Charlie Martin received his primary training from Penny Askew at the Western Oklahoma Ballet Academy in Clinton, Oklahoma. He also studied on scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensives in New York. He joined Kansas City Ballet in the fall of 2007 and danced with the company for 11 seasons, performing leading roles in works by Twyla Tharp, Jessica Lang, José Limón, Val Caniparoli, and George Balanchine, among others. He has also danced with Robert Dekkers’ Post:Ballet in San Francisco, Owen/Cox Dance Group in Kansas City, Remix touring Austria, and as a character artist with Oklahoma City Ballet. Charlie’s choreography has been performed by Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Ballet II, and Kansas City Youth Ballet; Quixotic Performance Fusion; Remix; Oklahoma City Ballet’s Studio Company, Trainees, and Youth Ballet; and several Regional Dance America companies. He is also a répétiteur, staging works for professional companies, including Val Caniparoli’s The Lottery for Nashville Ballet and Penny Saunders’ Ghost Light for Dayton Ballet, to name a few. He also designs and makes tutus and other ballet costumes. Charlie has taught at the Regional Dance America/Northeast Festival, The Glenda Brown Choreography Project, the Lorraine Cranford Summer Dance Workshop, and at Kansas City Ballet’s and Oklahoma City Ballet’s Summer Intensives, in addition to guest teaching for many schools and pre-professional companies. He has also taught ballet and contemporary at the Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School. Charles is currently on staff for Stars of Tomorrow International, which coordinates performances and classes across Austria. Charles is an ABT® National Training Curriculum Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5.
Bridget L. Moore-Modern/Contemporary
A native of Dallas, Texas, Bridget L. Moore is the Founder and Artistic-Executive Director of B. MOORE DANCE. Moore has served as the Artistic Director of Joffrey Ballet School-Texas and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Moore was a Visiting Professor at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea (2014–2017), where she was invited to speak at the Korean International Symposium on arts education, diversity and cultural integration.
Moore holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from The Ohio State University and a Master of Fine Arts from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Her accomplishments as a choreographer, dancer, and educator in the arts demonstrate her commitment to the dance continuum. She has received choreographic commissions from Ailey II, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Red Clay Dance Company, Bruce Wood Dance/MetDance, and Urban Bush Women, to name a few.
In 2017 Moore’s choreographic work, Uncharted Territory: Body of Evidence was selected as a recipient of a grant from the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. In addition, the work was commissioned by TITAS and featured in the Command Performance Gala at the Winspear Opera House. Moore also received a commission to create a new work for TACA’s 50th Anniversary Gala. Moore received a 2016 Princess Grace Professional Development grant for Arts Administration and in 2012, she received the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship Award. Moore has also been featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for her Co-Directorship project, This Woman’s Work.
Moore’s professional performing career includes Ronald K. Brown’s EVIDENCE: A Dance Company, from 1999–2008. She toured nationally and internationally with the company to Cuba, London, Greece, Budapest, Amsterdam, Mexico and more.
An educator in the arts, Moore was on faculty at her alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, where she was also the Artistic Director of the World Dance Ensemble. (2011–2014). In addition, she served as the Dance Director at Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts High School in Atlanta, Georgia (2008–2011).
Andrew began his training at Sam Houston State University where he studied in techniques such as Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Improvisation, and partnering. While also learning about dance film, choreography, and costume design. He worked with guest artists Joshua L Peugh, Mike Esperanza, and Astrid Von Ussar along with faculty members Andy Noble, Dionne Noble, Elijah Gibson, Joshua Manculich, and Dana Nicolay. During his time at Sam Houston he attended Dance Italia, the American Collegiate Dance Association, Texas dance and improvisation festival, and the Dance gallery festival both in New York and Texas. He began his company experience with NobleMotion Dance starting as a guest artist and worked his way to become a company member while finishing his BFA in Dance. After graduating Andrew suffered from a major knee injury that put him out of service for several months. During his recovery he began to find his love for Pilates and is now a comprehensively certified instructor. After recovering from his injury, he moved to Dallas TX to work with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and had the opportunity to work Joshua L Peugh, Tejas Dance, Mikey Morado, Mark Caserta, and Sidra Bell. After working during the week with DCCD Andrew would commute to Houston and dance with the Social Movement Contemporary Dance company under the Direction of Elijah Gibson as a founding company member. After his contract was up with DCCD Andrew moved back to Houston to dance full time with The Social Movement and begin his career teaching Pilates and other group fitness classes. Unfortunately, because of the Covid 19 shut down he was unable to complete his second contract with the company. During the pandemic Andrew Relocated to Brooklyn, New York where he has establishing himself as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer, while still pursuing his love for Pilates as a private instructor.
is from Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated in 2019 from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Dance. During this time, he worked with Hawkinsdance, performing at the Tucson Museum of Art and across the region. Trahan has performed at the José Limón International Dance Festival and DUMBO Dance Festival in New York, and internationally at the Kiel International Festival for Dance in Germany and the Bolzano Dansa International Dance Festival in Italy. He then joined Bruce Wood Dance in August 2019, performing works by Lar Lubovitch, Bruce Wood, Joy Bollinger, and several others. Trahan still dances for Bruce Wood Dance, and loves being part of the Dallas dance community.