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 dancing at a young age. She continued her passion for dance throughout university and now as one of the founding members of Code f.a.d. Company. Natalee received her M.S. in textiles and technology management from North Carolina State University where she also earned her B.S. in textile and apparel management. She danced with 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 continue dancing with Code f.a.d Company. She also serves on the Board of Directors as the Secretary and as the Member Representative for the company.
Maggie Moore Conti
Maggie Conti has a BFA in dance and minor in management from George Mason University. After ten years of teaching a variety of dance styles to students of all ages, she decided to obtain her Elementary Education Teaching Certification from UNCW. While she grew up dancing and competing in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop, Maggie found her niche in contemporary dance. Originally from Roanoke, VA, she has also lived and danced in Florida, Maine, and Wilmington. She lived in Wilmington for 5 years where she became involved in the local dance community and became a core member of Forward Motion Dance Company. In Wilmington, her choreography was performed in the North Carolina Dance Festival in 2010. Performance experience includes FMD Company Shows, Dancelorus, and the NC Dance Festival. Maggie and her family relocated to the Raleigh area in July of 2014. She continues to teach elementary school in the public school system and is thrilled to have been invited to be a member of Code f.a.d. for the 2014-2015 season.
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!
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Courtney is a contemporary dancer who has also trained heavily in ballet, modern, jazz, improvisation, and partnering, with a background in tap, acrobatics, music theatre, and hip-hop. She graduated Cawthra Park Secondary School as a dance major in the Regional Arts Program, continued onto Ryerson University in the BFA Dance Program, and then to The Conteur Academy where she graduated the 2-year contemporary program in June 2014. The Conteur Academy is where Courtney received the final foundation of her professional training and solidifying her movement before entering the professional dance world. With two major performances in the program, Courtney had the honor of being a soloist in her first year show, and she was recognized as one of the top three students in the program. Courtney continually takes her time off in the summer and winter to train abroad from different programs around the world, some of which include: The Movement Invention Project (New York City), The Alvin Ailey Summer Dance Intensive (New York City), LA Contemporary Dance Program (Los Angeles), Ate9 Winter Intensive (Los Angeles), and The American Dance Festival (North Carolina). Courtney had the privilege of her first professional opportunity as a company dancer and actress in The Women in War Project – a theatre production that consisted of a six-week tour throughout Greece, performing at prominent historical landmarks. Courtney is extremely excited to be working with Code f.a.d. Company in North Carolina, and is excited for a thrilling year ahead!
Originally from West Palm Beach, Florida, Alexa moved to Chapel Hill this year after graduating from the University of Florida in May 2014 with a B.F.A. in dance and a B.A. in sociology. Alexa started dancing when she was four years old. She attended Dreyfoos performing arts school focusing on modern and ballet and Giselle’s Dance Studio under the Royal Academy of Dance. Continuing her education, Alexa trained in modern, ballet, and West African dance at The University of Florida. As a student, she performed in many shows and choreographed several works. She has worked with many guest artists from the U.S., Israel, and Africa. While at UF, she also performed with The Neta Dance Company in New York in 2011. New to North Carolina, Alexa will be performing her own work at SPARKcon 2014 in Raleigh. She has also begun working with the nosi DANCE theater and KT Collective on a project to debut in 2015 and is very excited to begin working with Code f.a.d. Company.
Natalie Rojano graduated Magna Cum Laude from Meredith College in 2012 with a B.A. in dance studies and a B.A. in psychology. During her time at Meredith, she was a member of Meredith Jazz and Tap Company and Meredith Dance Theater. Her choreography has received gala recognition and in 2012 she received the Academic Achievement Award in Dance. Natalie has had the privilege to receive instruction under Carol Kyles Finley, Alyson Colwell Waber, Talani Torres, Sherry Shapiro, and several other professionals in the field. After college, Natalie danced with Blank Slate Dance Company based in Durham, NC, for two years, and she is currently the dance director at Heritage High School in Wake Forest. This is Natalie’s first year with Code f.a.d. Company, and she is very excited for this new opportunity!