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About Kit


Kit provides opportunities and resources for innovators to explore with a creative company of dance artists. We support, promote, and enrich the work of those whose vision moves us. The result is a presentation of diverse work, representing an ever-expanding creative vision. We are a platform for choreographers based locally and internationally to develop and present work on Atlanta-based professional dancers. We also present educational opportunities to professionals and the community, bringing in techniques and teachers from outside of Atlanta to enrich this city and expand its artists’ perspectives.

Artists

Maia Charanis  Maia began her formal training at the Duluth School of Ballet and Jonnie Kelley’s Dancer’s Studio Backstage and performed with the pre-professional company, Atlanta Dance Theatre, Regional Dance America (RDA) and Southeast Regional Dance Association (SERBA). Maia also attended numerous summer dance programs, including Charlotte Ballet, Boston Ballet, ABT Alabama, and Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program. Maia attended the University of South Carolina and earned a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography, as well as a Political Science minor. With USC Maia has danced in Balanchine works such as Serenade and Who Cares?, Paul Taylor’s Company B, as well as new works by Thaddeus Davis, Tanya Wideman-Davis, and Princess Grace Award recipient, Bryan Arias. In June 2018, Maia joined the USC Dance Company at the Kennedy Center to perform a work by Shaun Boyle, selected from this year’s ACDF Southeast conference. In 2018/19 Maia was a member of ImmerseATL. She is in her second season with Kit.

Maia Charanis

Maia began her formal training at the Duluth School of Ballet and Jonnie Kelley’s Dancer’s Studio Backstage and performed with the pre-professional company, Atlanta Dance Theatre, Regional Dance America (RDA) and Southeast Regional Dance Association (SERBA). Maia also attended numerous summer dance programs, including Charlotte Ballet, Boston Ballet, ABT Alabama, and Georgia’s Governor’s Honors Program. Maia attended the University of South Carolina and earned a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography, as well as a Political Science minor. With USC Maia has danced in Balanchine works such as Serenade and Who Cares?, Paul Taylor’s Company B, as well as new works by Thaddeus Davis, Tanya Wideman-Davis, and Princess Grace Award recipient, Bryan Arias. In June 2018, Maia joined the USC Dance Company at the Kennedy Center to perform a work by Shaun Boyle, selected from this year’s ACDF Southeast conference. In 2018/19 Maia was a member of ImmerseATL. She is in her second season with Kit.

Shawny Evans  Shawny is a graduate of the University of Georgia dance program. He has completed  training programs with American Dance Festival, Philadanco, Koresh, Limon, and Diavolo. He was a member of Full Radius Dance, Proia Dance Project, and is a founding member of Kit Modus.

Shawny Evans

Shawny is a graduate of the University of Georgia dance program. He has completed training programs with American Dance Festival, Philadanco, Koresh, Limon, and Diavolo. He was a member of Full Radius Dance, Proia Dance Project, and is a founding member of Kit Modus.

Gabby Gambino  Gabby has danced professionally with Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Atlanta Ballet, Georgia Dance Theatre, and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Gabrielle’s training began at Schramel Conservatory of Dance in New Orleans, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. She has worked with several renowned choreographers such as John McFall, Ron de Jesus, Darell Grand Moultrie, and Ma Cong. She has performed in several notable works including The Big Boi Collaboration choreographed by Lauri Stallings, Serenade, and The Nutcracker. She also has choreographed various pieces for the professional company and school of GDT, Atlanta Ballet’s Student and fellowship division, and has been a guest choreographer for Chattanooga Ballet’s professional company. Gabby is also the founder of Roots Dance Project. This is her second season with Kit Modus.

Gabby Gambino

Gabby has danced professionally with Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Atlanta Ballet, Georgia Dance Theatre, and New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Gabrielle’s training began at Schramel Conservatory of Dance in New Orleans, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. She has worked with several renowned choreographers such as John McFall, Ron de Jesus, Darell Grand Moultrie, and Ma Cong. She has performed in several notable works including The Big Boi Collaboration choreographed by Lauri Stallings, Serenade, and The Nutcracker. She also has choreographed various pieces for the professional company and school of GDT, Atlanta Ballet’s Student and fellowship division, and has been a guest choreographer for Chattanooga Ballet’s professional company. Gabby is also the founder of Roots Dance Project. This is her second season with Kit Modus.

Meg Gourley  Meg is a graduate of the University of Georgia with her B.F.A. in Dance, with a K12 Certification, and a Minor in Anthropology. She began her dance training at age three at Decatur School of Ballet and continued through high school as a member of the Apprentice Ensemble of Decatur City Dance and DSOB’s Rug Cutters. Meg has studied with the Joffrey Ballet School, staibdance, the Governor’s Honors Program, and the American Dance Festival. During her years at UGA, she performed in various faculty and student pieces and was chosen to work with notable guests such as Alexandre Munz and Luis Piedra. She performed with Danza Universitaria in San Jose, Costa Rica. For two summers, Meg served as the Head Resident Assistant for the Joffrey South program on UGA’s campus, as well as Joffrey Denver. Meg is in her second season with Kit

Meg Gourley

Meg is a graduate of the University of Georgia with her B.F.A. in Dance, with a K12 Certification, and a Minor in Anthropology. She began her dance training at age three at Decatur School of Ballet and continued through high school as a member of the Apprentice Ensemble of Decatur City Dance and DSOB’s Rug Cutters. Meg has studied with the Joffrey Ballet School, staibdance, the Governor’s Honors Program, and the American Dance Festival. During her years at UGA, she performed in various faculty and student pieces and was chosen to work with notable guests such as Alexandre Munz and Luis Piedra. She performed with Danza Universitaria in San Jose, Costa Rica. For two summers, Meg served as the Head Resident Assistant for the Joffrey South program on UGA’s campus, as well as Joffrey Denver. Meg is in her second season with Kit

