Artist Bios

 
 
Photo: Jahan Salehi

Photo: Jahan Salehi

Alex Aguilar

Alex Aguilar is an actor and dancer with degrees from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Aguilar is currently Resident Actor with the Resident Touring Company (RTC) of Children's Theatre of Charlotte (CTC) and touring with the plays Spelling 2-5-5 (Simon) and Rapunzel (Rafi) all over the Southeast.  Last summer, Aguilar was a Teaching Artist for CTC where he taught theater and movement for Early Childhood Camps and choreographed the musical School House Rock Live Jr. for the Performance Camp at UNC Charlotte.

 
 
Photo: Dennis C Merritt

Photo: Dennis C Merritt

Daniel Arredondo

Born in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina, Arredondo may be credited with bringing authentic Argentine tango to Charlotte, NC, in the year 2000. His tango and teaching are enriched by his background in martial arts, modern dance, folkloric dance, and competitive ballroom dance. In addition, his childhood memories of watching Argentinean tangueros inform his dancing to this day. 

Arredondo has studied with world-renowned tango dancers such as Facundo and Kely Posadas, Pablo Veron, Fabian Salas, and others. Locally, he has collaborated with the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Education Institute of Charlotte, the Levine Museum of the New South, the Mint Museum, and the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte.

He hosts an ongoing Monday night class and practica, Charlotte's longest-running tango event, offers weekly classes for dancers of all levels, teaches private lessons, and is the founder of Passion For Tango, an organization dedicated to teaching authentic Argentine Tango.

 
 
Photo: Orfeus Skutelis

Photo: Orfeus Skutelis

Audrey Baran

Audrey Baran is the founder and artistic director of Baran Dance. She holds a BA in Dance from the UNC- Charlotte and an MFA Dance from Hollins University. An inaugural recipient of the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts and Science Council, Baran has also received awards and nominations for her work from the Movies by Movers Festival, the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards, and the Carolina Arts & Theatre Awards. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in Dance at UNC Charlotte, on the teaching faculty of Charlotte Ballet Academy and Open Door Studios, and the resident choreographer at several public schools. Baran is the founder and director of BD2, an apprentice company focused on contemporary dance, improvisation, and composition, and Beyond Baran Dance, an outreach dance program welcoming immigrant and refugee students.

 
 
Photo: Boundless Photography

Photo: Boundless Photography

Reba Bowens

Reba Bowens is a Charlotte-based dancer and practitioner of the Afro-Brazilian form capoeira. Bowens has worked with Caroline Calouche, Gaspard & Dancers, Triptych Collective, Rachel Barker, Sarah Ingel, Megan Payne, Eric Mullis, and many others.  Studying and training capoeira under Mestre Esquilo and Contramestre Zumbi, Bowens' capoeira practice has taken her to Brazil, Russia, Peru, and various cities across the United States. Bowens teaches classes for children and adults in Indian Trail, Fort Mill, and Charlotte every week Monday to Thursday.

 
 

Adrianna Brown 

Emerging choreographer and philosophy student Adrianna Brown draws upon the philosophies of scholars as well as her own experiences to create and produce her work.  Brown believes that life is not black and white and her works explore many sides of issues and stories. Homeschooled throughout her primary and secondary educations, Brown advanced swiftly through the curriculum, allowing her to begin college at age fourteen. She is currently a senior studying philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

 
 
Caroline Calouche & Javier Gonzalez Photo: Jeff Cravotta

Caroline Calouche & Javier Gonzalez
Photo: Jeff Cravotta

Caroline Calouche

Caroline Calouche, Artistic and Executive Director of Caroline Calouche & Co., has created contemporary and aerial dance work for numerous programs including the Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Winthrop University, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), and Contemporary Ballet Dallas. Calouche attended Texas Christian University where she worked with Li-Chou Cheng, Elizabeth Gillaspy, Susan Douglas Roberts, Kerry Kreiman, and Fernando Bujones. She studied in Europe at SEAD in their post-graduate choreography program, receiving training from Susan Quinn, Joao da Silva, Andrew Harwood, Libby Farr, Keren Levi and Ori Flomin. In 2007, Caroline began her aerial dance training and has worked with Susan Murphy, Elsie and Serenity Smith, Kevin O’Connor, and Amy Ell. Calouche is certified in the BASI Pilates Method, Gyrokinesis, and Nimble Arts Silks Foundation Level 1. She is the founder and director of the Charlotte Dance Festival.

