Spring Dance Concert

Contains some adult language and themes. Otherwise, suitable for children

Performers for Split-casts in March 12th Performance:
Space Between, Within, Without: Jenna Kulacz 
Kicking Glass: Samantha Berger, Amanda Cousins, Katie Fulks, Caroline Irmscher, Jenna Kulacz, Sarah McNamee, Gaby Minionis, Emily Shade
re(belle): Maggie Fairley, Katie Lorber, Eliana Sakin, Hannah West, Erin Woods, Lauren Weinberg
Performers for Split-casts in March 13th Performance
Space Between, Within, Without: Lauren Mitchell 
Kicking Glass: Samantha Berger, Hannah Giessler, Jenna Kulacz, Isabell Mao, Lauryn McCarthy, Sarah McNamee, Gaby Minionis, Emily Shade
re(belle): Victoria Cataldo, Maggie Fairley, Katie Lorber, Eliana Sakin, Hannah West, Rachel Rightmyer

Special Thanks

Many thanks to Lauren Kearns, Kimberly Rippy, David McGraw, Deb Leamy, Keshia Wall, BIPOC Choreographer Committee, Jessica Werfel, Lauren Jacobbe, Tatum Wentworth, Katie Fulks, Sydney Dye, Cierra Seawright, Allison Dyke and all the choreographers, filmmakers, understudies, assistants, interns, performers, designers and the entire production team!

Triggered, Choreographed by Renay Aumiller

Pieces

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Choreographed by Cheri Stokes

Movement Invention: Cheri Stokes and Cassidy Perry

Music Credit: Sound design by Cheri Stokes using music samples from Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Mary J. Blige and Notorius B.I.G. 

Costume Design: Cheri Stokes and Cassidy Perry 

Rehearsal Assistant: Lauren Jacobbe and Jessica Werfel

This solo infuses the ideas and perspectives of myself and Cassidy’s experiences with Hip-Hop Culture, Contemporary Dance, our movement lineage and histories, and weaving those experiences into the work.

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

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.

Relentless

Choreographed by Casey Avaunt in collaboration with the dancers

Costume Design: Heidi Jo Schiemer

Music Credit: “Hotel Terminus” by Circus Marcus 

Casey Avaunt

Casey Avaunt

Molly Jenks

Molly Jenks

Gabrielle Cataldo

Gabrielle Cataldo

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Haskell

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett

Olivia Walton

Olivia Walton

Olivia Lanter

Olivia Lanter

Phoebe Crumbine

Phoebe Crumbine

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).

Molly Jenks

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 at Elon University. Molly trained at the School of Richmond Ballet, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Florence Dance Center, and American Dance Festival. Performance credits include Indonesian choreographer Alisa Soelaeman’s Transference 2.0, Jen Guy Metcalf’s All the Light We Cannot See, Keshia Wall’s Darling Betty, and Lauren Kearns’s Rites of Seasons. Molly is thrilled to be part of Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month, and Spring Dance Concert this season.

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!

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.

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 Spring 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, etc. 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.

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett is a first-year from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography with a minor in Photography. She trained in all styles of dance for 15 years at the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts, and she also taught a few classes there for the younger students. She is grateful to have the opportunity to be in Professor Casey Avaunt's piece this semester for the Spring 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.

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 performed in Dancing in The Landscape in a piece choreographed by Casey Avaunt and The Fall Dance Concert in a dance created by guest choreographer, Jasmine Powell.

Phoebe Crumbine

Phoebe Crumbine is from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is a sophomore at Elon University, is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and a BA in Psychology. She has studied at numerous summer intensives including Urbanity Dance, The Rock School for Dance Education, Boston Ballet, New York City Dance Alliance, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed in and worked on dance concerts, as well as in several student works. She is very grateful to be back on campus and is thankful for the performing arts faculty and her peers for the overwhelming encouragement and support.

