DANCERS

Dancers

Bria Comer – Artistic Director 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. She taught at Project C Studios after graduating from 2011-2018, and is excited to now be teaching at 24/7 Dance Studio in Frederick. Bria has danced professionally with Light Switch Dance Theatre and DanceAntonini as well as Equinox, and she is thrilled to be the Artistic Director of Equinox again this season. She will be continuing her education to become a Physical Therapist Assistant this fall, intending to get involved in treating dancers and teaching adaptive dance classes. 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!

Morgan Anderson (Dancer/Choreographer) Morgan is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer who has trained for 18 years in the areas of classical ballet and pointe, modern, jazz, improvisation and musical theater. She spent three years training in ballet, modern, jazz and dance composition at Howard Community College where she earned her A.A. in Dance Performance. She performed with the HCC dance company for the 2013 to 2017 dance seasons being featured in pieces by choreographers such as Elizabeth Higgins, Trent Williams Jr., Adrienne Clancy, and Mat Elder. She has also trained focusing on modern and contemporary with Baltimore/DC area artists such as Adrienne Clancy, Christopher K Morgan and Latefia Bradley. She is very excited to be a part of Equinox Dance Company as a performer and choreographer.

Christine Evans – Choreographer This is Christine’s third year with Equinox Dance Company. Christine is looking forward to continuing with the company as a choreographer. 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 Frederick, MD.

Grace Gonzalez -Company Member/Choreographer Grace Gonzalez -Company Member/Choreographer This is Grace’s sixth season with Equinox. 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. Grace holds a Bachelors of Science in Theatre with a minor in Dance from Frostburg State University. While at FSU she danced and choreographed with the FSU Dance Company under the direction of Jamie McGreevy. She has studied Ballet, Jazz, hip-hop, modern, improvisation, contemporary and Alexander Technique. She has also expanded into the aerial arts with classes in aerial silks, trapeze and lyra with Updraft and Chic Physique. Grace has taught dance at the Frederick YMCA, FSU Summer Intensive, Chic Physique and has had the pleasure of choreographing and performing in venues throughout Maryland.

Amy Milligan – Company Member/Choreographer Amy grew up in Pasadena, Maryland and began dancing at the age of 7 at a local dance studio. She was a member of her high school dance company and later went to Frostburg State University to study Exercise Science and danced with them for 6 years. While attending FSU, she had the opportunity to work with Rennie Harris RHAW, a professional hip hop dance company based in Philadelphia. Her main dance focuses are in contemporary, modern, and jazz/hip hop fusions. She has been in the Hagerstown/Frederick areas for two years, currently works with Holistic Health Associates, and plans to attend massage school in the spring. She is happy to continue to work, learn, and grow in her second season with Equinox!

Kristen Reifel – Company Member Kris started dancing ballet and jazz at the age of eight. She studied ballet and modern at UC Santa Barbara while pursuing a B.S. in Biology, and ballet, modern, and hip hop with San Diego Dance Theater during and after earning her Master’s degree in Ecology. She also attended modern and ballet classes while completing her Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the University of Southern California and began teaching yoga classes for the university gym. More recently, Kris has taught yoga and step aerobics classes at a YMCA while living in Maine, attended and taught yoga classes at several studios while working in Oregon, and became a Shellback after crossing the equator during a research cruise down the Atlantic Ocean. She now lives here in Frederick and manages a flow cytometry facility that supports bioforensic analysis for various government agencies. This is Kris’s first year dancing with Equinox, and she is excited to get back to her dance roots!

tessaTessa Roberson – Company Member 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 her third season with Equinox.

Katelyn Sims – Company Member This is Katelyn’s second year as a Company Member with Equinox. Katelyn began her dance training at the age of 3. Throughout her dance training, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and acrobatics at local studios, including Terrie Ann Productions, Artistic Dance Centre, and Elite Feet Dance Studio. In 2016, Katelyn graduated from Hood College, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/Special Education and a minor in Mathematics Education. During college, she was a member of the Hood College Dance Ensemble, serving as one of the dance captains from 2013-2016. As a member of the Ensemble, she performed in biannual dance concerts, contributing choreography in the styles of tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Katelyn is currently a special education teacher at an elementary school in Carroll County and is looking forward to another wonderful season of dancing with Equinox!

Carlotta Stoecker – Company Member Carlotta Stoecker started ballet at age four. She trained until she was eighteen with West Virginia School of Ballet in Martinsburg, West Virginia and Inwood Performing Arts Company in Inwood, West Virginia, solely focusing on classical ballet. At Hollins University her freshman year, she began exploring modern dance. While at Hollins, she completed a one-month intensive in New York City taking classes with New York City Ballet and from various well-known modern and hip-hop artists. While living in Roanoke, Virginia, she studied with Roanoke Ballet Theater. She was also a member of City Modern Ensemble’s company, under the direction of Liza Deck. Carlotta has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies from Hollins University and a Masters of Science Degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. She is a certified professional Makeup Artist and an Account Coordinator for the skin care brand Exuviance. She loves her two energetic German Shepherds and her two cuddly cats. Dancing and creative expression are her passions and music moves her soul. This is her fourth year with Equinox Dance Company and she is eager to continue collaborating and choreographing with such an incredible group of talented women!

 

Executive Board

Bria Comer, President
Daria Baldovin-Jahrling, Vice President
Christine Evans, Treasurer
Callison Breslin, Secretary
Katherine Cardenas-Cruz, Fundraising Chair
Desiree Acosta, Event Outreach
Cheryl Triantos, Community Outreach Chair
Dylan Diggs, Grant Specialist

 

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