Claire Alrich (dancer)
Claire Alrich grew up dancing in Evanston, IL and continued her dance explorations at Beloit College where she graduated with a dual degree in Dance and English Rhetoric & Discourse. Since graduating from Beloit Claire has been lucky to perform and present choreography in Buenos Aires, Chicago, New York, Prague, and Washington DC where she is currently based. In addition to being an active participant in the DC dance community, Claire works for the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden. She is excited to be working with Hayley and the darlingdance crew!
Jessica Denson (dancer)
Miss Jessica Denson's professional goal is to expand her own sensitivity, empathy, awareness, and vocabulary so that she can more abundantly fulfill her role as an interdisciplinary performer, teaching artist, and socially-conscious arts organizer. She is proudly a long-standing resident of the Washington, DC region and is most inspired by creative dialogues which serve to address presupposed subconscious frameworks and motives in order to illuminate community-wide healing practices. As a former student of post-modern choreographic innovator, Bob Dunn, and as a current manager of the Blues Alley Jazz Club in Georgetown, as well as being a vocalist/bandleader, Jessica's approach to the arts is heavily influenced by her continuing study of the jazz paradigm: the pan-cultural, American art form based on the freedoms afforded to us by the struggles of our fore-bearers and credited to the hope of our future leaders.
Jessica holds a BA in Dance from the University of Maryland and is a current Masters of Fine Arts student of Dance at The George Washington University. She is a current member of Contradiction Dance and collaborator with darlingdance company. She also studied South African cultural traditions with Lesole's Dance Project and dance-based cultural organizing with the Urban Bush Women at the Summer Leadership Institute in New Orleans. She has performed with artist Nick Cave in HEARD (2012; presented by the Kennedy Center), Abigail DeVille & Charlotte Brathwaite in their controversial 5x5:Anacostia entry (Home)Land: The New Migration (2014), the Truck Touch Ballet by HollyBass360 (2014 & 2015; in partnership with the DC DPW), collaborated on community movement and music workshops for DCCAH's 2014 Nuit Blanche, as well as They Put Vision in Handcuffs workshop by William and Patricia Nicholson Parker of Arts for Art, Inc. Jessica has presented original choreography, Giram4, in collaboration with visual artist/naturalist Elsabe Dixon of George Mason University. Additionally, she teaches early childhood creative movement for the Sitar Arts Center, Takoma Park Early Childhood Development Center and for Contradiction Dance. As a vocalist, Jessica has performed at the Blues Alley (featuring Zack Pride, Mark Prince, Malari Moore, Stanley Cooper, Randy Choice, Chris Grasso, Paul Pieper, Benjie Porecki, Chris Walker and Robert Mwamba), Twins Jazz (with the Vocal Workshop), and on many a jam session.
"My aesthetic influences are broad but have always been rooted in a belief that the arts hold a mirror to ourselves, as subjects of society, beholding of free-will. Our noblest duty is to find personal agency, transformation, and healing through the free expression of our individual creative natures so that we may engage our communities, fully, with care and compassion."
Sarah Greenbaum (dancer)
Sarah Greenbaum is a Washington, DC-based arts administrator and performance maker. As the Artistic and Community Programming Manager at Dance Place she coordinates world-class dance performance and community engagement through the performing arts. Sarah manages all production and administration aspects of programming at Dance Place including the yearlong Main Stage season and outdoor Art on 8th community programming. Additionally, Sarah serves as the project director of Dance Place’s annual DanceAfrica, DC festival, coordinating the indoor and outdoor stages and marketplace. Sarah served as a member Dance Place’s 8th St Arts Park Steering Committee and has helped shape the inaugural season of programming for the park. She represents Dance Place at the National Performance Network's annual conference and raises funds through NPN and other grant-giving organizations to support artist fees and co-commissions. She has served on grant panels for the National Performance Network and Dance Metro, DC. Outside of Dance Place, Sarah recently served as the Associate Producer for Kitchen Sink Fest, a mega-collaborative one-minute dance festival featuring 22 DC choreographers. Her choreography has been featured in the 2016 New Releases Choreographers Showcase and Kitchen Sink Fest. Sarah dances in projects with darlingdance, Katie Sopoci Drake and Deborah Riley. Sarah has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Missouri State University. She attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC in 2013 as a scholarship student and in 2014 as the Performances and Community Programs Intern.
Steven Krigel (sound designer)
Steven is the Resident Sound Designer for Single Carrot Theatre. He designs for live theatre, dance, and film. He just moved to DC and is excited to be working with such fine people.
Juliana Mascelli (dancer)
Juliana has been working in the Dance Program of the National Endowment for the Arts for the past nine years. She is a graduate of The George Washington University, where she studied English and Dance. In 2010, Juliana received a Graduate Certificate from Wesleyan University's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP). Last summer she taught the "Career Networks in Dance" class to MFA students at The George Washington University, and has served as a guest lecturer at The George Washington University and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. In 2014, Juliana co-created and performed in TICKS, an alternative platform for presenting performance in Washington, DC. She is happiest creating and performing in short films with her friends and is truly stoked and honored to be dancing with darlingdance.