Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective is comprised of a dynamic group of movement artists:
Artists in Residence world class artists we host here in our studio to provide our local communityaccessible, professional, and dynamic opportunities to grow, learn, and explore.
Movement Educators who create community through their intelligent and thoughtful movement classes each and every week
Makers Lab Artists who are creating new and interesting homegrown works
Artistic Partners with whom we collaborate to bring more movement opportunities to our growing movement community
Administrative Staff, all artists in their own right, are busy teaching, dancing, creating, and administrating.
Danny started dancing at a ballroom studio in 2007 and left on a mission to pursue Vernacular Jazz and Lindy Hop after watching his first old timey swing dance clip. He has since performed, competed, and taught at many regional and national swing dance events. Danny’s passion in the dance is striving for freedom of movement in cooperation with the freely expressed art form that is Jazz. In class he likes to emphasize personal body movement, our connection to the music, and fun.
Jelani Davis is a Michael Jackson dance impersonator from Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has been training since 2009. Jelani had no formal instruction to train him in the art of impersonating Michael Jackson. He used only a DVD recording of a live concert tour, and replicated to the best of his ability, the iconic dance steps of the legendary King of Pop. His skills in dancing in this field have increased over the years and the enormous amount of practice has paid off. He has recently started performing for the public and has made it is mission as an impersonator, to spread joy and inspiration.
Carrie is a Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, and Pilates instructor with St Vincent Sports Performance, with a passion for rehabilitation, and who’s first love is dance and choreography. She majored in ballet at Indiana University before an injury changed her career path. After a long hiatus, Carrie was honored to participate in Motus’ 2010 production of Cultivate. Carrie is beyond excited to offer an adult class that affords a creative outlet in a comfortable environment.
Dancing since the age of four, Deanna enjoys being a tap dance instructor at Motus Dance and the assistant director and company member of Circle City Tap Company. An experienced performer, choreographer, and judge, who has studied tap, jazz, ballet, and modern dance, Deanna earned a degree in Dance Performance from Ball State University. She danced and choreographed for IU Northwest Dance Company for 5 years while teaching at nearby studios before moving back to Indianapolis. Dancing is a passion that Deanna is thankful to be able to pursue in her spare time when she is not working as an Environmental Educator for the IN Department of Environmental Management.
Devonte grew up in Indianapolis with a dream to dance and inspire a nation and generation of dancers to unite and spread love throughout the world! He recently toured as a dancer with Ministry and has now returned to share his love of Hip Hop back home where his journey began. Devonte teaches regularly at Curtain Call Dance Center and teaches workshops and intensives all around Indy.
Kelly was first introduced to swing dance when she was a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, but she learned to love Lindy Hop while living and studying abroad in Beijing, China, traveling in and around the dance scenes in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Since returning to her hometown of Indianapolis in 2015, Kelly’s love of dance has continued to deepen and grow. She teaches all levels of Lindy Hop with Naptown Stomp in Fountain Square. You can find her playing around on the dance floor both as a lead and a follow — so whichever role your prefer, ask her to dance!
Usha began dancing in her home town in India at the age of 3, where through the years she continued her dance training in various styles of Indian dance and choreography. She moved to Wichita, Kansas to pursue her Master’s Degree and was part of the International Cultural Society choreographing and performing for university events. In 2004, she moved to Lafayette, Indiana and began her teaching career, and has been teaching at Motus Dance since 2016.
With 9 years of experience teaching all-levels classes, Lynn cultivates a true learning environment for her students focused on empowering imagination, individuality, community and creating the experience of process.
Randy Talley is a dance and theatre artist with a BFA in dance from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At UWM Randy trained in the classical Modern Dance techniques of Fall and Recovery made famous by the master Doris Humphrey. While at UWM Randy also studied Ballet, Partnering, Contact Improvisation, and created an unprecedented 5 new works. Randy continued after his time at UWM to work professionally as a principle dancer for 15 years with Wild Space Dance Company. As a professional dancer, theater artist, choreographer, and teacher Randy spent years working with students at all experience levels, instilling in them the many benefits the performing arts offer including team work, accomplishing a common goal, problem solving, conflict resolution, discipline, inventiveness, and the joy of performance.
Liz Wray, a passionate belly dancer driven to share the art with women of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, began belly dancing in 2003. An expert solo and group choreographer with training in Classical Egyptian Beledy and Improvisational Tribal Style Belly Dance combined, Liz specializes in Tribal Fusion Belly Dance and adds hints of pop and modern dance to create an eclectic style. Liz’s years of experience encompass owning and operating her own dance studio, teaching at Cornerstone Center for the Arts and Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, and performing at countless events and venues throughout the Midwest. She continues her own dance education by attending intensive workshops and taking private lessons from other accomplished dancers. Liz teaches with patience, encourages positive body image and self-esteem, and always brings the fun!
The Makers Lab
The Makers Lab is an artist in residency program established by Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective in 2017 to serve as an incubator of ideas where emerging and/or seasoned local dance makers are provided with space and time to create and take risks in a mutually supportive environment. Participants include Lani Weissbach, Elisha Movement Christian Dance Company, and Bethany Wells Bak.
If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply, please email us at email@example.com.
Our very own Lauren Curry is choreographed this feast for the senses, initially performed at Mesh as a benefit for NoExit Performance. Stay tuned for a repeat performance coming soon.
But that’s not all. We are in collaboration with NoExit Performance to bring world class performance artists to Indianapolis who will provide opportunities for professional growth for members of our arts community through our OPEN Indy program. Stay tuned for more details.
In October, IMAC staff transformed a vacant home as part of Indy Convergence’s Almost Home place making initiative.
Crossroads Dance Indy
Crossroads Dance Indy is joining IMAC staff for Pay What You Can Modern Technique on Monday nights. Experience a variety of approaches to getting grounded, moving big, finding dynamic contrasts, and all of the juicy phrase work we love in a good modern class. Visit the class page to see who’s up.