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.

Danielle Beeman

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Danielle Beeman began dancing at the age of 3 under the artistic direction of Michelle Latimer, at Michelle Latimer Dance Academy. In 2015 Danielle graduated from the University of Iowa, receiving her BFA in Dance, a degree in Communication Studies and a specialization in American Sign Language. While at UI Danielle received the dance departments ICA Dance Scholarship, The Excellence In Preforming and Communicative Arts scholarship, and was accepted into The Order of Omega Honors Society. Danielle was lucky enough to learn works by various companies such as Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company, Martha Grahm Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, Bill T. Jones and perform in works by many renowned choreographers such as George De La Pena, Alan Sener, Deanna Carter, Eloy Barragan, Michael Medcalf, Charlotte Adams, Armando Duarte, Lisa Gonzales, Kristin Mars, and Ellie Goudie. In 2013 Danielle was selected as one of twelve dancers to join the universities elite touring company, Dancers in Company, where she performed 5 pieces throughout the Midwest, and was selected as a soloist.

Professionally Danielle has trained with River North Dance Chicago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Alvin Ailey, Lemon Sponge Cake, and Giordano Dance Chicago. Danielle has performed/toured throughout the US and has danced as a primary company member for the Hannah Kahn Dance Company, the Maureen Breeze Dance Theater, Moraporvida, Symbiosis Arts and JKCO. She has also performed in various commercial works, festivals and collaborations around the country. Danielle teaches Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical and Dance Conditioning for several studios around CO including Michelle Latimer Dance Academy, Mpact Dance Project and Starstruck Academy of Dance. She is also certified in and teaches Yoga, Barre and HITT. Danielle frequently guest teaches at various studios and workshops throughout the US, as well as judges for several dance competitions. Danielle is in her 8th season with HKDC and is excited to take the stage alongside so many talented artists!

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.

Claire Fisher

An Ohio native, Claire began her journey as a mover at the Gary Geis School of Dance in Springfield at the age of 3. She attended Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton in the Dance magnet under DeShona
Pepper-Roberston. She received the highest honor for Stivers Dance, the Jeraldyne Blunden Award as a Senior.

Claire attended SUNY The College at Brockport. During her time there, she performed in various repertoire works by Doug Varone, Trisha Brown, and Tammy Carrasco / Wild Beast Dance in various festivals in New York. She also studied abroad in Italy at FlorenceSummerDance under Monica Baroni. Other accolades in college included being selected as a Green and Gold Ambassador, a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, a 4x SUNYAC Pole Vault Champion, and graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2019.

Her own choreography has been selected for performance at multiple American College Dance Association Galas. Claire produced her first evening length work titled “Convergent Pathways” as her undergraduate thesis. Her work has been selected for the Wake Forest Dance Festival and she collaborated with T2 Dance Company for their Summer Virtual Choreo Festival in August 2020, and The Color Wheel Project in 2022. After moving to the Denver area, Claire has performed with Stacey
Temple Dance and for T2 Dance Company.

Yvette Johnson

Yvette hails from California where she received her dance training at Northern California Dance Conservatory. In addition to dancing, Yvette performed in several musicals, growing a deep passion for singing and dancing in the musical theater world. She graduated with a Dance BFA and Writing Minor from UCSB. During college, she attended summer programs with State Street Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Batsheva in Tel Aviv. In NYC, Yvette has danced with companies including: Roschman Dance, KaDance, Art Bark Dance, Janusphere Dance and Lydia Johnson Dance. She has performed in musicals for regional, touring, and cruise line productions including: CATS, The Music Man, and the Wizard of Oz. Upon moving to Denver in early 2021, Yvette has worked with Chadash Contemporary Dance Movement and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Alongside her performance career, Yvette has devoted a huge amount of time to her dance-fitness career, training hundreds of clients throughout the years. When she’s not in the dance or fitness studio, you can find her deep in the mountains hiking with her husband!

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.

Anhthi “Maria” Lindsey

is originally from the small township of Annville, PA.  She began dancing at age fifteen through a scholarship with Movement Laboratory, a pre-professional ballet school based in neighboring Lebanon, PA.  She then moved to Philadelphia, PA where she studied at Drexel University and became the first to receive their Bachelor of Science in Dance.  During her time at Drexel, she participated in several youth out-reach programs such as the Drexel Touring Ensemble and the Youth Performance Exchange.  She was also a recipient of the Drexel Dance Scholarship and in her senior year received an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Drexel Dance Ensemble.  Maria also performed with resident dance artists such as Marienella Boan, Jumatatu Poe, Renee Banson, Meredith Rainey, and Kun-Yang Lin and physical theater artists Lane Savadove (EgoPo) and Whit MacLaughlin (New Paradise Laboratories).  After graduating, she performed with companies such as Olive Prince Dance, Band of Artists, Underground DanceWorks (UDW), Group Motion, and Dancefusion.  As a company member of Dancefusion, she studied classical modern dance techniques such as Mary Anthony and José Limón.  Maria also began teaching at studios such as Elite Dance Academy and working with PhillyBOOST, a public school “out-of-school hours” program aimed to offer courses that pursue youth interests such as dance.  She recently relocated to Denver and continues to teach dance at La Roche Academy of Dance in Castle Rock, CO and at other outreach programs with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance.  Maria is thankful and blessed to be dancing with Hannah Kahn Dance Company!

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.