Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Paul Gordon Emerson is a native New Yorker transplanted to Washington, DC while waiting for his posting to the U.S. Foreign Service. That path was interrupted by a series of Presidential, Senate, Congressional and Gubernatorial campaigns which led him to a long stint as a Legislative Director on Capitol Hill. While studying for his Masters Degree in Security Policy Studies at George Washington University he fell into a passion for dance on a dare, and has rarely looked back, combining his foreign and political policy interests with culture, a journey which has taken him, and Company | E, around the world many times in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.
Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and dancer, Ms. Pilkington is originally from North Carolina. She received a BFA from The Juilliard School. In DC, she has worked with local dance companies such as DanceSmith, Karen Reedy Dance, and CityDance Ensemble. She co-founded Company E with Paul Emerson in 2011, where she has been fortunate to dance work by international artists such as Ohad Naharin, Rachel Erdos, Thomas Noone, and the great Paul Taylor, to name a few. Her choreography has been seen in spaces such as the Grand Foyer of the Kennedy Center, the streets of Havana, Cuba, and opera houses in Kazakhstan. Kathryn is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University and an ACE certified personal trainer. She resides in Annandale, Virginia with her husband, Geoffrey, and sons, Gavin and Colin.
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Jamal Abrams is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He began his training at the age of 17 at The Maryland Academy of Dance. He graduated with a BFA in dance from The University of the Arts under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. Jamal has had the opportunity to tour in Paris, Brussels, Roubaix, and China. Performing excerpts of his own work as well as other dance makers. Through his training he has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Doug Varone, Andrea Miller, Kyle and Dinita Clark , Mark Caserta, Sidra bell, Tommie Waheed Evans and others. Jamal is now based in Washington, D.C. he is also the 2018 New Releases Commission Recipient at Dance Place.
Diana Amalfitano is a dancer from the Washington DC area, received her BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in Arts Management from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. After graduating in 2015, Diana joined DC based Company E where she has traveled nationally and internationally touring work, teaching and choreographing. Locations include Washington DC at The Kennedy Center, New York at The Joyce Theatre, Cuba, Jerusalem, Azerbaijan, Sunderland, and Ukraine. Diana also dances for Priore Dance performing most recently at Jacob’s Pillow and the televised Mark Twain Comedy Award Show. Additional freelance includes works by Sarah J. Ewing and Dancers and KyokoDansu. Diana is grateful for the opportunity to dance and the years of guidance, support and love from her Mother.
Philip Baraoidan is a native of Arlington County, Va, Philip Baraoidan is alumni of Virginia Commonwealth University. Performance Credits include Company | E, Priore Dance, and Clancyworks. Performance venue highlights include The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Ed Mervish Theater (Canada). He has performed in works by Robert Priore, Scott Putnam, Christian Von Howard, Kate Weare, Stephanie Martinez, Bob Fosse (Restaged), Michael Bennet (Restaged) and Adrienne Clancy. He currently acts as Department Head of both the Jazz and Tap Curriculum, at Perfect Pointe Dance Studio. He has also taught for numerous programs like, Dance Masters of America, Showstoppers Convention, Central Asian Dance Festival, and American Dance Festival. Philip has received the Dottie McGill Award from Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School, for showcasing excellence in teaching. Philip's curriculum work and teaching application can be seen integrated nationally and internationally with schools, companies, and touring productions. Follow my adventures on IG:Philnthblnk
Gwen Baraniecki-Zwil is a native of Bridgeton, New Jersey. She began her training with Maxine’s Studio of Dance under the direction of Maxine and Kimberly Chapman. In 2015, Gwen graduated with honors from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with undergraduate degrees in Dance and Political Science. She has had the great privilege of working with choreographers such as Shannon Gillen, Cora Bos-Kroese, Pedro Ruiz Jr, Rachel Birch-Lawson, and Irene Fiordilino. She has performed all over the world including New York City, Montreal, and London. In 2017, Gwen graduated with merit from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a Masters of Science degree in Dance Science. Her dissertation research was focused on the predictors of aerobic power in contemporary dancers. In addition to performing, Gwen is dedicated to bridging the gap between research and practice through teaching.
Imani Brejé currently attends Howard University in Washington, DC, where she will receive her BFA in Dance in May 2019. She is originally from Los Angeles, California; where she received her AA degree in Dance from Cerritos College, May 2017. She must admit that she does miss her sunny winters but is amazed by the snowy days on the east coast. Amongst many other titles at Howard University, she currently holds the position as Rehearsal Assistant for the HU Dance Council and has proudly choreographed the piece ‘Game Over’ in the Fall 2018 production HUES.In her years of training she has had the ability to train and study many genres: Ballet, Jazz, West African, Improvisation, Contemporary Modern, and Modern: Horton and Graham. ImaniBrejé is honored to be welcomed to Company E and is excited to see what the future holds!
