is pursuing a double major in Dance Performance and Choreography and Psychology. Olivia has been dancing since the age of two at her home studio, St. Louis Academy of Dance. She has also worked closely with professional companies, primarily The Big Muddy Dance Company, The Ashleyliane Dance Company, and MADCO, through summer intensives and performing opportunities alongside them. Olivia had her Elon University dance debut in Dancing in the Landscape this fall.

Barrier

Choreographer: Casey Avaunt in collaboration with the dancers

Music Credit: “Eden Kaput” by Circus Marcus

Casey Avaunt

Casey Avaunt

Trey Phillips

Trey Phillips

Jessica Werfel

Jessica Werfel

Maya Simmons

Maya Simmons

Isabella Sessa

Isabella Sessa

Madi Trigilio

Madi Trigilio

Casey Avaunt

Casey Avaunt is a contemporary dance maker committed to creating innovative choreography projects. Her work has toured to a number of national and international venues including the Sheung Wan Civic Center, Hong Kong; Dance Theater Workshop, New York City; The National Experimental Theater, Taiwan; and Meridian Gallery, San Francisco. Casey has received a Mellon Foundation award, a Pike's Peak Arts Award, and three Maxwell H. Gluck Arts Fellowships. Casey’s recent work has been performed at the Dance Bridges Festival in Kolkata, India (2019), Untitled Space in Zhujiajiao, China (2019), and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (2020).

Trey Phillips

Trey Phillips is a native of Covington, Georgia. He is currently a freshman at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography. Trey trained with Covington Regional Ballet for 4 years as well as attended New York University’s summer intensive in 2019. He has completed an internship at the Newton County Arts Association.

Jessica Werfel

Jessica Werfel is a native of Chantilly, Virginia. She is currently a first-year at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has 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 at Ballet Austin, The Nutmeg Conservatory, and Point Park University.

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.

Isabella Sessa

Isabella Sessa is a native of Colts Neck, New Jersey. She is currently a freshman at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and Dance Science. She trained at Colts Neck Dance and Performing Arts Academy for 15 years and was a part of her high school’s performing arts program, FPAC, for 4 years.

Madi Trigilio

Madi Trigilio is a native of Georgetown, Massachusetts. She is currently a first year student at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has competed in Youth America Grand Prix, and has attended summer programs at the American Ballet Theatre, the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Perceiving is Behaving

Choreographer: Mackenzie Holub

Music Credit: Crowd Talking (Youtube Audio Library), Nature Bird Sounds (BurghRecords)

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub is originally from Springfield, VA. She is currently a junior pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Teaching and Learning. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concerts and Spring Dance Concerts during her time at Elon, and is excited to have her choreography presented in Dancing in the Landscape this year. She also recently completed an internship with Los Angeles Ballet as a development intern this past summer and is currently working on her Pilates certification.

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is currently a junior 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 in Ghana where she studied West African dance and culture last Winter Term.

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg is a native San Antonio, Texan. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University. She is pursuing a double major with B.F.A in Dance and a B.S in Dance Science while doing prerequisites in the hope to go to physical therapy school. She studied at San Antonio Dance Academy for ten years alongside with Connally's Dance Workshop for 4 years. Lauren performed in Dancing in the Landscape in 2018 and 2019, and 2020. The Fall Dance Concert 2019, 2020. The Spring Dance Concert, 2018 and 2019, and the Black History Dance Concert in 2020. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, and Point Park University.

Fathomless Lives

Choreographer: Arianna Shahin

Music Credit: “38 Clock Gears” by Michael Wall (edited by Arianna Shahin)

Arianna Shahin

Arianna Shahin

Lydia Buckius

Lydia Buckius

Caroline Irmscher

Caroline Irmscher

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber

Erica Samaras

Erica Samaras

Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz

Arianna Shahin

Arianna Shahin is a senior at Elon University, double majoring in BFA Dance Performance & Choreography and Accounting while minoring in Finance. She is from Ambler, Pennsylvania where she trained in an array of dance genres. Arianna has studied at prestigious summer intensives including American Dance Festival, Paul Taylor American Dance, and NYU Tisch. At Elon, Arianna has performed under faculty including Renay Aumiller, Jen Guy-Metcalf, Keisha Wall and guest artist, Ming-Lung Yang. She has presented her choreographic work at New Century Dance Project. Arianna intends to critique social injustices and raise issues to awareness through performance and choreography.

Lydia Buckius

Lydia Buckius is a Dance Performance and Choreography (BFA) and Dance Science (BS) double major from Lancaster, PA. She danced at VYIBA for the entirety of her senior year (2018-2019) and continued training at VYIBA during her Post-Graduate year at Linden Hall (2019-2020). She performed in The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker where she danced in the Doll Scene, Snow Scene, Spanish, Arabian, Marzipan, Waltz, and as Mother Ginger. In the Summer of 2019, Lydia attended the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in NYC and was accepted to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Summer Intensive for the Summer of 2020.

Caroline Irmscher

Caroline Irmscher is a Sophomore Dance Performance and Choreography and Communications Design double major from Olive Branch, Mississippi. She has been a part of Dancing in the Landscape and the Spring Dance Concert. She has trained with New Ballet Ensemble in Memphis, Tennessee and Orsolina28 in Moncalvo, Italy.

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber, is a junior 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. 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) and Rites of Seasons (2020). Katie is excited to perform in Dancing in the Landscape this fall!

