Photo by Joel Callaway

Lindsey Bauer is a dance artist, teacher and choreographer living and working in New Haven. She is a co-founder and the Programming Director of Elm City Dance Collective (ECDC), a non-profit organization contributing to the presence of dance as an accessible public art through community partnerships and professional performance.  Lindsey is a dancer in the ECDC company, performing most recently in Kellie Ann Lynch evening-length works If You Knew You Then (2017) and Almost Porcelain (2015).  Working with ECDC Teaching Artist Luis Antonio, Lindsey has implemented partnerships with community organizations providing after school movement experiences for children in New Haven Public Schools and at the Eli Whitney Museum’s summer program.  Lindsey has also choreographed work for the ECDC company, which has been produced in festivals and showcases in the Northeast.  She trains in Capoeira at Raça em Movimento with Mestre Efraim Silva.  Lindsey is a member of the faculty at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School.  Lindsey has worked on various projects with artist such as Kellie Ann Lynch, Luis Antonio, Mestre Efraim Silva, Cai Ying & Phoebe Hui, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Lee Sher & Saar Harari, Olushola Cole, and Rachel Bernsen.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance and education from Towson University and a Master of Fine Arts in performance and choreography from Arizona State University. 


 Photo by James Lastowski

Photo by James Lastowski

Tara Lee Burns (Dancer) is honored to work with ECDC’s ridiculously moving group of exquisite performers since 2017. Tara moved from NYC to New Haven 5-years ago and now has two spirited girls, Ruby (5) and Leona (2), that challenge and brilliantly surprise her everyday. Having also performed, taught and collaborated with Adele Myers and Dancers since 2006, she learned the ropes of the NYC/New England dance communities through mentors and friends Adele Myers, Diana Deaver, Rebecca South and Kellie Lynch. She’s made some dances and has worked with life-changing artists such as Alexandra Beller, Kelly Drummond Cawthon and Marjani Forté. Jacob’s Pillow, Connecticut College and the formerly known Dance New Amsterdam (among others) have given Tara the opportunity to teach lovely, inquisitive humans. She currently teaches at Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven where she is constantly challenged by teenagers.


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Nikki Carrara (Dancer)  is a dance artist, educator, and photographer. In the fall of 2017, she arrived at Smith College via Pawtucket, RI, where she had been deeply invested in designing and implementing a dance program at Joseph Jenks Junior High and other public schools since 2007. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Smith College, investigating choreographic methods that utilize improvisation and multi-media performance techniques.   Nikki loves making and performing dances with Elm City Dance Collective, and has been a member of the company since 2013. She has created dance works in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for Andary Dance, DoubleShift Dance Theatre, Island Moving Company, AS220, Modern Jazz Dance Company, Frazier Festival, Perishable Theatre, Providence College, Ziterion Theatre, and The Dance Complex. She has been a creative collaborator and performer in the works of Melody Ruffin Ward, Deb Meunier, Vincent Mantsoe, Daniel McCusker, and Nathan Andary, and she has performed works by Bebe Miller, Dr. Henry LeTang, and Donna Jewel.  Nikki holds a B.A. in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College and K-12 Certification in   Dance Education in the State of Rhode Island. She has received awards, grants and fellowships from Smith College, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, the Murdock-Thompson Center for Teachers, the RI Association for Physical Education Health Recreation and Dance, the Bates Dance Festival and Rhode Island College Alumni Association. Nikki’s photos of dancers have appeared in Contact Quarterly, Andrea Olsen’s book, The Place of Dance, and countless newsletters and marketing materials in print and online.  

 


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Kellie Ann Lynch (Artistic Director) is a New Haven-based dancer who co-founded ECDC and has been choreographing, teaching and developing a vision for the company since it's inception. Kellie also joyfully dances with Adele Myers and Dancers, Kate Weare Company and David Dorfman Dance.  Kellie has had the great privilege of working with many choreographers in the Northeast including Doug Elkins on national/international touring projects such as Fraulein Maria and Scott, Queen of Marys. As an independent choreographer, Kellie has received artist fellowships in choreography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council  and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; and in 2014, she was a recipient of the "Arts Award", distributed by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, for her artistic impact on the community. Her work has been commissioned, produced and performed throughout the Northeast including at Bates Dance Festival as an Emerging Choreographer. Kellie has been a Guest Artist teaching throughout NYC and at various colleges and universities in the Northeast. When she isn't dancing she can be found teaching at Aldrich Pilates, a beautiful movement oasis in the heart of downtown New Haven. Kellie holds a BA in Dance from Rhode Island College and a MFA in Dance from Smith College.


Luis Antonio (Teaching Artist, Dancer) is a New Haven-based choreographer and dancer. He began his dance studies at the Educational Center for the Arts under the direction of Susan Matheke and New Haven Ballet under the direction of Noble Barker. He is currently a Teaching Artist with Elm City Dance Collective, Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School and New England Ballet Company. When Luis isn't teaching he is producing "Escapade", a recurring drag variety show at Lyric Hall in New Haven with his company Luis Antonio Productions. He has recently appeared in and choreographed for the movie “The Murder Pact,” a production by Synthetic Cinema International that premiered on the Lifetime Network, and performed as a dancer in the world premiere of Elevada at Yale Rep, directed by Jackson Gay. 


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Samantha Russell (Dancer) grew up training under Christy Curtis at CC & Co. Dance Complex.  Here she had the privilege of working with well-known choreographers such as Lauren Adams, Nick Bass, Dee Caspary, Tabitha and Napoleon D'umo, Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Jason Parsons, and Wes Veldink.  She attended Purchase College, State University of New York on partial scholarship as a member of their dance conservatory program (‘07-‘08), and continued her education at Appalachian State University ('08-’11) where she obtained a B.A. in Dance Studies and a B.S. in Technical Photography. While studying at Appalachian Sam became a certified Classical Pilates instructor, now teaching at Aldrich Pilates in New Haven. Samantha is one of the founding members of Defero Dance Collective, located in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, whom she still performs with today.  She recently joined ECDC after moving to Connecticut in June of 2014 and is so thrilled to be apart of such a talented and diverse group of dancers.


Photo by Rich Davis

Alicia White (Dancer) is a Rhode Island Native and Graduate of Rhode Island College (’10) where she earned a BA in Dance and a minor in Theater.  She has been dancing with ECDC since 2012.  IYKYT marks her third project with the Company, following Beauty Culture and Almost Porcelain.   Alicia is Founder, Director and Choreographer of Metamorphosis Dance Company based in Pawtucket, RI.  She has had the pleasure of performing in works by Eva Marie Pacheco (Providence Ballet Company Member ’10-’14), Wanda Strukus, Michael Bolger, Keith Terry, and Gus Solomons Jr. Outside of performing Alicia is a teacher and freelance choreographer for Studios, Arts Education programs, and Musicals through out the state of Rhode Island.  Her main drive is to share the spiritual, cultural and community building aspects of her art with everyone she encounters.