Sara Bradna is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She began her dance training in Oak Park, Illinois, at the Academy of Movement and Music with Stephanie Clemens, where she performed with Momenta!. Sara continued her training with Homer Bryant, performing with Bryant Ballet of Chicago. She went on to train with Dolores Lipinski-Long and Larry Long at Ruth Page Center for the Arts where she performed with Ruth Page’s Chicago Civic Ballet. She has attended summer programs at Boston Ballet and Prague International Ballet Masterclasses. Since relocating to the Washington, DC area, Sara joined Moveius Contemporary Ballet in 2016, and has also performed professionally with Olney Ballet Theatre and with Nancy Flores. Aside from dancing, Sara holds a BFA in Fine Art Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. In her spare time, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband, Trevor, and their two dogs, Lula Mae and Milo, as well as participating in competitive yoga.
Carrie Denyer hails from Portland Oregon. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a degree in Dance, Carrie joined Greensboro Ballet and trained with Patricia McBride at Charlotte Ballet. She holds an M.S. in dance education from Shenandoah University and teaches dance in the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Carrie is an original cast member of GLACIER and joined MOVEIUS in 2013.
Emily Hashiguchi began her early dance training at Berrend Dance Center with Patricia Berrend. She furthered her dance studies at Maryland Youth Ballet and American Dance Institute. While still a student at ADI, Emily was given the opportunity to be a founding member of Ballet ADI (formerly Chamber Ballet), performing original choreography by Runqiao Du. She has spent her summers studying on scholarship at School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. She was also a finalist and participated for two years in the Kennedy Center Master Class Series, where she was able to take classes with artistic directors from around the world. In 2014, Emily joined Classical Repertory Dance Ensemble, under the direction of Miya Hisaka, performing various classical and contemporary repertoire. Some of the classical repertoire she performed with them included Myrtha from Giselle and Big Swans from Swan Lake. While dancing with CRDE, Emily also was able to perform neoclassical and contemporary pieces by Miya Hisaka and Chika Imamura. Most recently, Emily danced for two seasons with Virginia National Ballet, performing numerous classical and contemporary works by Rafik Hegab. During her time there, she was given the opportunity to perform soloist roles, such as Snow Queen and Flower Soloist from The Nutcracker. Emily was thrilled to join Moveius Contemporary Ballet this past fall.
Etta Hulcher is originally from Alabama. She began her dance training in Huntsville, AL at Community Ballet. After relocating to Montgomery, Etta continued training in both the Magnet School programs as well as the Montgomery Ballet. While at Carver, Baldwin and BTW, Etta received her training from Linda and Gary Moore, Valerie Lagrone, Emily Caruso, and Joy Kennamer Ohme. While at Montgomery Ballet she trained with Meredith Huddleston, Priscilla Crommelin-Ball, Stevan Grebel and Oskar Antunez and performed with the Company. Once relocated to the DC area, Etta trained at the Washington School of Ballet with Rudolf Kharatian and Lorraine Spiegler and performed in Company productions. She attended NC School of the Arts Summer Program training with Melissa Hayden and also attended the Alabama Governor’s School of Fine Arts Summer Program training with Katharine Sanders Parsons. Etta has since taught ballet with Joy of Dance, All That and Jazz, Ballet Teatro International, Dance Loft on 14 and has worked at the Kirov Academy's Summer Program. Etta joined MOVEIUS in 2017 as both a Dancer and Company Manager and has danced professionally with Nancy Flores in her world premier of Apotheotik. She is also the Director of Operations and Programs at Dance Loft on 14, MOVEIUS’ studio facility in DC.
