Ashlyn Cianciolo began her dance training at various studios in her hometown, Eau Claire, WI and continued throughout her youth. She then pursued her professional dance training and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. At UWSP Ashlyn choreographed two pieces which were selected for the student produced show, Afterimages. Her piece I Feel Like I Don’t Belong (2014) was also selected to perform in the adjudicated and gala concerts at the 2015 American College Dance Association’s North Central regional conference. Additionally, Ashlyn was a part of the Afterimages production team which helped give her an inside look at everything that goes in to putting on a dance event. Ashlyn moved to Nashville in September 2015 and joined Blue Moves in January 2016. Ashlyn also teaches dance at Second Story Studio, where she focuses her classes on honing artistry and shaping creativity in the next generation of dancers. Currently, Ashlyn works as a Parking Administrator for a facilities management company. When she isn’t dancing or working, you can find Ashlyn knitting and cuddling with her cat.
Holly Cannon-Hesse has been with Blue Moves since 1993. She is proud to say that she has performed and created choreography for the group for twenty years; half of her life. Holly works as a Teaching Artist for the Tennessee Performing Art Center aesthetic education program ArtSmart, as well as the Wolf Trap and Disney Musicals in Schools Programs. Holly has found a home teaching with a local studio, Second Story Studio, dedicated to helping students discover their inner artist. Holly loves to work with children because it is like discovering dance all over again each time she steps in a classroom. When Holly is not dancing she is a Supermom for her two lovely girls.
Lakota Jernigan began dancing at 8 years of age in her hometown of Hendersonville, TN. She has since been trained in many different styles of movement, including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, swing, hip hop, salsa, and belly dancing. She continued her training throughout high school, where she was a member of her show choir.
College opened the door to many new movement opportunities. Lakota was a member of MTSU dance company for 4 years of college. During this time, she was able to work with and performs works created by many different artists. The company was a part of the ACDA festival for the entirety of her career there.
Lakota graduated from MTSU with a biochemistry degree in 2015. She joined Blue Moves shortly thereafter, in January of 2016. In addition to being a dancer, Lakota works as a veterinary technician and wildlife rehabilitator. She also enjoys cosplay, and spends much of her time immersed in one of the many fandoms that she loves. When she finds free time, you can probably find her attached to her PS4, dressing up as a favorite character, or hanging out with her 5 furry kids.
Valerie Hackworth was trained in the Cecchetti style of ballet, Martha Graham technique, and classical jazz at Chattanooga Ballet for eight years. After taking a year off, she continued her training at Middle Tennessee State University. Valerie has broadened her horizons by attending dance Intensives, learning Lester Horton technique, and was a member of the MTSU Performing Arts Company for eight years choreographing and performing styles of dance from hip hop to lyrical. She has danced and choreographed with Blue Moves since 1998. Currently, Valerie practices IT at a Library and dreams of becoming a Mechanical Engineer and building rockets for NASA.
Amanda Cantrell Roche is a co-founder of Blue Moves and has remained a choreographer and performing member since 1989, dancing through life’s milestones. She holds a minor in dance has studied under several modern and contemporary instructors over the decades, including Sonjé Mayo, Sharon Perry and Banning Bouldin, and currently continues her training through New Dialect. Her choreographic works in the past several years blend journalism with dance focused on social justice issues, though she has been known to create dances which are totally whimsical and frivolous. She is also a co-founder of the human rights group One Human Race 4 Justice. Amanda works as a Teaching Artist for TPAC’s aesthetic education program, ArtSmart, and is a roster artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission. She also enjoys offering adult integrative mind/body/spirit workshops and classes in community settings, and balances her art and work with parenting two teenagers. Her alchemy is most powerful when she combines a trilogy of her deepest passions: dance, journalism and social justice. www.amandacroche.com
Katherine Tyler received a BA in Dance (as well as Political Science) from Radford University in Radford, VA. Before and during college, she trained in tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, and African dance. Katherine became a member of Blue Moves in January 2015 and enjoys living in Nashville where she is able to simultaneously pursue her love of dance and of music as a professional freelance drummer. She currently teaches dance at several studios in the Nashville/Brentwood area, studies and performs aerial silks, and is a performing member of Nashville Tap Authority. Katherine’s dance credits include two seasons on the Nashville Venom dance team, being the choreographer and a back-up dancer for a Prince tribute band, and performing in national commercials. Katherine works as a Fiber Infrastructure Project Manager and any “free” time she has is spent with her two horses, Winston and Roxanne, and her bunny, Lulu.
Kevana West received her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University where she studied the intersection between dance and psychological processes. During her time at MTSU she was trained in modern, ballet, jazz, tamp, and hip hop as a member of both the MTSU Performing Arts Company and the MTSU Dance Theatre. Currently a teaching artist, Kevana works to empower women and youth through music and dance. She eventually hopes to pursue a career in behavioral neuroscience where she can take a closer look at how movement effects the human brain and in turn produce literature to advance the field of Dance Movement Therapy. In her rare moments of free time you can find Kevana doing what she loves most: playing her ukulele, singing, dancing, or knitting with her cat, Madame Jiji Alabaster III.
Lee Anne (Allen) Carmack is a co-founder, contributing choreographer, and company member of Blue Moves Modern Dance Company. After completing a master’s degree in English literature and an exhausting career in corporate America, she now happily spends her time as a wife, mother, yoga teacher and volunteer. She is also a member of Rutherford Cable, Arts in Rutherford (AIR), and the Northfield Elementary PTO. Lee Anne wants to thank her incredibly wonderful family and friends for all their support and tolerance over the last 20 years.