PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Dunn
Hayley Cutler (artistic director) is a choreographer, dance educator and experimental performer living in Washington, DC. She received her MFA and BA in Dance from The George Washington University and a postgraduate diploma from the Laban Conservatoire of Dance. Since founding darlingdance in 2010, life has been a wonderful ride of movement making, postmodern booty-shaking and collaborative earth-quaking. Her work has been presented in London, Chicago, Boston and throughout her beloved DC at Dance Place, Dance Exchange, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Atlas Performing Arts Center, The Jack Guidone Theater, Torpedo Factory Art Center, her tiny apartment, bus stops, street corners and beyond. Hayley is a freelance dance educator teaching movement freedom and improvisation to populations ranging from young mothers to adults with physical and intellectual disabilities to university dance majors. In dance and life, Hayley is most interested in the moment when improvisation becomes composition, awakening an honest aesthetic and giving way for all bodies to move. In her work, she is most curious about the shared and varied histories of women at home in their bodies. The Washington Post once declared Hayley's work "tonally bizarre." She tonally agrees.
PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Williams Hoelscher
Claire Alrich (performer) is a freelance artist, educator, and non-profit administrator living in Washington DC. Her performance work has been seen in Washington DC, New York, Miami, and Mexico. Claire has performed with darlingdance since 2015. In addition she is a teaching artists with Artstream Inc., Local Motion Project, and the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden. Claire is the Site Coordinator for the Field/DC, a curator at The Shed Gallery, and a 2017 recipient of an artist fellowship grant through the DC Council of the Arts and Humanities. https://www.clairealrich.com
PHOTO CREDIT: Emmanuella Enemor
Emmanuella Enemor (performer) is a Nigerian-born dance artist. She began her dance training in Miami, Florida where she studied with Ronald Reagan's Sensations Dance Team. Emma is a recent transplant to DC and since arriving has performed with darlingdance, Howard University Showtime Band's Ooh La La Dancers, and Cameroonian sensation Yangi.
PHOTO CREDIT: Tony Kopetchny
Sara Herrera (performer) hails from Fort Worth, Texas where she began dancing at a young age. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Modern Dance from the University of the Arts in Philadephia and happily resides in Washington, DC. Sara is a choreographer, performer and dance teacher, with over 15 years of teaching dance in the DC metro area, NYC, NJ, summer stock in Maine and more recently with the Sapperlot Youth Theatre Festival in Brixen, Italy. Sara’s choreography has been showcased at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage commissioned by Agora Dance, the Asheville Fringe Festival, Imagination Stage’s Lerner Theater, The Jack Guidone Theater and the Capital Fringe Festival with performances at Blind Whino, Atlas Performing Arts Center and DancePlace. When not on stage, you can find Sara passionately involved in her neighborhod, curating Arts and Community events, from free outdoor summer dance concerts to showcasing local artists during First Fridays, as the co-founder of Petworth Arts Collaborative and as an active member of the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street Neighborhood Strategy Council.
PHOTO CREDIT: Rafi Letzter
Sarah Greenbaum (performer) is a Washington, DC-based arts administrator and performance maker. As the Artistic and Community Program Manager at Dance Place she coordinates world-class dance performance and community engagement through the performing arts. Sarah manages all production and administration aspects of programming at Dance Place including 40+ weekends of performance. Outside of Dance Place Sarah works as an independent associate producer; recent projects include coldness & lightness (Dance Loft on 14) 20 Rue Jacob (ReCreative Spaces) and Kitchen Sink Fest (Dance Place.) Sarah has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from Missouri State University. She attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC in 2013 as a scholarship student and in 2014 as the Performances and Community Programs Intern.
PHOTO CREDIT: Mariah Miranda
Carolyn Hoehner (she/her/hers) (performer) is a performing artist from Washington D.C. She and her collaborative partner Emily Karasinski started Kit District, showing work as apart of Dance Place's New Releases, Gibney Dance, WaxWorks, The Richmond Dance Festival as well as in independent gallery spaces in NYC and D.C. In 2018 they created the Housewarming Project - a collaborative, site-specific work that blurs the line between performance and house-party in order to foster communities between artists and their audiences. Carolyn began dancing for Hayley Cutler in 2018 and has been honored to play in the instinctual and imaginative world that is darlingdance.
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Sew Hoy
Mariah Anne Johnson (performer) is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she spent her childhood attending art classes at the Arkansas Arts Center and studying dance under Sally Riggs and Deborah Rawn. She went on to study art at Rice University and was a member of Rice Dance Theatre for four years. She earned her MFA in studio art from the University of Illinois in 2006. Mariah's paintings and installations have been exhibited in solo and group shows around the country, from Los Angeles and San Francisco to New York, Houston, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Locally, her work has been shown in venues such as Montgomery College, Transformer, Flashpoint, and the Arlington Arts Center.
Since 2011 she has served as a professorial lecturer in painting and drawing at The George Washington University. During spring 2012, she was the Artist in Residence at the Cafritz Foundation Center for the Arts at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her recent projects include a 2016 solo exhibition of installation, paintings, and textile works at BlackRock Center for the Arts, as well as a major installation and related paintings for a two-person show with Mei Mei Chang at Montgomery College in 2014. During 2016 and 2017, she undertook a series of international artist residencies in Viborg, Denmark; Berlin, Germany; and Hafnarfjörđur, Iceland. 2017 also marked Mariah’s return to dance, as she began studying with Hayley Devon Cutler and performing with darlingdance.
PHOTO CREDIT: Mercedes Ortiz-Olivieri
Juliana Mascelli (performer) has been dancing since she was 3. She kept on dancing through college and now works in the Dance Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she helps dance artists secure grant money. She feels most content when creating and performing.