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 began teaching at Project C Studios after graduating in 2011, and currently teaches modern, tap, jazz, ballet, and children’s classes. Bria is also excited to be teaching beginning adult dance classes at New Spire Arts in downtown Frederick. Bria is thrilled to be the Artistic Director of Equinox again this season. This is her fourth season as a performer with Light Switch Dance Theatre, directed by Sandra Atkinson in Rockville. Bria will also be starting her education to become a Physical Therapist Assistant this fall. 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!

Christine Evans – Company Member/Choreographer This is Christine’s second 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 -Company Member/Choreographer This is Grace’s fifth 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.

CarlyCarlotta 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 for Smashbox Cosmetics and freelances on the side. Dancing and creative expression are her passions and music moves her soul. This is her third year with Equinox Dance Company and she is eager to continue collaborating and choreographing with such incredible women!

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Tessa Roberson -Company Member/Youth Choreographer 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 second season with Equinox.

CallisonCallison Breslin – Company Member/Choreographer This is Callison’s first year with Equinox Dance Company. Callison began dancing at the age of three under the direction of Terrie England, studying tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and acrobatics.  In high school, Callison studied at Artistic Dance Centre in Frederick, MD, in addition to performing and competing with the TJ High School Dance Team. Callison graduated from UMBC in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, and certificate in Secondary Education.  While at UMBC, Callison focused on modern, contemporary, ballet, and improvisation. She also served as a demonstrator, performed in student works, and choreographed several pieces for dance department concerts.  After graduating, Callison worked as a middle school Science Teacher and directed a recreational dance club for three years. She is currently a Biology Teacher for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, and is pursuing a M.Ed. in Secondary Education at Towson University.

AmandaAmanda Comi – Company Member Amanda has about 20 years of exposure to modern dance, with Graham, Horton, and Ailey as key influences. She has also accumulated nearly 10 years of experience with social dance styles; primarily lindy hop and blues. This is her first season with Equinox. Amanda attended the University of Chicago, where she co-directed the student modern dance company while studying math & physics. She now has a career as a financial & actuarial risk analyst with an intermittent side gig reviewing comic books and providing movie commentary for several popular culture websites. She lives in the City of Frederick with her husband and two of the very best cats.

Virginia1Virginia Huber – Company Member Virginia Huber started dancing the moment she could walk and hasn’t stopped since. In May of 2017 she graduated from St Mary’s College of Maryland with a bachelors in anthropology and a minor in dance, where she performed in department and student devised works. She is excited to be returning to her roots in the Frederick area and eagerly looks forward to the season ahead as a new member of Equinox.

Amy1Amy Milligan – Company Member 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, ballet, and jazz. She is SO excited to join Equinox this season and can’t wait to work, learn, and grow with such an amazing group of dancers!

RachelRachel Oelslager – Apprentice Rachel Oelslager was born and raised in D.C. and has been dancing since the age of 3. She attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Massachusetts and went on to join the Vassar Repertory Dance Theater at Vassar College in New York. She has continued to dance as much as possible since then. Rachel moved to Frederick two years ago and is excited to be joining a dance community here. When she isn’t dancing, Rachel works in a mental health field and enjoys exploring downtown Frederick with her two children. 

Katelyn1Katelyn Sims – Company Member This is Katelyn’s first 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 a wonderful season of dancing with Equinox!

AneciaAnecia Whitehead – Apprentice Anecia is from Frederick, MD and has been dancing since high school as a part of the Titan Tempo Show Choir. She recently graduated from Frostburg State University with a BS in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Vet Medicine, Theatre, and a minor in Dance. While in college, Anecia was a part of the FSU Dance company as a dancer and choreographer. She is now a Veterinarian Technician. She is excited to be a part of Equinox!

 

Executive Board

Bria Comer, President
Daria Baldovin-Jahrling, Vice President
Olivia Elisio, Treasurer
Amy Milligan, Secretary
Sasha Carrera, Community Outreach Chair
Dylan Diggs, Grant Specialist

 

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