Maria Hildebrand, of Spring Grove, PA, is a graduate of Radford University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in music. During her time at Radford she had the wonderful opportunity to study techniques under dana bella, Amy VanKirk, James Robey, Deborah McLaughlin, and others. In 2017 she had the privilege of performing a piece by Kyle Abraham and a few members of his company, Abraham.In.Motion. She performed with her university as an Angel in “Anything Goes” and last summer with Theatre West Virginia in “Annie,” “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s,” and “Paradise Park the Musical.” This will be Maria’s first season with the West Virginia Dance Company and she is looking forward to connecting and creating this coming year!
Tara Rooks, is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance. During her time at UNCG she trained with Duane Cyrus, Janet Lilly, Michael Job, Maurice Watson, among others, and performed works by Martha Graham and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane. In 2018 she joined Theatre West Virginia performing in “Paradise Park” and “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s”. This is Tara’s first season with the West Virginia Dance Company.
Tiffany Shrom was born and raised in Quarryville, Pennsylvania and has been actively dancing since she was three years old. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2020 Summa Cum Laude with her BFA in dance with a concentration in performance and choreography. She has been fortunate in her dance studies to work with many talented artists including: Grady Bowman, Lindsay Fisher-Viatori, Jesse Factor, Jennifer Meckley, Jennifer Keller, Jaya Mani, Chitra Subramanian, and Ursula Payne. Over the years Tiffany has participated in dance intensives such as Forge Summer Dance Intensive and Gus Giordano Jazz Intensive. Most recently, Tiffany has performed in Beach Party Blast at the Prima Theater in Lancaster, performed at the Koresh Dance Company Black Box Series Showcase, and had her first performance of a contemporary ballet solo Silken…Edge in SRU’s 2020 Winter Concert choregraphed by Professor Viatori. In April, she proudly received the Outstanding BFA Dance Major Award from the SRU Dance Department. This will be Tiffany’s first season with the WV Dance Company.
Originally from Chelmsford, MA, Amanda Untracht is a graduate of Keene State College where she received a BA in Theatre and Dance specializing in choreography and performance and a BS in Management. During her time at Keene State College, Amanda had the opportunity to perform works by Cynthia McLaughlin, Marcia Murdock, David Dorfman, Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, Yanira Castro, Shura Baryshnikov and Danielle Davidson of Doppelgänger Dance Collective. Professionally, she has performed and choreographed for productions in the Boston and New York City area. This is Amanda’s first season with the West Virginia Dance Company.
Angelo S. Walker Jr, is a male dancer from Fayetteville, NC joining West Virginia Dance Company for the 2020-2021 season. Angelo Walker has 8 years of training in all forms of dance, but he enjoys contemporary and ballet. He’s trained with prestigious instructors from Alabama Dance Theatre, Troy University, Montgomery Ballet, Alabama State University, and Theatre West Virginia. He’s ecstatic to be joining the West Virginia dance family and sharing his passion for dance. “Dance is a way of life, truth, and understanding for the nonverbal.”
Cassie Williams graduated from Radford University with a BFA in Dance. During her time at Radford, she taught intermediate modern classes at New River Moving Arts, she performed with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre’s production of Giselle in June 2019, and choreographed her own works in the Student Choreography Showcase. Cassie is currently a member of the West Virginia Dance Company in Beckley, West Virginia.
Kristina Lewis born and raised in Stow, Ohio, has been dancing since the age of two. She graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2021 Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance, with concentrations in Performance & Choreography and Business Administration. During her time at SRU, she was fortunate to have studied with many brilliant artists, including Lindsay Fisher-Viatori, Jesse Factor, Jennifer Keller, Jaya Mani, Bill Evans, Jenna Riegel, and Ursula Payne. She also had the opportunity to study dance abroad in Italy with the SRU dance department in the summer of 2019. Also, in the summer of 2019, Kristina was blessed with her first professional position as a dancer with Theatre West Virginia and is returning as Dance Captain this summer 2021 season. Kristina is very excited to experience her first season with West Virginia Dance Company and cannot wait to perform, collaborate, and share her passion for dance!
Jax RF McAtee
Jax RF McAtee (They/He) is a Pittsburgh-based choreographer, director, and performance artist. McAtee holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, and a BFA in Theatre: Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. Born into the West Virginia hills, Jax spent their early years pursuing arts and performance in the form of dance, theatre, and instrumental music, followed by a nine-year stint of art-making in and around Seattle. After undergrad, McAtee took a few-year performance detour into the art of vaudeville/burlesque, becoming the initial conduit for their experimental performance aesthetic and interdisciplinary creation, as well as paving way for their ongoing freelance career as a director/choreographer and theatre/dance educator, working with all ages. Jax is beyond ecstatic to be back in their home among the hills, dancing as a member of WV Dance Company for the 2021-2022 season! Website: jaxrfm.com
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Emily began concentrated training in ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary at the age of 15. Emily completed her undergraduate degrees in Dance and Psychology at West Virginia University in May of 2021. At WVU, Emily performed in multiple dance pieces and concerts, including Vervacious by Maureen Kaddar, as well as Esplanade by Paul Taylor. In 2019, Emily worked as a soloist and dance ensemble member with Theatre West Virginia, performing in shows such as Annie, Hatfields and Mccoys, and Paradise Park: The Musical, while working closely with Toneta Akers-Toler, Artistic Director of the West Virginia Dance Company. Emily has also worked as a dance teacher of multiple styles, and a choreographer for Academy of Arts at January’s. Emily’s choreographic works include pieces for the JADCO ballet Little Match Girl, as well as solo pieces for members of the JADCO Contemporary Dance Company.