Erica Samaras

Erica Samaras is a native of Milford, Connecticut. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University pursing a B.A in Communication Design and Strategic Communications. She trained with Ballet Etudes in Norwalk, Connecticut for her high school years. She has attended summer intensive programs with Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theater.

Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz is a native of Westchester, New York. She is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography. She has a passion for health and wellness and is a certified yoga instructor. Performance credits include Elon’s Fall Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert, ACDA, where she performed a duet representing Elon and had her piece selected to be featured in the 2020 Choreography Showcase and the CAPEZIO 125th ANNIVERSARY GALA. She has also performed professionally for Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT In Arts Across America: A Live Virtual Performance with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Jenna is grateful for the talented and dedicated artists who have supported her growth as a dancer and is excited for the future!

Glimmer

Choreographer: Casey Avaunt in collaboration with the dancers

Music Credit: “Arch City”

Casey Avaunt

Casey Avaunt

Makayla Kanerviko

Makayla Kanerviko

Tatum Wentworth

Tatum Wentworth

Hannah Giessler

Hannah Giessler

Katie Fulks

Katie Fulks

Alyssa Degler

Alyssa Degler

Samantha Beger

Samantha Beger

Cat Beal

Cat Beal

Casey Avaunt

Casey Avaunt is a contemporary dance maker committed to creating innovative choreography projects. Her work has toured to a number of national and international venues including the Sheung Wan Civic Center, Hong Kong; Dance Theater Workshop, New York City; The National Experimental Theater, Taiwan; and Meridian Gallery, San Francisco. Casey has received a Mellon Foundation award, a Pike's Peak Arts Award, and three Maxwell H. Gluck Arts Fellowships. Casey’s recent work has been performed at the Dance Bridges Festival in Kolkata, India (2019), Untitled Space in Zhujiajiao, China (2019), and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (2020).

Makayla Kanerviko

Makayla Kanerviko is a native of Syracuse, New York. She is currently a sophomore 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, and various other student works. She is looking forward to this upcoming performance season and the rest of her time at Elon!

Tatum Wentworth

Tatum Wentworth is a native of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. She is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month, Spring Dance Concert, and various student works. She is also a Teaching and Learning Assistant for the Somatic Theories course. Tatum is very excited to perform again this year and is very grateful for all of the opportunities that the Elon Performing Arts Department provides.

Hannah Giessler

Hannah is a second year Dance Performance & Choreography BFA and Psychology student. She is excited to be a part of her first dance performance here at Elon, and cannot wait for the rest of the season!

Katie Fulks

Katie is a proud native of Huntington, West Virginia and is a junior pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to Elon, Katie studied at Art Center School of Dance and West Virginia’s Governor’s School for the Arts. While at Elon, she has performed in pieces choreographed by Christal Brown, Casey Avaunt, Jen Guy Metcalf, and Amy Beasley.

Alyssa Degler

Alyssa Degler was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is currently a Senior at Elon University pursuing a B.S. in Dance Science and a B.A. in Psychology. She is a certified Yoga instructor from Om Shanti Yoga. Right now, she is researching the effects of ableism on college students with invisible disabilities, and aspires to work in dance movement therapy post grad.

Samantha Beger

Samantha Berger is a senior from Westfield, NJ. She began dancing at the age of five and started training seriously in high school when she attended the Academy for Performing Arts. Samantha is currently pursuing her BFA in Performance and Choreography and BA in Arts Administration with minors in Business Administration and Professional Sales. At Elon, she has had the opportunity to perform in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, and many student works. Last spring, Samantha was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy, and continue her dance training at the Florence Dance Center.

Cat Beal

Cat Beal is a native of Clemmons, North Carolina. She is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Strategic Communications. She has danced in the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival; Elon's Dancing in the Landscape, Rites of Seasons, and Fall Dance; and a restaging of Fosse's Sing Sing Sing at UNCSA, as well as being a rehearsal assistant and understudy for guest artist and student pieces at Elon University. She also took part in Elon B.F.A. Acting's Trojan Barbie and The Wolves.

Just Because

Choreographer: Hannah West

Hannah West

Hannah West

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe

Alex Pouloutides

Alex Pouloutides

Izzi Piccirilli

Izzi Piccirilli

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber

Lia Kelly

Lia Kelly

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

Hannah West

Hannah West is from St. Augustine, Florida. She is in her final year at Elon University. At Elon, Hannah is working to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has participated in faculty-directed dance concerts, worked with guest choreographers, presented her own works, and performed abroad in Florence, Italy with The Kearns Dance Project. She’s also currently working to receive her certificate in classical Pilates. Hannah is very excited to continue exploring the amazing opportunities Elon provides.

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe is a native of Chester, New Jersey. She is currently a junior 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, and student choreographed research projects/pieces. She also will be presenting her first choreographed piece in Fall Dance Concert.

Alex Pouloutides

Alex Pouloutides is a third year Music Theatre major who is very excited to be performing in her first ever Dancing in the Landscape. She performed in her first mainstage at Elon last Spring in Rites of Seasons. She would like to thank LK, Casey, as well as the rest of the Performing Arts faculty for their support.

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.

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub is originally from Springfield, VA. She is currently a junior pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Teaching and Learning. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concerts and Spring Dance Concerts during her time at Elon, and is excited to have her choreography presented in Dancing in the Landscape this year. She also recently completed an internship with Los Angeles Ballet as a development intern this past summer and is currently working on her Pilates certification.

