creating new heights in modern dance

THE COMPANY 2018-2019

RILEY DANIEL
DANCER & AERIAL INSTRUCTOR
Riley Daniel began her training as a dancer with the Oklahoma City Ballet. She performed and danced under the Oklahoma City Ballet and the Houston Ballet Academy before entering into her college years. She graduated with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma where she was a Kaleidoscope Dance Company member and worked with many guest artists such as Edwin Olvera, Loretta Livingston, and Hannah Baumgarten, just to name a few. Riley went to the American College Dance Festival to train with and perform for other dancers and teachers from across the nation. She has spent her post college years raising a perfect little boy, teaching, and now dancing as a Perpetual Motion Dance member. She is really excited to be finishing up her first season with the company and can’t wait to see what many more seasons with Perpetual Motion will look like.

EMILY DAWSON
DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, & AERIAL INSTRUCTOR
Emily Dawson is a unique and daring performing artist, choreographer, and teacher. She joined Perpetual Motion Dance in 2009 and has had many fantastic opportunities  to perform with them. Her recent work includes performances in Fresno, Kansas City, Little Rock, Dallas, and Houston, along with many cities across the state of Oklahoma. She currently teaches aerial for the company and continues to perform every chance she gets. Her choreography has been performed in two of Perpetual Motion's spring concerts as well as at the American Dance Festival's student showcase and The American College Dance Festival's adjudicated concert. Emily received her B.F.A in Dance Performance magna cum laude from the University of Central Oklahoma. During her four years there, she performed on scholarship with Kaleidoscope Dance Company throughout the United States and in Mexico. She received both the Lorraine Rimmel Watson award and the award for Outstanding Performer. Emily is excited to continue her choreographic and performance explorations with Perpetual Motion.

CLAIRE ENGELMAN
DANCER & AERIAL INSTRUCTOR
Claire graduated from the University of Oklahoma with Distinction and received a B.F.A in Dance Pedagogy and a B.S in Nonprofit Business. She performed with OU’s ballet and modern companies, including a tour to Austria. Her summer at Alonzo King LINES Ballet was transformative and captivated her soul. Claire is employed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America where she teaches dance and directs a philanthropy program she created, the "Oklahoma Kindness Club.” She is honored to teach Movement Therapy for Autism Oklahoma and enjoys coaching private lessons in ballet and pointe for the Edmond Performing Arts Center. Claire is a compassionate advocate and fundraiser for the Children's Hospital Foundation. Fueled by her faith, she has an adventurous spirit and zeal for life. Claire is thrilled to contribute her skills as a grant writer for Perpetual Motion and is grateful to be in her second season with the company!

MARIA KREY GIBSON
DANCER, AERIALIST, PM2 INSTRUCTOR
Maria Krey Gibson is a passionate educator devoted to inspiring creative expression from all of her students. Maria has a B. A. in dance education and a M.ed from UCO. Maria has taught in the Oklahoma City Public School District since 2011 and is currently the director and pioneer of the dance program at Douglass Mid High School. Maria has been involved with Perpetual Motion Dance since 2012, after a short time off pursuing her education degrees, she is excited to return as a performer for the 2018-2019 season.

KAYLA JENKINS
COMPANY MANAGER, ASSISTANT PM2 DIRECTOR
CHOREOGRAPHER, & AERIAL INSTRUCTOR

Kayla Jenkins began her career with Perpetual Motion in 2007 upon receiving her B.F.A in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. Kayla's performance credits and choreography have been represented at many festivals and concerts throughout Oklahoma, Texas, New York, California, and Arkansas including the American College Dance Festival, The Exchange, Pilot Dance Festival with Muscle Memory Dance Theatre, Works in Progress, the Arkansas Festival Ballet, Artist in Resonance, Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival, PM2 Teen Company, and Perpetual Motion's touring and repertory work. Kayla has also taught for several programs, schools, and studios throughout the United States. She is currently serving as the Perpetual Motion Dance Company Manager, Assistant PM2 Director, and dancer/aerial instructor specializing in Lyra for the company. When Kayla is not dancing, she is a hairstylist at Shear Balance in OKC!

