COMPANY DANCERS

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RAQUELLE POLLOCK

 Raquelle Pollock (Rocky) has been dancing since the age of eight, initially training at Dance Attack in San Jose, California and continuing at Miller Street Dance Academy in Charlotte, NC. While studying at Appalachian State University she was able to work with guest artists Jan Van Dyke, Rodger Belman, and Paul Ibey. Her student choreography credits include the Fall Appalachian Dance Ensemble and North Carolina Dance Festival, as well as presenting work for adjudication at the regional American College Dance Association. She graduated from Appalachian in May of 2016 with BA’s in both Dance Studies and Psychology. Professional credits before OM grown dancers include apprenticing for SG Dance Theatre and working as Dance Captain/dancer at Horn in the West.

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ALIZA MATTHEWS

Aliza Matthews, from Kinston NC, is a sophomore at Arendell Parrott Academy. Aliza currently
trains at Dance Etc., North Carolina Academy of Dance Arts, and is a member of the APA Dance Ensemble. Aliza contributes her success in dance to Marybeth Dawson, Amanda Oakley Hort, and Galina Panova, her teachers who have inspired her to be the dancer that she is today. Aliza has won numerous dance titles which have given her the opportunities to travel and train with New York City Dance Alliance, Dance Troupe Inc, and NC School of the Arts. She has performed choreography by; Angel Tyson, Scott Jovovich, Andrew Bechtold, Grace Buckley, and Ashley Lindsey. As the youngest member of the OM Grown dancers, Aliza is humbled and honored to be selected as a part of this emerging dance family, and is constantly inspired by her OMIES to grow and evolve. 

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TEIGHA BETH BAILEY

Teigha Beth Bailey is currently a 21 year old junior pursuing a BFA in dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A native of Kinston, North Carolina, she began dancing at the age of three and has studied various styles of dance. Most recently she has been honored to be selected as a company member of OM grown dancers out of Raleigh, NC with artistic director Courtney Om. Teigha Beth has had the pleasure of performing works by Helen Simoneau, Tommie Waheed Evans, Jesse Zarritt, Sidra Bell, Maxine Steinman, and Meredith Rainey. In the summer of 2016, Teigha attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, where she was selected to perform a new commissioned work created by Isreali artists’ Saar Harari and Lee Sher from (LeeSaar the Company) at the Reynolds Industries Theater. She studied Gaga intensively with Harari and Sher throughout the summer. Teigha Beth plans to graduate in May 2018 and is thrilled to be be continuing her journey professionally with OM grown dancers. 

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MARSHA THOMAS

Marsha is a mom of 3 awesome souls who inspire her to dance and take chances. She is excited to be dancing with these amazing people for a 2nd year. Thank You to my husband and our parents for supporting me in the rehearsal process! Marsha would also like to thank ADF and Tobacco Road Dance Productions for the opportunities to dance and create in this community. 

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HANNAH MARR

Hannah Nicole Marr, from Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated in May 2017 from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in contemporary dance under the direction of Susan Jaffe. She began attending UNCSA as a high school senior and continued on to graduate from college in three years. Ms. Marr’s love for modern-contemporary dance sparked in her earlier years of high school when she began taking modern dance classes and as a result saw her first company performance: Doug Varone and Dancers. She has attended summer intensives including Movement Invention Project, The American Dance Festival, and Body Traffic. She has performed works by Doug Varone, Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, Wayne McGregor, Juel D. Lane, Ming-Lung Yang, Netta Yerushalmy, and Kira Blazek. In her time at UNCSA, Ms. Marr has choreographed two pieces and has taken many composition classes. She has a strong passion for choreography and enjoys integrating this love into her performance and professional work. As of November 2016, Ms. Marr has joined OM Grown Dancers under the direction of Courtney OM.

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STEVEN JAMES
RODRIGUEZ VELEZ

   Steven James Rodriguez Velez was born in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico in 1984. He began studying Karate, Judo and Kong fu, specializing in Khatas and became recognized in black belt at the age of 13. It was at 13, when decided that dancing was his passion.  Mr. Velez moved to San Juan in 2004 where he was accepted into the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus; where he studied dance. Steven discovered his passion for contemporary movement, while working with Petra Bravo, founder and artistic director of Hincape and later was then invited as a company dancer. While dancing with the company, he attended "Fiestas Coreograficas”. Additionally, Steven performed works by Petra Bravo, Norberto Collazo and Viveca Vazque. In 2009 he joined the company Andanza and worked with respected choreographers from Puerto Rico, Spain, Brasil, Canadaand many others. In 2015 he moved to North Carolina and began working with Ronald West, dancer and founder of BlackIrish Dance Company. In 2016 he joined Blackbox Dance Theater directed by Michelle Pearson. Steven is an instructor at Infinity Ballet Conservatory, Campaneria Ballet School and 9street Dance Studio in North Carolina.


COLLABORATORS

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AUTUMN NICHOLAS
MUSIC PRODUCER & SOUND ENGINEER

Autumn Nicholas was born and raised in the beautiful home of the brave, Fort Bragg NC.  She is a multi-talented vocalist, guitarist, and award-winning songwriter whose smooth silky sound is an eclectic mix of genres, from acoustic pop all the way to soulful funk. Grounded on a strong will to succeed, she has amazed and mesmerized listeners around the country. Her popular sound imprints on her audience allowing her music to tell her story. In 2011, and again in 2012, Autumn won the North Carolina singer/songwriter contest; those same years, she also captured the singer/songwriter award held in Greenville, SC. She has been featured in many newspaper articles, along with capturing the front page of more than one magazine. With humility, passion and grace she is transforming the music world on stage and off. As her material and mindset continue to grow,  Autumn is also venturing into other avenues with her very own produced composition of instrumental world for contemporary dance company OM Grown Dancers. Autumns abilities do not just stop at lyrics and rhythm, she is ever evolving into so much more.