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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

Amanda Boozer  Amanda began her ballet training at Ballet Tennessee VanCura Ballet Conservatory in Chattanooga, TN. She was in their Professional Training Program for four years, and Amanda danced as a member of the student company for six years. In 2014, she joined Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s Conservatory Program. The following season, she was given a full merit scholarship to return to the Conservatory Program. In 2016 she was promoted to a paid position in Atlanta Ballet’s Fellowship Program. After her time with Atlanta Ballet, Amanda became a company member and an intern of Fly On a Wall. Amanda was a guest artist in Kit’s inaugural season and joined the company full time in 2018.

Amanda Boozer

Amanda began her ballet training at Ballet Tennessee VanCura Ballet Conservatory in Chattanooga, TN. She was in their Professional Training Program for four years, and Amanda danced as a member of the student company for six years. In 2014, she joined Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s Conservatory Program. The following season, she was given a full merit scholarship to return to the Conservatory Program. In 2016 she was promoted to a paid position in Atlanta Ballet’s Fellowship Program. After her time with Atlanta Ballet, Amanda became a company member and an intern of Fly On a Wall. Amanda was a guest artist in Kit’s inaugural season and joined the company full time in 2018.

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. Maia is a member of ImmerseATL and is in her first 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. Maia is a member of ImmerseATL and is in her first season with Kit.

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 first 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 first 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. This is Meg’s first 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. This is Meg’s first season with Kit.

Porter Grubbs  Porter began his training at Troy University where he trained with instructors Elie Lazar and Dominique Angel. He attended intensives such as the Alabama Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival winter workshops in New York City, and the American Dance Festival summer program in Durham, NC where he was on scholarship. He has worked with Sidra Bell in her winter|module at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, with Atlanta-based choreographers T. Lang and Bella Dorado for their respective commissions at the High Museum of Art, and has studied with David Zambrano and Renan Martins at Danscentrum Jette in Brussels, Belgium. His choreography has been featured in multiple performances at Troy University as well as in showcases at the American Dance Festival, the Alabama Dance Festival, and at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Porter has studied extensively with acclaimed artists such as Brenda Daniels, Wes Chapman, and Gerri Houlihan, and he has performed repertory by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, and an excerpt of a work by Kyle Abraham titled The Watershed. In Atlanta, Porter performs with Atlanta-based choreographer Kristel Tedesco and her collective Little Minute ATL, and has recently founded his own collective MediumsATL. Porter is a founding member of Kit Modus

Porter Grubbs

Porter began his training at Troy University where he trained with instructors Elie Lazar and Dominique Angel. He attended intensives such as the Alabama Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival winter workshops in New York City, and the American Dance Festival summer program in Durham, NC where he was on scholarship. He has worked with Sidra Bell in her winter|module at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, with Atlanta-based choreographers T. Lang and Bella Dorado for their respective commissions at the High Museum of Art, and has studied with David Zambrano and Renan Martins at Danscentrum Jette in Brussels, Belgium. His choreography has been featured in multiple performances at Troy University as well as in showcases at the American Dance Festival, the Alabama Dance Festival, and at Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Porter has studied extensively with acclaimed artists such as Brenda Daniels, Wes Chapman, and Gerri Houlihan, and he has performed repertory by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Merce Cunningham, and an excerpt of a work by Kyle Abraham titled The Watershed. In Atlanta, Porter performs with Atlanta-based choreographer Kristel Tedesco and her collective Little Minute ATL, and has recently founded his own collective MediumsATL. Porter is a founding member of Kit Modus

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. Courtney joined kit modus in 2018.

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. Courtney joined kit modus in 2018.

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

Erin Rauch  Erin received her BA in Dance from Kennesaw State University in 2013. While attending university, Erin was awarded an academic scholarship for being an "outstanding scholar", and her choreography was selected to represent KSU at the American College Dance Association regional festival in 2013. At KSU, she performed in works by Ivan Pulinkala, Lauri Stallings, and Stevan Novakovich. Erin attended the American Dance Festival at Duke University in the summer of 2014, where she received training from former Forsythe dancer Elizabeth "Betsy" Corbett, Rodger Belman, Ishmael Houston Jones, and many others. Erin danced for Emily Cargill and Dancers in 2014 and performed in both the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival and the Detroit Dance City Festival. In 2015, Erin attended two weeks of summer programming at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, taking classes (most notably) from Bobbi Jene Smith, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley, Tristan Ching. In Atlanta, Erin has performed with Lucky Penny/Work Room resident artist Anicka Austin, and Fly on a Wall. This is Erin’s first season with Kit Modus

Erin Rauch

Erin received her BA in Dance from Kennesaw State University in 2013. While attending university, Erin was awarded an academic scholarship for being an "outstanding scholar", and her choreography was selected to represent KSU at the American College Dance Association regional festival in 2013. At KSU, she performed in works by Ivan Pulinkala, Lauri Stallings, and Stevan Novakovich. Erin attended the American Dance Festival at Duke University in the summer of 2014, where she received training from former Forsythe dancer Elizabeth "Betsy" Corbett, Rodger Belman, Ishmael Houston Jones, and many others. Erin danced for Emily Cargill and Dancers in 2014 and performed in both the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival and the Detroit Dance City Festival. In 2015, Erin attended two weeks of summer programming at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, taking classes (most notably) from Bobbi Jene Smith, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley, Tristan Ching. In Atlanta, Erin has performed with Lucky Penny/Work Room resident artist Anicka Austin, and Fly on a Wall. This is Erin’s first season with Kit Modus

Benjamin Stevenson  Benjamin attended Emory University, where they received their B.A in Political Science and Arabic. In addition to their primary studies, they maintained an active presence in both the dance and creative writing programs. Benjamin has worked with Staibdance, and Okwae Miller, and their writing has been published in Wussy Magazine, Floromancy, Adolescent Content, Emory University’s queer literary magazine Mr. Ma’am., and the Middle Eastern literary magazine Khabar Keslan. Benjamin has also worked with other notable movement artists such as Anicka Austin, Bella Dorado, George Staib, Kathleen Wessel, Noelle Kayser, and Okwae Miller. This is Benjamin’s first season with Kit Modus

Benjamin Stevenson

Benjamin attended Emory University, where they received their B.A in Political Science and Arabic. In addition to their primary studies, they maintained an active presence in both the dance and creative writing programs. Benjamin has worked with Staibdance, and Okwae Miller, and their writing has been published in Wussy Magazine, Floromancy, Adolescent Content, Emory University’s queer literary magazine Mr. Ma’am., and the Middle Eastern literary magazine Khabar Keslan. Benjamin has also worked with other notable movement artists such as Anicka Austin, Bella Dorado, George Staib, Kathleen Wessel, Noelle Kayser, and Okwae Miller. This is Benjamin’s first season with Kit Modus

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 first 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 first season with Kit.