Jairus Carr is a local dancer, choreographer, performer, and instructor. Living in the Austin area for the past twelve years, Jairus has been honing his dance and performance craft from Austin’s best instructors and choreographers. He is currently an instructor and choreographer for Balance Dance Studios and has choreographed for several competitive and youth companies. Jairus has worked with many local names, such as the Early Era Collective, Jennifer Sherburn, the UT student body, and many others. Jairus is continuously exploring dance and the performing arts and is excited to join the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Company!
Cara Cook grew up in Woodstock, Georgia and received her training from the Georgia Ballet School. She went on to perform with the Georgia Ballet’s professional company for its 2012-2013 season. Cara graduated from Oberlin College where she studied Anthropology and Dance. She also trained at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and American Dance Festival with Andrea Weber and Abby Zbikowski. This is her second season with Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company and she is excited to continue sharing the studio and the stage with such stellar dancers. When Cara isn’t dancing with KDH she is teaching dance to kids of all ages and spending time with her fiancé, Alex, and their dog, JJ.
Veronica DeWitt, raised in Oregon and Texas, has been a professional dance artist since 2007 when she graduated from the University of Oregon and landed her first gig with Dancing People Company where she worked for nine years under the direction of Robin Stiehm in Ashland, OR. In 2015, Veronica came to Austin for a DanceAbility (DA) Teacher certification with founder Alito Alessie, and upon completing the course relocated to Austin. Veronica has also completed the next level of DA training and is a certified Master Teacher. Currently, Veronica works for Body Shift/Art Spark Texas, teaches for Leap of Joy, works in Oregon during the summer, and practices/teaches aerial dance. V, as her friends call her, is thrilled to be dancing with KDH.
Alyson Dolan has been recognized by The Austin Chronicle as a “key modern mover” for the “stamina, concentration, and big jar of real that she brings to the potluck.” Currently, her approach to choreography stems from ever-evolving sensation and sound based exploration, the empowerment and curiosity that dance has provided her, ongoing collaboration with partner and composer Drew Silverman, and examining presence through performance. She has received two Austin Critics Table awards (Outstanding Dancer 2014, Outstanding Duet 2015), the Jerry MacLauchlin Best in Fest award (254 Dance-Fest) and was Resident Choreographer for Sarasota Contemporary Dance from 2012-2014, continuing her collaboration on a project basis. Dolan admires the originality of Austin’s artists, including Kathy Dunn Hamrick who she has had the honor of working with for the past eight years.
Clay Moore grew up in Houston as a competitive dancer. After graduating, he trained in Los Angeles with the Edge Performing Arts before choreographing at local Houston studios and dancing as a freelance artist with J&D Entertainment and LEON Dance Arts. Since moving to Austin, he has worked with ARCOS Dance, BLiPSWiTCH, Jennifer Sherburn, Blue Lapis Light, and has been featured in recent music videos including Tomar & The FCA and Kae Astra. Clay shares his passion for movement by teaching classes at Alisa’s Dance Academy and working as the Artistic Coordinator for Leap Of Joy.
After more than two decades of studying, performing, and teaching dance in as many forms as he could try, D. Poet Powell found his way to KDH. This is the fifth season he has found himself working with this incredible modern dance company, and with the challenging and ever-searching artistic director, the talented, skilled, and striving performers, and the myriad of brilliant collaborators who work with the company, KDH has proven itself to be the best artistic home that he’s had the pleasure to be a part of. Poet is very thankful to the company for giving him a place to continue to search, grow, collaborate, and finally, to perform in this medium…
Carissa Topham has performed with the Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company for eight wonderful seasons, and is still both inspired and challenged on a daily basis by Kathy and the other amazing KDH dancers. In addition to dancing for KDH, she recently co-choreographed and performed the pieces, “RARE,” and “Flicker. Burn. Repeat” with Austinite Emily Rushing. Carissa received her BFA in Dance from the University of North Texas where she was named Outstanding Student in Dance as well as Outstanding Choreographer. Carissa is also a certified Pilates instructor and teaches Barre, Pilates and Spin at Dancers Shape, a local studio. When she isn’t in the studio, Carissa can be found hanging out with her amazing husband, Dwight and beautiful baby girl, Veda.
Portraits by Sarah Annie Navarrete