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Professional Company

Professional Company 

 

THE PROFESSIONAL COMPANY IS THE PERFORMING FOUNDATION OF COCODACO. AT COCODACO, WE BELIEVE THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE BACK TO THEIR ROOTS. THE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ARE THE MENTORS OF OUR COMMUNITY. WE CHALLENGE THEM TO EXPLORE HOW THEY CAN CREATE POSITIVE IMPACTS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. WHILE ENLARGING THE YOUNGER DANCERS’ HORIZONS, PROFESSIONAL DANCERS GAIN INVALUABLE LEADERSHIP SKILLS.

 
  Quincie Bean   Quincie Bean trained at Provo Civic Ballet (now Ballet West Academy) in Utah. At PCB she danced original pieces by Garrett Smith, Victor Plotnikov, and Brian Reeder. She spent summers training at Gelsey Kirkland and NW Dance Project. Quincie moved to Santa Fe, NM to study at Modas Dance with Layla Amis, Duncan Cooper, & Robert Moses. In 2016 she moved to Chicago and accepted a performing apprentice position with Cerqua Rivera and a position with cocodaco’s Mezzo Company before joining the Professional Company

Quincie Bean

Quincie Bean trained at Provo Civic Ballet (now Ballet West Academy) in Utah. At PCB she danced original pieces by Garrett Smith, Victor Plotnikov, and Brian Reeder. She spent summers training at Gelsey Kirkland and NW Dance Project. Quincie moved to Santa Fe, NM to study at Modas Dance with Layla Amis, Duncan Cooper, & Robert Moses. In 2016 she moved to Chicago and accepted a performing apprentice position with Cerqua Rivera and a position with cocodaco’s Mezzo Company before joining the Professional Company

  Zac Bigbee   Zac Bigbee was born and raised in New Mexico. A series of coincidences influenced him to take his first ballet class as a senior in high school. He went on to study Russian language and Mathematics at the University of Arizona, while training in dance domestically and abroad. He is returning for his second season with cocodaco.

Zac Bigbee

Zac Bigbee was born and raised in New Mexico. A series of coincidences influenced him to take his first ballet class as a senior in high school. He went on to study Russian language and Mathematics at the University of Arizona, while training in dance domestically and abroad. He is returning for his second season with cocodaco.

  Katie Carey   Katie Carey co-director of Purus Motus, found her love for dance at the age of 8 at Marjorie Jones Schools Inc. She trained at Ballet Met; was awarded scholarships to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. Katie continued her education at The Ohio State University with a focus on dance performance. In 2009 she moved to Chicago to study with the Giordano Dance School, performed with Nomi Dance Company and is one of the house choreographers. Katie has performed in Dance Chicago, Dance Chance, Arts Midwest, New Voices, j e l l o and  the opportunity to compete in the all-styles battle at World Of Dance. Katie has been teaching all over the Midwest and recently traveled to Costa Rica to choreograph for Dansteps.

Katie Carey

Katie Carey co-director of Purus Motus, found her love for dance at the age of 8 at Marjorie Jones Schools Inc. She trained at Ballet Met; was awarded scholarships to attend Interlochen Center for the Arts. Katie continued her education at The Ohio State University with a focus on dance performance. In 2009 she moved to Chicago to study with the Giordano Dance School, performed with Nomi Dance Company and is one of the house choreographers. Katie has performed in Dance Chicago, Dance Chance, Arts Midwest, New Voices, j e l l o and  the opportunity to compete in the all-styles battle at World Of Dance. Katie has been teaching all over the Midwest and recently traveled to Costa Rica to choreograph for Dansteps.

 
  Kristen Donovan   Kristen Donovan, originally from Pinckney, Michigan, began her dance training with Performing Arts Dance Theater. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and studied with faculty members such as Peter Sparling, Rodger Behlman, Julie Tice, and Amy Chavasse. Kristen also serves as Rehearsal Director of Cocodaco Dance Project, performs with a 90s hip hop cover band, Too White Crew, and was a cast member in Chicago Dance Crash's 2015 remount of "Cotton Mouth Club".

Kristen Donovan

Kristen Donovan, originally from Pinckney, Michigan, began her dance training with Performing Arts Dance Theater. She attended the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and studied with faculty members such as Peter Sparling, Rodger Behlman, Julie Tice, and Amy Chavasse. Kristen also serves as Rehearsal Director of Cocodaco Dance Project, performs with a 90s hip hop cover band, Too White Crew, and was a cast member in Chicago Dance Crash's 2015 remount of "Cotton Mouth Club".

  Maura Naughton   Maura Naughton studied dance at The American Dance Festival as a scholarship student, Illinois State University, The Cambrians Summer Intensive and Foster Dance Studios. She is inspired and reinvented by Ronn Stewart's imagery based improvisational technique; MoPeD, tap dance, pirouettes, off centered-ness, honesty and sarcasm.

Maura Naughton

Maura Naughton studied dance at The American Dance Festival as a scholarship student, Illinois State University, The Cambrians Summer Intensive and Foster Dance Studios. She is inspired and reinvented by Ronn Stewart's imagery based improvisational technique; MoPeD, tap dance, pirouettes, off centered-ness, honesty and sarcasm.

  Abigail Stachnik   Abigail Stachnik, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began her dance training at the Young Dance Academy under the direction of Sandra Young. In December 2015, Abigail earned her BFA in Dance with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she performed in works choreographed by Douglas Becker, Mark Caserta, Meredith Rainey, Roni Koresh, Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, & Katie Swords. Abigail traveled to France and Belgium with the university’s “European Touring Ensemble." She attended summer intensives with the Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cocodaco Dance Project, and DanceWorks Chicago. In 2016, Abigail moved to Chicago to train in the Scholarship Program at Lou Conte Dance Studio and perform as a Mezzo Company member. Abigail is an apprentice with Chicago Repertory Ballet and teaching at dance studios in the Chicago area.

Abigail Stachnik

Abigail Stachnik, born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began her dance training at the Young Dance Academy under the direction of Sandra Young. In December 2015, Abigail earned her BFA in Dance with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she performed in works choreographed by Douglas Becker, Mark Caserta, Meredith Rainey, Roni Koresh, Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, & Katie Swords. Abigail traveled to France and Belgium with the university’s “European Touring Ensemble." She attended summer intensives with the Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cocodaco Dance Project, and DanceWorks Chicago. In 2016, Abigail moved to Chicago to train in the Scholarship Program at Lou Conte Dance Studio and perform as a Mezzo Company member. Abigail is an apprentice with Chicago Repertory Ballet and teaching at dance studios in the Chicago area.