Kyla Piscopink is a dancer/choreographer who strives to make dance accessible, useful and fun. As the founder/artistic director of Dance Key West, she has danced and presented work at Dixon Place, Lincoln Center, Triskelion Arts, and all over the stages and streets of Key West. Kyla’s deep love of music motivates her creative process and has resulted in collaborations with talented musicians, including her True-et with Keith Burnstein​, and a mutlidisciplinary performance with Ben Pegg. A versatile artist, Kyla has danced with Nutcracker Key West, The Buffalo Jills NFL Cheerleaders, Daniel Gwirtzman, The Love Show NYC, Core Project Chicago and Manuel Mendive. Favorite projects include: “OK Toilet Bowl” (a children’s music project by STEVENSTEVEN - Steve Burns of Blue’s Clues + Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips), and The ReMARCable Dance Project (a program she created for adults with developmental disabilities).

In addition to dance, Kyla composes music and creates underwater photography. She is Pilates Mat certified, holds a Bachelor of Arts from The State University of New York, and is mother to one darling boy. Kyla resides with her sweet family in Key West.

Connect on Instagram: @kylapiscopink @dancekeywest

Kristen Huffman is from Bowling Green, Kentucky where she began dancing at Dance Arts of Bowling Green. She trained with the Southern Kentucky Dance Ensemble throughout high school and also trained with Western Kentucky University’s Dance Company. She continued to dance at WKU, where she graduated with a BA in Dance. She had the opportunity to travel to Civitavecchia, Italy to perform, alongside her peers, with the Balleto di Civitavecchia. Currently, Kristen lives in Marathon, Florida.

Kimberly Bryant has been dancing for nearly 4 decades. In 1987 she was chosen to perform The Nutcracker Suite with the Joffrey Ballet at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. During middle school she auditioned and was invited to participate in the University of Iowa’s collegiate dance program under the tutelage of, Francoise Martinet. At age 15 she earned a merit scholarship to attend Virginia School of the Arts; there she performed the role of Swanhilda from Coppelia. In college Ms. Bryant was invited to become a member of the George Mason University Dance Company. Graduating with a B.A. in Psychology she also earned a minor in dance. She became a professional dance instructor in 1997.

While living in the Washington, DC area Ms. Bryant instructed at Arlington Center for Dance, The Russell School of Ballet, and the Center for Ballet Arts.

She has been an instructor in Key West since 2001 and is pleased to be a dancer, teaching artist and the resident hair and makeup artist for Dance Key West.

Her local charity contributions include: Queen Mother, Pridefest, Fantasy Fest AH Coronation Ball, Helpline of Monroe County, Aqua Idol and Headdress Ball.

Kimberly has operated her own business, Hairapy Salon, beauty treatments + remedies since 2010. Mother to two amazing sons, the family is fortunate to call Key West home.

Cricket Desmarais is a visual and performing artist, yoga, art, & dance instructor, media consultant, & a creative and commercial writer who received an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry with Dance Education studies from NYU, where she had the honor & pleasure of studying with Sharon Olds, Galway Kinnell, Marie Howe, Philip Levine, Donald Hall, Jean Valentine, & Robert Bly. Her undergraduate heroes at the University of New Hampshire were Charles Simic & McKeel McBride, who helped pave the way to her belief that a life can be lived with poetry at its heart.

She one of six studio artists at The Studios of Key West, where she paints, writes, & teaches yoga & art workshops, & is a performer & teacher with Dance Key West, facilitating dance improv & Autism Movement Therapy classes in the community & at Key West Theater.

Her visual art has been exhibited in group and solo shows in Key West & New York City & she is the recipient of many grants & awards, including a New York Times Fellowship, The Key West Writer’s Guild Award, & The Key West Literary Seminar Liz Lear Scholarship Award.

Her current work in all genres explores the desire to bring order & space to the narratives of the human psyche and to find intimacy and comfort in the macro & micro of the island’s flora, fauna, & marine life. Most of her art-making efforts generally begin as a big particular that gives way to a blend of improvisation & Wabi-sabi, a Japanese worldview that centers on three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, & nothing is perfect.

She lives in Key West, Florida with her two daughters, 2 cats, & dog, & loves mango season best of all.

