Dance Guest Artists

Winter 2023 Guests

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Renaldo Maurice

Renaldo Maurice (Gary, IN) began his training with Tony Washington and graduated from Talent Unlimited High School. He attended Emerson School for Visual and Performing Arts, studying with Larry Brewer. Mr. Maurice was a scholarship student at The Ailey School, Ballet Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. He received second place in modern dance from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and received the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. In 2012 he was honored with the key to the city of his hometown. Mr. Maurice has choreographed and performed with Grammy nominated artist Jazzmeia Horn. He is the 2022 Willie Ninja Supreme Award Recipient and star of HBO Max’s Legendary. He has also incorporated his passion for the arts with social responsibility as the co-artistic director of Indiana's South Shore Dance Alliance. He was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2011, and rejoined in 2019. Find him on Facebook: @Maurice Gardner and on Instagram: @mauricerenaldo

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Charlie Clark

From Saginaw, Michigan, Charles began dancing at a young age, training in numerous styles such as jazz, lyrical, tap, ballet, and hip hop. In 2011 Charles began furthering his training at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, where he trained extensively in modern, ballet, and jazz. While at Grand Valley he also had the opportunity to perform as a principal guest artist with companies throughout Michigan, such as the Children’s Ballet Theater of Michigan, Flat River Dance Company, and Opera Grand Rapids. Charles graduated from Grand Valley in December 2015. He was a company member with Minnesota Ballet from 2016-19 and Ballet Tucson for the 2019-20 season. At Minnesota Ballet and Ballet Tucson he had the opportunity to perform many notable ballets. These roles include “Elegy Male” in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Classical Pas de Deux in Christopher Wheeldon’s 5 Movements 3 Repeats. Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco, the Prince and Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Robert Gardner’s “Limelight”,  Salvatore Aiello’s Senza Fretta, and many others. Charles now resides in Denver, CO and performs as a guest artist with both local companies and companies across the country.

Fall 2022 Guests

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Qarrianne Blayr 

Fayetteville, North Carolina 

Qarrianne joined DCDC’s first company in 2012 after having performed for two seasons in DCDC2, the company’s pre-professional ensemble. She earned her BFA degree at Howard University, studying under Sherrill Berryman-Johnson, Pat Thomas, Sandra Fortune-Green, Katherine Smith, Akua Kouyate, and Assane Konte. She also studied traditional Jamaican dance at University of West Indies at Mona. 

Ms. Blayr has performed the works of many choreographer’s including Ulysses Dove, Donald McKayle, Ron K. Brown, Dianne McIntyre, Ray Mercer, and Crystal Michelle and has taught at and/ or created work on DCDC, DCDC2, University of Dayton Dance Ensemble, Ohio University Dance Majors, Kazyna Dance Company, Dance Grenada International Dance Festival, International Association of Blacks in Dance, and Hill Dance Academy Theater.  

Touring and performing with the company continues to be inspiring and fulfilling for Ms. Blayr as she’s visited many states in American, and many countries around the world including Russia, Kazakhstan, Bermuda, and China, while also serving at Associate Artistic Director.  

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Deborah Lohse

Born and raised in California, DEBORAH LOHSE is a comedian, dancer and choreographer living and working in New York City. Her work has been presented in theaters, public spaces and festivals including DANCE NOW Joe’s Pub, American Dance Festival, Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, United Solo Theater Festival, La Mama Moves, Winter Garden at Brookfield Place and The Stonewall Inn. She has received commissions from Women In Motion, Mantra Percussion, SUNY Purchase, DANCE NOW and Island Moving Company as well as artist residencies from The Yard, Marble House Project, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Acadia Summer Arts Program and SILO. As a performer, Lohse has worked with theater directors Michael Preston, Barbara Karger and Anne Kauffman, visual artists Suzanne Bocanegra  and Paulina Olowska and choreographers Monica Bill Barnes, Cori Olinghouse, Doug Elkins, Katy Pyle/Ballez, David Parker/The Bang Group, Ashley R.T. Yergens and Lohse’s collaborative dance comedy crew LMnO3 (Lohse, Marquis and Oakley). She currently performs with Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and as her alter ego indefatigable cabaret persona TruDee.