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber, is a junior 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. 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) and Rites of Seasons (2020). Katie is excited to perform in Dancing in the Landscape this fall!

Lia Kelly

Sophomore from Buffalo, New York majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography with a double major in Communications Design. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019).

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon is a native of Madison, New Jersey and is currently living in Naples, Florida. She is a junior 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 is also completing her pre-requisites for dietician graduate school. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month Concert, Spring Dance Concert, Senior Thesis Show, and various other student works.

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is currently a junior 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 in Ghana where she studied West African dance and culture last Winter Term.

Miss Education

Choreographer: Alexandra Joye Warren in collaboration with the dancers

Music Credit: “Body Transformation” by Nicholas Rich

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo

Alexandra Joye Warren

Alexandra Joye Warren

Olivia Walton

Olivia Walton

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo is a junior at Elon University from Pittsboro, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Strategic Communications. Originally from the Boston area, she was a member of the inaugural class at the Conservatory at the Northeast School of Ballet. There, she performed in each of their showcases, as well as productions of The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. She was also given the opportunity to travel internationally to perform classical ballet excerpts in Paris. Last year, she performed in Elon’s Fall Dance Concert.

Alexandra Joye Warren

Alexandra Joye Warren is the Founding Artistic Director of JOYEMOVEMENT. A native of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, Alexandra received her BA from Spelman College and MFA from UNC Greensboro. She performed, choreographed and taught in New York, finding a company home with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT. Alexandra has been fortunate to study at Germaine Acogny’s Jant-Bi at L'Ecole Des Sables in Senegal, performed with Bill T. Jones in development of FELA! the Musical, Paloma and Patricia McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse, Maxine Montilus, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and others. She is a recipient of the 2019 Arts Greensboro, Regional Arts Grant.

Olivia Walton

Olivia is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina. She is a senior pursuing a BFA in Dance and a BA in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. At Elon, she has worked with various guest artists, such as Gallim and Kira Blazek Ziaii, faculty, and student choreographers in performances throughout the year, both on film and the stage. Recently Olivia participated in the DanceJerusalem Program at Hebrew University in the Spring of 2020, where she worked with past members of the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company. Olivia would like to thank her Elon family for everything and more.

Chukje (축제)

Choreographer: Jiwon Ha

Music Credit: “I Go” by Justin Eberhart

Jiwon Ha

Jiwon Ha

Lilly Beaver

Lilly Beaver

Gabrielle Cataldo

Gabrielle Cataldo

Madi Boyer

Madi Boyer

Sofia Ballance

Sofia Ballance

Haley Asbury

Haley Asbury

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams

Lydia Buckius

Lydia Buckius

Sophie David

Sophie David

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett

Jiwon Ha

Born and raised in Busan, South Korea, Jiwon dances and teaches in multiple forms of dance - contemporary, ballet, modern, and Korean folk dance. That passion for dance has allowed her to dance, teach, choreograph, and organize events in the U.S., Canada, and South Korea. Jiwon currently lives in North Carolina where she teaches dance at Elon University.

Lilly Beaver

Lilly is a first year BFA Dance Performance & Choreography major from Kannapolis, NC. She has been dancing since the age of two. Lilly trained, choreographed and taught at her local dance studio. She also started and taught a dance class for children with special needs. Lilly is excited to be performing in Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month, and Elon Cares performances, as well as participating in Elon DanceWorks and Dance for Parkinson's disease this year. Lilly is so excited to continue her training at Elon.

Gabrielle Cataldo

Gabrielle Cataldo, a native from Jamison, Pennsylvania, is a first-year student pursuing a major in Dance Performance and Choreography (B.F.A.). She will be performing in Dancing in the Landscape and Black History Month Performance this year. Gabrielle is excited to continue her training and growth at Elon!

Madi Boyer

Madi Boyer is a first-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, with occasional conventions and master classes. She has received both regional and national awards at dance competitions, including winning the World Dance Championship in 2017 with her studio. She is now working on a double major with a Dance Performance and Choreography B.F.A and a B.S in dance science at Elon University. Her hope is to eventually attend physical therapy school.

Sofia Ballance

Sofia Ballance is a first-year student pursuing a major in Dance Performance and Choreography. Sofia is from Potomac, Maryland, and has been dancing since she was 5 years old. This fall semester, she will be performing in Dancing in the Landscape. Sofia is very excited to meet new people and further continue her dance education at Elon University.

Haley Asbury

Haley Asbury is a freshman double major in dance performance/choreography and dance sciences from Morris County, NJ at Elon University. She trained at The Dance Academy of North Jersey, and went to a vocational high school to study dance. Haley’s proudest moment was in 2019 when her piece entitled “What Have I Done” was selected to perform at the 92Y in NYC for a choreography award. After graduation, she hopes to eventually have her own choreography company and work as a part time physical therapist for dancers.

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams has been dancing since the age of 3; she spent the past 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. Dance has given Maggie many traveling opportunities which include dancing at the In Motion dance studio in Bermuda, attending Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, performing at the Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, the Hippodrome in Baltimore and in Ireland and Scotland. In 2019 Maggie was a full scholarship attendee at Slippery Rock University’s Summer Dance Intensive. Currently Maggie is working on obtaining a BFA in dance performance & choreography from Elon University.

