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Ashley Cuppett Richardson grew up in a dancing family. Her roots extend back to Gene Kelly, who was among her Grandmother's childhood teachers at the Kelly's Pennsylvania studio. Her Grandmother, Alzine Straub Cuppett, was a former 1940's Radio City Rockette and also performed as a professional pointe dancer in New York. She, her daughter, Amy Cuppett, and the faculty of Cuppett Performing Arts Center mentored Ashley in the dance industry. She has been formally trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and musical theater. She began competing and performing solo and group numbers with the competition team at the age of 10, placing for and winning titles at local competitions, in addition to winning numerous scholarships to attend national summer intensive programs. She has been teaching and choreographing for the last 14 years, receiving many awards for her choreography at local competitions. Ashley has had students who have placed and won title awards for regional Dance Masters of America chapter 17, as well as gone on to being accepted into prestigious ballet programs, in addition to various collegiate dance programs. As a student, she received her Advanced Professional Cecchetti ballet certification, as well as her teacher certification through Grade 3. She is certified through the Dance Master's of America Teacher's Training Program in ballet and jazz. She has performed in numerous professional shows for Melanie Lalande (artistic director of Cirque du Soleil's "Love") in both New York City and Washington, D.C. with former dance company, Mayzsoul. Ashley has also had the pleasure of dancing on scholarship with hip-hop group, DC Culture Shock. She has her bachelor’s degree in Communications: Public Relations (minor - Events Management) from George Mason University. Ashley is honored to be co-founder and artistic director of Nomadic Artist. Her work has been showcased at Howard Theater, Jack Guidone Theater, Lorton Workhouse Theater and Northern Virginia Community College's Ernst Community Cultural Center. She is also a proud mom and wife.
Michelle Murgia has been dancing the majority of her life, training mostly in Alexandria, VA. She got her start with the now defunct Mayzsoul Dance Company, where she concentrated on her style and choreography, and connected with members of Nomadic. Michelle has showcased work at the Howard Theater, Jack Guidone Theater, Dance Loft on 14th, Lorton Workhouse Theater, & James Lee Theater as well as a few theaters in NYC while dancing with Mayzsoul.. She currently resides in Richmond, VA, where she is also a performer with Coalition Theater.
Bonnie Cuppett ~ Bio coming soon!
Carly Johnson grew up dancing in Vienna, Virginia at Cuppett Performing Arts Center, where she was trained in ballet, pointe, Cecchetti, lyrical, tap, jazz, musical theater and modern. After deciding that she wanted to pursue dance as a career, she took dance classes at Fairfax Academy for Communications and Arts in addition to classes at her studio. There, her piece "Popular" won the Black and Blue Choreography Showcase, and the award for Most Outstanding Signature Project in the Dance Academy. A recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University she now has her BFA in Dance and Choreography and a minor in General Business. While there she had the pleasure of dancing in pieces choreographed by her peers, faculty members, and guest artists at VCU such as Doug Varone and Stephanie Martinez. She has also worked with dance professionals in the Richmond community and the Lyric Opera of Virginia. She has spent the past few summers teaching dance and attending workshops such as the American Dance Festival and the Doug Varone and Dancers Summer Intensive. Along with being a performing artist with Nomadic Artist she is currently a teacher at Cuppett Performing Arts Center in Vienna, VA.
Sara Cooper began her dance career at Ballet Academy of Warrenton, near her hometown in Culpeper, Virginia. She graduated from Radford University with a B.F.A. with highest honors in both Dance and English in May 2016. As a student at Radford, Sara performed choreography created by both students and faculty and danced in the American College Dance Association’s 2016 National College Dance Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center. She also had the opportunity to set her own choreography on her peers for a final honors capstone concert. Before joining Nomadic Artist, Sara performed as an apprentice with Roanoke City Ballet in Virginia. While in Roanoke, she danced a variety of roles in full-length ballets including Dracula, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Cinderella. She also has experience as a lighting technician, a stage manager, and a teacher, and she works as a copy editor when she’s not in the studio. She is very excited for her first season with Nomadic Artist.
