HOLLIS BARTLETT is a performer, creator, and advocate for the arts. He was born and raised in the Midwest, and began dancing at a young age. His family moved to Massachusetts before he began high school and his love of performing followed him to the East Coast. In 2010 Hollis graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. 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 joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2011.
JAKE BONE, originally from Dallas, Texas, is a Brooklyn based performer, teacher and choreographer. He earned a BFA in dance at the University of North Texas where he performed works by Bebe Miller, Kihyoung Choi, Anna Sokolow, and Bulareyaung Pagarlava (ADF). Since moving to New York, Jake has had the pleasure of working with Gibney Dance, the Median Movement, the Metropolitan Opera, and currently dances for Bare Dance Company. Additionally, he is the event coordinator for Awakening Movement, a faith-based dance organization.
XAN BURLEY, a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English, is an active performer, choreographer, teacher, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn. She is grateful to have performed with artists/companies Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon, Shannon Gillen and Guests as a founding member, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, and the Metropolitan Opera, among others. Xan also enjoys continued work with Donnell Oakley and Tami Stronach Dance. She co-produces WAXworks, is on modern faculty at the 92Y, and has taught professional classes at Mark Morris Dance Group, the former DNA, and Gibney Dance Center. Her choreography with partner and collaborator Alex Springer has been presented in NYC at several venues including BAX (2011 Space Grant recipients), Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Tank, DanceNOW[NYC], 92Y, and recently as artists-in-residence at University Settlement. Their work has also been commissioned for a variety of universities and companies throughout the U.S. Xan joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012.
WHITNEY DUFRENE, originally from Louisiana, graduated with a BFA in dance from Belhaven University. She received her training primarily from Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and Point Park. She served as company director and instructor for Dance Du Coeur, alongside performing and serving with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston. Whitney has also worked closely with Creative Dreams Outreach Center, serving as their dance director. She has choreographed work for Ad Deum, Dance du Coeur, Belhaven’s Dance Ministry, BRBT, and for Weave Dance Collective in Biel, Switzerland. Recently, she was also honored to perform with Tabernacle Dance Company for the Feast of Tabernacles held annually in Jerusalem. She partnered with the Manship Theatre, working to bring the arts into the Baton Rouge public school system with greater strength. Whitney is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Doug Varone and Dancers this year.
ALEX SPRINGER, originally from Farmington Hills, MI, is currently a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, teacher, and video artist. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Movement Science. He has been a member of Doug Varone and Dancers since 2008 and has also performed with Alexandra Beller, Donnell Oakley, Elizabeth Dishman, Amy Chavasse, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Alex has staged Varone’s work for various companies and universities and has taught at the Bates Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, the 92Y, and the former Dance New Amsterdam. Additionally, Alex creates work with Xan Burley, together the Median Movement, and they have shown their work for the stage and screen throughout NYC and the US. Otherwise, Alex works as a freelance video artist for A.O. Pro(+ductions) and is the media manager/video archivist for Doug Varone and Dancers.
HSIAO-JOU TANG was born and raised in Taiwan where she studied ballet, modern, traditional Chinese dance and martial arts. 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 Kyle Abraham / Abraham.in.motion, the Metropolitan Opera, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Kevin Wynn Collection, Daniel Charon Dance, Nora Petroliunas/The Pharmacy Project and the Median Movement . Hsiao-jou joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012.