Lydia Buckius

Lydia Buckius is a Dance Performance and Choreography (BFA) and Dance Science (BS) double major from Lancaster, PA. She danced at VYIBA for the entirety of her senior year (2018-2019) and continued training at VYIBA during her Post-Graduate year at Linden Hall (2019-2020). She performed in The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker where she danced in the Doll Scene, Snow Scene, Spanish, Arabian, Marzipan, Waltz, and as Mother Ginger. In the Summer of 2019, Lydia attended the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in NYC and was accepted to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Summer Intensive for the Summer of 2020.

Sophie David

Sophie David grew up in Franklin, Massachusetts, and is currently a freshman at Elon University. Sophie is pursuing a double major with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Arts Administration, while also minoring in Business Administration. She has been dancing since she was three years old and received most of her training at Dancing Arts Center in Holliston, MA. Sophie has attended summer intensives at Bossov Ballet Theatre and Richmond Ballet. She is excited to perform in her first production at Elon, Dancing in the Landscape.

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett is first-year from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography with an intended minor in Photography. She trained in almost all styles of dance for 15 years at the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts, and she also taught a Hip-hop Basics class for young students this past year. She is grateful to have the opportunity this semester to be an understudy in one of Professor Alex Warren’s pieces for the Fall Dance Concert, and she looks forward to future performances with the Elon Dance Program.

Milk’s Favorite Cookie

Choreographer: Sarah DeSordi

Music Credit: “Colours” by Hannah Hooper, Sean Gadd, Rabin, Ryan and Christian Tyler

Hannah West

Hannah West

Marissa Mahoney

Marissa Mahoney

Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell

Molly Jenks

Molly Jenks

Eliana Sakin

Eliana Sakin

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Haskell

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

Alexandra Strouse

Alexandra Strouse

Hannah West

Hannah West is from St. Augustine, Florida. She is in her final year at Elon University. At Elon, Hannah is working to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has participated in faculty-directed dance concerts, worked with guest choreographers, presented her own works, and performed abroad in Florence, Italy with The Kearns Dance Project. She’s also currently working to receive her certificate in classical Pilates. Hannah is very excited to continue exploring the amazing opportunities Elon provides.

Marissa Mahoney

Marissa Mahoney is from Naples, Florida. She is a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography, B.A. in Strategic Communications, and a minor in Creative Writing. Marissa’s choreography was featured in the American College Dance Association Southeast Regional Gala and she is excited to showcase her work in the 2020 Fall Dance Concert. Marissa has completed internships at the Merce Cunningham Trust in NYC and Avalon Artists Group in LA. She is also the president of Elon DanceWorks, as well as an office assistant to the head of the performing arts department.

Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell, from Sparta, New Jersey, is a senior at Elon pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and B.S. in Dance Science. She has worked with various faculty and student choreographers in performances throughout the years, both on film and stage. During the summer of 2019 she had the incredible opportunity to travel and study abroad in Florence, Italy, training at the Florence Dance Center. This year she is working towards her goals of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist and dance teacher, where she will get to work with kids while continuing her passion for dance!

Molly Jenks

A Richmond, VA native, Molly Jenks is a senior pursuing a B.F.A in dance performance and choreography, a B.A. in journalism and a minor in international and global studies. Molly has trained at the School of Richmond Ballet, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the Florence Dance Center and the American Dance Festival. Previous credits include, 2019 "Transference" by Indonesian choreographer, Alisa Soelaeman, Jen Guy Metcalf’s "All the Light We Cannot See", Keshia Wall’s "Darling Betty" and "Spring” in Elon’s 2020 Rites of Seasons Dance Concert directed by Lauren Kearns. She is thrilled to be a part of Dancing in the Landscape and Black History Month this season.

Eliana Sakin

Eliana Sakin is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a senior pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A in Arts Administration. In her first three years at Elon, Eliana has had the opportunity to perform in Rites of Seasons, Chroma, Black History Month Dance Concert, as well as work with student and faculty choreographers in Dancing in the Landscape. Eliana has also performed with Africa Alive Dance Company in Ghana as well as site-specific works by Lauren Kearns in Florence, Italy. She is so thankful for all of her experiences at Elon and can’t wait for what her senior year brings!

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah DeSordi is a Senior at Elon University earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, BS in Dance Science and BS in Exercise Science. Before choosing to study dance in a collegiate setting, she trained at her home studio in New Jersey. Her time at Elon thus far has consisted of performing in multiple dance concerts, site-specific works, and student choreography-research projects in addition to presenting choreographic works of her own. She was even able to further her performance experience and dance training by studying in Florence, Italy. She is excited to pursue an intersection of her interests in both choreography and human performance through art and wellness!

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee is a senior majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography and Exercise Science. From Charlotte, NC, she danced at Dance Productions and graduated from Northwest School of the Arts as a dance major. At Elon, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape in 2017 and 2019, Echoes: the Spring Dance Concert in 2018, Chroma: the Spring Dance Concert in 2019, the Research Fellows show in 2019, and the Fall Dance Concert in 2019. She also spent a summer performing in Florence, Italy. Sarah is excited to spend her senior year with a great group of dancers and faculty!

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Haskell is a fourth year student working to complete her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and her BA in Psychology. She spends her summers teaching and choreographing at her home studio on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. During her time at Elon University, she has performed in various Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, Black History Month Dance Concert, Senior Fellows Performances, and American College Dance Association. She is excited to continue dancing through her last year at Elon.

