Mallory Baxley, Artistic Director
Mallory serves as Zoetic’s Artistic Director, taking lead on developing Zoetic’s choreographic voice. Mallory is passionate about the work and mission of Zoetic, and has made it her goal to continue Zoetic’s legacy of female empowerment through dance. Through the work of Zoetic, Mallory advocates for female-centered dance and art, aiming to provide multiple platforms for women to share their voices and perspectives within their communities.
Mallory is a native of Georgia. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a BFA in Dance, she has extensive training in modern and aerial dance, training internationally with Liverpool’s Wired Aerial Theatre. Mallory’s history with Zoetic began 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, before the role of Artistic Director was passed down to her by Zoetic founder and mentor, Melanie Blanchard in 2015.
Mallory’s passion for dance education and advocacy for youth mentorship has provided her a lush career as a dance instructor throughout the metro-Atlanta area for 10+ years, mentoring students ages 8-18 years old. She has taught and choreographed for multiple professional and pre-professional companies, studios, universities and schools, sharing her unique and intensive contemporary dance curriculum with dance students across Georgia.
She has worked and collaborated with various artists from Atlanta including Cherrise Wakeham, Atlanta Dance Collective, Corian Ellisor, as well as filmmaker Lily Baldwin, New York choreographer, Christina Noel Reaves, musician, Norman Frank, visual artist, Zipporah Camillie Thompson, and recording artist Madame Gandhi. Mallory’s dance and film work have been shown at various venues in Georgia, as well as San Francisco, Chicago and Detroit since 2010.
I SEARCH FOR MOVEMENT’S CAPACITY TO UPLIFT THE VOICES OF FEMME FEROCITY. I CHAMPION THE WHOLE WOMXN AND ALL SHE IS CAPABLE OF, THROUGH NUANCED PERSPECTIVES OF FEMININITY, DYNAMIC SISTERHOOD AND EMPOWERED MOVEMENT. I AM A CREATOR OF DANCE, A FACILITATOR OF MOVEMENT, AND AN ADVOCATE FOR ALL WOMANKIND.
Sarah Wildman, Associate Artistic Director
Sarah Wildman is a contemporary dancer and choreographer originally from Dayton, OH. She is the Associate Artistic Director, Rehearsal Director, and a sixth year company member with 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 University she had the opportunity to train with and perform works by artists such as Teressa Wylie McWilliams, Gina Gardner-Walther, Kiesha Lalama, Jon Lehrer, Judd Gibbs, 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 with local choreographers such as Mallory Baxley, Cherisse Wakeham, George Staib, Erik Thurmond, and Leah Boresow. Expanding her choreographic works, she has created and presented dance works in Atlanta, Chicago, and Detroit. 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. In 2019, she presented work choreographed on Zoetic Dance Ensemble to be presented at Zoetic’s festival, MIXTAPE. Sarah is extremely passionate about her involvement with the company and looks forward to continuing to create art that lifts and empowers the female voice.
Ellie received her early dance training with at the Gainesville Ballet Company and School with Diane Callahan. In the pre-professional company she performed numerous roles in the Nutcracker and other classical and contemporary repertoire including Arabian and Candy Cane soloist and the Spring Fairy in Cinderella. Ellie completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrating in dance at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, where she had the opportunity to study diverse styles of dance in addition to creating and presenting her own work. She performed in work by several faculty members including Dan Karasik, Ernest Tolentino, Sarah Everhart, and Doug Bentz, and guest artists Gregory Dolbashian and David Morse. Throughout her training she received supplementary instruction from summer intensive programs with American Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance where she studied and performed work by Ohad Naharin. During college she performed professionally with Expansions Contemporary Dance Ensemble for two seasons. After graduating, she returned to Atlanta where she began dancing as a member of Gotta Dance Contemporary. While with the company she performed work by directors Rachel Truitt and AJ Paug as well as guest choreographers Frankie Freeman and Jon Carr. As a freelance artist, she performed at the RAW Artist showcase with choreographer Akeem Edwards and for Dance Canvas in a piece by Gabrielle Gambino. In 2018, she joined Zoetic Dance Ensemble as a company member. Since then she has performed in a gallery installation by guest choreographer Christina Noel Reeves and in various works by artistic director Mallory Baxley and associate artistic director Sarah Wildman throughout the season. Ellie also had the opportunity to work with guest choreographer Cherrise Wakeham during Mixtape: A Wild Feminist Playlist, a festival hosted by Zoetic, and also subsequently at the Nashville Pride Festival where she performed as a backup dancer for recording artist Madame Gandhi. She is incredibly honored to be part of Zoetic for a second season.
