the company

Jennifer Alafat

grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and began taking dance classes at the age of five. In high school, she had the privilege of studying under German and Valentina Zamuel, who graduated from the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy and taught at The Royal Ballet School. Jennifer represented their studio in competitions such as the Youth America Grand Prix and performed as a soloist in the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Paquita, and Giselle.

Jennifer went on to graduate summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). After graduation, Jennifer trained and performed with Ad Deum II Dance Company in Houston, TX, where she primarily studied the Graham and Limón modern techniques. She has also been featured as a guest artist for Hub Dance Collective and Zion Dance Project, as well as performed work by William Forsythe, Gabriel Speiller (Bruce Wood Dance), Vincent Hardy (Complexions Contemporary Ballet), and Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet.

Abigail Corrigan

is from Columbus, OH and is a Denver based dancer, choreographer, arts administrator, and educator. Over the past two years, she worked in New York City with companies such as VALLETO Dance, Summation Dance Company, Lila Artists, Drye/Marinaro Dance Company, The Nathaniel Hunt Project and more. Abigail received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Arts Administration from Elon University, where she performed work by Gerri Houlihan, Kira Blazek, Helen Simoneau, Matt Pardo and Renay Aumiller. In the summer of 2018, Abigail worked with Alessio Silvestrin, Summer Rhatigan, Tristian Ching, Alex Ketley, Christian Burns and Courtney Mazeika as a student and choreographic resident at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. Abigail has presented her choreography in various festivals and theaters in the New York area including the 2019 Movement Festival, the Salvatore Capezio Theater, and the WAXworks Showcase at Triskelion Arts. She was also the Intensive Semester Training Program Coordinator at Peridance Capezio Center and the Company Coordinator for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Abigail is currently teaching contemporary, modern and ballet in the Colorado area and is choreographing a new work for T2 Dance Company.

Audra Edwards

Audra grew up in Eagle, Idaho, where she studied ballet at Eagle Performing Arts Center with Jeff and Cathy Giese, and Lisa Moon. While in high school, she also studied vocal music and theatre. She continued her dance and vocal studies at Butler University, where she had the opportunity to perform several works by Patrick Hinson and Susan McGuire. Her time working with Susan greatly enhanced her knowledge and appreciation of modern dance. Audra has attended summer programs with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Joffrey Chicago, Boston Ballet, The Rock School, and American Conservatory Theater. Upon receiving her BFA from Butler, Audra moved to New York City, where she was a company dancer with Impact Movement Collective and an apprentice with Lydia Johnson Dance. Audra moved to Denver and joined HKDC in 2017. While in Denver, Audra has also worked with Maureen Breeze Dance Theater and T2 Dance Project.

Breegan Kearney

comes from Kalamazoo, MI, and began training in the Royal Academy of Dance system with tutelage from Arlene Larson. She went on to receive a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI for high school, where she majored in dance. Later, she attended the State University of New York at Purchase College, where she had the privilege of training under Megan Williams, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Kevin Wynn, Stephanie Tooman, Neil Greenberg, Sue Bernhard, Richard Cook, and Bettijane Sills, among others. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2010 with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance, and moved to New York City. While living there, Breegan was lucky to dance with several choreographers, including Pam Tanowitz, Nelly van Bommel, Nicole Wolcott, Annie Rigney, Kat Rhodes, and Caitlin Dutton. Breegan also co-produced interdisciplinary arts events around New York City with the Hoover Dam Collective. In collaboration with two other choreographers, Breegan produced, choreographed and danced in an evening length show at Chen Dance Center called Start in 2014. Breegan relocated to Denver in 2015 and began teaching dance at a public charter elementary school called Rocky Mountain Prep, where she taught for 5 years. She earned her M.A. in Dance Education as well as her Colorado K-12 Dance teaching license from University of Northern Colorado in 2020. Breegan is passionate about advocating for the arts in education. She currently volunteers on the Colorado dance standards revision committee and teaches around the Denver area.

Jacob Machmer

began his dance training at the age of 18 in Fort Collins, Colorado. After receiving a degree in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University, Jacob attended the University of California – Irvine to obtain a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance. His studies of dance, choreography, and music were largely influenced by Alan Terricciano, Lar Lubovitch, and David Allan. Following his studies, Jacob joined the second company of the Nashville Ballet and has since returned to Colorado to continue integrating with the dance community in his home state.

Tessa Rehbein Machmer

*Tessa is on temporary leave due to an injury*
started training in ballet, modern and jazz at a young age. She went on to receive her fine arts degree in dance at the University of Arizona graduating Magna Cum Laude. During her college years she had the opportunity to learn and perform works by renowned choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Yin Yue, Sidra Bell and George Balanchine. After graduating Tessa moved back to Colorado to run a youth ensemble and pursue dance performance.

Kristen Moranetz

received a BFA in Classical Ballet from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. From there, she headed to Europe to dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having opportunities to train and work alongside the Scottish Ballet. During her time there, she travelled throughout mainland Europe to expand her training and to compete in international ballet competitions.  Her favorite opportunity during this time was learning from the Batsheva Dance Company and becoming familiar with the intricacies of Gaga dance.

For the last couple of years, Kristen has travelled the world through her work with Celebrity Cruises and performed in the USA and Canada with Dublin Worldwide/Spirit Productions.

Kristen is currently back to living in Colorado, where she teaches and is a performing artist and aerialist with the Denver Circus Collective and Luxe Entertainment.

Killian von Holdt

Killian is originally from Golden, Colorado. She received her BFA in Dance Performance and BS in Business Management with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship from the University of Wyoming. In 2016, she furthered her studies abroad in London at renowned institutions including The Place, Pineapple, DanceWorks, and Studio 68. Before graduating in December of 2018, she brought works to the American College Dance Association and performed pieces by Jennifer Deckert, Marsha Knight, Maurice Watson, Margaret Wilson, and Aaron Wood.

Killian has trained with The Limon Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ririe-Woodbury, Joffrey Ballet, Dance Kaleidoschope, Boston Ballet, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. In addition, she has worked with choreographers Darrell Grand Moultrie, Tai Jimenez, Charmaine Hunter, Mark Willis, Jarek Cemerek, Robert Sher-Machherndl, General McArthur Hambrick, Jacob Mora, Pablo Ruvalcaba, Thayne Jasperson, and others. One of Killian’s favorite roles involved touring Wyoming and South Dakota with Jennifer Deckert’s “Dracula—The Legend in Motion” as Countess Dracula. She also had the unique opportunity to perform Margaret Wilson’s “Dancing Between Earth and Sky,” a vertical dance show set on the large rock formations of the Vedauwoo Recreation Area in 2018.

Killian joined Hannah Kahn Dance Company in July 2019. When she is not rehearsing or performing, she teaches at Joyful Soles Dance and Performing Arts. She hopes to continually use dance to improve the lives of those around her. She strives to inspire her audiences, instill confidence in her students, provide opportunities for expression, and keep dance relevant and accessible. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with HKDC alongside so many talented artists.

Brandon Welch

holds a BFA in Dance Performance from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance with a semester on exchange at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts. His performance career includes being a company member of Momix Dance Illusionists, Doug Varone and Dancers, Gibney Dance Company, Hannah Kahn Dance Company and Third Law Dance Theater. As an educator, Brandon has taught contemporary dance techniques in Armenia, Argentina, Singapore, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey and across the United States.