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THE COMPANY

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ASHLEY HILL

Artistic Director, Co-Founder, Choreographer

Ashley Hill (Nowak) was raised in Maumee, Ohio. Her love of dance, music, theater and art was nurtured by her family and mentors from a young age. Ashley believes as the motto of her mom and aunt’s performing arts studio - OnStage - stated, “... that every child is a developing artist” and thought it natural then to open a company that nurtures the adult artists in the community! Ashley studied music and writing in college and at one time was in both Opera-Vocal Performance and the Musical Theatre programs simultaneously at Bowling Green State University. She traveled and worked in theaters acting, choreographing before wrapping up a Liberal Arts degree in 2011 from BGSU. Dance was always her first love and basically her after-school program growing up with a mom who choreographed and taught… everywhere! Ashley was able to learn on the job how art impacts lives through an informal then formal apprenticeship in performing arts education and the business of creative collaboration. Some of her favorite roles on stage have been: Velma Kelley, “Chicago”, Reno Sweeney, “Anything Goes” (Croswell Opera House, Adrian, MI); Sara Brown, “Guys & Dolls” (Valentine Theatre, Toledo, OH) Belle, “Beauty and the Beast”, Ulla, “The Producers” (Oregon Community Theatre, Oregon, OH). Ashley has choreographed for her own classes at OnStage Studio and for her Showcase Company that performed additional shows throughout the season with guest artists at the Valentine Theatre’s Studio A. She held her own vocal studio and led a musical theater class that performed with the National Touring Company of “The Wizard of Oz” along with other students from the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. The last musical she choreographed was in 2018 - “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” for Oregon Community Theatre. She loves writing cabarets that fuse various art forms and collaborating on projects that uplift the community. Ashley lives in Maumee with her husband and two daughters.

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ALLIE BATEY

Business Director; Co-Founder; Choreographer

Allie (Schiavone) Batey grew up studying dance, performing and choreographing throughout the Toledo area. She took classes in Tap, Jazz and Ballet and eventually joined a competitive dance team that trained together and performed numbers in Contemporary, Kickline, Pom and Jazz for adjudication. Throughut High School and College she fequently choreographed for musicals, cheerleading squads, and dance teams. While enrolled in nursing school, she began teaching ages 5-18 years old at Mini Motions Dance Center. She implemented a new class structure for the intermediate and advanced Tap, Jazz and Lyrical students. She grew her arts family of whom she is still working with. She really enjoys teaching lyrical pieces that help students explore their emotions and feelings through movement. Her philosophy regarding movement is simple… "Just be. Be within yourself at that moment in time. Feel what you are feeling that day, in that moment and present it to the universe. I try to connect each movement with my purpose of the day/ hour/moment."

She has found that her profession as a nurse has allowed her the opportunity to present dance/movement as an additional platform for the health and wellness of her patients. Over the years she has enojoyed teaching at many different places including Jazzercie and Aegela's Studio for Middle Eastern Dance. She love's learning new genres of dance and enjoys taking class from her fellow company members.  She is able to present her years of aerobics knowledge, with her many years of nursing experience, her 17 plus years of dance-teaching and choreographing experience, with years of yoga practice, and thirty plus years of dance performance; with confidence, strength, and pride.

"My hopes for this company are to share dance as a platform for wellness, change, love, and acceptance. I want T.H.E.  to connect dancers and like-minded individuals to share this conversation of movement and all art forms for a larger purpose."

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DOM GLOVER

2019; 2020 Vice President,  Instructor, & Choreographer

Domonique Glover began his dance career in Atlanta, GA with the Spelman Dance Theater student company, studying ballet, modern, and contemporary. After returning home to Toledo, he has taught at numerous dance studios from the Toledo area to Cleveland. Dom has choreographed local performances, including Hairspray, Ragtime, and West Side Story. He spent several years as a principal company member with the Toledo Ballet, and performed on stage at the Stranahan, the Valentine Theater, the Toledo Rep, the Ohio Theater, Maumee Indoor, the Croswell (Adrian, MI), the Fillmore (Detroit, MI), and the Knight Theatre (Charlotte, NC). Dom is excited to teach and choreograph for THE Modern Dance Company.

