DANCERS

Dancers

Bria Comer – Artisic Director (dancer/choreographer) 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 thrilled to be the Artistic Director of Equinox again this season. This is her third season as a performer with Light Switch Dance Theatre, directed by Sandra Atkinson in Rockville. Bria constantly seeks methods to help her students and fellow company members 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!

LauLEpictureren Emanuel – Dancer This is Lauren’s second year dancing with Equinox Dance Company and she is thrilled to continue dancing with this amazing group!  At age four, Lauren began taking tap and ballet classes at Patricia Kelbaugh Dance Studio in Gaithersburg, MD.  Falling almost immediately in love with tap, ten-year-old Lauren switched to Rockville’s Musical Theater Center to concentrate on and further her tap career.  Throughout the years, Lauren continued ballet and also took classes in jazz, lyrical, modern and hip-hop. She loves nothing more than learning a new style of dance!  In 2014, Lauren graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Lauren currently works as a Scientific Editor for the U.S. Census Bureau and also as a licensed Zumba® Instructor at various studios in the area.

Christine Evans – Dancer & Treasurer This is Christine’s first year with Equinox Dance Company. She is excited for dance to once again be a large part of her life. Christine began dancing at the age of seven and has taken classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop. Christine graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and General Chemistry. During college Christine continued her dance education by taking ballet, lyrical, tap and jazz classes, in addition to being a dancer and choreographer for Fusion Dance team. While completing her Masters in Tumor Biology at Georgetown University, she took classes at the Washington School of Ballet and also taught ballet at local D.C. and Virginia Schools. Christine is currently employed as a Scientist in the Molecular Biology field for a company in Rockville, MD.

Grace Gonzalez – Dancer/Choreographer This is Grace’s fourth season with Equinox. Grace holds a Bachelors of Science in Theatre with a minor in Dance from Frostburg State University. She began her dance training at age 5 at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet, where she performed under the direction of Joyce Morrison for 13 years. She has studied Ballet, jazz, hip-hop, modern, improvisation, contemporary, aerial silks, trapeze, lyra, and Alexander Technique. While at Frostburg State University, Grace danced with the FSU Dance Company under the direction of Jamie McGreevy, where she had the opportunity to choreograph for biannual dance concerts. She also acted in and assisted with several stage productions. She has had the pleasure of performing works of several choreographers including Jeff Shade, Lauren Quattro, and Wayles Haynes. Grace has taught at the Frederick YMCA, FSU Summer Intensive, and has taught master classes, choreographed, and performed as a guest artist throughout Maryland.

mallorybrainMallory Brain – Dancer Dance has been a part of Mallory’s life for over 15 years. She has recently graduated from Eastern University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Before college, Mallory studied Ballet at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet under the direction of Joyce Morrison. There she performed countless times in various roles of the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty.  While at Eastern, Mallory studied many forms of dance including Ballet, Graham based Modern, Umfundalai, and Jazz. During her 3 years, she performed  in many works as well as choreographed pieces for the Eastern’s McInnis Theater. Mallory is beyond excited to be dancing with Equinox this year!

Gena HeadGena Rockwell – Dancer Gena Rockwell is dancer, yoga teacher, massage therapist and musician, and has recently fallen in love with surfing. She has years of classical ballet training and after a long hiatus from dancing could not be happier and more grateful to now be in her second year as a member of Equinox. Dancing feeds Gena’s soul like nothing else can. Gena is the owner of Shakti Yoga and Arts Center in Shepherdstown, WV and has a German Shepherd named Luna.

CarlyCarlotta Stoecker – Dancer Carly started dancing at the age of 4 through the age of 18 at The West Virginia School of ballet and with Inwood Performing Arts Company, studying only ballet. At the start of her freshman year at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, she began studying modern. While at Hollins, she completed a one month intensive in NYC taking classes with New York City Ballet as well as various modern and hip hop artists. While living in Roanoke, she studied with Roanoke Ballet Theater. She also danced and performed with the company City Modern Ensemble under the direction of Liza Deck for one year. Dance is her passion. This is Carly’s second year with Equinox and she is eager to continue to collaborate with the company.

tessaTessa Roberson – Dancer Tessa started dancing at the age of four with a Messianic Jewish church performing in folk and liturgical styles.  She grew to love the emotional release and creative power of dance and began choreographing for other church performances, teaching a group of girls, ages 6-18, during her four years of high school. Towards the end of high school she decided to pursue dance more intensely, working with a tutor in ballet for a year and taking classes at local studios. She then chose to take the chance and audition for Messiah College’s brand new dance program.  She was accepted, and the following four years of ballet, tap, jazz, and modern training only grew her love and dedication to the art. She taught and choreographed for a student led dance club, performed with and choreographed for the major’s and minor’s ensemble, and helped start a Latin dance club on campus. She graduated with a double major in Athletic Training in May of 2016 and is currently working in this field.  She is hoping to be able to combine her passion for sports medicine and the arts in the future by becoming involved in dance medicine. Tessa is incredibly excited for the chance to get back in the studio and start her first year with Equinox.

 

Executive Board

Bria Comer, President
Daria Baldovin-Jahrling, Vice President
Christine Evans, Treasurer
Angelina Beltrami-Guiducci, Secretary
Tracey Majors Durr, Community Outreach
Monica Giaimo, Website Maintenance
Dylan Diggs, Grant Specialist

 

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