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AMY BLAKELY is a long-time resident of Durham, NC. She earned her BFA in Dance at UNC at Greensboro and danced professionally with John Gamble Dance Theater and Jan Van Dyke Dance Group and as a collaborator with COMPANY since it was founded in 2013. 

MAGGIE BRADLEY is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) where she received her high school diploma with a major concentration in ballet. She studied with The Hungarian National Ballet and the professional program at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio and received her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. Maggie has been fortunate to perform works by George Balanchine, Kraig Patterson, Merce Cunningham, Antony Tudor, Taryn Griggs, Chris Yon, and Brenda Daniels. Her teaching credits range from working with creative dance students at Chappaqua Friends Nursery School to training aspiring professional dancers at The New York State Summer School of the Arts. Locally, Maggie has taught ballet and Cunningham-based technique to pre-professional dancers with the Carolina Youth Ballet/Triangle Academy of Dance and has served in the Lower and Middle Schools at Carolina Friends School, where she taught creative modern dance. She currently dances with Justin Tornow’s COMPANY and lives in Saxapahaw on a hobby farm with her family and their many pets.

AUSTIN DIXON lives in Durham and is so grateful to still be dancing on stage with COMPANY as a middle-aged human with two kids. She holds a doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Health and Sciences and practices in different locations around Durham. This means Austin spends her days making people feel better and wondering if she will ever pay off her student loans. Austin’s undergrad degree in dance came from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she first met Justin Tornow. Austin is grateful to still be working with Justin 20+ years later and adores all of the members of COMPANY. Big love for her amazing partner who puts up with her and the chaos of their life.

JASMINE POWELL is a creative expressionist from Hillsborough, NC, who grew up in the Durham dance community. Having attended Oberlin College and Hollins University (MFA), she continues to investigate the interrelation of embodied opposites in dance. Through her teaching, Jasmine joyfully brings cultural history, technique, and the creative process to the dance curriculum as a Performing Arts Professor at Elon University. Outside of academia, her passions have led her to dance with Philadanco! and work with notable choreographers Dianne McIntyre, Milton Myers, Ronald K. Brown, and Okwui Okpokwasili. Performing locally, Jasmine stays connected to her NC home by sharing the stage as a company member with COMPANY and KT Dance Collective. With her own artistry, Jasmine's largest choreographic premiere, Approximation of a Woman, has led her to inhabit various performance theaters, local and international dance/film festivals, music videos, and most recently Culture Mill’s Eclipse at Carolina Performing Arts. Jasmine smiles at the opportunity to share her work rooted in conceptual storytelling and is always relating to others through a creative expressionist lens. http://jasminepowell.co/

EVVIE RUMSEY was a student, then eventually an adjunct professor, at the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) in Winston-Salem, NC. A dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Pam Tanowitz, Stanley Love, Mark Morris, Sarah Michelson, and Justin Tornow, Evvie has also choreographed and produced the evening-length works …ignored in my heaven at Location One and Little Virtues at Saint Mark’s Church in NYC. Evvie also appeared in Alla Kovgan’s 2019 CUNNINGHAM documentary. Since 2017, Evvie has been so very happy to dance and collaborate with COMPANY and all its artists. Thank you JT, Mom, Dad, Rowan, Milo, Ani, Derrick, Candis, Lina, Molly, and the collective artists at Arrow Studio for your love and unwavering support.

CHRIS STRAUSS grew up in Oklahoma, and after spending every waking moment in a tutu, started dance classes at the age of 5. There, he studied and performed with the Norman Ballet Company and trained in ballet and modern dance with Tulsa Ballet, the University of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Chris attended the University of Oklahoma where he received a BS in Psychology and Mathematics, and continued his study of dance, performing and touring with Hartel Dance Group. Upon graduation, he relocated to North Carolina to pursue a PhD in Quantitative Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since then, he has performed in repertory by Merce Cunningham and collaborated with numerous local dance artists including A+A dance company and Tobacco Road Dance Productions. Chris has been a COMPANY artist since 2019.

ULTRABILLIONS is a meditation on patterns and systems as realized through copper and electricity. Using chance and indeterminate methods, Ultrabillions builds systems that are designed to support and promote the manipulation of time and physical space. Each track is recorded and live mixed in a single take, leaving the immediacy of performance as the central element of the work. Ultrabillions can be experienced at electronic music events like Moogfest, Common Circuits, Raund Haus, and most recently, Slingshot Music Festival, as well as at sound installations such as Flux Projects. Ultrabillions’ sounds have been heard in the 2020 Apple event and are forthcoming in a series of Transgressive Meditations. Ultrabillions is also a member of the NC-based Moroderik collective.