We are so excited to share with everyone what we have been working on all year. This performance serves a few purposes. First, we want to share with our studio community everything we have been working on and the pieces we created for the 2021 season. It is also a fantastic opportunity for us to share our work and get feedback from adjudicators before we attend competitions this year. Plus, we get to end the suspense for all of our dancers supporters who have been eagerly awaiting the fruits of their labor.

Show Order

Act 1

1.) Depth Over Distance

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Ashley Baer, Emma Diefendorf, Abigail Elburn, Charlotte Elburn, Ronald Flores, Jaylen Fontaine, Olivia Mason, Mya Medlin, Suhaila Wible

2.) Lost

Choreographed by: Emily Runkle
Performed by: Roxanna Hamro

3.) Esmeralda Variation

Choreographed by: Emily Runkle
Performed by: Ayla Flowers

4.) Simple Thing

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Arianna Schanberger

5.) Burn

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Piper Simone

6.) Dream of Me

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Lolah Peters

7.) Exhale

Choreographed and performed by: Hannah Sullivan

8.) Reminisce

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Mckenzie Graham

9.) Gravity

Choreographed by: Deontay Gray
Performed by: Mya Medlin

10.) Good Year

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Ayla Flowers

11.) Flightless Bird

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Michaela Howard, Liam O’Dwyer, Joy Passerini, Lolah Peters, Arinna Shanberger, Lauren Schreyer, Piper Simone, Alli Wills

12.) Forward

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Jaylen Fontaine

13.) Amen

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Maddie Praisner

14.) Absence

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Hannah Sullivan

15.) For All We Know

Choreographed by: Ryan Bailey
Performed by: Kylie Chamberlain

16.) Waiting Room

Choreographed by: Victor Smalley
Performed by: Ayla Flowers

17.) Omens

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Jaylen Fontaine, Maddie Praisner

18.) You’re the Friend I Need

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Mckenzie Graham, Hannah Sullivan

19.) I Have Nothing

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Michaela Howard, Joy Passerini, Lolah Peters, Arianna Schanberger, Lauren Schreyer, Piper Simone, Alli Wills

20.) Berlin

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Emma Diefendorf

21.) Eleanor

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Ashley Baer, Kylie Chamberlain, Ayla Flowers, Jaylen Fontaine, Mckenzie Graham, Layla Hamro, Roxanna Hamro, Mya Medlin, Maddie Praisner, Hannah Sullivan

Inermission

Act 2

1.) The Gift

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Sophia Bieller, Michaela Howard, Clare Lawson, Annika Madsen, Addison Maloney, Liam O’Dwyer Joy Passerini, Lolah Peters, Arianna Schanberger, Lauren Schreyer, Piper Simone, Alli Wills

2.) Sense of Home

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Ashley Baer, Emma Diefendorf

3.) Rivers

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Michaela Howard, Lauren Schreyer

4.) Champion

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Liam O’Dwyer, Piper Simone

5.) Don’t Break The Rules

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Annie Bechtel, Jordan Blackburn, Emma Diefendorf, Abigail Elburn, Ayla Flowers, Mckenzie Graham, Olivia Mason, Mya Medlin, Joy Passerini, Lolah Peters, Hannah Sullivan, Suhaila Wible

6.) 9 to 5

Choreographed by: Katy Love
Performed by: Michaela Howard, Annika Madsen, Addison Maloney, Arianna Schanberger, Lauren Schreyer, Piper Simone, Alli Wills

7.) Dirty Diana

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge and Marcelly Goncalves
Performed by: Annie Bechtel, Jordan Blackburn, Emma Diefendorf, Abigail Elburn, Charlotte Elburn, Ronald Flores, Jaylen Fontaine, Olivia Mason, Mya Medlin, Lolah Peters, Sophie Vavosa, Suhaila Wible

8.) When I Grow Up

Choreographed by: Katy Love
Performed by: Michaela Howard, Clare Lawson, Lauren Schreyer, Piper Simone, Alli Wills

9.) Fix You

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Annie Bechtel, Joy Passerini

10.) Coherence

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Ronald Flores, Lolah Peters

11.) Shot Me Down

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Ashley Baer, Mckenzie Graham, Ayla Flowers, Layla Hamro, Roxanna Hamro, Maddie Praisner, Hannah Sullivan

12.) Suit and Tie

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Michaela Howard, Liam O’Dwyer, Joy Passerini, Lolah Peters, Arianna Schanberger, Lauren Schreyer, Piper Simone

13.) Queens

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge
Performed by: Addison Maloney, Alli Wills

14.) Sidewalk

Choreographed by: Molli Anne Ng
Performed by: Michaela Howard

15.) The Other Side

Choreographed by: Laurie Dodge and Ricki Huff
Performed by: Annie Bechtel, Jordan Blackburn, Emma Diefendorf, Ronald Flores, Ayla Flowers, Jaylen Fontaine, Mckenzie Graham, Layla Hamro, Roxanna Hamro, Mya Medlin, Liam O’Dwyer, Lolah Peters, Hannah Sullivan, Sophie Vavosa, Suhaila Wible

