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 community with accessible, 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.
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 IMAC’s (formerly 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 IMAC 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.
Tanner Hronek is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer whose Indy dance credits include the Butler Ballet, Ballet International, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indy Convergence, and NoExit Performance. Before moving back to Indy last year he taught and choregraphed classical and contemporary works in his home state of Iowa.
A practitioner of Capoeira for nearly 10 years under the instruction of Contra-Mestre Carcará of Capoeira Mandinga com Expressão in Rochester, NY, Ethan earned the status of Monitor, or senior student, in 2015. Since then, he has taught classes and workshops at various academies, college campuses, schools, and community events throughout Rochester and Indianapolis, including IUPUI, and IPS schools.
“Capoeira has opened my eyes to a wider world of movement. I have attended two workshops with renowned movement teacher Ido Portal, and am also an active practitioner of Parkour and indoor climbing. Movement is my passion, and spreading that passion by sharing it with others is my goal. While I still consider myself a student (and always will), I am humbled by the opportunity to share with you… Capoeira is for everyone and almost anything can be modified to accommodate different bodies and ability levels.”
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 IMAC since 2016.
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 Crossroads Dance Indy, 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 choreographed this feast for the senses, performed at Mesh as a benefit for NoExit Performance in 2018.
But that’s not all. We continue to collaborate 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 2017, IMAC staff transformed a vacant home as part of Indy Convergence’s Almost Home place making initiative.
Crossroads Dance Indy
Crossroads Dance Indy has joined forces with 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.