 
 
Photo: Daley Kappenman

Photo: Daley Kappenman

Emily Cargill

Emily Cargill is Artistic Director of Emily Cargill and Dancers (ECD), a newly Charlotte-based modern dance company. ECD was founded in 2014. Cargill’s work has been presented all across the East Coast, from New York City to Detroit to Tampa to Richmond, as well as in notable Atlanta venues such as the Rialto Center for the Arts, Emory University, Art on the Atlanta Beltline and The High Museum of Art. Most recently, Emily Cargill & Dancers was accepted into the North Carolina Dance Festival, where excerpts of their evening-length work, quiet beings, will be performed. ECD strives to foster a greater appreciation, awareness and support among the arts community and the city of Charlotte.

 
 

Vanessa Carr

Vanessa Carr, Artistic Director of Charlotte Repertory Dance Theatre (CRDT), grew up dancing in Charlotte. Carr is a highly motivated fine arts director, teacher, and performer with a Master's Degree in Dance Education and extensive experience in dance, choreography, cheer, and fitness training.  She has taught dance in universities across the US, served as artistic director for several dance companies, and worked in community theater as a choreographer and stage manager. While living in North Carolina, she has taught at UNC Charlotte, Children's Theater, Spirit Square, Winston-Salem Arts Center, and as a  Charlotte Ballet teaching artist. Her dance training includes Alvin Ailey, Arthur Mitchell (DTH), Tokyo Ballet, Chicago Ballet, George Faison, Frank Hatchett, Pilobolus, Nicolai, Graham, Taylor, and Cunningham.

 
 

Clay Daniel, a native of Southport, NC, Clay has performed with CPCC Dance Theatre (nee Dance Central), The Gamble/Van Dyke company, Theatre West Virginia, Moving Poets Theatre of Dance and Deborah Carr’s Theatre Dance Ensemble (NYC).  For two years, he was an ensemble member, soloist, rehearsal assistant and company teacher with Tennessee Dance Theatre in Nashville, TN. Clay trained in the Humphrey-Weidman dance technique and Weidman repertory with Mary Ann Mee, a former member of Charles Weidman’s Expression of Two Arts Theatre – and still calls her his mentor and closest confidant in all things related to the dance world.  Further training and experience in the technique was supplemented by study with Jim May and Anne Bryan Griffiths of The Jose Limon Company. Clay holds an MFA in Choreography from UNC-Greensboro, and has been full – time faculty at CPCC since 2010, later adding Discipline Chair of Dance and Director of CPCC Dance Theatre to his duties and responsibilities. Since being at CPCC, he has premiered more than 16 new works, including The Space Between, Patchwork, Before Light, Romancero, Keetoowah Dawn, Deep Forest, Taproot, Buck, with Les Noces being his latest opus.

 
 
Photo: Ron Ross

Photo: Ron Ross

Niche’ Faulkner

Niche’ Faulkner, co-founder of SHAE Movement African Arts,  has been studying traditional West African dance under the tutelage of Mama Kadiatou Conte and Mohamed DaCosta both from Conakry, Guinea, West Africa for 7 years.  She is a principal member of Balafon West African Dance Ensemble and performs extensively around the country. Faulkner has taken sabbaticals to Africa, traveling to South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Mali, and Guinea. This includes the opportunity to train with the prestigious Les Ballet Africains, the National Ballet of the Republic of Guinea.

 
 

Albert J. (AJ ‘CrayzeeBeat’) Glasco

Albert J. (AJ ‘CrayzeeBeat’) Glasco is a hiphop dancer and choreographer and creative director of CrayzeeCollective, where the motto is “Live The Crayzee Life.” He works to inspire others to reach their goals both in and out of the studio. AJ comes from Asheboro, North Carolina and now lives in Charlotte.

 
 
Photo: Nic Blankenship

Photo: Nic Blankenship

Sarah Ingel

Sarah Ingel is a Charlotte based movement maker and dance facilitator. She graduated high school from the North Carolina School of Arts in 2008 then received her B.F.A. from Hollins University in 2012, in partnership with the American Dance Festival. Sarah works in the production department of Charlotte Ballet and was a choreographer for the Company's inaugural Choreographic Lab in 2017. She has been an artist in residence at Goodyear Arts since it's inception in 2015, and has been with the collective through all three locations (Stonewall, College, and Camp North End). Sarah currently makes dance and performance work in Charlotte, and is co-director of repCLT, a North Carolina non-profit advocating research and exchange in performance. She also is co-founder/co-producer of ladyfestCLT (formerly Women's Showcase), which promotes dance and female makers in the Southeast region.