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon is a native of Madison, New Jersey and is currently living in Naples, Florida. She is a junior 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 is also completing her pre-requisites for dietician graduate school. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month Concert, Spring Dance Concert, Senior Thesis Show, and various other student works.

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is currently a junior 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 in Ghana where she studied West African dance and culture last Winter Term.

Alexandra Strouse

Alexandra Strouse is a junior at Elon University, pursuing her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and B.A. in Strategic Communications. At Elon, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month Concert, College Fellows Concert, and Spring Dance Concert. 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. Alexandra was awarded the Maryland All-State Dance Award and the Carver Unsung Hero Dance Award. Her training has also included summer intensives with The Ailey School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, where she worked with choreographers Stefanie Batten Bland and Amy Hall Garner. This past summer, Alexandra was the Ailey Extension Intern for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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Jiwon Ha

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Amy Beasley

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Hannah West

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Arianna Shahin

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Marissa Mahoney

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Caroline Boothe

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Lauren Mitchell

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Makayla Kanerviko

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Trey Phillips

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Tatum Wentworth

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Lilly Beaver

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Molly Jenks

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Lauren McCarthy

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Eliana Sakin

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Gabrielle Cataldo

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Madi Boyer

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Sofia Ballance

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Haley Asbury

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Maggie Adams

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Victoria Cataldo

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Alex Pouloutides

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Izzi Piccirilli

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Hannah Giessler

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Katie Fulks

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Alyssa Degler

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Samantha Beger

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Cat Beal

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Lydia Buckius

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Mackenzie Holub

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Sarah DeSordi

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Caroline Irmscher

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Jessica Werfel

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Maya Simmons

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Gaby Minionis

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Katie Lorber

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Isabelle Mao

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Sarah McNamee

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Isabella Sessa

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Sophie David

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Olivia Haskell

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Erica Samaras

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Alexandra Joye Warren

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Hannah Burnett

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Olivia Walton

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Lia Kelly

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Caroline Bernardon

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Jenna Kulacz

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Cassidy Perry

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Lauren Weinberg

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Hannah Kieserman

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Alexandra Strouse

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Madi Trigilio

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Olivia Lanter

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Casey Avaunt

Casey Avaunt is a contemporary dance maker committed to creating innovative choreography projects. Her work has toured to a number of national and international venues including the Sheung Wan Civic Center, Hong Kong; Dance Theater Workshop, New York City; The National Experimental Theater, Taiwan; and Meridian Gallery, San Francisco. Casey has received a Mellon Foundation award, a Pike's Peak Arts Award, and three Maxwell H. Gluck Arts Fellowships. Casey’s recent work has been performed at the Dance Bridges Festival in Kolkata, India (2019), Untitled Space in Zhujiajiao, China (2019), and the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (2020).

Jiwon Ha

Born and raised in Busan, South Korea, Jiwon dances and teaches in multiple forms of dance - contemporary, ballet, modern, and Korean folk dance. That passion for dance has allowed her to dance, teach, choreograph, and organize events in the U.S., Canada, and South Korea. Jiwon currently lives in North Carolina where she teaches dance at Elon University.

Amy Beasley

Amy Love Beasley is a dance artist, educator, and visual artist. She aims to create openings for connection and empathy through her process and work, and she has performed and presented her work across the country. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University and has been on faculty at UNC Greensboro, Wake Forest University, and UNC School of the Arts’ Summer Intensive. Her work has been performed at Elon University, the Greensboro Fringe Festival, UNC Greensboro, FSC-Jacksonville, Wake Forest University, the North Carolina Dance Festival, UNC School of the Arts, Art-o-Matic in Washington, DC and through Waxworks and at the Center for Performance Research, in Brooklyn, NY. She has had the good fortune of performing for many inspiring artists, including Gerri Houlihan, John Gamble, Niki Juralewicz, Lauren Kearns, BJ Sullivan, Sean Sullivan, and Jan Van Dyke. She has a deep appreciation for the expansive process of engaging with dance, her community of students, teachers, and artists, and being the mother of her favorite small but mighty dancer, Josie.

Hannah West

Hannah West is from St. Augustine, Florida. She is in her final year at Elon University. At Elon, Hannah is working to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has participated in faculty-directed dance concerts, worked with guest choreographers, presented her own works, and performed abroad in Florence, Italy with The Kearns Dance Project. She’s also currently working to receive her certificate in classical Pilates. Hannah is very excited to continue exploring the amazing opportunities Elon provides.

Arianna Shahin

Arianna Shahin is a senior at Elon University, double majoring in BFA Dance Performance & Choreography and Accounting while minoring in Finance. She is from Ambler, Pennsylvania where she trained in an array of dance genres. Arianna has studied at prestigious summer intensives including American Dance Festival, Paul Taylor American Dance, and NYU Tisch. At Elon, Arianna has performed under faculty including Renay Aumiller, Jen Guy-Metcalf, Keisha Wall and guest artist, Ming-Lung Yang. She has presented her choreographic work at New Century Dance Project. Arianna intends to critique social injustices and raise issues to awareness through performance and choreography.

Marissa Mahoney

Marissa Mahoney is from Naples, Florida. She is a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography, B.A. in Strategic Communications, and a minor in Creative Writing. Marissa’s choreography was featured in the American College Dance Association Southeast Regional Gala and she is excited to showcase her work in the 2020 Fall Dance Concert. Marissa has completed internships at the Merce Cunningham Trust in NYC and Avalon Artists Group in LA. She is also the president of Elon DanceWorks, as well as an office assistant to the head of the performing arts department.

