Juliana Tilbury-Carson - Dancer
Juliana Tilbury-Casron is originally from San Diego, California. She graduated Cum Laude, receiving her BFA in dance from The Boston Conservatory and subsequently danced professionally in New York City for seven years. She has worked with many renowned choreographers including Douglas Dunn, Daniel Charon, Oliver Steele, Leah Cox, Korhan Basaran, Kate Digby and Barbara Mahler. Juliana's work has been presented in New York City, Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. In 2013 Tilbury founded PLEXUS|dance and launched their first performance in January 2014 with an evening titled, "light, temperature, human touch" with great success. Her works are highly physical and emotionally charged, painting a clear picture of human experience through movement.
Jenn Jones – Dancer
Jenn Jones is a Georgia born dancer who has had the opportunity to work professionally in the many facets of the dance community. She attended Columbia College in Chicago and the University of South Florida in Tampa, earning an Associate of Arts degree in Secondary Education, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance.Jones has performed with Busch Gardens, Bella Danza Collective, Enigma Dance Kru, VYB Dance Company, Event Show Productions, TOC Project, and Karen Peterson and Dancers. Jones has choreographed for Jobsite Theatre Company and has taught dance at Patel Conservatory, Tampa Preparatory School and the Academy of Holy Names.
Claire Nagy-Kato - Dancer
Claire is a trained modern dancer from Tallahassee, Florida who has studied chemistry and sustainability, and clearly likes dirt a lot. She works in food sourcing and is a yoga teacher at the YMCA. In and out of work, Claire encourages the practice of self-awareness to discover how food and expression play large roles in our personal health and happiness.
Amanda Rentschler - Dancer
Amanda Rentschler is a Charlotte native. She began her performance career as a 5 year old actress with the Children’s Theater of Charlotte, debuting in a duet with a Kermit the frog puppet that was received with rave reviews. Years later, she participated in their ensemble under Jill Bloede and Alan Poindexter. She began basic dance training with Charlotte Ballet in her early teens in hopes of expanding her musical theater abilities, but fell in love with modern dance in the process. She received her high school diploma and BFA in contemporary dance from UNCSA. Since graduating she’s danced in New York City, Baltimore and Portland, OR. Upon returning to Charlotte she has danced with Caroline Calouche & Co, Plexus Dance, Sarah Ingel, and Emily Cargill and dancers. She believes strongly that acting and dance are intertwined and to be an engaging performer in one, you must study the other.
Lillian Willis - Dancer
is a freelance and independent dance artist, writer, and researcher based in Charlotte, NC. After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a BA in Dance Performance, Choreography, and Theory, she began working as Movement Mentor - a role created to accommodate students with visual impairments in the Department of Dance. Lillian has presented writing and research at the inaugural Dance Studies Association conference and UNC Charlotte, where she was a Charlotte Research Scholar. She has performed works by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and AGA Collaborative, among others. Lillian was most recently awarded the opportunity to study Gaga movement research, with originator Ohad Naharin, in Moncalvo, Italy.
Liz Beres – dancer
Liz Beres is a proud Wisconsinite, earned her BFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduating, she has danced for Elisa Monte Dance, skybetter and associates, Bodel Dance Arts, and Joe Celej, among others. These days she works most closely with ChristinaNoel & The Creature, Naomi Goldberg Haas’s Dances For A Variable Population, Clare Cook Dance Theater, and Catie Cuan. Her own work has been presented in NYC at Joe’s Pub through DanceNOW[NYC]’s Dancemopolitan series, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center’s Fridays at Noon program, NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and Columbia University. Liz teaches Mind Body Dancer Yoga to adults and dance to little and big ones alike in the tri-state area.
Melissa Brading – dancer
Melissa Brading is originally from Topeka, KS and holds a bachelor’s degree in dance education from the University of Central Oklahoma. For three years she served as a company member in Ad Deum Dance Company under the direction of Randall Flinn in Houston, TX. Since moving to New York, Melissa has worked with choreographers such as Hope Boykin, Amanda Selwyn, Chris Ferris, Crystal Davis and Nejla Yatkin.
Sarah Brown – dancer
Sarah Bodie is a New York based dancer and choreographer from Dallas, TX by way of Los Angeles. She is currently dancing for Sarah Council Dance Projects while also pursuing her career as a choreographer and artistic director. Sarah was classically trained at the Academy of Dance Arts in Richardson, TX and danced with the Dallas Repertoire Ballet for 6 years. She has served as artistic director on a numbzer of music video projects including Weezer’s AOL sessions video Miss Sweeney and local musician Elaine LaChica’s video Never Fade. In addition, Sarah has performed with the cast of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Jessica Simpson, and on Disney’s Big Red Boat Cruise. Sarah has also served as a dance instructor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Baylor University, and the HOPE Center in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
Sarah Pope – dancer
Sarah Pope, dancer, improviser and teacher, is originally from Southern California and holds a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University. Sarah has been a member of Sarah Council Dance Projects since 2006, and is also a member of Mark Lamb Dance. She also currently works with HT Chen & Dancers. Sarah teaches ballet, creative dance, and adult fitness at Spoke the Hub Dancing and the Prospect Park YMCA in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Aya Wilson – dancer
Aya Wilson, originally from Normal, Illinois, received her B.F.A. in dance from the University of Iowa. She has performed nationally and in Mexico and the Dominican Republic with Jennifer Kayle, Charlotte Adams, and the UI Dancers In Company. Recently, she has also had the pleasure of dancing with Nadia Tykulsker/Spark(edIT) Arts, Anna Adams Stark, Amy Jacobus Dance Projects, and Tara Aisha Willis, among others, and is beginning to present her own choreographic work.