Jessi Shull has been dancing in the DC area for four years now, ever since she graduated from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Jessi is a founding member of Dancearttheater and she also performs locally with Dancin Unlimited Jazz Dance Company, under the direction of Marilyn York. She spends her days working as a Teaching Artist specializing in acting and theater dance with Creative Cauldron, the Move Project, and Wolf Trap Center for Early Education. These days Jessi is rocking a new last name after marrying the love her life in November. With her DanceArtTheater family there to celebrate, it was a special day indeed! Being a part of this special company over the last few years has certainly made DC feel like home.
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.
Melissa Snow Tubach
Melissa Snow Tubach graduated in 2016 with honors from James Madison University’s School of Theater and Dance. She began her study of dance at age three in her hometown of Fredericksburg, Virginia. She has trained in ballet, Pointe, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and modern/contemporary dance, as well as partnering in ballet and modern. Further she has taught all age levels and types of dance during high school, college, and post graduation career. As a freshman at JMU she represented her class at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While attending JMU Melissa performed pieces in the Fall and Spring Student Dance Concerts. Both of her originally choreographed pieces, “Empire of Hurt” and “Uncharted Territory”, were shown in the Student Dance Concerts along with both being performed on Mainstage for the Contemporary Dance Ensemble concert. As a sophomore she became a member of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and performed in New Voices in Dance. As a member of the Ensemble she performed in “Out of Frame” a piece that was performed at the Route 11 Dance Festival in Lexington, Virginia, which was chosen to open during the final night for the Trey McIntyre Project. Melissa became a member of the JMU Virginia Repertory Dance Company in 2014 and performed in Dancescapes on the Mainstage and again in December 2015. As a member of the repertory company Melissa has had the opportunity to work with choreographers, Christopher K. Morgan, Eluza Santos, Karen Reedy, Emily Oleson, Pam Pietro, Laurie Eisenhower, Danah Bella, and John Dixon. Outside of school Melissa has attended summer intensives with the Jose Limon Company and Christopher K. Morgan. In the spring of 2016 Melissa traveled with the Virginia Repertory Dance Company and showed their works in Martinique. While in Martinique she had the opportunity to teach dance and interact with local students. She attended the American College Dance Festival (ACDA) in West Virginia in March 2016 and was honored to perform in the adjudicated concert. The piece “scattered. places.” was further chosen to be performed in the Gala that night. Since graduation Melissa has continued refining her craft with DanceArtTheater in Northern Virginia.
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 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.