Natalie Moffett Smith (artistic director, choreographer and dancer)
Natalie Moffett Smith is a native Washingtonian. She received her MFA in Dance from George Mason University and her BA from Virginia Intermont College. Moffett Smith founded DanceSmith in 2002, building on her extensive experience as a dancer, teacher and choreographer. She was previously a leading dancer of the Duluth Ballet (now the Minnesota Ballet), Eric Hampton Dance and Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company, and also appeared as a guest artist with several dance companies including Tony Powell/Music and Movement. She trained at the Washington School of Ballet under the direction of Mary Day and Choo San Goh, and as a student she was the recipient of scholarships to attend intensive training at the Pennsylvania Ballet, Skidmore College and the Joffrey Ballet.
For more information about Natalie Moffett Smith, please go to About Us.
Waylon Anderson (Guest Artist) has danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre II, Ballet Austin and Lone Star Ballet. He attended Stephen F. Austin State University and received his BFA in Dance from West Texas A&M University. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree at the University of Maryland. Mr. Anderson has taught at Dance Place in Washington, DC and West Texas A&M Dance Academy. His choreography has been performed by North Carolina Dance Theatre II and Lone Star Ballet, and at the American College Dance Festival and Chautauqua School of Dance.
Charlie Barnett has collaborated with DanceSmith since its inception. His commissioned score for DanceSmith’s Within (2004) was awarded the 2004 Metro DC Dance Award for original composition. DanceSmith’s Interior Lining (2003) is also set to one of Barnett’s compositions, and he and Natalie Moffett Smith have worked together on two other experimental collaborations. As a film composer, Barnett’s scores have appeared in more than three hundred television and theatrical films.
For more information about Charlie Barnett, please go to Collaborations.
Helen Marie Bunch (principal dancer)
Helen Marie Bunch is from Reston, VA and is thrilled to be back with Dancesmith for a third season. She received her training at the Washington School of Ballet and performed with the company as a trainee. She has performed with several D.C. based companies including the ARKA Ballet and Tony Powell/Music&Movement. Helen Marie performed in Yerevan, Armenia with the ARKA Ballet. In the U.S. she performed in the national tour of the broadway musical The Will Roger’s Follies. Other musical credits include Crazy For You and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. In addition to performing, Helen Marie teaches dance throughout the Washington area.
Judy Hansen, a native Washingtonian, has created costumes for DanceSmith since its inception, and has been an esthetic adviser to Natalie Moffett Smith and the company. She has designed costumers for the Washington Ballet and for individual artists of the American Ballet Theatre, Joffery Ballet and Kirov Ballet. She has also designed costumes for several Washington area dance companies. Theatre credits include The Shakespeare Summer Festival, Theatre 54, and the Eleven O'Clock Show, Warehouse Theatre. She is the recipient of the 2004 Metro D.C. Dance Award for Excellence in Costume Design.
Lynn Joslin is an independent lighting designer and technical director who has collaborated with DanceSmith on all of its theater performances. Ms. Joslin also toured with Suzanne Farrell's ballet company as lighting director. She has also designed the lighting for Eric Hampton Dance, Tony Powell/Music & Movement, and Rincones & Company Dance Theatre, as well as Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and the Maryland Youth Ballet.
Austin St. John
Austin St. John is a native of Pasadena, CA. Professionally he has danced with the Rudy Perez Ensemble, the Sacramento Ballet, the Oakland Ballet and the Cleveland Ballet. He was a member of Eric Hampton Dance and has guested with various DC companies. He is on the faculty of the Maryland Youth Ballet.
Grissell Suhy (principal dancer)
Grissell Suhy graduated with a BFA in dance from George Mason University. Ms. Suhy has been performing with DanceSmith for the past five seasons and is thrilled to be one of the original company members of DanceSmith. In addition to dancing, she teaches at Maryland Youth Ballet and at Studio Body Logic in Arlington and Alexandria. She is also a personal trainer. She is currently studying for her Certification in Pilates.
Kathryn Sydell (principal dancer)
Kathryn Sydell, a native of North Carolina, received her early training from her mentor Sandra Miller, and the Joffrey Ballet, ABT, and The Juilliard School summer programs. She then attended The Juilliard School where she danced works by Anthony Tudor, Ohad Naharin, Martha Graham, Jiri Kylian, Robert Battle, Zvi Gotheiner, and Lar Lubovitch. In 2004 she received her BFA and became a dancer and rehearsal assistant for both Contemporary Dance Theater of NY, under the direction of Jennifer Kries, and Sensedance, under the direction of Henning Rubsam. She was also an ensemble member of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This is her second season with DanceSmith.
Harriet Moncure Williams
Harriet Moncure Williams, rehearsal director, has assisted Ms. Moffett Smith with the rehearsal and staging of several works. She has been on the faculty at the Maryland Youth Ballet since 1982. Ms. Williams received her training at the Richmond Academy of Ballet in Richmond, VA and later with Eric Hampton in Washington, D.C. She was a leading dancer with the Virginia Ballet Theatre and performed with Perlo/Bloom & Company for many seasons. Ms. Williams taught dance at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and ballet at George Washington University. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 1975. Ms. Williams is the Conservator of the choreographic works of the late Eric Hampton.
Kristina Windom (principal dancer)
A founding member of DanceSmith and a native of Silver Spring, MD, Ms. Windom trained at the Washington School of Ballet and danced professionally with the Washington Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Alonzo King's Lines Contemporary Ballet, Eric Hampton Dance, Tony Powell/ Music & Movement, and the Washington Opera Ballet. She currently teaches ballet at the Berrend Dance Centre, located in Olney, MD. Ms. Windom is also a guest teacher at Towson University Dance Department.
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