Meet The Judges

Lauren Carnesi Daniels

Lauren Carnesi Daniels is an artistic director, choreographer, teaching artist, and arts manager in the greater Baltimore region. She studied at Mid Atlantic Center for The Performing Arts for her early dance training and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography at Shenandoah Conservatory where she was the recipient of the Elizabeth Weil Bergmann choreography award. Carnesi Daniels recently earned her Master’s of Science in Arts Administration from Drexel University. 
One of Carnesi Daniels’ most notable accomplishments is her work as artistic director and lead choreographer for Harford Dance Theatre’s annual contemporary, dance-narrative production. She is looking forward to creating her 7th original production, Kinetic Canvas: Frida Kahlo, set for performance in July 2021 after the great success of six inspirational installments of the KINETIC CANVAS series highlighting Edward Hopper, Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, and Jackson Pollock.
Carnesi Daniels is the founder of InvisibleWings Dance Project. The performance company’s mission is to spread awareness for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and share the experience of living with Lupus. IWDP has performed with prestigious programs and venues in New York, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. The company presented its first full-length performance, The Cruel Mystery: Lupus Through Movement, in 2016.
Carnesi Daniels’ additional choreographic works have received many accolades and been selected for performance at several venues including the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (NYC), City Center Studios (NYC), Jack Guidone Theater (D.C.), Clara Barton Museum (D.C.), Athenaeum Theatre (Chicago), Lang Performing Arts Center (PA), Capital Fringe Festival and Youth American Grand Prix regional and national stages. Her work has been performed abroad at the Macedonia National Opera and Ballet Theater and other notable performance venues in Canada, England, Greece, Macedonia, and through the Catalonia region of Spain. As a choreographer in the competitive dance scene, Carnesi Daniels’ work has earned numerous choreography awards; overall high scores; special awards for creativity, storytelling, partnering, performance quality, and original concepts; and regional and national titles.

Caroline Euker

Carrie is the Founding Artistic Director of Etoile Dance Competition.
Carrie began studying dance in Rockford, IL under former Radio City Rockette, Kathy Nelson. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dance from Mercyhurst University and achieved her MBA degree at the University of Colorado, Denver.  While attending Mercyhurst she danced various roles in Carmen, Coppelia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Sylphide, and Raymonda, under the direction of Tauna Hunter. She danced with Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet II, performing in Michael Pink’s Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Romeo and Juliet. Carrie performed in Denver with the David Taylor Dance Theater enjoying soloist and principal roles in works by James Wallace as well as Gregory Dawson’s “Eclipsing Venus.” She has also performed with 7 Dancers, notably in “ART” by Mandy Moore, of the hit television series “So You Think You Can Dance.” Carrie also danced the lead role in 101 Things to do in a Lifetime, featuring choreography by Chantal Robson. During her four year stay at Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Carrie performed numerous works by director Karen Mareck Grundy as well as works by Shannon Lee West, Thang Dao, Autumn Eckman, and Joshua Blake Carter.  Carrie originated the role of Alice in Grundy’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 

In 2011 Carrie became the founding director and lead instructor of the School of MCB.  During this time she also coordinated DanceReach, offering dance to at-risk youth in the community, and in 2013 she co-founded DanceAbility, a program offering dance classes to students with special needs.  In 2016 Carrie was appointed Executive & Artistic Director of the Susquehanna Youth Ballet and in her first year mounted a brand-new full-length Nutcracker as well as choreographing new contemporary works for the company.  In addition to directing the non-profit SYB, Carrie has also assumed the role of Ballet Director at EMC Performing Arts Studio. She has served on the board of the Maryland Council for Dance. She is currently an adjudicator for Energy National Dance Competitions and a roster member of Impact Dance Adjudicators.  Carrie’s original choreography has been performed by students as well as professionals and she has extensive experience instructing and coaching dancers of all ages in ballet, jazz, tap, and modern/contemporary styles.  Carrie resides in the greater Baltimore area and appears nationally as a guest artist, teacher, and choreographer.

Stephen Lyons

Stephen Lyons II (he/him) is a DMV-based dancer, choreographer, and director. He began his dance journey with Aberdeen Dance Company in high school. Since then he has trained in hip hop dance styles with Phunktions Hip Hop Dance Company and Culture Shock DC. 

Stephen is now in his third year as Artistic Director of Culture Shock DC and works to enrich, educate, and entertain his community through dance. He was selected by Dance Place for the 2020 New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase. He was also a recipient of a Vital Signs Mini-Grant from UMD to create a project that affirms black lives. Stephen currently studies Theatre and Dance at the University of Maryland.