Racine + southern DANCE EXCHANGE

Akem Harrison is an undergraduate student at the University of Memphis majoring in Architecture and Interior Design with a minor in Dance. A life-long appreciator of the arts and dance, Akem began his formal training in modern dance and ballet at the age of 18. Akem's ideal physical facilities, instinctive athleticism and gracefulness, and tireless determination to train have allowed him to progress rapidly in dance. During his studies at the University, Akem has been featured in several departmental shows. Akem has studied with Nancy Shainburg Kline at the University of Memphis, Kevin Thomas of Collage Dance Collective, the adult program at Ballet Memphis, and with principal dancers from Dayton Contemporary Dance. Akem is a hip hop, contemporary, and ethnic dance instructor at Southaven Dance Company in Mississippi. In addition to dancing, Akem enjoys working for local youth organization Bridge Builders.

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Andrew Golden, a Memphis native, began his professional dance training in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop over a decade ago. Andrew is a graduate of the University of Memphis where he was a recipient of the prestigious Hohenburg Dance Scholarship in 2011 . He has a bachelor's degree in Dance Education as well as a Master's of Arts degree. Andrew has worked with many notable choreographers including Keith Lee, Sidra Bell, and David Dorfman. Andrew's extensive ballet training culminated in being selected as a member of Collage Dance Collective's pre-professional corps de ballet. In 2014 Andrew performed Le Corsaire's famed pas de deux and male variation choreographed by Marius Petipa. Andrew Golden has taught ballet and modern dance at a number of Memphis institutions including Overton High School for The Performing Arts, Humes Prepratory Academy, and Collage Dance Collective. In 2014 Andrew Golden co-founded Deja Vu Dance with fellow Memphis dancer Daly Foncree. Together Foncree and Golden direct, choreograph, and facilitate competition for the young dancers of Deja Vu.

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Christina McKinney began her professional dance training at a young age and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre with a concentration in Dance and Performance. Christina is certified by The Southern Association of Dance Masters in ballet and jazz and an instructor at several Memphis area dance studios. She has assisted and performed with the Moscow Ballet's Nutcracker, danced with Carnival Cruise Lines, and trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Christina McKinney's choreography has been performed by several Memphis-based professional dance companies and been selected to be shown at the SCHAPERD and American College Dance Association's conferences. Christina is a trained photographer who constantly challenges herself to explore new methods of expressing movement through the lens of a camera. She is a multifaceted artist whose choreographic work often pairs movement and improvisation with photography and film. Upon completion of her undergraduate studies, Christina plans to pursue a master's degree in dance.

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Kenneth Johnson is a native Memphian who began dancing at the age of 6 in the Pagliacci, Turnadot, and Carmen operas. In high school he became a member of Subculture Royalty Dance Company where he discovered his passion for teaching and choreography. Kenneth is the creator and director of Hip Hop Slammers, a summer dance intensive for boys, at Memphis University School. He has worked with Tim Greer to choreograph multiple musicals for Memphis University School including Little Shop of Horrors, Annie Get Your Gun, Neo Vox, and Neo Vox: Reloaded. Kenneth's award-winning choreography is  performed at dance competitions across the region. Kenneth has also taught and assisted with the NBA's Grizz Girls, the Grizzly Kids, and the Grizzly Grannies. Kenneth has worked with various nationally known choreographers including Nia Love, Marjani Forte, T. Lang, Nicholas Leichter and performed with local rappers 3mK and Heal the Hood rap group. In 2014 Kenneth Johnson was named the "Most Prestigious Male Dancer" at the Memphis Destined2Dance Awards. Kenneth is an alumni of the American Dance Festival and a graduate of the University of Memphis.

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Beatrice Davis, from Tennessee, has trained and danced professionally for twenty years in the genres of jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, and ballroom both locally and nationally. She grew up dancing competitively and on school dance teams before beginning her professional career. Beatrice is an award winning performer who has been seen in featured roles in concert dance and on dance film. She is in Co. Dance's Hall of Fame, has danced in Collage Dance Collective's pre-professional contemporary ballet company, and is currently pursuing a dance degree at the University of Memphis. Beatrice is also the founder, teacher, and choreographer of Beatrice Davis Training (BDT)--a local professional dance training center. Beatrice has recently performed in shows with Racine + Southern Dance Exchange, Opera Memphis, and Roudnev Ballet.

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Rachael Arnwine is a Memphis native pursuing degrees in dance and exercise science at the University of Memphis where she serves as president of the university's Dance Alliance. She has extensive training in jazz, ballet, tap, modern, flamenco, musical theater, hip hop, and African dance. While at the University of Memphis Rachael has been selected to work with resident guest artists such as Keith Thompson, Dorse Brown, and Countess Winfrey. Rachael has performed with the Moscow Ballet, Opera Memphis, and Carnival Cruise Lines. She is a frequent attendee of the  American College Dance Festival and a certified member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters in ballet and jazz. Rachael Arnwine is on faculty at The Dance Academy of Bartlett and teaches at Dotti's School of Dance. Rachael plans to further her education by pursuing a Masters Degree in dance and exercise science after her undergraduate schooling. Fascinated by human anatomy, she strives to bridge kinesiology and dance in her professional career. 

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