Girls In My Neighborhood

Choreographed by Alexandra Joye Warren in collaboration with the dancers

Video Projection: Jeremy Hyler

Music Credit: Unbearable (original composition) by Nicholas Rich, Autumn by Konovalov Music

Text Credit: James Baldwin (Excerpt from “The Struggle”), Angela Davis (Excerpt from “On Becoming an Activist”)

Alexandra Joye Warren

Alexandra Joye Warren

Marissa Mahoney

Marissa Mahoney

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub

Lia Kelly

Lia Kelly

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

Alexandra Strouse

Alexandra Strouse

Madi Trigilio

Madi Trigilio

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.

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.

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.

Lia Kelly

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

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.

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.

Space Between, Within, Without

Choreographed by Gaspard Louis

Music Credit: Michael Wall

As movers, our natural instinct is to soak up the space around us. However, In the age of Covid-19, we find ourselves in situations where we’re forced to practice self-isolation and remain at a minimum 6 feet from one another. Space Between, Within, Without, is an exploration of the space, the air, and the joy of being able to move freely in an environment larger than 6 x 6 boundaries. 

Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell

Lilly Beaver

Lilly Beaver

Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz

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!

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.

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!

Triggered

Choreographed by Renay Aumiller

Movement Invention: The dancers

Music Credit: “What’s Up?” by Linda Perry and “Listen Before I Go” instrumental by Billie Eilish & Finneas. Edited for the purposes of this performance.

Costume Design: Caitlin Duncan

Renay Aumiller

Renay Aumiller

Arianna Shahin

Arianna Shahin

Tatum Wentworth

Tatum Wentworth

Izzi Piccirilli

Izzi Piccirilli

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah DeSordi

Kayla Spalding

Kayla Spalding

Kate Axness

Kate Axness

Lily Herrin

Lily Herrin

Kiersten Borkert

Kiersten Borkert

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.

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.

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. 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.

Izzi Piccirilli

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

Sarah 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!

Kayla Spalding

Kayla Spalding is a second-year student, from Winston-Salem North Carolina, working to complete her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and her A.B. in History. During her time at Elon University thus far, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019), Rites of Seasons Spring Dance Concert (2020), Fall Dance Concert (2020), and Redemption for Our Skin Black History Month Dance Concert (2021). Kayla is grateful for her experiences with the Elon dance program and looks forward to future performances.

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.

Lily Herrin

Lily Herrin is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In her senior year here at Elon University, she is majoring in Dance Performance & Choreography with a double major in Arts Administration and a minor in Business. Lily has had the opportunity to perform in multiple dance concerts at Elon so far, as well as choreograph with her peers. Two summers ago, Lily also had the opportunity to spend a month in Florence, Italy studying, performing, and choreographing with other members of the Elon Dance Program. She is excited about continuing her dance education in her final year at Elon!

Kiersten Borkert

Kiersten Borkert is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a senior at Elon. She is majoring in both Dance Performance and Choreography as well as Psychology. While at Elon, she has performed in works by Jen Guy Metcalf, Renay Aumiller, Ming-Lung Yang, Jason Aryeh, and Lauren Kearns, the latter with whom she traveled to Italy to perform in dance festivals in Florence and Pompeii. In 2019, Kiersten had her choreography selected to be in the Elon Dance Program’s DANCING IN THE LANDSCAPE performance. After graduation, she plans to continue dancing while pursuing her master’s degree in Counseling.

Kicking Glass

Choreographed by Jen Guy Metcalf in collaboration with the dancers and Eileena Boyce

Music Credit: “Metamorphosis No. 2” by Philip Glass, “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna, Ritchie Cordell & Marty Kupersmith

Jen Guy Metcalf

Jen Guy Metcalf

Lauren McCarthy

Lauren McCarthy

Hannah Giessler

Hannah Giessler

Katie Fulks

Katie Fulks

Samantha Berger

Samantha Berger

Caroline Irmscher

Caroline Irmscher

Gaby Minionis

Gaby Minionis

Isabelle Mao

Isabelle Mao

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee

Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz

Emily Shade

Emily Shade

Amanda Cousins

Amanda Cousins

Jen Guy Metcalf

Jen Guy Metcalf earned an M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Ballet from Point Park University. She performed professionally with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, The Kearns Dance Project and for many independent choreographers. Metcalf is an award-winning choreographer and filmmaker who presented her work in the US, Ireland, Sweden, France, England, Turkey, Scotland, Brazil, Pakistan, Canada, the Netherlands and Bosnia & Herzegovina. She is the founder and artistic director of TERRANOVA Dance Theatre and an Associate Professor of Dance at Elon University.

