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MINILIK ADDIS

Resident Teaching Artist 

Minilik Addis is a dancer, choreographer, and educator based out of the DMV area, and originally from Salisbury, Maryland. He holds his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from the University of Maryland, was a member of the Hip Hop dance company Dynamic for four years, and was Co-Director of the company for his final season. He is currently a company member of Capitol Movement, as well as Culture Shock DC, where he has also been a member of their Freestyle Team. Minilik is a faculty member and choreographer at ZD Dance Academy and Project C Studios, as well as a camp counselor/teacher for Camp Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Additionally, Minilik serves as the Scholarship Coordinator for Culture Shock DC. He also loves Coca-Cola and puppies.

 

MORGAN ANDERSON

Resident Teaching Artist

Morgan Anderson is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer who has trained for 16 years in the areas of Classical Ballet/Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Improvisation, and Musical Theater. She spent three years training intensely in Ballet, Modern, and dance composition at Howard Community College, and performed with their Arts Collective Dance Company for the 2013 through 2015 seasons, working with choreographers such as Trent Williams, Natalie Marrone, Renee Barger, and Elizabeth Higgins. She currently dances with the HCC Dance Company where she is featured in a piece choreographed by local artist Adrienne Clancy. Morgan has also worked as a featured performer with Vaught Contemporary Ballet at Joy of Motion in D.C. for their 2015 Dance Project show. 

As a teacher, Morgan teaches in several studio in the Maryland/Southern Pennsylvania area, training students of all ages and levels in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, and Musical Theater. She has choreographed concert and Musical Theater work for Catalyst Dance Theater, Liberty High School, and Gettysburg Area High School. Morgan plans to attend Goucher College to continue her education and pursue a degree in Dance Therapy. 

 

RYAN BAILEY

Resident Teaching Artist & Director of Reaction Dance Company

Ryan Bailey started his dance training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC where he received a BA in dance. At UMBC, he was granted the Linehan Artist Scholarship, as well as being awarded the Outstanding Senior in Choreography and given a Summer Dance Research Award Grant by the UMBC Dance Department.  Always the interested student, Ryan studied at the Tokyo Academy in Louisiana and at Artistry Dance Company where he trained in a variety of styles. Equally interested in performance and choreography, he has been highlighted as a performer in the America College Dance Association 2014 Festival.  This success continued with his choreography being chosen to represent UMBC and selected for the ACDA Gala performance in 2016. In addition to his recognition at UMBC, Ryan’s works have been featured in The Hollywood Summer Tour and The Pulse on Tour where he received a scholarship and an award to attend NYC’s Artist's In Motion and have his works presented at the Ailey Theater in NYC.  During his tenure in Maryland, Ryan has performed with the Howard County Ballet Company, Gaite Parisienne, Baltimore Dance Project, and Alternative Dance Project directed by Lance and Danielle Guillermo. He is currently the Assistant Director of Artistry Dance Company as well as the Director of Project C’s competition group, Reaction Dance Company, and has had his choreography performed alongside Cirque Du Soleil in their Dreams Holidaze Tour.  Hoping to make it to the final 20 on the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” Ryan was able to make it to the top 23 contestants of the Philadelphia 2014 audition.

 

LATEFIA BRADLEY

Resident Teaching Artist

LaTefia Bradley is a dancer, choreographer and an instructor. She currently resides in the District of Columbia but is originally from Arizona. While in Arizona she worked within her dance company “Perfectly Imperfect” to find ways to connect people through movement and spoken word. She was also the Founder and President of Revival Dance Crew from 2008 – 2013. As the Director of the Dance For Change Dance Competition in 2011 and the Make A Wish Dance Competition in 2012, LaTefia successfully raised money for a number of local nonprofit organizations. LaTefia is continually searching for ways to create works that reach her audience, fellow artists and that contributes to her community.

Much of her movement vocabulary and values come from her training at Arizona State University where she trained under Mary Fitzgerald, Karen Schupp, Carley Conder, Shouza Ma and Elizabeth Johnson. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education in 2012. During her time at Arizona State University LaTefia’s choreography was featured in the Undergraduate Concerts, “Arizona Got’s Dance Showcase” in 2012, performed in Graduate Concerts and she was awarded a certificate of excellence in Dance Education in 2012. Since then she has choreographed and taught at schools, studios and workshops in numerous cities in Arizona, the District of Columbia., Maryland and in Virginia.

LaTefia is currently a Fellow in the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Maryland and is striving to further examine ways to bring people together through movement, spoken word and positive energy.

 

KRISTIN CASTANEDA

Assistant Administrative Manager & Resident Teaching Artist

Kristin Castaneda is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance with focus in Dance Education and Performance, as well as a Project C Studios alumna. Throughout her time at UMD, Kristin performed and produced multiple works through The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, as well as with other campus dance organizations. Some of her credits include work by Adriane Fang, Miriam Philips, Jen Graham, LaTefia Bradley, and Orange Grove Dance. In the spring of 2017, Kristin also served as Coordinator for the American College Dance Association Conference for the Mid-Atlantic North Region. Kristin is a member of Delta Chi Xi, Honorary Dance Fraternity Inc. and served on the executive board of the Gamma Chapter. Additionally, Kristin actively teaches in private studios and public schools in the DMV area.

