November 5, 2016 8pm at Ursuline Arts Center

Our festival style concert presents the works of Amerlia Koper Dances, Theresa Bautista, Amanda Browning, Faryn Kelly and Meghen McKinley.

Program | Choreographers | dancers


Stacks Image 6267
Amelia Koper Heintzelman is a Cincinnati based dancer, choreographer, performer, and teacher. Her professional work has been presented at the Ashville Fringe Festival in Ashville, North Carolina, The Alley Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, the Performance and Time Arts series and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, and School of Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA. She has previously danced with MamLuft&Co Dance Company, Selene Carter, and Leah Fourier. A new member to the Cincinnati dance scene, she is thrilled to be around such talented artists and ecstatic to make work within this thriving and up and coming community.

Stacks Image 6270
Theresa Bautista is a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher in the Louisville, KY area. Hailed by the Louisville Courier Journal as “a delight to watch” on stage, she has performed professionally with Ila Conoley’s ICONography Dance, the Susie Thiel Collaborative, Anna Sapozhnikov’s MOYAMO DANCE, Gordon Dance Projects, Rachel James, jan street dance theatre, and Art! Art! Barking Dog Dance Company. Theresa has created works for Moving Collective, the University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre and Dance, Berea College Modern Dance Troupe, the University of Louisville Dance Theatre, The Center for Women and Families, Empujon, Bluegrass Youth Ballet, and the University of Kentucky Dance Ensemble. Theresa has presented work at numerous dance festivals including Go Round at the RAD festival in Michigan and Victims which received Gala honors at the Southeast Regional Ballet Festival in Alabama. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Moving Collective, a contemporary dance company focused on promoting the works of emerging choreographers. While teaching at several studios in Louisville, Theresa is also adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Stacks Image 6273
Amanda Browning is originally from Bloomington, IL and received her BFA in Dance from Belhaven University. Amanda has had the opportunity to dance with companies in Houston, TX, Jackson, MS, Denver, CO, and Colorado Springs, CO. Her choreography has been a SERBA Festival Recipient and has been performed by the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, Belhaven University’s Dance Ministry Ensemble, High Altitude Dance Ensemble, The Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, Vandivier Ford Dance Company and Moving Collective. She is currently teaching for the Louisville Ballet School, Motion Studio, and Louisville Dance Alliance. Amanda lives in Jeffersonville, IN with her husband and two children.

Stacks Image 6280
Faryn Kelly is a native of Lexington, KY and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Wright State University (Dayton, OH) this past Spring. Previously she studied and performed with Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and the University of Kentucky. While at WSU, she also enjoyed the opportunity to choreograph and direct dance works and plans to continue this trajectory in addition to performing. She has a deep interest in many dance styles, forms of media, expressions of art, and perspectives of life. Among her favorite things are travel, instant film, haute couture, space, and chocolate covered espresso beans. Thank you, thank you: you know who you are. “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” ~Henry Ford

Stacks Image 6287
Meghen L. McKinley is a modern dancer, choreographer, and educator. Current choreography and performances include; Wreckage – a collaborative Skype choreography with Teal Darkenwald - East Carolina University, Inside These Walls (Solo Premiere) – Champaign Art Salon, Inside These Walls – guest choreography for Zodiaque Dance Company; SUNY Buffalo, Fly Away – Dance 14 Celebrate the Journey, Dusk to Dawn; Anderson University, and All Around Us – a multi-regional Dance Film. Along with dance collaborations, she continues to pursue her research interest area of The Relationship Between Media and Dance on the Performance Stage. Her professional credits include performance work with Germaul Barnes’ Dance 4 U Project/Black Bones, 92nd St Y in NYC, Dance Martha Dance! Martha’s Vineyard, Bernier Dance, and DeXdance Contemporary Dance Company, Orlando International Fringe Festival, The Hatch, Greenspace, Dancers Responding to Aids – St. Mark's Church NYC, and many fundraising and charity events. She is Co-Director of Convergence Dance Theatre (CDT) and board member of The Collaborative Dance Foundation (CDF) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Meghen received her BFA degree in dance performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MFA in dance performance and choreography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Meghen is an Assistant Professor in Dance at Western Kentucky University.