Daniel Charon  2010

Daniel Charon (guest choreographer) has been creating and presenting his own choreography since 1995. Based in New York City, his work has been seen at many venues and as part of various festivals. He has been presented by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival and the Inside/Out series at Jacob’s Pillow, among others, and has presented two concerts at Joyce SoHo in NYC. Daniel has been commissioned to choreograph new work for various companies, universities, and festivals.  He was a full-time member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 1999 - 2009 and before that danced with the Limón Company. He has also performed with various other dance, theater, and opera companies. Daniel regularly teaches master classes and workshops all around the country. Hailing from Moorhead, MN, he is a BFA graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Daniel also works as a web developer for Design Brooklyn.

Daniel Charon was artist in residence at ETSU in the fall of 2010 when he set Go Back On a Cloudless Day for MMDC as part of a major grant from the Mary B. Martin School of the Arts.  While in residency, Daniel taught no fewer than six classes at ETSU, Trinity Arts Center and Studio Dance of Johnson City, working with 165 eager students over all!  He also gave a solo peformance of entirely new works at the Bud Frank Theatre as part of the Mary B Martin School 2010 season.

Go Back On a Cloudless Day will be premiered during the ETSU Spring Dance Concert March 31-April 2nd of 2011 at the VA Theatre in Johnson City, TN.  (the information on that concert is listed under in the calendar section.)



Danah Bella  2009

 Danah Bella teaches dance at Radford University in Virginia.  Her company, danah bella danceworks, is made up of members spread all over the United States. 

Danah first came to work with MMDC in the spring of 2009, teaching a series of master classes, and a first-rate workshop in choreographic techniques.  We were really interested in how Danah works, wanting to glean from her as much knowledge as we could to get each of our company members excited about choreographing. 

After the success of that workshop, we invited Danah back to set two works on the company in the fall of 2009.  Danah arrived 9 months pregnant, and still managed to work our socks off in every rehearsal!  Her style is deeply physical and grounded, demanding balance, spring, and an instinctual sense of the people dancing with you.

We also funded bringing Danah's company to ETSU to perform in the Spring dance concert in 2010, so the performance included and entire suite of her work.  Our friendship with Danah continues, and we hope to have her back to work with us again in future!

To learn more about Danah, please visit her website:


Erin Law- 2008-2014

 Erin Law has been working with Mountain Movers each year since 2008.  Erin is a certified Laban Movement Analyst, and has been helping our company to build a strong base of understanding LMA.  We use Bartinieff fundamentals as our base technique, and use the LMA foundation as a way of talking about works, coaching each other and choreographing.

Judy Woodruff secured an Arts Builds Community grant to bring Erin to ETSU in 2007.  Erin set Diurnal Shifts on the company, and it quickly became a company favorite, demanding the very best of us!  The work was premiered in the ETSU Spring Dance concert in 2008.

In the summer of 2009, Jen asked Erin if she would consider setting a solo, and the two began work immediately.  The result was In and Out of Place, a piece that explores the worn groove of old habits and hurtful relationships.  The two found a lasting friendship during the setting of this work, and we hope to commission more works from this extraordinary choreographer.  Erin's works are powerful, evocative, moving and extremely dynamic! 

Erin completed her MFA degree at Smith College in May of 2011, returned in to work with us in the summers of 2011, 12 anf 14!  She has set 4 works on the company:

Diurnal shift


Inbetween- a solo for Jen

Kin[[e]]sphere- a series of short dance films completed in the summer of 2015