Christine Morano | Founder & Dancer

Christine, dancer, aerialist & performer, has performed with dance companies and groups throughout the country such as Thom Lewis Dance Company,  Alchemy Dance Company, DanceFusion, Grounded Aerial, Green Chair Dance Group, Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, Nickerson-Rossi Dance, Altitude Aerials, AJ Harper Dance Project, Brian Sanders' JUNK and Almanac Dance Circus Theater. She can be seen dancing in The David Mayfield Parade's Human Cannonball music video with PINK HAIR AFFAIR and has toured internationally as an aerialist and dancer for Greg Kennedy’s shows Spherus and Theorem She has been coaching aerial since 2009 and is a freelance professional aerialist.

 

Christine earned degrees in Biology and Dance from Stockton University, has completed the Professional Training Program at Frequent Flyers Productions Aerial Dance Theater, and has completed dynamic rope teacher training as a part of Born To Fly Aerial Teacher Training. When she’s not performing, Christine loves continuing her education and training in multiple dance disciplines, circus, body mechanics, anatomy and kinesiology as often as possible. She is highly collaborative and is always excited to create with other artists across all mediums.

Allie Gee |  Dancer

Allie Gee (Glen Burnie, MD) started dancing at the age of 3 at Spotlight Studio of Dance under the direction of Wyndee Hughson-McGovern. Allie won the prestigious title and scholarship, Miss Dance of the United States 2010. She received a merit scholarship to The Boston Conservatory. She has performed works by Jose Limon, Trey McIntyre, Twyla Tharp, among many others. Allie graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2014.

 

Allie has worked with contemporary ballet company Ballet Inc., Art Deconstructed, XAOC Contemporary Ballet and the Steps Repertory Ensemble, resident contemporary dance company at the world-renowned Steps on Broadway. During her time with Steps, Allie performed works by Francesca Harper, Sidra Bell, Lar Lubovitch, and William Forsythe. She had the honor to perform throughout New York City as well as at Jacob's Pillow. In May 2016, Allie joined the Tania Perez-Salas Compania de Danza, a contemporary company based out of Mexico City. This government-sponsored company allowed her to perform at some of the biggest venues in North America including the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Auditorio Nacional. She still does guest performances with the company and tours with them internationally.

 

Her choreography has won multiple choreographic awards at regional and national competitions throughout the East Coast. She has worked with many studios throughout New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania as well as the opportunity to teach at two colleges in Queretaro, Mexico: the Centro Nacional de Danza Contemporanea and Facultad de Bellas Artes UAQ. 

Amalia Colón-Nava | Dancer

Amalia Colón-Nava, from Boston, MA began her dance education at Boston Arts Academy High School.  She is a dance and performance artist currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. Amalia graduated with a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts (UArts) in May 2017, under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. During her time at UARTS, she had the privilege to perform solo and ensemble roles in works by Katie Swords-Thurman, Curt Haworth, Mark Haim, Jesse Zaritt, and Netta Yerushalmy.  She toured in Paris, Brussels, Roubaix; performing some of her own work as well as excerpts from faculty and guest artists. Her dance career took a turning point in the spring of 2016 when she worked with Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan to create a Shame Portrait, solo performance, which was presented at Fringe Arts in Philadelphia. Amalia had the opportunity to travel to Paris again to perform This Is How We Work, Work In Progress, directed by Lauren Baskt, for the 2017 Camping Festival in Pantin. She has continued to develop the skills of performance, teaching dance, and collaboration while participating in works such as Partial Collaborations presented at the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Darcy Lyons development of the work Proceed with Caution, and Sylvain Emard’s professional dance team on Le Super Grand Continental Philadelphia 2018. She is currently working with artists, Lily Kind, Christine Morano (MoDa), and Curt Haworth on continuing projects.  She has shown her own work in places like Koresh Artist Showcase, Philadelphia Community Education Center, Almanac’s Harvest Fundraiser and Urban Movement Arts.

Amanda Connor | Dancer

Amanda Connor grew up in Fairfield, CT where she started dancing at the age of 4 at D’Valda and Sirico’s Dance and Music Centre. She continued her training at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2013, and graduated in 2017 with a BFA in dance and a minor in Musical Theatre. Once she graduated, she continued to perform in the tri-state area in projects including Jim Bunting Dance Co, Denise Murphy’s Working Collaborations, Brian Sander’s JUNK, amongst other companies. Amanda has had the privilege of performing in venues such as the Trocadero, Suzanne Roberts Theatre, the Performance Garage, the Merriam, Broadway Theatre of Pitman, and the Candlelight Theatre. Amanda recently took a turning point in her career when she was cast as a featured ensemble member in Broadway Theatre of Pitman’s production of AIDA. She went on to perform in Pitman’s production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Candlelight Theatre’s production of Catch Me If You Can. Amanda is excited to be part of MoDa Movement Company. 

