What Moves You? @ Emma Elliott

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Emma Elliott: Choreographer/Dancer
Summerton, SC

What Moves You? 
“I am moved by faith, passion, purpose, and a higher calling to dance.”

Emma Elliott, Founder and Artistic Director of Emma Elliott Dance, created this Christian dance company with a burning passion inside of her to create dances, which have biblical scripture as the basis for choreography in hopes to encourage and inspire her audience. Originally from Summerton, SC, she moved to King, NC when she was 16 years old. She knew that God was calling her to be a dancer when highlighted Psalm 149:3 – “Let him be praised in the dance”. So, she attended and graduated in May 2013, Summa Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts with a focus on performance and choreography from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. This journey was far from easy. There were constant obstacles to overcome and individuals who told her she wasn’t good enough, she should give up, or change what she wanted to do in life. But she didn’t. She persevered through rejection and continues to never accept no for an answer. One of her highlight performances during her collegiate career was performing an original work choreographed by Larry Keigwin (Bolero). Also, she performed in an original work by Grammy Nominee Jeffrey Page as well as choreography by David Parsons. Performing is her passion, which is why she was in over 15 different concerts (and many informal showings) including dances choreographed by her professors, graduate students, peers, and in her own work in her senior B.F.A. Thesis concert. She is a two year recipient of the summer Dorm Counselor Scholarship where she attended the American Dance Festival in 2013 & 2014. At the American Dance Festival, she performed in dances by Joanna Kotze and Beth Gill and was able to take classes from renowned choreographers and companies. Since moving to New York City in August 2013, she has danced for several smaller dance companies, performed in several workshops for The Cunningham Trust, and worked closely with and performed works by Twyla Tharp during her 2014 Winter Intensive as well as performing for many freelance choreographers. She is also a performer and tours as a soloist/group dancer for DM Dance Company. Her choreography has been performed at The Kraine Theater in the East Village, at HERE Arts Theater in Soho, The Village Pour House in East Village, and in the Artist in Flight Showcase on the Upper West Side. In 2016, she premiered her first full length show, Revealing by Emma Elliott Dance at The Salvatore Theater at Peridance Capezio Center. She is looking forward to seeing what God does with this company and her career as a dancer, choreographer, and dance teacher.

What Moves You? @ Quilan Cue Arnold


Quilan Cue Arnold: Dancer, Choreographer, Scholar
Germantown, MD

What Moves You?
“Creativity, Unity, and Empowerment.”

Quilan “Cue” Arnold (MFA) is a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer based out of Baltimore, Maryland and New York City, New York. His research considers identity and representation of the black male in American society through a Hip-hop lens. Quilan’s process has inspired him to form the organization, onC.U.E, which uses dance to educate students on the impact of Hip-hop culture beyond its music. Quilan’s recent credits include a guest artist residency at University of Memphis, performing for the NY Philharmonic, and holding faculty appointments at Towson University and Gibney Dance Center.

For more, cue4christ.wordpress.com.

What Moves You? @ Gabriella Sibeko


Gabriella Sibeko: Dancer
Montreal, Quebec

What Moves You?
“Music moves me. Sound, in general, moves me. Sensations–both physical and emotional move me. Anger, excitement, nostalgia— my emotions influence the way in which I am being moved. Humans and their individual energies move me.”

Gabriella Sibeko (Montreal, Canada) began her dance training studying classical ballet under the direction of Paula Urrutia. She started training at the Ailey School in 2013 as a Scholarship Student and later continued her training in the Certificate Program, graduating in May of 2016. She has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Nathan Trice, Yoshito Sakaruba, Ellenore Scott, Amy Hall, Hope Boykin, Francesca Harper, Jacqueline Buglisi, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Antuan Byers and Dwight Rhoden to name a few. She has danced for IKADA Contemporary Dance Company, Gotham Dance Theatre and Dirty Soles Dance. She is currently a member of Nathan Trice RITUALS, ELSCO dance and DEPTH Dance.

Photo credits include: Alexx Duvall, Omar Z Robles, PK Aidoo

What Moves You @ Alejandra Mancia


Alejandra Mancia: Dance Enthusiast, Model, and Fashion Blogger
New York, NY

What Moves You?
“For me, it’s simply keeping it real. I am to keep transparency because I believe in the healing that comes in sharing your story with others. I have shared my experience with mental health and the pressures of modeling. My goal is to continue sharing. Growth, an open heart, and an open mind are what move me. And empathy. Always empathy!”

For more, follow @eclecticinthecity

Photo Credit @ Chris Astrouski

What Moves You @ Ayako Takahashi


Ayako Takahashi: Artist
Zushi-shi, Japan

What Moves You? 
“motivation to connect with others, self, environment, nature, spirituality, and memories. …and above all; Love.”


Ayako Takahashi is originally from Japan, after completing the study at Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program in NYC as a scholarship student, she made a move to Boston and joined Urbanity Dance as a company dancer/ choreographer. While in Boston, she presented many works internationally as an independent choreographer; Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (USA), Reykjavik Dance Festival (Iceland), Seoul International Dance Festival (Korea). International Solo Tanz Theater Festival (Germany), etc. She is also holding MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University, and working as R-DMT (Registered Dance/Movement Therapist) and LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor).

