Born and raised in Florida, Abigail Hinson has been pursuing Dance since she was twelve. In 2017, Abigail graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville with her Associates Degree, and a focus in Dance in part of DanceWorks, the college’s repertory company. Abigail transferred to The University of South Florida to continue her studies in Dance, receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2020. As an undergrad student, Abigail was selected to travel abroad in USF’s Dance in Paris Program, a five month intensive study in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. She was also selected to perform works by Bliss Kholmyer and Jeanne Travers at Beijing Normal University, as part of USF’s China Exchange Program. Abigail has performed works choreographed by Robert Moses, Andee Scott, Michael Foley, Bliss Kohlmyer, Charles Anderson, Jennifer Archibald, and various other artists. She has participated in several intensives and workshops including American Ballet Theatre, Alonzo Lines Discovery Project, Florida Dance Festival, Potsdamer Tanztage, Kavin Grant: The Company Experience, and American College Dance Association. Summer of 2019, Abigail spent in Berlin, Germany to travel and work as an intern with International Festival, Potsdamer Tanztage 2019. Here, she studied under several teachers in Ballet, Contemporary, and floorwork techniques. Her passion for education and people led her to teach within the community at local studios and schools. Abigail’s primary styles of study include Modern, Contemporary, Hip-hop, and Improvisation. She currently lives in Tampa, FL where she works as a certified yoga instructor, and performs in local live, and film, dance work.
Sera Milavetz grew up in a small town just outside of Orlando Florida. Out of her 23 years of age, she has been dancing for 20 years total and decided dance was one of her chosen career choices at age 9. At that time, she was training at Raskin Dance Studios in Kissimmee Fl, before choosing to continue her training and upper education with the BFA Dance Performance and Choreography program at Florida Southern College. As a double major while studying there, she also pursued a BA in Communications with a Film Studies focus, leading her to pursue her dreams of creating dance films. She has had many wonderful opportunities over the years to direct and perform throughout the Central Florida area. During her years in the program, she held a leading role in the Emerging Artist Showcase, where she directed and choreographed for the show, and choreographed for her thesis project in what became a dance film. Sera has also had the pleasure of performing in Lakeland’s Historic Munn Park at the Art Crawl, and was a part of 2019’s Cast of ZooTampa’s Creatures of the Night. These, along with many other wonderful experiences, such as participating in Central Florida Choreographers Collaboration’s 2020 season, and starting volunteer work with the film-based nonprofit, Give Visuals, have all allowed her to grow and become a more well-rounded dancer and artist, leading her to have great learning experiences along the way. She looks forward to a bright future filled with many more opportunities to connect with other artists in the dance and film industry.
Matthew Sommers is a dance artist currently residing in Tampa, Florida. Matthew grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, under the training of Debra Ford and Jennifer Turbyfill at Debbie’s Dance Company. He also attended the nationally recognized Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major, where he received training in a wide variety of classes. After graduating from Douglas Anderson, Matthew went on to study at the University of South Florida, where he is currently pursuing a degree in dance with a concentration in Modern. In his time at USF, he has gotten to work with a variety of choreographers including Charles Anderson, Andrew Carroll, Jeanne Travers, and Alex Jones, and John Parks. Matthew always hopes to show the beautiful artform to everyone, and hopes to reach those who are not always exposed to it.
Amparo Padilla started her dance training in Long Beach, NY at a local dance studio where she took ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. After traveling into the city and seeing dance companies like New York City Ballet, Alvin Alley and Martha Graham she told her parents she wanted to take dance seriously and started attending Lumiere Ballet under the direction of Svetlana Caton and Venti Petrov where she fell in love with ballet. In 2008 Amparo and her family moved to Central Florida where she attended local dance academies such as Orlando Ballet, The Russian Academy, and the Center for Contemporary Dance. She went on to attend Summer Intensives at Orlando Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. It was at the Center for Contemporary Dance in Orlando where Amparo received intense training in modern techniques like Horton and Graham. After graduating high school, she did her undergraduate work at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, which is part of the University of Florida system. At New World she studied under Ballet Mistresses Tina Santos from San Francisco Ballet and Hiroko Sakakibara-Silva from Complexions Contemporary Ballet as well as Ballet Master Gerard Ebitz from New York City Ballet and Modern Dance Master Peter London who worked and danced with the Martha Graham Dance Company. Amparo studied Limon with Bambi Anderson from the Limon Dance Company and Horton with Rebecca Cannan who danced with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company. The BFA curriculum at New World included academic courses like dance composition, Laban movement analysis, and dance teaching methods. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her BFA in dance in 2016. Amparo returned to Central Florida and started teaching at Inez Patricia School of Dance, SongBirds Music, Art and Dance Center and Emotions Dance. In the summer of 2018, she attended a summer intensive at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. She returned home to join Emotions Dance Company and now has completed her third season with them.
Sprouting from the same small town and training together at Studio 19 Centre for Performing Arts in Eustis, Florida, it felt natural when Sydney & Hailey started choreographing together in 2020. In their formative years the curriculum program they trained in studied Vaganova ballet, mainly Graham modern with a little Horton, & Fosse and Luigi stylized Jazz.