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RAPHEAL GRIFFIN

2019; Treasurer & THE2 Young Artist Director
2018, 2019 Company Member

"Dance keeps my soul searching for innovative ways to choreograph, collaborate and collectively unite dancers that share a passion for movement. Dance is what sets my soul on fire when I move through any space. After twenty plus year of teaching, dancing, and choreographing, my passion for movement has moved, inspired, and uplifted so many people. I remember walking into my first dance class at BGSU, overwhelmed by my pre-law major, I took a modern dance class. After moving through the studio space and learning how to articulate my body in such a way that I could have ever imagined, i knew I was meant to dance. After taking many genres of dance classes, performing in the university’s pre-professional company University Performing Dancers, I completed my undergraduate degree in dance with an emphasis on dance education. Wanting to further my creativeness in dance that had ignited my life, my path lead me to my graduate work at the University of Michigan. While there I had the opportunity to perform and be a part of Ann Arbor Dance Works, the resident dance company of the University of Michigan. I received a full tuition scholarship from the university of Michigan and now hold a Master’s of Fine Arts in choreography and performance. Receiving this scholarship has lead me to so many opportunities to teach, dance, collaborate and simply share my love for the art of dance. Some of those opportunities include teaching dance at Owens Community College for the past fourteen years, teaching and choreographing for various dance studios throughout northwest Ohio, and collaborating with various artists on dance projects within the community. My continued goal in life is to keep the unprecedented interest in dance soaring across our community."
Join Rapheal on Friday evenings beginning August 2nd from 6-7pm, for a ballroom class. All levels of dancers welcome!

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DANIELLE MCCONNELL

2018; 2019; 2020 Company Member

My world of dance started 16 years ago as a bouncing toddler watching my sisters dancing. During my 15 years of growing as a dancer involved learning ballet, tap, yoga, hip hop, modern, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, belly dancing and pointe. My favorite forms are Modern and Pointe which allows me to focus and relax at the same time. Expressing myself through dance has been a very big part of my life until I broke my femur in 2015. Being a spirited individual, by keeping music in the forefront of my recovery and tapping into my passion for dance these helped me to get back to the barre! Music has always been my first love and has been entwined with being a violinist with the Toledo International Youth Orchestra and TSA Advanced Orchestra. I have been able to enjoy being in a few Toledo Rep musicals such as Fame, A Christmas Carol (twice) and Sweet Charity dancing and singing with my friends. A Toledo School for the Arts graduate and will be attending college in the Radiology program. I am excited to be continuing my love of dance with T.H.E. Modern Dance Company.


Two quotes that inspire me: "Dancing is my obsession. My life." ~ Mikhail Baryshnikov and

 "Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life." ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

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EMILY GUNNER

2018; 2019; 2020 Company Member

Hi! I’m Emily Gunner. I’ve danced since I was eleven years old, beginning with Julie’s School of Dance and continuing on throughout college at Bowling Green State University. During my time at BGSU, I participated in the dance program as well as the student organization, University Dance Alliance. While having danced in many styles, my favorite styles include ballet, rhythm tap, and modern. One dancer I admire is Misty Copeland, for both her strength and elegance, and also how she acts as a role model on and off stage to young dancers.
I’m very excited to be joining THE Modern Dance Co for this upcoming season, and to be able to dance with others who celebrate the artistry and community of dance!

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HANNAH KRAMER

2019; 2020 Company Memeber

Hannah began studying classical ballet at the age of three, and upon entering high school, began studying modern dance. She has been in many performances including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, An American in Paris, Carnival of the Animals, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Toledo School for the Arts’ Kaleidoscope, and many more. Hannah later became a dance educator at multiple institutions while earning her undergraduate degree. Ms. Kramer currently studies Art History at the University of Toledo and aspires to be a museum curator. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys reading, volunteering, traveling, and creating art of all kinds.

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ARLINDA SELF

2019; 2020 Company Member

Ever since Arlinda was five years old, she  has had a passion for dance.  When she was younger she performed for Woodward High School in Toledo, Ohio. After graduating from Springfield High school and dancing through her youth, she moved from state to state and performed for many different studios and companies. As a dance major at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan she concentrated on ballet, jazz, and hip hop. From there she went to New York City and had a dance internship with The Alvin Ailey Dance Academy. She also is a certified fitness Zumba instructor. Over the past seven years she has taken some time off of dance to start her family. She has three children, a dog, three fish, and is married to her best friend and love of her life. She is excited to ignite her passion for dance again with THE Modern Dance Company and is anxious to get back to the studio to teach on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm a hip hop/jazz fusion class. All levels of dancers are welcome in her class!