Jordan Fife Hunt trained at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, The Boston Conservatory of Music, and the Broadway Theatre Project. Credits include: A Chorus Line (1st National Broadway Revival Tour, Paper Mill Playhouse, Theatre Under The Stars, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, The Marriott Theatre), On The Town (The Marriott Theatre), Fiorello! (City Center Encores), Aladdin (The Muny), Where’s Charley? (City Center Encores), Zanna, Don’t (SpeakEasy Stage Company), Cats (Lubbock Moonlight Musicals), La Cage aux Folles (The Marriott Theatre). Concert dance credits include: Benjamin Briones Ballet, Veracity Dance Theatre, In-Sight Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Dance Key West, GIG - The Show. Choreography credits include: “Call Me Baby” (music video for recording artist Brittany Campbell), “House of Glass” (music video for recording artist Brittany Campbell), The Broadway Dolls - Resident Choreographer. What’s Next: Mary Poppins (Lubbock Moonlight Musicals), The Little Mermaid (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). jordanfifehunt.com

Originally from Traverse City, MI Brent began his training at Dance Arts Academy and Ballet Etc. He continued on as a dance major at Western Michigan University. His first professional job was with the Milwaukee Ballet Company where he performed a variety of classical and contemporary roles by some of the leading choreographers for the next four years. Brent has also danced for the Ballet NY, Ballet X, Connecticut Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet, San Diego Opera, Toledo Opera, Carolina Opera, Dance Key West, Lustig Dance Theatre, and the Oakland Ballet. Some of his performance highlights include Forsythe’s “Slingerland duet”, Balanchine’s “Agon” and “Who Cares”, Stanton Welch’s “Orange”, Iago in John Butler’s “Othello”, and Mark Goddens “The Magic Flute”. His classical repertoire includes Swan Lake, Giselle, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Don Q, Dracula, and Romeo & Juliet. Brent is also a choreographer and has created work for a variety of companies as well as his own company that he is the founder and co-artistic director of, The Traverse City Dance Project(tcdanceproject.org). Brent is a licensed Massage Therapist(brentwhitneymassage.setmore.com) and has his associates degree in occupational health.

Melissa Weber was born in North Haven,CT but started her serious ballet training when she moved to Boca Raton, Fl. Melissa received the majority of her early dance training with Boca Ballet Theatre under the tutelage of Jane Tyree and Dan Guin and at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts under the guidance of Jeff Satinoff. Melissa’s first professional experiences were with Louisville Ballet in Don Quixote and in Christopher Fleming’s Nutcracker in Lakeland,Fl while still in high school. After graduation she attended Wright State University and danced with Dayton Ballet II. After spending two years in Ohio, Melissa joined Nashville Ballet as a trainee. Melissa joined Charleston Ballet Theatre where she danced soloist and principal roles for eight seasons. Ms Weber has performed many works by renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Marius Petipa, Lew Christensen, Christopher Fleming, Dermot Burke, Karen Russo, Jon Rodriguez, Paul Vasterling, Choo San Goh, Dan Guin, Jonathan Tabbert and Jill Bahr. Some of her favorite roles include The Mistress in Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Lead Gypsy girl in Don Quixote, The Matriarch in Jill Bahr’sRite of Spring, Helena (Jill Bahr) and Hippolyta (Brett Raphael) in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Lady Capulet in Bahr’s Romeo and Juliet, Arabian in The Nutcracker, and the Lead Girl in Guin’s Ella Sang. Since moving to the Connecticut/NYC area Melissa has performed with Ballet Neo, Arch Contemporary Ballet, Benjamin Briones Ballet and performed with Armada Dance in New York Fashion Week’s “Style Pointe”. Currently Melissa is a soloist with Connecticut Ballet and Sarah Berges Dance, while recently joining CT Theatre Dance Company as a Principal Dancer. Melissa has been featured in Jordan Matter’s Book, Dancers After Dark, danced in Cal Kehoe’s music video “Marilyn”, an extra for OneRepublic’s video “Connection” and danced in the “Corpse de Ballet” episode of CBS’s Elementary. Melissa is thrilled to be working with Dance Key West.

Morgan Stinnett grew up in Akron, OH. He attended Point Park University and majored in Dance with a Ballet concentration. His professional career started at Texas Ballet Theater before moving to NYC. Morgan has danced for over 20 regional companies and currently freelances as a soloist with Connecticut Ballet, Ballets With a Twist, K/M D/M, CelloPointe, Dances Patrelle and Ajkun Ballet Theatre. He has also performed with Craig Salstein’s (ABT) company Intermezzo Dance and is the Ballet Master for the View Dance Challenge Convention in Canada. Morgan can also be seen in Jordon Matter’s ‘Dancer’s After Dark’ and Kike Calvo’s ‘World of Dances’ for National Geographic. Recently, he was a soloist in the Broadway & Ballet Awards in NYC, performed with Broadway Sings for Pride, was a body double for a new film “Echappe” and was a dancer in the new NYC webseries “Living the Dream”. Last winter, he also performed with Cyndi Lauper in her ‘Home for the Holidays’ show at the Beacon Theater. You can also see him this fall in the new promotional dance film for NYC’s Office of Emergency Management that will be unveiled this September.

