MacKenzie is a native of Massachusetts and trained for a decade in ballet, jazz, modern. lyrical, and tap at Patti Morris Dance Unlimited in Millbury, MA. As a college freshman, she was a member of the Duquesne University Varsity Dance Team before transferring to Virginia Tech in 2005. MacKenzie holds a B.A. in communication from Virginia Tech and was a member of the High Techs Dance Team while pursuing her degree. MacKenzie continued her education earning a Master’s of Science in arts administration with a concentration in fundraising management from Boston University in 2010. While completing her Master’s degree, Mackenzie was a member of Boston University’s Dance Theatre Group as a dancer and choreographer. Her work was selected by faculty to represent the University at the American College Dance Festival New England Regional Conference in 2010. From 2010-2012, MacKenzie served as the Head Coach of the Worcester State University Dance Team. During her tenure, MacKenzie led the team to their first Universal Dance Association (UDA) College Dance Team National Championship in Walt Disney World. In the summer of 2013, MacKenzie relocated to North Carolina with her husband Mike. She works professionally in non-profit fundraising and is an active distance runner. She is very excited about joining the dance community in the Triangle as a Code f.a.d. Company dancer.
Originally from Austin, Texas, Natalee began studying dance at the age of five. She has continued her dance career throughout secondary school, university, and now after graduation. Natalee recently received her M.S. in textiles and technology management from North Carolina State University in May 2009 where she also earned her B.S. in textile and apparel management in 2002. While completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she was a member of the NCSU Dance Company under the direction of Robin Harris and assistant director Autumn Mist Belk. As a company member, she worked with guest artists Carol Kyles Finely, Megan Marvel, and Jack Arnold. During her college career, Natalee had the opportunity to perform at four Regional American Dance Festivals as well as the University of North Carolina Festival of the Arts, the Triangle Dance Festival for AIDS, the Raleigh Medal of Arts Ceremony, and has toured with the North Carolina Dance Festival. Natalee is excited to be given the opportunity to continue her passion for dance with Code f.a.d Company. She also serves on the Board of Directors as the Secretary/Treasurer and as the Member Representative of the company.
Jill Bradley Hall
Jill holds a B.A. in theatre and dance from James Madison University, where she received the Dance Faculty Award. While a student, she was a member of the Associate Dance Ensemble, the Contemporary Dance Ensemble and the Virginia Repertory Company, a pre-professional touring company. As a company member, Jill worked with guest artists Lisa Race, Shannon Hummel, Ric Rose and Fin. She also served as the technical director of the dance department at JMU. During her college career, Jill had the opportunity to perform at two Regional American College Dance Festivals. The first was hosted by Slippery Rock University, and the second by James Madison University where they were selected to also perform at the National American College Dance Festival hosted by the University of Maryland. Jill spent two summers training and working at the American Dance Festival as a stagecraft apprentice and then as a production intern under the direction of Bessie Award winner David Ferri. While at ADF, she had the honor to work with Bill T. Jones, Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Lisa Race, Mark Haim, and others.
Since graduation Jill has performed professionally with The West Virginia Dance Company under the direction of Toneta Akers-Toler, (WV Governor’s Arts Award winner for Excellence in the Arts), Theatre West Virginia (directed by Marina Hunley), and Kitchen Sink Dance Company (directed by Michael McGowan and Absolute Dance Company), where she remains a guest performer and choreographer. She has had guest performances with David Dorfman Dance in the world premiere of Undergroundand Deborah Riley Dance Projects. Jill has been working with Autumn Mist Belk since 2006 and serves on the Board of Directors for Code f.a.d. Company. Additionally, Jill has taught and choreographed extensively throughout the east coast. Her work has been shown in New York, West Virginia, Mississippi and Virginia. Jill is also a graduate of Blue Cliff College as a certified massage therapist where she was the valedictorian.
Kristina is a 2011 graduate of Meredith College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Communication. While at Meredith, Kristina had the privilege to be a member of the pre-professional dance companies Meredith Dance Theatre and the Meredith Jazz and Tap Company. During her years at Meredith, Kristina became a cheerleading coach with the Wake County School System having led the West Lake Wildcats to second place at the 2009 Sweetheart Classic Competition held in Greensboro. She was also able to earn the Dillard Drive Dragons place third out of eight teams in their division at the 2010 Wake County Cheer Competition with her own choreography and music.
Since graduation, Kristina has been busy starting her own cheer and dance company, Xtreme Challenge All Stars in the city of Angier, NC. She had led the XCAS 2009-2010 dance team to win first and second place titles locally, regionally and nationally with her choreography before transitioning to becoming the new owner. Kristina continues to teach, coach and choreograph dance and cheerleading while being one of the newest members of the Code f.a.d. Company.
Ashley McCullough has 22 years of dance experience. She grew up in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, and Louisiana. Although having no place to officially call home, Ashley has found home everywhere she travels through dance. Growing up she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical with an emphasis in tap and competed at many dance competitions in the Eastern United States for 10 years where she won various awards. After high school, she continued her studies and dance training earning her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, with an emphasis in modern/contemporary dance. While in college, she toured with Brigham Young University’s Spring Performing Arts Company of the International Folk Dance Ensemble and later performed and choreographed for the student-based modern dance company dancEnsemble. In her last semester she was fortunate to have the opportunity to perform in “Panorama” with the Martha Graham Dance Company in their concert.
Two weeks after graduating she married her best friend and high school sweetheart and moved to Baton Rouge, LA, where she spent three years teaching dance and yoga. Under the direction of Kris Cangelosi she spent two years in Baton Rouge performing and choreographing for Cangelosi Dance Project. Recently, Ashley has moved to Durham as her husband starts his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Duke University. They are expecting their first child in December 2014. Ashley is fortunate to be able to continue dancing and teaching dance, yoga, and gymnastics in the area through her pregnancy and is excited to jump in full force with Code f.a.d. Company afterwards!
A native of South Florida, Gerren began studying dance at the age of three, becoming a very serious young dancer in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, hip-hop, and acrobatics. He trained at Southern Dance Theater in Boynton Beach, Florida, and was a student in the dance department at Palm Beach County School of the Arts. In 1996, he moved to North Carolina and continued training intensely at Cary Ballet Conservatory where he is now a faculty member and choreographer for the 3D Project which has been hailed nationally among concert jazz professionals and dancers as a premier pre-professional jazz company for dancers six and up. Gerren is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Management and, while in school, was a member of the NCSU Dance Company for two years. Gerren has choreographed for the NC State Dance Program, and he has performed at the American College Dance Festival’s Gala and as a guest artist for Megan Marvel’s graduate thesis concert. He is ecstatic to be dancing with Code f.a.d. Company!