Tayler Kinner grew up in the cornfields of Springfield, IL and went on to earn her BFA in Dance and a minor in Advertising & Marketing Communications from Webster University. She worked with Smashworks Dance Collective and Karlovsky & Company Dance in St. Louis, MO before relocating to San Francisco. Since moving to SF, she has had the privilege of working with Alyssandra Wu, Catherine Liu, Jocelyn Reyes, Molly Matutat, RAWdance, and Tim Rubel. She is currently a company member of KWENTO, Alyssandra Katherine Dance Project, RAWdance, and Tim Rubel Human Shakes. Alongside Melanie Harvengt, Tayler is the co-artistic director of Big Plate Dance.
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Melanie Harvengt discovered her passion for dance at age 10 when she began studying the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet at Rena’s Dance Unlimited in Edwardsville, IL. In 2016, she received her BFA in Dance from Webster University. During her time at Webster, she studied under Alicia Graf Mack, Michael Uthoff, James Robey, Beckah Reed and Maggi Dueker and performed works by Jose Limon, Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith of RAWdance, Tymberly Canale Harris, Jamie Graham and Gary Hubler. In 2016, she received a grant to choreograph and produce an evening length work, "The Living Space," at the Kranzberg Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. After graduating, Melanie performed and toured with Karlovsky and Company Dance, and choreographed and performed in the St. Louis Fringe Festival. Melanie moved to the Bay Area in 2017, became a member of KWENTO, and created Big Plate Dance with friend and collaborator Tayler Kinner.
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Molly Matutat is a dance artist native to San Francisco. She received training from San Francisco Ballet School, City Ballet School, and California State University, Long Beach where she earned a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. She's had the opportunity to perform works by Yuri Zhukov, Jiří Kylián, Sophie Monat, Lorin Johnson, Andrew Vaca, and Keith Johnson. Since then she has been part of Boston Ballet’s Choreographic Intensive, Mark Foehringer’s Young Choreographers Forum, ODC's Pilot Program 70, and Joe Goode's The Feedback. She has had the privilege of performing and presenting work at California State University, Long Beach, Joe Goode Annex, and ODC Dance Commons.
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