Photographer Jason Ayer
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.
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!
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.
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.
Photographer Jeff Frandsen
Brittany (Whitmoyer) Fishel was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she studied ballet 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 has 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 as well as several gallery exhibitions. Describing her most recent 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 Program Director for The Studio Atlanta Dance, the creator of Opine Dance Film Festival, and a founding member of ADC.
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.