Summer is finally here (or at least it feels like it)! Baran Dance will be on hiatus until early Fall, but that doesn’t mean we’re just relaxing by the pool with Mojitos (ok, sometimes). Here’s what we’re up to this Summer…

A HUGE congratulations to Carey Gates on tying the knot this July to the love of your life, Bobby French! Fun fact… Carey and Bobby met after the very first Baran Dance show, at the introduction of mutual friend Lauren Bickerstaff!

Speaking of Lauren, we could not be more thrilled to welcome the next Baran Dance baby to the world! That’s right, Lauren and Josh are expecting their first bundle of love this Fall. You better rock that belly this Summer, girl. Congrats to the Bicks!

Ben Henley is spending the Summer at the Maine State Music Theatre, where he is rehearsing 12-15 hours a day, performing in five shows, and earning points towards his Actor’s Equity Card. He’s already made some great friends and connections (because, he’s Ben.) We are wishing you all the best! (But, come back.)

Last but not least, Audrey will be starting the Masters of Fine Arts in Dance program at Hollins University this Summer. She’ll be spending five weeks on the beautiful campus of Hollins in Roanoke, VA, then traveling to Germany for three weeks to study at the Forsythe Company Studio and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt! Wish her luck, or… Viel Gluck!

Of course we all have fun and exciting things planned for the Summer, and hope you do to! Don’t forget to suppot your local theaters, companies, and artists during these dog days. Stay safe and cool, Charlotte, and we’ll see you in the Fall with some surprises!

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.