SARAH BRAVIAK began her professional dance training at the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School in Denville, NJ. While in school Sarah interned with the Freespace Dance Company and project:Smith making her NYC debut with Freespace 2 in 2011. In 2013, Sarah studied at the Florence University of the Arts in Italy where she had the to choreograph and perform site-specific, solo works alongside the Florence Dance Company. Sarah continued her education at Muhlenberg College double majoring in Dance (Education) and Psychology where she taught modern and jazz classes at the Muhlenberg Community Dance Center, and was a member of DanceMax Moving Company under the direction of Teresa VanDenend Sorge. Sarah has also studied with Pilobolus Dance Theatre taking their summer workshop series in 2014. Sarah has performed in the works of Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Ruth Clark, Karen Dearborn, Olase Freeman, Lynn Grossman, Randy James, Lisa Peluso, Jeffrey Peterson, Donna Scro, and Nicole Smith. Since graduating from Muhlenberg in January 2015, Sarah moved to Philadelphia to pursue her work as a dance artist and teacher and is excited for a second season with MFDC.
MEREDITH CLEMONS an Oneonta, NY native, is a Brooklyn-based performing artist interested in exploring interdisciplinary creation. Her training began with Donna Decker at the Decker School of Ballet. She received her B.A. in Dance with a performance concentration from Muhlenberg College and has studied at the American Dance Festival (North Carolina), Impulstanz (Vienna), and Accademia dell'arte (Italy). Meredith has performed repertory by Bill T. Jones, Sidra Bell, Ohad Naharin, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Lar Lubovitch. Her original creative collaborations with Meredith Stapleton have been performed in New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA. She currently works with Megan Flynn Dance Company, Teresa VanDenend Sorge, and Hivewild.
KATRINA JULIETTE MUFFLEY was born in Imperial Beach, California, and received her classical ballet training at the Ballet Conservatory of Chula Vista under the direction of Paz Soriano. Having trained the syllabi of both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) from London, England, she completed all RAD and ISTD exams with high distinction. In 2012, she graduated with Magna Cum Laude, Latin Honors, and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Honors Award from the University of California, Irvine obtaining a BFA in Dance (specializing in Performance) and a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. She has had the privilege to study under Lisa Naugle, Molly Lynch, Jodie Gates, Diane Diefenderfer, Sheron Wray, and Loretta Livingston. Since moving to NYC in the fall of 2012, she has had the opportunity to work and perform for wonderful artists, including Julia Gleich, Megan Flynn, Daniel Flores, Brandon Welch, and is a company member of Mike Esperanza's New York based BARE Dance Company. Katrina feels truly blessed to have a loving family who support, motivate, and inspire her life's endeavors, passions, and dreams.
RANDALL ANTHONY SMITH performs with Megan Flynn Dance Company, Armitage Gone! Dance, and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre. He serves as répétiteur and assistant to choreographer Donald McKayle, having performed for McKayle’s Etude Ensemble for four years. Smith earned his MFA in Dance and BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. He maintains a practice of performing, restaging, and interpreting McKayle’s repertory, creating his own dance works, and teaching dance nationally. He has performed with acclaimed ballerina and choreographer Jodie Gates in “Mein Zimmer” (2012). Other recent performances include works by Bulareyaung Pagarlava (Taipei, Taiwan), Shen Wei (NYC), and zoe|juniper (Seattle, Washington), as well as “WOW” (2014), an experimental opera created by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey, and Adam Levin. Smith’s recent credit includes restaging McKayle’s “The Fight” (from the musical Golden Boy, starring Sammy Davis, Jr.) for The American Dance Machine of the 21st Century. On May 12th, 2016, he will be receiving a Distinguished Alumni Award at the 46th Annual Lauds and Laurels Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Irvine. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
MEREDITH STAPLETON is a Philadelphia-based dance artist and teacher. She grew up in Harvard, MA training at the Acton School of Ballet and performing with Commonwealth Ballet Company. In 2013, she graduated from Muhlenberg College as a Dance Major and Women's Studies minor. In Spring 2012, Meredith studied in Arezzo, Italy at Accademia dell’Arte. She has attended many summer workshops, including Burklyn Ballet Theater, Alonzo King Lines School of Ballet, the Boston Conservatory, on scholarship with Summer Stages at Concord Academy, and Doug Varone & Dancers. Meredith has performed works by Corrie Cowart, Trinette Singleton, Meredith Rainey, Sean Curran, Teresa Fellion, The Bang Group, Heidi Cruz-Austin, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, and Jeffrey Peterson. Since moving to Philadelphia, Meredith has worked with DanceSpora, Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet, Moth Dance Theater, DRIGGProductions, Evalina Carbonell, Sean Thomas Boyt, Kat Sullivan, The Naked Stark, and Antonia & Artists. She rehearses her own stage, site-specific, and film projects out of Headlong Studios and Mascher Space Co-op. Meredith is on faculty at Koresh School of Dance, Happy Feet Dance Studio, and Haddonfield School of Dance.