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Danielle Beemna

Danielle Beeman

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Danielle Beeman began dancing at the age of 3 under the artistic direction of Michelle Latimer, at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. In 2015 Danielle graduated from the University of Iowa, receiving her BFA in Dance, a minor in Communication Studies, with a specialization in American Sign Language. While at UI Danielle received the dance departments ICA Dance Scholarship, The Excellence In Preforming and Communicative Arts scholarship, and was accepted into The Order of Omega honors society. Danielle was lucky enough to perform in works by many renowned choreographers such as George De La Pena, Alan Sener, Deanna Carter, Eloy Barragan, Michael Medcalf, Madeline Curry, Charlotte Adams, Melanie Swihart, Armando Duarte, Lisa Gonzales, Kristin Mars, and Ellie Goudie. In 2013 Danielle was selected as one of twelve dancers to join the universities elite touring company, Dancers in Company, where she performed 4 pieces throughout the Midwest, and was selected as a soloist. For Danielle’s final BFA performance she performed a solo work choreographed in collaboration with Ellie Goudie. The work was based off of her studies while at UI, encompassing Dance and Sign Language as forms of communicative movement.

In the past Danielle has attended workshops and intensives with River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Common Art Mutual Passion, and Lemon Sponge Cake. Currently, Danielle teaches dance at Cleo Parker Robinson and Metropolitan Academy of Dance, is a certified yoga instructor, and is working on an intensive yoga program for members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community.
Danielle is thrilled to be dancing in her first year with Hannah Kahn Dance Company, and would like to thank Hannah for this opportunity. Danielle’s true passion is to perform and she is very excited to be dancing alongside so many talented artists!

Kim Chmielewski

Kimberly Chmielewski

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kimberly Chmielewski graduated magna cum laude from The University of Iowa, receiving her BFA and Honors in Dance and Sociology.  While at The University of Iowa, Ms. Chmielewski was a member of Iowa’s elite touring company, Dancers in Company, for three consecutive years, and had the privilege of working with choreographers such as:  Jaime Camarena, Harrison McEldowney, Gina Patterson, Julie Bour, Nina Watt, Karen Burns, and all faculty members at Iowa.  Other outstanding performance achievements at Iowa include: featured dancer in the resetting of José Limón’s “Psalm,” soloist in a new work created by Joanna Rosenthal-Read, soloist in Michael Medcalf’s “Hearthside,” and a cast member in former Trisha Brown dancer, Melinda Myers’, “Green Rooms.” Ms. Chmielewski was also one of twelve students sent to represent The University of Iowa in a cultural exchange and performance with Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, Mexico.

Currently dancing for Hannah Kahn Dance Company, Apex Dance, Moraporvida Contemporary Dance, and multiple free-lance projects, Ms. Chmielewski previously danced for Kim Robards Dance and Dance Co. Collective. She spent time in New York City under the artistic advisory of The Joffrey Ballet School’s Artistic Director, George de la Peña.  She began her training under Judith Svalander, Greg Begley, and Altin Naska, director of S.P.A.C.E. Dance Company in Chicago and the Dance Chicago Festival.  During past summers, Kimberly has attended Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet School, and Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre’s summer intensives on scholarships.  As well as dancing professionally, Ms. Chmielewski also teaches dance and loves the creative intuition and positivity her students constantly supply to her passion of the art form.

Josh Dwyer

Joshua Dwyre

Joshua Dwyre began dancing at the age of eight, and has recently graduated cum laude with a BFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Through middle school and high school, Dwyre competed in dance competitively at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy working with choreographers like Travis Wall, Jason Parsons, Stacey Tookey, Teddy Forance, Bobby Newberry, Erica Sobol, Brian Freedman, and Dana Wilson. After graduating from Regis High School, Dwyre pursued dance in college focusing on classical, modern, and contemporary styles. At Purchase he trained under Doug Varone, Wallie Wolfgruber, Bettijane Sills, Rosanna Servalli, Ted Kivitt, Stephanie Tooman, Larry Clark, Jean Freebury, Kevin Wynn, and others. It gave him the opportunity to perform works by Doug Varone, Kyle Abraham, Loni Landon, Rosalind Newman, Kevin Wynn, MADboots Dance, and George Balanchine. Dwyre also had the opportunity to dance in Montreal at Springboard Danse Montreal, and performed works by Sharon Eyal, Yin Yue, Fernando Melo, and Chuck Wilt. Now, Dwyre is home in Colorado doing what he loves, teaching and dancing. Dwyre teaches classes full time at Boutique Dance Academy in Castle Rock and also teaches some dance classes at Regis Jesuit High School. This is Dwyre’s first season with the Hannah Kahn Dance Company and is very ecstatic to be working with this group of artists.

