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. In New York, Meredith has had the pleasure of working with HiveWild, kaycruddco, Megan Flynn Dance Company, and The Equus Projects.
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. Randall 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 in works by: Jodie Gates, Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Shen Wei, zoe|juniper, and in the production of “WOW”, an experimental opera created by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey, and Adam Levin. Randall 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 has taught at Happy Feet Dance Studio, Concord Academy, Haddonfield School of Dance, Muhlenberg College, and is currently on faculty at Koresh School of Dance, Philadelphia Dance Academy, and PlayArts.
JENNIFER YACKEL is a Philly-based dance artist whose extensive career has taken her from ballet companies such as the Richmond Ballet and the Ballet Theater of Maryland, to contemporary companies such as Jeanne Ruddy Dance and the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. Jennifer is currently working with Dancefuison, Megan Flynn Dance Company, and JCWK Dance Lab, and has enjoyed past projects with Mark Dendy, Adam Weinert, Bowen McCauley Dance, Chisena Danza, Lior Shneior, Invisible River, Victoria Hutchinson, Stone Depot Dance, Meredith Stapleton, and The Naked Stark. She has performed in notable venues such as the Kimmel Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, and the Lincoln Center Plaza. Jennifer is coordinator and member of the NADINE Project, a choreographic collective under the direction of Janet Soares and Libby Nye. She has performed her work as a guest artist for the American College Dance Association Festival and at Salisbury University. Her choreography has been presented in several festivals and venues in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland including YES Dance Invitational and Suite Summer Festival. As an educator, Jennifer has taught master classes at the American College Dance Association Festival and Salisbury University. She is currently a teaching artist for the Rock School for Dance Education and has taught in several conservatories throughout the East Coast.