For more, http://ayakotakahashi.com/

Photo Credits: Mei Suzuki, Michael Seamans, Mickey West


What Moves You? @ Manon Hallay


Manon Hallay: Dancer
Tarbes (France)

What Moves You? 
“When I dance, it’s the only moment where I am really true to myself. You can’t fake it, act it, or lie to yourself too long. Dance allows me to discover who I really am- it’s a beautiful journey.”

Born in southern France, Manon started her dance career in the Conservatoire de Tarbes before moving to Bordeaux at the young age of 13 to study under Christian Conte and Martine Chaumet. Two years later, she was invited to the renowned Royal Ballet School of Antwerpen to work with the illustrious choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Elke Schepers, Alexei Kremnev, and Michael Shannon. In 2013, Manon was furthermore handpicked to be a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City. Today, Manon is the artistic director of Les Ballets Nomades, and has worked with Jeffrey Page and Darshan Bhuller as part of the Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater since 2014. She also joined Notes in Motion in September of 2016, where she currently works as a teaching artist in several schools across New York City. She also joined Vision Contemporary Ballet in April 2017.

For more, http://www.manonhallay.com.

What Moves You? @ Anna Mahalia Rose


Anna Mahalia Rose
Accord, New York

What Moves You? 

Anna Mahalia Rose hails from the Shawangunk Mountains of Upstate New York where she received her early training in classical modern, release technique, percussive, ballet, and world dance, and toured professionally across the United States with The Vanaver Caravan Dance Company, appearing in a myriad of venues and festivals including Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow, The Egg, and the Lincoln Center Outdoors Festival.

Anna received her BFA in dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she choreographed extensively and performed in the works of Netta Yerushalmy, Gregory Dolbashian, Vita Osojnik, Kay Cummings, and Elizabeth Coker. During her time at NYU, Anna also performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Triskelion Arts Comedy in Dance Festival, and at the Florence Dance Festival, where her own choreography was presented.

Over the years, Anna has expanded her training at Bates Dance Festival, B12, White Mountain Dance Festival, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Toscana Dance Hub, and at the New England Center for Circus Arts. At these festivals and others, she has had the pleasure of training with numerous companies and choreographers including Johannes Wieland, Doug Varone, Monica Bill Barnes, David Dorfman, Annamari Keskinen, Tomislav English, Brian Brooks, Shen Wei, Mark Morris, Jodi Melnick, Shannon Gillen, Sidra Bell, Batsheva Dance Company, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, among others.

Currently, Anna is freelancing in New York as a performer and is in the process of forming her own company. She is currently in the midst of choreographing and co-directing a dance film, which will be released in early 2018.

What Moves You? @ Evan Lee Breed


Evan Lee Breed: Dancer & DJ
Waynesboro, P.A.

What Moves You?

Evan’s love for movement began as a gymnast. Her commitment to follow a creative path lead her to become a dancer. She graduated from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, with Honors. She was a principal dancer for Vissi Dance Theater (NYC) for eight years, performing modern, House, Contemporary, and African works all over New York City and Internationally. Evan has performed at the Jacob’s Pillow, the Skirball Center for the Arts, for the Gran Gala Dalla Danza in Sardegna, Italy, to name but a few. She is a Certified Classical Pilates Instructor, licensed to train students on all pilates equipment.

Since 2009, Evan has worked as a Senior Trainer of the Tracy Anderson Method, where she inspires, affects, & changes lives daily. Evan is an assistant teacher trainer at TAM, and her work has taken her all over the world, training some of the most influential people, including Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, JLO, & Olivia Wilde. In recent years, Evan has carved out an exciting career as a DJ, playing private parties & making her own cardio mixes for classes using music you can FEEL. Most recently, Evan has performed at New York’s City Center, for Jalila Bell at Ebb+Flow, and as part of the Cutler Salon I AM Series! And don’t forget to check Evan out on the Season Premiere for the final season of HBO’s critically acclaimed GIRLS…

For more, click here.

What Moves You? @ Angie Pittman


Angie Pittman: Dance Maker
Woodbridge, VA

What Moves You?
“The ability to immediately and kinesthetically reconcile and imagine new possibilities for my body that spans many different contexts, histories, and spaces/// Dance making as a practice of freedom for myself, my community, and my ancestors.”

Angie Pittman is a dance artist, educator, and choreographer. Angie has had the pleasure of dancing in work by Ralph Lemon, Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cordona, Tere O’Connor, Jennifer Monson, Johanna S. Meyer, Kyli Kleven, Anna Sperber, Tess Dworman and others. Angie has performed her work at BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, STooPS, The Domestic Performance Agency, The KnockDown Center, and Danspace Project. She holds a MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a graduate minor in African American Studies and a BA in Dance from Old Dominion University. She was a 2015 DanceWEB scholar for Impulstanz Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria and is a 2016 Artist-in-Residence with Movement Research. Angie’s work resides in a space that investigates how her body moves through ballad, groove, sparkle, spirit, spirituals, ancestry, vulnerability, and power.

For more, see Angie’s latest work Sequined Kisses on June 11 for Performance Mix.

Photo Credit: Jessie Young

Costume Collaboration with Athena Kokoronis of The Domestic Performance Agency