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.
Krystal Lynch discovered her love for dance at the tender age of five. She has over 25 years of experience in modern, ballet, jazz, and liturgical dance. Combining her love of dance with her spiritual faith, Krystal has danced with several dance ministries including Glory Dance Company, Arts Evangelica, Jubilate School of the Arts, and Windsong. She was also a featured dancer in the African American Cultural Center’s production of The Amistad and has directed a number of dance ministries. In the fall of 2011, Krystal founded In Symmetry Dance Ensemble and has guided the budding group in technique, choreography, and performance. She earned a bachelor of arts in English and a minor in dance at East Carolina University, and a master of arts in English at North Carolina State University. Her other interests include communications, design, jewelry making, and crafts of all kinds.
Brooks graduated from East Carolina University with a B.F.A in dance education, after completing her student teaching at Ligon GT Magnet middle school under the instruction of Freddie-Lee Heath. While at ECU, Brooks received training from Roger Belman, Dawn Clark, Joe Carow, Patti Weeks, Pat Pertalion and Tommi Galaska, and she studied at various studios in New York City. She was also a performer in the American College Dance Festival and part of the ECU Dance Ensemble.Previously, Brooks was the assistant director of Arts in Action in Chapel Hill, founded by Jacques D’Amboise. Brooks is currently the director of the Dance Department at Cardinal Gibbons High School and continues to serve as a guest choreographer for high schools and studios around the triangle including The North Carolina Dance Institute, Carolina Dance Center, and St. Mary’s High School. In 2009, she received the Outstanding Choreography award from the North Carolina Theater Capital Awards for the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Each summer, Brooks lives in New York City and studies at Broadway Dance Center and Dance New Amsterdam. She also takes workshops and master classes while in NYC. She has traveled with Code f.a.d performing in NYC, Washington, D.C., Seattle, WA, and Houston, TX. Brooks is thrilled to continue her love and passion for dance with Code f.a.d Company and is in her fourth season with the company.