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 Sarah Council, Hope Boykin, Amanda Selwyn, Chris Ferris, Crystal Davis, Michael Ingle and Nejla Yatkin.
After many years of sliding on soccer fields, dangling from tree limbs and showing-off for video cameras, Charlie Brissey eventually confronted her undoubted love for movement in her senior year of high school and signed up for her first ballet class. She is now in her final semester at Virginia Commonwealth University where she is soon to graduate with her BFA in Dance and Choreography. Since her beginnings in the lovely world of dance, Charli has had the opportunity to work with acclaimed artists Doug Varone, Paul Matteson, Judith Steel, Christian Von Howard, Sweat Tease Burlesque, the Moving Current Collective, Scott Putman and Amaranth Contemporary Dance. Charli has also had the privilege of presenting her own choreography and video work in various locations, including Richmond, Lynchburg, Miami, Washington D.C., New York, and Montescuidaio, Italy. Two of her works have been selected for presentation at the American College Dance Festival 2005 and 2008, and also in 2008 her latest video work, Happy Hour, was presented in Miami as a part of the Downtown Movement Collaboration.
Katie Dean graduated Magna Cum Laude in the Spring of 2008 with a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. While at college, she performed in both faculty and guest artist work, including Scott Putman and Heidi Weiss, and various student works including that of Brinson Leigh Kresge, Megan Zander, Courtney Cooke, and Travis Steele Sisk. For two consecutive years, Katie performed at ACDFA at both University of Florida and Radford University, and her choreography has been shown at Dixon Place in New York City as well as the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD. She has worked with outside choreographers such as Shannon Hummel of Cora Dance, Monica Bill-Barnes, and Shane O'Hara. She was a member of Shenandoah Contemporary Dance Theatre for four years, and has since returned to choreograph two works for the youth company.
Erin Dalton graduated with a BFA in Dance & Choreography from VCU. Currently Erin dances for Cultural Reflex Dance, Sweet Tease Burlesque, The Union Project, and Amaranth Contemporary Dance. She has had the opportunity to perform both nationally and internationally, including Costa Rica, Italy, Denver, Washington DC, Baltimore & College Park MD, Raleigh NC, & throughout VA. In-between the moments of forgetting how to hold liquid in her mouth she dances. Her choreography has been shown in the Arezzo Festival, Italy, Televised Fashion events Raleigh, NC, Dogwood Dell Theatre, Grace Street Theatre, In Lights Festival and Gallery5 Richmond, VA. Erin with Sweet Tease Burlesque began a mission in the fall of 2007 to bring artistry to the vaudevillian stage. They are currently touring on the East Coast until they premiere their upcoming evening length show in Feb 2009. She also had the pleasure of choreographing The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Magic.
Aaron Burr Johnson, a Virginia Beach Native, is currently in his fourth year of study as a Dance/Choreography major and Marketing minor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He experimented with movement in his high school’s marching band and winter color-guard before beginning his formal dance training under the tutelage of Elbert Watson. During the three summer breaks between academic years at VCU, Burr attended the American Dance Festival where he had the opportunity to dance in works choreographed by Ashley Anderson, Daniel Clifton, Ursula Payne, Shen Wei, Samantha Speis, Bulareyang from Taiwan, and Tatiana Baganova from Russia. In 2008, he performed in Laura Dean’s signature spinning work Tympani, restaged by Roger Belman, in ADF’s Past/Forward Concert. In his spare moments away from dance, Burr enjoys gardening, all varieties of cuisine, beagle puppies and feeding waterfowl.
Mariana Oliveria is originally from Brazil and graduate of Royal Ballet School (London).She was apprentice dancer at Diversions Modern Dance Company of Wales.She has performed with Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Sao Paulo Dance Company (Brazil).She has been taken classes and workshops with Aszure Barton, Alessandra Beller,Philip Gardner,Gallim Dance, Slam, LeeSaar Dance,Stephen Petronio,Elisa Monte,Brice Mousset,Katiti King,Kota Yamazaki.She is currently teacher at Elite Dance Center and Dancin feet (NY)
Jake Thro has been playing music for 18 years, studying and performing classical, jazz, rock, funk, composition, and improvisation. He has played with numerous student and professional orchestras, jazz/funk combos, rock bands, and string quartets. He has also composed and edited music for several dance pieces and theater works. Thro has a B.M. in music recording, and has a home studio where he records a wide variety of music.
Jacob Williamson is a musician and composer. He will graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University for classical guitar in Fall 2009. He plays bass in the band Caulit Anything and works in many contemporary music groups in Richmond, Virginia. He studied dance and art for three years in high school and college and uses the brief training to collaborate with the many dancers and artists in the area. He played with Michael Franti at Omega Institue for Holistic Study, he has also assisted Anthony Ward in stage design for Depak Chopra, STS9, Michael Franti, Ben Harper, Zap Mama, Bobby Mcferrin, Alex Grey and other artists. He currently teaches music out of his studio in Richmond.