Meet the Dancers

2017 Dancers

Carly Hambridge is excited to be dancing with Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance this summer. A graduate of the Butler University Dance Program, she has danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Nevada Ballet Theatre, BalletMet 2, and is on her way to Boulder, Colorado to join Boulder Ballet for this coming season. Versed in both contemporary and classical ballet, she has danced works by such master choreographers as George Balanchine, Edwaard Liang and James Canfield.


Aparna Keshaviah is a statistician and professional Bharatanatyam dancer who is thrilled to return as a Dance ARĪS artist-in-residence. Over the past 15 years, she has developed her own signature style of this south Indian classical form, which she has presented around the U.S., India, and Italy. Her choreography adapts the inherited movement vocabulary of Bharatanatyam to more flexible and engaging currents of contemporary Indian dance. By coupling intuitive abstract movement with lyrically accessible music, she has modernized the form into a globalized context. Aparna was awarded a Fulbright grant to India in 2006 for her research into traditions within Bharatanatyam. Prior to embarking on a solo career, she was a lead dancer with the Ragamala Dance Company and Navarasa Dance Theatre and served as artistic director for the Sanchali performance troupe. She resides in Haywood County, where she consults on medical/public health research.

Morgan Lamb is currently pursuing a dual degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA in Dance) and Steinhardt (MA in Dance Education, Teaching all Grades). Morgan received her early training from Studio One in Kingsport, Tennessee under the direction of Melita Brock-Warner. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014 with a BFA in Fibers from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In 2015, she had the opportunity to perform alongside her Tisch peers, and Kidd Pivot, in Crystal Pite’s Polaris as a part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival. Recently, Morgan has performed in festivals including KODAFE and Ballet Inc.The Series. She has taught in a wide variety of settings in NYC including after school programs, public schools, and Peridance Capezio Center. Currently, she is serves as a faculty member and assistant director for the Steinhardt Summer Dance intensive.


Heather Maloy is the founder, resident choreographer and artistic director of Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance. She has created over 20 works for Terpsicorps including three full evening length ballets. Many of these included collaboration with musicians, composers, artists and projectionists.
Heather trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts (NCSA). She began her professional career at the age of 17, when she joined the North Carolina Dance Theatre (NCDT), where she danced for thirteen years in principal and soloist roles. At the age of 19, she choreographed her first professional work under the mentorship of NCDT artistic director Salvatore Aiello. Beyond NCDT, she has been commissioned to create pieces for the Chautauqua Ballet, the Nashville Ballet, the Wake Forest and Jacksonville College Dance Departments, and UNCSA. She has also participated in Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Choreoplan, the Ballet Nouveau Colorado 21st Century Choreography Competition, and the National Choreographer’s Initiative.

Gavin Stewart hails originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and is a graduate of Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance. Currently a dancer with Company E in Washington. DC, Gavin has also danced with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Owen/Cox Dance Group, MOVE: the Company, and Richmond Ballet II. Mr. Stewart’s choreography has been presented at Company E,  Richmond Ballet, Richmond Ballet II, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Malaywork’s INTERSECTIONS, the 15th Annual YES! Dance Invitational, Virginia Commonwealth University, and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Gavin also works as a singer/songwriter and composer in his free time.

Nicholas Young is a dancer, musician and choreographer, and a 2015 Bessie Award recipient. He previously was a member of the off Broadway sensation STOMP, where he performed the lead roll, acted as rehearsal director, and spent 10 years with the show. Nicholas began his professional carrier at the age of 16 with Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, TX. Since moving to New York, Nicholas has performed with multiple tap companies and shows and is thrilled to have found a home with Michelle Dorrance’s company, ” Dorrance Dance “. Nicholas has collaborated with Michelle on two large company works including ETM “ Double Down “ and “ Works & Process “ a site specific work performed in the Guggenheim Rotunda. In addition to “ Dorrance Dance “ He is director of the multi-faceted dance and percussive program Institute for the Rhythmic Arts, and Artistic Director of his own experimental arts company SoundMovement.

2016 Dancers and Choreographers:

Aparna Keshaviah is a statistician and professional Bharatanatyam dancer. Having previously performed as a lead dancer with with Ragamala Dance Company and Navarasa Dance Theatre, she has developed a solo career over the past 15 years, and served as artistic director for the performance troupe Sanchali. Her choreography of this south Indian classical form draws on the inherited movement vocabulary, but breaks the dance out of the holds of traditional repertoire and staging and into more flexible, engaging currents of contemporary Indian dance. By coupling intuitive abstract movement with lyrically accessible music, she has modernized Bharatanatyam into a globalized context. Aparna has presented her modernization of the form around the U.S., India, and Italy, and was awarded a Fulbright grant to India for her research into traditions within the form. She resides in Haywood County, where she consults on medical/public health research.