In 2011 Hailey graduated and moved to Gainesville to start at Santa Fe College as a dance major. She performed with Dance Theatre of Santa Fe during the 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 seasons. She’s taken master classes from Stefanie Batten Bland and Jon Lehrer. In 2014 she choreographed and staged her first piece on 6 dancers (self included) for a choreographers showcase. It was then that she knew this was all she wanted out of life; to create and grow with like souls. After graduation she went on to teach and choreograph at her home studio where she founded her own company, Tarantism Unfolds Contemporary Dance, in March 2020.
In 2016 Sydney graduated and went on to pursue her Associates degree while dancing along the way. Sydney has performed in many Dr. Phillips showcases and more recently started dabbling in dancing on film. As part of Tarantism Unfolds she danced in their short dance film, River, and since has taken on role as Assistant & Choreographer for TUCD. Sydney was cast and performed for the PHNX Collective Collab V. She says she’s never had to force herself to act a certain way when she dances.
Dance is home; for us both.
Ashley K Draper is 23 years old and a current student at the University of Florida where she is acquiring her Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance. She began her dance training at the age of 22 with Michelle Grant-Murray in Miami Dade College. Ashley was a part of the Miami Dade College dance company “Jubilation Dance Ensemble”. In 2019, she performed in the work of Charles Anderson - The Fire This Time, Choreographed - The War Inside Of Me at A.I.R Dance Conference, and Assisted A.I.R Dance Conference with lighting, tech and stagehand. In 2020, she performed in Maria Garcia's: Senior Thesis - Where’s The Equity? And is currently in the Dance 2021 showcase for Professor Alex Springer's piece at the University of Florida. This semester she is studying under Meredith Farnum, Alex Springer, Dr. Joan Frosch, and Augusto Soledad.
Growing up in southern Colorado, Shelby Fair began training in ballet and contemporary at Sangre de Cristo School of Dance. Her strengths in ballet had led her to principal roles in several ballets such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Le Corsair. She is currently a student at the University of South Florida (USF) where she is pursuing a BFA in Ballet with a certificate in Dance Medicine and Science Research. Shelby has danced professionally with Tampa City Ballet in their production 7thAve and Ebor (2019) and was a guest artist for the Central Oregon School of Ballet (2019), performing in the role Dew Drop in The Nutcracker. She also performed in original work by Andrew Carroll at USF. In addition to performing, Shelby is interested in choreography and dance for film. Her piece, The Testimony was adjudicated to be produced and presented at the USF Student Dance Concert. She recently showcased her BFA solo project “John 3:16” November of 2020 and “Life Happens” in February 2021. Now she is choreographing her BFA group project “dāZHä ˈvo͞o” which will be presented April 2021.
Morgan is a gifted and accomplished dancer who is well versed in every major dance genre including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom, Hip Hop and more. Her primary focus is in experimental
contemporary ballet focusing on clean abstract gestural work. Artistically motivated, she strives to infuse her artistic voice into her innovative dance choreography and pedagogy. This sought after emotive dancer bares her creative soul and authentically convey’s society’s message in her innovative work which embodies relevant social themes, oppositional narratives, introspective confessions, and gestural experimentation. Her diverse contemporary portfolio features her classical ballet lines, modern abstract athleticism, and intuitive partnering skills. As an arts advocate, she is intrinsically motivated by creative community outreach endeavors that cultivate deep connections within all communities. She has a passion for supporting artistic undertakings for disabled individuals wanting to synergistically explore the arts and cultural sector.
As a well-rounded dance and fitness professional, Morgan Bronk Lutz is an up and coming dance leader who can dance, choreograph, direct, act, model, and teach. Her theatrical dancing is rooted in strong technique, incredible flexibility, and sophisticated artistry which allows her to easily connect with any audience. Currently, Morgan is nearing the completion of her Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Morgan completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Theatre from AMDA College of Performing Arts in Hollywood, California. In addition, she has completed comprehensive coursework from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She graduated from the prestigious performing arts middle and high school Charleston County School of the Arts as a dance major with a dance senior thesis and was inducted into the National Honors Society for Dance Arts. She has been dancing for 20 years and has trained with the Nashville Ballet, Orlando Ballet, SC Ballet Conservatory at University of South Carolina, Ballet Academy of Charleston, and Dance Lab Charleston. She also is a member of the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance - South Carolina Dance Association.
Morgan equates her dance and choreographic style to that of the great painters of Paris like Picasso, Matisse, and Leger. Her abstract gestural experimentation is heavily influenced by the Expressionists, Surrealists, and Cubists of the early 1900’s in France. Her choreographic voice focuses on oppositional narratives, introspective confessions, and psychological and physical self-barings. Her desire is to create relevant organic physical works that mirror the pulse of society’s current events with the expectation that it would be well received on an international scene. She explores movement that embodies social themes on and off the camera. Morgan aims to create thought provoking bold work that explores movement abstraction within screen dance, experimental videography and cinematography. She gathers inspiration from motion and multimedia components and blends her choreography and artistic visions with videography, screen projections, animation, and editing.