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.

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.

Samantha Berger

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Emily Shade

Emily Shade is a Senior from Annapolis, Maryland, and is currently double majoring in Arts Administration and Dance Performance and Choreography at Elon University. Emily has performed in various Spring, Fall, and Senior Thesis dance concerts, as well as student choreography shows. In summer 2019, Emily performed in Italy, learning and dancing site-specific work at multiple dance festivals among Florence and Pompeii. Last spring, she worked as the production assistant for the Spring Dance Concert, Rites of Seasons. Emily is very grateful to be a part of the Elon Dance Program and is excited to perform in her last year.

Amanda Cousins

Amanda Cousins is a sophomore pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a A.B. in Biology. She is from Chapel Hill, NC where she trained, competed, and taught at her local dance studio. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019) but has also been involved in other productions as an understudy in the Fall Dance Concert (2019) and a Rehearsal Assistant in the Spring Dance Concert: Rites of Seasons (2020).

re(belle)

Choreographed by Clarice Young 

Music Credit: “Yeah” and “Big Booty Problem” by Full Crate, “Desire and the Burning Girl” and “New Jack Bounce” by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Costume Design: Heidi Jo Schiemer

Hannah West

Hannah West

Eliana Sakin

Eliana Sakin

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

Erin Woods

Erin Woods

Rachel Rightmyer

Rachel Rightmyer

Maggie Fairley

Maggie Fairley

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.

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!

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo is a junior at Elon University from Pittsboro, North Carolina 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 their showcases, as well as The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. She traveled internationally with them to perform in Paris. During her time at Elon, she has had the opportunity to perform in Elon’s Fall Dance Concert and Dancing in the Landscape.

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!

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg is a native San Antonio, Texan and currently a junior at Elon University. She is pursuing a double major with B.F.A in Dance and a B.S in Dance Science, a minor in exercise science, and completing the 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 four years. Lauren performed in Dancing in the Landscape in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The Fall Dance Concert 2019 and 2020. The Spring Dance Concert, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and the Black History Dance Concert in 2019. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, and Point Park University.

Erin Woods

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

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!

Maggie Fairley

Maggie Fairley is from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. During her time at Elon, she has performed in the Black History Month Concerts, Spring Dance Concerts, and participated in Senior Fellows Research performances. Maggie has also had internships with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble and is currently the Production Assistant for the Fall Dance Concert.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Choreographed by Cheri Stokes
Girls in My Neighborhood, Choreographed by Alexandra Joy Warren
re(belle), Choreographed by Clarice Young

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Dance Film 

Choreographed by Cheri Stokes 

Music Credit: Sound design by Cheri Stokes using music samples from Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Mary J. Blige and Notorius B.I.G.

