Ryan Bailey is a dancer, choreographer, and visual artist based in NYC & the DMV. Upon graduating with a BA in dance from UMBC in 2016, he furthered his education by attending training programs with dance companies in Chicago, NYC, LA, Portland, and Tel Aviv. In 2017, Ryan premiered his first evening length self-produced show funded by the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Ryan has danced for MADBOOTS DANCE company on various projects and performances at Gibney Dance, New York Live Arts, and at the Joyce Theater in NYC. He has also had the opportunity to dance for Project 44 dance company, performing at the Jack Crystal Theater in NYC. Venom is Ryan's second guest artist performance with Ballet Embody!
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Allen Chunhui Xing, dancer and choreographer based in Baltimore, holds a BFA in Dance from Shanxi Academy of Arts, a M.Ed. from Salisbury University, and a MFA in Dance from University of Maryland. He is the Artistic Director of Xing Dance Theater, XDT Education, and City Dance Festival. He is a former member of Huajin Dance Drama Ensemble (2007-2011) where he performed internationally. Recently, he has worked with several dance companies locally and performed as the soloist with Busan Korea Metropolitan Dance Company.
His work has been invited and selected to perform nationally and internationally including at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Gallery NYC, NextNow Festival, Maryland Campaign, Peabody Spring Dance Showcase, Washington DC Global Perspectives Festival, Maryland Dance Festival, Beijing Dance Festival, On the Move at the Kennedy Center, Baltimore Dance Invitational, Richmond Dance Festival, Peabody Dance! Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, Japan SAI International Dance Festival, Finland Joy Of Dance OY International Gala, Seoul Choreography International Festival, Asian Contemporary Ballet Festival, Mexico International Contemporary Dance Festival, and Dance Place 2020 season production. Xing is the Both 2020 Baltimore and Maryland State Independent Artist Award awardee, 2021 Baker Artist Award recipient and 2021 Russian Seasons School Grand recipient.
Michelle Ye, born and raised in Maryland, is an artist involved with a variety of art forms. Her current work as a dance choreographer and performer revolves around the investigation of movement as she continues to find her artistic voice.
She is currently an undergraduate studying Dance and Media and Communications. Being an arts major and a Linehan scholar at UMBC allowed her to explore various art forms that she has now added into her toolbox. Her work encompasses dance (choreography and performance), photography, videography, acting and music. Her goal as a creator is to utilize her art as a medium to connect, inspire, and create positive change in the world.
She states “Dance has always been one of my favorite art forms because of the way it was integrated into my life. I started dancing at the age of 14 when I joined my high school dance program. By the time my senior year rolled around, I had become cheer captain of two years, and dance captain. My mental and physical growth through this journey has revealed to me my ability to achieve whatever I set my mind to, and my strength to overcome any challenges that stand in my way. I hope to share my experiences with young artists so that they can be empowered in the same way art strengthens me.”
She started her Modern and Contemporary training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she has recently completed her B.A. in Dance during the Spring 2021 semester. Her future goals are to explore her various art forms while continuously growing her dance career.