Always Known, Never Met

AKNM | Choreographers | Dancers
Theresa Bautista
Recently described as “mesmerizing” on stage in the Louisville Arts Review, Theresa Bautista is freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer and the Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Moving Collective, a modern dance company in Louisville, Kentucky. She has worked professionally with numerous dance companies including ICONography Dance and The Susie Thiel Collaborative, serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance, and is the Chair of the Dance Faculty at the Kentucky Center's Governor's School for the Arts.
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Holly Berry
attends the University of Louisville as an exercise science major. She started dancing at a studio at 7 years old until high school where she attended the Youth Performing Arts School and Governor's School for the Arts as a dance major.
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Erin Bready
is a Southern Indiana native and received her BA in Dance with a minor in English from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. She has performed the choreography of Frederick Ashton, Krista Bower, Christephor Gilbert, Cynthia Newland, and Dr. Emily Wright, and has performed with Moving Collective and the Drama Studio. She serves as faculty for the Southern Indiana School for the Arts Youth Ballet, where she choreographs and instructs ballet and modern dance. Erin spends her weekdays working as the Senior Box Office Manager at the Kentucky Center, and is supported by her husband Skyler and their cat.
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Audra Brian
is from Russell Springs, KY and grew up dancing at The Dance Shoppe. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she earned a BA in Business with a minor in Dance. At UK she was a choreographer and dancer for Dance Ensemble. Audra is now enjoying her time as a new mom to her son Beau.
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Taylor Brown
is originally from southern Illinois and has trained at studios and conventions across the country. Taylor's career highlights include being awarded Miss Dance Drill Team Illinois in 2010, Miss Illinois Drill Team Association in 2011, dancing at Madison Square Garden as a member and captain of the Butler University Dance Team, and performing with Moving Collective in their tenth season. Most recently, Taylor performed in “Orpheus: a Silent Circus” with Suspend Louisville and “Louisville Dance Series” with Katie Kasari.
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Abigail Elliott
began her dance training at Allegro Dance Theatre in Radcliff, Kentucky. She attended the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts in 2011 and danced with Moving Collective before receiving her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. At UIUC, Abi shadowed the Mark Morris Dance Group and appeared in works by Tere O’Connor, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol, Endalyn Taylor, and Abby Zbikowski. In 2016 and 2017, she served as the Dance Discipline Assistant for GSA and recently premiered her own solo work through the JELLO Performance Series at Links Hall in Chicago, Illinois.
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Tara Gardner
a Louisville native, Tara began her dance training at the Louisville Ballet School, as a LBYE member with performance credits at the Southeast Regional Ballet Festival. She continued her dance education in Lexington with the UK Dance Ensemble, serving as its secretary, in addition to attaining the UK Dance Minor. Upon graduating with a B.A. in Economics, Tara moved to Florida to complete an internship as a performer at Walt Disney World. Tara currently works as the School Registrar and Enrollment Manager at Louisville Ballet and occasionally makes lattes at Starbucks. Tara first performed with Moving Collective in 2016.
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Nicole Hommrich
began dance career at the age of 9. She studied at several studios growing up in the Louisville area. Nicole has danced with the Moving Collective in multiple shows throughout the years, the Vandivier Ford Dance Company, and the premiere performance with Louisville Dance Series. She loves being a part of local modern dance in the city. Nicole currently teaches at Louisville Dance Alliance.
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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). Previously she studied dance with Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Company e, 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.
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Kristen Knight
is a native of Louisville, Ky where she began training at the early age of 4. She studied Ballet and Modern at the Youth Performing Arts School and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Health Performance from the University of Louisville. She has been a local dance instructor and choreographer since 2012 with emphasis in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet and Tap.
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Amber Marquez
began her dance career in small independent studios at the age of seven, sparking a life-long passion. Amber completed her studies as a dance major at the Youth Performing Arts School followed by training with the University of Louisville Dance Academy and the Louisville Ballet School. Amber enjoys being a part of keeping modern dance alive in Louisville and is thrilled to be a part of this collaboration.
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Elizabeth Matthews
is from The Woodlands, Texas. She began her dance training at age three at In Step Dance and Performing Arts Center. From 2007-2011 she trained at Payne Academy of Ballet. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance in 2014. Elizabeth danced with the Louisville Ballet from 2013 to 2015, and performed with Moving Collective during their 10th anniversary season. She is currently the Administration Manager for the Louisville Ballet School and enjoys teaching in their Classical Ballet Division and Outreach Programs.
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Kara Price
is a native of Evansville, IN. A professional dancer of all sorts: ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, tango, commercial, Radio City, theme parks and cruise ships, Kara has a passion for being grounded and a love for modern. She has had the opportunity to dance with companies in Chicago, IL, Richmond, VA, Miami, FL, New York, NY and now here in Louisville, KY. She currently teaches private and group Pilates and yoga sessions around the Louisville area and in her own studio, Core Principles, LLC. Kara lives in Louisville with her husband and two children.
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Emma Raney
is a freshman in college looking to enhance her dance experience. She trained at Louisville Dance Alliance where she joined the VFDC Senior Modern Company, VFDC Adult Modern Company, and Hip Hop Company. She has danced in various events including Ice Cube's Big3 Basketball Game, the Louisville Dance Series, Speed Art Museum Birthday Celebration, Resurfaced Louisville, the Kentucky State Fair and more. She also trained as a gymnast, and is a member of Turners Circus and Cirque Louis.
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Jasmine Snellen
After her graduation from the Youth Performing Arts School, Jasmine made the move from Kentucky to study at the notable Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. She has danced in the works of Mike Esperanza of Bare Dance Company, Robbie Priore of Company E, Tiffanie Carson of Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and Katie Vickers & Albert Quesada whom are an independent choreographic duo working internationally. She has continued to embark on her journey as a performing artist, choreographer, arts activist, filmmaker and overall creator since her graduation with a Bachelor of Fine art from Shenandoah University and Conservatory. She had the privilege of performing as the lead in Carson’s Run Love Run at the Velocity Dance Festival 2016 in Washington, DC. Currently she is continuing her dance training as well as teaching in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Kylene Stephens
graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BA in Dance. She is currently a candidate for her MFA in Dance from Hollins University. Kylene has performed abroad in Italy, at the Jazz Dance World Congress, and is currently dancing with Numinous Flux, a contemporary company in Nashville, TN. She has also been recognized for her outstanding choreography by the American College Dance Association. Kylene is currently teaching as Adjunct Instructor at WKU where she will choreograph the Broadway musical 9 to 5, this coming spring. Kylene is grateful for the continued love and support from family and friends.
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