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AMA CHI

2019; Company Member

Ama has been dancing since the age of 8. She began her journey in dance performing with an African dance troupe. She later would further her love and appreciation for dance in high school when she began taking ballet and jazz at the age of 14.   That same year her true dance love made itself true. She fell in love with modern dance. Though she took some time off from dance in years past, it has always been a place for her to come back to. THE Modern Dance Company is the first professional dance company she has been a member of. This for her, is the beginning of a new journey in dance. She is excited to extend her artistry and knowledge of jazz, ballet, modern, and african dance with our community.

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KELSEY HILT

2019; Company Member

Kelsey has been dancing since the age of two. She spent fifteen years studying various styles of dance at The Dance Factory in Perrysburg, Ohio. Kelsey is a recent graduate of The University of Toledo where she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. While studying at UT, Kelsey was involved in many organizations. She was a member of RockeTHON Dance Marathon executive board and served as the committee member development chair. Kelsey loves music and was a two-year member of The University of Toledo Symphonic Band. She also was a member of The University of Toledo Dancing Rockettes and performed at university athletic events as well as competed at UDA Nationals. During her third year as a part of The Rockette Team, she served as the team captain. In her last year, she had the opportunity to serve as a competition judge for OASSA. She judged on regional and state-level competitions offering feedback for Ohio high school dance teams in the styles of jazz, pom, and hip hop. Now that she has graduated, Kelsey plans to attend graduate school at The University of Toledo to earn a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Human Donation Science. Her goal is to work as a organ transplant coordinator. Though her time as a member of UT’s dance team is over, she still has a passion for the art and wants to continue to be a part of the dance community in any way possible. She is looking forward in extending her craft with THE Modern Dance Co.

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LISA EDWARDS

2019; 2020 Company Member

Lisa stepped foot into the dance world at four years old, taking classes at Marie McCullough’s Dance Studio in Richmond, TX, The Dance Centre in Wapakoneta, OH, and then Wittenberg University in Springfield,Ohio. She has studied several different styles of dance extensively. These styles include tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, and contemporary. Lisa was extremely involved in the world of competitive dance from 9-17 years of age, where her love for the stage and performing truly blossomed. She received multiple scholarships and awards, and held several leadership roles throughout the years. Lisa was the president and treasurer of the Wittenberg Student Dance Company and graduated with two degrees. She earned a bachelor's degree in dance and theater as well as a bachelor's degree in physics. She currently is employed as the secretary for The University of Toledo’s Department of Art. While not at work, she enjoys going to the gym, playing roller hockey, travelling, and snuggling her five cats. Dance is her passion and she is thrilled to be involved with THE Modern Dance Company. She is excited to expand and improve her skills, and become more actively involved in the arts community in Toledo!

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DARCIE STRAYER

2020 Company Member

Darcie began dancing at the age of eight at Stars Unlimited Dance Studio in Wauseon, Ohio. She became a member of the studio’s competition team at the age of twelve and developed her passion for dance throughout middle and high school. After graduating, Darcie attended The University of Toledo, where she majored in early childhood education and also was a member of The University of Toledo Dancing Rockettes. As a Rockette, Darcie performed at UT football games, basketball games, and other events around the university and Toledo community. She also traveled to Orlando with the team to compete at UDA nationals. While she has always enjoyed taking classes, performing, and learning about dance, Darcie loved teaching at her home studio for five years. She even got to celebrate her engagement on stage during a dance recital! Teaching dance classes is what lead to Darcie’s pursuit of a career in education. After college, she worked full-time as an elementary teacher while pursuing her Masters of Education in Reading. Currently, she works as a reading intervention specialist at a local school. Darcie enjoys spending her free time reading, playing the piano, dancing, doing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends. 


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TAYLOR BOYD

2020 Company Member

Taylor Boyd began studying dance at age 5 with the Toledo Ballet, where she was trained in ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, and tap. She performed in numerous Toledo Ballet productions including 14 years of The Nutcracker, and several spring performances such as Alice and Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and The Tales of Grimm. Taylor was a Toledo Ballet Company member from 2015 to early 2019, and she was apart of several outreach performances through the Ballet. Taylor has had the opportunity to teach and assist ballet and hip hop classes through her studies. She was also a member of the Notre Dame Academy Hip Hop team. Taylor is now majoring in Biology at The University of Toledo in the College of Natural Science and Mathematics wanting to continue to express her love for dance.

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LAURA BLAUFUSS

2020 Company Member

Laura is a multi-talented dancer who's forte is modern and contemporary dance. She currently teaches at TSA and two other dance studios in the Toledo area. She is excited to continue her professional dance career with THE Modern Dance Company.