Costume Design: Cheri Stokes and dancers 

Hannah West

Hannah West

Arianna Shahin

Arianna Shahin

Marissa Mahoney

Marissa Mahoney

Caroline Boothe

Caroline Boothe

Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell

Makayla Kanerviko

Makayla Kanerviko

Tatum Wentworth

Tatum Wentworth

Lilly Beaver

Lilly Beaver

Molly Jenks

Molly Jenks

Lauren McCarthy

Lauren McCarthy

Carenna Slotkoff

Carenna Slotkoff

Eliana Sakin

Eliana Sakin

Gabrielle Cataldo

Gabrielle Cataldo

Madi Boyer

Madi Boyer

Haley Asbury

Haley Asbury

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo

Izzi Piccirilli

Izzi Piccirilli

Hannah Giessler

Hannah Giessler

Katie Fulks

Katie Fulks

Samantha Berger

Samantha Berger

Cat Beal

Cat Beal

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah DeSordi

Caroline Irmscher

Caroline Irmscher

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Jessica Werfel

Jessica Werfel

Maya Simmons

Maya Simmons

Gaby Minionis

Gaby Minionis

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber

Isabelle Mao

Isabelle Mao

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee

Sophie David

Sophie David

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Haskell

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett

Olivia Walton

Olivia Walton

Jaid Green

Jaid Green

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

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

Lily Herrin

Lily Herrin

Phoebe Crumbine

Phoebe Crumbine

Maggie Davenport

Maggie Davenport

Victoria Stanciu

Victoria Stanciu

Emily Shade

Emily Shade

Amanda Cousins

Amanda Cousins

Kiersten Borkert

Kiersten Borkert

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!

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. 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

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 at Elon University. Molly trained at the School of Richmond Ballet, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Florence Dance Center, and American Dance Festival. Performance credits include Indonesian choreographer Alisa Soelaeman’s Transference 2.0, Jen Guy Metcalf’s All the Light We Cannot See, Keshia Wall’s Darling Betty, and Lauren Kearns’s Rites of Seasons. Molly is thrilled to be part of Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month, and Spring Dance Concert 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.

Carenna Slotkoff

Carenna, a sophomore Acting major, is so happy to have learned from Cheri Stokes in this experience. Previously, Carenna understudied in The Wolves (#46) as well as in Hamlet (Ophelia), where she was also seen as Court Attendant 1. Her most recent credit was as “Voice” in the fall virtual MainStage of Pheromone.

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.

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 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 their showcases, as well as The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. She traveled internationally with them to perform in Paris. During her time at Elon, she has had the opportunity to perform in Elon’s Fall Dance Concert and Dancing in the Landscape.

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.

Samantha Berger

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.

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.

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 Spring 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, etc. Ashlyn is grateful for all of her Elon dance experiences and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

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!

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.

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett is a first-year from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography with a minor in Photography. She trained in all styles of dance for 15 years at the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts, and she also taught a few classes there for the younger students. She is grateful to have the opportunity to be in Professor Casey Avaunt's piece this semester for the Spring 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.

Jaid Green

Jaid is a first-year Music Theatre major with minors in Leadership Studies and Dance from Wyckoff, NJ. She graduated from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Bergen County Academies, most recently seen in Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), The Secret in the Wings (Mother/Singer/Swan), and Once Upon a Mattress (Lady Beatrice/Dance Ensemble). She performed in EAT’s New Works Series in  A Love Story with Supernatural Roadblocks (Bri). She was also the choreographer for Bergen Sound A Capella. She’s so excited to be joining the Elon Music Theatre family!

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg is a native San Antonio, Texan and currently a junior at Elon University. She is pursuing a double major with B.F.A in Dance and a B.S in Dance Science, a minor in exercise science, and completing the 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 four years. Lauren performed in Dancing in the Landscape in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The Fall Dance Concert 2019 and 2020. The Spring Dance Concert, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and the Black History Dance Concert in 2019. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, and Point Park University.

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 second-year student, from Winston-Salem North Carolina, working to complete her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and her A.B. in History. During her time at Elon University thus far, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019), Rites of Seasons Spring Dance Concert (2020), Fall Dance Concert (2020), and Redemption for Our Skin Black History Month Dance Concert (2021). Kayla is grateful for her experiences with the Elon dance program and looks forward to future performances.

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 & 2020), the Elon College Fellows Showcase (2019), Dancing in the Landscape (2018), and is excited to perform in this year’s Spring 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 performed in Dancing in The Landscape in a piece choreographed by Casey Avaunt and The Fall Dance Concert in a dance created by guest choreographer, Jasmine Powell.

Lily Herrin

Lily Herrin is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In her senior year here at Elon University, she is majoring in Dance Performance & Choreography with a double major in Arts Administration and a minor in Business. Lily has had the opportunity to perform in multiple dance concerts at Elon so far, as well as choreograph with her peers. Two summers ago, Lily also had the opportunity to spend a month in Florence, Italy studying, performing, and choreographing with other members of the Elon Dance Program. She is excited about continuing her dance education in her final year at Elon!

