A native New Orleanian, Brian Crosby spent the formative years of his dance career on The Crescent of the Mississippi: studying tap and rhythm in a small studio. Crosby remained in that studio for 13 years, expanding his facilities with informal training in Graham technique and ballet in the Bournonville school. In order to deepen his study of dance, Crosby migrated to Atlanta and Kennesaw State University.
During his three years at KSU, Brian Crosby performed with the nationally recognized Kennesaw State Dance Company for six seasons. Throughout these seasons he had the opportunity to work with Israeli choreographer Ella Ben-Aharon; open KSU's Dance Theater with a performance of Ivan Pulinkala's evening-length "Metamorphosis"; and attend and perform at two consecutive American College Dance Association galas. Crosby also studied with ImmerseATL, completing their pre-proffesional program while being mentored by Sarah Hilmer, Sean Ngyeun-Hilton, and George Staib.
Currently Crosby continues to reside in Atlanta. He is in his second season with Atlanta Dance Collective.
Kaitlin Davis was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and danced competitively for eleven years before attending East Carolina University. She received a BFA in Dance Performance and the Outstanding Senior in Dance Performance Award in Spring 2014. While at ECU she studied under Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Dirk Lumbard, Galina Panova, Clarine Powell, and Patti Weeks. She performed in three of the Dance mainstage productions in her time there as well as numerous smaller shows. In 2011 she choreographed for the NBC film “Gametime: Tackling the Past” in which she was also a featured dancer. Davis has also danced as part of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Forward Motion Dance Company, and Opera House Theater Company. Her choreography was showcased in the music video “Party Girl” for up and coming artist Mary Simmons in 2016. She has taught students of all ages in several studios in the Wilmington and Atlanta areas and was an instructor at the ECU Summer Jazz Dance Intensive in 2013. She is a part of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, Atlanta Dance Collective, and a dancer for Stella Entertainment. This is Kaitlin's second season with Atlanta Dance Collective.
Emi Murata Ferguson
Emi Murata Ferguson
Emi began pursuing her passion for dance under the direction of Sherri Davis at Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts in Peachtree City, Georgia. Through her training at GAD, she spent summers training at Atlanta Ballet, the Rock School of Dance, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She continued her training and dance education at the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2015. During her time at UGA, she danced in CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company where she trained on lyra, trapeze, silks, and sling, and was a member of the Ballroom Performance Group where she performed various forms of ballroom and Latin styles. She had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by Joanna Mendl Shaw, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Luis Piedra, Urban Bush Women, and Alexandre Munz, and toured aerial performances at various events including the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Upon graduation, she attended a two week contemporary intensive in Sorrento, Italy with Staibdance, and is now teaching and performing with Zouk Atlanta, Atlanta Dance Collective, and other contemporary-based projects across the Atlanta area. Emi is so excited to be entering her third season with Atlanta Dance Collective!
Leah Kelly began her pre-professional dance training at the British Academy of Performing Arts in her hometown Marietta, Ga and furthered her abilities at Valdosta State University. There she received a bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and a bachelor’s of Business Administration. At the University Leah was fortunate enough to dance in annual dance concerts and multiple dance festivals. Such festivals include SOMAfest NYC 2013 with Professor Catherine A. Schaeffer, New Grounds Festival 2013 with Critical Mass Dance Company and the M.A.D. Festival 2014 with SWADance Collective. You will currently find Leah teaching Modern, Jazz, and Hip Hop at Atlanta Dance Central as well as performing with Atlanta Dance Collective, SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and Fuerta Dance Company.
Bekah, born and raised in Georgia, received her training from Dance Contempra prior to attending Kennesaw State University where she received a Bacholor of Arts in Dance. Through KSU, Bekah has been give a wide range of performance opportunities. Some of the opportunities include performing with the KSU Dance Company (2013-2017), The Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (2014,2016), The American College Dance Association (2015,2016,2017), Synergy at the Cobb Performing Arts Center (2015,2016), and The Alabama Dance Festival (2015). While at Kennesaw State, Bekah worked along side faculty and staff as a Student Assistant serving as a student ambassador for the Department of Dance. With this wealth of knowledge, Bekah seeks to continue to further develop her craft as a performer in the Atanta area and is excited to be apart of Atlanta Dance Collective for a third season.
