Emily Dyson received her BFA in Ballet Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, where she performed with Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. She began ballet training in Houston, TX, with Gilbert Rome and Victoria Vittum and was later inspired by Austin Hartel to study modern. She trained with Paul Taylor Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, The Joffrey Ballet, Washington School of Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. Emily enjoys teaching around the city and passing forward her love of dance to younger students, and she thanks her family and friends for their endless love and encouragement. Our 2021-22 season is Emily's 11th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Emily is sponsored by Sherrie & John Knighton and Anne Scheele.
Stuart Lewis is a company dancer, and was promoted to Associate Artistic Director in 2021. Stuart began dancing in Lynchburg, VA, as a student of Keith Lee and then at Virginia School of the Arts. He graduated cum laude from Butler University with dance departmental honors in 2014. Stuart has attended programs with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Ballet West. He has performed repertory by dance pantheons such as Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, Talley Beatty, and Nacho Duato. His choreography has been featured in concerts produced by Dance Kaleidoscope, Phoenix Rising Dance Company, Ballet Theatre of Indiana and Butler Ballet. The Arts Council of Indianapolis named Stuart a Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow in 2015. Our 2021-22 season is Stuart's his 8th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Stuart is sponsored by Dilling Group Real Estate.
Paige Robinson grew up dancing in the Chicago area, studying primarily at Dance Center Evanston, Chicago Ballet Arts, and Giordano Dance Center. She was a scholarship dancer at Lou Conte Dance Studio under Claire Bataille in 2013. Following high school, Paige spent two years in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program. She then performed and toured with Eugene Ballet Company under Toni Pimble’s direction. While living in Oregon she also danced with Polaris Dance Theatre in Portland, and participated in Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH: 10 project, working under Sarah Slipper and Lucas Crandall. Other training includes Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and The Martha Graham School. Our 2021-22 season is Paige’s 7th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Paige is sponsored by Jeff Berman and Sandy & Bob Reiberg.
Cody Miley was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and moved to Texas when he was 13. After graduating high school he attended McLennan Community College in Waco, TX, where he began his dance training. He transferred to Sam Houston State University and received his BFA in acting and directing. He is a founding member of Nicolay Dance Works, led by Artistic Director Dana Nicolay, and has had the opportunity to perform in several concert dance pieces as well as dance festivals, including the Houston Fringe Festival, the Bailando Dance Festival and the 2015 Dance Gallery Festival in New York City. For the past four years, Cody has appeared in Alamo City Dance Company’s presentation of The Nutcracker every December—he looks forward to being able to perform with them after we get past COVID-19. He also enjoys acting and has been in many theater productions. Our 2021-22 season is Cody's 6th with DK.
Cody is sponsored by Virgil & Robert Paul Chan.
Marie Kuhns received her BFA from the University of Oklahoma in modern dance performance under the direction and guidance of Austin Hartel, while performing with Contemporary Dance Oklahoma. She grew up in Silver City, NM, and trained at the Conservatory of Dance along with New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe. She has had the opportunity of working with world-enowned choreographers such as Jessica Lang, Carla Maxwell, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Raimondo Rebeck. She enjoys teaching dance and spreading the love of performing arts to different communities. She is forever grateful for the constant loving support of her friends and family. Our 2021-22 season is Marie's 6th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Marie is sponsored by Cathy & George Korinek.
Manuel Valdes began gymnastics training at the age of five in Dallas, TX, and continued as a competitive gymnast for 12 years. He began dancing at Dallas Black Dance Theater and went on to receive his BFA of Modern Dance Performance from the University of Oklahoma under the direction of Austin Hartel and Roxanne Lyst. While performing with Contemporary Dance Oklahoma, he not only had the pleasure of performing works by his professors, but also Ilya Kozadayev, Sonia Dawkins, Raimondo Rebeck, Jose Limón, and Alvin Ailey. Manuel has attended intensives with Paul Taylor American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, BODYTRAFFIC and SALT. He is forever grateful for all the love and support from friends and family. Our 2021-22 season is Manuel's 5th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Manuel is sponsored by Dorit Paul.
