Catherine Fischer began her classical ballet training under the instruction of Kathryn Wheeler in Mount Dora, Florida. She received her BA in Dance from DeSales University, where she studied under Timothy Cowart, Trinette Singleton (Joffrey Ballet), Tara Madsen Robbins, and Angela Sigley. She has also trained with the Orlando Ballet School, The School at Steps on Broadway, and attended American College Dance Festivals in both New York and Pennsylvania. She was honored to perform Alwin Nikolais’ Tensile Involvement under the direction of Alberto del Saz in NYC during the centennial celebration in 2010. She was also seen in the Philly Fringe Festival in 2014 with New Street Dance Group in their piece titled “Structurally Sound.” Most recently she performed as an apprentice with The Collective in their annual performance “(end of) Summer SHORTS,'' and is currently on faculty at the Greenbelt Community Center & an instructor with XtendBarre in the DC metro area.
Samantha Hopkins began her formal dance training in 1994 at the County Ballet Dance School in Bel Air, Maryland. She holds a B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance Performance from Radford University. Samantha has performed at various conferences throughout the East Coast, including ACDFA, Virginia art Educators Association Conference, VAHPERD, and AAPHERD. She danced professionally with d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks and has had the privilege to study with Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Tiffany Mills Company. She is now excited to continue collaborating with audio and visual artists to help foster a community of open expression in the Greater Baltimore area.
Brittni Mann grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland where her Grandmother put her in her first dance class at the age of 2. She has been dancing continuously since then and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.A. in Dance Performance. While at UMBC, she had the honor of studying under many accomplished dancers such as Liz Walton, Doug Hamby, Carol Hess, and Sandy Lacy. In addition to dance, Brittni has a passion for yoga and holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certificate. She is currently working on and additional 300-hour yoga certification and plans to get her Masters in Dance. Other than dancing with The Collective, she teaches dance at Peabody and yoga at Charm City Yoga. This is her first season with The Collective and she is very humbled to be part of their dance community.
Caitlin McAfee attended the University of Maryland at College Park for one year with a Creative and Performing Arts Scholarship, and graduated from Towson University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Education. After receiving her Standard Practice Certificate in K-12 education, Caitlin taught within the Anne Arundel County Public School system for three years, during which time her dance program was awarded the Maryland State High School Dance Festival Award for Performance and Professionalism. She has performed with the Towson University Dance Company, CrossCurrents Dance Company, VTDance, Jane Franklin Dance, The Collective, and Trajectory Dance Project. In collaboration with the Baltimore Improv Group, Caitlin performed in the 2011 Chicago Improv Festival. She has appeared in dance films in England and Ireland, and performed in the Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London, England in 2014. She graduated with Distinction from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, England, receiving an MFA in Creative Practice in Dance. Caitlin is the Artistic Director and Founder of BlueShift Dance.
Gianna Rodriguez is a visual and performing artist living in Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Hampshire College in 2007 with a BA in the Liberal Arts and from Goddard College in 2015 with a Masters in Education. She is currently the Director of Baltimore Youth Arts, an artist-run after school program that focuses on youth in the care and custody of the state. Gianna has performed with various independent artists and companies in the Northeast, most recently with the modern company FusionworksII (09-12) and with Happensdance (12-14), under the direction of Jessica Howard. She has performed and exhibited paintings in Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, and Massachusetts at notable venues such as the Modern Movement Festival (Providence, RI.), Southern Vermont Dance Festival (Brattleboro, VT), and the Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, R.I.).
Kristen Yeung is a dancer, graphic designer, and artist from Baltimore, MD. In 2013, she received a BA cum laude in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland. There, she studied with dancers such as Dawn Springer, Lauren Withhart, Julia Smith, and Stephanie Miracle. She has had the privilege of performing in works by Jen McGinn, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Sadie Leigh Rothman, Valerie Durham, Amber Jean Tietgens, and Erin Crawley-Woods. She is excited and honored to be in her second season with The Collective.