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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!

Daniel Bradley

Daniel Bradley

Born and raised in Upstate, NY, Daniel started his professional training at age 16 in Ballet and Modern Dance at Park Avenue Dance Company as well as the University of Rochester’s dance studies program. By age 18, Daniel made the commitment to training and building his career in dance, Daniel studied at University of Utah and SUNY Brockport with focus on Contemporary Dance and Choreography.
His time developing his voice within dance has sparked his interest in working within academia and fusing dance with multi-media and other forms of art.

Daniel spent a number of years training in Utah’s thriving dance scene and had the opportunity to continue his professional training while performing Contemporary/Contemporary-Ballet works with SALT Contemporary Dance. Daniel is has had the opportunity to perform choreographic works by Bill Evans, Lindsey Matheis & Joni Tuttle-McDonald (Northwest Dance Project), Eldon Johnson (Odyssey Dance Theatre), Garret Smith (current resident Choreographer with Ballet West) and now Hannah Kahn. He is very excited to see what the future holds for his body and mind.

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.

Sarah Hammond

Sarah Hammond

Sarah Hammond is a Denver native. She majored in dance at Denver School of the Arts and trained with many local studios including Kim Robards Dance, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Louder Than Words Dance Theatre, Cherry Creek Dance, and Hannah Kahn Dance. Sarah recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from Point Park University with a B.F.A. in dance. During her time at Point Park, she performed works by artists including Alejandro Cerrudo, Kyle Abraham, Bennyroyce Royon, and Ori   Flomin. She has attended intensives at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and BODYTRAFFIC in Los Angeles. Sarah’s own choreography was selected to perform at the 2015 American College Dance Association conference. Her passion for dance and choreography stem from her love of movement, expression, and community. She would not be where she is today without the support of her friends and family, and the exquisite individuals she has the privilege of dancing with. Sarah is extremely excited and humbled to be dancing with the Hannah Kahn Dance Company.

Michael Hernandez

Michael was born and raised in El Paso, TX, where he attended the University of Texas at El Paso, earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with a minor in Dance. Michael is a former member of the Mackenzie Rosales Dance and Company, as well as a former performing member of the University of Texas at El Paso Dance Department. After recently moving to Colorado, he became a performing member of Opus X Winterguard, Oracle Performance Ensemble and the Hannah Kahn Dance Company. He also enjoys serving as a clinician for various high school colorguard/winterguard programs around the Denver area.  Michael is honored to be welcomed into the Hannah Kahn Dance Company and looks forward to many great experiences with the company.

Marisa Hollingsworth

Marisa Hollingsworth

Marisa Hollingsworth joins Hannah Kahn after dancing four and a half years with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, where she served as both performer and assistant rehearsal director. While at Cleo’s, Marisa was featured in several pieces including the lead role of Granny in Granny Dances to a Holiday Drum, as well as the company’s signature piece, Raindance. Prior to this she spent five years with Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta. She has worked closely with several well-known choreographers, including Milton Myers, Donald McKayle & Christopher Huggins. Beginning her training in her home-town of Detroit, she later graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in History. Summers were spent in New York City at Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Summer Intensive Dance Program.

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.

Rya Merchat

Rya Merschat

Rya Merschat grew up in Casper, Wyoming where she began dance lessons at age 5.  She continued her love of dance by attending Arizona State University and receiving her BFA in Modern Dance Performance and Choreography. While studying at ASU, Rya was fortunate to work with Daniel Nagrin, Cliff Keuter, Elina Mooney, Xenia Chlistowa and Ben Hazard.  She was awarded the Outstanding Performance/Choreography graduate in 1994.

Rya then moved to Denver where she performed with many dance companies including; Jan Justis Dance Company, Maureen Breeze/Jumpstart DanceWorks, Open Door Dance Theater, Speaking of Dance and Hannah Kahn Dance Company.  She was also a founding member/Choreographer and Director of Off Center Dance Collective, which showcased emerging choreographers in the metro Denver area.  Rya has choreographed for Rattlebrain Theater Company, taught at Denver School of the Arts, and has taught creative dance workshops in various Denver and Jefferson County schools.

Rya is also a certified Pilates instructor with The Physical Mind Institute and is currently teaching private lessons in her home studio. In her free time she loves to be with her children and husband, travel, garden and hike.

Rya is thrilled to be dancing with Hannah Kahn Dance Company again and feels fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing company members.

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.