 
 
Photo: Jim McGuire

Photo: Jim McGuire

Hardin Minor

Hardin Minor, Charlotte's "Mime-In-Motion" is delighted to celebrate his 40th year as a dynamic participant in the Cultural Arts scene of the Queen City and as Co-Founder / Co-Artistic Director of the OMIMEO MIME THEATRE since 1978. Hardin was recognized in 2017 by the UNCC College of Arts & Architecture as a Distinguished Alumni of the Department of Dance.  As a well-known performer-educator-entertainer he contributes his time and talents to a variety of not-for-profit groups as well continues as a sought after performer for a growing list of corporate and community organizations.

 
 
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Elsie Mufuka

Elsie Mufuka was born and raised in Gardens Corner, SC and has roots in Zimbabwe.  She holds a B.A in Dance and Communications from Coker College and is a candidate for the Masters of Arts Administration from Winthrop University.  Mufuka developed MufukaWorks Dance Company in 2010 to provide dance education and performances for the community.  Since then, Mufuka has provided art and cultural dance experiences to diverse communities across South and North Carolina, including Albemarle Road Recreation Center, Bluffton School of Dance, International House, Gullah Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Links Inc. Dance Performance School Series, Levine Children’s Hospital, Charlotte Emerging Young Artist Dance Festival, and Charlotte Dance Festival. 

The MufukaWorks Elite Root Dance Professional Company is the first company of MufukaWorks. The company style is Afro Russe Dance (a fusion of African, ballet, and contemporary) with live drumming.  In addition, Muraka is a dance teacher at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts, Monroe Recreation Centers teaching artist, and a Charlotte Ballet teaching artist for REACH!

 
 

Ritu Mukherjee

Ritu Mukherjee, was born in West Bengal. She was trained in the Indian classical dance form Kathak by Rabindra Bharati, Dance Professor Dr. Jayanta Mukherjee, and the late Sri Bela Arnab, Shoma Chatterji, Dr. Malabika Mitra Sen, Keya Chandra and Sri Jayanti Mukherjee. She completed her Masters in Zoology under Calcutta University.

Ritu has won several Kathak dance competitions. In 1993, she won the All India Jawahar Lal Nehru Dance competition and was the recipient of the national dance scholarship. After getting married to Dr. Arindam Mukherjee, she moved to the US in 2001. She started teaching dance in Santa Barbara, California. A year later, when she moved to Charlotte with her family, she founded the Nrityangan Cultural Academy. She is an active volunteer and leader with the Hindu Center of Charlotte, the Indian Association of Charlotte and the Asian Dragon Boat festival.

 
 
Photo: Nick Blankenship

Photo: Nick Blankenship

Megan Payne

Megan Payne is a Charlotte based movement maker, instructor, and curator. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival and a BFA in Dance from Ohio University. Payne has also studied with Michael Keegan-Dolan, and at the Forsythe studios with Christopher Roman, Jonathan Burrows, and William Forsythe. Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival, and Detroit Dance City Festival, among other performance and film opportunities.

Payne travels, teaching and setting work as a freelance artist and is a contributing member of the Goodyear Arts Collective, and has been an artist in residence since it’s inception in 2015. She is also the co-producer of ladyfestCLT, promoting dance and female makers in the southeast region. Payne is currently researching dance film and how her work translates on to screen.

 
 
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Stacie Peroulas

Stacie Peroulas is the board Chair of the Greek Folk Dance Program at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Charlotte, the largest program of its kind in the U.S. A native of Hampton, VA, Stacie earned her degree at the University of Virginia and was first exposed to Greek folk dance as a young child. Over the years she has studied under renowned researchers and dancers including Joe Graziosi, Kyriakos Moisidis, Anna Mavrou, and Christos Papakostas.

