CAITLIN CUNNINGHAM (Dancer/Rehearsal Assistant), originally from Norfolk, VA, began her classical ballet training with Virginia Ballet Theatre under Janina Bove, Suzanne Lownsbury, and Patricia Sorrell. She has worked with artists such as Lydia Roberts Coco, Roni Mahler and Duncan Cooper. Ms. Cunningham holds her B.S and M.S in Sociology from Virginia Commonwealth University and began dancing with SFD in 2014.
ERICK HOOTEN (Dancer) was born on an Air Force Base in the Philippines and started dancing fairly late in college. Originally introduced to Ballroom and Latin dancing as an extracurricular club member at the University of Virginia, he then became an Instructor for 6 years for independent studios as well as a certified Arthur Murray Instructor. He later obtained a B. A. from Old Dominion University in Theater and Dance and later an A. A. S. to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. Since moving to Richmond, he continues to be a dance enthusiast learning many styles of dance, working with the human body, and dancing as a member of the Starr Foster Dance since 2015
ANNA BRANCH (Dancer), originally from Richmond, Virginia, began her training at the West End Academy of Dance. She later continued her studies in the trainee program at the Richmond Ballet training under Malcolm Burn, Igor Antonov and many others. In 2015, Anna graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC with a Bachelors in Fine Arts Degree in dance. This is Anna's fourth year with SFD.
Shelby is from Stafford, Virginia and has been dancing for 21 years. She danced at Dance and Gym Expressions for 12 years where she was also a competitive dancer. She graduated from James Madison University in May 2012 with her B.A. in Dance. She was the Vice President for the JMU Dance Theatre, part of the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and spent two years in the Virginia Repertory Dance Company. She was granted scholarships to study with River North Chicago Dance Company, CityDance Ensemble out of Washington D.C. and Eisenhower Dance Ensemble in their Great Lakes Dance Festival. She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Kelly Bartnik, Laurie Eisenhower and Vincent Thomas. She previously performed with Uprooted Dance based in Washington DC for three seasons where she has had the opportunity to work on a variety of site-specific works as well as main stage performances including The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and performed in works developed by N.Y choreographer Aaron McGloin and Taiko drummer/performer Mark H. Rooney. She has taught dance classes and workshops in the Washington, DC area as well as taught a number of workshops at James Madison University before and after graduation in 2012. This is Shelby’s second season with Starr Foster Dance.
Fran Beaumont, originally from Richmond, Virginia began her training with the School of the Richmond Ballet. After graduating from Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, with a focus on dance, she continued her education in England at The Hammond School where she studied dance and choreography. In 2016, she graduated with a Level 6 Degree from Trinity College in Professional Dance and received her teaching certificate in Pilates. Fran has trained with Jasmine Grace, Starrene Foster, Jane Elliott, David Needham, Anthea Garratt, Alison Hughes, Tara Penick, Arnott Mader, Lee Johnston, Antonia Barron, and Christine Eccleston-Tuohy. She currently works as a stagehand with the Richmond Ballet and choreographs for Appomattox Governors School. Fran joined Starr Foster Dance in 2018.
Mattie Rogers, native of Richmond, VA, began dancing at the age of three. After graduating from Thomas Dale High School's Dance Specialty Center program, where she studied under Denise Purvis, she went on to earn her BA in Dance and Arts Management from the College of Charleston. There she received training from Gretchen McLaine and was chosen to perform pieces choreographed by Tara Madsen Robbins and John Zullo. In Charleston, she performed and trained with Kristin Alexander's Annex Dance Company and in 2016 she interned at the American Dance Festival where she trained under Gerri Houlihan. She credits much of her training to the Stavna Ballet where she trained under Shannon McConville. Mattie joined Starr Foster Dance in 2018.
Kelsey Gagnon is a 2018 graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Fine Arts where they earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and Choreography. While earning their degree, Kelsey performed in various works created by faculty and guest artists such as: Courtney Harris, Martha Curtis, Judith Steel, and guest artist Andre Zachary. In addition to these performances, they enjoy creating pieces independently or with colleagues. Kelsey started their dance training over a decade ago and has been passionately engrossed ever since. With roots in Virginia, for many years, Kelsey has trained at Linda’s Ballet Workshop, and Woodbridge Academy of Dance. Their individualistic dance esthetics has allowed them the opportunities to attend Bates Dance festival: Professional Training Program where they were selected to be a part of Stephan Koplowitz MILL TOWN a repertory site-specific work. Kelsey plans to broaden their scope in holistic fields such as; Registered Yoga Teacher certification, Reiki Energy Healing Certification, and Rolfing and Structural Integration Certification. *Kelsey Gagnon identifies as genderqueer/gender-fluid and prefers gender-neutral pronouns (they/them/their).
Cristina Peters is a graduate of the University of Richmond where she earned degrees in Visual Arts and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. During her time at UR, she also minored in dance and was a member of the University Dancers. Besides providing her with the opportunity to learn from amazing choreographers such as Charlotte Boye-Christiansen, Christian Von Howard, Alexandra Damiani, and Starrene Foster, she also created her first choreographic work in 2018 which was presented at the Modlin Center in the University Dancer’s annual performance. Cristina started her dance training as a youth with the Richmond Ballet, and continues choreographing and combining her choreographic work with her visual art.
Kierstin Kratzer (Dancer) grew up dancing in Norfolk and the Eastern Shore of VA. Her early training included four years performing with draMAStic danceworks and summers with the Joffrey Ballet of NYC and the Richmond Ballet. In 2014, she accepted a trainee position with the Richmond Ballet where she performed in company productions as well as in works by Matthew Frain and Maurice Fraga. After graduating from the two year program, she moved back to Norfolk to dance professionally with both the Virginia Ballet Theater and Todd Rosenlieb Dance. Kierstin has also been a dancer artist with Experimental Film Virginia as well, dancing and acting in several locally made short films. She has guested with local company, Karardance, and embraces a love for fire spinning and performing in the local community. Kierstin is so excited to continue her dance career in RVA with Starr Foster Dance. This is her first season with SFD.
JORDAN LIVERMON GLUNT (Company/Emerita) began her study of dance in her hometown of Powhatan, VA and continued it through The School of Richmond Ballet. She graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2003 with a BFA in Dance and Choreography. Currently, Jordan serves as Minds In Motion Director for Richmond Ballet where she has also been a member of the Minds In Motion faculty since 2007. She has performed with Starr Foster Dance since 2004 and is extremely grateful to Starr Foster and the company's dancers for 14 wonderful years of performance. Retired from the stage, Jordan continues to advise SFD and re-set repertory
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