Emi began pursuing her passion for dance under the direction of Sherri Davis at Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts in Peachtree City, Georgia. Through her training at GAD, she spent summers training at Atlanta Ballet, the Rock School of Dance, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She continued her training and dance education at the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2015. During her time at UGA, she danced in CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company where she trained on lyra, trapeze, silks, and sling, and was a member of the Ballroom Performance Group where she performed various forms of ballroom and Latin styles. She had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by Joanna Mendl Shaw, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Luis Piedra, Urban Bush Women, and Alexandre Munz, and toured aerial performances at various events including the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Upon graduation, she attended a two week contemporary intensive in Sorrento, Italy with Staibdance, and is now teaching and performing with Dancefx, Atlanta Dance Collective, and other contemporary-based projects across the Atlanta area. Emi is entering her second season with Atlanta Dance Collective!
Christina Leamon began dancing in Suwanee, Georgia around age ten with Suwanee Academy of the Arts where she joined the Suwanee Youth Ballet. Christina spent summers performing with Suwanee Performing Arts before attending the Cecchetti Council of America's summer intensive in 2009 and spending a summer at the Georgia Governor's Honors Program in 2010 for dance. Christina performed with gloATL at Kennesaw State University's dance company before attending Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue her degree in Industrial Engineering. While in school, she kept up her dance training by cheering for two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and was chosen to represent the NBA in Taiwan for one week in 2015. This is Christina's second season with Atlanta Dance Collective, and she loves having the opportunity to be a part of a group of strong, accomplished dancers with such diverse dance backgrounds.
Francesca was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but raised all over the United States. She began her dance training as a competitive dancer at Carla's Dance Factory, where she placed in numerous dance competitions across the southeast. Francesca continued her dance training and education at The University of Georgia where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy in 2017. During her time at UGA, Francesca was a four year member of CORE Concert and Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company, where she specialized in silks, slings, duo lyra, harness, and combining both aerial and contemporary dance. Being a company member, she had the opportunity to perform in “DAAP Stellar and the Dream Chasers!” (2014), “The Human Soul Connection” (2015), “Everything in its (Right) Place” (2016), “A World of Difference” (2017) CORE concerts, as well as other various performances around Georgia. Francesca has also performed twice for the LIMS “Mosaic @ Crossing Boundaries” concerts in New York City in both 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Francesca received the Young Choreographers Series Scholarship to attend an aerial summer intensive at the Circus Project in Portland, Oregon to refine her aerial silks technique. Eventually, Francesca would like to move to Las Vegas to follow her dreams in being apart of a thrilling and captivating aerial dance show. Francesca is entering her first season with Atlanta Dance Collective.
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Brittany (Whitmoyer) Fishel was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she studied Cecchetti from an early age. She attended East Carolina University and upon graduating with a BFA in Dance, Brittany moved to New York City and pursued performing and choreographing professionally. There, she joined Mariana Bekerman Dance Company, but left in 2009 in order to establish and develop bnw:dance. As artistic director of bnw:dance, Brittany led company tours throughout New York City, Richmond, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago. In 2010, the company was selected for a summer residency in London, England, and created and presented "Interrogation" with the help of London lyricist, James Reindeer. Brittany went on to receive her MFA in Dance (Screendance) from the University of Michigan, in 2014. Her screen work has been seen in Greensboro Dance Film Festival, Y'allywood Film Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, EnCore Dance on Film Festival, as well as several gallery exhibitions across the country.
Describing her work, ArtsATL reviewed stating: "The final moments of site., which enmeshed dance and video, were stunning."She currently lives in Atlanta, where she is the creator of Opine Dance Film Festival, and a founding member of Atlanta Dance Collective.
