Kerry began her eclectic dance training at Long's School of Dance in Erie, Pennsylvania, but fell head over heels for modern dance during her college days at Duke University. Barbara Dickinson, Clay Taliaferro, Betty Jones, Gerri Houlihan, and Alvin Mayes are among the teachers who have inspired her the most over the years. Today she is a science editor at a genetic information company but continues to pursue her passion for dance. Kerry has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Isadora Duncan Project, Joan Karff's New Dance Group, the Michele Brangwen Dance Ensemble, and Kinor Dance Company. A founding member of the Natasha Carlitz Dance Ensemble, she is honored to be dancing with the company again after a long hiatus.
Maggie grew up in the Bay Area and began her dance training at the Adage School of Performing Arts and Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area. In 2012 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from University of California, Santa Barbara, in which she was awarded Honors Distinction in the major as well as Emerging Choreographer. She has had the opportunity to perform with many dance projects throughout the Bay Area and California such as Blind Tiger Society, Ka.nei.see Dance Collective, Scratch Dance, and H2O Dance Company. Maggie also has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Long Island University Brooklyn and is currently a Physical Therapist at Westcott Physical Therapy in Los Altos.
Jeanne-Claudius (JC) Martin is a Bay Area native who began their dance career studying jazz with Marie Stinnett and appearing in local community theater productions both on and off stage. They continued dancing through their time at Humboldt State University, falling in love with modern dance and how it celebrated all the weird and wonderful ways you could move your body. Since emerging from the emerald forests of Northern California they're happy to have found a home for their love of dance and performing as they pursue their career as a science educator. A former camp counselor for the Girl Scouts of America, JC is also a designated removal escort for any bugs that find their way into the studio during rehearsals.
Originally from Sunnyvale, Alyssa began dancing ballet at a young age, and then continued to dance all throughout college. She earned a double major Bachelors in Science in Dance Choreography and Performance and Biochemistry, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary's College of California. In college she started training seriously in modern dance, and fell in love with dance all over again. Her choreography thesis performance was presented at the American College Dance Association. She enjoys dancing, choreographing, and teaching. Alyssa loves the feeling of dance, and the creative freedom. She currently works as Manager of Academic Services for various Saint Mary's Graduate programs. She also teaches dance for students from 3 to 18 years old. In her free time she enjoys playing with her four cats, playing video games and trying new food.
A dance artist rooted in social justice work, Avery holds a dual B.A. in Dance and Political Science with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from Santa Clara University. Here she discovered her love for collaborative dance-making and devised theatre, and co-created several works exploring movement as a catalyst for cultural and social change. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, was inducted into the National Honors Society for Dance Arts, and received the Anna Halprin Dance Award for the graduating senior dancer who best exemplifies excellence in dance and an awareness of community values. In addition to NCDE (joined in 2023), Avery currently performs with Cat Machines Dance (joined in 2022) and enjoys teaching ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and improvisation dance classes at local studios across the Bay Area.
Clara fell into the wonders and joys of dance through her seven years competing in colorguard and winterguard. She loves the whole rehearsal process and how movement, colors, breath, song, and acting all come together for a moment's connection with a stranger. At Syracuse University, she dove deeper into the world of dance through a potpourri of dance classes and through dancing and choreographing with Orange Pulse Dance Troupe. After graduation, she returned to the Bay Area where she got the privilege to pioneer and teach a dance and flag ministry at Forerunner Christian Church and dance with ArtistEdge Dance Company. She is thrilled now for the opportunity to grow as a dancer and performer with the talented and fun group of NCDE and to be a part of bringing Natasha's creative ideas to life.