Phoebe Crumbine

Phoebe Crumbine is from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is a sophomore at Elon University, is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and a BA in Psychology. She has studied at numerous summer intensives including Urbanity Dance, The Rock School for Dance Education, Boston Ballet, New York City Dance Alliance, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed in and worked on dance concerts, as well as in several student works. She is very grateful to be back on campus and is thankful for the performing arts faculty and her peers for the overwhelming encouragement and support.

Maggie Davenport

Maggie Davenport is a native of Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.S in Dance Science. She is also minoring in Business Administration. She has trained under Marcia Del Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Trish Casey and Jared Redick at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is so excited to be involved in the Black History Month Dance Concert this year!

Victoria Stanciu

Victoria Stanciu is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a degree in Business Marketing. She is from Vienna, Virginia where she trained and taught at her dance studio and high school. She has studied at numerous summer intensives including Orlando Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Indiana University’s contemporary program, and Virginia’s Governors School. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019) and was a rehearsal assistant in the Fall Dance Concert (2020).

Emily Shade

Emily Shade is a Senior from Annapolis, Maryland, and is currently double majoring in Arts Administration and Dance Performance and Choreography at Elon University. Emily has performed in various Spring, Fall, and Senior Thesis dance concerts, as well as student choreography shows. In summer 2019, Emily performed in Italy, learning and dancing site-specific work at multiple dance festivals among Florence and Pompeii. Last spring, she worked as the production assistant for the Spring Dance Concert, Rites of Seasons. Emily is very grateful to be a part of the Elon Dance Program and is excited to perform in her last year.

Amanda Cousins

Amanda Cousins is a sophomore pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a A.B. in Biology. She is from Chapel Hill, NC where she trained, competed, and taught at her local dance studio. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019) but has also been involved in other productions as an understudy in the Fall Dance Concert (2019) and a Rehearsal Assistant in the Spring Dance Concert: Rites of Seasons (2020).

Kiersten Borkert

Kiersten Borkert is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a senior at Elon. She is majoring in both Dance Performance and Choreography as well as Psychology. While at Elon, she has performed in works by Jen Guy Metcalf, Renay Aumiller, Ming-Lung Yang, Jason Aryeh, and Lauren Kearns, the latter with whom she traveled to Italy to perform in dance festivals in Florence and Pompeii. In 2019, Kiersten had her choreography selected to be in the Elon Dance Program’s DANCING IN THE LANDSCAPE performance. After graduation, she plans to continue dancing while pursuing her master’s degree in Counseling.

Production Team

Artistic DirectorJen Guy Metcalf
Costume CoordinatorHeidi Jo Schiemer
Sound DesignerMichael Smith
Lighting DesignerBill Webb
Technical DirectorJ.P. Mullican
Stage ManagerSydney Sirkin
Props MasterNatalie Hart
Light Board OperatorBill Webb
Sound Board OperatorMichael Smith
Deck ChiefJ.P. Mullican
Front-of-House SupervisorDavid McGraw
House ManagerJack Morrill
Poster DesignSydney Dye
Video RecordingJaySnapps Media LLC, Jermaine Studwell

Bios

Casey Avaunt

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Renay Aumiller

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Alexandra Joye Warren

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Jen Guy Metcalf

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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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Tatum Wentworth