Nisha Pai was initially introduced to Bharatanatyam in Chennai, India at the age of six.  This formative training continued after moving to Ontario, Canada, where she has studied under Vasantha Daniel for the past 20 years.  Nisha continues to study, perform and teach Bharatanatyam. She has had the privilege of receiving advanced training from Aparna Keshaviah while living in Boston, Massachusetts.


erinheadshot2Erin Owen returned home to Waynesville following 16 years as a professional contemporary dancer in New York City.  She was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers for several years, performing and teaching in Europe, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.  Erin has also danced in productions at the Metropolitan Opera, and with other outstanding choreographers including Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, Daniel Charon, and Netta Yerushalmy. Other performance credits include projects with Bill T. Jones and David Neumann, as well as I am Legend (film), and Dance Fever (W Magazine fashion shoot for Alexander McQueen).  She is currently the ballet instructor on faculty at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy, where she is delighted to continue studying with Marilyn Cloutier; her very first ballet teacher.  Erin is the owner and director of Waynesville Pilates.

Kendall Teague was born in Asheville, NC. He began dance training under Marilyn Cloutier at age 9. He later attended South Carolina Governor’s for the Arts and Humanities under Stanislav Issaev. In 2008 he joined the corps de ballet at San Francisco Ballet where he performed works by George Balanchine, Yuri Possokhov, Julia Adam, and Helgi Thomasson to name a few. He then spent a season at North Carolina Dance Theatre and transitioned into dancing for Complexions Contemporary Ballet directed by Dwight Rhoden. For the past 4 seasons, Teague danced for Silicon Valley Ballet (F.K.A Ballet San Jose) performing roles in works by Jorma Elo, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor and many others. Kendall is very excited to be performing in his hometown!

skybyrdSky Byrd (15) started dance classes at age 8 at Betsy’s School of Dance in Franklin. She began serious ballet study at age 12 with Marilyn Cloutier. Last year, she also began training with Heather Malloy and Robert Barnett at the Academy at Terpsicorps pre-professional training program in Asheville. Sky has attended both Charlotte Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet five week summer intensives. This winter, Sky and her brother River will be dancing the Sugar Plum Fairy grand pas in the Franklin Nutcracker.

riverbyrdRiver Byrd (17) began dancing at age 11 at Betsy’s School of Dance in Franklin. At 14, he started classical ballet training with Marilyn Cloutier. Since last year, he has also been studying with Heather Malloy and Robert Barnett as a member of the pre-professional training program at the Academy of Terpsicorps in Asheville. River attended five week summer intensives at both Charlotte Ballet and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. This December, River is performing the Sugar Plum Fairy grand pas with his sister Sky in the Franklin Nutcracker.


Marilyn Cloutier has been a beloved ballet teacher to countless fortunate young dancers in WNC over the past 40 years.  Born in Michigan and raised in Kentucky, she joined her first professional ballet company in New York at age 14.  She was a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet, and has studied with such masters as Balanchine, Fokine, Shawn, Luigi, and Mme. Casson of the Anna Pavlova Company. In her career as a dancer and actress, she danced with the American Ballet Theatre, performed in several Broadway musicals, night club revues, and theatres across the US, Canada, and Central America, and was in three U.S.O. Tours.  As choreographer and producer, credits include productions for the Tropicana Night Club Revue in Las Vegas, the Carillon, Eden Roc, and Deauville Hotels in Miami Beach, and intricate stagings of underwater ballets for Weeki Wachee Springs and Sea World in San Diego.  Mrs. Cloutier was instrumental in bringing lavish dances and productions to the Orange Bowl Festival in Miami, and assisted in the development of the inaugural ceremonies at Walt Disney World. Her dance students have gone on to perform at the San Francisco Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Richmond Ballet Company, Doug Varone and Dancers, The Metropolitan Opera, and numerous Broadway shows. Mrs. Cloutier currently teaches adult ballet classes at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy.

Doug Varone is an award-winning choreographer and director working in dance, theater, opera, film, television and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. His company, Doug Varone and Dancers, has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for nearly three decades. Choreographic commissions for other companies include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others. In opera, Varone is in demand as a director and choreographer; he has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, Washington Opera and New York City Opera, among others. Theater credits include choreography for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theaters across the country, and in film, choreography for One Last Dance, starring Patrick Swayze. As an educator, Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians, and actors, as well as in schools for those with special needs, hospitals, and community centers.  He has the ability to connect with students of all ages and abilities, cultivating fresh creativity and a love of the performing arts. He is based in NYC, and is currently on faculty at Purchase College, teaching composition and choreography.