9th Grade: Dr. Anuradha Murali Febuary 7-11
Dr. Anuradha Murali, Artistic Director of Mrudani School of Performing Arts, had formal training in Bharathanatyam from Radha Srinivassan and Shanta and VP Dhananjayan (India) and Adyar K. Lakshman (India). She has also received formal training in Kuchipudi by P. Rajeshwari and Guru Vempati Chinna Satyam, Kuchipudi Art Academy, (India). As an Adjunct Professor of Dance, Anuradha has taught Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi at Columbia College,Columbia, SC. As an Instructor of Dance, she has taught Bharathanatyam at the University of South Carolina, Dance Department. She has written several scholarly articles in teaching bharathanatyam and kuchipudi at community colleges and universities for dance majors. Anuradha, a recipient of numerous grants/awards for dance choreography and dance performance, has performed at prestigious national and international festivals including India, Japan, France, South Korea, Greece, Italy and Brazil.
10th Grade: Delaney Shorb March 6-10
Delaney Shorb grew up in York, Pennsylvania and began her dance training at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She danced with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet for ten years where she had the opportunity to perform many of George Balanchine’s works including The Nutcracker, Serenade, and Stars and Stripes in addition to other original works of guest choreographers. After graduating high school, Delaney continued her dance training and education at Point Park University on scholarship where she received a bachelor’s degree in dance with a concentration in ballet. Delaney spent a year dancing professionally with Ballet Austin, as a fellowship dancer, where she performed in Stephen Mills’ production of The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and as well as many fellowship performances for the community. She has also worked as a guest artist for Lake Erie Ballet and Baltimore Ballet. Delaney has attended many summer intensives on scholarship including; Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Ballet Austin and Charlotte Ballet. Delaney currently dances professionally for Ballet Evolution of Charleston and also teaches at Charleston Dance Center and Magnolia Dance Academy.
11th Grade: Starla Wood January 23-27
Starla began her dance training at the age of eight in West Palm Beach Florida. Shortly after moving to North Carolina she continued her training at the Albemarle Dance Center and The Virginia Ballet Theatre. In 2003 she decided to pursue dance professionally and sought further education at East Carolina University. She studied Ballet and Modern techniques and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Eager to begin her career, she excepted a position with Kinetic Works Dance Ensemble in Charlotte North Carolina. She gained professional experience while teaching students K-12 in the North and South Carolinas. Along with teaching, Starla has performed in various operas with the Carolina Opera House including, Romeo and Juliet and Aida. As well as Spoleto Festival’s, Le Villi in 2013 and Veremonda (l’ amazzone di Aragona) in 2015. She has also performed and set works on the Charleston Dance Project. Starla is currently teaching in Charleston and performing with the Movement Union.
12th Grade: Marlayna Locklear March 27-31
Marlayna Locklear hails from Milwaukee,WI. She is recently completed her eighth season with Dayton Contemporay Dance Company (DCDC ). She began her training at the age of 12 at city ballet theatre and went on to graduate from Milwaukee High School of the Arts and University of the Arts In Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in Ballet and Jazz. Marlayna was one of the founding members of The Milwaukee Dance Connection and has gone on to dance with Eleone Dance Theatre, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre II and DCDC. She has performed works by Christopher Huggins, Dwight Rhoden, Ron Brown, Donald Byrd, Diane McIntyre and Ray Mercer to name a few. She also has worked with members of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Momix, Martha Graham Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Milwaukee Ballet, Philadanco, Koresh, Full Circle Dance Company and members of seasons 1 & 2 of So you think you can dance. She teaches and choreographs at Universities around the nation and is the Resident Choreographer Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II. Marlayna also serves as the company jazz and contemporary instructor at DCDC and is the founder and director of Indurance Dance Intensive. She most recently finished filming the James Franco Film “Blood Heist” out in theaters summer 2017.