is a founding member and assistant director of w.d.p. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, she began her training at The Community College of Baltimore County, then transferred to The University of Maryland, College Park where she graduated with honors with her B.A. in Dance. Adrienne has taught at several studios and recreation programs alike. AKL is a member of the dance company The Collective in Baltimore for whom she both dances and choreographs. In addition, she dances independently for various companies and independent choreographers including B3W of New York City and Nathan Andary in D.C. Her choreography has been commissioned at local high schools, colleges, and organizations. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Community College of Baltimore County and dance faculty at St. Timothy's School for Girls.
graduated from Goucher College May 2009 with a degree in dance and dance science. She was a member of the New Jersey Ballet Company from 2001-2005 and is currently located in Baltimore. Lynne performs and choreographs locally with The Collective, The Effervescent Collective, Shmib Dance and has worked with DanceRINK, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATHER, Sharon Mansur, as well as dancing and choreographing independently around the Baltimore area. She is a frequent collaborator with the Baltimore Composer's Forum. She completed her MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland College Park in 2015 and has since been creating, collaborating, and teaching throughout the east coast. Lynne is the founder and facilitator of BIDA, Baltimore Independent Dance Artists.
holds a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in teaching from Columbia College Chicago. While in Chicago, she had the opportunity to work with The Chicago Moving Company, as well as Mikhail Baryshnikov and his ‘White Oak Project’. Upon returning to Baltimore, she danced with movement/addiction, while gaining work experience as a dance studio manager and eventually artistic director of Experimental Movement Concepts and Expressions in Motion. Johnston currently is in her ninth season with The Collective, a Baltimore based modern dance company.
is a founding member of withhart.dance.projects and received her BA in Dance from University of Maryland in College Park. Performances include Lauren Withhart's thesis concert, they are of threaded glass., presented at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and faculty Sharon Mansur's work, semblance, performed at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Dance Place. Rachel presented her own choreography, Gravity, a collaborative work with choreographer Raha Behnam, at the University of Maryland Spring Maryland Dance Ensemble in 2010 and at the American College Dance Festival in Spring 2011.
sarah anne austin.
earned her BA in Dance from University of Maryland and currently works with various area dance companies and well as creating work as an independent artist. She serves on Board of Directors of the Dance Exchange, an intergenerational dance company based in Takoma Park, Md.
holds a B.A from Goucher College where she studied choreography, dance therapy, and Peace Studies. Her passion for learning dance, meeting new people, and being immersed in different cultures has led her to Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, and Italy. She believes that movement is an important vehicle for communication. This inspires her to share the healing properties of movement through classes and workshops and the joy of performances to help improve her own and others’ lives. Currently residing in Baltimore, she spends her time as a Yogini, an artist, and a member of withhart.dance.projects and the Effervescent Collective.
received her B.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2009 and is a founding member and assistant choreographer of alight dance theater. Monica began studying modern dance at St. John's School of the Arts in Pennsylvania with Theresa Kendall; she continued by studying modern and flamenco at Franklin and Marshall College and then training under Deanna Ross at Monterey Peninsula College. During her undergraduate studies at UMD, Monica studied choreography with guest artists Donna Uchizono, John Jasperse, and Terry O'Connor and performed in the reconstruction of Helen Tamiris' How Long Brethren? by Dianne McIntyre and Angella Foster's Women's Work. She made her professional debut as featured soloist in alight's Speechless which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through the 2010 Local Dance Commissioning Project. Her current choreographic project, Shadowmark, has been performed at local dance venues such as Dance Place in Washington, D.C. and the Greenbelt Arts Center in Greenbelt, MD. For more information about Monica, visit www.alightdancetheater.org.
molly jean kirkup heer.
graduated in May 2011 with a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland. She had the privilege of working with inspirational professors, talented choreographers and students during her college career, including Monica Bill Barnes, Tere O'Connor, Keith Thompson and Betty Skeen as well as the opportunity to showcase her own works in the 2010 and 2011 Spring Maryland Dance Ensemble Shows. She was proud to be the President of the Student Dance Association for two years and was awarded the Cora & John H. Davis Performing Arts Award her final semester. She has been a guest choreographer and teacher around the Maryland/DC area for nine years. Yoga found her the summer after graduation combining her love of movement and a way to heal mind/body/soul. She is now a 500 hour registered yoga teacher, and uses yoga to bring connection of breath and movement into her dance classes.