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe is a native of Chester, New Jersey. She is currently a junior 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, and student choreographed research projects/pieces. She also will be presenting her first choreographed piece in Fall Dance Concert.

Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell, from Sparta, New Jersey, is a senior at Elon pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and B.S. in Dance Science. She has worked with various faculty and student choreographers in performances throughout the years, both on film and stage. During the summer of 2019 she had the incredible opportunity to travel and study abroad in Florence, Italy, training at the Florence Dance Center. This year she is working towards her goals of becoming a pediatric occupational therapist and dance teacher, where she will get to work with kids while continuing her passion for dance!

Makayla Kanerviko

Makayla Kanerviko is a native of Syracuse, New York. She is currently a sophomore 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, and various other student works. She is looking forward to this upcoming performance season and the rest of her time at Elon!

Trey Phillips

Trey Phillips is a native of Covington, Georgia. He is currently a freshman at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography. Trey trained with Covington Regional Ballet for 4 years as well as attended New York University’s summer intensive in 2019. He has completed an internship at the Newton County Arts Association.

Tatum Wentworth

Tatum Wentworth is a native of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. She is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month, Spring Dance Concert, and various student works. She is also a Teaching and Learning Assistant for the Somatic Theories course. Tatum is very excited to perform again this year and is very grateful for all of the opportunities that the Elon Performing Arts Department provides.

Lilly Beaver

Lilly is a first year BFA Dance Performance & Choreography major from Kannapolis, NC. She has been dancing since the age of two. Lilly trained, choreographed and taught at her local dance studio. She also started and taught a dance class for children with special needs. Lilly is excited to be performing in Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month, and Elon Cares performances, as well as participating in Elon DanceWorks and Dance for Parkinson's disease this year. Lilly is so excited to continue her training at Elon.

Molly Jenks

A Richmond, VA native, Molly Jenks is a senior pursuing a B.F.A in dance performance and choreography, a B.A. in journalism and a minor in international and global studies. Molly has trained at the School of Richmond Ballet, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, the Florence Dance Center and the American Dance Festival. Previous credits include, 2019 "Transference" by Indonesian choreographer, Alisa Soelaeman, Jen Guy Metcalf’s "All the Light We Cannot See", Keshia Wall’s "Darling Betty" and "Spring” in Elon’s 2020 Rites of Seasons Dance Concert directed by Lauren Kearns. She is thrilled to be a part of Dancing in the Landscape and Black History Month this season.

Lauren McCarthy

Lauryn McCarthy is originally from Portland, Oregon. She is currently a first-year at Elon University, pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has trained under the Jefferson Dancers, a pre-professional company. Through the Jefferson Dancers Lauryn got to perform over 50 times a year including traveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the National High School Dance Festival and the South of France to take class as well as perform.

Eliana Sakin

Eliana Sakin is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a senior pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A in Arts Administration. In her first three years at Elon, Eliana has had the opportunity to perform in Rites of Seasons, Chroma, Black History Month Dance Concert, as well as work with student and faculty choreographers in Dancing in the Landscape. Eliana has also performed with Africa Alive Dance Company in Ghana as well as site-specific works by Lauren Kearns in Florence, Italy. She is so thankful for all of her experiences at Elon and can’t wait for what her senior year brings!

Gabrielle Cataldo

Gabrielle Cataldo, a native from Jamison, Pennsylvania, is a first-year student pursuing a major in Dance Performance and Choreography (B.F.A.). She will be performing in Dancing in the Landscape and Black History Month Performance this year. Gabrielle is excited to continue her training and growth at Elon!

Madi Boyer

Madi Boyer is a first-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, with occasional conventions and master classes. She has received both regional and national awards at dance competitions, including winning the World Dance Championship in 2017 with her studio. She is now working on a double major with a Dance Performance and Choreography B.F.A and a B.S in dance science at Elon University. Her hope is to eventually attend physical therapy school.

Sofia Ballance

Sofia Ballance is a first-year student pursuing a major in Dance Performance and Choreography. Sofia is from Potomac, Maryland, and has been dancing since she was 5 years old. This fall semester, she will be performing in Dancing in the Landscape. Sofia is very excited to meet new people and further continue her dance education at Elon University.

Haley Asbury

Haley Asbury is a freshman double major in dance performance/choreography and dance sciences from Morris County, NJ at Elon University. She trained at The Dance Academy of North Jersey, and went to a vocational high school to study dance. Haley’s proudest moment was in 2019 when her piece entitled “What Have I Done” was selected to perform at the 92Y in NYC for a choreography award. After graduation, she hopes to eventually have her own choreography company and work as a part time physical therapist for dancers.

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams has been dancing since the age of 3; she spent the past 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. Dance has given Maggie many traveling opportunities which include dancing at the In Motion dance studio in Bermuda, attending Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, performing at the Philadelphia Youth Dance Festival, the Hippodrome in Baltimore and in Ireland and Scotland. In 2019 Maggie was a full scholarship attendee at Slippery Rock University’s Summer Dance Intensive. Currently Maggie is working on obtaining a BFA in dance performance & choreography from Elon University.

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo is a junior at Elon University from Pittsboro, North Carolina. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Strategic Communications. Originally from the Boston area, she was a member of the inaugural class at the Conservatory at the Northeast School of Ballet. There, she performed in each of their showcases, as well as productions of The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. She was also given the opportunity to travel internationally to perform classical ballet excerpts in Paris. Last year, she performed in Elon’s Fall Dance Concert.

