margedances + Shelleysillerdance

Margaret Allen is a lover of languages, movement, and being upside down. She graduated magna cum laude from VCU’s dance performance/choreography BFA program in 2011 with an award of excellence in choreography and a minor concentration in Spanish. Upon graduation, she ran away to join the circus and received her professional contemporary circus artist credentials through the two-year program at FLIC Scuola di Circo in Torino, Italy where she specialized in hand balancing and dance acrobatics. She has since traveled, performed, presented, and worked with various companies, renowned directors, and festivals throughout Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Guatemala, and a brief stint in the Netherlands. Stateside, she has performed with fusiondance, Nomadic Artist Productions, and K Dance in addition to achieving her 200 hour E-RYT Yoga Certification. She resides in Richmond where she teaches at The Hot Yoga Barre and is honored to have recently been selected as a lululemon ambassador. Ms. Allen works to blend her colorful experiences of dance, circus, and yoga into her own unique style, and lives by the motto, “when doubt presents itself, invert yourself.”

Shelley grew up in Cape Coral, FL, where she studied multiple disciplines at Pine Island Dance. During this time, she passed grades I-VII of the Cecchetti Method under Rita Farmer, Jennifer Meyer, and original Cecchetti legacy instructor Pamela Moore. After moving to the D.C. area, Shelley continued her training at the pre-professional contemporary company IMPACT Dance under Candra Eglin and Kellie Payne. Through the company, she was privileged to perform at the Wolftrap Filene Center, the DC Armory, and the Waldorf Astoria hotel in NYC. After graduating, Shelley danced for choreographers Emery LeCrone and Florian Rouiller in MOVEiUS Contemporary Ballet. In 2017, Shelley was honored to guest with Company E at the Kennedy Center, and presented her own work abroad for the first time in Scotland and Guatemala. Shelley currently dances for the professional contemporary company fusiondance in Northern Virginia, along with curating her own freelance projects at home and abroad.

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