Hollis Bartlett was born in Barrington, IL and began dancing at a young age. His love of performing stuck with him as his family moved to Cape Cod, MA before he began high school. In May 2010 Hollis graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. Since graduation he has had the pleasure of working with Brian Brooks, Adam Barruch, and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to dancing he is also a member of Dance/NYC's Junior Committee, working to strengthen and unite a community of emerging professional artists and administrators. Hollis is honored to have joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2011.
Xan Burley, a native of Youngstown, OH and a graduate of the University of Michigan (BDA Dance; BA English), is an active performer, creator, teacher, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn. She has had the great pleasure of working with artists such as Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon, Elizabeth Dishman/Coriolis, and DOORKNOB Company, among others and enjoys continued work with Shannon Gillen and Guests, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, and Donnell Oakley. Xan also acts as producer of WAXworks, is on faculty at the 92Y, and has held teaching positions at several schools, summer programs, and festivals. Her choreography with partner Alex Springer has been presented in New York and elsewhere and their dance films have been shown in various screenings throughout the U.S. With immense enthusiasm and gratitude, she joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012.
Julia Burrer, originally from Austin, Texas, cultivated her love for dance while training with Tapestry Dance Company, under the direction of Acia Gray and Deirdre Strand. She moved to New York in 2002, where she continued her studies at SUNY Purchase and earned a BFA in Dance. She studied abroad at Rotterdamse Dansacademie in the Netherlands, participated in the International Dance Exchange in Essen, Germany, and in the summer of 2006, performed at the Hong Kong International Dance Festival. She has since had the pleasure of dancing with and for the following lovely folks - Daniel Charon, Bill Young & Colleen Thomas, Teri & Oliver Steele, Gwen Welliver, alexanDance, pocket engine, and Chimaera Physical Theater. Julia joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2007.
Erin Owen was born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western NC. Upon receiving BA degrees in Dance and Biology from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, she relocated to NYC. She has since had the pleasure of working with many delightful choreographers, including Daniel Charon, Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, Melissa Briggs, Netta Yerushalmy, Karinne Keithley, Geraldine Cardiel, alexanDance, Bill T. Jones (Fall for Dance festival), and David Neumann (I Am Legend- film). She joined Doug Varone and Dancers in the Fall of 2006, though worked with Doug on previous occasions at the Metropolitan Opera and for a W Magazine fashion shoot. Erin also holds certifications in Pilates and GYROTONIC® instruction and has taught for several years in NYC. She currently resides in Brooklyn and is the happy caretaker of various lovely houseplants.
Alex Springer, originally from Farmington Hills, Michigan, studied dance under the direction of Lisa Campos DeWitt and Toi Banks. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a BFA in dance and a minor in Movement Science. Since relocating to NYC, he has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Amy Chavasse, Leyya Tawil, Lizzie Leopold and Elizabeth Dishman, among others. Alex choreographs with his wife, Xan Burley, and has produced work in various venues in NYC, as well as Chicago and Detroit. Alex joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2008.
Colin Stilwell is a native of San Francisco, CA. In 1997 he set about to further his exploration in modern dance at SUNY Purchase, where he received his BFA in Dance. Since then he has danced with RoseAnne Spradlin, Jon Kinzel, robbinschilds and Neil Greenberg. Colin has collaborated with German performance artist John Bock. He too has worked with playwright, director and multi-media artist John Jesurun in Shadowland. He has worked with Doug Varone in the Metropolitan Opera's productions of Les Troyens, and Le Sacre du Printemps, and in the Minnesota Opera's Faust. Colin joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2011.
Eddie Taketa born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, holds a BFA in Dance Theater from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dancing professionally since 1982, Taketa spent the 80’s through mid-90’s performing with such companies as the Murray Louis Dance Company, Nikolais Dance Theatre, and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, performed in the Jacob's Pillow's Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy, and maintained an on-going performing and creative collaboration with Janis Brenner. In 1994, he joined Doug Varone and Dancers, and in 1998, became a recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Sustained Achievement in Dancing. As a teacher, he has taught at numerous universities, festivals and studios throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Hsiao-Jou was born and raised in Taiwan. She moved to New York in 2004 to attend SUNY Purchase College, and graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Dance. Tang has had the great pleasure of working with a number of wonderful people and companies including Shen Wei Dance Arts, Kevin Wynn Collection, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Kyle Abraham/Abraham .in .motion, Daniel Charon Dance, Nora Petroliunas/The Pharmacy Project and alex|xan: the Median Movement. Hsiao-jou is trilled to be here and has had a great time working and dancing with all of these amazing folks.