I AM CURIOUS TO CREATE WORK THROUGH ATHLETICISM, INTEGRITY AND DYNAMISM THAT CONNECTS MEANING WITH MOVEMENT. I SEARCH FOR MOVEMENT’S CAPACITY TO COMMUNICATE THE COMPLEXITIES AND NUANCES OF ACTUALITY, THROUGH VARIED PERSPECTIVES AND CONTEXTS. I AM A CREATOR OF DANCE AND A FACILITATOR OF MOVEMENT, ANALYZING CANDID EXCHANGE THROUGH ORGANIC MOTION AND EXPRESSION.
Mallory Lyles Baxley is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in the Atlanta and metro-Atlanta areas. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of Atlanta contemporary dance company, Zoetic Dance. Mallory received her dance training at Chambers Performing Arts. She graduated with honors in 2011 with a BFA in Dance from the University of Georgia, where she was a 4-year company member of contemporary and aerial dance company, CORE Concert Dance Company, under the direction of Bala Sarasvati. Mallory danced with Zoetic Dance under the direction of Melanie Blanchard for 4 years before becoming Director. She has trained in Liverpool with Wired Ariel Theatre in bungee assisted dance, Pittsburg, PA at Point Park University’s Summer Dance Intensive and New York, New York at the American Dance Festival. Mallory’s choreography has been shown at various Atlanta venues since 2012 including the Masquerade, Terminal West, the Music Room, the Mammal Gallery, Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, GA), the University of Georgia (Athens, GA), Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, West End Performing Arts Center and many more. Her work has also been shown across the U.S. in Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, Detroit, MI, Greensville, SC, Florida and Alabama. Mallory has taught at various dance studios in Georgia, as well as Dayton, Ohio. She has had the honor of working with contemporary dance artists and companies such as Sean Curran, Matt Kent (Pilobolus), zoe | juniper, and Gallim Dance. Mallory has also trained and worked with local Atlanta artists including T. Lang, Tara Lee, John Welker, Carol Szkutek, Emily Christianson, Tara Hemmer, Sarah Wildman and Emily Cargill. Mallory also has a passion for filmmaking, and has shown her films at various venues and galleries in Atlanta including Atlanta Contemporary, MINT Gallery and Agnes Scott. In addition to her work with Zoetic Dance, Mallory teaches dance at Chambers Performing Arts and guest choreographs for high schools and studios in Gwinnett County, and is proud to be the Artist in Residence for Atlanta Dance Collective for 2017.
Sarah Wildman is a contemporary dancer and choreographer from Atlanta, Ga. She is a fourth year company member of Zoetic Dance Ensemble. She began her dance training at a young age in Dayton, Oh with the South Dayton Dance Theatre. There she gained opportunities under the pre-professional company to train in various dance techniques. She also had the opportunity to work alongside the acclaimed Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, furthering her modern dance technique. Attending Wright State University and graduating with a B.F.A in Dance, she trained in ballet, modern, jazz, acting, voice, and most particularly, choreography. Creating several student pieces like her senior piece “At The End There Is…”, her eye for arrangement gained recognition with Department Chair and Artistic Director, Stuart McDowell. He would, her senior year, ask her to choreograph his production of “The Phantom of the Opera”. At Wright State she had the opportunity to train with and perform works by artists such as Judd Gibbs, Gina Gardner-Walther, Kiesha Lalama, Jon Lehrer, and William McClellan Jr. After moving to Atlanta, she began broadening her performance work to film and modeling, and has been building her portfolio by taking opportunities like working SAG eligible as a stunt performer on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. Continuing to build her talents in modern dance, she has performed with various companies such as gloATL and Staibdance, and worked alongside local choreographers such as Mallory Baxley, George Staib, Erik Thurmond, and Leah Boresow. Expanding her choreographic works, she created her piece “Trust” for the inaugural Dance Chance Atlanta in 2013 presented at The Atlanta Ballet. She has presented her works "Transient" at the Going Dutch Festival in Chicago, and “Inside Voices” at ASSEMBLE in Detroit, both choreographed on Zoetic Dance Ensemble. Sarah is very passionate about her involvement with Zoetic, and looks forward to continuing to create art that shares and empowers the female voice.
Chrystola “Chryssy” Luu is a proud fourth year member and Principal Dancer with Zoetic Dance Ensemble. Chryssy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but much of her childhood was spent in Monroe, Louisiana where she began her dance training at the age of three years old. She has trained in various styles of dance including ballet, pointe, tap, modern, jazz, musical theater, and aerial dance. Some of the highlights of Chryssy’s dance career include winning Dancer of the Year in the AMTC national talent competition in Charleston, South Carolina. She also gained recognition for her talents with the NAACP, where she was afforded the opportunity to compete in Orlando, Florida at the ACT-SO competition, placing among the top 20 dancers in the nation. Chryssy continued her dance training through college, attaining a dance scholarship and attending New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She completed her degree at the University of Georgia, graduating Cum Laude and receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Chryssy continues to train and perfect her craft, most recently by attending the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater summer intensive program in New York. In addition to being a member of Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Chryssy currently runs her after school dance program, Just Dance It! LLC.
Paris Hawkins, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, received her early training from Collins Hill High School dance department in Suwannee, Georgia. Ms. Hawkins Graduated from Brenau University of Gainesville, Georgia with a BFA in Dance Performance. She has been trained in Styles and techniques such as modern, jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, and musical theatre. While at Brenau University, she danced in works choreographed by Atlanta Ballet’s Kristy Nilson, Black Label Movement’s Carl Flink, and Charlotte Boye- Christensen of Now ID. She has choreographed numerous pieces of work for Tau Sigma Dance Fraternity, Gwinnett County School’s Dance Departments, also produced works for Evening of Dance at Brenau University, and a contemporary piece for Heather Wayne Performing Arts Academy. She is no stranger to travel since she has traveled internationally to Sorrento, Italy to perform and take class with Staibdance Contemporary Dance Company in the summer of 2016 and has also performed in Detroit, Michigan with Zoetic Dance Ensemble this past June 2017. This will be Paris’ 2nd season as a company member. She is thrilled to be dancing with such an amazing group of talented women and is excited for what this season has in store for Zoetic Dance Ensemble.
Francesca was born in St. Louis, Missouri but raised all over the United States. She began her dance training as a competitive dancer at Carla's Dance Factory, where she placed in numerous of dance competitions across the south east. Francesca continued her dance training and education at The University of Georgia where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy in 2017. During her time at UGA, Francesca was a four year member of CORE Concert and Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company, where she specialized in silks, slings, duo lyra, harness, and combining both aerial and contemporary dance. Being a company member, she had the opportunity to perform in “DAAP Stellar and the Dream Chasers!” (2014), “The Human Soul Connection” (2015), “Everything in its (Right) Place” (2016), “A World of Difference” (2017) CORE concerts, as well as other various performances around Georgia. Francesca has also performed twice for the LIMS “Mosaic @ Crossing Boundaries” concerts in New York City in both 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Francesca received the Young Choreographers Series Scholarship to attend an aerial summer intensive at the Circus Project in Portland, Oregon to refine her aerial silks technique. Eventually, Francesca would like to move to Las Vegas to follow her dreams in being apart of a thrilling and captivating aerial dance show.