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. Jane is Senior Dance Reviewer for DC Metro Theater Arts.
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 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.
Ian Edwards is a recent graduate of Kenyon College with a major in dance and a minor in Russian. While at Kenyon he worked with choreographers like Bebe Miller, Tiffany Mills, and Kora Radella. Ian previously worked as Operations and Programs Assistant at Dance Loft on 14. He is currently apprenticed with DC Contemporary Dance Theatre. On top of that he does freelance work around the DMV, with groups like Connect the Dots, Clancyworks Dance Company, and Deviated Theatre.
Ken Hays has taught, directed, and performed Improvisational Comedy for over 15 years, largely with Washington Improv Theater. In addition to his theatrical forays, he was born a certified Mover. Ken would like to thank his wife Carrie and Jane Franklin Dance for the opportunity to explore his latent desires to infiltrate the Dance community.
Carly Johnson grew up dancing in Vienna, Virginia and began dancing at Cuppett Performing Arts Center. In high school she added dance classes at Fairfax Academy for Communications and Arts to her training. There, her piece “Popular” won the Black and Blue Choreography Showcase, and the award for Most Outstanding Signature Project in the Dance Academy. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University she now has her BFA in Dance and Choreography and a minor in General Business. While there she had the pleasure of dancing in pieces choreographed by her peers, faculty members, and guest artists at VCU such as Doug Varone and Stephanie Martinez. She has also worked with dance professionals in the Richmond community and the Lyric Opera of Virginia. From 2015 – 2018 she was a choreographer and performing artist with the northern Virginia based dance company Nomadic Artist Productions. Currently she is dancing and choreographing for Next Reflex Dance Collective in addition to teaching and freelance work.
Shonnita Johnson received her formal dance training at Baltimore School for the Arts, under the leadership of Norma Pera. Ms. Johnson has graduated with honors from Point Park University in Pittsburgh PA, with a B.F.A in business entrepreneurship and dance with a concentration in modern. While at Point Park University Shonnita has performed works with choreographers such as: Kellie Hodges, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Terrance Marling, Randy Duncan, Jason Mcdole, Troy Powell, Raphael Xavier, and Garfield Lemonius. While in Pittsburgh Shonnita had the opportunity to perform with Reed dance, and Green Works project. After graduating college Shonnita went on to continue her training as a professional dancer with Mystic India the World Tour, Staycee Pearl Dance Project, and briefly with the Lula Washington Dance Theater. Shonnita is the Founder and Artistic Director ShonniJ Productions. Her mission is to expand the world arts economy while developing the current and next generation of arts consumers and producers which creates a space for artistic, development, education, job opportunities, and community engagement.
Rachel Luebbert is a dance artist, choreographer, and teacher from Colorado. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a B.F.A. in Dance with Honors, a B.A. in Spanish, and a minor in Business. She has performed in the Performing Dance Company (Salt Lake) in works by Daniel Clifton, Stephen Koester, and Luc Vanier. Rachel received the Utah Fine Arts Fees Grant to travel and perform Tectonic by Sharee Lane and Juan Carlos Claudio (2016) in Berlin and then to teach dance in Panama through the Movement Exchange Program (2017). Rachel has taught modern dance, ballet, jazz, creative movement, latin social dances and improvisation to people and children of all ages. As a choreographer, Rachel produced an evening length show New Year (2017) based on her research of embodying coming-of age narratives through text and movement.
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 a variety of area choreographers and has also choreographed work performed at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria and the DC Capital Fringe Festival.
Rich Nyman is a local Washington D.C. actor, improviser, comedian, and coach, all of which he does to earn income in support of his true passion of aiding the federal government modernize its IT infrastructure. He has performed with the Washington Improv Theater, The Unified Scene Theater, Dojo Comedy, Upright Citizens Brigade, Improv Olympic, and Second City over the past 14 years. When he is not given the honor to perform with Jane Franklin Dance his interest is in bringing grounded, true-to-life scenes come alive in small blackbox theaters around the area as a member of VI Lenin. He recently collaborated with JFD on Borders and is excited to be a part of the most recent Beauty and the Beat production.
Kelsey Rohr started studying dance at Richmond Ballet through their public outreach program. She later graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a BFA in Dance and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She went on to dance with Joshua L. Peugh’s Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and then worked in Geneva, Switzerland with Ballet Junior de Genève and Guilherme Botelho’s Alias Dance Company. She has performed works by Sharon Eyal, Barak Marshall, Angelin Preljocaj, and Roy Assaf. Currently, she enjoys dancing under Robert Priore’s PrioreDance in D.C. and Jane Franklin Dance in Arlington.
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 is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the DC area. As well as dancing with Jane Franklin Dance, she is the Ballet Program Coordinator at District Dance Company and enjoys doing many projects throughout the DMV. Brynna graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory with her BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Business Administration in 2016. Since then she has worked with multiple companies including Gin Dance Company, Nomadic Artist, Connect the Dots Company, and Aras Dance.
Rebecca Weiss is a dancer, choreographer and educator in the Washington DC area. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015, Rebecca interned with Dance Place under the guidance of Carla Perlo and Shannon Quinn. In 2016, she worked with ClancyWorks Dance Company, where she had the opportunity to perform at the American Dance Institute. She has also performed with Through the Fourth Wall Productions, where she starred in the immersive theatre production of, “A Dream Within A Dream: Madness.” Most recently, Rebecca made her musical debut in the highly acclaimed performance of “Legally Blonde” at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. She is currently a company member, administrative assistant and teaching artist for Jane Franklin Dance. Since joining the company in 2016, she has had the opportunity to perform throughout the District at VelocityDC Dance Festival, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival and Capital Fringe Festival.