Kailey McCrudden will be presenting her work Titled “If Only” on Saturday, May 16th. Read on to learn more about her work!
2014 Diamond Research Scholars Grant recipient, Kailey McCrudden began nurturing her love of dance, football, and baking in upstate New York before embarking to Philadelphia. In May of 2015 she received a BFA in dance from Temple University. In her time at Temple she performed in works by Andrea Miller, Larry Keigwin, Raphael Xavier, Leah Stein, Merian Soto, Phillip Grosser, and Marion Ramirez, along with many other graduate and undergraduate choreographers. Kailey’s love for modern technique and improvisation was fostered by training under Kun Yang-Lin, Jillian Harris, and Merian Soto, among others. Along this journey she has also found a love for choreographing. Kailey’s choreography has been chosen for multiple student dance concerts at Temple University, as well as Endings Dance Concert and showcased in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Inhale Performance Series, DanceWave College Showcase, Bates Dance Festival New Works Showcase, and the Watermark Arts Festival. She has studied with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, Nancy Stark Smith, and Stephan Koplowitz.
Recent Temple University graduate Katie Adkins is honored to continue working and performing with the cast of “If Only.” While at Temple University, Katie had the pleasure to study with renowned faculty members Merian Soto, Kun – Yang Lin and Kariamu Welsh. Katie is currently working with Enchant Theatre Company, preparing for the national tour of “Peter Rabbit Tales.”
Imani Bowman is a 20 year old dance major at Temple University graduating in 2016. She started dancing at the age of 4 at The Davis Center in Washington DC, at the Davis Center she was trained in the Cecchetti ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, african and belly dance. Although well versed in all these forms of dance Imani considers herself to be a modern and contemporary dancer who explores improvising as a base of creating movement. She danced at the Davis Center until coming to Temple in 2012 after graduating from Benjamin Banneker AHS. While at Temple University Imani has performed and choreographed for the student concert, the faculty concert, the BFA dance concert and endings several times, while also auditioning for variety of opportunities in the city and on campus. She is on the E-board of Uzuri dance company a student led contemporary dance organization that empowers women of color and promotes sisterhood, and also attends meetings for a variety of student organizations on campus. She has also worked to perform work by Gallim Dance Company. After graduating in 2016, she hopes to teach dance in a studio, continue auditioning and possibly study Laban Movement in New York City.
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Marina Di Loreto received her early dance training from The American Academy of Ballet under the direction of Maris Battaglia. After her high school graduation, Marina decided to pursue her love for dance and moved to Philadelphia to study at Temple University, where she is a current sophomore. At Temple, Marina focuses on her passion for modern dance, participating in numerous department and student productions. In the summer of 2014, Marina completed Steps on Broadway’s Summer Study NYC and worked closely with noted artists such as Sidra Bell, Aszure Barton, Donald Byrd, Kevin Wynn, and Mark Dendy. This summer, Marina is thrilled to continue her training through Jennifer Archibald’s intensive, Archcore40. She is currently earning her BFA in Dance and Minor in Public Health.
Sarah McWilliams is a recent graduate from Temple University with a BFA in Dance where she worked with faculty and guest artists including Kun-Yang Lin, Jillian Harris, Dr. Laura Katz-Rizzo, Kyle Abraham, and Larry Keigwin. As a performer and teacher Sarah has travelled to Jacksonville, FL, Wellesley, MA, and New York City. In NYC Sarah studied at Broadway Dance Center’s Summer Professional Semester where she worked with Ginger Cox, Sheila Barker, Matthew Powell, Ricky Hinds, and Cat Cogliandro. Sarah is excited to begin her next journey in Israel where she will study with Kibbutz Dance Company’s Dance Journey Program.
Sophiann Moore is a recent graduate of Temple University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Boyer School of Music and Dance in Dance Choreography and Performance. Born in Hartford, Connecticut she began her dance training at Artists Collective Inc. where she studied under teachers such as AQiida Gilbert, Cassandra Grace, Lee “Aca” Thompson, and Jolet Creary. When performing in Connecticut, she has had the chance to perform in the Bushnell for individuals such as Maya Angelou. Sophiann Moore went on to attend the University of Connecticut where she studied Psychology, but realized even though she continued to make the grades her heart was in dance more. In 2012, Sophiann Moore transferred to Temple University for her junior year as an undergraduate student to continue her studies at Temple University as a dance major. While in Philadelphia, she has had many dance opportunities and performances such as being able to work with Kun-Yang Lin who studied with Martha Graham and learned from former Philadanco dancers who learned from Pearl Primus. She has also worked under Dr. Kariamu Welsh who created the contemporary African dance style, the Umfundalai technique. She has had the great opportunity to perform in Kariamu Welsh’s company, Kariamu and Company: Traditions in DanceAfrica which is the largest festival for the African Diaspora in the United States celebrating African history, art, and performance nationwide. This is where she met the Founder of DanceAfrica, Baba Chuck. Sophiann Moore graduated with Honors while being the recipient of the Rose Vernick Most Promising Performers Award. Sophiann Moore plans to continue working with Kariamu Welsh, auditioning, choreographing within the Philadelphia area, and starting her studies in Occupational Therapy to go along with her dance career.
Sarah Warren, originally from Maryland, now resides in Philadelphia and recently graduated from Temple University with a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography. Since living in Philly she has had the opportunity to study with many renowned dancers and choreographers. Sarah was selected to participate in a residency with Gallim Dance where she learned and performed excerpts of Andrea Miller’s “Wonderland.” She has also performed in the Philadelphia Mütter Museum as part of Jae Hoon Lim’s MFA thesis concert. In the summer of 2013, Sarah worked with Autumn Eckman, assistant artistic director of Giordano Dance Chicago, at Bates Dance Festival’s Professional Program learning and performing her new work “Moving Sidewalks.” Along with those, Sarah has worked with companies and artists such as Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Kun-Yang Lin, Jillian Harris, Merián Soto, Dr. Kariamu Welsh, and Dr. Laura Katz Rizzo.
Sara Witkowski is a Junior in the dance department at Boyer School of Music and Dance at Temple University. She began her training at age seven at a studio in her hometown of Reading, Pennsylvania. Since coming to Temple, Sara has had the pleasure of working with esteemed faculty such as Laura Katz Rizzo and Jillian Harris. She has also had the opportunity to work and perform with multiple graduate and undergraduate students. While at Temple University, Sara has been able to perform in multiple student dance concerts as well as the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Inhale Performance Series, and DanceWave College Showcase. In 2015 Sara was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?
Showing a work in progress is an integral part of the creative process. Receiving feedback from an outside eye can illuminate problems, potential, and ideas which someone familiar with the work could never imagine.
Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with and why?
The most rewarding dancers to work with are those who bring themselves to the work and let that inform the rehearsal process, as well as their performance of the piece and the unique way in which they bring a work to life. This adds a layer to work that cannot be choreographed, taught or instructed.
Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC?
As a recent graduate, it is important to show work to new audiences. This piece specifically carries an important message, creating conversation for women everywhere.
What should HATCH audiences look forward to in your work?
Audiences should look forward to the statement being made.