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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.
Casey Loomis, from upstate New York, is a performer, visual artist and Pilates instructor based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from Skidmore College in 2008 she has been very lucky and grateful to work with a variety of choreographers & companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Compagnie Julie Bour, Faye Driscoll, Netta Yerushalmy, Buglisi Dance Theater, Brian Brooks Moving Company, KEIGWIN + Company and ChristinaNoel & the Creature among others. She also satisfies her appetite for levity in dance performing in the Floating Kabarette weekly with Jenny Rocha & Her Painted Ladies. In 2010, The New York Times wrote in reference to her work with Julie Bour: “Ms. Loomis...lends a luminous presence to the stage." As a visual artist, Casey makes color-driven, abstract paintings and dabbles in costume design, photography and other mediums. Casey began working with Doug Varone and Dancers in 2014.
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.
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.
Brandon Welch was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN where he trained at The Dance Company of Indianapolis with Diane Gudat. He received a BFA in Dance Performance from Purchase College (SUNY) Conservatory of Dance. While a student at Purchase College, Brandon performed works by Twyla Tharp, Nelly Van Bommel, Zvi Gotheiner, Stephen Petronio, Bella Lewitzky, Doug Varone, and Ohad Naharin. In 2010, Brandon studied on exchange at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and in 2011 began his professional dance career on a tour to France with Momix-dance illusionist. Since moving to NYC, Brandon has performed for the Metropolitan Opera in Les Troyens and traveled to South America with Dance Motion USA\'s cultural diplomacy program. Brandon began working with Doug Varone and Dancers in 2013.