As a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200 hours with the Yoga Alliance (CA), she enters the Yoga industry with
self-confidence, motivation, and drive. With a strong work ethic, she has a Meditation certificate and specialized training as a Restorative Yoga Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher, Chair Yoga Teacher, and Ayurveda Specialist while also having a foundation in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Kids Yoga. As a dance and creative movement teacher, she is certified as a Sugar Foot Therapy instructor, and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) instructor.
Morgan has earned a brown belt with a black stripe with bow training and served as a Kohai mentor in Karate, and has taken Judo. She uses the martial arts framework in her dance and yoga movement as both fields are aimed at maintaining a sense of balance, managing stress, executing self-awareness, and reaching mental clarity. She has worked with some of the industry's top choreographers, which has inspired her to intermingle dance concepts with interpretive storytelling into her Yoga practices while still promoting the core philosophies of the ancient art form. Morgan’s background as a stage and concert performer and her experience with Dance for Camera media works also helps her easily connect with her virtual clients who take her memorable Yoga classes remotely. Armed with extensive theatrical, commercial, and concert dance experience, this creative movement artist likes to blend the principles of dance body mechanics into her traditional Yoga methods to refine postural alignment, develop core strength, and encourage muscle activation.
She is a compassionate instructor and choreographer who has experience offering gentle low impact exercises and creative movement tasks to limited mobility seniors with neurological challenges. She has taught adaptive therapeutic movements for people with disabilities on land and in the water. Her aquatic dance fitness and water aerobics background incorporates exercise focused on calisthenics to achieve increased strength, mobility, endurance, and flexibility. Safety is always on Morgan’s mind in every Dance and Yoga class. Equipped with a history of working in safety supervision, she has been a professional lifeguard, water safety instructor, kids fitness instructor, youth camp counselor, dance instructor, and resident assistant earning certifications from the American Red Cross, YMCA, American Safety & Health Institute, and U.S. Masters Swimming. She has certifications in CPR, Basic Life Support, First Aid, AED, Oxygen Administration, and Babysitting. She has completed training in Darkness to Light Child Abuse Prevention and the Principles of Youth Development.
Morgan is a colorful and bright individual that lets her love for dance and creative movement soar with her willingness to learn and grow as a future industry arts leader and advocate.
It all began with a mouse…. Carla first fell in love with dance after seeing her cousin perform as Minnie Mouse at the age of five. After begging to study dance for an entire year, her parents finally relented and her fate was sealed. Years later, Carla graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts’ dance program before moving to New York City where she graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance.
At Juilliard, Carla’s training included intensive study of ballet technique (Vaganova, Cecchetti and Bournonville), modern technique (Graham, Limon and Taylor) and dance composition with several highly regarded teachers in dance, including Benjamin Harkarvy, Ethel Winter, Carolyn Adams, Linda Kent, Alfredo Corvino, Hector Zaraspe, Doris Rudko and Anna Sokolow. While there, Carla performed works by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Alwin Nikolais, Anna Sokolow, Mark Morris and Doris Humphrey, including Diversion of Angels, Esplanade, Missa Brevis, Tensile Involvement, Rooms, Beautiful Day and the role of Mother in Day on Earth.
After graduating from Juilliard, Carla toured the country for 8 years with the Avodah Dance Ensemble and Omega Dance Company as a performer and teacher of modern dance. In 2001, she returned to Florida and started her next great adventure – motherhood. Her passion for teaching dance led her to return to the dance world where become the Modern Dance Director of New Tampa Dance Theatre. From 2005 – 2019, Carla taught modern and ballet technique to hundreds of students and choreographed more 50 works for New Tampa Dance Theatre and Dance Theatre of Tampa. In 2020, Carla joined the ballet faculty of Contempo Dance Studio in Lutz, FL and was selected as a Project Choreographer for Central Florida Choreographers Collaboration’s 2020 Dance Film. Her CFCC dance film project, Path of Resistance, has since been selected for the Moving Currents New Grounds Dance Festival (2020), FilmFest by Rogue Dancer: L’enfant Showcase (2021) and Lift-Off First-Time Filmmaker Showcase (2021).
In addition to her professional dance career, Carla has more than 25 years of experience in sales and business development, including 13 years as a professional fundraiser, and she is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Previously, she has been the Director of Corporate Giving and Sponsorship at the Straz Center for Performing Arts, the Associate Publisher of Stage Directions Magazine and the Operations Manager of pointe shoe manufacturer Gaynor Minden.
Carla is currently the Director of Philanthropy at Gulfside Healthcare Services where she leads a small-but-mighty development team that is responsible for securing annual, major and planned gifts, as well as producing special fundraising events.
Proud to be a 6th generation Floridian, Carla is a graduate of both the Leadership Tampa and Leadership Pasco programs. She currently serves as a Board Member of Leadership Pasco and is a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary. In addition, Carla is a 1st degree black belt in tae kwon do and was a national champion at the US Open for Martial Arts in 2012 and the Battle of Atlanta in 2013.
Carla has been married to her husband Robert for 18 years and she has two teenage children, Naomi and Joshua, who are her pride and joy.