Past Guest Artists

Charles Askegard, (formerly of Ballet Next, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet)

Kathryn Alter (Limón Dance Company)

Zelma Badu-Younge (Azaguno)

Melissa Barak (Barak Ballet, formerly of Los Angeles Ballet, New York City Ballet)

Karena Birk (Dance Fremont!)

Julie Blume (formerly of Parsons Dance)

Richard Bowman (formerly of Royal New Zealand Ballet, Leipzig Ballet, Australian Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre)

Xan Burley (alexandance company)

Susan Brooker (University of North Carolina School of the Arts)

Queala Clancy (The Dance Narrative Project, formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity)

Sofie Clemmensen (independent artist)

Bryn Cohn (Bryn Cohn + Artists)

Amy Cova (Amy Cova Dance)

Natasha Davis (Morehead State University)

Autumn Eckman (formerly of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street)

Lauren Edson (formerly of Trey McIntyre Project)

Brian Enos (Big Muddy Dance Co.)

Mike Esperanza (BARE Dance Company)

Mina Estrada (independent artist)

Kristi Faulkner (Kristi Faulkner Dance)

Mark Haim (independent artist)

Melissa Hale Coyle (formerly of American Ballet Theatre, Cincinnati Ballet Co., Tulsa Ballet Theatre)

Randy Herrera (formerly of Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet)

Susan Kikuchi (Martha Graham Dance Company)

Justin Koertgen (formerly of Dayton Ballet)

Lisa LaMarre (LaMarre and Dancers)

Rebecca Lemme (Acts of Matter)

Marlayna Locklear (Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, formerly of Dayton Contemporary Dance Co.)

Joshua Manculich (formerly of Thodos Dance Chicago)

Karen Milligan (Milligan School of Ballet)

Eddy Ocampo (formerly of River North, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago)

Amy O'Neal (Amy O/tiny rage)

Michael Spencer Phillips (RIOULT Dance NY)

Stacy Reischman Fletcher (University of Southern Mississippi)

Amy Rose (formerly of American Ballet Theatre)

Yoshito Sakuraba (Abarukas)

Solveig & Mark Santillano (SoMar Dance Works, formerly of Pilobolus, MOMIX)

Leslie Scott (BODYART)

Paul Singh (Baryshnikov Center, Julliard, Sarah Lawrence)

George Smallwood (Paul Taylor Dance Company, formerly of Battleworks Dance Company)

Peter Sparling (formerly of Martha Graham Dance Company)

Alex Springer (formerly of Doug Varone and Dancers)

Melissa Thodos (Thodos Dance Chicago)

Simon Thomas-Train (David Dorfman Dance)

Takehiro Ueyama (TAKE Dance, formerly of Paul Taylor Dance Company)

Roger Van Fleteren (formerly of American Ballet Theatre)

Helanius J. Wilkins (formerly director of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater)

Wallie Wolfgruber (SUNY-Purchase)

Jesse Zaritt (independent artist)

Recent Alumni Guest Artists have included

Lauren Blane Bogren (Founder and Artistic Director of Main Street Ballet Company, owner of Synergy Dance Academy, formerly of Giordano Dance Chicago)

Elizabeth Fadell (formerly of Grand Rapids Ballet)

Kelly Kerastas (Studio Manager and Company Director of Dance Dimensions Performing Arts Center)

Carley Klebba (Chicago Repertory Ballet)

Natiya Lozano (licensed dance movement therapist, formerly of CODA, The Puzzle League)

Jessica Pittman (Industrial Dance Alliance, Third Law Dance Company)

Jesse Powers (Artistic Director of Capital Ballet Theatre, formerly of Inaside Chicago Dance)

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