 

BRIA COMER

Resident Teaching Artist

Bria Comer is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance and fitness educator. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from James Madison University. While at JMU, Bria performed work with their Contemporary Dance Ensemble, taught tap classes at a local studio, and worked as a recreation assistant at JMU’s gym, University Recreation. She began teaching at Project C Studios after graduating in 2011, and currently teaches modern, tap, jazz, ballet, and children's classes. Bria also teaches adult dance and fitness classes for Frederick County Parks & Recreation and Chic Physique Aerial Academy. She is an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor. Bria is the Artistic Director of Equinox Dance Company, Frederick's only professional dance company, as well as a performer with Light Switch Dance Theatre, directed by Sandra Atkinson in Rockville. Bria constantly seeks methods to help her dancers discover the strength within each of their bodies, the beauty in trying new styles, and the ability to harness creativity and playfulness to create individual and unique movement. She is a strong believer in cross-training, and aims to teach her students to practice safe and effective training both in and outside of class so they can dance for life!

 

GABRIELLA DIGIUSEPPE

Resident Teaching Artist

Gabriella DiGiuseppe is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she attended as a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. In addition to her training at UMD, she has also trained and performed with Culture Shock DC, Dynamic Hip Hop Dance Troupe, the American Dance Festival, and the Gaga NYC Intensive, as well as the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, 24/7 Dance Studio, B. Funk Dance Company, and Project C. Studios. Gabriella was awarded the “Stand Out Contemporary/Jazz Scholarship” from the NUVO Dance Convention, a Hip Hop Scholarship from Extreme14 Workshop, and performed with the Jump Tour faculty in 2012. Additionally, Gabriella has performed in works by Alvin Mayes, LaTefia Bradley, Dorje Dance Theatre, as well as her own choreography. As an active dance educator, Gabriella has studied at the Dance Education Laboratory in New York City, and consistently teaches in private studios and for non-profit organizations in the greater Maryland area.

 

LAURIE DODGE

Resident Teaching Artist & Director of Catalyst Dance Company

Laurie Dodge is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and director currently pursuing her Bachelors of Arts in Performance as a CAPA Scholar at School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been training in Dance for 14 years, and found her home at Project C Studios, where she was a student for 8 years. In 2011 Laurie received the Annual Full Tuition Scholarship at Project C Studios.Teaching and Directing in dance has always been a focus for her. As early as high school she was a mentor student, taught dance classes, directed multiple shows and was the President of her chapter of Nu Delta Alpha, the National Dance Honor Society. Mentored closely by Jen Graham, she started transitioning into the professional world of teaching, directing, and choreography. She began as Assistant Rehearsal Director of Catalyst Dance Theatre and is now the Assistant Director of Student Companies. She has received acceptance into the Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive, as well as many scholarships to prestigious summer intensives on the east coast. She received a scholarship to attend UMBC’s school of dance, but instead chose to attend University of Maryland on full tuition scholarship as a Creative and Performing Arts Scholar. Laurie specializes in Modern, Contemporary, and Jazz dance. She currently has a strong focus in jazz choreography, mixing classical Jazz with a West Coast style, her works having received special accolades in the field.  

 

CYRA DUNCAN

 

Resident Teaching Artist

Cyra Duncan started her dance training at the age of 3, and throughout her early years she trained with various schools in Maryland, ultimately landing at the prestigious Ballet Royale Institute in Columbia under the direction of Ms. Donna Pidal, world renowned coach and choreographer.  Cyra has studied at The School of American Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Boston Ballet School and The Dance Theatre of Harlem School, all on scholarship.  Throughout her dance career, Cyra has performed several principal and soloist roles in such ballets as the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Etudes, Paquita, Bolero and Balanchine's Jewels and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.  In addition, she has performed and won numerous dance competitions in Maryland and abroad.  After winning the grand prize in a famed dance competition, she was invited to perform in the Pro Bowl halftime show in Honolulu, Hawaii.  During her senior year of high school, Cyra was a part of The Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble Company in New York City. As a teacher and choreographer, Cyra is Cecchetti Council of America certified.  She enjoys coaching young dancers and cultivating each of her student’s talents.

 

 

 ZENA MADDOX

Visiting Teaching Artist

Zena Maddox is a native of Baltimore, Maryland where she began her ballet training at the Baltimore School for the Arts. After high school she went onto to study at Butler University where she received her BA in Dance Pedagogy and Honors in Dance. Zena has trained with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and has studied, performed, and taught abroad throughout Eastern Europe. She has also danced with The DC Contemporyar Dance Theatre. Zena is a Motionwear model and spotlight dancer of the year, as well as an Under Armour body double for Misty Copeland, and she currently dances for Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. 

 

 

SUE O'DONNELL

Administrative Manager

Bio coming soon...

 

EMILY RUNKLE

Resident Teaching Artist

Emily Runkle was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and first began studying ballet at Ballet with Cindee Velle, intensively studying with Caryl Maxwell. For her senior year of high school she attended The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, where she was coached by former dancers of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Hungarian National Ballet, Ballet Nacional De Caracas, and the Bolshoi Ballet. She then moved to Mississippi where she was a trainee with Ballet Magnificat, America's premiere professional Christian ballet company from 2008-2009. She began her professional performing career at 18, and has danced soloist roles with Ballet Chesapeake, Misako Ballet, Merge Dance Company, and New York State Ballet, where she has performed works by Balanchine, Edward Stewart, and Eva Anderson, as well as the full length classics. She has also choreographed for both contemporary and classical companies and schools. Emily has been teaching at Project C since 2011 and believes in interpreting the art of ballet in a very specific, yet attainable way for all students.