Courtney Lewis  Courtney is from Baltimore, MD. She began her dance training at the age of 5 under the direction of Gloria Lang. Courtney studied as a scholarship student at The Ailey School and has participated in LAUNCH at Northwest Dance Project. She has been fortunate enough to work with many dance makers and instructors including Ana Marie Forsythe, Kevin Wynn, Milton Myers, Adrienne Hurd, Mook Dance Company, Alessandra Giambelli + Dancers, Omar Roman de Jesus + Dancers, and staibdance. In addition to dancing, Courtney is a certified Pilates instructor and an integrative wellness coach. This is Courtney’s second season with Kit

Courtney Lewis

Courtney is from Baltimore, MD. She began her dance training at the age of 5 under the direction of Gloria Lang. Courtney studied as a scholarship student at The Ailey School and has participated in LAUNCH at Northwest Dance Project. She has been fortunate enough to work with many dance makers and instructors including Ana Marie Forsythe, Kevin Wynn, Milton Myers, Adrienne Hurd, Mook Dance Company, Alessandra Giambelli + Dancers, Omar Roman de Jesus + Dancers, and staibdance. In addition to dancing, Courtney is a certified Pilates instructor and an integrative wellness coach. This is Courtney’s second season with Kit

Jillian Mitchell  Jillian’s ballet training began in Michigan at the Milligan School of ballet, under Karen Milligan. She continued her training at the Harid Conservatory where she worked with choreographer Mark Godden, and performed ballets including La Bayadere, Concerto Barrocco, Serenade, and the Nutcracker. Jillian spent her summer breaks attending The National Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and on full scholarship at Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Jillian finished her training at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and performed in Les Sylphides and Grand Defile' Classique. Upon graduation, Jillian joined the New Jersey Ballet where she performed both in the corps de ballet and as a soloist in many ballets including Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Valse Fantasies, Don Quixote, Giselle, Flower Festival and Corsaire. Jillian has also worked with Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Brooklyn Ballet, Roxey Ballet, and Georgia Ballet. She enjoyed working with the choreographers Ron de Jesus, Ronnie D. Carney, Randy James, Seyong Kim, Stuart Loungeway, and Jae Man Joo. Jillian is the founder of Kit Modus

Jillian Mitchell

Jillian’s ballet training began in Michigan at the Milligan School of ballet, under Karen Milligan. She continued her training at the Harid Conservatory where she worked with choreographer Mark Godden, and performed ballets including La Bayadere, Concerto Barrocco, Serenade, and the Nutcracker. Jillian spent her summer breaks attending The National Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, and on full scholarship at Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Jillian finished her training at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and performed in Les Sylphides and Grand Defile' Classique. Upon graduation, Jillian joined the New Jersey Ballet where she performed both in the corps de ballet and as a soloist in many ballets including Paquita, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Valse Fantasies, Don Quixote, Giselle, Flower Festival and
Corsaire. Jillian has also worked with Rebecca Davis Dance Company, Brooklyn Ballet, Roxey Ballet, and Georgia Ballet. She enjoyed working with the choreographers Ron de Jesus, Ronnie D. Carney, Randy James, Seyong Kim, Stuart Loungeway, and Jae Man Joo. Jillian is the founder of Kit Modus

Catherine Messina  Catherine is a graduate of Emory University. As scholarship recipient, she has studied at the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, Staibdance Summer Intensive in Italy, and Bates Winter Intensive in New York. She has danced in the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival and the American College Dance Association, performing the work of Trisha Brown. She has experience in arts administration, choreography, teaching, and technical production. She has worked with Jessica Bertram, the Catellier Dance Projects, Core Dance, and the Immerse ATL program. She currently dances for Atlanta based companies Kit Modus and Staibdance. Katie is in her second season with Kit.

Catherine Messina

Catherine is a graduate of Emory University. As scholarship recipient, she has studied at the Bates Dance Festival in Maine, Staibdance Summer Intensive in Italy, and Bates Winter Intensive in New York. She has danced in the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival and the American College Dance Association, performing the work of Trisha Brown. She has experience in arts administration, choreography, teaching, and technical production. She has worked with Jessica Bertram, the Catellier Dance Projects, Core Dance, and the Immerse ATL program. She currently dances for Atlanta based companies Kit Modus and Staibdance. Katie is in her second season with Kit.

Liz Stillerman  Liz began her training in Covington, Georgia with the Covington Regional Ballet. Upon graduation from high school, Liz attended Elon University where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. In 2012, Liz spent six months in Jerusalem, Israel where she performed works by Barack Marshall, Jacopo Godani, and Crystal Pite with the Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble. Professionally, Liz has performed with TerraNOVA Dance Theatre, Chicago Repertory Ballet, & the Chicago Civic Ballet. Prior to joining Kit, Liz was a company member with Elements Ballet in Chicago, Illinois for 5 seasons under the direction of Mike Gosney. This is her second season with Kit.

Liz Stillerman

Liz began her training in Covington, Georgia with the Covington Regional Ballet. Upon graduation from high school, Liz attended Elon University where she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. In 2012, Liz spent six months in Jerusalem, Israel where she performed works by Barack Marshall, Jacopo Godani, and Crystal Pite with the Jerusalem Academy Dance Ensemble. Professionally, Liz has performed with TerraNOVA Dance Theatre, Chicago Repertory Ballet, & the Chicago Civic Ballet. Prior to joining Kit, Liz was a company member with Elements Ballet in Chicago, Illinois for 5 seasons under the direction of Mike Gosney. This is her second season with Kit.