Moving On is the natural evolution of Good Moves. Whereas Good Moves works to bring the discipline and beauty of dance to children, Moving On builds upon that technical foundation in a professional setting. It is choreographically rooted in the classical techniques of ballet and May O’Donnell. Annette Lewis has long believed in the importance of having a professional side to the Good Moves Company. The enthusiasm of youth and the discipline of professional dancers feed one another, making each stronger.
Kristyn McGeehan agreed to direct Moving On after choreographing extensively for Brooks & Company Dance and under her own name. She has found that her movement vocabulary and narrative style melds beautifully with the O’Donnell technique. McGeehan relishes collaboration between artists, be they musicians, visual artists, or other choreographers. As such, creating a company designed to be a collaborative entity with Good Moves seemed like a natural fit.
Who We Are:
Director – Kristyn McGeehan has been choreographing professionally since 2007, when she showed her first work through Brooks & Company Dance’s Shorts production. Since that time she has produced two full length productions and presented work at festivals throughout Atlanta as well as choreographing an opera for Troy University. She draws extensively from her psychology and literature studies in creating her work. She strives to tell stories that draw in even those who are unfamiliar with dance as a story telling medium. Though she believes dancers must develop their technique through discipline and a foundation in classical styles, she delights in experimentation on stage – bringing in live music, exploring how masks change the experience for both performer and audience, or incorporating unique styles like aerial dance and poling. Anything to make a story more engaging and compelling to an audience is worth exploring. She is excited to see where this new collaboration goes.
Examples of her prior work can be seen here.
Tammy McCall Browning starting dancing at four under our very own Annette Lewis. She trained with various companies throughout the country until college, where she performed with Spelman Dance Theatre under Kenneth Green. After a 20 year haitus raising a son, she returned to dance in 2014. In addition to dancing, she owns a wardrobe rental company and works with music festivals such as New Orleans Jazz Fest and Essence Music Festival, models in her spare time, and volunteers at the Open Door Community in Atlanta.
Susanna M. Green, an Atlanta native, discovered an early enthusiasm for dancing and drawing, both of which would become meaningful influences and disciplines in her life. At age nine, she began her classical training at Callenwolde Fine Arts Center, studying the Royal Academy of Ballet syllabus under Kelly Oakes-Dent, and Limon and Hawkins Modern techniques under Amy Gately.Susanna continued her dance and art education at Temple University in the BFA Dance program in Philadelphia, where she worked with accomplished artists and choreographers, including Metian Soto and Charles Anderson. She completed her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia in 2007.For the past nine years, Susanna has danced in the contemporary company, Room to Move, where she also enjoyed choreographing and costume designing for the close ensemble. For the past several years, she has taught classical dance throughout the Atlanta area for studios and school programs including, The Georgia Counsel for the Arts and Decatur School of Ballet. She continues to perform collaboratively with artists and dancers in Atlanta, and is thrilled to be part of Moving On.
Andrew Ritfeld began his dance training at Valdosta State University, which eventually led to becoming a company member with SWADance Co. under Sarah Wildes Arnett. With SWAD, he performed in the MAD Festival in 2013 and 2014, and in the Alabama Dance Festival. After graduating, he transitioned into dancing with Full Radius Dance as a full time company member. Andrew brings incredible physical skill, but more than that he brings a willingness to explore even the simplest gesture to its fullest. He maintains his fitness and energy levels with lots and lots of chocolate!
Amelia Stork is impossible to miss on stage, and not only for her striking red hair. Though only a sophomore at DeKalb School of the Arts, she has trained with Annette Lewis and the Limon Company, performed extensively in both dance and voice, and can hold her own in roles created for more seasoned dancers. She not only performs with Moving On, but works with the young Good Moves dancers every Saturday. She intends to dance professionally after attending a conservatory or college.