Meet The Dancers
Meet The Dancers
Amanda Bonilla - graduate of Brenau University, is a freelance performer who dances with various Atlanta choreographers, has been in several Atlanta Lyric Theatre musicals including A Chorus Line, teaches at the Covington Regional Ballet, as well as teaching barre fitness throughout Atlanta. Amanda has worked with several Gwinnett County High School dance and drama departments setting choreography for concerts and musicals. She is currently choreographing HAIRSPRAY for the Newton County Arts Association's Oxford Youth Singers.
Emi began pursuing dance under the direction of Sherri Davis at Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts in Peachtree City, Georgia at age 2. Through her training at GAD, she spent summers training at Atlanta Ballet, the Rock School of Dance, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She continued her training and dance education at the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in May 2015. During her time at UGA, she danced in CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company where she trained on lyra, trapeze, silks, and sling, and was a member of the Ballroom Performance Group where she performed various forms of ballroom and Latin styles. While there, she had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by Joanna Mendl Shaw, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Luis Piedra, Urban Bush Women, and Alexandre Munz, and toured aerial performances at various events including the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Upon graduation, she attended a two week contemporary intensive in Sorrento, Italy with Staibdance, and is now teaching and performing with Dancefx Atlanta, Atlanta Dance Collective, and other contemporary-based projects across the Atlanta area.
Britanie Leland began her training in West Palm Beach, Florida, attending the Bak Middle School of the Arts, and Alexander Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Florida, with a BFA in Dance Performance, and a minor in Business Administration. During her time at USF, she performed works by faculty members, Bliss Kohlmyer, Jeanne Travers, Andee Scott, John Parks, and Andrew Carroll. She also performed guest faculty, Ben Munisteri's "Catalog," and re-staging's of the historical works, "Les Desenamordas," choreographed by Eleo Pompare, and "Come and Get the Beauty of it Hot," choreographed by Talley Beatty. Additionally, Britanie has attended and performed at Florida Dance Festival, in Tampa, FL (2012), Dance Gallery Festival in Huntsville, TX (2013), Staibdance Summer Workshop in Sorrento, Italy (2013), ACDFA in Tampa, FL, and Millidgeville, GA (2013 and 2014), Modern Atlanta Dance Festival in Atlanta, GA (2014), and Inman Park Festival in Atlanta, GA (2014). She is currently a dancer with Staibdanceand Emily Cargill and Dancers. Britanie performed in San Diego (July 2014) for Jeanne Travers, and the NYC 10 Dance Initiative (September 2014) and the Detroit Dance City Festival (August 2014) for Emily Cargill and Dancers.
Katie- Ruth began her training at Cartersville School of Ballet in her hometown of Cartersville, GA. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, where she received her BA in Dance. While at KSU, Katie-Ruth had the opportunity to perform with the KSU Dance Company for four years, in which she performed both student and faculty works, as well as setting her own choreography on the KSU Dance Company and the KSU Theater Department. Through her connection with KSU, Katie-Ruth performed with gloATL in works such as Hinterland (2010) and Maa (2011). Katie-Ruth has also attended ACDFA in 2011 and 2012, and the American Dance Festival winter intensive held in New York in 2012 and 2013. Katie-Ruth has performed with ECD in the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (2014), the NYC10 Festival (2014), Dance Canvas (2016) and ECD's SLIT (2016). Katie-Ruth is looking forward to the many great things happening with ECD and is thrilled to be a part of such a talented group of artists.
Hillary Myers is a native of Mount Airy, Georgia and has been dancing for fifteen years. Hillary graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of the Arts in dance in May of 2014. Prior to attending KSU, Myers studied with the Good Moves Dance Consort of Atlanta, Georgia, under the direction of Annette Lewis. As a member of Good Moves for eleven years, she performed works in the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival and at the Rialto Center for the Arts, among others.
During her college career, Hillary performed with the KSU Dance Company for six consecutive semesters, dancing in both student and faculty works, including the choreography of Ivan Pulinkala and glo ATL’s Lauri Stallings. Additional training includes: the American Dance Festival (’13), the Boston Conservatory Summer Program (’09), and six summer intensives with the José Limón Dance Company (’02-’08).
Myers has been dancing with ECD since 2014. She has traveled with the company around the country, and has performed in numerous works by Cargill in Atlanta. Performances include Detroit City Dance Festival (2014), MAD Festival, (2014) and New Grounds Dance Festival (2015). Hillary cannot wait to see what the future has in store for ECD.
Emily Peay is a native of Kennesaw, Ga where she received her BA in Dance at Kennesaw State University. Her early years were spent training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop at Great Gig Dance Company. She also participated in several summer intensives and workshops including the Joffrey School of Ballet in NYC (2008), Atlanta Rhythm Tap Ensemble in ATL (2010), and Staibdance’s Summer Intensive in Italy (2014). Her first time working with Emily Cargill and Dancers was for the MAD Festival in Atlanta (2014) and she has been dancing her heart out with ECD every since. A few other ECD performances include the Detroit Dance City Festival (2014), the New Grounds Dance Festival in Tampa, FL (2015), Art on the ATL Beltline (2015), Dance Canvas (2016), and SLIT (2016), ECD’s evening length work. Although dance has always been Emily’s first love, she finds music inspiring and believes all forms of art help her to grow as a creative mover.
Jamie Unkrich graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance in 2016. She has trained in numerous styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz and Hip-Hop. Jamie has recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a career in dance and is currently dancing with Emily Cargill and Dancers.
Jamie has always been moved by the poetic expression of drawing, painting, music and photography. She uses these other creative outlets to inspire her dancing. Jamie sees dance as a medium to reflect her individual person by being able to speak using movement.