is originally from Bloomington, IL and received her BFA in Dance from Belhaven University. Amanda has had the opportunity to dance with Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX), Front Porch Dance Company (Jackson, MS), Kim Robards Dance Company (Denver, CO), Ormao Dance Company (Colorado Springs, CO) and Moving Collective (Louisville, KY). Her choreography has been a SERBA Festival Recipient and has been performed by companies such as the Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet, Belhaven University’s Dance Ministry Ensemble, High Altitude Dance Ensemble, Vandevier Ford Dance Company, Louisville Ballet Youth Ensemble, and Moving Collective. She currently teaches at the Louisville Ballet School and Motion Studio and is a fitness instructor at Barre3. Amanda lives in Jeffersonville, IN with her husband and two children.
is originally from Pennsylvania, and holds a B.A. in Dance from DeSales University. Before moving to Louisville, Katie danced professionally in the Philadelphia area, and co-founded a modern dance company, Vada Dance Collective, for which she served as artistic director from 2005-2013. Her work has been presented throughout the country at dance festivals, theaters and universities. Katie is currently on the staff of Louisville Dance Alliance. She has choreographed for Moving Collective’s DECA, and has performed as a guest artist with Samovar Dance Company and novemberGroup in Louisville. She is also the founder and producer of Louisville Dance Series, a curated performance series which had its premiere at the Kentucky Center’s MeX Theater in January of 2017.
is originally from Lexington, KY and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Wright State University (Dayton, OH). Previously she studied dance with Kentucky Ballet Theatre, Dayton Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and the University of Kentucky. While at WSU, she also enjoyed the opportunity to choreograph and direct dance works and plans to continue this trajectory in addition to performing. She has a deep interest in many dance styles, forms of media, expressions of art, and perspectives of life. This is her second season performing with Moving Collective. Among her favorite things are travel, instant film, haute couture, space, and chocolate covered espresso beans.
Meghen McKinley and Kylene Stephens
Their love of choreography and collaboration brought these two artists together. Meghen McKinley is an Assistant Professor of Dance and Kylene Stephens is an Adjunct Instructor of Dance, both at Western Kentucky University. McKinley received her MFA in Dance and Choreography from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Stephens is a current candidate for an MFA in Dance through Hollins University. Both McKinley and Stephens have been active in the local dance community – teaching, performing, and choreographing. Their most recent collaboration Locus of Control, was presented at Cultivate: A Choreographers Showcase hosted by Motus Dance of Indianapolis, IN. McKinley has performed in and around the NYC area with Germaul Barnes’ Dance 4 U Project/Black Bones, Bernier Dance, and DeXdance Contemporary Dance Company. She also was co-director of Convergence Dance Theatre in Honolulu, HI and a is non-profit board member for Collaborative Dance Foundation. McKinley continues to set guest artist work at universities, teach master clsses, and showcase media projection and collaboration through the use of telematic conferencing. Stephens has performed in and around the Kentuckiana/Tennessee area as well as studying and performing abroad in Civitavecchia, Italy and Frankfurt, Germany. In 2011, she was recognized for her outstanding choreography by the American College Dance Association. Her choreography continues to push the boundaries through the use of a variety of dance genres. Stephens is a current member of the contemporary dance company Numinous Flux in Nashville, TN. Both McKinley and Stephens are thrilled to be collaborating and sharing the stage together again. They are happy to return for another season with Moving Collective
is a recent graduate from Wright State University with a BFA in Dance. Ashley began dancing at a young age and was slowly introduced to different dance styles. She fell in love, and at the age of 15 she began exploring choreography. Throughout her college career, she progressively started to focus her studies more on choreography rather than dance. She found that choreography was her true calling. Since then she has choreographed for several concerts and shows at Wright State such as Fall Concert, the Emerging Choreographers Concert, and was Assistant Choreographer for Wright State’s Production of No, No, Nanette. She has also been chosen to present works in galas and festivals. She took her first “professional” gig with Neos Dance Theater’s Lose Your Marbles Festival about one month after graduation and cannot wait to see where she will be brought with her choreography.