McKenna May hails from Wrentham, Massachusetts and graduated from Elon University in 2017 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications. She currently dances with Moveius Contemporary Ballet in Washington, D.C., premiering in Diana Movius's 2018 original "Rite of Spring, Crash of Fall" at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. She has since performed this work at the Dance Place and Atlas Performing Arts Center, as part of the Intersections Dance Festival. She previously performed with Gaspard & Dancers, appearing in Gaspard Louis's 2017 world premiere of "In-Side a Song" at the Schimmel Center for the Arts in New York City. McKenna’s international debut came in 2016 while performing choreography by Marga Nativo and Keith Ferrone in the Anglo-American International Arts Festival at Palazzo Vecchio. McKenna has also danced with Dissonance Dance Theater, Terranova Dance Theatre, and the Kearns Dance Project, performing both on stage and in various dance films. She has worked with world-renowned choreographers, including Gerri Houlihan of Houlihan and Dancers, as well as Sumi Clements and Taryn Vander Hoop of Summations Dance Company. McKenna attended summer intensives at Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Boston Ballet, and the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. Her early training began at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts in the school’s ballet conservatory program.
Giovanna Montoya trained in Venezuela under the tutelage of Nina Novak, and the Miami City Ballet School under full scholarship. Ms. Montoya would receive yet another full scholarship to attend North Carolina school of the Arts, and graduated in 2006. She trained primarily with Nina Danilova, and Melissa Hayden. Ms. Montoya graduated with honors from Stratford University with a BA in Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts with a Magna Cum Laude Distinction, and is currently working on her MBA.
Ms. Montoya was a professional member of Carolina Ballet Company and subsequently Orlando Ballet; she would later become a guest artist with Teresa Carreno Theatre. She has performed featured principal roles with Ballet Clasico de Camara in Venezuela as well as Onley Ballet Theatre, and the Joffrey Concert Group.
Some of her Repertoire includes Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty Stage by Denise Schultb and Louis Godsrey, Napoli "The Pas de Deux Six" Stage by Lloyd Riggins and Niurka Moredo, Baroque in Rhythm, Swan Lake, Divertimento No. 15 Stage by Anna Marie Holmes, Carmen, Firebird, Monet Impressions Choreographed by Robert Weiss, Nutcracker, Light Rain, Birthday Variations, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, and more. Most recently Ms. Montoya Performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium stage with Moveius Contemporary Ballet as part of the local dance commissioning project.
Ms. Montoya was a semifinalist in the Korea International Ballet Competition, and in the Seoul International Ballet Competition in 2009. She was also featured in a documentary made by the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City called “A day in the life of Giovanna Montoya.”
Diego Sosa is from Asuncion, Paraguay, where he began his dance training in ballet and other styles. Later, he was awarded a scholarship at the Washington School of Ballet. He then continued to further his professional training by taking classes with several prestigious dancers and teachers in the US, Brazil, Italy, Spain and France. Early in his career, Diego performed three years with the Municipal Ballet of Asuncion and most recently he was a dancer at the Ballet de la Universidad del Norte, the largest and most renowned private institution supporting art in Paraguay. With UniNorte he performed for 10 years in principal roles including Carmen, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, The Four Seasons, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker and others. Diego joined the Ballet Theatre of Maryland in 2015 as a Soloist and in 2016 was promoted to Principal. With the Ballet Theatre of Maryland he has performed as the Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, The White Knight in Alice in Wonderland, King Lot in Excalibur, Spanish Dance and the Nutcracker Prince in The Nutcracker, Aladdin, Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and many others. Diego is currently a freelance dancer working with various companies, artists and galas.
Kimberly Thompson started her pre- professional training at The Frederick School of Classical Ballet under the direction of Joyce Morrison and then continued at The Maryland Youth Ballet with Michelle Lees. She also attended summer programs at Princeton Dance Theater with Suzan Jaffe and The Orlando Ballet School on scholarship. Ms. Thompson was selected to participate in The Kennedy Center Ballet master Class Series for all four years of high school and had the opportunity to perform “Serenade” with The Suzanne Farrell Ballet. While a trainee with The Orlando Ballet, Ms. Thompson competed at the American Dance Competition in 2013 and placed in both Senior Division Classical and Contemporary categories. In 2014, she had the pleasure of performing as the principle ballet dancer in the show ,“Miracles”, choreographed by Christopher D’Ambosie at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. She has also danced for Virginia National Ballet, Ivy Chow Movement Project and has guested at various schools in the Maryland area. Ms. Thompson currently dances with Connect the Dots Dance Company and Moveius Contemporary Ballet as well as teaching at the Washington School of Ballet and Dance Loft on 14.