Fall Dance Concert

Fall Dance 2020
Friday, November 13, 2020, Performance
Saturday, November 14, 2020, Performance

Director’s Note

Welcome to the Department of Performing Arts 2020 Fall Dance Concert. This year’s first-ever virtual presentation features six original dance compositions for physically distanced solos, duets, trios, and quartets celebrating diverse and varied voices in dance. While uniquely different in presentation, the choreographers created rich emotional content that, even while physically distanced, reflects the challenges, limitations, repressions, and isolation experienced uniquely by being alive in 2020. The artistic choices made from one dance to another are eloquently executed by Elon dance majors charged with performing such varied and nuanced choreography. While certainly with its challenges, we have found this to be a rich and fruitful experience that captures the essence of live theater that audiences can view from the comfort of their own home. This year’s production features dances from three student choreographers: Caroline Boothe, Marissa Mahoney, and Lauren Mitchell. It also features works by Professors Renay Aumiller, Alexandra Joye Warren, and guest artist Jasmine Powell. This show represents one more example of how dancers work very well with limitations and find ways to create and move in any given circumstance. Thank you for viewing, and I hope you enjoy Elon’s first-ever virtual Fall Dance Concert!

Warmly,

Renay Aumiller, Artistic Director 

Special Thanks

Casey Avaunt, Lauren Kearns, Marissa Mahoney, David McGraw, J. McMerty, Jen Guy Metcalf, Kimberly Rippy, Justin Tornow, and Jessica Werfel

Pieces

Holding Space

Choreographed by Renay Aumiller

Music Credit: “Faith’s Hymn” by Beautiful Chorus

Renay Aumiller

Renay Aumiller

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon

Renay Aumiller

Renay Aumiller has presented her dance compositions in Italy, Cambodia, Taiwan, Sweden, and Pakistan, and across the United States. She is the Artistic Director of RAD | Renay Aumiller Dances and presents work locally in showcases, festivals, and self-produced concerts. Aumiller presents her scholarship of dance education at national and international conferences and has published articles on dance education and undergraduate mentorship. Aumiller's education includes earning an MFA in Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Dance Studies from the UNC-Greensboro. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University and is a Franklin Method® Educator.

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.

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.

Beings

Choreographed by Lauren Mitchell

Music Credit: “Hurricane” by Slow Meadow, Mac Miller in an interview with Sway’s Universe: “Mac Miller Speaks on Addiction + talks Love & Working with Kendrick & Anderson. Paak,” Music Edited by Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee

Alexandra Strouse

Alexandra Strouse

Erin Woods

Erin Woods

Rachel Rightmyer

Rachel Rightmyer

Kate Axness

Kate Axness

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!

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 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!

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.

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), the Elon College Fellows Show (2019), Dancing in the Landscape (2018), and is excited to perform in this year’s Fall Dance Concert!

Rachel Rightmyer

Rachel Rightmyer is a sophomore Dance Performance and Choreography Major and an Exercise Science Minor from Rochester, NY. Rachel has performed in pieces featured in the Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, and Dancing in the Landscape at Elon University. Under the instruction of her amazing dance faculty, she is excited to start the new year of performing and choreographing as a member of the Elon Dance Program!

Kate Axness

Katherine (Kate) Axness is a senior Dance Performance and Choreography major from Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She is also pursuing a Leadership Studies minor, a Chemistry Minor, and the Pre-Medicine track. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Salon, Red Circle Showcase, Fall Dance Concert, and Spring Dance Concert as well as choreographed for Red Circle Showcase and Salon. While studying abroad in Israel last semester, she took artistic and technical training courses at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in the disciplines of classical ballet, Cunningham technique, Gaga, contemporary, release technique, repertoire, and improvisation.

Overthought

Choreographed by Caroline Boothe

Music Credit: “Slow Up” by Jacob Banks, Radio Static, edited by Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Lia Kelly

Lia Kelly

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.

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy is a native of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She is currently a junior at Elon pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Journalism. Ashlyn is very excited to be performing in the Fall Dance Concert this year. Her previous Elon performances include: Dancing in the Landscape, Chroma Spring Dance Concert, Communion Black History Month Concert, Rites of Seasons and various student works. Ashlyn is grateful for all of her Elon dance experiences and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

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).