MELANIE LAMBERT
DANCER
Melanie Lambert received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma. During her time there, she was a part of Kaleidoscope Dance Company; where she worked with guest artists such as Noa Shiloh, Diavolo, Mike Esperanza, and James Gregg. Through Kaleidoscope, she also participated in the American College Dance Association in 2018. Melanie is thrilled to begin her professional career with Perpetual Motion Dance Company in the 2018-2019 season.

HANNAH MCKEACHNIE
DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, & AERIAL INSTRUCTOR
Hannah Braegger McKeachnie received her B.F.A in Dance Performance from Utah Valley University in 2014 where she performed with UVU’s elite dance companies, served as an intern for the dance department, and was the dance representative on student government. She has also performed in esteemed locations and events all over Utah, Oklahoma, California, and Wyoming. She currently teaches for Premiere Dance Company and Artworks Academy in Norman where she loves to choreograph "out of the norm" movement. She will be serving her second year as the Modern Dance Liaison at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute this summer. Hannah is choreographing her first Perpetual Motion piece this season, is an aerial instructor in training, and is thrilled to be in her second season with the company!

ALANA MURRAY
QUALIFIED RIGGER, OCDF COORDINATOR,
DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, & AERIAL INSTRUCTOR

Alana Murray, B.F.A, is an engaging performer, energetic teacher, and excitable choreographer with a love for comedic expression. She has studied in Canada, London, Germany and numerous states across the U.S. She contributes to Perpetual Motion Dance in several ways including performer, teacher, choreographer, qualified rigger and Coordinator for the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival. She has toured with Perpetual Motion Dance throughout Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas, performing their stunning blend of dance and aerial feats. Currently, she is educating and motivating students as an Adjunct Dance Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma.

AMY NEVIUS
PM2 DIRECTOR
DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER, & AERIAL INSTRUCTOR

Amy Nevius is currently listed among the Oklahoma Arts Council's Teaching Artist Roster and has brought arts education in the form of dance and creative movement to a wide range of populations including at-risk youth, as well as children and adults with special needs throughout the state of Oklahoma.  In addition to her work as an artist in residence, she also currently teaches dance technique as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Gregory's University, as well as the Theatre Department at Rose State College.  Mrs. Nevius holds a B.A. in Dance Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, and is a founding member of Perpetual Motion Dance.

EMMA PRILAMAN
DANCER, AERIALIST
Emma is honored to be completing her first season with Perpetual Motion Dance as "Cora" in the 2018 Spring Concert titled "Cora's Door". Emma graduated in 2017 from the University of Central Oklahoma where she was a company member of the Kaleidoscope Dance Company for three years. During her time at UCO, Emma had the opportunity to travel to Paris and Canada under the department of dance. She is incredibly thankful to begin her professional career with Perpetual Motion Dance, bringing innovative art to the OKC community and beyond.

MARI RADA
DANCER
This is Mari Rada’s debut season with Perpetual Motion. Her dance background is built from over ten years of competitive performances in styles ranging from jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, musical theater, and contemporary. While earning her Bachelor’s in Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, Mari taught ballet, tap, hip-hop, and contemporary to students of all ages at Julia’s Academy of International Dance in Norman. Mari has participated in the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival three times, and she is excited to explore the styles of aerial and modern dance that Perpetual Motion Dance has to offer. 

CAITLIN ROBINSON
CHOREOGRAPHER, DANCER
Caitlin Robinson began dancing modern professionally in Austin, Texas with Austin Metamorphosis Dance Ensemble, and then as a founding member of Borealis Dance. Her performances include Austin’s FronteraFest, which was chosen as “Best of the Fest” in 2010, and RAW Austin, which is part of a nationwide community aimed at spotlighting local artists. Caitlin has also trained extensively in rhythm tap, learning from world renowned tappers at Tapestry Dance Company, Soul 2 Sole, and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. After moving to Oklahoma City, Caitlin joined Perpetual Motion Dance, and is both a dancer and aerial instructor.

MORGAN SMITH
DANCER
Morgan Smith received her B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Webster University where she trained with Alicia Graf-Mack and Michael Uthoff. While at Webster, she performed in faculty works and at the American College Dance Festival. Morgan has danced professionally with aerial company, Gramo Danse in Panama City, Panama in their production of Mar Del Zvr: Mito y Realidad. She has choreographed for concert dance, musical theatre productions, and the opera, Die Fledermaus. Morgan is thrilled to be performing in her first season with Perpetual Motion.