Lindsey Bauer (Programming Director, Choreographer, Graphic Designer) is a co-founder of ECDC and works as a dance artist, choreographer and educator. Her dance work has been presented in and around the northeast and most recently in Adejoke Tubiyele’s film Afro-Odessey IV with artist Olushola Cole. She trains in Capoeira at Raça em Movimento with Mestre Efraim Silva. Lindsey is a member of the dance faculty at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in performance and choreography from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in performance and education from Towson University. Lindsey is honored to create and perform with the talented artists of ECDC.
Nikki Carrara (Dancer) is a dance artist and educator living in Providence, RI. Outside of ECDC, she has recently performed the dances of Donna Jewel, Daniel McCusker, and Melody Ruffin-Ward. Her choreography has been presented in theaters, studios, art galleries, and fields, produced by Island Moving Company, Frazier Festival, Providence College, and The Dance Complex. Nikki directs a vibrant junior high school dance program in Pawtucket, RI. She is also a photographer, and loves to help things grow.
Kellie Ann Lynch (Artistic Director, Choreographer, Teacher) 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 has also been dancing and creating with Adele Myers and Dancers since 2008. In addition to her long time work with these two companies, she has also had the great privilege of working with Doug Elkins Choreography, Etc for a number of years on projects such as Fraulein Maria and Scott, Queen of Marys; and she began working with Kate Weare Company in spring 2016. In the last several years, her freelance experiences have included working with numerous choreographers in the Northeast including Saar Harari and Lee Sher, Annie Kloppenberg, Tara Burns, Lindsey Bauer, WireMonkey Dance, Jennifer Archibald, Kyle Abraham, Rachel Bernsen and many more. 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 her work has been commissioned, produced and performed throughout the Northeast. In 2009, she received an Alumni Honor Roll Award from Rhode Island College for her achievements in dance post undergraduate school; and in 2014, she was one of four recipients of the "Arts Award", distributed by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, for her artistic impact on the community. In July of 2015, Kellie attended Bates Dance Festival as an Emerging Choreographer where her work was presented in the festival's Dance Now concert, and she was given a choreographic residency. 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 Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Smith College.
Luis Rodriguez (Teaching Artist, Dancer) has performed with ECDC since 2008. Luis graduated from the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT in 2005, where he studied dance under Susan Matheke. He also studied ballet at the New Haven Ballet under the direction of Noble Barker. In addition to making his own work, Luis has performed with Nazorine Paglia (New Haven, CT), Full Force Dance Company (Hartford, CT), and Salix Productions (Hartford, CT). Luis teaches dance at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School in New Haven, CT as well as at the New England Ballet School in Orange, CT. Luis is currently performing at the Bijou Theatre every month where you can see him in the Bijou's Vaudeville Frolic shows presented by Image 256.
Samantha Russell (Dancer) Samantha 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.
Alicia White (Dancer) is a graduate of Rhode Island College where she earned her BA in Dance and a minor in Theater. She has been dancing with ECDC since fall of 2012. Alicia has danced in works by Eva Marie Pacheco (Providence Ballet Theater), Wanda Strukus, and Michael Bolger. Outside of dancing, Alicia works for TEN31 Productions, a Living Art Company based in Rhode Island. She is so grateful to have a life immersed in art!