Meet Kailey McCrudden

Kailey McCrudden  will perform her group piece titled they’re there their  on April 30th at HATCH.  Read more about Kailey  below…

Choreographer bio:

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2014 Diamond Research Scholars Grant recipient, Kailey McCrudden fostered a love of dance and football in upstate NY. She received a BFA in dance from Temple University in May 2015, summa cum laude, performing in works by Andrea Miller and Larry Keigwin, and studying under Kun Yang-Lin, Jillian Harris and Merian Soto while there.  Now a NYC based choreographer and dancer, Kailey’s work has been performed at the Green Space, BAX, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Inhale Performance Series, ECT Performances Series, Triskelion Arts, The Hatch Series, and Bates Dance Festival New Works Showcase.  She has studied with Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, David Dorfman Dance, Nancy Stark Smith, and Stephan Koplowitz. Kailey is currently a scholarship student with Jennifer Muller/The Works and dances for Sydnie L Mosley Dances. Her work has been commissioned by Nacre Dance Company and Ballet Forte. Most recently, she premiered her new work BS as a part of Triskelion Arts Split Bill. Kailey allocates her free time to absorbing as much sports knowledge as possible.

Dancer bios:

Maggie Beutner is from Denton, Texas and graduated with a BFA in Dance from University of North Texas. While in school, she performed in works by KihYoung Choi, Amiti Perry, Ana Sokolow, and has taught and choreographed extensively across Texas. Since moving to New York, she has danced with Awakening Movement, Kailey McCrudden, and is a company member with The Moving Architects. She currently resides in Brooklyn and spends her Sundays seeking out a good donut.

 

Sarah McWilliams lives and works in Philadelphia, PA as a dancer and dance instructor. From September 2015 through January 2016 Sarah trained in Israel with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company as a member of the International Dance Journey Program. While in Israel, Sarah had the privilege of performing in works by Rami Be’er, Martin Harriague, and Mats Ek (restaged by Yamit Kalef). Prior to studying in Israel Sarah received her BFA in Dance from Temple University. Currently, Sarah dances for choreographers Kailey McCrudden in New York City and Belle Alvarez in Philadelphia. Alongside being able to dance every day, the keys to happiness in Sarah’s life come from eating endless amounts of Reese’s Cups and watching Dirty Dancing on repeat!

Stephanie Grover is a freelance dance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. A proud native of Woburn, MA, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University with a BA in Dance and two B.S. minors in Exercise Science and Forensic Science. At Hofstra under the direction of Rachel List, Grover performed in works by guest artists David Parker, Doug Varone, Sean Curran, Terry Creach, Fritzlyn Hector, Jody Sperling, and Cathy Young. In July of 2013, Stephanie was blessed to perform a solo in the Florence Dance Festival through the Toscana Dance HUB program choreographed by program director Giada Ferrone, as well as in group works by Jennifer Chin, Arianna Benedetti, and Piero Leccese. Since graduation, Grover has performed with the New York Baroque Dance Company in an Opera Lafayette Rameau production at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the Rose Theater at Jazz! at Lincoln Center. She works as a guest artist with David Parker and the Bang Group, performing at the Institute for Contemporary Art and the Dance Complex in Boston, as well as the 92nd St. Y, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, and Rutgers University/Mason Gross School of the Arts. She also actively performs as one of the founding company members of KaKe Dance, Neshamah Dance, and Vector Dance Co./Martha Lavery and has also been seen as a guest artist in works by Kailey McCrudden, Hysterika Jazz Dance, Anna Hillengas-Troester, appearing in various festivals at venues including Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, the Center for Performance Research, Peridance Capezio Center, Greenspace, BAX, and Gowanus Arts, among others.. In addition, Stephanie currently works both as a dancer and as an administrative assistant for Robin Becker Dance, most recently traveling with the company to Vietnam with their evening-length work, Into Sunlight. You can find Grover either busting out random inversions or drinking lots and lots of Dunkin Donuts coffee–all day, every day.

Why is it helpful to present a work in progress?

So often bogged down in the midst of the choreographic process it becomes difficult to see your work with a fresh set of eyes the way an audience member would. Showing work in progress is a platform to get that feedback in order to further develop your work, craft and experience.

Who are the most rewarding dancers for you to work with and why?

The most rewarding dancers to work with are those who truly know who they truly are and will bring that maturity to the process and into my work; dancers who have willingness to experiment and never be satisfied. A dancer who can embody my ideas and movement without trying to simply mimic me, brings a greater sense of authenticity and humanity to the work.

Why is it important to present this piece of choreography to audiences in NYC?

In addition to expanding my audience and connecting with people interested in my work and process, this piece is relevant to where our society is currently situated.

What should HATCH audiences look forward to in your work?

Audiences should look forward to recognizing and thinking critically. If just for a moment, questioning the embodiment of the human experience at large.

 

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