Bl!nk Modern Dance Company originated in Denver, Colorado. They preformed their first major work, "Pink Floyd's The Wall; A Modern Dance Story", at The Jester's Palace off The 16th St Mall.
Catch our film of it below.
KAT KALAMARAS (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & COMPANY MEMBER)
(Director's artistic note): Kat founded Bl!nk Modern Dance Company with the soul purpose of being able to create and bring the art of dance to the Denver/ Colorado community. Bl!nk started as a small idea but has grown to a full company. Kat gives all the credit to her dear friend Ian who unfortunately passed last year. Ian played a big support in Kat’s life and recommended she start her own company where she felt she can grow as an artist. Bl!nk’s name evolved from a collection of thoughts and ideas mainly inspired by graffiti artist; Banksy, who hid an elephant in a room of art telling people to not blink, or you’ll miss the big picture. The upside down “!” stands for Ian.
You can click here to read Kat’s bio for more
NATALIE VINYARD- HOUX (COMPANY MEMBER)
Natalie Vinyard-Houx grew up in the small mountain town of Frisco, Colorado. She started her training in dance at the age of two at Rocky Mountain Dance Academy where she studied ballet, tap, modern, jazz and hip-hop under the direction of Jennifer Voxakis. Her first year and a half of college was spent at Southern Utah University as a Dance major where she studied with faculty such as Kay Andersen, Shauna Mendini, Lise Mills, Paul Ocampo, and Chien-Ying Wang. While at SUU she took master classes from the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. After transferring to Colorado State University in the spring of 2011 she started her studies with faculty such as Judy Bejarano, Chung-Fu Chang, Jane Slusarski-Harris, Sayaka Karasugi-Ruggles, Lisa Morgan, and Carol Roderick.
At CSU she was also able to take master classes taught by the Ailey II Company, Shih Kun-Chen, Joan Lazarus, Gabe Masson, Pilobolus, Richard Wacko, and Yunyu Wang. She was able to perform in character dances from the ballet Swan Lake staged by Richard Wacko, Associate Professor at the University of Utah and in Anna Sokolow’s ROOMS in the section, Daydream restaged by Yunyu Wang, Professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts. Natalie has also created many choreographic works of her own while at CSU, one of which was chosen for performance in the Dance Division’s main stage concert. Natalie graduated from Colorado State University in May 2014 and has since performed with Avatar Movement Dance Company for four seasons, two seasons with Esme Dance Company performing two years in a row at Denver Pride Festival, and is currently a member of Life/Art Dance Ensemble. Natalie is thrilled to be joing Bl!nk Modern Dance Company and can’t wait to perform for this amazing company.
MEGAN RONEY (COMPANY MEMBER)
Megan Roney has danced since the age of three and is captivated by the stories our bodies tell through the art of dance. Megan works as an occupational therapist and weaves her love of dance with her passion to empower the independence, advocacy, and artistic creation of children and adolescents with disabilities. Megan sustained a traumatic brain injury and multiple physical injuries at the age of nineteen when she was in a car accident. She was told by doctors dancing again may be an impossibility, but with the support of her family, multiple therapy services, and determination she went on to not only dance again, but tour internationally performing in professional stage shows with Disney. Megan is a certified DanceAbility Instructor and performs with local dance companies Life/Art Dance Ensemble, Lost Walks, as well as Bl!nk. Megan is proud to be a part of Bl!nk Modern Dance Company and strives to empower dancers of all abilities to reach for their artistic endeavors.
MYKAYLA SOLORIO (COMPANY MEMBER)
Mykayla began dancing at Premier School of Dance in Thornton, Colorado at the age of 3. From the ages of 7 to 18, she competed in dance; such was her dedication to dance that Mykayla elected to be homeschooled, so she could spend more time dancing and competing. During this time, she studied many different dance styles including African, salsa, musical theater, modern, and break dancing. She joined LA Dance Magic's Company in 2015 under the direction of Jackie Sleight and Dave Carter. While working with LA Dance Magic's company she had the opportunity to study and work under Jason Myer, Will Thomas, Christian Vincent, Eddie Moody, DJ Guthrie, Ayodele Casel, and Albert Blaise Cattafi. Mykayla is an instructor at multiple studios as well as a member of a few companies and projects. She is thrilled to be the CO-Director of Bl!nk Modern Dance Co, and excited to see where it will go in this journey.
GREG MORGAN (FEATURED DANCER)
Greg graduated in 2010 from Colorado Mesa University with two degrees (Dance and Public Relations.) At CMU he studied under Melonie Buchanan Murray PhD, Matthew Lindstrom, and Theresa Kahl. He also performed work by guest choreographers Adam Parson (LA Dance Force,) Caitlyn Gray (Steps on Broadway,) Chung Fu Chang (CSU), and Holly Lampe. In 2011, Greg attended the American Dance Festival on scholarship where he studied under Abbie Yaeger (UNCSA) and Pamela Pietro (NYU Tisch School of the Arts.) He has performed and/or choreographed with regional companies Salt Wash Dance Theater, Push Don’t Pull Dance Theater, Beyond Boundaries Dance Collective, Mind and Body Dance Theater, and Avatar Movement Dance Company. Through dance Greg found a passion for teaching and recently finished a Masters in Human Development and Education through the Boulder Journey School Teacher Education Program and CU Denver. His passion for learning alongside young children has inspired him to bring play into more aspects of his life, to appreciate small details, and to remain open to possibility. Greg is excited to bring his talents and insights on stage with Bl!nk and looks forward to many more collaborations.
DANIELLE FALLER (FEATURED DANCER)
Danielle Faller is a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville, where she received a BA in Dance. She performed in many shows during her time at the university, including Spring Dance Concerts, Fall Dance Concerts, and Chicago the Musical. She has also performed off campus with the SIUE Dance Company at the American College Dance Association in the spring of 2019, National Dance Day in St. Louis 2019, individually at Chapman University in California during the Backhaus Dance Summer Intensive, and various other opportunites with the SIUE Dance Company. She has lived in Colorado for two years now, and is very excited to be performing again! She would like to thank her family, teachers, and friends for their continued support and is excited for the next chapter of dance!
HARLEE MARSHALL (COMPANY MEMBER)
Harlee Marshall, 10 years old has been dancing since she was 2. She competed at a young age and is currently training for Youth American Grand Prix. Harlee attended the Bolshoi Ballet summer intensive at age 10. She is currently a level 4 dancer at the Evergreen School of Ballet.
BRIER CARROLL (COMPANY MEMBER)
Brier Carroll is 10 years old in 5th grade. She has been dancing for three years at Evergreen School of Ballet, and did gymnastics previous to dance.