Next Reflex Dance Collective is an award-winning modern dance company based in Northern Virginia. It was founded by Roxann Morgan Rowley and Erika Surma in 2007 and has been presented throughout the region by multiple venues and festivals including the John F. Kennedy Center, The DC Dance Festival, The Charlotte Dance Festival, The DUMBO Dance Festival, The Cool NY Dance Festival, The Goose Route Dance Festival, The Howard Community Festival, Mason/Rhynes Productions “Late Night Series”, The Carter Barron Amphitheater, The Workhouse Arts Center, Dance Place, The Harman Center for the Arts, The 2010 Metro DC Dance Awards, and The National Theater. NRDC's programs include en Route! A Touring Dance Project, A Late Night Series, and an Artist-in-residency program.

NRDC has received support from the Puffin Foundation, the Arts Council of the Valley, the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Arts Council of Fairfax County. In 2009, NRDC was the proud recipient of the Metro DC Dance Awards’ “Founders Award” for innovation in dance and was a finalist in multiple award categories. NRDC was formerly in residency at American Dance Institute and is currently in residency at The Workhouse Arts Center.

Artistic Director


Roxann Morgan Rowley is the artistic director for Next Reflex Dance Collective. Since 2006 she has been producing dance work in the DC Metro Region. Her work has been showcased in productions at Dance Place and Joy of Motion, Dancing Across the Virginias, the Charlotte Dance Festival, The Goose Route Dance Festival, White Wave CoolNYC Festival, The Velocity DC Dance Festival, John F. Kennedy Center, and the Harman Shakespeare Theater. She has choreographed for The American Century Theater. Her work has also been presented at James Madison University, George Mason University, and The University of Mary Washington.

An artist and performer, she has had the opportunity to work artists and companies including MansurDance, Clancy Works, Steven Mazolla, Daniel Burkholder and the Playground, Dakshina Dance Company, Anomosmotion, Peter DiMuro, Jane Jerardi and Jane Franklin Dance Company. Ms. Morgan Rowley holds an MFA from George Mason University and a BA from George Washington University studying under national and international faculty members.

Outside of NRDC Ms. Morgan Rowley has taught for James Madison University and Fairfax County Public Schools Institute for the Arts and Joy of Motion. Currently Ms. Morgan Rowley teaches for University of Mary Washington, George Mason University and Northern VA Community College.



Sara Cooper (2017) is a recent graduate of Radford University with double major in dance and english. She has worked with Horizon Nomadic Artists and apprenticed with Roanoke City Ballet.


David Alexander Deegan (2017) was born in Washington, DC and grew up in King George, VA. In May of 2015 he received a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Dance and Choreography. During his time as an undergraduate student, he performed Democracy by Doug Varone in NYC alongside classmates from VCU Dance. He acquired scholarships from the American Dance Festival in NC. While attending the summer intensive David had the pleasure of performing Cark Flink’s work A Kindness to Ravens and Gregory Maqoma’s Dry Well. David was also given the opportunity to audition for Pliobolus and was considered in the top three for the Apprenticeship program. In 2016 he joined Clancy Works in MD and had the opportunity to perform at Dance Place with the Kitchen Sink Festival in Washington DC and also performed in Brooklyn NR with Left Side Labs’ Shared Ecologies. David most recently began working with Next Reflex Dance Collective performing in Under the Lemon Tree and with Agora Dance Company participating in the 3 Minutes Max performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. David is excited to continue performing in his first season with KARAR DANCE COMPANY.

Besides dancing David can play different musical instruments and has training in MMA and Weapons Art as well as being certified in Thai Yoga Body Work.


Maggie Wilder (2016) is a recent college graduate from the University of Mary Washington, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a double major in Theatre. She is currently working as a staff accountant at an accounting firm in Alexandria, Virginia, where she specializes in the field of auditing nonprofit organizations in the Northern Virginia and D.C. areas. Maggie has been performing since the age of three and is trained in acting and numerous dance styles. She enjoys the outlet that performance gives her to escape her daily desk job and connect with her creative side, and she is excited to join NRDC this season.


Edward Yates (2017) is a young motivated dancer and recent graduate of the University or Mary Washington. Yates joined Next Reflex Dance Collective in 2018. He began his dance training while in college and at the Fredericksburg Ballet Centre. Since then he has performed in ballets such as the Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, and an American Ballet Theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in which he performed on the same stage as Misty Copeland.