Sarah Stokes is an Atlanta-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator. She studied contemporary dance performance and composition at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities under the direction of Ananya Chatterjea, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Upon graduation, she produced and premiered works in downtown Minneapolis as part of PROJECT 9. Afterwards, Sarah moved to Atlanta to perform, choreograph, and teach. She has had the great pleasure to perform in works by choreographers such as Larry Keigwin, Shapiro & Smith, Helen Tamiris, Carl Flink, HIJACK, and Morgan Carlisle. In 2015, Sarah joined with Britt Fishel in order to establish Atlanta Dance Collective. Sarah's choreography, described as "ambitious-and effective" by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, has been produced through the Barbara Barker Center for Dance, The Cowles Center Tek Box, Beacon Dance’s New Dance, Synchronicity Theatre, and Suwanee Youth Ballet. Currently, Sarah is a dance instructor in Atlanta and a founding member of Atlanta Dance Collective.
Bekah, born and raised in Georgia, received her training from Dance Contempra prior to attending Kennesaw State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. Through KSU, Bekah has been given a wide range of performance opportunities. Some of the opportunities include performing with the KSU Dance Company (2013-2017), The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (2014, 2016), The American College Dance Association (2015,2016,2017), Synergy at the Cobb Performing Arts Center (2015,2016), and The Alabama Dance Festival (2015). While at Kennesaw State, Bekah worked alongside faculty and staff as a Student Assistant serving as a student ambassador for the Department of Dance. With this wealth of knowledge, Bekah seeks to continue to further develop her craft as a performer in the Atlanta area and is excited to enter her first season as a part of Atlanta Dance Collective.
Kaitlin Davis was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and danced competitively for eleven years before attending East Carolina University. She received a BFA in Dance Performance and the Outstanding Senior in Dance Performance Award in Spring 2014. While at ECU she studied under Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Dirk Lumbard, Galina Panova, Clarine Powell, and Patti Weeks. She performed in three of the Dance mainstage productions in her time there as well as numerous smaller shows. In 2011 she choreographed for the NBC film “Gametime: Tackling the Past” in which she was also a featured dancer. Davis has also danced as part of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Forward Motion Dance Company, and Opera House Theater Company. Her choreography was showcased in the music video “Party Girl” for up and coming artist Mary Simmons in 2016. She has taught students of all ages in several studios in the Wilmington and Atlanta areas and was an instructor at the ECU Summer Jazz Dance Intensive in 2013. She is a part of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, Atlanta Dance Collective, and a dancer for Stella Entertainment. This is Kaitlin's first season with Atlanta Dance Collective.
Raina Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, GA that began her dance training at Valdosta State University in 2008. Upon the receipt of her BFA in 2012, she was awarded the Outstanding Service in Dance Award with her numerous contributions to the growth of the BFA Program. Raina has performed under the direction of T. Lang Dance, Leonie McDonagh, Dianne McIntyre & Augusto Soledade Brazzdance. Raina has also worked under the direction of countless independent choreographers in the Atlanta area including, Kamali Hill, Bella Dorado, Anicka Austin, Morgan Carlisle Thompson and Kristel Tedesco. In addition to dance, Raina trains and performs with The Imperial OPA Circus as a hand to hand acrobat. This is her first season with Atlanta Dance Collective and she could not be more excited.
Gray was born and raised in Atlanta and started dancing at age seven. She originally began studying ballet to help her gymnastics training, but fell in love with the art of dance quickly. From then on, Gray received her dance training from Georgia Dance Conservatory (formerly Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre). Additionally, Gray received training from The Joffrey Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and was selected to participate in Regional Dance America’s Craft of Choreography. She continued her dance education at The University of Arizona where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Elementary Education. While completing her B.F.A., she performed in signature pieces of highly regarded choreographers including: Sam Watson, James Clouser and George Balanchine. After graduation, she became a company member of Atlanta Dance Collective, and started teaching at Georgia Dance Conservatory. Additionally, Gray has choreographed for The Earl Smith Strand Theatre. In 2016, she accepted the position of Assistant Artistic Director of Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre. Gray is now in her third season with Atlanta Dance Collective.