28 Jan


We are thrilled to announce that BD2, our apprentice company, has been selected to perform in the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards, the youth component of the Charlotte Dance Festival weekend. “Come Down”, choreographed by Audrey Baran and Kate Micham, will be performed by Mattie Badget, Faith Carder, Mara Hayes, Lydia Heidt, Malanah Hobgood, and Bryana Mainor. Congratulations gals!

You can come cheer on BD2 and see how much young talent Charlotte has to offer by attending the show, Sunday, March 2nd @ 6pm at the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance (at Charlotte Ballet). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!


About The Author

Audrey Baran is the founder and Artistic Director of Baran Dance, a contemporary dance company which seeks to make accessible and inspiring concert work in the Charlotte area. She graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in Dance in 2003 and has since danced with Martha Connerton/Kinetic Works, Queen City Jazz Company, Kim Robards Dance, project incite, and EE Motion. Audrey teaches at Open Door Studios and Charlotte Ballet Academy and has served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Dance at her alma mater. She has performed in the North Carolina Dance Festival, Piccolo Spoleto, Martha Graham's "Panorama" (re-staged by Kim Jones), and the CDF Repertoire Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Archibald. Her dance film “Arms” was awarded an honorable mention at the Movies by Movers Festival in 2013, and her choreography has received recognition at the Charlotte Emerging Dance Awards four times, including the Choreography Award in 2015, with her friend and Associate Director Kate Micham. Audrey is the resident dance artist for Piedmont IB Middle School and was chosen as choreographer for the CMS Honors Dance Program Finale in 2014. She is currently working towards her MFA in Dance at Hollins University and is excited to help shape the future of dance in Charlote and beyond. Audrey Baran is also a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500-hour level, and continues to share her love of movement and mindfulness throughout the Queen City.