Aleksa Coffey, originally from Novi, MI, began her serious dance training at Geiger Classical Ballet Academy. She continued her studies at Butler University, where she graduated in 2011 with honors and a BFA in Dance Performance. Aleksa's training also includes summer intensives such as Hubbard Street and a two-month study abroad trip to Lithuania. She also has a passion for teaching and loves educating the next generation of dancers through DK Kids. Aleksa would like to thank her family and her husband for their love and support, and she would also like to thank David for the wonderful opportunity he has given her. Our 2020-21 season is Aleksa's 10th with the company.
Aleksa is sponsored by Anne Scheele.
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 Jofferey, 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 2020-21 season is Emily's 10th with the company.
Emily is sponsored by Sherrie & John Knighton.
Missy Thompson began her training at age three with gymnastics, continuing for 13 years as a competitive gymnast. She also studied modern dance, ballet, and jazz at Rhythm Nations Studio in Euless, TX. Missy is a graduate of the Indiana University Modern Dance program and has attended the Martha Graham summer Dance intensive in New York. Through colorguard, she has performed with top organizations such as the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps and Zydeco Color Guard. Missy has also choreographed movement and dance for the marching field for many programs in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, and a Junior Corps in Quiberon, France. She is proud to be a teacher for The DK kids program. Our 2020-21 season is Missy's 8th with the company.
Missy is sponsored by Pat & Danielle Havens.
Stuart Coleman is a dancer in his 7th season with DK, and was promoted to Artistic Associate in 2020. 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.
Stuart is sponsored by Doug Dilling, United Real Estate Indianapolis.
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 2020-21 season is Paige’s 6th year with DK.
Paige is sponsored by Sandy & Robert Reiberg, and Jeff Berman.
,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 2020-21 season is Cody's 5th year 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 2020-21 season is Marie's 5th year with DK.
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 2020-21 season is Manuel's 4th year with DK.
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 2020-21 season is Kieran’s 2nd year with DK.
Kieran is sponsored by Chris Douglas, 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 2020-21 season is Emily's 3nd year with the company.
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 2020-21 season is Sarah's 2nd year with DK as an Apprentice Dancer.
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. Our 2020-21 season is Natalie's 2nd year with DK as an Apprentice Dancer.