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BalletMet

Dance/Movement

BalletMet is committed to being a leader in collaborative arts education efforts designed to enlighten and inspire today’s young people. It believes that dance is most valuable to the community when it is supported by quality educational initiatives. BalletMet’s Education and Community Engagement programs positively affect the lives of children and adults throughout Central Ohio. The organization makes available to a large and diverse population the opportunity to learn about dance as a viable subject for intellectual growth, health and well-being, social development, and lifelong learning. As the need and demand for arts education programs and services has increased, schools and community organizations have been forced to reduce or eliminate programs due to funding challenges.…

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Nathan Andary

Dance/Movement

Nathan Andary, CMA, MFA, RSME, is a Laban/Bartenieff certified movement analyst and Somatic movement educator. Nathan received his MFA in dance from the University of Maryland – College Park. Nathan’s lectures and choreography have been presented internationally in Rome, Lebanon, Sarajevo, and Canada, as well as nationally in notable festivals and theatres like: New York City’s Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research, The Living Theater and Merce Cunningham Studio Theater; Washington, D.C.’s Dance Place and The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage; The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, International Body-Mind-Centering and Somatics Conference; as well as colleges and universities throughout the U.S.…

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Angelica Bell

Dance/Movement

Angelica Bell currently serves as the artistic director of Factory Street Studio, a nonprofit and non-competitive dance studio in Southeast Ohio. Additionally, Angelica serves as adjunct faculty at Ohio University. Angelica’s career has been dedicated to performing, teaching, and curating opportunities for community engagement through dance. She completed her BFA in dance at San Diego State University in 2011 and proceeded to perform professionally in California. Angelica simultaneously served as an academic coach and dance teacher for children and adults with special needs in K-12 and studio contexts. She was the dance director and resident choreographer at R.…

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Qarrianne Blayr

Dance/Movement

Qarrianne Blayr is from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She earned her BFA at Howard University, studying under Sherrill Berryman-Johnson, Pat Thomas, Sandra Fortune-Green, Katherine Smith, Akua Kouyate, and Assane Konte. She also studied social Jamaican dance at the University of West Indies at Mona. Qarrianne joined the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s (DCDC) professional group in 2012 after having performed for two seasons in DCDC2, the company’s pre-professional ensemble. She remains one of the company’s community outreach and education ambassadors, with maintaining her space as an independent teaching artist/choreographer focused on enhancing the physical and metaphysical experience of each student/ participant.…

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Suzan Bradford Kounta

West African Dance/Movement & Music

As creative director of the Thiossane Institute, Suzan Bradford Kounta is loyal to the mission of presenting and preserving traditional dance, music, and culture and perpetuating its significance to future generations while promoting physical and mental wellness. Through authentic presentations and detailed instruction, Thiossane is an asset to the Columbus community and has many collaborations in the arts. The institute will celebrate 20 years next year with the debuts of restaging theatrical African folktales such as “Allandar: The Epic of Sundiata,” the ancient Malian story that inspired the “Lion King” (2015); “Mufaro’s Most Beautiful Daughter” (2016); “Kirikou and the Sorcerer” (2017); “Spider Weaver, The Legend of the Kente Cloth” (2018); and “Mbenktel Khaleyi (Happiness of the Children)” (2019).…

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Tom Evert

Dance/Movement

Tom Evert has been a creative force in creating and performing original choreographic works with a company of dancers, working intensively in arts-education programming and creating festival-like community events in Ohio for 33 years.

Tom currently serves as artistic director of DANCE EVERT, which he founded in 1986. He holds BFAs in both painting and dance from Ohio University and has enjoyed a world-class touring career with the Paul Taylor Dance Company in New York City. He has created a major body of work for which he has received eight Individual Excellence Awards in choreography.…

Sara Lawrence-Sucato

Dance/Movement

Sara Lawrence-Sucato, from Columbus, Ohio, graduated with honors from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, with a degree in dance and is currently working in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the Dancing Wheels Company and School’s director of outreach and community engagement, rehearsal director, tour manager, and a 10-year-plus company member. During her professional performance career with the Dancing Wheels Company, Sara has performed works by noted choreographers Marc Brew, Nai Ni Chen, David Dorfman, Christopher Fleming, Catherine Meredith, Stuart Pimsler, David Rousseve, Ginger Thatcher, Michael Uthoff, and Robert Wesner, as well as by internationally renowned choreographers Donald McKayle and Dianne McIntyre.…

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Sarah Morrison

Dance/Movement

Sarah Morrison began her professional career at the age of sixteen with Lee Harper & Dancers (Atlanta, GA). She relocated to Cleveland upon receiving the Creative Achievement Award for choreography to attend Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). At CWRU, she earned her BA in Theater Arts and Psychology (minoring in Biology), as well as her MA in Psychology. While establishing her dance company, Morrison worked as a behavioral researcher in the Visual Perception lab at CWRU, where she co-authored several scientific papers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

An avid collaborator, Morrison has cultivated partnerships with some of the area’s most fascinating artists and organizations including NASA, BrainMaster, moCa, and Ingenuity Cleveland.…

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Kimberly Payne

Dance/Movement

Kimberly Payne is a teaching artist, administrator, instructor, and choreographer. Kimberly has degrees and certifications from the Scandinavian Institute for Physical Culture in Denmark, the American College of Sports Medicine, Malone University, and the University of Akron (Jerry Burr, Inna Strabova, Lana Carroll, Kay Davis, Tom Smith, Alexander Vedmedev, Andrew Carroll, Heinz Poll, Anne Green Gilbert, Bella Lewitzky, and Donald McCardle). Her collaborative experiences are with Kent State University; Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi; and Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts, (Merce Cunningham, Meredeth Monk, Craig Patterson, Patricia Lent, Susanna Chaffey, Jennifer Way, Milton Myers, Dianne McIntyre).…

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Errin Weaver

Dance/Movement, African & Afro Modern

Errin Weaver is a choreographer, instructor, and the Executive Artistic Director of Errin Ministries based in Cleveland, OH. Errin Ministres (EM) is a community centered dance intervention that uses cultural and sacred dance forms to help reduce suffering by using dance as an agent to help solve, educate, and heal. Errin Ministries houses two companies Mojuba! Dance Collective, that seeks to celebrate the cultural and spiritual dance traditions of people of the African Diaspora, and How Excellent! Dance Ministry, which offers praise dance presentations and workshops to inspire the highest level of excellence in praise and worship.…

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Countess V. Winfrey

Dance/Movement

Nashville native, Countess V. Winfrey, began her dance training at the age of 11 at Wharton Arts Magnet Middle school and continued her training at Nashville School of the Arts, before pursuing dance as a minor at the University of Memphis. After deciding to continue her dance training post graduation, Ms. Winfrey joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Company’s pre-professional ensemble in 2012, which then led into a professional dance career with The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Ms. Winfrey has danced professionally with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) and with ClancyWorks Dance Company, based in Washington, D.C.…