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 member of Zoetic, she is very excited to be working with such a talented and strong group of women.
Gabrielle Gambino is currently a professional freelance dancer, choreographer, and teacher based out of Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up and trained in New Orleans under Marjorie Hardwick and Gregory Schramel at the Schramel Conservatory of Dance/New Orleans Ballet Theatre. From there, Gabrielle began training with the Atlanta Ballet under the direction of John McFall. She performed in several works such as The Big Boi Collaboration choreographed by Lauri Stallings, Serenade set by Robert Barnett, and John McFall’s The Nutcracker. While dancing at Atlanta Ballet she choreographed on the second company and school. She went on to work as a company member with Dance Theatre of Tennessee where she performed several soloist and principal roles such as the title role in Tom Pazik's Cinderella, Snow Queen and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, and Micaela in Carmen as well as in original works from Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ma Cong, and Ron de Jesus of Hubbard Street. Additionally, Gabrielle choreographed several works for both DTT's professional company and students. Some of her most recent work includes dancing Beauty in Beauty and the Beast, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Also original contemporary works by Mallory Baxley, Sarah Wildman, Cherrise Wakeham, Jillian Mitchell, Rachel Truitt and Peter and Ashley Swan. In 2015, Gabrielle founded Roots Dance Project where she directed, choreographed, and danced in both productions Facets of Love and 7 Deadly Sins. She created two original works for Chattanooga Ballet's professional company as well as an original work for Dance Canvas 2019, which was also presented in Zoetic's Mixtape 2019.
Tori Vincent is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana where she began her training at a young age at Morgan Street Dance Company. She then graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Dance. While a student, she performed the works of various choreographers such as Sam Watson, Alexis Viator, and Coco Loupe. Tori also attended and performed at three American College Dance Association conferences as a student with UL. She has extended her education at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City. Towards the end of her college career and post graduation, Tori instructed and assisted various classes for all ages at Dance Dynamics and Basin Arts. In 2017, Tori performed the work of Frances Barker in STIR. She danced with Basin Dance Collective and Space Lafayette for their 2018 seasons where she performed the works of Clare Cook in Surface and Kelsey Billiot in Formethis, respectively. She traveled to Italy in 2018 to attend the Staibdance 2018 Italy Summer Intensive. Tori is continuously searching to connect dance with numerous art forms and create collaborative works with artists such as visual artists, musicians, poets, photographers, and videographers. She is currently an intern with Fly on a Wall. This is her first season with Zoetic Dance Ensemble.
Katherine Reeves is a modern and contemporary dancer and choreographer. She has trained in various styles of dance, including ballet, contemporary, tap, hip hop and jazz and tap. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in dance with a modern concentration at Kennesaw State University. She has been a member of the Dance Company at KSU, performing a piece by Lisa K. Lock as well as training with artists such as Daniel Gwirtzman, Carolyn Perry and Sean Nguyen-Hilton. In addition to her dance training, she credits her artistic passion and capabilities to avid involvement with music, band, and marching arts throughout her childhood and adolescence. As a teenager, she traveled to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles to train and perform as a musician and dancer. Katherine often teaches visual and dance to marching band and color guard students in the metro Atlanta area. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in choreography or dance therapy and education. She is honored to be a part of Zoetic and to work with such strong and talented women.
Emma Morris is a dancer, choreographer, and artist. She is a 2018 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she received her BS in Environmental Science and her BA in Dance Performance and Choreography. She has spent time with NW Dance Project, New Dialect, Axis Connect, and ABT. She has danced professionally with Full Radius Dance and has had the privilege of dancing works by Bryan Arias, Shaun Boyle, Crystal Pite, George Balanchine, Thaddeus Davis, and Tanya Wideman Davis among others. Highlights of her career include performing the soloist role in Shaun Boyle’s “Honor and Ash” at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2018. Emma is also an accomplished choreographer, having presented her work in SC, FL, GA, and MA, under the name the Emma Morris Project. Emma is thrilled to be joining Zoetic for the 2019/2020 season.