Angela Harriell is the founder and choreographer of the theater dance company, The Love Show. Her choreography has been performed across the United States as well as in Egypt and Japan. She has worked with Elisa Monte and David Brown dance, Randy James Danceworks, and taught dance at Binghamton University, Lincoln Center, and The Joffrey.

Angela’s work has been seen at The Delacorte Theater, The Flea Theater, HERE theater, The New York Burlesque Festival, The New York Fringe Festival, White Wave Dance Festival, The Philly Fringe Festival’s Late Night Cabaret, House of Yes (earning her a New York Innovative Theatre Awards Outstanding Choreography nomination), and different nightclubs throughout New York. She has set original works for The Public Theater’s Public Works series, as well as Jerboa Dance of Seattle and Dance Key West in Key West, Florida. Cointreau and Vogue magazine have commissioned pieces from her, and she has created and directed several full-length contemporary ballets, including “Nutcracker: Rated R”, which sold out in its runs for seven seasons in New York and was performed in Tokyo, “Dance Mayhem: A Grindhouse Ballet”, which debuted at New York’s Theatre 80 to great acclaim, and two major collaborations with singer/songwriter Corn Mo and his anthemic rock band, .357 Lover. Her work has thrice been selected to be presented at special galas at the National Arts Club, whereAngela has performed along with such luminaries as Elaine Stritch, F. Murray Abraham, Tammy Grimes, Charles Busch and Julie Halston.

Angela was a Hammerstein Beauty at Simon Hammerstein’s notorious downtown supper club, The Box, and also performed with Brooklyn Ballet, Brooklyn Repertory Opera and Opéra Français de New York. Angelawas commissioned to create original choreography for the New York screening of “The Antics Roadshow”, a new film by Banksy, and choreographed an original piece for The Public Theater to premiere at The Delacorte for Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Twelfth Night. Her company has been featured in TDF.org‘s online magazine “Meet The Company”, and The New York Post and many other publications have praised her choreography, and The New York Times sent a reporter to follow her troupe’s exploits on Bastille Day.

Christina Johnson (aka CJ) fell in love with dance back in the 1990’s; in a far away land known as Oregon. She was studying fitness and entertaining the idea of being a “dancer”. CJ moved to Seattle where she cofounded Jerboa dance (www.jerboadance.com), and has dedicated her professional life to the arts ever since. She made the trek across the country, joining the NYC dance scene in 2005. CJ is proud to have been on stage with The Love Show, Shir Dance Theater, Tamara Sarri, Zambasa, and more! Now you can find her traveling all over NYC and beyond teaching, performing, and playing with circus freaks.

A proud native of Long Island, NY, Jacqueline was introduced to dance at Diversity School of Dance at the tender age of seven. She became well versed in all styles including but not limited to ballet, modern, jazz, Latin, and hip hop. She graduated from Montclair State University with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Dance Education. Jacqueline has performed elite choreographed pieces by Bill T. Jones, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, David Parsons, Larry Keigwin, and Frederick Earl Mosley. She was the lead soloist in Martha Graham’s Daughters of the Night, Night Journey performed at the Joyce Theatre, NYC. Jacqueline is happy to be in her second season with Asha Dance Company. She was also the lead actress in The Truth Urban Theatre Group’s production of VIVA AFRICA in Long Island, NY. Jacqueline will be soon appearing on Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” series as a background dancer and talent. Jacqueline has recently became a part of one of the top dance agencies in NYC, Bloc Agency and has walked for Brooklyn Fashion Week 2017. She performed in a Samsung Live Event in Times Square choreographed by Rich and Tone and shot a commercial for WOM Telephone Company. Jacqueline was afforded the opportunity to teach in the Orange Public School District in New Jersey as a K-12 Dance Teacher. Jacqueline’s experiences has allowed her to not only advance her skills as a dancer but also as a well-rounded performing artist and educator.

Karli Scott hails from Ocean City, NJ where she trained at Dance Dynamics in Seaville. She later attended the Children and Teen program at Broadway Dance Center in New York as a teen. In 2016, she graduated with a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. There, she was also awarded the opportunity to study abroad in Singapore at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. During her time at Purchase, she had the honor or performing works by Bill T. Jones, Merce Cunningham, Rosalind Newman, Kevin Wynn and Kyle Abraham. Karli currently resides in New York City.