Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective is comprised of a dynamic group of movement artists:
Movement Educators who create community through their intelligent and thoughtful movement classes each and every week
Makers Lab Artists who are creating new and interesting homegrown works
Artistic Partners with whom we collaborate to bring more movement opportunities to our growing movement community
Administrative Staff, all artists in their own right, are busy teaching, dancing, creating, and administrating.
Danny started dancing at a ballroom studio in 2007 and left on a mission to pursue Vernacular Jazz and Lindy Hop after watching his first old timey swing dance clip. He has since performed, competed, and taught at many regional and national swing dance events. Danny’s passion in the dance is striving for freedom of movement in cooperation with the freely expressed art form that is Jazz. In class he likes to emphasize personal body movement, our connection to the music, and fun.
Carrie is a Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, and Pilates instructor with St Vincent Sports Performance, with a passion for rehabilitation, and who’s first love is dance and choreography. She majored in ballet at Indiana University before an injury changed her career path. After a long hiatus, Carrie was honored to participate in Motus’ 2010 production of Cultivate. Carrie is beyond excited to offer an adult class that affords a creative outlet in a comfortable environment.
Dancing since the age of four, Deanna enjoys being a tap dance instructor at Motus Dance and the assistant director and company member of Circle City Tap Company. An experienced performer, choreographer, and judge, who has studied tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance, Deanna earned a degree in Dance Performance from Ball State University. She danced and choreographed for IU Northwest Dance Company for 5 years while teaching at nearby studios before moving back to Indianapolis. Dancing is a passion that Deanna is thankful to be able to pursue in her spare time when she is not working as an Environmental Educator for the IN Department of Environmental Management.
Devonte grew up in Indianapolis with a dream to dance and inspire a nation and generation of dancers to unite and spread love throughout the world! He recently toured as a dancer with Ministry and has now returned to share his love of Hip Hop back home where his journey began. Devonte teaches regularly at Curtain Call Dance Center and teaches workshops and intensives all around Indy.
Mandy Hogan is a dental hygienist by day and fun loving lindy hopper by night. Her dancing journey began in 2008 attending AU’s swing club. Since then she has traveled around the US social dancing, performing, competing, and teaching. Mandy loves the joy that lindy hop brings and sharing that joy with others. As a teacher she strives to bring the best out of her students through clear communication and keeping a positive atmosphere.
I’ve never met a dance I didn’t like. I’ve participated in Ballet, Contra Dance, International Folkdance, Salsa & other Latin dances. What I love about Israeli Folk Dancing (IFD) is that it includes many diverse styles of dance and music, making it accessible to everyone who loves to dance. I learned to teach IFD at a leadership camp in New York and with Fred Berk (the father of IFD) in Israel. By the time I was 16 I had started my own dance group and began teaching kids and teens. I’ve taught IFD at numerous venues in and around Indianapolis. Currently, I teach IFD at Butler University as part of the Core Curriculum, Congregation Bethel Zedeck religious school, and Joy of All Who Sorrow Church. I keep current with the ever-increasing IFD repertoire by regularly attending national IFD workshops led by Israeli choreographers and teachers.
Usha began dancing in her home town in India at the age of 3, where through the years she continued her dance training in various styles of Indian dance and choreography. She moved to Wichita, Kansas to pursue her Master’s Degree and was part of the International Cultural Society choreographing and performing for university events. In 2004, she moved to Lafayette, Indiana and began her teaching career, and has been teaching at Motus Dance since 2016.
With 9 years of experience teaching all-levels classes, Lynn cultivates a true learning environment for her students focused on empowering imagination, individuality, community and creating the experience of process.
Randy Talley is a dance and theatre artist with a BFA in dance from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At UWM Randy trained in the classical Modern Dance techniques of Fall and Recovery made famous by the master Doris Humphrey. While at UWM Randy also studied Ballet, Partnering, Contact Improvisation, and created an unprecedented 5 new works. Randy continued after his time at UWM to work professionally as a principle dancer for 15 years with Wild Space Dance Company. As a professional dancer, theater artist, choreographer, and teacher Randy spent years working with students at all experience levels, instilling in them the many benefits the performing arts offer including team work, accomplishing a common goal, problem solving, conflict resolution, discipline, inventiveness, and the joy of performance.
Liz Wray, a passionate belly dancer driven to share the art with women of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, began belly dancing in 2003. An expert solo and group choreographer with training in Classical Egyptian Beledy and Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance combined, Liz specializes in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and adds hints of pop and modern dance to create an eclectic style. Liz’s years of experience encompass owning and operating her own dance studio, teaching at Cornerstone Center for the Arts and Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, and performing at countless events and venues throughout the Midwest. She continues her own dance education by attending intensive workshops and taking private lessons from other accomplished dancers. Liz teaches with patience, encourages positive body image and self-esteem, and always brings the fun!
The Makers Lab
IMAC is dedicated to incubating new dance and new dance makers! At our current stage, we cannot commission new work, but if you have an idea, we want to help you make it happen. Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Elisha Movement Christian Dance Company
Impacting lives one dance at a time!
Whether it be in live performance, video, or dance classes Elisha Movement is a dance company dedicated to using our bodies to present biblical truths in a thought provoking, uplifting, and empowering manner!
We are proud to be Millennials, and will present the gospel in a way that only a Millennial can!
Our very own Lauren Curry is choreographed this feast for the senses, initially performed at Mesh as a benefit for NoExit Performance. Stay tuned for a repeat performance coming soon.
But that’s not all. We are in collaboration with NoExit Performance to bring world class performance artists to Indianapolis who will provide opportunities for professional growth for members of our arts community through our OPEN Indy program. Stay tuned for more details.
In October, IMAC staff transformed a vacant home as part of Indy Convergence’s Almost Home place making initiative.
Crossroads Dance Indy
Crossroads Dance Indy is joining IMAC staff for Pay What You Can Modern Technique on Monday nights. Experience a variety of approaches to getting grounded, moving big, finding dynamic contrasts, and all of the juicy phrase work we love in a good modern class. Visit the class page to see who’s up.