Dances We Dance. Stories We Tell.

An intersectional and multi-generational movement arts initiative, Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement was established in June of 2018. This diverse collective of vessels ranges in age from 16 to 55 and is shifting the landscape of dance locally. The company is committed to the exploration (or interrogation) of the universal pursuits of love and happiness in this era marked by the continual morphing of intimacy due to technology. While cultivating a body of work with palpable energy that crosses borders or effaces them completely, the company seeks to represent the full spectrum of the human experience through visibility and inclusion. Audiences are invited to explore #thefeelingofanemotion inherent within the themes of mental wellness, colliding truths, intimate safety, patriarchal and respectability politics. Through the curation of poignant physical narratives, our goal is present work that is accessible, relatable, and work that lives in larger social dialogue long after any show. The company and its founder have been named a Creativity Connects Fellow, a City of Denver Cultural Partner, a City of Denver Imagine 2020 Grantee, and the first recipient of the Presenting Denver Dance Festival’s Audience Favorite Award. Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement is honored to have been selected as the Artist-in-Residence for the Presenting Denver Dance Festival 2020.

The Company

Ciera Barrow

is originally from Asheville, NC where she grew up dancing for a local competition studio, Asheville Dance Theater, and the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville. She earned undergraduate degrees in Dance Performance & Choreography and Media Arts from the University of South Carolina and her M.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Business Design & Arts Leadership in 2019. Ciera’s professional dance credits include The Power Company Collaborative in Columbia, South Carolina. She now works as an events program manager for the University of Colorado Boulder and spends her free time exploring Colorado with her fiancée and their two dogs. Ciera is thrilled to be dancing with Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement for her third season!

Alyssa Henningsen

is originally from Chester, New Jersey. Having grown up in competitive dance, she performed and competed in jazz, lyrical, ballet, tap, and hip hop for over a decade. Alyssa continued her dance endeavors at Bucknell University, minoring in Dance while double majoring in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. While completing her studies she served as Bucknell Dance Company’s Student Director and focused her performances on modern and jazz techniques. After a 4-year hiatus, Alyssa returned to the art of dance as a founding member of Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement. This is Ms. Coughlan’s fourth year with the company.

Naturelle Garcia-Taylor

At 17 years old, Naturelle Garcia-Taylor, lets art not age define her as a person. She is an avid interdisciplinary art student with interests in dance, photography, and painting. She has largely trained at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Academy. Miss Garcia Taylor is currently immersed in deepening her understanding of the mental, physical, historical, and spiritual connections implicit within those things that she loves and holds dearly: that she loves dearly. She is thrilled to be working with Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement and believes it has shifted her views on dance forever!

Kay-Marie Karva

At a young age Kay-Marie Karva found comfort and love in being able to dance to the music around her. This led to her enrolling in the Michelle Latimer Dance Academy from the age of 5 until the age of 18, introducing her to competitive dance. Throughout her training she was offered opportunities to take classes from and perform choreography by the likes of celebrated choreographers including Travis wall, Nick Lazzarini, Stacey Tookey and many more. These experiences expanded her versatility as a dancer and taught her to value not just the beauty of technique within dance but also the beauty of being able to choose to express oneself within the art of your choice. During her time with the Michelle Latimer Dance Company she won multiple jazz and modern dance scholarships to further her dance education. Kay-Marie is a 2021 graduate of the University of Colorado, Denver and elated to continue her dance endeavors with Edgar L. Page: Feel the Movement.

Alex Keldin

In 1987, Alex Keldin took her first dance class ‘Movement for Theater Majors’ at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Thirty years later, she took her second dance class. Fortunately, that class was taught by Edgar L. Page, who ignited her love for the art of movement. During those dance-less decades she earned a Bachelor’s degree in film production, and a Master’s in curriculum and instruction. She has spent 20 years teaching for Denver Public Schools, and relishes the opportunity to go from teacher to student during her after-school dance classes. She is thrilled and honored to be the oldest and newest founding member in this innovative dance company!

Michelle Russell

In the words of Michelle Russell: I came to dance much later than most dancers do, although performing has always been in my blood from family talent nights to plays and musical theater. I discovered my love for dance in 8th grade when I was in A Christmas Carol. In 9th grade, I enrolled in my high school dance program. I was absolutely hooked! That summer, the Sacramento Parks and Rec partnered with the Sacramento Ballet to offer an apprenticeship opportunity. It was rigorous, extremely intense and I was completely out of my league…but I excelled dancing 5 hours a day with the most amazing ballet masters in California. At the end of the summer, auditions were held for 5 apprenticeship positions, and I earned a spot! Through 4 years of high school and the first year of college I was deeply immersed in ballet and contemporary dance. At the end of my second year in college, life took me to England where I danced with a contemporary company for 4 years. During that time I got married and had 2 children. It became difficult to manage family and dancing with the company, so I decided to take a short break from the company. That short break ended up being 30 years and 2 more wonderful children later.

Nine years ago I found ballroom dancing, which has been truly amazing, and fulfilled my desire to dance and until recently, it was enough. However, when I met Edgar Page at The 2019 Mile High Dance Festival, and took his class I realized how much I’d missed my first dance love! And now, I am so honored and blessed to be a part of Feel the Movement!

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