Andrea Jiles graduated from Shenandoah University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance as well as studies in Psychology and Elementary education and has been dancing for over twenty five years. Since beginning dance at the age of two Andrea has danced all over the United States. As a teen dancer she participated in several competitions including the Showstoppers nationals several years for both solo and group works. Being a “military brat” has given Andrea the opportunity to be exposed to several different teaching styles which she embraces and uses in her own teaching style today. Ballet was her first love, but she has grown to love all genres. Since beginning to teach dance in 1998, her classes have included, but are not limited to ballet, lyrical, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theatre from preschool ages through adult. One of the highlights in her dancing life has been the opportunity to perform in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Sydney Olympics. Throughout her dance career she has had the opportunity to dance the leads in several ballets including Nutcracker, Coppelia, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, and Sleeping Beauty and many more in the United States, Canada and Mexico. While in college dancing with the Flying Lions Modern Dance Company, she was selected to perform in a gala at ACDFA in a piece dedicated to the tragedies of hurricane Katrina, which is now a permanent part of repertoire at Shenandoah University. Recently Andrea was a member of a local modern dance company, AriDen, which performed throughout the Metro area as well as several invites and appearances in New York. Andrea now teaches a variety of class around the area.
Laura Lamp is a dancer and choreographer. She has enjoyed dancing for Melanie Lalande, Alaine Handa, and Mayzsoul Dance Company among others. Recently, she danced for Olivea Shure, Ty Defoe, and Heather Henson in CRANE: ON EARTH, IN SKY at La MaMa. She has presented her own work in Washington, D.C., New York, and in Charleston, S.C. with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Laura studied at Cuppett Performing Arts Center, Ballet Adriatico in Italy, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, North Carolina School of the Arts, and in the American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Program. Laura holds a B.F.A. from George Mason University. She directed several dance films that have played at festivals including The Outlet Dance Project, Triskelion Arts, and the Third Coast Dance Film Festival. Currently, Laura lives in New York.
Ann Saretzky McGinnis has been a Virginia Ballet Company (VBC) instructor and rehearsal assistant since 1983. She received a BS in Dance from Radford University and served as faculty at James Madison University, Point Park College Conservatory, Shenandoah University and George Mason University while earning an MFA in Dance. Ann’s eclectic work has been commissioned by VBC, Lexington School of Dance/Rockbridge Ballet, Loudoun Ballet and GroundShare Arts Alliance. She has won awards for both choreography and costume design and has also danced and presented work in Klagenfurt & Vienna, Austria. After a decade specializing in Clinical Research administration, Ann is currently the Office Manager for United Real Estate - Washington DC, a member of the VBC Board of Directors, and a new member of Nomadic Artist along with simply being a crazed mom of three best of all.
Brynna Shank grew up dancing in the Baltimore area at George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Tech and The Moving Company Dance Center. She then graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2016 with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor is Business Administration. After graduating Brynna moved to the D.C area and began dancing with many companies including Gin Dance Company, Moco Dance Company, and ArasDance Company. Currently Brynna is dancing with Nomadic Artist and Jane Franklin Dance Company as well as teaching and choreographing throughout the area. She is very excited to begin her journey with Nomadic Artist!
Rachel Snow began her dance training at age 3, dancing for studios in Virginia and California, and graduating from Virginia Ballet Company in 2012, where she performed classical ballet, contemporary, and flamenco. Afterwards, she studied dance at Point Park University, learning a variety of choreography methods and dance styles. She also studied abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, in 2015, continuing to be inspired by the passionate art of flamenco. In 2016, Rachel graduated from Brigham Young University Hawaii, where she learned and performed Polynesian dance. Additionally, she directed and choreographed several performances of Virginia Ballet Company’s annual concert Precedence. She began teaching ballet at Virginia Ballet Company in February 2017 and is psyched to be joining Nomadic Artist.
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