Kieran King is from Mesquite, TX. At the age of 19, he began his dance training at Collin County Community College in Plano, TX. With a focus in Ballet Performance, he continued his studies at The University of Oklahoma, where he performed with both Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Contemporary Dance Oklahoma under the direction of Michael Bearden, Austin Hartel, and Roxanne Lyst. In addition to performing work by his professors, he has had the opportunity to perform work by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Alejandro Cerrudo, Amy Hall Garner, Ilya Kozadayev, Nilas Martins, Earl Mosely, and Kevin Wynn. He is grateful for the love and support of his family, friends, and instructors. Our 2021-22 season is Kieran’s 3rd with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Kieran is sponsored by C.H. Douglas & Gray Wealth Management.
Emily Franks began dancing at the age of 10 at The Woodlands Dance Center in The Woodlands, TX, under the direction of Regan Jurick. Starting in 2014, she worked as an instructor for MA Dance. While she continued her dance training at the University of Oklahoma under Austin Hartel and Roxanne Lyst, Emily also studied business marketing, graduating in 2018. While at OU, Emily was a member of Hartel Dance Group. Emily has attended intensives with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Nobel Motion. She enjoys teaching dancers of all ages and seeing them fall in love with the art just like she has. She is thankful for her family and friends' constant love. Our 2021-22 season is Emily's 4th with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Emily is sponsored by Jim & Cheryl Strain.
Sarah Taylor hails from Portland, OR, where she began ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and passed every major examination with distinction. She has performed with Ballet Concerto, Lake Erie Ballet, SoMar Dance Works and Northwest Dance Theatre. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mercyhurst University with a B.F.A. degree in dance where she was granted both dance and academic scholarships. She has been highlighted in the second violin in Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, a principal role in Dennis Spaight’s Gloria, the Arabian soloist, Merliton, and Waltz of the Flowers soloist in The Nutcracker, and several principal roles in newly choreographed classical and contemporary works. During the summers, Sarah attended intensives at Oregon Ballet Theatre and American Ballet Theatre, and was a semi-finalist at the Genée International Ballet competition in Antwerp, Belgium. She is grateful for the love and unwavering support of her friends, family, and dance mentors and colleagues. Without them she wouldn’t be where she is today. Our 2021-22 season is Sarah's 3rd with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Sarah is sponsored by Miriam & David Resnick.
Natalie Clevenger, originally from Mooresville, IN, began her dance training at The Dance Refinery in Indianapolis, where she competed throughout the United States. In the fall of 2018, she graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in dance and a minor in Japanese. Upon graduation, Natalie received the Gertrude Shurr award for modern dance. Her repertoire includes works from Bella Lewitsky, Ohad Naharin, Billy Larson, James Clouser and other UA Dance faculty. While in college, Natalie performed as a soloist for the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s Festival of Carols at the Palladium. She also performed as a soloist in the Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance Festival with the newly-founded contemporary dance company, Hawkins Dance, in Tucson, AZ. The Arts Council of Indianapolis named Natalie a Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow in 2022. Our 2021-22 season is Natalie's 3rd with DK.
Natalie is sponsored by Pat & Danielle Havens.
Justin Rainey was raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas where he started his dance training at the age of 19 under Gail Leftwitch, while attending the University of Arkansas and graduating Magnum Cum Laude with a degree in Kinesiology. Starting his junior year Justin joined NWA Ballet Theatre under the direction of Emily Coen as an apprentice. After two seasons with the ballet theatre, Justin moved to Oklahoma and continued his dance training at the University of Oklahoma as a ballet major under the direction of Michael Bearden. There he had the privilege of performing works by George Balanchine, Alejandro Cerrudo, Merce Cunningham, William Christensen, Austin Hartel, Tommie-Waheed Evans and Roxanne Lyst. Following OU Justin rejoined NWA Ballet Theatre under the direction of David Justin as a company member for the 2020-21 season. Justin has also trained summers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Oklahoma International Dance Festival. Our 2021-22 season will be Justin's first with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Justin is sponsored by Taft Law.
Holly Harkins is from Rustburg, Virginia, and began her dance training under Keith Lee at Dance Theatre of Lynchburg. Holly graduated high school from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the George Mason University School of Dance with a BFA in 2021. She has trained at the American Dance Festival, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, SpringboardX, The Ailey School, The Taylor School, Company E, the Doug Varone & Dancers Intensive, and the Gaga Intensive. Holly has had the opportunity to perform works by Micaela Taylor, Kyle Abraham, Rafael Bonachela, Ohad Naharin, and Hope Boykin. Holly is endlessly grateful for the people who have helped her along the way, and is excited to create her home here in Indianapolis. Our 2021-22 season will be Holly's first as an apprentice dancer with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Holly is sponsored by Jennal & Kent Johnson.