Jac lives to engage with others. The creation of Echo Dance Company stems from her engagement with the creative individuals she has been able to learn from, work with, or teach. All of these experiences have shaped her passion for movement, her desire to empower others, and her deep appreciation for art. The start of her journey began in her native state of California, which led her to Europe, New York, and then the Midwest. She is proud to have Echo Dance Company represent the echo of love many individuals all over the world have created for her.
CO-DIRECTOR OF WEB DESIGN
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Ever since her days choreographing Fosse-inspired dances in her elementary school notebooks, Hannah is passionate about dancing, performing, and creating. Hannah lives to tell stories. An advertising copywriter by day and a dancer-choreographer by, well, all the time, Hannah strives to tell stories of the human condition. She finds inspiration in traveling and studying dance from diverse cultures.
Hannah received a minor in contemporary dance from the Indiana University, studied under the esteemed Professor Rosa in the African American Dance Company, and is the marketing coordinator for Movement Exchange—a program that allowed her to study dance in India and Panama.
Alison is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, but considers Bloomington her home now. She works at Indiana University as an Emergency Management Coordinator and has been dancing for 25 years. Alison finds the dance studio to be a place where she can feel free of life's problems and be one with movement and music. She also finds freedom in the gym through Crossfit and weightlifting. Alison sees dance and exercise as a platform to express yourself and inspire social change.
Kelvin Burzon is a Filipino-American artist and educator whose work explores intersections of sexuality, race, gender and religion. Kelvin received his Bachelor’s degree from Wabash College where he studied studio art and music. He studied music history, violin and piano performance, vocal performance, as well as years of ethnomusicology. He was a musician and dancer in Wamidan World Music Ensemble in Crawfordsville, IN.
Burzon received his Master of Fine Art degree from Indiana University’s School of Art + Design. There, he was a performing member of the African American Dance Company where he flourished in a collaborative performance outlet. This outlet blossomed interests in performance, critical race theory, photography’s role in social identities, cultural narratives and archival gaps.
As a performer, Burzon has had the privilege to dance in performances at The Aronoff Center forthe Arts in Cincinnati; Columbus Indiana’s Art for Aids; Festival de Fuego, Satiago de Cuba; and China University of Mining and Technology, Beijing, China. His artistic works has been exhibited abroad and all over the country including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Portland, Washington D.C., India, New Zealand and China. His work is a part of several permanent collections including The Kinsey Institute and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. He’s presented his work at several conventions including the Society of Photographic Educations regional and national conferences.
It wasn’t the ballet, tap, and jazz classes Lauren took growing up that made her fall in love with dancing. It was the times she found herself dancing across her bedroom floor watching herself move in the mirror. It was the senior dancers and dance teachers who inspired Lauren and gave her confidence to continue expressing her individuality visually through dance and performance. She’s thrilled to have an opportunity as a young adult to reconnect with that passion and to surround herself with like-minded women. A change in career recently moved Lauren to Indianapolis but she’s grateful and dedicated to finish the season strong with her fellow Echo dancers.
Dana Vanderburgh is currently pursuing her Masters in International Studies at Indiana University. Dana began her journey with dance when her parents put her in a ballet class when she was three years old. She then went on to study professionally at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. After a year studying ballet at IUB's Jacobs School of Music, Dana had to stop ballet due to a series of chronic injuries. However, Dana was able to translate her passion for dance into a passion for learning about the power of dance. Her personal, academic and professional journey has since been focused on learning how the arts (particularly dance) can be used for youth empowerment and community development around the world. Her passion for the arts and community engagement has led her to take classes and do arts outreach and advocacy in communities around the US, the Republic of Panama, Ghana and Canada. These experiences have made Dana grow even more as a dancer and she is thrilled to be able bring her love of dance back to the studio and the stage with Echo!