Since moving to Charlotte in 2001, Stacie has overseen the growth of Holy Trinity’s program, including the development of a grade-level curriculum that serves almost 400 students. Frequent guest instructors and musicians from the U.S. and Greece enrich the student experience. In addition to teaching classes and dancing with the Charlotte-based award winning troupe, Thrylos, Stacie also serves as the Director of Competition for the Metropolis of Atlanta’s annual Hellenic Dance Festival.

 
 
Photo Courtesy of Rodrigo and Wendy Jimenez

Photo Courtesy of Rodrigo and Wendy Jimenez

Rodrigo & Wendy (RW Latin Dance)

Rodrigo and Wendy are renowned instructors and performers who have graced stages locally and abroad. Trained extensively with world master instructors and ESPN World Salsa and Argentine Tango Champions, they are featured in public television specials, including the international Latin dance film, La Época.

Wendy and Rodrigo have conducted workshops and performed salsa, bachata, tango, flamenco, kizomba, and especially fusion forms salsa tango and bachata tango at numerous salsa congresses, festivals, and galas, nationally and internationally. Venues include Puerto Rico Salsa Congress; New York International Salsa Congress; LA Salsa Congress; Orlando Salsa Congress; St. Louis International Salsa Congress; Houston Salsa Congress; Dallas Bachata Festival; Atlanta Bachata Festival; Aventura Dance Cruise; and LA Salsa Open. Internationally, they have taught at congresses, festivals, dance events and schools in Spain, Chile, Puerto Rico, Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam. They have danced alongside salsa superstars such as Willie Colon, La India, Gilberto SantaRosa, Eddie Santiago, Grupo Niche, and Guayacan.

RW works extensively teaching educational and cultural programs and performing at schools and universities. Rodrigo is an adjunct faculty for the Department of Dance UNC Charlotte, and they are both teaching artists for Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and Charlotte Ballet.

 
 
Photo: Scott Rockwell

Photo: Scott Rockwell

Kaustavi Sarkar

Kaustavi Sarkar, Assistant Professor, UNC Charlotte Department of Dance, is a dancer-choreographer-educator-scholar. Sarker has been performing and teaching Odissi, an Indian classical dance form from eastern India, for over a decade. She is the Artistic Director of an India-based organization dedicated to Indian classical dance called Kaustavi Movement Center while pursuing a career in US academia. She has taught at Kenyon College and The Ohio State University (OSU) and holds a PhD from OSU in Dance Studies with interdisciplinary research interests in digital humanities, cultural studies, queer studies, and religious studies. Sarkar has performed in numerous dance festivals and presented her scholarly research in conferences in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Her research spans the fields of South Asian Dance Studies, Practice-as-Research, Arts Entrepreneurship, and Digital Humanities embedded in critical cultural theory.

 
 
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Meg Schriffen, Dance Program Director at Winthrop University, holds a BA in Dance Education from Winthrop and an MFA in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. She was a member of the Power Company, in Columbia, SC, and a member of Charlotte based Caroline Calouche and Company. Credits include performing and choreographing for ACDA, The Charlotte Dance Festival, Florida Dance Festival, Staibdance Summer Intensive, and several Piccolo Spoleto Festivals. Meg was on faculty for the Staibdance Summer Intensive in Sorrento, Italy, teaching, choreographing and performing with the Staibdance Company. She has recently begun performing with Bodiography Contemporary Ballet Charlotte.

 

Selena Mable Stamp

Studying Limón, Dunham, Cunningham, and postmodern techniques, Selena Mable Stamp received a B.A. in dance from Bard College and has most recently been working with Triptych Collective, TAPROOT, and other independent choreographers in the Charlotte area. Prior to moving to Charlotte in 2013, she spent five year in the Philadelphia dance community where she performed with companies such as Dangerous and Movin’ Dance Company, PlasmaDanceTheater, Stephen Welsh/SWERVE, Hokum Arts, Body Fields, Wabi Sabi Dance Keila Cordova Dances and RenZoku DanceWorks.

 
 
Photo: Marek Ranis

Photo: Marek Ranis

Tamara Williams

Tamara Williams is Assistant Professor at UNC Charlotte and the Artistic Director of Moving Spirits Inc., a professional dance company founded in New York City. A dancer, choreographer and scholar, her work explores spiritual movement practices of the African diaspora, among them ring shout, a form practiced in the southeast of the United States. Williams frequently presents workshops at the Gantt Center, in community centers and schools, and in historical heritage sites such as Charleston’s McLeod Plantation.