Hillary Andrews is a native of Mount Airy, Georgia and has been dancing for fifteen years. Hillary recently graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of the Arts in dance. Prior to attending KSU, Andrews 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). She is very excited to be dancing with ECD.
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 Staibdance and 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.
Emily Peay is a native of Kennesaw, Ga where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Kennesaw State University. Her training began and continued for ten years at Great Gig Dance Company, located in Kennesaw. She also trained at the Joffrey School of Ballet in NYC during the summer of 2008. In 2010, she was a member of the Atlanta Rhythm Tap Ensemble which performed in the Rhythmic Rhapsody Showcase at the Rialto Theatre in Atlanta. While at KSU, Emily has performed in several company works, including Paquita and The So Called Laws of Nature choreographed by Lauri Stallings, founder of Glo ATL. In 2014, Emily traveled to Sorrento, Italy for a two week intensive with Staibdance Company; this included classes with guest teachers from the Batsheva Dance Company and the Atlanta Ballet.
Currently, she is dancing with Emily Cargill and Dancers. So far, Emily has performed with ECD in the MAD Festival (2014), the Detroit Dance City Festival (2014) and the New Grounds Dance Festival in Tampa, FL (2015).
Katie Ruth Bennett
Katie-Ruth began her training at Cartersville School of Ballet in her hometown of Cartersville, GA. She recently graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BA in Dance. While at KSU, Katie-Ruth had the opportunity to perform with the KSU Dance Company for 4 years in which she performed both student and faculty works as well as setting her own choreography on the KSU Dance company her senior year. Through her connection with KSU, Katie-Ruth performed with gloATL in works such as Hinterland (2010) and Maá (2011). Katie-Ruth has also attended ACDFA 2011, 2012 and the American Dance Festival winter intensives held in New York in 2012 and 2013. Katie-Ruth performed with ECD in the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival (2014) and the NYC10 Festival (2014) and is thrilled to be a part of such a talented group of artists.
Leticia (Tecia) Chavez began her journey as a dancer by being a part of the Filipino American Association in her hometown, Columbus, Ga. She received her dance training from the Academy of Fine Arts (AFA) under the direction of Patty Taylor, where she held lead roles in the productions of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Mulan. She attended Kennesaw State University to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Dance, and also performed with the KSU Dance Company in works by Ivan Pulinkala, Sandra Parks, and Zachary Richardson. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to attend and perform at ACDFA 2012 and Staibdance Summer Workshop in Sorrento, Italy. Tecia is thrilled to be dancing with ECD.
Emma Alley is a movement artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. For Emma, dancing is the ultimate act of embracing and celebrating the present moment. She received her BFA in Dance from Florida State University, where she was educated in traditional dance techniques as well as healing systems such as Pilates, GAGA, and Gyrokinesis. Her mission is to use movement as a tool for inspiration, empowerment, and connection. She does this through the teaching of yoga, dance experiment, meditation, and performance.