Skye

Skye Cornwell

received her BFA in modern dance from the University of Oklahoma. During her time at OU, she had the great opportunity to work with Donald McKayle, Jessica Lang, Austin Hartel, and Derrick Minter. She has also performed works by Alvin Ailey, Amy Seiwert, Alex Ketley, and Antonio Brown. Skye has performed with NobleMotion Dance, and was formerly a member of Frame Dance Company in Houston, TX. Skye then went off to Rome, Italy to train under Enzo Celli with VIVO Ballet. After returning from Italy, she recently made the move to Denver, and is currently a company member of Hannah Kahn Dance Company, and Mercury Dance Company. Skye is also a certified Pilates instructor through Peak Pilates, and teaches group classes and private sessions throughout the Denver area. Skye is excited for her first year with Hannah Kahn, and cannot wait to learn and grow from Hannah and all of the other inspiring company members.

Audra Edwards

Audra Edwards grew up in Eagle, Idaho, where she studied ballet at Eagle Performing Arts Center with Jeff and Cathy Giese, and Lisa Moon. While in high school, she also studied vocal music and theatre. She continued her dance and vocal studies at Butler University, where she had the opportunity to perform several works by Patrick Hinson and Susan McGuire. Her time working with Susan greatly enhanced her knowledge and appreciation of modern dance. Audra has also participated in summer programs with the American Conservatory Theater and Alonzo King Lines Ballet, where she performed an incredibly inspiring work by Carmen Rozestraten. Upon receiving her BFA from Butler, Audra moved to New York City, where she was a company dancer with Impact Movement Collective and an apprentice with Lydia Johnson Dance. She has recently relocated to Denver, where she hopes to become very involved with the vibrant arts community. Audra is thrilled to begin her first year dancing with Hannah Kahn Dance Company.

Melissa May

Melissa May, originally from Darien, Illinois, began dancing at age 4. Melissa received her pre-professional training at Midwest Ballet Academy in Downers Grove, IL under Mim Eichmann, and at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts in Chicago, under Larry Long and Greg Begley. She attended summer intensives at Boston Ballet School, Ballet Austin, The Rock, and LINES Ballet.

Melissa graduated with a BFA in Ballet Performance from The University of Oklahoma. As a scholarship recipient, she performed with Oklahoma Festival Ballet under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt. After graduation, she danced as a trainee with Ballet Austin.

After her time in Austin, Ms. May relocated to Denver, and has had the pleasure of dancing with Apex Dance, BRIAH Dansé, and Kim Robards Dance. She spent three seasons performing with Dawson|Wallace Dance Project, where she appeared in works including Eclipsing Venus, Nascent, and Continuum. Since 2012, Melissa has had the opportunity to be the rehearsal assistant for David Taylor’s Zikr Dance Ensemble. Sanctuary,Field of Fire, and In Your Eyes are among her favorite works she has performed with Zikr.

Melissa loves to inspire young, aspiring dancers through teaching as well. She has been a ballet instructor at Denver Ballet Theatre, Inspirations Dance Company, and the Academy of Colorado Ballet South. In addition to teaching ballet, Ms. May is currently a Pilates instructor with Pilates Denver and The Pilates Collective.

This is Melissa’s first season with Hannah Kahn Dance Company and she is extremely excited to share the stage with so many talented artists.

Brittany Nunes

Brittany Nunes began her dance training in Miami , Fl. with Patricia Penenori Dance Center and Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance. She attended Coral Reef Senior High School, the only Mega-Magnet school in the southeastern United States, where she studied under the Visual and Performing Arts Academy, and which she attended Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s summer intensive.  She attended Belhaven University to claim her Bachelor of Fine Arts  in Dance between 2005-2009, and studied under Cynthia Newland,Laura Moton, Ravenna Tucker, Britta Wynne, and Stephen Wynne, during of which she spent participating at festivals hosted by American College Dance Festival. Nunes went on as a choreographer and dancer  for TALK Dance Company for three seasons, creating work for “Handle’s Messiah” which was performed in Russia with the Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011. Ms. Nunes has continued to choreograph for Belhaven University for their dance ensemble, dance ministry, two senior project solos and was an adjunct professor of Jazz dance at Hinds Community College. She has guest performed with Noumenon Dance Ensemble of Chicago, Elements Dance Collective of New York , and worked as an instructor at Arts Immersion, a high-quality, tuition free, innovative, middle and high school for the performing arts of Colorado.  She choreographed two winning contemporary senior solos for Youth American Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016 and is currently the Resident Choreographer at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Colorado and produces dance performances for the Sangre de Cristo Ballet. Ms. Nunes is blessed to be a part of the Hannah Kahn Dance Company and is looking forward to what this season has in store.