Lydia Patselas began her training at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville and then continued her dance training with Step Ahead Dance Company throughout high school. She graduated in May of 2018 from East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance program with a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, Magna Cum Laude. She studied under the instruction of David Ingram, Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska and Galina Panova. Lydia has performed in works choreographed by Tommi Galaska, Teal Darkenwald, Danielle Sheather, David Ingram, John Dixon, Marissa Nesbit, Micah Geyer, and Joe Cotler. She also choreographed several works throughout her college career. Lydiahas completed summer training programs at the American Dance Festival in Durham NC, Broadway Dance Center summer intensive in New York City, and the New Dialect summer intensive in Nashville, TN. She also had the opportunity to perform at the 2016 American College Dance Association in West Virginia. Lydia currently resides in Atlanta, GA. She is a member of the Atlanta Dance Collective. She recently performed in Dance Canvas 2019 Performance Series, FEMMEfest, The Distaff Series, and Imprint with ADC. She has also performed in Fringe Festival in Asheville, NC, and Atlanta, GA. She has also performed in the Charlotte Dance Festival in Charlotte, NC, and the Modern Dance Festival in Atlanta, GA. She currently teaches at RISPA School of Performing Arts and for Expressions in Motion Dance. Lydia is looking forward to choreographing on the ADC members for the 2019-2020 season and working with Britt Whitmoyer Fishel on GRIN.
Noëlle Davé was born and raised in Sumter, South Carolina. She is a graduate of East Carolina University where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. During her time at ECU, she worked with choreographers David Ingram, Danielle Sheather, Michel Kouakou, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Teal Darkenwald, Micah Geyer, and Joe Cotler. She also performed in repertory piece, Standing in Tears, staged by Koresh Dance company members. Noëlle has been a featured soloist in BalaSole Dance Company’s 2018 NYC season where she performed at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre in New York. She has also completed a residency under David Ingram with Fort Wayne Ballet where she performed in Fort Wayne Ballet, Too! with the company. Noëlle is currently based in Atlanta, GA where she is a moving artist with gloATL, in her second season with Atlanta Dance Collective, and dancing with Britt Fishel and Artists. She has recently activated in Supple Means of Connection choreographed by Lauri Stallings in a six-week residency at the High Museum of Art, as well as the Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy. She has also performed in Koresh’s Come Together Dance Festival 2019 with Britt Fishel and Artists. She loves to take on innovative learning opportunities to grow in her artistry and explore new ways of thinking and moving.
Sarah Stokes is an Atlanta-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator. She studied contemporary dance performance and composition at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Afterwards, Sarah moved to Atlanta to perform, choreograph, and teach. She has had the great pleasure to perform in works by choreographers such as Shapiro & Smith, Carl Flink, Larry Keigwin, HIJACK, Nadya Zeitlin, Amanda Sieradzki, Mallory Baxley, and Morgan Carlisle. In 2015, Sarah joined with Britt Whitmoyer Fishel in order to establish Atlanta Dance Collective, a collaborative company of dance artists.
As a choreographer, Sarah is highly inspired by collaboration within the creation process, creating problems to be solved and space for input from collaborating artists. Sarah's choreography, described as "ambitious-and effective" by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, has been presented at Asheville Fringe Festival, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Decatur Arts Festival, Waxworks at Triskelion Arts, performed in Asheville, Minneapolis, New York City, and at various festivals and venues around Atlanta. Her recent work "IMPRINT" was chosen to be presented at Dance Canvas's 2019 Performance Series at the Georgia Tech Ferst Center for the Arts, and was awarded the "Audience Choice Ensemble" at the 2019 Atlanta Fringe Festival. Sarah is a founding member and director of Atlanta Dance Collective.