Meet The Dancers
Meet The Dancers
Sydney Carr is a recent graduate of Winthrop University earning her Bachelors of Arts in 2017. Majoring in dance and minoring in business administration, Sydney has involved herself in multiple performances since her graduation, some of them being the Greensboro Fringe Festival, The Durham Dance Festival, and the International Festival held at Charlotte Ballet. She currently works as a dance teacher for Adagio School of the Performing Arts and is a free lance dancer for the Charlotte community.
Jacqui Cron began her dance training in Allentown, PA at Accent School of Dance where she studied jazz, tap, ballet, modern, and hip hop. She attended West Chester University where she studied both psychology and dance, and was an active member of the West Chester University Dance Company. Jacqui has also studied at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, England. Currently, Jacqui is working towards a Masters in the Arts of Teaching dance at Winthrop University. She has participated in several shows at Winthrop University and several dance festivals around the Carolinas. She is also working on her own full length dance concert at Winthrop University set to run in February 2019.
Amber Johnson is refocusing her energy on dance after being an ESL teacher for six years. She majored in international studies and holds a minor in dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
She began her training at King David Christian Conservatory and went on to study the Cecchetti Method with Kathryn Horne and the Humphrey-Weidman Method with Mary Ann Mee. Amber has attended dance intensives such as American Dance Festival, Charlotte Dance Festival Summer Intensive, and Key West Modern Dance. She has performed classical and contemporary ballet roles with Dance Central as well as CPCC Opera since 2004. She has been honored to dance in Sensoria. In 2017, Amber was thrilled to be a member of the Charlotte Dance Festival Repertory Ensemble at Dance Charlotte. Internationally, she has performed in Montreal, Canada, and France at the Fête de la Musique. Amber served on Charlotte Dance Festival’s Board as secretary and coordinated the Youth Talent Stage at Festival in the Park and Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards at Charlotte Ballet for several years.
Amber is thrilled to be a part of ECD!
When not dancing, she enjoys taking walks with her husband and adorable dog as well as reading as many books as she possibly can.
Sarah Lanners began her training in Covington, Georgia with the Covington Regional Ballet. She attended Davidson College, where she was an active member of and choreographer for the Dance Ensemble and Gamut Dance Company. Since moving to Charlotte in 2013, Sarah has worked with and performed works by Dr. Alison Bory, Camerin Watson, Salena Mable Stamp, and TAPROOT CLT in addition to ECD. During the day, she is the Director of Annual Giving for Arts+. Sarah is thrilled to be dancing with ECD!
Kimberly Parks is from Clearwater, FL where she began her early dance training. She attended Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School, and then Florida State University, graduating Magna cum Laude with her BFA in Dance. While at FSU, she was a member of Dance Repertory Theatre, touring throughout Florida. Kim spent many summers training at several prestigious schools on scholarship including Boston Ballet, the Martha Graham School, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Upon graduation, she worked as a professional contemporary ballet dancer with Florida Dance Theatre for five years. During this time, she was an Adjunct Professor at Southeastern University and worked as the Program Interim Director for the Summer Youth Dance Camp at Florida Dance Theatre, overseeing 200+ underprivileged kids each summer.
In 2010, Kim and her husband relocated to Charlotte, NC. Since then, Kim has worked as a freelance dancer and performed alongside the Martha Graham Dance Company in the Charlotte Dance Festival Ensemble. She is currently dancing with numerous companies in Charlotte, including Taproot Ensemble, Wingspan Dance, The Wanda Project, Emily Cargill and Dancers, Baran Dance, and Bodiography Charlotte. Kim spends her days working in pediatric physical therapy and is a mother of two beautiful, young daughters.
Amanda Rentschler is a Charlotte native. She earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2007 and has since danced in New York City, Baltimore, Portland, Oregon, and back home in Charlotte. She was a founding company member of Caroline Calouche and Co, and has recently performed with Juliana Tilbury in Plexus Dance, Sarah Ingel at Goodyear Arts, Sarah Council Dance Projects, and Emily Cargill and Dancers. When she’s not dancing she keeps obsessively detailed records of her life in journals, reads obscure poetry, and joyfully raises her two children.