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Lilly Beaver

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Molly Jenks

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Lauren McCarthy

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Carenna Slotkoff

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Eliana Sakin

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Gabrielle Cataldo

Gabrielle Cataldo

Madi Boyer

Madi Boyer

Haley Asbury

Haley Asbury

Maggie Adams

Maggie Adams

Victoria Cataldo

Victoria Cataldo

Izzi Piccirilli

Izzi Piccirilli

Hannah Giessler

Hannah Giessler

Katie Fulks

Katie Fulks

Samantha Berger

Samantha Berger

Cat Beal

Cat Beal

Mackenzie Holub

Mackenzie Holub

Sarah DeSordi

Sarah DeSordi

Caroline Irmscher

Caroline Irmscher

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Ashlyn DeLoughy

Jessica Werfel

Jessica Werfel

Maya Simmons

Maya Simmons

Gaby Minionis

Gaby Minionis

Katie Lorber

Katie Lorber

Isabelle Mao

Isabelle Mao

Sarah McNamee

Sarah McNamee

Sophie David

Sophie David

Olivia Haskell

Olivia Haskell

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett

Olivia Walton

Olivia Walton

Lia Kelly

Lia Kelly

Jaid Green

Jaid Green

Jenna Kulacz

Jenna Kulacz

Cassidy Perry

Cassidy Perry

Lauren Weinberg

Lauren Weinberg

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

Lily Herrin

Lily Herrin

Phoebe Crumbine

Phoebe Crumbine

Maggie Fairley

Maggie Fairley

Maggie Davenport

Maggie Davenport

Victoria Stanciu

Victoria Stanciu

Emily Shade

Emily Shade

Amanda Cousins

Amanda Cousins

Kiersten Borkert

Kiersten Borkert

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).

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.

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.

Jen Guy Metcalf

Jen Guy Metcalf earned an M.F.A. in Dance Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.F.A. in Dance with a concentration in Ballet from Point Park University. She performed professionally with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, The Kearns Dance Project and for many independent choreographers. Metcalf is an award-winning choreographer and filmmaker who presented her work in the US, Ireland, Sweden, France, England, Turkey, Scotland, Brazil, Pakistan, Canada, the Netherlands and Bosnia & Herzegovina. She is the founder and artistic director of TERRANOVA Dance Theatre and an Associate Professor of Dance at Elon University.

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!

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. 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

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 at Elon University. Molly trained at the School of Richmond Ballet, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Florence Dance Center, and American Dance Festival. Performance credits include Indonesian choreographer Alisa Soelaeman’s Transference 2.0, Jen Guy Metcalf’s All the Light We Cannot See, Keshia Wall’s Darling Betty, and Lauren Kearns’s Rites of Seasons. Molly is thrilled to be part of Dancing in the Landscape, Black History Month, and Spring Dance Concert 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.

Carenna Slotkoff

Carenna, a sophomore Acting major, is so happy to have learned from Cheri Stokes in this experience. Previously, Carenna understudied in The Wolves (#46) as well as in Hamlet (Ophelia), where she was also seen as Court Attendant 1. Her most recent credit was as “Voice” in the fall virtual MainStage of Pheromone.

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.

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 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 their showcases, as well as The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. She traveled internationally with them to perform in Paris. During her time at Elon, she has had the opportunity to perform in Elon’s Fall Dance Concert and Dancing in the Landscape.

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.

Samantha Berger

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.

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.

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 Spring 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, etc. Ashlyn is grateful for all of her Elon dance experiences and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

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!

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.

Hannah Burnett

Hannah Burnett is a first-year from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Choreography with a minor in Photography. She trained in all styles of dance for 15 years at the New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts, and she also taught a few classes there for the younger students. She is grateful to have the opportunity to be in Professor Casey Avaunt's piece this semester for the Spring 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

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

Jaid Green

Jaid is a first-year Music Theatre major with minors in Leadership Studies and Dance from Wyckoff, NJ. She graduated from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Bergen County Academies, most recently seen in Legally Blonde (Brooke Wyndham), The Secret in the Wings (Mother/Singer/Swan), and Once Upon a Mattress (Lady Beatrice/Dance Ensemble). She performed in EAT’s New Works Series in  A Love Story with Supernatural Roadblocks (Bri). She was also the choreographer for Bergen Sound A Capella. She’s so excited to be joining the Elon Music Theatre family!

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 and currently a junior at Elon University. She is pursuing a double major with B.F.A in Dance and a B.S in Dance Science, a minor in exercise science, and completing the 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 four years. Lauren performed in Dancing in the Landscape in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The Fall Dance Concert 2019 and 2020. The Spring Dance Concert, 2019, 2020, and 2021, and the Black History Dance Concert in 2019. She has attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet, and Point Park University.

