Kristen Duffy Young, Director – Contemporary
Kristen Duffy Young received an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and a BA in Dance and BBA in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds certifications as a Movement Analyst (CMA) from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York and Mat Pilates Instructor from the Kane School of Core Integration. Her early dance training was through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) intensive program in classical ballet.
In addition to directing and choreographing for the COF Dance Project, Kristen is an Adjunct Professor at Emmanuel College where she teaches courses in ballet, dance history, and somatics. She is a co-director of Accumulation Dance Company and her choreography has been presented throughout New England and New York. She has danced professionally with Accumulation Dance, Bosoma Dance Company, Weber Dance, and Influx Dance, and is serving as President of the Massachusetts Dance Education Organization.
As an educator, Kristen believes in the artistic potential of every student, and emphasizes creative expression as well as movement efficiency in her classes and rehearsals. Her creative work centers on themes of the human experience and is influenced by her studies in Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, the Alexander Technique, and classical ballet and modern/contemporary dance.
Deborah Kosiorek began her dance training in her hometown of Milford, Connecticut at the Lee Lund Studio of Dance and has been dancing ever since. Upon matriculating to Fordham University in 2000, she became a founding member of Expressions DanceAlliance, instructing and performing in Hip Hop and Modern dance while simultaneously choreographing for and performing with Fordham’s nationally ranked dance team, Ram Rhythm. While living in New York, Deborah performed with the high-energy Hip Hop/Jazz-fusion dance company Adrenaline, under the direction of choreographer John Paolillo (AKA “Johnnie P”), and choreographed the Andrew Lippa musical The Wild Party for the theater troupe Mimes and Mummers. Deborah moved to Boston in 2007 and soon thereafter joined Static Noyze Dance Company, a nationally recognized Hip Hop dance company featured on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew (ABDC). She is currently a performing member of Static Noyze and a visiting professor of Hip Hop dance at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts.
Kelly McAuley received a BA from Oklahoma City University and a MS from Boston University. Kelly comes from a family where dancing is more than just dancing—it’s always been way of life. She traces her dancing lineage through her mother who is an accomplished dancer and teacher along with her grandparents and great uncle, the late Gene Kelly. Kelly has performed locally with BU on TAP, in various regional productions throughout the country and on-screen in feature-length film Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench. In addition, her choreography has received accolades throughout the southern US. In the studio, Kelly believes in challenging dancers to become both organized, creative individuals as well as skilled technicians. Above everything, she believes that dance should be fun for and accessible to all.
Carla started her classical ballet training at the age of five in Byron, GA. She moved to Puerto Rico where she continued her studies at the Conservatory of Ballet Concierto under the tutelage of Carlota Carrera, Sylvia Marichal, Lourdes Gomez, Lolita San Miguel, among others. As a student she received scholarships to train during the summers at the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and at the 42nd Bartholin International Ballet Seminar in Copenhagen, Denmark. While in Denmark, she trained with Laura Alonso, Martin James and Fernando Bujones. At age sixteen she joined the company of Ballet Concierto of Puerto Rico where she had the pleasure of dancing in great classics like Giselle, Swan Lake, La Fille Mal Gardee, Copellia, Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, among others.
In addition to her classical repertoire, Carla has danced in numerous contemporary works by Jesus Miranda, Carlos Cabrera, Maria Julia Landa, and Alberto Mendez. After being with the company for two years, she moved to Boston to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations at Simmons College. During her time as an undergraduate student, Carla was actively involved as a dancer in the Colleges of the Fenway (COF) Dance Project since it’s inception in 2006, and as a ballet instructor for LEAP (Lifelong Exercise and Activities Program) at Simmons College.
Kara is an active performer, educator, and arts administrator in the Boston area. She is the Community Engagement and Education Manager at The Dance Complex as well as a performer with local dance companies such as Benkadi Drum and Dance and SPUNKandCOmpany. The movement of various cultures continually inspires her own choreography. She and her dance partner, Tara Weaver, have been commissioned to create site-specific choreography for such events as Dance In The Fells 2013, The Dance Museum in Harvard Square 2014 and in Union Square 2015, and Franklin Park Art Grove 2015.
Her most satisfying work comes in the form of teaching dance to young people. For more than ten years she has used dance to empower youth including the mentally, cognitively and physically challenged with such organizations as Express Yourself, Inc., The Boston Ballet, and Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción. She believes that dance is for all and hopes to expand this work to reach wider populations and to contribute to the greater community through the arts.