Dancers

Welcoming some new faces to DanceArtThea

Debora Greer

Originally from Brazil, Ms. Greer started to dance at age twelve. In Sao Paulo, she joined “Renata Reis Producoes e Eventos” for two years as a dancer and taught classes, as well. Ms. Greer first came to the states for a summer intensive at Ballet Chicago in 2012 then studied on a full scholarship in the year-round program with Chicago Ballet Arts.  In 2014, she began studying at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York as a ballet trainee for two years, dancing as a guest artist with Eglevsky Ballet for “The Nutcracker” in 2015 with Homo Veritas Dance Theatre in 2016.  She studied with Mrs. Ashley Tuttle during the summer of 2016.  Ms. Greer joined Manassas Ballet Theatre in 2016 and joined the Manassas Ballet Academy teaching staff in 2017, choreographed her first work for the company in 2019. She joined DanceArtTheater in November 2019.

Emily Amey

Emily Amey grew up training and teaching dance at the Fredericksburg Ballet Centre. She graduated from James Madison University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. While at JMU, she was a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Virginia Repertory Dance Company. As a member of the VRDC she had the opportunity to participate in an international dance exchange program with D@win Dance Company in Winchester, England and also studied abroad in London, England through JMU’s Contemporary Dance and Performance program. During undergrad she performed work by Greg Dolbashian, Sarah Burke, Rubén Graciani, Matt Pardo, Ryan Corriston, Shane O’Hara, John Dixon, and Ting-Yu Chen. Since graduating, Emily has performed with Extreme Lengths Productions and A.J. Collabs, and most recently performed in the Richmond Dance Festival.

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Megan Ellard

Megan grew up dancing across the country as part of a military family. She graduated from the Metropolitan School of the Arts in Kingstowne, Virginia as well as the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts dance program at Woodbridge Senior High School in 2012, where she primarily studied ballet and modern/contemporary. She was part of the Youth Ballet Conservatory Program at MSA and the modern company OCDance, under the direction of Nancy Gross, at Woodbridge HS. She graduated from George Mason University with a minor studies certificate in dance in 2015. While at GMU, she attended the SummerDance intensive and danced with Urbanknowlogy 101, Mason’s hip hop dance crew. While at GMU, she had the opportunity to work with instructors such as Susan Shields, Christopher d’Amboise, Dan Joyce and Karen Reedy.  Currently, Megan is teaching dance in the DMV area to young children, teaching fitness at Pure Barre in Kingstowne, and a company member with both Dancin’ Unlimited Jazz Dance Company and DanceArtTheater.

Alex Miegel

Alex Miegel is originally from Fairfax, VA and received his BFA in Dance & Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. After college he performed with Theatre West Virginia and West Virginia Dance Company located in Beckley, WV. He currently is an instructor at Virginia Ballet Company, C4 Performing Arts, and Rhythm and Arts Center of Virginia. He has been with DanceArtTheater since September 2015.

Kari Argabright

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Kari Argabright graduated in 2016 from Radford University with a BFA in Dance and in 2017 with a BS in Elementary Education. When not dancing with DanceArtTheater, she spends her days teaching Kindergarten at a local elementary school. She began her study of dance at the age of three in her hometown of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While attending Radford, Kari performed in most faculty shows, participated in guest artist residencies, performed in multiple student works as well as choreographed numerous pieces of her own. She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers, Kyle Abraham, danah bella, Deborah McLaughlin, Katie Wells, Natalie Marrone, Crystal Lewis, Bob Boross, and Wesley Williams. She also had the privilege to attend the American Dance Festival summer intensive and the Christopher K. Morgan winter intensive during her college career. Her professional dance career started before she moved to the Northern Virginia area, when she had the opportunity to work with Toneta Akers-Toler and perform in Addams Family, Footloose and Hatfield and McCoys, with Theater West Virginia during the 2016 and 2017 summer seasons. Since moving to Northern Virginia, Kari has continued to improve her dance technique while performing with DanceArtTheater and Kista Tucker Insights. 

