Katharyn Horne was a professional dancer for 33 years dancing leading roles for American Ballet Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, and Malmo Stadsteater, including the iconic cowgirl in Rodeo (with a vinyl record cover to prove it). She toured the US and world in the 50’s and 60’s with Ballet Theater and the Met Opera and worked with many greats in the ballet world like Margaret Craske, Anthony Tudor, Agnes DeMille and Alicia Markova. Additionally she has done work for television, and Broadway musicals. In the early 1960’s, she extended her duties to include teaching, ballet mistress, costume designer and seamstress. Since 1979 Katharyn has choreographed more than 50 ballets for concert, opera, and theatre. She has been Artistic Director of Manhattan Festival Ballet, San Antonio Festival Ballet, Omaha Ballet, and Dance Charlotte. Together with Mary Ann Mee she founded Dance Central; now CPCC Dance Theatre in 1984.
A native of Southport, NC, Clay Daniel has performed with CPCC Dance Theatre, the Gamble/Van Dyke Co., Theatre West Virginia, Theatre Dance Ensemble and for two years was a soloist, rehearsal assistant and a company teacher as well as an ensemble member with Tennessee Dance Theatre in Nashville, TN. He trained in the Humphrey – Weidman technique and Weidman repertory under his mentor, Mary Ann Mee, a former member of Charles Weidman’s Expression of Two Arts Theater in NYC. His training in the technique is supplemented by study with Annie Bryan Griffiths and Jim May of The Jose Limon Company. He holds an MFA in Choreography from UNC – Greensboro and currently is in his sixth year as a faculty Dance Instructor at CPCC and his second year as Discipline Chair. Since being on faculty at CPCC he has premiered ten new works: The Space Between, Slick, Patchwork, Before Light, Romancero, Keetoowah Dawn, Giants Dance, Deep Forest, Taproot and Winter Into Spring. He directs CPCC Dance Theatre with Katharyn Horne and Megan Payne.
Megan Payne is a Charlotte based choreographer and performer. She received her MFA in dance from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival (2012) and her BFA in dance from Ohio University (2009). Megan has studied abroad in France, Germany, and Austria, working with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s Director + Choreographer, Michael Keegan-Dolan, and at the Forsythe Studios with Christopher Roman, Jonathan Burrows, and William Forsythe. Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, and the Detroit Dance City Festival, among other performance opportunities. Megan has also had the privilege of performing in works by Camille Brown, Ulysses Dove, Gladys Bailin-Stern, Ronald K. Brown, and Mariah Maloney. Megan choreographs and performs with Charlotte based contemporary company Baran Dance, is a faculty member at Central Piedmont Community College, and a contributing member of the Goodyear Arts Collective. Megan is also the co-curator of Women’s Showcase, an annual festival presenting local + regional female artists.
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