Ryan Carlough is a native of North Potomac, Maryland. Mr. Carlough began his dance training with CityDance where he had the opportunity to work closely with and perform works by the Gallim and Koresh Dance Company, as well as original choreographies by William Smith, Maleek Washington, and Robert J. Priore. He graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.F.A. in Dance and a minor in Arts Management. While at SUNY Purchase, he had the pleasure to perform works by Jose Limon, George Balanchine, Doug Varone, Kimberly Bartosik, and original works by Gregory Dolbashian and Shannon Gillen. Since graduating he has worked and performed with Company E, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, Chamber Dance Project, State Street Ballet, PrioreDance, S.J.Ewing & Dancers, and I.C. Movement Project. When he’s not dancing Carlough enjoys swimming, cooking and watching movies.
Tara Ashley Compton is a native of Louisville, KY and graduated with her B.F.A. in dance from the University of South Florida in 2009. Since Company E’s inception, Tara has performed, taught, and choreographed around the world, including Kazakhstan, Algeria, Israel, Palestine, Russia, Cuba, Ukraine, among others as a cultural diplomat with the US Department of State. When not dancing and traveling, Tara directs Company |E’s in-school and studio dance education programs in Washington, DC. She works actively with Washington Performing Arts and DC Public Schools to help integrate and coordinate arts curriculum to support STEAM learning in the classroom. With a home base of DC, Tara resides with her husband Neil and new baby Aria. She is thrilled and thankful to embark on another season of creation, diplomacy, and education with Company | E.
Abby Leithart is originally from Gahanna, Ohio. She graduated with a BFA in dance from Wright State University in 2014, and was a member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II (DCDCII) from 2010-2013. She joined DCDC, first company, from 2013-2015. In August of 2015, she moved to Washington D.C. and joined Company | E. She has toured to Russia, England, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Cuba. She attended the Cedar Lake 180 summer intensive in 2014, the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago intensive in 2016, and the NW Dance Project's Launch Program 2017. She performed at Jacobs Pillow with Priore Dance in 2018 and has worked with choreographers such as Donald Byrd, Ronen Koresh, Rachel Erdos, Alice Klock, Adam Hougland, Jon Lehrer, and more. She received the Regional Dance America's Northeast Josephine Shwartz award for best emerging choreographer. She has continued sharing her love for dance by teaching at Born2Dance, Ballet Nova, Joy of Motion, and master classes at CityDance Conservatory.
Horizon Miguel grew up in Severn, MD and began their formal dance training at Baltimore School of the Arts performing works by George Balanchine and Martha Graham. On a full-tuition Artist Scholarship from George Mason University’s School of Dance, Horizon graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Women/Gender Studies. During their time at George Mason, Horizon performed works by Susan Shields, Durell Comedy, Andrea Miller, Alejandro Cerrudo, Mark Morris, Donald Byrd, Roger Jeffrey and at Lar Lubovitch’s 50th anniversary at the Joyce Theater. Upon graduating, Horizon has worked with RawArts Dance, Terre Dance Collective, Jiang Feng, and trained as an apprentice with New York Dance Project performing works by Gerald Alpino, Robert Joffrey, Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, and Tyler Gilstrap. Horizon is thrilled and beyond thankful to be working with Company | E and would like to thank their family for their love and support.
Kelsey Rohr started studying dance at Richmond Ballet through their public outreach program, Minds in Motion. She later graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a BFA in Dance and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She went on to dance with Joshua L. Peugh’s Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and then worked in Geneva, Switzerland with Ballet Junior de Genève and Alias Dance Company. She has performed works by Sharon Eyal, Barak Marshall, Angelin Preljocaj, and Roy Assaf. Currently, she is enjoying being a part of the NoVA and D.C. dance community under Jane Franklin Dance, Robert J. Priore’s PrioreDance, and Company | E.
Embrace the challenge of dancing many styles, many ideas, many philosophies. Contemporary dance isn't any single style and contemporary choreographers who come from all over the world each have unique ideas and express those ideas in equally unique ways. A repertory company thrives on inhaling that diversity and expressing those ideas through their own bodies and personalities. They blend together into a cohesive whole while remaining individuals. There are no cookie-cutter dancers in Company | E. We thrive on being who we are and bringing that to the stage, and to the studio, in service of creating art that inspires.
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