Emily is a graduate of Towson University, where she earned her BFA in Dance Performance. Following her undergraduate education, Emily earned her MA in Dance/Movement Therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Now in her sixteenth year at Bryn Mawr, Emily teaches dance to students in grades 8-12 and directs the Upper School Dance Company. In addition to her work with the students at Bryn Mawr, Emily choreographs and performs with The Collective, a local modern dance company in residence at The Bryn Mawr School. She has worked with The Collective for 12 years and has performed at many local venues such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, The Gordon Center, Theatre Project, Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, Towson University and Artscape.
Renuka GandhiRenuka grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended Columbia University, where she majored in dance and elementary education. While there, she received the Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts and was also a finalist for the ACDFA award for Best Performer. Renuka joined David Dorfman Dance in 2008 and toured nationally with the company until 2012. She also performed with Nicholas Leichter Dance and has worked on projects with Kyle Abraham, Colleen Thomas and Bill T. Jones. On tour and in New York, Renuka taught dance classes and set choreography for students of all ages.
Kara started dancing at a local recreation center at the age of five and instantly fell in love with dance. She continued to dance with the rec program for 15 years. She attended Mercy High School and danced on their dance team for four years. She was captain of the Mercy Dance Team during both her junior and senior years. Her love for dance inspired her to become a teacher at the rec center as well as to major in dance in college. Kara graduated from CCBC Essex with her AFA in dance. While there, she performed with CCBC's dance company and also choreographed several pieces for their shows. Kara also attended the Pulse Teachers's Conference in New York City in 2009 and 2011, where she learned many skills to use in class as well as had the opportunity to take a class from well known choreographers. Kara is currently the dance director with Dynasty Sports Academy and also teaches group fitness classes at a local gym.
Rakiya BrownA Baltimore native, Rakiya makes work through a personal lens that embraces the spontaneity of art-making. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Bowdoin College and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and the Frankfurt School of Music and Performing Arts. A dynamic performer and evolving dance maker, Rakiya began her love for the arts by studying at the Arena Players, the oldest continuously running African American theater in the country. In 2014, Gibney Dance commissioned her piece, "Aziza," to be performed as part of the inaugural Double Plus season – artists curating artists. "Aziza" was reviewed in the New York Times and on Eva Yaa Asantewa's blog InfiniteBody. Rakiya has taught dance to children of all ages and continues to be inspired by the ways in which children use dance as a medium of expression and communication.
Julianna began her dance training at the Berkshire Dance Theatre in Adams, Massachusetts. While at her home studio, she studied with many talented teachers, took examinations for Cecchetti USA, and also instructed the younger students. After her high school graduation, she continued to pursue dance at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. During her time in college, she performed for the Fall and Spring Dance Concerts, choreographed for her independent project, traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to study modern dance at Dance Base, and also interned at a small nonprofit modern dance company, The Collective. Julianna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Business. After her graduation, she accepted an internship position as the Explore the Arts intern at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She has also worked as both a Recruitment Hiring Manager and Teaching Artist at Ballet Petite and Youth Performing Arts.