Alex Pouloutides

Alex Pouloutides is a third year Music Theatre major who is very excited to be performing in her first ever Dancing in the Landscape. She performed in her first mainstage at Elon last Spring in Rites of Seasons. She would like to thank LK, Casey, as well as the rest of the Performing Arts faculty for their support.

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.

Hannah Giessler

Hannah is a second year Dance Performance & Choreography BFA and Psychology student. She is excited to be a part of her first dance performance here at Elon, and cannot wait for the rest of the season!

Katie Fulks

Katie is a proud native of Huntington, West Virginia and is a junior pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to Elon, Katie studied at Art Center School of Dance and West Virginia’s Governor’s School for the Arts. While at Elon, she has performed in pieces choreographed by Christal Brown, Casey Avaunt, Jen Guy Metcalf, and Amy Beasley.

Alyssa Degler

Alyssa Degler was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is currently a Senior at Elon University pursuing a B.S. in Dance Science and a B.A. in Psychology. She is a certified Yoga instructor from Om Shanti Yoga. Right now, she is researching the effects of ableism on college students with invisible disabilities, and aspires to work in dance movement therapy post grad.

Samantha Beger

Samantha Berger is a senior from Westfield, NJ. She began dancing at the age of five and started training seriously in high school when she attended the Academy for Performing Arts. Samantha is currently pursuing her BFA in Performance and Choreography and BA in Arts Administration with minors in Business Administration and Professional Sales. At Elon, she has had the opportunity to perform in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, and many student works. Last spring, Samantha was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy, and continue her dance training at the Florence Dance Center.

Cat Beal

Cat Beal is a native of Clemmons, North Carolina. She is currently a junior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.A. in Strategic Communications. She has danced in the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival; Elon's Dancing in the Landscape, Rites of Seasons, and Fall Dance; and a restaging of Fosse's Sing Sing Sing at UNCSA, as well as being a rehearsal assistant and understudy for guest artist and student pieces at Elon University. She also took part in Elon B.F.A. Acting's Trojan Barbie and The Wolves.

Lydia Buckius

Lydia Buckius is a Dance Performance and Choreography (BFA) and Dance Science (BS) double major from Lancaster, PA. She danced at VYIBA for the entirety of her senior year (2018-2019) and continued training at VYIBA during her Post-Graduate year at Linden Hall (2019-2020). She performed in The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker where she danced in the Doll Scene, Snow Scene, Spanish, Arabian, Marzipan, Waltz, and as Mother Ginger. In the Summer of 2019, Lydia attended the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in NYC and was accepted to the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Summer Intensive for the Summer of 2020.

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub is originally from Springfield, VA. She is currently a junior pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Teaching and Learning. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concerts and Spring Dance Concerts during her time at Elon, and is excited to have her choreography presented in Dancing in the Landscape this year. She also recently completed an internship with Los Angeles Ballet as a development intern this past summer and is currently working on her Pilates certification.

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah DeSordi is a Senior at Elon University earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography, BS in Dance Science and BS in Exercise Science. Before choosing to study dance in a collegiate setting, she trained at her home studio in New Jersey. Her time at Elon thus far has consisted of performing in multiple dance concerts, site-specific works, and student choreography-research projects in addition to presenting choreographic works of her own. She was even able to further her performance experience and dance training by studying in Florence, Italy. She is excited to pursue an intersection of her interests in both choreography and human performance through art and wellness!

Caroline Irmscher

Caroline Irmscher is a Sophomore Dance Performance and Choreography and Communications Design double major from Olive Branch, Mississippi. She has been a part of Dancing in the Landscape and the Spring Dance Concert. She has trained with New Ballet Ensemble in Memphis, Tennessee and Orsolina28 in Moncalvo, Italy.

Jessica Werfel

Jessica Werfel is a native of Chantilly, Virginia. She is currently a first-year at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has 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 at Ballet Austin, The Nutmeg Conservatory, and Point Park University.

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.

Gaby Minionis

Gaby Minionis is a native of Fairfax, Virginia and a first-year student at Elon University working towards her B.F.A. degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. Trained in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop, she began training at the age of 2. For seven years she performed The Nutcracker with the Burke Civic Ballet. Competing nationally over the years, Gaby has won 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.

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber, is a junior 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. 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) and Rites of Seasons (2020). Katie is excited to perform in Dancing in the Landscape this fall!

Isabelle Mao

Isabelle Mao is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She is currently a freshmen at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.S. in Exercise Science. She has attended summer dance intensives at Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, and Houston Ballet.

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee is a senior majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography and Exercise Science. From Charlotte, NC, she danced at Dance Productions and graduated from Northwest School of the Arts as a dance major. At Elon, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape in 2017 and 2019, Echoes: the Spring Dance Concert in 2018, Chroma: the Spring Dance Concert in 2019, the Research Fellows show in 2019, and the Fall Dance Concert in 2019. She also spent a summer performing in Florence, Italy. Sarah is excited to spend her senior year with a great group of dancers and faculty!

Isabella Sessa

Isabella Sessa is a native of Colts Neck, New Jersey. She is currently a freshman at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography and Dance Science. She trained at Colts Neck Dance and Performing Arts Academy for 15 years and was a part of her high school’s performing arts program, FPAC, for 4 years.

