HOLLIS BARTLETT is a performer, creator, and advocate for the arts. He was born and raised in the Midwest, and began dancing at a young age. His family moved to Massachusetts before he began high school and his love of performing followed him to the East Coast. In 2010 Hollis graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduation he has had the pleasure of working with Brian Brooks, Adam Barruch, and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to dancing he is also a member of Dance/NYC's Junior Committee, working to strengthen and unite a community of emerging professional artists and administrators. Hollis joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2011.
XAN BURLEY, a graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in Dance and English, is an active performer, choreographer, teacher, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn. She is grateful to have performed with artists/companies Nancy Bannon, Daniel Charon, Shannon Gillen and Guests as a founding member, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance, and the Metropolitan Opera, among others. Xan also enjoys continued work with Donnell Oakley and Tami Stronach Dance. She co-produces WAXworks, is on modern faculty at the 92Y, and has taught professional classes at Mark Morris Dance Group, the former DNA, and Gibney Dance Center. Her choreography with partner and collaborator Alex Springer has been presented in NYC at several venues including BAX (2011 Space Grant recipients), Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Tank, DanceNOW[NYC], 92Y, and recently as artists-in-residence at University Settlement. Their work has also been commissioned for a variety of universities and companies throughout the U.S. Xan joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012.
JULIA BURRER, originally from Austin, Texas, cultivated her love for all types of dance from a young age. After studying under Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, she moved to New York, where she continued her training at Purchase College, SUNY, earning a BFA in Dance, as well as studying abroad at Rotterdamse Dansacademie. She has had the pleasure of working for such artists as Daniel Charon, Bill Young & Colleen Thomas, Teri & Oliver Steele, Chimaera Physical Theater, the Median Movement, and Gwen Welliver. In addition to guest teaching at various schools and festivals, Julia has staged Varone's works on companies and universities throughout the U.S. Julia also directs the teen performing ensemble at the 92nd Street Y, Harkness Repertory Ensemble. Julia joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2007.
CASEY LOOMIS hails from upstate New York and is a performer, visual artist and Pilates instructor based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from Skidmore College in 2008 she has been grateful to work with a wide variety of choreographers & companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Compagnie Julie Bour, Faye Driscoll, Netta Yerushalmy, Buglisi Dance Theater, Brian Brooks Moving Company, KEIGWIN + Company and ChristinaNoel & the Creature among others. She also satisfies her appetite for levity in dance performing in the weekly Floating Kabarette with Jenny Rocha & Her Painted Ladies. In 2010, The New York Times wrote in reference to her work with Julie Bour: “Ms. Loomis...lends a luminous presence to the stage." As a visual artist, Casey makes color-driven, abstract paintings and dabbles in costume design, photography and other mediums. Casey began working with Doug Varone and Dancers in 2014.
ALEX SPRINGER, originally from Farmington Hills, MI, is currently a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, teacher, and video artist. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Movement Science. He has been a member of Doug Varone and Dancers since 2008 and has also performed with Alexandra Beller, Donnell Oakley, Elizabeth Dishman, Amy Chavasse, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Alex has staged Varone’s work for various companies and universities and has taught at the Bates Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Center, Mark Morris Dance Center, the 92Y, and the former Dance New Amsterdam. Additionally, Alex creates work with Xan Burley, together the Median Movement, and they have shown their work for the stage and screen throughout NYC and the US. Otherwise, Alex works as a freelance video artist for A.O. Pro(+ductions) and is the media manager/video archivist for Doug Varone and Dancers.
EDDIE TAKETA has been a New York City based dance artist since 1982. He has been a member of more than a dozen dance companies, most notably, the Murray Louis Dance Company, Nikolais Dance Theatre, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Jacob's Pillow's Men Dancers: The Ted Shawn Legacy. Additionally, Taketa maintained an extensive performing and creative collaboration with choreographer and dancer, Janis Brenner. In 1994, he joined Doug Varone and Dancers, and has since been an original cast member in twenty-seven of Varone’s works, and nine operas and plays directed/choreographed by Varone. He has served as the company’s Rehearsal Director, Education Program Director, and Tour Manager. As a teacher, he has served as faculty member and conducted numerous residencies, workshops and master classes at universities, colleges, festivals and studios throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Currently, he is on the faculty of Lehman College, The City University Of New York. Taketa was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, holds a BFA in Dance Theater from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and in 1998, became the recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Sustained Achievement in Dancing.
HSIAO-JOU TANG was born and raised in Taiwan where she studied ballet, modern, traditional Chinese dance and martial arts. She moved to New York in 2004 to attend SUNY Purchase College and graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Dance. Tang has had the great pleasure of working with a number of wonderful people and companies including Kyle Abraham / Abraham.in.motion, the Metropolitan Opera, Shen Wei Dance Arts, Kevin Wynn Collection, Daniel Charon Dance, Nora Petroliunas/The Pharmacy Project and the Median Movement . Hsiao-jou joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2012.
BRANDON WELCH was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN where he trained at The Dance Company of Indianapolis with Diane Gudat. He went on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from Purchase College (SUNY) Conservatory of Dance. While a student at Purchase College, Brandon performed works by Twyla Tharp, Nelly Van Bommel, Zvi Gotheiner, Stephen Petronio, Bella Lewitzky, Doug Varone, and Ohad Naharin. In 2010, Brandon studied on exchange at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts and in 2011 began his professional dance career with Momix dance illusionist. Brandon joined Doug Varone and Dancers in 2013. Since joining the company, Brandon has had the privilege to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in Les Troyens and travel to South America with Dance Motion USA’s cultural diplomacy program. Brandon is also a co-founder of Awakening Movement, a new faith-based dance organization.