Enkindle

Choreographed by Jasmine Powell

Music Credit: “ASMR Lighter Sounds” by Pudding ASMR, “Tracking Airplanes” by The Echelon Effect, “Temple of the Sun” by Robin Mahler, “Reaching for the Moon” by Lizz Wright

Jasmine Powell

Jasmine Powell

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

Madi Trigilio

Madi Trigilio

Olivia Lanter

Olivia Lanter

Jasmine Powell

Jasmine Powell is a dance artist and educator based in Durham, NC, holding a BA and MFA from Oberlin College and Hollins University. She performs with KT Collective and worked with Philadanco, Dianne McIntyre, Ronald K. Brown and Justin Tornow. Jasmine’s latest choreographic premiere, Appoximation of a Woman, and previous work are featured in performance venues, schools, NC dance festivals, International film festivals, and music videos. Currently, on performing arts faculty at Cary Academy and Elon University, she investigates how opposites are embodied in each other through cultural history, and smiles at the opportunity to share her conceptual storytelling. http://jasminepowell.co/

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.

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.

En Caul

Choreographed by Marissa Mahoney

Music Credit: “Seigfried” by Frank Ocean

Nov. 13 Performers: Olivia Haskell, Olivia Walton, and Erin Woods

Nov. 14 Performers: Kate Axness, Ashlyn Deloughy, and Sarah DeSordi

Marissa Mahoney

Marissa Mahoney

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah DeSordi

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Walton

Olivia Walton

Erin Woods

Erin Woods

Kate Axness

Kate Axness

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.

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!

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy is a native of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She is currently a junior at Elon pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Journalism. Ashlyn is very excited to be performing in the Fall Dance Concert this year. Her previous Elon performances include: Dancing in the Landscape, Chroma Spring Dance Concert, Communion Black History Month Concert, Rites of Seasons and various student works. Ashlyn is grateful for all of her Elon dance experiences and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

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.

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.

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), the Elon College Fellows Show (2019), Dancing in the Landscape (2018), and is excited to perform in this year’s Fall Dance Concert!

Kate Axness

Katherine (Kate) Axness is a senior Dance Performance and Choreography major from Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She is also pursuing a Leadership Studies minor, a Chemistry Minor, and the Pre-Medicine track. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Salon, Red Circle Showcase, Fall Dance Concert, and Spring Dance Concert as well as choreographed for Red Circle Showcase and Salon. While studying abroad in Israel last semester, she took artistic and technical training courses at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in the disciplines of classical ballet, Cunningham technique, Gaga, contemporary, release technique, repertoire, and improvisation.

Reclamation

Choreographed by Alexandra Joye Warren

Go on Blues” by Matthew L. Downer, Original Poetry Commission: Lavinia Jackson and Read by Kayla Jacobs, “Empty Chairs” by Randy Martin, featuring Shannon Harden and Stephanie Liu, “Middle” composed by Alexandra Joye Warren 

Alexandra Joye Warren

Alexandra Joye Warren

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett

Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz

Hannah Kieserman

Hannah Kieserman

Kayla Spalding

Kayla Spalding

Lauren Jacobbe

Lauren Jacobbe

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.

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!

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.

Kayla Spalding

Kayla Spalding is a sophomore double major, getting her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and her A.B. in History. She is from Winston-Salem, NC where she competed and taught at her local dance studio, along with her high school dance team, and participated in annual summer intensives with local collegiate dance programs. During her time at Elon thus far, she has performed in Dancing in the Landsacape and the Rites of Seasons Spring Dance Concert.

Lauren Jacobbe

Lauren Jacobbe is a Sophomore Dance Performance and Choreography and Human Services double major from Western Massachusetts. Prior to her Elon education she trained, taught, and performed with Berkshire Dance Theatre from Adams, MA. Since her time here at Elon she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape as well as assisted and understudied for other performances such as Fall Dance 2019, Spring Dance Rites of Seasons 2020, and Black History Month 2020.

Bios

Renay Aumiller

Renay Aumiller

Jasmine Powell

Jasmine Powell

Marissa Mahoney

Marissa Mahoney

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe

Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah DeSordi

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Haskell

Alexandra Joye Warren

Alexandra Joye Warren

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett

Olivia Walton

Olivia Walton

Lia Kelly

Lia Kelly

Caroline Bernardon

Caroline Bernardon

Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

Hannah Kieserman

Hannah Kieserman

Alexandra Strouse

Alexandra Strouse

Madi Trigilio

Madi Trigilio

Kayla Spalding

Kayla Spalding

Lauren Jacobbe

Lauren Jacobbe

Erin Woods

Erin Woods

Rachel Rightmyer

Rachel Rightmyer

Kate Axness

Kate Axness

Olivia Lanter

Olivia Lanter

Riley Gibson

Riley Gibson

Alex Nemfakos

Alex Nemfakos

Anna Thomson

Anna Thomson

Emily Kopchains

Emily Kopchains

Renay Aumiller

Renay Aumiller has presented her dance compositions in Italy, Cambodia, Taiwan, Sweden, and Pakistan, and across the United States. She is the Artistic Director of RAD | Renay Aumiller Dances and presents work locally in showcases, festivals, and self-produced concerts. Aumiller presents her scholarship of dance education at national and international conferences and has published articles on dance education and undergraduate mentorship. Aumiller's education includes earning an MFA in Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BA in Dance Studies from the UNC-Greensboro. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Elon University and is a Franklin Method® Educator.

