Her Name Was Mary

Press Release | Choreographers | Dancers
 

Choreographers

Theresa Bautista
has been hailed by the Louisville Courier Journal as “a delight to watch” and by Louisville Arts Review as “mesmerizing” on stage. A freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher in the Louisville, KY area, she trained in Southern Indiana and Louisville where she gained experience in both dance and musical theatre. While earning her biology degree from Indiana University, she continued her dance studies in a program headed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride. Theresa has performed with 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 is the founder and Co-Artistic Director of Moving Collective, a contemporary dance company in Louisville, KY. As a choreographer, she has created works for Centre College, 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. Her work Victims, received Gala honors at the Southeast Regional Ballet Festival and her work, I am a pretty girl, was showcased at the Big River Dance Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. Theresa teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Theatre and Dance and the University of Louisville’s Dance Academy in addition to several studios in Louisville, KY. She is currently Chair of the Dance Faculty at the Kentucky Center’s Governor’s School for the Arts.
Amanda Browning
is originally from Bloomington, IL and received her BFA in Dance from Belhaven University. Amanda has had the opportunity to dance with Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX), Front Porch Dance Company (Jackson, MS), Kim Robards Dance Company (Denver, CO), Ormao Dance Company (Colorado Springs, CO) and Moving Collective (Louisville, KY). Her choreography has been a SERBA Festival Recipient and has been performed by companies such as the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, Belhaven University’s Dance Ministry Ensemble, High Altitude Dance Ensemble, Vandevier Ford Dance Company, Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, and Moving Collective. She currently teaches at the Louisville Ballet School and Motion Studio and is a fitness instructor at Barre3. Amanda lives in Jeffersonville, IN with her husband and two children.
Ila Conoley Paladino
has BA in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and MFA in Dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Ila is a choreographer, instructor, and occasionally a performer. Ila has taught and been a guest choreographer at several institutions including Pikes Peak Community College, University of Texas El Paso, University of Kentucky, Ormao Dance Company, The Moving Collective, Flatlands Dance Theater, and Savannah State University. She is a freelance artist and director/choreographer of ICONography Dance.
 

Dancers

Nicole André
graduated in 2002 at Wright State University in Dayton, OH, where she received a BFA in Dance. As a Louisville native, she trained at several different dance schools including Ellen's School of Dance, the Louisville Ballet School, and the University of Louisville Dance Academy. Professionally she has performed with Vee Corporation's Sesame Street Live, La Comedia Dinner Theater, and Six Flags KY Kingdom. Nicole has performed with Moving Collective since 2006 and took on the role of co-producer in 2015.
Abi 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, Abi served as the Dance Discipline Assistant for GSA, and she recently premiered her own solo work through the JELLO Performance Series at Links Hall in Chicago, Illinois.
Courtney Martin
is a Louisville, KY native, began her early dance education at various competition studios. It was not until she started at The Youth Performing Arts School that she found her passion for ballet and concert dancing. She continued to pursue her passion in college while attending Western Kentucky University, graduating with a B.A in Dance and a minor in Performing Arts Administration. Since finishing school, Courtney has had the pleasure of performing works by choreographers of the Bill T. Jones Company, Ballet Hispanico, and Alvin Alley Dance Theatre. She has traveled to multiple locations for dance including: Ashland, Oregon with Lisa Long Dance and Italy. In 2014, Courtney relocated to Chicago, IL to dance professionally with the Jayson Tisa Company and Project Bound.
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.
Meghen McKinley
is a modern dancer, choreographer, and educator. She is an Assistant Professor in Dance at Western Kentucky University. Professional choreography and performances include: Drive, Inside These Walls, ID - Moving Collective, Champaign Arts Salon, Zodiaque Dance Company: SUNY Buffalo; From Dusk to Dawn - Anderson University, collaborative choreography, Locus of Control with Kylene Stephens - Motus Dance Company, and collaborative skype choreography, Wreckage - with Teal Darkenwald at East Carolina University. She has performed with Germaul Barnes' Dance 4U Project/Black Bones at 92nd St. Y; NYC, Dance Martha Dance! Bernier Dance, DeXDance Contemporary Dance Company, The Hatch, Greenspace, Dancers Responding to Aids - St. Marks Church; NYC, and Orlando Fringe Festival. Other credits include co-director of Convergence Dance Theatre and board member of Collaborative Dance Foundation in Honolulu, HI.
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. During her time at Shenandoah, Jasmine made it her mission to explore the use of projection in dance, as well as dance-film and has produced, been featured in, and directed several of her own dance films and projects. She had the privilege of performing as the lead in Carson’s Run Love Run at the Velocity Dance Festival 2016 in Washington, DC. And is currently she is continuing her dance training as well as teaching in Louisville. She is elated and humbled to have brought her work to Louisville and reached larger audiences locally by being featured at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, as a choreographer and performer April 2017.
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.
Sheila Zeng
originally from Louisville, KY, is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University. She received her BFA in Dance and graduated magna cum laude. She performed and choreographed for the Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, and performed works such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Cinderella with the Louisville Ballet. At OSU, she studied under Susan Hadley, Bebe Miller, Eddie Taketa, among others. She performed various repertory work ranging from classical ballet, contemporary dance, site-specific, and improvisation. As a dancer with many interests, Sheila wants to focus on education and community outreach.