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Kristen Bolger

 Growing up, Kristen Bolger danced at studios across Northern Virginia, primarily training at the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts. She trained in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. Kristen graduated Cum Laude from James Madison University with a degree in Dance and Political Science.  While in the dance program at JMU she performed works by Julia Vessey,  Maria Bauman and dozens of student works.  Kristen also worked as the Student Technical Director of the dance program, which allowed her the opportunity to act as a stage manager and lighting designer for nine productions. Kristen was one of the founding members of the performance collaborative The Aftermath, where she operated as a writer, director, choreographer and performer. The Aftermath performed several smaller works before debuting “The Jungle,” a full length interactive performance art piece, in JMU’s studio theatre. Kristen choreographed several contemporary works including her duet “soft epilogue,” which was chosen to go to the informal showcase at the American College Dance Association Conference at West Virginia University in 2020. Kristen now teaches contemporary, jazz and ballet at several studios in the DMV.

Raeanna Grey

Raeanna "Rae" Grey is a recent graduate from James Madison University. While there she studied both Dance and Biology. During her time at JMU she was a member of the Virginia Repertory Dance Company as well as the Contemporary Dance Ensemble. She also served as a Co-Director for the Associate Dance Ensemble where she choreographed repertoire for the first year dance majors.

 

She has had the opportunity of working with multiple faculty members in both classes and repertory including: Ryan Corriston, Shane O'Hara, Cynthia Thompson, Suzanne Miller-Corso, Matt Pardo, and Ruben Graciani. She has also worked with guest artists such as Jess Burgess, Emily Cargill, Heather Lundy, Christian Warner and Kiki Lucas.

 

Rae is currently teaching dance through the Kids on the Move program at Dance Place. She is also working alongside UpRooted Dance, DanceArtTheater and ReVision.

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Eryn Barnes

Eryn Barnes is a dancer, actress, and writer based out of Brooklyn, New York. Barnes has a BA in Linguistics and Film and Media Studies from the College of William and Mary and has performed with theater and dance companies on both coasts including Academy of Villains, the Classical Theater of Harlem, and Pilobolus. Eryn is so excited to be performing in person again with DanceArtTheater and can’t wait to continue to dance in the upcoming year. 

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Moira Ragen

Another new face for Dance Art Theater!

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Sabina Vitola graduated from the Academy of Dance of Fairfax High School in 2018, where she trained in modern dance, ballet, contemporary and tap, as well as participated in various master classes from places such as Pace University and Steps on Broadway. In 2017 she got admitted into the Virginia Governor's School for the Arts in the dance discipline, where she got to perform and take classes at Radford University. She is originally from Guatemala City, and started dancing at a local dance studio at the age of nine. When she was sixteen years old she moved to Fairfax, Virginia, and began dancing under the direction of Andrea Cook and Meredith Barnes. After high school she interned with DanceArtTheatre for a year before becoming a permanent dancer with the company. She is currently a student in Northern Virginia Community College with a major in Biomedical Engineering.

Moira Ragen found her love of dance at the age of four when she saw Riverdance on television.  At age five, she began taking dance lessons and competing as an Irish dancer in the Washington, D.C. area. 

          By the age of fourteen, Moira was teaching and performing, and competing internationally. She has attended regional and national championships all over North America, as well as the World Championships in Ireland, Scotland and England. In high school, Moira enrolled in the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts, a partial-day program of the Fairfax County Public Schools, where she expanded her love of dance to include modern, ballet, jazz, and tap. 

          After earning a B.A. in Dance and Dance Teacher Licensure from James Madison University, Moira joined several national Irish dance tours, including Rockin Road to Dublin, Dublin Irish Dance Company, and Irish Dance Theatre.

          Moira currently heads the Dance program at Mount Vernon High School, where she teaches all genres.  She also assists with choreography for middle and high school musical theatre productions in Fairfax County and is looking forward to continuing her work with the National Capital Area Cappies Awards.