Jasmine Powell

Jasmine Powell is a dance artist and educator based in Durham, NC, holding a BA and MFA from Oberlin College and Hollins University. She performs with KT Collective and worked with Philadanco, Dianne McIntyre, Ronald K. Brown and Justin Tornow. Jasmine’s latest choreographic premiere, Appoximation of a Woman, and previous work are featured in performance venues, schools, NC dance festivals, International film festivals, and music videos. Currently, on performing arts faculty at Cary Academy and Elon University, she investigates how opposites are embodied in each other through cultural history, and smiles at the opportunity to share her conceptual storytelling. http://jasminepowell.co/

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!

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!

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy is a native of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She is currently a junior at Elon pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance & Choreography and a B.A. in Journalism. Ashlyn is very excited to be performing in the Fall Dance Concert this year. Her previous Elon performances include: Dancing in the Landscape, Chroma Spring Dance Concert, Communion Black History Month Concert, Rites of Seasons and various student works. Ashlyn is grateful for all of her Elon dance experiences and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

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.

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.

Kayla Spalding

Kayla Spalding is a sophomore double major, getting her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and her A.B. in History. She is from Winston-Salem, NC where she competed and taught at her local dance studio, along with her high school dance team, and participated in annual summer intensives with local collegiate dance programs. During her time at Elon thus far, she has performed in Dancing in the Landsacape and the Rites of Seasons Spring Dance Concert.

Lauren Jacobbe

Lauren Jacobbe is a Sophomore Dance Performance and Choreography and Human Services double major from Western Massachusetts. Prior to her Elon education she trained, taught, and performed with Berkshire Dance Theatre from Adams, MA. Since her time here at Elon she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape as well as assisted and understudied for other performances such as Fall Dance 2019, Spring Dance Rites of Seasons 2020, and Black History Month 2020.

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), the Elon College Fellows Show (2019), Dancing in the Landscape (2018), and is excited to perform in this year’s Fall Dance Concert!

Rachel Rightmyer

Rachel Rightmyer is a sophomore Dance Performance and Choreography Major and an Exercise Science Minor from Rochester, NY. Rachel has performed in pieces featured in the Fall Dance Concert, Spring Dance Concert, and Dancing in the Landscape at Elon University. Under the instruction of her amazing dance faculty, she is excited to start the new year of performing and choreographing as a member of the Elon Dance Program!

Kate Axness

Katherine (Kate) Axness is a senior Dance Performance and Choreography major from Collegeville, Pennsylvania. She is also pursuing a Leadership Studies minor, a Chemistry Minor, and the Pre-Medicine track. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape, Salon, Red Circle Showcase, Fall Dance Concert, and Spring Dance Concert as well as choreographed for Red Circle Showcase and Salon. While studying abroad in Israel last semester, she took artistic and technical training courses at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in the disciplines of classical ballet, Cunningham technique, Gaga, contemporary, release technique, repertoire, and improvisation.

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.

Riley Gibson

Riley is a sophomore Theatrical Design & Technology and Arts Administration double major, and is so excited to be back in the world of performing arts! Pre-COVID he has worked on several other Elon productions, such as Violet, We Will Rock You, and Damn Yankees. Thank you all for watching!

Alex Nemfakos

Alex Nemfakos is a Junior TDT and Anthropology double major. This year she will be the lighting designer of Pheromone and the Fall Dance Concert, assistant lighting designer of Beast Mode Champion and #silenced, and stage managing Macbeth.

Anna Thomson

Anna Thomson will always try to write a bio that makes people laugh. Clever enough to make you say "oh that's clever," but not too clever so that it looks like she's trying too hard. She hopes this one is in that in-between space 🙂 Favorite credits include Damn Yankees (Fly operator), Shrek Jr (Director), The Other Room (Director), and The Dungeons and The Dragons (Stage Manager). She sends endless love and thanks to her parents, siblings, close friends, and her dogs, Greta, Toodles, and Tonya.

Emily Kopchains

Emily Kopchains is a Senior Theatrical Design and Technology major with a Scenic focus and is thrilled to be a part of this production. She is beyond lucky to be a member of the Elon TDT family and could not be more grateful for the faculty and especially her fellow students who have continued to learn, make mistakes, and push boundaries with her for the last 4 years.

Learn more about the process of making this year’s virtual concert.