MALLORY BAXLEY - Artistic Director
Mallory takes lead on developing the Zoetic’s choreographic and film works, as well as the company’s community dance education programs, leading classes, workshops and residencies throughout Georgia and the metro-Atlanta area. Her dance and film work have been shown at various venues in Georgia, as well as San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit.
Mallory is a native of Georgia. She graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Dance, where she gained extensive training in aerial dance as a member of CORE Concert Dance Company, and has travelled internationally to train in Liverpool and London.
Mallory’s history with Zoetic begins during her time as a student, training under one of Zoetic’s original members, Ellen Tshudy. Mallory began her professional journey with Zoetic as an emerging dancer, choreographer and filmmaker in Atlanta in 2010. She was company member of Zoetic for 4 years before the role of Artistic Director was passed down to her by Zoetic founder, Melanie Blanchard in 2015. She has worked and collaborated with various artists from Atlanta including Cherrise Wakeham, Atlanta Dance Collective, Sakinah LeStage, Corian Ellisor and many more, as well as artists from NY and LA including filmmaker Lily Baldwin and choreographer Christina Noel Reaves and Brooklyn dance collective, The Lovelies.
Mallory is passionate about the work and mission of Zoetic, and has made it her goal to continue the legacy of Zoetic, exploring the depths of movement and creativity. Through the work of Zoetic, Mallory strives to contribute to her community’s cultural and artistic landscape as a strong, empowered female leader in dance and the arts.
I SEARCH FOR MOVEMENT’S CAPACITY TO COMMUNICATE THE COMPLEXITIES AND NUANCES OF THE FEMININE BEING, THROUGH VARIED PERSPECTIVES AND CONTEXTS. I AM A CREATOR OF DANCE AND A FACILITATOR OF MOVEMENT, ANALYZING CANDID EXCHANGE THROUGH ORGANIC MOTION AND EXPRESSION, AS IT IS EXPRESSED THROUGH A FEMININE LENS.
SARAH WILDMAN - Associate Artistic Director/Rehearsal Director
Sarah Wildman is a contemporary dancer and choreographer originally from Dayton, Oh. She is a fifth year company member with Zoetic Dance Ensemble, and has recently been named the Assistant Artistic Director of Zoetic. 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 graduating and 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 has created and presented “Trust” for the inaugural Dance Chance Atlanta at The Atlanta Ballet, "Transient" at the Going Dutch Festival in Chicago, “Inside Voices” at ASSEMBLE in Detroit, and "Willow" at Ajna in Atlanta, Ga. In 2017 she collaborated with Mallory Baxley to present a duet at the lululemon "This is Yoga" event held at Ponce City Market in Atlanta. In 2017, Sarah earned the award of Best Choreographer for Creative Loafing's Best of ATL, alongside Zoetic Dance Ensemble earning Best Dance Company. Sarah is extremely passionate about her involvement with Zoetic, and looks forward to continuing to create art that shares and empowers the female voice.
Ellie Peterson grew up in Gainesville, Georgia where she trained at the Gainesville Ballet Company and School of Ballet under Diane Callahan. While in highschool, she furthered her education as a student of the Brenau University Early College Program and graduated as an honor student. Desiring to further her general and dance-related education, she then spent three years at Point Park University and graduated summa cum laude with a Batchelor of Fine Arts. During school she performed in works by faculty and guest artists including Douglas Bentz, David Morse, and Gregory Dolbashian. She also had the opportunity to attend summer intensives with the American Ballet Theatre, Orlando School of Ballet, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where she studied and performed diverse repertoire ranging from Coppélia to Ohad Naharin's Minus 16. Following graduation, Ellie returned to her native Georgia and has since been performing as a company member with Gotta Dance Contemporary. She is thrilled to be part of Zoetic and to continue participating in the burgeoning Atlanta dance scene!
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’ 3rd 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.
A metro Atlanta native, Jacquelyn began her training when she was just three years old at Dance Stop Studios. There, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical contemporary dance. When she was 11, she was accepted in to the Dance Stop Company and by the time she was thirteen she had begun performing lead roles in the annual performances. Throughout high school, Jacquelyn spent her summers studying dance at the annual Kennesaw State University summer intensive, as well as teaching dance at a local summer camp. She went on to attend the University of South Carolina where she furthered her training in ballet and contemporary. In June of 2018 Jacquelyn, along with her colleagues at USC, got the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for the National American Dance Festival. She also had her choreography featured in Columbia’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase. She graduated Cum Laude from South Carolina with a BA in Dance Performance and Choreography in May of 2018. Most recently, Jacquelyn danced in Sorrento, Italy with Staibdance Contemporary Company as a part of their summer intensive. Now, as a new member of Zoetic, she is very excited to be working with such a talented and strong group of women.