Hello World, it's LaMar Williams here to bring you drama and delight! Originally from Erie, Pa he received his professional modern dance education at Slippery Rock University then moved to Pittsburgh, Pa in 2011. Collaborating with local artists and dance companies brings him great joy, while he also gets to explore his own personal artistic voice through many platforms. Whether it be flying high in the Aerial silks or vogueing with his house members, he loves and devotes his life to the appreciation of all movement. A fusion of past, present, and future. Lamar is excited to be apart of The DANA Movement Ensemble and the magic ahead!
Hi there! I am Stephanie Soracco. I am a Pittsburgh-based performing artist. I grew up right here in the suburbs of this great city. I received my Dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Dance Arts as well as Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Since coming back to Pittsburgh, I have had the wonderful opportunity to dance with the DANA movement ensemble! I am excited to share what we’ve started to pour into, and am looking forward to continuing the work my fellow talented artists and I have been a part of creating.
Hi everyone! I am Lauren McKee. I am a Pittsburgh-based dance educator and performing artist. I grew up in 'The Weather Capitol of the World' AKA, Punxsutawney, PA. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Dance while completing two minors in Art and Adapted Physical Activity from Slippery Rock University in 2014. Since relocating to Pittsburgh, I have performed works with Shana Simmons Dance, Staycee Pearl Dance Project, and Attack Theatre. I am so excited to be part of the DANA movement ensemble and am looking forward to working with with these amazing artists!
I am Elanore Ferrara, I recently joined forces with the DANA Movement Ensemble. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Slippery Rock University in 2014 and have continued dance through teaching and performing.
Charis has been dancing for twelve years, beginning with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. She trained in their pre-professional program, and took Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Summer intensive program. With them, she has played many roles in their production of the Nutcracker at the Benedum Center, as and well as their Spring Performance at the Byham Theater. After training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Charis trained at various other dance schools, such as Bodiography, Bruckman’s School of Dance, and the Sarah Heinz House. At the age of eighteen, she co-taught at the Sarah Heinz House with their ballet program.
Charis has a Bachelor’s degree in dance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she completed their full Dance Arts program. She was a company member in IUP Dance Theater, and was in several different performances with them, over the years. Besides performing, she took many different courses on dance instruction and choreography. Since graduation, Charis has immersed herself in the dance community around Pittsburgh, both performing and teaching. She currently teaches at Yanlai Dance Academy, at all levels. She offers ballet, modern, contemporary, pointe, as well as a strength and flexibility class designed for dancers. She currently offers group classes, as well as private lessons.