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Lauren Trollinger Joyner,
School Director

Lauren Trollinger Joyner Co- Executive Director of the Dance Project, has a BFA in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Lauren has worked with Queen City Jazz Company (Charlotte), Nosi Dance Theater (Durham), and helped launch Blank Slate Dance Company (Durham). She has performed in the North Carolina Dance Festival, North Carolina Dance Alliance, and the Greensboro Fringe Festival. She was privileged to also be a part of the test run of the Broadway Show “The Notebook” the musical with Bethany Joy Lenz (One Tree Hill). She also managed the core dance company at CC & Co. Dance Complex. At CC & Co. she had the honor of working with choreographers such as Travis Wall and Stacey Tookey. Lauren worked as School Director for Dance Project from 2014-2015 and became one of two Co- Executive Directors along with Anne Morris in the summer of 2015. Lauren most recently (Spring 2016) had the privilege of performing with the Van Dyke Dance Group in the Annual Greenhill performance.

Milanda McGinnis, Assistant School Director

Milanda Y. McGinnis,
Assistant School Director

Milanda Y. McGinnis is a Knoxville, Tn native where she began her dance training at a young age. She holds a B.F.A in Theater with a concentration in Dance from the University of Memphis. Since relocating to Greensboro she has performed with Cyrus Art Production, as well as several seasons with SugarFoote Productions under the direction of Robin Gee. Milanda has been commissioned for several dances for area performing arts high schools, showcases for local artists, community events and festivals throughout North Carolina and Tennessee, and is a sought after teacher and performer as well. She is currently Rehearsal Director and dancer for JoyeMovement Dance Company and the Assistant School Director at Dance Project: The School at City Arts.

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Anne Morris

Anne Morris, Co-Executive Director of the Dance Project, is a teacher, choreographer, writer, and performer. Originally from Decatur, GA, she holds an MFA in Dance Choreography from UNCG and a BA in English with a minor in Dance from Smith College. Anne danced with Brazz Dance Theater, a professional company blending Afro-Brazilian and modern dance, from 2002-2008, in Massachusetts and Miami, FL. In addition to performing with Brazz Dance Theater, she was the Director of Development and Public Relations for the company.  She has worked for the Dance Project as Program Director from 2011-2015, coordinating the NC Dance Festival. She became Dance Project Co-Director in July 2015. She also performs with the Van Dyke Dance Group.

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Jenny Sinfield Braswell

Jenny Sinfield Braswell came to Greensboro from Brevard, NC. She began dancing in a local studio at age 3. After graduating from UNCG in 2009 with a BFA in Dance and a license for Dance K-12, Jenny began teaching dance in the Guilford County School system. She is currently teaching at Morehead Elementary in Greensboro, where she plans to stay as long as possible. In the past, she has served as the lead dance teacher for Guilford County Schools, and continues to contribute curriculum and assessment writing, and present cross-curricular lessons to colleagues. Her lessons are based heavily on the NC Essential Standards for dance. Jenny loves to teach a variety of dance styles and dance integrated with the other curricular areas. Every day she is reminded of the joys of teaching while watching students having fun being creative and collaborative.

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Amelia Renee Byrd

Amelia Renee Byrd began her studies in dance at Peggy Holden Armstrong’s School of Dance. Upon graduating high school, Amelia continued her studies in dance at The University of Memphis; obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre and Dance and a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Dance Education. Amelia graduated from UNCG receiving a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Dance/Choreography and has worked as an adjunct lecturer in ballet and modern dance at NC A&T and UNCG. Amelia is now most recently working as the new Dance Instructor at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point, NC. Amelia also performs and tours with JOYEMOVEMENT; a North Carolina based dance collective.

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Amanda Diorio

Amanda Diorio is a dance educator at Elon University and Greensboro College.  She teaches adult classes open to the public at the North Carolina Dance Project in Greensboro and instructs at Burlington Academy of Dance.  Amanda holds an M.F.A. in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.F.A. in Dance from Temple University. She has taught, produced, and choreographed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Florida and The Carolinas at universities, studios, schools and community centers. Specializing in Contemporary, Jazz and Hip Hop techniques she enjoys spreading peace, love and understanding through her teaching of dance and culture.

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Christine Fisher

Christine Kiernan Fisher holds a BFA in ballet from Columbia College and an MFA in performance and choreography from UNC Greensboro. A choreographer, performer, educator, sometimes-lighting designer and stage manager… Christine created Dance Education By Design as a vehicle for her work. She spent the last year working with dance students at Northern Guilford High School, High Point University, and Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts. She co-facilitates the Greensboro Contact Jam and offers a weekly advanced modern class, Continued Training for Professionals, through City Arts.

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Danielle Kinne

Danielle Kinne, originally from the desserts of California, received her BFA in Dance Performance at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She began her formal training at Interlochen Arts Academy (Interlochen, MI) and attended Purchase College, SUNY for three semesters before deciding to experience the great big world. Danielle has spent many summers at Interlochen Arts camp as dance faculty working with 8-15 year olds, and most recently 12-18 year olds teaching modern technique, composition and setting work for their camp concert. She has also choreographed and performed as part of Philly Fringe Festival, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center’s Outdoor Performance series. Danielle left the Philadelphia dance community in 2012 and began a semester of teaching as adjunct faculty for Coker College (Hartsville, SC) where she instructed and nurtured her students in modern and ballet techniques. She then made the decision to pursue her MFA in Choreography with K-12 licensure at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she also worked on the development of her superhuman powers as a teaching assistant and maker of dance. Danielle will begin her first year as adjunct faculty with UNCG in the fall.

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Kaitlynn Mann

Kaitlynn “Kaity” Mann began studying dance seriously as a freshman in high school at Weaver Academy for Performing and Visual Arts. Currently, she is pursuing per passion as a UNCG BFA Dance Major. Mann has performed with Duane Cyrus’ Cyrus Art Production, The School of Greensboro Ballet, UNCG Graduate Student Thesis Concerts, and Terranova Dance Theatre in North Carolina Dance Festival (2011-2012 season). Additionally, she has worked with Professor of Music, Steve Stusek, from UNCG as well as performed in an original piece set by Bill Evans.

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Olivia Meeks

Olivia Meeks began her classical training at Theatre School of Dance in Shreveport, Louisiana, under the Royal Academy of Dance method. When her family moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, she studied under Maryhelen Mayfield, Gyula Pandi, Brad Parquette, and Raymon Serrano. She attended Georgia College & State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in English- Creative Writing and a Minor in Dance, while teaching in the GC Community Dance Program. Olivia is passionate about the art of collaboration, which she consistently infuses into her choreography. Olivia is currently a Teaching Assistant and Graduate student at University of North Carolina- Greensboro, where she will graduate with an MFA in Choreography in the spring of 2018.

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LeDarius Parker

LeDarius Parker lives in Greensboro, NC. His style of dance is influenced by a New Zealand urban style called Polyswagg and he is also inspired by hip hop and street dance culture. He been training for 4 years and choreographing for 3. He trains all over NC, VA, GA, and LA. He’s choreographed for music videos, showcases across the East Coast and loves performing. He plans on moving to New Zealand to continue his training after training as much as he can as a dancer and choreographer in the states.

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