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 second-year student, from Winston-Salem North Carolina, working to complete her B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and her A.B. in History. During her time at Elon University thus far, she has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019), Rites of Seasons Spring Dance Concert (2020), Fall Dance Concert (2020), and Redemption for Our Skin Black History Month Dance Concert (2021). Kayla is grateful for her experiences with the Elon dance program and looks forward to future performances.

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 & 2020), the Elon College Fellows Showcase (2019), Dancing in the Landscape (2018), and is excited to perform in this year’s Spring 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 performed in Dancing in The Landscape in a piece choreographed by Casey Avaunt and The Fall Dance Concert in a dance created by guest choreographer, Jasmine Powell.

Lily Herrin

Lily Herrin is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In her senior year here at Elon University, she is majoring in Dance Performance & Choreography with a double major in Arts Administration and a minor in Business. Lily has had the opportunity to perform in multiple dance concerts at Elon so far, as well as choreograph with her peers. Two summers ago, Lily also had the opportunity to spend a month in Florence, Italy studying, performing, and choreographing with other members of the Elon Dance Program. She is excited about continuing her dance education in her final year at Elon!

Phoebe Crumbine

Phoebe Crumbine is from Beverly, Massachusetts. She is a sophomore at Elon University, is pursuing a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography and a BA in Psychology. She has studied at numerous summer intensives including Urbanity Dance, The Rock School for Dance Education, Boston Ballet, New York City Dance Alliance, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has performed in and worked on dance concerts, as well as in several student works. She is very grateful to be back on campus and is thankful for the performing arts faculty and her peers for the overwhelming encouragement and support.

Maggie Fairley

Maggie Fairley is from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She is currently a senior at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. in Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration. During her time at Elon, she has performed in the Black History Month Concerts, Spring Dance Concerts, and participated in Senior Fellows Research performances. Maggie has also had internships with New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble and is currently the Production Assistant for the Fall Dance Concert.

Maggie Davenport

Maggie Davenport is a native of Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is currently a sophomore at Elon University pursuing a B.F.A in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.S in Dance Science. She is also minoring in Business Administration. She has trained under Marcia Del Weary at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Trish Casey and Jared Redick at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is so excited to be involved in the Black History Month Dance Concert this year!

Victoria Stanciu

Victoria Stanciu is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography as well as a degree in Business Marketing. She is from Vienna, Virginia where she trained and taught at her dance studio and high school. She has studied at numerous summer intensives including Orlando Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Indiana University’s contemporary program, and Virginia’s Governors School. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019) and was a rehearsal assistant in the Fall Dance Concert (2020).

Emily Shade

Emily Shade is a Senior from Annapolis, Maryland, and is currently double majoring in Arts Administration and Dance Performance and Choreography at Elon University. Emily has performed in various Spring, Fall, and Senior Thesis dance concerts, as well as student choreography shows. In summer 2019, Emily performed in Italy, learning and dancing site-specific work at multiple dance festivals among Florence and Pompeii. Last spring, she worked as the production assistant for the Spring Dance Concert, Rites of Seasons. Emily is very grateful to be a part of the Elon Dance Program and is excited to perform in her last year.

Amanda Cousins

Amanda Cousins is a sophomore pursuing a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a A.B. in Biology. She is from Chapel Hill, NC where she trained, competed, and taught at her local dance studio. She has performed in Dancing in the Landscape (2019) but has also been involved in other productions as an understudy in the Fall Dance Concert (2019) and a Rehearsal Assistant in the Spring Dance Concert: Rites of Seasons (2020).

Kiersten Borkert

Kiersten Borkert is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is a senior at Elon. She is majoring in both Dance Performance and Choreography as well as Psychology. While at Elon, she has performed in works by Jen Guy Metcalf, Renay Aumiller, Ming-Lung Yang, Jason Aryeh, and Lauren Kearns, the latter with whom she traveled to Italy to perform in dance festivals in Florence and Pompeii. In 2019, Kiersten had her choreography selected to be in the Elon Dance Program’s DANCING IN THE LANDSCAPE performance. After graduation, she plans to continue dancing while pursuing her master’s degree in Counseling.