Artistic Director

Jane Franklin received a MFA from The Ohio State University as a University Fellow and certification from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute for Movement Studies. Jane Franklin’s choreography has been presented at multiple venues and festivals in the mid-Atlantic region and southwestern US and internationally in the UK and in Mexico. A recipient of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region Creative Communities Award, Jane has developed innovative and collaborative projects combining dancers with the round wall skateboarding community, with a life size kinetic sculpture, with the architecture of a specific site, with dogs & owners, and with interactive live video and sound for numerous public art projects.  Jane Franklin is a recipient of the American Association of University Women Elizabeth Campbell Award for the Advancement of the Arts in Arlington, Special Opportunity Awards from the City of Alexandria, and her video work Four Mile Run Footbridge was selected for PHOTO/VIDEO 13: Juried Mid-Atlantic Exhibition.

Performers and Educators

Emily Crews has been a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator since 1991 when she moved to the DC area after graduating from the College of William and Mary. Since the fall of 2000, she has been exploring her tap dance roots as a member of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. In addition, Emily serves as the Financial Director for Dance Place.

Andie Ligon de Vaulx earned an A.A. in dance from Montgomery College, and her B.A. in English from the University of Maryland. Andie has studied for 24 years with many artists including Chuck Davis, Donna Birchfield, and David Dorfman. She has been the artistic director of Equinox Dance Company in Frederick, Maryland, created several works for Forty+, and has been associated with Jane Franklin Dance since 2007.

Anthony Scott Milligan is a devoted Appalachian who was born and raised in Richmond, Kentucky. He first began dancing in 2011 while attending Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. He is an enthusiastic mover and passionate choreographer who has spent his short time in the field immersing himself in the art of movement. He is a newcomer to the DC metro area who is currently dancing for Deborah Riley and is excited to be joining Jane Franklin Dance.

Carrie Monger began dancing in the DC metro area in 2002.  She received her Minor in Dance from James Madison University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the College of William and Mary.  She has danced with Deborah Riley, Meisha Bosma, Daniel Burkholder and Keira Hart-Mendoza and choreographed works performed at the Torpedo Factory and the Capital Fringe Festival.  Carrie has performed extensively with banished?productions; an avant pop performance company that generates immersive interdisciplinary art experiences. She was previously a member of Jane Franklin Dance before taking time off to travel the world in 2005. She is excited to return to the company.

Matthew Rock began his movement career with gymnastics (2007), ballroom training (2008), and studio training in ballet, contemporary, and jazz (2010). He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BFA in dance performance and choreography (2014). Matthew performs and dances with various companies for festivals, concerts, and special events.

Amy Scaringe graduated with a BFA from Towson University in 2008. Since then she has had the pleasure if working with Misako Ballet Company, Dissonance Dance Theatre, Wayles Haynes, alight dance theatre, as well as Jane Franklin Dance. She also is currently practicing bikram yoga and taking class at Maryland Youth Ballet.

Brynna Shank was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she began dancing at the age of 3. She studied dance  at Shenandoah Conservatory and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance with a Minor in Business Administration in May 2016. Brynna enjoys the true freedom of expression and the nonverbal communication that comes through dancing. She is currently in the Washington D.C area dancing and teaching.

Rebecca Weiss is freelance dancer and choreographer in the DC area. She received her BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since moving to DC, she has worked with ClancyWorks Dance Company as well as interning at Dance Place under the guidance of Carla Perlo and Shannon Quinn.