Sophie David

Sophie David grew up in Franklin, Massachusetts, and is currently a freshman at Elon University. Sophie is pursuing a double major with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Arts Administration, while also minoring in Business Administration. She has been dancing since she was three years old and received most of her training at Dancing Arts Center in Holliston, MA. Sophie has attended summer intensives at Bossov Ballet Theatre and Richmond Ballet. She is excited to perform in her first production at Elon, Dancing in the Landscape.

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Haskell is a fourth year student working to complete her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and her BA in Psychology. She spends her summers teaching and choreographing at her home studio on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. During her time at Elon University, she has performed in various Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, Black History Month Dance Concert, Senior Fellows Performances, and American College Dance Association. She is excited to continue dancing through her last year at Elon.

Erica Samaras

Erica Samaras is a native of Milford, Connecticut. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University pursing a B.A in Communication Design and Strategic Communications. She trained with Ballet Etudes in Norwalk, Connecticut for her high school years. She has attended summer intensive programs with Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and American Ballet Theater.

Alexandra Joye Warren

Alexandra Joye Warren is the Founding Artistic Director of JOYEMOVEMENT. A native of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, Alexandra received her BA from Spelman College and MFA from UNC Greensboro. She performed, choreographed and taught in New York, finding a company home with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT. Alexandra has been fortunate to study at Germaine Acogny’s Jant-Bi at L'Ecole Des Sables in Senegal, performed with Bill T. Jones in development of FELA! the Musical, Paloma and Patricia McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse, Maxine Montilus, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances and others. She is a recipient of the 2019 Arts Greensboro, Regional Arts Grant.

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett is first-year from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography with an intended minor in Photography. She trained in almost all styles of dance for 15 years at the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts, and she also taught a Hip-hop Basics class for young students this past year. She is grateful to have the opportunity this semester to be an understudy in one of Professor Alex Warren’s pieces for the Fall Dance Concert, and she looks forward to future performances with the Elon Dance Program.

Olivia Walton

Olivia is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina. She is a senior pursuing a BFA in Dance and a BA in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. At Elon, she has worked with various guest artists, such as Gallim and Kira Blazek Ziaii, faculty, and student choreographers in performances throughout the year, both on film and the stage. Recently Olivia participated in the DanceJerusalem Program at Hebrew University in the Spring of 2020, where she worked with past members of the prestigious Batsheva Dance Company. Olivia would like to thank her Elon family for everything and more.

Lia Kelly

Sophomore from Buffalo, New York majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography with a double major in Communications Design. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019).

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon is a native of Madison, New Jersey and is currently living in Naples, Florida. She is a junior 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 is also completing her pre-requisites for dietician graduate school. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month Concert, Spring Dance Concert, Senior Thesis Show, and various other student works.

Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz is a native of Westchester, New York. She is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography. She has a passion for health and wellness and is a certified yoga instructor. Performance credits include Elon’s Fall Dance Concert and Spring Dance Concert, ACDA, where she performed a duet representing Elon and had her piece selected to be featured in the 2020 Choreography Showcase and the CAPEZIO 125th ANNIVERSARY GALA. She has also performed professionally for Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT In Arts Across America: A Live Virtual Performance with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Jenna is grateful for the talented and dedicated artists who have supported her growth as a dancer and is excited for the future!

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry is a native of Stone Mountain, Georgia. She is currently a junior 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 in Ghana where she studied West African dance and culture last Winter Term.

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg is a native San Antonio, Texan. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University. She is pursuing a double major with B.F.A in Dance and a B.S in Dance Science while doing prerequisites in the hope to go to physical therapy school. She studied at San Antonio Dance Academy for ten years alongside with Connally's Dance Workshop for 4 years. Lauren performed in Dancing in the Landscape in 2018 and 2019, and 2020. The Fall Dance Concert 2019, 2020. The Spring Dance Concert, 2018 and 2019, and the Black History Dance Concert in 2020. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, and Point Park University.

Hannah Kieserman

Hannah Kieserman is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is currently a freshman at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography. She trained at the Institute of Dance Artistry located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania for the past 15 years and has completed a pre-college summer program at the University of the Arts earning 3 credits.

Alexandra Strouse

Alexandra Strouse is a junior at Elon University, pursuing her B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and B.A. in Strategic Communications. At Elon, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Fall Dance Concert, Black History Month Concert, College Fellows Concert, and Spring Dance Concert. 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. Alexandra was awarded the Maryland All-State Dance Award and the Carver Unsung Hero Dance Award. Her training has also included summer intensives with The Ailey School and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, where she worked with choreographers Stefanie Batten Bland and Amy Hall Garner. This past summer, Alexandra was the Ailey Extension Intern for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Madi Trigilio

Madi Trigilio is a native of Georgetown, Massachusetts. She is currently a first year student at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has competed in Youth America Grand Prix, and has attended summer programs at the American Ballet Theatre, the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Olivia Lanter

Olivia Lanter is a first-year student from St. Louis, Missouri. She is pursuing a double major in Dance Performance and Choreography and Psychology. Olivia has been dancing since the age of two at her home studio, St. Louis Academy of Dance. She has also worked closely with professional companies, primarily The Big Muddy Dance Company, The Ashleyliane Dance Company, and MADCO, through summer intensives and performing opportunities alongside them. Olivia had her Elon University dance debut in Dancing in the Landscape this fall.