Adrienne Krause | Dancer

Adrienne Krause is from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where she began her dance training at Miss Jeanne’s School of Dance Arts at age 7. Her training continued at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA under the direction of Timothy Cowart. During her time at DeSales, she performed works by Antony Tudor (restaged by Kirk Peterson), Austin Diaz and Jonathan Campbell of MADBOOTS DANCE, Joshua L. Peugh, Julia Mayo, and more. She graduated with her BA in Dance in May 2017. Following graduation, Adrienne moved to Philadelphia to pursue her dance career further. Here she became an intern with allendance, a Philadelphia based dance company under the direction of Lora Allen. At this time she also began dancing for Sarah Carlson of DANCELINK as well as Crystal Willison of fred dance co. Adrienne continues to create and perform work with fred dance co. and is excited to be joining MoDa during its introductory season!

Casey Lambert | Dancer

Casey Lambert grew up in Montgomery County, PA, otherwise known as the suburbs of Philadelphia. She began her dance training at the age of 3 at Babylon School of Dance in Chalfont, PA. She continued her training at Muhlenberg College where she graduated with a BA in Dance under the direction of Karen Dearborn. While in school, she performed in numerous student dance concerts, was a part of the hip-hop dance team and tap dance team, co-created DanceWorks, an informal dance concert at Muhlenberg, and participated in three performance ensembles that traveled to schools and venues within the Allentown area. She also had the pleasure of working with faculty artists such as Shelley Oliver, Teresa VanDenend Sorge, and Jeffery Peterson.

During her sophomore year, Casey was a part of Muhlenberg's first full-length circus production, Atlas, run under the direction of Noah Dach and Henry Evans. It was that year she developed a love for the circus and soon began taking aerial silks classes at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts. She has since continued taking aerial classes and has additionally added other apparatuses to her training, including static and flying trapeze, lyra, and sling. In the summer of 2016, she interned for Circadium, a Philadelphia-based circus school owned and directed by Shana Kennedy.

Casey is currently focusing on her dance and circus training, while planning to move to a big city to further pursue her passion for the arts. In her spare time, she likes to read, bake chocolate chip cookies, sketch, and paint. 

Nataly Morales | Dancer

Nataly began her training at Wissahickon Dance Academy and The Creative and Performing Arts High School of Philadelphia where she studied ballet and modern dance.  She continued training at The Rock School and Koresh Dance. While in high school, Nataly had the opportunity to perform with Ballet Hispanico in New York City and Donesk Ballet of Ukraine.  Nataly deepened her love of dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD where she majored in Dance Performance with a performance scholarship. There she performed works by Martha Graham dancer, Linda Garofalo, and ballet mistress Kathy Ferguson. She then furthered her academic, choreographic and performative knowledge at Mills College in Oakland, CA where she earned her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with an Outstanding Choreography Award and with honors. While there she was privileged to perform works by legends such as Molissa Fenley, Cunningham dancer, Holly Farmer, and Shinich Iova-Koga.  Nataly danced professionally in CA with dNaga Dance Company, Mills repertory Company and Waxpoet(s) Dance Collective. Her choreography has been commissioned by multiple university dance programs. 

 

When Nataly returned to her home city of Philadelphia, she danced professionally for Alchemy Dance Company where she performed at the Koresh Come Together Festival, Arts Bank Theater, and Susan Roberts Theater.  She also had the opportunity to dance with and choreograph for Weird Al Yankovic at the Mann Center for Performing Arts.

 

Nataly has been privileged to win multiple choreography awards throughout her teaching career in an academic setting as well as in competition dances.  Her college-bound students, whom she mentored, have been accepted to renowned institutions such as the University of the Arts, NYU, Drexel Dance, Goucher College, and the Rock School. She looks forward to passing her love of dance on to her students!

Stephanie Stevens | Dancer

Stephanie is a dance performer and teaching artist based in Philadelphia. She has performed as a freelance artist since graduating from The University of The Arts (BFA 2012). Some of her performance highlights include The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2019), The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (2018), and performing at the oldest theatre in the world (Athens, Greece 2018). Stephanie is a lead teaching artist for Ballet X’s Outreach Program Dance Exchange. Additionally she loves sharing the important practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness (200-YTT 2016). Beforehand she taught at a ballroom dance studio, and especially loves salsa and swing dance!  An all around movement enthusiast- Stephanie is so inspired and grateful to be a part of the amazing community she’s found in Moda Movement Collective.

Harlee Trautman | Dancer

Harlee is a movement artist and sculptor currently residing in Philadelphia, PA, after time spent in Southern Louisiana where she received her BFA in Sculpture. Since arriving to Philadelphia, Harlee has had the opportunity to work professionally with The Naked Stark, Asya Zlatina & Dancers, Opera Philadelphia, and Archedream for Humankind. Harlee’s most recent creations have been showcased at the Iron Factory(Philadelphia), Tattooed Mom’s(Philadelphia), Grounds for Sculpture(Hamilton, NJ), as well as on display at the Philadelphia International Airport’s D terminal.

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